Heart Start 2013

Heart Start

Heart Start is the first phase of the orientation process for new students at Henderson State University. All first-time freshmen who are fully admitted will receive an invitation to attend Heart Start. This is your opportunity to meet the administration, faculty, staff, and other first-time freshmen at Henderson.

This orientation session is a two-day event that allows you to get REDDIE for your college career! You will have the opportunity to register for fall classes, have questions answered, and take care of important business, such as financial aid and on-campus housing.

Priority consideration will be given to those who respond promptly-“first come, first serve.” You should have received your registration form already if you were accepted by May 2013 or within one week of summer admittance. To reserve a spot for one of the sessions, detach and return the registration form included in the application flyer. Please call if you have been accepted to Henderson but have not received an application. There is a $15.00 fee for each guest of students, but students are free. 

You will receive a confirmation booklet with the date you have been scheduled. We will schedule you for your next choice if your first session choice is already full. 

Please do not plan to attend a Heart Start session unless you have received the Heart Start Orientation Booklet. Each session is limited to 175 students. We will not be able to accommodate students needing to leave early or those who can not attend the entire program (You must attend all activities scheduled). Please contact us If you have submitted your Heart Start application and have not received a confirmation email within a few days of mailing it to us. A Heart Start Booklet will then be immediately mailed to you.

Heart Start 2013 will be here before you know it. We’re already making plans, and our plans include you!

All students will be housed in East and West Halls.


For more information about Heart Start or orientation at Henderson State University, please call (870) 230-5594.

Heart Start 2013 Dates: 

Monday, July 1- Tuesday, July 2 (Closed)

Monday, July 22- Tuesday, July 23 (Closed)

Thursday, July 25- Friday, July 26 

Monday, July 29- Tuesday, July 30 


Thursday, August 1- (Transfer students only) 


Family and guest of students attending Heart Start will need to please make overnight accomodations at one of the local hotels. 

Please inform guest services of the code, HSU Heart Start, for a special discounted rate and have a copy of your confirmation letter for proof if needed. 


Arkadelphia Days Inn, (870) 246-3031, 137 Valley Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923                  One Bed: $42.99 + tax     Two Beds:  $45.99 + tax

Best Western Continental, (870) 246-5592, 136 Valley Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923          $59.99 + tax

Hampton Inn Arkadelphia, AR (870) 403-0800, 108 Malvern Road, Arkadelphia, AR 71923  One Bed: $79.00 + tax     Two Beds:  $89.00 + tax

Holiday Day Inn Express, (870) 403-0880, 7 Frost Road, Arkadelphia, AR 71923                   $89.00 + tax

Quality Inn Arkadelphia, (870) 230-1506, I-30 & Scenic Byway 7, Arkadelphia, AR 71923      Two Beds:  $45.00 + tax


Other Local Accomodations:

The Captain Henderson House, (870) 230-5544, 349 North 10th Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923 (Call for pricing and availability, www.hsu.edu/Captain-Henderson-House).

Remember When Cabins, (501) 520-8211, 2680 Caddo Drive, Bismarck, AR 71929 (Call for pricing and availability, http://www.rememberwhencabins.com/).


The schedule of events will be posted by June 5, 2013.


What to Bring: Alarm Clock, Pens and Pencils, Notebok, Comfortable Walking Shoes, Comfortable Clothes, Toiletry products, Pillow, Sheets/Blanket/Sleeping Bag, Towels, Shower Shoes

We are excited to welcome you as a new Reddie to Henderson State University! 


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Ken attended the Ballet Arkansas' Summer Intensive training program in July 2010 on a full scholarship.

Ken LambertBachelor of Arts - Theatre Arts, 2010
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