Meet The Staff

We are here to help you be a SUCCESS!

 

Our All Star Team of Professionals Include:

Pam Ligon; Associate Dean of Academic Services


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
MS in Community Counseling, 2002
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

BA in Family and Consumer Sciences, 1996
Minor in Business Administration
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas


ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• National Academic Advising Association
• HSU Assessment Team
• HSU Strategic Planning Committee 
• Clark County Leadership Academy
• HSU Relay for Life
• Enrollment Managment - Retention Subcommittee, Chair 
• National Association of Colleges and Employers
• Task force, Higher Learning Commission
• Notary
• Faculty/Non-Classified Staff Compensation Study Committee
• Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority


EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY:
After graduating early from high school, I immediately enrolled in college. My first two semesters at Henderson I took 19 and 21 hours consecutively. Also, during our month-long Christmas break, I took a two-week class for a three-hour credit in humanities. In addition to being a full-time student, I worked 20 hours a week.  I joined a sorority and took a leadership role.  My nights were spent in the library studying. Although my grades were pretty good, and I had 49 credits hours, after my first year I withdrew from school, forfeiting my scholarship. I was totally burned out. Too much, too quick. The following year I married. Ten years later I found myself working again at Henderson. Dr. Charles Dunn was my new boss and he and I sat and talked about my future. He encouraged me to go back to school. I remember him telling me that ten years down the road I could look back and have my degree or just be working. We mapped out a plan, set some goals, and I began taking one to two classes a semester. Eight years later I walked across the stage with my bachelor’s degree and a new job. My education equipped me well for the position of the Garrison Center Director. After taking a three-year hiatus, I enrolled in graduate school and received my master’s degree in Community Counseling, December 2002. I didn’t take the easiest route but I did take one. Perseverance. I believed in me. Twenty-three years later I am still working at Henderson. I am the Associate Dean of Academic Services and the director over the Academic Advising Center and the Center for Career Development. What I enjoy most about my work is the opportunity to help others become a success.


HOBBIES:
Cooking
Reading
New grandbaby
Bike riding


FAVORITE FOODS:
There are not many foods I don’t like (except sardines). Top those with chocolate and I probably could even get those down. CHOCOLATE, southern home cooking, Italian, and Mexican are my favorite food groups. I am always willing to try anything at least once.


PERSONAL QUOTE:
It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.--Brian Tracy


ADVICE:
Set goals and take one day at a time. Sometimes the big picture can seem overwhelming. It’s the baby steps that will eventually get you there. You can’t always please others. Make yourself happy and others will benefit.

Pam Ligon; Associate Dean of Academic Services

Anna Eudy Espinoza; Academic Advisor

 

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
BA in Political Science, May 2007
Minor in International Studies
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas


ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Executive Director of the Miss HSU Pageant
• Alpha Xi Delta Sorority
• Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society
• Alpha Chi Honor Society
• Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society


EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY:
College was never something that I considered an option for myself. Choosing a university, however, was a different story. I went back and forth between two schools, and even took official tours to both TWICE! The Reddie Spirit won me over, and I came to Henderson directly from Dierks High School in 2004. I had the best three years of my life as an undergrad at Henderson. Yes, three years…I was one of those crazy people who took 15-19 hours a semester and a full load in the summers. When combining those hours with a few dual credit courses from high school, I found myself ahead of schedule for graduation. Since I finished a year early, I still had some money left on one of my scholarships; therefore, I went straight into graduate school. I entered the MLA program in social science at HSU immediately after graduation. I went to graduate school fulltime and worked as a graduate assistant. My coursework was finished in a timely manner, and I went into a fulltime job at Henderson with only my thesis left to finish. When I began working, I put the thesis on hold; however, I am currently writing and hope to finish soon!


HOBBIES:
Reading (Preferably fiction, and preferably vampires – I also love to watch them on TV)
Cooking
Traveling
My dogs, Bella and Brody
Reddie football!


FAVORITE FOODS:
I love southern cooking! I could live on cereal, mashed potatoes, and egg custard or pumpkin pie. I do NOT eat mayo at all…That includes when mayo is used in foods like potato salad or coleslaw. With the exception of the mayo thing, I’ll try anything once and like a wide variety of international foods including Indian, Mexican, and Italian.


PERSONAL QUOTE:
Realize your potential.


ADVICE:
1. Keep a planner! College students are so busy with classes and extracurriculars, so it’s easiest if you can put all of your activities in one location.

2. Know your responsibilities as a student. Don’t let wrong advice from someone keep you from accomplishing something. Be mindful of the question you are asking and make sure that you not only find out the correct answer but also the source of the answer for future reference.

Chanda Hooten - Academic Advisor


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
BS in Mass Communications, May 2002
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY:
The small western Kansas town where I’m from is home to Colby Community College. I took advantage of that fact by taking courses at CCC while still in high school. By the time I started college in the fall, after graduating high school, I had enough hours to be classified as a sophomore. CCC offered free tuition to anyone living in the county so my first year, as a true college student, I completed as many general-education courses as I could. My family is a house divided, with my mom graduating from The University of Kansas and my dad graduating from the in-state rival Kansas State University. Much to my dad’s dismay, I chose to attend The University of Kansas due to their school of journalism. I graduated from there in two and a half years and went to work as a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Great Bend, Kansas, and after a year transferred to their station in Wichita, Kansas. I worked as a reporter for eight years prior to moving to Arkansas. We moved to Arkadelphia when my husband became an assistant baseball coach at Henderson. I started working as an admissions counselor at HSU and am now an advisor in the Academic Advising Center.

HOBBIES:
Spending time with my husband and our two boys
Reddie Baseball
Antiquing
Reading


FAVORITE FOODS:
Being from a state known for raising cattle, I love a good steak and baked potato.

PERSONAL QUOTE:
“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things."

ADVICE:
Don’t be afraid to try something new. You will never know if you enjoy it until you try it. Be open to new ideas.

Chanda Hooten

Christopher Golston - Academic Advisor 


EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
BA in Sociology, May 2008
MS in Clinical Mental Health, May 2012
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS: 
American Counseling Association
Cabe Middle School Mentor Program 2006-2008
Summer Institute Counselor 2006-2008

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY:
Attending College was something I have always wanted to do. However, before choosing to attend Henderson, I made the decision to attend Southern Arkansas University, and I guess even though I was in Mulerider country, that Reddie Spirit won me over. I decided to transfer to Henderson, and on August 24, 2003, my college career began. I always took 12-15 hours each semester, and during my sophomore year I got a work-study job that allowed me to study and still earn some sort of income. During my junior year, I worked two jobs and went to school full time. This is when I learned how to balance work and school and still enjoy campus life. On May 9, 2008, I was the first in my family to graduate with a college degree. Not only was my family happy and proud, but I was proud of myself because I had accomplished one of my life goals. That summer, I was accepted in the master’s program at Henderson and I decided to pursue a master’s in clinical mental health. I was also working full time at Perritt Primary School in Pre-k, and I loved every minute of it!! In May 2012 I graduated with my Master’s degree and accepted a fulltime position at Henderson. I plan to pursue my PhD in the near future, but I am happy to work at my alma mater and help students like so many people helped me.

HOBBIES: 
Traveling
Fishing
Spending time with family and friends
Facebook
Youtube
Trying new foods.

FAVORITE FOODS:
I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but my favorite dish of all time is Fried Catfish, Homemade French fries, and homemade coleslaw. Also, a cool glass of sweet tea with lemon and fresh mint goes great with this dish. I love Authentic Mexican dishes with homemade salsa and chips!! My favorite dessert is coconut cake!!

PERSONAL QUOTE:
“Give a man a fish he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish, he will eat for life!!”

ADVICE:
Take responsibility for your own actions. Too often college students want to blame everyone else but themselves. When you make a mistake, learn from it, and ask yourself, “What can I do to change this situation?” Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Christopher Golston
 
 
 
 
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