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

 Spencer Whitley - Academic Advisor 

 
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: 
MS in Clinical Mental Health, to be conferred 2015
BS in Psychology, 2012
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR 

ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS: 
Psi Chi International honors Society
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation
American Red Cross

EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY:
I graduated high school at the top of my class and had several scholarship offers from colleges. Ultimately, I chose to atten the school "across the ravine" and declared biology as my major.  My freshman year was an absolute nightmare.  I struggled to pass my science classes and my core requirements took a back burner because I was spending every night in the lab trying to bring my grades up in biology and chemistry.  It became evident very quickly that I was neither where I needed to be nor studying something that I was passionate about.  By spring break I had met with an admissions counselor and had things in order to transfer to Henderson.  I started off with some prerequisites that I had missed out on my first two semesters i n college and fell in love with psychology.  I was able to turn my college experience around with the help of some amazing advisors.  I even graduate earlier that expected.  Coming to Henderson was by far the best decision I have ever made.

HOBBIES: 
DIYing and scrolling Pinterest for ideas
Watching Vampire Diaries, Glee, and Grey's Anatomy on Netflix and Hulu (Like my like depends on it!)
Quoting movies (i.e., Sherlock Holmes)
Reading (I read and loved Twilight before it was famous!)
Laughing with my hysterical family and friends
Following Reddie Football - Go OLine! 

FAVORITE FOODS: 
I have lots of favorite foods!  In fact, I rarely turn anything away and I'll try anything once.  I love sushi, steaks, and cheese dip.  French fries will likely be the death of me and I love chocolate.  My granny makes my favorite chocolate chip Bundt cake every year for my birthday, and frankly, that's not near enough.

PERSONAL QUOTE:
When someone tells you it can't be done, it's more a reflection of their limitations, not yours.  - Dr. Any Baldwin
 
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.  - Lena Horne

ADVICE:
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. If you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want and with hard work, your dreams can become your reality.  Don't be too proud to ask for help and remember to reach out to people who can become key contacts for you later on.  Above all, be open-minded and enjoy the journey.

 
 
 
 
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