FACULTY:  Professor of Political Science, Haroon A. Khan, published an essay "Failed States and the Lack of Good governance:  A Causal Explanation," in a volume In Search of Better Governance in South Asia and Beyond.  (September 13)

ALUM: Dr. Drew Bledsoe (M.L.A., Social Sciences emphasis) joined the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, as assistant professor of history. Dr. Bledsoe earned his Ph.D. at Rice University in 2012.

ALUM: Jason Morrison, B.A. Political Science, has been appointed dean of academic education at Central Community College-Columbus, Nebraska. (August 2013)

ALUM: David Sesser, M.L.A. and B.A. History, won the 2013 Arkansas Historical Association's Charles O. Durnett Award competition with his paper, "Disease in Civil War Helena." Mr. Sesser is Curator of Special Collections at Huie Library and is currently finishing his M.L.I.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi. (March 2013) 

ALUM: Sarah Stewart, a world history teacher at DeQueen High School and a BSE-Social Sciences graduate, has been named high school and district Teacher of the Year for DeQueen Public Schools. She is currently working on her masters degree in advanced instructional studies (English as a Second Language) at Henderson. (March 2013) 

ALUM: Rebecca Schaeffer, BSE-Social Sciences graduate, has been accepted into the master’s program at George Washington University and awarded a prestigious James Madison Fellowship. This national fellowship is awarded to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. (Jul 12) 

FACULTY: Dr. Martin Halpern, professor of history at Henderson State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Munich in Germany in 2012-13. Halpern will be teaching in the English and American Studies Department at the University of Munich. Courses will include: Race, Class and Gender in 20th Century Labor History; Recent America; and Envisioning Depression Struggles and New Deal Culture. This is Halpern’s second Fulbright Scholarship. He was a senior lecturer at Tohoku University in Japan in 1998-99. (Jul 12)

FACULTY: Professor of Political Science, Haroon A. Khan, recently traveled to Bangladesh to celebrate the publication of an essay “Problems of Good Governance and Democratization: A Case Study of Bangladesh,” in a volume Democracy in Bangladesh: Essays in Memory of Professor RI Choudhury, edited by Mahfuzul H. Chowdhury. While in Bangladesh, Dr. Khan also presented a paper, “Merit System and Bureaucracy: A Search for a Paradigm of Good Governance” at the International Conference on Governance and Public Policy in South and South-East Asia. (Jul 12) 

STUDENTS: Robert W.Ellerd (Political Science), Melissa Hamel (Social Sciences), and Zane Shnaekel (Public Administration) presented a paper, “ Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program,” in April at the Arkansas Undergraduate Conference held on the campus of Henderson State University. Dr. Haroon Khan, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration served as the faculty mentor. (Jul 12) 

STUDENTS: May 11, commencement exercises recognized the achievements of two dozen students in the social sciences. Seven students graduated with a BA in History, nine with a BA in History, one with a BA in Public Administration, and seven with a BSE in Social Sciences. 

STUDENTS: David Galloway, an Ellis College Senior in Political Science, took the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. for the Summer of 2012. While there, he interned for Senator John Boozman, Arkansas's Junior U.S. Senator. Also, David attended "The Washington Center", a prestigious academic center for education and advocacy. As a result, he expanded his knowledge by taking classes in Nonprofit Leadership & Management and the current Political Economy. Throughout all this, he continued serving with ‘Reddie' Pride advocating for veteran benefits on the Hill, assisting disabled veterans at the 32nd Annual Wheelchair Games in Alexandria, Virginia. 

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Bruce Moore is the city manager of Little Rock, Arkansas's capital city, He is a member of the Henderson State University Board of Trustees and has served as Chair of the Board.

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Bruce T. MooreBachelor of Science - Human Services, 1989
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