Henderson’s student newspaper since 1908, the Oracle remains a vital part of campus life, even as newspapers evolve and converge with other digital media. In recent decades the paper has been published as weekly broadsheet or tabloid, depending on editorial choices. In 2018 it became a biweekly broadsheet under adviser Steve Listopad, with more frequent updating online and via social media. The staff is open to students of all majors, with the editor-in-chief and section editors receiving performance scholarships and other forms of stipend for their work. Reporters and photographers contribute though practicum classes or as paid freelancers. Staff members have the opportunity to attend state and national college media conventions, where the paper also routinely competes for and receives awards in a variety of categories.
The Star Yearbook
The Star, which celebrates its centennial in 2020, gives in pictures and in story an account of life on the campus for the year, thereby helping the student to keep alive the customs and traditions of the university. At time when some universities have abandoned their yearbooks, the Star not only keeps Reddie traditions and values alive, but also trains students in feature writing, photography and design—as recognized by many state and national awards. The staff is open to students of all majors, with the editor-in-chief and section editors receiving performance scholarships and other forms of stipend for their work. Writers, designers, and photographers contribute though practicum classes or as paid freelancers. Staff members have the opportunity to attend state and national college media conventions, where the yearbook, advised by Steve Listopad, also routinely competes for and receives awards in a variety of categories.
Henderson Television operates as part of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Henderson State University. The goal of HTV is to train students in broadcast writing, on-air performance, filmmaking and media production and to create programming featuring news, sports, public service events and entertainment to HSU students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. HTV is available on Suddenlink Cable Channel and on the HTV YouTube channel. HTV alumni have been employed as producers, reporters, technicians and talent in a variety of network affiliate stations and cable production companies.
HTV operates under the advisement of Paul Glover, Professor of Communication, and employs 4-5 students per semester through federal work-study and institutional scholarship. HTV and mass media students produce programming in a television studio located in Arkansas Hall using a Tricaster switcher and digital HD cameras. On location, HTV uses digital HD and 4K cameras. Postproduction for HTV is completed in the Arkansas Hall edit bays and computer lab utilizing Macintosh computers and Final Cut and Adobe CC software.
KSWH-LP 102.5 FM The Pulse is a fully-licensed FCC terrestrial radio station operating as part of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Henderson State University. The goal of KSWH is to train students in on-air performance and broadcast production at a professional radio station providing music, news, sports and public service programming (including statewide Emergency Alert System). KSWH 102.5 FM can be heard over-the-air in Clark County and online. KSWH alumni include popular syndicated radio hosts Bobby Bones and Kramer.
KSWH operates under the advisement of Paul Glover, Professor of Communication, and employs 3-4 students per semester through federal work-study and institutional scholarship. KSWH is located in the student center and houses an audio production facility where students combine writing and creative skills using microphones, equalizers and Adobe Audition.
Reddie Media Group (RMG) was created in 2017 as the business and marketing arm of student media. In past years, media such as the Oracle earned a significant portion of their budgets from ad revenue. But as the media advertising market has dried up and traditional media outlets have become more converged, the RMG was created by adviser Steven Listopad to seek sponsors and advertisers for all student media as a single group, while more efficiently budgeting and allocating funds across all student media platforms.
A typical season at HSU Theatre includes four major theatre productions, a festival of student-directed short plays, two Opera Workshop productions, a spring dance concert, and a series of workshop performances. The program promotes active student involvement in all areas of production including performance, design, technology, and management. The program, through the participation of theatre work study students and faculty, supports and produces all events in Arkansas Hall Auditorium, a multipurpose space for the university and the community.
The audition-based HSU Dance Company performs original works at concerts throughout the year both on campus and off. Dancers also have the opportunity to participate in and perform at the American College Dance Association Conference which is held annually in ten different regions of the country.
The Reddie Debate Team is a national-award winning squad that competes in the International Public Debate Association format. In addition to consistent competitive success, the team boasts a high graduation rate and retention level. They travel to weekend tournaments that allow students to take the theoretical argumentation skills learned in the classroom into the competitive laboratory. The team size is growing yearly and is at about 10 students this season. A budget of $9,000 is transferred from the overall departmental budget at the beginning of each fiscal year. The team has also been allocated a graduate teaching assistant for the next two years, assigned from the Dean’s office. The program employs a student worker, paid for as a departmental work study position. The team has won state and regional champions and last year had a student as the runner up in the nation in IPDA.
The HSU Comics Club is a cross-disciplinary organization of students interested in comic books and graphic novels. There are informal meetings to socialize and discuss comics, anime, games, movies, and other popular culture that might or might not be related to comics. The club has created comics in the Workday Comic initiative, visited with many comics writers and artists by video chat or conference call, taken field trips to comics-related films and exhibitions, collected money for UNICEF, and gathered comics to donate to soldiers overseas through Operation Gratitude. The club is advised by faculty from Psychology and Communication and Theatre Arts.
The HSU esports program (Reddie esports) is a new initiative that began during the fall semester of 2018. Reddie Esports was developed with the goal of creating a collegiate esports program and providing students with an environment to explore gaming, streaming, and other digital media technologies. Housed on the second floor of the Garrison Student Union, the facility has 12 state-of-the-art gaming computers, TVs, and other electronic equipment for student use.
Overseen by Assistant Professor of Communications John Price, the esports program is organized under the Student Affairs department. The program employs one work-study student worker who aids in supervising the esports lab during open hours and assists the staff in administrative duties. Collegiate competition is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019, with intramural events occurring during the 2018 fall semester. Scholarships can be earned by students who participate in collegiate competitions starting in 2019.
Henderson’s Communication Center had a grand reopening in 2014, launching an ongoing rebuilding effort. The Communication Center employs one student worker who serves as a speech coach offering one-on-one help to individuals on Henderson’s campus. Assistance is given for choosing topics, developing topics, organizing, outlining, practicing presentations, developing presentation aids, overcoming communication apprehension, etc. The Center takes clients on a first come first served basis or works with faculty to set up appointments for students. Student attendance to the Communication Center has grown each semester since the fall of 2014 and the Center has served over 2,000 students in that time. The current facility is a conference room equipped with two (surplus and un-networked) computers, one hand held video recorder, one projector, white board, seating for 20, and observation room with two-way mirror. The Center is also used for various departmental and student organization meetings.