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Acting authentically

After many performances on the Benson Auditorium stage, Abby Smith (’03) graduated from Harding University as a music major with a theatre minor not sure exactly what she was going to do with her love for musical theatre. Fifteen years later, she found herself on the Broadway stage cast as Mrs. Puff in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.” “I come from a performing family, so
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Living history

J.C. Davis (’70) has brought history to life for thousands of students during a teaching career that spans more than 45 years. For as far back as he can remember, Davis wanted to be a teacher. “I went to elementary school in a two-room building in Cumberland County, Tennessee, and I recall deciding then that I was going to be a teacher,” he said. After
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Life on the road

Growing up in an Air Force family, home for Chelsea Roberson Tuttle (’07) meant moving around. After graduating from the University, Tuttle adopted the same method, this time with a home that literally moved around. Since her first camper van, Tuttle and her husband, Christian, have lived in an ambulance, bus and Swiss army vehicle — traveling the country from the comfort of their own
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Pro-bono fide

From his time as a student at Harding, Russell Brown (’99) knew he wanted to work in public service. He landed an internship with then Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee his senior year that led him to an early career in government. “I liked interacting with the ultimate decision makers, city counselors, mayors and county commissioners,” Brown says. “I enjoy participating in public meetings. Not everybody
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Outstanding Alumni Awards 2017

As a community of mission, the University strives to equip its graduates to not only excel in their jobs but also shine the light of Christ to those with whom they come in contact. While many of the more than 50,000 Harding alumni are deserving of recognition, the following have been selected for awards based on their work and example, earning the respect of those
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Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Terri Lee (’04) has taken her degree in interactive media and used it to connect the Searcy Police Department to the community as public information officer. As spokesperson, Lee is the liaison between the department and media and speaks to community groups like schools and civic organizations about crime prevention, community policing and other law enforcement topics. She says that God led her to this
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Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Billy Joe (’61) and Barbara Godsey (’63) Thrasher have dedicated themselves to teaching for a combined 80 years. Billy Joe has served as classroom teacher, coach and athletic director from grade school to junior college level. He also has been in administrative roles as an assistant principal, principal, superintendent and president in both private and public education, his last being president of Columbia (Tennessee)
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World War II experiences

A reporter for Tulsa World since 2002, Tim Stanley (’94) has written stories on a variety of subjects, but one project has become particularly engrossing — recounting stories of Oklahoma veterans from the “Greatest Generation.” Stanley began writing a column in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II capturing and preserving as many of the stories of the surviving
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From Benson to Broadway

The mention of Broadway brings to mind a glowing stage, elaborate costumes and a moving story. But before any of those things can happen, there has to be a plan in place so that the show runs smoothly. That’s where Sarah Harris (’16) and the stage management team come into place. Harris got an early start in stage management in high school, and after realizing
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Passionate business

Bethany Halford (’07) and Amanda Jerkins (’01) heard about each other through their husbands and mutual friends for years before meeting. The “style soul mates” soon teamed up to create Whoa, Wait. Walmart?, a media platform featuring fashionable items and deals at Wal-Mart. Halford and Jerkins both graduated from Harding with degrees in fashion and interior merchandising. In 2013, Halford began a blog where she
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