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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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Performing at Pearl Harbor

Don Eudaly (’78) in an attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas, but he considers himself more of a musician than a businessman. On Dec. 7, 2016, Eudaly performed an original song at the 75th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. His song, “White Sailor Hat,” was inspired by a story told about his father, who served in the Navy in the South
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Coaching for life

Coach Eric Cohu (’96) has proven to be more than his title suggests. Though he is a coach — a championship winning coach — he also is an educator, mentor, leader and friend to many on and off the football field. Cohu graduated from the University with a degree in human resource management but soon found himself in a coaching position at a small, Christian
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Constant learner

All students have stories about what led them to Harding, whether they followed family members or alumni recommendations or blazed a new trail on their own. For Cristina Serban (’92), it was Dr. Kenneth Davis — “Uncle Bud” — who set the Romanian native on a path to Searcy, Arkansas, and a career in the U.S. Davis retired from Harding in 1988 and spent the
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Connecting and affecting change

Throughout high school and college, Austin Augsburger (’12) knew he would one day start his own business. He launched his online store, ShopAffect, December 2015, nearly a year after the initial idea for the business and several months after quitting his job to focus on making his dream happen. According to Augsburger, he developed a desire to start a business while in high school, but
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