HUB blog 8.1.15I don’t consider myself an expert at much, but if there is one thing I like to do and am fairly good at, it is finding a good deal. I like it best when it is for items I or my family must have.

So it makes me glad to let you know you can save the 9.5 percent tax on textbooks, Harding apparel and school supplies at Harding University Bookstore tomorrow.

You see, Aug. 1 is a tax-free holiday for the state of Arkansas, and the bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Come by and take advantage of tax-free prices on items you or your student will need to purchase in just a few weeks.

Do you live too far away or can’t come by to shop? Place your order online today or tomorrow, and the bookstore will give you the tax-free rate and hold your books and apparel until you return.

It’s always good to save but even better when it reduces your school bill for the fall.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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The Steven’s Art Gallery is currently hosting the Arkansas Society of Printmakers’ summertime show. The exhibit focuses on artists all over the state whose talents lie in printmaking and it runs from July 9–Aug. 21. The reception will be held on July 30 from 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Adams, chair of the department of art and design, is a member of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers and has contributed several pieces to the art show.

“My terminal degree is in printmaking. I create prints constantly,” Adams said. “I typically create 12-20 different print images every year.”

One set by Adams called Glass Blocks is made up of seven pieces in color reduction relief all from the same point of inspiration.

“We have a glass block window in our house, and I love the light and color patterns that come through at different times of day and during different seasons,” he said. “A color reduction relief print is where you draw an image on a block of wood and cut away non-image areas before inking and printing.”

Adams regularly exhibits his prints with the other artists. Neal Harrington, who was recently included in the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition in the Arkansas Arts Center, is one of those artists.

Harrington has two pieces displayed called “On the Back of the Ancestors.”

“Neal is originally from South Dakota, and those two pieces are related to Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monuments there in South Dakota,” Adams said.

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Most of the prints are color reduction reliefs and lithographs. All are traditionally produced by hand with no computer/digital printing involved.

“A lithograph is a print that is based on drawing on a limestone rock, inking it up and transferring the image to paper by running it through a litho press,” Adams said.

Erin Hanson, public relations intern

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With a network of more than 55,000 alumni of record, Harding University values and cherishes connections and relationships with alumni, and we want to stay in touch with you. Here are a few ways you can stay connected to Harding after you graduate.

1. Visit campus
This might seem a little obvious, but there is just something about coming back and walking the sidewalks you once walked as a student. Though I am an employee, there are places I still don’t venture to often. Visiting the library brings me back to cram sessions for finals. Going into dorm lobbies reminds me of game and movie nights with friends. Contact the college from which you graduated, and connect with former professors and even current students in the programs you participated in. Visit campus, and experience the memories rushing back to you and the nostalgia setting in.

There are a number of great events happening throughout the year that are perfect opportunities to connect with your friends and remind you of your Harding experience:

2. Utilize services offered for alumni
There are a several offices on campus that offer professional services and resources for alumni. Career Services provides resume reviewing free of charge, and as alumni, you have access to the online job search tool that Career Services maintains, which is called Bison Career Search. Specifically, alumni of the College of Business have access to COBA Link, the online job search tool for business majors and graduates.

3. Watch chapel
You can come visit campus and sit in on any chapel throughout the school year, but did you also know you can live stream chapel every day to your personal devices? Just visit at 10 a.m. Central Time, and spend worship and devotional time with the rest of the Harding community.

4. Connect on social media
Perhaps the easiest thing you can do to stay connected to Harding and its many areas is to connect with Harding on social media. You can find a list of University-related social media accounts here. From academic departments to international programs, you can connect with any area you’re interested in and stay up to date on the latest events and information.

5. Update us on your life
Many areas of campus love reaching out to alumni to build relationships and make meaningful connections with them. There are forms on line here to update the alumni office on new jobs and promotions, life events like marriages and the birth of a child, moves to new areas, and awards and honors. Let Harding know what’s going on with you, and make sure we know where you are so we can let you know about activities and events on campus.

6. And finally, read Harding magazine.
In Harding magazine, we try to cover a wide variety of topics to inform our alumni audience about our growing and changing university. Programs are being added, people are stepping up into new leadership roles, and new areas of campus are being created and expanded. The “Around Campus” section of the magazine features news like this and more, and the “Connections” section highlights your friends and classmates and seeks to keep you informed about their life updates and achievements. Connect with the staff by emailing, and share your thoughts and ideas with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Hannah Owens, director of news services


Name: Dylan Sherrill
Classification: Junior
Major: Double major in accounting and management information systems
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Studying at: HUF

HU: What is your current location?
DS: The Villa (Scandicci)

HU: What has been your favorite group trip in Italy?
DS: My favorite group trip was Cinque Terre because we went to the beach and had a devo by the sea that evening.

HU: What has been your favorite place you’ve traveled outside of Italy?
DS: My favorite place outside of Italy so far has been Prague on first free travel. It was my favorite because it felt like an old town city on the outside but was incredibly modern inside buildings.

Photo courtesy Dylan Sherrill.

HU: What do you love most about Florence?
DS: I love Florence for its heritage and dedication to remembering it. Because it is the birthplace of the Renaissance, it has a responsibility to carry on the legacy even hundreds of years later.

HU: What has been your favorite meal in the villa?
DS: My favorite meal at the villa is pasta with white sauce as the appetizer and pork with mashed potatoes and green beans as the main course. For dessert it was fantastic when it was someone’s birthday because they would serve a special cake from a bakery. And the best part is unlimited pasta and water.

HU: What’s your favorite thing you’ve purchased for yourself?
DS: I haven’t purchased my favorite thing yet, but I will be soon when I visit St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. It is the birthplace of golf, and I will be getting a polo from their pro shop.

HU: What are you most looking forward to in the next weeks to come?
DS: I am most looking forward to lovely English speaking people in the UK but mostly because my favorite city is London, which I visited three years ago.

Stay tuned for more profiles on students as they experience the opportunity Harding provides in unique cultures and extraordinary sites at the University’s international programs.

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Director of Photo ServicesFrom the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment our eyes close at the end of the day, we’re often thinking about ourselves — what we need to do before we leave the house for the day, what we want to eat for breakfast, what clothes we want to wear to look presentable, what we need to get done at work, what other people need to do at work to help us get our own job done, and how hungry, thirsty, tired, annoyed or happy we are. Sometimes thinking of other people just does not come naturally.

Maybe it comes naturally for some people, but for some of us, it takes a little practice to be outwardly focused. Here are a few things to try to do on a regular basis to transition your focus on and show love to others.

1. Wake up in the morning and say a prayer for someone else.
It’s not hard for someone who needs prayers to come to mind. It’s everyone —your boss, your neighbor, and your cashier at Kroger. Start your day with someone else’s needs on your mind. Sometimes I pray for strangers I don’t even know. About a year ago, I saw a man walking down the highway pulling a bag behind him. He still comes to my mind often, and I pray for him wherever he is and whatever he’s doing at that moment.

2. Do something nice for someone for no reason.
Has someone ever paid for a meal of yours in a restaurant or in a drive-thru line? Has that person ever been someone you have never met in your life? Have you ever come home to a mown lawn? “Random acts of kindness,” as they’re so famously called, are great ways to turn your focus to others and see their needs. It makes an even bigger impact on you when you do it knowing you won’t receive recognition.

3. Encourage your coworkers.
Leave a kind note on someone’s keyboard. Send an email to someone who you’ve noticed has been working hard or excelling on a particular project. Criticism is easy to give, and there’s a really good chance that your one compliment might be the only positive thing a person hears about his or her performance at work in an entire day. It doesn’t take long, and it doesn’t require a 1,000-word essay of thought. Think of how it makes you feel when you receive praise at work, and let that feeling drive your actions toward others.

4. Send written letters.
Whether it’s scribbled on a worn out piece of paper or scripted on a decorative greeting card, people like getting mail. From thank you notes to “just because” cards, there’s just something so uniquely personal about a note that someone has taken the time to write to you, especially in such a digitally saturated age. Recently, a professor told me that often on a bad day, the folder of encouraging notes and cards comes out as a positive reminder and a little personal reinforcement. Whether it goes in a drawer never to be seen again or it goes in a frame, you can really turn around someone’s day with a little paper and ink.

These are just a few things I try to do to break habits of selfish thinking. What are some ideas you suggest?

Hannah Owens, director of news services


Photo by Ashel Parsons

Photo by Ashel Parson

Harding provides opportunities for students to continue learning throughout the summer through intersession, online, and on ground courses. Jackson Petty, a senior chemistry major from Tullahoma, Tennessee, took advantage of that opportunity this summer.

“I got to know the teachers really fast because I was in class for four and a half hours every day with them.”

Petty, the 27th member of his family to attend Harding, says the University is like his second home. He took microbiology with Dr. Steve Moore during the first summer session and says he enjoyed it.

“It was definitely a transition from seeing a teacher one hour, three times a week,” he said. “But I tell all my friends that summers at Harding are enjoyable because the classes are condensed, there is only one class to focus on, and you’re more on your own.”

With a major in chemistry and a focus in predentistry, Petty plans on attending dental school following his graduation next May.

“My whole family is in the dental field except my brother — the black sheep,” Petty jokes. “I want to work with an established dental practice before thinking about taking over my dad’s practice.”

While Petty appreciates the routine that summer courses provide, he misses his friends who are at Harding during the school year. He also mentions it is a lot quieter on campus.

“There is not much variety to my schedule in the summer, so I’m glad I have graduated friends who live in Searcy,” Petty said. “I play volleyball and bike a lot more for entertainment.

Erin Hanson, public relations intern


Today, we’re introducing to you a new weekly “How to” series. Each Friday, we’ll be sharing some practical and hopefully helpful tips on a variety of topics, starting with how to never stop learning.


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Nerd alert: I love to learn. I think that’s why I enjoy working with technology so much — it changes constantly and forces its users to continue learning and innovating.

As it’s currently the second session of Summer Stampede, looking at all these incoming freshmen makes me a little envious of their next four years. They have so much to learn and so many amazing opportunities to do so! But then I remember something I once heard upon entering college: You go to college for one main reason — to learn how to really learn.

So what are we, as postgraduates, learning now? Going back to school for a graduate or professional degree is valuable if you are able to make that commitment, but it is by no means the only avenue to make learning a priority in your life.

What if we were to view our diplomas as a license for a lifetime of learning instead of a certificate of achievement? Here are just a few methods in which I like to keep learning at the top of my to-do list:

1. Read. It’s not always easy to carve out time to read, but I recommend making it a priority. There is value in fiction and nonfiction, so try to include a little of both. If your attention span is as short as mine, try getting the more in-depth reads in audio book format to listen to while you run errands, do dishes, etc.

2. Subscribe to newsletters or news networks. You can’t be effective in a world you know nothing about. Keeping informed is what empowers us to instigate change. Most online news outlets offer an option for email subscriptions, so sign up and start your day in the know.

3. Listen to a podcast. When I feel like every song on the radio has been played 8,000 times, it’s nice to switch things up with a podcast. There’s a podcast for practically every topic you can think of, so download one to your phone and play it during your work commute in the mornings.

4. Attend local lectures or readings. If the idea of sitting in a lecture after work makes you want to take a nap, fear not. Local lectures are a unique opportunity to hear from real people making a real difference. Harding’s American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series is a great example. You can’t just listen to Condoleezza Rice for 45 minutes and go back to life as a couch potato.

5. Take a weekly class. Classes offered in your community are the perfect place to meet new people, discover a new favorite hobby, or even simplify your daily routine. Organizations that commonly offer weekly classes are schools, hospitals, gyms, libraries and others. Take a cooking class. Pick up photography. The options are endless.

6. Join a club or professional organization. If you’re not sure what’s available in your area, websites like MeetUp and GroupSpaces allow you to find others with similar interests or hobbies for group events in your area. Join a group that meets weekly, find a professional conference, or even host your own event.

7. Discover webinars and blogs. Webinars and blogs have made all the difference for me professionally. There are endless resources and topics to learn from experts, and the best part is most are free. Bloggers are also generally pretty good about responding to messages — so why not gain a professional contact and mentor? Which brings me to my next point:

8. Find a mentor. Find people who are already where you want to be in the future. If hindsight vision is 20/20, shouldn’t we be seeking advice from those who have already been where we are and have a better perspective?

9. Travel — or at least be a tourist. How sad it would be to only know about one piece of the world. One of my favorite parts about being in the Harding community is how much travel is encouraged. If time or finances restrict your travel opportunities, find ways to be a tourist in your hometown. Seek new places and experiences simply for the sake of adventure.

10. Be a project person. There’s something to be said for those who take pride in their work — which is often the result of a pet project. We all have unique skills and talents and, therefore, an obligation to use them and contribute. Find time in your day for something made entirely on your own. Whether it’s starting a garden or your own business, take risks, practice perseverance and make it yours.

Bethany Aspey, web content manager

Harding Library in Godden Hall in the 1950s. Back then, there were only two rooms in the library.

Harding Library in Godden Hall in the 1950s. Back then, there were only two rooms in the library.

Few things are as equally hilarious, horrifying and heartwarming as looking through your family photos. My family can spend hours flipping through the old albums, remembering Christmases past, laughing at the fact that Dad still wears that 30-year-old jacket, and aghast at our old hairstyles. For the University, the digital archives serve as that gateway to the past.

Archives and special collections librarian Hannah Wood and her team of graduate students and student workers have made it their mission to preserve pieces of the University’s history and make them available to the Harding community. With 13,000 photos on Flickr dating back to our days in Morrilton to the first Petit Jean and Bison newspaper, the digital archives have a lot to say.

Brackett Library has taken to sharing pieces of the archives on Facebook, and it garnered much interaction with the photos as people reminisce about being there when the photo was taken or recognize family members.

“A lot of stories have come out beyond what you just see in the photos,” Wood says. “It’s been really interesting. One of my favorite things has been getting that positive response.”

While the archiving process can be daunting with so many items to be cataloged, Wood enjoys the work and being able to see Harding history up close. She also loves seeing it come to life for her student workers.

“It’s so great just to see them get connected with this history because I feel like our students really don’t have that connection — that they really don’t know Harding history,” she says. “I can hear them gasp outside my office when they find something interesting. To see them connect and get so excited about a letter that they’re reading is really great.”

Wood has those moments of excitement as well while going through the archives. One of her most exciting finds came when Dr. Bruce McLarty requested the inauguration addresses of Harding’s past presidents. While Dr. David Burks’ was easy to find, no one could find a copy of Dr. Clifton Ganus’.
“They had emptied out Dr. Ganus’ outer office where Edwina Pace sat for years, and so we had gotten about 100 boxes of files from his office,” Wood remembers. “I was sure Dr. Ganus had something in all of that. So I spent several hours digging through that, and he had a couple of boxes that he had just labeled ‘Memorabilia,’ and it was done by year. He had one from his inauguration that had this cassette tape in there. So I sat down and transcribed his inaugural speech. It was so cool to hear the speakers from that day.”

A second-generation Harding alumna, Wood gets to apply her love of history to the institution she’s grown up with.

“For me, Harding has been in my life for as long as I can remember. I have this desire to not only know the history but to also be able to share it and put it out for people and preserve it in the process,” she says. “For me, it’s the love for what Harding is as an institution and where we’ve come from. You need to know where your roots are.”

To see the digital archives for yourself, visit

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer

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Construction on the First Ladies Garden is moving along.

Construction on the First Ladies Garden is moving along.

The department of physical resources has been busy this summer with a number of projects across campus. It seems like on every corner work is being done to create new spaces or improve current ones.

At the end of the week, workmen will begin tearing down three University-owned houses to make room for additional parking on the north side of campus. The new lot will provide space for approximately 120 additional cars. and enhance parking for commuting students and visitors using the Burks American Heritage Building, the student center and the McInteer. Until then, the Searcy fire department is using the space each morning for training exercises.

Construction on the first ladies garden is coming along. Located in between Legacy Park and Stevens and Shores women’s dorms, the garden will recognize past, present and future first ladies and will include five distinct gardens, a colonnade, a water feature with a sculpture, benches placed throughout for seating, and an outdoor classroom.

In addition to those new spaces, the track in First Security Stadium is getting a makeover. The process involves taking up the old track, paving, curing, putting down the new track, striping, and more curing. The improvements to the track will benefit a number of our athletic teams who train there and the entire campus community.

Central to student activity, the Hammon Student Center is undergoing a few renovations. The Center for Student Success on the second floor is expanding into the old space that housed student publications. On the first floor, Taco Bell is spreading out in their current space, Einstein Bros Bagles will be making a home, and the HUM is turning into a P.O.D. (Provisions On Demand) Market and increasing in square footage.

Next on the construction agenda is the $4 million renovation and expansion of Rhodes Field House and $2 million renovation of Ganus Athletic Center.

Hannah Owens, director of news services

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Today, we were so excited to hit the 1,000 mark on our number of photos posted on Instagram. We’re so excited to post our 1,000th Instagram photo! After a few days of voting on what kind of photo you wanted to see, the results are in.


Your number one choice was “an iconic photo.” The Harding swing is a staple of the University’s front lawn and an image with which the entire community is familiar. Did you know there’s even a plan for a do-it-yourself Harding swing at


The second most voted for photo category was “a nature photo.” These yellow beauties are sitting pretty in front of Cathcart women’s dorm. Did you know Harding has a campus beautification division of the physical resources department solely dedicated to keeping our campus as beautiful as it is?



“A black and white photo” was the third place category, but we love these classic HU scenes featured in this black and white photo. Did you know the fountain in front of the Admin is nicknamed the “lily pool” after a fountain that had actual lily pads floating in it on the Galloway Woman’s College campus?

Thanks for making our 1,000th Instagram photo memorable.

Hannah Owens, director of news services
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