Winter 1993

My first Harding magazine was the first Harding magazine, and oh, how things have changed.

I remember meetings where we discussed whether or not we were going to use computer layout or continue using the old paste-up method. A color cover on a glossy magazine was going to be a big deal especially coming from a black and white newsprint publication.

05-28-2015-3749Back in the early nineties, we shot a lot of black and white and not very much color. We shot this first cover with a Bronica 645 camera using 100 speed Fuji slide film. Back then, we had to get color separations made for each color image, and if you started with a slide or a positive image, your separation was only one generation away from the original. That was important because every generation away from the original art caused some loss of quality. We used the 645 camera because the negative was six by four and half centimeters which is almost four times bigger than a 35 millimeter frame, and that bigger image area gave better detail than a small frame.

Back then I also developed the film myself in my own darkroom. Typing the previous sentence scares me to death now. I was only 23 years old back then, and I guess I wasn’t smart enough to appreciate how serious of a job I was doing. Thankfully, the film turned out.

I have been blessed to have worked on Harding magazine for all of these years with a really wonderful group of people. I still have a great sense of pride when I see my name listed under the word photographer on page two of the magazine. I really do have the best job on campus!

Jeff Montgomery, photographer




I joked that, on the cover of the first magazine I wrote for, my byline needed to be directly under the masthead. That winter 2009 magazine was my first issue and still holds my highest word count. At the time, the director of news services was on maternity leave, which left me to write three of the four features, both alumni profiles, a faculty point of view, and a handful of news stories.

I learned a lot working on that first magazine; I had to. And while it was a little stressful to do something I’d never professionally done before on such a large scale, there was also something very freeing about it. I didn’t have habits or formulas for writing already in place. Everything was new, and I had to go with my gut and not look back. There wasn’t time to look back because there was always another piece waiting to be written.

Holding the finished, printed product in my hands was like holding my children on the day they were born. OK, not really, but it was pretty satisfying and rewarding. I’m thankful that, since then, I’ve been able to write for almost 20 issues and each one is just as rewarding — and a lot less stressful.

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer


When I first started working for Harding in September 2011, one thing I looked forward to the most was writing for the Office of Public Relations’ alumni publication, Harding magazine. Still one of my most favorite job responsibilities, writing for the magazine is something that I always look forward to doing.

The first magazine I wrote for was the winter 2012 issue. My background was mostly in writing, but I was still overwhelmed at the task assigned to me of writing a four-page feature story that highlighted three graduates from the University’s criminal justice department. I was so excited when I found out it was going to be the cover story of the issue. When the magazine came out, I proudly taped it up on a wall in my office. It felt good to see my name in print by something on which I had worked so hard.

That issue included several big news stories for the University, including Dr. David Burks’ announcement of his retirement as president, the launch of the University’s largest single construction project ever — Legacy Park, and the end of an 87-year-old tradition as one single commencement ceremony turned into two. It was also the first magazine to include a favorite section of mine called “My View,” where I get to talk with a faculty member about their view on a current issue in the news or a relative topic to the HU community.

Since then, Dr. Bruce McLarty has taken over as president and has just finished his second school year in that role, Legacy Park is on its third phase of expanding, and commencement has grown to three ceremonies. I’m excited to watch Harding move forward into a bright future and to continue to tell the stories of this great University.

Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services

Harding spring cover 15I was like a little boy in a toy store when the first boxes of Harding magazine arrived on campus.

More than a year in the making, the spring magazine represents what Director of Public Relations David Crouch calls “a fresh approach to our image.” Our goal was not to change simply for change’s sake, but to tell Harding’s story in the best and most relevant way for you, our readers.

Our staff sought your input through an online and mailed survey in spring 2014 and, information in hand, began the process of deciding what we would become. Icons were designed by then student intern and now alumna Jennifer Allen, and a new size, paper stock, fonts and header design were selected, and new templates were constructed. We hope you like the end result.

I’ve been with this magazine since it’s first issue arrived in early 1993. We were thrilled to be sending a magazine rather than the tabloid known as the Bulletin that had been in existence since Harding began. Sure, the magazine was all black and white and only 24 pages with a color cover back then, but it was a big step up from where we had been. We hope you will see in this issue another big step forward in our efforts to tell Harding’s story of mission.

There are new columns, opportunities for you to share your experiences in a new section we call “Your Words,” a new double-page photo feature named “One Moment,” and much more.

Our photographer, Jeff Montgomery, and I traveled with the art and design department to give you an up close look at the hands-on learning the graphic design, fine arts and interior design concentrations were able to achieve during their visit to the Windy City in April. Enjoy other features on diverse topics from the new website to accreditation to three alumnae making a difference in Arkansas and around the world.

Our pullout insert lists those of you who generously gave to the University in 2014, helping to keep Harding one of the best values around.

What do you think of the new issue? Email and let us know.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

Harding will host the Arkansas Special Olympics summer games May 21-23, celebrating 22 consecutive years having the event on campus.

Opening ceremonies kick off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, and activities last through closing ceremonies at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Events include eight sports, and more than 2,000 athletes and 500 coaches are expected to attend. Competitions will be held in aquatics, athletics, bocce, unified bocce, flag football, golf, powerlifting and team softball.

Special Olympics is always an enjoyable event on campus that brings people from all over Arkansas to cheer on these athletes. One of my most favorite moments of the opening ceremony is when members of motorcycle clubs from across the state drive onto the track of First Security Stadium and roar their engines as they circle around the field and wave to participating Olympians. It’s a crowd favorite. They also line up before the ceremony and give support and encouragement to athletes as they march into the stadium for the first time.

Motorcyclists wave to athletes in the stands at Special Olympics Arkansas 2014.

Motorcyclists wave to athletes in the stands at Special Olympics Arkansas 2014.

A member of an Arkansas motorcycle club high fives a young athlete prior to opening ceremonies at SOAR 2014.

A member of an Arkansas motorcycle club high fives a young athlete prior to opening ceremonies at SOAR 2014.

A Special Olympics athlete excitedly readies for a high five during his entrance into the stadium for the games' opening ceremonies.

A Special Olympics athlete excitedly readies for a high five during his entrance into the stadium for the games’ opening ceremonies.

Join us for opening ceremonies on Thursday night, and check out a full schedule of events throughout the weekend here.

Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services


I think it’s safe to say that most students have a Harding experience that includes spending spring afternoons on the front lawn, building relationships with new friends at the start of a school year, and cheering on the Bisons at various athletics events. And many students experience Harding for a semester in another country.

This summer, we’ll be sharing Q&A-style profiles on a few students as they experience the opportunity Harding provides in unique cultures and extraordinary sites at the University’s international programs in Florence, Italy, and Athens, Greece.

Name: Janzen Teague
Classification: Junior
Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Studying at: HUF

HU: What is your current location?
JT: Scandicci. We’re 30-45 minutes from Florence staying in a beautiful villa in the Italian countryside.

HU: What has been the most interesting thing that has happened on your journey so far?
JT: We haven’t been here long, so I’m sure there are many interesting things to come, but some of us almost got cut off by some train doors in the Atlanta airport to start the trip off with some excitement!

HU: How many pictures do you think you’ve taken as of now?
JT: Close to 100

HU: Do you have a favorite?
JT: My favorite is the first picture I took from the terrace of the villa right after we got here on Thursday night.


HU: What is the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
JT: The Italian diet is pretty straightforward; lots of pasta, a meat dish, vegetables, fruits, and bread — and coffee with every meal.

HU: What are you most looking forward to during the semester?
JT: If I’m being honest, I’m most looking forward to a nice Southern Italian beach! In a couple of weeks, we get to go stay in a castle, and I am pretty ecstatic for that as well!

Harding University arch

Summer has officially arrived and with it, an emptier campus, at least for the moment. School may be out for most, but campus doesn’t completely shut down in the summertime.

Intersession classes started May 11 and go until May 22. From the list of 58 classes being offered, 606 students are spending the next two weeks learning as much as they can in a variety of subjects from meteorology to medieval art. Class offerings are available to students in psychology, science, math, history, English, sociology, art and communication. Summer classes also start May 11 and go until July 31, and many students are choosing to stay and study in Searcy for the summer.

Harding also hosts a number of programs on campus throughout the summer, including Arkansas Special Olympics summer games May 21-23, and the 72nd session of Arkansas Girl’s State, a program created by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas to allow high school juniors to participate in hands-on citizenship training, which begins May 31. This year marks the 22nd consecutive year Special Olympics has been held on the University campus. It’s an event to which the whole community looks forward.

Also on the calendar is three sessions of Uplift, four sessions of Honors Symposium and one of Honors Media and Culture, two Summer Stampede programs, three shows in the department of theatre’s Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre, and the 59th annual National Leadership Forum. For details, visit Stay tuned for our favorite stories and photos covering all the excitement in store at Harding this summer.

Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services

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David Chung, Seo Hyun Jang (Katy), Sang Hyun Ryou and Jong Eui Jang

For those of us living and working in an educational community, commencement exercises each year are bittersweet moments. Sad from the perspective that the students we have come to know and love during their four- or five-year span at Harding are moving on to their careers. We are happy from the perspective that we get to meet their family and friends who come to share in the commencement services.

Such was the case at the May 9 commencement for my wife, Lola, and me. Seo Hyun Jang (known as Katy to us) walked across the stage to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. We came to know Katy when she joined our Wednesday evening home Bible study. Her quiet spirit and thoughtful questions made her an instant member of the group comprised mostly of Chinese students. She often stayed later than the others to visit with Lola.

Katy came to Harding via Texas Christian University and the University of Texas–Arlington. During most of her semesters at Harding, Katy worked at one or two jobs, mostly on weekends, to help finance her education. She worked long hours and studied even longer hours to prepare for her classes. Her goal was to receive that degree, and on Saturday she accomplished that goal as she walked across the stage at 4:15 p.m. That shining moment was captured on video by her husband of three months, David Chung, as he hung over the railing of the balcony of the Benson Auditorium to capture every second of her trek across the stage.

Lola and I were very pleased to have Katy’s parents visit our home prior to the graduation ceremonies. The couple does not speak English, but son-in-law David served as their official interpreter. Jong Eui Jang (father) and Sang Hyun Ryou (mother) are a delightful couple and were eagerly soaking up every minute of their first American experiences. Her parents had traveled halfway around the world to participate in a ceremony in which they could not understand more than just a few words. But when the name Seo Hyun Jang was called, the expression on their faces reflected the happiness and pride that was the highlight of the long trip.

After the ceremony standing by the fountain in the plaza in front of the auditorium, we had the opportunity to meet some of Katy’s friends from the Korean community in Little Rock. After the introductions were made, Lola and I soon found ourselves in the midst of multiple conversations all being carried on in the Korean language. Our expertise in Korean is nonexistent, and so we just smiled and nodded as the conversations continued.

Unlike most of the international students we have known, Katy will not be going back home but instead will be living in the Dallas area where her husband is a minister. We will be more likely to see her again in Texas than we would have ever been if she had returned to Korea. However, the chances are slim that we will ever see her parents again unless we take them up on the offer to visit them in Korea.

Bittersweet moments.

David Crouch, Director of Public Relations



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This Saturday, approximately 850 graduates will receive diplomas at commencement exercises. Ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the University’s George S. Benson Auditorium.

Graduation speakers this year include Dr. Elizabeth Wilson for the 9 a.m. ceremony, Dr. Tony Finley for the 12 p.m. ceremony, and Dr. John Henderson for the 3 p.m. ceremony.

It blows my mind a little bit that it was four years ago when I was completing the last few finals of my undergraduate collegiate career at Harding and eagerly anticipating Saturday morning when I would officially be a college graduate.

That year, 2011, commencement was held in the Ganus Athletic Center. Graduates sat in the middle of the floor and friends and family members packed into the bleachers. When the last name was called, the whole arena erupted in what President McLarty now likes to call “unrestrained exuberance.” Graduates around me were standing and cheering and holding up their degrees like a Super Bowl trophy. I made eye contact with my family and was overwhelmed with emotion.

I love Harding graduations. Now that we have three ceremonies, I go and sit through all three to live tweet moments and photos throughout each one, and I enjoy that. But what I really enjoy is watching hundreds of students and hundreds of proud family members soak up the shining moment of this huge academic accomplishment.

What do you remember about your own graduation from Harding? Comment below and share your thoughts with us. If you’re in town for the graduation festivities, share your photos and moments with us using #HUgrad15. Congratulations, class of 2015!

Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services

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On April 24 the University held it’s annual Faculty/Staff Dinner to recognize the work and achievements of its employees. At the dinner 108 individuals received pins recognizing a total of more than 1,800 years of service to the institution. As Chancellor Emeritus Clifton L. Ganus Jr. has often said, “They come, and they stay.”

Thirty-four individuals received their first pins marking 10 years of service, and one person was recognized for 50 years of service. In between the two extremes is where I found myself standing with the other two recipients (Dr. Edmond Wilson and Bill Spurlock) of 45-year pins. It was the eighth time our names had been called together.

Edmond is a professor of chemistry, and Bill is a master tinsmith/journeyman in the physical resources department. Individually, we are probably as different as any three recipients could be. Our chosen paths of service to Harding are diverse, but I consider each essential to the success of the school.

As different as our roles have been, we all have something in common. We have that little pin representing for each of us 45 years of Harding memories. Though our memories are different, those pins represent our commitment to the Harding community.

We came, and we stayed.

David Crouch, Director of Public Relations

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