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
Jeff Montgomery, director of photographic services

Name: Annelise Nutt
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Elementary education
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Studying at: HUG

HU: What is your current location?
AN: Currently we at our home away from home in Porto Rafti, which is about an hour away from Athens.

HU: What has been your favorite meal so far?
AN: That’s a really hard one! Anything Natasa (our cook) makes is absolutely amazing, but on top of that I could always go for a Chicken gyro.

HU: What is your favorite photo you’ve taken so far?


AN: I became obsessed with all of the different poppies that grew everywhere while we were in Turkey.

HU: What is your favorite part of living in the Artemis?
AN: My favorite part about living at the Artemis is how close it is to Athens and, at the same time, it’s far enough away you don’t see so many tourists. The fact that it is about a 15-minute walk to the beach is an added bonus.

HU: What is your favorite thing you’ve purchased for yourself?
AN: I got it in Turkey, and it’s something you hang in your room. It has elephants hanging on it — elephants are my favorite animals.

HU: What is your favorite site you’ve visited so far and why?
AN: So far, my favorite site we’ve seen is Ephesus, which was when we were in Turkey. We sat in one of the run-down churches on site and read through the entire book of Ephesians, and sitting there in the actual place that we were reading was like confirming that I’m not living a dream — that I’m actually here in this place where this actually happened.

HU: What country besides Greece are you most looking forward to visiting?
AN: I’m really looking forward to going to Germany during free travel because growing up I’d hear stories about it from my Grandpa, who has been multiple times, and even my mom, who went during her time at HUF back in the 80’s. Being able to add my own stories to theirs would be a lifelong dream come true.

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.


There’s a saying I’m sure you’ve heard. “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, last week, we learned that a picture is also worth 1,000 likes. For the first time, two photos posted on Harding University’s social media broke 1,000 likes, surpassing any other content we’ve ever posted.

After a storm rolled through campus last week, Frank Leasure, stockroom manager in the physical resources department, took this photo on campus while he was on his way in to a Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre show and sent it to our photographer, Jeff Montgomery. It received tremendous feedback on our Facebook page.

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In addition to receiving more than 1,000 likes, it also garnered 87 comments and 92 shares, and the photo reached 38,128 people. In fact, there were 2,184 likes total, which includes likes on shares as well.

On Instagram, we posted this photo June 15. It was taken by May 2015 graduate Grant Schol and edited by Jeff. Grant was going for a run when he came across this breathtaking view of Legacy Park.

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“I like to go for runs at sunset and run toward the sun so I can watch it,” he said. “When I came out into the opening by the Legacy Park tower, I saw that the view was spectacular.”

We thought the photo was really beautiful, and apparently you did, too!

With the number 1,000 on our minds, we also noticed that we’re about to post our 1,000th photo on Instagram! Below, you will find three options of photos. Choose the option you want to see, and the one with the most votes will be the subject of Harding’s 1,000th Instagram photo. What better way to celebrate this photographic milestone than with your help?


Hannah Owens, director of news services


What should we post as our 1,000th Instagram photo?

Name: Janet Jones
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Drama/speech with teaching certification
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Studying at: HUF


HU: What is your current location?
JJ: Florence, Italy

HU: What is your favorite part about living there?
JJ: Italian culture! Everything is so different, and I love learning new things.

HU: What is it like living in a 16th-century Italian villa?
JJ: It’s very interesting living here. My family renovates houses on the side, so I love seeing the different configurations of the villa. My favorite part about the villa is that there is so much to do here. There are so many rooms where people can chill, watch a movie, play games, etc.

HU: What was going through your mind when you first walked up that famous hill and saw where you would be living for the summer?
JJ: I was in awe. I couldn’t believe that I was living in this amazing country for the next three months. I’m still in shock that I am living in this amazing place with such an incredible view.

HU: Where in the villa do you most like to hang out and why?
JJ: I like to hang out outside. We have a court to play volleyball/basketball, and we have a giant table and two couch swings. We do homework outside when the weather is nice, and we play volleyball at night. It’s so much fun to bond with people.

HU: What do mealtimes in the villa look like?
JJ: I have yet to have a meal here that I haven’t liked. We have several options, usually with a form of pasta, some meat, fruit, bread and Nutella. We are very well fed here! Everyone sits in the same room with six long tables. At the beginning, the tables were numbered and we would each draw a number out of a bowl with a number on it. We got to eat with a different combination of people every meal. It was so much fun getting to know everyone that way.

HU: What are you most looking forward to during the semester?
JJ: I am really looking forward to free travel! I just came back from the Milan Expo yesterday, and I got to see many other countries’ cultures. It makes me that much more excited to go with my friends to the countries I have been dreaming about since I was little.

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Dad_WWII_06-19-2015-4377When I looked out my bedroom window this morning, I saw my father.

Not literally, of course. Dad went to be with the Lord Jan. 19, 2012.

But outside my window are two large Rose of Sharon bushes I transplanted from small starts he gave me one summer when I was home visiting him in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The pink one has started to bloom ahead of the white one, and each year when it does, it reminds me of the man who taught me to love and cherish God’s creation.

The bushes are located in a bed of pachysandra ground cover, also supplied from starts from my dad’s beds. In fact, I can’t imagine my yard without the flowers and shrubs he gave me through the years. I even display his Chipmunk Crossing sign that was next to our driveway all my growing up years.

A love of nature is not the only thing my dad taught me. By his very example, I learned that a man of integrity is always a man of his word.

His example also taught me other life lessons including how to love and respect your wife, how to honor God, and, as a proud World War II veteran, how to love your country.

This Father’s Day, if your dad is alive, give him the biggest hug you can. All too soon you may be wishing you could just one more time.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer


Photo by Erin Hanson

Photo by Erin Hanson

I went through college without a care in the world as to what was in my closet. My routine for finding something to wear to class consisted of finding the closest pair of jeans and a clean T-shirt. The hardest decision I ever made was choosing what color T-shirt I wanted that day. When I graduated college and got my first job, reality set in — jeans and T-shirts didn’t exactly fit the expectation of a professional appearance.

The Center for Professional Excellence, housed within the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, is launching a new project this fall to help students dress for success. The COBA Career Closet is a program that will provide professional clothes to business students for a variety of career-related needs.

“I had students ask me over the spring semester if we had any access to professional clothes,” said Jessica McCumpsey, director of the CPE. “So, we started tossing around the idea of a career closet.”

The program collects donated items of professional clothing for both men and women, and the goal for the program is to have at least one outfit for every upperclassman student if they need it.

“The idea is that students will be able to get three items per year,” McCumpsey said. “This is for the purpose of on-campus and off-campus interviews, career fairs, and even presentations.”

The CPE was created to aid students and alumni in the College of Business in their pursuit of internships and business careers. Through events in the fall and spring semesters, the center provides opportunities for students to learn interview skills, perfect their resumes, and connect with businesses interested in hiring students. You can visit the center’s website to learn more about these opportunities.

So far, the closet is stocked with a number of men’s suits and several pairs of dress pants and sports coats all by donation. McCumpsey still hopes to collect dress shirts, ties and socks for men, and there is a large need for all sizes of women’s business casual and professional wear. Contact the CPE at 501-279-5555 if you’re interested in donating.

Hannah Owens, director of news services


Name: Kory Jones
Classification: Senior
Major: English with teaching certification
Hometown: Decatur, Texas
Studying at: COE-HUS (College of Education in Scotland, a five-week summer program for pre-student teachers.)

HU: What is your current location?
KJ: Larbert, Scotland

HU: What has been your favorite experience you’ve had so far?
KJ: My favorite experience has been observing in the schools. The kids are fabulous, the teachers are so helpful, and the staff is so friendly. It’s been such a great experience to be in the school and see a different style of teaching.

HU: What is your favorite photo you’ve taken so far?


KJ: This photo is my favorite photo so far. It was taken behind the Van Loom house in Amsterdam. It’s a garden — a rather large one — that is one of many hidden behind the houses that line the canals. It was so beautiful and peaceful that I fell in love and I wish it would have fit in my suitcase.

HU: If you could go back right now to before you left and give yourself a piece of advice about the trip, what would it be?
KJ: It would be to stay calm. When things go wrong (like being delayed in airports for two days), it’s important to remember that everything will be OK and you will eventually get to where you’re going. It just might not be the way you expect.

HU: What are you most looking forward to during the semester?
KJ: I am most looking forward to free travel and “The Sound of Music” bike tour! I am a huge fan of “The Sound of Music,” and I can’t wait to get to Salzburg and see the hills.

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Uplift 2014 (Photo courtesy Uplift Media Team.)

Uplift 2014 (Photo courtesy Uplift Media Team.)

Hundreds of teenagers from across the country will be on campus this summer Uplift 2015, “Send Me.” Open to high school students in 7th-12th grades, this summer camp provides unique opportunities for youth groups and individual students to build and strengthen relationships through Bible classes throughout the day, recreational and entertaining activities, and group worship times.

When I was in middle school, my youth minister announced to the youth group that we were going to start going to Uplift. None of us had been before or knew what to expect, so the group that went the first year was small and mostly consisted of teens my age. The theme was “The Call” based on the story of Jonah. It was my first experience on the HU campus, and it was an unforgettable one.

I grew in my relationship with God and with my youth group during that week. I learned more about God’s purpose for my life and what actions I should take to glorify him in my daily walk. But the most unique thing that happened during that week was that I challenged myself to talk openly about what I was learning and how I was feeling with the rest of the group.

I remember one particular night when we were all sitting in a stairwell in the Pryor-England science building after an evening session. My youth minister was talking to all of us about his thoughts from the session, and everyone ended up taking a few minutes to share honest feelings and thoughts about struggles. We learned from each other, and our group was strengthened by our time in that stairwell. After four years as a student and almost four years as an employee, I still always think of that moment when I find myself in that stairwell.

Three sessions of Uplift will be held this summer: June 13-18, June 20-25 and June 27-July 2. You can see a schedule of the week here.

Harding played a role in my spiritual development before I even knew I was going to be a student here. And now, years later, I’m sitting here smiling because I know firsthand that starting tomorrow, Uplift campers will get to experience some of those same feelings I had.

Hannah Owens, director of news services

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Name: Thomas Hesson
Classification: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Studying at: HUG

HU: What is your current location?
TH: Porto Rafti. It’s about 45 minutes outside of Athens.

HU: What has been the most interesting thing that has happened on your journey so far?
TH: Going into Athens and seeing the Parthenon. I was completely taken aback at the sight of it.

HU: How many photos do you think you’ve taken as of now?
TH: I’ve taken more than 1,000 photos.

HU: Do you have a favorite?
TH: My favorite photo is this one because it’s the view from Porto Rafti, and it’s absolutely beautiful.


HU: What is the strangest thing you’ve eaten so far?
TH: The strangest thing we have eaten so far is definitely squid, but it was also one of my favorite things!

HU: What are you most looking forward to during the semester?
TH: It’s really hard to decide what I’m looking forward to this summer. But if I had to pick one it would definitely be our trip to Israel! I’m so excited to actually see where Jesus walked and shared the gospel.

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The 59th annual National Leadership Forum on campus began Sunday, June 7. This program, open to high school students in grades 9-12, provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, examine foreign policy, study social issues, and learn about the traditions and ideals upon which this country was established.

Yesterday, B. Chris Simpson, a University alumnus, spoke about proper communication as leaders. He is a young adult minister at the Holmes Road Church of Christ in Whitehaven, Tennessee, and this year marks the fourth time he has spoken at this event.

“My favorite part about this event is meeting the people that come up to me and say I have made a difference in their lives,” Simpson said. “When I meet them I know God hasn’t left us without representation.”

In a morning session on June 9, Simpson taught his key concepts through real life examples that were easily relatable for the young adult crowd present. He told students that there is more to people than what we immediately see, misunderstanding that idea fosters inaccurate stereotypes, and true leaders communicate and interact with the seen and unseen.

“Words are transmitted as powerful ropes to connect us throughout the ages,” Simpson said. “They are magnets diffusing energy that links strangers one to another. They are posts anchoring one human’s experience to the experience of humanity.”

Simpson pointed out leaders need to speak less and listen more, remember that people are different, and have compassion. He quoted Sharon Johnson, a life enrichment professional, saying, “Communication without compassion is brutality.”

Simpson has a gift for making teens think about oppressive stereotypes while being involved in his discussions. His questions and silly impressions kept the atmosphere light enough for them to feel comfortable answering and had them giggling throughout most of the lecture. Many came up to him afterwards to shake his hand, take a picture with him, or comment on how the topics made them think differently about themselves.

Erin Hanson, public relations intern

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