01-22-2015-36528You might be surprised to find out I am not a huge basketball fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Bison and Lady Bison basketball teams, and I really do love photographing basketball games at the Rhodes Field House.

01-22-2015-36635Thursday night I got my first dunk of the season thanks to Antoine Burrell. There had been a couple of dunks by Tech players, and one of them was a beautiful backwards dunk, but the Burrell dunk was a statement that this is the Bisons’ house. It was an awesome moment. I could go on and on about the great plays by both Bison and Lady Bison players and how great it is to beat Tech. The action on the court is not the only thing that make Rhodes Field House such a great place to play basketball, and here are a few of my other favorite moments from the games Thursday night.

The pep band under the direction of Dr Wesley Parker keep the Rhodes ringing with great music.

The pep band keeps the Rhodes ringing with great music.

It is great to see the players interacting with fans. Will Francis and six year old Cole Sivia watch the Lady Bisons

It is great to see players interacting with fans. Will Francis and 6-year-old Cole Sivia watch the Lady Bisons.

Cheerleaders definitely add to the atmosphere with the chants , stunts and routines.

Cheerleaders definitely add to the atmosphere with chants, stunts and routines.

If you can't come to see the games in person, you can tune in and hear the  Voice of the Bisons, Billy Morgan, call the games on KVHU.

If you can’t come to see the games in person, you can tune in and hear the Voice of the Bisons, Billy Morgan, call the games on KVHU 95.3.

Even Dr. McLarty was sporting a BEAT TECH t-shirt as he joined the Rowdies during the mens game.

Even Dr. McLarty was sporting a BEAT TECH t-shirt as he joined the Rowdies during the men’s game.

No matter what you think of the way they call the game, the Refs do work hard during a game.

No matter what you think of the way they call the game, the refs work hard during a game.


Tonight was a White Out and when the buzzer went off, clouds of baby powder filled the air as the final celebration began.


I love how the Lady Bisons include the Rowdies in the “good game line.”


Coach Walker even got a few high fives as he left the floor after the game.


My favorite moment after the game is always when the Bisons and Rowdies come together to celebrate in the middle of the court.

 Jeff Montgomery, photographer



Winter 15 coverThe winter edition of Harding magazine is finishing at the bindery so it will be mailing very soon.

The cover photo is a close-up shot of our new video board and scoreboard unveiled Saturday, Oct. 18, before the football game with Ouachita Baptist University. Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information, shares in Athletics why the 1959 team decided to honor their coach, Carl Allison, and Dr. Clifton L. Ganus on the back side of the board. The historic team reunited that Saturday, and Jerry Mote’s prayer in the End Note relays many of their thoughts. The online version features a video sequence of the board’s installation.

We introduce you to five of our McNair Program graduates and learn how the program prepared them for where they are now. You also will meet Aaron and Tabitha Hoofman Pugh, teachers whose love for travel and adventure allowed them to spend three years at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India, and who are now in Saudi Arabia.

Also in this issue, five former editors of The Bison share stories that have stayed with them, and three students reflect on their summer experiences at Honors Media and Culture.

Alumni profiles include Harding historian Esther Marie Clay Yingling (’42) and University of Florida strength and conditioning coach Paul Chandler (’03). Additional pictures of Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman’s lecture series are included online as is video of the back cover showing David Brooker’s half-court shot at Midnight Madness.

As always, let us know what you think.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

HU_CORE.jpgSunday afternoon, more than 75 new students, transfer students and parents attended the first CORE (campus orientation and registration essentials) event hosted by the University’s first year experience office. Incoming students were invited to finalize enrollment tasks, get to know one another, and become acquainted with various areas on campus.

The event provided students with the opportunity to collect their student IDs, complete essential business tasks, and receive academic advising for class registration. Students also were invited to participate in a panel discussion with faculty and staff, followed by a Q&A session.

The day ended with a meal and devotional led by Student Association ambassadors and a final campus tour. The tour was led by the FYE office peer guides — students chosen by the FYE office to help guide new students into an easy transition into college life.

“It’s always exciting to welcome new students to campus,” said Kevin Kehl, director of academic resources and the first year experience office. “Registering for classes, getting oriented to the campus environment, and making new friends prior to the start of classes are all important aspects of beginning a successful college experience. We are honored that they have chosen to join our community of mission.”

- Bethany Aspey, web content manager

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01-10-2015-34468This past weekend Harding hosted the Christian College Choral Festival. The clinician for the event was Dr. Jerry McCoy from the University of North Texas. Twelve different groups from nine schools each performed a couple of numbers at the Saturday evening concert. The best part was when all 450 students combined to form one chorus. It was a wonderful evening of music.

Jeff Montgomery/photographer

From left to right: Ty Finley, Tara FInley, and Coach Ronnie Huckeba.

From left to right: Ty Finley, Tara Finley, and Coach Ronnie Huckeba.

Last year, Harding Academy senior Tara Finley painted a depiction of a bison, titled “Bison Warrior” for her older brother, former Harding football player Ty Finley. Since then, the painting has received notable recognition among the Harding community. The painting was a graduation present for Ty, who played for the University for four years.

“I wanted to show him how much I respected him and how proud I was of him for his hard work and dedication in everything he does. I’ve never met a more driven person than him,” Finley said.

Though the siblings are six years apart in age, Finley is thankful for the example her brother has been to her and spent several months working on a project she hoped would convey that.

“Art is what I do, so it made sense for me to express all this through art,” Finley said.

Finley also presented a donated framed print to Coach Huckeba and is excited about the possibility of sharing her work with others.

“Bison Warrior” first gained attention at Harding Academy’s annual art show, where Finley was approached by David Hall, manager of the University’s bookstore. Increased interest in the piece led to the production of prints for the bookstore.

“The most exciting thing has been that people love my work,” Finley said. “It’s so humbling and amazing to know that people appreciate what you do best.”

Finley is thankful for the learning experience this opportunity has provided as well as the encouragement this project has brought her as an artist. She plans to attend Harding as a freshman in fall 2015 to pursue art or a related field. A fourth generation Harding student in her family, her grandfathers have both served as department heads at the University, and her parents and two older brothers are Harding alumni.

“I am a Harding girl through and through,” Finley said. “I love the Harding community, and I am thankful for the foundation it has given me.”

Prints and stretched canvases of “Bison Warrior” are now available in the bookstore for purchase and online at hubookstore.harding.edu.

Bethany Aspey, web content manager



According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘friendly’ is “acting like a friend,” “kind and helpful, “having or showing the feelings that friends have for each other,” and “showing support or approval.” The word friendly” is often used to describe a person, and it communicates a positive and pleasant impression of that individual. When the Huffington Post released a list created by niche.com of the 20 colleges with the friendliest students, it seemed very fitting to me that my alma mater made the list.

Harding came in at No. 15 on the list among other schools from California to Pennsylvania. According to the Huffington Post article, Niche gathered their results after surveying more than 55,000 current students and recent alumni.

There’s something about this place and the people here — something unique and special. When I walk the hallways in academic buildings, run downstairs to the student center to grab lunch, or pick up some extra editing pens in the bookstore, I encounter it. Hundreds of kind, thoughtful, helpful, and yes, friendly people have made Harding a truly wonderful place for me.

Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services

Christmas lightsPerhaps you saw Sports Information’s post that Lady Bison basketball is in a tie with Indiana-Pennsylvania, for 25th place in the USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

You might have thought because Indiana and Pennsylvania are both states that Sports Information was confused. Actually, no, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is located in the town of Indiana in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

It is my hometown, but its even greater claims to fame lie in two Christmas-related items. The “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” has 17 Christmas tree farms and also is the boyhood home of Jimmy Stewart, star of the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Christmas has a magical feel on the streets of that small western Pennsylvania town. It is something I miss but am so thankful for the beautifully lighted and decorated campus we have right here at Harding, which will put anyone in the Christmas spirit.

If you live nearby, come enjoy a walk on the quadrangle. Wherever you may be, have a blessed and wonderful Christmas season.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer


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Thinking of what do to with friends or for a date in Searcy during the weekend can get frustrating. After a while it starts to feel like you’ve been to all the restaurants, and if there isn’t a good movie playing, it feels like your option is to seek an activity in another town or just stay in. But this is not the weekend to go out of town or stay in — here are just a few reasons why attending a Harding play makes the best date:

No car? No problem. I myself didn’t have a car for my freshman year, which can make it difficult to pick someone up for a date, but the Ulrey is conveniently in walking distance from campus for you and your date.

You “have” to go see it. You may know a friend who is in the cast or crew, and you are just trying to be a supportive friend. Maybe you’re getting extra credit for a theatre appreciation class — either way, ask your date to help you out with your play-attending obligations.

Intermission is your friend. I’ve heard several complaints from guy friends that though movies are stereotypically thought of as a good date idea, it’s difficult to talk to your date and actually use that time to get to know them. This is where the intermission can help you out — several minutes to discuss what’s been happening during the play and ask some typical get-to-know-you questions.

There’s still time for sonic.  As a student, I remember living the fear and the drama of rushing back to campus from a late movie to make it back in time for curfew. (As if I wasn’t going to see the Hunger Games opening night.) Going to a play is close enough to the dorms and ends early enough you don’t have to worry about getting back to campus late and even have time to stop for ice cream.

If the date goes poorly, at least you saw an awesome play. If we’re going to be honest here, some dates just are not as fun as you hoped they might be. So, in this case, since I have never seen a Harding play I didn’t like, you aren’t risking a weekend on a bad date, because you most likely just saw a great play.

So if you find yourself wondering where to take your date this weekend, or even a group of friends, go to a Harding play — a hilarious performance of Charley’s Aunt — showing tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center.


- Bethany Aspey, web content manager


Every year, students in the department of art and design’s printmaking class raise money for a local Searcy family or charity by selling hand-printed Christmas cards using relief and intaglio printing.


In relief printing, you start by drawing your image on a block of wood in reverse. The image will be reversed when printed. Once the image is drawn on the wood, the nonimage areas are cut away, leaving the image raised in relief. A brayer charged with ink is rolled over the surface of the wood and the ink is deposited on the high points – the image area. Paper is laid on the surface of the block, and pressure is applied, which transfers the ink from the block to the paper. Multiple colors are printed one color at a time onto the paper. The colors must be carefully registered so that the image prints in correct alignment.

Intaglio is the direct opposite of relief printing. Usually zinc and copper plates are used for the surface and the image area is etched or engraved. In printing, the ink is wiped on to the plate and then wiped away so the ink is deposited only in the lower areas. The paper has to be damp in order to mold around the plate and print the plate.


Stop by the Student Center Tuesday and Thursday of dead week to purchase your pack of hand-printed cards. Each pack is $10 and includes five original cards.

Jennifer Allen, graphic design intern

1939 Burning of the Morgage

The campus is empty this Thanksgiving Day as students have a full week off to celebrate the holiday.

Seventy-five years ago, the campus was active on Thanksgiving Day as Lectureship was held during that week. A feast was prepared on campus with barbecue pits full of beef and pork ready for faculty, students and guests to enjoy.

Thanksgiving Day 1939 was going to prove to be one for the history books as Dr. George S. Benson, president for just three years, had met his goal of setting the campus debt free, which he announced to a crowded auditorium.

Soon the crowd gathered around a large bonfire on the front lawn lit by Benson where J.N. Armstrong, Harding’s first president, threw the cancelled mortgage into the flames. The “Alma Mater” was joyfully sung, and, according to the 1940 Petit Jean, the Alumni Association presented a gift of $5,000 in insurance policies to Benson to begin an endowment.

The burning of the mortgage that Thanksgiving Day 75 years ago allowed Harding to go forward debt free and become the University we know and love today.

The staff of Harding magazine is thankful for these men and women who went before us paving the way for the blessings we enjoy today. We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving as we give thanks to God for his rich provisions.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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