Florence legacy

Following in their mother's footsteps 26 years later, Kailey and Swenson spent their fall semester at HUF.

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Leaves for Aris

At the beginning of November 2016, students gathered to participate in a service project to raise money for Aris Ortiz, who was was involved in an automobile accident in September 2016.

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The last meal in Pattie Cobb

Alumni reflect on the days when the residence hall also served as a cafeteria.

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Saving the best for last

The 2016 football season was the last for retiring football coach Ronnie Huckeba, but the 2016 Bisons will forever be remembered for their “firsts.”

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One moment

Dr. Jeff Hopper, dean of international programs, plays Christmas carols in the lobby of the Burks American Heritage Building during the annual open house Dec. 1, 2016.


25 years in the making

By Jennifer Hannigan | During the past 25 years, Harding has unveiled numerous buildings, launched new programs, inaugurated its fifth president, and seen graduates set out to change the world, and Harding magazine has been there to share those stories. While a common fixture in your mailbox and coffee table now, the magazine as it is stands today was a great, unknown adventure at the time. FROM BULLETIN TO MAGAZINE Prior to the creation of Harding, the main channel of alumni news was the Hardin ...

Florence legacy

By Hannah Owens | Photography by Grant Schol | Aug. 28, 1990 “I can’t believe this day is finally here! We are leaving Harding at 10 a.m. for the airport in Little Rock. We should get to Amsterdam at 9:10 a.m. — 2:10 a.m. our time. I really don’t know if I am ready for this or not. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to spend the next three months in Italy. This is truly a dream come true. Here we go … “ Kim Beach Swenson, ’92 A 16TH-CENTURY VILLA sits mong the rolling hills of Tuscany in ...

Our daily bread

Looking at how chapel shapes a semester at Harding by giving us our daily bread | By Shelby Dias and Jennifer Hannigan | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | For 30 minutes every weekday, the University does something it has honored since its beginning: gather together for chapel. In the 1924 Harding College catalog, the purpose of chapel was described as “one of the chief characteristics of the school’s work” and that the “devotional service talks [were] intended to prepare the student for dealing ...


Serving together for Ortiz

Alex Ruiz-Hamilton (’15) was raking leaves in a family’s yard while talking with her boyfriend, senior mathematics major Aris Ortiz, on her cell phone. Jokingly, she commented ...

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Pacemaking Petit Jean

For the first time in University history, Harding’s 2015 Petit Jean yearbook received a Pacemaker Award at the 2016 Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association c ...

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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 wit ...

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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 nati ...

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From the editor

Editorial Staff

Editor/Designer Tom Buterbaugh, ’78

Copy Editor/Writer Jennifer Hannigan, ’08

Writers Hannah Owens, ’11; Shelby Dias, ’15

Sports Writer Scott Goode, ’97

Photographer Jeff Montgomery, ’91

President Bruce D. McLarty, ’78

Vice President for Communications and Marketing Jana Rucker

Final Frame


Working on her laptop with a cup of coffee nearby, junior Morgan Weiland studies on a bench near the entrance to Pattie Cobb residence hall. To learn more about the days when the hall also served as a cafeteria, click here.

Vintage Harding


In 1942, students could learn a fourth R in addition to reading, writing and arithmetic — riding. The Equestrian Club gave students the opportunity to ride horses in their free time. However, being a member was more than just horsing around. Those wishing to place membership first had to pass a practical examination. In addition to being tested on their ability to curry, saddle and bridle a horse, students had to know the colors and breeds of horses, the five gaits, and 20 points of a horse including the sides and which side to mount from. In addition to riding — which members were required to do at least 10 times a quarter — the Equestrian Club learned the care and keeping of horses.