The transforming power of forgiveness

Roy Willmon shares a powerful story of forgiveness after a random act of violence claimed the life of his daughter and Harding student, Carla, in 1995.

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One Moment

Spring at Harding was a sight to behold this season. Take a look at some of our favorite campus shots.

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Benefitting from Beckie

From student to teacher to administrator, Dr. Beckie Weaver has left an indelible mark on this University.

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Harding: The answer to a dream

Go back to the beginning of Harding in Searcy as we share Ruby Williams’ memoirs.

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Benefiting from Beckie

By Jantzen Haley | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | On the afternoon of Feb. 13, Harding colleagues received an email announcing the retirement of Dr. Beckie Weaver after 37 years of service to the University. The announcement came from Dr. Marty Spears, provost, and his thoughts succinctly encapsulated Weaver’s passion and commitment over her time here.  “The Harding family owes her a great debt of gratitude for outstanding service as a teacher and administrator,” Spears wrote. “Dean Weaver ret ...

The transforming power of forgiveness

EDITOR’S NOTE: The ”Struggles of the Faith” chapel series each semester allows a variety of speakers to discuss with the student body how their faith has helped them overcome the burdens of everyday life. Roy Willmon’s story of forgiveness April 10, 2019, literally raised the hair on my head as I was struck by the forgiving power of the Spirit in him and in his wife. Some of our readers will remember the 1995 event described in his powerful words to the two chapel audiences. I’d like to thank Dr ...

Harding: the answer to a dream

Editor’s note: When two of Harding’s oldest alumni died at the age of 102 last year, Ruby Davis Anderson Williams, who helped with preparations in Searcy upon the move from Morrilton, was one of them. Upon her death, the magazine came upon her remembrances of the beginning of Harding in Searcy in 1934. • While hard to imagine, Harding’s 100th anniversary will be here in 2024, only five years from now. If you have stories or memorabilia from Harding’s history you would be willing to share for the ...


Business ranking high

The Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration has received national recognition from multiple college ranking sources. College Factual, the leading source of data anal ...

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My View: Solving problems

In February, Searcy was named winner of the Deluxe Corp. Small Business Revolution contest. Local businesses rallied support throughout the semester for a revitalization of th ...

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Moving up

The University announced several leadership promotions this spring across multiple offices and departments. The Provost Office made two academic leadership appointments April ...

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All students, all the time

Shelly Turpin Parks (’01) had no idea what was waiting for her when she arrived at Francis Howell North High School in Saint Charles, Missouri, on Aug. 28, 2018. The announcement was truly life changing. Parks was celebrated that day for winning 2019 ...

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Keep the lights on

If you ask Brent Beaulieu (’97) how he got into hospital administration, he will tell you, “I kind of fell into it.” “I feel like a lot of things were just laid out in front of me, and God took care of me throughout the way,” Beaulieu said, “despite ...

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From the editor

Editorial Staff

Editor/Designer Tom Buterbaugh, ’78

Copy Editor/Writer Jantzen Haley, ’17

Writers Katie Clement, ’16; Hannah Owens, ’11

Sports Writer Scott Goode, ’97

Photographer Jeff Montgomery, ’91

President Bruce D. McLarty, ’78

Vice President for University Communications and Enrollment Jana Rucker

Contributors David B. Burks, ’65; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Trace Laffoon, student writer; Jim Nichols; Ashlyn Quisenberry, student writer; Grant Schol, ’15; Ruby D. Williams, ’53; Karli Williamson, student writer; Roy Willmon

Final Frame


Defensive lineman Jordan Allison and head coach Paul Simmons greet Tony Dungy during his visit to the football team’s afternoon workout session March 28. The head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and football analyst for NBC Sports spoke to a packed Benson Auditorium as part of the American Studies Distinguished Lecture Series telling the crowd, “It’s not what you do in life — it’s how you do it. It’s not what you accomplish in life — it’s who you accomplish it for.”

Vintage Harding


The old Godden Hall bell rang Friday morning March 26, 1954, announcing Harding’s admittance into the North Central Association. The accreditation was announced by Pres. George S. Benson from Chicago only minutes after Harding was named with four other schools as a college to be admitted into the association.