Around, there & back again

In summer 2018, 33 students circled the globe with International Programs to study the art and architecture of worship.

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Planting neighborhood seeds

In a Pontiac, Michigan, neighborhood, a group of University alumni are planting seeds and nurturing people to create a sense of community.

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One Moment

Students, faculty, staff and community neighbors gather on the C.L. Kay Plaza to honor the life of 2016 alumnus Botham Shem Jean. A candlelight vigil of praise and prayer was held Sept. 10 in memory of Jean whose tragic death in Dallas Sept. 6 shook the campus. For his obituary, see page 35. [Photo by Noah Darnell]


Planting neighborhood seeds

Written by Savanna DiStefano and Hannah Owens | Videos created by Mitchell Brooks | Coleman Yoakum (’09) and Dylan Pyeatt (’09) had a general idea of what they were walking toward when they left campus on foot and headed to Woodruff Avenue in Searcy. After a year of participating in a local jail ministry, they’d heard many inmates with whom they’d talked call Woodruff Avenue home. “What could we do?” they asked themselves. On a fall day during their sophomore year in 2006, Coleman and Dylan made ...

Around, there & back again

Text and photography by Noah Darnell | Phileas Fogg fictionally went around the world in 80 days. Nellie Bly made it a reality in 72, a decade prior to airplane travel. But in summer 2018, 33 students circled the globe with International Programs to study the art and architecture of worship. In 47 days they circumnavigated the globe. What does it mean for art to be “religious”? Where might one find a transcendent space? How can design reflect the numinous or suggest the presence of the divine? O ...

There’s a new chef in town

Interview by Jantzen Haley | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Anthony J. Tally was hired as the University’s new executive chef in spring 2018. Tally is responsible for directing the University’s dining program and for creating and executing the menu for events. He most recently served as executive chef at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where he worked for the last 10 years. Tally’s culinary career spans 27 years in the Little Rock area where he has served as a chef for several re ...



Center for Student Success John Mark Warnick was named director of academic resource services in May. College of Allied health Jennifer Fisher, assistant professor of communic ...

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Planning for retirement

A recent New York Times article examined the pros and cons of collecting social security benefits following retirement. According to the article, “each year past your full ret ...

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2018 Alumni Awards

With a community that spans a history of nearly 100 years and includes more than 64,000 members, the number of accomplishments, awards, recognitions and honors are countless and cover a myriad of fields. Recognizing those who are going the extra mile ...

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Baking where you are planted

Elizabeth Keese (’14) developed a love for baking at an early age, but she never dreamed of the doors she would walk through as a result. The beginning dates back to a batch of cookies in kindergarten, but Keese’s baking career really took flight in ...

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From the editor

Editorial Staff

Editor/Designer Tom Buterbaugh, ’78

Copy Editor/Writer Jantzen Haley, ’17

Writers Dillon Holsonback, ’17; Jonathan Murphy; 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 Allen Black, ’74; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Noah Darnell, ’10; Savanna DiStefano, ’18; Allen Frazier, ’83

Final Frame


Finis Caldwell, a member of the first graduating class of the Graduate School of Religion (now Harding School of Theology) in Memphis, Tennessee, joins in the 60th anniversary celebration by blowing out the candles on the cake during the reception held in L.M. Graves Memorial Library. Addressing guests in the chapel preceding the reception, Dr. Evertt Huffard, former vice president and dean, gave the history of the school and quoted founding dean Dr. W.B. West Jr. who said the school was “founded to provide maximum service to the church and humanity.”  

Vintage Harding


Even back in 1968, the cover of the Lectureship brochure announced the theme for the Bible lectures which were held Monday-Thursday of Thanksgiving week with a barbecue dinner for all on Thanksgiving Day. This year’s Lectureship had the theme “Written in Stone: The Enduring Value of the Ten Commandments” and occurred Sept.30-Oct 3.”