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The day that was Nov. 9, 2017, looked similar to many others on campus. With a high of 63 and a low of 38, even the temperature was close to normal on this sunny fall day. As the sun rose at 6:36 a.m., the campus slowly came to life. Later as the day grew dim, activity peaked until fading away for a night’s rest.

But in every day, there are moments that set the 24 hours apart. All of the collective activity can be broken down into a community of mission that is building friendships, gaining knowledge, sharpening skills, making memories and growing in faith. The ordinary gives way to glimpses of the extraordinary, and that’s what Harding magazine set out to record on this particular day.

Although a typical day with nothing notable on the calendar besides the much-welcomed muffin chapel, that Thursday came alive with classes, chapel, rehearsals, practices, labs and more. Abigail Cooper, Noah Darnell, Sterling McMichael, Jeff Montgomery and Abby Tran captured thousands of images we condensed to give you a portion of the moments that constitute one day in this place we call Harding.


The sun rises on the Beebe-Capps Boulevard entrance to the campus.

Brittany Martin scrapes the ice off her back windshield outside Pattie Cobb Hall. Two runners get their exercise before class. An almost empty cafeteria provides a place for Ross Smith to begin the day studying.

Two students venture to class at 7:50 a.m. as the campus comes to life.

College of Business Administration Dean Al Frazier holds a breakfast meeting with the COBA student advisory board. Pat Rice swims laps at the Ganus Activities Complex. Mingming Jiang goes over her accounting notes in the COBA Cafe as she prepares for a test. Zach Heard, Paul Pearson and Josh Syrotchen work together in Assistant Professor of Business Ellis Sloan’s investment class. Assistant Professor of Theatre Dottie Frye gives a tour of the Ulrey Center to visiting students from Cabot Public Schools.

Grant Clemens records 9 a.m. chapel in the Reynolds TV studio. Muffin chapel is one of the highlights of the semester as students enjoy the treats waiting for them on the C.L. Kay Plaza. Assistant Dean of Students Brandon Tittle speaks in chapel on the topic of adoption. From the eagle’s nest in the Benson, student workers run the audiovisuals for the screens.

Assistant Professor of Music Jay Walls directs the Chorus in a rehearsal. Pilot Ken McConnaughhay prepares the University plane for a flight to St. Paul, Minnesota, for a presidential reception in Afton. Students eat and fellowship on the front lawn. Paul Peterson hangs cascading lights preparing the campus for Christmas.

Dedicated at Homecoming, the Nicholas Smith Recreational Area at Gin Creek provides a tranquil spot for late afternoon outdoor activities.

Mid-afternoon finds marketing, communication, public relations and graphic design students talking with Jay Hall from Promos and Logos at a networking mixer in the Rhodes-Reaves lobby. While the football team practices on the field, Kendall Nacenceno works on his vaulting. Natalie Clark focuses on her organic and biological chemistry lab work. Athletic training student Carter Ness treats D.J. Radabaugh.

The cafeteria provides a place for early evening socializing.

Armstrong Hall resident Jacob Doak folds a shirt in the nearby laundromat. Campus security provides cart rides for students’ safety. Women’s intramurals flag football competition is intense on a cool evening. After midnight, Levi Wallis enjoys playing Xbox from the comfort of his bed in Allen Hall.

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