Monthly Archives May 2019

Passing the torch

You may recall the cover of last year’s spring magazine showcased a Texas native after former first lady Laura Bush spoke on campus April 16, 2018. This spring we are excited to feature another Texas native on our cover, Dr. Beckie Weaver. As the first dean of the College of Allied Health, she has forged an admirable and courageous path during her 37-year tenure at
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Categories: Editor note.

Stepping out of the ordinary

On the cusp of beginning the summer before my senior year at Harding, I was lost. I had quit the major with which I had begun school, drastically altering my eventual career path, and I had lost sight of why I was even studying Spanish in the first place. I recognized that I was in a rut, and what I wanted more than anything at that
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Categories: End Note.

Passages: Spring 2019

Edith Landiss Cavin (’41), 101, of College Station, Texas, died Jan. 6, 2019. She worked 30 years for the Federal Aviation and Social Security Administration in Kansas City, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lonnie E. Pryor Jr. (’41) and her second husband, Kay Thomas Cavin (’48). Fayetta Coleman Murray (’46), 94, of Searcy, died Jan. 8, 2019. As an infant,
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Categories: Passages.

Caring colleague

By Jim Nichols, retired distinguished professor and associate dean, College of Education I knew the first time I met Ron Finley that we would be friends. I had no idea that our friendship would last almost 45 years. Our paths first crossed at church in Camden, Arkansas. We soon realized that we would not only be worshiping together but also working together in the Fairview
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Categories: Passages.

Committed to Christ and each other

By David B. Burks, chancellor My wife, Leah, and I loved Carl and Frankie Mitchell very much. We established a close bond very early in our relationship, and we were privileged to travel with them overseas on many occasions. Carl and Frankie were spiritual giants and mentors for us. One of the first projects that I worked closely on with Dr. Mitchell was the development
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Categories: Passages.

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 Missouri Teacher of Year. On her way to the school that August morning, Parks was under the assumption that she would be
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Categories: Alumni Profiles.

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 my own efforts at times.” In January, Baptist Health — Arkansas’ largest hospital system — named
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Categories: Alumni Profiles.

Connections: Spring 2019

1948 Joseph and Jane Zazzi Mitchen celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on Nov. 2, 2018. They were married by L.C. Sears. They have six children and a host of grandchildren. (822 Canforth Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810) 1967 Gary Turner has been selected as deputy region director for Region 14 for the American Society of Quality. His duties are in assisting governance of sections in
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Categories: Connections.

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
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Categories: Features.