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Viewpoint: Senior status

It is hard to believe I am completing the fourth year of my presidency. I think of it as my senior year, having begun my first year with the freshman students in 2013. This senior class of 2017 is the one I began with, and they will always have a special place in my heart. See page 26. I am sure my fellow seniors can identify with what a ride this year has been, filled with accomplishments, challe ...

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A place at the table

By Shelby Dias | Photography by Scott Huck In June 2014, Mac Sandlin, associate professor of Bible, and his wife, Jenni, moved from Searcy to Cedarville, Ohio, with their three children — Elijah, Josie and Judah — for Mac to pursue a doctoral degree in theology at the University of Dayton. Both born and raised in Beebe, Arkansas, Mac and Jenni were accustomed to frequent family visits and hefty Sunday-afternoon home-cooked meals before moving away from their hometown. After dinner one evening, they discuss how different it was having their first Sunday lunch in their new home. “We get here that first Sunday, and we don’t know anybody at church,” Mac says before taking a bite of panna cotta J ...

First Ladies Garden Party

By Jennifer Hannigan | Photography by Jeff Montgomery On a brisk March morning, first ladies Louise Ganus, Leah Burks and Ann McLarty gathered for tea under the colonnade in the First Ladies Garden. Upon sitting down at the table together, Burks remarked how nice it was for them to still be in the same place as many past university presidents and their wives tend to leave after retirement. The three women, who collectively make up more than 50 years of Harding’s history, share a special bond having served in the same role. Through their connection, these first ladies of Harding are able to provide support and understanding for each other that few others can. As to be expected when three frie ...

Fellow freshmen

By Hannah Owens | Photography by Kazu Fujisawa and Jeff Montgomery Harding University started its 90th year with the ceremonious tradition of convocation on the morning of Aug. 15, 2013. Incoming freshmen and their families gathered in Benson Auditorium to celebrate the University’s newest students and the states, countries and territories they represent. “When I was named the next president of Harding,” Dr. Bruce McLarty said to students in the ceremony, “I knew before I ever saw your faces that I would have a very special relationship with this year’s freshman class because, you see, we get to be freshmen together.” Pomp and circumstance At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, McLarty ...

Newsmakers: Spring 2017

Business office John Noah became director of the business office in January, replacing Molly Douglas ...

My View: Media’s role

The term “fake news” has populated numerous headlines and been used as a definition for completely f ...

Theatre offers new majors

The department of theatre added three new majors and revised its two current majors. Beginning fall ...

Hall of fame grows to 100

On Friday, Feb. 3, at a ceremony in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building Founder’s Room, Bison Boosters inducted new members into the Harding Athletics Hall of Fame. The 16 members of the 201 ...

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Fourth in the nation

On Aug. 21, 2016, women’s basketball assistant coach Weston Jameson posted on Instagram a picture of the team’s first meeting of the school year — a cookout around the pool at the home of head coach T ...

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Your Words: Spring 2017

Q: What is your favorite memory from Spring Sing? Drum solo in the early 1980s. The drummer was on a pedestal that lifted up. Fantastic! Joan Miller, ’97 Bedford, Texas After Sept. 11, the hosts, hostesses and ensemble singing “United We Stand.” I was working on crew backstage, and it was a showstopper! Jena Fritz Encizo, ’06 Shannon Hills, Arkansas My favorite memory is every year when the show e ...

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End Note: The letter jacket and the 200 butterfly

The last week of August 1974, I enrolled as a freshman at Harding. As I stood in the registration line in American Heritage, I noticed a middle-aged man dressed very well in coat and tie making a beeline for me. He came right up to me, looked me in the eye, and asked, “Are you Lee Thornton from Nashville?” “Yes sir,” I replied. “Can you swim?” he asked. “Yes sir.” Without missing a beat, Coach Arn ...

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