When the fourth member of the Bush family addressed the Harding community in April, student writer Kaleb Turner went behind the scenes to explore former first lady Laura Bush’s formative experiences. Other features include an up close glance at how 12 areas of the University operate and a story about how two families came together to raise five siblings they adopted.
Nov. 9, 2017, looked similar to many other days on campus. 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. Five photographers captured thousands of images we condensed to give you a portion of the moments that constitute one day in this place we call Harding.
Get a taste and microscopic view of what our new Summer Undergraduate Research in Florence programs looks like. Inside, features include an article by Hayley Waldron about an unexpected turn in her and her husband, Harrison’s, lives and letters written by missions to the places in which they serve.
The cover of this issue of Harding magazine highlights Chancellor Emeritus Clifton L. Ganus’ remarkable 70 years of service. Inside, features include a visit to the First Ladies Garden where we talk with our three living first ladies, head to Ohio for a visit with Mac Sandlin and family on his journey to his doctorate, hear from seniors who were “freshmen together” with Dr. McLarty in 2013 when he became president, and meet the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Scott Goode tells the story of the University’s first ever football team to complete an undefeated season, claim an outright conference championship, host an NCAA Division II playoff game, and win an NCAA Division II playoff game. Other features include a behind-the-scenes look at our daily chapel, the history behind Harding magazine now in its 25th year, and the experiences of one alumna and her two children who attended HUF 26 years apart.
Harding relies heavily on the behind-the-scenes work of its staff. Through their dedication, drive and vision, they allow the University to continue its pursuit of excellence. Five of these exceptional staff members are featured in this issue, beginning on page 20. A new name on the masthead is Jana Rucker. As the University’s newest vice president, she is now heading our communications and marketing efforts. You can read more about her appointment on page 8. Other features include a photo feature on the newly renovated Ganus Activities Complex and a piece written by Dr. Phil Thompson on handling grief.
Hannah Owens and Jeff Montgomery traveled with the kinesiology and communication sciences and disorders groups going to Tuba City, Arizona, to spend their week on the Navajo reservation. Through words and photos, they share the experiences of the two diverse groups working there beginning on page 18. Other stories include a feature highlighting various campus organizations and piece on the University’s department of public safety.
International programs administrator Ashel Parsons shares dynamic images capturing the beauty of Iceland, which is as a component of Harding University in England study abroad program. Other features include an in-depth profile of student athletic trainers and two freshman’s perspectives on club week.