Harding at a distance

By Hannah Owens | When I stepped into the office on April 16, 2020, it was like stepping back in time. Campus had been nearly empty for more than a month, but I made the trip to campus to complete this story assignment — I knew writing would be more meaningful in this place. The stack of The Bison newspapers we provide for visitors to our department was still neatly sitting on the coffee table. Before I even turned on the office lights, visible from the doorway were the words “Leaving Florence” ...

Back to Pakistan

Interview by Jantzen Haley, photography by Dave Hogan If the opportunity arises to revisit the places where you spent your youth in the mission field more than 50 years later, you take it. Gordon Hogan, now 92 years old, and his three children, Beth James (’73), Dave Hogan (’78) and Julie Garner (’79), made a nine-day trip in early February 2020 to Lahore, Pakistan, visiting many of the places and people that marked their time as a missionary family in the 1960s. Dave, a talented photographer, s ...


Heard in chapel

Jan. 14, 2020  “I pray that during your time here you will come to love and respect this chapel hall. I pray that you will feel the presence and love of God here in a mor ...

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Newsmakers: spring 2020

Admissions Emily Conner joined the Office of Admissions in December 2019. She serves as an admissions counselor recruiting prospective undergraduate students from Northwest Ar ...

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Small agency, big impact

Mat Faulkner (’02) is the founder and chief idea officer of Think Idea Studio, a full-service marketing agency based in Searcy. Mat met his wife, Shelley Lawson, at Harding, and they have three sons. Think Idea Studio began with Faulkner working as a ...

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Faith in action

Sarah Felps Schecter (’84) found that stepping out in faith and trusting in God’s plan ended up being different than anything she had ever imagined. For more than two decades, Schecter has worked in education, and for the last 10 years she has served ...

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From the editor

Editorial Staff

Editor/Designer Tom Buterbaugh, ’78

Copy Editor/Writer Jantzen Haley, ’17

Writers Katie Clement, ’16; Hannah Owens, ’11; Megan Stroud, ’19

Sports Writer Scott Goode, ’97

Photographer Jeff Montgomery, ’91

President Bruce D. McLarty, ’78

Vice President for University Communications and Enrollment Jana Rucker

Contributors Brianna Allman; Andrea Chunn, ’95; Andy Chunn, ’94; Abigail Cooper, ’18; Grant Countess; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Wendy Davenport, ’00; Lisa Engel, ’88; Terry Engel; Briley Feringa; Hannah Jones; Michael Krupka; Melanie Meeker, ’95; Zach Neal, ’01; Emily Nicks; Jake Riggs; Briley Saunders; Kwamw Yeboah; Dan Williams

Final Frame



NASA Chief Technologist Douglas Terrier studies the poster highlighting Harding’s first grant with NASA in 1967 and showcasing the work of Dr. R.T. Clark, Bob Corbin, Dr. Harry Olree and Dr. Caroll Smith. The poster was part of the exhibit “Har­ding and NASA: Through the Years” held in Cone Chapel as part of NASA Day Jan. 27. For more on NASA Day, read here.

Vintage Harding



Dedicated March 27, 1980, this rendering was used on the cover of the dedicatory program of Benson Auditorium, which began construction in March 1978. According to the program, “It is a building for the ‘80s. The strong graphic lines of the new George S. Benson Auditorium reflect a growing and progressive period of campus history. Generous use of space, repeated lighting pattern and semicircular seating combine functionality with the aesthetic.” The architect was Yearwood and Johnson of Nashville, Tennessee, and the 58,000 square-feet facility cost approximately $2.6 million and used an estimated 350,000 red bricks.