Reunited and it felt so good

By Tom Buterbaugh | Photography by Jeff Montgomery and Madison Meyer Homecoming 2021 brought a spirited fellowship to campus. Alumni returned to partake in more than 100 events, including the Heritage Circle Banquet Thursday evening, the Black & Gold Banquet Friday evening, the parade Saturday morning, a whopping 64-7 victory by the football team Saturday afternoon following a huge tailgate with several food trucks, the magical musical “Elf” Friday and Saturday evenings, and the Sankofa Gala ...

Celebrating Botham Jean’s legacy of love

By Hailey Pruitt, photography by Jeff Montgomery The date selected for the memorial dedicated in honor of the life of Botham Jean was appropriately chosen — it would have been his 30th birthday. Students, faculty, family and friends gathered Sept. 29 to commemorate this special occasion by sharing memories. The Good News Singers, of which Jean had been a member, began the program in song. Members of the social club Sub T-16 were seated in a special reserved section, all wearing club jerseys in h ...

Making a difference

The speech-language pathology graduate clinical practicum in Zambia provides participants with more than experience as they learn to see God work in new ways By Melanie Meeker, communication sciences and disorders chair  I think about Africa every day.  Sometimes I check the weather there to see if it’s raining in Zambia. I have come to care deeply about whether the crops are growing on the other side of the planet. I’ve closely followed their recent presidential elections and often ch ...

Lives of distinction

By Hailey Pruitt Homecoming is a special time as many return to campus to reunite with friends and mentors and to remember and share stories in the place where it all began. As part of this celebration each year, the University honors alumni selected from a community of more than 40,000 who continue to live out Harding’s mission in their chosen fields all around the world. This year’s recipients continue the standard of excellence as they serve God, the church and their communities. Distinguishe ...


Enrollment up 7.6%

The University has reported an enrollment growth of 7.6 % for Fall 2021 with students from 49 states and more than 50 nations and territories. Overall enrollment is 4,970, up ...

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My View

9/11 then and now Distinguished Professor of Communication Jack Shock went to New York City 20 years ago to serve as a public affairs specialist at 9/11 and returned this fall ...

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ATHLETICS Ashley Reeves was named head softball coach in June 2021. Reeves previously served as the head coach at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. ALPHA CHI John Lim, ...

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Everyday Student

Lifesaving Award Certificate of Merit honoree Shane Ryan strives to serve WHY HARDING Shane Ryan, a senior Bible and family ministry major, knew from a young age he wante ...

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Perfect Record

Dr. Leon Blue (’72) has been running for most of his adult life. From 5Ks to full marathons, he has run hundreds of miles. A cardiologist by trade, Blue graduated from Harding and attended University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for medical schoo ...

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Loving her neighbor

Selflessly donating one of her kidneys in March 2021 has proven to be a valuable lesson for Natalie Nill (’11) in the biblical teaching of loving one’s neighbor — a lesson she carries throughout every aspect of her life, including her engineering car ...

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From the editor

Editorial Staff

Editor/Designer Tom Buterbaugh, ’78

Copy Editor/Writer Hailey Pruitt, ’10

Writers Katie Clement, ’16; Lane Gammel; Luke Humphrey, ’20; Megan Stroud, ’19

Sports Writer Scott Goode, ’97

Photographer Jeff Montgomery, ’91

President David B. Burks, ’65

Assistant Vice President for University Communications and Marketing Candice Moore

Contributors Linda Williams Bateman, ’66; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Melanie Meeker, ’95; Jack Shock, ’80

Final Frame


The baton passes from Dr. Allen Black to Dr. Mark Powell during Harding School of Theology’s Convocation Aug. 23, 2021. Powell, who has been with HST since 2002, became the eighth dean to serve.

Vintage Harding


50 Years Ago

Woodson Harding Armstrong, the wife of Harding’s first president John Nelson Armstrong, died Nov. 2, 1971, at the age of 92. She served as dean of women and professor of speech. Her father, James A. Harding, is the University’s namesake.