Back in the saddle again

Interview by Jantzen Haley | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Dr. David B. Burks returned to the role of president Dec. 1, 2020, after serving as chancellor since 2013. His Har­ding career spans more than five decades since joining the faculty in 1967. In addition to teaching accounting in the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, he served as dean of the college for 13 years and as director of American Studies for five years. Focused on the integration of faith, learning and living ...

Pursuing a shortened pathway to Pharmacy

By Jeff Mercer, dean of the College of Pharmacy | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | This May, the College of Pharmacy will graduate its 10th class of Doctor of Pharmacy students. They will join hundreds of other Harding-trained pharmacists who are caring for patients at practice sites throughout the nation at a time when frontline health providers are needed the most. Dr. Wali Abdul, a 2020 graduate and now community pharmacist at Kroger in Mesquite, Texas, says, “Being a pharmacist is more ...

A man of mission

Compiled by Tom Buterbaugh | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Dr. Bruce McLarty’s inaugural address theme “A Community of Mission” will forever be part of the legacy our fifth president leaves at the University, saying that it is what we are and what we aspire to be. His love for his alma mater was clear in that speech and also in his daily life as he fulfilled the duties of president. Toward the end of his 2010 book Embracing the Mission, McLarty wrote, “Working at Harding is so much more than ...

Rhodes finalist

2019 alumnus Taylor Brown affects social services policy worldwide By Megan Stroud | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | During his senior social work field placement, Taylor Brown (’19) got his first taste of social policy, an experience that is changing the trajectory of his career. Along his pathway to career and educational goals, he was named a Rhodes scholar finalist for the prestigious international postgraduate award where 32 students are chosen as scholars to study at the University of Oxf ...


Holiday housing

As the on-campus portion of the semester ended Nov. 20, a number of students remained on campus through the week of Thanksgiving, and some through Christmas as well. Ten stude ...

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ADMISSIONS David Hall, manager of the Bookstore, also was named executive director of enrollment services Dec. 2, 2020.  ADVANCEMENT Ronnie Huckeba was appointed director ...

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Spotlight: Tim Hamilton

Tim Hamilton is an assistant professor of communication and multimedia producer for the University. After graduating with a B.A. in mass communication in 1980, Hamilton began ...

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Have you heard?

HU16 is now available as an app on Roku devices. The app allows users on any Roku system to watch live programming or a wide variety of past productions available through HU16 ...

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HU Online established

President David Burks announced the expansion of the University’s educational offerings with the creation of Harding University Online, led by Senior Vice President of IS& ...

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Humble servant

Jerome Barnes | 1934-2020 By Michael Justus, Student Association president 1973-74 In a world that lives for a standing ovation, humble servants are a rare breed.  They do the ...

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Oklahoma’s Secretary of Education

Profile: Ryan Walters By Katie Clement From day one, Ryan Walters (’10) has been influenced by and invested in education. From high school and college teachers to family to career, it has had a big impact on his life.  “I had several teachers wh ...

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Theatre with a twist

Profile | Jessica Pell Tate By Josie Parker Ending a year full of canceled events and disappointments, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma found a new way of telling stories on stage through an immersive outdoor show. Replacing the stage with an evening st ...

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From the editor


Both Bruce McLarty and I graduated from Harding in the class of 1978, but it only took him three yea ...

Editorial Staff

Editor/Designer Tom Buterbaugh, ’78

Copy Editor/Writer Jantzen Haley, ’17

Writers Katie Clement, ’16; Josie Parker, ’18; 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 Emma Aly, ’20; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Michael Justus, ’74; Jeff Mercer; Shannon Overcash, ’12

Final Frame


Rhodes-Reaves Field House is one of two locations for in-person chapel, which began Feb. 8. The first physical chapel since March 2020 is held in eight small sessions in both the field house and Benson Auditorium.

Vintage Harding


70 Years Ago

The Ganus Building, then the Ganus Student Center, opened in 1951. In the background, construction on the Administration building can be seen as well as Armstrong Hall, constructed in 1949.