Introducing our next president

Compiled by Katie Clement  Dr. Mike Williams was announced as the sixth president of Harding University Oct. 27, 2021, and begins his presidency June 1. Williams earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University in 1985 and later returned to earn his Master of Business Administration. He earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He began serving on Harding’s admissions staff in 1987, was named director of admissions services in 1991, and was appointe ...

New York state of mind

By Luke Humphrey Photography by Meleri York, Madison Meyer, Jaxon Nash and Mallory Gowen On Jan. 1, more than 100 Harding students and professors — seven groups spanning multiple programs, departments and colleges — arrived in New York City for the educational experience of a lifetime. Every year, students take this trip for class credit by completing assignments before, during and after. Over the course of a week, the groups learned through various channels, from museums and guided tours to rea ...

El Futuro offers hope and healing to Spanish speakers with mental health needs

Director and alumnus Dr. Luke Smith finds that building trust, compassion and connection is key By Rupen Fofaria, EdNC.org, originally published Oct. 15, 2020 Luke Smith (’96) could be sitting in a nice office someplace charging a couple hundred dollars an hour as a child psychiatrist. That’s not who he is, though. He’s more of the roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-involved type. Smith is the director of El Futuro, a nonprofit clinic in Durham, North Carolina, where Spanish-speaking immigrants can ac ...

Viewing patients through the eyes of Christ

Family nurse practitioner program prepares nurses to show compassion and mercy in every patient encounter Introduction by Dona Clarin, program director and associate professor | Compiled by Hailey Pruitt The mission of the Carr College of Nursing is “Developing Nurses as Christian Servants.” In 2015, the college expanded its program offerings by adding the Master of Science in nursing with a focus on preparing registered nurses as future family nurse practitioners. The curriculum is fo ...


Passionate for puppets

When sophomore Megan Drause started making puppets in high school, she never could have imagined where this school-project-turned-hobby would lead. She was accidentally enroll ...

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Living the dream

For almost 10 years, sophomore Jacob Weatherford has wanted to jump rope in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, that dream finally came true.  Weatherford started ...

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AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE Marnie Walker was named conference center director and event specialist in November 2021. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the math depart ...

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Spotlight: Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith is director of Disability Services & Educational Access for the University. After graduating with a bachelor’s in special education, Smith began working at S ...

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Where talent meets passion

By Luke Humphrey A self-professed hometown girl — born and raised in Searcy — Dr. Alice-Anne Murray Light (’07) credits her roots at Harding for her ongoing love of performing. She is currently an assistant professor of voice at Texas Tech University ...

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Reflections on a century

By Hailey Pruitt Jan. 22, 2022, Eddie Shewmaker (’44) celebrated his 100th birthday, inspiring a walk down memory lane. “I was destined to come to Harding,” he said. His grandparents were farmers in Green County, Arkansas. When his grandmother, Emma ...

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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 Lou Butterfield, ’69; Tiffany Byers, ’13; Dona Clarin, ’95; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Rupen Fofaria; David Reed, student writer

Final Frame


ASI: Tim Tebow

“So many times now we are in a society where we complain, and we say this is somebody else’s job. No, it’s your job; it’s my job. The Great Commission is our job. Serving the least and the lost is my job, and it’s your job. That’s what our mission is.” —Tim Tebow, ASI Distinguished Lecture Series speaker Jan. 18, 2022

Vintage Harding


40 Years Ago

Harding’s first lady from 1936-65, Sallie Ellis Hockaday Benson, 85, died Dec. 17, 1981. She married George S. Benson July 2, 1925, and the next month they set sail as the first missionaries to China from churches of Christ where she assisted her husband in establishing Canton Bible School and served as a teacher of English. During her time as first lady, she taught Latin and mathematics at Harding Academy. She was a charter member and one of the first life members of the Searcy chapter of Associated Women for Harding.