1M lives touched

The physician assistant studies program serves its 1 millionth patient By Megan Stroud | Photography by Jeff Montgomery Since Dr. Michael Murphy founded the program, the first in the state of Arkansas, the physician assistant studies program has reached 1 million patients through the work of more than 400 students.  Mary Madill, director of the program, was a student in the program’s first class in 2005 and took over the role of director from Murphy who retired in April 2020. “[Murphy] has been ...

Striving toward more diversity on campus

By Jessica Berry | Photography by Jeff Montgomery If I had to pick the least favorite year of my life, I would probably pick 2020. If I had to pick the best year — so far — of my life, in the same breath, I would still pick 2020. This year has helped me grow in so many areas. I also have seen other things grow during this year including my employer: Harding University. The current world pandemic brought into focus several ongoing challenges in our country and University, specifically the epidemi ...

Harding 50 years ago

By Raymond Kelly, president of the class of 1970 There’s a saying that goes something like this: the days and weeks sometimes seem to drag by, but the years fly by. My classmates and I can attest to the latter part of that saying. Fifty years has certainly flown by! You know you’re getting old when you see the names of personal friends, coaches and teachers on the buildings and facilities around campus today.  It was a milestone year for the Harding class of ’70. We all had our graduation f ...

Meaningful Impact: Alumni Awards 2020

By Jantzen Haley Homecoming each year provides an opportunity to reflect on the many alumni who have been shaped and changed by their time at the University. While this year’s Homecoming was unlike any other — alumni unable to gather on the campus of their alma mater  — the impact of their lives and influence on the Harding community is no less important. Each year, the University chooses exemplary representatives from more than 40,000 deserving alumni to honor for their achievements. The f ...



Advancement Jeff Mills was named senior advancement officer July 31.  Candice Moore was appointed campaign and project director June 1. Moore previously served as directo ...

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Pandemic perspective

Because of his research expertise in pandemics, Harding magazine asked Associate Professor of History and Political Science David Adams to provide a historical perspective on ...

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Preaching was his passion

Jimmy Allen | 1930-2020 By Jerry Jones, Bible department chairman 1974-83 The trajectory of Jimmy Allen’s life was decided a few months after he arrived on the Harding campus ...

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Degree programs expanding

The University has increased its undergraduate and graduate school offerings in Fall 2020. Fifteen new programs were approved within the Colleges of Allied Health, Arts and Hu ...

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Breaking the cycle

By Megan Stroud De’Onte Garrett (’17), program director for Timothy Hill’s residential program in Tennessee, helps men from the ages of 17 to 25 develop independent living skills and workforce training. He visited Timothy Hill residential program in ...

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Legacy teacher

By Josie Parker Christyn Simmons Henderson (’15) is in her fifth year teaching third grade at Searcy’s McRae Elementary School. Watching the impact her mother, who previously taught third grade and now teaches art for Searcy’s Westside Elementary Sch ...

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From the editor

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 Bruce D. McLarty, ’78

Vice President for University Communications and Enrollment Jana Rucker

Contributors Jessica Berry, ’06; Andrew Braxter; Joanna Crisco, ’97; Jerry Jones, ’60; Raymond Kelly, ’70

Final Frame


At the conclusion of the livestream event Sept. 8 hosted jointly by the Honors College and the American Studies Institute, Jerry Mitchell (‘82) is presented an honorary doctorate by President Bruce McLarty after being hooded by Dr. Jim Miller of the Honors College. Mitchell’s recently published memoir Race Against Time follows him on his journey as he pursues unsolved murder cases from the Civil Rights era. His investigative reporting has helped put four Ku Klux Klan members and a serial killer behind bars. His stories also have exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations, state reforms, and the firings of corrupt boards and officials. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a longtime member  of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and a  winner of more than 30 other national awards, including a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant.

Vintage Harding


Founded in 1965 by President Clifton L. Ganus, Associated Women for Harding (now Women for Harding) began selling its first cookbook with recipes from its members on Nov. 24, 1965, and was so popular a second printing occurred in 1966.