For the least of these

By Katie Clement | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Nov. 2, 2022, the American Studies Institute hosted Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme and former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley along with U.S. Sen. John Boozman and former Walmart CFO Brett Biggs for a series of conversations on the future of global food security. This event, part of the Distinguished Lecture series, was held to educate the community about the global food crisis and learn how the University can p ...

What stories did Bob Goff inspire you to tell?

Nov. 29, 2022, the American Studies Institute hosted Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author, as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. Goff is also honorary consul to the Republic of Uganda, an attorney, and founder of Love Does — a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Goff’s lecture, titled “Undistracted in Business and in Life,” was the anchor event for his visit, which included a special presentation for ASI students and a writing se ...

John Keller: A Retrospective

By John Keller | John Keller celebrated his 50-year art career with a retrospective exhibit in the Stevens Center for Art and Design gallery in November. The visual autobiography included pieces in diverse media from various seasons of Keller’s life — all focusing on beauty that is “often overlooked in the rush of life.” This feature includes a sampling of the extensive collection.  On the cover John Keller painted “Water Lilies” for the American Heritage Building lobby shortly ...

Siblings share a calling, careers in computer science

By Hannah Diles | The Emlaw siblings have a common touch point: a love of computer science where logic and creativity merge to solve problems and intricate puzzles.  Brandon (’18) and Matthew (’21) were drawn to Harding by the academic opportunities and community atmosphere. They both began their careers at ArcBest Technologies in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Brandon built and maintained software for shipment visibility and tracking while Matthew continues to work with software that schedules pick ...

Second Century Vision

“Our goal is to learn how Harding can better serve its entire community and the world with Inspired Purpose.” President Mike Williams Casting a vision for an institution like Harding is not a task that can be done by one person. It must be collaborative. We want to hear your ideas, dreams, concerns and aspirations. Where do we go from here? How can we make our alma mater better? These are the kinds of questions we must consider as we envision the second century of this University. Lawlor Advisor ...


My View

College of Pharmacy’s Jeanie Smith shares experience with Christian Health Ministry of White County. ...

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Heard in Chapel

Fall 2022 Oct. 31“I want to live an inspired life full of peace, hope, love and contentment. I want to live it with every fiber of my being. There is no room for living in med ...

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Emily and Michael Daniels

Alumni Emily and Michael Daniels face unexpected trial with their young daughter’s health, but the support of community helps to lift the burden. Michael (’09) and Emily (’07) Daniels moved to Nashville, Tennessee, eager to start a family and build a ...

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On a Wing and a Prayer

When considering who might star in the movie of his life, Doug White (’77) said his second choice would have been Dennis Quaid. On Friday, April 7 that dream will come true.  On Easter Sunday 2009, White and his family chartered a private plane to fl ...

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The positivity principal

Profile | David Arencibia By Jennifer Hannigan | “It has definitely been my mission and my passion that I lead by example, and I always want people to say, ‘There’s something different about him,’ and the way I live my life,” David Arencibia (’ ...

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On the cover


John Keller painted “Water Lilies” for the American Heritage Building lobby shortly after joining the art faculty in 1978. His half-century career was celebrated in an exhibition in November 2022.

Web Extras

We want to hear from you! Share your ideas through the Inspired Purpose survey and help us make our alma mater better.

Editorial Staff

Editor/Writer Hailey Pruitt, ’10

Art Director/Designer Todd Kiles, ’94

Copy Editor/Writer Luke Humphrey, ’20

Writers Katie Clement, ’16; ; Jennifer Hannigan, ’08; Grant Stewart, ’17; Megan Stroud, ’19

Sports Writer Scott Goode, ’97

Photographer Jeff Montgomery, ’91

Videographer Jake Ward, ’22

Contributors Joanna Crisco, ’97; Hannah Diles, student writer; Jeanie Smith; Kit Moore, student illustrator; Justin Bland, ’05; Ken Bissell, ’84; 

President Michael D. Williams, ’85

Assistant Vice President for University Communications and Marketing Candice Moore, ’01