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Fall 2022

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Inspired Purpose

Excerpts from Dr. Williams’ Inaugural Address Sept. 16, 2022 The men and women of 1924 who founded this institution were visionaries with inspired purpose. It awakened their imaginations and aspirations to envision a Christ-centered institution. It anchored their faith in God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. It propelled perseverance and tenacity as they overcame significant challenges and barri ...

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The Legacy Relay

Sept. 15, The Legacy Relay began in Morrilton, Arkansas, at Harding’s original campus. Nearly 40 students — led by the cross-country team — ran more than 70 miles to Searcy, just as the founders passed the torch of Christian education on to the next generation. Many students also were positioned at key points along the route to cheer on their classmates.  As the last runner, freshman Abby White, crossed the finish line at the Harding College arch, the University community gathered to welcome her home. Then, as one, everyone walked the final leg of the relay across campus to Bison Park. Harding’s story has been shaped by men and women with resolute faith and unwavering tenacity who sacrificed ...

Inauguration Celebration

On September 16 Dr. Mike Williams was formally inaugurated as the University’s sixth president in nearly a century. By Hailey Pruitt | Photography by Jeff Montgomery, Madison Meyer, Abigail Callicoat, Ashel Parsons, Julianne Baker and Grace Hurt | Videography by Jake Ward “A Harding education conjures up deep emotions and has lofty goals. After a time of prayer and reflection, I determined that my presidential motto would be: Inspired Purpose. Inspired — Anchored in our historic Christian mission, we recognize the very source of our strength: the Spirit of the Lord — a dove to remind us of the one who saves, a fire to impassion us, a wind to refresh and guide us. Purpose — The essence o ...

A tale of two grandmothers

Holland-Waller family inspired to honor women of faith By Hailey Pruitt A tear glistened in his eye as Rodney Waller (’71) recounted the stories of his family matriarchs who willingly sacrificed because they believed in the power of Christian education. His mother, Joella Yurcho Waller, spent years praying for her children to attend Harding. “Christian education was a key factor in her life,” Waller said. Joella Yurcho Waller grew up in Horatio, Arkansas, the oldest of four siblings and valedictorian of her high school class. After graduation, she moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, to be a nanny for a family her parents knew. She later married and had a son, Larry Yurcho (’66). When he was only ...

Inspired Conversations with the Williams Family

President Mike and Lisa Williams invited everyone to join them for a time of coffee and inspired conversations following the inauguration celebration Sept. 16. We sat down with the family to learn how they have fostered Christ-centered connection around their own table. What do you enjoy doing together?  Cade: On Saturdays we will walk to the farmers market from our apartment in the morning, and we’ll cross their [Mike and Lisa’s]  house, buy our groceries, and go to Wild Sweet Williams and Midnight Oil. We basically just do this big lap where we are walking and eating, visiting, buying our groceries, and it’s an easy time to share about the week.  Lisa: We also like fin ...

Lives of Purpose

2022 Alumni Awards 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 60,000 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. Distinguished Alumnus Dr. David Fincher (’72)  Dr. David Fincher fondly remembers his time at Harding where he was mentored by talented, Christ-like faculty. Here, he also met his wife, Beth Saxton (’72), ...

Newsmakers

ADMISSIONS Sydney Bryant joined the team Oct. 10 as a counselor for the South Arkansas region. She p ...

By the numbers

Lectureship  99  years of Lectureship at Harding. Join us next fall for our special 100th ...

Heard in Chapel

Sept. 1“When opportunity and wisdom meet, you get to experience wonder.”Dr. Andrew Baker, director, ...

Danny DeRamus

Director of Physical Resources  By Grant Stewart Danny DeRamus is the director of physical ...

Slava Bohu!

David Kee (’85), associate professor of business, shares his Global Outreach experience in Sopot, Po ...

The Centennial Campaign

Join 13,000+ donors who have given toward our $120 million goal We are now in the final year of the ...

Harding Athletic Hall of Fame

The Harding University Bions Booster Club inducted 13 new members into the Harding Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 30 in the Charles White Dining Hall. New members are added e ...

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I thought I knew what pharmacists did, and then I became one

By Dr. Jordan Carmack (Pharm.D. ’14) When I was growing up, my dad was the director of pharmacy of the hospital in our hometown. My first job after high school was in a mom and pop retail pharmacy. But it wasn’t until I got my training at Harding University College of Pharmacy and began my career that I realized what being a pharmacist was all about. I am a clinical pharmacist at St. Bernard ...

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