A great cloud of witnesses

By David B. Burks, president The Lord has really blessed us this fall with a great spirit on campus. We are very grateful to have been able to resume in-person chapel, athletics and a full slate of campus activities. Our enrollment was up 7.6% to 4,970. I am grateful for every student who can be touched with the message of Jesus Christ. We began the year with convocation on the first day of chapel ...

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Reunited and it felt so good

By Tom Buterbaugh | Photography by Jeff Montgomery and Madison Meyer Homecoming 2021 brought a spirited fellowship to campus. Alumni returned to partake in more than 100 events, including the Heritage Circle Banquet Thursday evening, the Black & Gold Banquet Friday evening, the parade Saturday morning, a whopping 64-7 victory by the football team Saturday afternoon following a huge tailgate with several food trucks, the magical musical “Elf” Friday and Saturday evenings, and the Sankofa Gala Saturday evening. The highlight of the weekend was the dedication of the Anthony and Wright Administration Building Saturday morning along with three monuments honoring the seven African American alu ...

Celebrating Botham Jean’s legacy of love

By Hailey Pruitt, photography by Jeff Montgomery The date selected for the memorial dedicated in honor of the life of Botham Jean was appropriately chosen — it would have been his 30th birthday. Students, faculty, family and friends gathered Sept. 29 to commemorate this special occasion by sharing memories. The Good News Singers, of which Jean had been a member, began the program in song. Members of the social club Sub T-16 were seated in a special reserved section, all wearing club jerseys in honor of their brother.  The memorial, designed by Mike Steelman of SMC Architects and inaugural director of the Master of Architecture program, stands outside the David B. Burks American Heritage ...

Making a difference

The speech-language pathology graduate clinical practicum in Zambia provides participants with more than experience as they learn to see God work in new ways By Melanie Meeker, communication sciences and disorders chair  I think about Africa every day.  Sometimes I check the weather there to see if it’s raining in Zambia. I have come to care deeply about whether the crops are growing on the other side of the planet. I’ve closely followed their recent presidential elections and often check my currency conversion app to see if the kwacha is gaining strength. Often, I receive a message from one of the Aunties at the Haven, telling me about the growth and progress of a baby I have come ...

Lives of distinction

By Hailey Pruitt 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 40,000 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 Alumni John and Beth Reese John (’74) and Beth Paden (’75) Reese have continued a long tradition in both their families of serving the Lord through foreign missions. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Joh ...

Enrollment up 7.6%

The University has reported an enrollment growth of 7.6 % for Fall 2021 with students from 49 states ...

My View

9/11 then and now Distinguished Professor of Communication Jack Shock went to New York City 20 years ...

Newsmakers

ATHLETICS Ashley Reeves was named head softball coach in June 2021. Reeves previously served as the ...

Everyday Student

Lifesaving Award Certificate of Merit honoree Shane Ryan strives to serve WHY HARDING Shane Rya ...

Football records by the numbers

During the Bisons 49-10 victory over Southern Nazarene Oct. 9, senior fullback Cole Chancey becomes Harding’s career rushing leader, breaking the mark of 4,214 yards held by the late Alan ...

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The road to 10 all-sports trophies

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Everything about the 2020-21 school year was unusual, including athletics. Harding had 17 of its 18 teams in action, but all of the t ...

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‘Practically perfect in every way’

By Linda Williams Bateman It was the simple things. It was the motherly way. It was her loving heart. It was Jesus shining through her busy day. He was her constant.   Chinese checkers with the boys, working in the flower beds with the boys, Bible study at the kitchen table with the boys — Fern loved her Ranch boys unconditionally. She wanted them to know Jesus and the true love availabl ...

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