Certainty in changing times

By David B. Burks, president I want to thank our board of trustees for extending to me the opportunity to work with Har-ding once again during this period of transition. I am grateful to our faculty, staff, students and alumni for the support shown to me during this extraordinary time of change for our beloved University. COVID-19 has been our constant companion for the past two years and has infl ...

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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 appointed vice president of advancement in 2003. Williams has served as the president of Faulkner University since 2015. Speaking in chapel Nov. 16, he introduced himself to the student body. Excerpts from th ...

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 real-life case studies and visits with Harding alumni. Even beyond their scheduled time together, students continued to learn important lessons about the city’s diversity and cultural significance by nav ...

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 access culturally responsive mental health services. He’s been working with the immigrant community for 21 years, and you can hear some of his “why” when he talks about early experiences. Like the time ...

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 focused on providing care to patients across the lifespan in outpatient care settings. Delivered in both online and on-campus formats, the flexibility allows students to better balance the demands of wo ...

Passionate for puppets

When sophomore Megan Drause started making puppets in high school, she never could have imagined whe ...

Living the dream

For almost 10 years, sophomore Jacob Weatherford has wanted to jump rope in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ...

Newsmakers

AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE Marnie Walker was named conference center director and event specialist i ...

Spotlight: Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith is director of Disability Services & Educational Access for the University. After ...

Sports by the numbers

.986 Fielding percentage at shortstop of baseball’s Connor Kelly in 2021, earning the NCAA Division II Rawlings Gold Glove. He made only two errors on 144 defensive chances. 1 The first three-time ind ...

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Top 10 in the nation

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information Outright winner of the Great American Conference, the Bison football team made its fifth-straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance ...

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We are better in community

By David Reed I still remember the day in June 2017 when I begrudgingly stepped foot on the campus of Harding University for Honors Symposium. In all honesty, I had no desire to spend two weeks of my life in Searcy, Arkansas, baking in the summer heat with 49 other people I did not know. What could Harding really offer that was better than the other universities I was considering? In my mind, the ...

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