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Small agency, big impact

Mat Faulkner (’02) is the founder and chief idea officer of Think Idea Studio, a full-service marketing agency based in Searcy. Mat met his wife, Shelley Lawson, at Harding, and they have three sons. Think Idea Studio began with Faulkner working as a freelance graphic designer during school, expanded to a home-based agency offering graphic design, web design and photography, and eventually grew into the
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Faith in action

Sarah Felps Schecter (’84) found that stepping out in faith and trusting in God’s plan ended up being different than anything she had ever imagined. For more than two decades, Schecter has worked in education, and for the last 10 years she has served as the principal of the lower grades at The Oakridge School, a private school in Arlington, Texas.  “I love my kids.
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Making an impact

Carly Taylor Addison knew from a young age that she wanted to teach music.  “There was never really a question of what I wanted to do,” said Addison. “I had really excellent music teachers from kindergarten all the way through college. I saw firsthand what they were doing and wanted to do it when I got older.”  Addison grew up in the Irving, Texas, School
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Lifelong learner, teacher and artist

In October, a little more than 50 years after he graduated, Daniel Coston’s (’68) paintings were displayed in the Stevens Art Gallery on campus. The collection consisted mostly of Arkansas scenes with the addition of a few southern Delaware landscapes, several portraits and a painting from his time as a student in 1967 that Dr. John Keller, chair of the art department, pulled from the
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Making numbers matter: Craig Vick

If you asked Craig Vick what led him to accounting, he would say he “owes a great deal of his career path” to the different people and relationships he’s formed along the way. Vick grew up a half-hour from Atlanta in Snellville, Georgia. When he graduated from high school he knew he wanted to attend Harding and work in the business world, but he didn’t
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Divine direction: Lynsay Waller Brautnick

Dr. Lynsay Waller Brautnick always intended to be a doctor, but her path did not follow what one may call a traditional route. It all started with an announcement at the dinner table when Brautnick was in third grade: She was going to be a physician when she grew up. “I don’t know where [the idea to be a physician] came from,” Brautnick said. “My
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Excellence lived

By Jantzen Haley Each year, the University takes time to seek out and acknowledge alumni who stand out in their fields and their communities — no small task with more than 90 years of graduates from which to choose. Harding graduates continually set the bar high and exemplify the University’s mission to integrate faith, learning and living; develop Christian scholarship; promote Christian ethics; develop lasting
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All students, all the time

Shelly Turpin Parks (’01) had no idea what was waiting for her when she arrived at Francis Howell North High School in Saint Charles, Missouri, on Aug. 28, 2018. The announcement was truly life changing. Parks was celebrated that day for winning 2019 Missouri Teacher of Year. On her way to the school that August morning, Parks was under the assumption that she would be
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Keep the lights on

If you ask Brent Beaulieu (’97) how he got into hospital administration, he will tell you, “I kind of fell into it.” “I feel like a lot of things were just laid out in front of me, and God took care of me throughout the way,” Beaulieu said, “despite my own efforts at times.” In January, Baptist Health — Arkansas’ largest hospital system — named
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Stories of relief

Written by Hannah Owens and Megan Stroud | The reason why Vivi Vitalone (’14) is a communicator is simple — she loves people, she loves to tell their stories, and she’s seen that doing so makes a huge difference.  “I think that most of the issues we have in the world are because of fear and miscommunication,” she said. “And I hope that by working
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