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Computer science for the cure

Profile | Keith Perry By Hannah Diles When Keith Perry (’89) graduated from Harding, he never expected his bachelor’s degree in computer science to find a home in the world of health care. Three decades later, Perry is the senior vice president and chief information officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Perry was awarded the 2022 Tennessee CIO of the Year
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Flying high

Profile | Kelby Tansey By Grant Stewart  Southwest Airlines employs more than 62,000 people across the country, so how could one compare its culture to Harding University? According to Kelby Tansey (’16), manager of recruitment marketing for Southwest, the company puts its employee community at the forefront, a value Harding shares.  When Tansey received Southwest’s highest employee recognition, the President’s Award, in 2022, this value
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Advocating for Arkansans

By Katie Clement | Many love PBS for its educational and family-friendly programming. Annette Cone Herrington (’75) has served on the Arkansas PBS Commission for 10 years, appointed in 2012 by former Gov. Mike Beebe and recently reappointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to a second term running through March 2028.  “My husband and I are viewers,” Herrington said. “We watched the children’s programs when our
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Opening his own business

By Luke Humphrey | Through a combination of hard work, daily prayer and dream chasing, Logan Foshee (’19) is now the proud owner of Foshee Equipment Co., an outdoor equipment store in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He began the process of starting his own business in March 2020, immediately facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Foshee persevered and achieved his goal one year later. Foshee
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Where talent meets passion

By Luke Humphrey A self-professed hometown girl — born and raised in Searcy — Dr. Alice-Anne Murray Light (’07) credits her roots at Harding for her ongoing love of performing. She is currently an assistant professor of voice at Texas Tech University, but her talents have taken her around the world. Her mezzo-soprano voice has been lauded within the competitive world of vocal performance, earning
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Reflections on a century

By Hailey Pruitt Jan. 22, 2022, Eddie Shewmaker (’44) celebrated his 100th birthday, inspiring a walk down memory lane. “I was destined to come to Harding,” he said. His grandparents were farmers in Green County, Arkansas. When his grandmother, Emma Shewmaker, heard about plans to establish a Christian college in Morrilton, Arkansas, she moved there, taking four of her sons to attend a school that
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Perfect Record

Dr. Leon Blue (’72) has been running for most of his adult life. From 5Ks to full marathons, he has run hundreds of miles. A cardiologist by trade, Blue graduated from Harding and attended University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for medical school and post-graduate training. In total, with residency and his cardiology fellowship, he spent nine years in post-graduate training and education before he
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Loving her neighbor

Selflessly donating one of her kidneys in March 2021 has proven to be a valuable lesson for Natalie Nill (’11) in the biblical teaching of loving one’s neighbor — a lesson she carries throughout every aspect of her life, including her engineering career at Boeing Co. Nill’s donation story began in September 2019 when she read a story about a mother of three whose only
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Gymnastics chief of staff

Lauryn Rydl Turner’s (’96) time at Harding was influential in preparing her for her current role as chief of staff for USA Gymnastics. After finishing her time as a Bison cheerleader and graduating with a degree in math and computer science, Turner taught math and Spanish for three years in and near Jackson, Tennessee, while also coaching competitive cheerleading.  Though Turner said she enjoyed teaching,
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