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Construction creates campus connections

The year 2022 brings several new building projects to campus. The planned Holland-Waller Center will replace the Ganus Building, which was built in 1951 in honor of then Chairman of the Board C.L. Ganus Sr. At the time, it was a student center and bookstore, but it now houses the departments of history & political science and foreign languages & international studies. Both departments will
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Passionate for puppets

When sophomore Megan Drause started making puppets in high school, she never could have imagined where this school-project-turned-hobby would lead. She was accidentally enrolled in a costume and makeup class for theatre credit, and creating a puppet was the final exam. During the process, she was surprised to discover how much joy it could bring. Having found her passion, she has created 12 puppets, including
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Living the dream

For almost 10 years, sophomore Jacob Weatherford has wanted to jump rope in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, that dream finally came true.  Weatherford started jumping rope as a second grader in a local club at his elementary school.  After 14 years of jumping — 11 of those competitively — it’s taken him across the globe and introduced him to people he now considers
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Newsmakers

AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE Marnie Walker was named conference center director and event specialist in November 2021. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the math department. In October 2021, 174 students were inducted into the American Studies Institute.  COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES Dr. Dutch Hoggatt, professor of communication, was awarded “Best of Show” for his audio radio documentary at the Broadcast Education Association
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My View: Gaining momentum from our past

Director of Diversity Services Tiffany Byers shares her perspective on the importance of learning about the journey when dealing with diversity. About 15 years ago, I began a journey of researching my family history. I lost my grandmother and father in 2004 and 2005, respectively, and the loss renewed a strong desire to learn about my family. Ancestry search engines offered the opportunity to research
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Spotlight: Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith is director of Disability Services & Educational Access for the University. After graduating with a bachelor’s in special education, Smith began working at Sunshine School in Searcy where she served elementary children with severe intellectual developmental disabilities for five years. She decided to spend the next six at home raising her own children and then returned to Sunshine School in 2012, this time
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Equipping educators for success

The Cannon-Clary College of Education is partnering with Forward Arkansas to help equip educators in Arkansas’ kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms to transform learning for every student.  The University was one of eight higher education institutions in the state selected to receive a $100,000 planning grant as part of the Forward Arkansas’ Educator Preparation Program Design Collaborative. Selections were made during the fall semester after a
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Trustees Neely, Risinger fondly remembered

Following recent losses of two members of the board of trustees, colleagues and friends reflected on their leadership and service to the University. Lundy Neely (’71), 73, died Dec. 21, 2021. A native of Vandalia, Ohio, he founded Crown Solutions, a water management company, in his hometown in 1984. He was a longtime member and elder at Cassel Hills Church of Christ. He served the
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By the numbers: Holiday lights

5  Weeks to prepare the display 75 Women for Harding and Greenskeeper Garden Club volunteers who refreshthe wreaths 10+ Members of the physical resources departmentwho hang the lights 500,000  Total LED lights 320 Wreaths 245 Hours lights are on duringthe holiday season 15  Years of lights at Harding
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Enrollment up 7.6%

The University has reported an enrollment growth of 7.6 % for Fall 2021 with students from 49 states and more than 50 nations and territories. Overall enrollment is 4,970, up 350 from last fall. New undergraduate enrollment, including first-time-in-college and transfers, is up 3.8% at 866 with 834 last year. Graduate and professional enrollment is 1,282, compared to 1,044 in 2020, for a 22.8% increase.
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