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Rucker fills new cabinet position

In August, Florida marketing executive Jana Rucker became the vice president for University communications and marketing, a newly created position on the president’s cabinet. Rucker joins 13 other members of the cabinet, an advising body made up of vice presidents and the athletic director, to offer insights to President Bruce McLarty throughout the school year. Historically, the University has had a director of public relations.
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Campus reads ‘Amazing Grace’

With the return of students in August, campus officially began a yearlong program called Harding Read. The American Studies Institute, Brackett Library and First Year Experience contributed ideas resulting in the creation of the program, which encourages the Harding community to read a book together and engage both in and out of the classroom. President Bruce McLarty selected Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic
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Rhodes expansion aided by $1 million gift

Board of Trustees Chairman Roy Reaves and his wife, Becky, have donated $1 million to a project to renovate and expand Rhodes Field House. The Russellville, Arkansas, couple made the pacesetting gift in the $2 million construction project slated to begin in November. The announcement of the gift was made in August by Chancellor David B. Burks, who worked with the couple to secure the
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Everyday Student: Natalie Autrey

A sophomore education major, Natalie Autrey isn’t waiting for graduation day to start using her teaching talents to make a difference BEING TAUGHT TO TEACH Though her semesters at Harding are similar to those of her classmates, Autrey isn’t waiting to get involved in teaching opportunities. She spends her summers working at youth camps. One in particular, Higher Ground, an all-girls camp, is directed by
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Mercer named pharmacy dean

Provost Larry Long announced Dr. Jeff Mercer as the new dean of the College of Pharmacy April 6. He will replace Dr. Julie Hixson- Wallace, current dean, effective June 1. As assistant dean for experiential education since 2006, Mercer was charged with leading the development of practice placements for pharmacy students. Mercer earned his Pharm.D. from Auburn University in 2000 after studying at Faulkner and
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My View: Apple’s backdoor

In February, Apple refused to help the FBI access encrypted data on the iPhone that belonged to one the shooters from the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernadino, California. In a message to their customers posted Feb. 16, Apple stated, “The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this
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ASIS appoints public safety officers

Two officers in the department of public safety received appointments by the American Society for Industrial Security. Craig Russell, director of public safety, was appointed a senior regional vice president of the Western Hemisphere Southern Group, and Kevin Davis, assistant director of public safety, was appointed 2nd vice chairman of the School of Safety and Security Council. ASIS International is organized into local chapters, regions
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Breast cancer research studies drug and gene interaction

A research manuscript of Dr. Landry Kamdem, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and his team titled “Impact of UGT2B17 Gene Deletion on the Pharmacokinetics of 17 hydroexemestane in Healthy Volunteers” was recently accepted and published by the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. In this research, Kamdem studied how a drug prescribed for breast cancer patients reacted in people with a particular gene, the UGT2B17 gene. “We
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Spears named provost, Hixson-Wallace vice provost

President Bruce McLarty announced that Dr. Marty Spears will become provost, and Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace will become vice provost for accreditation June 1. Spears succeeds Dr. Larry Long, current provost, who is retiring. Spears joined the faculty in 2000 as an associate professor of mathematics. In 2004 he was appointed director of institutional research, outcomes assessment and the testing office. In 2006 he was chosen
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ASI Panel explores race relations

“Good evening, and welcome to our American Studies Institute conversation tonight on the always important, sometimes painful, frequently controversial and persistently delicate issue of race relations in America,” said President Bruce McLarty to begin the ASI Distinguished Lecture Series program Feb. 9. The presentation, a panel discussion, sought to break down barriers and start a conversation about race relations. “I don’t think that tonight’s program
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