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The Legacy Relay

Sept. 15, The Legacy Relay began in Morrilton, Arkansas, at Harding’s original campus. Nearly 40 students — led by the cross-country team — ran more than 70 miles to Searcy, just as the founders passed the torch of Christian education on to the next generation. Many students also were positioned at key points along the route to cheer on their classmates.  As the last runner,
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Inauguration Celebration

On September 16 Dr. Mike Williams was formally inaugurated as the University’s sixth president in nearly a century. By Hailey Pruitt | Photography by Jeff Montgomery, Madison Meyer, Abigail Callicoat, Ashel Parsons, Julianne Baker and Grace Hurt | Videography by Jake Ward “A Harding education conjures up deep emotions and has lofty goals. After a time of prayer and reflection, I determined that my presidential motto
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A tale of two grandmothers

Holland-Waller family inspired to honor women of faith By Hailey Pruitt A tear glistened in his eye as Rodney Waller (’71) recounted the stories of his family matriarchs who willingly sacrificed because they believed in the power of Christian education. His mother, Joella Yurcho Waller, spent years praying for her children to attend Harding. “Christian education was a key factor in her life,” Waller said.
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Inspired Conversations with the Williams Family

President Mike and Lisa Williams invited everyone to join them for a time of coffee and inspired conversations following the inauguration celebration Sept. 16. We sat down with the family to learn how they have fostered Christ-centered connection around their own table. What do you enjoy doing together?  Cade: On Saturdays we will walk to the farmers market from our apartment in the morning, and
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Lives of Purpose

2022 Alumni Awards Homecoming is a special time as many return to campus to reunite with friends and mentors and to remember and share stories in the place where it all began. As part of this celebration each year, the University honors alumni selected from a community of more than 60,000 who continue to live out Harding’s mission in their chosen fields all around the
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Military history along the Mississippi

By Jared Dockery | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Experiencing the strategic importance of the Mississippi River firsthand made history come alive for a group of students, alumni and faculty who toured Vicksburg, Mississippi, and New Orleans March 25-27. This field trip is a component of the U.S. military history course offered by the history and political science department. During the Civil War, Confederate forces
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Prepared for success, poised for service

By Hailey Pruitt | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Videography by Jake Ward | On May 7, more than 700 students, representing 39 states and 18 countries, walked across the Benson stage in three commencement ceremonies. Recommended by their deans, 11 seniors sat down with us to reflect on their time at the University, sharing memories of mentors who invested in them, a community that
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Building on the past

Reflecting on the Ganus Building’s 71 years of history By Hailey Pruitt | Photography by Jeff Montgomery and from UCM Archives | While it’s difficult for most students today to imagine a morning without a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit after chapel, 70 years ago, students would descend on a student center on the other side of campus for hot donuts baked by Dixie McCorkle and then later, in the
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25 years in the making

By Sandy Reynolds, Harding Place marketing and resident services director | Photography by Jeff Montgomery | Originally opening its doors in 1997, Harding Place was the vision of the late Dr. Jimmy Carr Sr. during the presidency of Dr. David Burks. As a part of our week-long 25th anniversary celebration on April 18-22, we paid tribute to our Harding University roots with a variety of
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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
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