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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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New York state of mind

By Luke Humphrey Photography by Meleri York, Madison Meyer, Jaxon Nash and Mallory Gowen On Jan. 1, more than 100 Harding students and professors — seven groups spanning multiple programs, departments and colleges — arrived in New York City for the educational experience of a lifetime. Every year, students take this trip for class credit by completing assignments before, during and after. Over the course
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El Futuro offers hope and healing to Spanish speakers with mental health needs

Director and alumnus Dr. Luke Smith finds that building trust, compassion and connection is key By Rupen Fofaria, EdNC.org, originally published Oct. 15, 2020 Luke Smith (’96) could be sitting in a nice office someplace charging a couple hundred dollars an hour as a child psychiatrist. That’s not who he is, though. He’s more of the roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-involved type. Smith is the director of El Futuro, a
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Viewing patients through the eyes of Christ

Family nurse practitioner program prepares nurses to show compassion and mercy in every patient encounter Introduction by Dona Clarin, program director and associate professor | Compiled by Hailey Pruitt The mission of the Carr College of Nursing is “Developing Nurses as Christian Servants.” In 2015, the college expanded its program offerings by adding the Master of Science in nursing with a focus on preparing registered nurses as
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Reunited and it felt so good

By Tom Buterbaugh | Photography by Jeff Montgomery and Madison Meyer Homecoming 2021 brought a spirited fellowship to campus. Alumni returned to partake in more than 100 events, including the Heritage Circle Banquet Thursday evening, the Black & Gold Banquet Friday evening, the parade Saturday morning, a whopping 64-7 victory by the football team Saturday afternoon following a huge tailgate with several food trucks, the
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Celebrating Botham Jean’s legacy of love

By Hailey Pruitt, photography by Jeff Montgomery The date selected for the memorial dedicated in honor of the life of Botham Jean was appropriately chosen — it would have been his 30th birthday. Students, faculty, family and friends gathered Sept. 29 to commemorate this special occasion by sharing memories. The Good News Singers, of which Jean had been a member, began the program in song.
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