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Viewpoint: Thankfulness and longing

On March 6, we were still shaking hands. Students were finishing their last day of classes before heading out on their much-anticipated spring break. Many were heading home and others were going to help with tornado relief in Tennessee. On March 6, we had no idea how much our world would change before the end of the month.  The following Thursday, because of concerns relating
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Viewpoint: The Legacy Continues

It only seems fitting that after our last magazine celebrated the life of our beloved third president and chancellor emeritus, Dr. Clifton L. Ganus Jr., this issue’s cover story continues his amazing legacy. Dr. Ganus began his teaching career as a historian, later serving as chair of the department. In March 2017, his family established the Clifton L. Ganus Distinguished Chair of History and Political
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Viewpoint: Changing lives

“He is home.” With those words, Charles Ganus informed me that his father, Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr., passed away surrounded by a host of family. While the entire Harding family feels a tremendous sense of loss, we also give thanks for the peace and rest that our beloved Dr. Ganus now knows. It’s impossible to think of Harding University without Dr. Ganus in the
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Viewpoint: Finding Forgiveness

In the Sermon on the Mount, we read to “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” In Luke, Jesus cries out while hanging on the cross “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” On April 10, I shared those verses in chapel before our speaker, Roy Willmon, gave a powerful testimony on forgiveness during our “Struggles of the
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Viewpoint: Real-life Nursing

On Oct. 12, 2018, my Instagram post featured a Harding reunion in Minnesota. Eight of the nine alumni who are now Mayo Clinic nurses were at the home of Dr. Greg (’85) and Heidi Bettich (’85) Kays in Red Wing, Minnesota, picking apples and making hot apple cider. Our magazine reached out to these nurses, and beginning on page 24, you may read in their
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More and more

The third verse of the alma mater proclaims, “Harding opens wide her portals, thus inviting all, who would tread the path of knowledge; heed then to her call.” We take this verse to heart. Our theme for this year is “A culture of respect” taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:1: “Finally brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God as in fact
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Memorable moments

Singing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” is one of the special Harding traditions I cherish. We sing it to the graduating seniors as they stand at the front of the Benson on their last day of chapel, and the faculty sing it to these same students eight days later at commencement. Three ceremonies May 5 concluded the spring semester. All of these occasions
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Moments to remember

What a wonderful fall semester we have had at Harding. One of the things I love most about this University is that every day is blessed with commonplace happenings that come together to build our remarkable community of mission. In this issue, Harding magazine captures one of those days in the life of this university in pictures. From before sunup to after sundown, these images
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Good News in Cuba

For all of my 60 years, Cuba has meant Communism, Fidel Castro, missiles, Olympic opponents and cigars. Though Cuba is only 103 miles from Florida, the island nation has always seemed to me to be the most foreign of foreign countries. The political distance between Cuba and the U.S. is why I was completely surprised when two of my colleagues, Ken Graves and Chuck Hicks,
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Viewpoint: Senior status

It is hard to believe I am completing the fourth year of my presidency. I think of it as my senior year, having begun my first year with the freshman students in 2013. This senior class of 2017 is the one I began with, and they will always have a special place in my heart. See page 26. I am sure my fellow seniors can
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