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Construction on the First Ladies Garden is moving along.

Construction on the First Ladies Garden is moving along.

The department of physical resources has been busy this summer with a number of projects across campus. It seems like on every corner work is being done to create new spaces or improve current ones.

At the end of the week, workmen will begin tearing down three University-owned houses to make room for additional parking on the north side of campus. The new lot will provide space for approximately 120 additional cars. and enhance parking for commuting students and visitors using the Burks American Heritage Building, the student center and the McInteer. Until then, the Searcy fire department is using the space each morning for training exercises.

Construction on the first ladies garden is coming along. Located in between Legacy Park and Stevens and Shores women’s dorms, the garden will recognize past, present and future first ladies and will include five distinct gardens, a colonnade, a water feature with a sculpture, benches placed throughout for seating, and an outdoor classroom.

In addition to those new spaces, the track in First Security Stadium is getting a makeover. The process involves taking up the old track, paving, curing, putting down the new track, striping, and more curing. The improvements to the track will benefit a number of our athletic teams who train there and the entire campus community.

Central to student activity, the Hammon Student Center is undergoing a few renovations. The Center for Student Success on the second floor is expanding into the old space that housed student publications. On the first floor, Taco Bell is spreading out in their current space, Einstein Bros Bagles will be making a home, and the HUM is turning into a P.O.D. (Provisions On Demand) Market and increasing in square footage.

Next on the construction agenda is the $4 million renovation and expansion of Rhodes Field House and $2 million renovation of Ganus Athletic Center.

Hannah Owens, director of news services

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Built in 1960 and expanded in the 70s, the Ezell building has seen a number of students pass through its doors. This summer those doors are being replaced and the inside revamped as the Ezell undergoes a much anticipated renovation.

“Our level of excitement is high,” says Dr. Terry Smith, chair of the department of behavioral sciences. The department covers the social work, psychology and criminal justice programs, and Smith looks forward to the improvements that will be made to their classrooms and resources in the Ezell.

“The new physical environment will help support our already excellent teaching, and the resources within the building will assist our students,” Smith says. “We’re so grateful that the administration considers us important enough to approve these changes.”

Also housed within the Ezell are a number of administrative offices, which have been moved to the Lee building for the summer.

“I won’t speak for anyone else, but for me [the transition] has gone smoothly,” says Ethan Holloway, staff accountant in the finance office. “Physical Resources and ITS worked very hard to move us and make sure our phones and computers would work when we arrived. After a week, we all know where to get coffee and where the copier is, so things are going well.”

He also looks forward to the changes that will happen to the Ezell, both for him and the students who will get to benefit from them.

“I am excited to see how everything looks,” Holloway says. “If I had to pick one thing, I am looking forward to seeing how the students react to the renovated classroom space. My cousin is transferring here in the fall and taking psychology classes. The timing couldn’t be better!”

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer





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A rendering of the new Office of Student Publications space. (Scott Ulliman, Columbus, Ohio, motion graphics animator.)

This summer, many changes are happening on campus. One big renovation is in the Reynolds Building where the former communication sciences and disorders speech clinic is being remodeled to become the new Office of Student Publications.

I joined the Student Publications staff in spring 2014, and I got to tour the new space last week. Though the office is unfinished, I quickly began picturing the finished product and the creations that would take place here. With every nail, loose tile or wire hanging from the ceiling, I saw a bustling room and familiar faces of friends —all with common deadlines and a shared understanding of exhaustion mixed with late night Chinese takeout to push us through. In place of paint splattered on the ground, I saw the quaint, new offices for editors and a wide, open work space for staff members. I could see the long hours, creativity, commitment and laughter that will fill these walls.


A shared, open work space for the newspaper and yearbook staffs. (Scott Ulliman)


An editor’s office. (Scott Ulliman)


A new photography and graphic arts studio. (Scott Ulliman)

A photography and graphic arts studio in the new space will provide student photographers and multimedia editors with space to spread out and expand their creative capabilities. The staffs of the Petit Jean yearbook and Bison newspaper will be working alongside each other for the first time in a shared space.

Among these advancements, students can expect to have a new and improved work experience and environment with a coffee station, seating area, and technology updates such as large monitors, projectors and computers.


A reception and seating area. (Scott Ulliman)

Additional updates are also underway in the department of communication side of the Reynolds and include a classroom renovation and a new paint color in the hallways. Photo displays showcasing TV16 news station as well as student awards, photography and artwork will also be a feature of this hallway.

The new Student Publications office and other department renovations should be completed by fall 2014. I can’t wait to be a part of the first group of students to learn, grow and communicate in this new space.

Taylor Gleaves, public relations intern

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Photo by Holly Bohnett, public relations student intern

If there is any campus in Arkansas that can provide beautiful scenes of the changing season, faithful faculty and students, and an environment that is ever-growing and changing, it’s Harding University. This fall, whether approaching from Race Avenue or Beebe Capps Expressway, the University’s campus welcomed all who entered with all the accents of autumn. While walking across the front lawn, leaves of every shade, type and size dangled from the tallest of trees to the smallest of shrubs.

Photo by Hannah Robison, public relations student intern

Campus is changing not only through the seasonal transition but also in the landscape of the University and its buildings. New additions are popping up from Legacy Park to construction of the latest addition to the science building. A new clock tower rises above the apartments of Legacy Park, and the structure stands taller than the rest to greet residents and visitors to the new living space for female and married students. At night, the tower can be seen from miles away with its glowing light shining behind the University seal.

Photo by Holly Bohnett, public relations student intern

Construction on the latest expansion of the Pryor-England Science Center began in October in order to accommodate the increase in the number of students who are enrolled in the physical therapy, pharmacy and physician assistants graduate programs. Completion of this project is scheduled for fall 2014 and will house a new organic chemistry lab, biochemistry lab, genetic and advanced genetics lab, botany lab, two new classrooms, and a computer lab.

Photo by Hannah Robison, public relations student intern

Though the seasonal transition took longer than usual to bring fantastic fall colors and crisp air, it was well worth the wait. The deep blue skies, sweeping clouds and falling leaves brought a cheerful call to community. Cold evenings beckon students and locals to Midnight Oil or Starbucks, exams and projects demand library time and group work, and overall the season brings hope for upcoming holidays and breaks for rest.

Photo by Holly Bohnett, public relations student intern

As you look across campus, you’ll see limbs hanging bare, brown leaves covering the ground, and more evidence of another changing season. Tonight, those bare limbs will be brought to life with thousands of twinkling lights in the University’s annual lighting ceremony on the front lawn.

All change at Harding is a breathtaking adventure spiritually and academically and an opportunity to remember that, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Hannah Robison, student writer

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As a photographer, I never want to shoot through a window. Shooting out a window to get some perspective on a subject is one thing, but actually shooting through the glass is not what I want to do. Yesterday, as I was out on campus, my two favorite pictures were both shot through glass. The image above is a welder working on the new Nursing and Communication Sciences and Disorders building. I like how the illumination for the photo comes from the welding process itself.

This second image was shot from the third-story window of the Thornton Education building. I loved the layers of the different branches from several different trees. This photo also has a strong resemblance to an arteriogram.

Somedays it is not so bad to shoot through a window.

Jeff Montgomery/photographer





Steel workers are busy putting up the framework of the new Nursing and Communication Sciences and Disorders building. These men, along with the crane operator, make it look easy. Make no mistake, that is the mark of seasoned professionals.

Jeff Montgomery/photographer