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.
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.
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.
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.
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