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Harris to Join WBC History Faculty

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has announced the hiring of Rodney Harris to its history faculty.  Harris, a native of neighboring Randolph County, will begin teaching at WBC this fall. “Dr. Harris is a perfect fit for Williams.  His teaching credentials, his commitment to the liberal arts traditions, and commitment to his Christian faith all made his application rise to the top,” said Jerry Gibbens, chair of WBC’s Division of Arts and Sciences, who headed the search … …more

Williams Releases President’s and Dean’s Lists

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has released the names of students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2017 spring semester.  The President’s List includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while the Dean’s List is comprised of those with at least a 3.5 GPA. Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge, Ark.  Making the President’s and Dean’s Lists from Arkansas, listed by county, were: Baxter County: President’s … …more

Ouachita Riley-Hickingbotham Library¹s Special Collections earns national award

Ouachita Baptist University

The Arkansas Baptist History Collection of Ouachita Baptist University’s Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections has been honored with the Baptist History and Heritage Society’s 2017 Davis C. Woolley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Assessing and Preserving Baptist History. The national award honors the work of Dr. Wendy Richter, Ouachita professor and archivist, and her staff who coordinated the Special Collections project. The award was announced recently at the annual conference of the Baptist History … …more

WBC Completes First Year of Coe Honors Program

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has completed the first academic year of its new Coe Honors Program.  WBC had 19 Coe Honors Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year, including six students who graduated in this year’s commencement exercises. This year’s Coe Honors Scholars were Tessa Babbitt of Benton (2017 graduate), Malerie Bennett of Reyno, Brandi Bookout of Portia (2017 graduate), Brandon Brigance of Gentry, Chelsea Clarkson of Wynne (2017 graduate), Justin Cole of Brookland, Bethany Cummins of … …more

President Dunsworth named to APCU board

University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks President Richard Dunsworth, J.D., has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) Dunsworth’s three-year term begins immediately on the board of the independent, non-profit association that is dedicated to assisting the more than 50 Presbyterian-affiliated colleges and universities throughout the U.S. “I am honored to have been elected to serve as a director for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities,” Dunsworth … …more

JBU Approved to Offer M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

John Brown University

Arkansas Department of Education has approved John Brown University to offer a 33-hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership P-12 as well as a 24-hour graduate-level endorsement. Launching in spring 2018, this program will prepare students to move into a school administrator role. Graduates may be recommended for Arkansas Building Level Administrator P-12 licensure after completing the required assessments. Dr. Jeff Terrell, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, says the … …more

JBU Wins Enactus National Championship

John Brown University

John Brown University’s Enactus team was named 2017 Enactus United States National Champion in Kansas City, Missouri Tuesday. The team, which defeated over 200 universities and colleges from around the nation, will compete against 35 countries at the Enactus World Cup in London this September. “We celebrate our students’ accomplishments in providing education and entrepreneurial solutions that make a difference locally and globally,” Dr. Joe Walenciak, JBU dean of the Soderquist College of Business, said. … …more

Ouachita to host Called 2 Ministry Retreat for high school students on July 28-29

Ouachita Baptist University

Have you sensed a call to Christian ministry? Are you interested in learning more about diverse ministry opportunities? Ouachita Baptist University is hosting a Called 2 Ministry Retreat on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 on Ouachita’s Arkadelphia campus. The unique two-day retreat is designed for high school students who sense God has called them into some area of vocational ministry or are interested in exploring the various areas of ministry available in today’s world. The … …more

Ouachita honors 293 graduates at 130th spring commencement

Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University celebrated 293 graduates during its 130th spring commencement on Saturday, May 13, with university officials conferring Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Arts degrees. Dr. Ben Sells, Ouachita president, presided over the annual commencement exercises. “Class of 2017, congratulations!” Dr. Sells said in his commencement address. “You completed a rigorous liberal arts program. You studied with talented faculty … …more

WBC Announces 2017 Graduates

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College awarded degrees to 102 graduates during its 2017 commencement exercises Saturday, May 13.  The graduates represented 31 Arkansas counties, 10 states and three nations. A crowd of over 1,000 filled WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center for the ceremony.  The commencement address was delivered by U.S. Senator John Boozman, and graduating senior Alexus Clardy of Conway, Ark., spoke on behalf of the class of 2017. Professor Jerry Gibbens was honored for completing 50 years of … …more