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Pandemic Profiles: Kari Ledford, Sodexo Retail and Marketing Manager

January 22, 2021

Consider providing three meals a day to Ouachita’s residential campus of roughly 1,500 students, physically distanced, observing the Arkansas Department of Health and CDC’s vigilant cleaning guidelines and all while keeping lines of hungry students moving. For Kari Ledford, Sodexo’s retail and marketing manager, and her team, their focus was always Ouachita students and their safety.

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Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

January 17, 2021

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, our country and university celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It marks the 53rd anniversary of King’s death and his 92nd birthday. This video features members of the Ouachita community reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. King with reference to this year’s university theme, “reasoned engagement with the world.”

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Observing Advent: An audacious profession of love

December 22, 2020

In our commercialized culture, we are taught that love can be expressed or proven with diamonds, sentimental greeting cards or even a Big Mac. The way Jesus said, "I love you," was rather audacious: He chose to live an uncomfortable, limited life as a human.

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Observing Advent: Joy in suffering

December 15, 2020

When we are hurting, grieving or anxious about the future, it is hard to be on the same page as James when he wrote, "when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy." I know my faith has been through a standardized test amount of testing this year, but I also know the darkest seasons of my life are when I have seen God work the most.

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Cornerstone Fund Stories: Sarah Collins

December 10, 2020

Sarah Collins, a communications & media major from Lucas, Texas, fell in love with Ouachita when she visited campus for the first time. As a minister's child, Collins said her family prayerfully considered the cost, but it was the scholarships and support of donors that gave Collins peace about her choice.

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Observing Advent: Finding peace in a turbulent world

December 08, 2020

We look for an answer to all of the heartache and confusion in this life. We long for peace. In our continuing celebration of Advent, Dr. William Viser reminds us of the similarly turbulent times before the coming of the Messiah, the Prince of Peace.

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'Tis the season to be a Tiger: Bookstore gift ideas for those who love Ouachita

December 01, 2020

Shopping at the Ouachita bookstore is fun any time of the year, but as we approach the holiday season, it's a wonderful opportunity to gift some of your favorite Ouachita merchandise for your Ouachita-loving friends and family!

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Fall at Ouachita: A few of our favorite posts

November 24, 2020

Although this fall semester has looked different in many ways, it hasn't stopped the seasons from changing or students from enjoying the beautiful fall weather!

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Pandemic Profiles: Kevin Herrington, Network Services Administrator

November 18, 2020

When Ouachita sent students home for an extended Spring Break in March of 2020, it took some by surprise. Thankfully, Ouachita's Kevin Herrington and the Office of IT Services had already been working on contingency plans for the possibility of remote learning.

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Cornerstone Fund Stories: Johnathon Callum

November 06, 2020

Johnathon's Ouachita experience was impacted by the generosity of Ouachita donors. Learn how you can invest in the next generation of Tigers.

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Coming full-circle, from around the globe: Ouachita's first international student

January 20, 2021

Every time I have walked into my office at the Grant Center over the past seven years, I have been greeted by the smiling face of our first Asian student, Charles Pong. It elicited in me a deep curiosity to find out his backstory and a desire to find out more about how someone from Kaifeng, China, could have arrived on the campus of Ouachita Baptist College in the early 1920s.

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Pandemic Profiles: Matt Douglass, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

January 11, 2021

After months of remote learning in the spring of 2020, Ouachita students were able to return to their physically-distanced classrooms and desks on campus in mid-August. One of the individuals who made on-campus learning possible is Dr. Matt Douglass, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and institutional research analyst.

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A survey of Ouachita faculty and staff's Christmas traditions

December 16, 2020

The time has come for hot chocolate, Christmas lights and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. As I thought about my own family memories and holiday festivities, I wanted to ask Ouachita faculty and staff to share a few of their favorite Christmas traditions.

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The Right Place, the Right Time: Ouachita's investment in me despite transferring and changing majors

December 14, 2020

Finding my passion was a bit of a journey. After both transferring and changing my major twice, my unique Ouachita experience has helped me discover my true passion and led me to my current pursuit.

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If you can't see very far ahead, go ahead as far as you can see

December 08, 2020

In an historic commencement for Ouachita, Dr. Ben Sells addressed 2020 graduates on Dec. 5 by reflecting on the difficulties of the year and offering words of wisdom that were once shared with him.

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Observing Advent: Hoping for change

December 03, 2020

How do you feel about the year 2020? The question is, will 2021 be any better? I hope so. That is the thing about hope. Hope expects things to change. Hope says someday, maybe someday soon, our troubles and struggles will come to an end.

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Bryant Adams: Alumnus returns to complete degree after 20 years in politics

November 30, 2020

In 1999, Bryant Adams came to Ouachita as a theology and history double major. He would leave four years later – only six hours shy of his degree – for an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to Ouachita Online, Adams was able to pick up where he left off and now holds a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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Ouachita alumnus Eli Cranor returns to campus to share authorial journey

November 18, 2020

With a masked beard and a shirt that read in bold blue letters,: “READ MORE BOOKS,” Ouachita Baptist University alumnus Eli Cranor gave an author’s reading in Young Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Ouachita’s Department of Language and Literature had invited him to share his unusual authorial journey with current students.

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Julio Pruitt: Former NFL player harnesses work ethic to finish Ouachita degree

November 06, 2020

When it came time for Julio Pruitt to graduate high school, he knew he was headed to Ouachita to focus on football, a decision that would later lead him to the opportunity to be among the top 1% of football players in the nation.

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Pandemic Profiles: Randall Quillin, Building Services Supervisor

October 27, 2020

Remember at the onset of COVID-19 in the U.S. when toilet paper was impossible to find and hand sanitizer was out of stock? Imagine the demand for those supplies on a college campus, specifically at Ouachita. Thanks to the work of Randall Quillin, building services supervisor in Ouachita’s Office of Facilities Management, and his building services team, Ouachita was able secure needed supplies to return to on-campus classes.

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