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Brooke Zimny

Freshman orientation 2021

Ouachita posts highest enrollment in 55 years and other records

September 09, 2021

Ouachita has set several enrollment records for the Fall 2021 semester, including the school’s highest total enrollment in 55 years as well as the largest freshman class, best freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and highest four-year graduation rate on record.

Pruet School of Christian Studies

Dr. Jeremy Greer named dean of Ouachita's Pruet School of Christian Studies

June 28, 2021

Dr. Jeremy Greer is the new dean of Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies. Greer, a Ouachita graduate and second generation pastor, has long ties to the university as well as Arkansas Baptists in addition to higher education experience through teaching and administrative roles.

Wesley Kluck

Kluck takes on his latest leadership challenge

March 12, 2021

Dr. Wesley Kluck did not have a restful 2020. As university physician and vice president for student development at Ouachita, he led the university’s health efforts in response to COVID-19, chairing Ouachita’s Health Monitoring and Action Team (HMAT).

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Editor's notes: "Navigating unprecedented times" and other clichés

March 11, 2021

As we chose the theme for this issue of the Ouachita Circle, no words seemed sufficient. Even words that were accurate and appropriate had lost their meaning, becoming clichés in our collective consciousness. However, what we have done in 2020 as a global society and here at Ouachita, was truly unprecedented – both for the challenges we faced and the triumphs big and small that we achieved along the way.

Hickingbotham Hall

Ouachita's fall 2020 enrollment grows amid pandemic, highest since 2000

September 02, 2020

Even amid the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ouachita's fall 2020 enrollment has grown to 1,704, a 4% increase from fall 2019 and the highest headcount the university has seen since 2000. Newly released data also reflect a strong academic profile for incoming Ouachita freshmen as well as standout retention and graduation rates.

Lewis Shepherd

Ouachita hires Shepherd in full-time role to support students, faculty and staff of color

August 03, 2020

Dr. Ben Sells, president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, announced today that Dr. Lewis Shepherd, Jr., will join the school’s executive leadership team as special assistant to the president.


Ouachita to adjust schedule for fall 2020

June 09, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University President Ben Sells announced yesterday in an email to students, faculty and staff that the university will begin classes on campus for the 2020-21 fall semester on Aug. 17, eight days earlier than originally scheduled.

Hickingbotham School and central campus

Ouachita plans to resume on-campus classes for fall 2020

May 06, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University President Ben Sells announced yesterday in an email to students, faculty and staff that the university plans to resume on-campus classes and residential life for fall 2020.

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Editor's notes: Wrestling with value and the choices it presents

February 27, 2020

I’ve thought a lot about value over the last few months – what I value, what value Ouachita offers, the definition of the word itself.

Students by Berry-Peeples Bible Building

Spring enrollment at Ouachita reaches eight-year high

February 25, 2020

Spring 2020 enrollment for Ouachita Baptist University’s residential campus reached an eight-year high of 1,440 this spring. It is a 4.3% increase from spring 2019 and is the university’s highest spring enrollment since 2012.