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Ouachita to offer Master of Arts degree in applied behavior analysis

November 08, 2022

Ouachita Baptist University is preparing to offer Arkansas’ first Master of Arts degree program in applied behavior analysis – an additional option to the university’s existing Master of Science degree. The M.A. program will launch in Fall 2023, pending Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Verified Course Sequence (VCS) approvals.

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Ouachita's Hickingbotham School of Business to launch MBA program

October 27, 2022

The Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita Baptist University is preparing to launch a fully-online Master of Business Administration degree program, set to begin in Fall 2023 pending approval from institutional accreditors.

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Outstanding alumni honored during Ouachita's Homecoming festivities Oct. 8

October 12, 2022

Five Ouachita Baptist University graduates received the university’s Alumni Milestone Award on Saturday, Oct. 8. Based on their professional achievements, community service and dedication to their alma mater, the honorees were selected by a committee of Ouachita faculty and staff and Ouachita President Ben Sells.

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Ouachita's Fall 2022 enrollment growth reflects university momentum

September 12, 2022

Enrollment continues to grow at Ouachita Baptist University, where a Fall 2022 headcount of 1,784 is the university’s highest in 56 years.

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Pumphrey to help launch Ouachita engineering program

July 28, 2022

Dr. Norman D. Pumphrey Jr. has been named professor of engineering at Ouachita Baptist University. Pumphrey joins Ouachita faculty in the J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences after serving nearly 30 years in the engineering department at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He will help launch Ouachita’s new 4-year Bachelor of Science degree pathway in engineering, planned to begin in Fall 2023 pending approval from the university’s institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Pierce wins Ouachita's 2022 Virginia Queen Piano Competition

July 21, 2022

Andrew Pierce, a freshman music and biology double major from Benton, Ark., won first place in the 2022 Virginia Queen Piano Competition presented in May by the Division of Music in the School of Fine Arts at Ouachita Baptist University.

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Jana Hardage named Ouachita's Support Staff Member of the Year

July 14, 2022

Jana Hardage, gifts processor in the Office of Development at Ouachita Baptist University, has been named the university’s 2021-22 Support Staff Member of the Year. Hardage was recognized in March by the university’s staff development committee and Dr. Ben R. Sells, Ouachita’s president.

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Ouachita's Dr. Jason Doroga gives presentation at University of Wisconsin-Madison

June 30, 2022

Dr. Jason Doroga, assistant professor of Spanish at Ouachita Baptist University, presented his paper “Negative Analogy: A New Direction for Analogical Change” as part of the Linguistics Friday Seminar Series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in April. The paper analyzes the cycles of analogy and changing patterns of language use in the speech community, exploring the role of analogy in explaining changes in the form of Spanish-language past participles.

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Dr. Kevin C. "Casey" Motl named dean of Ouachita's Sutton School of Social Sciences

June 27, 2022

Dr. Kevin C. “Casey” Motl, the R. Voyt Hill Chair of History at Ouachita Baptist University, has been named dean of the university’s William H. Sutton School of Social Sciences. The Sutton School houses Ouachita’s departments of History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

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Grant remembered for dedication to integrating academic and Christian excellence

May 27, 2022

Dr. Daniel R. Grant, president emeritus of Ouachita Baptist University, died Wednesday, May 25. He was 98. Grant was Ouachita’s 12th president and held the office longer than anyone in the university’s history apart from Dr. J.W. Conger, founding president. Grant’s service to Ouachita was distinguished by his dedication to building a thriving, financially stable learning community in the liberal arts tradition, based on a commitment to rigorous academics and Christian excellence.

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