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Jason Tolbert
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Jason Tolbert ('97)
Chief Financial Officer

May 24, 2022

As soon as Jason Tolbert started his college search as a high school student in Wynne, Ark., he knew if he could afford to go to Ouachita, he would. It’s not hard to believe that, even then, making the numbers work was a top priority for Tolbert, who now serves as Ouachita’s chief financial officer (CFO).

Terry DeWitt
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Terry DeWitt ('88)
Chair, Department of Kinesiology, and professor of kinesiology

May 24, 2022

As a high school senior in Gravette, Ark., Dr. Terry DeWitt didn’t have college on his radar until just before graduation. A first-generation college student, DeWitt enrolled as a freshman at the University of Central Arkansas. But he transferred after just one semester when his aunt, Nancy Hardman, encouraged him to consider Ouachita and Coach Buddy Benson offered him a work- study job as an athletic trainer.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: Michael Krikorian ('10) The Thing About Pam and Life as an Actor in the Big Easy

April 14, 2022

On this episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast, Ouachita graduate Michael Krikorian ('10) shares about his career in acting including roles on American Horror Story, NCIS: New Orleans, The Thing About Pam and many more.

The Johnson family gathered for Sally’s 90th birthday in May (left to right):  Lauren (’16), Jessica (’23), Cameron (’13), Keeley (’19), Jerry E., Sally (’54),  Lacey (’14), Jerry G., Buffie, Hamilton (’17) and Felicity (’20).
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The Johnson Family

December 14, 2021

When you think of Tigers for Life, the Johnson family may have set a record – six Ouachita graduates in eight years, and one more headed for the stage in 2023.

Rachel Pool
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Rachel (Waggener) Pool ('07)

December 14, 2021

When Dr. Rachel Pool stepped onto Ouachita’s campus for Super Summer in high school, she fell in love. Not with a boy from another Arkansas town – she was in love with Ouachita.

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Rickey Rogers ('02), Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life

December 14, 2021

Rickey and Lydia Rogers have developed more than 20 years of history at Ouachita, in part due to simple geography. With Rickey recruited to play football from six hours away in Mississippi and Lydia coming from six hours away in Texas, Ouachita and Arkadelphia were right in the middle – which made attending college and settling after graduation here between their families a perfect fit.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: Jill Rowe ('03) Helping Families Stay Healthy & Thrive

November 29, 2021

On this episode of the Tiger For Life Podcast, Ouachita graduate and chair of the Ouachita Alumni Advisory Board, Keisha Pittman McKinney ('04) interviews fellow alumna Jill Waldon Rowe ('03). While serving as a traveling speech pathology assistant for 15 years, Jill saw many children, including her own, getting sick often. Looking for products to better her family's health, Jill struggled to find products with clean, healthy ingredients she could trust.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: Joyce Elliott ('81) Giving Thanks for Education

November 22, 2021

A note of warning: this episode contains strong language related to racism experienced during the desegregation of Arkansas schools. Listener discretion is advised. On this episode of the Tiger For Life Podcast, we hear from longtime educator and Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: John Barber ('99) & Becky Ellis ('08) Bringing Hope and Help to People Impacted by Disability

November 09, 2021

On this episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast, Ouachita grads John Barber ('99) and Becky (Cunningham) Ellis ('08) share about their work with Joni and Friends -- an international ministry founded by Joni Eareckson Tada that shares the hope of the Gospel and gives practical help to people impacted by disability.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: Kallie Polk ('19) One Year, One Wienermobile & Miles of Smiles Along the Hot Dog Highway

November 03, 2021

If you love fun podcasts, this one's a "wiener!" On this episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast, we "ketchup" with 2019 Ouachita graduate Kallie Polk. After teaching elementary school for two years in North Carolina, Kallie was one of 4000 people to apply to be a "hotdogger" -- driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile around the country for a year.

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