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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.

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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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Tiger for Life Podcast: Mark Peyton Reddie, YouTuber & Honorary Tiger For Life

August 18, 2021

Today is a unique episode of the Tiger for Life podcast featuring a Henderson State "Reddie!" Mark Peyton has served the past two years as Production Manager for Sodexo at Ouachita. He's fallen in love with Ouachita and students, faculty and staff have embraced Mark as a Ouachitonian and honorary Tiger for Life.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: Clay Chapuis ('10) & Meredith Butler Chapuis ('12) Creating a Food Truck to Fight Food Insecurity

July 12, 2021

This episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast features Ouachita graduates Clay Chapuis ('10) and Meredith Butler Chapuis ('12). On a late-night run, Meredith and two friends were burdened about the needs in their community. Not being able to sleep, the three women began to dream of how they could make an impact in their community -- especially in the area of food insecurity with so many losing jobs during the pandemic.

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Tiger for Life Podcast: Mari Bednar ('17) Teaching and Sharing God's Love in Haiti

June 29, 2021

On this episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast, we hear from Ouachita graduate Mari Bednar ('17). After serving in children's ministry while attending Ouachita and after graduation, Mari felt called to the mission field and moved to Haiti to teach fourth graders in August of 2020 -- in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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