Establishing the first full master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) in Arkansas is a significant milestone for Ouachita as well as for families across the state. The university’s Master of Science degree in ABA officially launched in May and is designed to address a critical shortage of trained Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) throughout the region. Graduates will be equipped to provide therapy options to treat such issues as autism, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Betty Jo Grant, who served 18 years as First Lady of Ouachita Baptist University, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, at age 92. She is survived by her husband of 72 years.
“I have a very distinct memory of the first time I saw a baby die,” reflected Lillian Blackmon (’59) Crenshaw. “There was such a sense of helplessness. I had a strong feeling there had to be a better way.” Crenshaw spent much of her renowned medical career helping improve the survival rate for premature infants.
Dr. Ben M. Elrod, former president and longtime chancellor of Ouachita Baptist University, passed away Aug. 7 at age 87. He is remembered for a lasting legacy of leadership and service at Ouachita during his decade as president and beyond.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Board of Trustees addressed a variety of issues during their quarterly board meeting held June 14 on the university’s Arkadelphia campus.
Six retiring faculty and staff members at Ouachita Baptist University, including four longtime faculty and staff who were honored with emeritus status, were recognized during a campus retirement reception held May 2 in Walker Conference Center.
Jeff Crow, former director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has been named the first director of Ouachita Baptist University’s new Department of Campus Safety and Emergency Management, according to Dr. Wesley Kluck, vice president for Student Development.
Ouachita Apartments, which houses 16 apartment units, will reopen this fall following extensive renovations thanks to generous gifts from university donors.
Allison Frizzell-Kizer, a 2013 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, has been named Ouachita’s head volleyball coach effective Jan. 15. She succeeds her former coach, Danny Prescott, who served 14 years as head volleyball coach at Ouachita.
Positioning Ouachita Baptist University for future growth and impact, the Ouachita Board of Trustees unanimously approved the university’s five-year strategic plan during their quarterly board meeting held Dec. 14 on Ouachita’s Arkadelphia campus.