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O.C. Bailey Residence Hall on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University
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Behind the names: O.C. Bailey

August 16, 2022

More than a century ago, in 1911, a Ouachita freshman was falsely accused of trespassing on a farmer’s land across the Ouachita River. Since the university lacked men’s dormitories, the student was served a warrant of arrest on the front porch of his rooming house. Luckily, his Latin professor, Mr. Gaines, dismissed his classes the day of the student’s trial and went to the courthouse to testify on behalf of this student, resulting in the charges being dropped.

2020 Ouachita graduate Michael Burge
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What does that student-faculty ratio number mean? Mentors abound.

August 09, 2022

In my opinion, one of the best things Ouachita has to offer is that it is a university of roughly 1,500 on-campus students and with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. What that means when you yourself are a Ouachita student is that you’ll have great opportunities for mentor relationships with your teachers.

Purple and Gold party during Welcome to Ouachita's World
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Dear Future Freshman ...

August 02, 2022

I loved my freshman experience at Ouachita, and there’s not a lot that I would change. During that year, I grew closer to the Lord as I navigated through new friendships, experiences and challenges.

Freshmen students move into the dorms at Ouachita Baptist University
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Moving to college: Tips for out-of-state students

July 26, 2022

Moving in to your first college dorm is a very exciting time! However, it can come with many questions and challenges. This can be even harder if you’re moving to Arkadelphia from out of state and need to pack everything you might need for an entire year in one trip – yikes!

Students take photographs in front of a mural in downtown Arkadelphia
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Small town, shmall town

July 19, 2022

Growing up in North Little Rock, Ark., I was concerned about moving to a small town like Arkadelphia. Will I ever get out of my room? What would I do on the weekends?

Students enjoy a game of beach volleyball during Tiger Traks
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Six things freshmen should know before starting college

July 12, 2022

Hello friends! I thought I would shed some light on what I’ve learned since being a freshman in college ...

Freshmen students study in their dorm room at Ouachita Baptist University
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What NOT to buy

July 05, 2022

When I was about to move in as a freshman at Ouachita, I was overprepared and overwhelmed. I got sucked into buying all the things I thought I would need and wound up with more clutter than space.

Dr. Daniel R. Grant, president emeritus at Ouachita Baptist University
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Remembering President Emeritus Dr. Daniel Grant

June 03, 2022

Dr. Daniel R. Grant “retired” from a distinguished career at Ouachita in 1988, just before I arrived on campus as a freshman in 1989. But we all know he didn’t really retire; he just stopped taking a paycheck. Dr. Grant advocated for his beloved Ouachita and its people for the rest of his life.

Applied Behavior Analysis session at Pediatrics Plus
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What is autism? What is ABA? Building understanding in Autism Awareness Month

April 11, 2022

April has traditionally been known worldwide as Autism Awareness Month, and is a time to focus on increasing understanding and awareness of people with autism. In 2021, the Autism Society of America changed the designated terminology to Autism Acceptance Month. Regardless of which name you use, I hope you’ll take time this month to become educated on autism and help to create a more inclusive and accepting world for the autism community. Here is some introductory information to get you started.

Latina Robinson
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A vision for change energizes DI grad student Latina Robinson

April 05, 2022

In March 2016, Latina Robinson, a Dietetic Internship graduate student from North Little Rock, Ark., lost her grandmother to Type 2 diabetes—a deadly disease that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects 37.3 million people in the United States

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