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Facing this moment in history: Why your response matters

July 07, 2020

My – and perhaps your – experience with the pandemic has been fairly positive so far. But this has not been the case for everyone. Whether you are wanting to maximize this time or struggling with your experiences, I humbly offer the following words of encouragement and challenge.

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Ouachita to adjust schedule for fall 2020

June 09, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University President Ben Sells announced yesterday in an email to students, faculty and staff that the university will begin classes on campus for the 2020-21 fall semester on Aug. 17, eight days earlier than originally scheduled.

Ouachita students Zoom with D'Arcy Carden
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Grasping a unique opportunity: Ouachita honor students Zoom with "The Good Place" actress D'Arcy Carden

June 09, 2020

The ending of this spring semester was anything but a typical Ouachita finals week. Instead of studying with friends and late night cinnamon rolls in the caf, students were preparing for tests from their childhood bedrooms and chatting with classmates over Zoom.

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A letter to parents of 2020 high school grads

May 29, 2020

What a challenging season we are in as parents of a 2020 high school senior. I have struggled with the loss of so many highly anticipated moments. Have you?

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Contagious compassion and joy: Silver linings in the storm of COVID-19

May 13, 2020

It sometimes takes a good rainstorm to better appreciate the sunshine. There I was sitting in my 11 o’clock class on a Tuesday morning, just like normal. My professor walks in and first thing out of his mouth is, “What do y’all think are the chances of Ouachita going online right now?” That was the first time I thought this virus would actually affect Ouachita.

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Ouachita plans to resume on-campus classes for fall 2020

May 06, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University President Ben Sells announced yesterday in an email to students, faculty and staff that the university plans to resume on-campus classes and residential life for fall 2020.

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Thinking of lasts and greats

May 01, 2020

Senior spring semester is known to be a time of lasts and greats. Last spring break trip, last spring fling, last trip to the lake, last sleepovers with all your friends and final goodbyes. This departure was inevitable. Due to spread of COVID-19 we had to say our goodbyes early. Yes, it is a disappointing time; however, there is much to learn in this season.

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Struggling with motivation? Here are tips to help you

April 29, 2020

Struggling with motivation? Here are some tips from university counselor Dan Jarboe to help you.

Addy's childhood photo on campus
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"Prepare me to leave": Prayers for Ouachita, my old friend

April 17, 2020

I’ve started this post a few times in my head now, and I just cannot seem to find the words. There is so much I feel as if I should say. I could talk about the people I came to know and love these past four years, my roommates, teachers, and friends.

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Reflections on Psalm 46: Final thoughts

April 14, 2020

We will have times of trouble; of that we can be sure. We live in a broken, sinful world. We’re in the middle of a tough trial now with this coronavirus pandemic. But God has not left us alone. He is speaking to us profoundly in Psalm 46:1-11.

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