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Equipping leaders

December 14, 2021

With its strong history of producing worship leaders who serve in well-known churches in Arkansas, Texas and beyond, Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts has been on the radar of local churches for decades.

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Ouachita launches graduate Dietetic Internship during pandemic

December 14, 2021

To say you started anything new in 2020 would, well, raise eyebrows – especially launching something as involved and hands-on as an academic program including clinical healthcare. But that’s exactly what Ouachita did during the 2020-2021 academic year, launching its first graduate programs in more than 20 years.

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Feed Arkadelphia Seeks to Address Hunger, Reduce Waste, Reach Hearts

December 14, 2021

As a senior in high school, Reanna Johnson first realized her passion for ending hunger through her volunteer work with a local food pantry.

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Hope by way of lament

December 14, 2021

“Back to normal.” Since the middle of last March, those words have felt like an impossible dream. As illness disrupted life for many and restrictions disrupted life for all, we longed for things to just be the way they used to be.

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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Leading and learning in a pandemic year - and beyond

December 14, 2021

Navigating college always has its unique challenges, but doing so in the midst of a global pandemic is a feat that seemed nearly impossible a year ago.

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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.

Wesley Kluck
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Kluck takes on his latest leadership challenge

March 12, 2021

Dr. Wesley Kluck did not have a restful 2020. As university physician and vice president for student development at Ouachita, he led the university’s health efforts in response to COVID-19, chairing Ouachita’s Health Monitoring and Action Team (HMAT).

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Ouachita's new M.S. progam in applied behavior analysis addresses critical needs

March 12, 2021

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.

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