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Students at Ouachita can get career help from faculty mentors

5 tips to make acquiring career experience less overwhelming

January 25, 2023

Whether you are a senior in high school or about to graduate from college, it is never a bad idea to gain job experience. Most professional careers require employees to have some – if not significant – experience in their chosen field in order to be hired.

Ian Cosh at his desk in the Elrod Center at Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita's Ian Cosh receives honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University

November 14, 2022

Ian Cosh, vice president emeritus for community and international engagement at Ouachita Baptist University, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education degree from Liverpool (England) Hope University in July 2022 at the university’s graduation ceremony in the United Kingdom.

Allie Bailey

From the "Ouachitonian": Allie Bailey

October 17, 2022

The Ouachita Baptist University Elrod Center has provided many opportunities for students to get involved with various programs to serve the Arkadelphia community along with students and professors alike on campus. In particular, ElderServe allowed students to be paired with an elderly couple or elder and visit them, bring them food or write them letters.

Tiger Serve Day volunteers

More than 760 Ouachita volunteers mobilize for 51st Tiger Serve Day

September 24, 2022

The Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community at Ouachita Baptist University held its 51st Tiger Serve Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, with 763 Ouachita students, faculty and staff completing 74 projects at area homes, non-profit organizations and designated trash pickup sites across Arkadelphia. Volunteers represented this semester’s theme, “PurposeTSD.”

Rylie Davis and Leigh Anne McKinney

Ouachita's Elrod Center hosts awards banquet

May 04, 2022

The Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community at Ouachita Baptist University held its annual University Community Service Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 12, in Walker Conference Center. The banquet honors volunteers and their service through programs organized by the Elrod Center.

Tiger Serve Day volunteers, spring 2022

Ouachita's Elrod Center hosts 50th Tiger Serve Day

April 05, 2022

The Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community at Ouachita Baptist University held its 50th Tiger Serve Day on Saturday, April 2, when 736 Ouachita students, faculty and staff gathered to complete 91 service projects at homes, non-profits and churches across Arkadelphia.

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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.

Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr.

Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr. named Ouachita's VP for Community and Intercultural Engagement

November 11, 2021

Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr. has been named vice president for community and intercultural engagement at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Ouachita students participate in Tiger Serve Day 2021

Ouachita Baptist University's Elrod Center holds Tiger Serve Day

September 29, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University’s Elrod Center for Family and Community held its Fall 2021 Tiger Serve Day event on Saturday, Sept. 25. One hundred projects in and around Arkadelphia were completed by 831 Ouachita volunteers who also resumed traditional Tiger Serve Day activities such as visiting the homes of senior adults, yard work and assisting local nonprofit organizations like LightHouse Ministries and The Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center.

scale rendering of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Arkadelphia

Ouachita gives $50,000 to Arkadelphia MLK Park project

August 25, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University has made a $50,000 pledge to help fund construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Arkadelphia, the first organizational contribution to the project.