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Alex Moore (left) and Dr. Johnny Wink

Moore named first recipient of Wink Scholarship at Ouachita

July 22, 2022

Alex Moore, a junior English and philosophy double major from Gulfport, Miss., was named Ouachita Baptist University’s inaugural Johnny and Susan Wink Scholarship Award winner. He was recognized during an April ceremony in Ouachita’s Young Auditorium.

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Ouachita students honored for their work published in "Assayers 30"

November 17, 2021

Three Ouachita students received awards for their nonfiction work featured in “Assayers 30,” the annual publication by Ouachita’s Department of Language and Literature.

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Susan Wink's "Ben Kimpel" biography published posthumously

May 19, 2021

The late Dr. Susan Wink, professor emerita of English at Ouachita Baptist University, authored Ben Kimpel, a biography of the longtime chairman of the English Department at the University of Arkansas. The book was posthumously published earlier this year and is available at on Amazon.com.

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From the "Ouachitonian": Mattie Motl

May 10, 2021

For many students, college was a time when an abundance of new opportunities were in their grasp. Mattie Mae Motl, a senior English major from Arkadelphia, took advantage of one such opportunity when she applied for a travel grant through Ouachita's Honors Program.

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Ouachita alumnus Eli Cranor returns to campus to share authorial journey

November 18, 2020

With a masked beard and a shirt that read in bold blue letters,: “READ MORE BOOKS,” Ouachita Baptist University alumnus Eli Cranor gave an author’s reading in Young Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Ouachita’s Department of Language and Literature had invited him to share his unusual authorial journey with current students.


Ouachita's Riley-Hickingbotham Library receives copy of Arkansas' Porter Fund Literary Prize Collection

October 01, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University’s Riley-Hickingbotham Library is among five Arkansas universities, as well as only one of two private libraries, chosen to receive a copy of the Porter Fund Collection, a curation of works by award-winning Arkansas writers. The collection will be available for Ouachita students, faculty and staff to read virtually, and an exhibition is to be held in the spring of 2021.

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Why you should choose a college that supports your dreams

March 12, 2020

“You’ll never find a job. You’ll have to forge your own connections, which are hard to make in that world.” As a young senior in high school in search of where I would spend the next four years of my life, these weren’t the words I was expecting to hear from my potential professors and deans about my wanting to study English.

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Why Read C. S. Lewis?: Literature both sweet and useful

November 12, 2019

Like so many readers, I first encountered C. S. Lewis’ books as a child: one summer, I stashed a copy of The Chronicles of Narnia in my suitcase before a family vacation and, after staying up far later than I should’ve to discover how Shasta and Bree, Aravis and Hwin would end their adventures in The Horse and His Boy, I devoured the rest of the series in days.

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Ouachita to host author, retired Lt. Col. Mark McGraw for memoir reading on Nov. 5

October 24, 2019

Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Language and Literature will host author Dr. Mark McGraw in a debut reading of his newly published memoir, Behind Friendly Lines: Memoirs of a U.S. Marine in Chile, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. The event will be held in room 200 of Hickingbotham Hall and is free and open to the public. There also will be time for questions from the audience after the reading.

Seven students from Ouachita’s Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society chapter presented their academic work at this year’s national convention in St. Louis, March 27-30. Front row (from left to right): Micah Overstreet, Haydn Jeffers and Kaitlyn Taylor. Back row: Claire Seale, Paige Smith, Aaron East and Laura Ward.

Ouachita Sigma Tau Delta English honor society members present at 2019 annual convention

April 03, 2019

Seven Ouachita Baptist University students presented their academic work at the Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society’s 2019 national convention in St. Louis March 27-30.