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Matt Douglass

Pandemic Profiles: Matt Douglass, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

January 11, 2021

After months of remote learning in the spring of 2020, Ouachita students were able to return to their physically-distanced classrooms and desks on campus in mid-August. One of the individuals who made on-campus learning possible is Dr. Matt Douglass, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and institutional research analyst.

Class of 2020 commencement

Ouachita honors 309 graduates during 133rd commencement

December 09, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University celebrated 309 graduates from the classes of 2019 and 2020 during its 133nd commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 5. The ceremony, which was rescheduled from its original date in May due to COVID-19, was held outdoors at Cliff Harris Stadium on Ouachita’s campus.

Ben Sells' 2020 commencement address

If you can't see very far ahead, go ahead as far as you can see

December 08, 2020

In an historic commencement for Ouachita, Dr. Ben Sells addressed 2020 graduates on Dec. 5 by reflecting on the difficulties of the year and offering words of wisdom that were once shared with him.

Students in graduation attire

Ouachita to honor class of 2020 in 133rd commencement ceremony on Dec. 5

November 20, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University will hold its 133rd commencement honoring the class of 2020 on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in Cliff Harris Stadium on Ouachita’s campus. The ceremony, which was rescheduled from its original date in May due to COVID-19, will honor 309 graduates.

Ouachita News

Ouachita faculty, staff honored for combined 780 years of service

November 18, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University recently recognized 36 faculty and staff members in celebration of their milestone anniversaries working for the university. Together they have served a total of 780 years at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, with six faculty and staff members celebrating 35 years or more.

Kevin Herrington

Pandemic Profiles: Kevin Herrington, Network Services Administrator

November 18, 2020

When Ouachita sent students home for an extended Spring Break in March of 2020, it took some by surprise. Thankfully, Ouachita's Kevin Herrington and the Office of IT Services had already been working on contingency plans for the possibility of remote learning.

Holly Shipp crowned Ouachita's Homecoming Queen

Ouachita crowns Holly Shipp as 2020 Homecoming Queen

November 10, 2020

Holly Shipp, a senior Christian studies/Biblical studies, Christian missions and Christian ministries triple major from Arlington, Texas, was crowned Ouachita Baptist University’s 2020 Homecoming Queen on Thursday morning in Evans Student Center surrounded by her peers. Shipp represented the Pruet Sisterhood. She is a member of Tri Chi women’s social club and involved in Campus Ministries.

Dr. Sharon Hamilton works with Ouachita chemistry students

Hamilton awarded $297,000 Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence grant

November 10, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University’s Dr. Sharon Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded $297,431 in funding over the next two and a half years by the Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to support her research of incorporating proteins into novel modern wound dressings.

Julio Pruitt and family

Julio Pruitt: Former NFL player harnesses work ethic to finish Ouachita degree

November 06, 2020

When it came time for Julio Pruitt to graduate high school, he knew he was headed to Ouachita to focus on football, a decision that would later lead him to the opportunity to be among the top 1% of football players in the nation.

Randall Quillin

Pandemic Profiles: Randall Quillin, Building Services Supervisor

October 27, 2020

Remember at the onset of COVID-19 in the U.S. when toilet paper was impossible to find and hand sanitizer was out of stock? Imagine the demand for those supplies on a college campus, specifically at Ouachita. Thanks to the work of Randall Quillin, building services supervisor in Ouachita’s Office of Facilities Management, and his building services team, Ouachita was able secure needed supplies to return to on-campus classes.