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Mattie Motl

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.

Students studying

5 tips to get ahead if you plan to study two (or three!) college majors

April 01, 2021

If you are scanning the multiple academic schools and academic programs offered at Ouachita, you are likely to come across several that may pique your interest. You probably have several passions and talents already, so declaring one major over another may be a difficult challenge. Thankfully, having more than one major is an option!

2021 Honors grant recipient

Ouachita's Carl Goodson Honors Program awards research grants, inducts new members at annual Black and White Ceremony

March 12, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University’s Carl Goodson Honors Program hosted its annual Black and White Ceremony on Wednesday, March 3, awarding three honors students with thesis research grants, inducting 123 new members and presenting 63 students with badges for their successful thesis proposals.

Ouachita students Zoom with D'Arcy Carden

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.

Cone-Bottoms Hall

Ouachita honors student achievements in 2020 Virtual Academic Awards

May 27, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University recently recognized students for outstanding academic, leadership and civic achievements during the 2019-2020 academic year with its annual Academic Awards honors.

2020 Honors grant recipients

Ouachita's Carl Goodson Honors Program awards grant recipients, inducts new members

March 11, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University’s Carl Goodson Honors Program and Alpha Tau honors society hosted the annual Black and White Reception on Thursday, Feb. 20, awarding five student research travel grants and inducting approximately 120 new members.

Johnny Wink reading

What threatens me

September 27, 2019

I recently read “The Coddling of the American Mind,” a book as dismaying as it is excellent. It was a painful reminder to me of just how alive and well and ubiquitous is the censorious mind these days.

Student reading in library

While I may disagree, should I not have empathy?

September 24, 2019

The first book I remember being scandalized by is Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” which I first read my junior year of high school. We had read other previously banned books in class, but none that I actually thought merited being banned.

Student purchases book from book sale

How dare Homer!

September 23, 2019

In the fall semester of 2018, Dr. Wink and I taught again a seminar for the Honors Program that we had first offered some fifteen years before: Banned Books. Just a few weeks before the semester was to begin, The New York Times published a story that let us know how deeply vital the subject remained, that it was a far more pressing issue for the current age than it had been when we had offered the seminar years before.

Cole Jester

It's been an honor: How Ouachita's Honors Program led me to pursue law and serve Arkansas

June 19, 2019

When I was 14 years old, I knew I had to go to a place that I had only just heard of: Ouachita Baptist University. Over the course of a summer, I realized I felt called to go into ministry. I only knew a few others who shared my call, and each one of them desired to go to “OBU.” I saw spiritual leader after spiritual leader attend Ouachita, and my own path was made clear. While my academic numbers made any college in the country an option, my heart only chose one: Ouachita.



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