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Rachel Pool

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.

Master of Education

Ouachita Baptist University to launch new Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction in January 2022

August 25, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University will launch a new Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction in January 2022. The 12-month program, designed to help teachers enhance skills and increase earning potential, prepares educators to become curriculum specialists and instructional coordinators as well as grow their skills in the classroom.

Jeff Root

From the "Ouachitonian": Dr. Jeff Root

May 03, 2021

Dr. Jeff Root never considered going anywhere else but Ouachita for his undergraduate education. Since both his parents worked at OBU, he spent much of his time growing up on campus. In 1991, Dr. Root came back to Ouachita as a member of the administrative staff and faculty, and in 2002 he became the dean of the School of Humanities.

Tiger For Life Podcast

Tiger for Life Podcast: Sara Wheeler McDaniel ('98) Spreading Joy & Hope While Reclaiming Her Life & Restoring Her Home

November 09, 2020

After teaching elementary students for 10 years and later working in education sales and consulting, Sara Wheeler McDaniel ('98) moved home to Louisiana and restored a cottage. Her beautiful home has now been featured in magazines and on social media accounts like "Better Homes and Gardens," "Southern Living," "Cottages and Bungalows" and more.

Tiger For Life Podcast

Tiger for Life Podcast: Anna Lloyd ('00), Back to School

September 24, 2020

On this episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast we hear from Ouachita alumna Anna Lloyd ('00), who serves as principal at Pulaski Heights Elementary in Little Rock. Anna shares about leading through the pandemic, how she prepared to open her school for on-campus instruction, what she learned surviving the crash of American Airlines flight 1420 as a Ouachita student, and her favorite Ouachita memories.

Tiger For Life Podcast

Tiger for Life Podcast: Stephen ('15) and Abby Curry ('17)

September 15, 2020

On this episode of the Tiger for Life Podcast we hear from teachers Stephen Curry ('15) and his wife Abby Root Curry ('17). The Currys share about teaching online this spring and the hybrid in-person and online theater and choir programs at Little Rock Christian Academy, settling in to their new home in Little Rock, and their favorite Ouachita memories.

Ouachita News graphic

Ouachita faculty team selected for national disability inclusion grant

July 16, 2020

A team of Ouachita Baptist University faculty members has been selected as a recipient of the Accelerating Disability Inclusion Community-Based Micro-Grant by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability’s (NCHPAD) Inclusion: Community Micro-Grant Program.


Game-changing community: How Ouachita offers student-athletes balance

February 18, 2020

“The Lord loves to surprise us.” I overheard these six words several years ago, and I don’t think a quote has ever resonated with my time at Ouachita as much as this one. I never could’ve dreamed up what all the Lord had in store for my four years as a student-athlete. I entered my freshman year as a student

Dr. Terry DeWitt (center) accepts Ouachita’s first Gold Status credential for its Exercise is Medicine (EIM) program during the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) annual meeting in Orlando this summer. Bob Sallis, past-president of ACSM and EIM founder, and Renee Jeffries Heil, current EIM Committee chair, presented the award.

Ouachita is first university in Arkansas to earn Gold Status credential from American College of Sports Medicine

July 29, 2019

Ouachita Baptist University recently became the first university in Arkansas to earn a Gold Status credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for its participation and excellence in the organization’s Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) program.

Students teaching elementary-age girls

Teaching science meets Doctor Who

May 09, 2019

In March, the Patterson School of Natural Sciences hosted an event for local fourth through sixth grade girls called Girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The Saturday event was led by our class, Science for Elementary Teachers, and was an awesome chance for us to engage girls in the community and to help them feel empowered in male-dominated STEM fields.