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Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita Baptist University

Madison Melcher wins $5,000 in annual Ouachita Business Plan Competition

May 04, 2023

Ouachita Baptist University’s Hickingbotham School of Business hosted its 13th annual Business Plan Competition in December. Madison Melcher, a senior business administration major from Rockwall, Texas, placed first in the competition with her business plan, Covered by Grace, and received a $5,000 cash prize. Melcher was advised by Johan Eriksson, visiting instructor of business administration and director of entrepreneurship programs.

Courtney Ragsdell

Courtney Ragsdell receives BSN Leadership Award

March 10, 2023

Courtney Myers Ragsdell, a senior nursing major at Ouachita Baptist University, received the 2022 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Young Leadership Award as a part of the “40 Nurse Leaders Under 40” leadership program from the Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc.

Haley Shourd is crowned 2023 Miss OBU at Ouachita Baptist University

Haley Shourd crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University

March 06, 2023

The Miss Ouachita Baptist Scholarship Competition took place Saturday, Feb. 4, in Jones Performing Arts Center where sophomore communications & media major Haley Shourd was crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University. Shourd, 20, is a Conway, Ark., native.

Dr. Rickey Rogers visits with students at Ouachita Baptist University

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 10, 2023

As we reflect on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it is important to remember that Dr. King was a civil rights activist who fought continuously for racial equality and social justice. Dr. King condemned discrimination and segregation because of race, and he affirmed that the American dream belonged to all citizens and that everyone should have an equal opportunity to reach that dream.

KaNeil Purifoy, licensed counselor at Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita's KaNeil Purifoy joins panel of speakers during NCAA convention

July 08, 2022

KaNeil Purifoy, university counselor and resident director at Ouachita Baptist University, was a panelist at the 2022 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. in January. Purifoy was one of four speakers during a panel discussion titled, “Coping With Pandemics: The Effects of Racism and COVID-19 on Student-Athlete Mental Health.” The conversation was hosted by Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer.

Miss Ouachita Baptist University 2022 Kaelin Clay

Miss OBU Kaelin Clay to represent Ouachita in the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition

May 20, 2022

Miss Ouachita Baptist University Kaelin Clay, 19, will compete for the title of Miss Arkansas 2022 from June 11-18 during the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock.

Dr. Rickey Rogers

Dr. Rickey Rogers named Ouachita's vice president for student development

February 10, 2022

Dr. Rickey Rogers has been named vice president for student development at Ouachita Baptist University, effective June 1.

New Ouachita Apartments

Ouachita to build 144-bed student apartment complex for Fall 2022

August 20, 2021

Ouachita Baptist University will break ground on a 144-bed, $12.6 million student apartment complex this month, with plans for it to be open for the Fall 2022 semester.

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How to improve your mental health, coping skills while in college

April 07, 2021

Everyone learns to cope, regardless of their situation in life, in ways that are healthy and unhealthy. For many young adults, college is a time when stress levels run high, sleep patterns are inconsistent and having one-too-many cups of coffee and stress eating – among other things – are common aids students use to keep themselves going. While this is often considered normal, the college years are a pivotal time for learning how to cope well in the adult world.

Students gather in Grant Plaza

Listening and leading toward biblical belonging

March 11, 2021

Ouachita’s progress in recent years reflects the input and ideas from listening to responses from two questions in regard to our future: “What shouldn’t change?” and “What should change?” A part of our listening includes hearing the voices of our students and alumni of color. Until we listen, we can’t understand how to make Ouachita a place where belonging is central to an outstanding educational experience.



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