Maddie Bailey (left) and Cora Saddler (right)
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.
“This is by far the largest group of thesis badge recipients we have ever had,” said
Dr. Barbara Pemberton, director of the Carl Goodson Honors Program and professor of
Christian missions at Ouachita. “Over 60 students are now working on wonderful thesis
projects that will be published later this spring. We are very excited for them!”
The three Honors Program students recognized and awarded research grants to further
their honors theses include Maddie Bailey, Carl Goodson Scholar; Cora Saddler, Ben
Elrod Scholar; and Jael Winterholter, Garrett Ham Scholar.
Bailey, a junior political science major from Bauxite, Ark., plans to attend the JuST
conference, one of the nation’s leading conferences on juvenile sex trafficking, in
Washington, D.C., this November.
“While there, I will have the chance to hear from top leaders in the fight against
trafficking,” Bailey said. “It’s truly a dream come true to have the opportunity to
Saddler, a junior English and Spanish double major from Cabot, Ark., plans to research
the impact of surrealism on art and literature in New York City this summer.
“I’ll be exploring as many museums and literary locations as possible, especially
as it pertains to surrealism,” Saddler said. “The goal is to be inspired by the surrealistic
scene there while also forging my own path as a novice surrealist writer.”
Winterholter, a junior Christian studies/biblical studies & theology major from Fort
Wayne, Ind., plans to research the biblical concept of the glory of God.
“The Garrett Ham travel grant will allow me to interview several more academic experts
and learn how their understanding of God’s glory affects their theology and their
ministry,” Winterholter said. “I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Mr. Garrett
Ham, Dr. Pemberton and Dr. Danny Hays for awarding me this grant so I can further
my research and deepen my learning!”
In place of a guest speaker, this year several Ouachita Honors alumni – Garrett Ham,
Cole Jester, Mattie Mae Motl, Alex Nelson, Evan Nelson, Elizabeth Peevy, Dr. Abby
Dekle Russ, Bailey Walter, Dr. Dustin Walter and Philip Williamson – sent in video
clips to address current and new members during the ceremony.
The Carl Goodson Honors Program encourages intellectual growth and academic excellence
for high-achieving students. Students in the program take 16 honors hours while maintaining
a minimum of a 3.5 grade average. The Honors Program was established in 1964 to encourage
and challenge students academically and offer them the opportunity to explore subjects
not offered through Ouachita’s regular curriculum and conduct research under a professor
for a directed study and thesis.
For more information about the Carl Goodson Honors Program, visit www.obu.edu/honors or contact Dr. Barbara Pemberton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5541.
Lead photo: Ouachita's Carl Goodson Honors Program members (from left) Cora Sadder,
Maddie Bailey and Jael Winterholter were awarded 2021 thesis research grants during
the Honors Program's annual Black and White Ceremony held on Wednesday, March 3. Photo
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