Liz Yielding '12 and Lauren Schlabach '11
|Liz Yielding and Lauren Schlabach are Harding alumni and best friends who met through their time at Harding. They were placed together as roommates during Summer Experience in 2007 and did not realize it until years later after they had become friends through Harding theatre.
Lauren graduated in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Electronic Media Production. During her time at Harding, Schlabach was involved in musicals and worked for TV16. She also was a member of Iota Chi, the National Broadcasting Society, American Studies Institute and Alpha Chi as well as traveled with HUF in the spring of 2009. She also worked at White County Hospital during her time at Harding as an assistant to the ER Health Unit Coordinator. After graduation, she went to work in her hometown of Alma, Arkansas as the Communications Director for the Alma School District. She also works as a Communication Director for the Alma Education and Arts Foundation, is a Zumba instructor, and is a member of the Alma Women’s Community League. She resides in Alma with her two dogs, Rigby and Maxwell.
Liz graduated from Harding in the spring of 2012 with a degree in Oral Communications and Theatre with a teaching license. During her time at Harding, Yielding was involved in Chi Omega Phi and the theatre department. She married Matt Yielding in July 2012 and they moved to Heber Springs, Arkansas. Matt works as a math teacher at West Side Greers Ferry and Liz teaches Oral Communications and Drama at Heber Springs High School. She also works as the Drama club sponsor and her department is working to form a competing Forensics and Debate squad as well as put on performances in their new Fine Arts complex. She started out in her position as a long-term substitute, but officially accepted the title in May 2013.
Lauren and Liz both cherish their time at Harding and the experiences it provided them with while shaping them into the people they are today.
“If I had to use one word to sum up my experience at Harding, I would say ‘defining’. My four years at HU shaped the person I am today and the relationships that I treasure the most,” Schlabach said. “HU helped me to grow mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically to develop an understanding of who I want to be. So many moments combine to form my experience at Harding, one that was filled with love, hope and growth. It’s the reason I saw now and always that Harding is home.”
Lauren and Liz are also both a part of Generation HU and enjoy the opportunities they have been given through it to connect and interact with other young alumni.
“I love that Harding has created a group for the younger Alumni! Generation HU has been a great opportunity for me to start to give a little back to the University I owe so much to,” Yielding said. “I love being involved with HU still, even though I’ve graduated. Generation HU gives me that opportunity while also letting me still have lots of Bison pride. I can’t wait to see what else this wonderful program has in store.”
|October||Laura Walker '09 and Cristie Merritt '11|
|September||Justin Spring '03|
|August||Chris Holman '04|
|July||Joanna Waller '03|
|June||Danielle John '12|
|May||Meredith Fear '08|
|April||David Condolora '06|
|March||John Hite '11|
|February||Jessica '09 and Spencer '10 Wilson|
|January||Bryan Clifton '10|
|December||Chase Chandler '08|
|November||Chris Dixon '11|