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Casey chosen music chair
Snow leads fall lecture series
Pharmacy gains green light
Tornado relief
Gospel of John Lectureship's focal point
Choral reunion, recording set for July
One of two originals: Olen Hendrix Building
COMP 440: 'CS Software Development Project'
Encouragement day originates on campus
Touchdowns and hoedowns mark Homecoming
Academic integrity pledges showcased
Reynolds roof raised
Point of view

Casey chosen music chair

Dr. J. Warren Casey has been named chair of the Department of Music, effective May 10.

CaseyCasey's resume includes leading the music education program; directing the band program for 14 years and jazz ensembles for more than 25 years; working with Spring Sing, Homecoming and other musical presentations; teaching several semesters in International Programs; and engaging in scholarly and  professional activities on the international level.

"Dr. Casey was chosen from among several good  candidates," said Dr. Larry Long, vice president for academic affairs. "I have every  reason to believe that he will be a skillful and successful chair. I am pleased that he is willing to accept this appointment."

Casey has most recently been involved in transcribing the music of Italian band composer Carlo Della Giacoma in Todi, Italy. A two-time recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Casey joined the faculty in 1982. He holds the Ph.D. in music education from University of Oklahoma.

Casey replaces Dr. Arthur Shearin, who is returning to the classroom full time after serving 15 years as department chair.

"I commend Dr. Shearin for his leadership, organizational skills, and contributions to the overall academic community at Harding," Long said. "He will continue to be an asset in the classroom and as director of Concert Choir."


Snow leads fall lecture series

Tony SnowFormer White House  Press Secretary Tony Snow is scheduled to open the 2008-09 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series Sept. 23.

Snow served as press secretary for the George W. Bush Administration from May 2006 to September 2007. In 1991 he served as director of speechwriting and deputy assistant for media affairs for President George H.W. Bush.

He has spent a quarter of a century in the news business, working in all three major media — print, radio and television. After obtaining the bachelor of arts degree from Davidson College in 1977, he taught in Kenya and Cincinnati before starting his career in 1979 as an editorial writer for The Greensboro Record in North Carolina. He's written nationally syndicated columns for The Detroit News and USA Today.

For seven years, he served as host of "FOX News Sunday." Most recently, he hosted "The Tony Snow Show" on FOX News Radio and "Weekend Live With Tony Snow" on the FOX News Channel.

In February 2005, Snow was diagnosed with colon cancer. After successful surgery, he began chemotherapy treatment and returned to work at FOX News. In March 2007, 10 months after becoming White House press secretary, Snow's doctors discovered his cancer had returned. He underwent surgery, resumed his White House duties, and began a second round of chemotherapy, which he completed just prior to leaving the Bush Administration.

Snow's presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. Tickets are not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 279-4497.


"You are a part of that legacy. As you learn about health care, you want to learn about what happened — what you should do, what you shouldn't do. … The study was improperly conducted. It never should have occurred. We should be sure it does not happen again. The best way to ensure it does not happen again is to keep this story before the public."

— Civil rights attorney Fred Gray, speaking about the Tuskegee Institute Study to nearly 500 nursing faculty and students gathered at the University March 13 for Tri-Chapter Research Day. Gray spoke to administrators and students throughout the day before addressing the community in an American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series presentation.

Pharmacy gains green light

The wait is over. The University's College of Pharmacy received pre-candidate accreditation status in January and will seat its first class this fall.

Green light"A newly instituted doctor of pharmacy program of a college or school of pharmacy must be granted each of two pre-accreditation statuses at the appropriate stage of its  development," explained Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, dean of the college. "Our faculty members are hired, and we look forward to enrolling 60 students for our inaugural class in August."

Representatives from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) visited campus Nov. 14-15, 2007. The college was awarded pre-candidate status through June 2009. The granting of this status indicates that a college has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines in planning for a doctor of pharmacy program and suggests reasonable assurances of moving toward candidate status.

ACPE will schedule a site visit for spring 2009 to consider the college's advancement to candidate status.

Forty-nine students representing 18 states have been interviewed and accepted. More than 300 applications are being reviewed for the 11 remaining spots.


Tornado relief

Art at the FestivalMore than 800 students, faculty and staff spent Feb. 10 providing cleanup to the Clinton area after the state was ripped by tornadoes Feb. 5. The report turned in to FEMA showed more than 5,000 volunteer hours. David Cook, minister for Choctaw Church of Christ, said, "I am overwhelmed by what Harding was able to achieve in one day. … Your presence in our community made an everlasting impact that has opened many doors to share the love of Jesus with people who know nothing or very little about our Lord."


Gospel of John Lectureship's focal point

The 85th Annual Lecture­ship, slated Sept. 28-Oct. 1, promises an engaging, uplifting experience. The theme, "That We May Believe: Studies From the Gospel of John," will examine the account of Christ's life written by "the apostle whom Jesus loved."

Said Dr. Howard Norton, Lectureship director, "Our focus on the Gospel of John will be a faith-building experience. Speakers will emphasize significant themes within the Gospel such as the new birth, true worship, the kingship and divinity of Jesus, the compassion of Christ, and the victory of faith over unbelief."

Seven keynote speakers will cover a variety of topics from the fourth Gospel. Monte Cox of Searcy will open Lectureship Sunday evening with his keynote address, "That We May Believe." Other featured speakers include Virgil Fry of Houston; Tim Lewis of Oklahoma City; James Nesmith of Richmond, Va.; Stan Reid of Austin, Texas; Jim Woodroof of Searcy; and Howard Wright of Atlanta.

More than 50 classes will cover such topics as church growth, counseling, missions, conflict resolution, and youth and family ministry. Special activities include the Women's Day program on Tuesday and Monday's Preachers, Elders and Wives Dinner, featuring Robert K. Oglesby Sr. of Richardson, Texas.

Registration will begin Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. in the McInteer Rotunda. For more information, visit www.harding.edu/lectureship.


Choral reunion, recording set for July

All choral alumni from any year or any group (including A Cappella Chorus, Belle Canto, Belles and Beaux, Chorale, Chorus, Concert Choir, Good News Singers, and University Singers) are invited to participate in a choral reunion and recording session July 25-27 on campus. 

The repertoire for this event will consist of a mix of hymns from both old and new traditions. A compact disc will be produced with proceeds benefiting scholarships.

The event begins Friday, July 25, with supper followed by a rehearsal and will dismiss on Sunday afternoon after a recording session. Participants will be responsible for making their own housing arrangements.

Contact the Music Department at (501) 279-4311 or music@harding.edu if you plan to attend.


One of two originals: Olen Hendrix Building

If the Olen Hendrix Building walls could talk, their stories would begin at the turn of the 20th century.

Olen Hendrix BuildingBuilt in 1926 as part of Galloway Woman's College, the classical structure was used as the primary classroom building. The three-story brick facility contained faculty offices, 29 classrooms and laboratories. Shiny floors and freshly painted walls greeted students.

For only seven years did Galloway women hurry to class within its portals. The Great Depression took a toll on the school, forcing closure in 1933, and its students then joined with newly coed Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.

The furnished, versatile building was a strong selling point when Harding College moved to Searcy in 1934. Harding, which had outgrown the Morrilton, Ark., campus, purchased the 29-acre campus with 11 buildings valued at $600,000 for a mere $75,000 — a bargain even in the '30s.

Most classes were held there until new structures were erected; it then housed the sciences until Pryor Science Building was built in 1967. In the early '70s, the administration decided to remodel and update the facility, converting the third floor to house the new nursing program and dedicating the first and second floors to family and consumer sciences.

In 1975 the University named it the Olen Hendrix Nursing and Home Economics Center. Olen Hendrix served as an Arkansas state senator from 1958 to 1982. A member of the University's Board of Trustees from 1964 until his death in 1998, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws in 1989.

During the summer of 2006, the University again renovated the building's exterior and replaced the outside staircases. However, efforts were made to maintain its original appearance.

Today, the Olen Hendrix Building continues to house the College of Nursing and Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Hendrix and Pattie Cobb Hall, which predates it by eight years, are the campus' only original structures still standing.


COMP 440: 'CS Software Development Project'

CS student working on computerInstructor:
Scott Ragsdale, M.S.E.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The goal of this course is to simulate a real-world environment through analysis, design, implementation and testing phases of the software life cycle.

This class is the capstone course for computer science majors. Students form teams and compete against one another for the development of the finest software gaming product.

Methods and Expectations
At the beginning of the semester, each team selects a previously established game concept. Over the course of 13 weeks, members expand on the concept and create their own version of the game. Elements that must be taken into consideration include networking, artificial intelligence, theme and graphics, and installation and help. At the semester midpoint, each team gives a user interface presentation to report its progress.

Outside feedback is paramount to the success of the project. As the semester draws to a close, each product's entertainment and technical standards are rigorously judged and challenged by approximately 40 computer science faculty and professional testers over 10 days. The finished products are introduced at the end-of-semester software showcase.

By the end of each semester, teams have created and fulfilled a complete software development business plan. They have not only mastered technical aspects of developing their game, but also learned to successfully pitch their product. Many of these new breeds of software rival packages in the entertainment market today. The success of the project prepares students to confidently enter the field upon graduation.


Encouragement day originates on campus

With support from President George W. Bush and participants around the country, National Day of Encouragement was observed for the first time Sept. 12, 2007.

The idea for the Day of Encouragement was developed in June 2007 as part of National Leadership Forum at the University.

Forum attendees were split into groups and encouraged to discuss what they believed to be the number one issue facing students today. The groups came up with the usual answers — alcohol, drugs and violence — but one group surprised everyone with its answer: a lack of encouragement. Students felt this was not only the number one problem they faced in school, but also in society. One high school senior suggested an official day of encouragement as a possible solution, which led the way for the project to begin.

The Institute for Church & Family became involved and selected Sept. 12 as the date in hopes of balancing the discouraging feelings surrounding Sept. 11. The goal is to challenge people not to just think about the idea of encouragement but to do something that will encourage someone else.

Groups around the country are planning service projects in their communities, writing notes to soldiers and their families, and delivering encouragement boxes to civil servants.

For more information about the National Day of Encouragement and how to get involved, visit www.letsencourage.com or call (501) 279-4660.


Touchdowns and hoedowns mark Homecoming

From Broadway to London's West End, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" has entertained millions with its classic love story between cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams in 1906 Oklahoma Territory. This fall it comes to life on the Benson stage as a highlight of Homecoming 2008.

The musical, along with class reunions, Family Picnic, Strolling for the Cure and the Harding History House are only a few of many events planned for Oct. 23-25.

The classes of 1948 and 1958 will be honored at the Golden & Platinum Circle Banquet Thursday evening. Friday's Black & Gold Banquet will recognize distinguished alumni. The Bisons take on University of Arkansas-Monticello at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Security Stadium.

"Oklahoma" will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.hardingtickets.com. Look for a complete schedule closer to the date at www.harding.edu/homecoming.

Bison Daze I for high school juniors and seniors  coincides with Homecoming. Visit www.harding.edu/admissions/bisondays.html for more information.


Academic integrity pledges showcased

Integrity cardsA personal commitment now finds expression in a public place. A box has been installed in the Administration Building lobby to display the academic integrity pledge cards collected for the first time last fall from students and faculty. The pledges will continue to be collected at the beginning of each academic year.

The signed commitments indicate "our common pledge to maintain a high level of integrity in our academic course work, just as God calls us to do in all our endeavors," as stated on the plaque above the box.

The accompanying verse is Job 31: 6, which says, "Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know my integrity."

Said Dr. Dennis Organ, chair of the academic integrity committee, "This is a visible symbol to visitors and a reminder to ourselves of this pledge we took."


Reynolds roof raised

High winds Jan. 29 caused major damage to the roof of the Reynold's Center for Music and Communication. The winds blew off the copper shingles covering the facility. By the next morning, temporary repairs had been made to protect the building from water damage. No injuries were reported.

Additionally, the construction site of the Center for Health Sciences received minor damage.

Throughout White County, wind gusts reached as high as 70 miles per hour, causing extensive damage to many businesses, homes and cars.

Numerous trees, limbs and utility lines fell across the county during the storm.


Point of view

Reet CronkAssociate professor of business and Australian native Reet Cronk brings fresh perspective and insight to information technology.

Your path to IT ...
"I was in molecular genetics, but wanted a flexible career to fit in with the children. We had moved from a large city (Canberra) to a smaller, more rural city (Too­woomba), where no one had heard of a molecular geneticist. I began graduate work in IT, but changed countries during the middle of my dissertation, so it took a little longer. A Ph.D. in the Australian system, similar to the British system, requires a larger dissertation component. That was laborious to complete via e-mails back and forth with my supervisor."

Finding a place for IT in business colleges ...
"It's a big challenge. IT is not as an established discipline as accounting or economics and is relatively new to the business world, and its true value is not recognized. Yet we, the IT people, are often the first to be called when information is needed or something needs to be done. Being a female working in technology ... it can be a struggle at times, even just within our building. Being of a different nationality, a different gender and a different discipline, it can be hard to get into conversations!"

The challenge of recruiting women (currently 10-15 percent of IT majors) ...
"I believe this number is associated with the misunderstanding that all of IT is geeky or techie. Many of our IT graduates will serve as the interface between business clients and techies. A substantial portion [of what we do] is to communicate the value and application of technology to the business. Actually, major attributes of our IT graduates would be 'soft-skills,' such as managing change and managing people. "Women are great at that."

Your husband (Vice President for Information Systems and Technology Keith Cronk) works in the same field you do. Does work dominate dinnertime conversation?
"Our children are the majority of our conversation. Keith and I both have degrees other than IT and have traveled a lot, so our interests and discussions address many things. IT is to us somewhat like the air we breathe — most of the time we don't need to discuss it; we mainly mention it when it changes in some way or we want to use it for some new purpose. As a team, we have a lot to offer. I'm a faculty member using his technology. He gets constant feedback, and I learn how I can better use  what's available, how to get maximum value out of what exists.

"Both of our lives are centered on Christ, and lots of our discussions are about how to put his words into practice. We love Harding and often discuss how we may make things better, what trends we see, and what we should be addressing in the future — in both the spiritual and educational sense."

Classroom philosophy
"My goal is learning. Students' goals are assessment and grade focused. I tailor assessment for maximum amount of learning. Sometimes I allow students to resubmit an assignment. They think it is wonderful because they have a chance to get a better grade. I see it as they get an opportunity to work more and learn more.

"I encourage students to ask 'why,' to look at the bigger picture: implications, consequences that go beyond the immediate. We don't just adopt technology for the sake of new technology."

The importance of an international emphasis in business ...
"We [in American universities] are always preaching global but can tend to be ethnocentric, academically speaking, within my area of IT research. European and Asian research has a lot to offer to the IT discipline as well."

How has Facebook affected University life?
"We developed a survey last year that revealed students spend a minimum of 10-15 hours per week on Facebook — and people tend to underreport Internet usage. The survey results suggested that Facebooking has replaced sleeping, watching TV and studying. But a number of students thought it enhanced their relationships."

Mac or PC? (She has both.)
"I don't know the Mac well enough yet. In terms of graphics, design and presentation, Macs are way ahead. I think they are coming together, using the same design approach. I switch between both worlds. I have to speak both languages. But I'm very used to the PC and feel more in control on a PC."

Dr. Marguerite Cronk directs the Information Technology Department. She holds the Ph.D. from University of Southern Queensland, where she taught IT and biochemistry before her family's move to the United States in 1999. Cronk has published and presented internationally for 12 years and was the 2007 keynote speaker at the European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation in Montpellier, France.


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