Harding Magazine

Around Campus

Ten appointed to American Studies Advisory Board
READ posters increasingly popular
Driving Harding style
Bring McInteer into your home
James F. Carr Jr. One of a kind
Pharmacy camp dispenses knowledge
Ecclesiastes the heart of lectureship
Foundation names University in Top 10
Vintage Harding
Education earns middle school level accreditation
Organic garden builds community
Point of view
January charters form Zeta Pi Zeta and Delta Nu
Five lines of music camp hits the high notes
What the Dickens have they done to Homecoming

Ten appointed to American Studies Advisory Board

The 27 existing members on the American Studies Institute Advisory Board saw their number increase by 10 this spring. They are:
Blair Bryan (’84) of Charlotte, N.C., is managing director of Jones Lang Lasalle Americas Inc., a leading global commercial real estate firm.

Brant Bryan (’77) of Dallas is a founding leader of real estate financing companies CresaPartners and Fairways Equities. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Byron Carlock (’84) of Dallas is president and CEO of CNL Lifestyle Co., a real estate investment trust. He graduated from Harvard Business School.

Dennis Leggett of Bates­ville, Ark., is retired from Aerojet, an aerospace and defense leader.

Topper Long of Gallatin, Tenn., is retired president and CEO of Textron Engine Marine and Land Systems, a $400 million collection of three companies. He has also authored Gullible’s Travels, a book about the business world.

Paul Maynard (’87) is a partner for Deloitte and Touche in Minneapolis, Minn.

Lundy Neely (’71) of Vandalia, Ohio, is president and CEO of Crown Solutions.

Jeffery G. Tennyson (’84) of Charlotte, N.C., is chairman and CEO of Equifirst Corp.

Jody Venkatesan (’96) of Laurel, Md., is a partner at Holloway & Co. PLLC. He is director of information systems consulting.

David Waldron (’76), owner and contractor for Waldron Homes, lives in LaVergne, Tenn. He also serves as a director for Bank of the South.


READ posters increasingly popular

READ postersWhile conversing with President David B. Burks at a welcome dinner for new faculty and staff in 2006, circulation librarian Jean Waldrop became impressed by the number of books he read every month. As a librarian, Waldrop’s thoughts jumped to potential publicity for the University’s Brackett Library. She decided that it would be interesting for students and faculty to know what their president was reading and recommending. Thus, the idea for READ posters was born.

What began as a short-term publicity project has turned into an eagerly anticipated campus institution. Originally the sole recommender of featured books, Burks now recommends one or two per year. The honor of making recommendations is extended to faculty and occasionally students. Every April during National Library Week, approximately 45 library student workers collaborate to name a favorite book. Student workers also recommend faculty members to Waldrop, who says there is a waiting list to make poster appearances.

Ann Dixon, director of Brackett Library and recommender of Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, was the first of the summer librarian features.

Even the Thundering Herd marching band has been featured on a poster. Band members spelled READ on the football field and recommended Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches.

Jeff Morgan, coach of the men’s basketball team, recommended Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey. On his poster, the letters of READ were separated by arrows on the basketball court as if they were plays drawn on a clipboard. Another memorable poster included President Burks dressed as Santa Claus reading to student workers in elf costumes.

Waldrop has been very pleased by the positive reception of the posters. “It’s always interesting to see what people pick,” she says, adding that faculty members frequently surprise her.

Jeff Montgomery, director of photographic services, takes the pictures, and graphic design interns help integrate READ with the photograph fitting the featured person and book. “It’s really fun,” says Montgomery. “It’s a team effort.”

Senior Cameron Kraus has helped design the latest two. “I try to make sure that typefaces and colors interact well with the picture,” says Kraus.


Driving Harding style

Harding License plateMore than 11,300 alumni living in Arkansas may now display Bison pride on their vehicles as University specialized license plates recently became available to purchase. Any motor vehicle owner living in Arkansas may apply for the collegiate plate.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to our alumni and friends in Arkansas,” said Liz Howell, director of alumni and parent relations. “The personalized plate is an additional $35 above tag registration fees. Of the fee, $25 is returned to Harding’s Alumni Association for scholarships.”

Plates feature the HU Bison mascot, and Harding is written across the bottom. Check the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Web site for the closest revenue office to you.


Bring McInteer into your home

Jim Bill McInteer (’42), former board member for more than five decades, was the featured speaker at chapel services in February.

The series has been compiled into a DVD and is being made available to alumni and friends of the University. Four of the chapel services were interviews in which McInteer discussed Jesus, heaven, marriage and Harding. The fifth presentation was a lesson on prayer.

For a $20 donation to the Jim Bill McInteer Scholarship Fund, a donor will receive a complimentary DVD containing the five presentations.

Send donations to the Advancement Office, attention Charles Babb, Box 12238, Searcy, AR 72149-2238.


James F. Carr Jr. One of a kind

By David Crouch

At the memorial service for Dr. James F. “Jimmy” Carr held Monday, April 6, at College Church of Christ, Jim Woodroof said Carr’s philosophy was to leave life better than he found it. He noted that Carr and Jesus Christ have the same initials, saying “their spirits have been the same for years.”

Woodroof was one of five who reflected on the life of the retired Harding administrator and well-known Searcy civic leader.

Jim CarrCarr, 95, joined the University in 1970 as assistant dean. In 1973 he became assistant to the president, a position he held until he retired in 1997.

Prior to coming to Harding, he served 18 years at Florida State University in various administrative roles and then six years as assistant to the chancellor of the Florida Board of Regents. Carr spent more than 50 years of his career in higher education.

Former Florida Governor Reubin Askew said, “Jimmy Carr was the most admired and respected college administrator I’ve ever known.”

Known for his boundless energy and creative thinking, Carr helped provide initial efforts for development of the College of Nursing, the Elderhostel program, and Harding Place on the University’s campus.

“Dr. Jimmy Carr was one of a kind in terms of his leadership for Harding University over many years. He served as assistant to the president for Dr. Ganus and for me. He was an ideas person and a constant public relations genius,” said President David B. Burks.

“It was Dr. Carr who created the expression that has been used for years, ‘It’s great to be at Harding.’ He was a man of great faith, and he was a good friend. He was a visionary leader for the University as well as for the community of Searcy. He will be greatly missed.”

Following his retirement from Harding, he served as assistant to the president of White County Medical Center. He served in that post until 2008 when he decided it was time to “permanently retire,” but he continued to be an active volunteer at the hospital.

“In his role at White County Medical Center, Dr. Carr was an ambassador for the hospital. He was the face of White County Medical Center in public events and to civic organizations. He had an incredible work ethic, and he has been a role model to me,” said Ray Montgomery, president of the Medical Center.

“Dr. Carr was a true southern gentleman. He was exceptional in the way he related to other people, and he was extremely well respected in the community. He was the fruits of the spirit. His love for others and his faith were a continuous sermon.”

Throughout his 39 years as a resident of Searcy, Carr was active in various civic organizations, most notably the Chamber of Commerce. Always quick to coin a phrase, he created the slogan, “Searcy, Ark. — A city where thousands live as millions wish they could.”

Other civic activities included Kiwanis Club, Quapaw Council of Boy Scouts, Sunshine School, Sheltered Workshop, United Way, White County Heart Association, Arkansas Kidney Foundation, Arkansas Governor’s Committee on the Handicapped, and White River Health Planning and Development District.

Among his many honors is the Silver Beaver Award, the prestigious award for adult volunteer service to the Boy Scouts.

A World War II veteran, he was stationed in the Cook Islands where he developed numerous friendships with the islanders.

He was a member of College Church of Christ in Searcy, serving as an elder for many years.

Carr died April 1 following a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Stephanie Killgore Carr; three sons, James W. (’70), John T. (’73) and Thomas D. (’78); nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Pharmacy camp dispenses knowledge

The College of Pharmacy will host their first summer camp June 21-26, providing an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pharmacy to explore the profession through classes, hands-on learning experiences and other activities. The week’s events include visiting practice sites, shadowing pharmacists in the field, pharmaceutical research experiments and compounding, devotionals, and an awards banquet.

Those interested in attending must submit an application and $100 deposit, a letter of recommendation from their counselor or teacher, and a copy of their high school transcript. The total cost of the program is $350.

For more information and an application, contact Carol Kell in the College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions, 501-279-5523.


Ecclesiastes the heart of lectureship

Using the theme “Eternity in Our Hearts: Studies in Ecclesiastes,” the 86th Annual Lectureship Sept. 27-30 strives to look beyond earthly struggles to the joy ahead.
“This event is one of the high points of the year for Christians who desire a closer walk with God,” said Lectureship director Howard Norton. “It is uplifting, whether it is keynote lectures, classes, singing, choral presentations, or fellowship.”

Bruce McLarty of Searcy will kick off the four-day event Sunday evening with the keynote address “Beyond Our Quest for Meaning.” Other speakers include Paul Carter of Bentonville, Ark.; Steve Cloer of Fort Worth, Texas; John Fortner and Mike Ireland of Searcy; Thomas Jackson of St. Louis; and Randy Owens of Columbia, Tenn.

More than 50 classes covering a wide variety of subjects will be offered. Topics include preaching, youth and family ministry, religious education, church leadership, foreign and domestic missions, evangelism, conflict resolution, church growth, Christian family, small groups ministry, and counseling. Chinese and Spanish classes will also be presented each day with sermons each evening. Don Vinzant of Edmond, Okla., will speak at the Preachers, Elders and Wives Dinner Monday, and the Women’s Day Program will be Tuesday.

For more information, visit www.harding.edu/lectureship.


Foundation names University in Top 10

The University was recommended by Young America’s Foundation as one of the Top 10 Conservative Colleges in the United States Jan. 13.

The Foundation named schools that offer a holistic conservative experience for students. This year’s list features 10 institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining and strengthening the conservative values of their students. Most offer course work and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles of smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional values. Many have religious affiliation, but some do not.


Vintage Harding

Jimmy Allen

50 years ago
Even University mainstays have their first days. After serving as minister for Lepanto [Ark.] Church of Christ, Jimmy Allen joined the Bible faculty in fall 1959, replacing assistant professor Donald Sime. He taught his final classes in fall 2008.

HUF Villa

25 years ago
After assessing almost 30 locations, the University finally settled on the home for the Harding University in Florence program. Known as Il Palazzacio (“the run-down palace”), the 16th-century villa was purchased for 650 million lire or $382,353, allowing decades of students to discover Italy through the HUF program.

Education earns middle school level accreditation

The National Middle Schools Association recently awarded full recognition to Harding University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education.

“We met the high standards and are recognized, so now we can offer licensure at the middle school level,” said Karen Wright, director of accountability for the College.

This recognition opens doors for education majors who wish to teach at the middle school level. This spring, 20 students are currently enrolled as middle level education majors. Last year, 115 students applied for teaching licensure at all levels.

Dr. Jan Morgan, chair of the teacher education program, and Penny McGlawn, instructor, were instrumental in writing and submitting the report to the Special Professional Association in charge of middle school accreditation.

The process of writing, editing and rewriting took place over the course of a year. The new writing focus for the Special Professional Association ensures that a unit has assessments in place that meet standards on the rubrics.

Though the College of Education has successfully met those standards, they will continue to assess and analyze data to provide an ongoing evaluation of their program.

“I have written many Special Professional Association reports,” said Morgan. “This was unique in that we had to provide specific evidence through several assessments that our teacher candidates could provide evidence of their students’ learning.”

Writing the report was a good opportunity for the College to take a fresh look at its program and make necessary changes to ensure that the curriculum met National Middle School Association standards.

A few major changes were made to the middle school program in order to meet national standards. The College created sections for several courses that are specific to middle level education. They also revised assessments and rubrics to ensure that they were directly correlated to National Middle School Association standards.

Organic garden builds community

More than just flowers bloomed this spring as HUmanity broke ground on the University’s organic community garden.

students working the earth“This project was designed to build community and to get people outside and together,” said sophomore Josh Nason of Ooltewah, Tenn.

Seniors Randall Gabriel of Humble, Texas, and Zach Seagle of Hattiesburg, Miss., developed the idea and enlisted the help of senior Adam Clement of Skiatook, Okla., Nason, and sophomore Jonathan Sims of Smyrna, Tenn. Together the team researched other universities with similar programs and presented the idea to President David B. Burks.

The garden, which is 55 feet by 278 feet and located across from Harding Academy, is divided into 70 10-feet by 20-feet plots, which sold for $20 per plot to individual students and student groups. The proceeds will help buy seeds and tools for the garden. Any remaining land was set aside for those wishing to participate in missions to help them learn procedures for gardening in countries with fewer resources.

“It’s a great way to research different techniques for when I go to Africa this summer,” said Gabriel.

Others participating in the project include Physical Resources, who tilled the land, and professors Scott Adair and Joe Brumfield, who provided organic fertilizer in the form of manure from their farms. Aramark donated all of its organic waste for compost.

A student-inspired organization, HUmanity focuses on bringing local awareness to global issues, initiating action and establishing change. In addition to environmental awareness, the group has focused on issues such as Fair Trade and global slave trade.


Point of view

Professor of psychology Ken Cameron discusses his recently published works, and they are not what you would expect.

Before coming to the University, you were chief of mental health services at the Missouri Department of Corrections. What was that like?
I was an administrator who worked with psychologists in prisons. We had drug abuse, sex offender and hospital programs along with psychologists in every institution. It’s very different because your clientele are people who have committed serious crimes.

Ken CamerinA day or two a week, I’d be in the prisons and then the rest of the week in the central office. I liked that because it’s easy if you’re in the prison to lose sight of the big picture, and it’s easy when you’re looking at the big picture to lose sight of the everyday reality of what is going on in the institutions. I liked trying to find the balance.

Do you make a lot of connections to your past job in your crime and deviant behavior class?
Yes, and, although I’m not one to tell a story over and over, sometimes it’s just too compelling. I’ve met people on death row, in sex offender programs, in drug and alcohol abuse programs, and even cannibals. Obviously, I share a lot of those stories. If it doesn’t flow directly from what we’re trying to accomplish, then I don’t tell it. But these are perfect examples, and I use them because of that.

You also write poetry. Why?
I’ve always done some form of writing — creative stories or poetry. My relationships with some of the staff and students in the English department have kept me involved. [Department Chair] John Williams knew that I wrote some poems, and he let me read at a Christian literary festival. He also asked me to to judge in the annual Jo Cleveland poetry contest. I have also asked people like [Vice President of Academic Affairs] Larry Long, [Assistant Professor of English] Nick Boone, and Sherry Organ if they would read a few of my poems, and they have given me some helpful feedback.

But as far as why I picked poetry, I don’t know if you can know that exactly, but it combines my love of music, art, literature, psychology and Christianity. For instance, my drawing is at a second-grade level, but I like art. I love music, but I don’t know how to read music or play an instrument.

I think poetry is a matter of rhythm and music. It’s a matter of visual image, of meaning and truth. I can sit for hours and work on one line of poetry, and I’m not that patient with most things. I think what people forget sometimes is that poetry is art and music, and, through those things, truth is ascertained.

What is it like being published?
It’s a learning process. I am trying to find a good fit for my material and am realizing that every editor has something that they are seeking. Finding the place for my stuff has been fun, and I’ve gotten some good feedback early.

When my first poem was published, I got an e-mail from a poet who said he was going to take my poem to his poetry reading group in Plymouth, Mass. I consider myself kind of a small-time guy, so it is neat to have a group discussing my poetry.

What inspires you?
I try to let the style of poetry flow from what I’m trying to communicate, but I want to be accessible. I want the average person who doesn’t read poetry to be able to understand mine. Some of my poetry is spiritual, and some focuses on nature. I’ve written about the writing process and about people I’ve known. Being a psychologist, I’ve experienced a lot.

There was this one woman who had been abused and, as a result, had gaps in her memory. She brought in a portrait that she had been told was herself as a child, but she couldn’t remember. I wrote about her.

I wrote about an old professor who is wondering whether his students will break free from rigid ways and learn to be open and free in their thinking. I was inspired by a classroom upstairs [in the Ezell building] that has tables that are probably 30-40 years old. A lot of them are crooked and have wobbly legs with erasers crammed beneath them. I used these as a metaphor for students who may be comfortable with their worldviews even if they are shaky. The professor is waiting for the tables to break to see if the desks will be rebuilt as they were or if the students will build something new. He realizes that it reflects how students will react when their own ways of looking at things are challenged or break down.

Dr. Ken Cameron is a professor of psychology in the College of Sciences. After graduating from the University, he received his doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Arkansas at Fayette­ville. Cameron worked with Ozark Guidance Center as a psychologist and Missouri Department of Corrections as chief of mental health before returning to the University to teach.

Departing slightly from the field of psychology, professor Ken Cameron has entered into the world of poetry. In the three poems below, he explores time, nature and the Southern kitchen through verse.

“Time at Bee Rock”

(Published in Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Winter ’09)

To know time

As the mountain knows it:

By sunrises and seasons

and the gilded crescents

and circles of the moon; by moonlight

that calls the Whippoorwill

to his joy and his cycle of song.

To know time:

In the lengths and lifetimes of cedars:

their boughs bursting green

and the bones of their forebears

nourishing their feet.

To know time

As the mountain knows it:

Unconscious of clocks

and the constant headlong shredding

of time, with its splinters so sovereign,

so fleshly embedded — a thousand nettling treasons

by which Nature is betrayed.

To know time:

Acquiescing only to reasons

vaster than the pathways of stars

and the fleeing galaxies.

To know time

As the mountain knows it:

In the silence within the wind, within

the ages slowly seeped into the valleys

and the trees; in the silence prevailing

before human voices

and when voices have ceased to be.

As the mountain knows it

I will know time:


I will wait while the wings of butterflies

brush another boulder away.

I will fathom the wisps of ages

in the taper of a breeze.

I will taste the river touching

all the distant nameless places.

I will stay while the blossom lingers

into another dawn.

“How the Mystery Comes Upon You in a Southern Kitchen”

(Published in Pegasus, Spring ’09)


Softly, like a dapple of sunlight on April grass

drifting upon you unawares

in a cluster of oak shadow:

By the warmth you know it’s there.

Gently, in the simmering of the chicken,

its low, steady boil;

in the rolling out of dough

on a Sunflower Formica counter;

and you’re cutting the tender dumplings

into even crisscrossed rows, and then

they’re there — your mother’s mother,

your father’s father, mother, father — picking

the tender chicken from the bones

with your very fingers, your fingers glistening

in the rich golden broth

and plopping the dumplings into

a stew that’s simmered for centuries.

My children, come: share

this blessed sacrament. Come,

and in the years I too will come,

returning, being with you

strong in that gentle presence.


(To be published in Pegasus sometime this year)

There’s a certain randomness

roaming this field

this afternoon in autumn, gorgeous,

like these two tender fawns appearing

only at this moment

through the slender spacing of the leaves

jostling just so

just now within the breeze;

or the Heron who lifts himself

up so leisurely from the water

at some deep inscrutable call

or at the yelp of this Collie


at the sudden crack of the leaf

that lies or drifts by mystery here

by chance beneath my wandering feet.

This is not the field

I would have strolled in

only moments ago; some incidental breeze

blows me here, lifts, drifts me

in this autumn field that

always and simply

is as it is

whimsical and boundless

being ever freshly born.


January charters form Zeta Pi Zeta and Delta Nu

Two new clubs for women are up and running. Zeta Pi Zeta, a group of 32 girls, and 30 members of Delta Nu will take new members this fall.

After learning of the need for a new women’s club last fall, Alicia Miller, a sophomore from Indianapolis, became interested in expanding options as a resident assistant in a freshman dorm where she saw many girls unable to get into social clubs due to limited space. She spoke with Corey McEntyre, director of campus life, and sponsors of her club, Regina, and decided to become a charter member of Zeta Pi Zeta and now serves as vice president. Logan Sheets, a senior from Trumann, Ark., serves as president, and Jennifer Gibson, a junior from Waco, Ky., is secretary.

“We want to be very open and diverse, the kind of club that unifies a lot of different people,” says Miller.

They will also be service oriented. Sheets says, “We are very interested in playing active roles in the communities of both Searcy and Harding.”

Sara Shaban, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., is devotional director and one of 10 charter members for Delta Nu. Emphasizing the group’s diversity, Shaban notes that charter members have previous experience from five different clubs.

Members took inspiration for the name Delta Nu from the movie “Legally Blonde.” Junior Libby Heyen from Enid, Okla., serves as president. Senior Katie

Shields from Paris, Texas, and junior Sophie Mays from Ashburn, Va., are co-vice presidents.

Delta Nu formed too late in the year to compete in Spring Sing, but club members have met several times, held a safari function, named four beaux and played club sports. They are already planning joint efforts with other groups for club week in the fall.

Shaban feels positively about the way Delta Nu integrates itself with the existing club community. “We’re trying to achieve an equal footing with other clubs and erase negative connotations from club week.”


Five lines of music camp hit the high notes

This summer, the department of music will host a variety of camps appealing to every type of musician.

For music teachers, Music Educator Experience June 8-12 provides a five-day conference featuring renowned music educator, researcher and lecturer Edwin E. Gordon with Natasha Sigmund of the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.

Chamber Music Experience June 29-July 2 offers five days of intense instrumental training. Serious musicians will be coached by professional artists and teachers in master classes, rehearse, take part in music elective classes, and will perform public concerts each night.

Piano Experience, also held June 29-July 2, gives intermediate-level students a five-day session, presenting classes on performance practice, piano ensemble, developing musicianship and piano literature. Nightly performances will be held in conjunction with Chamber Music Experience.

High school choral singers can participate in Honor Choir July 12-18. The weeklong session includes sightsinging, music literature, performance class, recreation and concerts. Students may receive one hour of college credit in Music 131 (chorus) for no extra cost.

The summer ends with Youth String Experience July 20-24, a day camp for string players ages 7-14. Activities include sessions in fiddling, music appreciation, movement and music fundamentals.

For more information, visit www.harding.edu/music or contact music@harding.edu.


Ben Stein"You’re really not allowed, except in wonderful places like this, to even assert that God has a role in human affairs. This is a shrinking, shrinking island of sanity in this country … "
— Award-winning actor, economist, writer, journalist and teacher Ben Stein speaking Feb. 10 as part of the American Studies Distinguished Lecture Series


What the Dickens have they done to Homecoming

The University is getting into the Christmas spirit early with the Homecoming musical “Scrooge.” Adapted from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the show follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through his change of heart as he is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Although Scrooge might “bah, humbug” the idea, alumni will find more than enough reasons to enjoy Homecoming Oct. 29-31.

Attendees can visit the Harding History House, reunite with classmates at class reunions, and tailgate at the Family Picnic before the game. The Bisons will take on the Henderson State Reddies Saturday, Oct. 31, at First Security Stadium.

Classes of 1944, 1949, 1954 and 1959 will be honored at the Heritage Circle Banquet Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the Founders Room, and distinguished alumni will be recognized at the Black and Gold Banquet Friday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Charles White Dining Hall.

“Scrooge” will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, and tickets may be purchased at www.hardingtickets.com. For more information as Homecoming draws closer, visit www.harding.edu/homecoming.

Bison Daze I also will take place during Homecoming. Visit www.harding.edu/admissions/bisondays.html for more information.


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