Family & Consumer Sciences

Partner With Us


Elizabeth K. WilsonAlthough I admired Harding, neither my husband nor I attended college here. I went to Alabama because I could only afford college with a full scholarship.

So how did I end up at Harding?

When my husband completed a post-doctoral appointment in Virginia, he began the search for a teaching position at major research universities. Harding called him, he came for an interview, and they offered him a position. We moved to Searcy in the fall of 1970. I was seven months pregnant and our plans were for me to be a stay-at-home mom. In the fall of 1971, I was asked to fill in for a year as a teacher in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department (then home economics). So, my husband and I sat down and talked about whether or not I should even consider teaching with a young child. My husband said, “Beth, I really want you to experience what I am experiencing on campus.”

I accepted the position, and we became a partnership with a young child – trying to serve here at Harding. I've been teaching ever since because quite frankly, I fell in love. I fell in love with the students, and I fell in love with the mission of Harding. I have personal contact with students who are seeking the Lord, seeking to be successful professionally, and seeking to learn. Over the years, thousands of students have blessed my life.

Every time I have considered leaving Harding or been discouraged enough to believe God might want me elsewhere, I have received an e-mail, a phone call, a note – from a former student telling me what a difference Harding made in their lives. I’ve become convinced this is where God wants me.  I also believe that Harding offers an excellent education with eternal blessings.

I continue to rejoice that I have spent my life as a faculty member at Harding. Although I missed the “Harding experience” as a student, I have experienced Harding as a faculty member in a rich and meaningful way through the providence of God.

Would you partner with us to help enrich the Harding experience for current and future students?

To make a gift and sponsor/provide any of the items listed, click here.

Invest Your Resources


Laboratory Equipment – We need new equipment. We use ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, mixers, cookware, knife sets, sewing machines, etc. Basically, we use many of the products you have in your home. The difference of course is we probably use them more heavily.  We can either purchase these items, or, perhaps you have one and are close enough to deliver them to Harding (or for us to come and get them). We know our alumni, parents, and friends of Harding regularly remodel their homes and sometimes give away perfectly good appliances; would you consider donating them for the use of our students?  If you are donating an item, we would ask that it be 3 years old or less and in good working order. This is simply because our students must be familiar with newer equipment as they go out into the work force and also because we want your gift to last as long as possible. Please understand these items will be used by dozens, hundreds, and perhaps even thousands of students depending on how long they last. One donation makes a difference for the entire program.

Clothing, Textile, Fashion Laboratory
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•    Sponsor a student model sewing machine (we need three) -$650
•    Donate a student model sewing machine please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    Sponsor a new computerized sewing machine (we need two) –$1,000
•    Donate a computerized sewing machine – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu

Food Science Laboratory:

•    I would like to sponsor a set of cookware -$50
•    Donate a set of cookware – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    Sponsor a new microwave (we need three) -$150
•    Donate a microwave – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    Sponsor a mixer (we need five) -$200
•    Donate a mixer please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    I would like to sponsor a set of knives (we need four) -$200
•    Donate a set of knives – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    Sponsor a new dishwasher -$400
•    Donate a dishwasher – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    Sponsor a range (we need six) -$500
•    Donate a range – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu
•    Sponsor a new refrigerator (we need two) -$700
•    Donate a refrigerator – please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu

Consumer Sciences/Textiles Lab – Think of us as you would Consumer Reports.  Our students test a variety of items in our lab and conduct experiments. For instance, we use bleach and candle wax on clothing.  We test fabrics to see how they hold up or what damages them. We are trying to teach our students about the varieties and quality of materials they might use in industry and how it will impact the products made with those materials.
•    I would like to sponsor textile components for one week -$30
•    I would like to sponsor textile components for two weeks -$60
•    I would like to sponsor textile components for one month -$120
•    I would like to sponsor textile components for one semester -$500
•    I would like to sponsor textile components for one year –$1,000

Food Science Classes – We are perpetually testing and cooking food items. It goes without saying, to cook, you need ingredients, and we actually have a ‘grocery list’ each week for items we use to teach our students. This is no different than the chemistry department purchasing chemicals because food preparation – at its core level – is all about chemical reactions. What happens to a substance when it is combined with others and heated? What spices work well and which ones do not in a particular food?
•    I would like to sponsor food components for one week -$110
•    I would like to sponsor food components for two weeks -$220
•    I would like to sponsor food components for one month -$440
•    I would like to sponsor food components for one semester -$1,350
•    I would like to sponsor food components for an academic year -$2,700

Child Life Specialist Program – We have added this program and are purchasing ‘tools’ for the specialist. In this case, our tools are actually toys, but do not be deceived because playing with the child opens up doors for healing.  Below is a list of the items you can donate.  Consider for a moment the impact you might have if you would help us help children. 
•    Sponsor Death, Dying, Grief (for children) -$125
•    Sponsor Medical procedures – Prepare a Child for Surgery -$125
•    Sponsor Learn About Diabetes –$125
•    Sponsor Autism –$125
•    Sponsor Trauma and Emergency Room –$125
•    Sponsor Child Life Scenario Videos –$200
•    Sponsor Expressive Play Therapy Toys (Child Life) -$250
•    Sponsor Medical Play Equipment (complete kit) –$1,000
•    Sponsor Reality Works, Computerized Babies -$1,050

To make a gift and sponsor/provide any of the items listed, click here.

Gifts in Kind


We would love to have the following items new, but we know they are expensive and cannot budget for them at this time. Perhaps you have access to one or are working in a setting where equipment upgrades allow you to donate to a non-profit. If so, please consider these items would be used by hundreds – if not thousands – of students whose mission is to serve. Please contact us at 501-279-4472 or fcs@harding.edu if you have one of the items below or aware of one which might be donated to the program:

•    Calorimeter
•    Top loading Balance 
•    Volumeter
•    Mechanical Planimeter with Adjustable Arms
•    Retail store display racks
•    Female half form mannequins

Family & Consumer Sciences
501-279-4472
fcs@harding.edu

FAX
501- 279-4098