Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to continue Harding University concert series

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will play at Harding University on Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. as a part of the University’s 2015-16 concert series. The concert will be held in the Administration Auditorium, and the cost is $3.

The orchestra was established in 1991 by Misha Rachlevsky and is composed of Russian string players. The group has played approximately 2,000 concerts ranging in location from Moscow, their most common location, to 24 countries in Europe, North and South America and the Far East.

The orchestra has a discography of over 30 CDs and has won awards such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.

For more information, please contact the department of music at 501-279-4343.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Harding University ASI lecture series continues with panel discussion

Harding University will host a panel discussion titled “Exploring Race Relations: An Honest Conversation” on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. as a part of its 2015-16 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

The panel will feature Fred Gray, former attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks; Anastasia Pittman, Oklahoma state senator; Howard Wright, 1968 University alumnus and member of the Harding University board of trustees; and Elijah Anthony, 1968 University alumnus and preacher. The discussion will be moderated by President Bruce McLarty.

Gray’s legal career spans more than 60 years beginning in 1954. In his first civil rights case, he represented Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old African-American high school student who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in March 1955. In December 1955, he represented Parks, who was arrested because she refused to give up her seat on a bus, igniting the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was also Dr. King’s first civil rights attorney.

Pittman, an Oklahoma senator in District 48, currently serves as chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, Senate democratic whip, co-chair of the Oklahoma Native American Caucus, National Black Caucus of State Legislators Housing vice chair, National Caucus of Native American Legislators Education chair and Health vice chair, and National Foundation of Women Legislators state director.

Wright is senior minister at Camp Creek Church of Christ in Atlanta and is a clinical family therapist and licensed clinical social worker. He lectures in human relations symposiums and social work seminars and conducts mediation and conflict resolution workshops and peer leadership workshops for public schools. He is currently a member of the University’s board of trustees, and he was also one of the first two African-Americans to receive an undergraduate degree from Harding in 1968.

Anthony, also a 1968 University alumnus and one of the first two African-Americans to receive an undergraduate degree from Harding, is the pulpit minister of the Roosevelt City Church of Christ in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has served for 15 years. He began preaching at the age of 16 and has preached for several congregations in Long Island, New York; Philadelphia; and Birmingham, Alabama, over the past 50 years. He has also been a teacher and counselor at the post-secondary level for the past 45 years, retiring in 2012 from Lawson State Community College where he served as the director of student support services for 12 years.

The presentation will be in Benson Auditorium on the Harding University campus and will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact the American Studies Institute at 501-279-4497.

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Harding University to host Young Adult Author Series professional development workshop

The Harding University graduate reading program’s 2015-16 Young Adult Author Series will conclude Friday, Feb. 12-13 with Kwame Alexander.

Alexander is a New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including “The Crossover,” which received a number of awards such as the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children and was chosen as an honor book for the Coretta Scott King Author Award. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he founded and directs Book-In-A-Day, a program that aims to teach and empower teenagers to write and publish their own books.

Alexander will discuss his background on Friday and his current work as well as how to better teach students to be writers on Saturday. The series will include a Friday night meal, a Saturday morning continental breakfast and an author information packet.

The price for the event $125, and the event will provide 10 hours of professional development for teachers. For more information and to register, call 501-279-5322 or email yaas@harding.edu.

Harding University to offer two new music degrees

Harding University will begin offering two new degrees in the department of music beginning fall 2016. A Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance will be added to the department’s degree program offerings.

“This is a professional degree including advanced training in performance along with study in repertoire and pedagogy,” said Dr. Cliff Ganus, music department chair.

The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and received the go-ahead for the degrees at the end of 2015. According to Ganus, the two degrees were previously offered about 25 years ago but were pulled from the catalog because they were undersubscribed, but increased interest prompted the department to pursue them again.

“We’ve been planning, designing and submitting these programs for approval for about two years,” Ganus said. “They give us the opportunity to better serve students who wish to perform, pursue advanced graduate work or studies in performance, or become studio teachers.”

According to Ganus, classes in world music and music technology have also been added as requirements for all music majors, strengthening the department’s programs across the board.

For more information, please contact the department of music at music@harding.edu or 501-279-4343.

Harding University announces spring 2016 ASI lecture series events

Harding University has announced its spring 2016 events for the American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series. The series will include a panel discussion titled “Exploring Race Relations: An Honest Conversation” on Feb. 9, and David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders, will speak April 7.

The panel will feature Fred Gray, former attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks; Anastasia Pittman, Oklahoma state senator; Howard Wright, 1968 alumnus and member of the Harding University board of trustees; and Elijah Anthony, 1968 University alumnus and preacher. The discussion will be moderated by President Bruce McLarty.

Gray’s legal career spans more than 60 years beginning in 1954. In his first civil rights case, he represented Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old African-American high school student who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in March 1955. In December 1955, he represented Parks, who was arrested because she refused to give up her seat on a bus, igniting the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was also Dr. King’s first civil rights attorney.

Pittman, an Oklahoma senator in District 48, currently serves as chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, senate democratic whip, co-chair of the Oklahoma Native American Caucus, National Black Caucus of State Legislators Housing vice chair, National Caucus of Native American Legislators Education chair and Health vice chair, and National Foundation of Women Legislators state director.

Wright is senior minister at Camp Creek Church of Christ in Atlanta and is a clinical family therapist and licensed clinical social worker. He lectures in human relations symposiums and social work seminars and conducts mediation and conflict resolution workshops and peer leadership workshops for public schools. He is currently a member of the University’s board of trustees, and he was also one of the first two African-Americans to receive an undergraduate degree from Harding in 1968.

Anthony, also a 1968 alumnus and one of the first two African-Americans to receive an undergraduate degree from Harding, is the pulpit minister of the Roosevelt City Church of Christ in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has served for 15 years. He began preaching at the age of 16 and has preached for several congregations in Long Island, New York; Philadelphia; and Birmingham, Alabama, over the past 50 years. He has also been a teacher and counselor at the post-secondary level for the past 45 years, retiring in 2012 from Lawson State Community College where he served as the director of Student Support Services for 12 years.

Barton worked as an educator and school administrator for eight years before founding WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that distributes historical, legal and statistical information and helps citizens become active in their local schools and communities. He has received a number of awards including Who’s Who in Education, two Angel Awards for excellence in media, and the George Washington Honor Medal.

Both presentations will be in Benson Auditorium on the Harding University campus at 7:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact the American Studies Institute at 501-279-4497.

Anastasia Pittman

Anastasia Pittman

Elijah Anthony

Elijah Anthony

Fred D. Gray

Fred D. Gray

Howard Wright

Howard Wright

Harding University assistant director of public safety appointed 2nd vice chairman by ASIS

Kevin Davis, assistant director of public safety at Harding University, was appointed 2nd vice chairman for the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) School of Safety and Security Council.

Worldwide, ASIS International is known as the leading organization for security professionals. The organization uses education, research and networking to promote excellence and management in the security management profession.

Davis has served on the council as an active contributor for a year. He has 18 years of experience in security, most of which he acquired at Harding, where he works to protect the University and Harding Academy.

With this new appointment, Davis will assist in guiding the council in leadership meetings and will contribute to the development and sustainment of school safety.

“I appreciate the appointment because it allows me to have direct impact on our industry and how security as a whole protects our nation’s students,” Davis said. “I feel honored to be recognized as an expert in the school safety field. I also greatly appreciate the networking opportunities that this appointment gives me. I can rely on that network to help make Harding even more secure.”

Kevin Davis

Harding University director of public safety appointed ASIS senior regional vice president

Craig Russell, director of public safety at Harding University, was appointed senior regional vice president for the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) School of Safety and Security Council.

ASIS International is organized into local chapters, regions and groups across the globe. There are approximately 40,000 members worldwide, and each member is assigned to one of the 230 local chapters. As the senior regional vice president, Russell will oversee four regions that include seven states and 20 chapters.

Russell first joined the organization 14 years ago, and he attended his first ASIS International meeting in fall 2001.

“I have served as a volunteer leader for the organization in some capacity since 2002, starting at the chapter level for the Central Arkansas Chapter then being appointed on the regional level for the region that includes Arkansas, Oklahoma and Northern Louisiana,” Russell said. “I served four years as an assistant regional vice president and six years as a regional vice president.”

Responsibilities of Russell’s new position include serving as a communicator between the organization’s board and headquarters leadership and regional and chapter leaders and assuring the mission of ASIS is fulfilled.

“First, almost everyone who chooses this profession does so largely because they want to help people,” Russell said. “Second, almost everyone I have met in this profession is willing and eager to help others in the profession. ASIS International encourages these two aspects of the profession by helping like-minded professionals come together so that we can better help those we serve and better help each other. It really is a joy to work in an organization that complements and enhances the work we do here at Harding.”

Craig Russell

Arkansas Sen. Jonathan Dismang to speak at Harding University fall commencement

onathan Dismang, Arkansas state senator, will deliver the commencement address for Harding University’s fall commencement Dec. 19 in Benson Auditorium at 10 a.m. honoring more than 350 graduates.

Graduates include students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Sciences and the Honors College.

Dismang represents Senate District 28 comprised of Prairie County and parts of Arkansas, Lonoke, Monroe, White and Woodruff counties. An honor graduate of the University with degrees in accounting and economics, he is a native of Maynard, Arkansas. He was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008 to serve House District 49, and he was chairman of the Arkansas Legislative Council PEER Committee and vice chairman of Income Taxes-Personal and Corporate Subcommittee.

Now serving his second term in the Arkansas Senate, Dismang is the President Pro Tempore for the 90th General Assembly in addition to vice chairman of the Senate Efficiency Committee and a member of 19 legislative committees and subcommittees.

Dismang provides financial oversight services with an emphasis in real estate at Dismang Consulting Services, where he is owner and president. Civically, he is active in many local and state organizations, including White County 4-H Foundation, the Rose Bud East Advisory Council, Beebe Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Searcy Young Professionals Network, and the Harding University President’s Council.
In January 2014, Governing magazine recognized him as one of 12 “Heavy Hitters” in legislatures across the nation, and in June 2015, he was named one of Arkansas Business’ “40 Under 40.” The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him one of the Top Six Freshman to Watch during the 87th General Assembly, and the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him as one of 20 to Watch.

Jonathan Dismang

Harding University CIO recognized as top in North America

Harding University’s Vice President of Information Systems and Technology and Chief Information Officer Keith Cronk has been named one of the top CIOs in North America by Info-Tech Research Group, an information technology research and advisory company.

Cronk was recognized as one of 20 top enterprise CIOs among professionals from industries such as government, health care, public administration, transportation, finance and education. Info-Tech announced award winners based on data collected from surveying more than 28,400 business leaders using their CIO Business Vision tool.

“We believe that every IT leader should objectively measure IT performance to drive systematic IT improvement,” said Scott Bohannon, CEO of Info-Tech Research Group. “The CIO Awards are designed to celebrate IT leaders who have followed this path most successfully and achieved meaningful business results. This program recognizes top CIOs based on concrete data from their business stakeholders. They truly have achieved business satisfaction.”

Originally from Toowoomba, Australia, Cronk came to Harding University in 1999 and began working as the University’s CIO in 2000. Info-Tech surveyed 433 individuals at Harding to prepare the University’s IT Satisfaction Scorecard. Award winners scored in the 90th percentile for satisfaction with IT departments

“I am happy that the survey we did showed us the great work that was being done by the people in IS&T and additionally the interest that the Harding community has in Harding as shown by the incredibly high response rate of the survey — 48 percent,” Cronk said. “I feel like it is a recognition of the great work that is done by the people in IS&T and the great people in the Harding community with whom we get to work and serve.”

Keith Cronk

Harding University assistant professor appointed to Arkansas Board of Nursing

Dr. Kaci Bohn, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Harding University, was appointed to the Arkansas Board of Nursing by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in November 2015.

She received a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen by the governor to serve in this capacity,” Bohn said. “The board was created to safeguard the life and health of its citizens, and I am proud to play a role in this process.”

The Arkansas Board of Nursing was established in 1913 to protect the health of citizens by creating standards for nursing care, approving nursing schools, and regulating licenses to practice nursing.

Bohn’s mother was a nurse practitioner and a nursing educator, so she grew up viewing nursing responsibilities throughout her life.

“She taught me to care for others and fostered an interest in the health sciences, which led me to the field of pharmacy,” Bohn said. “Because of my experience in pharmaceutical sciences, I realize the importance of safe practices in regard to medication prescribing, administration and adherence.”

Kaci Bohn