HPLC equipment enhances research opportunities at Lyon College

Thanks to a successful grant proposal written by Lyon faculty, chemistry and biology students have access to a state-of-the-art research instrument.

The new Semi-Preparative High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) instrument will be utilized to purify chemical compounds possessing medical significance. During drug discovery-themed research, it will help achieve the ultimate purity of a drug before testing it for the biological activity, allowing faculty and students to conclude research projects in-house rather than using cumbersome manual approaches or waiting to use other labs’ HPLC equipment.

Jordan Trant (left) and Natalie Milligan
Jordan Trant (left) and Natalie Milligan were some of the first Lyon students to use the new HPLC instrument.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Irosha Nawarathne and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Cassia Oliveira submitted a proposal to the Spring 2019 Competitive Instrumentation Grant, receiving nearly $40,000 from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (AR INBRE) to purchase the equipment.

“We do a lot of drug discovery research for tuberculosis and cancer, mostly modifying molecules to better target drug resistance,” said Nawarathne.

In order to test a molecule for its drug properties, she said it must first be in its purest form to account for contamination issues. The U3000 Prep HPLC System with Diode Array Detector (DAD) will make that process more efficient.

“Our research groups always had to spend months purifying these developing drugs. That process was not efficient or perfect; we were frustrated.”

Oliveira said the biology department will use the equipment to identify the microbial compounds within bacteria samples Professor of Biology Dr. David Thomas collects from Arkansas caves.

“Thomas is a speleologist and field biologist. He collects soil and water samples in the caves,” Oliveira said. “Once we bring them back, we then culture the bacteria and extract DNA directly from some of the soil samples.”

Oliveira added that DNA extraction and quantification is performed before sending samples for sequencing. The goal is to use DNA analysis to identify the species of bacteria.

Many compounds with antibiotics and cancer drug properties are derived from microorganisms, she said, and caves hold unique microbial species found nowhere else.

“Research shows that a number of those species have compounds that are beneficial to human health. We’re going to take advantage of Dr. Nawarathne’s expertise to help isolate and identify the cave bacteria compounds.” 

Collaboration was key for receiving the grant, Oliveira said, because it demonstrated that multiple departments could benefit from using the HPLC instrument.

Nawarathne said the HPLC instrument will be a great teaching tool. Generally, this kind of instrument is found only at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or in the pharmaceutical industry.

“It’s very rare for universities to have an HPLC instrument of this calibre,” she said. “Our students will get to see the whole process of drug discovery now that we have this tool in-house.”

“A few of my senior research students already used it in the spring, and we all figured out the software together. I’ve spent my summer exploring the full utility of the instrument to develop HPLC methods for some of our drug development research projects.”

Natalie Milligan, ‘19, was among the first students to use the HPLC equipment. She is attending the University of Arkansas Medical School this fall.

“The experience was special since we know the impact it will have on research going forward,” she said. “It is going to allow students to do more in-depth analyses on campus rather than having to send things off to other labs.”

Milligan said the equipment helps save time while also give students vital experience.

Last spring, she and Jordan Trant, ‘19, who started an MD/PhD program at the University of Kansas Medical School this summer, had the opportunity to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Orlando and present their research.

“I had no idea how diverse the career and research opportunities were for those interested in chemistry,” Milligan said. 

“It’s like a whole city coming together to talk about chemistry,” Nawarathne said. “I wanted my seniors to attend and feel the enthusiasm and the commitment of a world-class research community before sending them off to postgraduate studies. They loved it.”

Travel to the ACS conference was covered by Lyon’s faculty travel funds, and Arkansas INBRE and FutureFuel Chemical Company provided travel grants for Milligan and Trant to attend. Oliveira said the new HPLC equipment will help faculty continue exposing students to a number of different research techniques.

“Sometimes students are afraid of making mistakes, and research is a great way of showing it’s by making mistakes that you learn. It’s by doing it in real life that you get that experience.”

Philander Smith Welcomes Dr. Phillip Pointer to College’s Faculty

Saint Mark Senior Pastor to Chair PSC Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philander Smith College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Phillip L. Pointer to the institution’s faculty in 2019-20 as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. 

Pointer is the Senior Pastor of the Saint Mark Baptist Church, one of the largest congregations in Little Rock, which he has led since 2012. Prior to relocating with his family to Arkansas, he was Senior Pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., which became Providence St. John Baptist Church once it merged with another church ministry. 

“As we embark upon a new academic term, we are elated about the addition of Dr. Phillip Pointer to our faculty. This dynamic theologian will help the College re-align with our bedrock mission of training highly qualified ministers and teachers,” stated PSC President Roderick L. Smothers, Sr.  “His keen intellect and philosophical and religious insight will empower us to mold the Department of Philosophy and Religion into a contemporary model in which to serve the diverse needs of today’s ministries.”  

 “I’m extremely excited to join the faculty at Philander Smith College,” said Dr. Pointer.  “This opportunity allows me to expand the scope of my work as Senior Pastor of Saint Mark and to help shape the lives and minds of young scholars. Saint Mark is excited to be a partner with this historic institution.”

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, and reared in Washington, D.C., Pointer holds a Master of Divinity from The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Ouachita Student Foundation named national Outstanding Student Advancement Organization by CASE ASAP

Ouachita Baptist University’s Ouachita Student Foundation (OSF) was named one of three Outstanding Student Advancement Organizations in the nation by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) at its national conference and competition, held Aug. 1-3 in Baltimore. The award was presented to Ouachita, Ohio University and University of Missouri out of 700 CASE ASAP member schools.

photograph of CASE ASAP Outstanding Organization award.

OSF’s national recognition follows its District 4 Outstanding Student Advancement Organization win this spring. District 4 includes member schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The district win qualified OSF for the national CASE ASAP conference and competition, pitting OSF against district winners in the other seven districts nationally. Jon Merryman, director of the Ouachita Student Foundation, and OSF leadership members Selby Tucker, Mason Woolbright and Addy Goodman were present to accept the 2019 award.

This is the second consecutive year that OSF has earned a national CASE ASAP recognition. Ouachita’s Tiger Tunes competition, an annual campus-wide event coordinated by OSF in which students raise money for student scholarships, was named the CASE ASAP 2018 Outstanding Student Advancement Program in the nation.

“Receiving two awards in two years is an incredibly high honor for OSF and Ouachita,” said Selby Tucker, a senior accounting and political science double major from Hamburg, Ark. Tucker, OSF president for the 2019-2020 school year, also was recognized this spring as Outstanding Student Leader in District 4.

“Having seen the schools and organizations we have been up against for the past two years, we are overjoyed that our small organization and small campus have had such a huge impact,” she added. “This is a testament to our members’ hard work, our incredible legacy and our leadership past and present.”

CASE is an international association that serves educational institutions in the areas of communications, marketing, alumni relations and development. ASAP is an organization within CASE that helps organizations such as OSF elevate their programs and learn best practices. The annual national conference encourages participants to collaborate and share how they conduct their organizations and events.

OSF became a member of ASAP in 2017 and was asked to lead breakout sessions at the 2019 CASE ASAP conference. Tucker, Goodman, a senior communications & media/communications studies and political science double major from Arkadelphia, Ark., and Woolbright, a junior business administration/management and entrepreneur double major from Benton, Ark., led breakout sessions about Tiger Tunes and peer-funded scholarship programs.

“Being so new to this organization, it was really fun to get a glimpse of what it was all about, win [in 2018] and then be asked to come back this year and present what the Ouachita Student Foundation does,” Merryman said. “You go to these breakouts with big schools who have great presentations and are doing great things, and they have been attending CASE for years. We are at that level with OSF.”

“It was great to be able to represent Ouachita and OSF at CASE this year in Baltimore,” said Woolbright, OSF vice president for the 2019-2020 school year. “While we’re here on campus, we know how great OSF is, but it’s awesome to see that others around the country also think so. Going up against big name schools and winning was great!”

For Goodman, who is director of OSF’s special events Tiger Tunes and Tiger Traks, leading breakouts at the CASE ASAP conference was an opportunity to “share what we are passionate about in OSF – Tiger Tunes and peer-funded scholarships in general.”

“We even talked about OSF being the hands and feet of Jesus,” Goodman said. “It was neat to see how people wanted to talk with us. The difference OSF makes on-campus at Ouachita – people could see it.”

In 2019, OSF is celebrating its 45th year of “students helping students.” The primary way OSF helps students is by raising funds for scholarships to help selected juniors and seniors stay and finish their education at Ouachita. In addition to raising funds for students through flagship events like Tiger Tunes and Tiger Traks, members serve as ambassadors for the university president, lead campus tours and serve concessions at home football games, receiving a portion of the proceeds for scholarships.

Since 1974, more than 1,000 Ouachita students have served as members of OSF, and more than $1.6 million has been raised and awarded to students as part of the scholarship process. OSF currently is comprised of a steering committee of 14 students and a total membership of 126 students.

Harding University and ASU-Beebe sign agreement to expand collaboration

Harding University and ASU-Beebe signed a memorandum of understanding on Aug. 9 at Harding University, expanding academic offerings for students of both schools and across White County. The signing of the MOU formalizes and expands the existing cooperation between the two schools and streamlines the enrollment and course transfer process for students between the two universities.

“The MOU is a big step towards a vision that has been developing among leaders at both institutions for more than a year now to bless our community by working together in a larger way. We want to provide more members of the community with options to raise their level of educational attainment in ways that are appropriate for their goals and ability,” said Dr. Marty Spears, provost and chief academic officer. “Working together, Harding and ASU-Beebe can partner with industry and leadership in the community to understand the workforce needs and provide a wider range of academic and technical offerings to strengthen the workforce.”

The MOU, effective fall 2019, will expand educational access for ASU-Beebe students by providing pathways for students who are enrolled in a two-year program to transfer seamlessly to a four-year program at Harding. New 2+2 affiliation agreements are already being developed under the MOU to connect existing programs of study, and the institutions are discussing adding new programs made feasible through their combined resources. The agreement will also benefit students participating in existing programs such as Harding’s ROTC program offered under ASU-Beebe’s A-State Red Wolf Battalion, as well as those concurrently enrolled at ASU-Beebe and Harding. Students will have more options and courses to meet their schedule needs or degree requirements, and in time will have a seamless billing and articulation process. Concurrently enrolled students can take advantage of amenities and activities on both campuses, further enriching their educational experiences.

“Providing our graduates with multiple pathways to further their education is such an important part of what we do as a comprehensive community college,” said ASU-Beebe Chancellor Jennifer Methvin. “Through this expanded partnership with Harding University, ASU-Beebe graduates gain some very valuable options for seamless transfer into baccalaureate programs. When neighboring institutions of higher education like ASU-Beebe and Harding work together to better serve our communities, everybody wins.”

Hendrix College to Host Regional Law School Fair Sept. 16

The SouthWest Association of PreLaw Advisors (SWAPLA) and Hendrix College will co-host the Arkansas Regional Law School Fair at Hendrix College on Monday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Hendrix Student Life and Technology Center’s Worsham Student Performance Hall. More than two dozen law schools have already announced plans to attend. The event is open to anyone interested in law school: high school students, undergraduates, alumni of Arkansas’s colleges and universities, graduate students, and people who have been in the workforce for years.

“It’s great to have an understanding of the educational and professional environment that you’ll be entering into when trying to choose what school to attend, and the law school fair provided an excellent avenue for obtaining this information,” said Holden Branscum ’19, who attended last year’s fair and is now enrolled at the University of Memphis Humphreys School of Law. “Personally, I think that being able to meet the faces of the admissions counselors was very valuable and something that could ultimately be the difference in being accepted to the school you want to go to.”

“I attended the fair both at the start and end of my time at Hendrix, and it was an incredibly helpful experience,” said Blythe Bull ’19, who is taking a gap year to work as a legal secretary and will attend Albany Law School in Albany, New York, next fall. “My admissions decisions mainly stemmed from the conversations I had with the schools! No matter where you are in the process, the Law Fair can answer so many questions and help you explore what it is you’re looking for in life after Hendrix.”

“Last year’s Arkansas Regional Law Fair was incredibly informative,” said Cordell Campbell ’19, who is taking a gap year before law school to work as a legal administrative assistant. “I personally connected with a handful of law school representatives, bypassing the often impersonal and bureaucratic process by which most undergraduate students learn more about law schools. I have maintained these personal connections via email and phone, and am looking to apply to select schools precisely because of the networking opportunities at last year’s fair.”

As of an Aug. 5 update to this news release, the still-growing list of participating law schools includes:

  • Albany Law School
  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Baylor Law School
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • BYU Law
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • Chapman University Fowler School of Law
  • Emory University School of Law
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • South Texas College of Houston
  • St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • The University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Tulane University Law School
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • University of Memphis School of Law
  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • UNT Dallas College of Law
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • West Virginia University College of Law

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.

Harding announces 2019-20 Arts & Life musical performance series

Harding University Department of Music has announced its 2019-20 Arts and Life performance series. The series includes performances by David Walton and Mark Bilyeu, The Queen’s Cartoonists, the Russian String Orchestra with Scott Carrell, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Christy Altomare, the Carion Wind Quintet, and Seraph Brass.

David Walton, tenor, and collaborative pianist, Mark Bilyeu
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Harding alumnus David Walton will take center stage in a recital of arias and songs by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Britten and others.

The Queen’s Cartoonists
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Enjoy classic and contemporary animations on the screen while the band recreates the original soundtracks. “Who needs another Broadway show when you can hire a jazz combo playing music from Bugs Bunny Cartoons?” – The Wall Street Journal

Russian String Orchestra under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky, with Scott Carrell, piano
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8:15 p.m.

Praised by the Washington Post for their “gleaming tone quality, finely nuanced timbres, carefully shaded textures and focused ensemble coordination,” the Russian String Orchestra returns to Searcy for an encore performance. The concert will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 expertly played by Harding’s own Scott Carrell.

Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

In a centennial celebration of their father’s birth, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will play music and video clips honoring jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

Christy Altomare, Valentine’s Day themed benefit dinner
Tuesday, Feb. 11, Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.

The third annual Arts and Life Valentine’s Dinner in Harding’s Cone Chapel will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by University chef Anthony Tally. Following the dinner, Christy Altomare, the original “Anastasia” on Broadway, will share an evening of her favorite tunes.

Carion Wind Quintet
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Based in Denmark, Carion has enjoyed a rapidly growing internet following for several years and is now embarking on their first tour in the United States. These top-tier musicians bring classical music to life with choreography that reflects the musical conversations embedded within each work.

Seraph Brass
Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Their debut studio album released in January 2018 has been widely praised and earned them a Silver Medal Global Music Award.

All performances will be held in the Administration Auditorium except Seraph Brass’ recital, which will be held in the Reynolds Recital Hall located on the west side of Burks Boulevard. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Season passes are available for $35. Tickets to attend the Valentine’s dinner will be sold separately. For tickets and more information, visit harding.edu/artsandlife or call 501-279-4343. For other Harding events and free or low-cost services available to the public, visit harding.edu/community.

University of the Ozarks Alumni Board Adds Community Service Component

The University of the Ozarks’ Alumni Association Board of Directors mixed business with a dose of community service during its recent board meeting on July 27 in Clarksville.

Following its annual summer meeting, several board members took part in a community service project to paint the outside store front of a downtown business, Master Printing of Clarksville, Inc.

It’s a new tradition for the board to give of their time to benefit the University and the city of Clarksville. Last summer, board members volunteered in the University’s Food for Thought Garden.

Alumni Community Service

“As alumni of the University, it is a pleasure to give back to a community that meant so much to us while we were students at Ozarks,” said Shannon Huggins ’91, president of the alumni board. “We appreciate the Alumni Engagement Office and the Chamber of Commerce for connecting us with Master Printing to provide this volunteer opportunity. We come together for the Alumni Association board meetings a few times a year so it provides us a chance to give as a group. Last year we pulled weeds in the garden, and this year we painted a downtown store front. Who knows what we will be doing next time.”

Master Printing owner Danna Schneider said she “cannot fully express my appreciation to the University of the Ozarks Alumni Association board members for painting the front of my shop.”

“They worked tirelessly and professionally until the job was completed and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” Schneider said. “What a privilege to have U of O alumni who volunteer their time to the community they called home while attending school here.  Clarksville is fortunate to have a University that produces such civic-minded graduates. A special thanks also to Jessica Gunn with the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Arkansas for pulling it all together. They are making an impact on our downtown, with help from University graduates and others.”

Gunn, executive director of the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, said the board members’ assistance in painting the store front is part of a larger plan to revitalize downtown Clarksville.

“I am so grateful to have had the U of O Alumni Association volunteer in our community revitalization project this past weekend,” Gunn said. “It was especially interesting that many of the volunteers had moved and no longer live in the community. To see them working hard for their alma mater’s home speaks volumes for the University’s ability to build connections.”

Among the board members who helped with the project included, Huggins, Cori Dyson ’97, Lisa Gruben-Inness ’93, Scarlett Morris ’86, David Morris ’83, Wendy Blackwood ’90, Courtney Taylor ’09, Elizabeth Allcon ’91 and George Pittenger ’91. Also helping was alumnus Dan Dooley ’90.

Ouachita is first university in Arkansas to earn Gold Status credential from American College of Sports Medicine

Ouachita Baptist University recently became the first university in Arkansas to earn a Gold Status credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for its participation and excellence in the organization’s Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) program. This marks the third time Ouachita’s program has been recognized by ACSM, following two Silver Status recognitions in 2018 and 2016.

The Exercise is Medicine program is a global initiative of ACSM that promotes wellness education as well as including physical activity and evidence-based exercise programs in medical treatment. Ouachita’s program is managed by the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

Dr. Terry DeWitt, professor of kinesiology and leisure studies, attended ACSM’s annual meeting in Orlando earlier this summer to accept Ouachita’s award. Dr. Amber Chelette, assistant professor of kinesiology and leisure studies, also attended the event.

“Being recognized as a leader in health and exercise promotion in regards to preventative medicine is critical to our success as a campus and global leaders,” DeWitt said.

“Ouachita is also the only ACSM Gold Status university in the state of Arkansas,” he added. “I think this says a lot about what our kinesiology and leisure studies faculty have accomplished in the past five years.”

ACSM launched its Exercise is Medicine recognition program in 2014 to honor campuses for their participation and engagement in living a healthy lifestyle. Universities are able to earn gold, silver or bronze status based on their involvement and commitment to health.

In 2016, Ouachita was one of only 15 universities in the nation to achieve Silver Status, and has since continued to implement and improve its wellness program both on- and off-campus.

The Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies hosts a community outreach event in the fall during a home basketball or volleyball game to promote a healthy lifestyle. Community participants have the opportunity to visit stations and learn about exercise and diet or to take a brief health assessment. Ouachita also partners with a local elementary school to offer an organized recess to second and third graders.

Another step Ouachita has taken to promote wellness education and exercise in the Arkadelphia community is communicating with local healthcare providers, inviting them to send some of their obese patients who are experiencing health issues to the department’s community outreach lab.

“What we are doing is incorporating real people with real problems in the real world – some on campus, some off – into our wellness program,” DeWitt said in a previous interview.

In addition to the national recognition from ACSM, Ouachita recently secured a mini-grant of $1,000 from Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue & You Foundation to support its campus program.

For more information, contact Dr. Terry DeWitt at dewittt@obu.edu or (870) 245-5264.

Hendrix Science Students Explore Research Careers through EPROACH

Five Hendrix College students explored careers and career paths in atmospheric chemistry research in an intensive two-week program at Storm Peak Lab and across the Colorado Front Range.

In 2014, Professor of Chemistry Courtney D. Hatch ’00 developed Experiences in Professional Research Organizations and Atmospheric Chemistry at Hendrix (EPROACH) with the support of the Morris and Ann Henry Odyssey Professorship. The National Science Foundation currently funds EPROACH, which provides Hendrix students the opportunity to gain engaged learning credit through the Hendrix Odyssey Program while exploring their interests in pursuing research careers in the sciences, with a focus on atmospheric chemistry. Hatch accompanied the students — Cayman Botner ’20, Karen Morris ’21, Krishna Patel ’21, Olivia Eddings ’21, and Rebecca Parham ’21 — and guided them through EPROACH activities, including:

  • informal meetings with a variety of research scientists at all stages of their careers
  • personal tours of professional and government laboratories, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and the National Ice Core Lab (NICL)
  • visits to academic graduate programs at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado – Boulder
  • taking high-altitude atmospheric measurements at Storm Peak Laboratory atop Mt. Werner in Steamboat Springs, Colo.  

“Visiting a variety of research facilities allowed me to realize that there are careers out there with the moral value that I desire,” said Eddings, who plans to focus her career path on addressing environmental issues. “In addition to this, having the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with graduate students, post-docs, and Ph.D. researchers reminded me of how grateful I am to have a liberal arts education that can provide me with the interdisciplinary tools to attempt to better solve environmental issues in a collective way that considers multiple perspectives.”

Parham recommends EPROACH to fellow students who are curious about careers in environmental chemistry or graduate school. “EPROACH has exposed me to different career paths, and also has provided insight on leading research in the atmospheric chemistry field,” she said. “In meeting a variety of researchers, I was able to get answers to my questions about research and graduate school, and even be challenged to answer new questions about my personal career goals that I hadn’t thought of before. By the end of the trip, I felt confident in my career ambitions and aware of the obstacles I may face as a future researcher.”

Hatch created EPROACH in response to her own lack of awareness of the vast array of fields and careers in the environmental sciences as an undergraduate. 

“It is true that you don’t know what you don’t know. The intended outcome of this program is to expose students to career pathways, research opportunities, graduate programs, and technical and professional skills that pave the way to successful careers in the chemical and geochemical sciences,” she said. “My hope is that the students who participated in EPROACH this year are now more aware of opportunities for research careers and will give themselves time to reflect on the experience to help them gain a greater understanding of their future role in the sciences.”

Harding University’s College of Pharmacy receives continued accreditation through 2026

The Harding University College of Pharmacy has been awarded continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy. The accreditation is extended through 2026.

ACPE accreditation recognizes that a professional degree program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree is judged to meet established qualifications and education standards through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations.

“Continued ACPE accreditation is great news,” said Dr. Jeff Mercer, dean of the college. “It validates the hard work of all our faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing a quality Christian pharmacy education.”

The ACPE Board of Directors made its decision to continue accreditation status following a meeting June 19-22, 2019. The conclusion was based on previous accreditation visits, review of the program and continued evaluation.

Harding’s College of Pharmacy began offering a four-year program of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008.

The college seeks to graduate pharmacists who accept the responsibility of improving the spiritual and physical wellness of the world by providing patient-centered care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes delivered through the highest standards of Christian service.

Housed in the $8.5 million Farrar Center for Health Sciences, the program is still accepting applications for fall 2019. To learn more about the programs and services offered by the College of Pharmacy, visit harding.edu/pharmacy or call 501-279-5528.