Governor proclaims Jan. 27 NASA Day in Arkansas, Harding hosts NASA Chief’s first ever visit to the state

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Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA Chief Technologist

The Harding University Department of Engineering and Physics hosted NASA Day at Harding on Jan. 27, featuring NASA Chief Technologist Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA’s highest ranking technology official and the first NASA chief to visit Arkansas. In recognition of Dr. Terrier’s visit, Governor Asa Hutchinson proclaimed the date NASA Day in Arkansas. You can view the proclamation at governor.arkansas.gov.

During NASA Day at Harding, Dr. Terrier met and made a series of presentations to various groups, including area elementary, middle, junior and high school students, as well as Harding students and faculty. More than 1,000 students from local schools participated on campus. Along with student meetings about NASA programs, jobs and opportunities, Dr. Terrier met with representatives from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. The consortium includes 17 four-year universities and colleges throughout Arkansas. The day’s events included the dedication of a plaque recognizing the NASA research conducted at the University from 1967 to present day. A special exhibit titled “Harding and NASA: Through the Years” also displayed grant-funded research beginning with astronaut physical fitness, of benefit to the first moon launch, to Harding’s membership in the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and scientific and technology research that continues today.

The day culminated with a 7 p.m. lecture by Dr. Terrier in Benson Auditorium titled “Forward to the Moon: The NASA Artemis Program” which refers to NASA’s planned return to the moon, including landing the first American woman on the moon by 2024. NASA views the Artemis program as the next step toward the long-term goal of establishing a sustainable presence on the moon, laying the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy and eventually sending Americans to Mars.

As chief technologist, Terrier is the principal advisor and advocate on NASA technology policy and programs, helping plot the strategic direction of NASA’s space technology program.

Terrier earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas. He has completed the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Management Program with the Lockheed Martin Institute for Leadership Excellence, earned the Lockheed Martin “Outstanding Technical Achievement” award on four occasions, several NASA “Superior Technical Accomplishment” awards and the NASA Leadership medal. Terrier also holds patents for his work in aerospace propulsion and has published multiple technical papers.

Harding University’s “Gather to Give” raised nearly $800K

On the internationally recognized “Giving Tuesday,” the Harding community gathered to give, setting the goal of raising $450,000. At the end of the day, $775,864 was raised for projects all over campus.

“We call this day ‘Gather to Give’ as we challenge our community to gather together and give to help Harding and our wonderful students,” Vice President of Advancement Bryan Burks said.

In 2014, the first “Gather to Give” event aimed to raise $24,000 in 24 hours. Every year, the goal has been raised and, in the end, exceeded every year.

This year, in addition to the monetary goal, the entire campus got involved. Colleges and departments set internal initiatives and used their own connections and platforms to encourage people to fund specific projects as a part of “Gather to Give.” Donors could contribute to 20 different college- and department-specific projects all over campus.

“This not only increased giving, but it increased our donors for this event by 50 percent to almost 500 [people],” Burks said. “For example, the College of Bible raised over $18,000 for the Dr. Ken Neller Bible Scholarship. Almost $100,000 was given to these 20 different projects this year.”

This year, at the end of the 24 hours, a total of $775,864 had been raised by 492 different donors, far surpassing the goal of $450,00.

“This event is all about the generosity of our donors who believe in Harding and how this place is preparing our students to make a difference for God in this world,” Burks said. “We are extremely thankful for our donors. Each of these programs as well as our students in general will be blessed because of the generosity of our donors.”

Harding University College of Business Administration appoints new chair and director

The Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration has appointed Dr. Jake Stewart chair of information systems and Dr. Reet Cronk director of information systems graduate studies for the Graduate School of Business effective January 2020.

Dr. Jake Stewart

Dr. Stewart, associate professor of business, has been with the University since 2003. He has more than 15 years of business industry experience, which includes international assignments, and has served as a member of the Project Management Institute since 2000.

Stewart received his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Harding; Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston; project management professional certification and project management office certificate of added qualification from the Project Management Institute.

Stewart fills the role previously held by Dr. Reet Cronk who was named director of information systems graduate studies. Cronk served as chair of information systems from 2000 through 2019.

Dr. Reet Cronk

Cronk has been a committee member for the European conference on information technology evaluation, European conference on knowledge management, European conference on business research methods, international conference on intellectual capital, knowledge management and organizational learning.

Cronk received her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra; Master of Science from Australian National University; graduate diploma in information technology from the University of Southern Queensland; and Ph.D. from the University of Southern Queensland.

Harding’s College of Business Administration offers programs in accounting, finance, information systems, international business, management and marketing, including dual degree options enabling students to earn a BBA to MBA or MSIS in five years. Its Graduate School of Business offers several online programs including MBA, Master of Science in information systems, as well as certificates in data analytics and information assurance and security. For more information regarding COBA news and programs, visit harding.edu/business, or call 501-279-4240.

Harding’s American Studies Institute hosts Stephen M.R. Covey and Benjamin Watson for Spring lecture series

The American Studies Institute will host bestselling author Stephen M.R. Covey and New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson for the spring presentations of its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Stephen M.R. Covey will present his lecture “The Speed of Trust” Thursday, Feb. 20. A graduate of Harvard’s MBA program, Covey co-founded and currently leads FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice. He serves on numerous boards, including the Government Leadership Advisory Council, and has been recognized with the lifetime achievement award for the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” from the advocacy group Trust Across America/Trust Around the World.

A New York Times and No.1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Covey has taught trust and leadership in 52 countries to business, government, education, healthcare, military and NGO organizations. Covey is the son of Stephen R. Covey, the author of this year’s Harding Read, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Benjamin Watson will present his lecture “Under Our Skin” Tuesday, April 21. An NFL veteran, Watson has been a key playmaker for the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. He has been recognized as one of CNN’s Extraordinary People, a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist and has received the Bart Starr Award. In addition to his commitment on the field, Benjamin and his wife Kirsten established “One More,” a nonprofit dedicated to impacting the lives of those in need by providing enrichment opportunities and promoting education through charitable initiatives and partnerships.

These events are free and open to the public. Both presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium on Harding’s campus. For more information, visit harding.edu/asi or call 501-279-4497. For other Harding events and free and low cost services available to the community, visit harding.edu/community.

Harding honors local veterans at annual breakfast

The American Studies Institute at Harding University hosted its fifth annual Breakfast with a Veteran Monday, Nov. 11, in Cone Chapel in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building on Harding’s campus. Veterans and their guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast and a program paying tribute to members of the U.S. armed forces and local individuals who serve or have served honorably in uniform. Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin delivered the keynote address.

“It is important for our community of students, faculty and staff to honor our veterans every day,” said Kim Kirkman, executive director of the American Studies Institute. “One of my favorite things about hosting this breakfast is meeting the people across our campus and in our community who have served our country in one of the branches of the U.S. military. I get teary-eyed each year when we play the Armed Forces Medley and the veterans stand when their song is playing. These veterans are proud of their service and it makes me proud to have a chance to honor them on this occasion.”

The campus organization began hosting the annual breakfast event in 2015 as a way to connect students and local veterans. Attendants enjoy an informal atmosphere sharing in food and conversation with students, members of the community and fellow veterans.

For more information about the American Studies Institute, visit harding.edu/asi or call 501-279-4497. For other Harding events and free and low cost services available to the community, visit harding.edu/community.

Indoor football facility at Harding dedicated in honor of longtime football head coach Ronnie Huckeba

Harding University has dedicated its new indoor football facility in honor of longtime football head coach Ronnie Huckeba for his extraordinary vision, leadership and dedication to his Bison football players. The dedication ceremony was held Saturday, Oct. 19 during the University’s 95th anniversary homecoming.

Huckeba became the head coach in 2007 and led the Bisons through the most successful period in program history up to that point. In the 2016 season, Huckeba’s last year as head coach, Harding set a program record by winning 13 games and won the Great American Conference championship with a perfect 11-0 conference record.

Built directly behind the University’s First Security Stadium home seating section, the facility is 77,146 square feet including a full-size turf football field plus end zones (133 yards long). It is the largest indoor practice facility in NCAA Division II and one of the largest in the country for any level.

“We’re proud of our athletic facilities but only because they reflect our commitment to excellence,” said head football coach Paul Simmons. “This building reflects the love of so many former Bisons. We have gifts from guys that played in 1959 as well as commitments from current players that are on the team right now. It’s a testament to the number of lives that have been greatly impacted through Bison football. It’s a building that reflects the influence this program has had on people’s lives and will continue to have for a long time.”

The facility includes a front lobby area with large format graphics and digital displays that tell the story of the Bison football brotherhood, its leaders and legends. “Honor God,” the words displayed on one wall, reflect the team’s mission and serve as an encouragement to all who enter.

Harding Recognized as a best college by The Princeton Review

Harding University has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the nationally recognized educational services company, The Princeton Review. Harding is one of only four schools in Arkansas to make the list and among 142 institutions the organization recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

This year, 656 colleges across the United States, including Harding, were recognized for being academically outstanding. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from school administrators at several hundred colleges and surveys that asked students questions about their school’s academics, administration, campus community and themselves. The answer format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

“This ranking not only reflects Harding’s academic excellence, it reflects the kind of students who choose to attend,” Dr. Bruce McLarty, University President, said. “It’s an honor for the University to be nationally recognized, not only for its academics, but also for the unique and transformative environment we offer.”

The 142 colleges who were selected as the “Best in Southeast” are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

View the University’s profile on the Princeton Review at princetonreview.com

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Harding University, now accepting Classic Learning Test for admission, serves as testing site

Harding University is now accepting the Classic Learning Test for admission as an alternative to the SAT and ACT. The University will also serve as an authorized testing site, administering the first test for the 2019-20 academic year on Sept. 7. The exam is fully online and provides same-day test results.

The CLT is designed for high school students 16-18 years of age who are applying for college. Younger students who are interested in the CLT’s assessments are encouraged to take the CLT10, which is designed for students 14-16 years old, or the CLT8, which is designed for 12-14 year old students.

Featuring passages selected from great works across a variety of disciplines, the test provides a highly accurate and rigorous measure of reasoning, aptitude and academic formation for students from diverse educational backgrounds. Students are tested on grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning during the two-hour online exam. Students with qualifying scores will be eligible for Harding’s academic achievement scholarships on the same levels as those taking the ACT and SAT.

“At Harding, we regularly evaluate our admission policies and practices and are open to alternatives that better evaluate college readiness,” said Dr. Marty Spears, provost and chief academic officer. “We are pleased to approve the CLT exam as a new pathway for admission. We believe it is better suited for assessing college readiness of some prospective students, thus improving access to Harding for qualified students. Having the CLT available in the Testing Office will be convenient for local high school students and visitors to campus.”

The CLT is now accepted by more than 150 universities, including Hillsdale College and Wheaton College. Harding is one of four colleges in Arkansas that accepts the Classic Learning Test for admission. Students may take the exam through Harding’s Office of Testing and Evaluation, which also administers CLEP, ACT, SAT, TOEFL and others. CLT test dates for the 2019-20 academic year are:

Sept. 7
Dec. 7
Feb. 29
April 25

For more information about the exam and how to sign up, visit cltexam.com. Preparatory materials are available at cltprep.com.

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.”