Ouachita Baptist University’s Rosemary Adams Department of Visual
Arts will host a group exhibition titled “Pigments and Process” from
Jan. 14 to March 6 featuring the work of Arkansas printmakers. The
exhibit will be displayed in the Rosemary Gossett Adams Gallery on the
second floor of Moses-Provine Hall and is free and open to the public. A
reception for the featured artists will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from
The “Pigments and Process” exhibit displays a variety of both old and
new printmaking processes, techniques and concepts, as well as the
state of contemporary printmaking in Arkansas.
“With this exhibition, we wanted to showcase how varied the medium
can be and give some new perspectives on the possibilities of this art
form that is in somewhat of a resurgence,” said Carey Roberson,
associate professor of visual arts. “The works range from wood cuts,
screen printing, etching, even letterpress and some hand-applied
photographic processes such as gum bichromate and photogravure.
“What is all interesting is how varied the subject matter is and how
each artist uses process to really convey their ideas,” Roberson added.
“It’s not just about utilizing a specific printmaking process, but which
process will allow the idea to develop and become finalized.”
Rosemary Gossett Adams Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and
admission to both the exhibit and the reception on Thursday, Jan. 30, is
free. For more information, contact Carey Roberson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 245-4655.
Ouachita Baptist University reported yet another graduating class
found success in their post-graduate pursuits as 99% of the 2019
graduating class currently is employed or furthering their education.
The number also exceeds the most recent national average of 93% for
colleges and universities.
“This outstanding statistic is reflective of many years of hard work
by our students and the faculty and staff who prepare them for the next
step after Ouachita,” said Dr. Ben Sells, Ouachita president. “Ouachita
is the #1 ‘Best Value’ college in Arkansas, according to Niche.com. This
is further evidence that Ouachita provides true value to its students.”
This is the second consecutive year Ouachita’s student career
outcomes rate has exceeded the national average reported by the National
Association for Continuing Education (NACE). Last year, Ouachita’s 99%
placement rate surpassed the national average by 15%.
The “career outcomes rate” – often called a placement rate – is the
percentage of graduates who are working full or part-time or attending
graduate school within six months of graduation.
“I am extremely proud of our graduates and will continue to
strengthen key partnerships with employers who are eager to hire our
students because they demonstrate high levels of performance and strong
principles,” said Rachel Roberts, Ouachita’s director of career and
Ouachita’s student career outcomes rate is based on its First
Destination Survey, which follows the standard established in the annual
data collection by NACE each year.
Of the 330 Ouachita graduates who were contacted, 83% completed the
survey compared to a national knowledge rate of 75%. Nearly a third of
Ouachita’s most recent class of graduates, 30.9%, are attending graduate
or professional school.
Ouachita Baptist University students Olivia Brown, Savannah Edwards,
Brandon Matros, Sheldon McCown and Allison Studdard received first place
and a $4,000 cash prize for their business proposal, ImmunoSense,
during the 11th annual OBU Business Plan Competition held
Thursday, Dec. 5. The competition, hosted by the Hickingbotham School of
Business, allows students from various disciplines to present their
entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of business professionals for
evaluation and cash prizes.
“We started this competition over ten years ago in hopes of infusing
the campus with a spirit of entrepreneurship,” said Bryan McKinney, dean
of the Hickingbotham School of Business. “The results of this year’s
competition are satisfying because teams from across campus thrived.”
Brown is a senior biology major from North Little Rock, Ark.; Edwards
is a senior biomedical sciences major from Searcy, Ark.; Matros is a
senior finance major from Arkadelphia, Ark.: McCown is a senior biology
major from Nacogdoches, Texas; and Studdard is a senior biomedical
sciences major from Benton, Ark. The ImmunoSense team was advised by Dr.
Blake Johnson, Ouachita assistant professor of biology.
According to McCown, ImmunoSense was the result of a class project.
In his histology class, Dr. Johnson challenged students to create a test
that would fill a current gap in the medical field.
“Type 1 Diabetes is a growing issue, and there is currently a lack of
early detection tools, so we began looking for ways to create an early
detection test,” McCown said. “Our test detects the auto-antibodies that
cause a patient’s own immune system to attack the pancreas; these
auto-antibodies are present in the body years before the disease reaches
dangerous stages. Current tests detect the disease once the
insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas have already been
destroyed, but our test allows for detection of Type 1 Diabetes in its
beginning stages, prior to pancreatic destruction.
“We are extremely excited to have won the competition,” McCown
continued. “We have all worked extremely hard in developing this
business plan, and it’s encouraging to have our work pay off.”
“I always look forward to these Business Plan Competitions,” McKinney
said. “The academic theory students are learning in class integrates
with real-world application, and it’s a tremendous experience for all of
us. … And, I think the judges enjoy coming back to campus and sharing
wisdom with our students.”
TailGame earned second place in the competition. TailGame, which
proposes saving tailgaters both the time and hassle of setting up and
tearing down before and after a sporting event, was presented by Josh
Lantzsch, a senior finance and business administration/entrepreneurship
major from Rogers, Ark., and Spencer Sutterfield, a senior business
administration/management major from Greenbrier, Ark. They were advised
by Ouachita’s Dr. Justin Keeler, assistant professor of business
administration, and received a $3,000 cash prize.
The OBU Business Competition is “one of the most memorable
experiences I’ve had,” said Lantzsch, who also competed and placed in
the 2018 event. “It’s a fun way to make money, but especially to gain
experience talking to companies and getting their feedback on your idea.
“Winning second with TailGame was icing on the cake because, for me, it’s more about the experience,” he said.
Michael Neathery, a senior biology major from San Antonio, Texas;
Beau Pennington, a junior biomedical sciences major from Bee Branch,
Ark.; Tyler Riebock, a junior biology major from Rockwall, Texas; Catie
Shirley, a senior biology major from Wylie, Texas; and Kyla Soden, a
senior biology major from Cabot, Ark.; received third place for their
business proposal, Kainos Diagnostics. They also were advised by Dr.
Blake Johnson and received a $2,000 cash prize.
Kainos Diagnostics develops inexpensive tests for early detection of
neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that
revolutionizes treatment and improves the overall quality of life for
“We are developing the miMEMORY test, a blood test for the early
detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease,” Neathery said. “This
test could be implemented in annual adult check-ups to help physicians
diagnose Alzheimer’s in their patients before symptoms of the disease
set in. … As we looked at peer-reviewed, published research on the
detection of Alzheimer’s, we found that early detection of Alzheimer’s
via a blood test is possible and would be extremely convenient and
helpful in medicine today.
“Winning third place in the 2019 Business Plan Competition was a
great feeling, not only because it validated how important our idea is
and the value of a product like this in the current market, but because
it gives us the chance to continue promoting and refining Kainos
Diagnostics and the miMEMORY test,” he continued.
These three teams will advance to compete against the winners of
Henderson State University’s competition during the OBU/HSU Business
Plan Competition, which will take place in February 2020.
Ouachita’s Business Plan Competition is open to students from any
discipline. Students are advised by faculty as they develop and practice
the presentation of their business plan.
In recent years, Ouachita students also have competed and placed in
the statewide Governor’s Cup Business Competition, the same competition
that Ouachita’s is modeled after.
Jon Merryman, Ouachita Baptist University’s director of alumni relations and the Ouachita Student Foundation, recently was appointed as a commissioner to the Alumni Affairs Directors Group with the national Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Merryman is one of seven directors from the U.S. and Canada appointed to the group by the president of CCCU, Shirley Hoogstra.
According to the CCCU website, the organization is a global higher
education association based in Washington, D.C., with the mission to
protect and advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to
help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating
scholarship and service to biblical truth. There are more than 180
Christian institutions around the world that are a part of the
organization, including Ouachita. In addition, there are approximately
3.6 million CCCU alumni.
“What we do at Ouachita, and the way we do it, matters,” Merryman
said. “Our students matter. Our alumni out there making a difference
matter. In the CCCU, we are not alone but stronger together championing
each other as we continue our work in Christian higher education.”
To fulfill its mission and meet current needs of its member
institutions, CCCU staff and commissioners provide services for
administrators, faculty and students in three strategic areas: public
advocacy, professional development and scholarship and experiential
As a commissioner of the Alumni Affairs Directors Group, Merryman
will serve a three-year term as a volunteer to advise the CCCU president
and staff in alumni relations, as well as organize the annual
Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Communications and Enrollment Conference.
“Jon is an innovative and creative leader who has devoted many years
of service to his alma mater, Ouachita,” said Keldon Henley, Ouachita’s
vice president for institutional advancement and chief of staff. “Being
named to this national leadership group is a well-deserved honor for
Jon, and it will allow other Christian colleges and universities to
benefit from his extensive experience and knowledge, as well.”
Merryman will serve alongside colleagues from Houghton College,
Messiah College, Lipscomb University, Bethel University, Concordia
University and Point Loma Nazarene University.
“My supervisors throughout my time at Ouachita have always encouraged
me to pursue professional development and have given me everything I
need to serve Ouachita in alumni relations and the Ouachita Student
Foundation,” Merryman continued. “Being recognized for the work I do in
my field is an honor, and I look forward to serving the CCCU during my
term on the commission.”
Dr. David W. Bebbington spoke at Ouachita Baptist University on Oct. 7
as part of the university’s Birkett Williams Lecture Series. A
world-renowned scholar on evangelicalism, Bebbington focused his lecture
on the history of evangelicalism and its relevancy to the modern
Dr. Bebbington began by talking about evangelical revivals, America’s
First Great Awakening and England’s Evangelical Revival, which took
place in the 18th century, and mentioning the impact of leaders like John Wesley and George Whitfield.
“These people led major movements that transformed the Christian sea
on both sides of the Atlantic, for it was a protestant, trans-Atlantic
phenomenon in America, as well as in Britain, leaving an incredible mark
on both countries over the long term,” he said.
Bebbington, who has authored more than 20 books pertaining to the
topic of evangelicalism, proceeded to characterize evangelicals, retrace
their history and assess their current trajectory based on his research
“Evangelicals: Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be,” which he
conducted alongside scholars Mark A. Noll and George M. Marsden, who
also are known for their work in evangelical history. The book is set to
be released in November.
In order to define evangelicalism, Bebbington identified four
enduring characteristics of the evangelical faith: the Bible, the cross,
the concept of “being born again” and activism.
Citing recent developments in U.S. politics and evangelicals who face
criticism for association with the name, Bebbington reminded the
audience of the broader picture of evangelical faith.
“Evangelicals should consider the record of the evangelical movement
over time,” Bebbington said. “Especially, they should think how
habitually evangelicalism has been the seabed of reform.”
Among other examples, Bebbington referenced how evangelicals led the
campaign against the slave trade in Great Britain under William
Wilberforce from the 1780s until its abolition in 1807, as well as the
abolition of slavery in the United States during the Civil War in 1863.
Bebbington also proposed that American evangelicals should consider
the positions and activities of other contemporary evangelicals around
the globe as “there are evangelical Christians in many denominations in
virtually every land.”
For example, British evangelicals are more likely to lean towards reform than against it, he said.
“British evangelicals are likely to be swing-voters,” he said. “They
change their vote, that is to say, due to the circumstance of the times,
and they are not enmeshed with a single political party. And that shows
that evangelicalism is not necessarily a dimension of a political
front, and need not be so.
“It must be insisted that the evangelical movement is religious and
not political,” Bebbington continued. “The evangelical movement has
often generated reform, time and time again, and evangelicals should not
drop the word because circumstances at one political juncture seem to
point in that direction. … If you believe the Bible, if you cherish the
cross, if you want to promote conversions and if you want to pursue
activism, then recognize the identity that you actually have as being an
evangelical Christian. Value, then, the evangelical tradition from the
premiere of the 18th century. We can rejoice in the commitment of our tradition to changing lives for good in the name of Jesus Christ.”
After teaching since 1976 at the University of Stirling in Scotland,
Bebbington recently retired as Emeritus Professor of History. Currently a
non-resident senior fellow on the history of religion for Baylor
University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, Bebbington also has
taught for the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Regent College in
Vancouver; University of Notre Dame in Indiana; and University of
Pretoria in South Africa. Bebbington also is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh, and he is part of the Royal Historical Society.
Some of Dr. Bebbington’s notable books on evangelicalism include
“Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the
1980s,” “The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody”
and “Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People.”
Ouachita’s Birkett Williams Endowed Lecture Series was established in
1977 thanks to a gift from the late Birkett L. Williams, a 1910
Ouachita graduate. His generous endowment established the lecture series
as an opportunity to extend the concepts of a liberal arts education
beyond the classroom by bringing renowned scholars and public figures to
Ouachita’s campus. Ouachita’s Pruet School of Christian Studies hosted
Bebbington’s lecture. He also delivered Ouachita’s chapel address on
Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Ouachita Baptist University recognized five outstanding alumni in the 10th
class of Ouachita Alumni Milestone Award recipients at its Homecoming
football game on Saturday, Oct. 5: Mauricio Vargas, Dr. Jim Spann, Brad
Sullivan, Dr. Sarah Beth Harrington and Laura Cox. This year’s honorees
represent the graduating classes of 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009,
Honored for their professional achievements, community service and
dedication to their alma mater, they were selected by a committee of
Ouachita faculty, staff and President Ben Sells to represent their
respective classes during the Homecoming festivities.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita with a major in Spanish in 1969, Mauricio Vargas
moved with his wife, Carolyn, to New Orleans, La., to attend New
Orleans Theological Seminary. While in New Orleans, Vargas served
through the New Orleans Seaman’s Mission and was integral in starting
Hispanic missions at local churches. Vargas later moved to North
Carolina, where he served with the Baptist State Convention of North
Carolina and the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission
Board) and spread the gospel to Hispanics in North Carolina. Later
serving 20 years with the Missouri Baptist Convention, Vargas was the
recipient of the “Hispanic Church Planting Lifetime Achievement Award”
from the Home Mission Board Language Department and the “Hispanic
Heritage Award” from Missouri’s Office of Administration. He and his
wife have four children and six grandchildren, and he currently serves
as pastor of Enon Baptist Church in Russellville, Mo.
A child of missionaries and second-generation Ouachitonian, Dr. Jim Spann
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and physics from
Ouachita in 1979, followed by a Ph.D. in physics from the University of
Arkansas. In 1986, Spann joined NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala., where he spent more than 30 years. He now leads the
space weather-related research for NASA’s Heliophysics Division in
Washington, D.C. He has two children and three grandchildren.
After graduating from Ouachita in 1989, Brad Sullivan
earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from the
University of Arkansas. He has served in various roles in the field of
education over the past 29 years, from teacher to his current position
as superintendent of the South Pike County School District. Sullivan and
his wife, Jill, married while students at Ouachita and had two
daughters, Bethany, who is now 24 years old, and Hannah, who passed away
at the age of 17 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. As a
result of their experience with Hannah, they co-founded a nonprofit
ministry called While We’re Waiting.
After graduating from Ouachita with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry in 1999, Dr. Sarah Beth (Milam) Harrington
earned an M.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
(UAMS) College of Medicine in 2003. After serving as faculty at Virginia
Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., she moved back to Little
Rock, where she currently serves as the director of the Palliative
Medicine Division at UAMS and chief of palliative care at the VA. She
and her husband, Brooks (a 2000 Ouachita graduate) have two sons, Cole
Laura Cox graduated from Ouachita in 2009 with a
major in English. She went on to teach English in Kosovo through the
International Mission Board and then earn a Master of Arts degree in
English language and literature from the University of Arkansas. After
teaching for a few more years in Germany and then California, Cox then
earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. Returning to Arkansas,
Cox clerked for Hon. Bobby E. Shepherd (’73). She currently practices
law as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Blake Johnson, assistant professor of biology at Ouachita Baptist
University, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Arkansas Breast Cancer Research
Program (ABCRP) to support his project “Identification and functional
characterization of exosome-derived GPI anchored proteins in breast
cancer.” The goal of Johnson’s research is to discover new and
less-invasive methods to detect breast cancer earlier and to monitor the
disease’s progression during treatment instead of relying on intrusive
surgery for testing.
Johnson’s research and funding for the grant is supported by UAMS and
its breast cancer research program, ABCRP. The research program, a
division of UAMS’ Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, has promoted
innovative cancer research aimed at early detection and therapeutic
intervention for more than 20 years.
“Grants of this significance indicate the type of work that our
faculty are capable of doing,” said Dr. Tim Knight, dean of Ouachita’s
J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences. “It is a credit to Dr.
Johnson that he has built the potential for us to participate in this
type of research in the short time he has been a part of the faculty.”
Johnson’s research began in September 2019 and will continue through
August 2020. He will be joined in his research by Dr. Yuchun Du of the
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
In contrast to utilizing methods that test and diagnose breast cancer
through surgical procedures, Johnson plans to research biological
markers of breast cancer that could be detected in real-time from body
“Various molecular cancer diagnostic assays have been developed for
the management of early-stage breast cancer,” Johnson said. “These
assays, however, capture only a limited amount of tumor information as
they rely on invasive biopsy tissue. This is problematic as aggressive
tumors are often highly heterogeneous and not accurately assessed by
small portions of tumor cells.
“Unlike tissue-based biopsies, which require invasive surgical
procedures, extracting biological information from cancer-specific
exosomes is non-invasive and would allow for early disease detection, as
well as ongoing monitoring for signs of potential disease progression
during therapeutic intervention,” Johnson explained. “Diagnostic assays
that provide real-time information and can be readily performed using
only a small portion of bodily fluid are desperately needed in breast
Johnson began working at Ouachita in 2017. Originally from El Dorado,
Ark., he graduated from Ouachita in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in
biology. He later earned his Master of Science in human molecular
genetics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and his doctorate
in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center. Johnson also was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at
UAMS’ Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and has served as a
visiting scientist at Stanford Research Institute.
For more information, contact Dr. Tim Knight at email@example.com or (870) 245-5528.
The 2019 fall semester marks the third consecutive year of growth in residential undergraduate enrollment at Ouachita Baptist University increasing from 1,492 to 1,506 since last fall. Fueled by growth in new students, Ouachita also recorded its largest residential enrollment since 2012.
Ouachita’s three years of successive growth, including this year’s 1% increase, is noteworthy given the 9% decrease in the number of students enrolled in all of the state’s colleges and universities as reported in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on June 23.
“The growth is further evidence that Ouachita is rising,” said Dr. Ben Sells, president. “Ouachita is increasingly recognized by students and their families as well as by those who rank universities.”
Recent recognitions include:
#1 “Best Value College” in Arkansas by Niche.com, which considers costs, student debt, graduation rates and alumni earnings, along with reviews from students and alumni.
#2 “Regional College in the South” (a 12-state region) by U.S. News & World Report.
#1 in student satisfaction among all universities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas by College Consensus.
“We’re especially pleased with the ‘best value’ recognition,” Sells said. “It reflects Ouachita’s affordability, high-impact learning and commitment to spiritual growth that contribute to a 99% career outcomes rate, 15 percentage points higher than the national average.”
The career outcomes rate reflects the percentage of graduates who are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Including undergraduate residential, online and concurrent programs, Ouachita’s current enrollment stands at 1,633 students.
Ouachita Baptist University’s J.D. Patterson School of Natural
Sciences had a record number of 28 students conducting faculty-advised
research during summer break through its Patterson Summer Research
Program. Twenty-five of these summer researchers also attended the
Central Arkansas Undergraduate Symposium, held July 24 at University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark., and presented their
Among the 115 student researchers in attendance at the regional
event, a total of 10 poster designs were recognized, with four being
Ouachita students’ work. Patterson Summer Research students whose work
was recognized in the central Arkansas area included Matt Burnham, a
senior biology major from Blytheville, Ark.; Taylor Garner, a senior
biology major from Hensley, Ark.; and Noah Thompson, a junior biology
major from Texarkana, Ark. Brockton Brown, a senior biology major from
Sheridan, Ark., and Hunter Jones, a senior biology major from Roland,
Ark., were recognized together for their joint poster presentation.
“The Patterson Summer Research program provides the opportunity for
our students to set themselves apart when applying for jobs, graduate or
professional school,” said Dr. Tim Knight, dean of the Patterson School
of Natural Sciences and professor of biology. “Our science students
receive more hands-on research experience than most any undergraduate
student in any university in our region of the country.”
In the Patterson Summer Research Program’s 19-year history, a total
of 287 students have worked one-on-one with Ouachita science faculty to
conduct research in their respective fields – an opportunity rarely
offered at the undergraduate level. Students accepted to the program are
provided with a stipend and campus housing at a reduced cost.
“This summer alongside Dr. Sara Hubbard, I investigated the effects
of temperature on the release of bisphenol-A from toothbrushes; I was
honored to receive an award for one of the top posters at the
symposium,” said Taylor Garner, who plans to pursue dental school upon
graduation. “After seeing the number of Ouachita students recognized for
their accomplishments, it is now evident to me the excellence our
professors display when it comes to the Patterson Summer Research
For Brockton Brown, the initial appeal to apply for the summer
research program was the opportunity to research subjects “that really
sparked my interest.” Brown, along with Hunter Jones and Dr. Knight,
studied the stream quality of Ouachita River tributaries utilizing
macrobenthetic species and fish populations.
“Upon getting accepted to do the research, it made my summer great!”
Brown said. “I experienced so many cool ways to evaluate nature and got
to learn all the ins-and-outs of doing work in the field.”
David Rainwater, a senior biology and chemistry double major from
Sheridan, Ark., conducted research with Dr. Nathan Reyna on the role of
exosomes on the migration of glioblastoma cells.
“The research was wonderful as I was able to enhance my lab
experience and study this material that could possibly lead to new
discoveries involving cancer and the way it metastasizes in the body,”
Rainwater said. “Ouachita gave me the opportunity to study these cancer
cells in a way that few other undergraduate universities in the world
are able to, and for that I am beyond thankful.
“This will also give me an opportunity to share with future employers
what I have learned about glioblastoma through my research,” he added.
Other Ouachita students who participated in the Patterson Summer Research Program included:
Mason Archer, a senior biology major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
Sebastian Bustillo, a sophomore physics and mathematics double major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Asaph Camillo, a junior engineering physics and applied mathematics double major from Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
Markie Campbell, a senior nutrition/dietetics major from Bismarck, Ark.
Kaleigh Casada, a junior biology and chemistry double major from White Hall, Ark.
Kayla Churchwell, a senior chemistry, biology and Spanish triple major from Searcy, Ark.
Savannah Edwards, a senior biomedical sciences major from Searcy, Ark.
Jordan Gills, a junior biology major from Murfreesboro, Ark.
Spencer Greer, a senior biology major from Conway, Ark.
Tiffany Koba, a senior biology major from Benton, Ark.
Michael Neathery, a senior biology major from Canton, Mich.
Kenzie Pickard, a senior biology major from Vilonia, Ark.
Susanna Schleiff, a senior environmental studies major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
Keller Smith, a senior chemistry and biology double major from Mabelvale, Ark.
Kyla Soden, a senior biology major from Cabot, Ark.
Abby Walker, a senior biology major from Benton, Ark.
Madeline Wallace, a senior nutrition/dietetics major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
Madelyn Wauters, a junior chemistry major from Pine Bluff, Ark.
Cammie York, a senior biology major from Glenwood, Ark.
Additionally, three Patterson Summer Research students conducted
their research off-campus, traveling to Liverpool Hope University. These
students included Nicholas Gerber, a junior biology major from
Arkadelphia, Ark.; Luke Livingston, a junior biomedical sciences major
from Batesville, Ark.; and Beau Pennington, a junior biomedical sciences
major from Bee Branch, Ark.
Ouachita faculty members who served as advisers for Patterson Summer
Research students included Dr. Joe Bradshaw, W.D. and Alice Burch
professor of chemistry and pre-medical studies; Dr. Detri Brech, Charles
S. and Elma Grey Goodwin Holt professor of dietetics and pre-medical
studies; Dr. Kevin Cornelius, professor of physics; Dr. Sharon Hamilton,
assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Sara Hubbard, associate professor
of chemistry and holder of the Nell I. Mondy Chair of Chemistry; Dr.
Blake Johnson, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Ruth Plymale,
associate professor of biology and holder of the J.D. Patterson Chair of
Biology; Dr. Christin Pruett, associate professor of biology; Dr.
Nathan Reyna, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Jim Taylor,
professor of biology.
Ouachita’s Patterson Summer Research Program is named in honor of Dr.
J.D. Patterson, a 1947 Ouachita alumnus who passed away in 2017. Dr.
Patterson, a longtime trustee and benefactor of Ouachita, funded a
number of academic initiatives, including the Patterson Summer Research
Program. The Patterson School of Natural Sciences also is named in his
In addition to Patterson Endowment funds, Ouachita’s Patterson School
of Natural Sciences received summer research funding from Alcoa
Foundation, INBRE, ESPCoR, Ross Foundation and NASA. These off-campus
funds supported 15 of Ouachita’s 28 summer researchers.
For more information about the Patterson School of Natural Sciences and the summer research program, contact Dr. Tim Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5528.