Central Baptist College Named to Viqtory Media’s 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools List

Central Baptist College recently announced that it has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey with 695 earning the designation.

The 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found atwww.militaryfriendly.com.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

CBC President Terry Kimbrow said, “It is an honor to earn the Military Friendly® School designation for the 11th year in a row.  Central Baptist College has a long tradition of working with students who serve or have served in the military. We are devoted to helping veteran students realize their goal of obtaining their college degree.  We will continue to do whatever it takes to honor their service to our country.” 

Military Friendly’s National Director Josh Rosen stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for the Military Community as a whole.”

For more information about Central Baptist College’s student veteran programs, visit CBC’s website at cbc.edu/military or contact Pam Sims, Associate Director of PACE Enrollment for Military Relations at psims@cbc.edu or 501-205-8807. 

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data­-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post­secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

About Central Baptist College:

CBC offers an Associate of Science degree in Military Technologies with locations in Conway and in North Little Rock at Camp Robinson. To admitted students, CBC also offers the following benefits to our service men and women: Full time veteran advisers on staff, process enrollment certifications for VA GI Bill Education, Federal Tuition Assistance, tuition discounts of up to 25% for qualifying soldiers and dependents of veterans and active duty servicemen and women, free evaluations of AARTS/SMARTS military transcript, and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. 

In addition to the Military Technologies Associate’s degree, CBC offers over 40 degree programs.  Twelve of these degree programs are offered in the (PACE) Professional Adult College Education program and in-class, online and hybrid format options are available.  The PACE program offers the working adult the opportunity to continue working full time and obtain their college degree. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the PACE program, Central Baptist College is offering a one-time, 20% tuition discount for new students enrolling in the Spring 2020 semester.

Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college founded in 1952 by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. For information about CBC, visit cbc.edu or call 501-329-6873. 

About Viqtory:

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands.  VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.

Ouachita hosts printmaking exhibit “Pigments and Process” through March 6

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 1-2 p.m.

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 robersoncw@obu.edu or (501) 245-4655.

ENACT Fellowship Awarded to Hendrix College Professor

Dr. Peter Gess

Hendrix College Associate Professor of Politics Dr. Peter Gess has received an Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) Faculty Fellowship. ENACT, a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, engages undergraduates across the United States in state-level legislative change. Twenty-nine colleges and universities across the United States currently offer ENACT courses. 

As an ENACT Fellow, Gess has made the commitment to teach an ENACT course at least twice in the next four academic years. The ENACT course Hendrix College offers is Arkansas Politics, which is scheduled to coincide with the regular session of the Arkansas Legislature in 2021 and 2023. 

Gess, who also serves as associate provost for engaged learning and director of international programs for the College, says ENACT presents an experience very much in keeping with the Hendrix Odyssey Program. 

“Beyond simply learning about Arkansas politics and the legislative process, students have the opportunity to experience all things state legislature,” he said. “They research and develop policy, advocate and lobby for it, and network with various organizations doing policy work in the state. I think it is very important today—when it is easy to be cynical about the state of affairs at the national level—for students to see that they can make a difference. It’s great hands-on experience for those interested in careers in policymaking or politics, of course, but also a great experience for anyone wanting to become more engaged as a citizen.”

Gess and other ENACT Fellows from across the U.S. will attend a workshop this summer at Brandeis University to prepare for engaging their students in seeking opportunities for legislative change at the state level. 

“I am really looking forward to learning from others in my cohort, workshopping ideas with them, offering ideas and support, and learning from the vast experience of the network,” Gess said. “Ultimately, this will help me become a better teacher in the classroom, and more importantly, help our students apply classroom knowledge to real opportunities to affect governance in the state. There is a real need for young people in Arkansas to commit to making a difference.” 

Gess already has experience working with members of the executive branch because of the time he spends training state government officials through the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium. The ENACT Fellowship means he will work more closely with the legislative branch to provide engaged learning experiences for Hendrix students.

“Along with coursework, students will undertake a practicum (internship) to work with an agency or organization advocating for policy changes. The support I get from the ENACT network will help me offer the best possible course-practicum experience for our students,” he said.

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.

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.

JBU Appoints New Chaplain, Dean of Christian Formation

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Mark Irving

John Brown University announced today the appointment of Mark Irving as University Chaplain, Dean of Christian Formation. Irving will begin the new role on July 1.

“Mark has a heart for college student discipleship, and we look forward to seeing how God will use him to give direction and support to the chapel and ministry programs of JBU’s Office of Christian Formation,” said Steve Beers, vice president for student development.

Irving serves as the executive pastor at Fellowship Nashville in Tennessee and leads a citywide young professional’s ministry through Navigators. Irving is a graduate of Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He served in youth ministry on the West Coast and collegiate ministry in the Midwest before moving to Tennessee in 2014. 

“I look forward to serving as the JBU chaplain and walking alongside students in the great adventure of following Jesus,” Irving said. 

Irving and his wife Meredith have three daughters ages 11, 14 and 16.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. As Arkansas’ top-ranked university (Wall Street Journal, 2020), JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 36 states and 59 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including engineering, nursing, family and human services, biology, graphic design and construction management.

Chief Judge Lavenski Smith Presents Barnett Civic Leadership Lecture at John Brown University

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Chief Judge Lavenski Smith

John Brown University will host Chief Judge Lavenski Smith as the 2020 speaker for the Barnett Civic Leadership Series. Smith, who is the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, will present a lecture titled “Without Respect of Persons” on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in Simmons Great Hall at JBU.

“In his almost two decades of service on the Eighth Circuit, Judge Smith has demonstrated a firm commitment to the rule of law and a healthy respect for the constitutional separation of powers. But more than that, he is a man of deep faith with a long history of support for John Brown University,” Dr. Daniel Bennett, JBU associate professor of political science and assistant director of Center for Faith and Flourishing, said. “We are grateful to be able to host him for this event.”

Smith was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush and began serving in 2002. He became Chief Judge in 2017. Before joining the federal bench, Smith practiced law in both private practice and public service. He was also a JBU professor and later on the board of trustees.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Ray and Laurine Barnett Civic Leadership Series, established in 2016, is funded by an endowment created with gifts from the Barnett family and donations from more than 20 organizations and individuals. The series, which brings a speaker to JBU each academic year, focuses on Christian leadership and addresses the intersection of faith and public service. Past speakers include Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African American Outreach for Priests for Life and the African American Outreach for Gospel of Life Ministries; Shapri LoMaglio, vice president for government relations and executive programs at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities; former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

“We at the Center for Faith and Flourishing are thrilled to partner with the Barnett Civic Leadership Series to bring Judge Smith to JBU,” said Dr. James Bruce, JBU associate professor of philosophy and director of Center for Faith and Flourishing. “This year’s lecture continues the great tradition of Barnett lectures, which give JBU students, faculty and staff the opportunity to think and reflect on Christianity, politics and the roles we have to play in our life together.”

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. As Arkansas’ top-ranked university (Wall Street Journal, 2020), JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 36 states and 59 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including engineering, nursing, family and human services, biology, graphic design and construction management.

Hendrix College’s Dr. Alex Vernon Receives NEH Fellowship

Dr. Alex Vernon
Dr. Alex Vernon

The Division of Research Programs for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a 12-month research fellowship to Dr. Alex Vernon, Julia Mobley Odyssey Professor of English at Hendrix College.

Vernon’s application was one of only 99 approved out of 1,220 received across all four NEH fellowship programs. He is the first Hendrix faculty member to receive an award of this scope from the NEH.

Citing prominent historical and art exhibits that reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the 18-hour nonfiction film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Vernon says the time is right for also revisiting the literary history of this decade-long war.

“A lot of readers know Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried—it is one of the most assigned contemporary works of fiction in U.S. high schools and colleges. But O’Brien’s career doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There’s a rich historical, literary, and personal context,” he said. “Also, and sadly, we are losing those voices. Michael Herr, the author of Dispatches, died in 2016. Larry Heinemann, whose postwar novel Paco’s Story shocked everyone when it won the National Book Award over Toni Morrison’s Beloved, died only last month. I was very fortunate to visit with Larry this past summer. So there is some urgency to this task.”

Vernon, a combat veteran himself, integrates his interest in war literature into his course offerings. Last semester he taught a course on American war literature, and this spring he will teach a literature course titled “Imagined Vietnam,” and also an Oxford-style tutorial on O’Brien for a small group of Murphy Scholars in Literature and Language. At the beginning of the fall semester, he will begin his fellowship research, which will include many personal interviews plus the study of correspondence, drafts, and other primary documents in archives as well as in private hands. Rather than aiming for an approach rooted in literary analysis, he plans to develop a generational literary biography, accessible and appealing to the general reading public as well as scholars and students.

“For me, scholarship of this kind is service work,” Vernon said. “It’s an honor, a responsibility, and a joy. And it makes me a better teacher for my Hendrix students… the research and the teaching each deepen the other.”

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

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

Ouachita reports second consecutive 99% career outcomes rate for graduates

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 calling.

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.

Johnson Begins Tenure as 7th President of Crowley’s Ridge College

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Richard Johnson

Crowley’s Ridge College (CRC) officially entered a new chapter on January 1, 2010, as Richard Johnson became president of the college. Johnson replaced Ken Hoppe who retired at the end of 2019.

Dr. Jimmy C. Smith, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, said, “Crowley’s Ridge College has been blessed in its search for a President to succeed the very able and capable Ken Hoppe. We were blessed to have exceptional internal candidates from which to choose. In selecting Richard Johnson, the Board of Trustees is confident that it has selected not only an extremely qualified individual, but also an individual whose heart beats as one with everything for which CRC stands.”

Johnson stated, “as President of Crowley’s Ridge College, I look forward to the opportunity of working with CRC’s board of trustees, co-workers, students, alumni, the community of Paragould and the surrounding region. I know we can rely on God, and on each other to further help strategically grow this quality, Christian, four-year college for the benefit of everyone throughout our service area.”

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