Williams Baptist College cut the ribbon Friday, Sept. 25th, on its newest facility, which is named for the longest tenured professor in the history of the college. The Joy Ring Student Success Center provides a range of tutoring and counseling services to help students have a successful college experience.
James Miller of Melbourne, Ark., chair of WBC’s Board of Trustees, said the center reflects WBC’s commitment to help students rise to the challenges of college, and he said it is very appropriate that the facility be named for Prof. Joy Ring.
“Her peers can tell you that her commitment to her students and to Christian higher education is as strong as it ever was. She has made it her personal mission for the last half-century to see Williams students succeed, so it is only fitting that the Student Success Center bears her name,” Miller said.
WBC President Dr. Tom Jones also paid tribute to Ring, noting, “Joy Ring’s name and legacy are attached to this center, and rightfully so. She has helped untold numbers of Williams students achieve in the classroom and in life.”
Ring was honored in May for reaching 50 years of service on the Williams faculty. She did the honors at Friday’s ceremony by cutting the ribbon, accompanied by others involved with the center.
The Joy Ring Student Success Center is housed next to the WBC Mail & Copy Center on McClellan Dr. Both personal and career counseling are available, as well as tutoring services. Computer stations allow for student testing, and there are also meeting areas available for study groups.
Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.