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New academic director named for Physician Assistant Program at Harding

New academic director named for Physician Assistant Program at Harding

SEARCY, Ark. — Assistant Professor Greg Davenport has been named the academic director for the Physician Assistant Program at Harding University.

Davenport replaces Peggy Huckeba, who will retire with the close of the academic year. He was chosen after consideration of a number of qualified applicants and appointed by Dr. Michael Murphy, director of the program. The decision is effective May 16.

Davenport joined the Harding faculty in fall 2010 and formerly worked as an emergency medicine physician assistant with Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wa. He holds a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from University of Nebraska and is a licensed PA.

As academic director, Davenport will be responsible for coordination and design of the curriculum in the didactic phase of the PA education program.

The 28-month graduate program began at Harding in summer 2005 and is the first physician assistant program in Arkansas.

New dean for Harding College of Arts and Humanities

New dean for Harding College of Arts and Humanities

SEARCY, Ark. — Dr. Larry Long, provost of Harding University, announced Tuesday that Dr. J. Warren Casey has been named dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Following a series of interviews with several candidates and recommendations from Long, President David Burks appointed Casey to replace Dr. Dennis Organ, who is retiring.

In October, Casey was also named dean of the Honors College, and he will begin serving in this dual role June 1. He will step down as chair of the Department of Music, a position he’s held since 2008. A search will begin immediately for a new chair.

“I am confident that Dr. Casey will do a great job of leading both the Honors College and College of Arts and Humanities,” said Long. “He will work well with the chairs and faculty of COLAH, collaborate with the circle of deans, and help promote the college.

AHDE unveils financial aid app

AHDE unveils financial aid app

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Department of Higher Education unveiled Monday a free smart phone application – the first of its kind with customer service help available via text – for Arkansans to apply for state financial aid and check the status of their awards. It was developed by the Information Network of Arkansas, the agency that develops websites and online applications for other state agencies.

"This smart phone application will allow students to complete the YOUniversal financial aid scholarship application from their iPhone, Android, or other device with a browser as easily as they would on our website," said Shane Broadway, interim director for ADHE.

Harding University business college accreditation reaffirmed

Harding University business college accreditation reaffirmed

SEARCY, Ark. — The Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration at Harding University is pleased to announce the reaffirmation of their business accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. This announcement came April 19, 2011, from the ACBSP Board of Commissioners following the standard self-study report and a site visit to the Searcy campus. The College of Business has been accredited by ACBSP since 1992. The current reaffirmation will continue for another 10-year period. 

“This accreditation signifies the high quality education provided by the Carter College of Business at Harding,” said Dr.

Harding University teams named finalists in business plan competition

Harding University teams named finalists in business plan competition

SEARCY, Ark. — Of the four Harding University undergraduate teams named among the top 12 semi-finalists in the Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Graduate and Undergraduate Business Plan Competition, two Harding teams were announced among the six finalists at the April 7 event and are now competing for the top cash prize spots to be announced April 20 at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock.

After preparing professional business plans, five Harding teams submitted their entries in February into the pool of 50 submissions from nine universities throughout the state. Four Harding teams, The AgWhey Group, BEAST Technology, Here to Last, and Tuck-In, were selected among the top 12 submissions and competed in an oral presentation round April 7 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Harding student publication staff honored at regional awards ceremony

Harding student publication staff honored at regional awards ceremony

SEARCY, Ark. — Staff members from The Bison, Harding University’s student-led newspaper publication, were recently honored with several awards at the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence competition in Nashville, Tenn.

The Bison staff won first place in both the general news reporting category and the editorial writing category. Overall, The Bison won second place for best all-around non-daily newspaper. Junior graphic design major Henrique Ruiz won first place in the photo illustration category.

The competition included submitting newspaper samples from the past year, and it was judged against other colleges in the region, including those from Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi.

“Our journalism students have once again shown that they can compete with some of the strongest newspaper and journalism programs in the country. Our students are bright, creative storytellers who serve the Harding family very well,” said Dr.

Harding receives $3,500 from State Farm

Harding receives $3,500 from State Farm

SEARCY, Ark. — Harding University received a State Farm grant in March totaling $3,500 to support professional development for Arkansas teachers.

Gary Stephenson, Arkansas public affairs liaison for the insurance company, said, “One of State Farm’s strategic philanthropic targets across the country is the professional development of our high school teachers. We believe, specifically, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an excellent development tool, and Harding’s involvement with the Arkansas Teachers for National Board Certification ties in very well with developing more board-certified teachers. We particularly appreciate Dr.