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Bisons, Wonderboys vie for top spot

Bisons, Wonderboys vie for top spot

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Tucker Coliseum will host its first match-up of nationally-ranked men’s basketball teams this season when Arkansas Tech and Harding meet tonight (Thursday, Jan. 27) with first place in the Gulf South Conference West Division up for grabs.

The nationally 23rd-ranked Wonder Boys (13-3 overall, 4-0 GSC) and the nationally 19th-ranked Bisons (15-2, 5-0) will begin their 124th all-time meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets will be available at the door. Those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free.

Arkansas Tech returned to the NCAA Division II top 25 this week on the strength of a seven-game winning streak. The Wonder Boys are 4-0 in the GSC for a fourth consecutive year.

Harding has achieved its highest national ranking since joining NCAA Division II in 1995-96, and the Bisons have their best record after 17 games ever.

New associate dean named for College of Business at Harding University

New associate dean named for College of Business at Harding University

Dr. Allen Frazier, associate professor, has been named associate dean of the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration at Harding University. The decision will be effective Jan. 1, 2011, and was approved by President David B. Burks this week. An announcement was made to the business faculty on Wednesday.

Frazier is in his 10th year at Harding and has served as chair of the management department since 2006. He won the distinguished teacher award during the 2008-09 academic year and is involved in numerous campus organizations. Frazier has served as faculty sponsor and case competition sponsor of the Society for the Advancement of Management, director of the Reynolds Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition, director of the college’s leadership seminar, and sponsor of the college’s study abroad program in London.

The role of associate dean includes administrative duties in addition to teaching classes.

Harding University commencement exercises set for December 18

Harding University commencement exercises set for December 18

Approximately 350 graduates will receive diplomas at Harding University commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. on campus in Benson Auditorium.

Graduates include students from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Religion, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, College of Communication, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Sciences, and the Honors College, as well as the Physician Assistant Program.

Keynote speaker will be Roy Reaves, chairman and chief executive officer of the Central Division of Liberty Bank of Arkansas.

Reaves, a 1965 Harding graduate, earned an MBA from University of Arkansas and graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1975. He started his banking career with National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, Tenn., and left for First National Bank in Searcy in 1971. He has since served as CEO for Arkansas banks in Nashville, Marshall, Gurdon and Russellville.

Police visit Westside Elementary

The counseling department of Westside Elementary invited three Searcy firemen and two Searcy police officers to visit with students and eat lunch in the cafeteria with some of the 4th grade boys. After lunch in the library, the guests gave motivational talks about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders and making good choices. One officer stressed “If you make good choices, good things will happen. If you make bad choices, bad will happen.” This was a powerful message in simple terms.

This particular group of Searcy leaders took the time out to inspire and encourage our students. We at Westside are looking forward to future visits and were thankful they were able to visit.

(Source: Westside Elementary)

Students learn about detective work with Searcy Police

Detective Brian Wyatt and School Resource Officer Rachel Smith spoke to the 8th grade Career Orientation Class on Wednesday at Ahlf Junior High School.

The students were able to hear about crime scene investigations and were able to participate by lifting fingerprints.

The students were informed about the training and preparation that goes into a career in law enforcement.

(Source: Searcy Police Dept.)

Harding University announces construction projects

Harding University’s board of trustees approved two major construction projects Nov. 5 to be completed before the beginning of the 2011 fall semester on the Searcy campus.

At its semiannual fall meeting, the 21-member board gave approval for administrators to move ahead with plans for the $4 million renovation of Stephens Residence Hall for women and a 21,000-square-foot, $1.6 million addition to Ganus Athletic Center.

The two new projects, coupled with the $4 million addition to the Mabee Business Center already underway, will give the University almost $10 million in new and renovated facilities by the end of 2011.

The renovation of Stephens Residence Hall will be completed during the summer 2011. The facility is the second-largest residence all on the campus, housing 240 female students.

Included in the renovation will be a new pitched-roof replacing the current flat roof and a more efficient heating and cooling system.