We would like to have our Big Brother/Sister Christmas party on the ESC bridge. We will have games for the littles to play as well as crafts for them to create. Games will include pin the tail on the reindeer, Christmas Bingo and also we will have a “Santa” for the littles to take pictures with. Christmas sugar cookies will be decorate on the tables, as well.
On Wed. Dec. 4, Ouachita Baptist University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host a Coffeehouse Christmas Party. The event will be free and held at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse in Evans Student Center at 8 p.m. All OBU students are invited to attend.
“CAB would love to see everyone attend the party,” said CAB Co-Chair Shelby Davis, a junior biology major from White Oak, Texas. “Since many of us are at home for Christmas, the Christmas party is a great opportunity to come out and fellowship with our Ouachita family before the break.”
“Students can expect a great time to be with friends during this joyful season,” said Davis. “Not only that, but they can make crafts and get pictures to capture the memory.”
“We will have most of the men’s and women’s social clubs provide the music and entertainment,” said Brandon Sanders, a senior psychology and sociology major from Franklin, Texas, and CAB’s other co-chair.
There will be a prize awarded to the two participants with the ugliest and prettiest Christmas sweater. “Who doesn’t want an excuse to wear a Christmas sweater?” Davis noted.
In addition to music, contests and fellowship, the party will feature “a Christmas craft station, cookie decorating and a place to take pictures with Santa and his elves,” Davis added.
In addition to Davis and Sanders, the CAB Leadership Team includes: Movie Chair Kate Collins, a senior biology major from Texarkana, Ark.; Secretary Hayley Dahl, a junior biology major from Red Oak, Texas; Special Events Chair Wesley Henson, a sophomore sociology major from Little Rock, Ark.; and Coffeehouse Chair Dustin Walter, a junior biology and chemistry major from Marion, Ark.
For more information, contact CAB Co-Chair Shelby Davis at email@example.com
Ouachita Baptist University will host the Tiger Steel Drum Ensemble’s first fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
Tiger Steel, directed by Dr. Ryan Lewis, specializes in the performance of calypso and soca (soul/calypso) music from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago – the birthplace of steel drums – but also performs a wide variety of styles from jazz, pop and rock to classical, funk and Latin.
“Founded in 2013, Tiger Steel is made up of undergraduate students from departments across campus and countries around the world,” Lewis said. “Tiger Steel is open to all students on campus, which gives the ensemble a uniqueness and variety in musicians.”
According to Lewis, “Tiger Steel is a unique ensemble for its commitment to community involvement. Each steel band member mentors a middle school student in the Clark County Boys and Girls Club Steel Band at Goza Middle School who perform beside their student mentors in mass steel band concerts each year.”
In addition to performing steel drum concerts on campus, in public schools and private events, members study the social, historical and cultural context of the instrument, as well as musical aspects such as theory, acoustics, tuning, arranging and composing, Lewis noted.
The Dec. 4 program will include the calypso songs “Jump in the Line” and “Jamaican Farewell” made popular by singer Harry Belafonte, “Suzie” by Ray Holman and “Soca Tatie” by Byron Lee. They also will present the Latin-pop songs “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente, “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull and the anonymous steel band standard “El Montuno.” To add some variety, they also will perform “St. Thomas” by jazz legend Sonny Rollins and the classical piano piece “Gymnopedie No. 1″ by composer Erik Satie.
The members include: Elizabeth Baker, a senior music performance major from Grapevine, Texas; Aaron Breeding, a freshman instrumental music education major from Springdale, Ark.; Leslie Colbert, a sophomore music major from Beebe, Ark.; Carter Harlan, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.; Chris Hogan, a junior instrumental music education major from Bartlesville, Okla.; Kristen Liles, a freshman pre-physical therapy major from Whitehouse, Texas; Andre Morman, a freshman education major from Richardson, Texas; Van O’Rorke, a freshman instrumental music education major from Hot Springs, Ark.; John David Whitmore, a junior music major from Rogers, Ark.; Nat Williams, a sophomore music theory and composition major from Little Rock, Ark.; and Cat Williams, a sophomore biology major from Roland, Ark.
Tiger Steel performed their first concert last spring and now presents a campus concert each fall and spring semester, as well as a joint concert with Club Steel from the Boys and Girls Club of Clark County each spring. The joint concert is called Panorama and features both steel bands performing independently and together.
Lewis, assistant professor of percussion, teaches applied percussion, percussion techniques and music history. He directs the Percussion Ensemble, Tiger Drum Line and Tiger Steel Drum Band. Lewis has served on the music faculties of Claflin University, the University of South Carolina and Florida State University.
For more information on Tiger Steel contact Dr. Ryan Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5421.
Ouachita Baptist University’s TRIO programs will host a variety of events this fall to help prospective first-generation college students prepare to pursue higher education.
TRIO’s two programs, Classic Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search, are federally funded for students whose parents did not graduate from four-year universities and also meet income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO’s main objective is to “create a real opportunity in society to address class, social, cultural and academic barriers,” said Brenda-Bradley Philson, director of OBU’s TRIO programs.
Classic Upward Bound at Ouachita is currently funded to serve 88 high school students by offering tutoring sessions in most core subjects. Participants of this program are required to attend one Saturday session per month during the academic school year. Terrence Carter, director of Ouachita’s Upward Bound program, said these meetings provide students “academic and social enrichment” by hosting college prep workshops and speakers from various fields of study. Saturday sessions for the current semester are scheduled for Oct. 5, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7.
Educational Talent Search, currently funded to serve 860 participants, provides counseling and admissions information to students grades six through 12. This fall, Talent Search will take students on College Hops (college visits) to the University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Pulaski Technical College.
Additional “tech-torial” workshops throughout the year will focus on providing students with technology information and training. One of the final TRIO events of the semester, Talent Search Day, will be held Dec. 6 on Ouachita’s campus. It will allow students to ask any remaining questions and see firsthand what college life is like.
Other events this fall include:
Sept. 27: ACT Registration Deadline for October Test
Oct. 1: Talent Search Tutoring Begins
Oct. 8: University of Central Arkansas College Hop
Oct. 10: OBU Tiger Tunes
Oct. 15: Talent Search Applications Due
Oct. 26: ACT Test
Oct. 28-31: Tech-torial Workshop
Nov. 8: ACT Registration Deadline for December Test
Nov. 12: University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Pulaski Tech College Hops
Nov. 16: TRIO Parent Informational Session: Scholarships and Financial Aid
Nov. 16: Battle of the Ravine at OBU
Nov. 25-29: Tech-torial Workshop
Dec. 6: Talent Search Day
Dec. 14: ACT Test
Dec. 9-13: Tech-torial Workshop
Dates are subject to change and additional activities may be announced. For more information, contact OBU’s TRIO Programs at (870) 245-5158.