Place Based Education at the Ouachita River Bluff
The east village/gosser ResLife team will be hosting a yard sale on the bridge on April 24 from 2-5pm. We will have different personal sections where we will be selling items for others and ourselves.
Don’t forget to come by the student village to browse the yard sale, from 2pm to 6pm. If it rains, we will relocate to the covered walkway in front of Walker.
When: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Where: Village Circle
Time: 2:00-6:00 PM
Grab a friend & come buy some college life necessities from the graduating seniors!!
The 100-voice Concert Choir of Ouachita Baptist University will present its spring concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Charles Wright, former dean of Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts and professor emeritus of music, is conducting the Concert Choir by invitation of Dr. Gary Gerber, chair of OBU’s Division of Music, while Dr. Gerber is on sabbatical. Dr. Wright, who spent 40 years on the Ouachita music faculty, has returned to campus after a decade of retirement and also serves in Ouachita’s Office of Development.
“Never would I have anticipated having the privilege of returning to Ouachita to conduct the Concert Choir,” said Wright. “It has been an exhilarating experience that I will never forget.”
Concert Choir is open to all students on campus, offering students from all majors and interests the opportunity to be involved in the university’s music program.
Abby Root, a freshman speech communication and theatre education double major from Arkadelphia, Ark., said she enjoys the diversity of students in Concert Choir. “It’s a huge collaboration of people, where everyone has to pull their own weight,” said Root. “I think it just really teaches you how to appreciate music and the art that music is. You learn to appreciate musicians and the work that they do.”
The evening’s performance will open with a series of pieces called “Te Deum,” composed by Anton Bruckner. This work is a setting of the early Christian hymn text and includes five movements that serve as a personal reflection of Bruckner’s profound yet simple faith.
Following this series will be “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten, “Psalm 150” by Thomas Briccettii, “Song of Hope” by John Ness Beck and “O Magnum Mysterium” by James McCray. The concert will conclude with “Canticle of Praise,” also by Beck and “My Eternal King” by Jane H. Marshall.
David Glaze, minister of music and worship arts at Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock and a Ouachita graduate, will accompany the performance as guest organist.
Also assisting the choir for a portion of the concert will be Glenda Aldridge, staff accompanist at Ouachita. Drew Ervin, a senior music and computer science major from Springdale, Ark., will also assist in the performance on timpani.
Soloists for the performance are David Stanley, instructor of music at Ouachita, and the following students:
Kassie Coleman, a senior music composition major from Hot Springs, Ark.; Meredith Martin, a senior choral music education major from Garland, Texas; Caitlin Secrest, a senior vocal performance major from Arkadelphia, Ark.; and Jillian Turner, a junior vocal performance and music double major from Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Spring is here, the sun is out and Ouachita Baptist University students are gearing up for “Arkansas’ most exciting college weekend.” On April 25 and 26, the Ouachita Student Foundation will host the university’s annual Tiger Traks.
OSF created the event in the spring of 1975 to raise money for student scholarships. What began as a bicycle race around a track has evolved into a field day where students participate in a variety of competitions over two days. The events range from a basketball relay to an egg toss to mud volleyball and more.
Since its inception, Tiger Traks has continued to be an important fundraiser for the Ouachita Student Foundation. Each team pays a registration fee, which goes to OBU student scholarships. The event is also a great way for students to come together as a community and use the weekend to escape the stress of the semester.
“It brings together hundreds of students from across campus to have a blast playing competitive games and raising money for scholarships,” said OSF Special Events Chair Lindsey Fowler, who coordinates the event. Fowler is a senior business administration/finance, political science and history major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
“It’s important because it allows us to raise money for student scholarships and take a break from the stresses of college life to enjoy being OBU students together,” Fowler added.
“It’s a way of bringing people together in community through competition, which is a very unique thing, which I think is really great,” said Jake Coffman, a senior music major from Tyronza, Ark. Coffman serves on the OSF special events committee.
Jon Merryman, staff director of OSF and director of alumni, is especially hopeful for the turnout for this year’s Traks.
“We have more teams signed up than we have probably in 15 years,” Merryman said. “I think today we have 56 teams signed up, and our goal was 40. So this one will be a really great one to help provide scholarship money, for sure.”
Though the event is for a serious cause, there is no escaping the silly and fun atmosphere that comes with Tiger Traks. Students get creative by coming up with clever names for their teams and sometimes even dressing the part.
“We are team Oreo and we are going to wear black and white. That’s why we are team Oreo,” said Mary Rothwell, a freshman church media and production arts major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
“I am excited about Traks because my team is the European Union and we are going to dominate on U.S. soil,” said Emily Anderson, a senior psychology major from Siloam Springs, Ark. “We called it European Union because we all studied abroad.”
Tiger Traks is just one part of the exciting weekend. The events will kick off with “Thank-a-Donor Day,” sponsored by Student Senate, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ouachita Commons from Wednesday to Friday. Students are encouraged to visit the tables set up in the cafeteria to write thank you notes to donors. In addition, there will be a photo booth set up every day by the entrance to the cafeteria where student can take “thank you” photographs to send to donors.
Then on Friday at 4 p.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the LJ Brooks Memorial Basketball Court in honor of Brooks, a Ouachita student who died unexpectedly in December 2012. Ouachita President Rex Horne will speak at the ceremony, where the Brooks family will be present.
“It will be a really neat time to celebrate his life and his legacy on campus,” said Fowler. “So many people have contributed and been a part of this basketball court. It’s a big project that we’ve been working on for over a year now so, it’ll be fun to celebrate everyone who’s been a part of that and get to celebrate LJ’s memory in the process.”
Following Tiger Traks events on Friday evening, OSF will host “Floats & Floaties,” a birthday celebration of OSF’s 40 years of service. The event will kick off around 9:30 p.m. in the Student Village Circle with birthday cake and ice cream floats, provided by Sodexo. Then, a “dive-in movie” will be shown in Waggoner Pool in Sturgis Physical Education Center starting at 10 p.m.
Tiger Idol is the final event of the weekend. It will be held in the amphitheater on Saturday at 7 p.m. following the Tiger Traks awards ceremony. Tiger Idol is a singing competition sponsored by Student Senate open to student contestants from across campus. All proceeds will go to Ouachita’s Annual Fund.
“Tiger Idol is just the next step in being a Tiger for Life,” said Meg Hart, an accounting and Russian major from Little Rock, Ark., who serves as the chair of Student Senate’s Tiger for Life committee. “The cool thing about this event is that everyone gets to cheer on their favorite contestant, and it ultimately benefits Ouachita.”
The full schedule for the weekend is available on Ouachita’s mobile app. For more information about “Arkansas’ most exciting college weekend,” visit www.obu.edu/osf or contact Jon Merryman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5111.
|Kickoff for the summer for Ouachita Kanakuk/KAA staff. Will just be a meet and greet time and a get hype time for the coming summer. Prayer, Q&A, last minute arrangements, etc.|
The Ouachita Student Foundation and Student Senate invite you
to the LJ Brooks Memorial Basketball Court Ribbon Cutting at
4:00pm the afternoon of Friday, April 25th, 2014.
So many of you invested in LJ’s life and education while at Ouachita and then
towards the fundraising efforts for this Memorial basketball court.
We could not have accomplished this goal without you and we invite you to come celebrate
LJ’s life and legacy on campus with us.