Below is a draft agenda for our fall faculty meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December3, at 4:00 p.m. in Young Auditorium. If you are aware of other items that need to be included, please let me know as soon as possible. Refreshments will be served in the lobby of Hickingbotham Hall beginning at 3:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin promptly at 4:00. I hope you can come early and enjoy some refreshments and conversation with colleagues before the meeting starts.
I want to remind you that all full-time, ranked faculty are expected to attend faculty meetings unless you have a class scheduled at the same time. If you have other unavoidable conflicts, please talk with your dean about the situation.
With the number of curriculum changes to be considered, this meeting may run a little longer than usual. We’ll do our best to finish by 5:30. You can help us move the process along by reviewing the proposals before the meeting and, if you have questions or concerns, contact the appropriate committee chair or faculty representative in advance.
Finally, if you have announcements to be included on the printed agenda, please send them to Marsha Whalen (email@example.com) by 5:00 p.m. next Monday.
Call to Order
Prayer President’s Report Rex Horne
Approval of August Faculty Meeting Minutes Stan Poole
Approval of December 2013 Graduates Judy Jones
Election of Nominating Committee
University Committee Scott Duvall
Faculty Development Committee Doug Nykolaishen
Honors Committee Barbara Pemberton
Interdisciplinary Studies Committee Stan Poole
Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee Marvin Pate
Ouachita Baptist University will host its 17th annual A Service of Lessons and Carols on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall.
A Service of Lessons and Carols has been a tradition at Ouachita since 1997. The traditional worship service dates back to 1880 in England. It was adopted by the chapel at King’s College in Cambridge in 1918 and was later broadcast around the world by the BBC on both radio and television.
The following groups will perform a variety of seasonal carols: Ouachita Singers, conducted by Dr. Gary Gerber, professor of music and director of choral activities; Women’s Chorus, conducted by Dr. Becky Morrison, assistant professor of music; and Handbell Ringers, conducted by Dr. Rob Hewell, associate professor of music and director of OBU’s Worship Studies Program. Congregational carols will be accompanied by organist Adam Haas.
“As we sing the glorious songs of the season, we are all drawn into the great redemptive narrative of Scripture,” said Hewell. ”We join our hearts and voices in a holy unison reminding us that the gospel is meant for all people in all places and in all times.”
Students, faculty, staff and administrators will read selected Old and New Testament scripture passages throughout the service.
The student readers for this year’s service include: Amber Easterly, a freshman business administration and management major from Bryant, Ark.; AlleaBelle Gongola, a sophomore psychology major from Dardanelle, Ark.; Hailee Bezet, a junior mass communications and speech communication major from Conway, Ark.; and Korey Byrd, a senior early childhood education major from Cypress, Texas.
Staff, faculty and administration readers include: Tracey Knight, administrative assistant for the Pruet School of Christian Studies; Carol Morgan, associate professor of communication disorders; Dr. Scott Holsclaw, dean of the School of Fine Arts; Dr. Doug Reed, associate vice president for academic affairs and LaDelle Moody Professor of Pre-Law Studies; and Dr. Rex Horne, president. Ian Cosh, vice president for community and international engagement, will continue his annual role as narrator and prayer leader.
“Lessons and Carols is one of the most meaningful services of the Christmas season and of our entire year,” said Horne. “I enjoy being present in the service and participating as the last reader.”
For more information, contact Dr. Rob Hewell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5133
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.