Ouachita Baptist University students are preparing for the annual Battle of the Ravine Week starting Monday, Nov. 11. After the week full of activities on and off campus, the Ouachita Tigers and the Henderson State University Reddies football teams will square off in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at OBU’s A.U Williams Field.
The Battle of the Ravine rivalry football game dates back to 1895, one of the oldest rivalries in the NCAA. Many clubs and organizations host events and traditions that make the week memorable, including each class taking turns guarding Ouachita’s tiger statue in the middle of campus around the clock.
“I think Battle of the Ravine is a great week because it allows every student to come together for the common purpose of supporting our school,” said Gracie Lundstrum, a junior mass communications major from Springdale, Ark. Lundstrum also serves on Student Senate, which will coordinate many of the activities throughout the week.
Monday, Nov. 11, EEE women’s social club and Beta Beta men’s social club will host a chili dinner and will be playing Monday night football in the middle of campus starting at 7 p.m. The senior class will guard the tiger beginning at 7 p.m.
During chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, students will receive ribbons to raise awareness and cultivate spirit for the Tiger for Life campaign, a project of the OBU Office of Development. The juniors will begin guarding the tiger at 10 p.m. following the AfterDark concert hosted by Kanakuk Kamps and OBU Campus Ministries in Jones Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. The concert will feature music artists such as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors as well as FEDEL, a hip-hop artist. Joe White will speak on the topic “Is Jesus Relevant Today?” The event is free and open to the public.
“AfterDark is far more than a concert; it’s a catalyst for conversation, investigation and a night that offers authentic hope,” said Jeremy Dixon, a junior mass communications and Christian studies major from Benton, Ark. “It has reached over 400,000 students across the nation, and I am excited to see this event come to Arkadelphia.”
Kappa Chi men’s social club will sponsor a car bash on Wednesday, Nov. 13, starting at 8 p.m., and Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club will provide refreshments. The junior class will guard the tiger starting at 8 p.m.
Rho Sigma men’s social club will host a pep rally starting at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheatre followed by a bonfire. Refuge, Ouachita’s student-led worship service, will meet at Second Baptist Church at 9 p.m. Tri Chi women’s social club will serve s’mores and hot chocolate in the middle of campus beginning at 10:30 p.m. Freshmen will guard the tiger starting at 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15, KATV Channel 7 will broadcast a live Battle of the Ravine pep rally from A.U. Williams Field during its 6 a.m. “Daybreak” show. Students and supporters from both universities are invited to attend. Rho Sigma men’s social club will guard the tiger that night.
That evening, Rally on the Ravine will begin throughout the Arkadelphia community. Carnival rides, a zipline and a photo booth will open at 5 p.m., and a powder puff football game and a Baggo tournament will kick off at 6 p.m. The night will close with a Backroad Anthem concert at 8 p.m. All rally events are held at the Henderson State intramural fields.
Saturday, Nov. 16, will start with the Battle Bash Color Dash 5K at 8 a.m., followed by the Andy Allison Fun Run at 9 a.m. Carnival games, rides and a zipline will also open at 9 a.m. Tailgating will begin at 11 a.m., and the Shari Bales Band will perform at 12 noon. Then to climax the week’s festivities, the Ouachita Tigers will kick off at 2 p.m. against the Henderson Reddies at A.U. Williams Field on Ouachita’s campus.
“My favorite part about the Battle of the Ravine week is definitely the actual showdown of the football game,” said Justin Young, a senior business administration and management major from Springdale, Ark. “The intense rivalry adds to my support for the OBU football team; I want to see them dominate and bring Ouachita a victory.”
For more information on Battle of the Ravine events at Ouachita, contact Gracie Lundstrum from OBU Student Senate at email@example.com. For information on Battle of the Ravine Rally events, visit www.facebook.com/battleoftheravine.
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Come help recognize our football seniors this Saturday, November 16, 2013. The recognition ceremony will begin around 1:45 pm before kickoff. Come show your support and thank our student-athletes as they finish out their 2013 season. And in case you need reminding, they’ll be taking on that school across the street.
Ouachita Baptist University Career Services will host an online resume workshop Wednesday, Nov. 20. The workshop is open to all students and will be in the Ouachita Commons Alumni Room from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tiffany Eurich, instructor of communications, is the featured speaker.
The online resume workshop was first offered last spring. Lauren Land, director of career services, said it was so well received that she invited Eurich to lead one again this fall.
Eurich encourages students to participate in the workshop because online resumes are “a low time investment for a great return on investment.”
Eurich teaches an online media course that includes building personal websites, which made her an ideal candidate to lead this crash course. “I realized there were some basic tenets in that class that would benefit the student body as whole, that you could apply to your work no matter what major you had,” she said.
Eurich will use this hour to not only explain the value of online resumes and why they’re important, but will primarily focus on the basic techniques of building a website. Her goal is for the students is to take those techniques and, over a weekend, be able to build a finished, working, published website.
“Paper is one dimensional, so we’re looking at the kinds of things you’ve done and training you to rethink the way that you promote yourself and your skill set, and helping you to rethink the kinds of things to put in a resume that are going to work online,” Eurich explained.
“In a competitive market, you have to have a very strategic approach to the job search,” Land noted. “You have to be able to give a good overview of your skill set and experience but you should also take advantage of every opportunity to show them what you are able to do.”
Land said her goal for workshops like this is to make sure the students have the tools to know how to prepare themselves when seeking jobs. “I want students to walk away with the basic understanding of why a career-oriented personal website is relevant and how they can actually build one,” she said.
“I want to get my students on the leading edge of the trend and continue to work as technology develops to keep them on that leading edge as they’re entering the work place,” Eurich added.
“The Internet makes everything an even, level playing field,” she said. “You can go in and create a polished website that can leverage that power of the Internet to showcase what you, individually, are capable of.”
Eurich emphasized that having only paper resumes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. An online resume is more than just transferring what you have on paper to the Internet, she added. It provides individuals the opportunity to “creatively use the Internet to showcase yourself in the best possible configuration.”
To learn more about the workshop, contact Lauren Land at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5593. Interested in other events hosted by Ouachita Career Services? Follow @OBUCareer on Twitter or Ouachita Career Services on LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest.