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If you or someone in your family has diabetes or has trouble controlling blood glucose levels, you may want to attend an informal information session led by Dr. Detri Brech on Thursday, October 3rd. We will meet in the Alumni Room of the Commons during the noon hour.
Dr. Brech will discuss the latest American Diabetes Association recommendations for blood glucose control and diet focusing on carbohydrate counting. We will read labels and talk about grocery shopping for meal and snack planning. She will also be glad to answer your nutrition questions related to diabetes care.
Feel free to go through the line in the Commons and grab lunch or bring your own, then come and join us as we discuss and learn more about this important health issue which affects so many.
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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.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Visual Arts will host Seattle artist Margaret Davidson in a guest exhibit featuring her drawings Oct. 7-Nov. 8. The exhibit will be in Hammons Gallery in Mabee Fine Arts and is free and open to the public.
Davidson also will present a gallery talk Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. in Hammons Gallery. She will present a drawing workshop Friday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon on the second floor of Moses-Provine. The workshop is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to reserve a place ahead of time.
“As a studio art major who is interested in illustration, I’ve been eager to have an illustrator visit Ouachita,” said Katie Hopmann, a senior studio art major from Cypress, Texas. “I think her exhibit will expose art students to how drawing can be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Her scientific illustrations have been published in books and journal articles, but they stand alone as beautiful pieces of art.”
Davidson is an artist, illustrator and author, and Ouachita’s Drawing I class uses her textbook, “Contemporary Drawing: Key Concepts and Techniques.” She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She currently teaches courses in drawing at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
“We are excited to have not only a great artist on campus but also the author of one of our course textbooks,” said Donnie Copeland, assistant professor of visual arts and chair of OBU’s Department of Visual Arts. “She creates works intended for print and for the gallery, but it all evokes awe and wonder.”
In her upcoming exhibit, Davidson explores the relationship between mark and surface and the illusion associated with drawing as well as drawing on unexpected surfaces.
“Button Coat with Superstrings.” Colored pencil on Arches Palatine paper, 2011, 34×32.5 inches.
“I think that the fact that the drawing mark and the surface are real, while the image created by them is illusory, is intriguing,” Davidson explained in her artist’s statement. “This is why I draw on things other than paper, things like wooden sticks and bowls and dried leaves.”
The exhibit will feature a variety of works on paper and on 3-D surfaces, with the main subject matter being buttons. While buttons may seem like an unusual item to focus on, Davidson finds interest in the variety of meanings, from ancient “circle-dot symbols” to women’s work.
“They signify the many centuries of unnoticed labor on ordinary, daily, household chores,” Davidson noted. “It is a labor that quietly keeps the world in order, and, as with many repetitive tasks, sometimes lets the mind soar to universal or cosmic heights.
“Buttons also serve as a form that, whether drawn very realistically or in the simplest and most abbreviated way, speaks to the viewer as a recognizable thing, a small, flat disc that could conceivably be really there,” she added. Even as these meanings vary, she said, “one interpretation is always there in all the drawings: the buttons indicate a human presence.”
Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is also available during evenings when other School of Fine Arts events are held in Mabee Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact Donnie Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5559.
A portfolio of her work can be found here, http://www.margaretdavidson.com/3d/3d.html.
Ouachita Baptist University alumni and current students can connect at Homecoming Week Oct. 7-12 by participating in various activities planned on campus, including celebrating 35 years of Tiger Tunes.
The goal of homecoming “is to get more people to come back, we want to make it more about the whole weekend,” said Jon Merryman, director of alumni. The attendance for Tiger Tunes, a campus-wide song and dance competition that raises money for scholarships, is typically great, but Merryman said he hopes that by adding more class reunions, OcTiger Feast and a Street Festival more people will be drawn to visit for the whole weekend.
“We want to make sure alums stay as connected as possible,” Merryman said. “When alums come back and see students on campus and what they are doing, they are more inclined to continue to be involved. Also, they are encouraged to hire Ouachita grads and want to give back to the university. It’s a great thing for them to come back and be on campus.”
In addition to increased alumni-focused events, student organizations will host a number of events for current students.
Monday, Oct. 7, lunch will be served on the lawn from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The men of Beta Beta and Rho Sigma will host an assortment of games on the lawn for students to enjoy at that time, and the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve root beer floats at noon in Grant Plaza. Down at the SPEC lower parking lot, the women of EEE will decorate cars with purple and gold from 3-4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Homecoming Chapel will begin at 10 a.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center, where the Homecoming nominees will be introduced. Alumni who live in Clark County are invited to a special dinner at Magnolia Manor at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available at www.obualumni.org. Later that night, the men of Sigma Alpha Sigma will roast s’mores on the campus lawn from 9:30-11 p.m.
At noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the women of Tri Chi will provide all the necessities to make spirit flags and game day banners at the Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheatre. Also at that time, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve chili dogs in Grant Plaza, and the women of Chi Rho Phi will host balloon dart art on the Mabee Fine Arts Center porch. Later that night is Tiger Tunes dress rehearsal, immediately followed by an after party at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse, sponsored by Student Senate.
“This will be the first night that they will all have been given a chance to see the shows that their friends have been pouring hours of practice and energy into,” said Student Senate President Lindsey Fowler, a senior political science, history and business administration/finance major from Arkadelphia. “The excitement of Tiger Tunes is at an all-time high as everyone looks forward to the weekend’s festivities.”
Thursday, Oct. 10, kicks off GROW (Getting Ready for Ouachita’s World), an opportunity for prospective students to experience what life at Ouachita is really like by staying overnight in the residence halls, attending Tiger Tunes and visiting classes. At noon, the men of Kappa Chi will serve brownies and ice cream on the campus lawn, and the women of Chi Delta will serve gold and purple snow cones in Grant Plaza. The first performance of Tiger Tunes will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Thursday night’s Tiger Tunes performance will be immediately followed by Refuge, Ouachita’s weekly student-led worship service, in the Student Village circle.
“Since this is the 35th annual Tiger Tunes production, we are doing a lot to showcase the history of the show,” said Joey Licklider, manager of Jones Performing Arts Center. “We have invited back all the past hosts and hostesses to the show and are even going to have them perform in a number on stage! It’s going to be great to see lots of alumni who have been in Tunes before and talk about some great memories from past shows.”
On Friday, Oct. 11, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve Frito chili pie in Grant Plaza at noon. The Buddy Benson Memorial Golf Tournament will tee off at 12:30 p.m. at DeGray Lake Golf Course. The classes of 2003, 1988 and 1973 will all celebrate reunions that evening in Walker Conference Center at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Another Tiger Tunes performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at JPAC, followed by a cookout in Tiger Alley (5th St. between JPAC and Jones Science Center) hosted by the men of Kappa Chi.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Homecoming is in full swing. Breakfast is available at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse starting at 8 a.m. OcTiger Fest, a time of fellowship and reunion for groups across campus, will be held on the campus lawn from 9-11 a.m., followed by a new event, OcTiger Feast at 11 a.m.
Pre-game activities including the crowning of the 2013 Homecoming Queen will take place at 12:30 p.m. at A.U. Williams Field before the 1 p.m. kickoff time of the football game against Northwestern Oklahoma State. At halftime of the footgall game, the Alumni Milestone Award Recipients will be recognized by President Rex Horne. Recipients include Dr. Larry Taylor (’63), Judge Bobby Shepherd (’73), Gene Whisenhunt (’83), Jay Heflin (’93) and Dr. Kristen (Rickett) Nelson (’03). Alumni from the 1980s are invited to a mixer in Walker Conference Center immediately following the football game.
Saturday evening, the first of two Tiger Tunes performances begins at 5 p.m. in JPAC. Between shows is the Homecoming Street Festival featuring grilled fajitas and festive fare from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Tiger Alley (5th St. between JPAC and JSC). The final Tiger Tunes show will begin at 8:30 p.m. in JPAC. Immediately following the final Tunes performance, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will host their annual Muggin’ root beer party on the campus lawn.
Alumni can reserve all Homecoming event tickets online at www.obualumni.org or call the Ouachita Alumni office at (870) 245-5111. Tiger Tunes tickets must be preordered through the Ouachita Student Foundation (OSF) online at www.obutigertunes.com. A free Tunescast of the 8:30 p.m. Saturday Tiger Tunes performance will be webcast live at www.obusignal.com. To register your high school junior or senior for GROW, call (800) DIAL-OBU or visit www.obu.edu/grow.