Ouachita Baptist University’s Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community will host its annual Healthy Relationships Week emphasis March 2-8. The week’s activities, which include breakout sessions, panel discussions and retreats, are specifically designed to help students learn the art of relating well in all areas of life. Additional sessions will be geared toward engaged and married students to aid them in this transitional period of life.
“Part of being a well-rounded person is knowing how to relate well to others,” said Judy Duvall, assistant director of the Elrod Center and Healthy Relationship Week program coordinator. “We don’t automatically know how to do this. Our sessions for the week will be led by individuals who have experienced joys and successes and disappointments and failures and through their life experience have learned how to love others well.”
“At the heart of community are the relationships that people enjoy with each other,” said Ian Cosh, vice president for community and international engagement. “Those relationships can be the source of the greatest joy when they are healthy and the source of the deepest pain when they become dysfunctional. Our goal for the week is to make sure that we remain lifelong learners in managing our relationships.”
Amy Campbell, a senior biology major from Russellville, Ark., has served as part of the Healthy Relationships Week student leadership team. “Outside of our relationship with God, relationships with people are the most important and one of the most enjoyable things in our lives,” Campbell noted. “I hope that Healthy Relationships Week will challenge us to improve our skills in order to improve the relationships God has given each of us – not only in romantic relationships but in relationships with friends, family and coworkers.”
The annual emphasis has been modified over the years. Originally known as Marriage and Family Week, Elrod Center leaders felt the need to include more of the campus in the event’s focus. They changed the name to Dating, Engagement and Marriage Week, until extending it even more to Healthy Relationships Week in 2012.
New activities for this year’s schedule include women’s and men’s panel discussions that will be held on two separate nights. These sessions will offer students the opportunity to hear from respected faculty and staff members about relationships in every phase of life.
The week will begin with the women’s panel on Sunday, March 2, at 9 p.m. in Young Auditorium.
On Monday, March 3, James Taylor, director of campus ministries at OBU, and his wife, Amy, will speak at Noonday, held at 12 noon in Berry Chapel. Later that evening, the men’s panel will be held in Young Auditorium at 9 p.m.
Also on Monday, Tiffany Eurich, instructor of communications at OBU, will lead a session on “Friendships in Francie” for freshman girls concerning the facets of healthy friendships. This session, held in the lobby of Frances Crawford Hall, will begin at 9 p.m.
On Tuesday, March 4, Dr. Jeff Fray, a psychologist, will speak on “The Secrets of a Legendary Relationship” during chapel at 10 a.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Dr. Fray will be available for further discussion and a question-and-answer time in the Ouachita Commons Alumni Room at 11 a.m.
Later Tuesday evening, a dinner for engaged and married students will be held at the Honeycomb in downtown Arkadelphia at 6 p.m. Ouachita alumni Chris and Tara Kear will speak on “Practical Advice: The Nitty-Gritty Ins and Outs of Marriage.”
On Wednesday, March 5, Merrilee Greer, a hall director at OBU, and her husband, Jeremy, will speak at Noonday. A breakout session led by Leigh Anne McKinney will be held at 4 p.m. on the topic of comparison with others and finding one’s identity in Christ. That evening, there will be a special FCA event for student-athletes in the Blackmon-Benson Fieldhouse team room led by Micah May, FCA area director.
Thursday, March 6, will include two breakout sessions. The first session, at 4 p.m., will be led by Dan Jarboe, university counselor. The discussion will assess “Starting Fresh: How to Keep Your Past Relationships from Soiling Your Future.” The second session will be held in the Ouachita Commons Alumni Room at 5:30 p.m. and will address “The Art of Meaningful Conversation,” led by Scott Haynes, dean of students, and his wife, Katie.
The Thursday evening student worship service, Refuge, will host speakers Brad and Nancy Evans at 9 p.m. Ian Deetz, an OBU hall director, and his wife, Cara, will speak at Noonday on Friday, March 7.
The week’s capstone will be a weekend retreat for Ouachita’s engaged and married couples at the Wingate by Wyndham in Little Rock. The all-expense paid event is made possible by a private donor.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Stacy Hawking and Jillian Turner in student recitals March 7. Both recitals will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.
Turner, a music and vocal performance major from Fort Worth, Texas, will present her junior voice recital at 11 a.m. She has earned a first place award in OBU’s Virginia Queen Piano Competition, a second place finish in the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions and the Inner and Outer Beauty Award in the Miss Ouachita Baptist University Pageant. She also appeared as Adele in OBU Opera Theatre’s production of “Die Fledermaus/The Revenge of the Bat” by Johann Strauss.
Turner’s recital will include the following selections: “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” from Cantata No. 51 by J.S. Bach, “La Zingara (The Gypsy Maid)” by Gaetano Donizetti, “The Singer” by Michael Head, Stephen Sondheim’s “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd, “Ah! Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and “Sous le dome épais” from Lakmé by Léo Delibes. She will be accompanied by OBU Staff Accompanist Phyllis Walker.
Hawking, a musical theatre major from Sherwood, Ark., will present her sophomore musical theatre recital at 2 p.m. She has been a member of Ouachita’s Concert Choir and Ouachita Sounds and has served as choreographer for Ouachita productions including A Festival of Christmas, Ouachita Sounds in Concert, A Year with Frog and Toad and Hello, Dolly! She also has performed in three mainstage productions at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and participated in its Summer Musical Theatre Intensive program for aspiring young artists.
Hawking’s recital will include the following selections: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard, a scene from Robert Coles’ “Cute Boys in Their Underpants Make It Big (in Show Business)”, Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano” from Stop! Look! Listen! and Alan Menken’s “I Wanna Be a Rockette” from Kicks: The Showgirl Musical.
For more information, contact Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University will host opera and musical theatre director Dr. Mark Ross Clark in a musical theatre workshop on Friday, March 7. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3-5 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center.
The first half of the workshop will include movement exercises to help prepare participants for singing and performing. Clark will then work with four students in a master class, critiquing their performances of musical theatre selections for the benefit of all workshop participants.
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“I hope that students will gain tools they can use for preparing their vocal repertoire,” said Dr. Maggie Garrett, assistant professor of music.
Garrett was a student of Clark’s in the Indiana University opera workshop while pursuing her Master of Music degree and explained that Clark previously conducted an opera workshop at Ouachita in 2010.
“Dr. Clark requested to come to OBU because he was impressed with the high caliber of our students when he was here to present a workshop in 2010,” Garrett noted.
She added that the workshop seeks to provide dual outcomes, giving students the opportunity “to try out physical exercises they can take home and apply to their singing.” Additionally, she said, “During the master class portion, attendees will see how a professional stage director works to bring the vocal and theatrical improvements he desires out of the performers with whom he is working. It is the hope that they will learn things they can apply to their own performances.”
Clark currently serves as artistic director of the Louisiana Lyric Opera and director of opera and musical theatre at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He also is a respected author and is in the process of publishing a new book on musical theatre repertoire that includes analysis of 100 Broadway songs for voice students and their teachers. His books Singing, Acting and Movement in Opera and The Guide to Aria Repertoire are widely used by singing actors and instructors.
Clark previously served as director of the Indiana University Opera Theatre, and his students have gone on to sing at such renowned opera theatres as The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, The New York City Opera and The Chicago Lyric Opera. He has directed opera productions throughout the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Brazil; his production of Susannah at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro won national recognition by the National Opera Association in 2005.
The Ouachita students who will perform in the master class are Chad Burris, Timothy Drennan, Caitlin Secrest and Garrett Whitehead. Staff pianists Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker will accompany the singers. All participants should come dressed appropriately for the movement portion of the workshop.
For more information, contact Dr. Maggie Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5271.
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Ouachita Baptist University will host world-renowned flutist Dr. Tadeu Coelho as guest artist and speaker for a flute seminar on Ouachita’s campus Saturday, March 8. As part of the all-day event, co-sponsored by the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, Coelho will perform in a recital as well as lead a discussion and masterclass for seminar participants.
“Dr. Coelho is inspiring in his performances and his outlook on life and teaching,” said event organizer Kristin Grant, assistant professor of music at OBU. “He has a beautiful flute sound, brilliant technique and the ability to capture and share expression in music.”
Grant also serves as conductor of the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble. This is the second time she has brought Coelho to campus for this event following his successful visit five years ago.
The public is invited to attend two performances Saturday afternoon. The seminar flute choir will perform at 1 p.m. in Hammons Gallery outside the McBeth Recital Hall, followed by a concert by Coehlo at 1:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. He will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Adam Haas, OBU lecturer in music. These events are free and open to the public.
Musicians may also register to participate in the full seminar, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with a flute choir rehearsal for registered attendees. Following the rehearsal, Coelho will lead a discussion on “Flute as Inspiration and Praise” at 11 a.m. Finishing up the day, flutists will then have the opportunity to play for Coelho and receive critique as part of a masterclass from 3-5 p.m.
Coelho, a native of Brazil, has performed in music halls across the world and recorded multiple solo CDs. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He previously served as associate professor of flute at the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico as well as visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy in Croatia. Coelho earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music and now works to train the next generation of flutists.
For more information about Coelho’s visit or registration information for the seminar, contact Kristin Grant at email@example.com or (870) 245-5518.
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