All chapel programs are coordinated by the office of the Vice President for Community and International Engagement. The programs are designed to deepen the students’ spiritual lives, to broaden their cultural appreciation and to realize their roles as part of the Ouachita community. Thus, the values held dear at Ouachita since 1886 are transmitted to each student generation through worship, information and shared moments in time.
The Cordell Endowment was created by the generous contributions of Mr. and Mrs. “Cotton” Cordell of Hot Springs, Ark., and other donors. The purpose of the endowment is to provide funds to pay the cost for travel, honoraria and other expenses related to the chapel programs in order to maintain a high quality in the selection of speakers and other types of presentations. It is the hope of the donors that the programs will serve ultimately as a positive Christian influence upon the lives of many generations of students.
Miss Elma Cobb was a dedicated Christian who lived in Little Rock, Ark. She made a provision in her estate to support Ouachita’s efforts to bring Christian speakers to campus.