Ouachita Baptist University will host the 2016 Pastors’ Conference on Thursday, Sept. 29, on the university’s Arkadelphia campus. Ouachita’s Pruet School of Christian Studies and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention collaborate to host the event.
Each year, LifeWay Christian Resources selects a book of the Bible to highlight for a Winter Bible Study that many churches conduct from January to March. The conference is an opportunity for pastors to gain notes and insights on that particular book in the early fall to be better prepared for their own teaching early the next year.
“Most pastors rarely get time away from their churches to refuel. Our conference offers one day away when pastors receive a current commentary for their library, notes from our professors’ sessions and discounts on Pruet faculty-authored books,” explained Dr. Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School and one of this year’s conference leaders. “In addition, we hope the time to fellowship with other pastors and ministers is an encouragement to these who so faithfully serve our Arkansas churches.”
The topic for this year’s conference is “Malachi: Complacency Exposed.” Also helping lead the conference is Dr. Doug Nykolaishen, associate professor of Biblical studies.
The conference is a one-day event starting at 9 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Registration can be completed online at www.obu.edu/pconf. The cost is $55 per person and includes the NIV Application Commentary on Joel, Obadiah & Malachi by David W. Baker, session notes for preaching and teaching, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments, the opportunity to purchase PSCS faculty-authored books at discount prices and fellowship with others in ministry.
For more information, contact Tracey Knight at email@example.com or (870) 245-5599.
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Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Language and Literature will host author Andy Davidson in a reading of his debut novel, In the Valley of the Sun, on Thursday, Sept. 29. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Hickingbotham Hall’s Young Auditorium on Ouachita’s campus.
Davidson, a 2000 Ouachita graduate, currently teaches English at Middle Georgia State University in Cochran, Ga., in addition to his work as an author. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Mississippi.
“We are delighted to welcome back to campus, 16 years after graduation, an alumnus who was not only a fine student worker for our department but a superb English major who was committed to the craft of a writer from his earliest days with us, submitting for his thesis for the Carl Goodson Honors Program a novel of over 300 pages and heading straight to the University of Mississippi’s distinguished creative writing program,” noted Dr. Jay Curlin, OBU’s Kathryn Maddox Professor of English.
“Our students should be inspired to hear a Ouachita graduate who has remained devoted to his craft throughout the years since,” he added, “following that early undergraduate dream with such commitment that we are just a few months away from the publication of his most recent novel.”
In the Valley of the Sun, a horror novel, is expected to be released June 6, 2017, by Skyhorse Publishing.
“The book is about a very human subject: family,” Davidson said. “It’s a story about four lonely, damaged souls who find each other in the worst possible circumstances, all of them victims of grief or loss or trauma of some kind.
“Horror is about what we’re afraid of, and there’s usually nothing we’re more afraid of, as people, than being alone,” he added. “So the genre, in a way, lets us explore themes like loss and grief or loneliness in a way that really gets right to the heart of what we want, which is to not be afraid of those things. So with scary stories, we get to excise those kinds of fears through catharsis, but we also get to see their effects in a way that maybe helps us understand our own fears better.”
On being invited to return to his alma mater to speak, Davidson said, “I couldn’t be more honored. The very first class I ever took in creative writing was as an English major here. I’ve worked in academia ever since I left OBU, as a student, a writer and as a teacher, and I’ve always been reminded over the years how very special the professors here are. In almost all things, I’ve aspired to be like them. They’re lifelong friends.”
For more information on OBU’s Department of Language and Literature, contact Dr. Doug Sonheim, chair, firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5554. For more information on Andy Davidson, visit his website,theandydavidson.com, or follow him on Twitter at @theandydavidson.
The Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University theatre programs are partnering to produce and perform To Kill a Mockingbird. The play is adapted by Christopher Sergel from the classic novel by Harper Lee. The show will be performed Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in OBU’s Verser Theatre and Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in HSU’s Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre.
The two universities have combined both performing and technical resources to produce the gripping story of a young girl, Scout, and her brother, Jem, in Maycomb, Ala., who witness their father, Atticus, deal with racial prejudices. The siblings learn about social injustice through their father and experience the cruelty and kindness of the world for themselves.
“As an OBU student, working with the HSU theatre department has been such a special experience,” said Emma Pitts, a freshman musical theatre major from Clarksville, Ark. Pitts portrays Scout Finch in the play. “We all come from different theatre backgrounds and we can all learn something from each other. I love getting to spend time with this cast and become closer with each and every one of them through this joint production.”
“I’m excited about bringing the story to life,” said the show’s director, Dr. Claudia Beach, HSU director of theatre. “It is a story that has meant so much to me since I was a wee one. It is an important message for where we are today in the world. I am excited for seeing the story come to life and sharing it with an audience.”
“Theatre as a profession is about working well with teams making good connections wherever you go,” said Eric Phillips, chair of OBU’s Department of Theatre Arts and scenic designer for the show. “This collaboration allows students to start that process close to home with students and faculty that are close to their experience but that might have some different approaches to their craft.
“Theatre also is a community event, and coming to see this play will give people a chance to see the strong work of our joined students and faculty in a thoughtful evening of their peers telling a good story and asking some important questions about who we are as humans,” Phillips noted.
Tickets are $10 each. For the OBU performances, tickets may be purchased at www.obu.edu/boxoffice or through the Jones Performing Arts Center Box Office weekdays from 1-5 p.m. For the HSU performances, tickets can be purchased at the Arkansas Hall Box Office weekdays from 1-4 p.m. HSU reservations may be made by calling (870) 230-5037 or by emailing email@example.com.
Current Ouachita and Henderson students may receive one ticket upon presentation of their student ID at the box office at either venue. For more information, call the OBU Box Office at (870) 245-5555 or the HSU Box Office at (870) 230-5291 during business hours.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Jacob Hemsath in his sophomore musical theatre recital on Friday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. The recital will be held in McBeth Recital Hall in Ouachita’s Mabee Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public.
Hemsath, a musical theatre major from Wylie, Texas, earned first place in the lower college musical theatre men division and was a semifinalist in the sophomore men division at the Arkansas National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions in 2016. He also was a semifinalist in the sophomore men division and lower college musical theatre men division at the regional level in 2015.
Hemsath will open the recital with Mozart’s “Il desio di vendetta” from Lucio Sillia, followed by “Die Forelle” by Franz Schubert, “Extase” by Henri Duparc and Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Younger than Springtime” from South Pacific. Ryan Cunningham’s “But I Don’t Want to Talk about Her” from I Love You Because will close the recital.
Hemsath is a student of David Stanley, instructor of music, and Drew Hampton, assistant professor of theatre arts. He will be accompanied on piano by Kristen La Madrid, OBU staff accompanist. Mackenzie Holtzclaw, a junior musical theatre major from North Little Rock, Ark., also will assist Hemsath for a portion of the recital.
For more information, contact Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.