What’s Your Brand? – Building Your Personal Brand by Dr. Donnie Whitten.
First impressions really do matter. This is the point in your adult life to focus on developing your personal brand for who and
what you want to be going forward. Dr. Donnie Whitten, Superintendent of Arkadelphia Public Schools, will join us to speak on
the importance of developing your brand, as well as making good impressions not only the first time, but every time.
A club dedicated to free thought, critical thinking, and the tackling of real world issues and problems that college students might face.
Philosophy club will be an organization where students that want to hone their critical thinking ability can come to ask questions, get answers, and come to conclusions for themselves on a range of academic topics as they relate to philosophy.
Graduate & Professional School Fair
Wednesday, September 28 – 11am-1pm
Evans Student Center
Representatives from more than 20 + universities will be on campus to answer questions about their programs, provide information about their areas of study, and to introduce students to a few options they might be considering post-grad.
September 28th: Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin, The Nazi Officer’s Wife (Discussion will be led by Bethany Hicks)
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.
Hickingbotham School of Business
FLEX (Freshmen): Camp Winnamocka, Thursday, September 29, 2:30-6:30pm
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.