Former Negro League baseball player to speak at WBC

WALNUT RIDGE – Dennis “Bose” Biddle, the youngest living player from Negro League Baseball, will speak at Williams Baptist College Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. as a part of the college’s Black History Month celebration. The event will be held in WBC’s Manley Chapel.

Biddle, an Arkansas native, was just 17 when he began his career with the Chicago American Giants. After two seasons with the team, 1953 and 1954, Biddle was sought out by the Chicago Cubs. On the first day of spring training, however, Biddle sustained a leg and ankle injury, ending his baseball career.

He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin and spent the next 24 years as a social worker in the corrections system of Wisconsin. Although retired, Biddle still works with teens in a Career Youth Development program.

In 1996, Biddle founded Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players, LLC to support the surviving members of the Negro League Baseball teams and defend their economic interests.

The event is free and open to the public.


Obama nominates Ouachita alumna Jane Chu to chair the National Endowment for the Arts

ARKADELPHIA – Jane Chu, a 1979 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, has been nominated by President Obama to chair the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House announced. Her nomination will move to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

ChuChu has served since 2006 as president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Under her leadership, the Kauffman Center opened a $326 million facility dedicated in 2011, positioning it among the leading regional arts centers in the nation. The center is the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

“Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City,” President Obama said in a statement. “She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture.”

“The School of Fine Arts at Ouachita Baptist University is proud to have one of our own as the nominee to head the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Scott Holsclaw, dean of the School of Fine Arts. “I can think of no one better suited to lead our nation in the pursuit of artistic development and arts initiatives throughout our country. We wish Dr. Chu the very best in her pursuit of continuing the outstanding work of the National Endowment for the Arts.”

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Bachelor of Music Education from Ouachita, Dr. Chu holds a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, an MBA from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. She also was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.


Ouachita to host annual Christian Counseling Conference Feb. 28  

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies will co-host the fourth annual Conference on Christian Counseling Friday, Feb. 28, in Ouachita’s Walker Conference Center. The conference theme will focus on “Anxiety” and related issues.

“We pick a theme that’s relevant to what’s going on in the world today,” said event coordinator Bill Viser, associate professor of Christian ministry at Ouachita. “I think anybody would recognize that there is a lot of anxiety in people’s lives these days and we want to talk about ways of reducing and understanding anxiety better.”

Ouachita partners with Henderson State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to bring in counseling professionals to teach large group and breakout sessions throughout the conference.

Breakout sessions include “Dealing with Anxiety: Observations and Contributions from Scripture and the Christian Faith Traditions,” “Reducing Your Anxiety through Self Care,” “Eight Steps to Controlling Anxiety in Your Life,” “Anxiety: Clinical Practice, Community Interventions and the Spiritual Factor,” “Cultural and Social Construct Influences on Anxiety and Individual Responses,” “A Non-Clinical Approach to the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: Physical Fitness, Diet and Sleep Pattern Modification as an Alternative or Adjunct to Traditional Treatments,” “Calm in the Chaos,”  “Victims No More: Using Faith-Integrated Form of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Child Survivors of Abuse and Violence” and ”Co-Morbid Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders: Exception or Expectation?”

The conference is open to mental health professionals, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, pastors and students.

“I want it to be an opportunity for professionals, whether they are nurses, license therapist, social workers, counselors or pastors, to come under one roof united together to learn skills that can translate into making someone’s life better and more manageable,” said Viser.

Viser said he hopes students will take advantage of the on-campus opportunity. “It’s a blessing to get to host this every year, and an awesome opportunity for students interested in a related career to hear outstanding speakers and maybe come to understand that God could be calling them into a profession like these,” he said.

More information and registration information is available

– OBU News Bureau


Children's Ministry Day set for Feb. 15

The 2014 Children's Ministry Day is set for Feb. 15.

The theme of the seventh annual Children's Ministry Day is "Generation Reach." Lead your church to plan a hands-on Children's Ministry Day project that involves children in direct ministry to unchurched community members.

For more information go to or contact Charity Gardner at 501-376-4791, ext. 5137.


Hunger Awareness Dinner at WBC set for Feb. 13

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College’s fourth annual Hunger Awareness Dinner is set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. The event will raise money for the Little Rock-based charity Heifer International and its mission to alleviate world hunger.
The dinner is sponsored by the Williams business department’s student organization Phi Beta Lambda and will take place in Williams’ Mabee Student Center. The event will also feature a guest speaker from Heifer International.
The public is invited to attend. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and the cost for admission is $1 for students and $5 for nonstudents.