Wednesday
Aug212013

Natural Steps holds 100th anniversary celebration 

 

Natural Steps Baptist Church, Roland, will hold a celebration and homecoming in honor of its 100th anniversary during the 10:30 a.m. service Sept. 15. Dinner on the grounds will follow.

Monday
Aug192013

Williams Baptist gears up for new year

Grace Stotz
Williams Baptist College

WALNUT RIDGE – The Williams Baptist College campus continues to come alive as the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. Classes at the four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge start on Monday, Aug. 26.

“Williams is experiencing much growth and change at this time,” said Tom Jones, Williams president. “With the additions of women’s soccer, an out-of-state admissions counselor, and other activities in the works, it is an exciting time to be a part of the Williams legacy.”

Women’s volleyball, men’s soccer and the inaugural women’s soccer team arrived on campus two weeks ago for their pre-season practices. All three teams begin their seasons this month. 

Residence hall staff returned to campus Sunday evening to begin their week of training, and other student workers will continue to move in throughout the week.

Freshmen move into the residence halls and begin orientation on Thursday, Aug. 22. Opening convocation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

“We look forward to having all of our students back on campus so we can continue to produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview,” said Jones.

Grace Stolz is coordinator of public relations at Williams Baptist College.

Thursday
Aug152013

Bob Gosser, longtime Ouachita Baptist supporter, dies Aug. 14 at age 80

Trennis Henderson
Ouachita Baptist University 

LITTLE ROCK – Bobby Leon “Bob” Gosser, one of the namesakes of Ouachita Baptist University’s Gosser Hall, died Aug. 14 at age 80.

Gosser“Dr. Bob Gosser and his dear wife, Marianne, embody the best of Ouachita,” said Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr. “Their love and legacy has a strong Ouachita theme. Their devotion is reflected in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

“We are a better university because of the Gosser family,” Horne added. “With the homegoing of Dr. Gosser, our gratitude and prayers are offered for the family. They will never forget this good man and neither will we.”

According to Terry Peeples, Ouachita’s vice president for development, "There are some families that are pillars of OBU and the Gosser family is one of those. Dr. Gosser would always say his children could go anywhere to college but he would pay for them to attend Ouachita.”

Peeples described Gosser as “an authentic follower of Christ and a witness and leader for his family, church, community and the Ouachita family."

Gosser, a 1956 graduate of Ouachita, and his wife, Marianne, a 1955 Ouachita alumna, have been longtime supporters of Ouachita. The university’s Student Village, dedicated in 2009, includes Gosser Hall which was named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Gosser. Five of Gosser Hall’s seven houses are named in honor of their five children, all of whom are Ouachita graduates: Jenny Gosser (’92), Bobby Gosser (’83), John M. Gosser (’84), Leigh Anna Gosser Askins (’89) and April Gosser Cook (’94).

During the groundbreaking service for the Student Village, Jenny Gosser said, “Family means so much to us, and our parents are the root of that. … We hope that in this place of gathering and community, students will make strong bonds and will become like a family.”

Gosser, a 1951 graduate of Little Rock Central High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ouachita. He and Mrs. Gosser were married in 1955.

Gosser also was a 1961 graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1963. In his distinguished medical career, he served in private practice in North Little Rock, as medical director of Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and as chief of staff and chief of medical affairs at Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock.

A longtime member of Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, Gosser served as deacon chairman; director of youth, young married and adult Sunday School; and Finance Committee board member. Also active in the community, he served as president of the North Little Rock Rotary Club, the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA board.

In addition to Marianne, his wife of 58 years, and their five adult children, Dr. Gosser is survived by 15 grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. at Second Baptist Church of Little Rock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ouachita Baptist University, Second Baptist Church or the Baptist Hospital Foundation.

Trennis Henderson is vice president for communications at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Wednesday
Aug072013

ABSC to hold Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop

LITTLE ROCK – An Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop will be held Sept. 21 at the ABSC building, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock.

The workshop is sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team.

Karan Burnett of Partners for Inclusive Communities will serve as conference leader. Burnett has 33 years of expertise with children whose disabilities are in the autism spectrum and exhibit behavioral disorders. Partners for Inclusive Communities – Arkansas’ University Center on Disabilities – is located within the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.

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Thursday
Jul182013

Baptist Health of LR lays off 170 workers

LITTLE ROCK – Baptist Health of Little Rock announced July 16 that 170 workers in its system are losing their jobs.

The layoffs are immediate and were to be completed by week’s end, Arkansas Business reported. The cuts will "not impact the quality of clinical patient care, … and they are consistent with actions other hospitals have taken," Mark Lowman, a Baptist Health spokesman, said in a statement to Arkansas Business. 

Baptist Health has hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Arkadelphia and about 7,300 workers, according to Arkansas Business. Layoffs target employees who aren't nurses. 

"We are undertaking a number of initiatives that will position our organization to address the challenges of health reform and severe federal budget cuts," Lowman said in the statement to Arkansas Business. "Baptist Health has worked to reduce non salary expenses, gain efficiencies in all aspects of operations through consolidation of services and simplification of processes." 

Lowman also cited "a difficult and challenging environment of substantially less government reimbursement, burdensome government regulations, rapidly rising costs of supplies, increasing charity care and bad debt, and the need for technology and medical innovations" as a reason for the layoffs.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock reported total patient revenue of $1.49 billion in 2011 and a net income of nearly $15 million, Arkansas Business reported.