U.S. News ranks Ouachita among nation’s top schools graduating low-income students  

ARKADELPHIA – Achieving a major milestone for the benefit of low-income students and their families, Ouachita Baptist University has been named among the top 10 universities in the nation that graduate low-income students.

The findings, posted by, also show that Ouachita is the only university, private or public, in the state of Arkansas to earn that recognition. Other universities in that category range from the University of San Francisco to Stonehill College in Massachusetts.

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The Great Passion Play faces closure

EUREKA SPRINGS – Tough economic times could potentially claim an Arkansas family and group destination seen by millions of people since 1966 – The Great Passion Play located in Eureka Springs.

“Since 1966, 7.5 million people have made a pilgrimage to The Great Passion Play in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and countless more have seen the Christ of the Ozarks Statue,” said Keith Butler, chairman of the non-profit foundation that oversees the play’s operation, in a Sept. 21 press release.

“The Great Passion Play offers a unique and affordable opportunity for visitors to experience the events in the last week of Christ’s life performed by over 150 actors and animals,” said Butler. “However, the opportunity for people to witness the Scriptures come alive first-hand is under threat. These difficult economic times have led to declining attendance.”

“The needs are great,” said Sam Ray, executive director of The Great Passion Play, “but we serve a God who is greater. God works through people, and we are asking people for help.”         

Ray added that while The Great Passion Play would benefit from donations including “functional used vehicles, up-to-date computers, LCD monitors, software, office supplies, lumber, gravel and other material goods; its greatest need is funds to keep the attraction running.” 

“The Great Passion Play has encouraged millions of people in their faith,” said Butler. “(The play) is a significant part of Christian culture.”

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Ouachita Baptist University's Office of Communications earns four IABC awards

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University's Office of Communications recently received four communications awards from the Arkansas chapter of the International Association of Baptist Communicators. The awards were presented at IABC's 2012 Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony held at the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock.

The awards honor Ouachita Voices, the university's commemorative 125th anniversary history book; The Ouachita Circle alumni magazine; the 'Discover the Ouachita Difference' promotional video; and the
university's 125th anniversary logo.

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Conway's Central Baptist Church to celebrate 60 years of ministry Oct. 7.

CONWAY – Central Baptist Church in Conway will hold a 60th Anniversary Celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Pastor Don Chandler said the church will conduct a special joint worship service with all its members. 

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Special service to be held at Immanuel Baptist for Arkansas 'First Responders'

LITTLE ROCK — Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock will hold a special service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, to honor all First Responders in Arkansas.

“These are the men and women who daily lay their lives on the line to protect our own lives, our property and our health, and who serve with little or no recognition,” said Gary Hollingsworth, pastor. “When I hear from our own members who are First Responders about the peril they face on every call, but also about the many positive outcomes that result, I believe the least we as citizens can do is say a public ‘thank you.’”

The program will include a brief address by Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay, posting of the colors, a roll call of First Responders who have died in the line of duty and music by the Immanuel Sanctuary Choir.

Hollingsworth said all First Responders are invited to participate and stay for a reception for them and their families following the service.

The public is also invited to attend and a nursery will be provided. The church is located at 501 North Shackleford Road in Little Rock.