WBC students inducted into Sigma Beta Delta

2016 Sigma Beta Delta Inductees at WBC, left to right: Tyler Dibert, Nick Scott, Taylor Galloway, Megan Weick, Andrei Leal, Ethan Risley, Ronald Robinson.WALNUT RIDGE – Seven students have been inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, at Williams Baptist College. The induction ceremony was held March 30.

The new inductees are Tyler Dibert of Imler, Pa., Taylor Galloway of Fisk, Mo., Andrei Leal of São Paulo, Brazil, Ethan Risley of Farmington, Ronald Robinson of Osceola, Nick Scott of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Megan Weick of Pocahontas.

Sigma Beta Delta is open to college juniors and seniors in the field of business. To qualify for the honor society the students must rank in the top 20 percent of their class and be invited to join by faculty of the college’s business department.

Williams is a four-year college at Walnut Ridge. Bachelor’s degrees offered through the WBC Business Department include business administration, computer information science and finance.


FBC, Benton, lock-in focuses on missions

BENTON – Thirty giggly fourth- and fifth-grade girls spent the night at First Baptist Church, Benton, as part of the church’s annual lock-in.

The event was about more than fun and games. It was also about missions.

Debbie Payton, who helps lead fifth-grade girls ministry at the church, said the church has been having a missions lock-in for about 20 years. This year’s event took place Feb. 19-20.

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Stovall and Harthorn represent WBC at national English conference

(From left): Edward Harthorn, WBC Engligh professors Jerry Gibbens and Sheri Midkiff, and Jessica Stovall. Williams Baptist College seniors Jessica Stovall and Edward Harthorn traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to represent Williams Baptist College (WBC) at the national Sigma Tau Delta Convention, held March 2-5.

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, and it seeks to exhibit high standards of academic excellence while promoting exemplary character and interest in literature and the English language.

Stovall’s paper was one of four chosen to be on a discussion panel covering Tennessee Williams plays, while Harthorn’s paper was one of four chosen for a Shakespeare panel.

“I am so grateful to have been given the privilege to attend a gathering of people who are incredibly enthusiastic about literature,” said Stovall.

“Our English professors did a terrific job of coaching us on not only how to revise for great papers, but also how to communicate the material effectively to the audience and thus deliver great presentations as well,” adds Harthorn.

The students were accompanied at the convention by Williams English professors Jerry Gibbens and Sheri Midkiff.

Stovall, a psychology major and English minor, is an Omaha, native. She is the daughter of Greg and Jill Stovall.

Harthorn, a history major and English minor, is from College City. He is the son of Dr. Steven and Cathy Harthorn of St. Paul, Minn.



Williams launches honors program with Coe Scholars

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College will launch its new honors program and welcome its first group of participants, known as Coe Honors Scholars, this fall. Students selected for the prestigious program will participate in a wide array of academic opportunities and challenges.

The title of Coe Honors Scholar is a tribute to the late Henry E. (Ezra) and Verbeth Coe of Tuckerman, whose recent estate gift endowed scholarships at Williams, as well as benefiting two other educational institutions. Longtime supporters of Williams, the Coes left nearly $1,000,000 from their estate to the college.

Their nephew, Bill Coe, stated, “I know that Ezra and Verbeth would be humbled and honored that the school would establish a scholarship program in their memory. I know it would make them proud.”

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Ouachita special collections opening will honor Hickey, Holley and Knight March 3

Rachel Gaddis
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s Riley-Hickingbotham Library will host the grand opening of three new special collections at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the library’s main lobby. The event will honor the lives and service of Glenn Hickey, Bob Holley and John Knight.

The three men, who all have ties to Ouachita, have served in diverse leadership roles throughout their careers. Hickey is the former director of missions for Pulaski Baptist Association, Holley was the longtime director of Discipleship Training for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and Knight was director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics.

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