WBC freshman enrollment up 5%  

WALNUT RIDGE – The largest freshman class in the recent history of Williams Baptist College (WBC) has pushed the college to enrollment gains on its Walnut Ridge campus. Total enrollment on the main campus climbed 2 percent for the fall 2014 semester, and the number of students living on campus climbed even more dramatically.

WBC enrolled 164 freshmen for the fall semester, setting a modern record for the college and marking the largest group of new students at Williams in nearly 50 years. The freshman count is up 5 percent over last year.

The college has an on-campus enrollment of 511 students this fall, with a full time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of 513. Both numbers reflect an increase of 10 students, or two percent, over last fall.

“It is truly exciting to see so many new students on the WBC campus this fall, and it is always great news when we can announce enrollment gains.  This just means more students are receiving a high quality college education at Williams,” said Tom Jones, WBC president.

The number of students living in WBC residence halls jumped from 324 to 377 this fall, which is a 16 percent increase.

“The increase in residence hall numbers indicates that students are coming from a greater distance to attend Williams.  We are delighted to have students from across the country and across the world,” Jones said.

The overall enrollment at WBC, counting the Walnut Ridge campus and several off-campus extensions, came in at 550, which is down from 574 last fall.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.


Reed dies Sept. 6 at age 96

LITTLE ROCK - Imogene Lacy Reed, 96, of Little Rock, died Sept. 6. She was a member of Parkway Place Baptist Church, Little Rock. She was born in Mena on Feb. 19, 1918, to Emory and Maggie Lacy; was a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and was married to Jesse S. Reed, former evangelism director for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

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ABCHomes receives creative gift


David Perry, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes), and Stella Prather, ABCHomes director of communications, show off a cake baked by Karen Gilbert, member of Washington Baptist Church, Washington. The cake is a replica of the ABCHomes’ Jonesboro Family Care Home.


Baptist Health partners with Arkansas Urology to provide ‘high tech’ prostate imaging

LITTLE ROCK – Baptist Health has formed a partnership with Arkansas Urology to introduce Arkansas to a new solution for analysis, planning and targeted biopsy of the prostate, according to information provided by the hospital.

“This complete clinical solution for the prostate combines MRI with ultrasound technology offering a new biopsy option for many patients with elevated and/or rising PSA levels,” a news release reads. 

“This new technology is poised to become the standard in prostate care,” said Dr. Tim Langford, with Arkansas Urology and chief of staff at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock. “This gives urologists and radiologists the ability to offer our patients a more refined, rationale, and individualized approach on whether to biopsy, observe or treat their disease.” 

After a patient has undergone a prostate MRI, Baptist Health physicians utilize DynaCAD for Prostate to quickly visualize and evaluate suspicious lesions. The UroNav fusion biopsy system uses this diagnosis information to provide our skilled urologists with a targeted approach to prostate biopsy.

“We are confident that this new technology will bring new hope to patients and equip our healthcare providers with the latest technology to identify and target suspicious prostate lesions,” said Greg Crain, vice president and administrator of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock. 

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer has become the most common form of cancer in American men and the second-leading cause of cancer death. Since one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, Baptist Health’s introduction of MR/ultrasound fusion biopsy will be extremely beneficial in saving lives.

Baptist Health is an Arkansas-based, locally owned and managed, not-for-profit, faith-based health-care organization which employees 7,600 people at eight hospitals. Arkansas Urology is the largest urology practice in Arkansas which services 32,500 patients annually at satellite offices in North Little Rock, Benton, Clinton, El Dorado, Heber Springs and Russellville.


Senior Adult Prayer Gathering Oct. 9-10

HOT SPRINGS – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) is sponsoring a Senior Adult Prayer Gathering Oct. 9-10.

This two-day gathering will take place at Hot Springs Baptist Church, located at 144 Weston Road in Hot Springs. The event will be similar to the prayer gathering that was held in April at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock.

The event will be a time for senior adults to focus on praying for revival and awakening across the state and nation. Don Moore, former executive director of the ABSC and member of the ABSC Task Force for Prayer, Revival and Spiritual Awakening, will lead the prayer time.

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