Thursday, March 17, 2011
Palm Beach Atlantic University's mission statement, "Enlightening minds, enriching souls, and extending hands," expresses the guiding telos of the university. Students hear this for the first time at "Fish Week," the school's take on freshman orientation. They hear it through four years of chapel services, and they are reminded of it one last time at commencement.
Therefore, the news of President Lu Hardin's resignation and guilty plea to federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering during his time as president of the University of Central Arkansas raised an important question in the mind of this alumnus: Did the board have PBAU's mission statement in mind when accepting the independent committee's recommendation to hire Hardin? Additionally, just how bad was the candidate pool that someone under federal investigation was the best choice?
Either PBAU's board of trustees was informed of Hardin's alleged fiscal misconduct, or it was not. If not, the committee formed by the board - whose recommendation the trustees accepted - was negligent. A simple Google search two years ago would have led to numerous articles about the "Lu Hardin/Central Arkansas Scandal."
Conversely, if the trustees were informed of his alleged involvement, then Hardin's financial achievements at the University of Central Arkansas outweighed any concerns, federal or ethical, that the board may have had. As leaders of a university bound by the above mission statement, they failed. If Hardin was the right man to lead the university toward enriched minds and souls, what material is the board attempting to enrich the students with?
Instead of seeking a president promising the accrual of status symbols - what a sad commentary that Chick-fil-A's arrival is considered a status symbol - they should have invested in someone who has shown integrity in this position. They should have invested in a president who better embodies the university's faith and mission. Financial strides and upticks in reputation ought to have been of ancillary concern. Of what benefit is it to gain the whole world and forfeit one's values?
The trustees are detached and aloof from the student body and the majority of faculty and staff; they answer to no one. And if they do attempt to be forthcoming, it is often only through short news releases detailing the board's many victories. PBAU's home page has two releases on the topic of life after Lu Hardin without mentioning why we are suddenly living a life after Lu Hardin. But don't worry, our head baseball coach is a World Series winner!
To err is human, and, thankfully, with Hardin's resignation, the board immediately has a chance at redemption, a chance to show that the university's highest leaders have not lost sight of their announced mission. There must be transparency on the part of the trustees. Would they have appointed Hardin if their students, faculty, staff and benefactors knew the truth? There must be a desire to see PBAU as a campus actively seeking to enlighten minds, enrich souls and reach out their hands without devaluing the faith to which the entire university is dedicated.
This means not dissolving, but creating staff positions focused on outreach and missions. This means investing more in students and the infrastructure. Finally, this means selecting a leader who first strives to be an impeccable embodiment of the university's mission, not an educational and fiscal visionary. If we (the school and myself) believe that faithfulness is rewarded, then let us be faithful to the mission and standards we declare worthy.
Monday, March 14, 2011
"We've recently lost an employee who was very well liked by students," said Fleming. "Our concern is that students will follow his example, so the board of trustees has decided that the 2011-2012 Navigator will contain a clause prohibiting money laundering and wire fraud."
Many students are worried about this change. Since Aramark has already done away with swiping other people into the cafeteria, it is one sophomore's fear that using another person's ID to get food may amount to wire fraud. "I heard what happened to Lu," said Jordan Skimmy. "I mean, he gave us Spring Formal last year, so I can't imagine what he did was that bad, but they might give him twenty years! I can't take chances like that."
"I'm going to lay low for a while," said a commuter student, deciding not to share his identity. "I'm not just worried about using my friend's ID; I'm pretty sure my mom signed the community values thing for me."
Other concerns come from Weyenberg residents, who are afraid that since they possess the only coin-operated laundry facility on campus, they may be accused of money laundering. "I'm just not sure," said Connor Knightly. "I probably drop 300 grand a semester just to do towels and sheets. Is Safety and Security monitoring that?"
President Fleming is confident, however, that despite student paranoia, the new rules will fit right into the school's established moral code. "It's mostly a formality. Like chapel attendance or Workship."
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Former President Lu Hardin pled guilty this morning in an Arkansas court to two felony charges of wire fraud and money laundering from his time at the University of Central Arkansas. He is faced with the possibility of up to twenty years in federal prison.
Rumors and allegations of gambling debts are circling as possible explanations for why such a high-salaried official would seek this kind of illegal pay-out.
Court documents can be read here.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
While couples across the nation honor the feast day of St. Valentine, hopeful male students from Rinker to Towers have had their romantic dreams dashed to pieces in the past couple of weeks due in part to this year's women's conference.
"The situation is out of control," expressed a visibly dejected Shane Fortress. "One of the main reasons I came to PBA was because of the 17:1 girl to guy ratio. I figured I'd meet a nice girl first semester, settle down, and get married by spring of my junior year. Now they're telling me I'm not a Boaz? I don't get it. I'm not exactly looking for a Bathsheba."
Bible name-calling has escalated since the the conclusion of the women's conference. Many faculty members are shocked by this behavior as it seems to suggest that students may actually be reading their Bibles. Girls have been spotted around campus sporting t-shirts with slogans such as "Go Boaz or Go Home" and "I'm on a Boaz." WWBD bracelets are expected by the end of the month.
Hannah Szester, a Baxter resident, told us "I once read a book called The Prayer of Boaz. I've been really inspired to find my Boaz and expand my territory."
Critical of these events is assistant professor of biblical studies, Dr. Nathan Dane. "For one thing, Boaz was probably decades older than Ruth. And y'all should know that the Hebrew word for feet is also a euphemism for genitals. When it says Ruth uncovered his feet... well, I think you get the picture."
Still, the movement remains unfazed, and Valentine's Day traffic at the sea wall is projected at an all-time low, much to the relief of Palm Beach joggers and students parked at Chapel by the Lake.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Many CSI fans at PBA could not believe the news when it was first announced. Producers of CBS's long-running CSI: franchise had been looking to expand their brand and have chosen PBA as their new location.
“In addition to creating an academic program worthy of any vocational school, we will make an entertaining television series about the many unsolved mysteries around the school's campus,” said series star David Caruso.
Terry Twirler, director of Safety and Security, will be working closely with the show's crew in solving the many cases of stolen bicycles.
Particularly excited about the new project is associate professor of biology, Dr. Cynthia Teeth. “I can’t wait to see students solve mysteries. It will be like a real life game of Clue. I anticipate that students will quickly catch the person who has been stealing samples from the rat lab.”
When asked about the new paternity testing skills students will acquire, Dr. Teeth responded simply that it will be a useful skill because of South Florida's reputation as a popular location for spring break.
There is no official word on the plot of the new series' premiere episode, but rumors are circulating about a ploy to discover the long-hidden identity of The Bacon staff.
"Oh, we'll find them," said Caruso, putting on his sunglasses. "Right by the hairs of their chinny-chin-chin."
Monday, January 31, 2011
News reports about shark migrations have flooded The Bacon's fourth floor library headquarters. The official word is that PBA's scuba classes have been cancelled for the rest of the week.
"It's not really a big deal," remarked Tyler Porkrind. "I'm just taking it so I can be considered full-time."
The late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is being heralded as responsible for alerting West Palm Beach news stations to the event. Irwin died in 2006 after suffering injuries from a rogue stingray off the coast of Australia.
Marine Biology Club president Marissa Woofey was quoted as saying, "Steve is my role model. His energetic and informative show sparked my interest in wildlife. I also think that the Australian accent is sexy. Mostly the accent. The Marine Bio Club thanks Steve Irwin for watching us from above and always keeping us safe."
A bonfire memorial for Irwin will be held at 9:30 PM on the Intracoastal beach next to Chapel by the Lake. Chapel credit will be available.
Thank you, Steve. You are forever in our hearts.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
In light of major allegations against Lance Armstrong by Sports Illustrated, Safety and Security is investigating residents of Rinker Hall for use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Sailfish Cup.
Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner and Rinker RD, declined extensive comment, telling us only that he is "heartbroken" over the accusations.
Testers have been surprising competitors with seemingly random urinalysis. "It's uncomfortable to have PBA bike cops watching you pee into a cup," said an orange-bandana-clad freshman. "Especially in the middle of the caf."
One Rinker resident related to us how he was caught completely unawares by the boys in blue. "I was taking a shower in my fifth floor suite, and I heard the door open. I figured it was one of my suitemates, so I ignored it. Then the curtain started opening, and I still figured it was one of my suitemates, so I ignored it. All of the sudden, the guy pulled out a taser and told me to keep my hands where he could see them. It was awful."
Though there haven't been any arrests made at the time of this writing, Safety and Security officers and Oceanview residents are patiently awaiting results from the latest batch of samples. "They've got to be cheating. It's the only way they could beat us," commented an Oceanview RA, casually slipping one of the testers a $20 bill.
The Bacon will keep you posted on the outcome of this story.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Parade of Banners
Super Smash Bros.
Outrun the Safety and Security Golf Cart
Christian Sampson's Bible Trivia
Actually Spot Lu Hardin on Campus
Go to Newman Club Chapel and Like It
Rinker Balcony Water Balloon Toss
Steal Caf Silverware
Wake Up in Time for Sailfish Cup
Street Hockey (men)
Corn Hole (a Rinker classic)
Introduce Yourself to an Honors Student
Inner-Tube Water Polo
Dr. Lovejoy's Tug-o-War
Honor the Sabbath and Keep it Holy
Lip Sync (held at H. G. Rooster's on Belvedere)
We wish the competitors luck in all of this weekend's festivities.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We tried to catch up with The Bacon for an interview, but were promptly denied. One staffer was thought to have said "We can't risk another Heather the freshman incident." Thankfully, we found this letter in our PBA mailbox the next day.
We are sorry. We have failed in our journalistic duties. In order to make up for all of the events we have missed in the past year, we would like to make a few formal apologies.
We apologize, Dr. Clark. We understand how terribly disappointed you must be. If it is any consolation, know that we will never forget to bring our Blackberry to chapel. That one goes out to you, too, Bernie.
We beg forgiveness from you, rebellious undergraduate and distinguished alumni. We're sure you've been lost in the dark without us. We shall not hide our lamp under a bushel any longer.
PBA faculty and staff, we implore you to forgive us our trespasses in not reporting the facts on internal goings-on in 2010. We are here to serve you as part of the holistic campus community, and we have failed in this duty. A special apology to you, Dr. Lovejoy. President Hardin, we promise to write plenty about you.
We've missed bug races, Sailfish Cups, countless Beacon articles, and another exclusive administrative Christmas party in the infamous Club Warren. We've missed news on the new athletic facilities and the ever-expanding parking lots. Most importantly, we've missed the opportunity to remember beloved professors we've lost. Dr. Hembree, Professor Seeds, we honor your memory.
The Bacon is turning over a new leaf and bringing this PBA institution back to life. Expect more posts on relevant events, some with classic Bacon satire, some with very little spin. We'll also be reposting some throwback articles in an effort to reach the tens of thousands of new Bacon readers and educate them on some PBA history. Finally, we'll be introducing a new feature with a decidedly serious tone to shed light on some of the less publicized happenings around campus.
Our goal is to bring you, the reader, information. We seek to promote honesty and healthy discussion. And we need your help. Send your suggestions and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are your humble servants.
The Bacon staff"
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Two new additions to PBA’s campus are raising student and faculty eyebrows alike (among other things). Upon returning for the spring semester, freshman Ben Catwoman was shocked to discover a crisp stack of Playboy magazines outside of the Fresh Food Company, formerly Fraser dining hall.
“I wasn’t sure what to do,” said Catwoman. “I thought it might be some sort of test, so I ignored them… the first time.”
Some students, however, are outraged, claiming that the advocacy of such practices as pornography rejects PBA’s heritage as a Christian institution. “If I wanted to be surrounded by smut, I would have stayed in New Jersey!” cried a junior biology major.
With the recent dissolution of the Student Accountability office, many instances of student malfeasance are going unreported and unpunished. One look into the Baxter/Oceanview dumpster will show that residents may be doing more than brushing their teeth with bottles of Jack Daniels.
Regarding this matter, university president Lu Hardin went on record to say, “Now that we’ve finally installed wireless internet in all of the various dormitories, we’ve also felt the need to remove our infamous filter. All of us know about the passions of young men, and we don’t want them to stumble upon anything too risqué in this new virtual playground. The Playboy installation is a safe and quantifiable alternative to Google Images.”
Free distribution stands for the world-famous pornographic magazine can be found in front of the cafeteria and outside of the library, and they are restocked weekly. Tech-savvy students can find an e-book version available for download from PBA’s website.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
T. Suzuki was the victim of a camel attack as he peacefully enjoyed the Christmas cantata at a local church. Many of his roommates in Samaritan Gardens have been complaining about the noise the animals make in the morning. “They are huffing and puffing every morning, and I don’t even want to mention the smell” said Brett McDougall, the Samaritan Gardens RA. Other students on campus are reporting that they are tired of hearing Sammy G complain about the noise.
Even some of the animals have expressed their concern with the Samaritan Gardens residents. “They are constantly yelling at us, calling us names, and it is no surprise that Mrs. Camel acted the way she did. Our feelings are hurt and frankly, we are a little fed up with it” said the Donkey, whose role in the cantata may be at stake because of the incident. “They don’t hear us complaining about their loud music or constant longboarding throughout the day. I’m kind of glad the incident happened.”
T. Suzuki only suffered minor injuries, but says that he is now afraid of camels and is not sure how he feels about donkeys. He claims the animal looked at him in the eye as he passed by, laughed evilly and proceeded to flop on top of him. “Those were the longest 15 seconds of my life,” expressed Suzuki. “Good thing the choir didn’t stop singing; it would just have brought too much attention to the incident.”
Finally, Sammy G has pledged to continue this war against the Animal Kingdom. “We are not going to let one of our own get crushed by a camel and have them mock us with their noises each morning,” added McDougall. They are starting a campus-wide campaign using the slogan “The Camel Who Stole Christmas.”
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
New PBA president Lu Softin has been accused recently of suffering from delusions of incredible grandeur. In efforts to improve the school's public image, he has signed a contract to spend $3.1 trillion on a 30-second television ad to be aired during the Super Bowl on February 7, 2010.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
In preparation for the Socratic Club’s upcoming faculty debate, entitled “Is Intelligent Design a Valid Alternative to Evolution,” PBA is under a heightened state of security.
“We are still a bit worn out from the whole SoulForce thing,” commented a bicycle-mounted PBA cop. “It’s tough work stifling free speech, but we think we’ll be ready.”
Despite increased security, Tom Cheeseknees, who will be arguing the pro-evolution side, is beefing up his own private security service. Because of his professed Catholicism, Cheeseknees previously hired Peggy “One Man” VanArmy to act as his bodyguard, protecting him from angry Protestants.
“VanArmy has done a good job for me. However, with the debate coming up, I thought it was time to bring in the big guns, so I've sought out Donald Lovejoy.”
Known for his superhuman feats of strength in the gym, Lovejoy gladly accepted Cheeseknees’ offer: “If I can bench 350, I can definitely protect that sissy Cheeseknees.”
The opposing camp, meanwhile, was brimming with confidence that their man, Paul Cofaunus, can take Cheeseknees down.
“In his book, True for You, but You Are Wrong,” commented Cofaunus’ agent, “Cofaunus demonstrates that evolution is false. In fact, in his nine books, four edited volumes, and twenty-seven journal articles, Cofaunus proves conclusively that you have to be a moron not to be a Christian—well, an evangelical Christian, anyway.”
Socratic Club Faculty Sponsor Sam “Don King” Seriousel seemed callous about the whole thing.
“Only in America, baby!” shouted Seriousel while the theme from Rocky blared in his office. “I won’t be happy unless the debaters come to blows—or at least if one of them is reduced to tears.”
Although the debate is still weeks away, militantly Christian PBA students, known as the God Squad, have already begun demonstrating outside Gregory Hall.
“First they let SoulForce stand on our sidewalks,” exclaimed a Bible-waving Squaddor, “then they tried to fire Ken Mahanes, then they tried to get rid of Religious Life altogether, and now they’re talking about evolution. PBA is losing its Christian identity!”
“Yeah,” chimed in another Squaddor, “as our former president used to say, Harvard also was once a Christian school. And look at what happened to it. Do we really want to be like Harvard? Do we? Do we?”
The debate is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 1 in Gregory Hall 114. Students are advised to attend at their own risk.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
PBA announced that the new President of the University will be Luther Hardin, former president of the University of Central Arkansas. We here at the Bacon wish him the best and hope that he has put the controversy of his past behind him as he begins his transition into the life of the University.
The comments section is now closed.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
As of July 1, Dr. Ken Mahanes will service the University as Senior Advisor. In this new role, he will establish relationships on behalf of the University with individuals, churches, and Christian organizations. He will form a group of University Fellows and publish. In addition, he will continue his service as seasonal pastor of Lost Tree Chapel and engage in other forms of spiritual outreach locally and regionally.
His office will be in Room 1133 Sachs Hall.
Becky Peeling, M.S., APR
Asst. V.P. for University Relations & Marketing
Palm Beach Atlantic University
We here at the Bacon are truly happy to hear of Dr. Mahanes returning to PBA. We feel that it has to be at least partly because of all the support that was shown for Mahanes when he was fired. We would like to thank all of the students and alumni who spoke out against the dismissal of Dr. Mahanes and we look forward to seeing him back next year. Continue to have an awesome summer and see you in the Fall.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I would like to offer a personal perspective to the recent decision of the President to eliminate the position of Vice President for Religious Life and the concomitant “dissolving of the department of Religious Life by reassigning staff positions to other existing departments” as was announced in a list/serv to PBA staff and faculty on Thursday, April 30.
I am probably the most naïve person in the universe because I really thought once the announcement was made public, we would all move on. However, I was told by several friends that there was a Beacon and Bacon article with numerous comments and even a Facebook page announcing a demonstration opposing the actions of the administration.
Because of my preoccupation with other matters, I did not look at any of these sources until now. As of today, May 4, I have read all of the postings on the Bacon, the news story in the Beacon, and the comments on the Facebook page.
First, I would like to offer some clarifications:
- The comment by one reader in the Bacon that I am retiring is inaccurate. Mark Twain once said in response to reading his own obituary in the newspaper: “The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.” The report of my retirement (or that I had expressed a desire to leave PBA), is not only greatly exaggerated, it is simply not true.
- I do not work at PBA only 5 months out of the year as another respondent to the Bacon article wrote, which brought a smile to my face. If I did, I’d have a job that even Donald Trump would be envious of (I am aware that I ended that sentence with a preposition – my apologies to English majors). To set the record straight, I serve at PBA on a 12 month contract and as a vice president I serve at the pleasure of the President to whom I am directly accountable. For the past two years, I have also served as a seasonal pastor (about six and a half months of the year) at Lost Tree Chapel on Singer Island with the President’s consent and encouragement.
- In reply to a couple of comments about my income, my primary income and all of my benefits such as health insurance are provided by PBA. Supplemental income from Lost Tree Chapel has been placed in retirement funds, most of which have gone down the toilet (excuse the crude analogy) during the past two years.
- To clarify another comment in the Bacon, I did not learn of the President’s decision through an e-mail. I apologize if I left anyone under that impression. Rather, Dr. Clark talked with me personally on April 2 and gave me a written memorandum informing me of his decision. The information was not made public until April 30 via e-mail, which is the standard practice for making such announcements.
I want to thank so many students and colleagues who have made positive and affirming comments to me personally or in writing since the announcement of my departure was made last Thursday. My favorite was a card slipped under my door by a professor and several of his students that was down-right funny, but very meaningful to me.
Let me, also, make very clear. The decision not to hold a farewell reception for me, but rather to request that individuals express their kind thoughts and words personally by cards or calls, was made at my insistence and was not the decision of Dr. Clark.
Additionally, I respect Dr. Clark’s authority to terminate with or without cause those of us who report directly to him and to initiate administrative changes such as the restructuring of Religious Life.
I am confident that the decision of the President to eliminate my position, which resulted in my termination, was not easy for him. I have been in his position before and have had to make unpopular and controversial decisions to terminate staff both in my role as a pastor of a multi-staff church and in my administrative positions as a dean, a vice president and interim president at PBA.
Unfortunately, this unpleasant responsibility comes with the turf and is the price of leadership. In light of the financial exigencies of the University, I fully understand the President’s attempt to fulfill his fiduciary responsibility as the Chief Executive Officer accountable to the Board of Trustees of the University by taking the action that he has.
Finally, I am sincere in not wanting to be the source of dissent or disruption at this time. Therefore, in deference to my personal wishes, I am asking that the planned gathering on the Rinker Green on Tuesday morning be cancelled.
Though I deeply appreciate and am honored by the intentions of students and others, I do not want anything to detract from focusing on Dr. and Mrs. Clark who have served PBA faithfully for the past 6 years or to interfere with the celebration of the graduating seniors and their families this week.
I am grateful for the opportunities Dr. Clark has given me and the generosity he has shown me during the past 6 years of my 11 years at PBA. I feel no ill-will towards him for his recent decision. To the contrary, I wish for him and Lois the very best in the years ahead.
Finally, I love PBA and have great optimism for its future and will continue to pray for and financially support the University as I encourage others to do as well.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
With the recent downturn in the economy, PBA students have turned to supplementing their financial aid by selling their reproductive gold. Due to flexible schedules among college students, female freshmen can make up to $5,000 between FYE and Lifetime Fitness by auctioning off their eggs.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The Bacon is proud to present the second portion of our interview with Dr. David Clark, the current President of Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The Bacon: Why are you leaving PBA?
Dr. David W. Clark: The comedian George Burns said,”always leave them wanting more.” It is always difficult to know when to leave a situation when things are going pretty well, but completion of the Warren Library, reaccreditation with SACS, reorganization of most areas of the university, completion of several buildings, recruitment of over 100 new outstanding faculty, the completed purchase and plans for the Hillcrest property, and the move into the top tier of MA granting schools in the South in this year’s US News rankings suggest that PBA is entering into a new period of maturation and quality development. Lois and I are in wonderful health. Our two sons are in Texas with our grandchildren. We long to live once more at our home on Eagle Mountain Lake near Fort Worth. I am considering an offer to become a professor in a PhD degree program in higher education at a university in Dallas. But I am keeping my options open until I have a chance to sit on the back porch and watch the sunrise on Sunrise Cove for a few months.
Bacon: What is your opinion of The Bacon?
Dr. Clark: I have read it and gotten some really good laughs. A few times, I wanted to cry as well. Humor is a difficult form of prose to write well, but irony has a very powerful influence. I believe in the free marketplace of ideas. I think that The Bacon serves this purpose at times. It adds color and sometimes steam to the issues in the PBA community. The challenge with blogs is the lack of responsible gatekeepers. Of course, occasionally, I have been offended, but I think you have done a really good job of avoiding ad hominems and gratuitous criticism. Besides I like bacon for breakfast, but only if it is very crisp!
Bacon: What advice do you have for the next President?
Dr. Clark: Listen for 6 months to everyone that you can talk with from faculty to students to staff before setting a course for the university. Spend time with Dr. Warren and Dr. Moody. Spend time with some of our retired trustees. Pray every day for PBA as you drive into work in the morning and as you drive home at night. It is such a challenging responsibility that unless the Lord protects it and blesses it you may fail. Continue to pick up paper on campus and eat frequently in the cafeteria so students can see you and talk to you. Then go home and swim laps in a pool or run around the block a few times and enjoy your family.
The Bacon, the most reliable and relevant news source, has conducted an exclusive interview with the current outgoing President of Palm Beach Atlantic University, Dr. David W. Clark. We appreciate his cooperation on this project.
The Bacon: What has been your greatest accomplishment at PBA?
Dr. David W. Clark: In a sense, I have not really accomplished anything on my own here. I would hope that I helped move the school forward in being a place where rigorous learning and critical thinking is encouraged within a matrix of an evangelical university community. The good Lord has continued to bless PBA in the past 6 years as in the past 40 years. This university is a fairly complex organization with many contributing individuals. They are the ones why deserve the credit for whatever good has happened in the past six years. I realized again when I taught last semester that teaching is hard work. We have an outstanding and truly committed and engaged faculty. Every survey we take of students indicates that our faculty and access to our faculty is our strongest asset. Likewise we have a wonderful staff who totally involved with our students but really our greatest asset is our students.
Whenever I pat a student on the back (and I do that a lot) I know that I am literally touching the future. I love our students and I think it shows. I hope it does. After this spring commencement, I will have had the honor to award degrees to 4,000 of our 10,000 total alumni.
Bacon: What has been your greatest failure at PBA? What would you have done differently?
Dr. Clark: That is a difficult question because leading a school like PBA is more art than science. Of course you make mistakes and some decisions that you later question. I certainly have said things I wish I had never said. The decisions you think most about and lose the most sleep about are personnel decisions. A few of these I might handle differently if I could do them over.
I had hoped to have the Hillcrest campus all completed before I retired, but because of the economy that has been delayed until the university’s 60 acres on Southern Blvd sell. That could take awhile, but it is a very valuable piece of land and will sell soon. I believe and it will transform how we see our school and how others see us. This is a facility for the entire student body not just athletes.
Bacon: Why did you come to PBA?
Dr. Clark: I went to Northern Baptist Seminary and then was a pastor for several years. I became interested in rhetorical theory because of my need to prepare effective sermons three times a week. That led me to attend the University of Iowa to complete a PhD in rhetoric and communication theory. I taught at Iowa, Bowling Green State University, Regent University and Fuller Seminary as an adjunct. I really like teaching, but somehow I always got pulled into administration. Perhaps that suggests I may have some gifts in this area or that no one other faculty were interested.
My other great passion in life has been broadcasting and I have had the opportunity to have a great deal of professional experience in radio and television. I was president of FamilyNet in Fort Worth, a commercial cable television network before I came here. We produced hundreds of hours of daily programming as well as a number of award winning documentaries for ABC, NBC and the Hallmark Network. It was work that I loved. But I have always loved the academy.
A friend mentioned PBA was looking for a president. My wife, Lois urged me to investigate. I knew little about the school, so I called Jess Moody. He made it sound like the most important Christian university in America. I also spoke with my pastor, Jack Graham, who had been the pastor at First Baptist here. He was more candid but did note the growth and great potential of the university. After a number of calls from the search firm and late in the selection process, I agreed to become a candidate providing that my application was kept confidential. Somehow I emerged as the candidate of choice. I know now this was God’s plan for this period in my life.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Kelly Fortress, a female pre-health student, declared a coma patient "awake" to the celebration of his family. The patient, Dan Goonchild, has been in a coma for the past three years.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Due to widespread warnings of gang shootings by Twitter and text message, PBA females avoided local Walmarts last night. Apparently originating with the West Palm Beach Police Department, the rumor told of gang members that would shoot three women at Walmart last night as part of an initiation. Fortunately, all Palm Beach Atlantic women avoided the retail giant's Palm Beach County stores.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The Bacon was started in 2007 as a satirical site that would poke fun at Palm Beach Atlantic's various policies and idiosyncrasies. While The Bacon started off with articles of genius satire, most critics think that "it has not been as funny in recent years." While most of the criticism comes from one user, "Anonymous," the feelings are thought to be widespread.
"I'm glad those guys finally got their act together. I usually like to take a break from my heavy load of papers, work, and extracurricular activities and read articles on The Bacon. They just haven't been doing it that much lately," said junior Devin Rangoon.
The Bacon staff has only written about ten posts this year, while criticism has been piling up. One Bacon reader also recently stated that he did not know that The Bacon was still writing stories.
Though The Bacon encourages others to contribute by sending articles to their email address, only a few articles have been sent in the past two months.