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Ouachita Baptist University’s Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community held its annual awards banquet April 11. Jim and Janie Smith of Hot Springs were honored with the Elrod Center’s 2016 Community Service Excellence Award. Numerous students, faculty and staff were also honored for their service during the academic year.

“The Elrod Center has been given a mandate by the university to recognize and celebrate the work of volunteers each academic year,” said Ian Cosh, Ouachita’s vice president for community and international engagement. “We believe that the good work that is done to serve the common good ought to be celebrated and highlighted each year and due recognition given to those who have excelled in their service efforts.”


To see the full list of Ouachita students, faculty and staff honored at the banquet, as well as a photo of the Smiths, visit


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