Range Rider

c2 RANGE RIDER | SPRING–SUMMER 2017 W hat a blessing this past year has been to me and my family. We are so thankful for all of the kindness that has been shown to us. alks across campus and visits with faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and friends have led to a deeper realization of the rich traditions Hardin- Simmons University has held from its foundation as Simmons College to the present. Through this first year of exploration, I have discovered several traits that alumni share from one generation to the next. One such trait is the “creative” use of resources by our students. From “borrowed” outhouses, to parachuting mice, to soapy fountains, each generation of the Hardin- Simmons family owns its history of “fun.” But, there is another trait that I have observed as well. I hear countless stories of those who consistently break down barriers before, during, and after their time at Hardin-Simmons. Whether these barriers are financial, educational, spiritual, or emotional, Hardin-Simmons students, faculty, and staff see walls and barriers as challenges and opportunities to overcome, not as insurmountable impediments. This theme is something you will find throughout this edition of the Range Rider . From our faculty breaking down barriers of autism and dyslexia, to healthcare programs reaching out and breaking down physical and emotional barriers to wellness, Hardin-Simmons faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and friends are always on the move and always tearing down or climbing over barriers that are in their way. It is my hope that as you read the stories you will be inspired by what has gone on in the past and what continues to go on at Hardin-Simmons University. At the same time, I hope you will share with me your stories of your barrier-breaking work. And, if you have a few stories of “creative” use of resources, feel free to share those as well! PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Eric I. Bruntmyer President