Cookout on the quad


Emily Henderson

Henderson tent set up for shaded fun

Games, shaded tables, and free food are an easy way to attract college kids. On August 18th, 2021, students across campus met for Cookout on the Quad hosted by the Student Engagement Center. This tradition started three years ago as a way to give students the opportunity to meet spiritual and religious organizations.

“Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship (MBSF) was recently renamed to Ascend,” said Charles Still, a Junior Criminal Justice major who has been a part of the group since the beginning. What is different about Ascend is they focus on bringing students from across the street. “God says, ‘Love your enemies’ so we try to really push for the kids at Ouachita,” said Still. This allows even more students to learn about fellowship, and maybe even make a friend. Nonetheless, MBSF hopes to reach as many students as possible with games, snacks, and a hopeful environment.

The group meets Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 12-2 p.m. for lunch. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join Ascend as well as the other spiritual and religious groups Henderson State has to offer.