Holidays (Non-Academic)


Non-teaching employees receive several paid holidays each year. The specific days are determined by the President annually. A typical set of holidays follows:

Thanksgiving 2.5 days
Christmas Break 8 days
Martin Luther King Day 1 day
Spring Break 2 days
Easter Holiday 1 day
Memorial Day 1 day
July 4 (if on a weekday) 1 day
Labor Day 1 day


Labor Day September 7 – Holiday for 2020
Thanksgiving Break November 25 (PM), 26, 27
Christmas Break December 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, and January 1
Martin Luther King Day January 18
Spring Break March 25, 26
Easter Monday April 5
Memorial Day May 31
Independence Day Sunday, July 4 – No Holiday for 2021



Free campus parking for employees is available in designated areas. Reference the campus map for the designated locations.


Campus Discounts


Faculty and staff may purchase discounted meals in the Commons by paying Student Financial Services in advance. OBU Dollars may be purchased in Student Financial Services for use in the Commons, Evans Food Court, Tiger Express, Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse, or the Bookstore.  OBU dollars may also be used on any of the vending machines on campus that include a card reader.

Both of these plans operate on a declining balance basis.  Once the balance is exhausted, the employee may add funds in Student Financial Services.


Employees and their dependents are admitted free of charge to on-campus intercollegiate athletic events on presentation of OBU ID cards, except events not controlled by OBU.


Employees and their dependents are admitted free of charge or at discounted rates to most on-campus concerts and lectures, upon presentation of their  I.D. card.  Charged rates will vary by event.


Employees and their dependents, upon presentation of OBU ID cards, are entitled to use the recreational facilities in the Sturgis Physical Education Center at stipulated time periods or at times when arrangements are made with the building supervisor.  Facilities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, courts for racquetball, volleyball, basketball, and tennis.  Use of the weight room must be scheduled through the building supervisor’s office.  Information on the use of other campus recreational facilities is available through the Office of Student Life.


Some campus facilities are available for private, church or civic activities so long as they do not conflict with the philosophy and purpose of Ouachita Baptist University.  All activities must be scheduled in advance through the Office of Student Life.   Guidelines for facility usage are available through the Office of Student Life.

Health Club


Special discounts are available for Ouachita faculty and staff to join a local health club, Foundation Fitness.  Ouachita has agreed to pay a portion of each individual employee’s rate as shown below. The monthly rates listed are for an individual membership only.

Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this great offer to help make our university a healthier community!


112 N. Sixth Street
(870) 245-3125

Estimated regular monthly fee $20
Less amount paid by OBU monthly (5)
Total monthly faculty/staff cost $15

Vehicle Rentals


Employees of Ouachita needing to rent a vehicle for either business or personal use may rent through Enterprise using the Preferred Rate Agreement. In order to receive a preferred rate, employees must use Customer Number 51D0142 when making the reservation for the rental and certify at the time of reservation whether the rental is for business or personal use.

AT&T Cell Phone Discount Program

Employees currently with AT&T Wireless Service have the option to receive a 17% monthly service charge discount on qualified plans.  Click here for more information on the discount program and for enrollment details.  Customers of T-Mobile may also be eligible to receive discounts by switiching to AT&T.  For more information on this program, go to AT&T Switch Credits.

GM Educator Discount Program

General Motors has implemented a discount program for educators, offered to Ouachita employees through Allen Tillery Auto Group in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  For more information on the GM Educator Discount Program, go to

Annual Health/Fitness Competition

If funding allows, the university sponsors a team fitness competition for employees and spouses annually or a health related program, such as Weight Watchers at Work®.

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