SEARCY, Ark. — Harding University’s international programs are celebrating a major milestone this fall, marking 30 years since the first study abroad program began in Florence, Italy, in 1980. To commemorate the occasion, the campus community will come together to raise money and celebrate all of the international campuses, with Harding University in Florence (HUF) as the flagship program...The weekend celebration has been dubbed “Harding University brings Tuscany to Searcy” and will kick off Dec. 3 with a HUF-themed chapel featuring special guest Simone Gheri, mayor of Scandicci. HUF Director Robbie Shackelford will showcase artwork at a special show Dec. 4 to raise money for the Havens at Namwianga, Zambia...The festivities will culminate with a 30th anniversary banquet in Cone Chapel Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $50 per person, and guests will enjoy an Italian buffet, silent auction, and special Florentine entertainment by opera singer Letizia Dei and harpist Andrea Piazza. All proceeds will go toward the University’s international programs...Chancellor Clifton L. Ganus and Dr. Don Shackelford, who were instrumental in the start of international programs at the University, will be recognized for their vision and dedication. Robbie Shackelford and his wife, Mona, an instructor and personnel supervisor at HUF, have worked for the program since 1990 and will be recognized for their service at the banquet as well...To purchase tickets and for donation information, contact the office of Alumni Relations at 501-279-4276 or toll free at 1-800-477-4312, ext. 1. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harding.edu/giving.html.