|Volume I Issue # 5|
|Monday, October 26, 1998
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I speak to hundreds and hundreds of people throughout the state and the nation about the University of the Ozarks. The first thing I say, in describing this campus, is that we are a Christian liberal arts university. I always mention our Christian heritage first. That identity is important to me because it reflects the two qualities that are woven into the very fabric of this institution: values and ethics. Values and ethics symbolize our campus, and they should personify each of us as campus community members.
Our Christian traditions and heritage are explicitly represented each Tuesday morning at Chapel service. I love Chapel service. The opportunity to spend spiritual time together, to share ideas, and to reflect upon our thoughts is essential to us as individuals and as a community of teachers and learners. My hope is that some of your most uplifting and spiritual occasions on this campus occur during the weekly Chapel services.
The Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel stands as the powerful symbol of our Christian mission. The Chapel, dedicated in 1933, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction on the Chapel began in 1932, and students provided much of the labor for the excavation, laying of the foundation, and the hauling of the stone. ( And you thought that your work-study assignment was hard!) The Chapel is built of limestone obtained from a quarry in Batesville, Ark. The Chapel's gothic design is similar to a cruciform plan and follows the general pattern of large cathedrals in Europe. The interior is furnished in beautifully carved wood and features several striking stained-glass window panels.
I encourage each of you to attend the weekly Chapel services. You will enhance your personal sense of spirituality, and you will experience the very soul of this campus: The Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel.
Rick Niece, Ph.D.
Public Relations Office,