Volume 2   Issue # 11
Monday, February 21, 2000

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The President's Post
  
Positive things continue to happen at Ozarks! The February Board of Trustee retreat in Fort Smith was another exceptional meeting with excellent presentations and discussions. Board member attendance was the highest in recent memory, and the Boardís commitment to our continued success is a joy to witness. We are blessed to have a Board of Trustees who truly care about our students and their education.
    The following are several highlights from the Board of Trustee retreat. Student enrollment for spring semester is 553, and that is a 14% increase compared to last spring. We are projecting an enrollment of 632 for next fall, a 6% increase from this fallís 596 students. Our second apartment-style residence hall, Bagwell-Jones Hall, will be completed by next fall, and that will be just in time to accommodate the student increase. Also, Smith Hall will be completely renovated this summer, and a plaza will be developed between Smith and King. Please stop by my office to see several sketches of how King, Smith, and the plaza will look upon completion.
    We are on track to balance our budget again this year (for the third consecutive year!), and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approved our proposed budget for 2000-2001. We have raised $46,347,000 toward our $55,000,000 campaign. This total in just the 16th month of our five-year campaign is amazing, and the Advancement Office team deserves a great deal of credit. I am, however, most proud of our on-campus commitment to the campaign. We have over $140,000 in pledges from 99% of our faculty and staff. I am proud of all of you and overwhelmed at your generous support in response to my appeal.
    Each of us can be proud of the difference we make. Positive things continue to happen at Ozarks!

Dr. Rick Niece
President



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