Volume 2 Issue # 2   
Monday, August 30, 1999

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Campus News

Ozarks named Top Tier College

   The University of the Ozarks moved into the top tier of Best Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South and was named the third best value among Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report in its year 2000 guide to colleges and universities.
   In its annual America’s Best Colleges edition, which hit the newsstands last week, U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 1,400 schools based on such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
   In the Best Regional Liberal Arts Colleges category, Ozarks was tied for 21st with Flagler College in Florida and Mississippi University for Women in the 32-school top tier. There were more than 160 colleges eligible for ranking in the south region.
   In the Best Values category, Ozarks ranked third in the south behind Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., and Claflin College in South Carolina. The value rankings relate the cost of attending a college or university to its quality, according to the magazine’s ranking system. Ozarks’ 1999-2000 tuition cost of $4,145 per semester is almost one-half of the national average for a private, liberal arts university.
   “This ranking places us in the top tier of liberal arts universities in the south, and we appreciate the recognition,” said Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece. “We are among the best in the quality of education we offer students and, as the oldest university in Arkansas, we offer that education in the best tradition. U.S. News & World Report also ranks University of the Ozarks as number three in best values in the southern region. Our quality and value are hard to beat.”

Scholarship named for Rhodes

   The University of the Ozarks has announced the establishment of the Brandy Rhodes Outstanding Achievement Scholarship, named in honor of the 1999 graduate who was crowned Miss Arkansas in June.
   The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually and is based on significant achievement and academic excellence in high school, combined with well-above average college entrance test scores.
   “This named scholarship is our way of honoring Brandy and her exceptional accomplishments,” said Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece. “While a student at Ozarks, Brandy served as an outstanding role model, displayed exemplary campus leadership, and maintained the highest academic standards. We are proud of her character and determination, and we will use this scholarship to challenge other students to emulate her success.”
   The scholarship was announced at a reception for Rhodes earlier this month in Little Rock.
“It’s a tremendous honor; one that I certainly didn’t expect,” Rhodes said. “The University of the Ozarks will always hold a special place in my heart, and it is a great feeling to know that other students will get financial help to have that same type of wonderful education.”
   Rhodes, a Hot Springs Village native, graduated with a degree in radio/television/film from U of O in May. She will represent Arkansas in September in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

BSU announces fall activities
   The U of O Baptist Student Union have planned numerous activities for the upcoming semester to help everyone make good friends on campus.
   Weekly events include:
*Wednesdays, 9 p.m.— Family Night Bible Studies, King Hall Lounge.
*Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.— BSU Noonday, BSU building.
*Fridays, 7:00 p.m. — Spanish Bible Study, BSU building.
*Sundays, 9 p.m. — Praise and Worship, Smith Hall basement.
*Small groups by individual signup — according to various group meeting times.
   Special events include:
*Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. — "Welcome Wilderness," King Hall
*Sept. 10-11 —Fall Retreat with UAF
*Sept. 15, 7 a.m. — "See You at the Pole" (Prayer for campus around campus pole).
   Everyone, regardless of belief, is invited to participate in all BSU activities. For more information, please contact co-presidents Jared Cariker or Matt Young.

Students attend disabilites conference

   U of O students Valerie McClaine and Mitzi Volgamore attended the 1999 National Leadership Conference for Youth with Disabilities in June.
   The five-day conference, held in Alexandria, Va., promoted leadership development through workshops on exploring career opportunities, preparing to be a peer mentor and examination of public policy. Both McClaine and Volgamore were awarded $1,500 sponsor scholarships that covered transportation, meals and lodging at the conference.

Education Division sponsoring downlinks
   The Education Division is sponsoring the downlink of three conferences this semester in the Rowntree Recital Hall. These conferences, which are titled "Breaking the Cycle of Violence II," have been approved for convo credit.
   1. “Acting on Early Warning Signs” — 3 p.m., Sept. 21.
   2. “Comprehensive Prevention Planning” — 3 p.m., Oct. 19.
   3. “Containing Crisis: Managing School and Community Emergencies” — 3 p.m., Nov. 30.
For seating and refreshment planning, please RSVP to ext. 1331 by the Friday before each program.

Soccer teams open 1999 home season
   The Lady Eagles soccer team opens its home season this week against Austin College on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Hurie Field. The Lady Eagles have several talented newcomers to go along with the core of its squad that finished 6-11-2 last year, the best record in the program's three-year history.
   The men's team, which has 10 returning starters from last year as well as 13 highly scouted newcomers, plays its first home game on Sept. 10 as the Eagles and Lady Eagles take on Mississippi College in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Both teams are under the direction of first-year coach Dave De Hart.
   Come out to Hurie Field and cheer on the soccer teams. As always, there is no charge for admission.



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