Volume 3   Issue # 6
Monday, November 6, 2000

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The President's Post
  
  “PROGRESS IN PROCESS” has been our central theme for the last year or two, and the progress we are making is amazing. During the past two weeks, I have attended meetings with architects to discuss ten different campus projects. Most importantly, these are all being funded by money we have raised or are in the process of raising. Many campuses fund projects on the backs of current and future students and their tuition dollars. We do not. And because of our fiscal prudence, Ozarks is virtually debt free. Following is a brief preview of what to watch for at Ozarks.

WALKER HALL
   The University secured the second largest gift in our history, $7 million from Willard and Pat Walker, to build a new building on the current site of Hurie Hall. Walker Hall, to be completed by January 2003, will be home to the Education and Communication programs.

MUNGER CHAPEL This summer we hope to renovate the lower level of the Chapel and to add an elevator. Keep this goal in your prayers!

MABEE RESIDENCE HALL Construction has begun on our third apartment-style residence hall to complement Cary-Wortz and Bagwell-Jones Halls.

MACLEAN RESIDENCE HALL We will begin to renovate MacLean this summer. Now that is going to be a project!

HEALTH, WELLNESS, & RECREATION CENTER We have submitted a proposal to a foundation in hopes of funding this much-needed facility.

ATHLETIC FIELD COMPLEX Under the direction of Mr. Jim Abbuhl, we are developing a long-range master plan to address the athletic and intramural needs of our current and future students.

CAMPUS ENTRYWAY The construction currently occurring at the corner of College and University is our new walkway to the campus. This will be an impressive and beautiful structure to welcome visitors to the University.

KING/SMITH PLAZA This informal gathering area between King and Smith Halls will have pathways, benches, a small stage and distinctive landscaping. I think you will enjoy many peaceful moments in this long-needed addition.

CAMPUS SIGNAGE Brick and limestone signs will soon be built to identify each building from the perimeter of the campus. The signage is something we have needed for some time.

VOORHEES HALL We are in the preliminary stages of determining the best use of Voorhees and how to renovate it. I am worn out just thinking about all that we are doing at Ozarks. But, my goodness, isn’t it fun to be a part of it!


Dr. Rick Niece
President



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