U of Os Walton Arts & Ideas Series continues
on Tuesday, Feb. 12, as Christina Chan presents Unbinding Our
Lives Chinese Women in America.
The one-women show shatters the myth of the exotic,
subservient China doll image. During her powerful performance,
Chan portrays three real Chinese-American women from the 1800s and their
personal stories of being sold into slavery, prostitution and abandonment
in the streets of China, as well as their journeys to America and what
awaited them here.
The production begins at 7:30 p.m. and, as always,
faculty, staff and students each receive a free ticket to the event.
Spring enrollment at 603
A 90 percent retention rate has helped the University
of the Ozarks record its largest spring enrollment in a decade.
The Spring 2002 Semester enrollment of 603 students
is the largest spring enrollment since 1992 when the university had
624 students. This springs numbers also mark a 24 percent increase
from 1999 when the university had 486 students enrolled in the spring.
Were excited by our spring enrollment
and the 24 percent increase over the past three years, said Jim
Abbuhl, vice president for enrollment management at the university.
Our 90 percent retention of students from fall to spring is a
continuing sign of our positive efforts with students. Our faculty and
staff are doing an outstanding job retaining our students and the retention
rate is a very positive sign of our students satisfaction.
Art position to
Dr. Rick Niece recently announced to the Presidents
Staff and to the Academic Council the establishment of an additional
faculty position in art for the 2002-03 academic year.
Art is a growing major on campus, and the addition
of a faculty member in this discipline has been ranked as a high priority
by the Academic Council for several years. A search for the position
will begin immediately. The search committee will consider candidates
with backgrounds in painting, drawing and graphic design. Searches are
also currently underway to fill new or vacant faculty positions in Spanish
and physical education.
Homecoming events set
Ozarks will celebrate Homecoming Week Feb. 11-16 on
campus. Among the events scheduled include, Dress Up Days during the
week, a pep rally and dunk contest at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 and a dance
at the skating rink at 10 p.m. Feb. 16. Voting for the homecoming court
continues until Feb. 13 and voting for King and Queen runs from Feb.
7-12. Homecoming activities will be held during the basketball games
against LeTourneau on Feb. 16. For more information on Homecoming, contact
Student Life at Ext. 1321.
Around Campus ...
Despite a difficult road trip this past weekend, both
the Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams remain in the hunt for a
spot in the ASC Tournament with three weeks to play in the season. The
Eagles fell to Louisiana College 88-75 and to Mississippi College 96-83
to fall to 12-8 overall. But the Eagles 5-3 conference record
is tied for second place in the ASC East. The Lady Eagles fell to Louisiana
College 74-61 and to Mississippi College 60-56 to fall to 13-6 overall
and 5-3 in the ASC for third place. The top two teams in the conference
will advance to the ASC Postseason Tournament ... Joe Hoing will host
a Dean of Students Hay Ride at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8. Contact the
Student Life Office for more information ... A Beginning Investment
Workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on five Thursdays in February
and March. The workshop is open to anyone and cost is $18. Contact Ginny
Sain for more information ... There will be a Duffy Leadership Seminar
sponsored by CAB on Feb. 15. See Student Life for more details ... The
womens softball team opens its season at home at 1 p.m., Feb.
7, against arch-rival Hendrix College. Bundle up and come out and support
the Lady Eagles ... There is a new donor recognition display on the
north wall in the lobby of the Mabee Administration Building. This display
is another way for the university to recognize and thank those who generously
support the college. Come over and check it out ... Dr. Rick Niece has
been named one of five finalists for the Arkansas Business magazines
2001 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award. The winner will be announced
in a special ceremony in Little Rock on Feb. 21.
NASA senior scientist Dr. Deborah L. Harm will present
a lecture entitled, Neurobehavorial Effects of Space Flight
at U of O at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7.
The lecture, which is being sponsored by the Psychology
Department, will be held in the Boreham Business Building. The university
community is invited and there is no charge for admission.
Harm is the head of the Neuroscience Laboratories
at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her lecture will provide
an overview of research related to neurosensory, sensorimotor and perceptual
adaptation to microgravity and potential countermeasures for inflight
and postflight disturbances.
As a senior scientist, my job is to develop
experiments that will help us understand how humans adapt to space and
how they readapt to earth, Harm said. We work on experiments
to study eye-head and eye-head-hand coordination, posture and walking,
perceptions, space motion sickness and psychological factors.
Harm, who earned her masters degree in psychology
and her Ph.D. in psychophysiology from Ohio University, has worked at
NASA for 15 years. Since 1987 she has served as chief scientist in the
preflight adaptation trainer project, which uses a virtual-reality system
to help astronauts preadapt to some of the changes they experience in
space, including motion sickness.
The lecture is funded by NASA, the Arkansas Space
Grant Consortium and the U of O Dial Grant. For more information on
the lecture, please call the U of O Sciences and Mathematics Division
at (479) 979-1361.
U of O was well represented in the recent Miss Ozark
Highlands 2002 pageant, held in the Walton Fine Arts Center. Ozarks
student and reigning Miss U of O Narissa Hutchinson was the fourth runnerup
and won the Community Service Award. Ozarks students Ashley Dennis and
Becky Stengel also participated. Another U of O student, Christina Cameron,
provided entertainment for the evening.
The Financial Aid Office would like to remind students
who are looking for financial help to stop by the financial aid office
and pick up applications for the upcoming scholarship deadlines. Among
some of the scholarship deadlines that are rapidly approaching are the
Arkansas Press Womens Organizations Scholarship, the Johnson County
Single Parent Fund, the Public Health Scholarship, and the Ronald King
The Arkansas Press Women's Organizations is offering
a $450 scholarship to a student seeking a degree in journalism. The
Johnson County Single Parent Fund provides assistance up to $500 per
semester to those single parents who are pursuing a course of instruction
that will improve their income-earning potential. The Arkansas Public
Health Association is offering scholarships worth $500 to $1,000 to
be awarded to Arkansas students in the public health field. And, the
Ronald King Laster Scholarship recipient, a graduate of a Johnson County
High School, will receive $125 for the Fall Semester and $125 for the
Spring Semester. The deadline is March 1st. Applications for these and
many more scholarships can be picked up in the financial aid office.