Volume 4 Issue # 10
Monday, February 5, 2001

Campus News
WAIS presents Chan
   U of O’s 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 spring’s numbers also mark a 24 percent increase from 1999 when the university had 486 students enrolled in the spring.
   “We’re 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 be added

   Dr. Rick Niece recently announced to the President’s 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 women’s 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 magazine’s 2001 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award. The winner will be announced in a special ceremony in Little Rock on Feb. 21.

NASA scientist to lecture
   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 master’s 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.

Students compete in pageant
   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.

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching
   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 Women’s Organizations Scholarship, the Johnson County Single Parent Fund, the Public Health Scholarship, and the Ronald King Laster Scholarship.
   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.



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