Volume 4 Issue # 11
Monday, February 18, 2001

Campus News
Division Champs!
   Lady Eagles to host ASC Tournament
   The Lady Eagles (18-6), (9-3) won their second American Southwest Conference East Division Co-Championship since joining the ASC and will host the four-team post-season tournament after a 83-67 victory over LeTourneau University on Saturday. The Lady Eagles earned the East’s No. 1 seed and will take on West No. 2 seed Howard Payne University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in Mabee Gymnasium.
   “It’s great for our kids and great for our program” said head coach Jack Jones on earning a conference title. “This was especially satisfying because of the adversity we overcame this year. We had a couple of key injuries and we also had a few kids that didn’t come back from last season. But our team had a sense of togetherness this year.”
   Senior center Christie Shuffield continued to put up impressive numbers in big games. Shuffield scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Saturday’s victory. She is averaging 20.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game over the last four conference contests.
   “Christie has played tremendous over the last several ball games because of her aggressiveness and her will to win,” said Jones. “I can't say enough about what Christie has done for our program. She’s shown a lot of leadership and has had a great attitude all year long. Sarah Williams and Charity Tyree are our other seniors who have contributed tremendously, too. Sarah is a team leader and the type of kid you like to have around your program. Charity has never played college basketball until this season, so to do what she’s done is a great accomplishment.”
   The Lady Eagles held just a one point lead at halftime, but quickly turned things around in the second half, going on a 22-6 run to open the first six minutes of play. Kristy Watts contributed 21 points and had four rebounds in the win.
   The tournament’s second semifinal game on Feb. 22 will match Hardin-Simmons and East Texas Baptist at 5:30 p.m. The championship game will be played on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Lady Eagles defeated Howard Payne 80-73 in overtime on Jan. 5 in Brownwood, Texas. .

Eagles earn bid to postseason
      The U of O men’s basketball team used a pair of home victories over East Texas Baptist and LeTourneau last week to slip into the ASC men’s postseason basketball tournament.
   The Eagles (14-11, 7-5) earned the No. 2 seed in the East Division and will play West No. 1 seed and tournament host McMurry University at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Abilene, Texas.
   Mississippi College and Mary Hardin-Baylor will meet in the other semifinal matchup. The championship game will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 23. The tournament winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.”

Around Campus ...

      Ozarks will host the 24th annual Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) Regional Mathematics Contest on Saturday, March 9. The contest is open to junior high and high school students and will include five categories: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. For more information, contact U of O Mathematics Professor Dr. Buddy Smith at Ext. 1358 ... The Mr. U of O Contest has been scheduled for Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m in the Rowntree Auditorium. Events for this year’s contest will include: interview, talent, formal wear, and casual wear. In order to make this event happen there must be at least five men signed up by Feb. 5. The winner of the contest this year will receive $200. For more information or sign up, contact Franqua Bedell at Ext. 1448 ... The Ozarks Community Service Program will present a Beginning Scrapbook Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 9. The workshop will be led by Dr. Greta Marlow and will emphasize the basics of creating your own scrapbooks. Class participants are encouraged to bring their own photos or color copies to create one-of-a-kind works of art that will be a treasure forever. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Ginny Sain at Ext. 1346 ... The Eagles baseball team erupted for 16 runs in the first game of a doubleheader on their way to a split with Mid-America Bible College last week to improve to 1-2 on the season. The Eagles open home play this week, Feb. 22 and 23, against Sul Ross State ... The Lady Eagles softball team swept University of Dallas in Dallas 10-0 and 19-15 over the weekend to improve to 4-0. The Lady Eagles have outscored their opponents 61-16 in their four games this season ... Dr. Rick Niece is one of five finalists in the category of Nonprofit Executive of the Year in the 2001 Arkansas Business of the Year awards. The winner will be announced in a special ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Peabody in Little Rock. The competition is presented by the Arkansas Business publication ... Ginny Sain is preparing for another summer theater production that will star local children in the community. This year’s play will be Alice in Wonderland. For more information on this free program, contact Ginny at Ext. 1346. .

Opportunity Day slots available

      There are still several interview slots available for students during Opportunity Day, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, on campus.
   Coordinated by the U of O Career Placement Office and the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU), Opportunity Day allows college students to interview with numerous businesses and organizations. Among the businesses scheduled to participate this year are: Axciom, AFLAC, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hibbett Sports, Kroger, Mutual of Omaha, Sherwin-Williams, and Tyson Foods.
   The deadline for registering is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15. There are several spots open for students who will graduate in May or in the summer, as well as some internship opportunities for sophomores and juniors. For more information on Opportunity Day, or to register, contact Kimberly Spicer at Ext. 1320.

Bain to speak on racial profiling

      Imagine being arrested for a crime that you did not commit only because you fit the profile that the police had of a criminal. This is not a rare mistake, in fact, this happened to Bryonn Bain, an aspiring lawyer, accomplished lecturer and poet, who will be here Tuesday, Feb. 19, to share his experiences.
   Bain will be involved in two major events on campus Tuesday. First, he will be doing a lecture on Racial Profiling in Chapel and then Tuesday evening he will be performing with CAB and WA Press in an event called Spoken Word or “Slam Poetry.”
   Bain hopes that by sharing his own experiences with racial profiling and performing a variety of “slam poetry,” that he will be able to share his feelings about the differences felt by minorities here in the United States..

Spring Open House on March 9th
      The Admissions Office is once again gearing up for Spring Open House, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 9.
The day will begin with registration and welcoming remarks and will include information sessions with faculty and staff, a question and answer session with a student panel, a chance to watch the Eagles baseball team play, tours of campus, and a closing reception.
   Let’s put our best foot forward on this day and show the parents and prospective students that warm Ozarks hospitality.
   For more information on Spring Open House 2002, contact the Admissions Office at Ext. 1227.

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching
      The Financial Aid Office would like to remind students who are looking for financial help to stop by the office and pick up applications for these and many other upcoming scholarship deadlines. Among some of the scholarships that have deadlines rapidly approaching are the Wilson Memorial Education Grants, the AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship, and the John Gyles Education Fund.
   The Wilson Memorial Education Grants offers $500 to women college graduates who desire to further their education by acquiring a master’s or a doctorate degree. The John L. Carey Scholarship is given to a liberal arts student wishing to pursue graduate accounting study. The scholarship is worth $5,000. The John Gyles Education Fund provides assistance to Canadian and American full-time students both male and female in all areas of post-secondary education. The deadline is April 1. Applications for these and many more scholarships can be picked up in the Financial Aid Office.



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