Volume 4 Issue # 14
Monday, April 15, 2002

Campus News
Ozarks fills VPAA position
   President Dr. Rick Niece announced to the University Senate last week that Dr. Daniel Taddie has been named the university’s new vice president for academic affairs.
   Dr. Taddie is currently the director of the Schwob School of Music and a professor of music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. He has also taught at Maryville (Tenn.) College, Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., and Mississippi County Community College in Blytheville, Ark.
   He earned his undergraduate degree from Marycrest College in Iowa before earning his graduate degrees from the University of Iowa. His Ph.D. is in musicology. His wife’s name is Ann. Dr. Taddie will begin his new duties at Ozarks on July 1.

Disabilities teleconference set
   The Jones Learning Center and Student Support Services are sponsoring a national teleconference entitled “Improving the Quality of Education for Students with Disabilities: A Shared Responsibility”on Thursday, April 25, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., in Rowntree Recital Hall.
   The purpose of this teleconference is to share cost-effective and meaningful strategies for improving collaboration among administrators, faculty, disability service providers, staff, and students on diversity and disability issues and classroom access. These strategies revolve around the teaching-learning process, the provision of accommodations, and the fostering of institutional commitment to greater access and disability awareness. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to attend.

Alumni Weekend welcomes all

   University faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take part in the myriad events planned for Alumni Weekend 2002, April 19-21.
   Among the activities scheduled are a golf tournament, alumni picnic, 5K run/walk, Awards Luncheon, Memorial Service, Spirit Reunion, Math/Science Reunion, President’s Reception, and the Theatre Department’s production of “Blithe Spirit.”
   If you plan to participate in any of these activities, you are encouraged to register early in the Alumni Office. Faculty and staff can pick up their complimentary tickets to the alumni picnic by calling Lisa Casey in the Alumni Office at Ext. 1234.

Around Campus ...

   The U of O’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won the Regional Championship in New Orleans last week and was selected one of 15 finalists in the United States for its “Make A Difference” project. The team will now compete in the national competition in Kansas City on May 13-16 ... Vickie Alston, a 1986 graduate of Ozarks, has been hired as the new information services assistant in computing services. Alston, who most recently worked for Counseling Associates in Russellville, will begin her duties at Ozarks on April 29 ... Daniel Faires, a freshman from Springdale, took home top honors in the annual Womanless Beauty Pageant, held April 6 in the Student Center ... Junior Julie Richardson was named American Southwest Conference East Division Women’s Tennis Player of the Week following her performance in a recent conference victory over Austin College ... The Eagles baseball team upset ASC East leader University of Texas-Dallas 8-6 on Saturday in Richardson, Texas. The Eagles, whose 11 victories this year is already the program’s most since 1997, play their home finale at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, against Henderson State ... The annual Board of Trustees’ Awards Banquet is set for 6 p.m., Friday April 26, in the Student Center. There will be a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Robson Library rotunda and a dessert reception following the banquet in the Walton Fine Arts Center ... Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) recently won several top honors in the 2002 State Leadership Conference. Those taking first place included: Jose Urias in Accounting for Professionals; Rebeca Aguilar, Maria Fernanda Reyna and Jose Urias in Team Business Plan; Veronica Garcia and Adriana Jasso in Desk Top Publishing; and Rene Espinosa, Eric Safieh and Jose Urias in Emerging Business Issues.

Chorus schedules Spring Concert
    The music department’s annual Spring Choral Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
   This year’s Spring Concert, under the direction of Music Professor Dr. David De Seguirant, will feature both of Ozarks’ vocal ensembles: the University Chorus and Ozarks Vocal Persuasion (OVP). The University Chorus will perform sacred choral selections from this year’s Spring Tour. In contrast, OVP will be singing arrangements of some of the more popular tunes from Broadway musicals such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Malea De Seguirant accompanies both ensembles at the piano. The concert, which will take place in the Rowntree Recital Hall in the Walton Center, is open to the public and admission is free.

Blithe Spirit to hit Walton stage
   Described by author Noel Coward as “an improbable farce in three acts,” “Blithe Spirit” is the perfect play for a spring evening. Full of witty dialogue and banter, vivid and colorful characters, and hilarious and zany situations, “Blithe Spirit” has been a popular production since it was written to cheer up England during the Blitz.
    Unique among most University Theatre productions, “Blithe Spirit” will feature Walton Professor of Theatre Pat Farmer in the role of Charles Condimine. After directing 28 plays at Ozarks, Farmer is returning to acting for the first time since 1983. Appearing alongside Farmer will be Ginny Sain in the role of Madam Arcati. Sain graduated with a theatre major from Ozarks in 1995.
   The performances of “Blithe Spirit” will take place on April 19th and 20th at 7:30 p.m. General Admission is $5 and Uof O students, faculty, and staff will be given free admission.

Kappa Delta Pi coming to Ozarks
   The University of the Ozarks’ Education Division is proud to announce that Kappa Delta Pi is establishing a charter here at Ozarks. Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, is one of the oldest and most prestigious honor societies in America. In order to become a charter member, one must be an education major or minor and maintain at least a 3.00 grade point. If you are interested in joining Kappa Delta Pi or learning more about this organization, please contact Dr. George Stone, professor and chair of the Education Department.

Pardi Gras Week set for April 22-28
   In honor of the annual Pardi Gras Week, April 22-28, Student Life has created a fun and exciting week of activities and events sure to take a student’s mind off the pressure of homework. Among some of the events planned include: Toilet Bowl, Scavenger Hunt, Karaoke Night, Casino Night, Water Gun Fight, Lip Sync contest, Sand Volleyball Tournament, and the Last Chance Dance. For more information and to sign up for events, contact the Student Life Office at Ext. 1322.



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