Playwright and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith
will present Snapshots: Glimpse of America in Change
at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the University of the Ozarks
The event is part of the universitys 2001-02
Walton Arts & Ideas Series. Smith was originally scheduled to perform
at Ozarks on Sept. 11, but the event was postponed because of the terrorist
attacks on that day.
Hailed by Newsweek as the most exciting
individual in the American theatre, Smith uses the art of theatre
to explore issues of race, community and character in America. She is
best known as the author and performer of two award-winning one-woman
plays about racial tensions in American cities Twilight:
Los Angeles 1992 and Fires in the Mirror.
In Snapshots, Smith presents selected characters
from her plays, giving audience members a rare insight into the changing
attitudes of ordinary Americans regarding race, class and gender. Her
fascinating blend of theatre and social commentary will help audience
members take a close look at just how far we have come and how far we
have yet to go. As always, faculty, staff and students receive one free
ticket each to the performance.
Mandatory seniors meeting
There is a mandatory meeting for graduating seniors
at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in Baldor Auditorium. The purpose of
the meeting is to make decisions for location and student/faculty participation
in the 2002 baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies in May.
area code arrives
The new 479 area code that affects U of
O became official on Jan. 19. Faculty and staff should make sure that
the new area code is included on any new business cards, brochures,
letterhead, and anything else that has the university phone numbers.
The 479 area code will serve phone customers in northwest
and western portions of Arkansas, including Pope, Johnson and Yell counties,
Fayetteville and Fort Smith. The old 479 area code will
still work during a six-month transition period, ending July 19.
Basketball teams shine
The Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams returned
from a very successful two-game road swing in Texas this past weekend.
The Eagles defeated LeTourneau 86-73 and East Texas Baptist 92-85 to
move to 11-5 overall and into first place in the American Southwest
Conference with a 4-0 record, one game ahead of Mississippi College.
The Lady Eagles also swept their two games 71-57 over LeTourneau
and 78-57 over ETBU to move to 3-1 in the ASC. The two teams
take on Louisiana College on Thursday and Mississippi College on Saturday
at home. Come out and help the Eagles and Lady Eagles in their quest
for a conference championship!
Around Campus ...
The deadline to sign up for intramural volleyball
is Monday, Jan. 21. Contact Intramurals Director Bo Funderburk at Ext.
1426 for more information ... Brenda Harmon has joined the Ozarks family
as the new assistant housekeeping supervisor. Please make time to welcome
Brenda to Ozarks ... The Ozarks Theatre Department will hold auditions
for the performance Blithe Spirit at 6:15 p.m., Monday,
Jan. 28, in the Seay Theatre. Auditions will consist of one-minute dialogues.
For more information, contact Theatre Professor Bruce Brown at Ext.
1336 ... The Ozarks baseball and softball teams are working hard preparing
for the 2002 season. The Eagles play their first game Feb. 13 against
Hendrix College in Conway. The Lady Eagles open on Feb. 7th at home
against Hendrix College ... Physical Plant Assistant Director Jeanett
Willis welcomed her second grandchild, Garrett Morgan Howard, to the
family on Jan. 8, 2002 ... Deadlines are approaching to apply for two
stipends for faculty and professional staff development. The deadline
to submit a proposal for the U of O Alumni Associations Faculty
Enrichment Award is Jan. 25, and the deadline to apply for the second
installment of the 2001-02 Ozarks Dial Grant is Jan. 30. Contact Bruce
Brown (Ext. 1336) for the Dial Grant and Reba Pridgin (Ext. 1413) for
the Alumni Association award ... Former Lady Eagles basketball standout
Penni Peppas-Burns will be inducted into the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame
in a ceremony during the basketball games on Jan. 26. There will also
be a luncheon to honor Peppas-Burns before the game. For more information,
contact Alumni Director Reba Pridgin at Ext. 1413.
Three U of O students have been selected to spend
the Spring 2002 Semester studying abroad as participants in Syracuse
Universitys Division of International Programs Abroad. Aaron Coats,
Daniel Sigala, and Jason Small will each spend a semester learning European
history and culture while continuing their academic studies abroad.
Coats and Sigala, both senior political science majors,
will be studying in Strasbourg, France. Small, a sophomore political
science major, will study at the Syracuse Center in London, England.
The Strasbourg program is offered by Syracuse University which
boasts one of the best international relations programs around,
Coats said. By going abroad I seek to become more culturally aware
and informed of Europe, to an extent that may only be gained through
Students from universities across the United States
participate in the program, which allows for total submersion into the
European culture. Small will have the opportunity to visit key sites
within London as well as trips to Oxford, Stonehenge and Greenwich.
The opportunity to study abroad in London will
be a culmination of the groundwork Ozarks has provided for me,
Small said. The tremendous opportunity to study abroad will not
only provide an enormous amount of insight into a different culture
and society but will also reinforce a major theme here at Ozarks of
understanding, appreciating, and valuing cultural diversity.
While studying in Strasbourg, Coats and Sigala will
stay with host families and will have the opportunity to learn more
about the European culture and history with trips to Nuremberg, Prague,
Dresden, Bratislava, Budapest, and Munich.
A portion of each students cost is funded through
Ozarks Clayton G. Russell Memorial Endowment for Political Science.
The deadlines for the John Gyles Education Fund, the
free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form, the Johnson County Single
Parent Fund, and the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
scholarships are quickly approaching.
A new FAFSA form must be filled out each year that
you wish to be considered for financial aid. The information received
will determine eligibility for Pell, SEOG, work-study and institutionally
funded grants and scholarships. The deadline for optimal financial aid
packages is Feb. 15.
If you are interested in any of these scholarships,
information on these scholarships and many more can be picked up in
the Financial Aid Office, located in the Mabee Administration Building.
Jabali Afrika, a group that celebrates the African
heritage through dance and music, is one of a series of programs and
events that will be held on campus in the coming weeks that honor Black
History Month. Jabali Afrika, sposnored by the Student Life Office,
will perform at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Walton Fine Arts
Center. In addition, former Ozarks student Erika Massey Mays, along
with current student Stephanie Massey and Campus Activities Coordinator
Franqua Bedell, will perform as part of a Black History awareness program
at Stillwell Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan.