Volume 5 Issue # 12
Monday, February 24, 2003

Campus News
Biscuits to serve Cowboy humor

   Nationally acclaimed humorist, storyteller and poet, Biscuits O’Bryan, will share his folksy cowboy yarns with audience members at the University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
   Tickets for the event are free to U of O students, faculty and staff and can be picked up at the box office on the evening of the performance or by calling Ext. 1349.
   O’Bryan is the fictional character played by the Rev. Monte Jones, a fifth generation Texan and retired Episcopal priest who lives in Colorado City, Texas. For the past 16 years, Jones has entertained audiences in the role of Biscuits O’Bryan, the crusty cowboy cook of I.O. Everybody Ranch. His original stories, personal anecdotes, poems, cowboy philosophy, and Texas tall tales have delighted both young and old.
   “I pick up stories from all over the place and try to personalize them,” Biscuits says. “I think they’re more interesting when they come from a personal perspective. My stories come from a lot of exaggerated personal experiences.”
   He has published two books, “Biscuits O’Bryan’s Book of Beans, Bread and Other Bull,” and “More Bull from Biscuits,” and a CD, “Biscuits Live at the Grand.”

Around Campus...
   The University Theatre Department’s powerful production of ’night Mother drew rave reviews following its showings last week. The student-directed production served as the Senior Project for seniors April James, Misti Ponder, Dustin Campbell and Sacha Fincher ... The campus community raised $650 for Needy Paws in the Homecoming faculty/staff King and Queen contest. Needy Paws passes on a heartfelt thank you to the campus. And, congrats to King Bo Funderburk and Queen Sherrie Arey ... Students Katie Shay, Kendall Wagner and Kayla Todd represented Ozarks in the recent Independent College Day at the state capitol. The event was organized by the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU) to bring awareness to private education in the state ... Seniors Taylor Dodds and Jessica Musselman were voted 2003 Homecoming King and Queen during Homecoming ceremonies earlier this month ... Following a 9-7 victory over Hendrix last week, the baseball Eagles are off to a 4-1 record, their best start since the program was restarted in the early 1990s. The Eagles will open American Southwest Conference action this week against Texas Lutheran on Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (Noon) ... Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) welcomed a large turnout to its annual speaker series last week. Andy Murray, CEO of the Northwest Arkansas advertising firm ThompsonMurray, shared his philosophy on advertising and marketing, as well as how he started one of the state’s most successful businesses. SIFE thanks all the students, faculty and staff who helped make this event a success ... There will be a Teacher Job Fair from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. The job fair will include numerous schools in the region looking to fill job vacancies for the 2003-04 school year. The job fair is open to students and alumni pursuing careers in education. For more information, contact Kimberly Spicer in Career Services ... Five-on-five intramural basketball competition begins this week. There is a mandatory captains meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24. See Bo Funderburk in Student Life for more information..

Sculptures coming to Gallery
   The Stephens Art Gallery will present the recent sculptures of Russellville artist Virginia Berner during the month of March.
   A former nurse practitioner, Berner returned to college and earned a degree in art from Arkansas Tech in 1997. She says her art comes from “delving into a person’s innerspace. The way life’s small and large hurdles are revealed in a person’s face or their posture, or in the way they hold their hands is what I like to show in my work.”
   Berner has longtime ties to Ozarks. Both of her grandfathers attended Ozarks and both of her parents attended the college. Her father, Roger Bost, is currently on the Board of Trustees. Berner and her husband, Dennis, have three sons.
   There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in the Stephens Gallery. Berner’s art will be on display throughout the month of March. For more information on the exhibit, contact the Humanities and Fine Arts Division..

Scholarship deadlines nearing
   The Financial Aid Office has information on numerous scholarships that are available for the 2003-2004 academic year. Following are a few of the scholarships, their application deadline and contact information. For more information on these and other scholarships, please contact Financial Aid, located in the Mabee Administration Building.
   *   James Madison Memorial Fellowship for master’s level graduate study in American history. www.jamesmadison.com.
   *   Talbots Women’s Scholarship for undergraduate women (March 1). www.talbots.com/about/scholar/asp.
   *   Arkansas Press Women’s Organization scholarship for journalism students (March 1). Contact Financial Aid.
   *   National Federation of the Blind scholarships for legally blind, full-time students. (March 31). Contact Financial Aid Office.
   *   The Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Scholarship for sophomores with at least 3.2 GPA. 606-452-7007.
   *   John Gyles Education Fund for post-secondary education majors (April 1). Contact Financial Aid Office.
   *   AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship Program for accounting. www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/edu/jlcs.htm.
   *   Ronald King Laster Scholarship for Johnson County Ark., high school graduates. (March 1). Contact Financial Aid Office.
   *   The Mid-America Science Museum Scholarship for juniors or seniors majoring in a science discipline. (May 31). Contact Financial Aid Office.
   *   The Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) scholarship. (March 21). Contact Financial Aid.
   *   The Police Corps scholarships for students planning on a career in law enforcement. www.ualr.edu/~cjdept/polcorps.html.
   *   The Wilson Memorial Education Grant for women who want to pursue graduate degrees. (April 1). Contact Financial Aid.



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