Agnes of God hits stage
The Ozarks Theatre Department will present its final
production of the academic year, Agnes of God, at
7:30 p.m., April 11 and 12, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
Written by John Pielmeier, Agnes of God
focuses on a young nun, Sister Agnes, who is accused of murdering her
child after a dead baby is found in a convent. Appearing on the surface
as an old-fashioned whodunit, Agnes of God is really
a thought-provoking investigation of the relationship between faith
and science, the soul and the mind, and the miraculous and the ordinary.
The cast includes India Judd as Dr. Martha Livingstone,
Jessica Gay as Mother Miriam Ruth and Diana Farrow as Sister Agnes.
Dr. Pat Farmer is the plays director and Professor Bruce Brown
is the scenic designer, technical director and special effects director.
Other staff and crew include Misti Ponder as costume designer, Dustin
Campbell as lighting designer, Angela Payne as graphic designer and
assistant stage manager, Sacha Fincher as sound designer, Doc Harper
as house manager, April James as box office manager, Shelly Muston as
stage manager, and Ponder and Rachel Richardson as wardrobe mistresses.
WAIS returns silent movie era
Take a step back in time to the days of silent movies
as the University of the Ozarks Walton Arts & Ideas Series
presents The Bijou Players at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 13, in the Walton
Fine Arts Center.
The Bijou Players will show the 1920s silent film,
The General, starring and directed by Buster Keaton. This
comedy-adventure centers around the kidnapping of a Civil War locomotive.
Keaton stars as engineer Johnnie Grey, who gives chase in an effort
to recapture the engine and, when successful, is then chased by the
kidnappers. The Bijou Players will perform live musical accompaniments
from the original 1927 music cue sheet for The General.
Based in Des Moines, Iowa, The Bijou Players have
performed hundreds of shows throughout the country since their debut
in 1980. James Luke, professor emeritus in music and theatre from Drake
University, directs the ensemble and is clarinetist in the group. Violinist
Janice Wade is chair of the string department and conductor of the orchestra
at Wartburg College. The other members of The Bijou Players are cellist
Martha Gerstenberger, cornetist Stephen Day, pianist Bruce Martin and
percussionist John Malett.
Around Campus ...
The Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce
held its 82nd annual awards banquet on campus recently and two members
of the campus community were recognized. VP for Advancement Steve Edmisten
was named Chamber Member of the Year and Professor of Music Dr. Sharon
Gorman was named U of O Educator of the Year. Congrats to Steve and
Sharon! ... President Dr. Rick Niece has been named the 2003 Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Chief Executive
of the Year for District IV, which includes five southern states and
Mexico ... The Residence Hall Association will sponsor an Easter Egg
Hunt on campus for children in the community on Sunday, April 13. The
hunt will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus mall. In addition
to the egg hunt, there will be a bubble station, face painting and other
activities for children. The public is invited and there is no charge
for admission ... The city of Clarksville will hold a Support Our Troops
Rally at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Marvin L. Vinson Multi-Purpose
Building ... The Student Life Office and Ozarks Outbackers are sponsoring
an Ozarks Outback Challenge April 23-26. Teams of five will compete
in hiking, biking, rock wall climbing and rafting. For more information,
contact the Student Life Office ... Have you ever been frustrated with
Student Government Association allocations and wonder what you can do
to change it? Now is your chance. Elections for SGA officers and senators
as well as CAB officers and RHA officers will be held April 14-16. The
deadline to turn in petitions to run for these positions is Friday,
April 11. There will be an All Campus Candidates Forum on Monday, April
14 to allow the student body to become familiar with the candidates.
NCATE visit very successful
Representatives of the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE) completed their site visit to evaluate
the university and its teacher education program last week and all indications
are that it went very well.
First, they indicated that all standards were
met, said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daniel Taddie.
They indicated some areas for improvement, primarily assessment,
diversity and professional development, but that was no surprise. In
short, the visit had a very successful outcome. Commendations are due
to Dr. George Stone, the education faculty and staff, and area faculty
and staff all across campus for the outstanding planning, execution,
teamwork and hard work that resulted in such a favorable outcome. Thanks
to you, we have a stronger institution and provide an even higher quality
education for our students.