Volume 5  Issue # 15
Monday, April 7, 2003

The President's Post
    This week we observe one of my favorite celebrations at Ozarks: Alumni Weekend. The alumni events planned for this occasion may very well be the best ones since Shereé and I came to Ozarks. The range of activities is impressive, and there truly is something for everyone. Ozarks Magic is this year’s theme and, in this instance, magic is not an illusion.

   I love Alumni Weekend for a number of reasons. I always learn something new from our alumni about the history of Ozarks, hear fascinating stories about former faculty and staff members, and am again reminded about the lifelong influence that Ozarks has had on so many people. When potential students and their parents tour our campus and visit my office, I tell the students that they will make only about five or six life-altering decisions during their lifetimes. Carefully selecting an undergraduate campus to attend is certainly one of those decisions, and my advice is validated by our alumni. Their decision to attend Ozarks was life-altering, and they are proud to return, retell, and remember.

   When you see alumni who have come back to Ozarks, please greet them warmly and welcome them sincerely. That means a great deal to them. In years to come, you will realize the importance of Alumni Weekend and the joy of coming home. Those of us here now are merely the current caretakers of this campus. We share our love and reverence for Ozarks with the several thousand who came before us and who paved the way for our recent success. We owe them our gratitude and our respect.

Dr. Rick Niece
President



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