tops 700 mark
SFall enrollment at Ozarks has reached the 700 mark
for the first time since 1989.
University officials announced last week a 2002 Fall
Semester enrollment of 703 students, a 7.5 percent increase over fall
2001 and the most students on campus since 1989 when 726 students attended
the college. This falls enrollment also marks a 33 percent increase
since 1998 when the college reported 530 students.
Even I continue to be amazed at our student
enrollment success at Ozarks, said President Dr. Rick Niece. In
1998 we set a 10-year enrollment goal, on a year-to-year basis, and
our projections were to exceed the 700 enrollment mark by the fall of
2005. With 703 students this fall, we are three years ahead of the plan.
That is a tribute to our admissions and financial aid staff and to the
enrollment management system we implemented in 1998.
The 2002 Fall Semester enrollment includes 422 returning
students and 281 new students.
When were out recruiting prospective students,
we dont find like we did seven or eight years ago that were
the best kept secret in Arkansas anymore, said Director of Admissions
Jim Decker. Students know who we are now. One example is that
our database of inquiries has almost doubled in just the last five years.
Ozarks also has 450 students living in on-campus housing
this semester, the largest number of students living on campus in the
Last year we had 405 students living on campus,
and that was the first time in Ozarks history that we exceeded
400, Dr. Niece said. This years increase is remarkable.
Students want to live on campus, and that says a great deal about the
environment we have developed, and continue to improve, for our students.
Our students are telling us that the University of the Ozarks is a great
place to learn and to live..
Sept. 11 ceremony planned
There will be a campus and community Sept. 11 Remembrance
and Flag Plaza Dedication at 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The university will dedicate the new Broyles Flag
Plaza and a memorial service will be held to remember the victims of
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The ceremony will last about
30 minutes. The 9 a.m. classes will dismiss at 9:40 a.m. and the 10
a.m. classes will begin at approximately 10:20 a.m. that morning.
Ozarks Student Education Association (OSEA) is holding
a raffle for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind U of O quilt. The quilt
depicts photos of buildings on campus. Raffle chances are $1 each or
six for $5, and proceeds go toward book scholarships for deserving U
of O education majors. Drawing for the quilt will be held October 12.
For more information on the quilt or to purchase chances, please contact
Leanita Pelts in the Education Office or contact any OSEA member ...
Sophomores and juniors interested in a career in mathematics, the natural
sciences or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater
Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. In April, the Goldwater
Foundation will award scholarships to students who will be juniors or
seniors during the 2003-2004 academic year. For more information on
the scholarship, please contact Dr. Todd Watson in the Smith-Broyles
Science Center ... The Physical Plant is currently accepting applications
for a Maintenance Technician. This is a full-time, 12-month position
which offers a full benefit package. Electrical and/or plumbing experience
preferred. Applications will be accepted in the Business Office through
September 20th. Projected starting date is October 15, 2002 ... The
mens soccer team defeated Hendrix College 2-0 last week at Hurie
Field for its first victory of the season, while the Lady Eagles opened
their season last week with losses to Hendrix, UCA and Texas-Lutheran.
After a road trip to Bacone College on Sept. 10, both teams will return
home. The Eagles take on Rust College on Sept. 14 and Lyon College on
Sept. 15, while the Eagles and Lady Eagles play host to Austin College
in the conference-opener on Sept. 20 ... There will be a special 9/11
panel discussion at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11, in the Rowntree Recital Hall.
Titled 9/11 and One Year: Where Do We Go From Here?,
Humanities Professor Dr. Elissa Heil will serve as moderator. Speakers
include History Professor Dr. Judy Walden, Political Science Professor
Dr. Gilbert Parks, Chaplain Rev. Bill Woodard, Vice President for Finance
and Business Affairs John Jones, and special guest Amir Abdul-Khaliq.
Convo credit will be awarded.
Author Loewen kicks off WAIS
James Loewen, author of the national bestseller Lies
My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got
Wrong will kick off the 2002-2003 University of the Ozarks
Walton Arts & Ideas Series with a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept.
12 , in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
Loewen is a Harvard-educated sociologist whose books
and lectures are in-depth looks at the shortcomings of history education
in America, as well as a look at what we can do to change students
attitudes toward history in our classrooms. He spent two years at the
Smithsonian Institution surveying 12 leading high school textbooks of
American History. What he found, according to his press release, was
an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism and
plain misinformation, weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost
In response, Loewen wrote Lies My Teacher
Told Me, in part a telling critique of existing books but
also a retelling of American history as it should and could
be taught. The book was the winner of the 1996 American Book Award,
the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship
and the AESA Critics Choice Award.
Tickets are $10 each for the general public. As always,
Ozarks faculty, staff and students can receive one free ticket
each to the performance.
of the month
Russellville artist Neal Harrington is the featured
artist for the month of September in the Stephens Art Gallery.
Harrington, a visiting lecturer in the art department at Arkansas Tech
University, will present his print show Delta Stomp in the gallery from
Sept. 3 through Sept. 30. Harrington earned a bachelors degree
in painting from the University of South Dakota and a masters
in printmaking from Wichita State University. His wife, Tammy, is an
assistant professor of art at Ozarks.
There will be a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Harrington from 6 p.m.
to 7 p.m., Sept. 12, in the gallery, which is located in the Walton
Fine Arts Center on the north side of campus. For more information on
the art show, contact the university at (479) 979-1349.
The Office of International Studies will present its
annual Host Family International Festival at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept.
14, in the Seay Student Center.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will
be held in conjunction with the Independence Day of several Central
American countries. The festival will include booths, presentations
and food representing the students respective native countries.
Ozarks has students from 17 countries this year, including
Belize, Bosnia, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Honduras,
Ireland, Panama, Spain and Yugoslavia.
For more information about the festival, please call
the International Studies Office at 979-1443.