Ranked Best Value
U of O is the number one ranked best value in the
South in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelors), according
to U.S. News & World Report in its 2003 guide to colleges
Ozarks was also ranked for the fourth consecutive
year as a top tier university in its Southern regional category.
U.S. News ranks the nations colleges and universities in tiers,
with the top 25 percent of the schools in each category placed in the
In its annual Americas Best Colleges
edition, which hit the newsstands on Sept. 16, U.S. News & World
Report ranked more than 1,400 accredited schools nationally, based on
such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates,
faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni
In the magazines Best Values category,
Ozarks moved to first among the Souths 105 Comprehensive Colleges
(Bachelors) after being ranked second in the 2002 rankings. The
value rankings evaluate the cost of attending a college or university
relative to the quality of the institution, according to the magazines
ranking system. U of O was also ranked in the South in the category
of students graduating with the least amount of debt and was ranked
No. 1 in the South in percentage of international students (17 %).
Every time I think that things cannot get better
at Ozarks, something great happens to prove me wrong, President
Dr. Rick Niece said. These rankings again confirm the excellence
of an Ozarks education. I am proud of this campus and that recognition.
The progress we continue to make at Ozarks is truly amazing.
WH Ceremony set for Oct. 4
The finishing touches are being put in place in Walker
Hall, and plans are being finalized for the Walker Hall Dedication Ceremony,
scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
The ceremony for the new Teacher Education and Communications
center will include numerous remarks of appreciation by current and
former students and faculty. There will also be tours of the building
and a dinner in the Seay Student Center following the formal program.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to RSVP to the Advancement
Office at Ext. 1230 by Sept. 26.
A recent U of O graduate, Trillian Stevenson 99,
is interning on Saturday Night Live in New York City this fall in the
costume department. A theatre major at Ozarks, Trillian recently completed
a masters degree from Rutgers University. She said one of her
main duties will be clothes shopping for the shows various skits.
... Communications major Amber Homer-Sharp won the Channel 5 Youth Talent
Contest Sunday at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Fort Smith. She
received a $500 cash prize and a trip to perform at the Jim Stafford
Theater in Branson, Mo. ... Rotaract is holding a raffle for a weekend
at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita. Tickets are $1 each and
can be purchased either from Rotaract members or at the front desk in
Student Support Services in Robson Library. The drawing is Oct. 12.
... 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. 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. ... The Eagles soccer
team improved to 5-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play with a 2-0
American Southwest Conference victory over Austin College at Hurie Field
on Friday. The Eagles got goals from Ron Hogsett and Josh Edgmon and
a shutout from goalie Chris Shultz to win their fifth consecutive match.
The Eagles will be back in action at home against the University of
Texas-Dallas on Sept. 29. ... The deadline to apply for this falls
Dial Grant is Oct. 16. The Dial Grant aids faculty members and professional
staff in professional development. For more information, contact Bruce
Brown at Ext. 1336. ... Kids College, under the direction of Ginny Sain,
has several Saturday workshops and other classes for school-age children
coming up this semester, including Stage 2 for 6th-12th graders and
Spooky Stories for 5th-9th graders. For more information on these workshops
or the Saturday Series, contact Ginny at Ext. 1346. ... The baseball
Eagles will get their first taste of competition this weekend as they
play an afternoon of scrimmage games against Carl Albert College starting
at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hurie Field. ... The Lady Eagles tennis
team had one of its biggest non-conference wins in recent years on Saturday
when it defeated University of Central Arkansas 6-3 in Conway. Congratulations
to the Lady Eagles!
FCC Approves Radio Station
Ozarks was notified earlier this month that the FCC
has approved the universitys application for a low-power FM radio
station. The radio station studio and production rooms will be located
in the lower level of Walker Hall. The stations frequency will
be 100.5 FM and the call letters will most likely be KUOZ. While most
of the equipment will be in place later this semester, the station will
probably not go on the air until sometime in the Spring, according to
Susan Dorney, director of video and media services.
Youve probably heard the term Smart Classroom,
used around Ozarks in recent years, and wondered what exactly does that
Smart Classrooms are those that integrate audio (cassette
and CD players with surround sound), video (cable television, VHS and
multi-zone DVD), a slide projector, a dedicated laptop (with both Internet
and local network access), and a document viewer (a plain-paper overhead
projector). Everything is projected through a ceiling-mounted LCD projector,
and all of the devices are controlled by a single hand-held remote.
This technology allows faculty members and students to easily and efficiently
draw on the incredible array of teaching tools available on the Internet,
on CDs or DVDs, or on educational software programs.
With the addition of three Smart Classrooms
in Walker Hall, there will be 11 Smart Classrooms on campus,
with plans to add several more in the coming years.
Make a Difference
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an active organization
on more than 1,000 college and university campuses in more than 31countries.
SIFE students value the idea of seizing their opportunities and making
a difference. The SIFE team has improved the quality of life and the
standard of living in the Clarksville community and around the world
by teaching the principles of market economics, entrepreneurship, and
personal finance success.
Any student or faculty member can participate in SIFE.
It is NOT required to be a business major. Being involved in SIFE is
also a personal learning adventure regardless of your major. Joining
SIFE will challenge you in leadership skills, money management, and
many other areas that will be useful for you at any time in your professional
development. Our projects with public schools, web sites, community
service, and on campus activities will begin in October. The first edition
of our SIFE Newspaper will debut on Oct. 4, and we will be looking for
ways to communicate our programs and activities.
The University of the Ozarks SIFE Team has won in
the regional competition for the past nine years. Last year, their Make
a Difference project placed 1st. in the United States.
Make a Difference in your life, JOIN SIFE!