Volume 6  Issue # 6
Monday, November 10, 2003

The President's Post
       Athletics are an important part of this campus. I also know that our athletes respect the rigors of their academic challenges and classroom responsibilities. I appreciate the coaches’ high standards for student-athletes and their commitment to keeping our student-athletes’ priorities in proper order. The classroom is always first.
   I like the athletic conference we are in, the American Southwest Conference, and I especially appreciate that we are a NCAA Division III, non-athletic scholarship affiliate. Division III is the cleanest, purest, most regulated, and best model of how collegiate athletics should operate.
   Sherée and I attend as many campus events as possible, sometimes two or three within the same day. We enjoy each event because we are able to watch our students and their diversified talents. You always know when Sherée is in attendance at a sports event. She’s the noisy one, sitting to my right, who’s always an active and vocal cheerer. The Ozarks’ First Lady is also the Ozarks’ First Fan.
   An announcement is made before each conference sporting event on campus, on behalf of Ozarks and the American Southwest Conference, requesting our team members to participate fairly and our fans to demonstrate good sportsmanship. I like the announcement, and I am asking for all of us to continue to listen to the words carefully and to respond appropriately during competitions. In the long run, a campus community is remembered more for its character than for its winning and losing, and that’s as it should be.
   Every day you and I represent the University of the Ozarks, on and off campus. We represent Ozarks in our behavior, actions, and demeanor. We are Ozarks. Let’s continue to be Ozarks with pride, responsibility, and positive enthusiasm.

Dr. Rick Niece
President



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