Volume 7 Issue # 1
Monday, April 30, 2004

Campus News
Soccer teams begin season

   The university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will open the home season on Friday, Sept. 3, with matches against Oklahoma City University at Hurie Soccer Field. The women’s match begins at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s match.
   The Eagles, who begin the season on Sept. 1 at Rhodes College in Memphis, are coming off a conference championship season and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA postseason tournament. The Lady Eagles are under the direction of a new head coach, Adam Nirenberg, a former assistant at Concordia University in Illinois.
   Come out and support both the Eagles and Lady Eagles.

U of O’s new faces, places
New Staff
Ramona Cogan joins us this fall as the new Public Relations office manager in the Advancement Office. She previously worked for the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.
Cindy Cunningham joins us as Office of Admissions secretary after previously working at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.
Kelly Stutz is the new head women’s basketball and cross country coach. Kelly earned her M.B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). She has eight years of coaching experience at the NCAA level with stints at WVWC, Ashland, and Muskingum College (OH).
Adam Nirenberg is the new women’s soccer coach. Adam earned his M.A. from Concordia University. He has been the assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach at Concordia University in Illinois.
Luc Godin is the new head men’s and women’s tennis coach. He was the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, during its 2001-2002 national championship season.
Scott Smith is the new assistant tennis coach.
Katie Lien is the new assistant women’s soccer coach.
Andrea Dewey is the new assistant softball coach.
LaTaryl Williams is the new assistant men’s basketball coach.
Christina Jost is the new assistant women’s basketball coach.
Don Cunningham joins Ozarks working in Security.
Todd Russell joins us this fall working in Security.
Diana Schneider joined the Ozarks family last September as tutor coordinator in Student Support Services.
Bill Farley joined Ozarks in September working in Maintenance.
Elaine Dodson has joined Ozarks in housekeeping.
Teresa Conquest has joined the Aramark staff as assistant food service director. She will oversee the catering service.
Chivon Cogan, a 2003 Ozarks graduate, is a new admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions.
Debbie Eldridge is the new secretary for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Hunter Jackson, a 2003 Ozarks graduate, is a new admissions recruiter for the Jones Learning Center.

New Faculty/Administration
Jesse Weiss, who earned his Ph.D. from Utah State University, is a new assistant professor of sociology and environmental studies.
Cynthia Lanphear is now a full-time instructor of marketing. Cindy earned her M.B.A. at the University of Central Arkansas.
Jeff Scaccia is the new chief financial officer in the Business Office. He comes to us from Lake Hamilton Enterprises in Little Rock.

Changes to Positions or Titles
Glenda Gibson is now the Student Life office manager. Glenda was most recently the secretary in the Office of Admissions.
Kerry Lunn is a development officer in the Office of Advancement after serving as Public and Church Relations office manager.
Steve Edmisten is now the University’s executive vice president..

University gets high ranking

    For the sixth consecutive year Ozarks has been ranked as a “top tier” university in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual late summer publication that analyzes institutions of higher education.
   In the 2005 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released on Aug. 20, Ozarks was ranked in a tie for ninth overall among 106 universities in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s) in the South Region. The ninth-place ranking is the highest ever for U of O, which was ranked No. 12 in the South in 2004 and No. 14 in 2003.
   In the annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition, 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 giving.
   In the magazine’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, Ozarks ranked third overall among the South’s 106 Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s). Ozarks has been ranked in the South Region’s top five “Best Values” by the magazine in each of the past six years. The value rankings evaluate the cost of attending a college or university relative to the quality of the institution, according to the magazine’s ranking system.

Around Campus ...
    Regular Chapel Service will begin Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. President Dr. Rick Niece will be the featured speaker for the first service ... Intramural sand volleyball begins Aug. 31 on the court north of MacLean Hall. Flag football registration will run from Sept. 13-24. The season begins Sept. 26 ... Ozarks tragically lost a member of its campus community over the summer when sophomore-to-be Andrea Fancher of Kingston, Ark., was killed in a car accident in Kansas on Aug. 8 ... There will be no classes and campus offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day ... Publications Coordinator Vinnie Tran and husband Cody welcomed a new baby girl, Sydney, to their family on Aug. 25 ... Faculty and staff members interested in teaching adult community service classes or workshops through the University’s Community Service program should contact program coordinator Ginny Sain at Ext. 1346 ... Humanities Professor Dr. David Strain is gauging interest in a study-abroad program on Italy for the Spring Semester. Those students who would be interested in taking a course on Italy that culminates with a trip to that country should contact Dr. Strain ... Freshman dinners at the President’s Home will begin Sept. 7 and run through Sept. 20 ... The Public Relations Office is currently working on the 2004-2005 Campus Directory. Those faculty and staff members who need to change directory information from last year should contact Ramona Cogan at Ext. 1433.

McGovern to visit Ozarks
    Former U.S. Senator George McGovern, who was the 1972 Democratic nominee for president, and Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady on the 1970s hit television show “The Brady Bunch,” will speak at Ozarks during the school year as part of the 2004-2005 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.
This year’s theme for the annual series is “Looking Back at the 20th Century.” Six events will make up this year’s series, beginning on Oct. 23 with The Old School Bluegrass Band. All events will be held in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus in Clarksville.
   McGovern, who will speak at Ozarks on April 19, served as a senator from South Dakota from 1963-1981. He ran for president in 1968, 1972 and 1984. Running on a platform to end the Vietnam War and on instituting guaranteed minimum incomes for the nation’s poor, McGovern was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972. He lost to Richard Nixon, 62 percent to 38 percent, one of the biggest landslides in American history.
   Williams, who will speak at Ozarks on Feb. 1, is best known for his portrayal of Greg Brady in the popular TV show “The Brady Bunch.” His bestselling book, “Growing Up Brady/I was a Teenage Greg,” sold more than 300,000 copies and was turned into a television movie. He has starred in more than 100 television, film and Broadway productions, and recently released a pop music CD, “The Return of Johnny Bravo.”
   On Nov. 9, Elena Dodd will present “Meet Eleanor Roosevelt,” an historical portrayal of the former first lady. On Jan. 16, Ozarks will present “Keep on the Sunny Side,” a musical tribute to the Carter Family, one of the most famous and historically significant families in country music. On March 1, the Newport, Ark.-based rock and roll band Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers will perform. The band, in its 49th year, was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2002.
   As always, tickets for the campus community are free.



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