Association to present awards to U of O alumni

Release Date: 3/21/2007

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks Alumni Association will present two of its most distinguished honors to Jack Phillips of Clarksville and Dr. Charles Liston of Bedford, Ky., during the university's Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon on Saturday, April 14.

The Alumni Awards Luncheon is part of the university’s 2007 Alumni Reunion Weekend, which will be held April 12-14 in Clarksville.

Phillips, a 1950 Ozarks graduate, will receive the Alumni Merit Award for his outstanding service contributions and excellence in leadership on behalf of Ozarks. Liston, a 1964 Ozarks graduate, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award in recognition for his outstanding professional career that exemplifies the value of a liberal arts education.

A native of Johnson County, Phillips returned to Clarksville in 1993 with his wife Ann following a long career in the energy and natural gas business. He is a member of the U of O Board of Trustees and a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Liston, a former student government president at Ozarks, retired in 2004 after a long and distinguished career as an aquatic research scientist. He spent 15 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.

Amy Anderson of Bentonville, Ark., a 1997 graduate, will be given the Young Alumni Service Award.

The Legacy Award recipients for 2007 will be awarded to three 1941 graduates, Maxine (Manuel) Eggensperger of Fort Smith, Marie (Baskin) Lewis of Clarksville, and Phillip Pittman of Clarksville. The Legacy Award is given to honor those alumni who have given unselfishly of their resources to support Ozarks and her mission during their lifetime.