|Volume I Issue # 3|
|Monday, September 28, 1998
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My theme throughout last year was PRIDE. PRIDE and its levels of meaning became our word for the year, and the acronym worked prefectly. I had buttons made and distributed them everywhere I spoke. I must admit that I had no idea as to the number of speeches a President is asked to give and the wide range of audiences. I literally gave dozens of speeches to hundreds of people.
The PRIDE theme, a simple premise, began to snowball and to take on a life of its own. For my inaugural address I expanded PRIDE to, "A Celebration of Pride and Promise," allowing me to link the richness of our past with the promise of our future. The concept of PROMISE has led to my new theme for this year. PROMISE is also a word with multiple meanings, and I am intending for it to describe both our commitment to others and our potential.
Remember our traditions and respect our heritage.
Optimize our opportunities.
Manage our resources--financial, physical, and human--in the best manner possible.
Intensify our efforts to communicate effectively and to work cooperatively.
Serve others and be a role model for others through the example we set.
Engage one another in our most important responsibility: the academic, spiritual, and personal development of students.
My hope is that PROMISE will assist all of us this year as we focus on the primary goals for the University of the Ozarks. I need your help in fulfilling these goals. If you want a button to show your PROMISE, please stop by my office. Thanks!
Rick Niece, Ph.D.
Public Relations Office,