Volume 2   Issue # 15
Monday, May 1, 2000

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The President's Post
  In a poem I wrote a number of years ago, I coined the word "sadappy." I still like the word because it captures that odd, simultaneous mixture of sorrow and joy I experience on infrequent and rare occasions. Graduation, for me, is one of those occasions.
    On May 13, we say goodbye and good luck to some very special seniors. A commencement that, at one time several years ago, must have seemed so very far away for our seniors is now upon them. Commencement is an ambiguous term. While it means "to begin," it also signals an ending. Our graduates begin a new phase of life filled with exciting challenges, while they also end their daily learning and interactions with us at Ozarks. Life will not be quite the same for any of us. We each gain something; we each lose something.
    Graduates, this campus will always be our connecting point and your touchstone. You were important to us as students, and you remain important to us as alumni. We will share your triumphs and rejoice in your successes. Your positive influence on Ozarks will remain long after your graduation.
    Come back and visit us soon. How about real soon!

Dr. Rick Niece

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