Volume 2   Issue # 4   
Monday, September 27, 1999

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The President's Post
  
  We were there and, yes it was exciting, despite
Hurricane Floyd and the hotel employee strike.
ShereJ and I wanted to be in Atlantic City to support Brandy Rhodes, our Miss Arkansas, during the 79th annual Miss America Pageant. We carried as many of the "good luck" messages from all of you that we could possibly manage, and Brandy and her parents appreciated the campus encouragement. Brandy is proud to be a graduate of this University, and she represents us well. And, my goodness, wasn't it great to have the University of the Ozarks mentioned several times on nationwide television?
   ShereJ and I attended as many of the events as possible during our three-day, whirlwind trip. We went to the preliminary competitions on Thursday; the raucous and extraordinarily outlandish boardwalk parade on Friday; and the not-soon-to-be-forgotten Miss America finals on Saturday. (ShereJ says that Donnie remains "remarkably cute," while I think Marie is holding up OK.) We also had backstage passes that gave us the opportunity to see Brandy, her family, friends, and the other contestants.
   The Saturday night televised finals were great fun with a lot of audience participation. Several times, during commercial breaks, we got Brandy's on stage attention by shouting, "Good luck, Brandy." I am not ashamed to say that some of the loud screams and cheers you heard on TV came from us. Actually, ShereJ was louder, but she will never admit it.
   If you have any questions about the pageant, ShereJ and I will be glad to fill you in on the details. Such as, did you know that the Miss America Pageant is the largest single source of scholarship money for women? It provides $30 million annually in scholarships. I have a program, pictures, and other memorabilia from the pageant in my office. Please stop by to see them. And, by the way, none of the other semifinalists had any more elegance, grace, composure, class, or talent than Brandy. In fact, she was the best. And she provided this campus with the thrill of a lifetime.


Dr. Rick Niece
President



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