Volume 4 Issue # 9
Monday, January 21, 2001

Campus News
WAIS presents playwright
   Playwright and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith will present “Snapshots: Glimpse of America in Change” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the University of the Ozarks’ Seay Theatre.
   The event is part of the university’s 2001-02 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. Smith was originally scheduled to perform at Ozarks on Sept. 11, but the event was postponed because of the terrorist attacks on that day.
   Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in the American theatre,” Smith uses the art of theatre to explore issues of race, community and character in America. She is best known as the author and performer of two award-winning one-woman plays about racial tensions in American cities — “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992” and “Fires in the Mirror.” In “Snapshots,” Smith presents selected characters from her plays, giving audience members a rare insight into the changing attitudes of ordinary Americans regarding race, class and gender. Her fascinating blend of theatre and social commentary will help audience members take a close look at just how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. As always, faculty, staff and students receive one free ticket each to the performance.

Mandatory seniors meeting
   There is a mandatory meeting for graduating seniors at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in Baldor Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to make decisions for location and student/faculty participation in the 2002 baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies in May.

New “479” area code arrives

   The new “479” area code that affects U of O became official on Jan. 19. Faculty and staff should make sure that the new area code is included on any new business cards, brochures, letterhead, and anything else that has the university phone numbers. The “479” area code will serve phone customers in northwest and western portions of Arkansas, including Pope, Johnson and Yell counties, Fayetteville and Fort Smith. The old “479” area code will still work during a six-month transition period, ending July 19.

Basketball teams shine

   The Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams returned from a very successful two-game road swing in Texas this past weekend. The Eagles defeated LeTourneau 86-73 and East Texas Baptist 92-85 to move to 11-5 overall and into first place in the American Southwest Conference with a 4-0 record, one game ahead of Mississippi College. The Lady Eagles also swept their two games — 71-57 over LeTourneau and 78-57 over ETBU — to move to 3-1 in the ASC. The two teams take on Louisiana College on Thursday and Mississippi College on Saturday at home. Come out and help the Eagles and Lady Eagles in their quest for a conference championship!

Around Campus ...

   The deadline to sign up for intramural volleyball is Monday, Jan. 21. Contact Intramurals Director Bo Funderburk at Ext. 1426 for more information ... Brenda Harmon has joined the Ozarks family as the new assistant housekeeping supervisor. Please make time to welcome Brenda to Ozarks ... The Ozarks Theatre Department will hold auditions for the performance “Blithe Spirit” at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, in the Seay Theatre. Auditions will consist of one-minute dialogues. For more information, contact Theatre Professor Bruce Brown at Ext. 1336 ... The Ozarks baseball and softball teams are working hard preparing for the 2002 season. The Eagles play their first game Feb. 13 against Hendrix College in Conway. The Lady Eagles open on Feb. 7th at home against Hendrix College ... Physical Plant Assistant Director Jeanett Willis welcomed her second grandchild, Garrett Morgan Howard, to the family on Jan. 8, 2002 ... Deadlines are approaching to apply for two stipends for faculty and professional staff development. The deadline to submit a proposal for the U of O Alumni Association’s Faculty Enrichment Award is Jan. 25, and the deadline to apply for the second installment of the 2001-02 Ozarks Dial Grant is Jan. 30. Contact Bruce Brown (Ext. 1336) for the Dial Grant and Reba Pridgin (Ext. 1413) for the Alumni Association award ... Former Lady Eagles basketball standout Penni Peppas-Burns will be inducted into the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony during the basketball games on Jan. 26. There will also be a luncheon to honor Peppas-Burns before the game. For more information, contact Alumni Director Reba Pridgin at Ext. 1413.

Study Abroad students announced
   Three U of O students have been selected to spend the Spring 2002 Semester studying abroad as participants in Syracuse University’s Division of International Programs Abroad. Aaron Coats, Daniel Sigala, and Jason Small will each spend a semester learning European history and culture while continuing their academic studies abroad.
   Coats and Sigala, both senior political science majors, will be studying in Strasbourg, France. Small, a sophomore political science major, will study at the Syracuse Center in London, England.
“The Strasbourg program is offered by Syracuse University which boasts one of the best international relations programs around,” Coats said. “By going abroad I seek to become more culturally aware and informed of Europe, to an extent that may only be gained through experience.”
   Students from universities across the United States participate in the program, which allows for total submersion into the European culture. Small will have the opportunity to visit key sites within London as well as trips to Oxford, Stonehenge and Greenwich.
   “The opportunity to study abroad in London will be a culmination of the groundwork Ozarks has provided for me,” Small said. “The tremendous opportunity to study abroad will not only provide an enormous amount of insight into a different culture and society but will also reinforce a major theme here at Ozarks of understanding, appreciating, and valuing cultural diversity.”
   While studying in Strasbourg, Coats and Sigala will stay with host families and will have the opportunity to learn more about the European culture and history with trips to Nuremberg, Prague, Dresden, Bratislava, Budapest, and Munich.
   A portion of each student’s cost is funded through Ozarks’ Clayton G. Russell Memorial Endowment for Political Science.

Approaching Scholarship deadlines
   The deadlines for the John Gyles Education Fund, the free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form, the Johnson County Single Parent Fund, and the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship scholarships are quickly approaching.
   A new FAFSA form must be filled out each year that you wish to be considered for financial aid. The information received will determine eligibility for Pell, SEOG, work-study and institutionally funded grants and scholarships. The deadline for optimal financial aid packages is Feb. 15.
   If you are interested in any of these scholarships, information on these scholarships and many more can be picked up in the Financial Aid Office, located in the Mabee Administration Building.

Black History Month programs
   Jabali Afrika, a group that celebrates the African heritage through dance and music, is one of a series of programs and events that will be held on campus in the coming weeks that honor Black History Month. Jabali Afrika, sposnored by the Student Life Office, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Walton Fine Arts Center. In addition, former Ozarks student Erika Massey Mays, along with current student Stephanie Massey and Campus Activities Coordinator Franqua Bedell, will perform as part of a Black History awareness program at Stillwell Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21.

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