Volume 5 Issue # 1
Monday, August 26, 2002

Campus News
Ozarks Welcomes New Faces
   Several new faculty and staff members have joined the Ozarks family in recent months.
   Vickie Alston joins the Ozarks family as Information Services Assistant. Vickie has a degree from Ozarks.
   Kevin Dean is the new director of Aramark.
   Brenda Harmon joins the Ozarks family as the new assistant housekeeping supervisor.
   Chad Harris, a 2001 Ozarks graduate, joins us as Residence Hall Director.
   Lisa Hollis joins Ozarks as an Admissions Counselor. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Stanislaus.
   Trace Hollis, Lisa’s husband, joins Ozarks as the assistant men’s soccer coach.
   Vanessa Hollowell joins the Ozarks’ family as the new Business Office Assistant. Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University.
   Dirk Hooiman is a new assistant women’s soccer coach.
   Brian Hull, a 2002 Ozarks graduate, joins us as the coordinator of campus activities.
   Martha Koestner joins us this fall as Program Coordinator in the Jones Learning Center. Martha holds a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
   Samuel McLure joins the Ozarks family as the new HVAC tech in Maintenance.
   Marsha Tindell is the new director of field experiences in Teacher Education. Marsha holds a master’s degree from Ozarks.
   Charity Tyree-Ruley joins Ozarks as an Admissions Counselor. Charity is also a 2002 graduate of Ozarks.
   Jackie Whitson rejoins the Ozarks family as secretary in International Studies.
New Faculty & Administration
   Tammy Harrington joins Ozarks as an assistant professor in art. Tammy earned her M.F.A. from Wichita State Univ. and worked as an adjunct art instructor at Ozarks last year.
   Dr. Jozsef Hunek joins Ozarks as an assistant professor of chemistry. Jozsef earned his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.
   Dr. Phillip Kristiansen joins Ozarks as an assistant professor of Spanish. Phillip earned his Ph.D. from University of Arizona.
   Dr. Daniel Lackey joins Ozarks as an assistant professor of English. Dan earned his Ph.D. from Boston University.
   Dr. Gwenn Meredith is an assistant professor of history. Gwenn earned her Ph.D. at the University of Sydney.
   Dr. Matt Myers is an assistant professor in mathematics. Matt earned his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.
   Dr. David Pusey joins Ozarks as an assistant professor in physical education. David earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.
   Dr. Lynda Robinson joins Ozarks as an associate professor in early childhood education. Lynda earned her Ph.D from the University of Illinois.
   Dr. Daniel Taddie joins the Ozarks administrative staff as vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Taddie comes to us from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.
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Around Campus...
   There will be a campus and community Sept. 11 Remembrance and Flag Plaza Dedication at 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The university will dedicate the new Broyles Flag Plaza and a memorial service will be held to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The ceremony will last about 30 minutes. The 9 a.m. classes will dismiss at 9:40 a.m. and the 10 a.m. classes will begin at approximately 10:20 a.m. that morning ... A four-on-four sand volleyball tournament will be held this week by the Student Life Office. Contact Bo Funderburk at Ext. 1426 for more information ... Hypnotist C.J. Johnson will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Seay Student Center ... The Student Life Office will present El Parian Night at 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. This annual event that includes an evening of great food and music is one of the more popular events of the semester. Contact Student Life for more information ... The International Studies Office will present its annual fall International Festival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Seay Cafeteria. Anyone interested in being a new “host parent” for an international student is encouraged to attend the event ... Several U of O students performed well in the 2002 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held this summer. Eric Safieh and Rene Espinosa took second in team Emerging Business Issues; Rebeca Aguilar and Maria Fernanda Reyna placed fourth in team Business Plan; Suyapa Mansilla placed fifth in Management; Rob Reynolds was sixth in Information Management; and Jose Urias placed ninth in Accounting for Professionals ... James Loewen, author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” will be the first performer in the 2002-03 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. Loewen will present a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Walton Center.

Watermelon Party, Auction

    Ozarks’ Johnson County Alumni Chapter will hold its annual Watermelon Party and Pie Auction at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Seay Student Center.
   Ice-cold watermelon will be provided by Mrs. Pearl Whitson ’35, and Denton Tumbleson ’74 will serve as the “auctioneer” for the pie auction. Proceeds from the pie auction will go towards scholarships for Johnson County students. This year, the chapter was able to award three $750 scholarships from the proceeds of last year’s auction.
   Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Please RSVP the Alumni Office at Ext. 1234.

Business earns accreditation

   Ozarks’ Business Program was recently awarded accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), announced Dr. Daniel Taddie, vice president for academic affairs.
   IACBE is based in Overland, Kan., and is the premier accrediting body for teaching-oriented, four-year college and university undergraduate business programs.
“This special accreditation validates what we have known for some time — that we have a quality business program,” Dr. Taddie said. “However, it also provides us with extra tools to enhance the program and extra resources for faculty, students and alumni.”
   Ozarks’ Business Program offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, business education, management and marketing. The IACBE accreditation is the first national accreditation for U of O’s business program. Only about one-third of all business programs nationally have received national program accreditation.
   Dr. Robert Hilton, chair of the Division of Business, Government and Communications, said accreditation with IACBE will directly benefit students in job placement and graduate school acceptance. “Students are going to be able to put on their resume and graduate school applications that their degrees came from an externally accredited business program,” he said. “There’s also an IACBE Web site that our students and alumni can use to look for jobs around the world. It’s going to benefit our program in several ways.”

Auditions for “Blithe Spirit”

   The U of O Theatre Department will hold auditions on Monday, Sept. 9, for two women’s roles in the upcoming production of “Blithe Spirit.”
   The auditions will be at 6:30 p.m., in the Seay Theatre. Bruce Brown, the director of the production, will hold an audition workshop at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Seay Theatre for students interested in the audition process. “Blithe Spirit”will be performed on campus Oct. 17 and 18. It will also be Ozarks’ entry in the Arkansas College Theatre Festival later this fall. For more information, contact Brown at Ext. 1336.



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