Volume 5 Issue # 10
Monday, January 27, 2003

Campus News
Swing dance to hit Walton stage

   SwingDance America, a dance show featuring swing dance styles spanning three generations, will perform at the University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
   SwingDance America, produced by the San Francisco-based Gary Lindsey Artist Services (GLAS), includes 10-12 dancers and encompasses regional variations of the dance from all across the United States. The program includes the jitterbug, lindy, jive, Carolina shag and West Coast swing, running the gamut from the roots of swing to today’s swing craze. SwingDance America demonstrates that swing lives not only through music from the big band era, but through rhythm and blues, country western, and even today’s contemporary music.
   SwingDance America’s dancers and choreographers have demonstrated their performance, competition and choreographic expertise in events such as the North Atlantic Dance Championship and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship.
   The Rocky Mountain News said of SwingDance America: “Ten flashy, fun-loving performers pranced their way through an ambitious program surveying every imaginable style of swing dance. Their energy was contagious, their technique jaw-dropping.”
   SwingDance America is a part of the U of O’s 2002-2003 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. There is no admission charge for Ozarks faculty, staff and students.

Lady Eagles blitz UT-Dallas
   The U of O Lady Eagles’ five starters combined for 76 of the team’s 90 points in their 90-78 victory over University of Texas-Dallas on Saturday afternoon in American Southwest Conference East Division action.
   Ozarks (8-9, 2-2) had four players in double figures, led by junior forward Jenna Corbell’s 25 points. Freshman Mandi Carter had her third consecutive game of 20-plus points after scoring 21 against the Lady Comets. Carter also snagged a game-high 15 rebounds. Kristy Watts added 18 points and Jennifer Goodwin scored a season-high 12 points for the Lady Eagles.
   The UT-Dallas Comets (5-12, 1-3) pulled off the upset as they defeated the Eagles (10-6, 3-1) 83-75 in the afternoon’s second game. It was a bittersweet day for senior guard Ricky Johnson, who passed the 1,000 career point plateau and scored a team-best 20 points to lead Ozarks. The Lady Eagles and Eagles return to ASC action Thursday, Jan. 30, when they host Louisiana College.

Around Campus...
   Junior biology major Amanda Hock has been named as an outstanding student with an Arkansas Silo Undergraduate Research Fellowship to study the relationship between genetic variation and variation in growth of armadillos. The fellowship includes travel expenses for her to present her findings at a national scientific conference. In other biology news, students Silvia Zorrilla and Nathan Windel recently attended the international meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Toronto. They presented two research poster reports on armadillo behavior ... Community Service Inc. in Russellville, the American Lung Association and the Student Life Office are sponsoring a class to help anyone in the campus community stop smoking or using other forms of tobacco. The first class meets at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Walker Hall. For more information, please contact George Pittenger at Ext. 1400 ... The Board of Trustees’ annual Winter Retreat will be Feb. 6-8 at The Peabody in Little Rock ... The Alumni Association Board of Directors met last weekend and chose the 2003 alumni award winners. The winners include: David Hosley ’59 (Achievement); Bob Harrison ’50 (Merit); Shari Bauser Standridge ’97 (Young Alumni Service); May Taylor ’37 (Legacy) and Ernest King ’41 (Legacy). The awards will be given out during the awards ceremony during Alumni Weekend, April 10-13.

President Niece reminds everyone that weekly chapel services at Ozarks are encouraged but not mandatory. Offices will not be officially closed during Chapel, but anyone who wishes to attend is encouraged to do so. In situations where all office personnel wish to attend Chapel, employees should see their supervisors about making arrangements to cover the office. No campus sponsored organizational events or meetings are to be scheduled during Chapel, except in extraordinary circumstances. In these instances, the Chaplain and the President should be consulted in advance.

Knight named division chair
   Biology Professor Dr. Frank Knight has been named the new chair of the Division of Sciences and Mathematics at the University of the Ozarks, effective Jan. 1.
   In addition to his new administrative duties, Knight will continue to teach zoology and biology courses, which he has done since joining the university in 1990. A native of Columbia, S.C., Knight earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Clemson University, a master’s in zoology from Michigan State and a Ph.D. in biology from Indiana University.
   “I am looking forward to helping our science and math faculty and students achieve their professional goals and receive the recognition they deserve for their scholarly successes,” Knight said. “My job will be easier because our faculty members are outstanding and they demonstrate every day that students’ life-long learning is our mission. As our teaching and scholarship efforts become more integrated across programs, our multi-disciplinary division will become a novel model of exciting, student-centered learning.”
   Knight is considered one of the leading experts in the region on the physiology and behavior of armadillos and directs numerous undergraduate research projects on the mammals.
   “Dr. Knight is a highly respected teacher and faculty leader,” said Dr. Daniel Taddie, vice president for academic affairs at Ozarks. “His vision for the teaching and learning process and his fairness in dealing with colleagues will serve the faculty and students of the division well and will, in turn, contribute to the strengthening of Ozarks.”

Scholarship deadlines nearing
  The Financial Aid Office has information on numerous scholarships that are available for the 2003-2004 academic year. Following are a few of the scholarships, their application deadline and contact information. For more information on these and other scholarships, please contact Financial Aid.
   *James Madison Memorial Fellowship for master’s level graduate study in American history. www.jamesmadison.com.
   *The American Chemical Society Scholars program for chemistry majors (Feb. 15). www.acs.org.
   *Talbots Women’s Scholarship for undergraduate women (March 1). www.talbots.com/about/scholar/asp.
   *Arkansas Press Women’s Organization scholarship for journalism students (March 1). Contact Financial Aid.
   *National Federation of the Blind scholarships for legally blind, full-time students. (March 31). Contact Financial Aid Office.
   *The Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Scholarship for sophomores with at least 3.2 GPA. 606-452-7007.
   *John Gyles Education Fund for post-secondary education majors (April 1). Contact Financial Aid Office.
   *AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship Program for accounting. www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/edu/jlcs.htm.
   *Ronald King Laster Scholarship for Johnson County Ark., high school graduates. (March 1). Contact Financial Aid Office.”



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