Volume 5 Issue # 11
Monday, February 10, 2003

Campus News
Theatre seniors to present play
`night Mother

   The University of the Ozarks’ senior theatre majors will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, ‘night Mother, Feb. 20-22 in the Walton Fine Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each day, and tickets are free for the campus community.
   Written by Marsha Norman, ‘night Mother won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The student-directed production will serve as the senior project for four Ozarks theatre majors: Dustin Campbell of Pottsville, Misti Ponder of Murfreesboro, April James of Shreveport, La., and Sacha Fincher of Alma. Campbell will direct the play, Ponder will play the role of “Mama” and design the costumes, James will play “Jessie” and design the graphics, and Fincher is stage manager and light designer.
   “Most undergraduate theatre programs do not offer students the challenge of presenting fully produced main stage plays,” said Walton Professor of Theatre Dr. Pat Farmer. “At Ozarks, where our goal is to provide theatrical opportunities for students to realize their full potential, we encourage our seniors to take on the challenge of a main stage show. Dustin, Misti, April and Sacha have been actively involved in all aspects of theatrical production. For four years, they have demonstrated their dedication, discipline and artistry in faculty directed productions. Professor Bruce Brown and I are thrilled to provide them with this educational capstone experience.”
   A story of family conflict, ‘night Mother explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living. Played in real times, the audience watches as Jessie and her mother debate the issues, both mundane and weighty, which lead Jessie to her final decision. Described by New York Magazine as “honest, uncompromising, lucid, penetrating, well-written, dramatic and moving,” ‘night Mother will challenge audience members to evaluate the meaning of their own lives. Because of the intensity of the subject matter, ‘night Mother is not recommended for young audiences.
   Other cast members include Doc Harper, sound design and sound board operator; Diana Farrow, wardrobe mistress; Angela Payne, stage crew/properties; Shelly Muston, light board operator; India Judd, box office manager; and Jessica Gray, house manager.

Around Campus...
   President Niece was appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) during its annual meeting last week ... The International Studies Office will sponsor a Host Family Valentine Dessert Party at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Johnson County Fair Building. Call Ext. 1443 for more information or to RSVP ... SIFE will present a Valentine’s Dessert Auction from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Seay Cafeteria. SIFE is also selling carnations and raffle tickets as a fund-raiser for the organization’s regional competition in New Orleans in April ... The Communication program’s TV6 News, which ended an eight-month hiatus with a newscast last week, is planning its first live newscast for this Wednesday evening. The newscast will also be shown again Thursday night ... The Lady Eagles softball team will open the 2003 season, weather permitting, at home on Tuesday, Feb. 11, against Ouachita Baptist. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at Hurie Field ... The baseball team’s Feb. 11 opener at Carl Albert State has been cancelled because of inclement weather. The Eagles’ first home game is Feb. 15 against Mid-America Bible College at 1 p.m. ... The deadline to register for the annual Opportunity Day is Thursday, Feb. 13. Opportunity Day, which will be held Feb. 24 in the Holiday Inn Select in Little Rock, is organized by the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU). It is an opportunity for seniors at private colleges in the state to interview with several prospective employers from throughout the state and nation. There are also internship positions available for sophomores and juniors. For more information, contact Kimberly Spicer in Career Services ... The Planet Club reminds everyone to participate in the recycling of your cans and plastics. There are recycling bins throughout the campus. Please use them! ... The basketball games against Austin College on Tuesday, Feb. 18, will include Senior Night ceremonies. The Eagles and Lady Eagles will recognize their senior players as well as the senior cheerleaders and dance team members.

Central crisis photos on display
   The Stephens Art Gallery will present the exhibit, Central High 1957 and 1997: Photography by Will Counts, during the month of February.
   The exhibition, which is part of the Arkansas Arts Center’s traveling exhibit program, features original photographs by Counts recording the drama and emotion of the historic desegregation of Little Rock’s Central High. The exhibition contains Counts’ Pulitzer-nominated black and white works from 1957 and contrasts them to his color photographs from 1997 that record a new spirit at Central High.
   Included in the exhibit is the image Crisis in Little Rock: Target for Intolerance, which was chosen by Encyclopedia Britannica as one of the most memorable photographs from the last 50 years. Counts, who died in 2001 at the age of 70, is considered one of Arkansas’ most famous photojournalists.

Black History Month events set
   Walter D. Smith, who was wrongly incarcerated for 11 years, will present a lecture, “Against All Odds,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, as part of the university’s Black History Month celebration.
   Smith, a nationally known motivational speaker and former bodybuilder, will speak on how he turned adversity into prosperity. Diligent determination and DNA testing helped free Smith in 1996 after 11 years in prison, and he has talked to more than 500 audiences about his invigorating story since then.
   Other Black History Month events planned include a movie and discussion of Tuskegee Airmen with Dr. Judy Walden on Feb. 17 and an OCHOS musical performance by Larry Bedell on Feb. 25.

2003 Homecoming arrives
  A number of traditional events as well as some new activities highlight Homecoming 2003, which runs from Feb. 10 through the Feb. 15 basketball games with LeTourneau.
   One of the new events is a faculty/staff King and Queen, who will be crowned during Thursday night’s games. Votes for the faculty/staff King and Queen are a nickel each and can be turned in at the Student Center until noon Thursday. Proceeds from the election will be donated to Needy Paws. Voting for the student King and Queen also continues throughout this week at various sites on campus.
   Other highlights of Homecoming Week are a Feb. 2 kickoff pep rally and slam dunk contest, a Feb. 14 RHA Dating Challenge, and the Feb. 15 Homecoming game against LeTourneau, halftime crowning ceremony and that evening’s Homecoming Dance. For more information on Homecoming 2003, please contact the Student Life Office.

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