Theatre seniors to present play
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.
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 Valentines
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 organizations regional competition in New Orleans in April
... The Communication programs 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 teams
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
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
Centers traveling exhibit program, features original photographs
by Counts recording the drama and emotion of the historic desegregation
of Little Rocks 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
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 universitys Black History
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.
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 nights 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 evenings Homecoming Dance. For more information on Homecoming
2003, please contact the Student Life Office.