Biscuits to serve Cowboy humor
Nationally acclaimed humorist, storyteller and poet,
Biscuits OBryan, will share his folksy cowboy yarns with audience
members at the University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4,
in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
Tickets for the event are free to U of O students,
faculty and staff and can be picked up at the box office on the evening
of the performance or by calling Ext. 1349.
OBryan is the fictional character played by
the Rev. Monte Jones, a fifth generation Texan and retired Episcopal
priest who lives in Colorado City, Texas. For the past 16 years, Jones
has entertained audiences in the role of Biscuits OBryan, the
crusty cowboy cook of I.O. Everybody Ranch. His original stories,
personal anecdotes, poems, cowboy philosophy, and Texas tall tales have
delighted both young and old.
I pick up stories from all over the place and
try to personalize them, Biscuits says. I think theyre
more interesting when they come from a personal perspective. My stories
come from a lot of exaggerated personal experiences.
He has published two books, Biscuits OBryans
Book of Beans, Bread and Other Bull, and More Bull from
Biscuits, and a CD, Biscuits Live at the Grand.
The University Theatre Departments powerful
production of night Mother drew rave reviews following
its showings last week. The student-directed production served as the
Senior Project for seniors April James, Misti Ponder, Dustin Campbell
and Sacha Fincher ... The campus community raised $650 for Needy Paws
in the Homecoming faculty/staff King and Queen contest. Needy Paws passes
on a heartfelt thank you to the campus. And, congrats to King Bo Funderburk
and Queen Sherrie Arey ... Students Katie Shay, Kendall Wagner and Kayla
Todd represented Ozarks in the recent Independent College Day at the
state capitol. The event was organized by the Arkansas Independent Colleges
and Universities (AICU) to bring awareness to private education in the
state ... Seniors Taylor Dodds and Jessica Musselman were voted 2003
Homecoming King and Queen during Homecoming ceremonies earlier this
month ... Following a 9-7 victory over Hendrix last week, the baseball
Eagles are off to a 4-1 record, their best start since the program was
restarted in the early 1990s. The Eagles will open American Southwest
Conference action this week against Texas Lutheran on Friday (2 p.m.)
and Saturday (Noon) ... Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) welcomed
a large turnout to its annual speaker series last week. Andy Murray,
CEO of the Northwest Arkansas advertising firm ThompsonMurray, shared
his philosophy on advertising and marketing, as well as how he started
one of the states most successful businesses. SIFE thanks all
the students, faculty and staff who helped make this event a success
... There will be a Teacher Job Fair from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.
26, at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. The job fair will include
numerous schools in the region looking to fill job vacancies for the
2003-04 school year. The job fair is open to students and alumni pursuing
careers in education. For more information, contact Kimberly Spicer
in Career Services ... Five-on-five intramural basketball competition
begins this week. There is a mandatory captains meeting scheduled for
Monday, Feb. 24. See Bo Funderburk in Student Life for more information..
Sculptures coming to Gallery
The Stephens Art Gallery will present the recent sculptures
of Russellville artist Virginia Berner during the month of March.
A former nurse practitioner, Berner returned to college
and earned a degree in art from Arkansas Tech in 1997. She says her
art comes from delving into a persons innerspace. The way
lifes small and large hurdles are revealed in a persons
face or their posture, or in the way they hold their hands is what I
like to show in my work.
Berner has longtime ties to Ozarks. Both of her grandfathers
attended Ozarks and both of her parents attended the college. Her father,
Roger Bost, is currently on the Board of Trustees. Berner and her husband,
Dennis, have three sons.
There will be a reception to meet the artist from
6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, in the Stephens Gallery. Berners
art will be on display throughout the month of March. For more information
on the exhibit, contact the Humanities and Fine Arts Division..
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, located in the Mabee Administration Building.
* James Madison Memorial Fellowship
for masters level graduate study in American history. www.jamesmadison.com.
* Talbots Womens Scholarship
for undergraduate women (March 1). www.talbots.com/about/scholar/asp.
* Arkansas Press Womens 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
* The Mid-America Science Museum
Scholarship for juniors or seniors majoring in a science discipline.
(May 31). Contact Financial Aid Office.
* The Arkansas Association of Student
Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) scholarship. (March 21). Contact
* The Police Corps scholarships for
students planning on a career in law enforcement. www.ualr.edu/~cjdept/polcorps.html.
* The Wilson Memorial Education Grant
for women who want to pursue graduate degrees. (April 1). Contact Financial