Volume 5 Issue # 15
Monday, April 7, 2003

Campus News
“Agnes of God” hits stage

   The Ozarks Theatre Department will present its final production of the academic year, “Agnes of God,” at 7:30 p.m., April 11 and 12, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
   Written by John Pielmeier, “Agnes of God” focuses on a young nun, Sister Agnes, who is accused of murdering her child after a dead baby is found in a convent. Appearing on the surface as an old-fashioned whodunit, “Agnes of God” is really a thought-provoking investigation of the relationship between faith and science, the soul and the mind, and the miraculous and the ordinary.
   The cast includes India Judd as Dr. Martha Livingstone, Jessica Gay as Mother Miriam Ruth and Diana Farrow as Sister Agnes. Dr. Pat Farmer is the play’s director and Professor Bruce Brown is the scenic designer, technical director and special effects director. Other staff and crew include Misti Ponder as costume designer, Dustin Campbell as lighting designer, Angela Payne as graphic designer and assistant stage manager, Sacha Fincher as sound designer, Doc Harper as house manager, April James as box office manager, Shelly Muston as stage manager, and Ponder and Rachel Richardson as wardrobe mistresses.

WAIS returns silent movie era
   Take a step back in time to the days of silent movies as the University of the Ozarks’ Walton Arts & Ideas Series presents The Bijou Players at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 13, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
   The Bijou Players will show the 1920s silent film, “The General”, starring and directed by Buster Keaton. This comedy-adventure centers around the kidnapping of a Civil War locomotive. Keaton stars as engineer Johnnie Grey, who gives chase in an effort to recapture the engine and, when successful, is then chased by the kidnappers. The Bijou Players will perform live musical accompaniments from the original 1927 music cue sheet for “The General.”
   Based in Des Moines, Iowa, The Bijou Players have performed hundreds of shows throughout the country since their debut in 1980. James Luke, professor emeritus in music and theatre from Drake University, directs the ensemble and is clarinetist in the group. Violinist Janice Wade is chair of the string department and conductor of the orchestra at Wartburg College. The other members of The Bijou Players are cellist Martha Gerstenberger, cornetist Stephen Day, pianist Bruce Martin and percussionist John Malett.

Around Campus ...
   The Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held its 82nd annual awards banquet on campus recently and two members of the campus community were recognized. VP for Advancement Steve Edmisten was named Chamber Member of the Year and Professor of Music Dr. Sharon Gorman was named U of O Educator of the Year. Congrats to Steve and Sharon! ... President Dr. Rick Niece has been named the 2003 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Chief Executive of the Year for District IV, which includes five southern states and Mexico ... The Residence Hall Association will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on campus for children in the community on Sunday, April 13. The hunt will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus mall. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be a bubble station, face painting and other activities for children. The public is invited and there is no charge for admission ... The city of Clarksville will hold a Support Our Troops Rally at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Marvin L. Vinson Multi-Purpose Building ... The Student Life Office and Ozarks Outbackers are sponsoring an Ozarks Outback Challenge April 23-26. Teams of five will compete in hiking, biking, rock wall climbing and rafting. For more information, contact the Student Life Office ... Have you ever been frustrated with Student Government Association allocations and wonder what you can do to change it? Now is your chance. Elections for SGA officers and senators as well as CAB officers and RHA officers will be held April 14-16. The deadline to turn in petitions to run for these positions is Friday, April 11. There will be an All Campus Candidates Forum on Monday, April 14 to allow the student body to become familiar with the candidates. Get involved!!

NCATE visit “very successful”
   Representatives of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) completed their site visit to evaluate the university and its teacher education program last week and all indications are that it went very well.
   “First, they indicated that all standards were met,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daniel Taddie. “They indicated some areas for improvement, primarily assessment, diversity and professional development, but that was no surprise. In short, the visit had a very successful outcome. Commendations are due to Dr. George Stone, the education faculty and staff, and area faculty and staff all across campus for the outstanding planning, execution, teamwork and hard work that resulted in such a favorable outcome. Thanks to you, we have a stronger institution and provide an even higher quality education for our students.

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