Volume 5 Issue # 2
Monday, September 9, 2002

Campus News
Enrollment tops 700 mark
   SFall enrollment at Ozarks has reached the 700 mark for the first time since 1989.
   University officials announced last week a 2002 Fall Semester enrollment of 703 students, a 7.5 percent increase over fall 2001 and the most students on campus since 1989 when 726 students attended the college. This fall’s enrollment also marks a 33 percent increase since 1998 when the college reported 530 students.
   “Even I continue to be amazed at our student enrollment success at Ozarks,” said President Dr. Rick Niece. “In 1998 we set a 10-year enrollment goal, on a year-to-year basis, and our projections were to exceed the 700 enrollment mark by the fall of 2005. With 703 students this fall, we are three years ahead of the plan. That is a tribute to our admissions and financial aid staff and to the enrollment management system we implemented in 1998.”
   The 2002 Fall Semester enrollment includes 422 returning students and 281 new students.
   “When we’re out recruiting prospective students, we don’t find like we did seven or eight years ago that we’re the best kept secret in Arkansas anymore,” said Director of Admissions Jim Decker. “Students know who we are now. One example is that our database of inquiries has almost doubled in just the last five years.”
   Ozarks also has 450 students living in on-campus housing this semester, the largest number of students living on campus in the university’s history.
   “Last year we had 405 students living on campus, and that was the first time in Ozarks’ history that we exceeded 400,” Dr. Niece said. “This year’s increase is remarkable. Students want to live on campus, and that says a great deal about the environment we have developed, and continue to improve, for our students. Our students are telling us that the University of the Ozarks is a great place to learn and to live.”.
Sept. 11 ceremony planned
   There will be a campus and community Sept. 11 Remembrance and Flag Plaza Dedication at 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
   The university will dedicate the new Broyles Flag Plaza and a memorial service will be held to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The ceremony will last about 30 minutes. The 9 a.m. classes will dismiss at 9:40 a.m. and the 10 a.m. classes will begin at approximately 10:20 a.m. that morning.

Around Campus...

    Ozarks Student Education Association (OSEA) is holding a raffle for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind U of O quilt. The quilt depicts photos of buildings on campus. Raffle chances are $1 each or six for $5, and proceeds go toward book scholarships for deserving U of O education majors. Drawing for the quilt will be held October 12. For more information on the quilt or to purchase chances, please contact Leanita Pelts in the Education Office or contact any OSEA member ... Sophomores and juniors interested in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. In April, the Goldwater Foundation will award scholarships to students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2003-2004 academic year. For more information on the scholarship, please contact Dr. Todd Watson in the Smith-Broyles Science Center ... The Physical Plant is currently accepting applications for a Maintenance Technician. This is a full-time, 12-month position which offers a full benefit package. Electrical and/or plumbing experience preferred. Applications will be accepted in the Business Office through September 20th. Projected starting date is October 15, 2002 ... The men’s soccer team defeated Hendrix College 2-0 last week at Hurie Field for its first victory of the season, while the Lady Eagles opened their season last week with losses to Hendrix, UCA and Texas-Lutheran. After a road trip to Bacone College on Sept. 10, both teams will return home. The Eagles take on Rust College on Sept. 14 and Lyon College on Sept. 15, while the Eagles and Lady Eagles play host to Austin College in the conference-opener on Sept. 20 ... There will be a special 9/11 panel discussion at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11, in the Rowntree Recital Hall. Titled “9/11 and One Year: Where Do We Go From Here?”, Humanities Professor Dr. Elissa Heil will serve as moderator. Speakers include History Professor Dr. Judy Walden, Political Science Professor Dr. Gilbert Parks, Chaplain Rev. Bill Woodard, Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs John Jones, and special guest Amir Abdul-Khaliq. Convo credit will be awarded.

Author Loewen kicks off WAIS

   James Loewen, author of the national bestseller “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong” will kick off the 2002-2003 University of the Ozarks Walton Arts & Ideas Series with a lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12 , in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
   Loewen is a Harvard-educated sociologist whose books and lectures are in-depth looks at the shortcomings of history education in America, as well as a look at what we can do to change student’s attitudes toward history in our classrooms. He spent two years at the Smithsonian Institution surveying 12 leading high school textbooks of American History. What he found, according to his press release, was an “embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism and plain misinformation, weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five pounds.”
   In response, Loewen wrote “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” in part a telling critique of existing books but also a retelling of American history as it should — and could — be taught. The book was the winner of the 1996 American Book Award, the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and the AESA Critics Choice Award.
   Tickets are $10 each for the general public. As always, Ozarks’ faculty, staff and students can receive one free ticket each to the performance.

Harrington artist of the month

   Russellville artist Neal Harrington is the featured artist for the month of September in the Stephens Art Gallery.
Harrington, a visiting lecturer in the art department at Arkansas Tech University, will present his print show Delta Stomp in the gallery from Sept. 3 through Sept. 30. Harrington earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of South Dakota and a master’s in printmaking from Wichita State University. His wife, Tammy, is an assistant professor of art at Ozarks.
There will be a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Harrington from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 12, in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the north side of campus. For more information on the art show, contact the university at (479) 979-1349.

International Festival set
   The Office of International Studies will present its annual Host Family International Festival at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Seay Student Center.
   The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in conjunction with the Independence Day of several Central American countries. The festival will include booths, presentations and food representing the students’ respective native countries.
   Ozarks has students from 17 countries this year, including Belize, Bosnia, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Panama, Spain and Yugoslavia.
   For more information about the festival, please call the International Studies Office at 979-1443.

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