Wednesday, September 11th, we will pause as a campus to commemorate
the victims of the terrorist attacks and to dedicate the new Broyles
Flag Plaza. While the unfathomable events on September 11th redefined
the frailty of the world around us, I believe we each gained a greater
appreciation for our personal blessings. Family and friends became even
I particularly remember the security and comfort I
felt by being close to all of you, my Ozarks family, throughout
the day and during the special service held in the Chapel. Those meditative
moments, within the sanctifying embrace of the Chapels protective
arms, kept us sane during a day of insanity. It is now important for
us to take a few minutes from our hectic schedules to remember the lives
taken on that tragic day and families who lost loved ones.
We will also dedicate our new Flag Plaza named in
honor of the late Dr. Alvin C. Broyles, an Ozarks alumnus, Board
of Trustee member, and philanthropic benefactor to this campus. Dr.
Broyles loved Ozarks, and his generous gifts are visible all around
us: the Smith-Broyles Science Center; the Great Hosanna Organ in the
Chapel; renovations to the interior and exterior of the Chapel; the
brick and limestone signs identifying each of our buildings; the Broyles
Outstanding Professional and Support Staff Awards presented each spring
to deserving staff members; and so much more. Dr. Alvin C. Broyles was
one of a kind, a true gentleman, and I still miss his presence on campus.
Please join us on September 11th. We all have so much
to be grateful for, and I want us to share our gratitude as a community.
Dr. Rick Niece