Volume 5  Issue # 2
Monday, September 9, 2002

The President's Post
    On 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 more important.
   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 Chapel’s 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

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