Volume 5 Issue # 3
Monday, September 23, 2002

Campus News
Ozarks Ranked “Best Value”
   U of O is the number one ranked best value in the South in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s), according to U.S. News & World Report in its 2003 guide to colleges and universities.
   Ozarks was also ranked for the fourth consecutive year as a “top tier” university in its Southern regional category. U.S. News ranks the nation’s colleges and universities in tiers, with the top 25 percent of the schools in each category placed in the top tier.
   In its annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which hit the newsstands on Sept. 16, U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 1,400 accredited schools nationally, based on such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
   In the magazine’s “Best Values” category, Ozarks moved to first among the South’s 105 Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s) after being ranked second in the 2002 rankings. The value rankings evaluate the cost of attending a college or university relative to the quality of the institution, according to the magazine’s ranking system. U of O was also ranked in the South in the category of students graduating with the least amount of debt and was ranked No. 1 in the South in percentage of international students (17 %).
   “Every time I think that things cannot get better at Ozarks, something great happens to prove me wrong,” President Dr. Rick Niece said. “These rankings again confirm the excellence of an Ozarks’ education. I am proud of this campus and that recognition. The progress we continue to make at Ozarks is truly amazing.”

WH Ceremony set for Oct. 4
   The finishing touches are being put in place in Walker Hall, and plans are being finalized for the Walker Hall Dedication Ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4.
   The ceremony for the new Teacher Education and Communications center will include numerous remarks of appreciation by current and former students and faculty. There will also be tours of the building and a dinner in the Seay Student Center following the formal program. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to RSVP to the Advancement Office at Ext. 1230 by Sept. 26.

Around Campus...

    A recent U of O graduate, Trillian Stevenson ’99, is interning on Saturday Night Live in New York City this fall in the costume department. A theatre major at Ozarks, Trillian recently completed a master’s degree from Rutgers University. She said one of her main duties will be clothes shopping for the show’s various skits. ... Communications major Amber Homer-Sharp won the Channel 5 Youth Talent Contest Sunday at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair in Fort Smith. She received a $500 cash prize and a trip to perform at the Jim Stafford Theater in Branson, Mo. ... Rotaract is holding a raffle for a weekend at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita. Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased either from Rotaract members or at the front desk in Student Support Services in Robson Library. The drawing is Oct. 12. ... 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. 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. ... The Eagles soccer team improved to 5-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play with a 2-0 American Southwest Conference victory over Austin College at Hurie Field on Friday. The Eagles got goals from Ron Hogsett and Josh Edgmon and a shutout from goalie Chris Shultz to win their fifth consecutive match. The Eagles will be back in action at home against the University of Texas-Dallas on Sept. 29. ... The deadline to apply for this fall’s Dial Grant is Oct. 16. The Dial Grant aids faculty members and professional staff in professional development. For more information, contact Bruce Brown at Ext. 1336. ... Kids College, under the direction of Ginny Sain, has several Saturday workshops and other classes for school-age children coming up this semester, including Stage 2 for 6th-12th graders and Spooky Stories for 5th-9th graders. For more information on these workshops or the Saturday Series, contact Ginny at Ext. 1346. ... The baseball Eagles will get their first taste of competition this weekend as they play an afternoon of scrimmage games against Carl Albert College starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hurie Field. ... The Lady Eagles tennis team had one of its biggest non-conference wins in recent years on Saturday when it defeated University of Central Arkansas 6-3 in Conway. Congratulations to the Lady Eagles!

FCC Approves Radio Station

   Ozarks was notified earlier this month that the FCC has approved the university’s application for a low-power FM radio station. The radio station studio and production rooms will be located in the lower level of Walker Hall. The station’s frequency will be 100.5 FM and the call letters will most likely be KUOZ. While most of the equipment will be in place later this semester, the station will probably not go on the air until sometime in the Spring, according to Susan Dorney, director of video and media services.

“Smart Classrooms” at Ozarks

   You’ve probably heard the term “Smart Classroom,” used around Ozarks in recent years, and wondered what exactly does that mean?
“Smart Classrooms” are those that integrate audio (cassette and CD players with surround sound), video (cable television, VHS and multi-zone DVD), a slide projector, a dedicated laptop (with both Internet and local network access), and a document viewer (a plain-paper overhead projector). Everything is projected through a ceiling-mounted LCD projector, and all of the devices are controlled by a single hand-held remote. This technology allows faculty members and students to easily and efficiently draw on the incredible array of teaching tools available on the Internet, on CDs or DVDs, or on educational software programs.
   With the addition of three “Smart Classrooms” in Walker Hall, there will be 11 “Smart Classrooms” on campus, with plans to add several more in the coming years.

Make a Difference with SIFE
   Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an active organization on more than 1,000 college and university campuses in more than 31countries. SIFE students value the idea of seizing their opportunities and making a difference. The SIFE team has improved the quality of life and the standard of living in the Clarksville community and around the world by teaching the principles of market economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance success.
   Any student or faculty member can participate in SIFE. It is NOT required to be a business major. Being involved in SIFE is also a personal learning adventure regardless of your major. Joining SIFE will challenge you in leadership skills, money management, and many other areas that will be useful for you at any time in your professional development. Our projects with public schools, web sites, community service, and on campus activities will begin in October. The first edition of our SIFE Newspaper will debut on Oct. 4, and we will be looking for ways to communicate our programs and activities.
   The University of the Ozarks SIFE Team has won in the regional competition for the past nine years. Last year, their “Make a Difference” project placed 1st. in the United States.
Make a Difference in your life, JOIN SIFE!

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