Volume 6 Issue # 1
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003

Campus News
Western photos on display
   Texas photographer Carroll H. Rowbotham will feature his black and white exhibit entitled, “The Awe and Beauty of the West,” during the month of September in the Stephens Art Gallery on the Ozarks campus.
   The 36 photographs were taken over a period of two years (2000-2001) and represent a study of landscapes, small villages and historical churches in Northern New Mexico, as well as stunning images captured in Yellowstone National Park and the Badlands of South Dakota. All of the images were taken with a 35mm Nikon with a Nikkor lens.
   The exhibit will be available for public viewing from Sept. 1-30. There will be a Meet-the-Artist Reception for Rowbotham from 2-4 p.m., Sept. 21, in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the north side of campus.
Chronicle features Ozarks
   Ozarks was one of six private colleges featured in a cover story in the August 1 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a national weekly newspaper that is widely considered one of the top academic publications in the world.
    In an article titled, “Back From the Brink: How six private colleges, once in steep decline, found ways to survive — and even prosper — in tough economic times,” The Chronicle reported that Ozarks had “created a vibrant on-campus life for students” to boost enrollment and increase retention rates. The article also pointed out that Ozarks has no long-term debt, has operated with a balanced budget for the past six years, and has doubled its endowment since 1997.
   A picture of Ozarks students scaling a climbing wall on campus was used as the publication’s primary cover photograph.
   “All of us at Ozarks have worked tremendously hard the past six years for recognition of this nature,” said Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece. “To have the leading publication in the world of academe highlight our campus in this manner is an honor beyond description.”
   The other private colleges featured in the publication included, Rocky Mountain College in Montana, Bellevue University in Nebraska, Muskingum College in Ohio, University of Hartford in Connecticut, and Chatham College in Pennsylvania.

Former hostage to visit campus

    Former Beirut hostage Terry Waite will speak at Ozarks on April 20, 2004, as part of the 2003-04 Walton Arts & Ideas Series. The theme for the upcoming season will be “A Tour of the British Isles” and will include six events throughout the year, ending with an appearance by Waite, who served as the Archbishop’s Envoy to Beirut in the mid-1980s. He gained international recognition after being held hostage for almost five years, including four years in solitary confinement.
   The WAIS season begins on Oct. 14 with an appearance by Martha Hannah, a Medieval “teller of tales who will take you back to an earlier time by weaving a vivid verbal picture of Medieval history, fantasy and ghost stories in an entertaining and educational show for the whole family.”
   On Nov. 11, Red Priest, a Baroque music group takes the stage. The musical comedy group The Scholars of London will perform on Dec. 5. The series continues on Feb. 17 with a performance from the unique Shakespeare troupe, Shakespeare off the Shelf. On March 18, the Irish band and step dance group Banish Misfortune will perform.

Around Campus ...

   The men’s and women’s soccer teams opened their respective seasons this past weekend with each team going 1-1 in a road swing through Texas. The Lady Eagles defeated Schreiner University 2-1 before losing to Texas Lutheran 3-0. The Eagles defeated Hardin-Simmons 2-1 and lost to McMurry 6-0 ... Ann Taddie’s vocal recital, scheduled for Sept. 21, has been rescheduled for Jan. 25 ... Make plans to invite your family to Family Weekend, which is scheduled for Oct. 10-12. The weekend of festivities will include hall and bed decorations, the parade of beds, the always entertaining bed races and Fall Fest on the campus mall ... Intramural sand volleyball begins this week. Signups are currently underway for intramural soccer ... The Public Relations Office is currently working on the 2003-2004 Campus Directory. If any faculty and staff members have information that needs to be updated, please contact Kerry Lunn at Ext. 1433.

University ranked “top tier”

   Ozarks has been ranked as a “top tier” university for the fifth consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual publication that looks at institutions of higher education.
   In the 2004 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Ozarks was ranked in the “top tier” in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s) in the South Region. 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, 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 ranked fifth among the South’s 105 Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s). Ozarks has been ranked in the South Region’s top five of “Best Values” by the magazine in each of the past five years. 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.

New faces join University
New Staff
   Michael Bollman is the new assistant men’s basketball coach.
   Eric Leon is the new secretary for International Studies. Eric is a 2003 graduate of Ozarks.
   Laura Peyton joins Ozarks as Secretary for Alumni Relations in the Office of Advancement.
   Julie Richardson, a 2003 Ozarks graduate, is the new assistant tennis coach.
   Leigh Thompson is the new assistant softball coach.
   Joyce Vaught is the new secretary in the Jones Learning Center.
   Carolyn Walker joined the Ozarks family in May as the division secretary in Sciences and Mathematics.
   Husband and wife Eddie and Glenda Wood joined Ozarks this summer. Eddie is the new groundskeeper and Glenda joins the Ozarks family working in housekeeping.

New Faculty
   Terry Campie joins Ozarks as assistant professor of marketing. Terry earned his M.B.A. from the University of Iowa and is currently working on his Ph.D. from Touro University International.
   Dr. William Doria joins Ozarks as assistant professor in chemistry. Bill earned his Doctor of Arts degrees from Middle Tennessee State University.
   Dr. Benjamin Myers joins Ozarks as assistant professor in English. Ben is a 1998 graduate of Ozarks and earned his Ph.D. from Washington University.
   Joel Rossmaier was an adjunct professor in the Business division last year and joins us this year as a full-time instructor of accounting. Joel earned his Master’s from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and is a certified public accountant.
   Dr. Noel Rowbotham rejoins Ozarks as professor of physics. Noel taught physics and mathematics at Ozarks from 1964 until his retirement in 1990. He also served as chair in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics from 1969 to 1983. Noel earned his Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas.
   Deborah Sisson joins Ozarks as an instructor of accounting. Deborah earned her M.B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas.

Changes to Positions or Titles
   Dave De Hart is now Athletic Director and Head Men’s Soccer Coach. Jack Jones continues as Ozarks Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Men’s Golf Coach.
Assisting this year in Video Services on a part-time basis is 2003 Ozarks graduate Amber (Homer) Sharp.


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