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
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.
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 publications 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
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.
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 Archbishops Envoy
to Beirut in the mid-1980s. He gained international recognition after
being held hostage for almost five years, including four years in solitary
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 mens and womens 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 Taddies 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.
Ozarks has been ranked as a top tier university
for the fifth consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Reports
annual publication that looks at institutions of higher education.
In the 2004 edition of Americas Best
Colleges, Ozarks was ranked in the top tier in
the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelors) in the South
Region. U.S. News ranks the nations colleges and universities
in tiers, with the top 25 percent of the schools in each category placed
in the top tier. In its annual Americas 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 magazines Best Values category,
Ozarks ranked fifth among the Souths 105 Comprehensive Colleges
(Bachelors). Ozarks has been ranked in the South Regions
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 magazines ranking system.
New faces join
Michael Bollman is the new assistant mens
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
Joyce Vaught is the new secretary in the Jones
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.
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 Masters 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
Changes to Positions or Titles
Dave De Hart is now Athletic Director and Head
Mens Soccer Coach. Jack Jones continues as Ozarks Head Womens
Basketball Coach and Mens Golf Coach.
Assisting this year in Video Services on a part-time basis is 2003 Ozarks
graduate Amber (Homer) Sharp.