Volume 7 Issue # 2
Monday, September 13, 2004

Campus News
CI classes sponsor food drive

   Critical Inquiry students are organizing a semester-long food drive for the Clarksville Housing Authority to help replenish its food pantry. ARVAC, the organization that has traditionally donated soups and canned goods in the past, no longer has the resources to do so, and the CHA has more than 80 elderly tenants on fixed incomes who would have difficulty maintaining a healthy diet without the assistance provided by this food pantry.
   Whatever donation you can bring to this effort would be greatly appreciated, whether it’s a single can or a bag of groceries, a one-time contribution or a weekly/monthly donation. Whatever our individual capacities, pooling our resources together we can make a difference here.
   * Beginning on September 13, donations can be delivered to Room 111 in the Advancement Office and will be collected weekly and delivered to CHA at their Lucas Circle address in Clarksville by Critical Inquiry students.
   * Please limit donations to non-perishable items only: canned goods (canned fruit is particularly precious!), jars of tomato sauce, boxes/bags of pasta or rice, boxed baking mixes and cereals, canned or boxed soups, cereals, peanut butter, etc. Some toiletries are also welcome: shampoo, toothpaste, and moisturizer, for example. For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Gorman at Ext. 1343.

Assessment Day on Sept.

    Fall Assessment Day will take place Tuesday, Sept. 14. The schedule and expectations for this day will differ from those of the past Fall Assessment Day. MOST NOTABLY, ALL MORNING CLASSES WILL MEET AS SCHEDULED, AND ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THOSE COURSES WILL BE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.
   Those sessions will be devoted to important assessment activities. The Chapel service will also take place at 11 a.m., as is our campus custom. During the afternoon, the Student Life Office will provide a series of leadership development opportunities.
   Students’ constructive participation in assessment activities is important because it contributes directly to our efforts to improve the quality of your educational experience. We set goals for your learning that are based on Ozarks’ values, necessary for constructive citizenship in the 21st century, and critical to your success in your chosen career. Assessment helps us to measure how well we are achieving those goals for your education. What we learn enables us to make adjustments that will improve the quality of the education that we deliver.

Around Campus ...
    Intramural flag football registration will run from Sept. 13-24. The season begins Sept. 26 ... For information about current scholarships and upcoming scholarship deadlines, please contact the Financial Aid Office or Debbie Pfeiffer at Ext. 1447... The Young Democrats will be meeting on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Purple and Gold Room. For more information please contact Kayla Todd at Ext. 2703... Planet Club will meet on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Angell Hall, located in Munger Chapel ... The following students have been chosen as members of Golden Star Dancers for 2004-2005: Courtney Frost, Captain; Jalena Nelson, Co-Captain; Cortney Lanphear; Linnea Oosterman; Auxi Guerrero; Itzel Perez; Gabriela Reyes; and Alex Winn. Congratulations to these young ladies ... PBL will host a picnic on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Wolf Pen, Ozark National Forest. All students are welcomed to attend. This is an opportunity to meet other students and faculty, and learn more about the organization... Freshman Dinners will continue through Sept. 20... Any students interested in joining the Art Club are welcome to attend the first meeting on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. in Walton Room 113. Club officers will be elected at this meeting. For more information contact Tammy Harrington at Ext. 1347 ... Family Weekend will be Oct. 15-17. More information about events and activities planned for that weekend will be posted in future Communiques ... Larson Bjorklund won the intramural ping pong singles title, while Jose Barahona and Jerry Gamez took the doubles title. In intramural tennis, Dr. Kendrick Prewitt won the singles championship and Chad Harris and Leo Rivera won the doubles title ... The Health Services Office will sponsor its annual Health Screening Day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Seay Student Center. The screening, which is free and available to anyone from the campus community, will include tests for blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood glucose level, pulse oximetry, red blood cell count and vision. Contact Louan Pyron at Ext. 1201 for more info. ... The men and women soccer teams play conference home matches Sept. 17 against LeTourneau and Sept. 18 against East Texas Baptist. Matches begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Elections fill open positions
    Elections for several student organization positions for the 2004-2005 academic year were held recentlly. The winners were:
SGA (Student Government Association)
Humanities and Fine Arts: Tiffany Griffin and Dan Benton
Education: Heather Seo
Undeclared/ General Studies: Monica Rios and Samantha Whitten
At large: Kendall Wagner, Matt Stagg, Ron Hogsett, and Gaby Reyes


King Hall Reps:Johnny Wong, Valerie Petty
Off Campus Reps: Tiffany Griffin, Matt Stagg

PJB (Peer Judicial Board)
King Hall Reps: Christy Edwards
Smith Hall Reps: Ember Smith
Apartment Reps: Erin Bailey
Off Campus: Matt Stagg, Jack Grimes


Muslim scholar sets visit
   Dr. Izzuddin Musa, a professor of Islamic history in Saudi Arabia, will spend six weeks at the university as a visiting scholar, beginning Oct. 15.
   Dr. Musa, who teaches at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is coming to U of O as part of the Understanding Contemporary Islam program, which is administered by the American University of Beirut and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
   While at Ozarks, Dr. Musa will teach classes and lead public seminars to promote a deeper understanding of Muslim cultures.
“Most of us in Arkansas have little exposure to Muslims apart from news reports, and the media focus on Islamic extremism can often obscure the larger diversity of Islamic beliefs and attitudes toward the West,” said Dr. David Daily, assistant professor of religion at U of O. “This can create problems for us as Christians because part of our task in loving our neighbors is knowing who they are and understanding where they come from. Dr. Musa will be able to help us gain a fuller grasp of the traditions, problems and aspirations that shape Muslim cultures. And this, in turn, will make us better equipped to serve God in the world that Christians and Muslims share together.”
   Born in Sudan, Dr. Musa earned his doctorate from the American University of Beirut in 1975. He has taught Islamic history at King Saud University since 1983.
   The Understanding Contemporary Islam program seeks to expand the dialogue between East and West by sending scholars from the Islamic world to universities and colleges in the United States. Those scholars then serve as resources on Islam and life in contemporary Muslim societies.
   For more information on scheduling Dr. Musa for a church or civic event during his time at Ozarks, please contact Daily at 479-979-1456 or ddaily@ozarks.edu.3.


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