Volume 7  Issue # 9
Monday, January 24, 2005

The President's Post

       I am guessing that all of you are settling back into campus life and getting used to the rigors of a new semester. I hope the holiday break and time to relax were kind to you. Let’s work together to make this spring semester one of our best.
   Over the holiday, Sherée and I received several hundred Christmas cards from friends, alumni, and other people associated with Ozarks. A number of the cards contained handwritten notes of gratitude about Ozarks and her positive impact on the lives of so many. Alumni and employees from years past wrote about their lifelong connection to Ozarks.
   Although most of us appreciate being at Ozarks and respect the education we are giving and receiving, we sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day stresses that we miss the bigger picture of why we are here: to make a difference in the lives of others and in one another’s lives. That is quite a privilege, one we should never minimize. When we realize that the difference we make is both lifelong and life sustaining, we ultimately realize the significance of our work, our teaching, and our learning. The quality of life at Ozarks is good, and it is healthy.
   I am certain that, several decades from now, the President and First Lady of Ozarks will also enjoy reading the positive messages included in their Christmas cards, messages written by many of you.

Dr. Rick Niece


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