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
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