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Awards

The Alumni Association has four awards that they present every other year. One of these awards dates as far back as 1940! If you would like more information on the awards that are presented, or if you would like to nominate someone for an award.

Young Alumni Service Award

  • First Awarded 1996
  • Given to someone who is five years (or less) out from graduation, under 35 years of age at time of presentation. Been active in alumni activities demonstrated loyalty to University of the Ozarks.

Alumni Achievement Award

  • First Awarded in 1941
  • Given to one who achieves recognition in his/her chosen profession or occupation.

Alumni Merit Award

  • First Awarded in 1940
  • Given for meritorious work done for University of the Ozarks

Young Alumni Achievement Award

  • First awarded in 2016
  • Given to someone who is five years (or less) out from graduation, under 35 years of age at time of presentation, who achieves recognition in his/her chosen profession or occupation.

Legacy Award

  • First awarded in 2002
  • Given to an alumnus who has given unselfishly of his/her resources to support University of the Ozarks and its mission during his/her lifetime.

Resources

Career Services

Career Services offers job postings, an Annual Career Fair and networking opportunities throughout the academic year to increase your brand and recruit top talent. The third week in February is our Business Exploration Week. The third week in March is our Health and Education Exploration Week and April is our Arts and Science Exploration Week. Our Annual Career Fair is held in the fall each year. There are also numerous opportunities inside and outside of the classroom for students to meet and hear from U of O alumni who are successful in a wide variety of careers. In addition, the University hosts business, industry and government leaders in an assortment of events and programs throughout the year.

If you would like to participate in any of these events, please contact Ruth Walton, Director of Career Services.

Robson Library

If you’re an Ozarks alum who resides here in Johnson County, you can get a free photo ID/library card from the Ozarks Department of Public Safety. This card entitles you to borrow materials that are physically housed in Robson Library.

Even if you don’t live here Johnson County, the library staff still welcomes you to drop by next time you’re on campus — you’ll be delighted to see how the library has grown and changed since you were a student here!

Collections

The library collection is cataloged online here. Any alum can contact Stuart Stelzer, Library Director, with questions about resource materials that the library holds.

In addition to the physical collection housed in Robson Library, University of the Ozarks students, faculty, staff and alumni have access to a number of additional resources stored in digital format.

EBSCO Discovery Service – Alumni

The link above includes access to the Business Source Alumni Edition and the Academic Search Alumni Edition databases. If you are prompted for a user ID and password, use the information below.

UserID: ozarksalumni
Password: ozarksalumni


Association & Alumni Board

Any individual who has attended University of the Ozarks is considered an alumnus and is therefore a member of the alumni association. There are no membership dues for the association. The Ozarks Alumni Association is incorporated exclusively for the following educational and charitable purposes:

  • to foster Christian higher education at University of the Ozarks;
  • to pursue and encourage a spiritual, intellectual, social and economic relationship among University alumni, faculty, students, friends and the community at large;
  • to support the furtherance of the University’s mission;
  • to solicit and receive donations, gifts and funds to be used exclusively on behalf of the University for the furtherance of its mission and to encourage others to support the University; and
  • to promote awareness of University of the Ozarks worldwide and to recruit students.

Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is the decision-making body of the association, who meet three times a year. The Board of Directors meets once in the Fall, once in the spring and once with the entire Alumni Association during our annual Alumni Weekend. The Board promote the University and guide the Association in its projects, policies, and financial matters.

The Board is divided into three standing committees: finance, nominating, and the alumni connections committee. Directors serve a three-year term and represent a wide range of class years, geographical locations, and career choices. Attendance is required at the three Board meetings and one annual meeting. All directors are expected to support the college financially through participation in the Annual Scholarship Fund and other campaigns to the best of their ability, and to volunteer their time to promote the University in their communities. For more information email the alumni office – alumnioffice@ozarks.edu

Nominations for the board are accepted year around. Over the course of the year, nominations are reviewed and new members are elected. If you are interested in volunteering on the board, please submit a Volunteer Form.

Current Alumni Association Board Members

Mark Watkins ’76 – President

Bill Ballard ’56 – Vice President

Tyler Wilson ’11 – Treasurer

Jessalyn Halsted ’08

Katie Adan ’08

Elizabeth Allcon ’91

Matthew Arant ’12

Julie Bernard ’03

Bruce Williams ’43

Courtney Taylor ’09

George Pittenger

Brandon Carlson ’10

Gary Perry ’74

Beth Duvall ’65

Shannon Huggins ’91

Amy Patton ’11

David Ray ’07

Martha Efurd ’56

Sean Riordan ’03

Cheryl Ziegler ’86

Ian Bryan ’13

Kaye Bagsby Person ’77

Eric Steinmiller ’02 (Virtual Position)

Lisa Gruben-Inness ’11 (Ex-Officio)