Holder to Showcase Sabbatical Artwork

Holder to Showcase Sabbatical Artwork

University of the Ozarks Associate Professor of Art Dawn Holder will showcase some of her recent work in the exhibit, “Whence This Glory Perish,” from Jan. 22 through Feb. 21 on the U of O campus as part of the University’s Artist of the Month series. The exhibit will be displayed in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. There will be a meet-the-artist reception from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the gallery. Holder said the “Whence This Glory Perish,” is a selection of work that she created while on sabbatical during the Spring of 2019. Installation by Dawn Holder“During that time, I participated in three artist residencies,”  Holder said. “While at the Hambidge Center in the mountains of north Georgia, I focused primarily on research and writing, while experimenting with new techniques to create text-based works. I then spent five weeks at a ceramics residency in Rome looking closely at ancient monuments, which inspired a series of sculptures and site-responsive photographs. Next, I spent six weeks at Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, where I continued to create sculptures, photographs, and built a new installation.” Holder said the sabbatical proved to be a very productive time for her as an artist. “I not only produced an abundance of new work, I also connected with artists from across the globe and participated in two international exhibitions,” she said. “I am grateful for the support from the university, my colleagues, and the other arts institutions that made this deep creative dive possible." The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week when classes are in session. There is no cost to visit the gallery.

The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, a long-time national advocate for children, will speak at University of the Ozarks on Monday, Feb. 10, as part of the Cecil and Ruth Boddie Farmer Chapel Guest Speakers Series.

Lindner’s talk is titled, “Is Childhood an Endangered Species?” and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rogers Conference Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Presbyterian pastor has worked on behalf of children for most of her professional life. She served as the director of the Child Advocacy Office for the National Council of Churches of Christ in the 1970s and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as U.S. Commissioner for the International Year of the Child where she worked closely with the White House on child welfare policy during the Carter administration. In 2006, she wrote the book, “Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy.”

In her talk on the U of O campus, she will discuss how we can help ensure the wellbeing of children in today’s society.

“Today throughout the world children are subject to economic exploitation, trafficked for purposes of sexual abuse or as child soldiers and are subjected to rates of poverty and neglect that are unprecedented,” Lindner said. “Even in affluent countries, children today are often oversubscribed to tutoring, sports, drama, music and martial arts training leaving little time or opportunity for the essential developmental task of being children. As we increase our awareness and concern for the natural environment we might do well to consider the circumstances of the youngest cohort of humans and reconsider our priorities. Poet John Donne long ago lamented the plight of children who are “...weeping in the playtime of others.”  We will look together at the plight of children asking ourselves how we can best enable today's children to live the lives for which they were created.”

Lindner, who earned her Ph.D. in church history from Union Theological Seminary, was ordained in the Philadelphia Presbytery in 1975. She has served in churches throughout the country, most recently as senior pastor at Presbyterian Church at Tenafly in New Jersey from 2009 to 2018. She currently serves as a consultant for the Presbyterian Foundation and Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Lindner served as the Deputy General Secretary for the National Council of Churches from 1986-2007. She also served as the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Palisades from 2007-2009.

The American Shakespeare Center will present William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the 2019-20 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The production will be held in the Walton Fine Art Center’s Seay Theatre on campus. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

Written by Shakespeare in 1595-96, the comedy portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. Shakespeare casts a theatrical spell powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind's power of imagination, and reveals that the “course of true love can alter with just one touch of magic.”  

The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Based in Staunton, Virginia, the American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. Year-round in Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — the ASC’s innovative programming and “shamelessly entertaining” (The Washington Post) productions have shared the delights of Shakespeare, modern classics and new plays with millions over the past 30 years.

Beyond the Playhouse, the ASC is a hub for Shakespeare education and scholarship and also tours from Texas to Maine each year with a repertory of three plays. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com.

University of the Ozarks has announced its academic honor lists for the 2019 Fall Semester.

To be included on the President’s List, a student must carry at least 12 hours and maintain a 4.00 grade point average. To be included on the Dean’s List, a student must carry at least 12 hours and achieve between a 3.5 and 3.9 GPA.

President’s List

Abby Asencio, Gentry, AR

Katherine Barnwell, Van Buren, AR   

David Beck, Conway, AR

Kerigan Bradshaw, Harrison, AR

Petron Brown, Bahamas

Michelle Delgado Chacon, Costa Rica

Shaykera Charlton, Bahamas

Xin Yi Chen, Malaysia

Tanesha Collie, St. Joseph MN

Javier Coronado, Clarksville, AR       

Fabrice Cotin, Haiti

Lindsey Cross, Harrison, AR

Kelsey Dixson, Hector, AR

Carly Dougan, Clarksville, AR

Fielder Dufrene, Clinton, AR

Max-Guerlee Eloge, Haiti

Ellen Engro, Dallas, TX

Stacey Ettiene, Bahamas

Daniela Flores Valladares, Honduras

Monica Flores, Clarksville, AR

Levi Ford, Clarksville, AR

Elodie Jabouin, Haiti

Aspen Jasna, Sallisaw, OK

Nadine Karabaranga, Kingsville, TX  

Josue Maldonado Paredes, Guatemala         

Jenna Mandel, Collinsville, OK

Kneisha McDonald, Bahamas

Lyndi Melton, Oologah, OK

Alec Mertin, Russellville, AR

Djouberg Mingot, Haiti

Isaac Julio Montenegro, Panama

Teranne Morrison, Bahamas

Isaias Ortiz Namendi, Nicaragua

Kevin Nawa, McKinney, TX

Rosa Ordonez Ochoa, Honduras

Brillant Pasipanodya, Zimbabwe

Mitchella Pierre, Haiti

Cassidy Rolle, Bahamas

Perla Osorio Ruiz, Mexico     

Brittney Sain, Lake City, AR

Miguel Quisquina Saloj, Guatemala

Laure Gochez Sanchez, El Salvador

Codi Shannon, Ozark, AR

Alec Severe, Haiti                  

Sade Seymour , Bahamas

Emily Spillers, Scranton, AR

Joshua Stephens, Springdale, AR

Glory Sweet, Clarksville, AR

Fernanda Pichardo Urbina, Nicaragua          

Cassandra Valdez, Plano, TX

Trey Vance, Fayetteville, AR 

Vicente Vasquez Velasquez, Panama           

Brian Wilken, Claremore, OK 

Cory Wilhelm, Ratcliff, AR

Madeleine Windel, Ozone, AR           

Dean’s List

Erick Aguirre, Hot Springs, AR

John Alexandre, Haiti

Laura Allcon, Benbrook, TX

Blanca Almaraz-Martinez, Clarksville, AR

Camyren Antu, Arlington, TX

Ronald Flores Argueta, El Salvador

Wilkens Aristyl, Haiti

Mason Badour, Richardson, TX

Miguel Baray, Dumas, TX

Jamee Barham, Claremore, OK

Giorgio Baudin, Haiti

Marck Berotte, Haiti

Sarah Birchfield, Huntsville, AR

Ohany Roman Blandon, Nicaragua

Hayden Bohannan, Arlington, TX

Katherine Martinez Bojorquez, Honduras

David Bondy, Dallas, TX

Shelby Bosken, Valley Center, KS

Donna Bouzi, Waltham, MA

Kevvin Brown, Bahamas

Michel Brun, Haiti

Bradley Buck, Clarksville, AR

Macie Buckaloo, Wynnewood, OK

Juan Cano, Belize

Aaron Capehart, Siloam Springs, AR

Robin Carlton, Ozone, AR

Luis Hernandez Castillo, Nicaragua

Jessica Cave, Clarksville AR

Nickerson Chatelier, Haiti

Haley Clark, Tulsa, OK

Meline Clerisier, Bahamas

Daniel Cloud, Russellville, AR

Carlissa Colebrook, Bahamas

Joshua Collins, Pottsville, AR

Faith Curry, Bahamas

Briana Davis, Coweta, TX

Makayla Davis, Springdale, AR

Kimberly Lacey Day, Oolagah, OK

Natalie Dettmann, Conway, AR

Kaylea Dewinter, Clarksville, AR

Devis Garces Diaz, Panama

Jodi Dodge, Gilbert, AZ

Jonathan Duffel, Clarksville, AR

Melle Van Duijn, New Zealand

Nicolas Dunsworth, Clarksville, AR

Escobar Duran, El Salvador

Tracey Eitel, McKinney, TX

Sebastian Emile, Brockton, MA

Andrew England, Little Rock, AR

Diana Estrada, North Little Rock, AR

Heaven Farmer, London, AR

Amber Ferguson, Bahamas

Jose Arias Fonseca, Costa Rica

Stephen Fox, Bella Vista, AR

Skylar Frazier, Pocahontas, AR

Tyler Gale, Russellville, AR

Daicza Garcia, Clarksville, AR

Blanca Garcia-Almaraz, Clarksville, AR

Melissa Garcia, Clarksville, AR

Odalis Garcia, Clarksville, AR

Max Gardy Jean Francois, Haiti

Edwin Gallegos Vota, Mexico

Edith Olivas Garrido, Mexico

Jacquelyn Gearhart, Clarksville, AR

Lorna Georges, Haiti

Sheena Lesczynska Gervais, Haiti

Chania Gibson, Bahamas

Ralph Sebastian Goldman, Matthews, NC

Kennedy Goodnight, Owasso, OK

Cherokee Gott, Kansas City, MO

Daniel Martinez Gomez, Honduras

Victoria Gonzalez, Clarksville, AR

Trevor Gulledge, Combs, AR

Otoniel Gumbs, Panama

Gladis Alvarez Guzman, Guatemala

Riki Haase, Argyle, TX

Brandon Hall, Royal, AR

Logan Harderson, Oark, AR

Lyndee Lou Hardin, Clarksville, AR

Karlee Hart, Eureka Springs, AR

Ashley Hawkins, Altus, AR

Your Heh, Clarksville, AR

Jordon Henley, Eureka Springs, AR

Brody Holland, Clarksville, AR

Jacob Holland, Meadows Place, TX

Brittany Holt, Alvarado, TX

Korrey Housel, Fort Smith, AR

Garrett Houston, Scranton, AR

Ricktak Iban, Springdale, AR

Ed Jean, Haiti

Ralph Jean-Pierre, Orlando, FL

Ndayambaje John, Memphis, TN

Jacob Jones, Longview, TX

Annael Julien, Haiti

Chanel Kattich, Van Buren, AR

Britney Kirk, Dardanelle, AR

Connor Klein, Bella Vista, AR

Aaliyah Knowles, Bahamas

Doryce Lafleur, Springfield, OH

Ruaya Zamora Lagos, McKinney, TX

Cole Lankford, Knob Noster, MO

Braxton Leding, Altus, AR

Geoshan Lee, Malaysia

Sarah Lewis, Mulberry, AR

Twanesha Lightbourn, Bahamas

Benjamin Lillagore, Granbury, TX

Joelle Long, Austin, AR

Nicole Lopez, Belize

Ethan Lubera, Siloam Springs, AR

Berben Macario. Guatemala

Megan Madden, Flower Mound, TX

Abigail Mansur, Little Rock, AR

Maria Fabian Manzanares, Clarksville, AR

Charles Martin, Little Rock, AR

Ingrid Alonzo Martinez, Guatemala

Jonah Martinez, Fort Worth, TX

Alondra Martinez-Galan, Clarksville, AR

Rachael Masterson, Clarksville, AR

Isabella Hernandez Matute, Honduras

Rebecca McCarron, Covington, LA

Klara McElroy, Austin, AR

Derrick McKee, Hartman, AR

Kamryn McKinney, Alma, AR

Kade McMahon, Rockwall, TX

Elvia Yax Menchu, Guatemala

Sarah Millard-Brown, Clarksville, AR

Russell Miller, Houston, TX

Walves Miller, Hope, AR

Jaret Milligan, Hillsboro, AL

Fred Milord, Haiti

Lorfils Milord Pierre, Haiti

Norlin Vicente Montenegro, Guatemala

Rebekah Moore, Alma, AR

Daniela Picado Mora, Costa Rica

Maria Rivas Morales, El Salvador

Andrea Carias Morillo, Honduras

Malik Moss, Bahamas

Walker Murray, West Helena, AR

Dominique Musgrove, Bahamas

Christopher Neal, Bella Vista, AR

Shea Neumeier, Bigelow, AR

Steve Neumeier, Bigelow, AR

Kayla Newman, Clarksville, AR

Derek Nix, Holdenville, OK

Savannah Noblett, Ola, AR

Nicholas Nonez, Haiti

King-Berline Norcius, Haiti

Onyekachi Nwosu, San Antonio, TX

Diana Ocampo, Paris, AR

Hendrick Octavius, Haiti

Sarhitza Octavius, Haiti

Isabella Olarte, Miramar, FL

Olaide Olawoyin, Bahamas

Lillian Olmsted, Bentonville, AR

Diana Oudomvilay, Paris, AR

Sandra Amoako Packham, Eureka Springs, AR

Yves Pateau, Haiti

Sara Ambrocio Paque, Guatemala

Macy Pelts, Knoxville, AR

Rebecca Peterson, Coweta, OK

Maria Reyes Peralta, Destrehan, LA

Lidia Caz Perez, Guatemala

Coryne Phanor, Haiti

Brizeida Martinez Picazo, Clarksville, AR

Ashante Pratt, Bahamas

La’Shadae-Anise Rahming, Bahamas

Kristaphor Rakestraw, Russellville, AR

Jehanne Rameau, Haiti

Hannah Randt, Lamar, AR

Michel Rankin, Charleston, AR

Janna Rhinehart, Danville, AR

Emma Rinard, Windermere, FL

Chava Roberts, Bahamas

Laura Bruce Rodriguez, Panama

Richard Rodriguez Rodriguez, Nicaragua

Candace Rogers, Batesville, AR

Rebeca Mariscal Ruelas, Mexico

Anna Ryan, Woodville, MS

Yeimy Rodriguez Sanchez, Panama

Danitra Sargent, Bahamas

Rachel Simon, College Station, TX

Hannah Smith, Schertz, TX

Daniella Spencer-Rogers, Gentry, AR

Chase Stephenson, Mansfield, TX

Willow Stratton, Fayetteville, AR

Amber Taylor, Tulsa, OK

Gaetane Ternier, Haiti

Lea Terrell, Murfreesboro, AR

Patrick Thom, Atlanta, GA

Bradley Thompson, Keota, OK

Jacob Toland, North Little Rock, AR

Angel Umuhoza, Columbus, OH

Logan Valestin, Bryant, AR

Fabrice Valles, Saint Leo, FL

Sarah Vardal, Hot Springs, AR

Mario Varela-Pecina, Lamar, AR

Jordan Vilma, Bahamas

Christina Waddle, Pleasant Hill, MO

Zackary Walker, Clarksville, AR

Vivien Wambugu, Tulsa, OK

Hannah Warren, Lamar, AR

Miracle Warren, Van Buren, AR

Katie Watson, Jerusalem, AR

Hailey Weathers, Coal Hill, AR

Catherine Wellborn, Metairie, LA

Rowan Westheimer, Houston, TX

Coleman Wheeler, Cave Springs, AR

Winston Wheeler, Combs, AR

Austin Williams, Conway, AR

Shawna Woodside-Ellis, Bahamas

Angela Wyatt, Coal Hill, AR

Yailin Blackman Zamora, Panama

Casie Zapf, Cabot, AR

Christopher Zapf, Friendswood, TX

Andres Jimenez Zumbado, Costa Rica

Jacobus Van Zyl, Longview, TX

Four local Johnson County business owners recently received marketing and promotion recommendations for their businesses, courtesy of University of the Ozarks students in Marketing Instructor Jaime Encinas’ Promotion Strategies class.

As part of a semester-long class project, students were divided into small groups to work with the local business owners to create ways to help market and promote their businesses. The groups presented their plans to the business owners on campus in December, as part of their final exams.

Working with the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Encinas enlisted four local businesses to take part in the class project — King Gallery, La Michoacana Dulce Vida, KK’s Dance Company and Reveal Cabinet & Closet.

“This was an exciting exercise,” Encinas said. “The idea was twofold: One, exposing the students to working with real businesses in real situations, and taking just another step in getting the University closer to our local community. The project was to develop a promotion strategy for each of four local businesses, or clients, based on their own strategic goals. It represented the largest portion of the students’ grade, which highlights its importance.”

Encinas said the students put serious effort into the project.

“In some cases they went through significant but valuable changes from step to step, resulting in ideas quite different from what they had started early on,” he said. “But that is how the real world works.”

Dulce Baeza of La Michoacana said she was impressed with the students’ work and appreciated the perspective the students provided.

“To be able to get feedback on my business from the perspective of younger people is very valuable,” Baeza said. “Sometimes we think we know what people want but that’s not always the case. And, it’s not easy to think about these things when you’re busy just trying to run the business every day. It was great to hear their ideas and opinions on ways to promote the restaurant.”

The students who worked on the Reveal Cabinet & Closet project recommended the business expand its social media and digital presence by setting specific goals, something that caught the attention of owner Sheena Higby.

“I liked the idea of setting social media goals and then tracking the results, something I hadn’t really thought of,” Higby said. “Getting the unique perspective of this demographic is something we don’t have the luxury of doing, so I thought it was a great way to get some new ideas.”

The students also appreciate the opportunity to work on a real-world project.

“To be able to work with real clients on real problems, using research and then pitching our ideas to the clients was a great experience,” said senior Valeria Carias of Honduras. “When we were first told about the project, I was a little terrified because it seemed overwhelming. But once I met with the client and we started putting together a plan, it was exciting to know that you’re helping a real business succeed.”

Alexandria Corona, a senior psychology major from Houston, Texas, was part of a three-person team that worked on a strategy for King Gallery, an art gallery and store in downtown Clarksville. Their plan included creating awareness and appreciation for art in the area through events such as a “Night at the Museum,” and with the slogan “Enrich Yourself.”

“It was a great experience to work as a team with one main objective — help King Gallery grow its brand and its reach,” Corona said. “When you work on these projects, you start to understand the obstacles and challenges that small businesses face. I was definitely outside my comfort zone on this project, but I think it prepared me to do these types of things in the future.”

Tanner Young, a senior psychology major from Euless, Texas, said working on the project opened a new perspective for him.

“Even though I had experience doing quite a bit of research in the past, I had never conducted business research and it was quite different,” Young said. “When Professor Encinas told us that there were no due dates, only deadlines, I think it sunk in that this wasn’t just class work; this was like a professional project that we were working on. It was really quite humbling to know that the businesses trusted us to work with them and to help them.”

Seniors Denise Garcia of Clarksville and Barbara Yanez of Chile worked with KK’s Dance Company to help the business increase awareness and retain students.

“This project made me realize how these small companies really need help and how I can help make a difference for them,” Yanez said. “I plan to pursue a career in business and marketing so I thought this was extremely helpful for me.”

Encinas said he enjoyed watching the students make their final presentations to their clients.

“It was exciting to see some of the business owners nodding their heads in agreement and it was even more exciting to hear their positive comments at the end,” Encinas said. “Some of the clients may actually implement some of the ideas, perhaps even the slogans created by the students.”

“I must express my gratitude to the Chamber of Commerce for their support from the initial contacts with the clients to assessing the students’ presentations,” Encinas said. “And, of course, my sincere appreciation to each of our clients, the local businesses that worked with us, confiding their goals, and giving us the time both on campus and on their premises. Without their support, this project would have been impossible. This was indeed as close as the students get to work in a real business environment.”

The University of the Ozarks’ Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement has scheduled several alumni events throughout the region as well as other areas starting in mid-January and stretching into April.

The events are opportunities for Ozarks alumni to hear from University representatives about the University and to meet and reconnect with fellow alumni. All events are free to attend and alumni are encouraged to bring their family members.

If you would like to learn more information about an upcoming event, suggest an area to have an alumni gathering or RSVP for an upcoming event, please contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement at 479-979-1234 or alumnioffice@ozarks.edu.

Upcoming U of O alumni events:

Dallas/Fort Worth
• Jan. 16: 6:30 p.m. at MASH’D, 2948 Crockett St, Fort Worth, TX
• Jan 17: 11:30 a.m. at The Henry, 2301 Akard Street, Suite 250, Dallas, TX
• Jan 17: 6:30 p.m. at Sixty Vines , 3701 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX

Tulsa, Oklahoma
• Feb 4: 6:30 p.m. at McNellie’s Pub, 409 E 1st Street, Tulsa, OK

Little Rock, Arkansas
• Feb 6: 11:30 a.m. at Trio’s, 8201 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR
• Feb 6: 6:30 p.m. at The Copper Grill, 300 E 3rd St, Ste 101, Little Rock, AR

Northwest Arkansas
• Feb 27: 11:30 a.m. at Crystal Bridges, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR
• Feb 27: 6:30 p.m. at Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill, 311 W. Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR

El Salvador
• March 2-5: To Be Determined

• March 5-6: To Be Determined

Chicago, Illinois
• March 20: 7:00 p.m. at SPIN Chicago, 344 N State St, Chicago, IL

Fort Smith, Arkansas
• March 31: 6:30 p.m. at Stonehouse Chaffee Crossing, 8801 Wells Lake Rd, Fort Smith, AR

Clarksville, Arkansas
• April 2: 6:30 p.m. at Kasper’s, 501 N Johnson St, Clarksville, AR

University of the Ozarks conferred degrees upon 24 graduating seniors during the 2019 Fall Commencement, held Saturday, Dec. 14, in Munger-Wilson Chapel.

Dr. Angela Wheeler Spencer, a 1998 U of O alumna and an accounting professor at Oklahoma State University, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Jim Bruning, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, also commended the graduates on earning their diplomas.

Janae Williams, an environmental studies major from the Bahamas, gave the students’ welcome address and classmate Micaela Winters, a psychology major from Fort Smith, Ark., provided the scripture reading.

The Fall 2019 graduates were:

Bailey Sierra Albertson
Shell Knob, MO
BS, Marketing

Shelby Lynn Bosken
Valley Center, KS
BA, Art
Magna Cum Laude

Lillian Marie Bostic
Rogers, AR
BA, Art

Johnathan Scott Bowen
Hartman, AR
BS, Political Science

Madison Carol Chaney
Sikeston, MO
BS, Health Science

Fielder Thomas Dufrene
Clinton, AR
BS, Physical Education

Monica Flores
Clarksville, AR
BS, Health Science
Summa Cum Laude

William Merrem Forbes
Houston, TX
BS, Mathematics

Brittany Alexis Holt
Mansfield, Texas
BS, Biology
Cum Laude

Jordan Alexander King
Moore, OK
Bachelor of General Studies

Rebecca Anne McCarron
Covington, LA
BS, Health Science
Magna Cum Laude

Alec Daniel Mertin
New Blaine, AR
BS, Mathematics
Summa Cum Laude

Jaret Kyle Milligan
Hillsboro, AL
BS, Health Science

Abigail Rae Mork
Aurora, CO
BS, Chemistry

Siaygnoun Somphone Nhamnhouane
Van Buren, AR
BS, Health Science

Cecilia Marie Pearson
Clarksville, AR
BA, Communication Studies

Aaron Elliott Smith
Bentonville, AR
BS, Health Science

Taylor Antionette Snellback
Lonsdale AR.
BA, English

Manuel Tambriz Sac
Aldea Palacal, Solola, Guatemala.
BS, Management, International Business
Magna Cum Laude

Amber Lennex Taylor
Tulsa, OK
BS, Business Administration

Jacob Austin Toland
Little Rock, AR
BS, Health Science

Cody Lane Walters
Rogers, AR
Bachelor of General Studies

Janae Danielle Williams
Nassau, Bahamas
BS, Environmental Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Micaela Elizabeth Winters
Fort Smith, AR
BS, Psychology

Rebecca McCarron just may be the ideal poster student for the University of the Ozarks’ LENS program.

The senior from Covington, La., is graduating on Saturday with Magna Cum Laude honors with a major in health science and minors in English and business administration. The unique combination of disciplines is a trademark of LENS, which stands for Learning Environment for New Synthesis. LENS was implemented at Ozarks in 2016 as a new academic model to provide students a more customized and diverse educational experience. It allows students to choose a major and two minors, all from different academic divisions.

McCarron, who plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy, said her particular areas of study fit perfectly within both her personal interests and career ambitions.

“I originally chose health science as a major and business administration as a minor in order to be an occupational therapist who could run her own practice,” McCarron said. “English came into the picture because literature is a hobby of mine. Over the course of my years here, I realized my major taught me the science, but my minors taught me how to communicate more effectively with others and to be able to analyze and assess situationally. I believe they fit together nicely because, like the LENS program was intended, I am able to pull knowledge and information from any of the areas to have different perspectives for any given situation. I think that will be beneficial in a career that is always evolving. I appreciate that in my LENS arsenal I am able access the scientific, the hard line of rationale and the creative.”

A member of the women’s soccer team for four years, McCarron earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a freshman before a string of knee injuries kept her off the field and in the training room for most of the next three seasons. That experience of rehabbing and recovering was the impetus for her career choice and is something she believes will make her a better occupational therapist.

“As I was going through my clinical experiences, I definitely found myself relating to patients that I observed, even more than I thought I would,” McCarron said. “I hope to have a career in the pediatric occupational therapy field, and I chose this path because I wanted to help individuals, especially the youth, find a independence within themselves that they may have thought wasn’t possible because of a disability or illness. Believing in yourself and working to achieve your goals is an amazing feat. I want to be able to help others accomplish those feats.”

McCarron said the injury experience also helped put things in proper perspective.

“I’ve just learned to appreciate every second of everything I get the opportunity to participate in,” she said. “I used to have a mindset that I ‘had’ to do this or that but now my mindset has changed to ‘I have the chance to’ or ‘I am able to.’ You never realize the things you take for granted until you lose the ability to do them all together. I also learned that you can still be a part of something without being the biggest contributor. I like to consider myself the glue to the team these past few years because I was able to bring everyone back together for one purpose and that was to be grateful for the opportunity to play collegiate soccer.”

Serving as a student ambassador and an Ozarks Experience mentor, McCarron was one of the University’s biggest cheerleaders and advocates, especially when it came to helping recruit prospective students and showing them around campus. She was reminded of that recently when a freshman, whom she escorted around campus on a tour as a prospective student, stopped her to talk.

“She remembered me giving her a tour last year and she came up to me and thanked me,” McCarron said. “She told me that she came to Ozarks because she fell in love with the stories that I had shared during the tour about the professors and all the experiences I had. She said she wanted to have experiences and stories like that too and then she told me that she had already had those experiences during her first semester. That’s what is great about Ozarks; the connections and memories you create here. And those connections and memories can begin immediately. It will be hard leaving behind the memories and people that I have grown to appreciate having around me because they represent what Ozarks is all about.”

McCarron said that when she walks across the stage on Saturday to receive her diploma, it will be the relationships she’s developed at Ozarks that she will be most thankful for.

“I will forever remember the relationships I have made here,” she said. “I am so thankful for the professors, coaches, teammates and friends that have pushed me to be better than I originally was. I will never be able to show how much appreciation I have towards all of them for helping me strive toward my goals.”

And, as if right on cue, the future occupational therapist provided another strong testament to the LENS program by quoting a symbolic line from the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a book she had recently read in a class led by English Professor Dr. Amy Oatis.

“As I told Dr. Oatis, I intend to carry the fire into whatever comes next for me, and I am able to thank Ozarks for that,” McCarron said. “Ozarks will always have a place in my heart as home, and one day I hope to return the favor to the place that helped me start on the path towards achieving my goals.”

Dr. Stewart Dippel, professor of political science at University of the Ozarks, is the editor of a new scholarly book that offers a narrative history of the relationship between the British Parliament and the Crown during the 18th century.

The book, which was released this month, is titled, “The Struggle for the Scepter: A Study of the British Monarchy and Parliament in the Eighteenth Century.” It was written by Dr. Clayton Roberts and published by Peter Lang Inc.

Dippel, who has taught at Ozarks since 1992, said Roberts was his Ph.D. advisor when Dippel was a graduate student at Ohio State University. Roberts, who died in 2018, was a professor of history at Ohio State from 1952 to 1991.

While Roberts’ works included a textbook of English/British history and a book on historiography, his scholarly focus was on the political history of England during the 17th century. He published two previous books on the topic.

“The Struggle for the Scepter” is in essence a sequel advancing the argument into the 18th century, according to Dippel.

“Upon Dr. Roberts’ passing a little over a year ago, his widow reached out to me to see if I could put his last book manuscript in order and get it published,” Dippel said.

Dippel is considered a leading academic in 17th century religious history and has written several books on the topic, including “A Study of Religious Thought at Oxford and Cambridge, 1590-1640,” (1987);  “The Professionalization of the English Church from 1560-1700: Ambassadors for Christ,” (1999); “The Sacralization of the World in the Seventeenth Century: The Experience of Holiness in Everyday Life,” (2009); and “The Fast Day Sermons Before the Long Parliament (1640-1660): Their Role in Shaping Intellectual and Political Life in 17th-Century England,” (2014).

In 2017, he also wrote, “Redeemed at Countless Cost: The Recovery of Iconographic Theology and Religious Experience from 1850-2000.”

Dippel was the recipient of the University’s Bagwell Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. He also serves as the college’s faculty athletic representative.

University of the Ozarks has entered into an affiliation with the Greystone Preparatory School and will house their military programs at the University, beginning the summer of 2020. Greystone officials were on campus this week to finalize the agreement. Greystone, which has been based at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, for the past 16 years, has both a one-year and a new four-year program for students planning a career in military leadership. The one-year program is a college-level academy preparatory school that prepares candidates for nomination, appointment and success at one of the five U.S. service academies: the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.; or the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. The new four-year program is for U of O students enrolled in either the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Navy Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program, United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class, Coast Guard Scholars Program, Officer Candidate School or who are veterans. All programs potentially lead students to not only earning their bachelor’s degree, but ultimately a commission as an officer in the Armed Forces. Greystone is best known for its success with academy candidates who aspire to earn their nomination and appointment to one of the five federal service academies. For those seeking their academy appointments, the Greystone motto is “Academy Preparation, University Education,” which reflects its unique level of academy preparation. It is the only academy prep school in the nation affiliated with a four-year, fully accredited university. Over the course of the last 16 years, Greystone has helped over 475 young men and women to realize their dream of military service as academy trained and educated leaders of character while at Schreiner University. Greystone at Ozarks will now utilize its unique program of structure, organization and oversight to expand their capacity and assist those who seek their commission as officers in the Armed Forces through the other military commissioning programs. U of O was selected by Greystone from more than 130 colleges and universities from around the country that met its very high academic, athletic and facilities standards. “It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to join into a partnership with a prestigious program that has a long and proven track record of success in preparing young people to serve our nation in the academies and as commissioned officers,” said U of O President Richard Dunsworth. “Being selected by Greystone is a wonderful testament to the great work that our faculty, staff and board of trustees are doing in educating and preparing our students for their next steps. We look forward to helping Greystone continue its success of developing tomorrow’s military leaders.” University officials expect about 20 Greystone freshmen on campus for the start of the Fall 2020 Semester and up to 50 students in the program within 2-3 years. Under the affiliation model, Greystone academy-bound students will be full-time U of O freshmen and can earn up to 38 transferrable college credits. All Ozarks courses will be in sync with military academy first-year courses which enable many students to validate, or test out of, academy courses which provide these students with a significant advantage over other students entering the academies directly from high school or any other academy prep school. The Greystone program was started by retired Navy Commander David Bailey, a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who remains the program’s executive director. According to Bailey, the Greystone model is simple — combine the strength and flexibility of a four-year, fully-accredited liberal arts university with a dynamic academy preparatory program that was specially designed by academy faculty, staff and alumni intended to maximize the scholastic, athletic and leadership credentials of each candidate. Since its founding, a very high percentage of students have received formal congressional/senatorial nominations to their respective academies and approximately 85% of students have earned their final appointments to one of the five academies, according to Bailey. “For Greystone, the easy part of the academy process is getting these students their nomination and appointment and the hard part is to keep them at the academies for four years so they can graduate and earn their commission as an officer,” Bailey said. “Greystone is not a one-year academy prep program, but rather a life-long commitment to these leaders ensuring they succeed. Over the past 16 years, of all the Greystone students who have entered the academies, 94% graduate and go on to serve and lead.” Regarding the Greystone four-year program, Bailey said, “Greystone will utilize the same academy prep program it currently employs to oversee the academic, athletic and leadership development of these outstanding young people. As these four-year students advance at U of O, they will not only excel academically, but they will be afforded expanded leadership opportunities and experience to ensure these students not only graduate in four years, but they will exceed the expectations of their respective commissioning program – which starts their military careers by enabling them to stand out from all others in the same programs nationwide.” Bailey added, “I am looking forward to joining the Ozarks campus community and serving the needs of those young patriots who aspire to serve this great nation.” All Greystone students will be required to provide over 100 hours of community service per year. “They will be starting their life of service by performing their duties on the Clarksville stage, but within the next four to five years, these same Greystone students will be serving the nation on the world stage.” Bailey said. The Greystone program will be housed in one of the University’s apartment-style residence halls. Dunsworth said the University may hire additional faculty, particularly in mathematics and the sciences, to accommodate the curriculum needs of Greystone students.