Fall 2019 Academic Honor Roll Announced

Fall 2019 Academic Honor Roll Announced

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

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.

University of the Ozarks senior art major Kirsten Endicott of Rogers, Ark., will present her Senior Exhibit, “Patchwork Through Time,” from Nov. 24 through Dec. 4 in the Stephens Gallery.

There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. Endicott will also present an artist talk from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Baldor Auditorium.

Endicott said “Patchwork Through Time,” is a tribute to her late grandmother, who first introduced her to the world of quilting and art.

“The warm memories that I have of my grandmother before she passed away from cancer are ones that I will keep in my heart for the rest of my life, such as re-painting a garden bench, going around neighborhoods looking at other people’s houses decorated with Christmas lights, and helping her do little things like re-filling the bird feeder outside her dining room window,” Endicott said. “I even remember the time when my sister and I made a few quilts with our grandmother from old denim jeans and cotton fabric. Since gardening and quilting were my grandmother’s favorite hobbies, I wanted to put those two things together in one huge scene, as seen in ‘Bench in Grandmother’s Garden.’ I wanted to challenge myself with a different quilter’s skill in each of these cotton fabric pieces.”

Endicott said she uses numerous quilting skills and tools in manufacturing her quilts.

“For the smaller quilts, I use a needle and thread to hand-sew them together, but for the larger quilts I would apply fabric with my sewing machine,” she said. “I was inspired to give hand-sewing a try and challenge myself to this new way of making these masterpieces. I also incorporate found objects such as dolls' clothes, buttons and different styles of beads onto the quilt in order to give dimension, instead of being flat like other traditional quilts.”

Many of Endicott’s quilts utilize the skill of appliqué, a method of sewing a piece of fabric to another larger piece of fabric.

“Appliqué gives me the option of using organic shapes rather than using geometric shapes throughout the entire quilt,” she said. “Another technique I used to make some of my quilts is to take some old photos I found and print them onto a special fabric paper. In ‘A Birdwatchers’ View,’ I used applique on the birds, feeders, and the tree leaves. After cutting out all the necessary pieces, I then used basting spray in order for the fabric to stay in place while I ran it through the sewing machine. If the applied fabric moved even a little, then it would be very difficult to fix without accidentally tearing the fabric.”

Endicott said some of her larger quilts took several weeks to make.

“The ones that I make by just using a needle and thread sometimes takes me only around five days, so not as long as making one huge quilt,” she said. “The one important thing that I keep in mind, while sewing, is to ask myself, ‘why am I making this quilt? What purpose does it serve or who will it benefit?’ Mostly, I have been making quilts based on memories of important events and the people I love.”

Following graduation, Endicott plans to return to Northwest Arkansas and pursue a career in teaching art.

Approximately 25 graduating seniors are expected to receive their diplomas during the University of the Ozarks’ 2019 Fall Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel. Immediately following Commencement, there will be a reception for the graduates and their families and friends in the Rogers Conference Center.

Angela SpencerDr. Angela (Wheeler) Spencer, a 1998 graduate of Ozarks, will serve as the keynote speaker during the ceremony. A native of Lamar, Ark., Spencer serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University, where she also holds the Lanny G. Chasteen Chair and Haskell Cudd Professorship. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at OSU, including courses on accounting theory and accounting tools, technologies, and innovation. Her research interests primarily focus on issues related to financial reporting, including off-balance sheet items and disclosure.

Spencer, who earned an MBA from the University of Central Arkansas and her Ph.D. from OSU, has received a number of awards related to teaching, research, and service, including the Federation of Schools of Accountancy FSA/Mark Chain Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award, the Kenneth D. and Leitner Greiner Teaching Award and the Phillips 66 Exceptional Service Award.  She previously served as treasurer of the U of O Alumni Association and currently serves as a member of the American Accounting Association’s steering committees for the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting and the Intensive Data and Analytics Summer Workshop, City of Stillwater Audit Committee, and Stillwater Medical Center Finance Committee.

Spencer lives in Stillwater, Okla., with her husband, Shawn, and sons Jack and Jamie.

The senior welcome will be provided by Janae Williams, an environmental studies major from Nassau, The Bahamas.

Commencement week will also include a senior dinner in the Rogers Conference Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, and a brick ceremony on the campus mall at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.

Dr. Allison Freed, assistant professor of education/science education, has been appointed director of the Pat Walker Teacher Education Program, University of the Ozarks officials announced this week.

The promotion is effective immediately for Freed, who has taught at Ozarks since 2015.

“It’s an honor to be named the director of teacher education,” Freed said. “Moving forward, our department will continue our collaborative efforts to provide comprehensive teacher education for Ozarks students. My hope is to continue to support the strengths of the program while also working to meet the needs of our future teachers in an ever-changing world.”

A native of Michigan, Freed earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology and educational technology from Michigan State University. She has taught school in rural Michigan, London and Chicago, completed a fellowship in Botswana, been a wilderness trip leader in Wyoming, and served as a study abroad program leader in The Netherlands, France and Germany.     

“I am delighted that Dr. Freed has stepped into this role at the University and look forward to seeing how the Pat Walker Teacher Education Program moves forward under her leadership,” said University Provost Dr. Alyson Gill. 

Freed published two pieces of research and will or has presented at two international conferences this year. The first publication, The Journal of Sustainability Education, examines the relationship between university students’ environmental identity, decision-making process, and behavior. She also published a book chapter in Pedagogies and Pedagogical Challenges.  Her presentations this year are at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE) conferences.

Freed also serves as the advisor of the Ozarks Student Education Association and the Planet Club.

By Jake Sawyer

Fourteen years ago, University of the Ozarks English Professor David Strain had an idea only a mad poetry scientist could cook up. Strain and his fellow English professors were looking for a way to boost submissions to the department’s annual Falstaff literary magazine when inspiration struck from an unlikely source: the reality TV show Project Runway. That epiphany would eventually become the annual Project Poet competition, which is currently enjoying its 14th season as a cornerstone of Ozarks campus life.

No one has seen the impact of Project Poet more than English Professor Brian Hardman, who served as the host for nine seasons of the event, more than any other host.

“I was interested from the start because of how unique the event was, and I loved the idea of giving students across campus a creative space to push themselves and to share their voices,” Hardman remembers.

Project Poet’s run at Ozarks has seen a number of transformations on campus and has changed itself along the way.

“The event has moved locations several times, which has allowed it to grow and evolve. The show is also more sophisticated in its use of atmosphere and production quality, and the talent has increased year after year,” Hardman says. “I hope it continues to grow and evolve, and I hope that it continues as a powerful venue for students to express their talents, voices, and experiences.”

Though the venue and atmosphere may have changed over the years, the competition itself is essentially the same. Each fall semester, one member of the English department sends out a poetry challenge to the campus community, and the students who enter must submit an original poem that meets the challenge, which may vary from a poetic self-portrait to a sonnet or haiku. There are five separate challenges over the five-week competition, and the poets must write a new poem for each challenge.

The poets themselves come to Project Poet from all walks of campus life and for all sorts of reasons. Some, such as Jarret Bain, a junior psychology major from Nassau, Bahamas, enter Project Poet as a way to get out of their comfort zone. “I didn’t expect to get very far, but whether or not I made it far, I was in it for the experience,” Bain explains.

For Bekah Moore, a senior biology major from Alma, AR, what was initially an extra credit opportunity quickly became a new passion. Though Moore’s high school had largely treated poetry as “a necessity that students and teachers alike were more than willing to cross off of their to-do list,” she was blown away by the inclusive artistic community she found at Ozarks through Project Poet. “The reverence this campus has for the arts, and its various forms, will always amaze me,” Moore says.

Both Bain and Moore placed among last year’s five finalists, and their diverse backgrounds and motivations are not unusual in the competition.

“Project Poet draws students from across campus and from all disciplines,” Hardman says. “It really says something that, as often as not, English majors aren't the ones who always win the crown of Poet Laureate of the Spadra Valley.”

Entering a poem for the challenge is only the beginning though. After writing their original poem, the poets must perform it before an audience of their peers and a panel of three faculty judges, all of whom vote for their favorite poems. For most contestants, this performance is the most stressful component of the competition. On the night of Project Poet, many of the poets arrive early to Munger-Wilson Chapel, pacing the flagstones of the chapel plaza or rehearsing their poem one last time. Then there is nothing to do but watch the trickle into the room until the host pulls a name from a faded tweed cap: “Next up, welcome to the mic”— and the applause roars.

The stress is real too. As the Project Poet motto goes, “In poetry, one day you’re a bestseller, and the next you’re out of print.” Each week’s challenge ratchets up the difficulty to a new level, and each week a few of the poets “go out of print.”

This season’s contestant pool has narrowed to the five poets who survived the semifinal round, or “Winter Formal,” which is arguably the most difficult round, as it requires the poets to compose in strict poet forms such as a sonnet or villanelle. The five who “stayed in print” qualified for the Project Poet Finale during Homecoming Weekend. There they will vie for the title of Poet Laureate of the Spadra Valley, as well as the $1,000 cash prize that comes with it.

Despite the high stakes involved, for most contestants Project Poet is as much about collaboration and personal expression with other poets as it is about competition.

“Every time I come into this project, it’s with the mindset that I am able to share parts of my unique human experience through a healthy platform that encourages creative thinking and honest expression. The fact that I get to participate for one week, or three, or five makes no difference,” Moore explains. “I consider myself extremely lucky to have stood beside such a unique and admirable set of poets.”

Bain seconds her opinion. “I’m honestly not a huge fan of competition,” he says, “but being able to go up against other talented poets has been an enlightening experience.”

For Bain, the moments before he steps to the mic are often ones of humility. “I usually think about how great everyone else is, and that if I lost then I deserved it because everyone else has worked hard to earn their spot.”

If the past years of Project Poet have proven nothing else, it is that no one can predict who will end up with the Poet Laureate crown, and if asked, the current poets will agree. One thing is certain though: they will be at the final round on October 19th, either to perform their own work or to support their friends. As Moore sums up, “One thing Project Poet never fails to do is surprise me. Participating or not, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

(Editor’s Note: The Project Poet Finale will take place in the Robson Library rotunda at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, during Homecoming Weekend and is open to all students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni. The five finalists are, Jarret Bain, Lily Marlow, Bekah Moore, Chava Roberts and Maddy Windel.)

University of the Ozarks Associate Professor of Art Dawn Holder will present some of her latest artwork during a Sabbatical Research Artist Lecture on Friday, Nov. 1.

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. in Baldor Auditorium in the Boreham Business Building. The campus community as well as the public are invited to attend and there is no cost for admission.

Holder worked on her sabbatical project during the 2018-19 academic year. The project included doing research and creating art in reaction to local Confederate monuments.

“I examined how these public spaces, structures and sculptures have been utilized and aestheticized to promote racial segregation, reinforce social hierarchy and define ethnic and political boundaries,” Holder said. “My recent travels and creative projects in Europe have widened the scope of my research, allowing me to analyze the rich visual history of monuments, with a particular focus on Roman antiquities. My current sculptures, installations and photographs reference the equestrian and obelisk imagery shared by both Roman and Confederate monuments, as well as their inscribed texts and relationship to the landscape. By deconstructing these iconic forms, my art endeavors to destabilize their messages through the lenses of fragmentation, decay, and rearrangement.”

Holder said that during the lecture she will, “discuss this new body of work, and share images of sculptures, installations and photographs that I created while on sabbatical.”

Selections of Holder’s new artwork can be seen in the upcoming exhibition. “Whence This Glory Perish,” at the Stephens Gallery on the U of O campus from Jan. 23 through Feb. 19, 2020. There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2020.