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.
University of the Ozarks President Richard L. Dunsworth, J.D., has been elected as the new chair of the board of directors of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) at the organization’s annual meeting in March. His term will run through July 2020.
Dunsworth has served on the APCU board since 2017. The APCU is an independent, non-profit association that is dedicated to assisting the 56 Presbyterian-affiliated colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
“I am honored to serve on the board of directors of the APCU and humbled that my peers would elect me to serve in a leadership role,” Dunsworth said.
Dunsworth became the 25th president of the university on June 1, 2013. Under his leadership, enrollment at the private-four-year Presbyterian-affiliated university has increased nearly 50 percent---from 585 in 2013 to 872 in 2018---and the university has raised more than $45 million for scholarships and facilities in its current Climb Higher Campaign.
U of O has been affiliated with the Presbyterian Church since it was founded by Cumberland Presbyterians in 1834 in Cane Hill, Arkansas.
As part of its mission, the APCU advocates the important, ongoing role that higher education plays within the Presbyterian Church (USA) and assists presidents in the development of strategies that fulfill their respective institutional missions. APCU member institutions are eligible to participate in APCU-sponsored programs that include an insurance and risk management program, an international student exchange with institutions in Northern Ireland and a tuition exchange for children of faculty and staff members.
The APCU is governed by a board of directors consisting of presidents from 12 member institutions and the president of the Presbyterian College Chaplains Association (PCCA). The executive committee of the board includes the current board chair, the treasurer, the chair-elect, and the executive director of the association. Board members serve three-year terms.The Rev. Lisa Reece, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, in Bonham, Texas, will visit University of the Ozarks during the week of Sept. 24 as a visiting pastor in the University’s Pastoral Study Leave Program. She will lead the University’s weekly Chapel Service at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Reece has served at First Presbyterian Church in Bonham since Oct. 1, 2017. Before that, she spent 28 years serving as a Christian educator in seven PCUSA churches throughout Grace Presbytery in Texas. She also was a chaplain in the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System in Dallas for three years. Reece is a PCUSA-certified Christian educator and has served as a ruling elder. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas Tech University and a master of divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She was ordained as a PCUSA teaching elder, minister of word and sacrament, on Oct. 8, 2017. She and her husband, Jerry, have two adult children, Marshall and Michelle. She enjoys knitting prayer shawls, making jewelry, reading, movies, and relaxing on her screened-in porch with her dogs. The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Reece is the 24th visiting pastor to take part in the program. The Rev. Kate Hogue, a pastor at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla., will visit University of the Ozarks during the week of April 16 as part of the University’s Pastoral Study Leave Program. Hogue will lead the University’s weekly Chapel Service at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, in Munger-Wilson Chapel. As one of the pastors at John Knox, Hogue has the responsibilities of “preaching monthly, hanging out with kiddos, youth, and young adults and finding new ways for the Church to do mission and be more inclusive.”
BackgroundA native of Joplin, Mo., she has a MDIV from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Missouri State University. Before coming to John Knox, Hogue led youth and college ministries as well as ecumenical and interfaith groups. She and her husband, Sean, have been married for six years and they enjoy “camping, cooking delicious vegetarian fare, road trips, important conversations, being silly and good movies.” The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Hogue is the 24th visiting pastor to take part in the program. The University of the Ozarks Chamber Singers will present their annual Spring Concert, titled “Songs of the Sea,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in Munger-Wilson Chapel. The event is open to the public and there is no cost for admission. The concert is a prelude to the choir’s spring tour, which runs from May 13-18 and includes five performances at churches in Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City, Mo., and Springfield, Mo. Under the direction assistant professor of music and choral conductor Dr. Jonathan Ledger, the concert will feature a wide variety of choral repertoire from all style periods that relate to themes of the sea, including reflections, exploration, adventure, tragedy, loss and meditations.
Program lineupThe program will include, “A Song for All Seas, All Ships,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; “Ecco mormorar l’onde,” by Claudio Monteverdi; “I Have Loved Hours at Sea” by Ēriks Ešenvalds; “Northern Lights,” by Ēriks Ešenvalds; “A Passer By,” by Byron Adams; “High Barbary,” by Arthur E. Hall; “H.M.S. Pinafore: A Choral Salute,” by Gilbert & Sullivan (arr. Philip Kern); “Face Answereth to Face,” from Twelve Canticles by Randall Thompson; and “Never an Absolution,” from Titanic, by James Horner (arr. Jonathan Ledger). Other songs the ensemble will perform include, “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” by Lowell Mason (arr. Dan Forrest); “Vineta,” by Johannes Brahms; “Crossing the Bar,” by Gwyneth Walker; “The Seal Lullaby,” by Eric Whitacre; “Wade in the Water,” arr. Moses Hogan; and “It Is Well with My Soul,” by Philip P. Bliss (arr. René Clausen). Adjunct music instructor Bethany Qualls will serve as the collaborative pianist during the concert as well as the tour. The Rev. Jeffrey Snell of Cuba, Mo., will visit University of the Ozarks during the week of Oct. 23 as part of the University's Pastoral Study Leave Program. Snell will lead the University’s weekly Chapel Service at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. After working for several years in the hospitality field, Snell entered seminary at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte, N.C. After graduating in 2015, he moved to Missouri, where he serves two Presbyterian churches in the small town of Cuba. Snell has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and an MBA from the University of Memphis. The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Snell is the 22nd visiting pastor to take part in the program. Ozarks will welcome approximately 300 new students to campus on Aug. 17 for the start of First Week 2017, the official kickoff for the 2017-18 academic year. Classes for the Fall 2017 Semester will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 22. First Week, which runs from Aug. 17-21, is an on-campus orientation program to help new students become acclimated to the University. First Week begins on the morning of Aug. 17 with faculty, staff and upperclass students helping the new students move into the residence halls. First Week 2017 will include a mix of developmental, academic, social and engagement orientation opportunities. According to Dean of Students Steve Weaver, First Week was created through a collaborative effort of faculty, staff and current students. “First Week is a fun and informational event that serves to support the transition to college, integrate new students into our campus community, and strengthen the connection to Ozarks’ rich history,” Weaver said “It is a special time to spend with students and their families as these students begin their journey at Ozarks.” Weaver said a major component of First Week is to help prepare students for academic success. “Students will have sessions with their Ozarks Experience instructor and classmates, designed to engage students about their academic transition to Ozarks and to set students up for academic success,” Weaver said. “We have created the structure and have the staff to support and encourage students during this important transition and to set the groundwork for a successful four years at Ozarks.” One of the highlights of First Week is the Matriculation Ceremony, where the University officially welcomes the new class to campus. The Matriculation Ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m., Aug. 17, in Munger-Wilson Chapel. “Matriculation is a very meaningful ceremony that is a symbolic welcoming and exchange of promises between students and the University,” Weaver said. The residence halls will open at 8 a.m. on Aug. 17 for the new students to move in.
Events of the week include:
- Aug 17 - a welcoming program at 1 p.m.; an information session for parents at 1:30 p.m.; Matriculation Ceremony at 3 p.m.; a President’s Welcome Picnic at 5 p.m.;
- Aug 19 - Eagle Serve community service projects in the morning; an “Ozarks Got Talent!” event at 8 p.m.
- Aug 20 - Ozarks Fest on the campus mall at 7 p.m.
- Aug 21 - Opening convocation for all students at 4 p.m.
Important dates for the Fall 2017 Semester:
- Labor Day Holiday: Sept. 4
- Parent’s Weekend: Sept. 22-24
- Homecoming: Oct. 13-15
- Fall Break: Oct. 19-20
- Thanksgiving Holiday: Nov. 22-24
- Last Day of Classes: Dec. 6
- Final Exams: Dec. 8-13
- Fall Commencement: Dec. 16