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April 20, 2016 • Posted in

Spring Commencement scheduled for May 14

University of the Ozarks will award bachelor degrees to approximately 90 graduating seniors during its 2016 Spring Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, on the campus mall. Susan Smith Epperson, a 1962 Ozarks graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2016 Spring Commencement on May 14. A Baccalaureate Service will […]

April 21, 2014 • Posted in

Tree Planting kicks off Earth Week 2014

Its soft green and red leaves fluttered slightly as the man lifted the small sapling from its container.?This little tree, he told the onlookers, would be named the Elissa Heil Nutall Oak, in honor of Dr. Elissa Heil, Professor of English and Spanish, and Associate Academic Dean at Ozarks. It didn’t take long to plant […]

February 11, 2014 • Posted in

Public official to speak Feb. 23 as part of Black History Month

Jason Smedley, the director of public engagement for the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and a former aide to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, will speak at University of the Ozarks on Sunday, Feb. 23, as part of the University's Black History Month activities. Jason Smedley, the director of public engagement for the Central Arkansas Transit Authority, […]

February 12, 2013 • Posted in

The Love Bandits: A Valentine’s Day tradition at Ozarks

For the last 10 years, Valentine's Day has been especially memorable at University of the Ozarks thanks to the Love Bandits, an intrepid group of students dressed in Valentine-themed costumes and accompanied by acoustic guitars who deliver flowers and singing valentines to lucky recipients on campus. In 2003, Eric Leon, the assistant director of international […]

April 13, 2012 • Posted in

Senior dinners rite of passage at Ozarks

One week a year since spring 1998, graduating seniors come together for a last meal. They meet in the lovely, movie-poster lined living room of President and First Lady Rick and Sher?e Niece, not only to say goodbye, but also to acknowledge what their time at Ozarks has meant to them, and to look forward. […]

April 14, 2011 • Posted in

Ozarks to celebrate Earth Week 2011

University of the Ozarks will celebrate Earth Week 2011 with a series of events that offer a wide variety of fun activities that raise awareness of environmental issues. The events begin on Sunday, April 17, when Planet Club and PBL will co-host a clean-up of Clarksville’s local hiking trail, Spadra Trail. The cleanup starts at […]

October 19, 2010 • Posted in

Pumpkins in Grave Danger on Oct. 25

Clarksville, Ark. --- One of the most popular fall traditions at University of the Ozarks will take place on Monday, Oct. 25, as the 14th annual President's Pumpkin Carving Party takes place at the President's Home. A tradition started by University President Dr. Rick Niece and First Lady Sheree, the family-friendly event will begin at […]

October 15, 2010 • Posted in

U of O to present Halloween events

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks will present a pair of Halloween events that are free and open to the community on Monday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Oct. 26. Starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25, Dr. Sharon Gorman, professor of music and university organist, and the University Chamber Singers will present the […]

November 13, 2006 • Posted in

Annual tree planting day held at Ozarks

Students help beautify campus. CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (Nov. 13, 2006) -- An early-morning chill was not enough to keep Ozarks students from coming out on a Saturday to plant several trees along the main campus mall. "I hope (we) can make people aware of the environment in which we live, and work together to make it […]