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May 16, 2020 • Posted in , ,

115 Candidates for Graduation in Class of 2020

The University of the Ozarks’ Class of Spring 2020 consists of 115 candidates for graduation. Students who graduate with Cum Laude honors have cumulative grade point averages between 3.25 and 3.49, those with Magna Cum Laude honors have grade point averages between 3.50 and 3.84, and those with Summa Cum Laude honors have grade point […]

2020 40-Year Service Award
May 14, 2020 • Posted in

Jones, Smith Honored for 40 Years of Service

Two University of the Ozarks faculty members have been recognized with 40-Year Service Awards this month by the University. Karen Jones, professor of psychology; and Dr. Buddy Smith, professor of mathematics, have both marked their 40-year anniversaries at Ozarks. They will be honored with a certificate of appreciation as well as a gift from the […]

May 13, 2020 • Posted in ,

University Plans for In-Person Classes in Fall

University of the Ozarks is planning to hold in-person classes in the fall, President Richard Dunsworth said this week. Dunsworth said the University will continue to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic crisis throughout the summer and will have contingency plans in place for the fall semester if they are needed. “Our plan right now is to […]

Joel Hagaman
May 12, 2020 • Posted in ,

Hagaman Named Dean of NSM Division

Dr. Joel A. Hagaman, associate professor of psychology, has been named the dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, effective July 1. He will replace Dr. Sean Coleman, who will leave the University following this semester to take a teaching position at Wartburg College in Iowa. “I am delighted that Dr. Hagaman will […]

Geoshan Lee

Lee Continues Family Legacy at Ozarks

When Geoshan Lee graduates from University of the Ozarks this month, he will continue a family legacy that began approximately 40 years ago when his parents met as students on the Ozarks campus. Lee, from Penang, Malaysia, will graduate with a communications degree and minors in marketing and theatre. His parents, George Lee and Naomi […]

Ethan Hefley
May 11, 2020 • Posted in

Hefley Chosen for Above and Beyond Award

University of the Ozarks Network Manager Ethan Hefley has been named the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Rick and Sheree Niece President’s Above and Beyond Award. U of O President Richard Dunsworth made the announcement to the campus community on Monday during his weekly President’s Standup meeting, held via Zoom. The award is presented to […]

Edith Olivas Garrido
May 8, 2020 • Posted in , ,

Olivas Garrido Named Tutor of the Year

The University of the Ozarks’ Academic Services programs the Jones Learning Center and the Student Success Center, honored their outstanding tutors for 2019-20 during a May 6 ceremony held through Zoom. Tutors were nominated by their peers and evaluated based on qualities such as knowledge of material, preparedness, empathy, patience, enthusiasm and a strong desire […]

Honors Day 2020
May 7, 2020 • Posted in , , ,

Students Recognized During 63rd Honors Day

University of the Ozarks administrators and faculty presented the University’s top academic and division awards during the 63rd annual Honors Day ceremony, held Thursday afternoon via Zoom. Jake Sawyer, an environmental studies and English major from Mena, Ark., was the recipient of the Wiley Lin Hurie Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding senior in the […]

Jake Sawyer

Sawyer Named 2020 Hurie Award Recipient

“Each man is the bard of his own existence.” – Cormac McCarthy In describing University of the Ozarks senior Jake Sawyer, one professor said, “If you combined his love of learning, writing, nature, and filmmaking, you would have Ken Burns, Walden and Thoreau with a camera.” Sawyer, an English and environmental studies major and communication minor […]

Award Recipients
May 6, 2020 • Posted in

25 and 30-Year Service Awards Announced

Four University of the Ozarks faculty and staff members have been recently recognized for either 25 or 30-Year Service Awards by the University. (Pictured from left) Steve Edmisten, special assistant to the president, reached the 25-year milestone at Ozarks, while Melodye Stickley, academic services assistant; Karen Schluterman director of human resources; and Dr. Frank Knight, […]