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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

May 17, 2019

College of the Ozarks to present Poverty Research Update

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host the Poverty Research and Action Planning Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., in The Royal Oak Forum at The Keeter Center. The meeting is a follow-up to the Poverty Summit held in early February 2019. The public is invited to attend to hear updates from numerous area organizations.

Presenters will share results from data collection and focus group input from the last meeting. The top critical challenges that emerged from the research and community listening phase will be presented. All those interested in participating in solutions for this community and in action planning for next steps are encouraged to attend.

“Since the Poverty Summit in early February, data from numerous organizations in the area has been gathered, and many focus group meetings and visits to other communities that are successfully addressing poverty in their respective areas have been completed,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education at College of the Ozarks. “This will help all of us collectively shape the next steps for our region. A broad base of community engagement is vital.”

This initiative is led by a coalition of community members, with Christian Action Ministries serving as the lead agency for the grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to address poverty in the Ozarks.

“Together we will work on ideas and build momentum for ongoing collaborative strategies,” Head said. “Please join us.”

To register for this free event, visit

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.



05.17.19 – Valorie Coleman



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