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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

August 31, 2017

College of the Ozarks partners with Honor Flight of the Ozarks for patriotic trip to Washington, D.C.

Diana Winkle and Bob CollinsDiana Winkle, assistant to the dean of work education and administration, accompanies Veteran Bob Collins to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 29, 2017, to visit memorials honoring his service to our country.

Veterans and guardiansVeterans and their guardians begin to board the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 29, 2017.

Cody Coombe and Terry SmithCody Coombe, senior business administration major, along with his Veteran, Terry “Smitty” Smith, wait in the airport for the Honor Flight.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Aug. 29, 2017, Honor Flight of the Ozarks sent 82 Veterans, along with a guardian for each Veteran, to Washington, D.C. Out of the 82 guardians, 12 were College of the Ozarks students and two were staff members of the College. The group visited many sights of historic and patriotic value.

The trip recognized the sacrifices made by Veterans serving our country in various wars including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

“By participating in this trip to Washington, students gained an invaluable experience,” said Director of Patriotic Activities Bryan Cizek. “Students accompanied Veterans to memorials built in their honor.”

Dallas DeWeese, senior physical education major, said he was grateful for this experience.

“I have always had an appreciation for our Veterans and the sacrifice they have done for our country,” DeWeese said. “This was the perfect opportunity to gain a greater respect for our Veterans.”

Cody Coombe, senior business administration major, shared similar sentiments when reflecting on the trip.

“Arlington National Cemetery was by far the most moving part of the day. It really depicts the true price of freedom in this country,” Coombe said. “The rolling hills of headstones are humbling, and they cast a heavy feeling over the crowds of people. It was a very sacred and solemn place that depicted honor and respect.”

Theresa Schreffler, senior recreation administration major, said the arrival back home was a moving event.

“To see our Veterans receive a proper homecoming, especially for our Vietnam Veterans, was incredible. To see my Veteran, Bill, in awe of how many people were there at 10 p.m., just to welcome them home, was priceless,” Schreffler said. “I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to be a guardian for the day.”

Diana Winkle, assistant to the dean of work education and administration, said she is humbled by this experience.

“Our job as guardians was simple, and that was to help make this day an unforgettable experience for our Veterans,” Winkle said. “The knowledge we have gained and the stories of our Veterans are things I know we will always treasure.”

Veteran and Student/Staff Pairings

  • Veteran Herb Denham, paired with Beth Hudson, secretary to the president of the College.
  • Veteran Bob Collins, paired with Diana Winkle, assistant to the dean of work education and administration.
  • Veteran John Dismer, paired with sophomore James Allison
  • Veteran Mike Archdeacon, paired with junior Logan Breer
  • Veteran Terry “Smitty” Smith, paired with senior Cody Coombe
  • Veteran Mike Boswell, paired with senior Dallas DeWeese
  • Veteran Ralph Kleier, paired with senior Leann Hesemann
  • Veteran Jim McCormick, paired with junior Joan Jorash
  • Veteran Eugene Ward, paired with senior Amanda Moore
  • Veteran Brenda Bendon, paired with senior Krista Roden
  • Veteran Bill Tritthart, paired with senior Theresa Schreffler
  • Veteran Bob Rodgers, paired with senior Emily Smith
  • Veteran Wayne Garrison, paired with junior Jacob Sowell
  • Veteran Rick Polk, paired with sophomore Zach Thompson

Honor Flight

Honor Flight of the Ozarks is part of a national, not-for-profit organization created with the intent of honoring America’s Veterans for their many sacrifices.

There are 127 regional Honor Flight organizations serving 46 states in the United States, and there are several thousand Veterans on a national registry for the trips.

Since its inception, the Honor Flight Network has flown more than 138,817 Veterans to Washington, D.C.

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 a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. 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 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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08.31.17 – Andrew Carson & Samantha Stephans

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