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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

May 09, 2017

College of the Ozarks faculty members awarded for hard work and dedication

Tammy HolderTammy Holder, associate professor of agriculture, receives The Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award at the College of the Ozarks 110th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from Dr. Jerry C. Davis, president of the College.

Bonnie ToddBonnie Todd, associate professor of nursing, receives The Eugene Charles Wittick Teaching Excellence Award at the College of the Ozarks 110th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from Dr. Jerry C. Davis, president of the College.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.—College of the Ozarks faculty members Tammy Holder and Bonnie Todd received awards at the 110th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award

Tammy Holder, associate professor of agriculture, received The Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award. This award honors faculty members for their professional accomplishments, which may include research, publications, performance, creative productions, and service to professional organizations.            

“Holder educates students in the classroom and on the farm by creating high expectations for them and then showing them how to achieve these expectations,” said Dr. Eric Bolger, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “She models hard work coupled with expertise and seasoned with love, all with the goal of helping students reach their potential as professionals and persons of faith. She epitomizes the quality of the College’s agriculture program and faculty.”                                        

Holder has been an integral member of the College of the Ozarks Agriculture Department since 2010, with responsibilities split between classroom activities and managing students on the beef farm and other work stations.

She has been invited to present at the Southwest Missouri Spring Forage and Grassland Conference, held annually in Springfield, Missouri, with attendees and speakers from all over the country. She has been instrumental in reviving the Taney County Cattlemen’s Association Chapter and now serves as its president, providing leadership to beef industry participants in the region.                                             

Over the past year, she has taken the lead in writing a forage agronomy curriculum for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will be used in high school agriculture programs around the state to introduce students to the subject of forage agronomy.                                                                        

Holder is respected by students both for her academic expertise and her extensive practical knowledge of production agriculture. She is an advisor to the College’s Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter, and has led the club in many community service projects, most notably, their regular contribution of work at Bridge of Faith Community Church in Rockaway Beach, Missouri.  

The Eugene Charles Wittick Teaching Excellence Award

Bonnie Todd, associate professor of nursing, received The Eugene Charles Wittick Teaching Excellence Award. This award honors those professors who have demonstrated outstanding teaching ability and have made an impact on the lives and careers of their students. Honorees have shown exceptional interest in their students, have set an example compatible with the goals of College of the Ozarks, and have attempted continually to improve their teaching.

“Bonnie Todd is a great example of what College of the Ozarks looks for in its professors. She is committed to excellent classroom teaching, including deep concern for student success and a willingness to receive and use student input to improve her classes,” Bolger said. “She is also committed to growth in one’s relationship with Jesus Christ, which she exemplifies and encourages in her students. We are grateful to have her training our future nurses.”

Todd has been teaching nursing at the College for seven years. She has taken a special interest in pushing her students toward greater attention to detail, not only in their professional knowledge and skill but also in their spiritual growth and development. While her classes are consistently ranked as challenging by her students, Todd still receives exceptionally positive comments and ratings on her course evaluations.

Todd works diligently to incorporate students’ suggestions in improving her courses and consistently mentors both students and colleagues.

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

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. 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 being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center—the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.



05.09.17 – Michael Galioto


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