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

August 22, 2017

School of the Ozarks, College of the Ozarks students travel to Kansas City to view total solar eclipse

Students viewing the solar eclipseStudents from C of O and S of O enjoy a total eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The students, along with administrators and faculty, traveled north of Kansas City to view the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Teacher explaining the solar eclipseDr. Steve House, astronomer and former adjunct professor at College of the Ozarks, helped explain to students exactly what they were viewing during a fieldtrip to the Kansas City area on Monday, Aug. 21.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Ninety-three students from School of the Ozarks Upper School and 21 College of the Ozarks students traveled north of Kansas City yesterday to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.
 
The students and their teachers journeyed to the viewing location early Monday morning with administrators from School of the Ozarks and College of the Ozarks. The students and sponsors returned that day after experiencing a sight few people witness in their lives—a total solar eclipse.
 
A partial solar eclipse was visible from the campus of College of the Ozarks, but school administrators wanted students to experience the full effects of the event.
 
“The personal experience of a total solar eclipse is significantly different,” said astronomer Steve House, former adjunct professor at College of the Ozarks. “It has been more than a hundred years since there was a total eclipse in Missouri, and it only crossed the north east tip.”
 
Barbara Fennell, associate professor of physics at C of O, said it was a valuable experience for all involved and difficult to even summarize what it was like.
 
Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks, explained the importance of the trip by highlighting some of the academic changes at the Upper School.
 
“We have just changed our curriculum for this coming year,” Dolloff said. “Sophomores will now take astronomy rather than physics. We believe that it is providential that there would be a solar eclipse in North America, let alone, Missouri, on the very year we are starting our astronomy class, given that there has not been a total solar eclipse in North America for many years!”
 
Dolloff underscored the importance of the eclipse’s testament to a created order, part of the Christian worldview taught at School of the Ozarks.
 
“It just reaffirmed God’s magnificence and how he created the world, not as a world of chaos, but of order. He had a purpose for everything that he laid out in Genesis, and it was just amazing to witness that experience,” said S of O junior and trip participant Abby Mutrux.
 
S of O senior Brooke Housley, also a trip participant, said the day served as a visible example of God’s grace.
 
“The entire day was cloudy, until the eclipse,” Housley said. “Then we got to watch the totality with no clouds, and that was just mind boggling.”
 
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.
 
For information, contact the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks atwww.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
 
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