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

June 30, 2017

Four College of the Ozarks students receive national recognition at PBL Awards of Excellence Program, June 27

C of O students at PBLL-R: College of the Ozarks senior Matthew Klika, May 2017 graduates Naomi Parker and Lauren Kenyon, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and C of O PBL Advisor Emily Emery, seniors Michael Galioto and Molly Thomas, and May 2017 graduate Lauren Scott compete in the PBL National Leadership Conference, June 24-27, in Anaheim, California. Galioto placed second in the nation in “Impromptu Speaking.” Parker placed fifth in the nation in “Client Services.” Thomas and Scott placed tenth in the nation in “Website Design.”

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.—College of the Ozarks Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) students attended the PBL National Leadership Conference, June 24-27, in Anaheim, California. Six students participated, with four taking home top honors in the nation.

More than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to Southern California to establish their own Legacy of Leadership as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $95,000 in cash awards. Participants from across the United States attended to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

“We are very thankful that the College continues to support the business department in its many endeavors,” said Emily Emery, assistant professor of business administration and C of O PBL advisor. “Our students did very well at the competition, and I look forward to see what the future holds for all of them.”

“Hard work, dedication, and attention to detail open doors to opportunity,” said Michael Galioto, senior business management and public relations major and C of O PBL participant. “Thank you President Jerry C. Davis, PBL Advisor Emily Emery, and the College for supporting and encouraging opportunities to work hard, earn rewards, and represent the College across the nation.”

C of O participants, awards earned

Michael Galioto, senior business management and public relations major from Stow, Ohio, competed in “Management Concepts” and “Impromptu Speaking,” placing second in the nation in “Impromptu Speaking.”

Naomi Parker, May 2017 graduate from Pleasant View, Tennessee, competed in “Client Services,” placing fifth in the nation.

Lauren Scott, May 2017 graduate from Mansfield, Missouri, and Molly Thomas, senior business administration major from Pea Ridge, Arkansas, competed as a team in “Website Design,” placing tenth in the nation.

Lauren Kenyon, May 2017 graduate from St. Louis, Missouri, competed in “Personal Finance.”

Matthew Klika, senior Christian ministry and business administration major from Springfield, Missouri, competed in “Sales Presentation.”

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL, recognizing and rewarding excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

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

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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.

To achieve its vision, the College 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, contact the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


06.30.17 – Michael Galioto


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