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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

October 18, 2017

New military science course required at Hard Work U.

Students run in formation as part of the new Patriotic Education and Fitness class Students run in formation as part of the new Patriotic Education and Fitness class at College of the Ozarks. The class is now required of all freshmen.

Hannah Hilton, sophomore early childhood elementary education major, rappels as part of training provided through the Patriotic Education and Fitness classHannah Hilton, sophomore early childhood elementary education major, rappels as part of training provided through the Patriotic Education and Fitness class. The 4-credit hour course is a general education course designed to support the College’s patriotic goal: To encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.

Course details to be unveiled during Military Science All Class Formation

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks is strengthening its patriotic goal with the addition of a military science class which will be required for all freshmen.

The Patriotic Education/Military Science All Class Formation will take place at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at the activities field east of the chapel on the College campus.

The purpose of the event is to introduce the new military science course, Patriotic Education and Fitness, to the College and community.

“This is quite an unusual thing, to have a military science requirement at a non-military institution,” said President Jerry C. Davis. “This is about understanding the military. We will require everyone to take the class, and everyone will benefit from their exposure to military science, in and out of the classroom.”

General Terrence R. Dake, 1964 graduate and College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees chair, will address those assembled. Dake is the former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

The 280 students currently enrolled in the class will enter the activities field in formation and sound off at the appointed time. Each of the six class sections has a motto, and the group as a whole has a motto as well. Dake, a four-star general, will call the class to attention.

The 4-credit hour course is a general education course. It is designed to support the College’s patriotic goal: To encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.

“We have seen a decrease in the understanding of our military and the important role it plays in our democracy,” Davis said. “We will do our part to correct this.”

Last year, the College enrolled students in the class as a pilot program, and two sessions, fall and spring, were completed. Based on the success of these classes, the College moved forward with the plan to require this course of all freshmen.

“During my time in Patriotic Education and Fitness, I gained a valuable understanding of what it means to be an American — the responsibilities, privileges, and freedoms that come with an American citizenship,” said sophomore Annie Boyd, public relations major. “Through the informative lectures and hands-on learning, the class instilled in me an immense appreciation for the nation we call home and the brave individuals who daily serve it. This course provides freshmen with opportunities they may not otherwise have access to.”

“Students in the class will learn a wide range of skills that most College students will never have the opportunity to experience,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “They will learn map reading, land navigation, rifle marksmanship, rope systems and knots, and rappelling. They also will take an in-depth look at the formation of American government and politics, modern military task organization, military customs and courtesies, and flag protocol and procedures.

“This course is an excellent opportunity for students to be exposed to the military. Military service isn’t for everyone; however, everyone can learn great leadership qualities set forth by an institution that has been in existence for more than 240 years and is the most successful military organization in the world,” Cizek said.

Course requirements

The class is structured to meet three requirements for students which in the past they would have completed separately: the academic requirement for the first year of the Army ROTC Basic Course curriculum, one physical education requirement, and the freshman Patriotic Education requirement.

“Many students realize they have an interest in the military because of the exposure they have to it during their time at C of O,” Cizek said. “Instead of coming late to the game, this class will allow those students to join ROTC in their second year of college, having completed all the necessary requirements of the first year Army ROTC cadets.”

For the physical training portion of the class, students run in formation and complete basic callisthenic exercises including push-ups, sit-ups, etc. Students are graded on their participation and their own personal improvement.

“The most physically fit person and the most unfit person can both get a work-out with the format and exercises we are using,” Cizek said. “It’s a win for everyone. We all need to learn the basics of stewardship, and caring for our physical health is a part of that.”

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 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. 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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10.18.17 – Valorie Coleman

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