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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

July 06, 2017

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks hosts 10th annual Culinary Day Camp for teens

Molly Scribner and Lauren Williams Molly Scribner and Lauren Williams prepare sausages for Spicy Mediterranean Kabobs at The Keeter Center during the 2017 Culinary Day Camp. Fifteen participants, ages 8 to 12, took advantage of the opportunity to learn about the Farm to Fork concept.

Supervisor Angie Ioannides and student Avery Rankin The Keeter Center Kitchen Supervisor Angie Ioannides and student Avery Rankin practice making pasta from scratch during the 2017 Culinary Day Camp.

Michael Bain, Carter Bridges, and Jude Healey Michael Bain, Carter Bridges, and Jude Healey make pasta from scratch in The Keeter Center kitchen. Pasta is made fresh daily.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.—The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks hosted the 10th annual Culinary Day Camp for children, ages 12 to 18, who were interested in cooking and culinary arts. The program was held on June 19-23 for 15 camp participants.

Campers explored culinary arts with a hands-on, interactive workshop sponsored by the C of O Dietetics and Hotel/Restaurant Management (HRM) Programs. Local restaurant leaders joined with Kitchen Supervisor Angie Ioannides and Assistant Professor of Hotel and Restaurant Management Lamae Koogler to educate students about the “Farm to Table” meals they prepared. Camp participants explored the campus and learned about the College’s home grown foods, such as vegetables from the garden, pork from the hog farm, and dairy products from the dairy farm.

“I think it’s a great program for kids who want to expand their knowledge of cooking,” said Molly Scribner, 13, from Branson, Missouri.

This was Ioannides’s first year leading the program. “I have some very talented, very energetic students,” Ioannides said.

Other events included a campus tour, lunch at the Pearl Rogers Dining Hall, and a reception on Friday evening at The Keeter Center.  The reception was a dinner—fully planned, prepared, and served by the participants—for two members of the students’ families. This year’s theme was how to cook Mediterranean dishes, from spicy shrimp skewers to sweet baklava.

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 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.


07.5.17 – Juliet Thompson


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