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

August 16, 2017

College of the Ozarks and The Keeter Center receive TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Awards

Certificate of Excellence

Keeter Center student worker

Keeter Center student server

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks and The Keeter Center, located on the campus of College of the Ozarks, have received five prestigious Certificate of Excellence Awards by the online travelers site, TripAdvisor® —College of the Ozarks, The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, Mabee Lodge, Dobyns Dining Room, and Nettie Marie’s College Creamery.

The Keeter Center is the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility.

“Being recognized nationally by receiving awards from TripAdvisor is a nice commendation for our dedicated staff and students,” said Tom Healey, general manager for The Keeter Center and Guest Destinations. “These awards serve as a great testament to what guests can expect when they experience College of the Ozarks, where students work for their education and graduate debt free.”


Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service. This designation is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Establishments earning the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world.

“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing. “TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“We are honored to receive the Certificate of Excellence Award once again from TripAdvisor,” said Valorie Coleman, public relations director. “We strive to exceed our guests’ expectations — whether they are here to learn about our campus, to dine in Dobyns Dining Room, or to stay at The Keeter Center lodge.”

For more 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. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


08.16.17 – Kyle Duncan 


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