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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

February 19, 2018

College of the Ozarks hosts Legacy Youth Institute session, “Championing Future”

C of O administrator with area high school studentsDr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education, was happy to host Blue Eye juniors Julianna Long, Kenzie Hobbs, and Taylor Arnold for the Youth Legacy Institute on Feb. 14, 2018. The event empowered the more than 25 high school students who attended and equipped them with the knowledge to preserve America’s core values.

Students listen to special speaker during conferenceLocal students listen to Amy Wescott, College of the Ozarks adjunct business communications professor, as they form small groups to gain advice from an area professional.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The Keeter Center for Character Education at College of the Ozarks hosted the Legacy Youth Institute on Feb. 14, 2018.

The Legacy Youth Institute initiative empowers high school juniors in Stone and Taney Counties with the tools necessary to preserve the area’s core values of family, faith, friends, flag, and future. It was established to pass on these values to the younger generation. College of the Ozarks hosts the FUTURE session each year, and select School of the Ozarks juniors participate.

Students learned about options after high school, benefits of higher education, and gained advice from a diverse group of area professionals. Additionally, students were educated about the importance of their own personal brand, practical tips for transitioning into the workplace, and why the LYI values benefit this area.

“College of the Ozarks is honored to host the Legacy Youth Institute’s session focusing on the future to help participating high school students think about the various options after graduation,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education. “I believe the most helpful aspect was the career panel, comprised of individuals in various careers, which helped dispel the belief that at 17 you should know exactly what you want to do. On the contrary, the panelists shared their journeys, which were most often not a straight path. I hope their stories helped the participants feel more confident and less anxious about their futures.”

The day was filled with presentations and interactive workshops for the attendees. The LYI students had time to reflect on their own goals for their community and future careers.

“I really enjoyed getting to experience all the different speakers — getting to hear their personal stories, the trials they went through, and how successful they all are now,” junior Blue Eye student Juliana Long. “It was a very encouraging and helpful day!

“We believe that helping students understand the importance of cultivating the values of faith, family, friends, flag and future motivates them to foster those values far into the future,” Head said. “In this way, Ozark Mountain Country will intentionally retain those values, which are so desperately needed in our country.”


Real Life 101 — Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions, College of the Ozarks and Don Glunt, senior communication arts major

Student Perspective on Taking Initiative — Cody Coombe, senior business major

Life after High School — Jim Freeman, career center director, College of the Ozarks

Relationships and Your Future — Dr. Stephen Bell, associate professor of family studies and social services, College of the Ozarks

Putting Your Best Foot Forward — Natalie Rasnick, dean of development, College of the Ozarks

What LYI Has Done for Me — ­­Kyle Kapella, LYI alumnus, sophomore biology major, College of the Ozarks

The career panel was made up of the following: Halley Fleming, vice president of marketing, Branson Bank; Ryan Knight, associate professor of education, College of the Ozarks; Trey Pelz, owner/president, Clear Marketing; Greg Slavik, former FedEx executive and current managing partner of Ozark Mountain Media Group; and Amy Wescott, owner, Polish Writing & Editing, and adjunct instructor at College of the Ozarks. Jim Freeman and panel members led the assigned small group sessions.

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 2018. 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.


02.19.2018 – Juliet Thompson



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