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

September 23, 2019

New CitizenTrip© at College of the Ozarks will ensure all students visit Washington, D.C.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will take 150 students to Washington, D.C. for a two-day, one-night intensive experience in our nation’s capital, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. The students traveling on this pilot CitizenTrip© are paving the way for future students who will take this trip as part of the patriotic education curriculum at the College.

“The College is pleased to take a leadership role in making sure each of our students visits the nation’s capital,” said College President Jerry C. Davis. “Young people do not inherit knowledge of our exceptional country and its foundational principles; these things must be taught. Reading about places is one thing but visiting them is quite another. Friends across America are making it possible for a new generation of young people to understand the sacrifices which have been made for all of us.”

“Two unique courses serve as bookends to each student’s experience. Our freshmen take a first course, Patriotic Education 103, which includes military science, civics, American history and government, current events, and the importance of the American economic system (capitalism). Seniors will take a second course, which is the CitizenTrip© experience,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities and a course instructor.

Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions, said, “We believe a priority for all of higher education should be to ensure students are knowledgeable and have an understanding of our participatory form of government.”

The itinerary for the trip will include stops at Arlington National Cemetery, Museum of the Bible, the White House, the United States Capitol, and the National Archives Museum. Students also will visit the National Mall, which includes the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens, Washington Monument, and World War II Memorial.

At the World War II Memorial, longtime friend of the College Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, WWII Veteran and chancellor of the University of Richmond, will share with students his experiences as a Marine during WWII. Heilman fought in the Pacific theater in both Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

General Terrence R. Dake, Vietnam Veteran and former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps, also will share with students while they visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the National Mall. Dake serves as the chairman of the College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees.

“We are looking forward to sharing this experience with all of our students, especially those who haven’t had the opportunity to travel before,” Linson said. “Many of our students haven’t flown before nor have they traveled to a large, metropolitan area. The opportunity to see our nation’s capital city and experience its history is a unique, hands-on opportunity to advance the College’s patriotic goal — to encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.”

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



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