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DATE: August 24, 2012

SUBJECT: FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH TO SPEAK AT COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS AND ATTEND PRIVATE DEDICATION OF SCHOOL OF THE OZARKS ON NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Former First Lady Laura BushFormer First Lady Laura Bush will speak at the Leonard B. and Edith Gittinger Community Convocation, hosted by College of the Ozarks, on November 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex.  A limited number of tickets will be available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be reserved by calling (417) 690-2240.

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Mrs. Laura Bush has championed issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than 76 countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the United States and abroad.

“Mrs. Bush has visited schools and met with students across the globe,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. “We are pleased to welcome her to College of the Ozarks--whose mission is to provide a Christian education to young people, especially those found deserving but who are without sufficient means to procure such training--to share her thoughts on the importance of education.”

Prior to the convocation, she will join the College in celebrating the opening of its college preparatory laboratory school for grades 9-12, School of the Ozarks, at a private dedication ceremony.  (School of the Ozarks offers students a classical, Christian education grounded in the Great Books.  Modeled after College of the Ozarks, it charges no tuition but requires students to participate in meaningful work experiences.)

The author of a bestselling memoir, Spoken from the Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.  Presently, as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military.

“We look forward to hearing from Mrs. Bush about education, an issue that is close to her heart and ours,” Dr. Davis said.

This convocation is part of the College of the Ozarks Keeter Center for Character Education’s Community Convocation Series, which welcomes renowned leaders to share with students and the community on topics of character.  President George W. Bush spoke on leadership at a Community Convocation in April 2011.  For more information about this series and other unique programs at Hard Work U., please visit www.cofo.edu.

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