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

January 14, 2019

College of the Ozarks to host 2019 S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit Friday, Feb. 1

Area business leaders needed for “Listening Tour” input

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host the 2019 S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nationally known speakers will provide inspiration and the backdrop for area educators, business leaders, and community members to learn and share concerns and experiences.

A panel of area practitioners will present the current state of poverty initiatives in Stone and Taney counties. The ultimate goal is to gather input from a wide cross section of stakeholders in a guided “community conversation,” which will serve as the kick-off of a numerous small group discussions during 2019. This community feedback will be part of a report, which will provide a roadmap for action steps for reducing the rate of poverty in the region. Community members’ feedback is needed and valued.

“Business owners who are feeling the impact of the rise in poverty in Stone and Taney Counties are encouraged to participate,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education. “By their nature, business leaders are innovative and are problem solvers. We need their creative minds at the table as we take a good, deep look at this issue. Their participation is vital.”

The full day option includes lunch: cost is $25. The morning-only cost for registration is $10. The registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2019. To register, visit

Speakers for the summit

Ron Hall is a featured speaker for the Poverty Summit. Hall is a screenwriter and producer of the movie version of his book, Same Kind of Different As Me. The book is based on his relationship with Denver Moore, a homeless man he encountered at the shelter where he and his wife were volunteering. After the death of Hall’s wife in November 2000, Moore moved in with Hall and lived with him for the next 10 years. The book, a story of hope and redemption, stayed on the New York Times #1 platinum bestseller list for more than 3 and a half years.

Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, also is a featured speaker. Since its founding in 1998, Mobile Loaves & Fishes volunteers have served more than 5 million meals with a side of hope to homeless men and women living on the streets of Austin, Texas. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers, Mobile Loaves & fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin. Graham is also the visionary behind MLF’s Community First! Village — a 27-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supporting community to the chronically homeless in Central Texas.

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 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. 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 workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


01.14.19 – Valorie Coleman



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