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

January 29, 2018

College of the Ozarks hosts “Different, but Not Divided” Bill of Rights Conference

Special guests speak at the Bill of Rights Conference

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted the “Different, but Not Divided” Bill of Rights Conference on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

The conference, a non-partisan event, was held to ensure that students could see what it looks like when Americans stand up for traditional American values and personal freedoms. College of the Ozarks and School of the Ozarks students attended the conference.

“College of the Ozarks has always stood up for traditional values,” said Jerry C. Davis, College of the Ozarks president. “We believe in the importance of faith, family, and flag, and we work hard to instill these values in our students, kindergarten through college. Today, more than ever, we see the importance of knowing and understanding the Bill of Rights and the protection and freedom it secures.”

Hunter W. Lundy, founding partner of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, L.L.P., helped make this forum possible.

“We are grateful to Hunter Lundy for his vision for this event and his passion for helping educate young people on their rights and freedoms, as well as what can jeopardize them,” Davis said.

On Thursday evening, Jan. 25, Justin Powell, founder and CEO of Huntington Outdoor, Blue Ash Media, and Aurora Marketing Group, spoke during a student convocation in the Jones Auditorium to begin conference activities.

“Justin was both entertaining and informative throughout his speech. It was inspiring to hear about how hard work helped him reach success,” said junior Morgan Flake.

On Friday, Jan. 26, the conference highlighted a series of speakers with a variety of topics. Presentations included the following:

·         The Honorable Jason Rapert, president of American History & Heritage Foundation; Arkansas state senator, District 35,“Honoring Our Judeo-Christian History & Heritage”

·         Horatio “Harry” G. Mihet, Esq., vice president of legal affairs, “Protecting Religious Liberty — The First Amendment to the Constitution”

·         Paul Byrd, managing member Paul Byrd Law Firm, P.L.L.C., “Protecting Civil Justice in America — The Seventh Amendment to the Constitution”

·         Matt Barber, co-founder and chief counsel, Christian Civil Rights Watch, “It’s Time To Go on the Offense — Christian Civil Rights”

·         Justin Powell, founder and CEO of Huntington Outdoor, Blue Ash Media, and Aurora Marketing Group; co-founder and chairman of Forge Leadership Network, “Activism and the Use of Social Media to Protect Christian Values in America”

·         Hunter W. Lundy, founding partner, Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, L.L.P., “Individual Rights of Owning Guns — from Columbine to Sutherland Springs — The Second Amendment to the Constitution”

“We know that the time to take a stand is now, and we want to ensure that our students see what it looks like when Americans stand up for traditional values and the freedoms we share,” Davis said.

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 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.


01.29.2018 – Lauren Presley


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