College of the Ozarks to open campus for visitors, beginning with Hoge Greenhouses on May 10, 2021

The Keeter Center open for lodging, dining

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks plans to reopen its campus to visitors, beginning with the Hoge Greenhouses and Patriots Park on May 10. Edwards Mill and General Store, along with the Stained Glass and Candle Shop, will reopen on May 26.

Hours of operation are as follows:

  • Hoge Greenhouses (Open beginning May 10): Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Edwards Mill and General Store (Open beginning May 26): Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday
  • Stained Glass and Candle Shop (Open beginning May 26): Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday
  • Patriots Park (Open beginning May 10): Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Ralph Foster Museum and the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen are scheduled to reopen in the fall.

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is open for lodging in Mabee Lodge and for dining at Dobyns Dining Room. With a new menu, and standard favorites such as meatloaf mignon and fresh ice cream from Nettie Marie’s Creamery, guests may experience the best of a time-honored tradition.

Sunday Brunch will once again be offered at The Keeter Center, beginning June 13. For reservations, visit keetercenter.edu or call (417) 690-2146.

As visitors approach the entrance to College of the Ozarks, two lanes will allow navigation of campus and ensure a smooth flow of traffic. The right-hand lane is for visitors to campus. The left-hand lane is for faculty, staff, and students.

A member of the Public Safety team will provide visitors with a map of The Keeter Center and of the College campus. Currently, guests to campus are expected to mask and social distance.

A much-anticipated reopening

The reopening of the College campus and The Keeter Center comes after a year of adjusted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant began offering curbside meals in August 2020. Over the past year, The Keeter Center staff and students founds ways to innovate, meet customers’ needs, and give back to the community. During the holiday season alone, more than 3,000 holiday meals were purchased for curbside pick-up for those who wanted a taste of the holidays. In addition, more than 11,000 C of O fruitcakes were packed and shipped, along with thousands of student-made products.

To continue enjoying the College offerings from home, guests may avail themselves of Keeter Center Curbside. To place an order, visit keetercenter.edu. To purchase student-made items – including fruit spreads, the College’s famous fruitcake, candles and more – visit store.cofo.edu

“We are excited to reopen the campus in phases,” said Dr. Weston Wiebe, vice president for vocational programs and chief operating officer. “Our efforts to keep students healthy, experiencing seated instruction in the classroom and working in person at more than 100 workstations, have paid off. We have done just that.”

Administrators note that many colleges and universities across the nation were slow to move to in-person instruction.

“We are fortunate to be in the 3 percent of universities and colleges in the nation who offered fully seated instruction by the spring semester,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education.

The Keeter Center hours

  • Bakery: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Nettie Marie’s College Creamery: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Giftshop: 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Dobyns Dining Room:
    • 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday
    • Sunday – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., beginning Sunday, June 13

All information regarding opening dates and times are subject to change at the College’s discretion. Please visit cofo.edu for information regarding the College and keetercenter.edu for updates on The Keeter Center.

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


Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), pub. l. no. 116-136, 134 stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under section 18004 of the act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

The report for College of the Ozarks is found below.


January 10, 2021

The following applies to the quarterly reporting period ending December 31, 2020.

Final Report—All HEERF Funds for Section 18004(a)(1), Student Portion, Have Been Expended.

  1. College of the Ozarks (the College) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the certification and agreement.  the college has used no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the college has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s certification and agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students is $1,259,404.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of December 31, 2020 is $1,259,404.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the College eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  6. The method used by the College to determine which students received emergency financial aid grants and how much they received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:
    1. Determine students eligible for CARES Act funds
      1. Full time, degree seeking, enrolled spring 2020 and enrolled as of date CARES Act checks are processed.
      2. Determine those from (i) above who are Title IV eligible
        • Valid FAFSA on file
        • Have positive satisfactory academic progress status
        • No default or grant repayment issues
    2. Utilize total dollars from CARES Act funds to be distributed to students
    3. Determine amount of students’ checks
      1. Even distribution - divide total dollars in 6.ii by eligible students in 6.i.
  7. The following information was provided by the College to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:
    College of the Ozarks has been fortunate to receive a portion of the CARES Act funding which has been designated for its students.  Please accept the enclosed grant check.
    please note the following regarding the proceeds of the enclosed check:
    1. This check should be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including, but not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
    2. You will not have to report how you use the money.
    3. You can choose to use the money to pay your balance at C of O; remember, in order to attend fall 2020 classes, your account must be paid by August 3, 2020.

    We ask that you use the money wisely, stay safe, and have a great summer. we look forward to seeing you soon!

October 9, 2020

The following applies to the quarterly reporting period ending September 30, 2020

  1. College of the Ozarks (the College) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the certification and agreement.  the college has used no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the college has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s certification and agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students is $1,259,404.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 30, 2020 is $1,259,404.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the College eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  6. The method used by the College to determine which students received emergency financial aid grants and how much they received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:
    1. Determine students eligible for CARES Act funds
      1. Full time, degree seeking, enrolled spring 2020 and enrolled as of date CARES Act checks are processed.
      2. Determine those from (i) above who are Title IV eligible
        • Valid FAFSA on file
        • Have positive satisfactory academic progress status
        • No default or grant repayment issues
    2. Utilize total dollars from CARES Act funds to be distributed to students
    3. Determine amount of students’ checks
      1. Even distribution - divide total dollars in 6.ii by eligible students in 6.i.
  7. The following information was provided by the College to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:
    College of the Ozarks has been fortunate to receive a portion of the CARES Act funding which has been designated for its students.  Please accept the enclosed grant check.
    please note the following regarding the proceeds of the enclosed check:
    1. This check should be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including, but not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
    2. You will not have to report how you use the money.
    3. You can choose to use the money to pay your balance at C of O; remember, in order to attend fall 2020 classes, your account must be paid by August 3, 2020.

    We ask that you use the money wisely, stay safe, and have a great summer. we look forward to seeing you soon!

August 28, 2020

  1. College of the Ozarks (the College) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the certification and agreement.  the college has used no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the college has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s certification and agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students is $1,259,404.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 28, 2020 is $1,259,404.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the College eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  6. The method used by the College to determine which students received emergency financial aid grants and how much they received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:
    1. Determine students eligible for CARES Act funds
      1. Full time, degree seeking, enrolled spring 2020 and enrolled as of date CARES Act checks are processed.
      2. Determine those from (i) above who are Title IV eligible
        • Valid FAFSA on file
        • Have positive satisfactory academic progress status
        • No default or grant repayment issues
    2. Utilize total dollars from CARES Act funds to be distributed to students
    3. Determine amount of students’ checks
      1. Even distribution - divide total dollars in 6.ii by eligible students in 6.i.
  7. The following information was provided by the College to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:
    College of the Ozarks has been fortunate to receive a portion of the CARES Act funding which has been designated for its students.  Please accept the enclosed grant check.
    please note the following regarding the proceeds of the enclosed check:
    1. This check should be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including, but not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
    2. You will not have to report how you use the money.
    3. You can choose to use the money to pay your balance at C of O; remember, in order to attend fall 2020 classes, your account must be paid by August 3, 2020.

    We ask that you use the money wisely, stay safe, and have a great summer. we look forward to seeing you soon!
     

July 17, 2020

  1. College of the Ozarks (the College) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the certification and agreement.  the college has used no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the college has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s certification and agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students is $1,259,404.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 17, 2020 is $1,259,404.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the College eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  6. The method used by the College to determine which students received emergency financial aid grants and how much they received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:
    1. Determine students eligible for CARES Act funds
      1. Full time, degree seeking, enrolled spring 2020 and enrolled as of date CARES Act checks are processed.
      2. Determine those from (i) above who are Title IV eligible
        • Valid FAFSA on file
        • Have positive satisfactory academic progress status
        • No default or grant repayment issues
    2. Utilize total dollars from CARES Act funds to be distributed to students
    3. Determine amount of students’ checks
      1. Even distribution - divide total dollars in 6.ii by eligible students in 6.i.
  7. The following information was provided by the College to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:
    College of the Ozarks has been fortunate to receive a portion of the CARES Act funding which has been designated for its students.  Please accept the enclosed grant check.
    please note the following regarding the proceeds of the enclosed check:
    1. This check should be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including, but not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
    2. You will not have to report how you use the money.
    3. You can choose to use the money to pay your balance at C of O; remember, in order to attend fall 2020 classes, your account must be paid by August 3, 2020.

    We ask that you use the money wisely, stay safe, and have a great summer. we look forward to seeing you soon!
     

June 4, 2020

  1. College of the Ozarks (the College) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the certification and agreement.  the college has used no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the college has received from the department pursuant to the institution’s certification and agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students is $1,259,404.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 4, 2020 is $1,259,404.
  4. The estimated total number of students at the College eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the higher education act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,438.
  6. The method used by the college to determine which students received emergency financial aid grants and how much they received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:
    1. Determine students eligible for CARES Act funds
      1. Full time, degree seeking, enrolled spring 2020 and enrolled as of date CARES Act checks are processed.
      2. Determine those from (i) above who are title iv eligible
        • Valid FAFSA on file
        • Have positive satisfactory academic progress status
        • No default or grant repayment issues
    2. Utilize total dollars from CARES Act funds to be distributed to students
    3. Determine amount of students’ checks
      1. Even distribution - divide total dollars in 6.ii by eligible students in 6.i.
  7. The following information was provided by the College to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:
    College of the Ozarks has been fortunate to receive a portion of the CARES Act funding which has been designated for its students.  Please accept the enclosed grant check.
    please note the following regarding the proceeds of the enclosed check:
    1. This check should be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including, but not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
    2. You will not have to report how you use the money.
    3. You can choose to use the money to pay your balance at C of O; remember, in order to attend fall 2020 classes, your account must be paid by August 3, 2020.

    We ask that you use the money wisely, stay safe, and have a great summer. we look forward to seeing you soon!