October 23, 2017
New military science course required at Hard Work U.
All Class Formation showcases new endeavor
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — A Patriotic Education/Military Science All Class Formation of approximately 280 students took place today at 8 a.m. at the activities field east of the chapel on the College of the Ozarks campus.
The purpose of the event was to introduce the new military science course, Patriotic Education and Fitness, to the College and community. College of the Ozarks is strengthening its patriotic goal with the addition of this military science class, which is required for all freshmen.
“This is quite an unusual thing, to have a military science requirement at a non-military institution,” said President Jerry C. Davis. “This is about understanding the military. We will require everyone to take the class, and everyone will benefit from their exposure to military science, in and out of the classroom.”
General Terrence R. Dake, 1964 graduate and College of the Ozarks Board of Trustees chairman, addressed those assembled. Dake, a four-star general, is the former assistant commandant of the United States Marine Corps. All six sections of the Patriotic Education and Fitness Class entered the activities field in formation and sounded off at the appointed time. Dake called the class to attention.
“When I joined the United State Marine Corps, I entered as an officer because I had a degree,” Dake said. “I was given a leg up in life and a running start because I was able to come here to College of the Ozarks and get a degree that I would not otherwise have had. So value your degree. It’s something that will forever be of value to you and serve you the rest of your life.”
Dake went on to encourage the students to dream big, using the physical training aspects of the class as an analogy for life.
“Dream as big as you possibly can,” Dake said. Set your sights as high as you possibly can and then work toward that. Does that mean you’re going to succeed every day? No. But one thing is for certain, you can’t quit. You cannot quit.
“You may not have run the entire mile on your first try,” Dake said. “You may have had to stop and walk. You may have had to sit down and take a breath. I don’t know. But you didn’t quit. You kept going, and you kept going until you ran that mile, that first mile. Physical fitness will always be important to you. But even more important is instilling in yourself this belief: I can do it. I will not quit. I will push hard. I will keep going even when it doesn’t feel good, and I will get to the end of this. If I don’t get it today, I’ll get it tomorrow. But I will not quit.”
Patriotic Education and Fitness
The 4-credit hour course is a general education course. It is designed to support the College’s patriotic goal: To encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.
“We have seen a decrease in the understanding of our military and the important role it plays in our democracy,” Davis said. “We will do our part to correct this.”
Last year, the College enrolled students in the class as a pilot program, and two sessions, fall and spring, were completed. Based on the success of these classes, the College moved forward with the plan to require this course of all freshmen.
“During my time in Patriotic Education and Fitness, I gained a valuable understanding of what it means to be an American — the responsibilities, privileges, and freedoms that come with an American citizenship,” said sophomore Annie Boyd, public relations major. “Through the informative lectures and hands-on learning, the class instilled in me an immense appreciation for the nation we call home and the brave individuals who daily serve it. This course provides freshmen with opportunities they may not otherwise have access to.”
“Students in the class will learn a wide range of skills that most College students will never have the opportunity to experience,” said Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities. “They will learn map reading, land navigation, rifle marksmanship, rope systems and knots, and rappelling. They also will take an in-depth look at the formation of American government and politics, modern military task organization, military customs and courtesies, and flag protocol and procedures.
“This course is an excellent opportunity for students to be exposed to the military. Military service isn’t for everyone; however, everyone can learn great leadership qualities set forth by an institution that has been in existence for more than 240 years and is the most successful military organization in the world,” Cizek said.
The class is structured to meet three requirements for students which in the past they would have completed separately: the academic requirement for the first year of the Army ROTC Basic Course curriculum, one physical education requirement, and the freshman Patriotic Education requirement.
“Many students realize they have an interest in the military because of the exposure they have to it during their time at C of O,” Cizek said. “Instead of coming late to the game, this class will allow those students to join ROTC in their second year of college, having completed all the necessary requirements of the first year Army ROTC cadets.”
For the physical training portion of the class, students run in formation and complete basic callisthenic exercises including push-ups, sit-ups, etc. Students are graded on their participation and their own personal improvement.
“The most physically fit person and the most unfit person can both get a work-out with the format and exercises we are using,” Cizek said. “It’s a win for everyone. We all need to learn the basics of stewardship, and caring for our physical health is a part of that.”
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 www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
10.23.17 – Valorie Coleman