November
26

Lady Bobcats Assistant Coach Paul Voliva, Former Lady Bobcats/C of O alumni Kelsey Combs Howerton, Miranda Vaught, Julie Posey, and Morgan Hickey, and C of O Athletic Director Al Waller received the award on behalf of the team.

November 26, 2012

Outstanding sportsmanship, citizenship, servant leadership, character, and winning are descriptors often used when talking about the College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats. For the fourth time, the Lady Bobcats earned the National Runner-up title in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II (NAIA D-II) Women’s Basketball Championship held in March. Equally, if not more, important (than the team’s record), is the off-the-court activities that led to the Lady Bobcats receiving two of the most prestigious honors given by the NAIA and the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CSTA).

Recently, the NAIA and CTSA named the Lady Bobcats as the recipient of the “All That’s Right in Sport” award, which the team formally received on November 17, at the 13th Annual National Sportsmanship Awards (one of the most renowned sports awards events in the country) hosted by the St. Louis Commission and CSTA.

During the NAIA Women’s Championship tournament held in March, the Lady Bobcats also were recognized—that time with the “Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character” award. At the end of each sports season, the NAIA recognizes only one college in every sport with the Champions of Character award. Teams are selected based on “exemplary character and sportsmanship displayed during practice, competition, on campus, and in the community.”

What caught the attention of the NAIA and CSTA, that team members or their coaches would never boast, is that the Lady Bobcats quickly responded to the needs of nearby Joplin High School, which was destroyed by an EF5 tornado May of May 2011. The Lady Bobcats would not sit idly by as Joplin residents struggled to rebuild. Only a few weeks after the storm, with the help of Head Coach George Wilson and Assistant Coaches Becky Vest and Paul Voliva, the team organized a benefit game that raised $10,000 for the Joplin High School girls’ basketball team that had lost everything to the tornado.

“We were very overwhelmed with College of the Ozarks, the women’s basketball team, and coaches in how they took it upon themselves to rescue our program,” said Joplin Lady Eagles Basketball Coach Vicki Spivy. “We will forever be thankful to Coach Wilson, his staff, and his girls for what they did for us. Not just material things were given; hope was restored. My girls realize that there are great people in this world, and it starts with the team from College of the Ozarks.”

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October
4

Gift of Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will host the first annual “Run for Hope” 5k fun run/walk on October 13 at the Branson Landing.
The event is a fundraiser in support of the Gift of Hope programs.
“We want this event to be a good time for everyone,” said Meghan Connell, director of Gift of Hope. “If you want to take it more seriously, we will have a timing company present, or if you want to take a leisurely walk with your friends and family, go for it. We will be giving away prizes for the silliest dressed group and individual because it’s all about having fun and coming out in support of a good cause.”
The event will start and end at the Branson Landing fountain. The post-race awards party will be held at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar and Grill on the Branson Landing at 9am. The $5,000 “split the pot” with Gift of Hope number will be drawn and announced. Only 200 tickets will sold for $50.00 each, call 417-546-8062 to purchase prior to the event.
Top three male and female runners will receive $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place. There will be awards for first in each age group and door prizes.
The first 200 pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and “goodie bag”.
Registration will begin at 6:45am the day of the event with the 5k fun run/walk and 1 mile walk starting at 8am.
For more information call 417-546-8062 or register online at www.actnowracing.com or visit www.giftofhopeinc.org.
Two Gift of Hope programs will benefit from this fundraiser; the “Backpack Club” which provides supplemental food to 750 children each weekend during the school year because they have shown signs of hunger, especially on Monday mornings. And the “Christmas Share” program which provides assistance to families in need of propane, electric, warm clothes and food through the winter months.

See link below with additional details and registration form. (pdf file)

Gift of Hope 5K Registration Form and Details

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September
18

By: Chelsea Kliethermes

School of the Ozarks volleyball team will play its first home game against Blue Eye on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 5 p.m. in the Howell W. Keeter Gymnasium on the College of the Ozarks campus.

“I am impressed with our team’s sportsmanship, fighting spirit and the manner in which they represent our school,” said Patriots Head Coach Charlie Warfield. “The future looks bright for our young patriot team!”

In addition to volleyball, School of the Ozarks students compete in track and field, cross country and basketball. The first home game for junior varsity boys and girls basketball is December 6, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The varsity boys basketball team plays on December 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. and the varsity girls play on January 7, 2012, at 6 p.m. Schedules for track and field and cross country are still pending.

School of the Ozarks, a college preparatory lab school for grades 9-12, provides a unique education by interweaving a biblical worldview, character education and patriotism into rigorous academic curriculum grounded in the Great Books. The School also mirrors College of the Ozarks in that students are not charged tuition, but instead are asked to invest a little sweet equity into their education.

Home games are free of charge. Community members may attend all S of O games. Schedules are available online at www.cofo.edu.

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September
4

American Red Cross Swim Lessons Offered
By: Turner Brock

College of the Ozarks, in conjunction with the American Red Cross’ “Learn to Swim” program, will offer swim lessons for two weeks, September 17-20 and September 24-27, at the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex Natatorium.

Lessons are offered to children ages six months through 15 years. The “Parent and Child Aquatics” program, available to students six months to four-years-old, will begin at 5 p.m. nightly. The “Learn to Swim” program, available for students ages five to 15, will be offered in two different sessions. The first session begins at 5:30 p.m., and the second begins at 6:15 p.m. Participants will be divided into groups based on abilities, and each group will have its own instructor.

There are eight lessons in the program, and the registration fee per student is $60. Participants may register beginning Monday, September 17, by calling Associate Professor of Physical Education Bill Keeter at (417) 690-2567 or C of O Athletic Department at (417) 690-2393.

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August
14

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June
27

Shape Shifters Free Health Workshops – June 28-29, 2012

Shelly Hampton, owner of Shape Shifters Pilates in Springfield and Branson, is celebrating her birthday with free workshops in both Branson and Springfield.
As she begins her 58th year, Shelley wanted to share successful aging and health secrets with her friends and clients. Attendees to these free events will hear presentations on superfood blends that help with cancer prevention, free radical damage prevention and sleep issues – critical components to graceful aging.

The presentation by Terra Biotech’s Warren Nugent of Dallas, Texas will be based on research by Dr. Ajay Goel, one of 12 physicians on the World Health Cancer Prevention Board, Dr. Kozlowski, a leading expert on memory, brain health, and dementia, and Dr. Russell Reiter, a melatonin researcher focused on its anti-cancer effects. The program will provide the latest research on superfoods’ impact on blood brain barrier health, anti-inflammatory properties, and sleep.

As reported by KY3 on June 24th, research by the American Thoracic Society reports a link between lack of sleep and cancer risk, in that there is a 60% risk increase for breast cancer with less that 6 hours sleep per night.

Attendees will get samples of food compounds formulated by leading researchers on melatonin, circumin, and 30 blended synergistic compounds that have been shown to kill cancer cells in Baylor University’s test labs, where the largest bank of breast cancer cells in the world exists.

The Branson workshop will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, June 28th at the Shape Shifters Pilates studio located at 2700 Green Mountain Drive. The Springfield event will take place at Noon on Friday, June 29th at the Shape Shifters Pilates studio located at 601 N. National #111. Due to space limitations, reservations are requested and can be made by calling 417-890-6749.

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January
25

College of the Ozarks Inducts Alumni Athletes into Sports Hall of Fame
By: Austin Plummer

College of the Ozarks will induct three of its alumni athletes into the College of the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame on February 4. Cara Painter, Ralph Hagewood and the late Chris Waller will be honored during the C of O vs. Southwestern Christian University games; the women play at 3 p.m. and the men at 5 p.m.

Painter was a three year starter in basketball for the Lady Cats from 2003-2006, after transferring from Oklahoma State University. She finished her career with 1,755 points, 925 rebounds, 163 three-point shots made, 257 free-throws made, and 329 blocked shots. Painter had an 87.2 career free throw percentage and a 44.4 career three-point percentage. Her conference honors included 1st Team All-Conference all three years and MCAC Player of the Year her senior year. Nationally, Painter was named 3rd Team NAIA All-American both her junior and senior years. She also led the nation in rebounding and blocked shots her senior year. Her number 44 was retired in 2006.

Hagewood was a four year letterman in track and field from 1966 to 1970. His hard work enabled him to become a fine sprinter, and he was able to score in the 100 and 220 yard dashes, the 440 and the 880 yard relays, high hurdles, long jump, discus and pole vault. At one time, Hagewood was the school record holder in the pole vault at 14 ft. 6.5 in. He was All-Conference and All-District for three years, and he was the first athlete from School of the Ozarks to qualify for NAIA National Competition, a feat he accomplished three times. A strong leader and competitor, Hagewood entered any and all events that would help the team.

Waller was a four year letterman in basketball from 1997-2001. He ended his career with 810 points, 268 rebounds, 140 assists, and a 50.4 field goal percentage, 43.5 three-point percentage, and a 77 free throw percentage. He was named 1st Team All-Conference his senior year and an NAIA Academic All-American his junior and senior years. He was the winner of the MCAC A. O. Duer Award his junior year and was named C of O’s Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete his senior year.

For more information please contact the Sports Information office at (471)690-2393.

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November
2

College of the Ozarks to Celebrate Homecoming 2011
By: Sarah Unruh

College of the Ozarks will kick off its 2011 Homecoming celebration, themed “Life is Good…to be continued,” Thursday, November 3. Events run through Sunday, November 6. Alumni and the public are invited to participate in and/or observe many activities, including a 5K run/walk, basketball games, student activity booths and the C of O Homecoming Parade.

“The concept behind “Life is Good…to be continued” is that life is good here at College of the Ozarks, and life is good after graduation,” said C of O Alumni Director Angela Williamson. “We have much to be thankful for and we want this year’s theme to reflect an optimistic outlook on life in general.”

The C of O Lady Bobcats will take on Lindenwood University, Fri. Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Keeter Gymnasium. The C of O Men’s Basketball Team will play Hannibal-LaGrange University, Saturday Nov. 5, at 3:15 p.m. in the Keeter Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend both of these games; tickets may be purchased at the box office.

Events on Saturday, Nov. 5, such as the 5K Run/Walk at 7 a.m. and the student activity booths open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., are open to the public. The 5K entry fee is $20, and applications are available at www.cofo.edu/alumni. For questions on the run/walk, please contact Assistant Professor of Physical Education Don Hoeck at (417) 690-2571.

Those who cannot attend the morning Homecoming events are welcome to come to the Homecoming Parade. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and will take place along Opportunity Ave.

“Homecoming is a wonderful time to unite past and present students,” says senior English major Lindsey Hardin. “It celebrates C of O’s history, and I love getting to hear the alumni stories from when they went to college here.”

For more information regarding the Homecoming 2011 events, please contact the College of the Ozarks Alumni Office at (417) 690-2208. To see a complete list of events for Alumni, visit www.cofo.edu/alumni.

2011 Homecoming Schedule of Events
“Life is Good… to be continued”

Thursday, November 3
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Alumni Registration, Alumni Center
8 p.m. Homecoming Queen Coronation, Jones Auditorium

Friday, November 4
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Alumni Registration, Alumni Center
10 a.m. Alumni Golf Game – Murder Rock Golf Course
7 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Lindenwood University, Keeter Gymnasium

Saturday, November 5
7 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, Keeter Gymnasium
8 a.m. Alumni Breakfast, Dobyns Dining Room, The Keeter Center (tickets required)
9 a.m. Alumni Association Annual Meeting, Royal Oak Forum, The Keeter Center
9 a.m.-noon Alumni Registration, Good Memorial Center & Alumni Center
10 a.m. Student Activity Booths Open, Activities Field
1 p.m. Alumni Memorial Service, Williams memorial Chapel
2 p.m. C of O Parade, Opportunity Ave.
3 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Hannibal-LaGrange University, Keeter Gymnasium
6 p.m. Alumni Banquet and Meritorious Awards Recognition, Youngman
Agricultural Center (tickets required)

Sunday, November 6
11 a.m. Chapel Service, Williams Memorial Chapel

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September
28

Food Pantry Open Golf Tournament – Murder Rock October 3, 2011

Monday October 3, 2011
at Murder Rock Golf Club

All proceeds Benefit the Taney and Stone County Food Banks:
C.A.M. (Christian Action Ministries)
Christian Associates
Stone County Food Bank

Lunch at 11:30 am at Glenn’s
T-Off at 12:30 pm

The game will be 18 holes played in a 4 person scramble style

The Tournament is sponsored by The Lions Club of Stone and Taney County

Fees ar $75 per person or $300 for a foursome and includes cart, prizes, gifts, and lunch.

To register contact:
Jim Tesreau 417-739-1236 – jtesreau@msn.com
Dean Johnson 417-739-1161 – djohnson@peoplesbanking.com
or Murder Rock Golf Club 417-332-3259

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June
29
Ronni Haston
mwgabranson@yahoo.com
Missouri Women\'s Golf Association
877 337-2963
www.mowomensga.org
100 North Payne Stewart Drive
Branson, MO   65616

The Missouri Women’s Golf Association is pleased to announce the Inaugural Mid Amateur Golf Championship, hosted by Payne Stewart Golf Club, a Troon course, in Branson, MO during July 25-27th, 2011. Golfers, volunteers, spotters and businesses are invited to participate in this event. Amateur women 25 years and older who are residents of Missouri or Johnson County, KS will compete for the first Missouri women’s Mid Amateur title in a 36 hole stroke play competition. Entries will be accepted through July 9, 2011.

Volunteers are needed to spot golf balls or help with logistics. Local merchants are invited to submit marketing materials, token gifts and/or coupons for the Registrants’ package. Donations will be accepted to provide golfers with health-related essentials (e.g., water, sunscreen) and recognition will be in the event program.

The local committee is encouraging golfers to bring their families and extend their visit to see all that the area has to offer. The Branson area is an excellent destination to play golf and enjoy the natural beauty, attractions, shows and shopping with family members.

The MWGA promotes women’s golf in Missouri and its competitions are open to all amateur females in Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas. Through the support of MWGA’s members and friends, the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association annually grants scholarships to deserving high school junior golfers in pursuit of higher education.

Entry fee for contestants is $150.00. Membership in the MWGA is required at $30.00 annual dues. For those interested in golfing, visit the website for tournament entry forms and further details at www.mowomensga.org.

We hope that you will be able to join us and participate in this unique event in some way. If you are interested or have any questions or require additional information, please call the Payne Stewart Pro Shop at 877 337-2963 or email mwgabranson@yahoo.com.

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