C of O named No. 1 Christian college

By AJ Fahr  aj@bransontrilakesnews.com

College of the Ozarks has been ranked No. 1 in the 2022 Best Christian Colleges and Universities list compiled by College Consensus.
College Consensus is a unique college ranking and review aggregator combining top publisher rankings and student reviews, according to a press release from C of O. The college also ranked as the No. 9 Best Colleges and Universities in the Midwest, No. 14 Best Small Colleges, and No. 33 Best Private Colleges
& Universities.
According to College Consensus, “Small and large, Christian colleges run the gamut, including schools rooted in the liberal arts, universities focused on research and professional education, and colleges dedicated to building an ethical, service-oriented workforce.”  “College of the Ozarks is a unique institution,
where students work for their education, graduating debt-free,” Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman said. “The college appreciates earning recognition from College Consensus, especially since it reflects the hard work of faculty, staff, and students at Hard Work U.”
According to their website, by combining the results of the most reputable college ranking publishers and thousands of real student reviews from around
the web, College Consensus provides a comprehensive ranking of a school’s reputation and quality.
To view the 2022 ranking, visit www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-christian-colleges/.

Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast Thursday

By Jason Wert
jason@bransontrilakesnews.com

Hundreds of Christians from around the region will gather together Thursday morning, May 5, at the Branson Convention Center for the 21st Annual Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast. The event is being held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer. The event will open with a breakfast at 6
a.m., followed by a program which will include inspirational singing, an award presentation, and a keynote address from Silver StarRecipient and Vietnam Veteran Captain Allen B. Clark.

The Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by the Branson Christian Business Men’s Committee. The group is a “movement of men dedicated to prayer while sharing the gospel and hope of Jesus Christ.” The group first formed in 1993 under the leadership of Don Gabriel. The group met for almost seven years before hosting the first Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast in 2001. The event began with about 250 in attendance and now regularly draws over 1,200.
Keynote speaker Clark is a West Point graduate who served in Vietnam as a Military Intelligence Officer who worked undercover operations against Cambodia. He suffered horrific injuries to both legs which required amputation below the knees. In his time in combat, Clark earned a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. After leaving the military, he served his nation as a special assistant to Texas Governor Bill Clements from 1979 to 1981, and served in two positions in the President George H.W. Bush administration, first as assistant secretary for Veterans Liaison and Program Coordinator, and then as director of the National Cemetery System of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The annual Don & Dorothy Gabriel Kingdom Builder award will also be given to someone who “contributes to the quality of the community by demonstrating in word and action a dedication and dynamic Christian life.” The award is for someone who “puts others ahead of self” and “lives
by Christian vision and mission.” The 2021 winner of the award was Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin.
More information about the breakfast can be found on their website, ozarkmountainprayerbreakfast.com.

A ‘Legacy of Love” Quilt collection at C of O

‘A Legacy of Love’ quilt collection at C of O . The Ralph Foster Museum on the campus of College of the Ozarks has  a new quilt display.

The College of the Ozarks “A Legacy of Love” Quilting Collection went on display in the museum beginning Saturday, March 19, according to a press release from C of O. The collection was inspired by award-winning author and quilt historian Judy Howard’s quilt donation to the College in 2020, states the release.
The collection seeks to highlight an artform, which C of O says has seen interest waning in recent years. All the quilts and quilt tops have been acquired
by the museum by donations from estates, several of which were from the Midwest region of the United States. “The exhibit will feature quilts chosen from
the museum archives,” Director of Retail Operations at Ralph Foster Museum Kiley Hutcheson said. “(We) will display quilts of varying patterns
and stitch constructs, antique sewing machines, as well as historical recollections.”

The quilts in the exhibit are not available for purchase but the school does have other quilts which can be purchased online at www.store.cofo.edu or at The Keeter Center. For more information visit www.rfostermuseum.com or contact the museum at 417-690- 3407.