Hard Work U.

College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, is unique in that students do not pay tuition.  Instead, they each work 15 hours a week at a specific job on campus.  If they need help paying room and board, they can work during the summer months to earn that.

The campus is stunning and all the students we met were outgoing and polite.  The building behind this pond is the cafeteria.  One of the campus jobs is cooking the meals.  I don’t know how much supervision is involved, but at other places we saw, mostly students doing the work and running the place.

There is a large museum featuring Ozark crafts, dishes, furniture, etc.  The vehicle shown is from the Beverly Hillbillies show.  Students were selling tickets and walking around answering questions.

Some years ago, a major news channel did a show about the university and gave it the nickname Hard Work University.  It stuck and has been proudly adopted by the college.

This large bed has banana trees (I think that’s what they are), Elephant Ears, salvias, and other hardy plants.

This is a Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica).  Actually, there is a controversy brewing about this plant right now.  It is obviously not native and could have a fungus growing on it that is harmful to the Monarch Butterfly.  Since this is the only plant where Monarchs lay their eggs and is the only food source for their caterpillars, there is concern about this.  Research is continuing, and the opposing opinions are strong.

Another job for students is running the grist mill and the store that sells cornmeal.

In other buildings they make stained glass, jams and jellies, and fruitcakes.  All these employ students to cover their tuition.  At the entrance to the campus, visitors check in, where a student gives them information about the school and how it all works.

One of the amazing things to us was how many visitors this campus draws.  So there are plenty of customers for their products.

Wondered what kind of pine this is.  Very stately.

Something for other private schools to consider.

Students in the Horticulture department were having a plant sale, featuring Crysanthemums, Celosias, what looks like Cattail pond plants, and whatever the tall tropical plants with the big leaves are.  Some of the greenhouses were open.  In one, they were selling succulents.  I asked one student if her major was horticulture.  She said no, but she grew up on a farm, loved plants, and wanted to work in the greenhouses.  So I guess students get some choices about their jobs.

What a truly pleasant place to spend a day.

“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”  Henry Ford

Peaceful and Serene

At the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, a beautiful church in the center of the campus rises up in the sky.

It is a Christian college but has no affiliation with any specific denomination.  The church on campus has some characteristics of Gothic architecture, which arose during the 1100’s and 1200’s medieval times in Europe.

The most obvious Gothic design is the tall, upward height, reaching up to the heavens.

Some other characteristics are obvious.  The Pointed arches  and vaulted ceilings were used to distribute the weight of the heavy ceilings and bulky walls.  The Gothic buildings brought a new era of light and airy spaces because light flowed in through the stained glass windows.

The architectural style before Gothic was Romanesque, which were much lower buildings with dark, damp interiors.

I love stained glass windows and this grand old style architecture with stone walls.  They inspire worship.

I got carried away with pictures, but am not showing all of them.  Note the arches.

Last inside one.  Gorgeous.

The characteristics of Gothic that are not present in this building are flying buttress to spread the weight of the tall walls (think Notre Dame), gargoyles (those monstrous creatures, used as spouts to drain rainwater from the roof), and excessive filigree stone decorations on the outside.

By the way, it was called modern architecture when the Gothic cathedrals were build.  Later, when the Renaissance style became popular, those architects dubbed this style Gothic, referring to the barbarians who invaded Europe hundreds of years earlier.  They considered the Gothic style a blight that have covered Europe.

To each his own.  I love it.

This stands in front of the church.  The church bells were playing a hymn while we were there.

This planting of Ornamental Peppers (Capsicum annuum) was a surprise choice for a median in a campus road.  Very bright and cheerful.

Next post will sum up more about the college.

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”  Abraham Lincoln

Honoring Veterans

A memorial area honoring veterans at the entrance of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, depicts one of the characteristics of the university – to honor those in the military and those who have served in the past.

A young man salutes the US flag as he prepares to report for duty in the 1940’s.

Students and staff worked on the installation and grounds of these tributes.  Native stones were used for the walls.

Young men across American were drafted to fight in World War II.  The Greatest Generation or the GI Generation formed our country into a strong, sacrificing group of people.

The statistics from this war are staggering.  Over 60 million people were killed during WWII, which was over 3% of the world’s population at the time.  22 to 25 million of those people were soldiers, including 5 million who died in captivity as prisoners of war.  407,300 Americans soldiers were victims of this war.

This memorial recognizes and honors Veterans from all US wars, with an emphasis to those from Missouri.

This private Christian university strives to teach many life lessons to students.

Vietnam Veterans wall is divided to represent the divided country as US citizens were divided on the war, the issues, and US involvement during this time.  The red flowers symbolize the blood that was shed by the soldiers who died.

The tiles on the other side of the flowers state “All gave some, Some gave all.”

58,209 Americans died in the Vietnam War from combat and other circumstances.

A plaque from each branch of service shows their symbols.

36,534 Americans gave their lives in the Korean War.

This monument and others were generously contributed by the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris.

Behind the statue is the Veterans Grove.  This idea for this grove came from a trip made to Belgium when students and veterans visited Peaces Woods in Bastogne.  One student noticed the impact this memorial had on the veterans and mentioned to a professor that it would be nice if the college had something similar.

Each veteran from the trip was honored with the planting of a Sugar Maple, which is aligned with others to create the same unique pattern of the marble crosses at the American cemeteries in Europe.  Next to each tree is a bronze marker with a veteran’s name.

Can’t remember which war this statue recognizes.  I think it’s Vietnam.

Global War on Terrorism recognizes all modern soldiers who have served to fight those who want to destroy Americans and our freedoms.

Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial preserves the memories of the fallen, the families who lost them, and is a stark reminder that freedom is not free.

If you’re ever in this area, this memorial is well worth the time.  The figures given for each of the wars came from the internet, so I hope they are correct.

The next blog will focus on the university campus.

Thank you to every person serving in our military at this present time and to the living veterans, who live with the horrific memories of your service.

“In peace, sons bury their fathers.  In war, fathers bury their sons.”  unknown