Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks hosts 2011 Community Day

The Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks book drive yielded more than 340 books on Saturday, May 7, as part of Community Appreciation Day. The books were distributed to three students who majored in education and are SLATE (Student Leaders Advocating for Teacher Excellence) members (from L to R): Shannon Clarkston, Jennifer Wrye and Becky Larson. Academic Advisor Lyle Sybert (far right) presented the books to the students. All three alumnae of the Lake Campus are currently student teaching in the area.
Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks opened its doors to nearly 400 friends, family and fans on Saturday, May 7 for its fourth annual Community Appreciation Day and Book Drive. In what turned out to be a tremendous weather day after early rain, fans from all over the Lake of the Ozarks area came out to show support for the college, which is in its 20th year at its current location.
Scooter the Cougar was on campus and posed for this picture taken in front of Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks during the Lake Campus' 2011 Community Day and Book Drive!

Columbia College's mascot, Scooter the Cougar, was in attendance and was a big hit with the young and the young at heart; taking pictures and greeting everyone in attendance. Another highlight of the day was the Hunting Trophy display provided by international big game hunter Dick Ebling that included nine exotic animals from around the world. Several business and organizations also participated in the event including Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Regional Hospital, the Missouri Army National Guard, the Missouri Highway Patrol, Ameren Missouri and many more.  

Braden Wrye presents his donation to the CC-LOTO/SLATE Book Drive at Community Appreciation Day on Saturday.
The campus, in cooperation with the Student Leaders Advocating for Teacher Excellence (SLATE) group, also sponsored its first book drive during the festivities. Attendees who brought a children's book to donate were automatically entered to win one of four great prizes provided by Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks and HyVee of Osage Beach. Jennifer Wrye, Taylor Raube, Lee Majors and LaSella Wynes were the lucky winners of the prizes following the event, which brought in 340 books that were distributed among three CC Education program alumnae who are just starting out in the teaching profession.

CC staff member Heather Newhart served as 'face painter' for part of the day on Saturday. Here, she is painting Cougar paws on Cassidy Prater's cheeks.

93.5 KRMS Radio broadcasted live from the event. Pictured is KRMS' KB and Missouri Army National Guard Sargent and Lake Campus alumnae Nancy McClure.

Faculty member Jim Pasley tells Scooter tales of the Civil War in Missouri during Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks Community Appreciation Day celebration.
CC-LOTO nursing students Tabby Pemberton and Veronica Barten take a break from greeting guests for a picture with Scooter the Cougar.