Financial advisor and best-selling author Dave Ramsey visited C of O in October, 2011. He spoke to a capacity crowd at the Keeter Athletic Complex, highlighting what he called "common sense" financial strategies found in his recently released book, Entreleadership.
As part of the Convocation events, Mr. Ramsey presented awards on behalf of the College to local entrepreneur, Mr. Jack Stack. Stack is President and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation in Springfield, Missouri.
Ramsey also helped honor businessmen who participated in a panel discussion with students. Attendees at the event included SIFE teams and sponsors for C of O, Crowder College, Southwest Baptist University , Evangel University , and Ozarks Technical Community College. The panel included Mr. Greg Baker (Arvest Bank), Mr. Ken Jodock (Frito Lay), Mr. Vic Kennett (Kerusso), and Reverend Howard Russell (Christian Healthcare Ministries).
Numerous C of O students met Mr. Ramsey throughout the day as he visited the fruitcake kitchen, the stained glass studio, the Ralph Foster Museum, the radio station, and other spots on campus.
Mr. Ramsey hosted his nationally recognized radio program from KCOZ, the student-operated radio station at College of the Ozarks, and talked at length about how inspired he was by what he saw and the students he met during his visit at Hard Work U.