February 21, 2017
College of the Ozarks hosts singer and composer Tony MelendezTony Melendez, born with no arms, told his inspirational story and performed original music at College of the Ozarks on Feb. 20, 2017.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, College of the Ozarks hosted Tony Melendez, a talented composer and musician. He spoke of his inspirational journey and performed many of his most popular songs.
Born without arms, Melendez learned how to perform day-to-day activities with his feet. At the age of 16, he learned how to play the guitar with his toes and write his own songs. Pope John Paul II recognized his talents in 1987 and brought his unrestrained abilities as a guitarist to national attention.
Melendez has traveled across America and 40 foreign countries, appearing on television on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” and many more. Additionally, he has won numerous awards and honors, including the first annual Inspirational Hero Award from the NFL Alumni Association at Super Bowl XXIII, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
After authoring his best-selling autobiography, “A Gift of Hope,” Melendez recorded his first album in 1989. Titled “Never Be the Same,” the collection of contemporary Christian songs received nominations for Best New Artist of the Year from Cashbox Magazine and the Gospel Music Association. His latest album, “Hands In Heaven,” reflects the perceptive and deeply rooted insights into his life and faith.
“With God you can do absolutely anything,” said Bethany Dunn, sophomore public relations major. “People like Tony Melendez help show us that.”
For additional information, contact the Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”
The Keeter Center — the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.
To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
02.21.17 – Kendra Fleury