We're excited to announce that on August 1, OCC received a gift of $1 million from longtime friend of the college Rick Bronson. Rick, his wife Kat, and his son Chad (OCC ’11) believe deeply in Ozark’s mission and trust that God will use their gift to inspire others to give. “This is just our five loaves and two fishes,” said Rick. “Like that little boy with his lunch, we’re putting it in God’s hands to multiply it.” We are grateful for Rick and Kat—for their faith, their generosity, and their desire to see men and women trained for Christian service.
We're also excited to announce that this gift will allow us to renovate Alumni Hall during the 2018-2019 school year.
- One of the initiatives in OCC’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan is to “modernize campus facilities,” including the renovation of all six dorms. Our dorms are 40-60 years old, and while structurally sound, they need a facelift—new carpet, paint, windows, doors, and room fixtures (beds, desks, closets, dressers)—along with infrastructure improvements to things like plumbing and wiring.
- The estimated cost will be $1-1.5 million per dorm, and in future years, we’ll launch a fundraising campaign to renovate our other five dorms. As the oldest dorm on campus, Alumni Hall is a great place to begin, so we will close Alumni Hall for the 2018-19 school year. We have just enough room to accommodate our Alumni ladies in Dennis and Goodman Halls. Residence Director Judie Kakac had already informed us of her retirement at the end of this school year, so while she will move out of the dorm, she will remain on staff one more year serving in other areas.
Work on Alumni Hall will begin in early September, and we're grateful for the flexibility from Judie and our Alumni ladies, allowing this project to proceed. “This all seems like God’s timing,” said Judie, “and I know he’s got it all covered.” Please join me in thanking God for this generous gift, for the Bronson family, and for God’s faithful provision throughout Ozark’s history. Pray also for the renovation as it begins, and as students arrive on campus in the next few weeks, let’s ask for God’s continued guidance in preparing workers for his harvest field.
Watch President Proctor talk about the Alumni Hall renovation.
Read more about the Alumni Hall renovation in the Joplin Globe.