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Shane and Lisa Gardner give $5,000 to capital campaign

Published on January 8, 2014

Shane and Lisa Gardner of Sage have committed $5,000 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign.

"Ozarka is such an asset to this community," said Lisa. "Shane and I are excited to be a small part of the growth of our local college."

Their contribution will pay to furnish the Application Station, which will house computer workstations to be used for completing applications for admission and financial aid, in the Student Services Center on the Melbourne Campus. 

The Gardners own and operate Corner Drug Store in Melbourne.

"We deeply appreciate the Gardner's generous contribution to this important new facility for our students," said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College president. "They clearly embrace the importance of higher education in sustaining a vibrant community and an educated workforce."

Ozarka College broke ground on Monday, Dec. 2, on the two-story 18,560 square-foot building that will house all student services, various individual and group study areas, community meeting rooms, a video conferencing center, additional banquet space for college and community use, and a state of the art culinary learning lab.

The "Students at the Center" capital campaign is a bold step to raise the quality of educational and student support services at Ozarka College to new heights. The campaign will help ensure student success and will enhance the campus to create a more community-centered learning environment.

Mike Watson of Ash Flat and Connie Moser of Calico Rock, both Foundation Board members, are serving as co-chairs of the capital campaign steering committee. 

Donation levels range from $2,500 to furnish an office space up to $250,000 for building naming rights. 

The Ozarka College Foundation, a non-profit organization, as well as the Ozarka College Board of Trustees, will ensure the funds are used for expressed purposes.

For more information about giving opportunities to the "Students at the Center" capital campaign, please contact Carol Langston, executive assistant to the president and development officer, at 870-368-2006 or


The Ozarka College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible on itemized tax forms. 

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