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Mike and Lesha Watson give $5,000 to Ozarka College capital campaign

Published on January 29, 2014

Mike and Lesha Watson of Ash Flat have committed $5,000 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign.

Their contribution will pay to furnish the Registrar's Office in the new building, located on the Melbourne campus. Mike is a member of the Ozarka College Foundation Board and is co-chair of the capital campaign along with Connie Moser of Calico Rock.

He is owner of Mike Watson State Farm Insurance Agency in Highland. 

"Lesha and I believe in Ozarka College and its mission to provide life-changing experiences through education," said Mike. "Ozarka helped shape our lives and we wanted to help other people receive the same benefits that we did."

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.

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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