Sep 23, 2008    #089
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley

UMKC Celebrates Homecoming, 75th Anniversary Events begin Oct. 1 and include new student union groundbreaking

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will begin its homecoming celebration – “The Return of a Classic” – on Oct. 1, 2008.

The event will celebrate UMKC’s 75th anniversary with a reception honoring the University’s first African-American and Latino graduates, a 75th anniversary lunch and a breakfast for University of Kansas City graduates. (University of Kansas City became UMKC in 1963).

In addition to remembering the University’s history, the event will look to the future. Interim Chancellor Leo Morton will lead a groundbreaking ceremony for a new student union, which will be completed in the fall of 2011. A community service project – Tulips on Troost – will kick off the weekend.

A complete listing of events is located at:

Alvin Brooks, an honorary co-chair of UMKC’s 75th anniversary celebration, said the 75th anniversary is a great moment for the University, students, alumni and Kansas City.

“It’s an exciting time for the University, and it’s something that I will certainly never forget,” said Brooks, who attended the University in the 1950s. “And I hope I will be around for the 100th anniversary. I’ll mark it on my calendar.”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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