Sep 23, 2008    #090
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley

UMKC Hosts Tulips on TroostUniversity plans to plant 75,000 flowers in honor of 75th anniversary

Instead of sleeping in after a full week of classes, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) community will wake up and smell the tulips on Saturday, Oct. 4. Tulips on Troost and the UMKC Community Service Day will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the University Playhouse at 51st and Holmes. To register, call the Student Life Office at 816-235-1407.

In commemoration of the University’s 75th anniversary, volunteers will attempt to plant 75,000 tulips along Troost Avenue and at Forest Hill Cemetery, 6901 Troost Ave. Kansas City leaders with UMKC ties, such as Charles E. Whittaker, Jr., Ernest H. Newcomb and Jesse Clyde Nichols are buried in the cemetery.

Along with beautifying a major street and cemetery, the project will unite the communities east and west of Troost Avenue, said Michelle LaPointe, a co-chair of the UMKC 75th anniversary.

“Troost Avenue has always been kind of a dividing line in town, and this project is uniting the two communities,” LaPointe said. “With the 75th anniversary, we were looking for a project that would be a legacy. What better legacy than planting 75,000 tulips on Troost Avenue and at Forest Hill Cemetery?”

The UMKC Student Life Office expects more than 500 student, faculty, staff, alumni and community volunteers to participate. Participants will receive donuts, coffee, water and a T-shirt.

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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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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