Imagine the Edward Jones Dome filled to capacity. Now imagine everyone standing – including players and coaches and vendors and a few thousand people in the streets – saying in unison, “I Chose UMSL.”
That’s what it would be like if the University of Missouri–St. Louis could, in fact, gather all of its alumni. Their collective voices – like their impact on the St. Louis region – would be dramatic.
The University Marketing and Communications staff was intrigued by the Jones Dome concept. The staff opted for something more logistically realistic, though no less impressive with its new marketing campaign.
If you drive along Interstate 170 in St. Louis County there’s a good chance you’ll see one of six new billboards for the campaign. They feature five prominent UMSL alumni: Art McCoy, superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, Tom Minogue, chairman of Thompson Coburn LLC, Sandra Van Trease, group president of BJC HealthCare, Dan Isom, chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and Beth Fitzgerald, president of The Magic House.
Other events happening on campus include:
- The new UMSL at Grand Center will open its doors to the public on Sept. 15 for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The new $12 million facility makes UMSL neighbors with the facility that houses Nine Network of Public Media, HEC-TV and the St. Louis Beacon as well as the Fabulous Fox, Sheldon Concert Hall and Contemporary Art Museum.
- Got a case of the Mondays? Suffer no more. Violin and piano duets, narratives of Mound Bayou, Miss., and chess discourse are some of the many cultural events that make Monday Noon Series a cure for the blues. Every Monday, from Sep. 10 through Nov. 12, The Center for the Humanities will offer an eclectic dose of readings, discussions, film screenings and musical performances from 12:15- 1:15 p.m. at UMSL. The series is free and open to the public.
- On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Robert Barnidge, Jr., a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, will deliver a talk called “International Law, the War on Terror, and New Modes of Conflict: What Rules Apply?” The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Student Government Association Chamber at the Millennium Student Center at UMSL. It’s free and open to the public.
- UMSL wants to hear from you! As we prepare to celebrate our Jubilee in 2013, we're looking to catch up with alumni and former faculty and staff. If you or someone you know has a UMSL story to tell, contact librarian Raleigh Muns at email@example.com.
For more comprehensive coverage of the happenings at the University of Missouri–St. Louis visit UMSL Daily.
UMSL is the largest university in the region. More than 16,000 students from 48 states and 62 countries are enrolled with 50,000 additional students enrolled in non-credit continuing education programs. It employs more than 1,400 full-time and part-time teaching and research faculty members. While its graduates have taken leadership roles nationally and internationally, their influence remains centered in the St. Louis region. More than 75 percent of UMSL’s 80,000 graduates still live and work in the region.