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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Celebrates 175th Birthday with Kickoff Party

February 11th, 2014

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

WHAT: This year marks the 175th anniversary of the University of Missouri’s founding on Feb. 11, 1839. The university community will begin its celebration by hosting an official kickoff party with a brief program, giveaways and birthday cake. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO: Speakers and performers include:

  • R. Bowen Loftin, MU chancellor
  • Gary Link, special assistant to the MU athletic director
  • Jake Wright, Graduate Professional Council president
  • Mason Schara, Missouri Students Association president
  • Mini Mizzou and Truman the Tiger

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Scheduled program begins at 11 a.m.)

WHERE: First floor, MU Student Center, MU campus

NOTE: The event will be live streamed at Use #MIZZOU175 to join the birthday conversation on Twitter. For more 175th anniversary information, visit .