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UCM Plans Tenth Saudi Arabia Day Celebration

WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 19, 2008)

The University of Central Missouri, formerly Central Missouri State University, will celebrate its 10th annual Saudi Arabia Day Oct. 16, 2009. Since its inception in 1999, Saudi Arabia Day has become an important event that celebrates the Paul J. Nance Collection, the growing connections between UCM, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, and UCM’s longstanding belief in fostering international education. Saudi Arabia Day also serves as a celebration for Middle Eastern students on campus, who bring traditional foods from their family homes for the gathering of international educators, the campus community, and international students and their families. The event continues to grow in scope and as it gains national and international recognition. The impetus for Saudi Arabia Day at UCM was the work of Paul J. Nance, who worked for Aramco for 35 years. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Colleen, returned to the United States, where they opened a private museum of Middle Eastern art and artifacts, sharing their vast collection with the public. Nance donated the entire collection, the largest of its kind in the United States, to UCM in 2003. Saudi Arabia Day also celebrates the legacy of Paul and Colleen Nance and the continued impact of the Nance Collection on multicultural education and East-West cooperation. The event also recognizes the continued efforts at UCM to build bridges between the Middle East and America’s Midwest, especially the connections between Middle Eastern students, UCM’s international alumni, the Nance Collection and the campus community. Join us at UCM for the 10th Saudi Arabia Day on Oct. 16, 2009. Plans for the celebration also include special recognition of UCM alumni in the Middle East. UCM alumni may join the growing list of alumni in the Middle East online by going to for more information.