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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 27, 2008) – The city of Warrensburg is hosting thousands of new guests from many parts of the globe as UCM hosts its largest conference of the summer.
For the second time since 2005, Accelerated Christian Education Ministries has chosen UCM as the site for its International Student Convention. The event, which can be viewed in part via the Internet, has brought more than 2,500 junior high and high school students and their teachers to campus Saturday, May 24 through Thursday, May 29.
“Most of the participants will stay in our residence halls, but there are a lot parents and families who are also coming to Warrensburg and will attend portions of the convention,” said Kirsti Brunsvold, assistant director of meeting and conference services at UCM. “They will take advantage of facilities and services off campus, and that should translate into an economic boost for the local community.”
She estimates that total participation could be around 5,000 people before the conference is over. While in Warrensburg, many of the families will stay in local motels, and take advantage of nearby dining and shopping opportunities.
“We’re excited that ACE is returning to campus. We think it says a lot about the positive experience the group had in Warrensburg the first time we hosted the convention three years ago. We’re grateful for all of the community’s support,” Brunsvold said.
ACE’s International Student Convention is an annual event that includes competition for young people in approximately 150 events such as music, oratory, art, athletics, academics and much more. The convention’s “Olympics” highlight a school year for hundreds of schools and home schools that use the Accelerated Christian Education program. ACE publishes individualized curriculum and provides training in its implementation for students in grades K-12 and home schools. About 7,000 schools around the globe use this curriculum.
Although many of the activities are geared for students and teachers, non-denominational rallies take place each evening in the Multipurpose Building and are open to the public. Streaming video of this and other evening activities can be seen worldwide on the Internet.
Brunsvold noted that International Student Conventions take place in different locations from year-to-year, but every third year the group holds a convention somewhere in the Midwest. She said that in cooperation with the Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, the university plans to continue working with ACE to make the community a popular destination for its future conventions.