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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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James C. Kirkpatrick Library Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 10, 2009) – UCM will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the university’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library with a series of events planned for March 24-27.

Kirkpatrick Day

Events kick off Tuesday, March 24, with the library’s annual Kirkpatrick Day celebration from 9-11 a.m. on the second floor. The public is invited to view the replica of Mr. Kirkpatrick’s Jefferson City office and visit with Mrs. Doris Kirkpatrick. Refreshments will be served.

James C. Kirkpatrick Library

The James C. Kirkpatrick Library at UCM

Student Governance Debate

UCM Library Services will team with the UCM Talking Mules debate team, the UCM Student Government Association and the Department of Communication to host the Student Governance Debate at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the library’s south Read and Relax Area on the first floor. The Talking Mules will debate the topic “Resolved: Censorship is a Necessary Evil.” The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

"Murder in the Library"

Library Services, the Office of Campus Activities and Late Night Programming will provide an evening of entertainment Thursday as “Murder in the Library” takes participants on an interactive tour of the library while solving a murder mystery. The major portion of the library will be closed for the event as pre-registered student participants join in the fun.  The Harmon Computer Commons will remain open until midnight.

Excellence in Governance Award Reception and Presentation

The highlight of the week’s events will be the presentation of the Student Government Association’s James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award Friday, March 27.  Rep. Gayle Kingery, R-Poplar Bluff, will receive the award from the SGA in recognition of his years of service as an educator and state representative.

Library Services and the UCM Alumni Association will host a reception honoring the recipient at 7 p.m. in the library. The event is open to the public, and those attending are asked to RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations at 660-543-8000 by March 20.

The formal presentation of the Excellence in Governance Award is planned for 8 p.m. in the south Read and Relax area of the library. Following the presentation, library staff will conduct tours of the library, or visitors may tour the library on self-guided tours.

Celebrating Service to the Campus and Community

“For 10 years, the James C. Kirkpatrick library has served as a hub of activity, offering amazing opportunities for learning and the exchange of information to the campus and community, said Mollie Dinwiddie, dean of Library Services at UCM. “The UCM Library Services staff is excited about hosting a week of events that will allow the public to become familiar with the library while celebrating all it has to offer.”

State of the Art Facility Named for Missouri Statesman

Dedicated in 1999, the facility was named for UCM alumnus James C. Kirkpatrick, a veteran newspaper publisher and statesman who was Missouri’s longest-serving secretary of state. The state-of-the-art facility houses more that 2 million items and 23 miles of shelving in 200,000 square feet of space dedicated to serving the campus and community. Databases and reference materials are available in state-of-the-art online format, and more than 300 computers are available for use in the Harmon Computer Commons. The library also is home to the Arthur F. McClure Archives and University Museum and The Honors College.