January 15, 2022
By Janice Phelan
Communications and Marketing University of Central Missouri-Missouri Innovation Campus
University of Central Missouri students, alumni and community members are invited to two events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled for Jan. 21 at the Missouri Innovation Campus at Lee’s Summit.
The Lee’s Summit campus will feature a day of service from 1-5 p.m., offering volunteers the opportunity to make dog toys for local animal shelters. For more information about participating in this volunteer activity, please contact Rick Smetana, Site Operations Manager at UCM Lee Summit, [email protected]
Additionally, an MLK celebration featuring keynote speaker Manny Abarca, an MCU alumnus from Kansas City, will take place at 6 p.m. on January 21 at the Missouri Innovation Campus. The public is invited to join in this celebration, which includes the “Living the Dream: Live and in Color Faculty Award” and the “Living the Dream: Live and in Color Student Award”. This celebration will also include an art contest featuring students from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and a performance by the Pleasant Lea Middle School Drill Team.
The local events are part of a series of UCM activities celebrating Dr. King’s work and impact in January. The theme for the UCM Recognition is “Living the Dream: Live and in Color”. Activities held on the Warrensburg campus include fundraising for Freedom Scholarships, the annual Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards Luncheon, and Community Praise and Worship Service.
In recognition of Dr. King’s legacy, the UCM offices will be closed and no classes will take place on January 17, a national holiday. For more information on the UCM Recognizing Dr. King Event Series, visit this ucmo.edu.