UMKC Celebrates Founders’ Day With City-Wide Blue-Out
The University of Missouri-Kansas City celebrates its 83rd Founders Day on Oct. 1. Drawing near the end of its Founders’ Week celebration, nothing could have made the week more official than the Kansas City Council declaring Sept. 30 Blue Roo Day in Kansas City.
A proclamation declaring the observance was presented on Thursday, Sept. 29 during a legislative meeting at City Hall. Several council members gave words of acknowledgement as they spoke to UMKC’s impact on the Kansas City community, and shared their memories of being students and community supporters of UMKC.
“UMKC is an asset to Kansas City,” said Councilman Scott Taylor, adding that UMKC’s Downtown Arts Campus will bring life to downtown Kansas City.
“We’re from UMKC, we’re the Kangaroos, so let’s hop to it,” exclaimed Councilwoman Katheryn Shields, a former member of the UMKC debate team.
Hopping to it, Pat MacDonald, past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the University. She was joined at the podium by UMKC Mascot Kasey Roo the Kangaroo and several Alumni Association board members and staff.
The UMKC Alumni Association celebrates the University’s lasting legacy of impact during Founders’ Week each year by encouraging alumni, the campus community and the city to wear UMKC blue on Blue Roo Day on Oct. 1 or the closest weekday, which is being observed on Sept. 30 this year.
Kelsey Haynes | Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications