UMKC School of Law’s Tom and Vina Hyde Collaborative Instruction and Technology Library opens

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for $1.33 million facility takes place Nov. 9

Kansas City, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $1.33 million Tom and Vina Hyde Collaborative Instruction and Technology Library from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the lower level of the School of Law, 500 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Mo. To RSVP, email or call (816) 235-1007. Parking is available at the School of Law, in the UMKC lot on the west side of Oak Street or in the Toy and Miniature Museum lot south of the School of Law.

Tom and Vina Hyde contributed $300,000 to the Tom and Vina Hyde Collaborative Instruction and Technology Library, which is part of the Leon E. Bloch Law Library. Tom Hyde, a 1975 UMKC School of Law alumnus, most recently served as executive vice president of Legal and Global Ethics and corporate secretary for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. A member of the UMKC Foundation Board, Tom Hyde received the UMKC Alumni Achievement Award in 2004 and a Corporate Diversity Leadership Award from the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color. Vina Hyde earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Kansas.

Law Library renovations began in February, creating a main entrance across from the School of Law’s first-floor classrooms and making the facility more open and accessible to students, faculty and visitors. The American Bar Association-compliant facility features a laptop clinic, academic strategies library and meeting place and the Courtney Turner Trust Collaborative Instruction and Technology Classroom — a state-of-the-art facility for teaching research and other skills and for fostering the integration of paper and online resources.

“We are very grateful to Tom and Vina Hyde, as well as to other donors for their generous support of this project,” said Ellen Suni, dean of the UMKC School of Law. “The renovated facility is a focal point of the school — a modern, usable, open space to attract students into the Library. The improvements convey a sense of pride and passion for the law, not only to our internal constituents, but to visiting faculty, government officials, members of the judiciary and prospective students as well.”

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