The 17th Annual Fabulous 1890s Weekend ended a bit soggy but the rain did hold off for the parade which saw the debut of the stage coach built by two local men, Ed Roupp and Larry Wilson. The 1890s and Sesquicentennial Committees commissioned the stage coach to commemorate the university’s and borough’s 150th anniversary in 2007. President Loeschke and husband Dick Gillespie walked in the parade so she could display the dress made for her by retired MU employee Liv Mitcheltree. The museum tent with Joyce Tice’s display and 97-year-old curator Chester Bailey, was a big hit. We’ll post more 1890s photos on our website and a couple videos on YouTube soon.
News item: Our fall 2009 enrollment is 3569, making it the largest enrollment in MU history. The freshmen class is up 5.7%, the largest class in 20 years. Freshmen to sophomore retention rate this year is 74%; up from 70.6% last year.
In another corner of the universe, Hugh Schintzius, has published his book, Get It Yet? Everyday Rules for the Game of Life. “Schintz,” who led the women’s volleyball team to 5 national playoffs, started the book years ago, then was sidelined with overseeing the design and construction of the Kelchner Fitness Center. He’ll be on campus Oct. 6-10. Buy his book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and he’ll be happy to sign it.
Last year a group of wildly energetic students created the MU Crew to raise school spirit at football games. The red/black painted crew enter their second year. I mean, wouldn’t your spirits lift after experiencing this group?