As the University of Missouri kicks off the celebration of its 175th anniversary with an alumni event in Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a proclamation for the day calling it ‘Tampa Bay Tigers Mizzou Alumni Association Day.’ Local alumni from the University of Missouri known as the ‘Tampa Bay Tigers’ will welcome the school’s newly installed Chancellor, Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, to town at an evening reception tonight at Brio Tuscan Grille at International Mall to kick off the festivities.
With more than 1,400 graduates of the University of Missouri calling the Tampa Bay area home, the new chancellor chose Tampa to help kick off the celebration for the University’s 175th anniversary that will officially happen on February 11 known as ‘Founders’ Day’ on campus.
Locally, the Tampa Bay Tigers organization formed in 2008 and brings together local alumni through many activities of community service showcasing the University’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence.
“We’re most proud of the fact that each year since we formed, we have been able to offer an area high school student a partial scholarship to attend our beloved University,” says Former Tampa Bay Tigers President Justin Herndon. “To see our local community recognized by the new Chancellor on such an important anniversary for the University really energizes us to keep finding students who can one day call themselves Mizzou alumni.”
Dr. R Bowen Loftin is known for his iconic bowtie collection and interaction with the student body as much as for his leadership. A true student’s Chancellor, Dr. Loftin officially took over in Columbia on February 1 and now visits the city of Tampa to start the celebration of the University’s milestone anniversary.
“We’re proud to call Tampa home, proud to be Mizzou grads and we can’t wait to share this special day with Dr. Loftin in Tampa,” Herndon said.
To view the Mayor’s proclamation online, please visit: http://www.tampagov.net/proclamations/20140205_Tampa_Bay_Tigers_Mizzou_Alumni_Association_Day.pdf
For more information about the local organization, please visit: www.mizzoualumnitampa.com
Phone: (727) 512-8314
SOURCE: Tampa Bay Tigers
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