Monday, August 17, 2009

Tour of Missouri is must see events for area students

With the start of a new school year, one of my top priorities is attending the New Student Convocation at Missouri University of Science and Technology – a Missouri S&T tradition that sets the stage for Opening Week Orientation and the rest of the school year at Missouri S&T. At this year’s Convocation, which will be held on Monday, Aug. 17, I’m told by University officials that there will be over 1,070 news students attending the event.

Knowing that I will be addressing some of the brightest and best educated students in the country – and in some cases the world, is both an honor and a privilege that I am looking forward to again this year.

One of the messages that I will be sure to include in my welcome remarks during the Convocation, in addition to welcoming the students, and thanking them for choosing Missouri S&T an invitation to attend the Tour of Missouri elite pro cycling race that will be finishing in the heart of the Missouri S&T campus.
Word is quickly spreading that on Wednesday, Sept. 9 some of the world’s most elite cyclists – many of whom competed in the Tour de France - will be traveling 114 grueling miles in the Stage 3 Finish of the Tour of Missouri, which will finish between 3:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on 10th Street in front of the Castleman Hall Performing Arts Center.
Missouri S&T and the City of Rolla, together with the members of the Tour of Missouri Local Organizing Committee, have been working together for many months to bring this world-renown elite pro cycling event to the Rolla community and Missouri S&T campus. The state, national and international media exposure this event brings to the Rolla community and Missouri S&T is unsurpassed in the number of countries throughout the world who will broadcast the event via television, the Internet and other global communication devices.
I highly encourage all the students at Missouri S&T, Rolla Public Schools, and all the area colleges, and private schools alike to attend and participate in this great event. The Health and Wellness Expo, which is a significant aspect of the event, will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. next to the finish line on 10th Street across from the Castleman Hall Performing Arts Center.
In closing, I would like to echo the remarks of Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse regarding your awareness that school is back in session, and to please be careful while driving in school zones, crosswalks, school entrances, and those neighborhoods where schools are located.
I would also like to wish all the students in our community, and their parents and siblings, a very memorable, productive and successful school year. We’re glad you are here!

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