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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Kemper Alumni offer support in development of Kemper Campus

  • Kemper Alumni offer support in development of Kemper Campus
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  • Former graduates and employees of Kemper Military School gathered this weekend to celebrate the legacy of Kemper during the Annual Kemper Alumni Weekend. Alumni were also given an update on the campus and the continuing partnership with State Fair Community College.
    On Friday, alumni gathered at Math Hall on the Kemper Campus for a meet and greet session. While individuals gathered, Kemper items and historical pictures were displayed for individuals to view. Kemper Alumni President Douglas Humphrey welcomed everyone to the event and offered Kemper merchandise for sale he had been working on throughout the year, including some newly designed class rings.
    Friday night ended with a bon fire behind the campus.
    While Saturday morning events continued despite the rain, the afternoon included the annual alumni meeting at the Isle of Capri Casino-Hotel Flamingo Bay Ballroom, which honored individuals for their support.
    Retired United States General Dennis Rodgers, who traveled from the Washington D.C. area, gave the keynote address. Rodgers is a 1978 graduate of Kemper who went on to have a decorated career in the United States Military.
    Rodgers spoke of his time at Kemper and what it taught him as an individual. He said he learned many life skills, which has helped him in his career. He also spoke of stories while he was at Kemper, including one where he was pointed out in the corp for sleeping. Rodgers, in fact, was not sleeping, but was not paying the attention as he should have been. Rodgers said to always take up for yourself when you are wrongly accused.
    Rodgers spoke about leading a brigade into Iraq in 2003. He also honored Kemper graduates who had passed away in the last year. A table was dedicated to these individuals who had long passed in the banquet room, which was decorated in the different Kemper uniforms and with red, white and blue colors.
    Humphrey then handed out awards to individuals who have shown support to the alumni. An award was given to former Kemper Military School teacher Irl Lutz. Lutz thanked the Alumni for their support.
    Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher said many good things are happening on the Kemper Campus with the partnership with SFCC. She, along with Boonville resident James Gann, told the alumni the next building in line to get rehabilitated will be Science Hall. They said the city had recently received a Economic Development Agency (EDA) Grant, which the city is required to match funds, to turn the building into an information technology building.
    Thacher also told the alumni, Marsha Drennon who is the former President of SFCC will be working with the city to revitalize the campus.
    Alumni showed support for the direction the campus was heading and offered their support and possibly financial support when needed.
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