Down Memory Lane
November 20, 2012
My husband and I celebrated a milestone recently. It had been 40 years since we met on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. When we were there, the college was called CMSU--Central Missouri State University.
We took a morning trip to Warrensburg, walked the campus, and toured the new library. We were the oldest people on the campus and felt a little odd wandering about, but it was a fun time reminiscing and remembering where things used to be.
The landscape of the campus was quite different but very nicely done in modern brick and stone layouts. There were even some fountains and statues around the garden areas. The Quad seemed smaller, but it could be because some of the buildings were different and maybe took up more space than the previous ones.
There was an overpass built to get people safely across the busy highway that runs to the side of the campus. Many of the houses surrounding the area were gone and replaced with parking spaces, and some of the streets were rerouted, too. After 40 years, we couldn't find our off campus houses at all. UCM is a very attractive campus, and it brought back many good memories.
The library was very modern and oh so quiet (unlike some of the public libraries now Ha!). They have all the latest technology and even a coffee shop for the students. I'm sure that the campus library offers many of the databases and online references offered by MCPL. But if the student is from the MCPL area and had brought his library card to college, he can access MCPL resources anywhere via his Library card.
It made me think of an old credit card slogan—"Don't leave home without it." Maybe we should use that idea for students and say, "Going to college--Don't leave home without your MCPL library card-You can have Access anywhere."