Students, faculty, staff, donors, and friends gathered at the corner of Chestnut and West 13th Street on North Central Missouri College’s main campus in Trenton to celebrate the construction of the Dr. Neil & Susann Nuttall Student Center on April 10, 2024.

Mrs. Kim Washburn, Co-Chair of the Transforming Lives, Empowering People campaign, welcomed everyone and shared the one word that comes to mind when she thinks of NCMC, “future.”  “That one word means even more to me today standing here celebrating with all of you than it did even two years ago, because today I see the power believing in the future played in the making this dream a reality.”  Washburn went on to add how the contributions of many impacted the campaign, “Everyone participated at every level imaginable because they all believed in supporting the future.  The future of education, future of our youth, future of our community, and the future of our college. Without this type of generosity, none of this would be possible.”

NCMC Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Kristen Alley, shared the impact that the Nuttall Student Center will have on students, “It will be a space for students to come together, be inspired, share experiences, relax, and build lasting relationships.”  Dr. Alley went on to add, “The Nuttall Student Center will be a catalyst for continuing to build a strong campus community.  It will serve as a cornerstone for student life and be an important factor in recruitment and retention.”

Dr. Lenny Klaver, NCMC President, thanked the investors for their support of the campaign. “This is a tremendous thing for NCMC and a great thing for our students.  We hope it will be an attraction to the community and the region. It will be nice to show off to students visiting if they are considering attending here.” Reflecting on the generosity of others, Klaver went on to add, “Again, it was a tremendous effort; we have had so many people embrace this project as well as what has happened in Savannah with the new campus and the Derry building.  There’s no debt on the Student Center.  Through fundraising, state allocations, and the generosity of a lot of folks, this building is paid for.  I think that is something that we all should be very proud of.  Thank you to everyone!

The Nuttall Student Center is a major initiative of NCMC and a part of the NCMC Foundation’s Transforming Lives, Empowering People campaign.  The Nuttall Student Center is named in honor of Dr. Neil & Susanne Nuttall through a generous gift from the late Dr. Albert D. Cross and his wife, Carol.  Dr. Nuttall served as NCMC President from 2005-2016.

The NCMC Foundation, a 501c (3) IRS-approved organization, works with North Central Missouri College to raise funds through various campaigns, including the Transforming Lives, Empowering People campaign. For more information on the NCMC Foundation and investing in NCMC, contact Executive Director Alicia Endicott at 1-660-357-6403 or [email protected].

Picture: (Left to Right) Chris Hoffman, Rick Akers-Lawhon Construction, Jeremy Proctor-Ellison-Auxier Architects, Sawyer McCallon-Student Senate, Cole Henderson-Student Senate, Carol Cross, Dr. Neil Nuttall, Kim Washburn, Dr. Kristen Alley, Dr. Lenny Klaver, Allan Seidel, Cap’n Patch.

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