Traditions Plaza will open by Homecoming

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 6:06 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Mizzou Alumni Association is taking votes for which 19 MU traditions will be etched in granite tiles and installed on the main stage of the new Traditions Plaza. The nominated traditions are common shared experiences or campus icons important from one generation of students to the next.

Construction on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, behind Tiger Plaza, is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 24, just in time for Homecoming weekend.

The Traditions Plaza will take up most of the northern portion of the quad, according to previous Missourian reporting. It will be an outdoor amphitheater open for events and outdoor classes and to the general public.

"(The plaza) will be a place to honor the traditions and show our pride," said David Roloff, MU director of marketing and strategic communication said.

Roloff said the voting will continue until noon on Aug. 20 to decide which traditions will be featured. Anyone can vote by going to the alumni association's website,

Nominees include:

  • Tiger Walk
  • Rubbing Gov. David R. Francis' nose
  • Painting the Rock M
  • Summer Sendoff
  • Stepping on the Engineering shamrock
  • Truman the Tiger

More traditions, famous quotes and historical moments will be added to other areas of the plaza, and a time capsule with mementos from MU's 175th anniversary will be buried in the center stage, according to the Mizzou Alumni Association's website.

Paving stones can be engraved with names or an inscription. Students and recent graduates can buy 4- by 8-inch bricks, which can fit three lines of text, for $175. Alumni association members can buy the same size for $375, non-members for $425.

An option of 8- by 8-inch bricks, allowing five lines of text, costs $500 for Alumni Association members and $550 for nonmembers, according to the website.

Orders for the first installment of stones are due by midnight Thursday and will be included by the opening. After the first installment of paving stones, additional installments will be made twice a year until no blank tiles remain, Roloff said.

More than 1,000 paving stones have been ordered so far. Roloff said he anticipates that about 1,250 will be ordered for the first installment.

"We're very pleased with the donor response to the pavers," he said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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