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Like tradition? Take a seat.

A new room dedicated to old traditions

Traditions lounge

In the new Student Center, the Traditions Lounge overlooks a large dining area. The lounge celebrates traditions that originated across generations of MU students. Construction of the new center finished up during summer 2010. Rendering by Gray Design Group, Photo by Nicholas Benner

No matter when you graduated from Mizzou, the new MU Student Center’s Traditions Lounge can call up a memory for you. A committee of Mizzou Alumni Association volunteers had the nostalgic task of brainstorming a list of campus traditions past and present, several of which will be on permanent display. “Today’s students who visit the lounge will see how things have changed and yet remain the same,” says Dee Esry, BSN ’55, M Ed ’57, committee member and former association president.

The lounge, which contains a fireplace and upholstered seating, perches above an atrium containing five restaurants and a large dining area. It will be dedicated during Homecoming as part of two days of events dedicating the center.

Esry brought plenty of experience with traditions both old and new, to the committee. For instance, some traditions under consideration — Tiger Walk, Tiger Plaza — originated within the association during her presidency in 2000–01. Others — the Shack, the Stables — were emerging during her time as a student. Still others — the Columns, Homecoming — were entrenched long before Esry studied nursing and education at Mizzou. The traditions committee offered up the list of possibilities to Student Center planners, who fleshed out the details of the lounge. 

Esry enjoyed her time on the committee. “You have a good feeling that you’ve helped preserve the traditions enshrined in that building,” she says. “The presentations will build curiosity in the students who see them. Maybe they’ll ask their parents and grandparents about them. That’s history, and history is part of what a university represents.” 

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