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City of Columbia honors Cougar Athletics

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- On June 1, Mayor Darwin Hindman and the Columbia, Mo., City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 124 honoring the successes of Columbia College menís and womenís athletic teams. Bob Burchard, Columbia College athletic director and men's basketball coach, accepted the resolution. It reads:

WHEREAS, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 150 years; and

WHEREAS, Columbia, Missouri, is the home of the Cougars; and

WHEREAS, the Columbia College Cougar teams, coaches and staff have contributed to community well-being by adopting a winning attitude and work ethic; demonstrating grace under pressure; and doing well academically; and

WHEREAS, achievements during the last academic year include winning the menís basketball programís eighth American Midwest Conference postseason tournament and advancing to the NAIA Championship; getting an at-large bid to play in the womenís NAIA basketball tournament; a trip to play in the national womenís volleyball championship games; and academic and conference All-American honors, including Champions of Character awards, in both menís and womenís sports; and

WHEREAS, the Cougarsí success has been a unifying event for alumni and supporters, including students in Columbia as well as those who attend the other 34 extended campuses around the country. [Editor's note: the college has 35 Nationwide Campuses]


SECTION 1. The City Council extends its heartfelt congratulations to Columbia College and to the Cougar athletic teams for their accomplishments this past season and best wishes for continued success.

"It's been a fun year in college athletics!" said the mayor, shaking the hand of a grinning Bob Burchard.

The council also passed a resolution honoring University of Missouri-Columbia athletics. Mike Alden, athletic director, introduced former Missouri wide receiver Brad Ekwerekwu, who accepted the resolution.

The council also voted to approve the Columbia College master plan update after the city's planning and zoning commission approved it. The plan, dated March 30, 2009, supersedes the last master plan, formulated in 2004. The new plan calls for eight separate items including a bold new building, a recreation field, softball stadium, parking garage, residence hall, a landscaped median on the portion of Rangeline that passes through campus and future residential housing. Both the city and college estimate completion in 6 to 10 years.