City of Columbia, Mo., honors Cougars

City Hall

Mayor and city congratulate Coach Burchard and Columbia College men's and women's teams.

On the evening of June 1, Mayor Darwin Hindman and the Columbia, Mo., City Council (including Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, wife of art department chair Mike Sleadd) unanimously passed Resolution No. 124. It reads:

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and Coach Bob Burchard
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 men’s basketball program’s eighth American Midwest Conference postseason tournament and advancing to the NAIA Championship; getting an at-large bid to play in the women’s NAIA basketball tournament; a trip to play in the national women’s volleyball championship games; and academic and conference All-American honors, including Champions of Character awards, in both men’s and women’s sports; and

WHEREAS, the Cougars’ 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]

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

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, Columbia College athletic director and men's basketball coach. To see just how fun it was, watch the video.

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.

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