LU alumni plan vigil today

Some members of the Lincoln University Alumni Association plan to hold a vigil after today’s 2 p.m. LU spring football game.

Some alumni have complained recently about the decision by the Board of Curators to sell the Freeman Farm in the Missouri River bottoms in Callaway County, and use proceeds from that sale to buy another farm on higher ground so that LU can continue its small animals research program without fear of flooding.

Alumni also have complained that university administrators have not kept them informed well enough on several issues.

In an e-mail to other alumni and copied to the News Tribune, alumnus Gregory Hunt urged others to join “alumni, friends and people like you who care about the future of Lincoln University for a vigil to preserve our University.”

Hunt said alumni also are concerned about LU’s “closing degree programs” (curators just ended five degree programs that had had a total of two graduates in the last few years), “lack of recruitment efforts to attract and retain under-represented students and no strategic plan to recruit under-represented professors and staff.”

The vigil will be held at the Soldiers’ Memorial, on the quadrangle in front of Young Hall, after the game.

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