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A Kansas City social event highlights Mizzou Alumni Association diversity efforts.

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Jim Nunnelly, standing, chats at a diversity event in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by Rob Hill.

Jim Nunnelly tunes in to Mizzou demographics. The retired Kansas City, Mo., health care executive came by that sensitivity honestly as one of few African-Americans at Mizzou in the 1960s. Later in Kansas City, Nunnelly, BA ’66, launched a talk program on KPRS-FM that deals with teenagers’ issues, including preparing for college. “I have sent hundreds of students to Mizzou through the program,” he says. “I always wanted them to know that MU is a good school and a fair-minded school.”

Nunnelly’s latest demographic observation led to a gathering in Kansas City Aug. 28, 2012. “There’s an unexplored fan base here not only of alumni but also parents of MU students and alumni,” he says. The Mizzou Alumni Association feted this group at an event for 115 locals at Gates Bar-B-Q, 4621 Paseo Blvd. It was part of the association’s program, Engaging All Mizzou Alumni: A Plan for Diversity and Inclusiveness.

Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton, BA ’68, JD ’71, spoke to the group about diversity at MU. And after a standing ovation welcome, basketball Coach Frank Haith recapped the 2011–12 season.