On Sept. 16, 1968, the doors to higher education opened to 436 students in an interim structure west of the Missouri State Fairgrounds, and the dream of a community college became a reality.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, State Fair Community College will host “Solid Gold, A Rockin’ Anniversary Celebration” from 1-9 p.m. Sept. 16 on the Sedalia campus. The community is welcome to come-and-go throughout the afternoon and evening; admission is free.
A commemorative program will take place at 4 p.m. under a tent in the quad area behind Hopkins Student Services Center. Remarks will be made by SFCC Board of Trustees President Randall D. Eaton; Anniversary Chairperson, alumnus and trustee Patty Wood; Missouri Representative Dean Dohrman; Benton County Presiding Commissioner Michelle McLerran Kreisler; Pettis County Presiding Commissioner David Dick, and SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson. Missouri Senator Sandy Crawford will present a resolution from the Senate, and Theatre instructor Eric Yazell will read a poem written for the event by Dr. Doug Kiburz.
“Celebrating 50 years is a significant milestone for State Fair Community College,” says Dr. Anderson. “From our humble beginnings as Plywood U, SFCC has grown into a beautiful campus in Sedalia with six additional campuses where students can choose from more than 70 relevant degrees and certificates. What hasn’t changed is our exceptional faculty and staff who have always been dedicated to helping students learn and succeed. Our 50th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to re-engage with alumni. We invite everyone who has a connection with SFCC to come celebrate with us on Sept. 16.”
Golf carts will be available for those needing assistance, and tractor pulled trams will do perimeter tours of the campus. In addition to the many activities listed, a fireworks show, sponsored by Bryant Motors and W-K Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, will happen at 9 p.m.
Fielding Technology Center, parking and outside area
Heckart Science and Allied Health Center
Quad Area (behind Hopkins Student Services Center)
Yeater Learning Center
Stauffacher Fine Arts Center
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art
Ewing-Potter Agriculture Building
Davis Multipurpose Center
SFCC’s 50th anniversary celebration is made possible by many student, faculty and staff volunteers, the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee, and these sponsors: The Honorable Senator Jim Mathewson, Thompson Hills Shopping Center and Impact Signs design services (anniversary timeline); SFCC’s Automotive Technology Center and 301 Street Cars (car show); Bryant Motors, McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia, Rick Ball Ford Lincoln Sedalia, W-K Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, and Williams-Woody Nissan (car show trophies); Landmann Title Company (bounce house and obstacle course); Equity Bank of Sedalia (tent, tables, chairs, stage); Ditzfeld Transfer, Ditzfeld Container Service, Ditzfeld & Weaver Charter Services (Dirt Road Addiction and golf carts); Missouri State Fair (trams); Dr. Joanna Anderson (dance floor); SFCC student clubs and organizations (“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”); Viebrock Sales & Service (“Swiss Family Robinson”).
Event details are available at www.sfccmo.edu/50.