MEDIA ADVISORY: University of Missouri offers public events for Engagement Week



Engagement Week will showcase the impact the University of Missouri System’s extension programming and university engagement have on addressing Missouri’s grand challenges in economic opportunity, educational excellence and health and well-being.





The Role of Engagement

Robert Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “The Engaged University.” A panel discussion on engagement in higher education will follow his presentation. He will be joined by the chancellors of the University of Missouri System’s four universities. It will be moderated by David Kurpius, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism.


10 – 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Jesse Auditorium, MU campus


Novak Leadership Speaker Series

Stephen M.R. Covey, author of “The Speed of Trust,” will present a keynote speech for the Novak Leadership Speaker Series. The speech will be followed by a conversation between Covey and David Novak, retired CEO and co-founder of Yum! Brands and CEO of oGoLead.

Covey will discuss how trust is crucial to the success of any leader and organization. This event is cosponsored by Novak Leadership Institute, MU Office of Extension and Engagement, and the Trulaske College of Business’s School of Accountancy in partnership with Plante Moran.


5:30 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Jesse Auditorium, MU campus


Novak Leadership Speakers Series Note: Members of the public who would like to register for a session can register here.


Broadband Access

MU leaders, faculty and staff will discuss regional and local broadband access. Broadband is a critical factor in economic growth, educational opportunity and access to health care — for all of Missouri and beyond. During sessions featuring keynote speakers and panel and tabletop discussions, participants will strategize with legislators, industry partners and stakeholders on how to make high-speed broadband internet available throughout the state.


Special guests include:

  • Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe
  • Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Chris Chinn
  • Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan
  • Missouri Director of Broadband Development Tim Arbeiter
  • Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst
  • Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO Herb Kuhn
  • Columbia Missourian Executive Editor Ruby Bailey


KOMU’s Emily Spain will serve as panel moderator.


8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Holiday Inn Executive Center – Expo
2200 I-70 Drive SW

Columbia, MO.


Broadband Access Note: Members of the public who would like to register for a session can register here.




Note: Other events for Engagement Week will be held at all four universities. The full schedule is available here.  Members of the media should register by contacting Sheena Rice at 573-882-8353 or Media interviews with Robert Jones, Stephen M.R. Covey and David Novak will be available. Livestream opportunities also are available.

Wednesday, October 23 at 10:00am

Jesse Auditorium
South 9th Street, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

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Media Advisory


Extension and Engagement

Joint Marketing and Communications
News Bureau
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Sheena Rice

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