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Missouri: Going back to school at UCM is a smart move

Courtesy University of Central Missouri

Going back to school was the perfect solution for an international conference of 2,000 that met for two consecutive years at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

“The Accelerated Christian Education group had their conference here two years in a row, which is unusual for them,” said Kirsti Brunsvold, assistant director of meeting and conference services. “They had their rallies in our athletic facility, and we created a huge stage. The comments we’ve gotten from them are that they are thrilled with our service.”

With good reason. Brunsvold and her team work hard to give a personal touch to every size meeting, whether it’s 10 people or 2,000.

The University of Central Missouri is about an hour from Kansas City, so that’s where most attendees arrive in the area. They typically rent cars and drive through the countryside to Warrensburg. The 1,500-acre campus offers residence halls for lodging that include suite and apartment-style rooms.

“Two of our three dining areas were just renovated, and we have a catering staff on site,” said Brunsvold.

Meals are either sit-down or all-you-can-eat style, and alcohol service is available. There are more  than 150 meeting spaces from which to choose. The largest classroom-style room holds 500, and the largest theater holds 1,300. The university can accommodate 2,800 overnight guests in the summer, with discounts for groups of more than 100.

A new student recreation center will open next spring with six gymnasiums, workout equipment, aerobic rooms and a rock climbing wall. Also on campus are a bowling alley, a golf course and a swimming pool.

“We don’t charge anything for setup, so they can have a wonderful experience at a great price,” said Brunsvold. “We like to say we offer world-class experiences at down-to-earth prices.”

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