With more than 58,000 alumni of the University of Missouri–St. Louis living and working in the St. Louis region, you’re bound to meet someone you know at UMSL’s 2011 alumni weekend. The weekend begins April 14 with free hot dogs for lunch on North Campus and ends with a golf outing at Normandie Golf Club April 17.

UMSL’s current students will be the big winners from the proceeds of “Light Up the Lakes Gala and Auction” on April 15 at the lakes at the Millennium Student Center. Money raised goes to student scholarships.

And for the first time this year, alumni weekend will include the annual “Keep Kids Safe 5K Walk/Run” to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. The center serves children impacted by all types of traumatic events including childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. They also have therapies for children with sexual behavior issues and who are difficult to manage at home and school.

There will be campus tours, symposiums and an open house for chemistry alumni. Chancellor Tom George will host a brunch for out-of-town alumni. All events take place on the UMSL campus, 1 University Blvd. St. Louis, Mo. 63121. To register online visit: www.umslalumni.org/AW2011 or call 314-516-5833.

Highlights of Alumni Weekend include:

Free Dog Thursday runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14. Alumni Weekend kicks off with free hot dogs in the quad area between the Social Sciences & Business Building and Clark Hall on North Campus. The food will be served up by UMSL alumni and members of STAT, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow.

Light up the Lakes Gala and Auction runs from 6 to 9 p.m. April 15. The lighted paths around the lakes at the Millennium Student Center provide the backdrop of an evening of jazz, great food and drink and an exciting live and silent auction. Cost is $65 per person. Outstanding alumni Col. Daniel Isom, chief of police at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and Beth Fitzgerald, president of the Magic House and Children’s Museum, are honorary co-chairs.

Keep Kids Safe 5K Walk/Run. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. April 16. This fun family event begins and ends at The Lakes on North Campus. It features 3.1 easy miles on a paved trail that covers UMSL’s north and south campus. There will be food, a bouncy house, pictures with Fredbird and games. This event is open to the public. Cost is $25 per person before April 1; $30 after. T-shirt is included. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. Visit stlouiscac.org to register.

Maureen Zegel

Maureen Zegel