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Briefly in the News – October 2023

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New Exhibit Recognizes 30th Anniversary of “The Great Flood” 

The Boone County History & Culture Center in Columbia has a new 3,000-square-foot history exhibit titled, “The Great Flood.” The exhibit marks the 30th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993.

Boone County has suffered many floods in its 203 years, but the flood of 1993 was record-breaking. In its wake, the Great Flood left a landscape permanently changed. It was one of the most impactful events in the history of the county and the center’s Executive Director Chris Campbell said, “Because it was a significant historical event, we felt we had to — and wanted to — produce an exhibit to remind the community of what happened and why it matters.”

The disaster would go on record as the worst flood in United States history when measured by financial losses, which when adjusted for 2023 rates equates to $37 billion. Boone County was forever changed by the devastation. Yet the exhibit also illustrates how the flood strengthened community bonds, increased knowledge of the environment, and improved riverine ecosystems. “The Great Flood” exhibit runs through February 3, 2024. The Boone County History & Culture Center is located at 3801 Ponderosa Street in Nifong Park. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

The Great Flood Exhibition
The Great Flood Exhibition

Boone Health Ranks in Top 100 of NRC Health Consumer Loyalty Awards 

Boone Health has been named in the top 100 in the NRC Health 2023 Consumer Loyalty Awards. The 100 top-performing hospitals are identified through the nation’s largest healthcare consumer-perception survey, conducted by NRC Health.

The Market Insights survey annually measures the opinions of more than 300,000 consumers in more than 300 markets across the 48 contiguous United States. The Consumer Loyalty Awards recognize healthcare organizations that consumers rate the highest on an equally weighted combination of net promoter score, brand perception (overall image and reputation), and NRC Health’s proprietary human understanding metric. To qualify for consideration, organizations must have received at least 150 Top-of-Mind mentions on NRC Health’s national Market Insights study between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

McClure Moves to New Space in Columbia  

McClure has announced the relocation of its Columbia office. The new office space has been designed to foster a culture of collaboration and creativity, helping the team deliver exceptional services to clients and partners nationwide. Beyond providing a state-of-the-art environment for staff, the new office space offers ample room for entertaining both clients and team members and better access to local amenities.

“We are excited to enter our new office space, as it paves the way for promising opportunities and reinforces our unwavering passion to make lives better,” said Dustin Leo, CEO of McClure. “This investment signifies our commitment to Columbia. The community has consistently drawn exceptional talent due to its quality of life and proximity to prestigious universities. Together with our clients, partners, and community, we are eager to embark on this new phase of growth and success.”

The new office is located at 2001 W. Broadway.

Columbia College Named No. 4 Military Spouse Friendly College in the United States  

Columbia College was recently ranked No. 4 among private, non-doctoral higher education institutions in the country for military spouses by MilitaryFriendly.com, which advocates on behalf of service members, veterans, and their families. The college is celebrating 50 years of its partnership with the U.S. Armed Forces and has more than 20,000 military-affiliated alumni.

“We are proud to provide quality and affordable educational opportunities to students supporting their spouse in the military,” says Dr. Shadel Hamilton, vice president for Columbia College Global. The college’s military-affiliated benefit extends reduced military tuition rates and additional benefits to spouses and dependents of currently serving military members as well as to CC-affiliated military installation employees, their spouses, and dependents.

Annual scholarships support students in the CC military community, including the Lee Terry Russell Military Spouse Scholarship, created by Columbia College President Dr. David Russell and First Lady Lee Russell.

Endovac Celebrates 40th Anniversary 

Forty years ago, ENDOVAC Animal Health began as a small, family-owned company in Columbia, Mo. The company is celebrating 40 years of providing superior science in the animal health industry throughout the nation and internationally.

In 1983, Ron Sprouse, M.D., Ph.D., and Harold Garner, DVM, both working at the University of Missouri-Columbia, researched and developed a vaccine for horses that proved effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria. Along with Dr. Sprouse’s wife, Dorothy, and Dr. Garner’s wife, Patsy, they founded the company, formerly known as IMMVAC, to commercialize the novel technology. ENDOVAC manufactures vaccines for livestock to aid in the protection of numerous diseases caused by gram-negative bacteria.

The first product, Endoserum for Equine, received its USDA license in 1986. Over the years, the company grew and specialized in providing products for other industries, including ENDOVAC-Dairy, ENDOVAC-Beef, ENDOVAC-Porci, and ENDOVAC-Equi.

“It started with an idea to make a difference in agriculture. And, it has. It’s made a profound difference,” says Kevin Sprouse, ENDOVAC chairman and CEO. “We built something that is pretty special, and I’m very proud of it.”

As part of the celebration, President Steve Knorr unveiled a Legacy Wall at the company headquarters that highlights the company’s history.

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