A beautiful new outdoor patio outside of the Blum Union has been named Kelley Commons. The Kelley family donated $100,000 toward the project. The Kelley family includes the parents, Jean Kelley and the late James Kelley; children, Dr. Jeanie Grahl '72, Dr. Molly Pierce '77 and Chris Kelley '86 and his wife, Kelly; and grandchild Kelley Meirose '99 and her husband, Scott.
Jeanie Grahl '72 and Molly Pierce '77 said that their parents did not go to college, but always told their children from an early age that they were going to get a college education, and they they would start out at Missouri Western.
"We wanted to give back. Missouri Western has provided all of us with a wonderful education and start of careers," Pierce said. "It has also done so much for the community."
Pierce said the family's connections to Missouri Western also continue to grow — Chris and Kelly's daughter, Kealey Mathieson, is currently a student at Missouri Western.
"Our whole family loves Missouri Western," Grahl said.