From Como Ave, Minnesota to CoMo in the heart of Missouri, USA.
By Jane Leonard, CDS 2019 annual conference program chair
I live in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, a few blocks away from Como Ave, and not too far away from Como Lake, so when I attended the CDS Board Meeting in Columbia, Missouri last month, I was curious about all the references there to “CoMo.” Sometimes I’m a little slow on the “aha”, but once I got it, I was utterly charmed by the term of endearment for the city that we from CDS will all call home next July 14-17, 2019, for the 50th anniversary and homecoming of our association, and our annual international conference.
As the Columbia Visitors Bureau aptly points out, Columbia, MO is “what you unexpect!” And being someone who loves intact, walkable, and diverse downtowns, I was unexpectedly pleased with the great vibe in CoMo, the beautiful campus of Mizzou - the University of Missouri, and the extra friendly people all around.
In July, we’ll be in the Alumni Center on campus for the conference program, with lodging nearby at The Broadway downtown near the north end of campus, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia (near the Tiger Stadium and south end of campus). Shuttles, scooters, bikes, and short walks will get you around (and there’s a parking garage right next to the Alumni Center, too).
I can’t say enough good things about our Local Host Committee of Missourians who have every logistical detail in hand. You will have an extraordinary time! Please make plans to come, and please share your experiences, ideas, and/or research by submitting a presentation proposal to the program committee by November 15! It’s easy and it’s online at Coming Home to Cultivate the Future.
So whether you are from the Como neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, or Lake Como, Italy, or anywhere in between, plan to head to CoMo this summer, where together “We’re Columbia…What You Unexpect!”
And checkout the Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens College – just happening this past weekend in Columbia. For some reason I love that name, too!