Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement

Tim Kurtz, of Omaha, installs lettering Monday for the Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement sign on the second floor of Morningside College’s Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center. A dedication ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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SIOUX CITY | A new center focusing on civic leadership at Morningside College will be dedicated to the memory of one of Siouxland’s most prominent citizens.

The Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement will be dedicated at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center.

Civic engagement refers to the process of increasing community involvement, research and volunteerism at Morningside College, said center director Sam Clovis.

Clovis said students and staffers will work with local agencies, such as Habitat for Humanity and Community Action Agency of Siouxland, to develop and produce projects to help those in need.

“It’s all about raising civic awareness in our community,” Clovis said. “This will be of great assistance to the community at large.”

Clovis said the center -- named after the late Col. George E. "Bud" Day -- will eventually offer two or three courses centered on civics, a research symposium, a lecture series and a public polling place.

Rick Wollman, Morningside vice president for marketing and communications, said the center will build on the college’s mission statement, which encourages students to “cultivate a passion for lifelong learning and a dedication to ethical leadership."

Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, was a 1950 Morningside graduate. His name was the logical choice for the new center, said Wollman.

“We feel that Col. Day’s life reflected that commitment to good citizenship, ethical leadership and civic responsibility,” he said.

Day, who shared a cell with the future Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., when they were prisoners of war in North Vietnam, died in July 2013 at his home in Florida. McCain called him "the bravest man I ever knew."

Clovis said the center will help continue Day’s legacy as a public leader.

“This is, I think, the icing on the cake to be able to have his name associated with this,” he said. “He worked so hard to take care of veterans, and his whole life after the military focused on serving his fellow citizens.”

Wollman said the center is in a newly renovated area on the second floor of the library as part of Morningside’s Academic Village project.

The dedication is open to the public.

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