Governor marks 100th anniversary of MMI with proclamation

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | September 27, 2019

Image with caption: From left, Gov. Pete Ricketts, University of Nebraska Interim President Susan Fritz, Ph.D., and MMI Director of Community Engagement Melonie Welsh at the proclamation event on Sept. 16.

From left, Gov. Pete Ricketts, University of Nebraska Interim President Susan Fritz, Ph.D., and MMI Director of Community Engagement Melonie Welsh at the proclamation event on Sept. 16.

The 100th anniversary of the Munroe-Meyer Institute was marked on Sept. 16 when Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a proclamation naming Sept. 16 "Munroe-Meyer Institute Day."

The proclamation noted MMI's roots in the Society for the Relief of the Disabled's inaugural meeting on Sept. 16, 1919, and referenced the institute's work over the past century in transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities and complex health care needs, as well as their families and their communities.

University of Nebraska Interim President Susan Fritz, Ph.D., attended the proclamation event at the state capitol in Lincoln and spoke on MMI's milestone, noting that the celebration was both for the anniversary and to highlight the transformative services provided thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities through MMI's first century of caring.

"For 100 years, the professionals at MMI have been transforming the lives of individuals and families. It is a history we can all be proud and thankful for," Dr. Fritz said. "The new facility under construction on the Scott campus at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will bring new 21st century capabilities that will impact clients and advance our research in every way. It will elevate an already high level with collaboration -- among our campuses, the private sector, the governor and the legislature. We are all looking forward to celebrating again when MMI's new home opens in 2021."

Dr. Fritz expressed gratitude to the many private donors and the state funds that made MMI's new home possible.

"The Munroe-Meyer Institute is a shining success for Nebraska, and I am so pleased that we can honor it with the governor's proclamation today," she said.

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