thePerk[21] returns to MBU homecoming week featuring Travis Teel Page

Missouri Baptist University’s long-standing annual event, thePerk, returns to the University’s homecoming week for its 21st year on Friday, Oct. 20.

Founded in 1996 by resident directors Krista and Paul Huse, the first coffee-infused concert was held in the Pillsbury-Huff Men’s Dorm lobby and featured ’90s popular artist Sixpence None the Richer. This sparked a memorable tradition that brings the entire MBU family of faculty, staff, students and alumni together each year for music and coffee from a coveted keepsake mug.

“It’s a consistent tradition, and while it’s morphed to be what it is now, it’s something that is organically MBU,” said Bryanna Hartmann (’12), who also participated behind the scenes for the event as a student. “I like hearing fellow alumni stories beginning with, ‘When I went to thePerk,’ and learning how the event has grown and changed. It’s clear our university as a whole is growing and changing, but as long as you keep what’s integral the same — be it a coffee mug or providing an education and empowerment to students — people will keep coming back.”

This year, thePerk[21] will transform Muncy Gymnasium into a relaxed setting for MBU Students, alumni, staff and faculty to enjoy coffee, donuts, live music and MBU spirit as the Spartans gear up for Saturday’s homecoming football game. Local singer-songwriter Travis Teel Page will be headlining the evening’s performances in addition to music performed by the MBU community.

Admission is free with any valid MBU ID or MBU Alumni mailer. There will be a $5 admission fee for the general public. The doors will open at 8 p.m.