Three Rivers to Celebrate Alumni at 2nd Annual “Raider Reunion”

Jan 26, 2016

Three Rivers College will honor 50 years of alumni, faculty, staff, and leadership at its second annual Raider Reunion celebration. The event will be held in the Bess Activity Center on the college’s Poplar Bluff Campus, Saturday, Feb. 6, in conjunction with the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball games versus State Fair. All Three Rivers former students and graduates; faculty, and staff, former and present; and college supporters are welcome to attend. Admission to the event and both games will be free.

“For 50 years, our alumni, faculty, and staff have supported this college, and now it’s time to give back,” said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. “The foundation laid fifty years ago has made it possible for Three Rivers to grow into the vibrant institution it is today.  Without the contributions of our founders, we would not have the success we have today.”

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with the Lady Raiders game, followed by a ceremony honoring The Downtowners, a group of faculty and staff who worked in the original Three Rivers location in downtown Poplar Bluff, at 6:30. The Raiders game will start at 7 p.m., with a ceremony during halftime honoring the founding Board of Trustees. Raider Reunion will also feature a hospitality room for alumni, a Rocky Raider photo booth, and giveaways during the game.

Raider Reunion is part of the college’s yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration, which was kicked off with a ceremony in January. The college was founded on April 5, 1966, when citizens of Butler, Carter, Ripley, and Wayne counties voted into existence the Three Rivers Junior College District. The college began in storefront facilities in downtown Poplar Bluff with 138 students in the summer of 1967, before moving to its 80-acre campus in August of 1979.

Three Rivers College is committed to contributing to the quality of life in Southeast Missouri with quality, affordable higher education opportunities and community services that support and encourage the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the region. For more information about college and workforce programs and upcoming events, visit