Lalumandiers’ love of Mizzou leads to Giving Day generosity
The University of Missouri always has been a special place to Craig and Cheryl Lalumandier. So when the opportunity arose to give back as donors of a lead gift to the College of Engineering during Mizzou’s first ever Giving Day event, the Lalumandiers jumped at the opportunity.
Craig and Cheryl Lalumandier both are Mizzou alums. Craig, now Group Vice President of Information Technology for Charter Communications, Inc., earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1989. Cheryl, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, earned hers in journalism a year later. They met at Mizzou, fell in love at Mizzou, and regularly make the trek from St. Louis back to Mizzou, particularly during football season as longtime season ticket holders.
“Mizzou has been a huge part of our lives,” Craig Lalumandier said. “My wife and I met there. We’ve had the opportunity to be involved with the Alumni Association since the early 90s both here in St. Louis as well as on the board level down in Columbia.”
Their love of their alma mater has led to tremendous generosity. The Lalumandiers latest support came in the creation of an endowment in the name of Cheryl’s late father, Alfred Horn, who graduated from MU with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1962.
“It was just a unique opportunity to start to build something that will hopefully have an impact both with the school, and working in the tech field. It’s very important to me that we continue to help build the next generation of technologists,” Craig Lalumandier said.
Craig Lalumandier said he decided to attend Mizzou for engineering based on the variety and overall experience that MU and the College of Engineering provided educationally and personally. He said the College of Engineering has done well to continue to build upon its tradition of educating not only well-rounded engineers, but future engineering leaders.
“Some of the nontechnical skills were not as focused on back then, and they’ve become a much bigger focus. And I think that’s extremely important for individual success now,” he said. “Students are learning the skills and the foundation, which they will build upon depending on which career they decide to focus on.”
Craig and Cheryl Lalumandier may not be the last Lalumandiers to call Mizzou home. The couple has two sons considering following in mom and dad’s footsteps by heading to Columbia. Given the impact MU has had in their lives, the Lalumandiers wanted this latest gift to not only potentially benefit their own children, but also the next generation of engineers, particularly in the high-tech fields.
“Mizzou obviously has impacted our lives and put us in position to be where we are,” Craig Lalumandier said. “It’s important for us to give back and help others get where they want to go, as well as understand how important it is to the state to build the next generation of engineers and technologists. That’s extremely important in the field I’m in.”