Alumni Resource Book
Alumni Association   •   Truman State University    •   Kirksville, Missouri


1. Introduction

2. Contacts

Chapter & Club
Alumni Board of Directors
University Info

3. Chapter/Club Management

General Administrative Info
Tips for Successful Chapters & Clubs
Working with Volunteers
Working with the University
Planning for Officer Succession
Honor Chapter Structure & Points System
Sample Alumni Survey

4. Membership

Benefits of Chapter Membership
How to Build Chapter Membership

 5. Communications

Chapter Communications
Electronic Communications

Social Media Best Practices 

Sample Membership Letters
Miscellaneous Communications Samples

6. Event Planning

Organizing & Planning Events
Banquet Planning
Care Package Event
College Fair Program
Freshmen Send-Off
Golf Tournaments
Member-at-Large Events: Tailgate
Silent Auction
Other Event Suggestions
Listing of All 2011 Alumni Events

 7. Marketing Alumni Events

Guidelines for Submitting Event Info to the University
-Online Event Form
     -Printer-friendly Event Form (PDF file)

8. Scholarships

Establishing a Foundation Scholarship
Current Chapter Scholarships & Criteria
Sample Scholarship Appeal Pieces
Sample Thank-You Note to Donor


Alumni Association
Truman State University
McClain Hall 205
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, Missouri 63501-4221
Telephone: (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133

Web Site:

4. Benefits of Chapter Membership

Invitations & Discounts to Events

  • Chapter members often receive discounts or FREE admission to chapter events that can range from receptions, picnics, sports outings to a host of other activities.

Campus Perks

  • Bulldog Athletic Events:  FREE admission to most home sporting events. Must show membership card. NOTE: For football games at Stokes Stadium, you can bypass the ticket booth and show your Alumni Chapter Membership Card to the person who is taking tickets.

  • Campus Rec Center: Two free guest passes.

  • Truman Bookstore: 15 percent discount on all regularly priced Truman clothing and memorabilia.

  • Patty's University Book Store: 15 percent discount on any clothing or memorabilia.

Travel Discounts

  • Nationwide car rental discounts at Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.

  • Nationwide discount at all Choice hotels. Discount at all Choice hotel nationwide--includes Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn. Membership code and advance reservations required. A Choice Hotels Savings Card is included in your membership packet.

  • To access these benefits online, go to and use the logon information provided in your membership packet.

Kirksville-Area Discounts

  • Comfort Inn (Kirksville location only): Coupon for basic room rate of $70 on any night's lodging for single occupancy - $5 per additional person (not including special events, subject to availability). Advance registration required.

  • Days Inn (Kirksville location only): Coupon to receive a 15 percent discount on any night's lodging subject to availability and excluding dates for special events (subject to availability).

  • Depot Inn & Suites (La Plata, Mo.): One-time coupon good for $10 off any room. Offer not valid with any other price reduction or discount program.

  • Holiday Inn Express (Kirksville location only): One-time coupon for a basic room rate of $78 on any night's lodging subject to availability and excluding dates for special events; $99 basic room rate on special event dates (subject to availability).

  • Super 8 Motel (Kirksville location only): Coupon good for a one-time $45 room rate on any size room (subject to availability).

Theme-Park Discounts

  • Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun (Kansas City, Mo.):  Discounted tickets available.

  • Adventureland (Des Moines, Iowa): Coupon for $3 off each ticket.

Free Membership in Working Advantage, a National Discount Program

  • Alumni chapter members receive a free membership with Working Advantage, a program that provides nationwide discounts for movie theaters, movie rentals, ski tickets, Broadway theatre, special family events, online shopping, theme parks including Silver Dollar City, and much more. For more information, visit, A member ID is included in your membership packet.

Career Networking and Leadership Opportunities

  • Your local chapter is a great place to use your leadership skills by serving as a chapter officer or committee member.

Alumni Connection Newsletter

  • Get updates from campus as well as news from the Truman Alumni Association.