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     October 2009


You're Invited to Homecoming This Weekend

Homecoming is the perfect time for alumni to visit campus and reconnect with old friends, and all alumni, families, and friends are invited! Make plans to meet your friends on campus for Homecoming 2009 this weekend (Oct. 9-11).

Activities on Friday include the 22nd Annual Bulldog Classic Golf Tournament at the Kirksville Country Club and a Pre-Pep Rally Picnic in Red Barn Park as well as the Alumni & Friends Banquet, a Powderpuff Football Game, and the Ebony Essence Dance. On Saturday, the day begins with the 5K Run followed by the complimentary coffee and donuts in the Student Union Building before the parade. A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be held to celebrate the opening of the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center. To view the complete schedule, go to


Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

Several alumni will be receiving special recognition this weekend during the Homecoming festivities. The alumni honorees will be introduced at the Alumni and Friends Banquet, on Friday, Oct. 9. You can also see them riding down Franklin Street in the Homecoming parade Saturday morning, and they will be introduced at the football game in Stokes Stadium Saturday afternoon (Oct. 10).


Alumnus of the Year:
Dr. Greg A. Gerhardt ('79)

Distinguished Service Award:
Kathy Rieck ('73, '76, '81)




Young Alumni of the Year: 
Stacey (George) Sifton ('00) & Scott Sifton

Grand Marshals:
Larry Moore
('67) & Ruth Ann (Winter) Moore ('68)


Kickoff Celebration for Multimillion-Dollar Fundraising Campaign
Homecoming 2009 marks a special occasion as Truman will be publicly launching the "Bright Minds Bright Futures" campaign over the weekend. The campaign, the first comprehensive campaign in the University's history, has a $30 million goal that includes $20 million in gifts and multi-year pledges and $10 million in future gift commitments as donors include the University in their estate plans. The "Bright Minds Bright Futures" campaign celebratory announcement will take place during the Homecoming festivities this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, 2009, on the Truman campus.


Class of 2009 Truman Hall of Fame Announced

The 1998-99 Men's Basketball team and Gerald Burditt will be inducted into the Truman Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Homecoming festivities on Oct. 9-10.





 Upcoming Truman Events

Oct. 9-11
Kirksville, Mo.
Truman State University Homecoming


Oct. 16-8
Alumni Travel Program to Branson, Mo.

Nov. 7
Kirksville, Mo.
Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter: Home Football Game and Tailgate

Nov. 17
Kirksville, Mo.

Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter: Fall Banquet

Dec. 16
Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and Truman Alumni Association:

Senior Pizza Party

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Homecoming Tailgate
All alumni, students,
families, and
community members are invited
Sat., Oct. 10
11a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $7

Red Barn Park (Rain site is Pershing Arena). 
Sponsored by Truman Alumni and Alpha Sigma Gamma

Homecoming Alumni & Friends Mixer

All alumni, students,
families, and
community members are invited
Sat., Oct. 10
5-9 p.m.
Kirksville Arts Center, 117 S. Franklin

Music, hors d oeuvres, cash bar. Tickets available at the door: $3 per person (all alumni and guests attending one of the Anniversary Class Reunion Luncheons can pick up FREE tickets to the Mixer at the Reunion Luncheons on Saturday.)


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