News@Truman Archives
September 2010

Back to School

Truman has its largest enrollment in five years with a total enrollment of nearly 5,900 students. For the fall semester, Truman welcomed more than 1,400 new freshmen―nearly a 6 percent increase from the previous year. Truman's multi-year construction program has led to renovation of many of Truman's residence halls, and campus apartments and campus residence halls are at full capacity.

Before classes began on Aug. 26, the University kicked off the fall semester with activities to welcome new first-year students who arrived on campus early for Truman Week. In addition to having a chance to explore campus before upperclassmen arrived, the new students engaged in a variety of social activities ranging from dodgeball in Stokes Stadium to a Band Fest on campus.

Truman students come from 35 states and 43 countries. More than 75 percent are Missouri residents, with students from Illinois, Iowa and Kansas comprising the largest number of out-of-state students.


Truman Listed Among Best Colleges
Of the many recent high-profile rankings Truman State University has received, students deserve most of the credit for Truman's sixth place listing on Washington Monthly's list of the nation's best master's universities. It rates schools based on their contribution to the public good, with student service as one of the three criteria.

Other recent accolades for the University include the No. 1 ranking from U.S. News and World Report. For the 14th straight year, Truman has been recognized as the top public university in the Midwest Region. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Truman No. 8 overall in the "Best Regional Universities" category among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs.

In addition, The Princeton Review included Truman on its "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," and Forbes ranked Truman at No. 70 on its national "Best Buy" list.

Sculpture Added to Grounds
A new bronze sculpture called "The Dance" now adorns the Truman campus. Sculpted by artist Larry Young, the sculpture was installed this summer in the grassy area east of the campus fountain. The sculpture was paid for by a cash gift from Margarita Heisserer and a gift in kind from Larry and Candy Young. Join us for the official unveiling on Friday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m.
The Dance

Installation Ceremony for Truman's 16th President

All alumni and friends of Truman State University are invited to join the Truman community on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, for the Installation Ceremony for University President Troy D. Paino. The "Celebrating Community" Installation Ceremony will be held in Baldwin Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Paino, who formerly served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Truman, began his duties as University president on May 10 of this year.

Additional activities celebrating the occasion include the Gala President's Concert on Thursday, Sept. 16; the Dedication of University Sculpture on Friday, Sept. 17; the 5K Celebration Run/1-Mile Walk with President Paino on Saturday, Sept. 18; a Community Service Event Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 18; and the University and Community Band Fest Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 18. To view the complete schedule of events, go to

Homecoming 2010 Checklist

Get ready to rekindle college memories the weekend of Oct. 15-17 during Homecoming 2010. The schedule of events has something for everyone from the Homecoming Parade to the 5K Run to the Golf Tournament. New this year, Truman has added "cluster" reunions to the traditional anniversary celebrations, and Class Reunion Luncheons will honor Golden Alumni/Class of 1960 & All Prior Classes; Classes of 1969, 1970 & 1971; Classes of 1979, 1980 & 1981; Classes of 1984, 1985 & 1986; Classes of 1989, 1990 & 1991; and Classes of 1999, 2000 & 2001. Even if you did not graduate in one of these class years, you are invited to attend any of the Class Reunion Luncheons; all family and friends are also invited!


Make your hotel reservations


Contact your friends and plan to meet up on campus


Purchase tickets for Homecoming events in advance

Get out your old Northeast/Truman sweatshirts and hats to wear to the parade or purchase Homecoming 2010 apparel!


Plan to have fun at Homecoming 2010!

For the complete schedule of events and more Homecoming information, go to

NEW Young Alumni Blog
Each month, a different Truman alumnus/na will be telling us what they have been doing after graduating from Truman State University. This month, Emily (Kiddoo) Kelchen ('08) writes about life in Wisconsin.

Alumnus Returns to Lead Football Squad

Former Bulldog football player and assistant coach Gregg Nesbitt ('80, '87) returned to Truman this fall to take over the reins full-time as the football program's 22nd head coach. After spending the past three seasons as the co-defensive coordinator at Central Missouri, Nesbitt is donning the purple and white once again on the sidelines of Stokes Stadium. "Coming back to Truman has gone even better than I had anticipated," Nesbitt said. "It has been great to reconnect with the school, community and all of our Bulldog football alumni."


Bright Minds Bright Futures
The Truman spirit can be seen through the thoughtful gifts that alumni and friends have made to the the University's most ambitious fundraising effort to date.


The "Bright Minds Bright Futures" campaign is providing an opportunity for alumni to connect more closely with their alma mater, and Truman alumni, friends, and parents have been showing broad support for the University at all gift levels. Despite challenging economic times, financial support for Truman continues to climb as those who have a connection to the University recognize the growing need for private gifts. To date, the campaign has raised $23.2 million toward the $30 million goal.

Throughout 2010, campaign chairs hosted campaign kickoff events in Phoenix, Ariz.; Irving, Texas; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Granger, Iowa; Columbia, Mo.; Chicago; Kansas City; Denver; St. Louis; and Kirksville.


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Harry Gallatin ('49)
was enshrined as part of the inaugural Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame. Gallatin played basketball between 1946-48 on what a majority of Truman supporters call the greatest two teams in the history of the sport at the university. He was a two-time All-MIAA selection and scored 816 career points in just two years of play. Gallatin made the NBA All-Pro Team in 1953-54 and 1954-55 while playing with the New York Knicks.

Paul Copenhaver ('73) of Moberly, Mo., has been inducted into the Missouri Bandmasters Association's Hall of Fame. The MBA Hall of Fame selections are based on exemplary service and dedication to music education and bands in Missouri. Copenhaver has taught bands at all levels in the Moberly Public Schools from 1973-2006 and is the band director at Moberly's St. Pius X School. He is also the assistant conductor/principal trumpet of the Columbia Community Band, performs on trumpet with the Show-Me Brass Band and the Harmonium Brass Quintet.

Sandra D. Feemster ('82) was named "Teacher of the Year" for the University City (Mo.) School District. She has taught in the district for 23 years and currently works with fifth and sixth graders as a teacher for science, math, and reading.

Steve Willott ('91, '92) received the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion as well as an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders. Willott teaches Advanced Placement Statistics and Calculus at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo.

Anna (Worrell) Baker ('99) was selected as a member of the "40 Under 40" Class of 2010 by the Wichita Business Journal. The publication recognizes outstanding young professionals for their business success and their contributions to the community. Baker is a senior commercial analyst with Intrust Bank NA.

Alicia Busse '03) has been included in the St. Louis Business Journal's "30 Under 30" Class of 2010. The award recognizes top young leaders for their accomplishments as business and community leaders. Busse is a compensation manager for Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
Sept. 16-18
Kirksville/Truman State University
Activities for Installation of Troy D. Paino

Sept. 16
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter Artwalk

September 19
Jefferson City, Mo.
Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter Family Picnic

September 29
Kirksville/Truman State University
Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Presents "Golden Dragon Acrobats"


Oct. 2-3
Kirksville/Truman State University
Family Day

Oct. 15-17
Kirksville/Truman State University


October 19
Kirksville/Truman State University
Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Presents "So Percussion"


October 23
St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis Alumni Chapter: Behind the Scenes at the St. Louis Zoo with Retired Biology Faculty Member Dr. Scott Ellis

November 16
Kirksville/Truman State University
Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter: Annual Awards Banquet

November 27
St. Louis, Mo.
Black & Attendees Alumni Scholarship Reunion


November 30
Kirksville/Truman State University
Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Presents "Axiom Brass"


December 15
Kirksville/Truman State University
Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and the Truman Alumni Association host a Pizza Party for Truman's December 2010 graduates

December 18
Kirksville/Truman State University

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Helps Students Find Internships
Internships can provide students with much needed experience for the job market. If your company or organization would like to offer internship opportunities to Truman students, you can list your internship positions for all Truman students to search at no cost to you. For more information, contact the University Career Center, (660) 785-4353,,

Truman Travel Program:
Alaska in 2011 & Ireland in 2012
The next Truman Travel Program being organized is an Alaskan Cruise (or cruise with land travel) for 2011. An international trip to Ireland is being considered for 2012. If you are interested in either of these upcoming travel programs and would like to be added to our travel mailing list, please e-mail or contact Denise Smith, (660) 785-4174. As more details become available, they will be posted at

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