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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3
Alumni News

Summer Send-offs

  Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter Send-off
  The Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter holds a Send-off event each year at Cosmos Park.

Truman alumni, students, families and friends are invited to attend one of the Summer Send-off events hosted by the University’s alumni chapters and clubs. The events are designed to welcome new Truman students and introduce them and their parents to members of the Truman family living in their area.

These casual events provide an opportunity for incoming students to ask questions about college life and become acquainted with other Truman students before they start the fall semester. Making connections with alumni and other students can help ease the anxiety new students may experience as they embark on their college career.  The incoming students also enjoy hearing about the experience alumni had at Truman whether the alumni graduated recently or many years ago. Check out the calendar of alumni events to see locations for the send-off events.

Meet the Newest Face in Alumni Relations

  Stephanie Ahrens-Mills
Ahrens-Mills (’07, ’10)

Stephanie Ahrens-Mills (’07, ’10) has joined the Advancement Office staff at Truman as the new alumni relations coordinator. She replaces Stacy Tucker-Potter (’02) who took on a new role as the annual fund manager at Truman earlier this year.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephanie to our staff,” said Denise Smith (’79), director of alumni relations. “She has a high level of enthusiasm and is dedicated to Truman!” “As a Truman alumna, I feel honored to be working with the University and with fellow alumni,” said Ahrens- Mills. “I look forward to working with everyone.”

Ahrens-Mills received a B.A. in communications from Truman in 2007 and a master’s in elementary education in 2010. She began her duties in her new position at the end of March 2011 and will provide support to Truman’s alumni chapters and clubs, officers and other key volunteers within the Truman Alumni Association and assist in the planning and coordinating of alumni events and activities.

Next National Spirit Day: Oct. 7

SpikeEven if you can’t make it to Kirksville for Homecoming 2011, you can be a part of the festivities wherever you are by participating in Truman’s National Spirit Day on Oct. 7, 2011. Plan to wear purple or Truman apparel and watch the Truman Alumni Facebook page ( for opportunities to win prizes.

“Truman’s reputation as a premier university has grown to a national scale, and we have fantastic Truman alumni throughout the world,” said Jessica (Neighbors) Hill (’99), past president of the Truman Alumni Board. “I hope everyone will show they are ‘Bulldogs Forever’ by participating in the next National Spirit Day during Homecoming weekend.”

Starting in 2011, the Truman Alumni Association designated the first Friday in the months of April and October as National Spirit Days. The Alumni Association kicked off the University’s very fi rst National Spirit Day on April 1, 2011, with a photo contest on the Truman Alumni Facebook page. Alumni were invited to post photos demonstrating their Bulldog spirit.

The purpose of National Spirit Day is to promote Truman to prospective students, to give alumni and friends an opportunity to display their pride in their alma mater and to create awareness of the University locally, nationwide and internationally.

In February, the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter sponsored a reception following the annual Gold Medal Concert held on the Truman campus. The concert provides an opportunity for Truman students to perform as soloists with the University Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by Sam McClure, professor of music.

Alumni Leadership Conference

During Homecoming 2011, all alumni are invited to attend the Alumni Leadership Conference sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association. The conference will be held in the Student Union Building, 7:30 a.m-1 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, and includes breakfast and lunch.

The objective of the conference is to bring alumni together to share ideas and strengthen Truman’s alumni network. Participants will learn about leadership opportunities and have a chance to network with other alumni leaders. The Alumni Association offers various levels of leadership opportunities that range from serving as a chapter or club officer to helping plan a single event to volunteering at events such as Homecoming. The conference is free of charge; seating is limited, and participants are encouraged to RSVP for the conference to reserve a space. Contact the Office of Advancement, (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133, or visit Homecoming2011/Conference.asp.

Golden Alumni Events

  Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony 
  Dorothy Ruth Speck ('60, '63) was among the alumni who received a commemorative diploma presented by President Troy Paino at last year's Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony.

If you graduated from Truman in 1961, you are invited to some special events that will take place during Homecoming 2011. On Friday evening, Oct. 7, 2011, at the Alumni and Friends Celebration/ Hall of Fame Banquet held in the Student Union Building, you can put on a graduation cap and gown and participate in the annual Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony where you will receive a commemorative diploma presented by University President Troy D. Paino.

If you missed the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony for your graduation year, you are invited to participate this year. All Golden Alumni who participate in the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony receive a complimentary dinner ticket for the Alumni and Friends Celebration/Hall of Fame Banquet; additional tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

That same weekend, all alumni who graduated in 1961 or earlier are also invited to the Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Building. All alumni and guests attending the Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon will receive Truman bags courtesy of the Truman Alumni Association. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under.

For more details, contact the Office of Advancement, (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133 or visit the Homecoming website at Details will also be mailed to class members this summer.

  Trip to Ireland 2012 
  Join the Truman Travel Program on a trip to Ireland in 2012.

Truman Travel Program: Planning Ahead
for 2012 and 2013

The Truman Alumni Association is organizing a trip to Ireland in 2012 and is seeking ideas for destinations for 2013. Alumni, friends and all other members of the Truman community are invited to participate in trips offered through the Truman Travel Program. If you have suggestions for future destinations or would like to receive information on upcoming travel opportunities, please contact Denise Smith, director of alumni relations, (660) 785-4133,


Homecoming Weekend: Oct. 7-9, 2011

Alumni and friends are invited to a fun-filled weekend during Homecoming on Oct. 7-9, 2011. Some of the traditional events include the Parade, 5K Run and the Alumni and Friends Celebration/Hall of Fame Banquet. A dedication ceremony will held for a lab named in honor of Fontaine Piper that's located within the new Health Sciences Building.

Alumni can show their Bulldog spirit at a Pep Rally and Truman sporting events such as football and the annual alumni rugby matches. In addition, a number of University departments and groups will be hosting receptions.


Homecoming Class Reunions

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

During Homecoming, Class Reunion Luncheons will be held for the following anniversary groups:
  • Golden Alumni/Class of 1961 & All Prior Classes
  • Classes of 1970, 1971 & 1972
  • Classes of 1980, 1981 & 1982
  • Classes of 1985, 1986 & 1987
  • Classes of 1990, 1991 & 1992
  • Classes of 2000, 2001 & 2002

Find more information on Homecoming 2011 at


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