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Summer 2013, Vol. 15, No. 2
Alumni News
 

Truman Alumni Association

All graduates of Truman State University automatically become members of the Truman Alumni Association. Led by a Board of Directors, the Truman Alumni Association sponsors Homecoming activities, Truman State University National Spirit Days, the Truman Alumni and Friends Travel Program, alumni receptions, events for Truman graduates and also supports the 10 regional chapters.


Alumni Board Officers & Alumni Board Appointment

At the Truman Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting held on campus in April 2013, the Board elected Ellen (Hoelscher) McLain (’87), of Jefferson City, Mo., as president and Keith Epperson (’82), of Plymouth, Minn., as vice president. They began serving in these positions in July 2013. In addition, Geraldine (Toth) Ready (’70), of Sun City, Fla., is serving as the Alumni Board representative for the Truman State University Foundation Board.

Ellen McLain is the senior director of development in the Office of Gift Planning and Endowments at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Keith Epperson (’82) is a minority principal and vice president of research and development for SavvySherpa LLC.

Mike Wilson (’91), of Kansas City, Mo., is now serving as past president of the Alumni Board and will continue to represent the Kansas City Alumni Chapter. He is vice president, consumer loan administration, at UMB Bank.

Geraldine Ready held several assignments during a 37 1/2-year career with JC Penney. She retired in 2007 as project manager in the information systems and development area.

Ellen McLain Ketih Epperson Mike Wilson  Gerry Ready
Ellen
McLain ('87)
Keith
Epperson ('82)
Mike
Wilson ('91)
Geraldine (Toth)
Ready ('70)

On Board

The Truman Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomed new members:

Donna (Tague) Bailey (’76, ’84), of Kirksville, Mo., taught calculus and pre-calculus for 25+ years at Truman State University and retired in December 2009. She serves as treasurer for the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter.

Susan Briggs (’95), of New York, N.Y., serves as the director of partner relations for Ropes and Gray, an international law firm. Briggs is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter.

Ashley Kukendall, a Truman student from Ballwin, Mo., was elected to serve as the student representative on the Alumni Board. She is pursuing a degree in communication disorders and health science.

Ann (Leone) Patterson (’72, ’73) is the director of operations for Patterson Legal Group, L.C., in Wichita, Kan. Patterson is a member of the Arizona Alumni Chapter.

Pamela (Weatherby) Popp (’83), of Denver, Colo., is the executive vice president of Western Litigation Inc. She serves as president of the Colorado Alumni Chapter.

Justis Tuia (’07), of Bethesda, Md., has joined the Alumni Board as the representative for the Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter. He is employed by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Jason Turk (’02), of St. Louis, Mo., is an attorney with Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C. He serves as president of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter.

Donna Bailey Susan Briggs  Ashley Kuykendall  Ann Patterson 
Donna (Tague)
Bailey (’76, ’84)
Susan Briggs (’95) Ashley Kuykendall Ann (Leone)
Patterson (’72, ’73)
Pamela Popp Justis Tuia Jason Turk  
Pamela (Weatherby) Popp (’83) Justis Tuia (’07) Jason Turk (’02)
 

NEMO Named Chapter of the Year

The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter was selected by the Executive Committee of the Truman Alumni Board of Directors to receive the 2012 Alumni Chapter of the Year Award. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of the chapter in support of the Truman Alumni Association and the University.

The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter was recognized for its success in recruiting engaged volunteers who have planned strategies to increase membership and program participation. The chapter’s traditions include annual events such as a golf tournament at the Kirksville Country Club and a fall banquet with an auction held on campus each year; both events raise funds for the chapter’s scholarship, which was established in 2005 to assist Truman students from northeast Missouri.

The Alumni Chapter of the Year Award was presented to Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter leaders at the Truman Alumni Leadership Conference held on campus Oct. 19, 2012, as part of the Homecoming activities. The Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter was recognized as runner-up for the Chapter of the Year Award. 
Hire a Bulldog

You know the quality of a Truman education, and we are happy to advertise your career and internship opportunities for all Truman students to search at no cost to you. You’re invited to use “Experience,” the Career Center’s online job board, to view resume set up interviews on or off campus and search Truman students with active profiles.

You can also connect with students at Truman State University’s bi-annual Career Week and Career Expo. They welcome businesses, non-profits, government agencies, school districts and graduate and professional programs to attend. Activities for Career Week include professional speakers, employer presentations, information sessions, Expo exhibit tables, on-campus interviews and more.

It is a great way to get involved, reconnect and talk with some great students. The next Career Expo will be held on campus Oct. 2, 2013. For more information, visit career.truman.edu/.


A Special Homecoming Invitation for the
Class of 1963 and All Other Golden Alumni

You’re Invited to the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony (Oct. 18) and
Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon (Oct. 19)


If you graduated from Truman in 1963 or earlier, you are invited to a couple of special events that will take place during Homecoming 2013. On Friday evening, Oct. 18, at the Homecoming Celebration Banquet held in the Student Union Building, all alumni who graduated 50 years ago will have a chance to put on a graduation cap and gown and participate in the annual Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony; participants in the ceremony receive a commemorative diploma presented by University President Troy Paino. If you missed the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony for the 50-year anniversary for your graduation year, you are invited to participate this year.

All alumni who participate in the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony can receive a complimentary ticket for the Homecoming Celebration Banquet; additional tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

That same weekend, you and your guests are also invited to the Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Student Union. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under.

This summer, watch your mail for details or contact Truman’s Office of Advancement, (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133. Details and registration information for all Homecoming events will be posted online at alumni.truman.edu/Homecoming.asp.

Photo below: Last October during Homecoming 2012, several alumni put on a graduation cap and gown and received a commemorative diploma presented by President Troy Paino as part of the annual Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony.

2012 Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony


Alumni Encouraged to Join Nearest Chapter

 If you live near one of Truman’s 10 regional alumni chapters, you need to join your local alumni chapter. Alumni chapters are located in the following regions: Arizona, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Iowa, Kansas City, Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C. area), Mid-Missouri, Northeast Missouri and St. Louis. Each chapter sponsors a variety of activities, and membership includes travel discounts and other benefits. A single membership is $20 and a joint membership is $30 (current Truman students and alumni who graduated within the past 12 months can join for half-price). Sign up today at alumni.truman.edu/membership.


Picnic on the Mall

Three days before graduates received their diplomas at Truman’s Spring Commencement ceremony, they had a chance to relax at a picnic on the mall. The annual event is organized by the Truman Alumni Association, the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and the Office of Advancement to welcome the graduates as the newest members of the Truman Alumni Association. The graduates also received a Truman “alumni” T-shirt courtesy of the Truman Alumni Association.

Picnic on the Mall


NEMO Chapter Honors Whitney Family

During the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter Annual Banquet and Auction held on campus Nov. 15, 2012, the chapter’s Bulldog Forever Award was presented to the Whitney family. The award recognizes service to Truman, and the chapter honored the Whitney family for their continued support for the NEMO Alumni Chapter, the Arizona Alumni Chapter and the University. PHOTO-Shown left to right: Alta (Carson) Whitney (’59), Mark Whitney and Larry Whitney (’59). Not pictured: Mike Whitney (’94) and his wife, Laura, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Whitney Family



 

 

 


2012 Alumni Award Honorees

Several alumni awards were presented at the Alumni and Friends/Hall of Fame Banquet during Homecoming on Oct. 19, 2012.

Jack and Sue Magruder McCubbins  Jim Bergman  Will Sass  Nettie and Ed Carpenter  

 

Chapter Events


Calendar of Events
for Alumni and Friends

Join us at one of our events this year to network with other alumni!

All events subject to change. Get the latest information on all upcoming events at http://alumni.truman.edu/events/index.asp or call (800) 452-6678

July 2013

19 Columbia, Mo.
Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter: Goes Artrageous in Columbia’s Art District

27 Phoenix, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks at Chase Field

28 Windsor Heights, Iowa
Iowa Alumni Chapter: Student Send-off

30 Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Alumni Chapter: Student Send-off

August 2013

1 Columbia, Mo.
Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter: Student Send-off

4 St. Charles, Mo.
St. Louis Alumni Chapter: Student Send-off

6 Kirksville, Mo.
Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter: Student Send-off

6 Washington, D.C.
Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter: Truman Intern Farewell Social Hour

10 Rio Verde, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter Golf Classic: Dogs Chase the Little White Ball

31 Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Alumni Chapter: Meals from the Heartland Volunteer Outreach|

September 2013

8 Labadie, Mo.
St. Louis Alumni Chapter: Golf Tournament Four-Person Scramble at Wolf Hollow

12 Washington, D.C.
Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter: Ronza Night

18 Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter: “Are You Smarter Than a Sun Devil?” RulaBula Quiz Night

19 Knoxville, Iowa
Iowa Alumni Chapter: Tour & Tasting at Peace Tree Brewery

21 Jefferson City, Mo., to Hermann, Mo.
Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter: Hermann Winery Train Trip

21 Romeoville, Ill.
Chicago Alumni Chapter: Attends Truman Volleyball at Lewis University

October 2013

4 Truman State University National Spirit Day
Show your school spirit by wearing purple or Truman apparel!

12 Boonville, Mo.
Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter: Warm Springs Ranch Tour

12 Queen Creek, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter: Spook Dog (A Bulldog Halloween Experience)

12 Liberty, Mo.
Kansas City Alumni Chapter: Football Tailgate/Truman vs. William Jewell

18 Kirksville
Truman Alumni Leadership Conference (all alumni invited!)

18-20 Kirksville
Homecoming at Truman State University

19 Washington, D.C.
Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter: Truman Homecoming Football Watch Party

21 St. Charles, Mo.
St. Louis Alumni Chapter: Wine Tasting

26 Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter: Remember When/The Nineties

November 2013

16 Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter: Wine Tasting with the Wine Maestro

20 Washington, D.C.
Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter: Social Hour

21 Jefferson City, Mo.
Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter: Social Hour & Student Care Package Assembly

23 Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Alumni Chapter: Boulevard Brewery Tour

December 2013

5 Phoenix, Ariz.
Arizona Alumni Chapter: Tru-Bru/Truman Local Brewery Tour

11 Kirksville
Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter & Truman Alumni Association Host Pizza Party for Truman’s Winter Graduates

Get the latest information on all alumni events at http://alumni.truman.edu/events/index.asp


ALUMNI Relations

Director of Alumni Relations

Denise L. Smith (’79)

(800) 452-6678

(660) 785-4174

dlsmith@truman.edu

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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