Truman Review Summer 2000 - Index

Summer 2000
Vol. 4. No. 4

A Cultural Exchange
Finding A Hidden Story

Around the Quad
Faculty / Student Profiles
Foundation News
Alumni News

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Truman Review Summer 2000 - Alumni News

St. Louis Chapter Hosts Golf Tournament Fund-Raiser
St Louis Golf TournamentThe St. Louis Alumni Chapter hosted a four-person scramble golf tournament on July 25 on the North Course at the Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles, Mo. Sixty-eight alumni and friends played in the tournament, including a team from Truman's Office of Advancement. The winning teams posted 58s, shooting 13 under par for a three-way tie. More than $3,400 was raised by the golf tournament to go toward a scholarship. Congratulations to tournament organizers Matt Mudd ('94), Geoff Truskowski ('98), Tim Bahr ('90), and Kurt Schulz ('90).

The tournament was made possible by generous corporate sponsors that included Advantage Capital Partners, Edward Jones, Eli Lilly and Co., Evian Natural Spring Water, Golden Eagle Distributing, People's Bank and Trust Co., and World Wide Technology Inc.

Winning Golf Team

The winning golf team, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co., was Blake Shuert; Steve Shuert; Drew Jones; Kurt Schulz ('90), coordinator; and Chris Frey.

Picture of the second place team


The second-place team was Steve Brenner ('90)( left); Kurt Schulz ('90) (middle), coordinator; Dave Dude (right); Bob Stevens (not pictured); and Kenny Stevens (not pictured).


Picture of the third place team

The third-place team was Sean Delauter (left); Geoff Truskowski ('98) (middle); Kurt Schulz ('90) (right), coordinator; and Jason Lindsey (not pictured).

Kirksville Chapter Hosts Barbecue
Kirksville Chapter BarbecueThe Kirksville Alumni Chapter hosted a barbecue July 19 at the home of President Jack Magruder, and his wife Sue. More than 70 alumni and friends attended and enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Sodexho. Chapter President Jim Bergman introduced university guests and other chapter officers. Several door prizes were awarded, and President Magruder spoke to the group about campus improvements and University goals.

The Kirksville Chapter officers met on July 28 to discuss a calendar of events which included a Freshman Send-Off on Aug. 10 at Thousand Hills State Park. The Chapter will attend the Truman football game on Sept. 30, and a fall recognition banquet is planned for Nov. 16 on the Truman campus in the Student Union Building.

Alumni Reception in Texas
President Jack Magruder, Gerald Roulette and Sheryl RouletteA record crowd of 51 attended the Dallas Alumni Chapter reception on June 9 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas. All Dallas- and Houston-area alumni and friends were invited to the reception. A complimentary dinner followed the reception with remarks by special guest speaker President Jack Magruder.

The Dallas Alumni Chapter presented President Jack Magruder ('57) with a Stetson hat when he visited Texas earlier this year. President Magruder (center) shown with Gerald Roulette ('81) (left) and Sheryl Roulette (right).


Reception for new Denver Alumni Club
All Truman alumni and friends are invited to a reception to find out more about the new Truman Alumni Club being established in the Denver area. The reception will be held Sept. 29 at the Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. The cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact (800) 452-6678;

Alumni Chapters Welcome Truman Freshmen From Around The Country
Each summer, Truman Freshman Send-Offs are hosted all around the country by Truman's regional alumni chapters. These events welcome incoming Truman freshmen from the chapter area, providing a great opportunity for incoming freshmen to meet other Truman students and alumni from their hometown or the surrounding area. The students' parents are also invited, as well as all alumni and friends from each chapter. This year's Freshman Send-Offs were attended by Truman staff from the Admission Office, the Career Center, and the Advancement Office.

Freshmen group from Chicago

CHICAGO - The Chicago Alumni Chapter hosted the first Truman Freshman Send-Off of the 2000 season on July 30 to welcome Truman freshmen from the Chicago area. This year, the Chicago event had a record crowd of more than 90 students, parents, alumni and friends. The event was held at Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo in downtown Chicago. Refreshments were served, guests played trivia games, and many door prizes were given away.

Freshmen group from Kansas City

KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Alumni Chapter hosted their Freshman Send-Off on Aug. 2, at Loose Park, near the Plaza in Kansas City. Approximately 90 attended, including alumni, students, and their families. A picnic meal was served, games were played, and lots of prizes were given away, including Sprint phone cards.

Central Iowa freshmen send off

CENTRAL IOWA - The Central Iowa Alumni Chapter hosted a picnic on Aug. 4, at Columbus Park in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by a night at the ballpark to watch the Iowa Cubs play the Oklahoma Rangers. More than 30 were in attendance, including alumni, students, families, and friends. Door prizes and gift certificates were drawn, and then everyone headed to the ballpark for an exciting baseball game.


Freshmen group from St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Alumni Chapter Freshman Send-Off took place at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville, Mo. on Aug. 6. The St. Louis Chapter achieved the highest attendance for this summer's Freshman Send-Off events. More than 100 people were in attendance, including 35 students and their families, local alumni and friends. Great games were played and lots of door prizes were given away.

Freshmen from Mid-Missouri ChapterMID-MO For their Freshman Send-Off event, the Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter hosted a picnic on Aug. 6. at McClung Park in Jefferson City, Mo. About 25 individuals attended, including four local Truman freshman students from the Mid-Missouri area. One of the students, Kelly McGrath, was awarded a $200 scholarship by the Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter. Lots of door prizes were given away and everyone got well acquainted.

Picture of Kyle Sanders s presenting a scholarship to Kelly McGrath

Kyle Sanders ('89) (left) presented freshman Kelly McGrath with a $200 scholarship from the Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter.


Kirskville freshmen send off

- Thousand Hills State Park, just west of Kirksville, was the setting for the Kirksville Alumni Chapter Freshman Send-Off on Aug. 10 to welcome freshmen from the Kirksville area. More than 60 people attended, including students, families, friends and alumni. The chapter presented care packages to each freshman student, games were played, and door prizes were given away.

- The Arizona Alumni Chapter is pleased that two individuals from Arizona will be starting at Truman this fall. The chapter showed their Truman spirit by assembling care packages that were shipped to the students at their campus addresses.

Alumni Leadership Conference
Truman's National Alumni Association (NAA) will host the second annual Leadership Conference on Homecoming weekend, Friday, Oct. 20. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room of the Student Union.

The conference is open to all alumni chapter officers, NAA board members, executive committee members, and prospective alumni chapter officers. The purpose of the conference is to provide information and tools to assist Truman's chapter leaders. Attendees will learn helpful tips and strategies for building a strong and successful alumni chapter. Topics for this year's conference include chapter development, chapter honor system, successful event planning, and membership recruiting. Alumni will also share ideas at round-table discussions.

Cindy Moeller ('86), president of Truman's Central Iowa Alumni Chapter, is organizing the conference. Pre-registration is required; breakfast and lunch will be served. To register, contact Denise Watson, Manager of Alumni Relations, (800) 452-6678, (660) 785-4174,

Chapters Achieve Honor Status
Last year, Truman's National Alumni Association Board of Directors initiated a new Honor Chapter Program that provides opportunities for chapters to receive extra funding. Each chapter has the potential to earn points for achieving various goals outlined in the Honor Chapter Program. Chapters can earn points for holding chapter meetings, hosting chapter events, submitting event evaluations, participating in service projects, and meeting chapter membership goals.

Once a chapter accumulates enough points to reach a designated honor level, the chapter is entitled to a monetary award ranging from $250-$800, depending on the alumni population in the chapter area. Four chapters have already earned Honor Chapter Status - St. Louis, Dallas, Central Iowa, and Kirksville - and will be presented with checks during Homecoming. Other chapters still have until the end of December to reach the honor level for this year.

Honor Chapter Points

St Louis* 225
Dallas* 145
Central Iowa* 150
Kirksville* 105
Arizona 90
Chicago 65
Mid-Missouri 65
Kansas City 25
* Achieved Honor Chapter Status for 2000

NAA Welcomes Newest Members
Each year, the National Alumni Association (NAA) welcomes Truman graduates as new members of the organization. Earlier this summer, the NAA invited the 794 Truman students who were graduating in May to a picnic on the Student Union Mall. Each spring graduate received a free mouse pad courtesy of the NAA. Graduates at Truman's Summer Commencement Ceremony on Aug. 5 also received a mouse pad from the NAA.

All Truman graduates become members of the NAA and are invited to join one of Truman's regional chapters located around the country. Truman has chapters in Arizona, Central Iowa, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Kirksville, Mid-Missouri, and St. Louis. In addition, an Alumni Club is located in Houston, and a new club is being formed in the Denver area. Alumni who do not live near one of the eight chapter areas can still join any of the regional chapters in order to take advantage of the many benefits offered through the chapter memberships.

Chapter memberships are $20 per year per person or $30 per year for couple memberships. Members receive information on all alumni events in the chapter area, bookstore discounts, Student Recreation Center Passes, nationwide car rental and hotel discounts, and discounts at local hotels in Kirksville.

After the Summer Commencement Ceremony, each Truman graduate was presented with a Truman mouse pad courtesy of the NAA. Shown L-R: Charles Hunsaker ('98), Truman's annual fund coordinator; Jack Bowen ('58) ('61), Kirksville, Mo.; Steve Justice ('70) ('81), League City, Texas; and Laura Marie Hoffman ('00), St. Louis, Mo.