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Summer 2000
Vol. 4. No. 4

A Cultural Exchange
Finding A Hidden Story

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Truman Review Summer 2000 - Foundation News

Foundation News

1999-2000 Marks Record Year Thanks to Alumni and Friends
Thanks to the generosity of more than 7,600 alumni, parents and other friends of the University, gifts to the Truman State University Foundation exceeded $2.4 million during the 1999-2000 fiscal year. A generous bequest by Dr. Ruth Towne ('39) made up almost $1 million of the total. The $2.4 million more than doubled the previous high of $1.19 million in 1998-1999.

Chief Advancement Officer Dean Van Galen expressed thanks to those who supported Truman with a gift to the Foundation stating, "We are humbled and grateful when people reflect on what this University has meant to their lives, and they decide to give something back. These gifts provide very tangible support for student scholarships and programs that are at the heart of our mission."

Chart of Truman State University Foundation Assets

Three Truman Supporters Honored with President's Leadership Award
Each year, the President's Leadership Award is presented to one or more individuals in recognition of the most significant personal contributions made to Truman by alumni and friends. The award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the University. This year the award was presented to M. Frances Fuller ('35), Mary Jane Kohlenberg ('56), and Mary Evelyn Thurman ('46).

M. Frances Fuller

Fuller graduated from Truman with a bachelor of science in education degree. In memory of her grandfather, who was a professor of languages and headed Truman's Department of English from 1882 to 1895, Fuller endowed the George H. Laughlin Memorial Scholarship. She also endowed the Frances Laughlin Fuller Lectureship Fund in recognition of the Laughlin family's long and distinguished history of service in education and medicine. Fuller resides in Canton, Ohio, and has two children, Richard Fuller and Jane Hetrick.

Mary Jane Kohlenberg


Kohlenberg received her master's degree in secondary school administration from Truman and served on the Truman faculty from 1955 to 1987, retiring as assistant professor emeritus of mathematics. Her husband, Gilbert Kohlenberg, was also a Truman professor and division head. The Truman State University Press has recently published a book by Mary Jane Kohlenberg titled Hospital on the Move - a story of life with the 79th Field Hospital in World War II told through letters, photos, news clippings, and memorabilia collected by the late Lt. Gilbert Kohlenberg. Mary Jane Kohlenberg resides in Kirksville.

Mary Evelyn Thurman

Thurman received a bachelor of science in education degree from Truman. She was granted a faculty position to teach baton twirling while enrolled as an undergraduate at Truman. She founded Beta Tau Delta, an honor society for baton twirlers. Over the past few years, Thurman endowed five scholarships in honor of her parents, W. Everett Thurman and Nellie Maude Thurman; former University President Walter Ryle; President Jack Magruder; Beta Tau Delta; and her brother, Karl Thurman. She also contributed funding to enhance a chemistry laboratory for the upcoming expansion and renovation of Truman's science facility. Thurman died on Jan. 13, 2000.


Dedication Ceremony Planned for Class of 1950 Project
During Homecoming weekend on Oct. 21, members of the Class of 1950 will gather for the dedication of the Class of 1950 Lobby in the new Fine Arts Center. The lobby is located in the new wing currently being added to the Ophelia Parrish Building.

In commemoration of their 50th reunion, the Class of 1950 staged a fund-raising campaign to provide enhancements for the new building. The dedication ceremony will recognize the efforts of the project committee, especially the co-chairs, Dwain Horn ('50) and Donald Scriven ('50). A plaque with the names of the donors to the project will be unveiled, as well as a commissioned painting of the Ophelia Parrish Building. An original illustration capturing scenes of the University from 1950, will hang in the Class of 1950 Lobby.

The class chose the addition to the Ophelia Parrish Building as the focus for their campaign because of the building's significance to Truman students­past, present and future. To date, more than $133,000 has been given toward the project.

Alumnus Includes Truman in Estate Plans
Vincent V. Smith ('49) named Truman as a beneficiary of a charitable annuity lead trust, which will make contributions to the University over a 10-year period. Smith, who was born and raised in northeast Missouri, received bachelor of science degrees in education and mathematics from Truman. In addition, he and his wife, Audrey (Shearmire) Smith ('54), met at Truman. Smith continued his involvement in education, teaching math and science at the high school in Linneus, Mo. He received degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Smith named these universities, as well as Truman, in his trust, demonstrating the importance he placed on education in Missouri. Smith died April 20, 1998.

Pershing Scholars Accept McClain's Challenge
Alumni of Truman's Pershing Scholarship Program have responded to former University President Charles J. McClain¹s challenge. McClain pledged $25,000 to match one dollar for every three dollars donated to the Truman State University Foundation for the Pershing Endowment Fund. More than 80 Pershing alumni have already contributed $18,200 to the challenge which is still ongoing. Named in honor of General John J. Pershing, the prestigious Pershing Scholarship was initiated during McClain's tenure as University president in 1972. Nearly 300 Truman alumni have been recipients of the Pershing Scholarship.

Sponsorship of Lyceum Events
The 2000-01 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series continues the program's longstanding tradition of providing premier cultural events for Truman and the local community. Sponsorship of Lyceum events enables Truman to offer these cultural programs at an affordable cost. This year, Truman State University has received major support for Lyceum events from Northeast Regional Health System, Kraft Foods, and the Truman Bookstore, an operation of Barnes and Noble College Stores Inc.

New Members Join Foundation Board
Three Truman alumni have joined the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors. J. Burleigh Arnold ('52), Los Angeles; Maria L. Evans ('81), Greentop, Mo.; and Mary (Huenemann) LaBorde ('73), Albuquerque, N.M., recently began serving on the board.

A former Truman professor, Arnold serves as the court-appointed liquidator for Transit Casualty Company in Receivership. Arnold also serves as chairman of the Creditors Committee for five London companies known as KWELM. Arnold and his wife, Rebecca, have four children.

Evans recently returned to northeast Missouri to join the faculty of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine as associate professor of pathology. She is currently serving as the president of the Truman State University Board of Governors.

LaBorde has worked at The Learning Center at Northern Illinois University and more recently as an Independent Training Developer. LaBorde has one son, Aaron Jordon Bramlett.

In addition five members were re-appointed to the board and will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2001. The re-elected board members include Walker Allen ('39), Columbia, Mo.; Doris Bohon ('43), Kirksville; Charles Foudree ('66), Lee's Summit, Mo.; Larry Lunsford ('81) ('83), Overland Park, Kan.; and Donald Scriven ('50), DeKalb, Ill.

Truman Parents Show Support for Students
Parents of Truman students contributed nearly $63,000 last year during the annual fund drive for the Parents Council Project to enhance technology on campus. Construction has already begun on the new, expanded student computer lab located near the center of campus in Pickler Memorial Library. This new lab will provide computer access to all students and will be available during library hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays. The lab is expected to open by the end of the year and will provide 55 new computer stations, as well as six group study rooms with computers and a service desk.

The Parents Council serves as an advisory group for the University and selects a special project each year that will assist Truman students. The Parents Council will meet this fall to select a new project.

New Scholarship Created With Gift of Stock
Kristalyn ShinnDennis Buda ('69), a Truman graduate, and Mary Beth Buda established a new endowed scholarship earlier this year with a generous gift of appreciated stock valued at $91,000. Their gift will provide a $1,000 renewable award for a Truman student at each class level - freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior - who has clearly demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is available to students of any major, but Dennis Buda explains that the criteria specifies the student must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a real need for financial aid. "We really want to help ease the financial burden for a student who is in need," Buda said.

The first recipient of the Dennis and Mary Beth Buda Scholarship is Kristalyn Shinn, an incoming freshman from House Springs, Mo. Additional recipients will be selected through the endowed scholarship application process next spring.