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.
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."
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).
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.
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.
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.
Dedication Ceremony Planned
for Class of 1950
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
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
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
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
New Members Join Foundation
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
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),
Truman Parents Show Support
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
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.