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

Class Notes*

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Truman Review Summer 2000 - Profiles

Class of 19533 - 1967

When members of the Classes of 1953-1967 were asked who their favorite Truman professor was in a recent survey, many of the same names kept cropping up again and again. Here are just a few of the comments regarding some of the University's most popular professors from the 1950s and 1960s.

"Dr. John Black was an excellent teacher, role model, and confidant who took an interest in his students. His door was always open, as was his heart." - Harry Libby ('66), Middleton, Wis.

"Eugene Croarkin took a personal interest in all students. By the second day of class, he knew the names of every student." - Martha (Barrows) Ellison ('63), Moravia, Iowa

"Coach Kenny Gardner epitomized everything a coach should be. He was a tactician and a great motivator, a model coach, and most of all, a great instructor." - Lowell Lucas ('61), Streator, Ill.

"Dr. Charles Kauzlarich was a master teacher! He had a vast knowledge of the entire business arena and his sense of humor was fantastic, but most of all, Dr. Kauzlarich cared about his students. He is unequaled" - Joyce (Walton) Hunter ('61) ('65), Moberly, Mo.

"Dr. Paul Strub was very demanding - he wanted the best and expected the best. You were expected to produce."- Edward Thomas Duden, Jr. ('54) ('62), Kirksville

"Dr. Gilbert Kohlenberg made history come alive." Morris D. Wilson, ('57) ('63), Des Moines, Iowa

"Dr. Ruth Towne was able to bring American history alive for me. She was the toughest professor I had, but also fair and willing to go the extra mile for her students."- Patricia (Bentrup) Harrison ('66), Ankeny, Iowa

"Dr. Nan Wade was an intelligent gracious lady who knew how to teach literature. You couldn't help but love her." - Elna (Langford) Tucker ('54) ('57), Corydon, Iowa

Photo at top of page: On June 12, a reception was held at the home of President Jack and Sue Magruder in honor of Truman Emeriti.

Lights, Camera, Action

Before his fourth year at Truman, senior Todd Kuhns had already interned with the Walt Disney Company, worked for three local radio stations, and helped produce a movie.

Picture of Todd KuhnsA camera rolled in Kirksville this summer and one Truman student instantly became a feature filmmaker. Todd Kuhns, a senior communication major, has always been a strong writer and movie enthusiast. As a musician, he plays piano, tuba and saxophone, having performed with Truman's Gamblers Marching Band, Concert Band, and Franklin Street Singers show choir. The desire to perform and entertain also led him to KTRM, the campus radio station, as a freshman.

"I was drawn to Truman because the journalism department was small and accessible," Kuhns said. "I could experiment with different ideas and departments, while the experience prepared me for some valuable internships." While serving as an announcer, and later as news director, Kuhns worked part-time for three local commercial radio stations, writing and reporting news in the studio and on the field. In the meantime, Kuhns transitioned KTRM from cable-only to a broadcast FM station as station manager his junior year.

Kuhns also took a semester away from campus to intern with the Walt Disney Company on its College Program. He studied public relations and the business side of the company while working in Disney MGM-Studios. "It was a fun semester - and a much-needed break from classes," Kuhns said. "I left with lots of good contacts, information, and a picture album full of memories."

This summer, Kuhns worked for Truman's Public Relations Department, helping redesign and code the new Truman web site. In the evenings, he shot and edited the dark comedy, Dumping Jenny. "My good friend, Dakota Russell, is an award-winning playwright," Kuhns said. "We collaborated on the script and the project. I made some contacts in the movie industry in Florida, so we are interested to see how far this project takes us."

While shooting, Kuhns drew from his lifelong interest and study of filmmaking and production techniques. His experience producing news packages with TruNews, the campus TV station, proved invaluable. A dedicated cast and crew of 15 fellow students finished shooting in a month. Kuhns and his partner have been editing Dumping Jenny since July and hope to premiere the film in Kirksville this fall.