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.
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,
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.
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
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,
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.
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.