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Summer 2010, Vol. 14, No. 1
Foundation News


Gifts Push Campaign Closer to $30 Million Goal

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“I am serving Truman because of my strong belief in its future, in appreciation for the quality educational preparation I received, and based on my desire to invest back into a university that has given so much to me.”
Chuck Foudree (’66)
Campaign Chair

Campaign Steering Committee
Chuck Foudree (’66),
Charles J. McClain,
Honorary Chair & former University President
Troy D. Paino,
University President
Thomas Jayne
Bonnie (Neuner) Kuebler (’87)
Mike McClaskey (’85)
Linda Miller (’70)
David Nichols
Randa Rawlins (’79)
Calvin Roebuck (’57)
Steve Rose (’69)

Regional Campaign Chairs
ARIZONA: Mike Whitney (’94)
CHICAGO: Sarah (Donnell) Theriault (’03)
COLORADO: Mike McClaskey (’85)
IOWA: Cindy Spiker (’93) & Jane Watkins (’70)
FLORIDA: Gerry (Toth) Ready (’70)
KANSAS CITY: Larry Lunsford (’81)
NORTHEAST MISSOURI: Terri Heckert, Professor of Psychology
MID-ATLANTIC: Steve Rose (’69)
MID-MISSOURI: Randa Rawlins (’79) & Jim Cherrington (’85)
ST. LOUIS: Jeannette (Toth) Harris (’71, ’78)
TEXAS: Will Sass (’72)

Truman alumni and friends have given more than $21.6 million in gifts and pledges to the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign which is committed to raising $30 million by the end of June 2011. Truman’s revenue comes from state appropriations, tuition and private gifts, and like other public institutions, the University has seen dramatic cuts to state funding with even more cuts looming on the horizon. To ensure that Truman continues its tradition of offering a quality education, Truman is seeking to increase private giving through this campaign.

“To ensure the bright futures for our students, private support is needed more than ever,” said Steve Rose, a member of the Class of 1969 and president of the Truman State University Foundation Board. “To provide the excellence Truman has become known for, we need your help.”

The “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the history of Truman, and the public phase of the campaign was announced during Homecoming 2009. With a focus on students, the campaign is seeking to secure funding for student scholarships, academic and enrichment programs, support for faculty, and athletics.

Throughout 2010, campaign volunteers have been hosting regional campaign events so that alumni and friends all around the country have an opportunity to become involved in this history-making campaign. In the coming months, alumni and friends can play a role in helping Truman achieve the $30 million goal set forth in the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign. All gifts made to Truman by June 30, 2011, will count toward the campaign.

For more information on the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign or to make a gift online, visit

Photos from Regional Events for "Bright Minds Bright Futures" Campaign are shown below.
(view more photos at http://alumni.truman.eduPhotoAlbums_Campaign.asp).

Vienna, Va.   Tampa, Fla.   Irving, Texas
Columbia, Mo.   Des Moines, Iowa   Phoenix, Ariz.    
Fort Myers, Fla.   Chicago, Ill.        

All alumni and friends of Truman State University are invited to attend the Northeast Missouri regional event for the “Bright Minds Bright Futures" Campaign on Aug. 28, 2010, on the Truman campus.

"Bright Minds Bright Futures" Campaign Website:

A Teacher's Passion for Education

A child of the depression, Elna (Langford) Tucker always valued education. “Elna knew how hard it was to get by day by day let alone have money for anything extra such as education,” remembers Barbara Sayres, a cousin of Tucker’s.

Tucker’s affinity for the value of education is evident by the choices that she made throughout her life. As the only child of Roy and Rena (Bell) Langford, she often entertained herself by lining up chairs and using the family’s farm dogs as her pupils. Tucker attended several country schools for grade school before eventually graduating as valedictorian from Sewal High School in Sewal, Iowa.  After completing a year at Centerville Junior College in Centerville, Iowa, Tucker began her teaching career in 1942 at a country school near the family farm.

Tucker’s affection for learning and the teaching profession motivated her to pursue an undergraduate degree in education which she earned from Truman (then Northeast Missouri State Teachers College) in May 1954, and she received her master of arts in education from Truman in May 1957. She retired in 1989 after teaching high school English and social studies in Iowa during a career that spanned 43 years.

Tucker once wrote, “I guess lots of my life was centered around school. I liked going to school, and I liked teaching school. I had a lot of good kids along with a few “stinkers.” I believe teaching was a good career for me.”

Tucker established the Elna (Langford) Tucker Scholarship in 2000 with a $10,000 gift to the Truman State University Foundation. This scholarship is awarded annually and provides support for a student from a rural community. In 2003, Tucker became a member of the Joseph Baldwin Society after making arrangements for an additional gift to the Foundation through her estate plans. She passed away on Nov. 24, 2008, in Corydon, Iowa. Her estate gift of more than $73,000 has been designated to support the Elna (Langford) Tucker Scholarship.

Truman Couple Strengthens Support for Humanities Scholarship

Martha (Jones) McClaskey taught English at Truman from 1959 to 1978.

Mike and Janet (Yearns) McClaskey have made a $50,000 pledge to the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign to boost the endowment of the Martha McClaskey Humanities Scholarship. The fund was founded in memory of Mike’s mother, Martha (Jones) McClaskey, a Truman alumna who was a member of the Truman faculty for nearly two decades.

The scholarship serves as a tribute to Martha's years of service to Truman State University and her passion for the humanities. An instructor of English at Truman from 1959 to 1978, Martha was known for starting each class with a smile, and an article in the school newspaper noted how, according to her students, "she put life into her lit courses."

When Martha passed away in 1978, the University presented a book to her family that contained letters of tribute to the personal influence of her teaching. Martha received her bachelor of science in education and bachelor of arts degrees from Truman in 1949 and her master’s from Truman in 1959. Before joining the Truman faculty, she taught English in Atlanta and Milan, Mo., high schools and Kirksville Junior High School.

Martha's son, Mike, and his wife, Janet, are also Truman graduates. Mike earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in education degrees from Truman in 1985 and received a master of arts degree in English from the University of Missouri. Janet received a bachelor of science in education from Truman in 1984 and earned a master of arts degree from the University of Missouri.

Creating a Legacy


Linda Miller (’70) (seated on left), shown with her husband, Tim Duperron.


Linda Miller and her husband, Tim Duperron, have established the Miller-Duperron Endowed Scholarship with a $50,000 cash pledge commitment. This need-based award honors Linda’s parents, Louis and Rita Miller, for their encouragement and support of Linda’s educational and professional goals.

“We want to help deserving students achieve the same quality education that I had at Truman,” said Linda, a 1970 Truman alumna. “When I was in school, state funding was significant. Now, less than 50 percent is funded by the state leaving a much larger burden for the University to recover through tuition and fundraising.”

Linda credits the education she received at Truman, as well as the support she  received from faculty, for the start she needed to go on to a successful career in the automotive industry. Now retired, she spent 33 years at the Ford Motor Company where she was the first woman to be named as a production superintendent and as the first female director of manufacturing running plants in several countries. She was also the first woman named quality control superintendent, supplier quality assurance representative and the first woman plant manager at Ford.

A former member and president of the Truman State University Foundation Board, Linda has also dedicated considerable time and talent to ensuring that the Foundation is in a position of strength to support the University’s extraordinarily talented students. “Having joined the Foundation Board several years ago, I have seen firsthand the quality of the students,” said Linda. “I have also been given a greater understanding of the need."

Through their estate planning, Tim and Linda have also generously pledged an additional $400,000 to the University by enrolling in the Joseph Baldwin Society. Their bequest will provide further support for the Miller-Duperron Endowed Scholarship fund with a percentage of this gift being designated to the Truman Endowment Fund, a multi-purpose fund designated to meet the future needs of the University.

“Like many people, a significant portion of our net worth is not liquid. By designating a percentage of our total asset base for Truman in our estate planning, Tim and I are able to ensure that Truman will benefit even more substantially in the future,” said Linda. “There is tremendous satisfaction in knowing that the assets we have worked so hard to earn will continue to help others at Truman when we are no longer here to do so on an annual basis.”

Parents Lead Fundraising Project for Library Cafe

Thanks in large part to funding provided by the 2009-2010 Truman Parents Project, the University plans to open a new café/coffee shop in Pickler Memorial Library by the beginning of the fall semester. The project was initiated in response to numerous suggestions by students on surveys, and Tel-Alumni students raised donations for the project by calling parents of current students as part of the University’s annual telethon. The Parents Project has raised nearly $60,000 of the $75,000 goal set for this fundraising project.

To make room for the new café where students will be able to buy refreshments and socialize, the Library is renovating an area off the main atrium across from the entrance. The café will provide seating for individuals and groups, as well as an area that can be used for special events, including poetry readings, guest speakers, and readings by authors. Sodexho, the company that provides the food service on campus, will operate the café.

Each year, a specific fundraising project is selected by the Parents Council based on input from students and University departments. Truman parents have made a tremendous impact with financial gifts of more than $880,000 since fiscal year 1996. Some past projects include the renovation of Baldwin Hall Auditorium, purchasing laptop computers and expanding the campus’ wireless network, the Cyber Café in Magruder Hall, and technology enhancements in classrooms and the Student Union.

Employer Matching Gift Programs

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matchi
ng gift policy and will match your gift to the Truman State University Foundation, check with your company’s human resources department or go to our online matching gift program search engine at http://www.matchinggifts.


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