Truman Review Winter 2002 - Index

Winter 2002
Vol. 7. No.2

Hopes and Dreams Come to Life for the Fine Arts Division

Homecoming 2002

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Foundation News
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Truman Review Winter 2002 - Foundation News

Foundation News


Pickler Memorial Library to Benefit from $500,000 Estate Gift

Truman State University has learned that the Pickler Memorial Library will be the sole beneficiary of a $500,000 trust established by David Long. Long, a resident of Altus, Ark., who passed away in August 2000, established the trust through his estate. Each year, interest from the trust will be used by the Truman State University Foundation to support Pickler Memorial Library.

Long was raised on a farm near LaBelle, Mo., and attended Truman State University, then Northeast Missouri State Teachers' College, in the late 1930s. He also served as pastor of East Central Methodist Church near Kirksville during that time. Long went on to receive a doctorate in literature from Florida State Christian College.

"He exemplified what is central to the University's mission - lifelong learning - and it was his wish that his gifts support future generations of faculty and students and inspire them also to a lifelong love of learning," said Richard Coughlin, director of Pickler Memorial Library. "The Library is indebted to Dr. Long for his extraordinary gifts and will seek to purchase materials and sponsor programs that remain true to his interests and that will benefit Truman students and faculty."

Girl at the library

Sponsors Show Support for Lyceum Series

Lyceum logo

Since the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series began in 1899 as a lecture course, its aim has been to broaden the cultural experience of students, faculty and the community by bringing speakers, music and drama to campus. The Truman State University Foundation would like to thank the generous sponsors of the 2002-03 Lyceum Series.

• Kraft Foods (Adair Foods)
Gold-level co-sponsor of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance

• The Delta Sigma Chapter of Delta Zeta
Platinum-level sponsor of the St. Louis Brass Quintet

• Truman Bookstore (Barnes and Noble College Bookstores)
Platinum-level sponsor of the Kansas City Symphony

• Preferred Family Healthcare
Gold-level sponsor of the Peking Opera

SBC Foundation Presents Contribution

Cynthia Brinkley, SBC Southwestern Bell Missouri president and a 1983 Truman graduate, was on campus in October to present the second $50,000 of a $200,000, four-year donation from the SBC Foundation to establish the SBC Rural Link Program.

Using the grant from the SBC Foundation and support from the rural districts, Truman will offer scholarships and technology to a selected group of first-year MAE graduate students. In return, these students will complete one-year internships in rural districts and will commit to accepting employment in those same rural schools for at least the first two years of their professional teaching careers.

"Large numbers of rural schools experience great difficulties recruiting and retaining quality teachers," said Sam Minner, head of Truman's Division of Education. "It is our hope that the SBC students working in rural districts will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of life and work in rural areas and will remain in those schools for many years."

Five Truman students were placed in rural schools including schools in Kirksville, Mo., Ralls County and LaPlata, Mo., during the first year of the Rural Link Program. Each student was provided with a technology package consisting of a laptop computer, a printer, a scanner, and other peripherals and software. The Project Director of the Rural Link Program is David Bethel, associate professor of education.

Sam Minner, Cynthia Brinkley and Jack Magruder

Sam Minner (left), head of the Division of Education, Cynthia Brinkley (center), SBC Southwestern Bell-Missouri president, and University President Jack Magruder (right) took part in the presentation of the second installment of the check from the SBC Foundation to establish the SBC Rural Link Program.

Challenge Gift to Benefit Washington Interns

The Truman State University Foundation has received a $1,000 challenge gift to help assist Truman students participating in Truman's Washington, D.C., Internship program. The challenge gift will match dollar for dollar contributions up to a total of $1,000 that are made to the Foundation's Washington, D.C., Internship Fund. This means that if you give a $25 gift, it will be matched by another $25 from the matching fund for a total of $50. Gifts must be made on or before Dec. 31, 2003.

Each year, several Truman students participate in the Washington, D.C., Internship program where they spend a semester in the Washington, D.C., area living and working in a major professional field in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Donations made to the Washington, D.C., Internship Fund will assist interns with some travel and living expenses.

Still Time to Buy a Brick

You can join the more than 1,400 Truman alumni and friends who will be leaving a permanent mark on the Truman campus. As part of the ongoing Magruder Hall Campaign, individuals, organizations and businesses who make a contribution to the Truman State University Foundation at the $100, $250, or $1,500 levels will have a personalized brick placed in a plaza that will be located north of Magruder Hall.

There is still time to purchase your own brick that can be engraved with your name or others you wish to honor. Each personalized brick can have up to three lines of 20 characters per line. Bricks must be purchased by June 30, 2003. To find out how you can leave your own mark on campus, call the Advancement Office at (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133 or visit

Charitable Gifts to Truman Reach Record High

The Truman State University Foundation received more than $2.5 million in charitable gifts in fiscal year 2002, the highest total in the University's history. Ten new endowed scholarship funds were established during this period, including the Lydle and Bessie Staggs Scholarship fund in the amount of $1 million. In addition to charitable gifts, the University received $1.9 million in grants and contracts.

University President Jack Magruder states, "We are grateful for the investment our alumni and friends are making in the future of our students and University. This support plays an important role in fulfilling Truman's commitment to providing a quality liberal arts education at an affordable price. Each year, the Foundation provides nearly $300,000 for student scholarships, greater than 25 percent of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series budget, and support for faculty development, Bulldog athletics, and classroom technology. "

Gifts to the Truman State University Foundation

Gifts to the Truman State University Foundation

Parents Enhance Technology on Campus

The Parents Council is a group of Truman parents appointed by University President Jack Magruder who volunteer to serve as an advisory council for the University. Each year, the Parents Council selects a special project that will make a difference in the lives of all Truman students. This year's Parents Council Project will provide further enhancements to the Cyber Café scheduled for construction in the renovation and expansion of Magruder Hall, Truman's science facility. Through the generous donations from Truman parents to the project, the Cyber Café will enjoy enhancements such as cutting-edge hardware/software for all computer stations, soft seating, a refreshment station, and display cases for student awareness.

The Parents Council believes these enhancements combined with the Cyber Café's central location will benefit the entire campus community. Truman parents will be contacted by current students through Tel Alumni (Truman's national telephone campaign) in the next several months and will be asked to consider making a generous contribution to this year's project.

Parents Council

Members of this year's Parents Council: Front row, left to right: Anna Mayson, Frank Block, Kitty Block, Sharon Devine, Karen Sauer, Jim Dunn, and Kathy Dunn. Back row, left to right: Richard Mayson, Kathy Goedeker, Don Goedeker, Lisa Williams, Pat Williams, Tina Glass, Charlie Glass, Lynn Lowrance, Ken Lowrance, Abby Susman, Jim Susman, Bobbie Ohmer, Steven Ohmer, and President Jack Magruder. Not pictured: Jim Devine and Dirk Sauer.