Article Category Archives: Alumni News

Forty Years of Funding Bright Futures


The Pershing Society Scholarship Program celebrated its milestone 40th anniversary March 1 on campus.

Approximately 300 Pershing Scholar alumni and current Pershing Scholars, administrators, faculty and staff involved with the program, were in attendance to honor former University President Dr. Charles McClain for his vision and foresight in establishing the program. A campaign to fully fund a Pershing Scholar was announced with a $1 million goal. Since the launch of the Thanks a Million, Dr. McClain! campaign on June 1, 2013, nearly $600,000 has been raised in cash, pledge and estate gift commitments.

Attendees enjoyed campus tours and a welcome reception.

Later in the day, everyone gathered for a luncheon that featured several speakers including Rhodes Scholar Andrew McCall (’10), Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary (Rhodes) Russell (’80), Foundation Board president and Board of Governors member Sarah (Hartmann) Burkemper (’92), Alumni Board member Pamela (Weatherby) Popp (’83), University President Troy Paino, and the honored guest, Dr. McClain.

More information on the Pershing Celebration, including the memories others have shared in the online guestbook, is available at To inquire about the Thanks a Million, Dr. McClain! campaign, contact Brad Chambers or Denise Smith in the Office of Advancement at (660) 785-4133.

The Adventures of Flat Spike


Student Jason Bladow took Flat Spike to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta during midterm break.

Flat Spike has become quite the world traveler! He’s been to Costa Rica, watched a Nationals game in D.C., and even helped put together care packages at the Iowa Alumni Chapter’s Palonza night. What will he do next? That’s up to his fellow Bulldogs.

Here’s how it works:

  1.  Cut out Flat Spike and color/design him any way you like. If you’re lacking artistic genius, no problem. Just print out the color copy at
  2. Take Flat Spike somewhere cool! Show him somewhere awesome in the places you live. Take him on a family trip. Wherever you want to go, this loyal Bulldog is sure to follow.
  3. Take a picture and email it to, tweet it to @TrumanAlumni or mail it to the Truman Advancement Office. Be sure to include your name, address, if you’re in an alumni chapter and where Flat Spike is.
  4. We’re going to track this guy’s travels and the alumni chapter with the most photos will win a special prize at the end of the year!
  5. School teachers: Flat Spike really likes kids, and his buddy Stanley is getting a little tired. Send him out on your students’ travels! Any friend of Flat Spike’s is a friend of Truman.
Stephen Randall Roberts (’68, ’71) found Flat Spike at the ballpark in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Randall Roberts (’68, ’71) found Flat Spike at the ballpark in Washington, D.C.

Not only could you win some Truman swag, but now you can show off your Truman spirit wherever you go (he makes a pretty great travel buddy). All of Flat Spike’s adventures can be found on his Facebook page,



Getting the Band Back Together

Pictured, left to right: Joel Kirby (’13), Eian Zellner (’13), Chelsea Lundberg (’13) and David Schatz (’13).

Pictured, left to right: Joel Kirby (’13), Eian Zellner (’13), Chelsea Lundberg (’13) and David Schatz (’13).

Approximately 125 people attended the  Truman alumni and friends reception in January sponsored by the Department of Music and hosted by Dan Peterson, director of bands, during the Missouri Educators Conference annual meeting at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo.



Traveling with Truman

CostaRicaGroupInsideIn case you missed it, the Truman Alumni Travel Program recently visited beautiful Costa Rica. The program offers worry-free vacations to breathtaking destinations.Want to avoid hassle? The prices are competitive and include daily activities and many of your meals. Not only that, but you have a representative from Truman there with you, answering questions and helping you prepare for the trip ahead.

“I joined the Costa Rica tour and found it perfect for individual adventure and qualified experienced tour management. Denise Smith, Truman’s director of alumni relations, provided her knowledgeable and confident travel experience, patience and gentle kindness to enhance our group chemistry and comfort. I found it was an exceptional way to see the country of Costa Rica with no hassle or worry. We had first-class accommodations and ample opportunity to individualize our vacation experience. I must add that a top reason for me signing up for the next Truman Alumni Association-sponsored adventure will be the opportunity to meet new Truman friends with whom there is already a common bond and loyalty.”
—DONNA BAILEY (’76, ’84)










Make sure to keep a look out for next year’s trip to France. More information can be found at, or questions may be emailed to Denise Smith, director of alumni relations, at

Are You a Member?

Our alumni chapters are more than just socials and sporting events. Chapter members leave lasting legacies by volunteering their time at events and fundraisers, serving as mentors for students and supporting scholarships to enhance the Truman experience for the great students that will someday pursue their own excellence at the University. Being a chapter member is a great opportunity to network with other successful Bulldogs and offers a chance to build personal leadership skills.

Individual memberships are only $20, joint memberships are $30, and recent grads/current students get half-off! Go to

Not a member of your local chapter yet? Joining is easy, and members are privy to some exclusive benefits. Check out the full list online at

Save the Date – Homecoming – Oct. 10-12

We are busy making preparations for this year’s Homecoming weekend! There’s an even bigger and better Bulldog Tailgate in the works, plus, we will be honoring the Class of 1964 (and prior) as our Golden Alumni. If you would like to participate in the celebration, tickets are now available in the Alumni Store. Just head to and click on “Homecoming 2014.” More information will be available in the next few weeks on all of this year’s Homecoming events. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook at, and keep checking the mail for more details!

Checking in with the Chapters


A look at what some of the alumni chapters have been up to and what they have in store. For the latest news on all upcoming events, visit

Chicago Alumni Chapter: Lakeview Food Pantry, March 15
Thank you to all of the incredible volunteers that came to help out at the Lakeview Food Pantry. Chicago alumni packaged more than 130 bags of food to be delivered to homebound residents of the Lakeview community. Each resident received two bags of food containing meat, canned goods, milk, grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and even flowers. Some of the bags were specially packaged for residents with health concerns. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning by helping others and reminiscing about the Kirksville community!

Dallas Alumni Chapter: Spring Banquet, April 26
Bulldogs of all eras joined the Dallas Alumni Chapter at the annual spring banquet. After the meal, special guest, football coach Gregg Nesbitt (’80), updated everyone on Bulldog athletics and the University.

Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter: National Zoo Tour, June 28
The Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter invites you to a day at the zoo. There will be two special tours offered (more details online) to give an exclusive look at one of our nation’s treasures. The tour is FREE for chapter members, and $5/person or $15/family for non-members. Tickets are available in the Alumni Store. Not a member? Join the chapter for the special discount.

NEMO Alumni Chapter: Golf Tournament, July 11
Golfers of all levels are invited to join the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter for their annual scholarship scramble. Entry fee is $60/person or $240/team and includes lunch, soda, sports drinks and a chance to win some great prizes. To register, visit the online Alumni Store, or contact Denise Smith at, (660) 785-4133.

Kansas City Alumni Chapter: Golf Tournament, July 19
The Kansas City Alumni Chapter invites you to participate in this year’s tournament at the Shoal Creek Golf Course. Golfers of all levels are encouraged to participate in this fun and exciting day. The day starts at 8 a.m., followed by a lunch buffet with hamburgers, brats, chicken and all of the fixings. Entry fee is $100/person or $400/team and can be paid through the Alumni Store.

Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter: Cooper’s Oak Winery, Higbee, Mo., Aug. 23
The Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter is headed to Cooper’s Oak Winery in Higbee. This small-town winery is also located on the premises of A & K Cooperage, manufacturer of fine American and French Oak barrels. Their wines are stored in a unique wine cellar, which was built in the historic Higbee City Jail. Come enjoy a summer day in the countryside while tasting the wines.

St. Louis Alumni Chapter: Cards vs. Cubs Game & Tailgate, Aug. 30
The St. Louis Alumni Chapter invites you to a night of MLB action as the Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30. There are tickets reserved in the Left Field Pavilion, $25 for chapter members and $30 for non-members. Before the game there will be a free tailgate complete with nacho bar and soda; cash bar will be available. Tickets are on sale now in the Alumni Store. Space is limited.

Arizona Alumni Chapter: Bulldogs Visit the Cooler Climates of Flagstaff, August TBA
Join the Arizona Alumni Chapter for a trip to Flagstaff. Members will meet for brunch before visiting the Lowell Observatory for a guided daytime tour, followed by viewing various wonders of the night sky through the famed Clark Telescope. Truman alumni and friends who want to make this a weekend trip can stay overnight and hike the Oak Creek Canyon trail in the Coconino National Forest with the chapter the following day.

Iowa Alumni Chapter: “Battle of the Bulldogs” Truman vs. Drake Football Game, Sept. 6
The Iowa Alumni Chapter wants you to help them cheer on the Truman football team as they battle the Drake Bulldogs in Des Moines. The chapter will host a barbeque tailgate prior to the game with refreshments and door prizes. Chapter members will get a discount on tailgate and game tickets. Help us pack Drake Stadium in PURPLE!