Article Category Archives: Alumni News

Are You an Alumni Chapter Member?

Truman has 10 alumni chapters located across the country where there are large populations of alumni. Joining an alumni chapter is a great way to network and make connections that could help in a future job search, as well as make new friends and have a great time at fun events. Chapter membership is only $20 per year and $30 for joint memberships. Recent grads may join for half price. Enjoy events like museum tours, trivia nights, social hours, professional sporting events and Truman athletic events, just to name a few. Join today! Go to and select memberships.

Visit Iceland This Summer Through the Alumni Travel Program

Spots are filling up fast for the Alumni Travel Program’s trip to Iceland, June 9-15, 2018. Participants will have opportunities to whale watch, visit one of the world’s largest geothermal power stations and explore the frozen landscapes featured prominently in “Game of Thrones.” Among the sites to behold on this scenic trip are the Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall, as well as Lake Jokulsarlon and the national park at Skaftafell.

The trip includes a daily breakfast, welcome reception and five dinners, along with first-class hotel accommodations. Daily excursions are included, and a few optional excursions will be offered. Alumni and friends will travel in comfort on a deluxe motor coach that features complimentary Wi-Fi, an experienced driver and knowledgeable tour director.

For more information on the Iceland trip, visit or contact the Alumni Office at (660) 785-4133 or

Future destinations may include Spain and Portugal, Cuba, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Panama and Washington, D.C., to name a few. To suggest a destination, or to be added to the mail list for future trips, email

Bulldog Forever – Denise Smith

Denise Smith

All totaled, Denise Smith devoted more than a third of her life to the University. As a student, she was a proud member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, maintaining her ties with the chapter long after receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1979. Following 12 years as the general manager of KMEM radio in Memphis, Mo., she returned to her alma mater as director of alumni relations.

During her nearly 18-year career, Smith worked tirelessly with the Alumni Board of Directors to create a nationwide network of Bulldogs. She was passionate in her efforts to ensure all alumni felt a genuine connection to the University. Because of her leadership, there are now 10 alumni chapters throughout the country, along with a handful of smaller alumni clubs. The University’s travel program has grown in popularity, visiting the likes of France, Scotland, London and, later this year, Iceland. Working in conjunction with the board, Smith helped institute National Truman Spirit Day, celebrated annually on the first Friday in October. Most recently, she was instrumental in establishing TruCare, a monthlong service initiative to inspire alumni to volunteer their time to charities in their communities.

Smith’s commitment to Truman was immeasurable. In addition to her duties as director of alumni relations, she served as the interim co-director of advancement from January 2016 until her untimely passing, Nov. 9, 2017. Although she is gone, the impression she left on the alumni and friends who knew her will not be forgotten.