Article Category Archives: Alumni News

Alumni Travel Program to Visit France

fountain-361096This year the Truman Alumni Travel Program is headed on a Parisian getaway.

Want to avoid the hassle? The Alumni Travel Program offers worry-free vacations to breathtaking destinations. Prices are competitive and include many of your meals. Not only that, but you have a representative from Truman with you, answering questions and helping prepare you for the trip ahead.

TravelMonteCarlo1This year’s trip runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 6 and is a wonderful opportunity to see the highlights of France. Enjoy Paris, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Visit the palace and gardens of Versailles. Leisurely dabble in the blue Mediterranean Sea while in Monte Carlo. Travel to Beaune, Pont Du Gard, Burgundy, Avignon and Provance.

For more information, check out the travel program website at, or contact Patricia Lane at

Proud to be a Bulldog

#PurpleFridays were a huge hit in 2014. Students, faculty, staff and alumni nationwide adorned themselves with Truman purple on Fridays to celebrate the Bulldog spirit. While Purple Friday happens every week, there are two Fridays a year that stand above the rest.

Spirit-Days-ColoBBQSince 2011, we’ve celebrated Truman State University National Spirit Day twice a year. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next celebrations, April 3 and Oct. 2. This year the Truman Alumni Association partnered with student government to keep the Bulldog momentum going. Think you have the most Bulldog spirit? Send us your photos:

•     Tweet them to @TrumanAlumni. Be sure to use #TrumanSpiritDay!
•     Email them to
•     Go to and fill out the online submission form.

Spirit-Days-ConnieCharlesPhotos will be displayed on our website and Facebook pages ( As always, everyone who sends in a photo will have a chance to win some free Truman gifts. Photo contest categories include: Most Spirited, Spike’s Purple Pups (for all of our furry friends) and Lil’ Truman Tykes (for our younger Truman fans). Make sure to tell your friends and family, too. They’ll want to join in on the fun!

The big winner this past October was Connie Charles. Her entire classroom dressed in purple to show their Truman spirit. A big thank you to everyone who participated this year and helped us spread the Bulldog spirit.

Check Out the Alumni Blog

Need travel tips? Advice on your resume? How about some crafty ways to flaunt your Truman pride? Visit the newest addition to the Truman Alumni Association, the Alumni Blog. We know our alumni have a wide variety of personalities and interests. If you want to see something specific, have an idea for a future blog post or would like to be a guest blogger, let us know at

Have a blog of your own? We would love to see it! Send us the link to your blog and you could be featured on ours at

Flat Spike: Ready for Adventure

Since his debut in 2014, Flat Spike has been just about everywhere. He’s been to Cinderella’s castle in Walt Disney World, put his paws in the sand at Montego Bay and even sang with the Mark Twain Chorale International in Ireland. All of us at Truman cannot wait to see where this adventurous pup ends up next. Interested in taking Flat Spike along on your travels?

FlatSpike-ChoirHere’s how it works:

1. Cut out Flat Spike and color/design him any way you like. You can also contact the Office of Advancement at for an official Flat Spike.

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, use the hashtag #SpikeSelfie, or mail it to the Office of Advancement, 100 E. Normal Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501. Be sure to include your name and where Flat Spike is.

Now you can show off your Truman spirit wherever you go. All of Flat Spike’s adventures can be found on his Facebook page,