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,



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