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Homecoming Returns with Old and New Traditions

After taking a year off from in-person Homecoming, Truman’s 2021 Homecoming blended traditional events for both students and visitors to campus with new ways of approaching old classics. The alumni events kicked off with the Truman Experience, which replaced the Bulldog Forever Banquet. As a part of the Truman Experience, seven notable alumni received Dogs of Distinction Awards:

Alumnus of the Year Bill “Woody” Woodall (’79)

Young Alumna of the Year
Hope (Slaby) Harms (’07)

Distinguished Service Donna (Tague) Bailey (’76, ’84)

Distinguished Service Dennis Hohn (’67, ’73)

Distinguished Service Dr. Fontaine Piper (’70, ’78)

Parade Grand Marshal John Garlock (’90)

Denise L. Smith Volunteer of the Year JoEllen (Flanagan) Engelbart (’11) posthumously


Additionally, the St. Louis Alumni Chapter was awarded the Bulldog Forever Initiative of the Year for their event “Home for the Holidays Virtual Mixology Class.”

The Truman Experience also brought back one of Truman’s richest Homecoming traditions – the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony. The tradition of honoring 50th year graduates began in 1996. The University paused that tradition in 2020. As a part of Truman’s Homecoming 2021, 34 alumni from the classes of 1970 and 1971 received commemorative golden diplomas from University President Sue Thomas.

The Bulldog Forever tailgate invited alumni, friends and community members to celebrate with students, faculty and staff.

At the football game, students crowned Homecoming royalty and celebrated the culmination of a new Truman Homecoming tradition by announcing the amount of money raised during the week for charity. The recipient of this year’s philanthropy efforts is FLATS (Forest Lake Area Trail System). More than $15,000 was raised for FLATS as a part of Homecoming competitions.

Relive Homecoming 2021’s highlights here.


Spectators (above) and the Statesmen Marching Band (below) at the Homecoming Parade

At the Bulldog Forever, Tailgate Team Davis St. (made up of Delta Zeta and Alpha Phi Omega) won the Homecoming Cup.

The Student Homecoming Committee presents FLATS with a check for $15,707.43 raised during Homecoming Week.

Recognition Programs Showcase Exceptional Alumni

Alumni Fellows

Beginning in 2022, a group of alumni will be selected each fall as Alumni Fellows. Sponsored by the Office of Advancement and the University’s five academic schools, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers. The Alumni Fellows program is designed to enrich the Truman experience by exposing students to outstanding alumni who share extensive knowledge and real-world experience from their respective fields. Nominees must have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession, have made significant contributions to their community and demonstrated integrity in their personal lives.

To nominate an outstanding alumnus/alumnae, go online to

The Echo 25

Truman, in an effort to create new and meaningful ways to engage with a diverse and ever-growing Bulldog family, has established a new young alumni recognition program – The Echo 25.

The familiar name of the signature program originated with Truman’s former yearbook, “The Echo.” The 1960 edition of the University’s yearbook details the symbolism of echoes in the Truman Tradition: “Echoes repeat the notes of a student’s life. They resound the new progress, the new ideal, and the new decade of the Teachers College.” Similarly, the success of Truman’s young alumni echo a tradition of excellence across the University’s long history.

The Echo 25’s inaugural class will feature 25 exceptional alumni under the age of 40 who will be recognized at a ceremony in fall 2022. Candidates for the award must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University and be under the age of 40 by the announcement of winners in September 2022.

Recipients of The Echo 25 will be selected based on the ways they live out Truman’s characteristics of graduates. Truman graduates are creative, socially responsible leaders and engaged world citizens. They are responsible, informed and compassionate. They have the characteristics that enable them to be active, successful participants in their worlds.

Nominations for The Echo 25, can be made at

Nominations for the Alumni Fellows and The Echo 25 will open April 15 and are due by May 15.

The inaugural class of Truman Alumni Fellows and The Echo 25 will be welcomed back to campus Sept. 22-24. Both groups will be honored in conjunction with the Truman vs. Tiffin University football game.

Order a Free Alumni Car Decal

The Truman Alumni Association offers free automobile decals for alumni to help promote the Bulldog spirit around the nation. To order your free decal, update or verify your information at The decal will be mailed to the address you provide. Show your Bulldog spirit, and order your free decal today!

Reunion Services

The Truman Alumni Office is here to help you plan your next on-campus reunion! A new program offered by the Office of Advancement will provide planning resources for groups wanting to host reunions on campus. There is no better way to connect to the University and to your affinity groups than to host an on-campus reunion. The Alumni Office is committed to helping you rekindle warm memories, reunite with familiar faces and reconnect classmates, faculty, staff and new friends. The Reunion Services program assists with planning on-campus events by helping secure locations, working with on-campus catering and promoting the event through mass email and website. The Alumni Office is also happy to provide Truman swag for attendees. Interested in planning an on-campus reunion? Learn more about Truman Reunion Services at