Article Tag Archives: Alumni

On Board

The Truman Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomed new members:

Bailey_Donna_2012Donna (Tague) Bailey (’76, ’84), of Kirksville, Mo., taught calculus and pre-calculus for 25+ years at Truman State University and retired in December 2009. She serves as treasurer for the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter.



BriggsSusan_Oct2011-3Susan Briggs (’95), of New York, N.Y., serves as the director of partner relations for Ropes and Gray, an international law firm. Briggs is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter.




Kuykendall_Ashley-WEBAshley Kuyendall, a Truman student from Ballwin, Mo., was elected to serve as the student representative on the Alumni Board. She is pursuing a degree in communication disorders and health science.



Patterson_Ann_120-WEBAnn (Leone) Patterson (’72, ’73) is the director of operations for Patterson Legal Group, L.C., in Wichita, Kan. Patterson is a member of the Arizona Alumni Chapter.



Popp_Pamela-WEBPamela (Weatherby) Popp (’83), of Denver, Colo., is the executive vice president of Western Litigation Inc. She serves as president  of the Colorado Alumni Chapter.




Tuia_Justis-WEBJustis Tuia (’07), of Bethesda, Md., has joined the Alumni Board as the representative for the Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter. He is employed by the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.




Turk_Jason-WEBJason Turk (’02), of St. Louis, Mo., is an attorney with Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.  He serves as president of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter.

NEMO Named Chapter of the Year

The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter was selected by the Executive Committee of the Truman Alumni Board of Directors to receive the 2012 Alumni Chapter of the Year Award. The award recognizes the outstanding achievementsof the chapter in support of the Truman Alumni Association and the University.

The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter was recognized for its success in recruiting engaged volunteers who have planned strategies to increase membership and program participation. The chapter’s traditions include annual events such as a golf tournament at the Kirksville Country Club and a fall banquet with an auction held on campus each year; both events raise funds for the chapter’s scholarship, which was established in 2005 to assist Truman students from northeast Missouri.

The Alumni Chapter of the Year Award was presented to Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter leaders at the Truman Alumni Leadership Conference held on campus Oct. 19, 2012, as part of the Homecoming activities. The Mid-Missouri Alumni Chapter was recognized as runner-up for the Chapter of the Year Award.

Save the Date Homecoming: Oct. 18-20

Has it been a while since your last time on campus? Come home to Truman for Homecoming weekend and reconnect with fellow alumni and friends. All alumni, families and friends are invited to campus to celebrate this annual tradition. Come see how the campus has changed, and we will help you re-live old memories and make some new ones. Plan to attend some favorite activities such as the Parade, 5K Race, Homecoming Celebration Banquet (includes Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Golden Alumni 50th Anniversary Diploma Ceremony & introduction of Homecoming honorees), Bulldog sporting events and receptions hosted by University departments and organizations.

Reach out to your friends and encourage them to attend Homecoming with you. For more details on Homecoming, visit

A Special Homecoming Invitation for the Class of 1963 and All Other Golden Alumni

Last October during Homecoming 2012, several alumni put on a graduation cap and gown and received a commemorative diploma presented by President Troy Paino as part of the annual Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony.

Last October during Homecoming 2012, several alumni put on a graduation cap and gown and received a commemorative diploma presented by President Troy Paino as part of the annual Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony.

If you graduated from Truman in 1963 or earlier, you are invited to a couple of special events that will take place during Homecoming 2013. On Friday evening, Oct. 18, at the Homecoming Celebration Banquet held in the Student Union Building, all alumni who graduated 50 years ago will have a chance to put on a graduation cap and gown and participate in the annual Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony; participants in the ceremony receive a commemorative diploma presented by University President Troy Paino. If you missed the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony for the 50-year anniversary for your graduation year, you are invited to participate this year. All alumni who participate in the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony can receive a complimentary ticket for the Homecoming Celebration Banquet; additional tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

That same weekend, you and your guests are also invited to the Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Student Union. Tickets for the luncheon
are $10 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under.

This summer, watch your mail for details or contact Truman’s Office of Advancement, (800) 452-6678 or (660) 785-4133. Details and registration information for all Homecoming events will be posted online at

Alumni Encouraged to Join Nearest Chapter

If you live near one of Truman’s 10 regional alumni chapters, you need to join your local alumni chapter. Alumni chapters are located in the following regions: Arizona, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Iowa, Kansas City, Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C. area), Mid-Missouri, Northeast Missouri and St. Louis. Each chapter sponsors a variety of activities, and membership includes travel discounts and other benefits. A single membership is $20 and a joint membership is $30 (current Truman students and alumni who graduated within the past 12 months can join for half-price). Sign up today at

NEMO Chapter Honors Whitney Family

During the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter Annual Banquet and Auction held on campus Nov. 15, 2012, the chapter’s Bulldog Forever Award was presented to the Whitney family. The award recognizes service to Truman, and the chapter honored the Whitney family for their continued support for the NEMO Alumni Chapter, the Arizona Alumni Chapter and the University.

Shown left to right: Alta (Carson) Whitney (’59), Mark Whitney and Larry Whitney (’59). Not pictured: Mike Whitney (’94) and his wife, Laura, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Shown left to right: Alta (Carson) Whitney (’59), Mark Whitney and Larry Whitney (’59). Not pictured: Mike Whitney (’94) and his wife, Laura, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

2012 Alumni Award Honorees

Several alumni awards were presented at the Alumni and Friends/Hall of Fame Banquet during Homecoming on Oct. 19, 2012.


Alumni of the Year: Jack Magruder (’57) & Sue (Brimer) Magruder (’55, ’77), shown with President
Troy D. Paino (on right)


Young Alumni of the Year: Mindy (Frick) McCubbin (’97) & Travis McCubbin (’97)

Distinguished Service Award: Jim Bergman (’90)

Distinguished Service Award: Jim Bergman (’90)

Bulldog Forever Volunteer of the Year Award: Will Sass (’72, ’77)

Bulldog Forever Volunteer of the Year Award: Will Sass (’72, ’77)

Homecoming 2012 Parade Grand Marshals Ed Carpenter & Nettie (Brown) Carpenter (’76)

Homecoming 2012 Parade Grand Marshals Ed Carpenter & Nettie (Brown) Carpenter (’76)

Tom Vernon Ritchie, Professor Emeritus of Music

Tom Vernon Ritchie

Tom Vernon Ritchie, professor emeritus of music at Truman State University, died Feb. 20, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. He was 90 years old.

He spent the final years doing what he enjoyed most—writing music and attending opera and other musical performances at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Ritchie was a professor of music theory and composition for more than 40 years. He also was a professional concert pipe organist and held associate certification from the American Guild of Organists. Prior to joining the faculty at Truman, he was chairman of the Music Department at Drury College and taught at Wichita State. For nearly three decades, students from south-central Iowa and north-central Missouri who wanted to teach music enrolled in his classes.

In 2008, more than 60 faculty members, former students and friends paid tribute to him during an alumni reunion at Truman where they performed more than a dozen of his works.
In addition to his classroom duties, Ritchie composed the music and wrote the libretto for the opera, “The Children of Hamelin,” based on the Robert Browning poem, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” The opera premiered at Truman in 1981. He also composed numerous works for voice, chorus, piano, woodwinds and brass.

Ritchie was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. After training in amphibious assault at Fort Pierce, Fla., he commanded several landing craft during the invasion of Iwo Jima in 1944, landing Marines of the Fourth Division on the first morning of the battle. He was also present at the landings on Okinawa. Ritchie was deployed to the invasion fleet for Japan before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

His children have established the Tom V. Ritchie Memorial Scholarship Fund at Truman State University.

Roommates Reunited

Kitti Carriker (’79, ’80) shares how she reconnected with her Centennial Hall roommate.

Kitti Carriker and Mumbi Gakuo lived in room 110 in Centennial Hall in the fall of 1975.

Kitti Carriker and Mumbi Gakuo lived in room 110 in Centennial Hall in the fall of 1975.

Mumbi Gakuo (’76, ’77) and I had a great time as roommates in room number 110 in Centennial Hall during the school year of 1975-1976. Despite our age and geographic differences (I was a freshman from Missouri, and Mumbi was a senior from Kenya), we became instant friends.
After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from Truman, Mumbi returned to Kenya in 1977, and we kept in touch by mail for the next 16 years. Coincidentally, though we didn’t realize it at the time, in the spring of 1993, Mumbi had returned to the States and settled in New Jersey at precisely the same time that I had re-located from the Midwest to Philadelphia, Pa.

When the dust settled after the upheaval of our simultaneous moves, we had somehow lost track of each other’s address. How ironic that at this point in our lives—after writing back and forth to Africa during all those intervening years—we should fall out of contact, when, in fact, we were now living a mere 100 miles apart. A couple of hours on the train and we could have spent the day together at a moment’s notice. Her two sons could have played together with my two sons. Sadly, it was much harder to re-establish contact back then.

In 2011, Mumbi Gakuo and Kitti Carriker met in New York City.

In 2011, Mumbi Gakuo and Kitti Carriker met in New York City.

At last, in the summer of 2009, with the help of the Find-A-Friend Alumni Locator Service offered by the Office of Advancement at Truman, Mumbi and I were re-united. Not only were we back in contact after a 17-year hiatus, but we were soon planning our first face-to-face get-together for the first time in 33 years. Whether or not it sounds like a hopeless cliché, honestly, it was as if no time had passed. In May 2010, Mumbi and I met up in Wichita, Kan., and then we met again in June 2011 in New York City—two times in two years.

Many thanks from me and Mumbi to the Advancement Office at Truman for making our reunion possible. We hope that our story is inspirational to other alumni and their long-lost friends.

Want to get in touch with a former classmate or roommate?
For privacy reasons, the University cannot give out personal information on alumni without their permission, but we can forward a message letting that individual know you would like to have him or her get in touch with you. Check out Truman’s Find-A-Friend Alumni Locator Service at

University Honors 1957 Alumnus

The late Cal Roebuck

The late Cal Roebuck

The President’s Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards presented by Truman State University, honors select Truman alumni and friends for meritorious service through their gifts of volunteerism, expertise and financial resources. Earlier this year, Calvin E. Roebuck, who died in 2011, was honored posthumously with the 2013 President’s Leadership Award.

After graduating from Truman in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, Cal began his career with Prudential. In 1961, he was employed by State Farm Insurance as an agent in Kirksville. In 1964, he was promoted to agency manager in St. Louis and seven years later was promoted to agency director in the Ohio State Farm Regional Office. Following a brief stint as an executive assistant in Bloomington, Ill., Cal was promoted to deputy regional vice president in the Missouri-Kansas Regional Office in Columbia, Mo. In 1985 he was promoted to vice president of the Ohio Region. Cal retired from State Farm Insurance in 2000, after almost 40 years of service.

In 2003 Cal was honored as Truman’s Alumnus of the Year, and he provided wisdom and guidance to the University while serving as a two-term member of the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors. He also demonstrated support for his alma mater by serving on committees for the University’s Magruder Hall Campaign and the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” Campaign.

Along with his wife, Lydia, Cal provided generous financial support to Truman. In 2008 the Roebucks established the Calvin E. Roebuck Business Scholarship to commemorate Cal’s distinguished career at State Farm Insurance and to provide opportunity for deserving students to receive a Truman education. The Roebucks created the scholarship fund with an outright commitment of $50,000. The fund, which was fortified with matching gifts from State Farm Insurance, has grown to more than $120,000 through proceeds of a life insurance policy and memorial gifts.

RoebuckFamilyMembers of the Roebuck family accepted the President’s Leadership Award which was presented posthumously to Cal Roebuck (’57) at the Truman State University Foundation Banquet held on campus in April 2013. Shown L-R: Jaynee Roebuck (Cal’s daughter-in-law), Jim Roebuck (Cal’s son), Lydia Roebuck (Cal’s wife) and University President Troy Paino.