The University is known for its beautiful grounds, and now visitors have a new spot to consider for their favorite place on campus.
After years of planning, a total makeover of the campus mall and a generous gift from an alumna, Truman has a functional area for events, complete with an updated fountain. The Sandra K. Giachino Reavey Sesquicentennial Plaza was officially unveiled in late 2019, so many alumni and friends have yet to visit the location in person.
Often referred to as the SKGRSP by students, the plaza is the culmination of Truman’s 150th anniversary brick campaign and a naming-level donation from the estate of alumna Sandra K. Giachino Reavey.
A Kirksville native and 1962 graduate of Truman, Reavey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business education. In addition to the plaza naming gift, she also established the Sandra K. Giachino Reavey Scholarship to support Kirksville High School graduates who are majoring in business at Truman. Reavey passed away in January 2018.
The plaza features inscribed bricks and pavers that were donated through the sesquicentennial campaign. The brick lookup tool, available at truman.edu/giving/donor-recognition, can be used to pinpoint the section where bricks or pavers are located on the plaza.
The fountain includes nine water spouts and 17 LED lights that can be set to different colors and run multiple programs. The new space has quickly become a popular location with students and visitors. Students have also started a new tradition of running through the fountain during the Truman Week ice cream social.