Gov. Matt Blunt Establishes Graduate Education Week

Gov. Matt Blunt established Graduate Education Week, to take place April 2-9, in a proclamation signed on March 17.

Blunt's proclamation highlights the importance of graduate education and the impact it has in our state, including teachers with advanced degrees, skilled researchers, the ability to attract new businesses and the overall economic impact of a graduate education.

Current master's programs at Truman include accountancy, biology, communication disorders, education (MAE), English and music. Each of these programs at Truman is highly selective in its admission standards, and provides a high quality graduate educational experience.
Several Truman alumni who continued with their postgraduates studies at Truman have received statewide recognition.

Andy Gensler, a 1999 MAE graduate, won the National Educator award from the Milken Family Foundation. This award was referenced in the proclamation.

Jesse Bohlmeyer, a communication disorders graduate student, was named the 2006 Outstanding Graduate Student in Missouri by the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Stephanie Bertel, a 2004 Master of Arts graduate, received the award in 2005.

Alaina Denney, an English graduate student, has been awarded the 2006 Robert J. Greef award presented by the Missouri Association of Teachers of English. The award is presented annually to a student completing an English education program in recognition of strengths in academic performance, leadership and character.

Michael Van Bebber, a music graduate student, was one of three composers selected from an international call for scores by the Virginia chapter of the College Band Directors National Association.

Margaret (Peggy) Zahner, a 2002 MA and MAE graduate, has been named "Teacher of the Year" in the St. Louis Parkway School District.

The accountancy program has been ranked among the top five schools in the nation for successful completion of the CPA exam in the first sitting for the past few years.  In one notable year, Truman graduates earned the top three scores on the May 2002 Missouri CPA exam.
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