University to Celebrate Mission Change, Name Change Anniversaries

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The University will be celebrating the mission change and name change anniversaries with a barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 on the mall. David Nichols, Randy Smith and Jay Bulen will provide music during the barbecue. The rain site will be the Student Union Building Quiet Lounge. Cost is $4 in advance and $5 the day of the picnic. R.S.V.P. to the Public Relations Office by June 27 at 785.4016.

Ten years ago on July 1, 1996, legislation went into effect that changed the University’s name to Truman State University.

Twenty years ago on Jan. 1, 1986, legislation went into effect that changed the University mission from a regional university to a statewide public liberal arts and science university.

Additionally,  there is an exhibit “Normal to Truman: A 10th Anniversary Celebration of Our Name Change” currently on display in the Pickler Memorial Library gallery. The exhibit will be on display until July 1. It covers all the name changes in Truman’s history and a few of the events of note that occurred under each name, including the transition from a private to a state school, the mission change, the Mitau Award, the “firsts” (first Index, first yearbook), and more. For more information about this exhibit, contact Elaine M. Doak at 785.7368.
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