University Press Celebrates 20th Anniversary

In celebration of 20 years of dedicated service to the Truman academic community and beyond, the Truman State University Press (TSUP) is hosting several events during the week of Nov. 13-16, in honor of its 20th anniversary.

The events kick off with a presentation for students interested in a career in publishing, titled “Thinking About a Career in Book Publishing?” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Career Center.

Truman State University Press staff will present information about opportunities to get started in book publishing on campus and in the career field.
Poet Rebecca Dunham will have a poetry reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Dunham will read from her 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize-winning book, “The Miniature Room.”

The events continue with a faculty luncheon, featuring a presentation titled “The Value of the University Press” at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. The Press staff will give a presentation on what the Press does, how it works and who can benefit from its services.

The week of celebration will wrap up at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Student Union Building Lounge with a TSUP 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. The event will feature guest speaker Richard Koffler, who will be speaking on the future of scholarly publishing. He is the director of publisher relations at Questia. He has nearly 30 years of experience in managing editorial acquisition for scholarly publishing houses and he now oversees all aspects of Questia’s relations with content providers in the worlds of university press, trade and society publishing. Koffler comes to Questia from the international publishing firm of Walter de Gruyter. Earlier he had been executive director of the Association of American University Presses and had established the publishing support program for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The dinner is open to the public, and tickets are available at the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall 101 or Truman State University Press at 785.7336 for $10 each. Tickets must be purchased by noon Nov. 11.

The Truman State University Press will also offer information about the TSUP publishing program and student internships with the Press. The Press will be providing opportunities to win free books from 2-6 p.m. Nov. 13-16 in the Student Union Building.
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