Truman and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to Announce Partnership at June 18 Ceremony

A partnership originally envisioned after a visit to Kirksville about a year ago by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Doyle Childers, has now become a reality. After several conversations and meetings, a formal agreement has been created between Truman State University and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to formalize the partnership creating a DNR Satellite Office on the Truman State University campus. Through this arrangement, a DNR environmental engineer now has an office and lab facilities in Magruder Hall.

“This collaboration will serve the needs of both organizations as the Department of Natural Resources will have a local field officer serving the Northeast Region (which is headquartered in Macon), while Truman State University will benefit from increased opportunities for internships and other student learning experiences, “ said Douglas R. Davenport, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Furthermore, we anticipate that the presence of the Environmental Engineer will provide opportunities for interaction and collaboration with faculty and they  will be available to serve as a guest lecturer in classes and available to work with faculty in research settings.”

Thuy Le, the DNR field officer assigned to the northeast region is already working out of Magruder Hall. Le is a water quality specialist and registered Professional Engineer in Environmental Engineering. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering, both from UCLA.

The campus is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting June 18 to celebrate the new partnership. The open house will begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by a 3:45 p.m. ribbon cutting in the Magruder Hall Cyber Cafe.
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