Vol. 15, No. 36 - July 18, 2011


  • “Bright Minds Bright Futures” Surpasses Goal

    Truman recently completed its five-year “Bright Minds Bright Futures” fundraising campaign, eclipsing a $30 million goal by more than $600,000.

    The University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign ended June 30, 2011, with a total of $30,638,357 in cash, pledges and new planned gift commitments.

    Campaign chair Chuck Foudree, with the help of Truman students, demonstrates the final total for the
    Bright Minds Bright Futures campaign during a reception July 7 in the Student Union Building.

    “I am deeply grateful to the thousands of alumni and friends who have responded so generously to our call for support,” said President Troy Paino. “Over the past five years, the campaign has received a total of 18,690 gifts, including 12,298 from alumni.”

    In all, donors established a total of 194 new funds with the Truman State University Foundation, including 120 new named scholarship funds.

    The campaign featured several major priorities, including student scholarships, student enrichment and academic program support, faculty support, athletics and various mission enhancement initiatives. According to Paino, student scholarships were the focal point of the campaign, and donors responded generously to this priority. A total of $14,018,594 was generated in scholarships from the campaign, nearly 46 percent of all dollars raised.

    “The University is committed to remaining financially accessible and providing exceptional value,” he said. “Truman competes with other highly selective colleges, most with substantial endowments, for talented students. These additional resources will help us attract qualified students with financial need.”

    A second major priority included generating new resources for student learning opportunities outside the classroom. A total of $8,285,294 has been raised for student enrichment and academic programs, impacting areas such as study abroad, distinguished speaker series, library enhancements, lectureships, student undergraduate research, programs to benefit the schools and departments, cultural programs and internships.

    Other gifts provided campus art, the University’s first endowed faculty chair and faculty professorship, capital and facility improvements, a student and faculty emergency fund and support for athletics, among many others.

    “While the economic environment of the past few years made it a challenging climate to secure resources, I am humbled by the generous response from our donors and excited about Truman’s future,” Paino said. “It is clear that private gift support from alumni and friends will play an increasingly important role as Truman moves forward, and we have established a solid base for future campaign efforts.”

    The University received exceptionally strong support from the local and regional community, as alumni and friends from its Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter collectively contributed $8.3 million to the campaign, including $1.3 million from Truman’s faculty and staff.

    Campaign priorities were determined through a collaborative planning process that began in 2005 and included input from campus faculty and staff, from key University stakeholders and goals from the University strategic plan. The campaign officially opened July 1, 2006 and concluded June 30, 2011.

    Chuck Foudree, retired vice president and chief financial officer for Harmon Industries in Kansas City, served as campaign chair and led a corps of more than 100 volunteers who helped conduct regional campaign efforts designed to gather participation from alumni and friends across the country. Former University President Dr. Charles McClain served as the campaign’s honorary chair.

    “The devotion and impact of our volunteers on the Bright Minds Bright Futures campaign is inestimable,” Paino said.

    Bright Minds Bright Futures Campaign Support by Priorities


    Student Enrichment/Academic Program Support

    Faculty Support


    Mission Enhancement


    For more information on the Bright Minds Bright Futures campaign, go to campaign.truman.edu.

    To view a list of all the existing funds operated by the
    Truman State University Foundation, visit giving.truman.edu.
  • Cardinals vs. Cubs Alumni Event

    The Truman State University St. Louis Alumni Chapter invites faculty, staff, alumni, students, family and friends to enjoy the Cardinals vs. Cubs Saturday, July 30 at Busch Stadium.

    1:30 Pregame Reception

    3:10 Game Time

    Tickets are $35 and price includes pregame reception of nachos, soda and cash bar. Pregame reception located at the Group Sales Corner (across from the Champions Club).

    To order tickets, please visit the Alumni Store. For more information, contact Stephanie Ahrens-Mills, sahrensmills@truman.edu or the Office of Advancement, 660.785.4133, 800.452.6678, alumnievents@truman.edu.


  • Faculty Promotions and Tenure

    Promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

    Melissa Holcomb — Nursing

    Jennifer Hurst — Exercise Science

    Marilyn Yaquinto — Communication

    Paul Yoder — English Education

    Promoted from Associate Professor to Professor

    Scott Alberts — Mathematics

    Michael Bump — Music

    Dereck Daschke — Philosophy and Religion

    Taner Edis — Physics

    Laura Fielden-Rechav — Biology

    David Garth — Mathematics

    Jennifer Jesse — Philosophy and Religion

    Priya Kambli — Art

    Peter Kelly — Special Education

    Hyun-Joo Kim — Mathematics

    Julie Lochbaum — Education

    Joaquin Maldonado-Class — Spanish

    Carol Marshall — Spanish

    Marie Orton — Italian

                                 Marc Rice — Music                             

    Pamela Ryan — Mathematics

    Granted Academic Tenure

    James Cianciola — Communication

    Sheila Garlock — Communication Disorders

    Melissa Holcomb — Nursing

    Jennifer Hurst — Exercise Science

    John Ma — Biology

    Mark Smith — Communication

    Anton Weisstein — Biology

  • Move-In Volunteers Needed

    Student Affairs is looking for faculty and staff interested in volunteering to help families move their students on Move-In Day Aug. 20.

    Volunteers would be helping unload cars and carrying items to the rooms. Student Affairs also works with volunteers from Greek organizations, campus ministries, athletics and other student organizations.

    This is a great way to welcome new students to Truman. To sign up, contact the Student Affairs Office at 785.4111 or email bkral@truman.edu.
  • Smoking Policy Change Effective Aug. 1

    On Dec. 4, 2010, the Code of Policies of the Board of Governors was amended to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of any building on campus property. This policy change goes into effect Aug. 1.

    Policy already prohibits the use of tobacco in buildings and vehicles owned and controlled by the University. Members of the campus community share the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing this policy. The campus community also has the responsibility of bringing this policy to the attention of visitors. Complaints and concerns should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department or supervisor.  

  • Early Returners to the Residence Halls for Fall Semester

    If a University department has a need to bring students back early for the fall semester and the students are already signed up to live in the residence halls, please be sure to contact the Office of Residence Life at 785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu. All information regarding policies for early returners to the residence halls can be found at reslife.truman.edu/services/earlyreturners/index.asp.

  • Emergency Drill to be Conducted at Barnett Hall July 20

    The Truman State University Department of Public Safety and other area first responder agencies, along with the Missouri National Guard’s 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, will be conducting a live emergency drill in Barnett Hall and the parking lots nearby on July 20. As the drill will attempt to simulate actual emergency conditions, please be aware that participants will be using the same equipment that would be used in a real event. The drill will involve the use of a classroom in Barnett Hall and the large parking lot to the north of Barnett Hall. Any questions can be directed to Thomas R. Johnson, director of University Police, at 785.4177.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Strategic Name Development is offering a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in linguistics, English, marketing or mass communications with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications are available at namedevelopment.com/scholarship. Application deadline is Aug. 15.

    AES Engineers is providing $500 scholarships to high school seniors or college students, regardless of courses being studied, who meet certain criteria. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words in answer to one of the questions posted at aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline for entry is Oct. 7.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Aug. 1.