On June 30, 2016, we completed the third year of the campaign and the first year of the public phase. More than $30.6 million (77% of our goal) has been raised through the campaign.
With two years remaining, we are encouraged with the excellent progress and remain confident the goal will be met and surpassed.
- The Impact of Your Gifts: How a Study Abroad Scholarship Made a Real Difference in the Life of a Truman Student
- Commitment Enhances Parents Scholarship
- Estate Gift Funds New Scholarship Endowment
- Alumni Pledge Record-Breaking Donation
A $7 million gift from Dan and Jan Shepherd stands as the largest ever received by Truman State University, and an overwhelming majority of that donation will go directly to support students. Dan (’79) and Jan (’76) are the owners and operators of Shepherd Farms, a large and diverse farming operation in northern Missouri specializing in pecans. Their donation comes in the form of a planned gift arrangement through their estate and calls for the creation of two new scholarship endowments of $3 million each. These new funds will provide recipients with up to 50 percent of the total cost of tuition, as well as room and board, for each academic year.
- Sharing Good Fortune With Others
For some students, finding a way to pay for tuition can be more difficult than any challenge they may face in the classroom. Kay (Dewey) Baird (’62) is among the growing number of alumni who are doing what they can to help.
- Finding Ways To Pay It Forward
Deb Kerby, dean of the School of Business, has a great history with the University as she received undergraduate and graduate degrees in business education from Truman. As a student, she received financial support, and now she has discovered how she can pay it forward and help students following in her footsteps.
- Honoring A Golf Coach
In a show of respect and appreciation to her former coach, Jaime (Geer) Steinman (’00), along with her husband David, established the Sam Lesseig Women’s Golf Scholarship in 2013. Lesseig, an associate professor emeritus of mathematics, was responsible for establishing the women’s golf program at Truman in 1985. He served as the head coach until his untimely passing in 2013. During his 28 years as coach, Lesseig produced two All-Americans and 14 academic All-Americans while leading the Bulldogs to 11 postseason appearances at the National Golf Coaches Association Division II National Championships and the NCAA Division II and III Women’s Golf Championships. In 1999-2000, four members of the team were named to the NGCA all-academic team, the most in school history.
- Providing Students An Inside Look At State Government
One of the most transformative experiences offered at Truman, made possible by the Fund for Excellence, is the Missouri Government Internship Program. It allows students to spend the spring semester interning with a legislator, public official or state agency at the Capitol in Jefferson City. In addition to providing students of all majors an inside look at state government and the political process, the program has special appeal for those anticipating careers in business, law, public relations, communication, government service or public affairs.
- Thanks a Million Dr. McClain
The “Thanks a Million, Dr. McClain!” fundraising campaign is an important component of the “Pursue the Future” campaign designed to recognize former University President Dr. Charles McClain for his contributions while raising more than $1 million in his memory. Gifts to this initiative provide valuable support for the ABC/Charles J. McClain Scholarship Fund, the Charles J. McClain Scholarship Endowment and the General John J. Pershing Scholarship Endowment. Each of these funds meant a great deal to McClain, and they all address one of Truman’s greatest institutional priorities — providing scholarship resources to deserving students.
- Two Influential Foundation Funds Become Permanent Endowments
A planned gift from Elsie and Ron Gaber ensures future support for a special award as well as a unique spot on campus. Thanks to the couple’s generous support, both the Gaber Achievement Award and the Gaber Solar Clock Garden will benefit students, faculty and staff for generations to come.
- Barner Establishes School of Business Endowment
Mark D. Barner (’81) serves Ascension — the nation’s largest nonprofit health system, which is based in St. Louis — as its chief information officer and the chief executive officer of its technology subsidiary: Ascension Information Services. Ascension operates in 23 states and the District of Columbia through more than 130 hospitals and 1,900 other sites of care.
- Students Connect With Alumni Chicago Style
Sponsored by 1992 alumnus and TSU Foundation Board member John Thompson, the program featured a collection of Truman alumni and other professionals who interacted with students through a series of meetings, panel discussions and seminars. The event was designed to introduce students to career options, understand organizations and professional roles and networking and make connections.
- Stadium Renovation Project Moving Forward
Progress continues in the quest to upgrade facilities at Stokes Stadium at Truman State University.
A trio of improvement projects is planned for the 2018 year, including the construction of a new press box, the replacement of field turf and resurfacing of the Kenneth Gardner Track as Truman is set to host the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships in the spring of 2019.
- VIDEO: “Pursue the Future” Campaign Kickoff Celebration
Oct. 9, 2015—Truman State University’s Homecoming 2015 festivities included a kickoff celebration for the University’s $40 million “Pursue the Future” Campaign, Truman’s biggest and most ambitious fundraising effort to date. Watch a video of the Bulldog Forever Homecoming Celebration, which includes the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony, introductions of the 2015 Homecoming honorees, and the “Pursue the Future” campaign kickoff celebration. The event took place on campus in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
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Truman State University Launches $40 Million “Pursue the Future” Fundraising Campaign
Oct. 9, 2015—Truman State University publicly announced a $40 million comprehensive fundraising campaign entitled “Pursue the Future.” The public launch was initiated by President Troy D. Paino at a press conference and special ceremony during Homecoming on Oct. 9, 2015.