When Joseph Baldwin opened the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College on Sept. 2, 1867, he set the stage for producing generations of thoughtful professionals, engaged citizens, and knowledgeable leaders. Over the last 150 years, the school has experienced many changes, but Baldwin’s legacy of making an impact on the lives of others continues today. During the 2017-2018 academic year, join us in celebrating Truman State University’s accomplishments as we continue to produce life-long learners who change the world for the better. Check out the history of Truman as well!
Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 15-16, 2017
The 1867 Giving Challenge celebrated Truman’s 150-year history while building for its future. The campaign lasted 1,867 minutes between November 15 and 16, 2017. During the challenge, there were 449 gifts to Athletics, the Faculty Development Fund and the Truman Fund for Excellence. Including matching donations to these areas, $136,631 was raised during the 1867 Challenge.
Currently ongoing as a part of Truman’s 150th anniversary celebration, you are invited to make your mark on Truman’s campus by joining the efforts to renovate Sesquicentennial Plaza. The Mall that stretches between McClain Hall and the Student Union Building received much-needed updates in the summer of 2015. Renovations to the Sesquicentennial Plaza will pick up where renovations to the Mall left off, improving the area directly in front of the Student Union Building.
The Sesquicentennial Plaza project gives alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends the opportunity to be a part of the 150th celebration while providing resources to continue the renovation of this well-trafficked space. Bricks can be personalized with a gift of $150, and personalized 8″x8″ pavers are $500.
Additionally, donors can name items provided as a part of the Mall renovation, including the Plaza, Fountain and Gardens. Items already spoken for include the Library Patio, Bike Racks, and Benches.
Holman Family Distinguished Speaker
Daymond John - Friday, April 13, 2018
Daymond John from the television series “Shark Tank” gave the Holman Family Distinguished Speakers Series presentation. John is also known for his status as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and his recent book, “The Power of Broke,” which become a New York Times bestseller. He now serves as CEO of the brand consultancy The Shark group, which specializes in brand strategy and development.
The Final Blowout
Saturday, April 28, 2018
A celebration of Truman’s Sesquicentennial anniversary and the end of the school year. The event offered food (Andy’s custard, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Grill-A-Brothers), attractions, games, prizes, t-shirt decorating, and live music featuring AJ Smith, Dustin Hatzenbuhler, and Black Daniels and the Bears. A professional fireworks display concluded the event.
Stories and Memories
Harry Visits Campus
Opera on the Lake
Eleanor Roosevelt Visits Truman
The Final Four Team
Pickler Memorial Library
1924: The Baldwin Fire
Kirk Building and Kirk Memorial
1957: The Pershing Building
1967: Remembering the Centennial Anniversary
The Residence Halls
1950s: Thanksgiving Break
1967: The Bell Wall
1927: Joseph Baldwin Memorial
1966: Welcoming the Computer
1967: Student Union Building
The Gum Tree
1915: The Bulldog
1947: Bulldogs Win Bowl Game in Front of President Reagan
1867: Cumberland Academy
1984: Olympic Gold
1997: Rec Center Turns 20
Phil DiRuocco (’67): “Bringing Johnny Mathis to our campus as a member of the NEMO Student Council. Having a very active Newman Club. A November trip to Acapulco, Mexico in a 1955 Pontiac ambulance hearse with Paul Oakley, Jack Simmons, Tom Sherry & Rusty Broderick. A winter ski trip to Denver /Breckenridge, Colorado with Jim Dattilo. Student teaching in Milan, Mo., with Len Butler.”
*each links to a special article from Truman today 150th special editions