Alumni Stories

Truman’s vision is to produce citizen-leaders committed to service; globally competitive; able to thrive in the complexities of an advanced, technical and multicultural world; and inspired to live healthy and meaningful lives. With the depth and breadth of studies at the heart of the liberal arts and sciences education offered at Truman, our graduates are making a significant, positive impact through their amazing intellectual, professional, and service contributions. Here are some of their stories.

Brandi Bartel
Brandi (Brown) Bartel ('04): Bringing Hope to Victims of Violence
Mike Leech
Mike Leech ('75, '77): A Teacher on the Watch/Civilian Servant
Truman alumnus Mark Grider
Mark Grider ('95): Building a Broad Base for a Law Career in Washington, D.C.
Oseyi Ikuenobe
Oseyi Ikuenobe ('05): Working in Silicon Valley @WalMart Labs
Corinne Brinkerhoff
Corinne Brinkerhoff ('02): Writing & Producing in Hollywood
Cody Sumter at Google
Cody Sumter ('10): Landing a Dream Job with Google
Ben Rearick ('10):  Libraries & Literacy Teacher Trainer with the nonprofit, Link Ethiopia
Ben Rearick ('10): Teaching in Ethiopia
Dan Sem: Lending a Helping Hand Around the World
Dan Sem ('95): Disaster Relief Volunteer/Pastor/Entrepreneur
Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90) Neurosurgeon
Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90):
Specializing in Neurosurgery
VIDEO-Charlie Miller ('95) Cyber Security Expert/Uber
Charlie Miller ('95):
Cyber Security Expert/Uber
Ray Armstead (’84): Olympic Gold Medalist
Ray Armstead (’84): Olympic Gold Medalist
Emma Merrigan ('14) Graduate Student
Emma Merrigan ('14): Graduate Student
Rachel ('10) & Jeremy ('10, '12) Mapp: House Parents for Homeless Teenage Boys
Rachel ('10) & Jeremy ('10, '12) Mapp: House Parents for Homeless Teenage Boys
Wally Horn ('58, '62): Iowa State Senator
Wally Horn ('58, '62): Iowa State Senator
Jamie (Smith) Manker (’98, ’00): Social Studies Teacher/Department Chair-Rockwood Summit High School
Jamie (Smith) Manker (’98, ’00): Social Studies Teacher/Department Chair-Rockwood Summit High School
 Ron Thomas ('65): Former President of Dakota County Technical College width=
Ron Thomas ('65): Former President of Dakota County Technical College
Mike McClaskey  ('85): DISH Network Executive
Mike McClaskey ('85): DISH Network Executive
Truman Alumnus Marco Ilardi
Marco Ilardi (’99): President of Adknowledge
Dawn Runge ('05): Chiropractor in Nambia, Africa
Dawn Runge ('05): Chiropractor in Namibia, Africa
Kevin Urbatsch ('88):  Attorney/Myers Urbatsch P.C.
Kevin Urbatsch ('88): Attorney/Myers Urbatsch P.C.


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Plamena

Joining an alumni chapter is undoubtedly the best way to stay involved after you graduate. Whether you decide to help out organizing events or just attend them, I can guarantee you that you will not only have fun, but also make new friends and network with other alumni in the process!

Plamena Koseva ('13)