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.

Sam Myers Sr. (’73): Mr. Myers Goes to Washington
The Doctors Are In
Lloyd ('72), David ('02), Jonathan ('04) & Nathan ('06) Cleaver: The Doctors Are In
Kate
Kate Reynolds ('02): Sowing the Seeds of a Healthy Future
Leah (Weiler) Cate ('10): A Passion for Patients
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.
Sarah
Sarah Foltz (’10): Administrative Coordinator & Cultivation Events Specialist for Development, National World War I Museum & Memorial

Corinne Brinkerhoff
Corinne Brinkerhoff ('02): Writing & Producing in Hollywood
Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90) Neurosurgeon
Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90):
Specializing in Neurosurgery
Brandi Bartel
Brandi (Brown) Bartel ('04): Bringing Hope to Victims of Violence
Dan Sem: Lending a Helping Hand Around the World
Dan Sem ('95): Disaster Relief Volunteer/Pastor/Entrepreneur
Emma Merrigan ('14) Graduate Student
Emma Merrigan ('14): Graduate Student
Ben Rearick ('10):  Libraries & Literacy Teacher Trainer with the nonprofit, Link Ethiopia
Ben Rearick ('10): Teaching in Ethiopia
Ray Armstead (’84): Olympic Gold Medalist
Ray Armstead (’84): Olympic Gold Medalist
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
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
Truman Alumnus Marco Ilardi
Marco Ilardi (’99): President of Adknowledge
Kevin Urbatsch ('88):  Attorney/Myers Urbatsch P.C.
Kevin Urbatsch ('88): Attorney/Myers Urbatsch P.C.
Mike McClaskey  ('85): DISH Network Executive
Mike McClaskey ('85): DISH Network Executive
Dawn Runge ('05): Chiropractor in Nambia, Africa
Dawn Runge ('05): Chiropractor in Namibia, Africa
 Ron Thomas ('65): Former President of Dakota County Technical College width=
Ron Thomas ('65): Former President of Dakota County Technical College


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Rachel Feder 1

Truman is a supportive and personal community. At Truman, you can count on the fact that your professors will know your name, say “hi” to you on campus, ask about life, and go out of their way to help with everything from research to internships to studying abroad.

Rachel F.