2021 Homecoming Awards


Alum of the Year Bill Woodall ’79
Bill “Woody” Woodall was a member of Truman’s Men’s Basketball Championship team. The 1978-79 Bulldogs won the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular season championship with a 9-3 record and posted a 20-8 overall mark. In 2017, Woody and the 1978-79 Team were inducted into Truman’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Woody remains an avid Bulldog Athletics supporter and was instrumental to the Championship Challenge that raised over $100,000 in support for Men’s Basketball in 2020.

Young Alum of the Year Hope (Slaby) Harms ’07
Hope Harms has been a key player in the Truman Alumni Association since 2015. She has served the University in a variety of volunteer roles including the Kansas City Alumni Chapter, the Alumni Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Directors. During her tenure on the Alumni Board, Hope played a major role in a complete overhaul of the Association’s bylaws as well as being central to the development of two, five year strategic plans. She has been instrumental in connecting alumni back to their alma mater and has passionately worked to recruit and support new Bulldogs.

Distinguished Service Donna (Tague) Bailey ’76, ’84
Donna was a member of the mathematics faculty at Truman beginning in 1983 and taught until her retirement in 2009. She and her late husband, Dr. Wayne Bailey, established the Dr. Wayne P. and Donna J. Bailey Scholarship, benefiting mathematics and computer science students at Truman. Donna has been an active member of the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and served six years on the Truman Alumni Board of Directors. Donna remains very active on campus and is a passionate Bulldog Athletics supporter.

Distinguished Service Dennis Hohn ’67
As a student, Dennis was actively involved on campus through Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Tau Gamma and College Republicans. He served on the Foundation Board of Directors for six years. As a member of the investment committee, he use his professional expertise to grow Truman’s Foundation, building a strong financial footing that continues to support the University. A faithful supporter of Truman, Dennis established the Dennis Hohn Scholarship benefitting a student with financial need. The endowed scholarship provides a permanent source of funding to make a Truman education possible for deserving students.

Distinguished Service Fontaine Piper ’70, ’78
As a student, Dr. Fontaine Piper was a member of both the tennis team and the football team. He was inducted to Truman’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 as a member of the 1969 Men’s Tennis Team. Dr. Piper was a member of the Health and Exercise Science faculty for 34 years and retired as the chair of the program. A campaign in his honor established the Piper Movement Analysis Lab. Through his continued investment and generosity, Dr. Piper has a profound impact on Health and Exercise Science students.

Parade Grand Marshal John Garlock ’90
A Northeast Missouri native, John Garlock graduated from Truman in 1990 and has been covering news in the Heartland for more than 25 years. In July 1990, he began his career in television news as a General Assignment Reporter at KTVO. In September 1995, John was promoted to Weekend Anchor and in March 1996, he was promoted to his current position, anchor and producer of KTVO News at 6 and KTVO News at 10. Throughout his tenure at KTVO, Garlock has covered thousands of local news stories, including the deadly 2009 Kirksville tornado as well as visits by former President Bill Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Denise L. Smith Volunteer of the Year JoEllen (Flanagan) Engelbart ’11
JoEllen was a student leader, being a member of Alpha Sigma Gamma service sorority as well as Student Government, where she served as student body president. As an alum, she was an active member of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter since 2014. She served as secretary and helped alumni connect to their alma mater by planning several events. She facilitated a connection between the KC Chapter and Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence emergency shelter, and the Chapter hosted service events there benefitting victims of violence. JoEllen is being honored posthumously as she passed away in January 2021.

More information on additional alumni awards, past recipients and how to nominate someone, visit Awards and Recognition or contact bulldogforever@truman.edu.