Virtual Alumni Events

To help create a sense of Bulldog community in an era of social distancing, Truman’s Advancement Office invites all alumni and friends to join in on our virtual events.

  • Bulldog Break: This series offers one-hour webinars with members of the Truman community presented via Zoom.
  • Book Club: The Alumni & Friends Book Club gives Bulldogs the chance to read and discuss literature virtually. Discussions are held on the Book Club Facebook page with live conversations to engage participants in real-time.
  • Virtual Alumni Events: Alumni Chapters are bringing alumni engagement online, and all alumni and friends are welcome to join them! Virtual alumni events that can be recorded will be shared online here.

Virtual Events

Financing the Big Idea

Financing the Big Idea
DATE: October 21, 2021
Truman State University highlights its commitment to women entrepreneurs by participating in the eighth annual Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), a global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders. There are many ways for entrepreneurs to finance their BIG ideas. In this session, panelists shared various perspectives on their journeys. Facilitated by Mindy McCubbin (’97), owner and founder of Truman Wealth Advisors in Columbia, Missouri, the panelists include Kathleen Bruegenhemke (’86), Hannah Magee (’13) and McGrew (’10). Bruegenhemke is the chief risk and operations officer of Hawthorn Bank in addition to serving as senior vice president of Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. Magee is the owner of Weston Wine Company, a winery and tasting room in historic Weston, Mo.
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The BIG Idea

The BIG Idea
DATE: October 19, 2021
Hosted by President Thomas and facilitated by Janet Gooch, this event features panelists are Madelaine Anderson (’11), Laci Cook (’03) and Stephanie McGrew (’10). Anderson is the co-founder and creative director of Talus Films, a full-service video production company that partners with innovative brands to create emotionally compelling films to inspire their audiences. Cook is the founder of Sip Downtown, a spirits and small plates restaurant opened in 2021 in Kirksville. McGrew is the founder of Lone Star Physiques and owner of the local Kirksville Escape Room.
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Overcoming Challenges

Overcoming Challenges through Community
DATE: May 15, 2021
Even though Truman faced significant challenges in the past year, we have so much to celebrate! This special presentation celebrates the accomplishments of the past year. Featuring Truman alumni and KCTV5 Reporter, Nathan Vickers (’11), this video includes remarks from University President Sue Thomas, student and alumni perspectives, musical performances by Anthony Cooperwood (’93) and TruMen as well as a guest appearance from Spike.
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Bulldog BITE

Bulldog B.I.T.E. – Final Competition
DATE: April 9, 2021
With the financial and professional support of alumni Doug (’94) and Diane (’95) Villhard, Truman State University hosts the annual Bulldog B.I.T.E  Elevator Pitch Competition during the spring semester. The competition allows Truman students to pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept by presenting a concept or idea for a product, service or project. Watch six finalists compete for cash prizes in the final round of the Bulldog B.I.T.E.
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Planned Giving Bulldog Break

Navigating Your Future with Gift Planning
DATE: February 24, 2021
In this one-hour webinar, Truman alumni with experience in the field of gift/estate planning help you navigate the subject of gift planning and discuss a variety of giving options which could help you support causes important to you while also ensuring the care of your family.
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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs
DATE: September 24, 2020
Truman State University highlights its commitment to women entrepreneurs by participating in the seventh annual Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), a global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders. This webinar features a number of inspirational women about their entrepreneurial journeys. In addition to celebrating their journeys, our panelists fielded questions to discuss challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs, how Covid-19 has created both opportunities and challenges and much more.
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The Art of the Side Hustle in Pandemic Times

The Art of the Side Hustle in Pandemic Times
DATE: September 22, 2020
Proud Truman alumnus and Professor and Academic Director of Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis, Doug Villhard (’94) presents an interactive session to teach you how to put your passion for entrepreneurship into practice while succeeding in your full-time role.
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Bulldog Break

BULLDOG BREAK: Meet the Dean of School of Arts and Letters
DATE: September 22, 2020
Meet Dr. Steve Parsons, the new Dean for Truman’s School of Arts and Letters and learn more about his past work experiences, what led him to Truman  and plans to work with constituents moving forward.
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Bulldog Break event with BULLDOG BREAK event with Dr. Rashmi Prasad, Dean of Truman's School of Business

BULLDOG BREAK: Meet the Dean of School of Business
DATE: August 25, 2020
Meet Dr. Rashmi Prasad, the new Dean for Truman’s School of Business and learn more about his past work experiences, what led him to Truman  and plans to work with constituents moving forward.
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Bulldog Break

BULLDOG BREAK: Career Focus
DATE: July 23, 2020
Hear from human resources professionals Phil Hall (’85), Senior Vice President for employee Relations at Wells Fargo; Bernee Long (’81), Director of  Organizational Learning at Talent Development at SHRM and Jenni Nuhn (’09), Assistant Director of Truman’s Career Center about the current landscape in the world of work. Learn more about the impact COVID-19 and social unrest are having on employment, building and managing meaningful career-focused networks and what to consider when seeking a career and much more. This session is moderated by Dave Lusk, Associate Vice President for Career Development at Truman.
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Truman Traditions Panel
Virtual Alumni Event: Truman Traditions – Past, Present and Future
DATE: July 12, 2020
Hosted by the Iowa Alumni Chapter, the Truman Traditions – Past, Present and Future virtual panel featured Truman history experts Zac Burden (’03, ’09), David Nichols and Vid Vidyasagara (’92), joined by 2020 graduate Garrett Fiegenbaum and current student Joshna Karki. Learn more about Truman’s rich history and hear from current students about new traditions building community on campus.
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Bulldog Break

BULLDOG BREAK: Dr. Wendy Miner, Chair of Truman’s Education Department
DATE: June 15, 2020
Learn how Truman’s Master of Arts in Education program responded to support interns as they were forced to modify their educational delivery and hear how the interns navigated the choppy waters of delivering meaningful content through online instruction.
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The Weight of Blood - Book Club Event
BOOK CLUB: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (’96)
DATE: May 28, 2020
The inaugural Alumni and Friends Book Club featured alumna author Laura McHugh’s first novel, The Weight of Blood. “People still whisper about Lucy Dane’s mother who vanished years ago from the town of Henbane, deep in the Ozark mountains. When one of Lucy’s friends is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost women: by the mother she never knew, and the friend she couldn’t protect.” English faculty Dr. Joe Benevento moderates the final discussion of the Alumni & Friends Book Club. 
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