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Truman State University

Truman State University is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in Missouri, United States. It is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.


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Truman State University was founded in 1867 by Joseph Baldwin as the First Missouri Normal School and Commercial College. Baldwin: a pioneer in education, his school quickly gained official recognition in 1870 by the Missouri General Assembly, which designated it as the first public teaching college in Missouri. Joseph Baldwin statue on the Truman State University campus 25 Missouri counties were designated as the school's college district, including Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Clark, Howard, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Macon, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, St. Charles, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan and Warren. No official school colors have ever been selected. However, Basil Brewer wrote the school song "The Purple and White" in 1902, prompting the college to adopt school colors of purple and white. They have remained the school colors since. And in 1915, the bulldog became the official mascot of the university. In 1924 a fire destroyed Old Baldwin Hall and the library. Both were rebuilt, with $25,000 for the library donated by Samuel M. Pickler, a member of the first graduating class of 1870, former faculty member, and local merchant. The broad pond in the quadrangle (a prominent feature in pre-1924 photographs) was pumped dry in a futile attempt to put out the fire. The depression was filled in with debris from the ruined buildings and covered with grass, now serving as the quadrangle ("Quad") of the campus. Years Name 1867�68 North Missouri Normal and Commercial School 1868�70 North Missouri Normal School 1870�1918 North Missouri Normal School of the First District 1918�68 Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (Commonly called Kirksville State Teachers College) 1968�72 Northeast Missouri State College 1972�96 Northeast Missouri State University 1996�present Truman State University The college was renamed Northeast Missouri State University in 1972, and, in 1983, the university was awarded the G. Theodore Mitau Award for Innovation and Change in Higher Education by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Northeast Missouri State continued pushing for excellence. On June 20, 1985, Governor John Ashcroft signed a bill that designated the university as Missouri's only statewide public liberal arts and sciences university. This changed the school's mission to a state-wide rather than a regional (northeast) objective. As such, nearly 100 programs were dropped in the span of six years, including all two-year programs that did not fulfill the liberal arts mission. The school continued to win praise from such publications as US News and World Report and the university's reputation continued to spread. By the 1990s, the university was no longer solely a teachers' college, but also had a nationally-known accounting division and schools of science, mathematics, computer science and literature. Ten years after Governor Ashcroft's designation, Governor Mel Carnahan signed legislation renaming the school Truman State University. Truman State University is designated by statute as Missouri's premier public liberal arts and sciences institution.

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Truman State University is committed to the advancement of knowledge, to freedom of thought and inquiry, and to the personal, social, and intellectual growth of its students. The University strives to identify and maintain a recognized standard of excellence in all of its educational activities. The mission of Truman State University is to offer an exemplary undergraduate education to well-prepared students, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, in the context of a public institution of higher education. To that end, the University offers affordable undergraduate studies in the traditional arts and sciences as well as selected pre-professional, professional, and master's level programs that grow naturally out of the philosophy, values, content, and desired outcomes of a liberal arts education. The highest goals of a liberal arts education are to ignite the individual's curiosity about the natural and social universe and then aid him or her in developing the skills and personal resources to channel knowledge into productive, satisfying activity. In pursuing these goals, the University seeks to cultivate in its students



Samuel W. Arnold � former US Congressman from Missouri 1st district Jedh Colby Barker � United States Marine Corps, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War Robert J. Behnen � a genealogist and former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives Beryl Franklin Carroll � 20th governor of Iowa James E. Carter � former White House and Administration official (2001-2008) and current Senior Director of Government Affairs at Emerson John W. Cauthorn � a former Republican member of the Missouri State Senate John V. Cox � Retired United States Marine Corps aviator and Major General Mike Colona � Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives Alphonso Jackson � 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Clare Magee � U.S. Representative from Missouri Rebecca McClanahan � RN and professor of Nursing, and former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives Susana A. Mendoza � member of the Illinois House of Representatives John R. Murdock � U.S. Representative from Arizona General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing � American Army Officer who achieved rank of General of the Armies Milton Andrew Romjue � U.S. Representative from Missouri Mary Rhodes Russell � judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri � appointed in 2004 and retained in 2006 Ed Schieffer � Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives Eric Schmitt � Missouri state senator serving from 2009�present Arthur L. Willard � U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and winner of the Navy Cross



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