This year’s A Taste of
Truman was cancelled due to lack of enrollment.We have seen a gradual decrease in the program’s enrollment over the last
few years, and this year’s enrollment was too low to provide the critical mass of
student-faculty interaction we felt was needed for a good experience. We started A Taste of
Truman in 2010 in the hope that it would grow to resemble several other
“Mini College” experiences taking place around the country, or even expand to
resemble something similar to the Elderhostel/Exploritas programs for retirees.We were very enthusiastic about the love and devotion numerous return
participants showed for the program over its three-year run.For me, it was one of the notable highlights of the year.
This will not be the end of our alumni-focused programming.In the future we will continue to strive to find alternatives that meet
the needs of our alumni for continuing education, professional development, and
enrichment.It may even be possible
that a Taste of Truman-like program
reemerges some day in a reconfigured fashion.I welcome your feedback and thoughts toward that end.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Kevin M. Minch, Director
The Truman Institute
If you are an alumnus who yearns to recapture a few days of the college experience, a teacher in need of some classroom enrichment ideas and continuing education, or a member of the community seeking a sampling of the liberal arts experience that Truman is known for, then we think you'll love the Taste of Truman. It's an inexpensive way to capture (or recapture!) a little of the college experience. What's best of all is that there isn't a single exam or paper to write!
What is It?
The Taste of Truman is an opportunity for lifelong learners to attend short lectures by some of Truman's greatest professors. Many of the faculty
who teach in the Taste of Truman program have received one of Truman's three top teaching or advising honors: The Allen Fellowship (honoring those who have greatly contributed to the life of the University and its students), the Teacher of the Year Award, or the Lee Advising Award. All of the faculty are recognized by alumni and current students as being among the most dynamic teachers on campus.
Participants have the opportunity to choose one out of two Extended Courses that meet twice, for a total of six hours, designed for more intensive examination of subjects that don't fit very nicely into a shorter lecture.
Additionally, participants select four Great Lectures from a set of eight (two during each time block) to attend over the course of the weekend. Each great lecture lasts slightly under 90 minutes and focuses on a topic both near and dear to the professor lecturing as well as of interest to a general audience. Topics each year range from science to humanities and from art to astronomy. There is a little bit of everything to sample at a Taste of Truman.
Who Can I Contact for More Information?
For more information, or to request a printed registration form, contact Jana Morton in the Truman Institute at (660) 785-5406 or e-mail email@example.com. Mail inquiries may be addressed to:
The Truman Institute
110 Baldwin Hall
Truman State University
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501
This Event is Co-Sponsored by the Kirksville Tourism Division