Enhancing the Truman Experience
Steve Rose takes every opportunity to give back to his alma mater, Truman State University. Most recently, Rose made a lead gift of $100,000 toward a special fund-raising initiative to name the University's main performing facility in the Ophelia Parrish/Fine Arts building in honor of retired faculty member James G. Severns."The Severns Theatre Campaign is an opportunity for colleagues, students and friends to show their gratitude to Professor Severns for 31 years of enlightened, motivating, guiding and inspiring classes and productions," said Rose. Resources from the campaign will be directed to an endowment, and annual earnings will be used for equipment, technology and enhancement, refurbishment, and ongoing maintenance of the theatre.
A 1969 Truman alumnus, Rose fondly remembers his days at Truman."Our college days were priceless," said Rose."Today, college days cost more." He knows firsthand the struggle that many students face in funding their education at Truman."Like most students, I had to work constantly and take government loans to stay in school," said Rose, who in 1994 established the Steve Rose Annual Performing Arts Scholarship to help students who need assistance to continue their studies. "I've met most of my scholarship beneficiaries, and they are bright, wonderful, talented, and grateful...Investing in the futures of these bright young scholars gives me an intellectual and emotional joy that I simply can't put into words."
Rose also gives his time to Truman. "I serve Truman because I see Truman's students, faculty and leaders promoting mutual ideas...responsible and caring leadership, honesty, that higher education is both satisfying and rewarding, that creativity should be encouraged, that entrepreneurialism is healthy, that serving others is our culture and that learning is external." Not only has Rose served on Truman's Alumni Association Board and the Truman State University Foundation Board, but he is also active with the Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter. For his service and generosity, Rose was the 2006 recipient of the President's Leadership Award.
Through his service to Truman, Rose understands the increasing need for alumni and friends to support Truman through annual gifts and by including Truman in their estate plans. In addition to his lead gift to the Severns Theatre Campaign and his scholarship, Rose has also provided for Truman through a bequest in his will. "I see our funding scholarships as investing in the mission of Truman, and our keeping Truman in our wills as nothing more than paying interest on the debts of gratitude we owe Truman for our education and the people of Kirksville for their hospitality and patience."