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Oct. 10: Governor Proclaims Date 'Truman and Reta Wood Day' in Minnesota

Scholarship dinner and special day honors Truman and Reta Wood.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-9-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared Saturday (Oct. 10, 2015) as “Truman and Reta Wood Day” in Minnesota, honoring the late Minnesota State University, Mankato professor, Truman Wood, and his late wife, Reta.

The date of the proclamation coincides with Minnesota State Mankato’s 21st Annual Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship Dinner, which will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

The governor’s proclamation states that “Truman and Reta Wood dedicated their lives to educating young Minnesota students by helping them realize that they could be more than they imagined.”

It also stated that “Truman and Reta valued students not only as learners, but also as people deserving of respect from society,” and that “Truman and Reta both placed a strong interest in student’s academic excellence, leadership, and community service.”

Those values are used as criterions to award two full scholarships each year to individuals studying political science, public administration or international relations at Minnesota State Mankato.

Truman Wood died in 2009, and Reta Wood died in 2015.

For more information on the proclamation or about the Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship dinner, please contact Susan Taylor, director of development for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, by phone at 507-389-1006 or by email at

According to the office of the Minnesota governor’s website, the governor issues proclamations for events or activities that affect a broad group of people.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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