Thomas Bindbeutel and Gracie Trokey are one of six teams to advance to the semi-finals of the IARFC National Financial Plan Competition. Sponsored by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, the competition is open to undergraduate university students who are enrolled in a financial services curriculum. From a fictional case narrative, the students are requested to craft a financial plan for judging. The competition progresses through three stages, ending in three teams of students presenting their plan in person at the IARFC Annual Meeting. Finalists will be selected in February with dates and times for final presentations to be determined.  

Nancy Daley-Moore, assistant professor of health science, was named as the first Education Champion in the COVID Stops with Us Recognition Program. COVID Stops with Us is a group of local organizations and individuals committed to promoting safe practices in the Kirksville area to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. In December, the group began its weekly recognition program to highlight the work of those in the community committed to making a positive impact. Each week, three “champions” – one for the medical field, the education sector and the community at large – are acknowledged for their efforts. Daley-Moore was nominated for her work with Truman’s contact tracing program, which played a large role in the University’s ability to complete the fall semester without disruption. Nominations are ongoing and can be made here.

Ka-La Harris, director of Blanton-Nason-Brewer and Dobson Halls, was awarded the Outstanding New Professional Award by the Pan African Network within ACPA, College Student Educators International. The award recognizes “African American/Black Student Affairs Professionals who have excelled in the areas of citizenship, innovation, leadership and distinguished service to others,” specifically those “student affairs professionals with no more than three years of experience within the profession.” Harris was nominated by her ACPA mentor, Taylor Smith of Hampton University in Virginia. Harris is in her second year as a hall director in Residence Life.

Jeff Horner, men’s basketball head coach, was named Coach of the Week from during the week of Nov. 30. Other winners that week were Gonzaga’s Mark Few at the D1 level, Cliff Carroll of Mary-Hardin Baylor at the D3 level and Greg Tonagel of Indiana Wesleyan at NAIA. Horner will be eligible for the Coach of the Year award presented at the end of the year.

Priya Kambli, professor of art, has been chosen by the Missouri Arts Council as the recipient of the Missouri Arts Award for Individual Artist, the state’s highest honor in the arts. Honorees are recognized for their profound and lasting contributions to Missouri’s artistic and cultural legacy. The Missouri Arts Council described Kambli as an “internationally recognized photographer whose art is suffused with themes of loss, love and memory across generations of family, inspired by the archive of family heirlooms, artworks and photographs she brought with her to the U.S. when she migrated from India at age 18.” More information about Kambli’s work can be found at

Dylan Peeters was named GLVC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 7-13. He set a new career high with 21 points in the Bulldogs’ victory over Lindenwood, Dec. 12, and he grabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. He is currently third on the Bulldogs in points with 12.8 per game and leads the team with 11.8 rebounds per game; which remains top 10 nationally. His three double-doubles also ranks him tied for the lead nationally. This is the first time Peeters has won the award.

Glenn Wehner, professor emeritus of animal science, was inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame in December. A notable figure in the Gelbvieh cattle community, Wehner developed the first Gelbvieh herd at Truman and introduced hundreds of students to the breed. He also assisted the AGA and the American Gelbvieh Foundation over the years, serving on numerous committees and on the AGF board of directors as treasurer. Wehner also played a key role in developing the AGA’s 50-year history book.

Truman Athletics was named a finalist for the 2021 Division II Award of Excellence, which recognizes initiatives in the past year that exemplify community engagement and student-athlete leadership. One finalist was picked from each of the division’s 23 conferences, and six additional finalists were picked as at-large honorees. A committee of athletics administrators determined this year’s finalists, and the national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selects the winner, to be announced at the NCAA convention, Jan. 15. Truman’s submission was the Top Dog Challenge homecoming competition with the University of Indianapolis. SAAC hosted a cornhole tournament and raised donations for charity with a pie-in-the-face contest. Truman won both portions of the Top Dog Challenge with a total of 1,578 donors and $7,852 split between The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and the Adair County Human Society. As a finalist, Truman SAAC receives $500 for future initiatives or community engagement events.

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