Truman Celebrates Graduate Education Week


Truman will celebrate Graduate Education Week Nov. 8-12 in an effort to increase public awareness about the impact and outcomes of graduate education.

The week will kick off with a virtual Graduate Office open house from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 8. hosted by Jeanne Harding, director of graduate studies, and Bethany Gibson from the graduate office.

Students will have the chance to have a free professional photo taken by Tim Barcus, University photographer, from 12-1 p.m. Nov. 9 in Barnett Hall 2220.

Take a break and participate in Wellness Wednesday by listening to Rebecca Dierking, associate professor of English education, and her online mindfulness sessions at or join Eric Dickson, assistant professor of music, trumpet, for an in-person mindful drop-in session from 2:30-2:50 p.m. in Baldwin Hall 107. Exercise and physical activity are also a great way to feel better and boost health. Join a free in-person class at the Student Recreation Center or a virtual option through

From 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 students can meet graduate students from various programs and join the Graduate Office for a virtual trivia night. Door prizes will be awarded.

The Truman Career Center will host a virtual presentation from 12-1 p.m. Nov. 11 to share resources available to graduate students. This is a chance to find out more about #HireTruman, interviews and resumes.

Stephan Parsons, graduate faculty member and dean of the School of Arts and Letters, will present a faculty trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will also be available via livestream.  

Dave Lusk, associate vice president for career development, invites in-person and online graduate students to join him for individualized assistance from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Career Center located in the Student Union Building 1110. Students can also join virtually via Zoom.

Master’s programs offered are accountancy, athletic training, communication disorders, education, English, leadership, music, counseling (online), data science and analytic storytelling (online) and gifted education (online). Applications for these programs are currently being accepted and can be found here. For more information, visit

In spring 2022 Truman will host another Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Developed by the University of Queensland, the competition challenges graduate students to explain the significance of their research projects to a general audience in three minutes or less. Currently enrolled master’s students at Truman are eligible to participate. The winner attends the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools annual competition. To find out more about Truman’s competition visit
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