Vol. 20 No. 32 - May 16, 2016


  • Tetlak Recognized as Educator of the Year, Gokhale Named Research Mentor of the Year

    Alex Tetlak was named the Educator of the Year and Vayujeet Gokhale earned Research Mentor of the Year honors during the annual Accolades of Academics banquet in April.

    These awards seek to honor outstanding faculty at Truman who have devoted extraordinary effort to invest in their students.

    Tetlak is an instructor in classics. He was nominated by Bailey Jarman, Wyatt Mansell and Taylor Burgert. Other nominated faculty members include Jeff Gall, Diane Janick-Buckner, Curran Prendergast, Robert Tigner and Alicia Wodika.

    Gokhale is a professor of physics and was nominated for the award by Tyler Gardner. Other nominees include Michael Bird, Michelle Boyd, Paula Cochran, Nancy Daley-Moore and Jennifer Hurst.

    Faculty members honored at the Accolades of Academics banquet were all nominated by students and were awarded by a student-driven committee. Members from Student Government, the Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year committee. Students have the opportunity to nominate instructors for these awards each year at senate.truman.edu.

    Alex Tetlak poses with the students who nominated him for the Educator of the Year award. Pictured, from left, Sue Thomas, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, Bailey Jarman, Tetlak, Wyatt Mansell and Taylor Burgert.

    Vayujeet Gokhale (center) takes a picture with Tyler Gardner and Sue Thomas. Gokhale received the Research Mentor of the Year award after being nominated by Gardner.
  • Truman Students Win Gould Scholastic Award

    Two teams of Truman students received first and second place in the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award, earning a combined $17,500.

    The Gould Scholastic Award recognizes outstanding students who write papers on designated topics related to the financial services industry. This year, submitted papers were expected to address the potential impact of technology and innovation on the financial services industry and its services models during the next 10 years.

    First place and a $10,000 cash award went to Truman students Julian Fung, a business administration and computer science major, and Lasse Fuss, an interdisciplinary studies major, for their paper, “Capturing Value from Millennials with Integrated Financial Technology.”

    Second place and a $7,500 cash award were presented to accounting and business administration majors Ly Dong and Shane Legatzke for their paper, “Mobile Advising—The Future of the Financial Services Industry.”

    Students from Avila University, the University of Kansas, Park University, Saint Louis University, Truman State University, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University, the University of Central Missouri, Baker University and Kansas State University were eligible to compete.

    Winners were selected based on the evaluations of representatives of DST, a global provider of specialized technology, strategic advisory and operations outsourcing to the financial and health care industries.

    Truman students who took first and second place in the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award display their certificates of recognition. Pictured, from left: Chuck Boughton, faculty mentor, Ly Dong, Shane Legatzke, Julian Fung, Lasse Fuss and Matt Gould, son of the award’s namesake.
  • Truman Students Selected for State Department Scholarship

    Margaret Wilcox and Luke Bishop have both been selected to receive the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for summer 2016.

    The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. These exchange programs are designed to build relations and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

    Wilcox will study Swahili in Arusha, Tanzania. Bishop will study Azerbaijani in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    Approximately 560 undergraduate and graduate students received the CLS for 2016. Selected finalists fail from 48 states and the District of Columbia, and represent more than 200 institutes of higher education.

    Each CLS participant will spend eight to 10 weeks in one of 24 locations studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu. CLS participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

  • Truman Recognized as Missouri’s “Hidden Gem”

    For the second consecutive year, Truman has earned the distinction of being named the best “hidden gem” in the state of Missouri.

    College Raptor Inc., a college matching platform, recently released its second-annual list of hidden gem schools for each state. In order to qualify, institutions must have received fewer than 5,000 applications in the previous application cycle for which data is available and enroll at least 1,000 undergraduate students. From this set, the top-ranked college, nationally, was selected from each state.
    For more information on the hidden gems rankings, click here.



  • Save the Date: Paino Reception June 11

    The Board of Governors will host a reception from 3-5 p.m. June 11 in the Student Union Building Hub in honor of Troy and Kelly Paino for their service as President and First Lady of Truman.

  • Last Lecture Now Available Online

    President Troy Paino’s “Last Lecture” is now available on the University YouTube channel. Paino closed out the Student Activities Board Last Lecture series April 27 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium with his presentation titled “On Saying Goodbye: The Power of Letting Go.”

  • Volleyball To Conduct May Clinic For Area Kids

    The Truman volleyball program will conduct an All-Skills Clinic for players entering grades 4-12 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. May 24, 25 and 26 in Pershing Arena.

    Head coach Ben Briney and assistant coach Megan Wargo-Kearney will instruct players on all fundamental skills with lots of individual feedback. The cost is $20 per individual session or $50 for all three days.

    For additional information or to sign up, fill out and print the form and/or email Wargo-Kearney to confirm attendance and bring form and payment on the day of the clinic.

  • Register Now for the NEMO Scholarship Golf Scramble

    Four Person Scramble
    June 10
    Kirksville Country Club

    Truman alumni, family, friends and golf enthusiasts are invited to play in the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter Scholarship Golf Scramble. The tournament helps to fund the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter Scholarship, awarded to students from northeast Missouri. In addition, the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter will be awarding $50 Kirksville Country Club gift cards to first place in each flight and $25 Kirksville Country Club gift cards for second place in each flight. There will also be a lot of great door prizes, as well as prizes to the winners of the various contests.

    10:30 a.m.: Registration opens
    Putting Contest* (will continue during the tournament)
    Driving Contest* (open to all interested parties and continues until noon)
    *You do not have to play in the scramble to participate in the contests.
    11 a.m.: Lunch served on the patio
    12 p.m.: Tee-Off

    Tournament registration is $65 per golfer, or $260 for a team. Golf registration includes: green fees, lunch and gift bags. Carts can be reserved for $32, but there is a limited supply.

    All sponsors will be recognized at the tournament. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Denise Smith, director of alumni relations, at 660.785.4174. This year, there are three levels of sponsors:
    Gold level: $100 and includes contest and hole sponsorship. Gold level sponsors golf at a reduced price of $345 ($100 contest and hole sponsorship and a team of four golfers)
    Purple level: $50 and includes hole sponsorship. Purple level sponsors golf at a reduced prize of $295 ($50 hole sponsorship and a team of four golfers)
    White level: sponsors donate door prizes or registration gifts

    The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter will be awarding door prizes, attendance prizes and congratulatory prizes to the winners of the various contests and scramble.
    First place in each flight: $50 KCC gift certificate for each golfer
    Second place in each flight: $25 KCC gift certificate for each golfer

    There is limited space for registration on the day of the tournament. To guarantee a space, cart and lunch, please pre-register by June 3. Don’t have a team of four? We will make it work! Singles and doubles are encouraged to enter. Must be 18 or older to golf. For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133.

  • Staff Council Blood Drive

    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    June 9
    Student Union Building Down Under

    To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
    Sponsor keyword: TrumanState

  • Farewell Reception for Michelle Horvath

    Join the Student Affairs Office in wishing Michelle well on her next journey to Cornell.

    1-3 p.m.
    June 14
    Student Union Building Complex
  • Men’s Basketball Announces Summer Camps

    The Truman men’s basketball team will offer three summer camp options for various age groups of boys this summer.

    Boys Youth Skills Camp
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    June 6-9
    Open to boys entering grades 1-6 this fall
    Each player will develop his skills through drill work, contests and games while also receiving instruction and interaction with current Bulldog players and coaching staff. Campers will receive a camp T-Shirt as well. Cost will be $85 per camper with siblings receiving a discount of $10 off per camper.

    High School Skills Camp
    1-5 p.m.
    June 10
    Open to boys entering high school
    This camp will focus on developing and improving fundamentals through extensive drills and competitive games. The $50 cost per camper will include a T-Shirt and dinner. There are multiple discounts available to siblings and teammates.

    Truman Bulldog Team Camp
    June 11
    Teams will play at least three games with the cost being $150 per team.

    To sign up, fill out the form associated with the desired camp and mail it in or visit TrumanStateBasketball.com for online registration. For any questions, contact assistant coach Mike Annese at 303.594.3336 or mannese@truman.edu.

  • Fellowship Opportunities Available in Australia

    The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships has partnered with the Australian Government to seek applicants for Australia’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

    Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to $272,500 in Australian dollars (approximately $204,000 in U.S. dollars) for eligible non-Australians to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a master’s or Ph.D. level, either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to two years (master’s) or four years (Ph.D.).  

    Program benefits include travel and establishment allowances that can be used towards expenses such as rental bonds, textbooks, study materials or computer/software expenses. A monthly stipend is also provided to cover living expenses while residing in the host country. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed at minimum a bachelor’s degree. For more information on eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.

    The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, June 30.
  • Study Abroad Opportunity in Peru

    Applications to study abroad this summer at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Cusco, Peru, are now available.  

    Students may complete six credit hours during the four-week summer program and choose courses from a variety of disciplines including beginner, intermediate and advanced Spanish, Incan architecture, art and design in Cusco, history of the Inca civilization, contemporary society and culture of Peru, biodiversity of Peru and photography.

    To apply, fill out a Truman online application and a CCIS online application, send a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a copy of passport and two letters of recommendation to the Study Abroad Office in Baldwin Hall 118. Applications are due May 16. For more information, visit the CCIS Peru Summer website or contact the Study Abroad Office at 660.785.4076.
  • Study Abroad Opportunity in Japan

    Truman, in partnership with Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, is now accepting applications for the September 2016 enrollment for the student exchange program. Research fields for the master’s program include computer and information sciences, applied chemistry, frontier bioscience, global business analysis/planning, medical/health care systems and more. Doctoral programs are also available. Courses are taught in English. For more information and to apply, contact the Study Abroad Office in Baldwin Hall 118 or at 660.785.4076.
  • DPS May Interim Hours

    The Department of Public Safety will have different hours during the May interim.

    May 16-20               
    7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    May 21-22               

    May 23-27           
    7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    May 28-30               

    May 31-June 3           
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    In case of emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies contact the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards at 660.665.5621.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue for the Truman Today will be available May 31.


  • Notables

    Derek Benjamin, president of Truman’s Rho Rho Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, received the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award for his academic achievements and noteworthy leadership and initiative in his chapter. The Gabriela Mistral Award is granted by Sigma Delta Pi’s national executive committee and may be presented to only one person per chapter yearly. The honor is reserved for outstanding graduate or undergraduate students of Spanish who are active members of Sigma Delta Pi.

    Xiaofen Chen, professor of economics, has been selected to receive funding from the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) to participate in their “Workshop on Urbanization and Infrastructure in Asia,” taking place in Beijing in June, for her research paper on the consumption of migrant households. The ADBI is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank, a multilateral organization with 67 member economies.

    Huping Ling, professor of history, was quoted in “Here’s why Chicago’s Chinatown is booming, even as others across the U.S. fade,” published by the Chicago Tribune, May 13. 


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Schwarzman Scholars

    Schwarzman Scholars is now accepting applications for its 2017-18 class.

    Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s degree program based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top academic institutions. Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century.

    In addition to a core curriculum, scholars will focus on one of three academic disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies. Beyond the classroom, scholars will gain unrivaled exposure to China and a broader network of important relationships through prestigious internships, mentorship opportunities, distinguished speakers and extensive travel throughout China.

    In addition to evaluating applicants’ proven intellectual and academic ability, the admissions process is heavily focused on evaluating applicants’ leadership potential, strength of character, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.

    The scholarship is fully-funded for all participants, including travel costs and a modest personal stipend. The scholarship will be extended to 125 students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

    To learn more about application requirements, click here.
  • Lloyd and Lois Elmore Scholarship

    Through a generous gift from Lloyd and Lois Elmore, a trust has been established to make scholarships of approximately $1,000 per semester available annually, depending on need.  Scholarship recipients must be active in a Southern Baptist Church or in a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The scholarship recipients must attend Truman.

    Lloyd and Lois (Trower) Elmore operated a family farm in the Gibbs, Mo., community for 50 years before moving to LaPlata in 1968. Lloyd was a member of the Christian Church in Gibbs and LaPlata. Lois was the daughter of a Baptist minister and attended the Southern Baptist Church in LaPlata. She was also a member of the Loyal Bereans Class of the LaPlata Christian Church. The Elmores established the trust fund to provide an educational opportunity for students in the northeast Missouri area who are actively involved in their church.

    Eligibility Criteria
    a. High school graduate from northeast Missouri
    b. Current Missouri resident
    c. Active involvement in a Southern Baptist Church or Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    d. Financial need
    e. Acceptance to Truman
    Selection Criteria
    a. Completed application form
    b. Evidence of financial need
    c. Proof of acceptance to Truman
    d. Written letter of recommendation from the local clergy
    e. Receipt of all the above by the application deadline, May 27

    Renewal Criteria
    a. Student must maintain a 2.50 grade point average
    b. Complete at least 24 credit hours in previous 12 months
    c. Evidence of continued active involvement in a Southern Baptist or Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    d. Maximum renewal of three times

    A PDF is available here to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must send in their materials by May 27 to McClain Hall 203. 
  • Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship

    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy. Purdy was born in 1914 on a farm near Macon and was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus’s first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    The scholarship is designed to provide merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and who have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The general range will be $2,000-$5,000 based on expected family contribution (EFC), unmet need and other factors.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. Citizen, attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri, and be a sophomore, junior or senior in college. To access the application for this scholarship, visit moslf.org and find the link to Scholarship Central. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    B. Davis Scholarship
    The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a $1,000 B. Davis Scholarship for 2016. Click here to read more about how to apply for this scholarship and browse through the rest of their site to learn about applying for other scholarships. The deadline to submit an application for the B. Davis Scholarship is May 23.

    Personality Type Scholarship 2015

    Typology Central, a personality type indicator community, is offering a scholarship to both graduate and undergraduate Truman students. The scholarship was created to provide educational opportunities for individuals interested in the study of personality type theory and practical application of those systems. The deadline is June 3. For more information, click here.

    Diabetes Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who have been diagnosed with any type of diabetes with a 3.0 GPA. Deadline for application is June 15. Click here for details.

    Leukemia Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one college student who has battled leukemia, or whose life has been affected by it. Deadline for application is June 15. Click here for details.

    Grimes Scholarship
    The Grimes Companies, a logistics and transportation company, is offering a $750 scholarship to both graduate and undergraduate Truman students majoring in any supply chain management, logistics or industrial engineering related degree program. The scholarship was created to promote education and the groundbreaking use of logistics to facilitate growth and positive change in the logistics and transportation industry. The deadline to apply is June 15. Details are available at grimescompanies.com/scholarships.

    FlipKey Scholarship

    FlipKey will award one student a $1,000 scholarship to put toward studying abroad. The scholarship can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15. Eligible students should submit a 1,000- word essay to press@flipkey.com describing why travel is important to him or her. Essays will be judged based on the following criteria: content, style and creativity. Only one essay per entrant is accepted. Applicants must include their name, college or university at which they are enrolled full time, mailing and email address, and documentation of current or upcoming enrollment in a study abroad program. The winner will be featured on FlipKey’s blog. Only full-time students 18 or older enrolled in a current or upcoming study abroad program are eligible. For more information, visit their website or contact Jacqueline Gormley.

    Scholarships Available for Veterans
    To learn more about scholarships offered to veterans, click here.