Vol. 22 No. 28 - April 9, 2018

Features

  • “Shark Tank” Entrepreneur to Speak at Truman

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    Daymond John from ABC’s Emmy Award-winning television series “Shark Tank” will give the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The presentation is free, and no ticket is required.
     
    In addition to his successful role on “Shark Tank,” John is a two-time New York Times best-selling author who also was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under the Obama Administration for his relentless commitment to promoting and supporting entrepreneurs.
     
    From the streets of Hollis, Queens, John started a global movement from the basement of his mother’s house by capitalizing on the then fledgling hip-hop culture. He initially made his mark as the entrepreneur and branding expert behind the groundbreaking lifestyle brand FUBU, which eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales. Today, the streetwear market that FUBU pioneered is a $20 billion industry.
     
    John recently wrapped up his ninth season of the iconic business show, “Shark Tank,” where he continues to be a fan favorite and earned the affectionate nickname “The People’s Shark.”
     
    Earlier this year, John released his fourth book, “Rise and Grind,” which became an instant New York Times bestseller. The book takes an up-close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and grinded their way to the very tops of their fields. An accomplished author, his previous book “The Power of Broke” also landed on the New York Times bestsellers list and won the 2017 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional.”
     
    John continues to take pride in his ongoing fight against dyslexia. He has worked with the Yale Center for Dyslexia, and he currently sits on the advisory board of Understood.org. He has embraced his affliction, allowing it to be a catalyst for his career as a highly sought after public speaker and author.
     
    The Holman Family Speaker Series was created in honor of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman by their children to honor their parents’ long association with Truman. It is funded through an endowment with the Truman State University Foundation. For more information, email pr@truman.edu or call 660.785.4016.
  • Annual Fund Internship Available

    The Office of Advancement is accepting applications for the fall 2018 annual fund internship.
     
    The annual fund intern will gain experience working on the fundraising side of a non-profit organization within Truman, specifically the Truman Foundation. The intern’s responsibilities will be divided between three main focus areas: Tel-Alumni coordinator, Office of Advancement projects/office hours with a focus on development projects such as Tag Day and the Student Philanthropy Council.

    Qualified applicants will be a business or communication major with a minimum 2.75 GPA. The intern will work 15 hours a week for approximately 11 weeks and receive class credit commensurate with their time in the office. A supplementary stipend is also included.

    For a complete job description, visit TruPositions or click here. Deadline for applications is April 27.

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  • Save for School Expenses with MOST Plan

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    Students can plan for their educational expenses and earn a tax deduction by taking advantage of Missouri’s 529 savings plan, MOST.
     
    MOST is open to anyone, and accounts can be started with as little as $1. By investing in MOST, enrollees are purchasing investment portfolio units in municipal securities. Participants pay no federal or Missouri state income taxes on earnings from their MOST investment or on qualified withdrawals. Contributions to MOST are also deductible from Missouri state income tax up to certain limits.
     
    Savings and earnings from MOST can be used to pay qualified expenses at eligible colleges, trade schools, vocational schools and postgraduate programs.
     
    Accounts can be opened online in about 10 minutes at mostcollegesavings.com or by calling 888.414.6678. For more information, visit most529@missourimost.org.
     
    University employees can establish payroll direct deposits to MOST. Enrollment can be done online. For more information about establishing a payroll direct deposit visit hr.truman.edu/benefits/missouri-most.
  • One Act Comedic Show to Occur April 19-21

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    A one act comedic opera show, “Speed Dating Tonight!,” will be shown at 8 p.m. April 19-21 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    “Speed Dating Tonight!” is a contemporary opera centered around the quest for romance, love and companionship. The opera follows participants and staff as they briefly interact with each other, sometimes with success and sometimes with failure, almost always leading to a comedic realization of the complexities of modern dating and romance. Directed by Jeffrey Seppala, “Speed Dating Tonight!” was conceived by Dean Anthony, with music and words by Michael Ching.

    The show is sponsored by the Department of Music and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children and will be available 30 minutes before show time outside the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.
  • Language and Literacy Conference Set for April 27

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    The Truman School of Health Sciences and Education will host the 10th annual Language and Literacy Conference, April 27, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    The conference will feature Christina Carnahan and Pam Williamson, authors and editors of “Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

    Carnahan is an associate professor of special education within the School of Education in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of moderate to intense disabilities. She is the director of advancement and transition services within the School of Education. Carnahan’s research interests include: building communication and literacy for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities; and creating efficient and effective instruction and support practices across the lifespan. Carnahan has published in journals such as: Exceptional Children; Journal of Special Education; and Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
     
    Pamela Williamson is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has experience working with individuals with autism and their teachers in the area of reading intervention and instruction. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to reading and autism in journals such as: Exceptional Children; and Teaching Exceptional Children. She is the co-editor of an award-winning textbook, “Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” and has trained in-service educators, related service personnel and families across the U.S on this topic.

    The schedule for the day is as follows:

    9-10:30 a.m.
    Presentation

    10:30-10:45 a.m.
    Break

    10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Presentation

    12-1 p.m.

    Lunch (on your own)

    1-3 p.m.
    Presentation

    The registration fee is $50 for professionals and $10 for students. For more information on this event and to register, click here. Questions can be directed to monad@truman.edu.
  • Celebrating 150: Violette Hall

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    Violette Hall undergoes construction in 1965. Photo courtesy of the Special Collections Department in Pickler Memorial Library.

    Given Truman’s picturesque grounds, and its purple and white branding, it is understandable to assume Violette Hall is named after the flower or the color. The alternative spelling is the first clue the building is actually named in honor of E.M. Violette, a longtime faculty member and the man who literally wrote the book on the history of the University.
     
    Violette joined the faculty in 1900 and served for 23 years. During that time, he also founded the Historical Society of Adair County and the school’s historical society. Additionally, he had a hand in founding the college’s museum as well as the school newspaper. In 1905, he published “History of the First District State Normal School, Kirksville, Missouri.”
     
    Although Violette was a professor and head of the Department of History and Government, the building that bears his name is home primarily to the School of Business and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences and Education. Originally constructed in 1965, Violette Hall underwent a major renovation and expansion in the late 1990s. It now houses departments that offer programs in accounting, business administration, education, mathematics and computer science. The classrooms and offices in Violette Hall surround a beautiful atrium area, and the second level features a large computer lab and a lounge area.

Announcements

  • Presidential Celebration to Take Place April 14

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  • Paino Portrait to be Unveiled

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  • Garden Dedication for Denise Smith to Take Place April 14

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  • Photo Contest Offers Chance to be One of the Next Faces of Truman

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    The Office of Admission is looking for candid, creative photo submissions showcasing one of Truman’s best features – the diverse and engaged population of students on campus.
     
    All current students are invited to submit photographs of themselves and their peers doing what they do best – hanging out in the residence halls, working in the classroom, taking the lead in student organizations or even exploring the world while studying abroad. Any setting is fair game as long as the focal point is one or more Truman students.
     
    Posed photographs will not be accepted. The best representation of the student body is one where students are shown in a candid environment. Photos may be taken on any type of camera, but poor-quality photos will not be accepted. Photos may also be edited before submission, as long as such touch-ups are not overly noticeable.
     
    Submissions will be accepted through April 16. Prizes for participation will be offered, and one submission will be selected as Best Photo and will receive a grand prize after the submission window has closed. Photos can be submitted online.
     
    Students who choose to submit to the “Faces of Truman” photo contest must provide written consent for photographs of themselves and for any other pictured students to be used in any University communications. Upon submission all photos become the property of Truman State University. Photos may be used for, but are not limited to, University publications, promotional materials, websites and social media platforms.
     
    Email Austin Hornbostel at ahornbostel@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Convenience Fee for Credit Card Payments to Increase May 1

    Beginning May 1, the convenience fee charged to account payments made with a credit card will increase to 2.85 percent.

    TouchNet Information Systems, Truman’s third-party vendor, will increase the convenience fee from the original 2.75-2.85 percent. The increased cost of processing credit cards is due to a growing number of premium rewards cards with a variety of new dues, assessments and special fees charged by the card brands.

    Accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Credit card payments on student accounts can be made online only via TruView for students and via mybill.truman.edu for authorized users on the student account.

    To avoid the convenience fee, payments can be made the following ways:

    By e-check, an electronic debit to the checking or savings account, available online at mybill.truman.edu for authorized users or via TruView for students. There is no fee for this option, but if the user runs their debit card as a credit card, they will be charged the convenience fee. For checking or savings account debits, the e-check option can be used to avoid paying the convenience fee.

    By check mailed to; Truman State University Student Account Payment, P.O. Box 754, Kirksville, Mo. 63501-0754. Checks can also be dropped off in the payment drop box at the cashier window in McClain Hall 105.

    By cash, check or PIN debit card at the cashier window in McClain Hall 105 (open Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
     
    For additional information or questions related to the convenience fee, visit truman.edu/businessoffice/student-accounts.
  • Social Work Club to Host UCS Speaker

    Angel Utt will speak to the Social Work Club about her experiences in social work at 7 p.m. April 9 in Barnett Hall 2224. Utt is a counselor for the University Counseling Services as well as a case manager and has earned her Licensed Master of Social Work. The presentation is open to all students.
  • Food and Coffee Delivery Available for Faculty and Staff

    A food and coffee delivery service will be available to faculty and staff from 8-11 a.m. April 10.

    The funds raised from the delivery will go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Adair County. The Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books every month to children from birth to age 5. More information about the Imagination Library can be found here.

    Food orders are due by 8 p.m. April 9, and payments can be made at the time of delivery by cash or check. To order food, click here. To donate without food service, click here. Questions can be directed to ads5828@truman.edu. The drive is sponsored by Sigma Kappa.

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  • Blood Drive to Occur April 10 and 11

    Blue Key and Cardinal Key will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 10-11 in the Student Union Building. To schedule an appointment, call Shana Engel at 660.785.4222, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter in the sponsor code TrumanState.

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  • Speaker to Discuss Sweatshops and Globalization

    Jim Keady will present “Sweatshops, Globalization and Social Justice” at 7 p.m. April 10 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. Keady will speak from a social justice standpoint on the topics of sweatshops and globalization. He is a renowned advocate, most notably for his documentary “Behind the Swoosh.” Sponsored by Phi Sigma Pi, the presentation is free.
  • Judicial Archives Project Internship Now Available

    Applications are now available for the fall 2018 Judicial Archives Project internship.

    The internship is located on campus and open to all students. Students considering a career in a legal profession, justice systems or archives may find the internship especially relevant.

    Interns can earn up to three hours of academic credit, complete scholarship hours or work-study hours. Interns will participate in the Missouri State Archives initiative to preserve local court records, receive training from a certified professional archivist and visit the state archives in Jefferson City.

    For more information and details on how to apply, visit the Judicial Archives web page, or contact Jason McDonald, Baldwin Hall 226, 660.785.7575, jasonmcd@truman.edu.
  • Dieckmann Chosen as CIEA Student of the Month

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    Sophomore Savannah Dieckmann is the Center for International Education Abroad student of the month for April.

    Dieckmann is a justice systems/pre-law major and business administration minor. She is currently studying abroad at the University of Roehampton in London, England, through the Missouri-London program.

    In her favorite class, Media City and the Cultural Capital, Dieckmann takes weekly field trips to museums in London, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum. To learn more about the Missouri-London program, click here. For a video of the University of Roehampton, click here.
  • Philosophy and Religion Capstone Presentations Continue Through April 17

    The Philosophy and Religion Department is hosting senior capstone presentations through April 17 in Baldwin Hall 101. All sessions are open to the public. The schedule of speakers and topics is available here.

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  • Life Support Courses to be Offered

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  • Union Organizer to Discuss Right to Work

    Mike Veale will talk about Right to work legislation and the state of unions in Missouri at 7 p.m. April 12 in Magruder Hall 2001. Veale is a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 45 in St. Joseph, Mo., where he has served as vice president, instructor, delegate to the Regional Labor Council and taught apprenticeship school. He also served as president of the Central Labor Council and is experienced in labor union history and the current class struggle. The event is hosted by Students for a Democratic Society.
  • Children’s Literature Festival Set for April 20

    The Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 20 in the Student Union Building for more than 1,500 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.    
                                
    Visiting authors and illustrators include Dianna Hutts Aston, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Elise Broach, Henry Cole, Dan Gemeinhart, Varian Johnson, Lita Judge, Dana Alison Levy, Jenny Lundquist, Beth McMullen and Roland Smith.

    Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered. University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions. Contact Daisy Rearick or call 660.785.4048 to register.

    Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.

    The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $13. To register, contact Rearick or call 660.785.4048. At 7 p.m. author and illustrator Henry Cole will give a presentation. Those interested in attending the dinner should register by April 13.

    The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to severe budget cuts, the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to revive the event, and the festival returned in 2009. For more information about the fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133.

    The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett Higher Education Group--Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney at 660.785.7366 or shackney@truman.edu as well as the Children’s Literature Festival webpage, library.truman.edu/Children’sLiteratureFestival.htm.

    The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.

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  • Peer Tutor Applications Available

    The Center for Academic Excellence is hiring tutors for math, sciences, economics, foreign languages and other areas. Tutors will receive on-the-job training. Apply at excellence.truman.edu/tutoring. For more information, contact Marcy Graham.

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  • Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Trio to Visit April 13

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    Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota, in partnership with the Truman Music foundation, will host a full day of musical activities, including master classes, question and answer sessions and a public performance, April 13.

    The day will feature the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Trio, comprised of educators from Iowa State University, who will be providing individual and chamber ensemble master classes, question and answer session, and a performance of South and North American Music. The trio includes: Kevin Judge, Bassoon; Gregory Oakes, Clarinet; and Sonja Giles, Flute.

    The schedule of events is as follows:

    9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Flute/Piccolo Master Class, Giles, (Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall)
    Clarinet Master Class, Oakes, (Ophelia Parrish Building 2350)
    Double Reed Master Class, Judge, (Ophelia Parrish Piano Lab)

    1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Chamber Ensemble Master Class (Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall)

    3:30-4 p.m.
    Question and Answer Session (Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall)

    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Public Performance (Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall)
  • Study Abroad in San Sebastian, Spain

    Truman, in partnership with the University of Duesto, offers a unique student exchange program for study in Spain. The University of Deusto is the oldest private university in Spain with campus in San Sebastián. From the small mountains and cliffs at Igueldo and Monpas, to the delightful urban beaches, San Sebastian provides an abundance of relaxing vantage points fit for quiet contemplation as well as the conveniences of a bustling urban center with transportation to Madrid, Paris and Lisbon. Students can get involved with volunteer opportunities and cultural activities, as well as arts and sports.

    Deusto Business School offers many courses in English including: business management, communication skills, international marketing and leadership and team development. Classes offered in Spanish include: tourism, business and administration, social work and fall semester regular Spanish courses, as well as introduction to Basque language and an intensive Spanish course (prior to the semester). To learn more about the classes available and Deusto University, click here.

    Because this program is an exchange program, students who plan on participating will pay Truman tuition directly to Truman. This makes payments easy and affordable.

    Students have three options for housing: furnished self-catering apartments sponsored by the university and shared by fellow students; student hostels, which include full board; and a limited number of home stays are also available upon request. Students are responsible for arranging and paying Deusto University for all housing costs.

    To apply, fill out a Truman application and send a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a copy of passport and two letters of recommendation to the Study Abroad Office in Baldwin Hall 106. The application deadline for spring (early February-mid June) is November 15, and the application deadline for fall (late August-late January) is June 15.

    For more information and to apply, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.

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  • CML Offers Professional Certificates in French

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    Students (from left) Jonie Welland, Celine Fuch, Ellen Morgan and Michael Wohldmann took the test in December. They are pictured with Audrey Viguier, assistant professor of French.

    Since May 2017, the Classical and Modern Languages Department has been offering students the opportunity to earn professional certificates with the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

    The certification is aimed at students or professionals wishing to certify their language skills with a diploma. Students can take the test in seven different fields (business, tourism, international relations, law, health, fashion, and science and technics) and at various levels.

    These certificates bring students an added value to their professional career and multiply their chances in today’s job market. Truman offers the opportunity to take this test once a semester. So far, all 11 students that have participated have passed the test and earned certificates in business, tourism, and science and technics. The next testing session will take place April 28. The deadline for registration is April 13. 

    For more information on the program click here or email Audrey Viguier, assistant professor of French.
  • SAB Concert: Dram and Fetty Wap

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  • Department of History to Host Speaker on the Founding Fathers

    Lori Glover will address the question of “Why do the Founding Fathers Still Matter?” at 7 p.m. April 17 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. Glover, the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at Saint Louis University, is the author of several works, including “Founding Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries.” Her talk is sponsored by the Kohlenberg-Towne Fund and the Department of History.
  • Special Olympics Now Accepting Volunteers

    Students Supporting the Exceptional Community is looking for volunteers to help with Special Olympics from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21. For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer, click here. Questions can be directed to tsu.ssec@gmail.com.

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  • Second Annual “I Am Able” 5K to Take Place April 22

    The second annual “I Am Able” 5K run and walk will begin at 10 a.m. April 22 at Stokes Stadium.

    Proceeds from the event will go to the Greenwood Renovation Fund, for the renovation of the Greenwood School to be repurposed as an inter-professional autism clinic. Following the 5K, a fun-run of 100 meters will take place for children and individuals who cannot do a full 5K.

    To register, purchase a T-shirt and/or donate, click here. Registration will also be available April 16-19 in the Student Union Building. Packet pickup will start at 9:15 a.m. the day of the race.

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  • Retirement Reception for Judy Mullins

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  • Summer Internships Available at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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    Applications are now available for summer internships at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.

    The summer internship provides an opportunity to work at an establishment belonging to the network of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Its collection contains materials relating to the many world-changing developments that occurred within the presidency of Missouri-born Harry S. Truman, including the dawn of the nuclear age, the commencement of the Cold War, the reconstruction of a Europe devastated by World War II and the recognition of the newly-created State of Israel. As well as housing many documents that would have crossed the president’s desk, the library and museum’s collection contains materials relating to Truman’s life before and after his tenure at the White House.
     
    This is an eight-week 40-hour-a-week internship coinciding with the University’s eight-week summer session. Interns earn academic credit, and the internship comes with an in-state tuition scholarship thanks to the generosity of Fred and Ethel Schwengel, who graduated from Truman in the 1930s and established an endowment to support students who share their passion for history.
     
    The summer internships are open to all students, but they are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums, teaching and law. For more information on how to apply, contact Jason McDonald, 660.785.7575, or click here.
  • Arbor Day Event Brings More Trees to Campus

    An Arbor Day tree-planting event will take place at 12:30 p.m. April 27 on the Quad.

    Following the planting, there will be a guided tree walk. Speakers will include representatives from the City of Kirksville, Truman administration, ECO at Truman, Tree Advisory Committee and the local Missouri Department of Conservation forester.

    More information can be found on the event's Facebook page. Questions can be directed to Lori Shook, campus planning, at lshook@truman.edu or 660.785.7226.

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  • Study Abroad Opportunities Available in Israel

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    Students can study abroad in Israel this summer at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) or through the Coexistence in the Middle East program.

    RIS offers students currently studying sciences, engineering and medicine the opportunity to study and gain hands-on research experience in Israel. RIS recently designed two new introductory courses in life sciences, in human physiology and cell biology or genetics. The courses are designed to fit U.S. pre-medicine syllabi, enabling American undergraduate students to study abroad while completing medical school requirements.

    Internships are also available through the RIS summer science internship program. Participating students will earn academic credit and gain hands-on experience by spending 40 hours a week conducting research in Israel’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Internships are offered in 22 fields of study, including molecular biology, physics, psychology, ecology and bioengineering. For more information, click here.

    The Coexistence in the Middle East program, a summer or winter interim opportunity, allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and potential solutions from a wide array of perspectives. Students will get the opportunity to explore historical and biblical sites, such as Temple Mount and Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and safely observe sites of conflict, like the security fence at the West Bank and the borders with Lebanon and Syria. This gives students the opportunity to engage with people in the midst of the conflict. There will also be meetings with religious leaders, peace activists and government officials, from Israeli diplomats to a former Palestinian minister. For more information, click here.

    For other study abroad opportunities, visit studyabroad.truman.edu. For more information about studying abroad, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.
  • Lavender Graduation Scheduled for May 6

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    Lavender Graduation will occur from 4-6 p.m. May 6 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Lavender Graduations take place on college and university campuses across the country and serve as a space for LGBTQ+ students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with friends and family, as well as present and dress as they like. This is especially meaningful for students who are transgender or gender non-conforming that cannot be themselves with their family. For this reason, these events will take place the weekend before traditional graduation ceremonies. All LGBTQ+ students, undergraduate and graduate, who will graduate this academic year are welcome to participate in the ceremony. Friends, family, faculty, staff and allies are welcome to attend in support of the graduates.
     
    For more information and to RSVP visit mac.truman.edu/lavgrad. Attendance is free.

Notables

  • Notables

    Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, recently had his chapter “The End of the World and the World to Come: What Apocalyptic Literature Says about the Time After the End-time” published by Purdue University Press in “Olam Ha-Zeh v’Olam Ha-Ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice,” volume 28 in Studies in Jewish Civilization, edited by Leonard Greenspoon.

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, has been appointed Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri for 2018-2019. The Kinder Institute is an interdisciplinary center run by the history and political science departments with the mission of “reinvigorating civic education for the twenty-first century.” Since its creation in 2014, it has blossomed into one of the most active intellectual centers in the region, with many undergraduate programs; seminars for secondary school teachers and the general public; visiting speakers and conferences; and fellowships for undergraduates, graduates, post-graduate researchers and faculty scholars. During his year at the Kinder, Mandell will participate in the institute’s many programs and begin a study of the evolving conundrum between individual and collective rights in the United States as highlighted by the history of Native American policies and laws.

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    and Michael Blum, professors of business administration, along with co-author Theresa Presley of Pittsburg State University, had their manuscript entitled, “Sustainability and Company Attractiveness: A Study of American College Students Entering the Job Market” accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

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    and Caitlyn Lee, senior sociology students, presented their work at the Midwest Sociological Society meetings in Minneapolis, Minn. from March 22-24. Wilcox shared her research, “Moment in Migration: Congolese in Rural America,” at a Thematic Roundtable on “A New Rural America?” Lee presented two posters on “Amish Reality TV: A Thematic Assessment” and “News Sources: Influence on Awareness and Political Leanings of Students.”

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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Freeman-ASIA Awards for Study Abroad

    The Freeman-ASIA Awards are scholarships for undergraduate students looking to study in East and Southeast Asia in summer or fall 2018. These scholarships offer up to $7,000 for U.S.-based students who have demonstrated financial need and who plan to study abroad in one of 15 countries. The amount rewarded will assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

    For more information on eligibility criteria, or how to apply, visit the Freeman-AASIA Awards website. The deadline for the fall academic year is April 11. 

    To learn more about study abroad at Truman, contact the Center for International Education in Baldwin Hall 106 at 660.785.4076 or ciea@truman.edu.