Vol. 24 No. 14 - November 18, 2019


  • Golden Tickets Hidden Among Tag Day Gifts


    Students should pay special attention to the tagged items on campus Nov. 18 because some could enable them to win a prize.

    All across campus items have been marked to show they are gifts from generous donors. In addition to honoring those who made contributions to the University, Spike has slipped in five golden tickets that can be redeemed for a prize package. Golden tickets are attached to some of the highlighted gifts. Once found, they can be returned to the Office of Advancement, McClain Hall 205, to be redeemed for a prize.

    Students can follow Tag Day activity on Instagram. Updates on golden tickets that have been found, as well as where remaining ones might be hidden, will be posted throughout the day.

    The goal of Tag Day is to show appreciation to donors who have given back to the University, as well as to raise awareness of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman. The University has more than 700 funds, and donors support a variety of causes across campus including scholarships, athletics, fine arts and academic departments.
  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies

    The application period for summer academy positions is now open.
    The Institute for Academic Outreach has summer positions available for:
    Joseph Baldwin Academy
    JBA Junior
    ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy
    Taiwan at Truman

    Each academy is in search of preceptors and night monitors. Joseph Baldwin Academy is also in search of a videographer.
    In order to be a preceptor, applicants must:
    1) currently be a full-time student at Truman
    2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
    Preceptors are expected to be supportive of the University goals, responsible, enjoy working with high-ability teenage students and be high-energy individuals.
    Applicants should prepare a letter of interest which should include: the skills they possess that will assist them when working with high-ability teenage students; related work experiences; and why they are interested in the summer academy for which they apply. Applicants will also need to complete the online application and provide a current resume.
    Applications are due Feb. 3. Information about each available position and the online application is available at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment.
  • Data Science Seminars Offer Free Look at New Career Paths


    Truman is inviting those interested in a career in data science, or those wanting to train their employees in the field, to attend a free seminar in Kirksville or Hannibal.

    The world is full of data, and even small and medium-sized businesses can be overwhelmed with actionable data from their sales, social media posts and marketing efforts. Meanwhile, major corporations are competing for the small pool of talented data analysts emerging from America’s colleges and data science programs.

    Northeast Missouri businesses, employees and students do not need to be left behind by businesses and the technological revolution. Training in the fundamentals of data science is possible – even for those without a statistics or computer science background – and data analysis techniques can be applied to a wide range of local fields.

    During this seminar, participants will hear about career opportunities in data science, learn how data science techniques can help businesses and employees, explore the topics students study in data science courses and hear from actual data science practitioners about their careers. Participants can also learn about Truman’s new graduate certificate in data science and get information about discounted pre-requisite courses available this December through the spring 2020 semester. There will be free heavy hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments to follow.

    Truman will host seminars in Kirksville and Hannibal. Two sessions in Hannibal are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. In Kirksville, seminars will take place on campus from 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Those wanting to attend any session can RSVP at institute.truman.edu/data-science-workshops or call 660.785.5384.
  • Alumnus to Serve as Keynote Speaker for EngLing Capstone Conference


    The English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Capstone Conference will take place Dec. 2-3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A and B.

    Student capstone presentations will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m.-4:20 p.m. Dec. 3. For the full schedule of student presentations, click here.

    Alumnus Conor Gearin (’15) will be the keynote speaker. He graduated with degrees in English and biology then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate program in science writing. His essay “Little Golden Floor-Room: On Wild Places and Intimacy” was selected for the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019. Gearin is the co-host of the podcast “Biogenesis,” and his poetry, watercolor paintings and science writing have appeared in Mochila Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Millions, New Scientist and The Atlantic.

    Gearin will present “Generative Ground: Finding My Way to Writing Through Reading and the Natural World” at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. He will follow that with “Racing Your Ghost: On Going Backwards in My Career and Ending up Somewhere Better” at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.
    The School of Arts and Letters Alumni Visit Grant contributed to Gearin’s return to campus.
  • “Broke Millennial” Offers Financial Advice

    Erin Lowry, left, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Delta Sigma Pi presented by student Aren Buresh. The Funds Allotment Council and the School of Business, along with co-sponsors Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega, hosted Lowry, known as Broke Millennial, on campus, Nov. 4. She advised students about their personal finances while in college, as well as in the future. Covered topics included college debt, banking and investing for retirement.
  • Payroll Deductions Assist Individuals with Disabilities


    Truman will begin offering payroll deductions for MO ABLE accounts in its benefits package for employees in January.

    Launched in 2017, MO ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save up to $15,000 per year, tax-free, without losing federal benefits like Medicaid and SSI. Payroll deductions make it easier for employees to save for their children with disabilities and for individuals with disabilities to use MO ABLE accounts.

    “Truman State University is pleased to offer MO ABLE accounts via payroll deduction to our faculty and staff,” said Sally Herleth, executive director of human resources at Truman. “This program allows families and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to create tax-advantaged accounts that can be used to help maintain health, independence and quality of life, and we thank Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick for his work on this important endeavor.”

    For more information about the MO ABLE program and to take an eligibility quiz, visit moable.com.


  • Speaker to Discuss National Debt

    The Economics Department Speaker Series will host guest speaker Romina Boccia, who will present on socialism and the national debt.

    Boccia directs the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., whose budget analysts and economists cover taxes, labor policy, pensions, appropriations, infrastructure and transportation. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from George Mason University. A member of the Foundation for Economics Education alumni board, she has appeared before live audiences across the globe.

    Boccia will present on the allure of socialism in a class at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in McClain Hall 208. Her talk will address the philosophy and workings behind socialism and capitalism and explore which economic system is best at promoting human flourishing.

    Later in the evening in a free event open to the public, Boccia will speak on the national deficit and debt at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. She will explore the driving forces behind the growing debt and its impact on the economy and financial future.

    These events are hosted by the Economics Department.
  • Auditions Set for Cabaret Fundraiser Performance


    Auditions for a fundraiser cabaret benefitting the Truman Theatre Department will take place from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Black Box Theatre.

    Anyone wanting to perform should prepare a song, preferably a musical theatre piece, that is no longer than four minutes. Performers will need to provide their own music. Performances can be solo, duet or groups.

    The cabaret performance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in Severns Theatre. All proceeds will go to funding the theatre department’s trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January. The department is taking 34 students to Sioux Falls, S.D., for the festival.
  • Safe Zone Training Open to All


    The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host Safe Zone Training from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Student Union Building Room 3000. Participants will learn current terminology and simple ways to create a welcoming campus environment. Training sessions are for people to learn more about LGBTQ issues and, specifically, LGBTQ issues regarding students at Truman. Trainings are open to all wanting to become a Safe Zone ally. RSVP here. For more information, contact Brad Turnbull at bturnbull@truman.edu.
  • Diploma Presentation Opportunity for December Graduation


    Truman emeritus faculty or staff, current full-time faculty or current full-time staff with an immediate family member graduating in Fall 2019 may present their diploma at the Dec. 14 commencement ceremony. Family member, for purposes of the diploma presentation, means spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, step-son, step-daughter, step-grandson or step-granddaughter of the presenting Truman faculty, staff, emeritus faculty or emeritus staff.

    In order to participate, notify Nancy Asher at 660.785.4143 or by email at nasher@truman.edu no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 22 and provide the following information:

    • Your name (presenter)
    • Your employment title/position (for purposes of announcing at commencement)
    • Name of the degree candidate
    • Your relationship with the degree candidate (your spouse, son/step-son, daughter/step-daughter, grandchild/step-grandchild)
    • Degree (BA, BFA, BM, BS, BSN, MA, MAc, MAE) and program name of the candidate
    • Your email address
    • Your phone number

    Family presenters are expected to be dressed in full academic regalia. If the presenter does not own these items, a robe and cap may be purchased through the University Bookstore. Family presenters will sit with the candidates and must be able to march with the candidates.
  • Food Packs Available for Truman Students


    Drawstring packs of food are now available for Truman students experiencing food insecurity. Any student limiting their food intake due to cost is eligible to receive a pack. Packs can be picked up with a Truman ID between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the SERVE Center located in the Student Union Building 1105. Food is provided by Pantry for Adair County in partnership with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

    Truman's food bank is now also accepting donations. Donated nonperishable food items can be bought to the SERVE Center during open hours, or to tabling from 10-12 p.m. Nov. 18-20 and Nov. 22 in the Student Union Building.
  • Public Relations Internship Available for Spring


    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the spring 2020 internship.

    Interns work approximately 32 hours per week and can choose to receive between six to nine credit hours. To maintain full-time student status, interns take two three-credit classes in addition to the internship credit hours. A small stipend is also included.

    Primary responsibilities of the intern include assisting with the production of the University’s online weekly newsletter, as well as contributing to the Truman Review alumni magazine. The intern will also help with special events throughout the semester, write press releases and fulfill other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style. Applicants must have the flexibility to work 32 hours a week.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than Nov. 22. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles.
  • Thanksgiving Break Hours at the Rec

  • Alumnus Donates Artwork for Auction


    Truman alumnus Nathan Rueckert (’03) and his business, Baseball Seams Company, have donated four pieces of his work to be auctioned off by sealed bid.

    The proceeds from the auction will benefit the baseball program at Truman. Each piece of art is made with actual used baseballs. Prospective bidders can view the artwork in Pickler Memorial Library. Bids for artwork can be submitted online via bidding form. Bidding will end at 1 p.m. Dec. 2 and the winning bidders will be notified after 4 p.m. Payment may be made by check, cash or debit/credit card. Any amount paid above the item’s market value will be considered a gift to Truman. It is the responsibility of the bidder to pick up the items or arrange for shipment within 10 days of closing of bids.

    To view all auction items, visit truman.edu/giving/baseball-seams-auction/. For more information, contact Marie Murphree.
  • World AIDS Day Memorial Service Set for Dec. 3

  • Apply Early for 2020-21 FAFSA


    Students should file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at fafsa.gov as soon as possible to determine aid eligibility.

    Although some students may not qualify for grants or work study, all are considered for the federal direct loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit a student to taking a loan, but it does allow more payment options.

    The 2020-21 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from 2018. It is recommended that students should apply before Feb. 1, 2020. For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103 or call 660.785.4130.
  • Autism Spokesperson Temple Grandin to Speak on Campus


    Renowned autism spokesperson and professor of animal science, Temple Grandin will speak Dec. 6 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Her life was brought to screen in the HBO full-length film, “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes. She has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, featured on NPR and has a 2010 TED lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.” She has also been featured on the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” NBC’s “The Today Show” and more.

    Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer and is one of few in the world. She has authored multiple books including her bestselling book on autism, “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” Grandin is considered a philosophical leader in both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.

    As one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experiences, Grandin will be presenting on her life, how she got to where she is today and educating about autism. She will also be the keynote speaker for the Livestock Symposium, taking place Dec. 7.

    Those interested in hearing Grandin speak can visit eventbrite.com to purchase a ticket for $99. For more information contact Donna Brown at 660.341.9993. The Missouri Livestock Symposium website will also have event details.
  • Orientation Leader Applications Now Open


    The Orientation Committee is seeking enthusiastic, friendly and dedicated students to welcome the Class of 2024 to the bulldog community through summer orientation.

    During summer orientation, all first-year students and their families are welcomed to Truman during sessions in April, June and a late session in August. Summer orientation leaders have access to benefits including an impactful professional experience, a deeper understanding of the University, provided room and board if needed and around a $1,500 taxable stipend.

    Applications are due Dec. 14. To read the full job description, and to apply, visit truman.edu/ol. Contact Evie Clark, orientation leader coordinator, with an questions.
  • SDS to Host Guest Speaker


    Students for a Democratic Society will sponsor guest speaker Tony Pecinovsky for a presentation at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Baldwin Little Theater. Pecinovsky will be discussing the 1960s youth and student upsurge, as well as the role of communists in this upsurge and prospects for a renewed radical movement.
  • Student Worker Wage Rates for 2020


    The current standard hourly wage rate for student workers is $8.60. Missouri’s minimum wage law raises the rate beginning Jan. 1, 2020, through 2023. Public employers such as Truman are exempt from this law. However, to keep wages competitive, the wage rate for students will be increased to $9 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2020. 
  • DPS Thanksgiving Break Hours

    Nov. 22
    7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Nov. 23-24

    Nov. 25-26
    7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Nov. 27-30

    Dec. 1
    3-10 p.m.

    Dec. 2
    Resume Regular Hours
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.



  • Notables

    Truman football players Jaden Barr and Jake Floyd have been selected as first team Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). They will now move to the Academic All-America ballot.

    Katey Klucking was the first recipient of the GLVC Player of the Week award for women’s basketball. Klucking averaged 21.5 points in two Truman wins at the GLVC/GMAC/GLIAC conference challenge. She averaged 51.6 percent shooting with 8-of-15 from outside in 55 minutes of play in the two games. She scored 22 points in the 82-71 win over UW-Parkside, Nov. 9, and 21 points in an 87-75 win over Ursuline College, Nov. 10. Klucking was the first bulldog player since late in the 2017 season to score 20 or more points in consecutive games.

    Barry Poyner, professor of communication, served as parliamentarian for the National Communication Association during their annual convention in Baltimore, M.d., Nov. 12-26.

    Jerry Wollmering, director of athletics, has been named to the NCAA Division II Management Council and will begin a four-year term immediately. The council handles the day-to-day affairs of the division and serves as the primary advisory group to the Presidents Council. The group is charged with recommending administrative policy and regulations that govern the division and reviews and acts on recommendations from the Division II representatives to committees with association-wide functions.

    Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary took a delegation of campus leaders to the Midwest Affiliate of Colleges and Universities Residence Halls (MACURH) Regional Leadership Conference to Saint Louis University. The Truman delegation represented the University with pride by winning two case studies and also winning a top 10 program. First-time Delegate Case Study Winner Writers: Tucker Murry, Margo Motes and Alex Rositz. MooCrew Case Study Winner Writers: Hannah Pohl, Riley Dawkins and Gloria Farmer. Top 10 Program: Coloring Adversity: presented by Hannah Pohl and Emily Ubbelohde.

    The National Residence Hall Honorary recently announced the NRHH Of-the-Month winners for October:

    Margo Motes
    Executive Board Member

    Savannah Crowley
    First-Year Student

    Sheena Nichols
    Institution Faculty/Staff

    Bess Truman Chapter of NRHH

    Stephanie Dunton
    Residence Life Professional Staff

    TSU Regional Leadership Conference Delegation

    Margo Motes