Vol. 27 No. 26 - March 27, 2023


  • Nursing Students Gain Skills Through 72-hour Simulation


    Senior nursing students participated in a 72-hour simulation, March 23-26.

    During this simulation, students had 12-hour shifts each day and were responsible for two “patients” during that time. This simulation was similar to the one that occurred in 2020, with the exception that it lasted 48-hours and only used one nursing lab. In this year’s simulation two labs were used with each lab having eight patient beds. The Nursing Stimulation Center in the Health Sciences Building served as the medical-surgical/progressive care unit, and the newly renovated Nursing Skills Lab in Pershing Building 315 served as an emergency department. The new additions to the Nursing Skills Lab, such as working suction, compressed air to simulate oxygen delivery and the handicapped accessible restroom, helped add realism to the simulation.

    Numerous people volunteered as patients, family members, patient care techs and scribes. These volunteers included freshmen-, sophomore- and junior-level nursing students, high school students, Truman faculty and Kirksville community members. Northeast Regional Medical Center lent out the gowns that were worn during the exercise. Connie Ayers, a previous director of nursing at Truman, and her SCHOLAR team also came to campus to assist students and faculty as the simulation took place.

    The 72-hour simulation provided nursing students with hands-on training to better prepare them for their future jobs. It gave them the opportunity to apply their assessment and critical thinking skills in making sound clinical decisions for their patients.
  • Forensics Team Places Seventh at National Tournament


    During spring break the forensics team earned an overall seventh place at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament hosted by West Chester University in Pennsylvania. The team also earned fourth place in both individual events tier one and fourth place in tier two debate sweepstakes.

    Many students received individual honors based on their speeches, debates and performances, including many national outround finalists and one student receiving a national championship title. Students who entered into at least five speech categories across two or more speech genres were entered into a special pentathlon sweepstakes.

    In NFA-Lincoln Douglas debate:

    •    Junior Alicia Stout placed second in the nation and earned sixth place speaker.

    •    Junior Elijah Baum earned tenth place speaker.

    •    Sophomore Eli Bartz finished as a semifinalist (top four) and was seventh speaker.

    •    Freshman Aiden Breesawitz was also in attendance and was a tremendous help to the debaters in outrounds.

    From the speech team, varsity members performed exceptionally well:

    •    Senior Maya Krump finished as a quarterfinalist (top 24) in after dinner speaking, persuasion and editorial impromptu.

    •    Junior Jillian Humke earned excellence (top 30%) in impromptu speaking and was third in the nation in personal narrative.

    •    Junior Lucah Gordon earned excellence in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking, and was fourth in the nation in personal narrative and slam poetry.

    •    Junior Megan Ford finished as a quarterfinalist in after dinner speaking and persuasion.

    •    Junior Ella Schnake earned third in the nation in dramatic interpretation, sixth in duo with freshman Briggs Maynor, was a semifinalist in prose, a quarterfinalist in communication analysis and received excellence recognition in impromptu speaking. She also earned sixth in pentathlon sweepstakes.

    The novice/freshmen speech team also had a strong national showing:
    •    Anna Hans was the national champion in public narrative and earned excellence in interviewing.

    •    Maynor earned sixth place in the nation in duo with Schnake, was a semifinalist (top 12) and top novice in dramatic interpretation and a quarterfinalist in duo with Jessie Philips.

    •    Philips was a semifinalist and the top novice in poetry. They were also a quarterfinalist in duo with Maynor and received excellence in interviewing.

    •    Alex Peterson was a semifinalist and the top novice in communication analysis and a quarterfinalist in impromptu and persuasion.

    The team’s success at Pi Kappa Delta marks the most success Truman has shown at a national tournament in recent history. The team would also like to thank those who make its success possible, specifically Kevin Minch, associate provost, Dave Lusk, associate vice president for career development, and the team of alumni coaches: Austin Sopko, Macy Cecil and Kayla Gerlt, for their efforts in preparing and coaching the team for this national showing.

    Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu or Parker Hopkins, assistant director of forensics/debate coach, at phopsdebate@gmail.com.
  • Reality Competitions and Orientation Service Among “Tea Time” Topics

    University President Sue Thomas welcomed Star Alexander for a recent episode of “Tea Time with Sue.”

    A junior psychology major from St. Charles, Mo., Alexander is active in Phi Sigma Pi and Psi Chi. They have also served the University as a student ambassador and a visit host. This summer will mark their third time serving as an orientation leader. Alexander shared how they enjoy helping new students start their Truman careers, and they particularly enjoyed working with the commuter students last fall when the team took first place in the Truman Week College Cup Challenge.

    During the course of the conversation, Alexander also discussed their psychology research on overthinking in academia, as well as their love of reality television shows and how their ability to imitate Toad from the Mario franchise helped win a karaoke contest.

    The entire podcast conversation can be found on the Truman Spotify channel. Follow Truman on social media for video excerpts from “Tea Time with Sue.” The complete video is also posted on the Truman YouTube channel.

    Throughout the school year, President Thomas will welcome guests for one-on-one chats that shine a light on the people and things that make Truman the special place it is. New episodes will be announced in the Truman Today as they become available. Guests for “Tea Time with Sue” can be nominated at truman.edu/teatime.
  • Award-Winning Author to be Next Ofstad Scholar


    UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

    The Ofstad Reading Series will host scholar Nina Furstenau at 12 p.m. April 6 in the Student Union Building Room 3000.

    Furstenau is an award-winning author and journalist with special interests in food and identity. Her food memoir, “Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland,” won the 2014 M.F.K. Fisher Book Award and the International Grand Prize/Les Dames d’Escoffier for culinary literature, among other recognitions. Her most recent book, “Green Chili and Other Impostors,” focuses on heritage foods and colonial power. Her textbook “Food & Culture” will be released sometime in 2023.

    Among her other accomplishments, Furstenau has launched five business magazines and served as publisher of two of them for 15 years prior to going to the University of Missouri Science and Agricultural Journalism program where she was director of food systems communication from 2010-18. In the past, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia and was a Fulbright Global Scholar in Kolkata, India, in 2018-19.

    This event will feature a reading by Furstenau followed by a question-and-answer session.
  • Truman to Host Math and Science Event for Kids

    Elementary and middle school students interested in math and science can spend a day on the Truman campus participating in fun activities.

    Truman’s chapter of Beta Beta Beta, a co-ed biology honors fraternity, will sponsor Science on Saturday, April 29. The first session, for students in first through fifth grade, will take place from 9-11 a.m. A second session, for students in sixth through eighth grade, will take place from 12:30-3 p.m.

    Area students will attend classes in Magruder Hall, each lasting about 20 minutes. Session one classes this spring include: acids and bases volcano, reptiles and amphibians, and secret message writing. Among the classes in session two are: strawberry DNA extraction, lava lamps, and reptiles and amphibians.

    Registration will begin March 31 on sos.truman.edu and remain open until April 14 or until both sessions are full. Spaces are limited and registration is completed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Beta Beta Beta has sponsored Science on Saturday events for several years. More information is available online at sos.truman.edu.
  • Room Reservations Open for Fall 2023 Semester


    Union & Involvement Services will begin accepting room lottery requests for the fall 2023 semester from 8:30 a.m. April 3 to 5 p.m. April 12.

    Recognized student organizations must be in good standing in order for requests to be processed. Any submissions received after 5 p.m. April 12 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis once lottery requests have been processed.

    Request forms and other information can be found here starting March 31. Contact the Union & Involvement Services Office at union@truman.edu or 660.785.4222 for more information.


  • Lambda Pi Eta Hosts COMM Week


    Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honors fraternity, will host COMM Week March 27-31. Communication majors and minors can attend multiple events to feel more connected, informed and ready to lead within the Communications Department.

    Professor Research Panel Time
    7-8:30 p.m.
    March 27
    Baldwin Little Theatre
    Topics that may be discussed include disclosing infidelity in intimate relationships, presidential debate negotiation, using humor as argument, social media and interpersonal relationships in the speech and debate community.

    What I Wish I Knew

    6-8 p.m.
    March 28
    Barnett Hall 1221
    This biannual event is designed for lowerclassmen to gain insight and helpful tips from upperclassmen in the communication major. This is open to anyone interested in taking a communication course, regardless of declared major or minor. The topics for the night include what order to take classes, which classes pair well together in a semester, professors teaching styles, grading scale and more.

    Internship Forum and Networking

    5 p.m.
    March 29
    Barnett Hall 1221
    Michelle Kleine, associate professor of communication, is organizing her annual internship forum where students can hear from upperclassmen communication students about their experiences completing an internship for credit. Refreshments will be provided.

    KC IABC Career Roadshow

    6:30 p.m.
    March 29
    Barnett Hall 1221
    Hear from the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators about how they are utilizing their communication degree. It is a networking event for anyone interested in a job/internship related to public relations, social media, organizational communication, journalism and more.

    Open House at Barnett

    6-8 p.m.
    March 30
    Barnett Hall Atrium
    Learn more about Lambda Pi Eta, Advertising and Public Relations club, forensics, UpChuckles, KTRM, KTRM Studios Show and The Index.

    Social Event for COMM Students and Faculty

    6-8 p.m.
    March 31
    DuKum Inn
    An opportunity for students to hang out with communication faculty members outside of the typical classroom environment. Students do not have to be 21 years old to attend the event.
  • Visiting Ofstad Scholar Examines Squamish Language


    The Ofstad Reading Series will host scholar Carrie Gillon from 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 29 in Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

    Gillon is a language commission coordinator for the Squamish Nation. In her talk she will examine the Language Policy passed by Squamish Nation Council in 2021. The Squamish Nation’s Language Policy is intended to develop and maintain highly proficient and fluent speakers of Skwxwú7mesh sníchim (Squamish language), research language revitalization, support Skwxwú7mesh sníchim revitalization, maintenance and documentation. The policy also oversees use of the language by employees of the Squamish Nation, volunteers, committee members, academic institutions and external partners, as well as delivers language initiatives, programs and services for the Squamish people.

    The language policy also mandated the creation of the Language Commission (Paháyikwup), which is charged with creating new speakers and revitalizing the language. Gillon will discuss her role as the language commission coordinator and the steps taken to revitalize Skwxwú7mesh sníchim so far.
  • ROTC Offers Helicopter Rides and Rappel Tower


    ROTC is offering all Truman students a chance to use the rappel tower as well as take a ride in an Army Black Hawk helicopter.

    Students can sign up here to go down the rappel tower from 9-11:30 a.m. April 1. The rappel tower is located on the northeast corner of Franklin and LaHarpe Street.

    Students can also enter their name in a raffle for a chance to ride in a Black Hawk helicopter. The raffle-winning students are to meet at 11:30 a.m. April 1 at the rappel tower. From there trained pilots will take them up the helicopters and complete a preplanned route around the Kirksville area. There are 60 slots available and once capacity is met the drawing will stop. Those who are not selected are still welcome to come to attend the event to check out the helicopters and learn more about them.

    Deadline to sign up for both events is March 29. Email rotc@truman.edu for more information.
  • Big Event Sign Up Open


    The annual Big Event service project will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1.

    The Big Event allows students to display their gratitude to the Kirksville community for their continued support and contributions to the University by performing tasks such as raking leaves, trimming bushes or washing windows. Larger scale community projects with area organizations are also part of the annual event.

    Students who would like to volunteer can sign up here until March 29. Members of the community who would like to request the services of student volunteers can do so here until March 27.

    For more information, contact the SERVE Center at trumanserve@gmail.com or 660.785.7222.
  • Esports to Host Super Smash Tournament


    Bulldog Brawl No. 2 will take place April 1 in the Presidential Reading room in Pickler Memorial Library.

    This Super Smash ultimate tournament is open to the public with a $10 entry fee and can host up to 64 competitors. Registration will begin at 12 p.m. with gameplay at 1 p.m. Ten Nintendo Switches and computer monitors will be set up to facilitate the tournament. Cash winnings will go to the top three contenders.

    This event is made possible through a partnership between Truman’s esports program and the student group The Gaming League (TGL). Follow @trumanesports for updates.
  • Opportunities to Gain Mental Health Training


    Students, faculty and staff will have the chance to attend training sessions to learn more about mental health and how to help someone in need.

    The Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center is presenting a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program open to all students, faculty and staff. MHFA will teach participants how to recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenge, understand how to interact with a person in crisis, know how to connect a person with help and use self-care tools and techniques.

    Faculty and staff training will be conducted throughout two days from 12:30-4:30 p.m. April 6 and April 13 via Zoom. Participants must attend both days of the program to receive their MHFA certification. Registration is required and can be found here. The faculty and staff program requires two hours of self-paced pre-work prior to the instructor-led session. This pre-work is due by April 5.

    QPR is being offered to students from 3:30-5 p.m. March 28 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. QPR stands for question, persuade and refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. Refreshments will be provided. Sign-up can be found here
  • Alumni to Share Value of Spanish Degree


  • Learn About the Gifted Ed Graduate Program at Info Session

    An information session about the gifted education (online) graduate program will take place at 3:30 p.m. March 30 via Zoom. Register here.

  • Pop-Up Pantry Provides Food Packs for Students

    The Truman Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Pantry for Adair County, will host a pop-up pantry from 1-4 p.m. March 30 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Students are encouraged to check out the types of food available and take home a sample bag. The Truman Food Pantry is available to all Truman students.

  • Student Government Celebrates Diversity Month

  • CCE Presents Giga Garage Sale

    Community of College Entrepreneurs will host Giga Garage Sale from 4-8 p.m. March 31 in Ryle Hall main lounge. Clothes, household goods, antiques, collectibles, toys and much more will be available. Venmo and cash will be accepted. Students can also sign up by March 27 to be a vendor and receive 50% of their item’s profits.

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life is Hiring


    The Fraternity and Sorority Life team is hiring for a position responsible for a variety of assignments that contribute to the overall improvement of the FSL community at Truman. Duties include, but are not limited to, being a member of the Greek Week committee, running meetings with chapter/council officers, planning events for both the fraternity and sorority community as well as the overall Truman community and working admissions events to promote FSL to potential students.

    This position is from August 2023 to May 2024 and can be for scholarship, institutional or work-study pay. The anticipated start is August 2023 with training starting a week before Truman Week. Email fsl@truman.edu for more information.
  • CDI Sponsors Events for Trans Visibility Day

    The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host two events in honor of Trans Visibility Day. A showing of the docufilm “Screaming Queens” will take place at 5 p.m. March 28 in Baldwin Hall 114. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31 there will be a table with trivia in the Student Union Building with giveaways and snacks. At 2 p.m. a group picture will take place for anyone who would like to show their support. Trans flag stickers will also be available all week at the CDI office.

  • Greek Week Set for April 3-7


    All the money raised during this year’s Greek Week, April 3-7, will go to the Adair County Public Library and Truman’s Investing in Students Fund.

    Those interested in helping FSL achieve their goal of $20,000 can donate money during the penny bucket challenge. The penny buckets will be located outside of the Union & Involvement Services office inside the Student Union Building throughout Greek Week. Each team will have their own penny bucket, but there will also be a general Greek Week bucket available for donations.

    This year’s lip sync competition will take place at 7 p.m. April 6 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door and all members of the Truman community are welcome to attend.
  • Subs in the Hub to Take Place April 4

    Subs in the Hub will take place at 11:30 a.m. April 4 in the Student Union Building. Sandwiches and salty snacks will be available.

  • Session Helps Students Apply for National Fellowships


    This year’s nationally competitive fellowship session is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. April 4 in Violette Hall 1010.

    Each year Truman nominates students who have shown outstanding academic performance and exceptional service accomplishments for national fellowship opportunities. The application process is very rigorous and highly competitive, but the University provides support as students prepare for and then apply to these prestigious scholarships. Many deadlines occur early in the fall semester, so it is important interested students attend the meeting. To register for the information session, click here.

    Listed below are several of the major national fellowships and their websites. More information about these fellowships is available at truman.edu/majors-programs/more-learning-opportunities/fellowships.

    Fellowships For Study in the United States
    (campus nomination required)

    Carnegie Endowment
    for undergraduates and graduates
    Awarded to graduating seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. Applicants must be nominated by the Truman State University nominating official. This fellowship is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Eleven to 13 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis for a period of one year. Application deadline is Nov. 17, 2023.

    Goldwater Scholarship
    for undergraduates only
    Awarded to sophomore or junior math or science majors who have one or two full years of undergraduate study remaining. Each scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a United States citizen and demonstrate a potential for and commitment to a career in research in mathematics or natural sciences. Deadline to declare intent to apply is Oct. 20, 2023.

    Harry S. Truman Scholarship
    for undergraduates only
    Awarded to outstanding junior students who intend to pursue careers in public service. Each Harry S. Truman Scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $30,000 over a period of up to four years (i.e., one year of college and three years of graduate school). To be eligible, a student must have selected an undergraduate field of study that will permit admission to a graduate program leading to a career in public service. Campus deadline is Nov. 17, 2023.

    Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
    for undergraduates only
    The Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers related to environmental public policy and to encourage outstanding Native American and Alaska native students to pursue careers related to health care and tribal public policy. Requirements include sophomore or junior standing with at least a 3.0 GPA and ranking in the top quarter of a student’s class. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,000, and expenses for a Udall Scholars Orientation. Deadline for applications is Jan. 19, 2024.

    Fellowships for Experiences Abroad
    (campus nomination required)

    British Marshall Scholarship
    for undergraduates and graduates
    Awarded to exceptional seniors or recent graduates who wish to study for two years in a British university. It is meant to further the education of young people of distinguished intellect and character who can be expected to make a significant contribution to society. To be eligible, applicants must have a 3.7 GPA, be a United States citizen and earn a bachelor’s degree before the scholarship takes effect. Applications must be completed by Aug. 18, 2023.

    Fulbright Grant

    for undergraduates and graduates
    Awarded to seniors and graduate students. Grants range from a full grant – which covers one year of tuition, books and maintenance in one foreign country – to a variety of partial grants which cover transportation costs only and/or supplement the applicant’s own personal funds.  Teaching assistantships in English in selected countries are also available under the Fulbright program. To be eligible for any of the Fulbright grants, an applicant must be a United States citizen at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant.  Creative and performing artists are not required to have a bachelor’s degree, but must have four years of relevant training or study. All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out their proposed study or research. Applications must be completed by Sept. 1, 2023.

    Fulbright Grant: U.K. Summer Institute Award
    for undergraduates
    Awarded to freshman or sophomore students from all areas of study with a high level of academic achievement. Each program offers students full immersion in the study of British academia and culture. Students will partake in cultural events, research, collaboration and presentation at one of nine summer institutes. The award will cover the majority of all costs incurred, including flights to and from the U.K., university fees, and room and board at the hosting U.K. university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside anywhere except the U.K., be at least 18 years old and have completed no more than two years of university study. Applications must be completed by Sept. 1, 2023.

    Mitchell Scholarship
    for undergraduates and graduates
    Awarded to seniors or recent graduates who wish to pursue graduate study or research in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Mitchell scholarships provide tuition and housing, as well as living and travel stipends. Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree before taking up the award. Applications must be completed by Aug. 18, 2023.

    Boren Scholarship and Fellowship
    for undergraduates and graduates
    NOTE: The graduate fellowship does not require campus nomination.
    Designed to provide U.S. undergraduates and graduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation. Boren Scholarships/Fellowships are designed to support students who will make a commitment to federal service. All recipients incur a requirement to enter into an agreement, in order of priority, to work for an agency of the federal government with national security responsibilities or to work in the field of higher education in the area of study for which the scholarship was awarded. Maximum awards are $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full year of study abroad. Campus deadline for scholarships (undergraduate) is Jan. 1, 2024. Campus deadline for fellowships (graduate) is Dec. 29, 2023.

    Rhodes Scholarship
    for undergraduates only
    Awarded to exceptional seniors who wish to pursue two or three years of study at Oxford University. The Rhodes Scholarship covers all tuition costs and provides a maintenance allowance. To be eligible a senior must be under 24 years of age, be a citizen of the United States and complete a bachelor’s degree before Oct. 1. There are only 32 scholarships assigned to the United States and applicants must have proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard, integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow human beings, the ability to lead and the energy to use their talents to the fullest. The last of these qualities is usually, though not exclusively, demonstrated by participation and success in sports. Rhodes Scholarship applications must be completed by Sept. 1, 2023. Read about Truman’s first Rhode’s Scholarship recipient, Andrew McCall, who provides helpful advice for Rhodes Scholar applicants.

    Other Fellowships
    (no campus nomination required)

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
    for college graduates and graduate students
    A highly-competitive national program that provides college and graduate school graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C., with one of more than two dozen participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. The program is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance and travel costs to Washington.

    The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
    for undergraduates and graduates
    The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a foreign service career with the U.S. Department of State. The programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad.

    Amgen Scholars Program
    for undergraduates only
    The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the world’s leading institutions.

    Ford Diversity Fellowships Program

    for seniors and graduates only
    Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
    for graduates only
    The GRFP is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship offered by the National Science Foundation that provides three years of financial support for beginning graduate study leading to a research-based degree in the STEM disciplines.

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship
    for undergraduates and graduates
    Awarded to students of exceptional academic achievement and scholarly promise for whom advanced study at Cambridge would be particularly appropriate. Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems. Awarded only to students who gain admission to Cambridge through the regular procedures. Covers the full cost of study at Cambridge for a single person. Applications should be completed by Sept. 8, 2023.

    Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows
    for undergraduates
    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows offers rising college juniors opportunities in leadership development programs inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This residential summer fellowship is designed to create the next generation of the nation’s top leaders.

    John Lewis Fellowship

    for undergraduates
    The John Lewis Fellowship honors U.S. Representative John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. The program explores the history of the Civil Rights Movement, diversity and minority rights in the United States, with a particular focus on Atlanta. Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, immigration, national identity, Native American issues and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. The fellowship will also discuss contemporary racial and diversity issues.

    Humanity in Action Fellowship
    for undergraduates
    The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of injustice and resistance as they affect different minority groups today.

    Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships
    for undergraduates and graduates
    The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is a private non-profit operating foundation based in Princeton, New Jersey. The foundation administers a range of programs that support leadership development and build organizational capacity in education.

    Fund for Education Abroad

    for undergraduates
    The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) addresses the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000.

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
    for undergraduates
    The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a Congressionally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is administered by the Institute of International Education. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program or international internship eligible. Students studying a critical need language could be eligible to receive a grant of up to $8,000. The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not consider these unique and valuable opportunities due to financial constraints.

    U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria

    The U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria provides U.S. college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.

    Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
    The Freeman Foundation’s generous support for the relaunch of Freeman-ASIA builds on prior grants to IIE that funded more than 4,500 American undergraduates in Asia from 2001 to 2014. The newly available awards will advance the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative aiming to double the number of U.S. students abroad by the end of the decade, by mobilizing resources and commitments across the higher education, philanthropy and corporate sectors.

    Schwarzman Scholars

    Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, where all classes are taught in English. Students will pursue master’s degrees in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international studies. Applications must be completed by Aug. 18, 2023.
  • Sustainability Office Serves as Campus Resource

    The Sustainability Office aims to offer sustainable resources, education and recycling to students on and off campus. They collect items for recycling, offer free reusable resource rentals for campus organization events and host sustainability-related events throughout the semester. The Sustainability Office is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Violette Hall 1310. For more information visit sustainability.truman.edu.

  • Summer Registration Open


    Summer is a great time for students to focus their attention on a challenging class, or work on boosting their GPA for scholarship renewal or graduate school applications. It is also an opportunity to make a lot of progress toward an additional major or minor without falling behind.

    The open course list for summer can be viewed on TruView now, with registration opening March 22. Courses are available in a variety of options, including online, hybrid and in-person delivery methods. The flexibility of summer courses provides students the opportunity to have a job, take a vacation or socialize with friends back home.

    With six separate terms throughout the summer, students have multiple options to fit their needs. Interim classes run May 13-27. The first round of five-week courses, as well as 10-week courses, begin May 30, while the second round of five-week courses begins July 3. An eight-week session begins June 5. The August interim runs from July 29-Aug. 12. For more information visit summer.truman.edu.
  • TruSisters Host Women's History Month Dinner

  • Association of Black Collegians Hosts Ebony Ball

    Truman’s Association of Black Collegians is hosting an Ebony Ball at 7 p.m. April 29 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Formal or black-tie attire is required. RSVP here.

  • FAC Accepting Applications

    Applications for FAC fall F023 funding are now open. Applications will close at 12 a.m. April 14. No late applications will be accepted. Applications can be found here. FAC will also host a funding information night at 6p.m. March 22 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

  • Life Support Classes Available

    The Institute for Academic Outreach is offering American Heart Association basic life support classes. Visit institute.truman.edu/trulifesaver to complete the online registration form. Questions can be directed to institute@truman.edu or 660.785.5384.

  • World Languages Living Learning Community Available to On-campus Students

    Students that plan to live in live on campus next year can join the world languages living learning community in Missouri Hall. This is a chance to live with students from other countries or who are interested in learning about other languages and culture. Contact James Hammerstrand, instructor in Spanish, for more information.
  • Fulfill Language Requirements Over the Summer

  • Data Science Math Modules Available for Classroom


    Truman has partnered with Missouri high school math teachers to develop data science math modules for classrooms. These free modules demonstrate how to use data science concepts to meet some of the required math standards in grade 5 through Algebra II.

    Data science promotes curiosity, encourages deep thinking and provides context. These prepared lessons will engage students with real-life data, the context and story that come with the data, and how the math they learn in class is used to work with data.

    In addition, Truman will host four free regional workshops where University faculty will introduce the developed modules, help teachers explore the material and ask questions about how to successfully incorporate the concepts into topics already being taught. There will be data science related materials for attendees and their classrooms, and refreshments will be provided.

    Workshop dates and locations are below and registration can be found at data.truman.edu.

    4-6 p.m.
    April 13
    Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
    Kansas City

    4-6 p.m.
    April 20
    St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
    St. Louis
  • Retirement Reception for Marie Murphree

  • Upcoming Board of Governors Meeting

    The Truman State University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. April 1 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. The website is updated to include the open session agenda.


  • Marquez-Barrios Awarded Fellowship at Artists’ Residency

    Victor Marquez-Barrios was recently awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He will be among approximately 22 fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.

    VCCA is a unique Virginia-based organization of national stature and international impact. One of the largest year-round artist residency programs, VCCA typically hosts more than 400 artist-fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst, Virginia, and 50 annually at the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France. VCCA has been a wellspring of music, literature and the visual arts, providing residencies for artists during the most important and the least supported phase of their work – the creative phase.

    A typical residency ranges from two weeks to two months. Each artist is provided with a private bedroom, a private studio and three prepared meals a day. This distraction-free atmosphere, as well as the energy that results from having multiple creative people gathered in one place, enable artists to be highly productive.

    The artists who come to VCCA, whether emerging or established, are selected through competitive peer review on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields. Since its founding in 1971, VCCA has hosted more than 5,900 writers, visual artists and composers. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention including MacArthur fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards, the National Book Award, Grammy Awards and Academy Award nominations.

    Marquez-Barrios was the recipient of one of VCCA’s 50th Anniversary Fellowships, which means his residency there is fully funded.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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' 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 have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The scholarship is up to $5,000 per year and renewable for a total of three years.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. citizen, and a sophomore, junior or senior attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri. Applications should be submitted online through Scholarship Central. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130 for more information. The application deadline is April 15.