Vol. 27 No. 28 - April 11, 2023


  • Schodl Wins Goldwater Scholarship


    Thomas Schodl has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic school year.
    A junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from St. Louis, Schodl is the first Truman student in 10 years to be selected for this scholarship.
    “I am honored and grateful to have been selected as a Goldwater Scholar. This award will help fund my education next year and allow me to focus on graduate school applications,” Schodl said. “It still has not sunk in how big of a deal this is, but I am happy that I had the support of Truman and Washington University faculty while writing this application. I could not have done it without their support.”
    The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awards one- and two-year scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Since its first award in 1989, the foundation crossed the 10,000 threshold this year, naming its 10,283rd scholar.
    Out of the 1,267 recipients nominated by 427 institutions for the 2023 competition, the foundation awarded 413 scholarships. When added to the 70 sophomores from the 2022 competition, the foundation will support a total of 483 scholars this year. The foundation is able to support this number of scholarships because of a collaboration with the Department of Defense National Defense Education Program and additional support from Congress.
    Schodl received a one-year scholarship, the maximum award for a junior. After their time at Truman, they plan to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
  • Puppy Love for Tally Supports Adair County Humane Society


    Alpha Sigma Alpha is sponsoring their annual philanthropy, Puppy Love for Tally, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17-20 on the Quad to raise money for the Adair County Humane Society.

    For a small fee anyone interested can meet and play with adoptable animals from the humane society. All proceeds will go directly to the Adair County Humane Society, which is a no-kill shelter. The funds raised assist with a variety of expenses including medical bills and food for the animals.

    Puppy Love for Tally was started in honor of a deceased sister, Tally Stevens, who passed away in a car accident. The philanthropy was established to always remember Stevens' life and family. She had a strong passion for animals, which is why Truman’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha established this philanthropy in conjunction with the humane society.
  • SAB Spring Concert Series Continues with Indie Rock Band


    The second concert in SAB’s spring concert series will feature Dehd at 5 p.m. April 14 on the quad.

    Dehd is an American three-piece indie rock band from Chicago. The band consists of members Emily Kempf, Jason Balla and Eric McGrady. Their sound is characterized by reverb-heavy guitar, drumming and unique vocals, such as drawls, yelping and the use of counter-melody.

    Admission is free and tickets are not required. The rain site is the Student Union Building Georgian Room. The final concert in the series will take place at 5 p.m. April 28 on the quad featuring country music artist Chase Bryant.
  • “Tea Time” Touches on Civic Duty, Legos and Actual Tea

    University President Sue Thomas welcomed Zac Burden, assistant director of Residence Life, for a recent an installment of “Tea Time with Sue.”
    Burden came to Truman as a student in 1999 and has been a fixture on campus and in the community ever since. After earning a degree in history, he started his career in Residence Life – including a 15-year stint as the director of Missouri Hall – while working toward a Master of Arts in Education degree he completed in 2009. Connecting with his education as a social studies teacher, Burden is well known for his campus tours that often include a deep dive into University history and lore. Outside of Truman, he is active in a number of civic organizations and has twice been elected to the Kirksville City Council.
    During their conversation, Burden discussed his love of spreadsheets and Legos, as well as his favorite teas. He also shared how an obscure connection from his time playing string bass in the school orchestra had a hand in his journey to Truman.

    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.
  • TMN Wins State Awards

    Truman students recently attended the Missouri College Media Association annual conference and the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association annual conference. TMN received multiple awards.

    The Truman Media Network won multiple awards at the Missouri College Media Association annual conference and the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association annual conference, April 1.

    “It’s an honor to learn from so many media professionals in our area,” said Genevieve Tlustos, editor-in-chief of The Index. “It was a great experience, and I’m very proud of our staff and all the work they have put in over the last year.”

    “I’m so proud of all the work that the Truman Media students have put in this year,” said Lukas Pierce, KTRM-FM station manager. “We couldn’t do any of this without the hard work and teamwork of everyone involved.”

    Four TMN staff members attended the conference on Southeast Missouri State University’s campus in Cape Giradeau. At the conference, incoming Index Editor-in-Chief Sydney Ellison was elected vice president of MCMA. TMN is advised by Communication department professors David Price and Don Krause.

    Missouri College Media Association award winners:
    First Place

    •    Sports Colum – Steven Findley Jr., “Athletes transferring is good for Truman”
    •    Entertainment review – Joey Dougherty, ““Blonde” is a bleak, exhausting vehicle for actor de Armas’s career-best”
    •    Photo Page – Matt Frank and Oliver Malone, “Students celebrate at Oktoberfest”

    Second Place

    •    Website – Daniel Harper, Truman Media Network
    •    Advertising Design – Rebekah Nelson, Newsie Ad
    •    Editorial Writing – Index Editorial Board, “Where are the precautions?”

    Third Place
    •    Information graphic – Rebekah Nelson, “Commencement during COVID-19”
    •    Editorial/Op-Ed Page – Sydney Ellison, Vol 114, Issue 5, Page 4
    •    Feature Page – Rachel Becker and Rebekah Nelson, “Top 5: Tips for staying safe in the snow”

    Honorable Mention
    •    Feature Writing – Alyssa Rzany, “Truman community members foster children”

    Missouri Broadcast Educators Association award winners:
    First Place

    •    Audio Station Promo – Steven Findley, GTA Radio
    •    Multimedia Website – Truman Media Network Staff, Truman Media Network

    Second Place
    •    Audio Show Promo – Mark Fisher, “Mostly Charmless”
    •    Audio Special Programs – Abby Richmond, “PBandJ”
    •    Audio Station Promo – Mark Fisher, “Cooking with KTRM”

    Third Place

    •    Audio Station Promo – Annie Bensyl, heyosocialmedia
    •    Audio Show Promo – Bashar Zaheer and Annie Bensyl, “Refuse Dystopia”
    •    Audio Podcasts – Leighya McNeely, “Making Kirksville Home – Jumper”

    Honorable Mention

    •    Audio Show Promo – Abby Richmond, “Love is in the Airwaves”
    •    Audio Station Promo – Mark Fisher and Emma Gottfried, KTRM Online
    •    Video Feature News Story – Josie Wagner, Library Special Collections 2
    •    Video Feature News Story – Josie Wagner, Library Special Collections 3


  • Student Government Sponsors Student Appreciation Week


    Student Appreciation Week, sponsored by the Student Government, will take place April 11-14. This event is to celebrate Truman’s wonderful students. Follow Student Government on Instagram for more information.

    Tacos in the Hub

    12-2 p.m.
    April 11
    Student Union Building Hub

    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    April 11
    Outside of the Student Union Building

    Wellness Wednesday
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    April 12
    Outside of the Student Union Building

    Yard Games
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    April 13

    Free Coffee Vouchers and Tabling
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    April 14
  • Costa Reprises “Serial Killers” Class for Special Presentation


    For years, the “Serial Killers and Psychopaths” class was a student favorite, and now it is being reprised for a special event, April 18.

    Sal Costa, professor emeritus of psychology, created the class in 1995 and taught it every semester for 27 years. The class was a perennial hit and often had a waitlist of eager students. While it can be useful for psychology majors, the class had broad appeal and touched on related topics of biology, personality traits and disorders, abnormal psychology and psychopharmacology.

    Since Costa retired from teaching in 2022, “Serial Killers and Psychopaths” has not been offered. In coordination with Truman’s Psychology Club, Costa will deliver a special presentation inspired by his course. Topics discussed during the event will include the phases of serial killers and psychological profiling. Costa will also discuss some specific serial killers, from the obscure to the infamous.

    The “Serial Killers and Psychopaths” special presentation will take place at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The event is free and open to the public.

    Since his retirement from the classroom, Costa has continued to serve Truman in other capacities. In conjunction with Student Engagement, Enrollment Management and Marketing, he assists the Office of Admissions with scholarship review. He also works to match students with internship opportunities, and he is responsible for recruiting new faculty and staff as advisors for clubs and organizations.

    In addition to the special presentation, Costa will teach the full three-credit JINS version of “Serial Killers and Psychopaths” in the fall semester.
  • New Books Featured in Benevento Farewell Event


    Joe Benevento, professor of English, will read from his two new books during an event marking his four decades of service to the University.

    “Benevento Says Goodbye: A Celebration of 40 Years at Truman” will begin at 2 p.m. April 15 at the Catholic Newman Center, 709 S. Davis St. Benevento will share passages from his newest works, “The Cracker Box Poems” and his novel, “My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son.” The latter work is a seriocomic novel about the Holy Family from the viewpoint of St. Joseph. The novel can also be purchased directly from the publisher, Histria Books. Discounted copies of the new books will be available at the event, along with free copies of his earlier works.

    In addition to the readings, Benevento, who will retire at the conclusion of the semester, will perform some “songs of parting” accompanied by Greg Richter on piano, Karen Kubin on violin, and the Benevento Family Singers.

    This event is free and open to all. Students, colleagues and friends from Benevento’s Truman tenure have been invited to return, and part of the festivities will include time to reminisce about his 40-year career.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship Benefit Concert Features Strange Accents

  • Day of Silence to Take Place April 14

  • TSODA Spring Recital Set for April 15-16

  • All-Science Picnic Scheduled for April 15

  • Namaste Nepal Presents Himalayan Night

  • Yoga and Stretching Offered Every Friday

    Throughout the spring semester, people will be able to join Roberta Donahue, professor of health science, for Fresh Start Fridays. This TruSolutions initiative seeks to offer accessible yoga and stretching activities to promote a balanced culture of wellness and academic focus. The sessions will occur from 2:30-3:30 p.m. every Friday in Pickler Memorial Library 308. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat. A limited number of mats will be available for those without one. For questions, contact Donahue at rdonahue@truman.edu.

  • Philosophy and Religion Capstone Presentations Continue Through April 20

    The Philosophy and Religion Department is hosting senior capstone presentations April 11-20 in McClain Hall 209. All sessions are open to the public. The schedule of speakers and topics is available here.
  • Students for Life Sponsor Baby Item Drive

  • Association of Black Collegians Hosts Ebony Ball

  • Spike's Birthday Celebration Set for April 21

    In honor of Spike's birthday April 21, cake will be served in the in the dining halls at lunch, along with a special appearance from Spike.

  • Squirrel Fest Features Games and Prizes

    Squirrel Fest will take place from 1-5 p.m. April 22 in BNB Hall. This festival celebrates students and their love for campus squirrels. The event will include food, games and more.

  • Truman to Host Remembrance Ceremony

    A remembrance ceremony will take place 6 p.m. April 24 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. This is an opportunity to remember and celebrate students, faculty, staff and friends that were lost in this past year.

  • Club Tennis Open to All

    Truman Club Tennis will host practices from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and 2-4 p.m. Sundays at the tennis courts located south of Campbell Apartments. During the Tuesday and Thursday practices a variety of games and drills are played, and Sunday practices consist of match play for players who want more formal competition.

    These practices will go throughout the remainder of the spring semester. No experience is required. Rackets and balls are provided. For more information, email atons1751@truman.edu or join the GroupMe for practice schedule updates.

  • 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.

  • Flexible Payment Plan Gives Students Options


    New changes to the flexible payment plan will help students stay on track with tuition and spread out their balance throughout each semester.
    Under the flexible payment plan, tuition is billed in full and paid for in installments. The first 25% payment is due by the end of the first week of class. In the fall and spring, tuition is paid in four monthly installments of 25% each. Summer term billing can be addressed in two installments. The new plan has established due dates for each of the installment payments.
    The flexible payment plan is available to all Truman students. Because changes have been made, students currently taking advantage of this payment option will need to re-enroll in the flexible payment plan, as well as those who would like to opt-in to the plan for the first time. Students who were previously removed from the flexible payment plan for unpaid balances now have the opportunity to start again with a clean slate.  
    Signing up for the flexible payment plan is easy, and it can be completed beginning May 1, 2023 on TruView in just a few minutes. Details on how to sign up can be found here. Students who choose not to sign up for the flexible payment plan by Aug. 25, 2023 will automatically remain on the standard plan, which requires payment in full by the end of the first week of classes.
    Questions about the flexible payment plan can be addressed to Student Accounts at 660.785.4074, staccts@truman.edu or in person at McClain Hall 105.
  • FAC Accepting Applications

    Applications for FAC fall F023 funding are open now through 12 a.m. April 14. No late applications will be accepted. Applications can be found here.

  • Safe Spaces in New Places Available Every Tuesday

  • 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.
  • 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. Contact the Union & Involvement Services Office at union@truman.edu or 660.785.4222 for more information.
  • Registration Open for 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.

    Science on Saturday is a free event. Registration can be found at sos.truman.edu and will 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.
  • CPR 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.
  • 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


  • Chemistry Students Present at National Conference

    Truman students from the Miller research lab in chemistry presented at the National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 26-30. Students Hannah Zimmerman, senior biology and psychology double major, Dominic Caputa, senior physics major, and Zoe Vetter, sophomore cellular and molecular biology major, each presented a poster in the area of drug design and discovery using a variety of computational chemistry techniques. Caputa and Vetter won the award for outstanding undergraduate research poster in the computers in chemistry poster session for their poster on investigation of novel inhibitors of the cancer target enzyme APOBEC3B. This research travel was financially supported by Truman’s Chemistry Department.

    Students (from left) Zoe Vetter, Dominic Caputa and Hannah Zimmerman, in front of a wall mural at the National ACS Conference.


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.