Vol. 28 No. 2 - August 28, 2023


  • Fall Giveaways Show Truman Spirit


    This semester three different Truman collectibles will be given away at designated home athletic games.

    A free Truman key chain will be given to the first 900 attendees of the season’s opening home football game Sept. 9. The first 300 spectators at the men’s soccer match Sept. 22 and the women’s soccer match Sept. 24 will receive a pair of Truman sunglasses. Lastly, the first 400 attendees at the home volleyball match Oct. 26 will receive a free miniature foam finger.

    The Student Engagement Office will also be selling limited edition “Truman Spirit” t-shirts for $5. Shirts can be ordered online with a card and picked up at the Union and Involvement Services office.

    Key chains — Sept. 9

    Sunglasses — 7 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24

    Miniature foam finger — Oct. 26
  • Alumni Rock Band The Mighty Pines to Open Lyceum Series


    The 2023-24 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will kick off with a performance by the soul-inspired roots rock band The Mighty Pines at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    This St. Louis-based group is known for creating vast musical landscapes with layered harmonies and thoughtfully crafted instrumentation. The performance will be a homecoming for alumni bandmembers Neil Salsich (’11), John Hussung (’11) and Gerard Erker (’09). Salsich was recently featured on season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice.” His rendition of the Hank Williams classic “Honky Tonk Blues” wowed celebrity coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan during the blind audition, earning a four-chair turn.

    The Mighty Pines have toured nationally and supported renowned acts such as JJ Grey & Mofro, The Dead South, Railroad Earth, Brian Owens, Fruition and Sam Bush. Their most recent album, “Late Last Night,” showcases the band’s growth as songwriters, arrangers, singers and musicians, stretching out with a sonic spaciousness and sliding effortlessly from roots and folk ballads to rock and soul.

    Tickets are available starting Aug. 28 and can be picked up on campus in the Union & Involvement Office in the Student Union Building, the Advancement Office in McClain Hall 205 or the Admissions Office in the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center. Tickets are also available downtown at the Kirksville Arts Association.

    This season all Kohlenberg Lyceum Series events are provided free of charge thanks to the generous support of local sponsors, the Friends of the Lyceum program and the Truman State University Foundation. Friends of the Lyceum receive exclusive benefits including reserved seating, special parking and a commemorative gift of the season based on the level of their donation.

    For more information, visit lyceum.truman.edu or call 660.785.4128.
  • Truman Recognized as a “Hidden Gem”

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    Quality and accessibility have earned Truman a unique distinction according to one college-planning website.

    College Raptor included Truman among schools it identified as one of the “Hidden Gems in the U.S.” The goal of this particular list is to put “a spotlight on amazing schools” that might not be as well known outside of their local area or state. To qualify for consideration as a hidden gem, a school needed to receive less than 5,000 applications per year, enroll fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students and offer five or more unique majors.

    One school from each state was selected as a hidden gem, with Truman earning the distinction for Missouri. On a subset list of “Hidden Gem Colleges in the Plains Region” Truman was the only public school among the three Missouri institutions recognized.

    Truman also earned a spot on the list of 25 schools to be named “Most Affordable Hidden Gem Colleges for the Middle Class.” Coming in at No. 24, Truman was the only Missouri school to make this list, which honored schools for their affordability, particularly for middle-income families. College Raptor defined its “typical” middle-class family as: a family of four; an income of less than $80,000 per year; and family assets (excluding primary residence) of $50,000. The net price estimates for in-state students were also taken into consideration.

    College Raptor is a college-planning website that offers side-by-side comparisons of estimated financial aid packages along with simplified campus match scores and admission chances. Factors taken into consideration for its Hidden Gems lists include retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, endowment per student, selectivity and other metrics. More information is available at collegeraptor.com.
  • Summer Academies Have Successful Sessions

    Students participating in the second session of JBA pose for a picture in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Nearly 500 students attended the annual summer academy across two sessions.

    This summer, Truman welcomed more than 600 pre-college students to campus for multiple programming options. 

    One of the most popular summer options, the Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars is for students that have completed 7th, 8th or 9th grade before the academy session begins. Broken into two sessions each lasting three weeks, JBA gives participating students the opportunity to experience campus life and attend multiple courses.

    The first session consisted of 239 students, 31 preceptors and eight pro-staff members, while 257 students, 32 preceptors and eight pro-staff members participated in the second session. Students could choose from 11 different courses among subjects in the fields of STEM, fine arts, writing/language, history/social studies and athletic training.

    For younger students, JBA Jr., is a weeklong day program for those entering 5th-7th grade. This year saw 56 students participate, with the help of six preceptors, one director and 11 faculty members. Activities this summer included athletic training, outdoor recreation activities, theater class, art, music and reptiles/amphibians. Students also had the opportunity to spend a whole day at the Truman Farm where they participated in a “seed-to-table” experience, took a tractor ride and saw goats, chickens, horses and cows. They also had the opportunity to take part in a campus scavenger hunt, attend a library lecture and planetarium shows.

    In partnership with A.T. Still University, the Truman Healthcare Academy is for students who have completed the 9th, 10th or 11th grade. This five-day program allows pre-college students to learn about health professions through hands-on activities, demonstrations and discussions. This summer they had 53 students, seven preceptors and three directors. Students were able to learn about: disability studies; the anatomy, dental simulation and exercise physiology labs; and the medic helicopter. They also practiced suturing and casting skills and learned how to become CPR certified. In the evenings, the students were able to explore the community, including participation in an escape room and a paint night event.

    Nomination and registration for 2024 summer academies will open soon. Details can be found at institute.truman.edu or by contacting the Institute for Academic Outreach at 660.785.5384 or institute@truman.edu. More information about all of Truman’s summer offerings, as well as college credit for high school students and professional development opportunities, can be found at institute.truman.edu.
  • Online Wellness Resource Has a New Name

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    A campus wellness resource available to all students is now operating with a new name.

    TELUS Health Student Support provides free confidential mental health and well-being support to students in higher education. THSS was formerly My SSP and anyone who already had the app will automatically upgrade to the new platform, which has the same features.

    This online resource provides students with 24/7 access to a counselor via telephone or chat and can also schedule an in-person session for short-term support. The company also has the resources to provide services in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese, and French. Services are also offered by appointment in other languages (i.e. Arabic, Korean and many others), depending on availability.

    Along with on-demand counseling, THSS offers self-directed resources, including videos and articles on topics such as scholarly stress, combating homesickness and thriving as a student. These materials can be accessed both in the app and online. Self-assessments are also available online, and content is regularly updated according to the time of year. 

    Students can access THSS by using the app, available at the App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Art Gallery Kicks the Year Off with Two New Exhibitions

    Photograph from "Working America" available in the main gallery

    The University Art Gallery will host an opening reception for two new exhibitions from 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

    “Working America” by Sam Comen will be open for viewing in the main gallery. “Working America” is a series of photographs and videos reflecting upon the culture of Immigrant-Americans and first-generation Americans through the lens of the “small trades.” It is intended to be a meditation on American belonging and becoming, and if the trope of hard work becoming a path to economic independence and inclusion is a reality.

    Comen will present a virtual artist’s talk at 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Visit gallery.arttruman.edu for the link to the presentation.

    In the Charlyn Gallery, Madeline Brice will exhibit her work “Learning Not to Hurt Others.” This series of paintings explores how perception distorts people’s sense of self and can create an entirely new narrative separate from the actuality of things. Her work is an exploration into her personal reality and the cognitive dissonance it implies.

    Brice will present an artist’s talk at 4 p.m. Aug. 29.

    The University Art Gallery is located in Ophelia Parrish 1114. Reception and events are free and open to the public. For more information visit gallery.arttruman.com.


  • Activities Fair Provides Opportunity for Involvement

    The Activities Fair will take place from 12-5 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Student Union Building. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to find organizations to join on campus. A full list of organizations can be found here. For more information contact Union & Involvement Services in the Student Union Building 2000, at 660.785.4222 or by email at orgs@truman.edu.

  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Open New Innovation Lab

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    A unique campus resource will make its debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 in Pickler Memorial Library.

    The Doug and Diane Villhard Innovation Lab is a dedicated space created to help all members of campus reach their academic goals, explore creative pursuits and work on passion projects.

    Located in the northeast corner on the first floor of the library, this newly renovated space features: flexible furniture that can be reconfigured for groups of various sizes; collaborative writing surfaces; and networked computers with creative software. A design lab in the space will provide hands-on experiences in problem solving and critical thinking, which current and prospective students will find essential for class projects and in future work environments. The design lab will include a Lego wall and offer materials that can be easily disassembled, altered, expanded or even recycled with minimal expense and effort.

    Another section of the lab will house a multimedia studio. This space will provide assistance and resources for students who want to take innovative projects to the next level. It will also be used for training to equip students to use a variety of advanced technologies and digital resources. The ability to produce podcasts will be a feature of the lab, and video conferencing equipment will allow students an opportunity to connect and collaborate with remote partners.  

    The naming of this lab was funded through a generous six-figure gift from alumni Doug (’94) and Diane (’95) Villhard. The Villhards have a long history of supporting entrepreneurship and innovation at Truman. For the past eight years they have supported a variety of efforts, including the annual Bulldog B.I.T.E. Pitch competition.

    As a campus-wide resource the space will allow the University to successfully facilitate collaboration and cross-disciplinary learning. It also will create a pathway for instructors, from all disciplines, to direct class efforts to these spaces and conduct information/exploration sessions.

    All members of the Truman community are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be followed by a reception and opportunity for attendees to visit interactive stations in the lab.
  • Bike Sale Scheduled for Aug. 31


    Truman will host a bicycle sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Military Storage Building on Florence Street, across from the tennis courts.

    The bikes will be sold to faculty, staff and students. A Truman ID must be presented to register for a buyer number. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Buyers will be limited to purchase one bike per person. There are approximately 31 bikes for sale and one razor scooter.

    Bikes will be sold for $20 (includes tax). Payment must be made by cash or check at the sale site. Bikes will be sold “as is” with no guarantees, refunds or liability from Truman.
  • Sodexo Bonus Bucks are Available for Purchase

    Bonus Bucks will be available to purchase until Aug. 31. Load $100 worth of Bonus Bucks and get $20 free. For more information call 660.785.4197.

  • Downtown New Student Welcome Set for Sept. 10

    All new Truman students are invited downtown for a Kirksville welcome, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10. Businesses, churches and organizations will have tables set up with items for students presenting a Truman ID.

  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation


    Students with financial needs that may interfere with their ability to continue their education can seek assistance through the Truman State University Foundation Loan Program.

    Foundation loans can come in the form of short-term loans, long-term loans, access loans and cultural loans. Applications go through the Financial Aid Office and are repaid directly to the University. Banks and outside lenders are not involved in the process.

    To be eligible for a Foundation loan students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and be in good academic standing. Students also need to demonstrate an ability to repay the loan in a timely manner. Deferments of up to five years are available for cultural and long-term loans, provided the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.

    In addition to scholarship assistance, the loan program is an example of the immediate impact of donations to the Truman State University Foundation. Gifts from alumni and friends allow Truman to provide assistance directly to students as they pursue their education.

    For more information on the Foundation Loan Program, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@truman.edu, at 660.785.4130 or in person at McClain Hall 103.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Sign-up Now Open


    Sign-up for Truman’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Recruitment is open now through the first week of September.

    Sorority recruitment will be Sept. 5-11 and fraternity recruitment will be Sept. 7-15. Recruitment sign-up can be found here. Questions regarding recruitment can be emailed to fsl@truman.edu. More information can also be found by following @trumanfsl on Instagram.

    The Fraternity and Sorority Life community makes up approximately 20% of the student body. In the 2022-2023 school year, FSL organizations raised more than $93,000 for philanthropic groups both in the Kirksville community as well as nationwide. The past few years, the Fraternity and Sorority Life community has had a higher overall-cumulative GPA than the general Truman community. Additionally, FSL organizations performed a combined 8,000 hours of service through events such as highway cleanups, The Big Event and more.
  • Yoga and Stretching Offered Every Friday

    Throughout the fall semester, members of the Truman community 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 9:30-10:30 a.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.

  • McNair Program Applications Open Through Oct. 18

    The McNair Program supports and prepares first-generation, Pell-eligible and underrepresented students for graduate studies. Paid summer research internships, funds for graduate school visits and conferences, and academic counseling are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer. Applications are open now with a priority deadline of Oct. 18. Check eligibility here or come to one of the information sessions listed below. For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu, email jfreese@truman.edu or follow the program on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

  • Pop-Up Pantry Provides Food Packs for Students


    The Truman Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Pantry for Adair County, will host pop-up pantry events from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Students are encouraged to check out the food available, as well as select personal hygiene items, at no cost.

    There are no income eligibility requirements for use. The food pantry is organized based on consumer choice and allows students to make their own pack or have one prepared for pick up. The Truman Food Pantry is available to all Truman students.
  • Promote Events with Campus Resources


    Campus organizations sponsoring on-campus events are encouraged to submit information to the Truman Today as well as the master calendar. The Truman Today is emailed to all students, faculty, staff and some off-campus subscribers, making it an excellent tool to publicize an event. The majority of the content in the Truman Today is also utilized on social media platforms and is likely to be shared with others. Various content and events from the Truman Today will also be posted on TruView. Truman Today submissions can be emailed to pr@truman.edu or by filling out the submission form found here.

    The Truman Publications Office can also assist in the creation of posters or fliers to help promote campus events. Publications request for a work order can be found here.

    For all other questions, email pr@truman.edu.
  • Upward Bound Hiring for Fall


    Truman’s Upward Bound program is currently accepting applications for fall employment.

    Upward Bound is a grant-funded college preparation program for income-eligible area students that hires Truman students to assist high school juniors and seniors with tutoring, workshops and the overall college application processes.  

    Students are compensated for all hours spent training, preparing, traveling and working with students. This position is good experience for those interested in education, social work or related fields.

    Positions require regular weekly availability, one to three days per week between 2:30-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Applicants must be juniors, seniors or graduate students. Applications are available online and review of applications begins immediately.
  • New York Times Offers Free Digital Access

    The New York Times membership is free and can be activated online. This membership includes access to archives dating back to 1851, daily 360 content, podcasts, newsletters and nytimes.com/edu which is an education resource website.

    To activate an account, visit accessnyt.com and search for “Truman State University.” After being redirected to the NYT registration page, create an account using a Truman email account then verify account by clicking on confirmation email. For those who already have previously registered their Truman email, click on “Already have an account? Log in here” and follow directions.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities Available in Mexico

  • ITS Offers Extended Schedule for Virtual Office Hours

    The Learning Technologies and Instructional Design team will host extended virtual office hours from 2-3 p.m. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Fridays through the end of August. These will not be workshops, but open time to drop in and ask targeted questions about specific items such as Brightspace or content layout.

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  • Thank You, Move-In Volunteers

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    The following organizations and individuals volunteered during Move-In Day, Aug. 17.

    Alpha Gamma Delta
    Alpha Gamma Rho
    Alpha Kappa Lambda
    Alpha Sigma Alpha
    Baptist Student Union
    Beta Theta Pi
    Blue Key Honor Society
    Bullets Rugby
    Campus Christian Fellowship
    Catholic Newman Center
    Claire Finter
    Delta Chi
    Delta Phi Epsilon
    Delta Sigma Pi
    Delta Zeta
    Epsilon Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Momentum Ministry
    Owen Smith
    Panhellenic Council
    Panhellenic and Gamma Chis
    Phi Delta
    Phi Sigma Kappa
    Pi Kappa Phi
    Sigma Alpha
    Sigma Kappa
    Sigma Phi Epsilon
    Sigma Sigma Sigma
    Sigma Tau Gamma
    Student Activities Board
    Tau Lambda Sigma
    Tsunami Women’s Ultimate
    Veronica Aytes


  • Schnake Selected for Award

    Ella Schnake was selected by Delta Zeta Sorority as a 2023 Florence Hood Miner award recipient. She was one of six total recipients out of 167 active collegiate chapters across the nation. The award is given out to outstanding Delta Zeta juniors for their contributions to their school’s campus, community and campus as a whole. She earned this achievement in celebration of her leadership in a variety of student organizations and her excellent academic record. Schnake serves as the student representative to the Truman Board of Governors.

  • Ashcraft Submits Article

    William Ashcraft, professor of religion, recently submitted an article to the World’s Religion and Spirituality Project called “Lomaland.” The article is about the theosophical community that Ashcraft studied for his dissertation.

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