Vol. 28 No. 13 - November 13, 2023


  • St. Louis Ballet to Perform in Kohlenberg Lyceum Series


    The St. Louis Ballet will take to the stage at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium to perform selections from the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.”

    With choreography by Gen Horiuchi and music by Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker,” features company dancers, professional character actors and students from the school of the St. Louis Ballet. This performance will also showcase a fun, contemporary ballet titled “Wake Up!” with music by Joe Morra.

    St. Louis Ballet consists of 24 internationally acclaimed dancers. They are recognized as the only professional resident ballet company in the St. Louis region, presenting a season of four fully mounted productions serving 20,000 people in approximately 24 public performances annually. Lauded by critics for their artistic innovation and excellence, they are supported by a wide array of corporations, foundations, arts councils, individual patrons and students.

    Tickets are available 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. Any remaining tickets will be available at the window starting 30 minutes before the show.

    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 660.785.4133.
  • Tag Day Celebrates Truman Donors


    The week of Nov. 13-17 hundreds of donated items will be tagged with distinctive purple tags in honor of Tag Day.

    Each year, generous donors give back to Truman. Their donations help make the Truman experience possible. Established in 2013, Tag Day shows appreciation to these donors and raises awareness of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman.

    Donors have a measurable impact in tangible ways, including the Sandra K. Giachino Reavey Sesquicentennial Plaza and Fountain, Red Barn Pavilion and the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium. As well as tangible items, donors also provide support through scholarships and student learning experiences.

    In celebration of Tag Day, the Office of Advancement will give away free hot chocolate from 12-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 by the Student Union Building. Additionally special boards will be located in Starbucks in the Pickler Memorial Library and the entrance to the Baldwin Auditorium throughout the week. Prizes are available for individuals who scan the QR code and share information about themselves and their Truman experience.
  • “Tea Time” Returns with Baked Goods and Games

    Season three of “Tea Time with Sue” is back for a limited run with a new, interactive format.

    The inspiration for this season of “Tea Time” came from a group of new students who said the show was one of the things that led to their friendship. In their honor, President Thomas invited the students to join her for an afternoon of baking featuring cake pops and a special Easy-Bake Oven.

    In future episodes of the show, President Thomas will participate in friendly competitions with students while she conducts informal interviews. Potential games may include: Connect Four; table top cornhole; rock, paper, scissors; and more.

    The full first episode of the season can be seen here. Highlights of the show will be shared on Truman’s Instagram.
  • Econ Speaker Series Welcomes Podcast Host


    As part of the Economics Speaker Series, James R. Harrigan will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Violette Hall 1236 on his experiences as dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani.

    Harrigan is senior editor at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) and co-host of the “Words and Numbers” podcast. He was previously dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, and later served as director of academic programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata Policy, where he was also a senior research fellow. When Harrigan went to Iraq to be the dean at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, he landed in a culture he did not know, with people he had never met, only to be thrust into the middle of the Arab Spring, which was for him and his Kurdish neighbors the Kurdish Spring. This event is open to the public and all are invited to come.

    On the day of his visit, Harrigan will stop by Economic Analysis of Social and Policy Issues course (ECON 345) at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the topic of public choice theory.


  • Coffee (and Chocolates) with the President Focuses on Kirk Renovation


    President Sue Thomas will host the second Coffee (and Chocolates) for the academic year from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. The focus of this event is to provide an update on the status of the Kirk Building renovation and a preview of the soon-to-be-housed New Student Success Center and Sustained Knowledge of Integrated Lifelong Learnings Skills (SKILLS) Center. All faculty and staff are invited. An additional subject-focused coffee and two social opportunities for faculty and staff are planned for later in the semester.
  • Art Gallery Hosts Virtual Artists Talk


    “What We Inherit,” an exhibition by Chicago-based artists Janhavi Khemka, Maddie May and Thuong Hoài Tran, will be open in the Charlyn Gallery. Their practices examine the complexities of memory, familial stories, inherited objects and learned ways of navigating the world around them. Whether painful, lost or cherished, histories shape people’s lives and identities. Each artist’s works question their understanding of identity through artifacts of everyday ephemera, domestic space and family archives. The works presented in this exhibition link to collective memories and the stories they carry through intergenerational histories and differing backgrounds. They will present a virtual artist talk from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 13 via Zoom. The University Art Gallery is located in Ophelia Parrish 1114. For more information visit gallery.arttruman.com.
  • Info Session Spotlights Online Data Science and Analytic Storytelling Graduate Program


    An information session focused on Truman’s online Master of Science in Data Science and Analytic Storytelling will take place at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Del and Norma Robison Planetarium and via Zoom.

    Students in this graduate program will gain knowledge of efficient data collection and interpretation techniques. They will also develop the skills needed to communicate the data through evocative and easy to understand visuals. A tech-related undergraduate degree is not required to pursue this program, all majors are welcome.

    During this info session, Omar Gasmann, a current graduate student, will share insights about his experience in the data science program and career opportunities. Hyun-Joo Kim, professor of statistics, interim chair of computer science and program director of data science, will discuss the data science program and help students decide if it is the right fit for them. Stephanie Wilson, graduate admissions counselor, will provide information regarding the graduate admission process.

    Students interested in attending can register here. Snacks will be available for those that attend in person.
  • Theatre to Perform “The Lightning Thief”

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    Truman’s Theatre Department will perform “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestselling book opened on Broadway in 2019. When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods.

    This production features the work of student director Jack Danter. The three leading actors are Lydia Lamb as Percy, Margan Youngstrom as Annabeth, and Parker Shin as Grover. This fast-paced musical features fight choreography by Gael Jenks and dance choreography by Danter.

    The show will last approximately two hours with one intermission. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at boxoffice.truman.edu. For more information, contact the Truman Theatre Box Office at 660.785.4515 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Business Competitions to Take Place Nov. 16


    Two business competitions will take place Nov. 16 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Bulldog Pitch Day will take place at 1 p.m. with nearly 40 high school students competing for $1,000 in awards. First place will receive $500, second place will receive $300 and third place will receive $200.

    The final round of Bulldog B.I.T.E. Pitch Competition will take place at 2:25 p.m. with six pitches vying for $6,000 in awards. First place will receive the Amanda Gioia Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award of $3,000, second place will receive $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000.
  • Data Science and Analytic Storytelling Thesis Presentations Open to the Public

    The next round of data science thesis defenses is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in Violette Hall 1220 or via Zoom.

    Each presentation will start with a 10-15 minute public presentation aimed at communicating the thesis to a non-technical audience, followed by a short question-and-answer session. The same candidate will then move into a longer, more technical presentation designed to go deeper into the data science concepts and ideas used within the thesis, followed by an additional Q&A session.
    The data science master’s thesis presentations continue to cover a variety of topics, including generic drug rollouts, utilizing ChatGPT3 to recreate poetry, analyzing K-12 education funding and outcomes, turning a famous 400-year-old book about the ancient world into a useful data set, rainwater collection practices, managing power plants and more.

    The schedule for the next round of defenses:

    “Success factors in Wisconsin school districts by locale”
    Kim Rolands
    2 p.m.

    “Understanding the cost of healthcare inpatient services”
    Brianna Carter
    3 p.m.

    4 p.m.

    “License Plate Recognition through Neural Networks”

    Olivia Halma
    4:15 p.m.

    “Identifying Architectural Styles from Photographs”
    Megan Folken
    5:15 p.m.
  • Make Plans Now for On-Campus Housing

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    Students who want to live on campus during the 2024-25 academic year can start planning where they and their friends might like to reside.

    The housing portal is now open for students interested in living on campus during the 2024-25 academic year. Residence Life is offering new options for next year, including expanded pet housing and more deluxe doubles in some residence halls at the same price as a regular double room, as well as more single-occupancy availability.

    In former triple occupancy rooms in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall, which were rarely in demand, students will now have the option to secure a deluxe double room for the same price as a standard double. For upper-class students, Campbell Apartments will also offer single-occupancy options for the first time.

    “Returning students living on campus have more options than a first-year student because returning students self-select their room earlier,” said Jamie Van Boxel, director of Residence Life. “Returning students can group up with their friends to take over a section of a residence hall or a group of apartments in Campbell. Returning students also have the opportunity to live in larger rooms or in an on-campus apartment with more space with a roommate of their choosing.”

    On-campus housing will be available in Missouri Hall, Ryle Hall, West Campus Suites, Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall and Campbell Apartments. Due to the Dobson Hall parking lot being utilized as a construction staging area, that hall will not be available. As a result, additional options will be available in West Campus Suites and, if needed, Missouri Hall.

    “From a community building standpoint, this will allow us to offer a better student experience,” Van Boxel said. “Having more students in some of our more in-demand locations and room types will give students more opportunities to meet one another, make friends and have access to a full range of services.”

    Pet housing will still be offered for the 2024-25 academic in the south wing of Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall. The demand for pet-friendly housing has increased every year since the option was first offered in 2021. More information about pet-friendly housing can be found online.

    Students planning to live on campus are encouraged to submit their housing application as soon as possible. Room self-selection begins Feb. 15 for returning students and April 3 for new incoming students. More information regarding the room self-selection timeline can be found online here. Questions about the housing process can be directed to Residence Life at 660.785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu.
  • MAE Profession Development Series Event Focuses on Wellness and Work-Life Balance

    The next event in the Professional Development Series hosted by the Education Department will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in Violette Hall 1320. This session titled “Wellness and Work-Life Balance as an Educator” will be led by Eric Dickson, department chair and associate professor of music, trumpet. This workshop is open to any current students or alumni. RSVP here by Nov. 14.

  • Chinese Film Course Offered in Spring

  • Spring 2024 Room Lottery Open Until End of Semester

    Union & Involvement Services will continue accepting Spring 2024 Lottery requests on a first-come first-serve basis. These submissions will be processed after priority consideration lottery, which ended Nov. 3. Forms can be found here. Paper forms will not be accepted. Contact the Union & Involvement Services Office at union@truman.edu or 660.785.4222 for more information.

  • Phi Tau to Host Rush Events

    Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity will host a week of recruitment events for prospective new members, Nov. 14-16. Phi Tau has been an active chapter on the Truman campus for more than 35 years. Anyone interested in joining the organization can contact Lucas Manalang with additional questions. For more information, follow Phi Tau on Instagram @phitau.tsu.

  • Office of Student Research Seeks Proposals

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    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applicants, as well as Conference Travel Scholarship applications, for spring 2024. 

    Conference Travel Scholarship applications are for students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship at a conference taking place January-June 2024. Students must have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. The scholarship will cover up to $500 of conference registration, lodging and travel expenses. GIASR applications are available for research and creative scholarship conducted in spring 2024. Grant applicants may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research. 

    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both funding opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1. Questions regarding the applications can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Global Issues Colloquium Examines Archipelago of Chiloé

    The Global Issues Colloquium event, “The Islanders: Stories of Struggle and Change in Southern Chile’s Archipelago of Chiloé,” will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in Baldwin Hall 102. Anton Daughters, professor of anthropology, will discuss the life history interviews he carried out on the islands of Chiloé as part of his 2023 sabbatical research.

  • Deadline for McNair Applications is Nov. 15


    The McNair Program provides academic, social and funding support to students from groups who are historically underrepresented in graduate education. 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 an extended priority deadline of Nov. 15.

    Applicants can visit the Adair House for help with applications Mondays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Fridays  8-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Check eligibility here. For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu, email jfreese@truman.edu or follow the program on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Volunteers Needed for University Publications

    Student volunteers are needed for University marketing purposes. Those interested in being featured in various marketing materials should fill out this form.

  • Residence Life Hiring Student Advisors


    Residence Life is looking for students who will create welcoming environments, develop connections with students and foster a learning-centered community to apply as student advisors for the 2024-2025 school year. Student advisors will have their room and meal fees fully covered.

    Anyone enrolled in classes, has lived on campus for at least one semester once employed and maintained a 2.75 GPA, is qualified to apply. The application is open now until Jan. 19. Visit reslife.truman.edu or email reslife@truman.edu for more information.
  • Register to Study Italian Culture

  • Classical Antiquity on Screen Class Available Spring 2024


    CLAS 310: Classical Antiquity on Screen taught by Amy Norgard is available to take in the spring 2024 semester.

    This class will study film, TV and video games set in/around the ancient Mediterranean. Particular attention will be paid to how different forms of screen media influence each other and work together to communicate different notions of the ancient past to modern audiences. Class time may be spent in Truman’s Esports gaming facility playing ancient world video games. Students will be able to access the Esports center outside of class to log hours for gaming homework.

    This class counts for the arts and humanities perspective and the aesthetic area of the film studies minor. Contact anorgard@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Sign Up to Get SERVE Center Volunteer Opportunities

    Are you interested in performing service at local non-profits this school year? Sign up to be included in communication with volunteers. The SERVE Center has partnered with more than 130 community agencies located in the Kirksville community to bring service opportunities to meet every student’s interests.

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Nov. 27.


  • Forensics Earns Multiple Awards at Recent Tournaments


    The speech team competed in person at Bradley University’s 76th L. E. Norton Tournament in Peoria, Illinois, while the debate team participated virtually at Illinois State’s Redbird Debate Tournament.

    At the Norton Speech Tournament, two Truman competitors advanced to the semifinals, senior Ella Schnake in prose and sophomore Alexis Peterson in impromptu speaking. Schnake also secured the position of tournament runner-up in dramatic interpretation, earning her qualification for the National Forensics Tournament (NFA) in DI. Other teammates in attendance included senior students Megan Ford and Jillian Humke, as well as sophomores Briggs Maynor and Jessie Philips.

    At the ISU debate tournament, seniors Alicia Stout and Elijah Baum advanced to elimination rounds and finished as octo-finalists (top 16). Both seniors earned recognition as Baum finished as the fifth speaker, and Stout finished as second speaker. Other teammates in attendance included senior Eli Bartz, sophomore Aidan Bressawitz, and freshmen Peyton Luaders, Frankie Schuman and Ben Croat.

    Any alumni interested in judging or students interested in joining the Forensics Union should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu.
  • Students Present at Folklore Conference

    Two Truman English majors presented their original research at the Missouri Folklore Society conference in Boonville, Nov. 3. Lucy McCormick studied “Non-Traditional Traditions Among St. Louis Catholics” and Gracie Doolin discussed the folkways of librarians. Jocelyn Cullity, associate professor of English, spoke as part of a panel of historical novelists.

  • TMN Places at National Conference


    Truman Media Network earned 10th place for best website at the Fall National College Media Convention’s Best of Show competition in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

    TMN competed in the four-year, 15,000 students or fewer category. The website is maintained by Rahul Chaudhari, digital director. TMN members Madison Backes, Sydney Ellison, Grace Potter, Mark Fisher and Toby Parker attended the convention, as well as Don Krause, Index advisor.

    The convention brought student journalists from across the country to attend sessions taught by professional journalists, designers, editors and photographers.

    “I enjoyed networking with other students and professionals in the industry and learning how to improve my journalism back home,” said Backes, 88.7 KTRM station manager.

    The convention had keynote speeches from; Charles M. Blow, New York Times columnist; M. Alexis Scott, former vice president of The Atlanta Daily World; Ernie Suggs, journalist and film producer; and George Chidi, freelance journalist.

    “I really liked being around a bunch of people who have the same goals, and it was very inspiring to see how much other people have done,” said Potter, news editor.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Spring Foundation Scholarships Now Available

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    The Truman State University Foundation Spring 2024 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available.

    Recipients must be enrolled full-time during the term of the scholarship to receive the full amount. Applications can be submitted and revised at any time prior to the Nov. 27 deadline. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Scholarships, Financial Aid & Loans then Foundation Scholarship Application. Students will be notified of scholarship awards Jan. 5.

    These scholarships are available thanks to the private gifts of alumni and friends of the University.