Vol. 18 No. 22 - Feb. 24, 2014

Features

  • Alumni Speakers to Present About Post-Grad Life

    Six Truman alumni will be visiting campus Feb. 28 to share their experiences after graduating and discuss how their education and choices propelled their careers. This program, entitled “Don’t Follow. Pursue: Embracing Risk within Your Pursuit,” will feature the following speakers:

    Les Dunseith (’80)
    Communication
    Former Graphics Editor
    Los Angeles Times

    Pamela Popp (’83) (keynote speaker)
    Business Administration
    Executive Vice President/Chief Risk Officer
    Western Litigation, Inc.

    Denise Rendina (’88)
    Political Science
    Communication Director
    City of Lenexa, Kansas

    Theresa Roark (’81)
    Math and Computer Science
    Senior Vice President of Data and Information Services
    Missouri Hospital Association

    Scott Sifton (’96)
    Political Science
    Missouri State Senator

    Dr. Dawn Tartaglione (’90)
    Biology
    Neurosurgeon
    Integris

    This event will begin with brief introductions, keynote address and discussion at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Alumni Room followed by breakout sessions at 3:30 p.m. where students are encouraged to get a more in-depth look at the professional career of one of the speakers. The day will conclude with a social hour in the HUB at 4:30 p.m., giving faculty, staff and students the opportunity to informally visit with the speakers over light refreshments. This program is sponsored by the Office of Advancement and the Career Center.
  • Director of Campus Mail Services Honored at Army Ceremony

    With friends, family and co-workers gathered together, Roger Marsh, director of campus mail services, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal Feb. 18 in the Student Union Building.

    Although more than 30 years have passed since Marsh’s service in the U.S. Army, he just now is receiving recognition for his dedication because the paperwork for the honor previously had been misplaced. However, with the help of Rep. Sam Graves, Marsh received sponsorship for a request to relocate his award.

    Five years after the initial request, and after a long process of contacting old officers and filing various forms, Marsh got word that he would finally receive the commendation medal. Having worked at Truman since 2006, he requested the ceremony take place on campus with the help of Truman’s ROTC.

    After the presentation of a letter of recognition from Graves, Lt. Col. Steven Petersen gave remarks to those in attendance at the ceremony.

    “This is not a favor, this is our duty,” Peterson said. “We are the Army we are today because of the generation before us. Because of the battles they fought for us, we are able to be that much better.”

    Following Petersen’s speech, Marsh received the Army Commendation Medal. At the end of the ceremony, he addressed the crowed with gratitude.

    “I want to thank everyone who has been involved in my success,” Marsh said. “It was teamwork. Always was a team effort and always will be.”

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    Roger Marsh, right, accepts his Army Commendation Medal from Lt. Col. Steven Petersen. His wife, Irmgard, center, was by his side during the ceremony, which took place Feb. 18 on campus.
  • University Conference Set for Feb. 27

    Students, faculty and staff members are invited to attend this year’s University Conference taking place Feb. 27.

    The conference’s theme is “Engaging and Transforming Students.” Dr. Stewart Ross, founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State University–Mankato, will deliver the Baldwin Lecture on “The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well.” The lecture will be followed by a hands-on course design workshop.  

    The preliminary conference agenda is located at the 2014 University Conference website. Minor changes will be made to this online preliminary agenda as they occur. The final agenda will be available by 12 p.m. Feb. 26, and printed copies will be available at the registration table that will be initially located outside Violette Hall 1000 and then in the Student Union Building.

    Pre-registration was required for the luncheon and course design workshop, but is not necessary for other events.  

  • Guest Artist to Perform Piano Duet

    Dr. Paola Savvidou and Dr. Jonathan Kuuskoski, music faculty members at the University of Missouri, will perform together as New Muse Piano Duo in a concert entitled “De-Construction.”

    The free concert will begin at 2 p.m. March 1 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    New Muse Piano Duo, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, will be appearing this season at various locations in the Midwest as well as Greece, Cyprus and Norway.

    Following their concert, Savvidou will present a workshop at 3:30 p.m. entitled “Practicing With Awareness.” Following her presentation, at 4:30 p.m., Kuuskowski will present “Career Envisioning Workshop.” These events will take place in Ophelia Parrish 2115. They are also free and open to the public.

Announcements

  • Big Event Registration

    Registration for the Big Event is open now until March 19. If students would like to participate as individuals, they can register themselves. If students would like to participate with an organization, their organization will be in charge of registering the group. Registration will be online. Any questions can be directed to serve@truman.edu.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sessions

    Beta Alpha Psi is sponsoring Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free tax return preparation and electronic filing program. Assistance will be available from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in Violette Hall 1424 on the following dates:

    March 1
    March 22
    March 29

    Taxpayers should be sure to bring proof of identity; copies of all W-2, 1098, 1099 forms and any other tax forms received in the mail; social security cards for all individuals listed on the tax return; and banking information if a direct deposit is desired. For more information, call 660.785.4378.
  • Missouri Linguist to Speak at Truman

    Linguist Christopher Strelluf will participate in the Department of English and Linguistics “For Words” speaker series at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    Strelluf will discuss “The Dialect of Kansas City: Language Change in the Heart of America.” He was recently interviewed about his research by Kansas City’s NPR affiliate. Strelluf is the editorial assistant for the Journal of English Linguistics, the founder and past president of the Linguistics Society of Missouri, served in Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and currently teaches linguistics at Truman.

    The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

  • Lincoln Contest Focuses on Contemporary Slavery

    Truman’s 2014 Lincoln Contest focuses on the topic of “Bus Ride to Justice” and the notion of slavery in today’s society.

    Submissions for the contest are due by Feb. 28 and can be in art, essay or oratorical form.

    For the art contest, entries should be submitted to Rusty Nelson in Ophelia Parrish 1221 and observe the following criteria: artwork of any media is acceptable, traditional or digital output/projection – two-dimensional and three-dimensional. No larger than 18 x 24” for two-dimensional work and three feet in the round for three-dimensional work. Projected work should be formatted for a 16:9 screen ratio. Winning art will be added to the Schwengel Lincoln Collection in Special Collections at Pickler Memorial Library. Art prizes for first and second places will be $200 and $100, respectively.

    Essays and oratorical essays can be submitted to Barry Poyner in Barnett Hall 1110. The essays must observe the following criteria: 1,000-1,500 words, three to five page essay and provide a list of works cited as appropriate. On a cover sheet, provide contact information and clearly indicate if entering the essay or oratorical contest, or both.

    Finalists in the oratorical contest will deliver their speeches before the National Communication Association Student Club later in the semester. Communication Club members will assist Poyner in judging. Essay and oratory prizes for first and second places will be $200 and $100, respectively.

    The prompt for this year’s contest is as follows: “While it is true that institutional slavery was ended in the United States during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, civil rights for all Americans has been a long time coming. Fred Gray was only 24 years old when he defended Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Ala. According to this website, endslaverynow.com, worldwide estimates suggest that as many as 27 million people are now enslaved today! Taking Mr. Gray’s, Mrs. Parks’ and Dr. King’s example of civil disobedience as your inspiration, depict a contemporary violation of human rights and present your campaign for its abolition.”

    Fred and Ethel Schwengel established the Lincoln Contests in art, essay and oratory to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln. For more information, contact Poyner at bpoyner@truman.edu.
  • Free HIV/STI Testing

    1-5 p.m.
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    Sponsored by the Nursing Student Association

    HIV testing may take approximately one hour, with same day results, and just a finger stick is involved. The urine test for gonorrhea and chlamydia may take approximately 30 minutes and will be sent to a laboratory for processing. Those results will be provided at the Student Health Center. Testing is confidential. 
  • COMM Madness Week

    Lambda Pi Eta, Truman’s communication honor’s society, is hosting their annual Communication Week Feb. 24-28. Events will be hosted throughout the week to help students improve in various areas of communication, networking, resume building and more.

    All Week
    “Penny Competition” for Pie the Professor
    Barnett Hall Atrium
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Feb. 24
    Potluck and Trivia Night
    Barnett Hall Atrium and Barnett Hall 1211
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Feb. 25
    Target Presentation and “Mocktails” by Natalie Gieseke
    Student Union Building Conference Room 3000
    5-6 p.m.

    Videography/AVID Training Crash Course
    Barnett Hall 1202
    7-8 p.m.

    Feb. 26
    Resume Building Workshop
    Barnett Hall 1202
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Justin Hartmann, St. Louis TV News Producer
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater
    7-8 p.m.

    Feb. 27
    Tag Improv and Pie the Professor
    Barnett Hall 1211
    6-7 p.m.

    Sponsors for COMM Madness week are: Lambda Pi Eta, Advertising and Public Relations Club, TMN Television and the National Communication Student Association.
  • Art of Living Course

    The Art of Living Club will sponsor an intensive weekend workshop on yoga, yogic breathing and meditation on campus Feb 28-March 3. Information about this workshop and an opportunity to register will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Feb 26 in McClain Hall 210. The presentation is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community.

    The workshop focuses on removing stress and increasing peace and happiness by regular practice of high-powered yogic breathing techniques. Students need to attend the whole workshop over the four days: 7-10 p.m. Friday and Monday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the weekend. For more information, contact Lloyd Pflueger at lloyd@truman.edu or 660.785.4056, or visit artofliving.org.

  • Foundation Scholarships Now Available

    The Truman State University Foundation is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for Truman students for 2014-2015 are available now. This is the largest Foundation scholarship application period of the year. Applications are due by midnight, March 6. To apply, log into TruView and go to the Student tab, Student Finances channel. These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the University.

  • Teach English in China

    The School of Health Sciences and Education and the Department of Education are offering an internship worth 12 credit hours to teach English as a foreign language in the Guangdong Province of China, August-December 2014 and February-May 2015. There will be an informational meeting for SA CHN 550(G) EFL Internship in China 7 p.m. March 4 in Baldwin Hall 244. For more information, contact Timothy Farley at tfarley@truman.edu.

  • FAC Funding Applications Now Available for Fall 2014

    The Funds Allotment Council (FAC) is now accepting funding applications for the fall 2014 semester. Both student organizations and ICA teams may apply for funding. Applications can be found and completed online at fac.truman.edu. They are due by 5 p.m. March 5. For questions, stop by the FAC Office, Student Union Building 1109 A during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Questions can also be emailed to tsufundsallotmentcouncil@gmail.com.

    FAC is dedicated to the intellectual and social development of students and to enhancing their entertainment opportunities. FAC expresses this commitment through the financial support of activities that are organized and sponsored by chartered student organizations. The council strives to fund a variety of activities sponsored by a variety of organizations that will benefit all members of the student association and the larger University community.
  • Nominations Open for Leadership Recognition

    The Center for Student Involvement is accepting Leadership Recognition Program nominations through March 18. They can be made online or by picking up a nomination packet in the CSI Office located in the Student Union Building 2000.
  • Upcoming SRC Programs and Services

    Tru-Strength
    Tru-Strength is a FREE, 1-hour weight room orientation led by Manny, an ACE certified personal trainer. Sign-up at the weight room desk. Space is limited. For specific dates, times and more information, visit recreation.truman.edu/trustrength.asp.

    Body Composition Assessments

    FREE body composition assessments will be offered between Feb. 24-26. Sign-up at the weight room desk. Space is limited. For more information, visit recreation.truman.edu/fitwellbodycomposition.asp.
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    In the Gallery:
     
    “Fiction to Film”

    The library is currently featuring a display based on films that originated as books. Films highlighted include Academy Award winners, Hollywood classics, family films and much more. This exhibit will be available for public viewing until March 24.
  • Essay Contest Accepting Submissions

    All Truman students are eligible to enter an essay contest sponsored by The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) for a prize of $500.

    The COPLAC Board of Directors, in memory of the contributions of David J. Prior to the advancement of the consortium and to student success in the public liberal arts sector, are sponsoring the second annual student essay prize in his name.

    The David J. Prior COPLAC Award recognizes two senior-level undergraduates whose academic careers and future goals have been shaped by the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences experience at a COPLAC institution. Each student’s reflective personal essay will highlight one or more of the following features of COPLAC’s student-centered approach to teaching: emphasis on active learning; ethical reasoning; interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge; community engagement; critical and reflective skills; and connections between liberal learning and informed, active citizenship. Essays should focus on the value of a public liberal arts education and avoid multiple references to the particular virtues of one’s home institution.  

    David Prior’s career-long commitment to superior undergraduate teaching, his desire as a consortium leader to make the outcomes of an education at public liberal arts institutions widely recognized, and his deep concern that all students, regardless of financial circumstances, have equal access to a high-quality education anchored in the liberal arts and sciences, will be reflected in each of the prize-winning essays.

    All submissions for the David J. Prior COPLAC Award must be original essays, under 1,200 words in length, typed, double-spaced and composed in Microsoft Word format.
     
    Submissions should be sent via email attachment to provost@truman.edu no later than March 1. The competition is open to seniors in good standing that will graduate in spring or fall of 2014. Each campus, using its own review and selection process, will select one essay and forward it to the COPLAC Office no later than March 15. A review panel consisting of former COPLAC presidents/chancellors and provosts will select the winners. Each winner will receive an award of $500 and their essay will be featured in the Spotlight section of the COPLAC website.
  • Life Support Classes Scheduled

    Basic Life Support (BLS) courses, taught by Liz Jorn and Jana Arabas of the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences, are designed to help people recognize and respond to several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

    The course includes the following for an adult, child and infant:

    * Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
    * The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
    * Differences between rescue techniques
    * 1-Rescuer CPR and AED
    * 2-Rescuer CPR and AED
    * Bag-mask techniques
    * Rescue breathing
    * Relief of choking

    Cost: $60 – Includes all instruction, materials and 2-year certification with the American Heart Association

    Payment: Participants can pay their registration fee with a check (made out to Truman State University) or cash at the Truman State University cashier window on the first floor of McClain Hall.

    Upcoming Session Dates:
    March 30
    1-6 p.m.

    April 7

    5-10 p.m.

    April 14
    5-10 p.m.

    April 15
    5-10 p.m.

    April 24
    5-10 p.m.

    For more information, contact institute@truman.edu or call 660.785.5384.
  • School of Business Seeks Peer Mentors

    The School of Business and New Student Programs are accepting applications for academic peer mentor scholarship positions for the 2014-2015 academic year.
     
    Academic peer mentors support the professional and faculty advising staff by providing an academic outreach program to first-year students who are pre-business/pre-accounting majors or who are considering these majors. These positions are limited to School of Business majors who will be at junior or senior status in the 2014-2015 academic year.
     
    Position descriptions, applications and recommendation forms can be obtained at the Business Academic Advising Center located in Voilette Hall 2413. Applications are due March 17.
     
    For more information contact Billi Gordy, business academic advisor, at bgordy@truman.edu or Mark Weidner, head academic advisor, Center for Academic Excellence, at mweidner@truman.edu.

  • Faculty Lunch-n-Learn Schedule

    The Learning Technologies Team's spring semester lineup includes workshops for faculty focused on a variety of teaching with technology topics. All sessions will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Pickler Memorial Library 103 unless otherwise stated.

    March 5
    Captivating Your Audience with Cost-Effective Lecture Capture and Screencasting Tools
    Creating successful screencasts requires knowledge of the whole screencasting workflow, from planning, through production, to delivery. This is a hands-on session, which will offer plenty of practical exercises and resources. If you want to know how to capture a voice-over narration, enhance your screen and highlight important elements, this workshop is for you.

    March 19
    How to Become a Transformed Twitter Teacher in a Flash!
    Twitter is becoming an integral part of many digital lives and personal and professional learning networks. This introductory course explains how to use Twitter as an educational tool for professional development purposes. Demonstration of how to sign up, send and read Twitter updates (also called ‘Tweets’), and build your own PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network) of friends will be showcased.

    April 2
    Constructing Effective Assignments, Problem Sets & Exam Questions
    This session highlights ways in which exams, problem sets and homework assignments can be designed to best support student learning and understanding. In this hands-on workshop, participants will spend time creating effective problem sets and questions using the Blackboard Tests and Pools functions for a class of their choosing.

    April 16
    Analog to Digital-How to Transform your Materials into 21st Century Learning Objects (VHS to DVD)
    At the end of 2014, all VHS players will be removed from the classroom. Do you have course materials still on VHS that you just can’t bear to part with? If so, this workshop is for you. Join the Learning Technologies Team for a hands-on tutorial on how to transform your analog VHS recordings into a digital format, and learn about potential issues with copyright you may need to consider before making the switch.
     
    April 30
    Conducting Effective Online Meetings
    Would you like to facilitate web-conferences with colleagues, group meetings with students or hold office hours online? Are you interested in the many options available to facilitate web-based, real-time collaborative experiences? In this workshop, the Learning Technologies Team discusses web conferencing options, how to set up a meeting space, the meeting space layout and the many options available. Specifically explore Zoom and Big Blue Button. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to set up the meeting space with Zoom and Big Blue Button, facilitate an online meeting and take away a few best practices concerning online real-time collaboration.  

    To view a list of future workshop topics and dates, visit apd.truman.edu/home/upcoming-events.

Events and Activities

  • Events and Activities

    Student tickets are now available for the March 29 Student Activities Board spring concert featuring Hoodie Allen. General admission tickets will be available starting March 3. Tickets are free for students and $5 for general admission, and may be picked up between 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the SAB Office in the Student Union Building.

    The 4th Annual Kansas-Missouri Renaissance Symposium will take place from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Ophelia Parrish 2210. It will feature talks about exciting new research by four leading specialists on Italian Renaissance art, architecture and visual culture.

    A guest recital
    will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, featuring Daniel Sheridan, clarinet; Wobin Park, piano; and David Leung, viola.

    Andrea Shelley, Hy-Vee’s registered dietitian, will give a nutrition presentation from 12:15-1 p.m. Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 in Violette Hall 1144. Both days will cover the same information. Topics include learning how to navigate the grocery store, reading food labels and implementing Hy-Vee’s nutrition counting system called NuVal System. The presentation is free to all students, faculty, staff and the Kirksville community. This event is sponsored by the wellness committee and in conjunction with TruFit. For more information, contact Miranda Kolenda at mkolenda@truman.edu.

    “Liberal Arts After Truman” will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Alumnus Justin Hartmann, a St. Louis news producer for KTVI-TV will discuss how he applied his liberal arts degree to score his dream job. This presentation is sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta as part of their “Comm Madness” week.

    “Dance Your Way to Heart Health”
    will take place from 3:30-5:50 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Student Recreation Center. There will be a fitness presentation regarding heart health in the conference room, followed by the dance class “Dance Central,” formally known as “Hip Hop Cardio.”

    Alpha Chi Sigma will host a public tie-dye event from 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 28 in Magruder Hall 1027. Prices vary per item. Items must be 100 percent cotton. They will also be selling plain t-shirts for $5, plus cost of dyeing.

    For students interested in staying in their on-campus residence during midterm break, the deadline to register is 5 p.m. Feb. 28. More information can be found here.

    The deadline to sign up for Truman Live! auditions is 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at sab.truman.edu. Auditions will take place from 2-5 p.m. March 2 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    Missouri Hall will sponsor the Mr. MO Hall Competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    A free screening of “Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies,” presented in HeckleVision, will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Audience members will be able to text their comments to the screen in real time. The star of the film, Bill Oberst Jr., will be on campus March 18 to present “Still Waiting For My Closeup: How I Made 100 Movies Without Really Trying.”

    The Catholic Newman Center will host a Mini Golf Fundraiser
    Feb. 28 and March 1. For more information, contact president@newmantruman.org.

    Tau Lambda Sigma will be collecting new or gently used clothing from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 3, 4 and 17 in the Student Union Building. Items will be sold at their Semi-Annual Thrift Shop taking place from 1:30-7:30 p.m. March 19 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

    Truman is a partner agency for the Regional STEM Education Summit taking place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4. Location is TBA. Carol J. Valenta, recently retired chief scientific officer from the St. Louis Science Center, will speak at lunch. Panels will include business leaders, educators and women working in STEM fields. For more information, call 660.665.3766.

    The Center for Student Involvement will host a Mardi Gras Celebration Party
    from 7-9 p.m. March 4 in the Student Union Building Hub. There will be activities, food and live music.

    Wind Symphony II will perform in concert at 8 p.m. March 5 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Wind Symphony I will perform in concert at 8 p.m. March 6 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

Career Center

  • Schedule of Events

    Career Center Staff Hiring Presentation
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 24-25
    Career Center

    Dress for Success Fashion Show
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building

    Missouri Rural Enterprise & Innovation Center Information Table
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building

    Missouri Rural Enterprise & Innovation Center Information Table
    Feb. 26
    Violette Hall

    University Conference Day
    Feb. 27

    Etiquette Dinner
    March 3

    S.C.O.R.E. Mock Interviews
    March 3

    Career Week
    March 3-6

    Career Expo
    March 5

    Deloitte On-Campus Interviews
    March 17
    Career Center

    Peace Corps Presentation

    3 p.m.
    March 19
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C

    Edward Jones Mocktail Reception
    7-8:30 p.m.
    March 19
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Edward Jones Information Table
    March 20
    Student Union Building

    Ernst & Young On-Campus Interviews
    March 26
    Career Center

    KPMG Summer Leadership Program On-Campus Interviews
    March 27
    Career Center

    Alumni Mock Interview Day

    9-11 a.m.
    April 11
    Career Center

    Student Research Conference

    April 15

    Graduation Fair

    April 16

    Paging All Doctors
    April 22

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    For more information on any
     of these events, contact the Career Center

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Through a generous gift from Lloyd and Lois Elmore, a trust has been established to make scholarships of approximately $1,000 per semester (depending on need) available annually. Scholarship recipients must be active in a Southern Baptist Church or in a Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ). The scholarship recipients must attend Truman State University. Lloyd and Lois (Trower) Elmore operated a family farm in the Gibbs, Mo., community for 50 years before moving to La Plata, Mo., in 1968. Lloyd was a member of the Christian Church in Gibbs and La Plata. Lois was the daughter of a Baptist minister and attended the Southern Baptist Church in La Plata. She was also a member of the Loyal Bereans Class of the La Plata Christian Church. The Elmore’s established the trust fund to provide an educational opportunity for students in the northeast Missouri area who are actively involved in their church. Eligibility criteria: high school graduate from northeast Missouri; current Missouri resident; active involvement in a Southern Baptist Church or Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ); financial need; and acceptance to Truman State University. Selection criteria: completed application form; evidence of financial need; proof of acceptance to Truman State University; written letter of recommendation from the local clergy; and receipt of all the above by the application deadline, May 30. Renewal criteria: student must maintain a 2.50 grade point average; complete at least 24 credit hours in previous 12 months; evidence of continued active involvement in a Southern Baptist or Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ); and maximum renewal of three times. To apply, click here.

    The Missouri Insurance Education Foundation
    will award scholarships to deserving students attending Missouri colleges or universities in a program that could lead to positions in the insurance industry in Missouri. The C. Lawrence Leggett Scholarship in the amount of  $2,500 is to be awarded to a junior or senior Missouri resident majoring in insurance or a related area of study in a Missouri college or university. In addition to the Leggett Scholarship the foundation has made an additional scholarship available in the amount of $2,000. Application forms are available at mief.org and are due by March 31.

    The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is a non-profit organization that provides access to higher education to St. Louis area students through interest free loans. The program assists students with financial need. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average, demonstrate good character and must be a permanent resident of: St. Louis City; St. Louis County; the Missouri counties of Franklin, Lincoln, Jefferson, St. Charles, Warren or Washington; or the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair. Applications are due April 15. For more information, call 314.725.7990 or email info@sfstl.org.

    Marketing EDGE is offering nine different marketing scholarships for the 2014 academic year. For more information or to apply, visit marketingedge.org/students/marketing-scholarships. Deadline for application is May 9.

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation will award 15–30 scholarships to students majoring in education at four-year colleges who have indicated a desire to teach humanities at the elementary and middle school levels, particularly in a rural district in Missouri. Scholarships can be as much as $2,000 and are available to juniors and seniors in undergraduate college, as well as to graduate students. For more information and to obtain an application for this scholarship, go to isgur.org. Deadline is May 15.
     
    The Rural Students Scholarship Essay Contest
    is now available to all high school seniors and full-time college students in the U.S. with a 3.0 grade point average. Sponsored by Blaze Wifi, this scholarship worth $500 is designed to promote digital literacy and higher education in underdeveloped and potentially at-risk rural areas of the U.S. Full scholarship guidelines are available at blazewifi.com/scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 30.

    The BigSun Organization is offering a $500 scholarship to help a student athlete succeed in academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Visit bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply. Deadline for submission is June 20.

    AES Engineers
    is offering $500 scholarships to students on the basis of character across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students are not required to be taking Engineering courses. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary education facility. To be eligible, students must answer the essay question at aesengineers.com. Deadline to apply is Oct. 6.