Vol. 19 No. 16 - Jan. 12, 2015

Features

  • Truman Recognized as One of the Nation’s Best Values


    Coming in at No. 19, Truman has been recognized again by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine as one of the 100 Best College Values in the nation for 2015.

    The article features schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. Truman is the highest-rated Missouri school on Kiplinger’s list and was the only university in the state to be included in the top 50. Truman is also ranked 12th in the nation for best out-of-state value and is highlighted as one of the 25 Best College Values in the Midwest.

    Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

    The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college. The rankings also appear in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on sale now. Web visitors will find special features, including a tool that lets readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus by in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities and a FAQ about the ranking methodology.

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  • Truman Wins $400,000 Grant to Support Competency-Based Learning Initiative, Launch Data Science Program

     
    Truman State University has been awarded $400,000 to implement an innovative competency-based education program. The Data Mastery Initiative aims to apply competency-based learning concepts and methods to both a high school concurrent enrollment course in computer science and a proposed new graduate certificate in data science.
     
    “The Data Mastery Initiative is exciting because it uses technology and an innovative approach to learning that expands the reach of a Truman education,” said University President Troy Paino. “It also proves that preparation for high quality 21st century jobs and a liberal arts and sciences education are complimentary and not mutually exclusive.”
     
    The grant, awarded by USA Funds and administered by the State of Missouri, was announced recently by the Governor’s Office as part of a larger state funding initiative aimed at encouraging the development of innovative approaches to content delivery. The proposal was written through collaborative efforts by the faculty of the Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Academic Outreach and administrators in Academic Affairs. Four grants were awarded to universities pursuing competency-based education initiatives, while three grants were awarded to universities creating innovation campuses.
     
    “Competency-based learning represents an increasingly attractive approach to education for those populations who cannot be easily reached by the traditional four-year, residential, seat time-based educational model that Truman is best known for,” explains Kevin Minch, associate vice president for academic affairs and director of Truman’s Institute for Academic Outreach. “Many adults come to a second or third career while they are in the workplace, or after they have already acquired valuable and assessable skills. Competency-based models acknowledge this and seek to accelerate time to degree completion while reducing operational costs.”
     
    The initiative also aims to open the door to learning in computer science through projects aimed at middle school and high school students. The anticipated concurrent enrollment course in introductory computer science will afford high school students the option to earn college credit while completing elective coursework at their school as well as creating a pipeline for fostering students interest in computer science. This course will be further supported by non-credit programming coursework at the middle school level through Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars.
     
    The timetable for the grant calls for implementation of both programs during 2016.

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  • Scholarship Offers Opportunity for Students to Recognize Former Teachers


    Through the support of Truman’s education alumni and a generous estate gift, the James and Margaret Mudd Teacher Recognition Scholarship provides ongoing recognition of excellence in education.

    This January, graduating seniors have the opportunity to recognize a high school educator/counselor, whom they feel made a positive impact on their academic growth. The chosen teacher/counselor will then receive an invitation to be formally recognized and participate in Truman’s spring commencement. To further acknowledge the recipient, a $1,000 scholarship, in their honor, will be awarded to an incoming Truman student from the teacher’s/counselor’s high school.

    Since its origin as a normal school in 1867, Truman has been committed to providing a strong teacher education program. Over the years more than 8,000 teachers have received preparation from the University, and the program is deeply rooted in the University’s history.

    Graduating seniors will receive an email this month with nomination process instructions. Anyone who wishes to donate to the Teacher Recognition Scholarship fund may do so by contacting the Truman State University Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133.

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  • Community Service Efforts Land Truman on Honor Roll


    Truman has been awarded a place on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a national award recognizing the dedication of the school’s students, faculty and staff to service, service-learning and civic engagement.

    This award recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

    For more information about how Truman received this award, contact the SERVE Center. For more information on the awards, visit the Corporation for National & Community Service website.

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    Truman students preparing for the Big Event.

Announcements

  • Europe In Transition Informational Meetings


    Interested in a summer study abroad program? Experience Brussels, Paris, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice and more during the May 2015 Europe in Transition study abroad program sponsored by Truman. There is even scholarship money available. Click here for more details and to see a video about the program.

    Informational meetings will take place at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 in Violette Hall 1400. Contact Jason Lin at jlin@truman.edu for further information.

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  • All-University Meeting/Reception


    3 p.m.
    Jan. 27
    Student Union Building Georgian Room

    President Paino will provide his annual state of the University report. The meeting will be followed by a reception in the Hub.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities with DAAD


    DAAD, a German Academic Exchange Service, is offering an opportunity for undergraduates to apply for a scholarship funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.

    For more information about these opportunities, visit daad.org.
  • Foreign Affairs Fellowships Available


    Apply online now for the 2015 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships competition. The Pickering Fellowship helps talented students, highly motivated and academically excellent graduating seniors or college graduates, who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering programs have been administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, one of the United States’ top fellowship providers, for more than 20 years.

    The program provides:
    * Up to $37,500 annually for academic expenses, covering the first and second year of graduate study
    * Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
    * Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
    * Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers

    Eligibility requirements at the time of application:
    * Current college senior or college graduate
    * Entering a two-year terminal master’s degree program in the fall of the Fellowship year
    * Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)
    * United States citizenship

    Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2015
    Recommendations deadline: Jan. 23, 2015

    To be placed on the 2015 interest/update list and/or to begin the application process, click here.
  • Petersen Military Retirement Ceremony


    Lt. Col. Steven Petersen will have a military retirement ceremony at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Petersen was serving as a professor of military science but now will serve as the assistant to the vice president of academic affairs at Truman. The reception ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

  • Alumni to Host Networking Event


    The annual Truman Networking Event with the St. Louis Alumni Chapter will take place from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.

    Entrepreneur panelists include:

    Panelists include:
    * Billy Frazier (’11), freelance graphic designer, co-founder, A Capella Connection
    * Michelle (Buelt) Funkenbusch (’95), owner/founder, Law Office of Michelle M. Funkenbusch
    * Matt Helbig (’03), owner/founder, Big River Running and Big River Race Management
    * Gary Hollingsworth (’72), president/CEO, AccuPay APS
    * Aaron Speropoulos (’05), founder/creative director, Wheelhouse Creative Labs and GoGetter
    * Chris M. Thomas (’11, ’13), founder Christopher Thomas Music, co-founder, A Capella Connection

    For more information, or to join the panel, contact the Office of Advancement at 800.452.6678, or alumnievents@truman.edu.

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  • MAC to Host “Get Fit Challenge” with YMCA


    The Multicultural Affairs Center will host the “Get Fit Challenge” from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Adair County YMCA as part of the 2015 MLK Challenge.

    Proceeds from the afternoon of physical fitness and fun will support ongoing programs that benefit the Kirksville community.

    Participants can register at the YMCA or the Multicultural Affairs Center. Early registration is open until Jan. 12, with rates costing $5 for individuals and $15 for groups of four. Late registration rates are $8 for individuals and $20 for groups of four.

    For more information, call 660.785.4142.

  • MLK Collegiate Challenge


    All Day (lunch and dinner included)
    Jan. 19

    The Multicultural Affairs Center and the SERVE Center are looking for 150 Truman students, faculty and staff to spend Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, completing service projects across Kirksville.

    To sign up, visit truservice.truman.edu. For more information, contact Emmanuel Camarillo at emmanuelc@truman.edu.
  • Poetry Reading and Multi-Media Presentation


    Chasing Weather
    Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image


    A poetry reading and multi-media presentation by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and Stephen Locke, photographer and professional storm chaser.

    7 p.m.
    Jan. 22
    The Del & Norma Robison Planetarium & Multimedia Theater

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  • Upcoming SRC Programs


    Group Exercise Classes
    Start the new year off right by attending free group exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center. View the Spring 2015 group exercise schedule here. Classes include martial arts, Zumba, a variety of yoga classes, Tabata and more.
     
    Body Composition Assessments
    Free body composition assessments will take place from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and the week of March 2-5 and April 20-23. For more information click here. Sign-up at the weight room desk in the Student Recreation Center.
     
    Tru-Strength
    Sign up for Tru-Strength, a free weight room/cardio orientation, at the Student Recreation Center. For more information click here.

  • Apply for the Truman in Washington Program


    The Truman in Washington Program (TWP) facilitates internship opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. Truman students can intern in their area of interest by working with The Washington Center or independently identified internships. The TWP helps students locate housing in the D.C. area and provides support throughout the internship experience. Students can work internships for both credit and no-credit through the TWP. Visit the Truman in Washington website at twp.truman.edu for more information. The site includes application materials, cost estimates, photographs taken by past interns, and general information about the Washington D.C. area.

    The priority deadline for applications for summer 2015 internships through The Washington Center is Jan. 30. Applications submitted after Jan. 30 will be accepted and reviewed, but will not receive priority status. Applications can be submitted online at twp.truman.edu/applynow.asp.

    For questions regarding the TWP, contact Jay Self at selfjw@truman.edu or 660.785.6004.

  • Free iPad Mini for Completion of Internship

     
    International Internships will be offering a free iPad mini to all of their students who participate in one of their customized internship programs in one of 16 exciting different locations during the summer of 2015. Applications must be completed by Jan. 31. For complete details, click here. Contact the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu with any additional questions.

  • Opportunity for Public Comment Before HLC Visit


    Truman State University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit March 3, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Truman State University has been accredited by the Commission since 1914. The team will review the University’s ongoing ability to meet the Commissions’ criteria for accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to:

    Public Comment for Truman State University
    The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle St. Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

    The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at www.ncahlc.org.

    Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must in be writing.  

    All comments must be received by Feb. 2.

  • Opportunity for Summer Research at Harvard


    Harvard University has been named one of 10 U.S. institutions that will be offering a 10-week Amgen Scholars Program in the summer of 2015. This new Harvard program, with an emphasis on biotechnology research, will afford a diverse cohort of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard universe, including the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. In addition to an engaging, formative research experience, Harvard-Amgen Scholars will live among more than 300 undergraduates residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River.

    The deadline to submit complete applications is Feb. 2. More information about the Harvard-Amgen Scholar Program, as well as eligibility criteria and the application process may be found at uraf.harvard.edu/amgen-scholars. The Amgen Scholars Program website, which includes information about all of the U.S. and international programs available this coming summer, may be found at amgenscholars.com.
  • Prospective Philosophy and Religion Major Forum


    4:30-6 p.m.
    Feb. 10
    McClain Hall 208

    “What good is a degree in Philosophy and Religion?”
    Find out why PHRE is one of the most valuable majors on the market today!

    Panel Discussion by
    Professor Mike Ashcraft
    Professor Itir Gunes
    Professor Jennifer Jesse
    PHRE major Joelle Axton

  • Summer Fulbright Opportunities in the UK


    Applications for U.K. Summer Institutes through the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission are due in February and March.

    These Summer Institutes provide a unique and enriching opportunity for U.S. citizens with two years of university study left to study in the U.K. during the summer. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration and presentation at an esteemed British university. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission will be offering nine Summer Institutes this year covering a wide range of disciplines from art to archaeology. A complete list of Institutes and details may be found here.

    For further information, contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu or Valerie Schreiner, program coordinator for the Summer Institutes at valerie@fulbright.org.uk.
  • Money Mondays and Wellness Wednesdays

     
    Student Affairs is hosting a series of programs designed to improve student wellness by presenting ways to reduce stress in the following areas: financial, academic, social, future and physical. All programs are scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in McClain Hall 208.

    Money Mondays
    Financial Aid Basics
    Jan. 26

    Budgeting on a Budget
    Feb. 9

    Bank Accounts and Services
    Feb. 23

    Credit and Debt
    March 16

    Investing and Financial Planning
    March 30

    Taxes and Insurance
    April 13

    Evaluating Benefit Packages
    April 27


    Wellness Wednesdays
    Study Skills
    Jan. 21

    Time Management Skills
    Feb. 4

    Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse
    Feb. 18

    Alcohol Awareness
    March 4

    Sexual Health and Safety
    March 25

    Smoking Cessation
    April 8

    Relationships
    April 22

    Incentives: In addition to free materials and drawings for attendees at each session, Student Affairs is providing both individual and student organization incentives to participate in these programs. Students may earn a Personal Development Certificate and recognition on their co-curricular record for participation. Student organizations can be eligible for financial incentives (up to $300) if at least 30 percent of their membership attends three or more of these programs. These wellness related events are made possible thanks to the generosity of those Truman parents who donated to the Student Wellness Initiative.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Appreciation Week


    Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs Center
     
    MLK Fitness Challenge
    1-5 p.m.
    Jan. 18
    YMCA
    Challenge your friends and have some fun as you go through the obstacle challenges and prepare yourself physically for the near year. Registration information can be obtained at the Multicultural Affairs Center and the Adair County YMCA.
     
    MLK Collegiate Challenge
    All day
    Jan. 19
    The Multicultural Affairs and SERVE Centers are looking for 150 eager Truman students, faculty and staff to make their day OFF a day ON by honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by completing service projects across Kirksville. To sign up, visit truservice.truman.edu. Contact Emmanuel Camarillo for more information.  
     
    The Importance of Serving/Learning to be an Overcomer
    7-8:30 p.m.
    Jan. 21
    Violette Hall 1010
    Guest Speaker: Michael McGill, Jr.
    McGill is a renowned, award-winning transformational speaker, youth and family development expert, acclaimed author and motivational family counselor who aims to empower people to transform their own lives-from the inside out-leaving them enriched, encouraged and empowered. Through his lecture, “The Importance of Serving/Learning to be an Overcomer,” McGill will define the importance of combining academic success and civic engagement, showing students the importance of not only studying the world we live in but how academics can influence social justice and social change.
     
    MLK Read-In Sign-Up
    The MAC is looking for student volunteers to celebrate the traditions and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading to local school children. The Read-In will take place Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. There will be two readers per time slot to read a book from selection and then ask questions to stimulate the celebration of diversity for the kids, grades pre-K through 5th. Students will have the opportunity to read to students at Ray Miller Elementary School, the Kirksville Childhood Development Center, Kirksville Primary School, Kirksville Part Day Head Start and Mary Immaculate Catholic School. Sign up by Jan. 16. The week before the MLK Read-In takes place a google doc of available times will be emailed to those who sign up. For questions, or more information, contact Emmanuel Camarillo, MAC program coordinator.
  • Campus Reminders from the Department of Public Safety


    TruAlert Emergency Text Messaging System
    If you are not signed up for the TruAlert Emergency Text Messaging System, you can do this through your TruView account. On the “Truman” tab you will find the registration link in the lower right of the page under the “Update and View My Personal Information” channel. Click on the “Emergency Text Messaging” link. You can register up to three phones that are capable of receiving a text message. If you have already signed up, you can confirm your information in the same manner.
     
    Emergency Procedures Information
    Please take a moment to review the emergency procedures document. Familiarizing yourself with these procedures will help you to respond appropriately in a number of emergency situations. The procedures are also posted in each of the classrooms. If you do not see this poster in your classroom or if you need additional copies, please contact the DPS office.
     
    Bicycle Guidelines
    Bicycles parked on campus must:
    * not be attached to any trees, street median fencing or light poles;
    * not be left in buildings, entrances, ramps or any other hazardous location;
    * be left in campus bicycle racks.

    Bicycles that are illegally parked are subject to parking tickets and/or confiscation by the Department of Public Safety. Bicycles should be ridden on streets, not on sidewalks, lawns or parkways that are property of Truman. Students are strongly encouraged to register their bikes with Public Safety. Registration permits are issued free of charge.

    Outdoor Warning System
    The outdoor warning system is tested on the last Friday of every month, weather permitting.
     
    If you have any additional questions or would like additional information on any of these items, please feel free to contact the Department of Public Safety.
  • International Student Exchange Program Accepting Applications

     
    Interested in studying abroad? The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. ISEP provides students with the opportunity to attend more than 100 different universities worldwide. The deadline to apply for the fall 2015 semester is Feb. 15. The application is located online at isep.org and the application fee is now only $395.

  • Door Decorating Contest Winners


    Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Staff Council Holiday Door Decorating Contest.
    See all of the entries here.

    1st Place
    ITS

    2nd Place
    Registrar

    3rd Place
    Student Affairs

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    The first place door by ITS

Notables

  • Notables


    Michelle Cannon-Breland, student education and support coordinator, and Curtis Blakely, associate professor of justice systems, have donated an assortment of original manuscripts and lecture notes to Xavier University in Ohio. Also donated was a collection of old, rare and annotated books to the Niels Bohr Library and Archive in Maryland. All donated materials previously belonged to Dr. Boris Podolsky, one of the most prominent physicists of the twentieth-century. Podolsky, along with Nathan Rosen and Albert Einstein, authored the EPR paper which is still considered to be one of the most significant publications in physics. Podolsky taught at Xavier from 1961 until his death in 1966. The Niels Bohr Library, operated by the American Institute of Physics, serves as a repository for texts, monographs and photographs relating to the development and history of the natural sciences. Both institutions will preserve, display, and use these materials for research and reference purposes.

    Tanner Edis, professor of physics, was interviewed on the program “True Supernatural” regarding the dibbuk box, an artifact owned by a Kirksville resident and the inspiration for the Hollywood movie, “The Possession.” The program aired on Destination America Channel, Jan. 9.

    Nixon Tarrant, a senior accounting major, won the SLU Elevator Pitch Competition in December with his product idea, Limitless Backpacks. He won $2,500 and one-night use of a Tesla. Sophomore business administration major Anthony Hill was also among the 10 finalists with his product idea SpiroRip. See more ideas from the competition here.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship


    The Truman State University Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship. To apply, login to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances and Foundation Scholarship Application. The deadline to apply is by midnight Jan. 22.

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  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships


    Boren scholarships, for undergraduate students, and fellowships, for graduate students, provide a unique funding opportunity for students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests. Regions include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded. Boren scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year and Boren fellows up to $30,000.

    Recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year in exchange for funding. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at borenawards.org.

    For more information, contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu. The campus deadline to apply for both scholarships and fellowships is Jan. 14.
  • Udall Scholarship Now Accepting Applications


    The Udall Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have sophomore or junior status to apply. Students must also meet one of the qualifications below:

    * demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics and other related fields; OR

    * be a Native American and/or Alaska Native student who has demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development and other areas affecting Native American communities; OR

    * be a Native American and/or Alaska Native student who has demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities and other related fields.
     
    Applications are due by Jan. 30. Students may not begin the application process until they have met with the Udall Faculty Representative at Truman. Interested students should contact María Di Stefano, mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109, for more information.