Vol. 20 No. 8 - Oct. 12, 2015

Features

  • Truman Degrees Help Secure Coveted Clerkships


    This summer when Duane Benton, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, was reviewing some 700 applicants for four coveted law clerk positions, three applicants who had a Truman degree rose to the top.

    “Seeing ‘Truman’ on their resumes means their undergraduate education was as good as it could be,” Benton said.

    Benton is as qualified as anyone to assess the value of an education, having attended Northwestern, Yale, the University of Memphis and the University of Virginia. Although he has no direct ties to Truman, he became impressed with the school 20 years ago during a visit to campus. Benton, who is also a CPA, is regularly asked to speak to accounting groups at universities. While serving as a member of the Missouri Supreme Court, the Truman Accounting Club invited him to Kirksville.

    “At most colleges, about 10 students show up, in a sterile lecture hall, with perhaps one or two faculty,” Benton said. “At Truman, it was a banquet with over 100 students and all the accounting faculty. I knew then, Truman is different.”

    Since that experience, Benton has kept an eye out for Truman graduates when it comes time to find new clerks. As a testament to the value he places on a Truman degree, three of the four clerks he hired are Truman graduates. Adam Hoskins (’08), Karianne Jones (’10, ’12) and Alyssa Mayer (’08) were all aided by having ties to the University.

    “Each has a record of exceptional academic achievement,” Benton said. “Frankly, almost all the 20 to 30 finalists for clerkships have outstanding whole-person resumes. When I see ‘Truman,’ I know their college education was impeccable.”

    Benton expects a lot from his clerks, who are tasked with analyzing the hundreds of cases his court has been assigned. They provide in-depth research and then express the results to him, both orally and in writing, before helping to draft the opinions of the court. One week a month, Benton’s court holds session in St. Louis, Mo., or St. Paul, Minn., and once a year, he hears arguments in Kansas City, Mo., or Omaha, Neb., during the court’s “formal” week. A majority of his time is spent in chambers, working closely with the clerks, providing them the opportunity to learn more about the legal system.

    “Judge Benton is very well-respected as a judge and as a member of the Missouri legal community, and I thought he would be an excellent role model and mentor to a young attorney,” Hoskins said.

    Hoskins plans to be a civil litigator, focusing on commercial litigation and employment. The variety of cases is what led him to the clerkship. For Jones, who hopes to pursue a career in appellate advocacy, it is an opportunity to discover what methods judges find to be persuasive and effective.

    “I wanted a career that engaged my skills as a critical thinker, researcher and writer,” Jones said. “I enjoy thinking both academically and practically about argumentation.”

    Mayer is on a slightly different track than her Truman counterparts, serving in a career position with Benton. After working as an assistant prosecutor in Platte County, Mo., she has spent the last year in her current role.

    “I did not apply for a judicial clerkship right out of law school, and I grew to regret that decision,” she said. “Since working here, I’ve met some incredible judges and attorneys from the Eighth Circuit. It’s fascinating to see how decisions are made from this side of the bench.”

    Hoskins, Jones and Mayer are not the first Truman graduates to clerk for Benton. One of his past clerks was John Hilton (’02), a former Truman State University Board of Governors member who currently works in legislative affairs for the federal judiciary in Washington, D.C.

    “Clerking for Judge Benton was an invaluable experience, personally and professionally,” Hilton said. “He is a great judge, and will always be a role model for me. I am glad he thinks so well of Truman.”

    In all likelihood, the fraternity of Truman clerks will grow.

    “I will continue to hire Truman clerks in the future,” Benton said. “Based on my experience, I consider Truman to provide the opportunity for an education equivalent to that of any first-tier college, including schools in the Ivy League, Big Ten and the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges.”

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    Judge Duane Benton and his Truman law clerks pose for a picture. Truman alumni earned three of the four clerk positions with Benton. Pictured, from left, Karianne Jones, Benton, Adam Hoskins and Alyssa Mayer.
  • Truman Launches $40 Million “Pursue the Future” Fundraising Campaign

     
    Truman has publicly announced a $40 million comprehensive fundraising campaign entitled “Pursue the Future.”
     
    The public launch was initiated by President Troy D. Paino at a press conference and special ceremony during Homecoming 2015 festivities on Oct. 9.
     
    “Private gift support from alumni and friends is an important component of our plan to protect Truman’s distinctive qualities,” Paino said. “With diminished funding for higher education at the state level and nationwide, this campaign will channel additional resources to key areas such as student scholarships and academic program support.”
     
    The campaign has four priorities – scholarships, academic program and faculty support, athletics and unrestricted giving through the Truman Fund for Excellence. Need-based and merit scholarships represent $25 million of the campaign’s overall goal.
     
    “Central to Truman’s mission is providing deserving students from all social backgrounds the access to a high-quality liberal arts experience,” Paino said.
     
    A goal of $10 million has been established for academic programs and faculty support, designed to help offset the status quo or reductions within the operating budgets of schools and departments across campus due to lingering budgetary pressure.
     
    A target of $2.5 million has been set to improve facilities, programs and scholarships for intercollegiate athletics. The campaign’s final priority is $2.5 million for unrestricted giving, allowing resources to be directed to greatest need areas.
     
    Truman began the advanced gifts, or “quiet phase,” of the five-year campaign on July 1, 2013, and has been generating cash, multi-year pledges and deferred gift commitments toward the goal. To date, the campaign has received $24.9 million in gift commitments from 10,640 donors. So far, a total of 71 new funds have been established, including 45 scholarship funds. More than $16 million has been raised for student scholarships.
     
    Several leadership gift commitments have been secured during the campaign’s quiet phase, including the University’s largest-ever gift commitment, a $7 million gift from alumni Dan and Jan Shepherd of Clifton Hill, Mo. The gift, a future commitment through their estate, will provide $6 million for student scholarships and $1 million in unrestricted gifts.
     
    The public phase is designed to seek gift support from all Truman constituents to complete the campaign in a successful fashion. Regional campaigns will be established in 10 strategic markets across the country where the University has a higher concentration of alumni. A volunteer chair and campaign committee will guide efforts in those areas, including a campaign kickoff event followed by efforts to secure commitments from alumni and friends. More than 100 volunteers are expected to assist in the regional campaigns.
     
    Dr. Sharron Quisenberry of Tifton, Ga., a 1966 Truman alumna and retired Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Iowa State University, is serving as campaign chair. She leads a 10-member campaign steering committee, which is providing volunteer leadership, direction and focus to the overall fundraising effort. The campaign is scheduled to conclude in June 2018.
     
    The Truman State University Foundation secures, invests and distributes funds to benefit the University and its students. As of June 30, 2015, the Foundation has total assets of $44.8 million and an endowment of $39.8 million.

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  • Lyceum Series Presents “The Official Blues Brothers Revue”


    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will continue the 2015-16 season with “The Official Blues Brother Revue” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. The performance will feature Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.” This show was created by Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, with Paul Shaffer as the musical director.

    Tickets are free for Truman students, faculty and staff. Students may pick up their tickets at the Student Activities Board (SAB) office in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may pick up their tickets at the information desk on the main level of Student Union Building. A limited number of general admission tickets may be purchased for $11 per ticket online at lyceum.truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville.

    For the 2015-2016 Kohlenberg Lyceum Season tickets will be made available two weeks before each performance. The exception is the Dec. 5 performance, “Christmas with the Celts.” Those tickets will be available Nov. 16 due to the Thanksgiving Break. Due to the popularity of the shows, any campus tickets still available two days before a performance will be made available to the public to purchase. For more information on the series, visit lyceum.truman.edu.

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  • School of Business to Host Greg Hammann


    Businessman and entrepreneur Greg Hammann has become an expert at generating growth from failure and will share his teachable moments and success stories with campus Oct. 19-20.

    The School of Business welcomes Hammann as the 2015 Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence. He will present “Failure that Creates Growth” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Violette Hall 1000. He will also attend several classes and meet informally with students Oct. 19-20.

    Currently, Hammann serves as the chief operating officer of Sedgwick Inc., the global leader in health care claims management. His focus is on helping Sedgwick transform health care in the United States to an integrated consumer first model. In this role, Hammann has responsibilities in the areas of finance, marketing, information technology, legal, real estate, strategy, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, and industry relations. He has also served as the chief strategy officer and chief financial officer of the company.

    Known for his turnaround skills, Hammann has had great success combining revenues to drive marketing and brand building with solid financial restructuring. He has built a reputation as a brand building expert repositioning tarnished brands and returning them to growth. He is also known for his talent development, helping many young managers grow into successful executives.

    Some of Hammann’s many successful growth stories include his time spent with major corporations such as Nautilus Inc., The Coca-Cola Company and Levi Strauss & Company.

    As the president and CEO and later chairman of publicly traded Nautilus Inc., Hammann took the company from the No. 4 position globally and near bankruptcy to the No. 1 position and most profitable company in fitness. He successfully repositioned the company to compete in multiple channels of commerce, leveraging five brands and aligning them to their target consumer.

    In his leadership roles at Levis Strauss & Company as global chief customer officer and president of Canadian and Latin American segments, Hammann repositioned an iconic global brand that was sinking into bankruptcy. With quick short-term action combined with long-term strategy, the brand and company delivered unprecedented revenue and profit growth.

    Hammann was the first officer hired from outside the Coca-Cola Company in its history, serving as vice president of Global Fountain CMG, director of strategic issues and as the chief liaison to the restaurant industry. He worked closely with Coca-Cola’s national customers and franchisees to take a stagnant division representing more than 50 percent of the company’s profit, and created double-digit growth.

    Although Hammann has left his mark with many companies, he also took the entrepreneurial path for seven years, owning his own consulting firm from 2007-2014. His business, Action-Advisors, helped companies develop strategic planning capabilities. As part of this consulting platform, he has acted as CEO of several companies including Power Plate International (2009-2012) and Fusionetics (2012-2014), and served as president of Frantz Ventures, a real estate investment company, from 2007-2014. He also consulted with Disney and several other corporations during this time.

    For the past nine years Hammann has served as a board member of Plantronics Inc., a leading electronics headset manufacturer, where he serves as head of the compensation committee and serves as a member of the audit committee as a certified audit expert. He is a former board member of Red Envelope, Nautilus Inc., the National Restaurant Association, Educational Foundation, Culinary Institute and Give Kids the World. He has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor for MBA programs at Northwestern and the University of Dubuque.

    Hammann has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and has a certification from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business in Sarbanes-Oxley accounting as a financial audit expert. He also earned NASM trainer certification with a PES in youth training and corrective exercise science.

    The Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence Program is endowed by IMCERA (Mallinckrodt) to honor former president and CEO, Raymond F. Bentele.

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    Greg Hammann
  • Tribute to Grandmother Results in Charitable Donation


    By simply taking the time to honor his grandmother, one Truman student earned his family member statewide recognition and secured a donation to a Kirksville charity.

    In August, Brock Wright, a sophomore athletic training major from Brookfield, Mo., submitted an essay to the “Show Me Missouri’s 10 Best Grandmothers” contest. Wright was looking to pay tribute to his grandmother, Coleen Williams, not for what she does for him, but for her work with his older brother Brad, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three.

    “I wanted to recognize my grandma for all of her care, hard work and love she has shown her family and friends,” Wright said. “My grandma has never really received the right recognition for all of her work, and I thought it would be right to enter the contest.”

    Sponsored by the Magic of Marceline Development Company, the contest based its selections on values-oriented attributes. In his essay, Wright acknowledged his grandmother’s support for his entire family, but noted the extra special attention she gives Brad, pointing out that “she has by far been a parent, teacher and best friend to my brother.”

    The 10 finalists in the contest each received a gift $1,250, with an additional $1,250 donated to the charities of their choice. Williams selected the Judevine Center for Autism in Kirksville. Wright’s family has had a connection with the center ever since his brother’s diagnosis.

    “My parents, grandma and Brad went to Judevine to get some training for everyday life activities with each other. They helped out a lot and within a few years, Brad and my family were very well prepared for life,” Wright said. “The Judevine Center for Autism has always had a special place in our hearts and they will forever.”

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    Brock Wright prepares to take in a Royals game in Kansas City with this brother Brad (pictured middle) and grandmother Coleen Williams. Following an essay submission from Wright, William’s was selected as one of Missouri’s “10 Best Grandmothers.” In addition to a personal cash prize, she was also afforded the opportunity to make a donation to the charity of her choice, for which she chose the Judevine Center for Autism in Kirksville.
  • McNair Program Scholars Attend Heartland Research Conference


    Twenty students from Truman’s Ronald E. McNair Program traveled to the 19th Annual McNair Heartland Research Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 25-27.

    Six McNair scholars gave public presentations based on research projects conducted during this past summer. Scholars who presented include: Angela Bunning (biology), Ronnia Estes (anthropology), RaShaunda Fargo (English/education), Brandi Jones (health science), Meghan Meyers (health science) and Roberto Renteria (psychology).
     
    Truman McNair alumna Michelle McClure (’95, ’98) served as a keynote speaker at the conference. She is now the associate provost at Harris-Stowe State University. McClure earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Master’s of Arts in Education from Truman. In August 2003, she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with an emphasis in higher education administration from Indiana University-Bloomington.
     
    John Quinn, interim research coordinator, and Janet Blohm-Pultz, program coordinator, accompanied the scholars.

    The McNair Program provides support for students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. who are income eligible, first-generation college students of any background or who are from underrepresented groups in graduate education. McNair has been at Truman since 1992.

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    Pictured, first row, left to right: Sofia Gonzalez, Mahliyah Adkins-Threats, Michelle McClure, RaShaunda Fargo, Meghan Meyers and Sydney Ruffin. Second row, left to right: Brandi Jones, Angela Bunning, Roberto Renteria, Chacity Cooper, Mackenzie Smith, Morgan Grandon, Sebastian Maldonado-Velez, Anastasia Steblina and Charlyn Ortmann. Third row, left to right: Eber Gibby, Franchot Walker, Dr. John Quinn, Ronnia Estes. Not pictured: Brandall Bond, Erica McBride and Jessica Wooldridge.
  • Aid Available for Students Interested in 2016 National Undergraduate Research Conference


    Students who wish to receive financial support from the University to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) should apply for funding through the Office of Student Research (OSR) by Oct. 23.

    The 30th Annual NCUR Conference in Asheville, N.C., will take place April 7-9. The OSR will be able to provide support for a limited number of students. A completed application, including an abstract, should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 23. A copy of the application form and abstract guidelines can be found at osr.truman.edu/ncur-travel. Do not submit abstracts to NCUR until funding is granted from the OSR.

    The OSR will rank the applications and award travel funds to a limited number students. Priority will be given to senior students, students who have not previously attended NCUR and students who will not have the opportunity to present their research elsewhere, except for Truman’s Student Research Conference. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been awarded funding via email no later than Nov. 16. Students who are denied funding from the OSR are encouraged to seek alternative sources of travel funds.

    After a student has secured funding for travel to NCUR 2016, whether through the OSR or from some other source, he or she must submit their abstract to NCUR through the NCUR website, www.cur.org/ncur_2016, by Dec. 2.

    Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and students will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted by the NCUR by Jan. 11-22. The OSR will contact all students who have been accepted by the NCUR to present at the conference in January, and will coordinate registration and travel for the entire Truman group.

    Questions or comments about the process can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Truman Forensics Shines at SBU Tournament


    Eleven members of Truman’s Forensic Union attended the Bob R. Derryberry Memorial tournament Oct. 3 at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., placing second in Debate Sweepstakes and third in Overall Team Sweepstakes.
     
    In the Lincoln-Douglas debate, Truman earned three of the four semi-final slots. Freshman Jack Eames and senior Dillon Laaker were semi-finalists while freshman Trevor Lutjen won the final round in a 3-0 decision. In speech events, the team brought home several awards. Junior Adrien Zambrano placed fifth in impromptu speaking and junior Mahliyah Adkins-Threats took home fourth in poetry interpretation and third in afterdinner speaking. Laaker also competed in speech, winning extemporaneous speaking.  
     
    Laaker was also recognized as one of the top five Bright Young Scholars at the tournament. Bob R. Derryberry, director of forensics at Southwest Baptist for nearly 50 years, believed in the importance of both speech and debate and this additional award recognizing students who pursue excellence in the those areas.
     
    The team travels next to the University of Central Missouri to compete in the annual Missouri Mule tournament Oct. 17-18.
     
    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing with the University, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of forensics, at coutzen@truman.edu, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics at chennigan@truman.edu.  

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  • Speaker Shares Findings of Christian Monk Thomas Merton


    Kirksville resident and scholar, John Smelcer, will give a presentation Oct. 22 on the trending topic of Christian monk Thomas Merton, and his unique connection to Missouri.

    Merton, author of 65 books, is widely considered one of the most influential writers, Christian mystics, philosophers and social rights activists of the 20th century. His “The Seven Storey Mountain” is compared to St. Augustine’s “Confessions” as one of the most significant coming-to-faith autobiographies in history. As a friend of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, Merton was named the most famous monk in the world after dying under mysterious circumstances in December 1968.

    This past spring and summer, Smelcer came into possession of Merton’s personal belongings, safeguarded by a close friend of Merton for almost half a century. In this lecture, Smelcer will tell the incredible story of the journey and of the disposition of the artifacts.
     
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Society and Environment and the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Magruder Hall 2001.

    The topic of Merton is not only trending on Google, but was also mentioned by the Pope in his recent address to congress. The presentation is open to the public and is free of charge.

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Announcements

  • MAE Film Series Features “Joe’s Place”


    The Department of Education will kickoff their 2015-16 MAE Film Series, Focus on Diversity, Oct. 12 with a special showing of the documentary “Joe’s Place.”

    The event is free of charge and will take place from 6-8 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Little Theater.

    As part of the event, Truman alumni Jeremy and Rachel Mapp, current house parents at Joe’s Place, will facilitate a discussion about homelessness in youth. They will highlight the steps taken in the Maplewood Richmond Heights District of St. Louis to address this concern.

    For more information about the documentary, visit joesplacestl.org. For more information about the film series, contact Jeanne Harding, director of field experiences, at 660.785.4399 or by emailing jharding@truman.edu.
  • MAC Celebrates Indigenous People’s Day with Speaker


    The Multicultural Affairs Center is celebrating Indigenous People’s Day with a presentation by award-winning author John Smelcer.

    Smelcer’s presentation, “We Are The Words We Speak: Native American Languages and Identity Crisis,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Violette Hall 1000. The presentation is free of charge. For more information, contact Jerad Green at jegreen@truman.edu.
     
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  • London Study Abroad Speaker


    The Study Abroad Office will host a representative from the University of Roehampton at 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Student Union Building Room 3202. Roehampton, located in London, offers courses in many different disciplines. For more information on courses offered, click here.
  • Truman to Celebrate Graduate Education Month

     
    Truman will use the entire month of October to raise awareness of its graduate programs and highlight some student successes.
     
    Fall coincides with the main graduate recruitment season. Truman offers master’s degrees in accountancy, communication disorders, English, leadership, music, education and biology. The University also offers graduate certificates in data science, as well as sustainability and environmental studies.
     
    Currently, graduate degree programs in Missouri are preparing more than 60,000 students for leadership in their fields. The state will celebrate Graduate Education Week, Oct. 12-16. Additionally, Truman will host a series of events throughout the month specific to its programs and students.
     
    Truman’s schedule of events will begin with “Journey Westward,” a concert featuring the Truman Wind Symphony, conducted in part by graduate students Christian Pierce and Lynnea Wooten. It will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free.
     
    The University Career Center will host an open house from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Student Union Building 3100. Visitors can learn what jobs may be available to them as a future employee with a master’s degree.
     
    Alumnus Theodore Moore will perform at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 24 in Ophelia Parrish as part of the New Horizons Music Festival, which will have events occurring throughout the day.
     
    Truman graduate student poets, writers and songwriters will showcase their work at a prose/poetry slam from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Aquadome, 120 S. Main Street in downtown Kirksville.
     
    For a complete listing of all Truman Graduate Education Month events, visit truman.edu/majors-programs/graduate-studies/graduate-education-month. More information about Truman’s graduate programs can be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies at 660.785.4109 or by emailing Stephanie Dunn at sdunn@truman.edu.

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  • Notice for McClain Hall


    As part of Truman’s energy project, the air handlers in the west side of McClain Hall are scheduled to be replaced beginning Oct. 12. In order to allow completion of installation before the heating season is here, the removal of the existing air handlers will take about four weeks extending through Nov. 6. During that time, there will be no air conditioning or heating on the west side of the building.

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  • Apply Now to be the Student Representative to the Board of Governors


    Make a difference during your college career for both Truman and fellow students by applying to become the next student representative to the University Board of Governors.
     
    What is the Board of Governors?
    All public universities in the state are governed by state boards appointed by the Governor of Missouri. At Truman, that entity is called the Board of Governors, and it serves as the highest policy-making body at the University. Responsibilities of the Board of Governors include: approving the annual budget; approving tuition, room and board, and student fees; and selecting the University president and general counsel; as well as making decisions on a variety of other issues related to the functioning of the University.

    Who is on the Board of Governors?
    The Board is made up of 10 individuals appointed by the governor of Missouri and confirmed by the Missouri Senate. Of those 10 board members, there is a sole student representative. The student representative, non-voting position, is a two-year term, and the next student representative will have a term ending Jan. 1, 2018. The other nine board members are comprised of seven voting members and two non-voting members who are appointed for six-year terms. The other two non-voting members are out-of-state members.
     
    Why should you apply to be the Student Representative to the Board?
    Given the amount of responsibility vested in the Board of Governors, and the significant impact that decisions made by the Board have on the student body, it is vital to have a strong, informed student voice represented in those decisions. For anyone interested in advancing student ideas and opinions, there is perhaps no better opportunity to do so than serving as the student representative to the Board.
     
    Serving on the Board is a great honor and responsibility. While the position requires a commitment of both time and work, it also provides an unmatched opportunity for personal and professional growth. Time serving on the Board will provide significant insight on higher education and a valuable experience.
     
    More Information:
    Over the years, there have been student representatives from a wide range of majors and backgrounds. Because the term is for two years, most student representatives have been freshmen or sophomores at the time of their appointment, so underclassmen need not feel discouraged from applying.

    Application:
    Successful applicants must be a full-time student and a resident of the state of Missouri. Further, they must be willing and able to serve until Jan. 1, 2018. The position is a significant time commitment, which will require extensive reading and studying of various documents. In addition, the student representative will serve as a non-voting member of the Student Government and as such will need to attend weekly meetings of the Student Government. They will also be strongly encouraged to attend the weekly meetings of the executive committee of Student Government.

    The application can be found here.

    Completed applications can be submitted to truman.bog.student.rep@gmail.com no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 23. The authorization for release of personal information form should also be printed out and submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building, Room 1110, by 5 p.m. Oct. 23.
     
    Suggested Reading Links:
     
    Student Government Constitution

    Truman State University Strategic Plan
     
    Student Government Standing Rules

    Truman State University Student Conduct Code
     
    Student Government Sexual Assault Prevention Ad Hoc Committee Report
     
    Truman State University Board of Governors Website

    Questions can be emailed to truman.student.rep@gmail.com or to Molly Turner at mat5321@truman.edu.

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  • Students Share Nursing Experience from the Philippines


    Thirteen Truman nursing students will present their unique experience abroad at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.  

    This past summer, May 15 to June 7, the senior-level nursing students journeyed half-way across the globe to the Philippines. Under the supervision of two nursing professors, Kit and Steve Hadwiger, the students participated in numerous nursing and cultural exposures, gaining clinical experience with patients and health care delivery from a transcultural perspective.

    The presentation will focus on the students’ hands-on experience in clinical work and cultural immersion in the Philippines. Specific presentation topics will include: geography, nursing education, family organization and roles, maternity care, STI policies, nursing scope and standards of practice and economic expenses in health care. A video will also be screened showing pictures from their travels.

    During the first week in Manila, the students participated in maternal and nursery care where they developed competencies in the assessment of birthing mothers and newborns and cross-cultural communication. Each student had the opportunity to assist in delivering a newborn baby. Students also had the opportunity to assist with patient care in units of their choice, including the major and minor operating room, neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit and emergency department.

    From Manila, they traveled south to Iloilo City where the students enrolled in the 16th Transcultural Nursing Program at West Visayas State University. Clinical experiences included home visits, a social hygiene clinic, a leprosarium, and hospital rotations in the medical, pediatric and surgical wards of WVSU medical center.

    Communication and cultural accommodation during clinical experiences were facilitated by nursing student buddies from WVSU.

    Nursing students who participated include: Shellie Brashears, Megan Doerhoff, Rachel Drury, Jacob Finke, Ellen Hargrove, Hannah Haywood, Tori Holt, Kristen Holwick, Kaylee McCune, Jaclyn Morris, Alyssa O’Brien, Lindsey Purcell and Kyle Sweeney.

    The presentation is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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    Nursing students stop for a picture while in the Philippines. Pictured, front row, left to right: Hannah Haywood, Jaclyn Morris, Alyssa O’Brien, Megan Doerhoff and Shellie Brashears. Pictured back row, left to right: Kristen Holwick, Jacob Finke, Rachel Drury, Tori Holt, Kyle Sweeney,  Kaylee McCune, Ellen Hargrove and Lindsey Purcell.
  • Student Health Center Offers Flu Vaccinations


    The Student Health Center is offering flu vaccinations Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. Walk-in clinics will be available 3-5 p.m. Oct. 7, and 2:15-5 p.m. Oct. 14. This particular vaccination covers four strains of influenza. If the clinic times are not convenient, individual appointments may be scheduled. This is a reminder that influenza can be a serious disease that can affect students and faculty for several weeks at a time. It can be deadly for some individuals. Those living in on-campus housing are at greater risk of exposure and illness. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 660.785.4182.
  • "Shades for Shade" Fundraiser


    This fall, Janice Clark’s HLTH 366 class is hosting a “Shades for Shade” fundraiser to help Faith Lutheran School buy a protective shade covering for their students.

    Visit the “Shades for Shade” table from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 in the Student Union Building to pick up a free pair of sunglasses and give a donation to help the cause.

    A shade structure can greatly reduce direct UV radiation contributing to a decrease in risk of skin cancer in the children and staff at Faith Lutheran. Join in bettering the health of the children in the community and show Kirksville pride with a new pair of shades.
  • Midterm Break Hours at the Rec


    The Student Recreation Center will have shortened hours during midterm break.

    Oct. 14
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 15
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 16
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 17
    Closed.

    Oct. 18
    4-7 p.m.

    For more information, call 660.785.4847.

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  • Archives Workshop Available


    A workshop on electronic records management for small historical institutions and records repositories is being offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16 in Pickler Memorial Library. The workshop is sponsored under the State and National Archival Partnership Grant awarded to the Office of Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and the Missouri State Archives, and was given by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Intended for staff and volunteers of Missouri’s smaller record repositories, topics covered in the workshop include: appraisal, accessioning and description of electronic records; issues surrounding electronic records management; lifecycle of electronic records; preservation strategies; and understanding the importance of long-term access.

    The workshop will be lead by Missouri state archives staff. There are 25 spots available and registration is based on a first-come first-serve basis. To register, contact Brian Rogers at brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov or 573.526.1981.

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  • Truman-ATSU Faculty and Staff Social

     
    The staff councils of Truman and A.T. Still University are sponsoring a faculty and staff social from 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the University Farm. There will be a bonfire, and hot dogs, chips, s’mores and drinks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and outdoor games.
     
    RSVP here by Oct. 14.
  • Cast Iron Handpress Expert to Present


    Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, acknowledged master of the cast iron handpress, will present “Creating Great Literature in Limited Editions on Iron Handpresses: Borges, Cavafy, Burgess, Calvino, Cheever, Gioia,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater.

    The lecture is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.
  • Real Life 101


    Real Life 101 is a series of presentations that will teach students about such topics as buying a car, traveling on a budget and investing. There will be monetary incentives for students and student organizations that come to these events as well. Sponsored by the Career Center, Truman Parent Wellness Fund and Student Affairs.
     
    All events will take place in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Traveling on a Budget
    5 p.m. Oct. 20
    Jacey Wood, Student Affairs Office
    A short presentation over traveling on a budget, such as how/when/where to find “deals,” how to get the most out of your money, and travel tips

    The ABCs of Investing
    6 p.m. Oct. 22
    BSIF (Bulldog Student Investment Fund)
    A short presentation over the basics of investing

    Basics of Health Insurance
    5 p.m. Oct. 27
    Sally Herleth, director of Human Resources
    A short presentation over health insurance and its benefits and basics, such as deductibles, PPO, in-network, etc.

    Taxes
    5 p.m. Oct. 29
    Leo Speno and Jason Bangert, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
    A short presentation covering the basics of taxes

    Buying a Car
    5 p.m. Nov. 4
    Hector Contreras, Kirksville Motors
    A short presentation over the basics of buying a car, such as negotiating price, test driving, receiving a price quote, etc.

    Rights Under a Lease
    5 p.m. Nov. 5
    Michelle Horvath, director of Citizenship and Community Standards, Student Affairs Office
    A short presentation going over the terms and rights someone has under a lease

    Paying off Student Loans
    5 p.m. Nov. 10
    Rhoda Kennard, Business Office; Melissa Garzanelli, Business Office; Lindsey Blake, Financial Aid Office
    A short presentation going over the basics of paying off student loans
        
    Creating a Budget
    5 p.m. Nov. 11
    Katherine Jackson, School of Business
    A short presentation over the proper steps to take when creating a budget
  • Truman Noyce Scholars Information Meeting


    The Truman Noyce Scholars Program is hosting an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Magruder Hall 2090
     
    The Noyce Scholars program is offering generous scholarships and professional development opportunities to math and physics majors who plan to become high school teachers. Come meet our faculty and current scholars and learn more about the Noyce scholarships. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
  • Archery Event Sign-up Now Open


    The Missouri Conservation Department will conduct an archery workshop and will be teaching students how to shoot properly.

    The event will take place Oct. 25 in the Pershing Small Gym. Students can sign up for any one of the four time slots available by clicking here. Space is limited to 20 students per half-hour session and the last day to register is Oct. 21. Available time slots include:

    4:30 p.m.
    5 p.m.
    5:30 p.m.

    Those who register by Oct. 21 will receive a $5 credit to be used in the Mainstreet Market after the workshop on Oct. 25. This event is sponsored by the Student Wellness Initiative.
  • Big Week of Giving Set for Oct. 26


    Listed below is a description of the volunteer and donation opportunities available during Truman's 2015 Big Week of Giving.

    Monetary Donation Tabling
    1-2:30 p.m.
    Oct. 26-30
    Main floor of the Student Union Building

    Dorm Floor Donation Competition
    Oct. 26-Nov. 1
    The dorm floor that donates the most food during this week will receive an ice cream party for all the winning floor’s residents.

    Food For Fines Library Program

    Oct. 26-Nov. 8
    Student’s book fines will be waived in exchange for canned food donations (1 can = $1).

    Trick or Treating For Canned Goods

    4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 30
    Students will be given the opportunity to divide off into groups and go door-to-door to “trick-or-treat” for food and monetary donations. Each team will each be assigned to a certain number of streets. Interested volunteers should contact the SERVE Center at trumanserve@gmail.com.  

    Donation Tables

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Oct. 31-Nov. 1
    Students will be stationed outside of Hy-Vee and Walmart to collect food and monetary donations.

    All donations will go directly to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Anyone unable to donate at the events listed above and would still like to contribute, can stop by the SERVE Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26-30.
  • McNair Program Now Accepting Applications for Next Class of Scholars


    The McNair Program encourages and prepares underrepresented students (first generation and income eligible or an underrepresented group in graduate education) to pursue graduate, non-professional programs leading to a Ph.D.
     
    Academic advising, faculty mentoring, graduate school visits and paid research internships are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer.
     
    Applications will be accepted online through Nov. 1. For more information on the program, eligibility or the application process, visit mcnair.truman.edu, call 660.785.5393 or stop by the Adair Building and visit the staff.
  • Nominations Open for Community Partner of the Year


    To show appreciation to community partners during the Big Week of Giving, the SERVE Center, the Center for Student Involvement, and Student Affairs will sponsor a luncheon at 12 p.m. Oct 27.

    The Community Partner of the Year Award will be presented at the luncheon and all of the nominees will be recognized for their contribution to the Kirksville community. The deadline to nominate community partners is Oct. 20. Nominations can be made online here.

    This event brings together community partners and campus faculty, staff and student leaders in recognition of the outstanding community agencies that partner with Truman for service and service-learning projects. At the luncheon, there will be discussions about the direction of future public scholarship endeavors and the identification of critical community needs.
  • Apply Now for Foundation Scholarships

     
    Spring 2016 Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students are now available. Applications are online and are due by midnight Nov. 3. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the student tab, navigate to student finances and find the Foundation scholarships link. This application period is for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2015-2016. Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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  • Public Relations Internship Available


    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the full-time spring 2016 internship position.

    The public relations intern will help with the production of the University’s online newsletter, the Truman Today, and biannual alumni magazine, the Truman Review. The intern will also assist in planning special events throughout the semester, writing press releases and fulfilling other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than Nov. 6. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles at tmiles@truman.edu.

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  • Truman Exchange in San Sebastian, Spain


    Want to Study Abroad while paying Truman tuition? The Truman Study Abroad Office offers a variety of bilateral exchanges where students can study abroad for a similar tuition rate. One of these opportunities is located in San Sebastian, Spain, at the Deusto Business School. Students have the opportunity to take business courses in international business, management, marketing, finance and accounting in English or Spanish. For more information, contact her or the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu. For more information about the Deusto Business school click here.

Notables

  • Notables


    Anton Daughters, assistant professor of anthropology, co-edited the recently published book “Moquis and Kastiilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History.” This volume, the first in a two-part series published by the University of Arizona Press, covers the history and culture of the Hopi from 1540, the year of first contact with Europeans, to 1679, the year before the Pueblo Revolt. It represents a 15-year collaboration between anthropologists and Hopi tribe members. Volume II, spanning the years 1680 and 1780, is due out next year.

    Justin Jarvis, assistant professor of economics, recently completed research studying the determinants of homelessness. His work entitled “Individual-level determinants of homelessness: A descriptive approach” will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Housing Economics. For this study, Jarvis created a data set by interviewing all the homeless individuals in Costa Mesa, Calif. By restricting the sample to only those who are already homeless and introducing the concept of a homelessness intensity measure, he exploits variation in individual characteristics and usage of a check-in center to predict the intensity of homelessness (defined as the ratio of actual homeless nights to potential homeless nights). He finds that usage of the check-in center (a place for homeless individuals to “check-in” their belongings during the day) has a large negative effect on the intensity of homelessness. The self-reported cause of homelessness is a determining factor as well. He also finds, as would be expected, that education and the presence of family nearby lessens the intensity of homelessness. Jarvis’ research also offers a methodological solution for the statistical discrepancy that can come about when homeless individuals are studied due to the difficulty of finding/enumerating this unique population.

    Amber Johnson, professor of anthropology, presented a paper titled “Macroecological exploration of variation in Kalahari site structure” with Dr. Robert Hitchcock of the University of New Mexico at the Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies in Vienna, Austria. This research will be developed further for a poster at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in the spring.

    Jack Winstead, assistant professor of accounting, along with co-authors John Humphreys, Milorad Novicevic and Tobi Popoola had their manuscript entitled, “When the Moral Tail Wags the Entrepreneurial Dog: The Historic Case of Trumpet Records,” accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Management History.

    Truman was recently rated No. 23 in the nation in the outcomes-based Educate To Career College Rankings Index. Educate To Career (ETC) is a nonprofit whose rankings place major emphasis on workforce preparedness and the improvement in earnings and employability that graduates derive from attending a particular college. Of the nearly 1,200 schools on the list, Truman was the only Missouri institution to make the top 100. The entire ETC College Rankings Index is available online.

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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Apply for the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award


    The Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award is an opportunity for students of all majors to submit a research paper for the chance to win up to $10,000.

    The scholastic award is based on the evaluation of student research papers related to the current year’s topic. Truman is invited to submit up to three student papers for consideration of the award.

    DST Systems, Inc., headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is sponsoring a $10,000 award for the first place student, $5,000 award for the second place student and $2,500 award for the third place student. Group projects are welcome.

    The School of Business at Truman is also sponsoring awards for the three papers selected for submission to the DST Gould Award Office. The awards are: $500 for the first place paper, $350 for the second place paper and $200 for the third place paper.

    To apply for the Gould Scholastic Award, students must be a University junior, senior or honors program student. Graduate students are not eligible to participate. Group projects are eligible and students of all majors are invited to submit a paper. Students must submit a research paper with appropriate citations and a works cited list. Winning papers have varied in length from seven to 20 pages.

    In spring 2015, the Truman team of Tommy Ng, Julian Fung and Lasse Fuss was awarded the top prize of $10,000 for their paper “Transcending Traditional Service Models with Disruptive Technologies.” Examples of past winning papers are available for review in the School of Business Office in Violette Hall 2400.

    Current year’s topic:
    The concept is the future of financial product(s) and their impact on the financial services ecosystem. Consider the impact technology and innovation will have on the financial services industry over the next 10 years in products offered as well as in the service model expected of a marketplace. The paper should be a pitch and should include the perspective of the issuer of the product and the marketplace, which enabled the transaction and the investor.

    Some examples are:
    •    Private equity is also being offered, purchased and traded on technology platforms at a scale and levels not seen in modern finance through platforms such as Angel List and Reality Mogul.
    •    Banks are seeing the transition in a number of ways, one of which is loan underwriting. Marketplace lending technology platforms like Lending Club and Prosper have attached bank underwriting with technology, which offers an experience and solution to both the borrower and investor.
     
    Research papers are due by Dec. 14. Papers may be sent to the School of Business at sbdean@truman.edu.

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  • Apply Now for Foundation Scholarships


    Spring 2016 Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students are now available. Applications are online and are due by midnight Nov. 3. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the student tab, navigate to student finances and find the Foundation scholarships link. This application period is for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2015-2016. Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Scholarship Opportunities


    Branson Show Scholarship
    BransonShowTickets.com is offering a $1,000 scholarship to assist in furthering the education for young people. The essay topic for their annual scholarship is “How (Enter the Show) Inspired Me to Realize My Dreams.” In the event that students have not seen a Branson Show, they are invited to research and use their creativity. At the end of the essay, students may include a short personal statement if preferred, but it is not a requirement. To find out more about this scholarship, visit bransonshowtickets.com/company/scholarship. Deadline for essay submission is Oct 15.

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 27th class in 2015, the foundation has provided more than 5,550 Coca-Cola scholars with more than $56 million in educational support. One-hundred and fifty Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Applications can be completed by clicking here and the deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

    Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

    Every year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards 30 fellowships to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate education in the United States. Each award is worth up to $90,000. This includes up to $25,000/year stipend and up to $20,000/year tuition support. Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field, including the visual and performing arts, and at any graduate-degree granting institution in the United States, with the exception of online programs. In addition to funding, fellows join a community of more than 500 New Americans with family origins in more than 75 different countries.

    The fellowship program looks for applicants who have demonstrated and sustained accomplishments that show creativity, originality and initiative. The fellowship looks for evidence that an applicant’s proposed graduate training is likely to enhance future creativity and accomplishment, and that the individual has a commitment to responsible citizenship in this country.

    For information on eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the fellowship website. Applications are due by Nov. 1.

    The John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it. Visit johnfoy.com/strong-arm-leukemia-scholarship for complete details. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

    Elie Weisel Foundation Scholarship

    Applications and information for the Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in ethics essay contest for 2016 are now available online at ethicsprize.org. Five scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 will be given away. This scholarship is open to registered undergraduate, full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities. Essays must be submitted by Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Winning students are also eligible for an internship and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

    ImproveNet Scholarship
    ImproveNet is challenging students to showcase their DIY skills in new and creative ways. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school or any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay. Additionally, all participants must be 18 years of age or older and a legal U.S. resident. Students should email their essays to scholarships@improvenet.com. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

    Home Advisor Scholarship
    HomeAdvisor is challenging students to break new ground in green home improvement by offering a scholarship every year to one student. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school, or students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay. Students should email their essays to scholarship@homeadvisor.com by Dec. 15.

    Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

    Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. By registering and submitting an essay, students will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative and environmental stewardship in their project. Essays will be judged by a committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members, volunteers and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners. Details for how to submit a project can be found by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. 

    Infoparrot Scholarship
    Infoparrot will offer scholarships of $1,250 for educational expenses. For more information, or to apply, click here.

    Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarships
    Scholarships are available through Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc., for the 2015-2016 academic year. Last year they awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to Missouri students. Two students selected by the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri will be submitted to Central Region as an applicant and to National Garden Clubs Inc. as a Missouri applicant, and will compete for a Central Region and National Scholarship. The scholarship application is available online at gardenclub.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

    Rover Scholarship

    Rover.com is a one-stop shop for loving and trustworthy dog sitters. Rover connects pet parents with loving dog sitters across the country. This would not be possible without the rapid growth of the sharing economy. Take a survey and submit a 400- to 500-word essay discussing the emergence of a sharing economy in the next five years. For more information on how to apply, click here.

    Seed Grand Project Application
    The IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) is a network of more than 500 of the world’s leading amphibian experts providing scientific guidance to enable conservation actions to be prioritized and implemented by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), a partnership of more than 100 organizations committed to amphibian conservation worldwide. Seed grants are normally provided in amounts ranging from $500-$1,000 and are designed to help kickstart projects or allow teams to try new innovative approaches to address conservation, research and education challenges. For more information, click here.

    Scholarships Available for Veterans
    To learn more about scholarships offered to veterans, click here