Vol. 20 No. 13 - Nov. 16, 2015

Features

  • Communication Students Prepare For Iowa Caucuses

     
    While some people might dread the upcoming political season, one communication class allows students interested in politics a unique insight into a presidential campaign.
     
    COMM 458: Special Topics—Iowa Caucus 2016, taught by professors Marilyn Yaquinto and Jay Self, aims to cover political communication, campaigning and the process by which the major parties nominate their candidates for president. Students who have completed the course are able to attend the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1 and experience the event firsthand. They will assist the Truman Media Network by covering the event, but also have the opportunity to do political communication field research. Students will produce a research paper and present their results at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring.
     
    “It is an excellent way for students to see a major political event and the politicians who participate in them close up,” Self said.
     
    Students are given press passes alongside professional media, which gives them access to most events, including the convention center, where major events are scheduled for the days leading up to caucuses. The convention center is also the home base for media to produce reports to send back to their hometowns or to broadcast to the world.  
     
    “When I registered for the class I was excited because I knew it would be a ticket to the Iowa caucuses in February,” Olivia Louderman said. “I never imagined that it would make me want to learn more about all of the strategies and positions involved in the campaigns leading up to the election.”
     
    February will not mark the first time Truman students attend the Iowa caucuses. Self and Yaquinto first created the class in 2011 to better prepare them to cover the event in student media.  
     
    “It’s truly a bridge between classroom and field,” Yaquinto said. “It’s something that is Truman-centric, but one with national, even international, relevance.”
     
    This year, Self and Yaquinto plan to emphasize political research and the “rules of engagement” when approaching voters, candidates, campaign staffers and secret service agents. The class also prepares students to understand interactions between political parties and the different perspectives — professional and partisan — that each group brings to the process.

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  • Tickets Available for the Holiday Lyceum Show Starting Nov. 16


    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will continue the 2015-16 season with “Christmas with the Celts” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    “Christmas with the Celts” is a live concert combining music, vocals, Irish dance and humor. The Celts are known for their brilliant musicianship of pop rock with celtic instrumentation mixed with traditional Irish/Scottish music. Their spontaneous, quick Irish wit delivers a lively performance with their playful, yet unpredictable, interactions with audiences. The Celts have been featured on PBS and have performed across the country.

    Tickets are free for Truman students, faculty and staff and are available now. Faculty and staff tickets may be picked up at the information desk on the main floor of the Student Union Building. Student tickets may be picked up at the Student Activities Board window in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    General admission tickets may be purchased for $11 per ticket online at lyceum.truman.edu, at the cashier’s window in McClain Hall or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville.

    Due to the popularity of this show, any campus tickets still available two days before the performance will be made available to the public to purchase.

    For more information on the series, visit lyceum.truman.edu or call 660.785.4016.

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  • Todrick Hall to Speak Nov. 18


    The Student Activities Board will host Todrick Hall at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in Baldwin Hall.

    Hall is a multi-talented performer best known for his YouTube videos and MTV show. In the past, Hall has performed on Broadway, choreographed for Beyoncé, and was listed as one of Forbes “30 Under 30” in entertainment. Hall will speak on his rise to success and demonstrate some of his many talents.

    Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets are available in the Student Activities Board office and at the event. For more information, please contact Rebekah Sutherland or Hannah Litwiller at specialevents.sab@gmail.com or 660.785.4722.

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  • Final Global Issues Colloquium Set for Nov. 20


    As the fourth and final global issues colloquium of the semester, Carol Bennett, assistant dean of multicultural affairs, will present “Beyond the Medicine: Caring for the People and the Earth” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Magruder Hall 2001.

    Bennett will discuss environmental and related health issues impacting West Africa. Her discussion will further detail how simple acts such as providing medicine bottles can impact the people in the nation of Malawi.

    Sponsored by the Global Issues Committee, the series is presented for educational or civic purposes. For more information, visit globalissues.truman.edu.

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  • #BulldogsGiving Exceeds Goal

     
    The one-day fundraising event, #BulldogsGiving, netted the University more than $10,000 in gifts.
     
    Alumna Colleen Ritchie (’84) pledged to give an additional $50 to the first 200 donors to contribute $5 or more made to the University on Nov. 11. In total, 225 donors made gifts that day, which earned $10,745 for Truman.
     
    An overwhelming majority of the donations and matches were earmarked to support Foundation scholarships for students. Gifts were made to 83 of University funds.

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Announcements

  • Event Planned to Celebrate Benevento


    Joe Benevento, professor of English, will present a combined reading and musical performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Baldwin Little Theater.

    “Benevento at 60” will feature selections from his two latest published books, the mystery novel “Saving St. Teresa” and “Expecting Songbirds: Selected Poems, 1983-2015,” as well as songs he composed from poetry by Walt Whitman, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Guido Cavalcanti.  

    Additional singers and musicians will include Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, (mandolin), Carmen Pérez-Munoz, assistant professor of Spanish (voice) and Jennifer Hamlet, Mary Immaculate School music teacher (voice). Benevento will also provide hundreds of his own home-baked cookies to share with the audience as a celebration of both his 60th birthday and his 33rd year in Kirksville and at the University. 

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  • Tag Day Celebrates Donors


    Truman will celebrate donations to the University Nov. 16 by tagging items across campus made possible by private gifts to the University.

    The goal of Tag Day is not only to show appreciation to donors who have given back to the University but also to raise awareness on campus of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman. Thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the University invest in Truman, to the benefit of the campus community. The University has more than 700 funds. Donors support a variety of causes across campus such as scholarships, athletics, fine arts and academic departments.

    This year, individuals can share their gratitude by photographing tags and sharing on social media. The first 50 to share pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat on Nov. 16 with #TrumanTagDay will win a free t-shirt. Be sure when using Snapchat to share the images through the "my story" feature. The Annual Fund will also be hosting a table 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building to give people the chance to sign an oversized thank you card to Truman donors.

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  • International Student Panel


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  • Flu Awareness Table


    The Wellness Zone and the Student Public Health Association are hosting an informational table in the Student Union Building from 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Educational information will be provided on flu symptoms, the flu shot and tips and food that boost your immune system. Information on local locations to receive the flu shot will also be available. Ten free 3 minutes massages using the chairs in the Wellness Zone in Pickler Memorial Library Room 108 will be given away if you answer their trivia questions correctly.
  • Graduation Fair for December Graduates Nov. 18


    The Graduation Fair for December 2015 graduation candidates will take place from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Student Union Building Down Under.
     
    The fair provides the following opportunities:
    •    Students can complete all clearance items in one spot – eliminating the need to visit several different campus offices at the end of the semester
    •    Pick up important information about the commencement ceremony
    •    Buy cap, gown and tassel
    •    Have a posed graduation photograph taken (cap and gown provided for picture; another picture will also be taken when students walk across the stage at commencement)
    •    Purchase graduation merchandise (invitations, frames, etc.)
    •    Ask questions and get answers about graduation and the commencement ceremony

    Plan to spend about 30 minutes at the fair. Remember to bring cash or check to make a payment on Truman accounts, pay graduation fee, or purchase caps, gowns, tassels or graduation merchandise while at the fair. For more information, click here.

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  • Great American Smokeout


    The Great American Smokeout, the nationwide annual event that encourages tobacco users to quit for 24 hours, will take place Nov. 19.

    Ekklesia, the campus ministry for churches of Christ, and students from COMM 471: Persuasion Theory are sponsoring turkey bowling from 12-2 p.m. on the Mall by the fountain. Using a frozen turkey, participants will attempt to knock down the bowling pins representing cigarettes. This encourages people to defeat the addiction “cold turkey.”

    The School of Health Sciences and Education will be providing free hot chocolate and hot apple cider at the event.

    Truman employees and students can participate in a free personalized coaching/support program, and receive nicotine replacement products such as gum, lozenges or patches, as well as other helpful habit-reducing products including chewing gum and toothpicks. The coaching sessions and the products are all provided free of charge. Employees may contact Mindy Aucutt in the Human Resources Office at 660.785.4031 or maucutt@truman.edu to set up an appointment or plan. Students may contact Michelle Blakely in Student Affairs at 660.785.4111 or mblakely@truman.edu. Click here for additional information.
  • Self-Defense Class Offered for Faculty and Staff


    The Department of Public Safety is offering a free self-defense class this semester for faculty and staff. The program combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about crime prevention. Designed for both female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.

    The class will be conducted by Chad Whittom and will take place from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. It can accommodate 30 participants. To sign up, click here.

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  • Thanksgiving Break Hours at the Rec


    Nov. 20 
    6:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.

    Nov. 21-22
     Closed

    Nov. 23-24
     11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

    Nov. 25- 28
    Closed

    Nov. 29
     4-7 p.m.

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  • Students for Middle East Peace Host Movie


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  • Truman Alumni Apparel Available


    Bulldog Forever fleeces as well as Truman Alumni long sleeved shirts are available for purchase. The long sleeved alumni T-shirts are $10, and the men’s and women’s fleeces are $30. Supply is limited. To purchase apparel, click here.

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  • Call for Papers for the Women and Gender Studies Conference 2016


    The Women and Gender Studies Conference 2016: Theory in Action will take place Jan. 28-30 at Truman.

    This year’s conference will focus on the translation of theory and thought into specific actions, as well as re-theorizing actions to live in a more socially conscious way. Abstracts can be submitted to Amy Sallwasser and Hayden Wilsey at wgstconference@truman.edu. Submission should include the presentation title and the dates and times the author will be available and unavailable to present. The deadline to submit an abstract is Nov. 30.

    Sample topics of papers and projects:
    -How might teachers empower their students to recognize inequality and work to overcome it?
    -A specialized study into the ways in which gender inequality is held in place by traditional practices (e.g. requirements of dress or body image)
    -Using Jack Halberstram’s “In a Queer Time and Place,” theorize the ways in which news-reporting groups privilege heteronormative bodies in relation to transgender individuals.
    -Analyze the effectiveness of protests or movements that seek to promote counter-cultural ideas such as the Slut Walk or Pride Fest and how these movements call to mind further theorizing about action.
    -Historical analysis of social rights movements in America and their implications for current social rights struggles (e.g. a comparison of the rhetoric of the LGBT Rights Movements to the rhetoric used in the Americans with Disabilities Act.)
    -A sociological study into depictions of sexualized bodies on network television and shifting normate values.
    -Analysis of cultural artifacts (books, movies, art, etc.) that either undermine or support an underlying assumption of normalcy in our society (i.e. a discussion of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, or fat-shaming in “Mrs. Dalloway,” etc.).
    -Theorize imagined borders using cognitive science to argue the ways in which prejudice is learned within the family’s cognitive structure through rhetoric and action.
    -Discuss the issues with privatized prison systems in the United States linked to inequality at the social level and compare them to prison systems within other countries in order to propose an alternative.
    -A presentation from a company’s HR department, which addresses the theoretical underpinnings of their anti-discrimination clauses within employee contracts.
    -Creative project addressing social norms and pervasive practices, which are detrimental to ideologies of equality.

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  • English Senior Seminar Conference


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  • Retirement Reception for Glenn and Vicky Wehner


    Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend a retirement reception for Glenn and Vicky Wehner from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Glenn is a professor of animal science and Vicky is the coordinator of Disability Services and a registered nurse at the Student Health Center.
  • French Majors and Minors Invited to Study Abroad


    The Advanced French Program allows students the opportunity to study at I’Universite Catholique de I’Ouest along with other French students in Angers, France. Angers is located in Loire Valley which makes this a perfect spot to practice language skills. This opportunity also gives students the life experience of living in another culture all for the same price as studying at Truman. The only requirement for this program is that students will need to send in an application to at I’Universite Catholique de I’Ouest. For more information about the program, email the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu or visit escip.fr. Students are also invited to stop by the office to set up an appointment to get started.
  • Truman Bookstore Sale


    The Truman Bookstore in the Student Union Building will have a sale Nov. 17-18 with 25 percent off select items in-store and online. Some exclusions apply. See store for details.

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  • March of Dimes Fundraiser


    Phi Beta Lambda will be selling shirts to raise money for the March of Dimes, an organization focused on eradicating prematurity and birth defects. The form to order shirts will be kept open until Nov. 27. Shirts will arrive Dec. 7 and will be available at the publicity table in Missouri Hall. Short sleeve shirts are $12 and long sleeve shirts are $16. Money will be due upon pick-up.

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  • Holiday Door Decorating Contest


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  • Opportunities Available in Washington, D.C.


    The Carnegie Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C.

    Junior fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie programs, and have the opportunity to contribute to op-eds, papers, reports and books; participate in meetings with high-level officials; contribute to congressional testimony; and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

    Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies. For more information about candidate qualifications, visit carnegieendowment.org.

    Students interested in applying for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program should contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109 for more information on the nomination and application process. The campus deadline is Nov. 30.
  • Internships Available For Library and Museum Positions


    Truman has formed partnerships with several historical museums and libraries giving students the opportunity to apply for unique summer internships.

    All internships are eight weeks, corresponding with Truman’s eight-week summer session. History majors may apply up to six hours of internship credit toward their major. Other majors need to check with their advisors.

    A full-time internship is available at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. This is a 40-hour-a-week internship that comes with a scholarship for nine hours of in-state tuition (out-of-state students pay the difference).  

    Part-time internships are available through the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis and the Mercantile Library in St. Louis on the UMSL campus. These internships ask for a commitment of 20 hours per week. Students may take three to five hours of credit hours and tuition is paid by the student.

    The Judicial Archives Project on Truman’s campus is offering a part-time internship that is a commitment of 15 hours per week. Students may take three hours of credit and tuition is paid by the student.

    Contact Jeff Gall at jgall@truman.edu for an application for any of these internships. All applications are due Dec. 1. 

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  • Study Abroad Opportunity for Music Majors


    An opportunity is available for music majors to study abroad in Italy. Puccini Conservatory, located in La Spezia, Liguria resides right along the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and is less than two hours away from the historical city of Florence, Tuscany. Studying in La Spezia offers students the chance to take musical classes including instruments, voicing and Italian languages courses. This is perfect for any music major looking to gain a well-rounded education as well as experience life in another culture, all at the price of Truman tuition. Students who are interested should audition with Sam McClure, Truman’s director of orchestras. It is recommended to have at least one semester of Italian before departing. Start applying now and secure a spot to study in Italy by next August. To learn more about this program, email the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu or visit the Puccini Conservatory website.
  • Staff Council Blood Drive


    Staff Council and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Student Union Building Down Under. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor keyword TrumanState, or email drive coordinator Stacy Tucker-Potter at stuckerpotter@truman.edu.

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  • December Commencement Information


    The December commencement ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 12 in Pershing Arena. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for seating on a first-come, first-seated basis. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Student Union Building.

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  • Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria


    Since 1962, the U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided U.S. college and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants.

    U.S. teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers, but they are also important resources for firsthand information about the United States and the “American way of life.” The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs (BMBF) finances this program, which is administered by Fulbright Austria (Austrian-American Educational Commission). While the participants in this program contribute to the Fulbright goal of promoting mutual understanding, this is not a Fulbright grant program. For information on the Fulbright student program in Austria, please consult the Institute for International Education at us.fulbrightonline.org/ or the website of Fulbright Austria

    For more information about the program, including how to apply, visit the program website at www.usta-austria.at/. Only online applications will be accepted. The application deadline for the program year 2016-17 is Jan. 15.

    Click here to find the program description and download an informative flyer.
  • Apply Now for Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships


    The Truman Foundation is pleased to announce that 2016 Study Abroad Scholarship applications are now available. Applications are online and are due by midnight on Jan. 25. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the student tab, navigate to student finances and find the Foundation scholarships link.

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Notables

  • Notables


    Jerrold Hirsch, professor emeritus of history, has his essay “The Donald to Name Individuals to Serve in a Trump Presidency,” available in Humorous Times: World’s Funniest News Source.

    Peter Ramberg, professor of history of science, contributed a chapter to the recently published book “Newton’s Apple and other Historical Myths about Science” (Harvard University Press, 2015). The book treats 27 examples of incorrect but persistent ideas about science and its history, and is intended for a broad audience. His article discussed “Myth #7: That Friedrich Wöhler’s Synthesis of Urea in 1828 Destroyed Vitalism and Gave Rise to Organic Chemistry.”

    Oct. 23, during National Chemistry Week, the Mark Twain local section of the American Chemical Society, along with the student affiliate group at Truman, celebrated the 400th meeting since its inception in 1950. The immediate past president of the society, Tom Barton of Iowa State University, attended the Mole Day celebration and made remarks on the future of chemistry for the student audience, then talked about chemistry and humor. Presentations were made to: Scott Luaders of Quincy University for his leadership in conducting the Chemistry Olympiad for the past 20 years; David Wohlers for serving as the local section councilor for 24 years and serving as the general chair of two Midwest regional meetings; and Dana Delaware for serving as treasurer of the organization for the past 28 years.

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    Tom Barton of Iowa State University celebrates Mole Day with Truman students during the American Chemical Society meeting Oct. 23. Pictured, left to right: Emily Geddes, Barton, John Orlet and Erin Lecrone.

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.
  • Apply for the Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships


    The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships to sophomore or junior students who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to public service in areas related to environmental issues on a local, national or global scale. The campus deadline for this nationally competitive scholarship is Jan. 29. To apply, contact Truman’s representative, Maria C. Di Stefano mdistefa@truman.edu. For further information, visit the Udall website.
  • John Lewis Fellowship Program


    The John Lewis Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates of all majors to explore the history of the Civil Rights movement, diversity and minority rights, national identity and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. Participants will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues.

    The 2016 John Lewis Fellowship Program will take place in Atlanta, Ga., from July 5-30.

    Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students or recent graduates. For the 2016 Fellowship, recent graduates are defined as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2014 and 2015 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    All applications are due Jan. 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Click here to apply.
  • Humanity in Action Fellowship Program


    The Humanity in Action Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates of all majors to explore Europe’s unique history during World War II and the Holocaust. Key areas include national identity, immigration, racism and political extremism. Each program is interdisciplinary and features lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

    The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will take place in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw in 2016. The 2016 European program dates for participants from the United States are May 24 through June 26.

    Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students or recent graduates. For the 2016 Fellowship, recent graduates are defined as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2014 and 2015 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    All applications are due Jan. 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Click here to apply.
  • Scholarship Opportunities


    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.

    Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

    The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation has more than 100 scholarship funds available to students living in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The purpose of the scholarship funds housed at the Community Foundation vary widely from providing aid to students demonstrating financial need to those intending to major in a specific field of study. Students are encouraged to apply in January after fall transcripts are available. Most application deadlines occur between February and April.  For more information, go to www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships.

    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

    B. Davis Scholarship

    The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a B. Davis Scholarship for $1000 scholarship for 2016. Visit their website at www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read more about how to apply for this scholarship and browse through the rest of their site to learn about applying for other scholarships. The deadline to submit an application for the B. Davis Scholarship is May 23.

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