Vol. 20 No. 35 - June 27, 2016


  • List of Spring Graduates Released

    The names of students who graduated during spring commencement are now posted online.

    Truman conducted graduation ceremonies May 7 for more than 1,000 students. The names of the spring graduates can be found online at truman.edu/honors/spring-2016-graduation-list.

    Students who graduated with honors will have that distinction noted by their names. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average between 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average between 3.75-3.89. Summa cum laude honors graduates with a grade point average above 3.9.

    The list is organized by state and hometown. Hometowns are based upon the permanent address given to the University by the student. Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on the list. Students who participated in the May ceremony but who will not earn their degree until August or December are not included on the list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for inclusion on the list can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 660.785.4143.

  • Presidential Search Update

    A presidential search committee has been formed and its co-chairs are in the process of recruiting representatives from the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Kirksville community.

    Cheryl Cozette, secretary of the Board of Governors, and Debra Kerby, dean of the School of Business, will serve as the search committee co-chairs. Board chair Sarah Burkemper announced the pair following the board’s June 11 meeting. The board is committed to conducting a national search that will attract the very best candidates as well as making sure the next president is selected based on the advice gathered from the Truman community and friends of the University.

    The campus will be provided ample time to give input to the board and the search committee before recruitment begins. This will occur through meetings conducted by the search consultants and an online survey that solicits input from the campus. After the presidential search committee has selected finalists, but before the board interviews these individuals, a group of key stakeholders drawn from faculty, staff, students and other constituents will interview the finalists. The stakeholders will provide perspectives to the board concerning the finalists. The board will include these perspectives in their deliberations.

    The board will continue to provide information about the progress of the search through the various stages of recruitment, evaluation and selection. Updates will also be posted at truman.edu/presidential-search.

  • #HearReadSee Program Looks to Explore Intellectual Curiosity

    Those looking for new intellectual experiences during the summer are encouraged to check out the #HearReadSee program.

    The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (OIS) launched the initiative this summer in an effort to contribute to lifelong leaning. Participants are encouraged to recommend something to either hear, read or see that is not directly related to their undergraduate major, professional training or job title. The hope is to curate each others' summer listening, reading and viewing experiences.

    Anyone interested can recommend music, books, movies, podcasts, short stories, exhibits, articles or anything else they find interesting outside of their discipline. Recommendations can be emailed to ois@truman.edu or shared on the OIS Facebook page with hashtag #HearReadSee. They can also be shared here.

    To see what others have recommended and why, visit truman.edu/majors-programs/majors-minors/interdisciplinary-studies-major/hearreadsee.



  • Move-in Volunteers Needed

    The Center for Student Involvement is seeking student volunteers for freshman move-in day.

    This year, move-in will take place Wednesday, Aug. 17. Students and student organizations interested in contributing their time and effort in helping incoming students can sign up here.

    Any questions can be directed to the CSI.

  • Fellowship Opportunities Available in Australia

    The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships has partnered with the Australian Government to seek applicants for Australia’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.

    Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to $272,500 in Australian dollars (approximately $204,000 in U.S. dollars) for eligible non-Australians to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a master’s or Ph.D. level, either by coursework or research in any field in Australia for up to two years (master’s) or four years (Ph.D.).  

    Program benefits include travel and establishment allowances that can be used towards expenses such as rental bonds, textbooks, study materials or computer/software expenses. A monthly stipend is also provided to cover living expenses while residing in the host country. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed at minimum a bachelor’s degree. For more information on eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website.

    The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time, June 30.
  • Picnics on the Mall

    Although Mainstreet Market is closed this summer for renovations, Sodexo is hosting picnics on the Mall. All picnics will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $7.99 per plate and payment can be made via bonus bucks, cash or check. There is no rain site. In the event of inclement weather, picnics will be cancelled. Remaining picnic dates are:

    June 30
    July 14
    July 22
  • Volunteers Needed for Truman Transformation Picnic on the Quad

    Twenty volunteers are needed to assist with the new student welcome picnic on the Mall from 5:45-6:50 p.m. Aug. 18. Anyone wanting to volunteer should email the Student Affairs Office at stuaff@truman.edu by Aug. 5. For more information about the picnic, call 660.785.4111.
  • Local Businesses Welcome New Students

    Truman State University would like to thank the area businesses that welcomed incoming students and their families with messages on their marquees during summer orientations. Area businesses include:

    Alliant Bank
    American Trust Bank
    Bank of Kirksville  
    Heritage House Realty Inc.
    Kellys Furniture
    Lewellen’s Professional Cleaning System
    Pancake City

  • Notice to US Bank Customers

    Truman IDs will no longer be able to be used at US Bank ATMs after June 30. Questions may be directed to US Bank at 660.665.8374.

    The IDs will continue to work for all Truman-related matters as they have in the past. There is no need to get a replacement ID.
  • Parking Lot Closure

    In connection with the Baldwin Hall renovation project, a portion of the parking lot located north of Normal Ave., between Marion and High streets, will be closed as of June 27. The lot will remain closed for the duration of the renovation and should reopen sometime in summer 2017.
  • Retirement Reception for Dexter Brookhart

    Dexter Brookhart has been a police office at Truman for 14 years. The Department of Public Safety will host a retirement reception in his honor from 2-4 p.m. July 26 at the DPS Patrol Office located in the General Services Building.

  • DPS Summer Hours of Operation

    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.


    To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency, call 660.665.5621. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. The Department of Public Safety will be closed July 4 in observation of Independence Day.

  • Summer Hours at the Student Recreation Center

    June 6-July 29

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.


    The Student Recreation Center will be closed July 2-4 for the Independence Day holiday.

  • Mainstreet Market Closure

    The Mainstreet Market in the Student Union Building will be closed during the summer for renovations. Mainstreet will reopen Aug. 8.

    Jazzman’s and Zimes, also in the Student Union Building, will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Starbucks, located in Pickler Memorial Library, will be open on all orientation days from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • NEMO Fair Volunteers Needed

    The NEMO Fair Board is once again asking the Truman staff to show their support by volunteering to help take tickets at the admission gates, July 18. If staff are volunteering during the work day, they need to coordinate times with supervisors to make sure offices are covered. Openings are available at the following times:
    6-9 a.m.
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    12-3 p.m.
    3-6 p.m.
    6-9 p.m.
    9-11 p.m.
    Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Stachia Vorhees at svorhees@truman.edu. For those interested in working other days at the fair, the same shifts are available July 19 through July 23. To sign up for an alternate shift contact Frank Vorhees at frankvorhees@gmail.com.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue for the Truman Today will be available July 11.


  • Notables

    Michelle Boyd
    was recognized as the Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) Hall of Fame. Boyd was honored at the annual NATA convention in Baltimore as the Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year. The award is given for exceptional performances by head athletic trainers across all three NCAA divisions along with the NAIA and junior/community colleges. Recipients are selected by the national committee for being actively involved in their community/campus, athletic training associations and the promotion of their profession. Boyd was one of three inductees earlier in June into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. She has served as president of MoATA and has been actively involved in the organization for several years. Boyd has served as the Bulldogs head athletic trainer since 2002 and has been a member of the Truman community since 1994. In addition to serving as president of MoATA, Boyd was on the board of directors for the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association and on the foundation board for the NATA. She received the Athletic Training Service Award from the NATA in 2009.

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor emeritus of history, now writes regularly for Humor Times magazine.

    Truman shot putter Cassidy Smestad qualified for and competed in the United States Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, Calif. Smestad finished 12th in the women's shot put with a throw of 43-08.50. The event is open to competitors that meet the qualifying standards and are under the age of 20. Smestad finished 15th at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships in May in Florida.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    You Deserve it Scholarship

    Deadline to apply for this $1,000 scholarship is June 29. Click here for details.

    VIP Scholarship
    Deadline to apply for this $5,000 scholarship is June 29. Click here for details.

    CollegeXpress Scholarship
    Deadline for this $10,000 scholarship is June 30. Click here for details.

    Digital Privacy Scholarship
    Deadline to apply for this $1,000 scholarship is June 30. Click here to apply.

    ECM Scholarship
    Deadline to apply for this $1,000 scholarship is June 30. Click here for details.

    Margarian Scholarship
    The 2016 Margarian Scholarship is aimed at rewarding a select number of deserving students for their academic and personal achievements. Five scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded. Deadline to apply is June 30. Click here to apply.

    Scholarship Points Award
    Ten scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to who are attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2016 at the latest. Students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program that is at least two years in length. Deadline to apply is June 30. Click here to apply.

    is offering a $5,000 scholarship open to biology and pre-med students who plan on continuing their education in an eye care field. The deadline to apply is July 31. Click here for details.

    FlipKey Scholarship

    FlipKey will award one student a $1,000 scholarship to put toward studying abroad. The scholarship can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15. Eligible students should submit a 1,000- word essay to press@flipkey.com describing why travel is important to him or her. Essays will be judged based on the following criteria: content, style and creativity. Only one essay per entrant is accepted. Applicants must include their name, college or university at which they are enrolled full time, mailing and email address, and documentation of current or upcoming enrollment in a study abroad program. The winner will be featured on FlipKey’s blog. Only full-time students 18 or older enrolled in a current or upcoming study abroad program are eligible. For more information, visit their website or contact Jacqueline Gormley.

    Review It Scholarship
    Deadline for this $1,000 scholarship is Sept. 30. Click here for details.