Vol. 21 No. 5 - September 19, 2016


  • Truman Celebrates 20 Years as No. 1 Public School in Midwest

    For the 20th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Truman the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region.

    This recognition comes from the newly released 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Truman also tied for the No. 8 spot overall in the Midwest region among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. Truman far outpaced the other Missouri public schools on the list, the closest of which was more than 50 spots lower.

    “We are thrilled Truman’s dedication to an exceptional educational experience has resulted in this distinction for two decades,” University President Dr. Susan L. Thomas said. “We have proven time and again that student success is our highest priority and it is fantastic to be recognized for our culture of excellence. We are honored every time we achieve this recognition and it is something we never take for granted.”

    High praise for Truman came in several supplemental categories. It was the only public school in the Midwest to earn a spot in the “A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” section, coming in tied for No. 2. Truman was the only Missouri school to be recognized in this area.

    The University’s dedication to student research led to Truman’s inclusion in the “Programs to Look For” section in the category of “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.” Schools on the unranked list were cited as institutions where “students do intensive and self-directed research or creative work that results in an original or scholarly paper or project that can be formally presented on or off campus.”

    Another appearance for Truman came on the “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list. Schools in this unranked category were acknowledged as institutions where such students “have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving” because “spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office.”

    Truman also earned a spot on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list, coming in as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest, No. 8 overall for the region. To qualify for this list, schools must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and have 20 or more students who used GI Bill benefits to finance their educations.

    U.S. News & World Report bases its regional rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at usnews.com/colleges.

  • Theatre Production Opens Sept. 21

    The Theatre Department comedy “The Wake of Jamey Foster” opens Sept. 21 and runs through Sept. 24 in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. 

    Tickets are $5 and available in advance at the box office in the atrium of Ophelia Parrish. Tickets are also available for purchase the nights of the performances. The production will begin at 8 p.m. and is suitable for adults and children over the age of 13.

    “The Wake of Jamey Foster,” written by Beth Henley, takes place in a small town in Mississippi. Jamey Foster, a failed poet and would-be historian, was kicked in the head by a cow and died while consorting with his mistress in a pasture. Mourners have gathered for his wake, including: Jamey’s estranged wife; her sister and brother and the brother’s girlfriend; Jamey’s upwardly mobile brother and his oppressively doting wife; and an eccentric family friend who raises pigs. All gathered for the wake seem to agree on one point—none of them really liked the deceased very much. But on most other matters they are far apart, and as old enmities flare up, the play explodes with bizarre humor and zany revelations. In the end, a tenuous truce is reached as those assembled prepare to depart for the final rites—but it is abundantly clear that the lives on which Jamey had a baleful effect in his lifetime may well be changed for the better by his untimely demise.

    Directed by award-winning professor Ron Rybkowski, “The Wake of Jamey Foster” features some returning faces to the Severns’ stage, while also providing a debut to some promising actors. Julie Amuedo and Catherine McMahan return as Collard Darnell and Katty Foster after performances in “Hamlet.” Graduate student Shanon Barton makes her debut as Marshael Foster on the main stage after success in several one-act productions and a stint at directing last spring in “The Bird on Nellie’s Hat.”  Nicholas Huber debuts on the Severns’ stage as Leon Darnell after playing Vladimir in “Waiting for Godot.” Similarly, Grant Jennings and Francis Kemper, as Wayne Foster and Brocker Slade, are appearing on the main stage following success in one acts and lab show productions. Freshman Becca Leslie makes her introduction to Truman theatre as Pixrose Wilson.

    More information about “The Wake of Jamey Foster,” as well as future Theatre Department productions and other events happening in the School of Arts and Letters, can be found on the School of Arts and Letter’s Facebook page and the Theatre Department’s Facebook page.

  • Family Day Set for Oct. 1

    The annual tradition of Family Day at Truman welcomes parents and family members to campus for a weekend of special events ranging from Bulldog sporting events to a barbecue on the Mall. Plan to spend some quality time with your student, create some lasting memories and have lots of fun.

    Fireside Friday
    3:30-5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 30
    Student Union Building HUB
    Live music and entertainment provided by Truman students. Free food and popcorn is provided. Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.

    Women’s Volleyball vs. Rockhurst
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 30
    Pershing Arena

    Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Performance
    8 p.m.
    Sept. 30
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Downtown Kirksville
    This fun outdoor event celebrates arts, crafts, food, dance and music on the historic downtown square a few blocks from campus. The festival is named after Red Barn Park on the Truman campus which was the original location for the event. For more information, visit the Kirksville Arts Association.

    Truman Baseball Scrimmage
    10 a.m.
    Oct. 1
    Truman Baseball Field

    Library Tours
    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Pickler Memorial Library

    5K Run
    10:30 a.m.
    Oct. 1
    Red Barn Park
    Sponsored by Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Proceeds will benefit the USO and NEMO Heart Health. Participants can walk or run, depending on their preference. The $15 fee includes a shirt. Deadline to receive a shirt the day of the race is Sept. 21. Participants registered after that will receive their shirts at a later date. Registration can be done online. Registration will also be available the day of the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jacob Breese at jeb2714@truman.edu or 573.576.0830.

    Zipline and Bubble Soccer
    12-6 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Both activities will be weather permitting.

    Truman Softball Scrimmage
    12 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Truman Softball Field

    University Art Gallery Faculty Exhibit
    12-4:30 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    University Art Gallery

    Annual Festival Centennial
    1-4 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Centennial Hall Courtyard (Rain site: Centennial Main Lounge)
    This event is hosted by the Centennial Hall Council

    Women’s Volleyball vs. William Jewell
    1 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Pershing Arena

    From Earth to the Universe Planetarium Show
    2 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Del and Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Cost is $5 per person at the door

    Seven Wonders Planetarium Show
    3 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Del and Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Cost is $5 per person at the door

    Speech and Hearing Clinic Open House
    3-5 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Health Sciences Building

    5-6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Student Union Mall.
    Menu: Hamburgers, grilled chicken breast, vegan riblets, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, fresh fruit salad, pumpkin bars and beverages. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs as seating is limited and outdoors.

    If a student has a meal plan and still has an available meal by the barbecue, they can use their meal plan. If they are out of meals or do not have a meal plan, they will need to purchase a meal ticket for the barbecue. Click here to purchase barbecue tickets.

    Barbecue tickets will not be mailed. After a payment is sent, students will need to stop by the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., to pick up the family’s tickets. Confirmation of reservation will be sent by email upon receipt of payment.

    Bulldog Football vs. Indianapolis
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Stokes Stadium
    General admission tickets: Adults $8; children & seniors $5. Truman students receive one free general admission ticket per game. Tickets will be available at the stadium ticket windows (cash or check only) before the game or can be purchased online (online tickets must be purchased before Sept. 28). Tickets will either be held at Will Call or will be available for pick-up at the Athletics Office (Pershing Building 212) until Thursday prior to the game. For more information, call 660.785.4276.

    Orchestra Concert
    8 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    Wind Symphony I and II Concert
    2 p.m.
    Oct. 2
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    For any more information, visit the Family Day website. Questions can be directed to the Office of Public Relations at pr@truman.edu or call 660.785.4016.

  • MAE Leadership Series Presentation Focuses on the Power of Teachers

    Tamara Handy, a Truman alumna from Sri Lanka, joins the Fall MAE Leadership Series presentations with a discussion focusing on her background in special education.

    Handy’s presentation, “Teacher Leaders as Cultural Workers: Transforming Inequitable Education Systems,” shares her trajectory of becoming a special education teacher and the complex nature of transforming school systems. Handy views teaching as cultural work, targeting inequitable learning practices in diverse educational settings. Her research focuses on students who are marginalized in public education due to minority ethnic status, socioeconomic status, gender and dis/ability.

    The presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Refreshments will be provided. The Fall MAE Leadership Series is sponsored by the Department of Education.

  • Greek Organizations Receive Individual Awards for 2016 Achievements

    Several Truman Greek organizations received awards from their national and regional conventions in 2016 for their positive impact on campus and within their nationals.
    Alpha Gamma Delta were named on the honor roll for the Lorna Wilson Brigden Award at their 49th International Convention. They were recognized for their greatest contribution in creative ideas for the improvement of their fraternity.
    Alpha Sigma Alpha were recognized at their national convention for the improvement of their overall chapter grade point average.
    Beta Theta Pi received many awards at their general convention this year. Those awards include the Virginia Tech Award for obtaining first in grades for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, and the Sons of the Dragon Club Award for having 75 men donate to the Beta Theta Pi Foundation and join the Undergraduate Giving Club. They received the Outstanding Recruitment award and their 11th Francis H. Sisson Award, which is Beta’s highest honor for chapter excellence.
    At their national convention in July, Delta Chi received awards for excellence in manpower, member education, involvement, housing, financial management and alumni relations.
    Kappa Alpha Psi were recognized for their 100 percent graduation rate as a fraternity. Tyler Murphy was elected to be the Middle Western Province junior vice polemarch at their national convention. It is the highest-ranking position in the Midwest and recognized nationally within their fraternity. He will administer communications for 18 other undergraduate campuses within the region.
    At their national convention this past summer, Sigma Kappa received the Frances Warren “Speed” Baker Award, given to the chapter that is most outstanding in their resorting to the Sigma Kappa Triangle. They received the Two Star Standards of Excellence-Second Level of Excellence—Sigma Kappa’s most prestigious award. This is presented to chapters who meet all of the Sigma Kappa minimum standards such as high performance in areas of membership, financial management, philanthropy, scholarship and campus involvement.
    Sigma Phi Epsilon received the 2016 Excelsior Cup in Risk Management at their national Carlson Leadership Conference, which is awarded to a chapter that displays outstanding ability in “establishing a safe and healthy environment for brothers and friends of the fraternity.”
    Sigma Sigma Sigma received recognition at their national convention for their centennial.
    More information about Truman’s Greek community can be found at Truman Greek on Facebook, trumangreek on Instagram and TrumanGreek on Twitter.

  • ResLife Recognizes Excellence with Awards

    The following students, faculty, and staff have received Of-The-Month awards in their respective categories. Each winner has gone above and beyond when it comes to their expectations, and a member of the Truman community has helped to recognize the amazing contributions of the following individuals for the month of August:

    Student of The Month
    Hannah Pohl

    Student Staff Member
    Colette Fortin

    Residence Life Professional
    Breanne Durovic

    Institution Faculty/Staff
    Shuan Klingsmith

    RHA/NRHH Executive Board Member
    Erin Darr

    Bulletin Board of the Month
    Kennidy Summers
    Any member of the Truman community may submit an Of-The-Month award at otms.nrhh.org. These awards are voted on by the top 1 percent of on-campus leaders who make up the recognition committee and vote on the 6th of every month. For inquires or more information on the work that the Residence Hall Association or National Residence Hall Honorary provide to the campus, email rha@truman.edu.



  • Kansas City Chorale to Perform Sept. 24

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series begins Sept. 24 with a performance by the Kansas City Chorale, a several-time Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble that brings audiences a rich and diverse repertoire.

    The choir has garnered international recognition for artistic merit. The New York Times referred to the Chorale as having “refined sound and elegant phrasing,” as well as a “vivid intensity” and a performance possessing “buoyant pulse and energetic finesse.” Conductor Charles Bruffy leads the group, a nationally recognized director with five Grammy awards under his belt.

    The performance will mark a homecoming for Truman alumnus Frank Fleschner (’05), who sings with the 30-person choir.

    The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Truman faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, may purchase up to four tickets for $5 per ticket (includes tax). Tickets are available now at the University cashier window, online at lyceum.truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. Tickets will also be available at the door.

    This performance has been made possible thanks to donations from alumni, friends and corporations/foundations to the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Fund. For more information, visit lyceum.truman.edu, email pr@truman.edu or call 660.785.4016.

    Kansas City Chorale
  • SAB Color Zumba

    Student Activities Board is hosting an outdoor Zumba class with a dash of colored powder - lots and lots of colored powder. All students are invited to dance to the latest dance music while covered in a sea of colors. Plain white t-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants. Colored powder may stain clothing and can cause potential corn/rice allergies. There will be a designated location for those not wanting to be exposed to the colored powder. For further information, email the Student Activities Board.

    SAB Color Zumba
    6 p.m.
    Sept. 19
    Red Barn Park

  • Bookstore Sale, Sept. 20-21

    The Truman Bookstore in the lower level of the Student Union Building will be offering 25 percent off select items, and an additional 50 percent off clearance items, Sept. 20-21. Offer is good in-store and online. See store for complete details.

  • Presidential Search Committee Update: Ad Posted

    The search for the next president of Truman State University is now open. The ad has been placed in the following publications on the dates noted below:
    The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Sept. 16 and 23 (online for 60 days)

    Women in Higher Education
    online for 60 days

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    online for 60 days

    The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    online for 60 days

    Inside Higher Ed
    online for 60 days
    The ad copy may be viewed at the Presidential Search website.
    An expanded description of the position and opportunity is provided in a President Leadership Statement. The statement includes the qualifications, characteristics and values desired in the next president. These attributes were identified from the information gathered during the consultant meetings with constituents, Aug. 30-31. The President Leadership Statement is also available at the Presidential Search website.
    To provide feedback about the search or nominate individuals for the president position, email krisha.creal@rwilliamfunk.com. The search consultants will contact all nominees.
    The search committee now enters a time of waiting. Committee members will receive instructions for accessing applicant files in late October and will begin reviewing applications in November. The Committee will identify semi-finalists before year end and will conduct interviews early in 2017 to identify the finalists. The stakeholder group and Board of Governors will interview the finalists, and the Board of Governors plans to announce the next president of Truman State University by early March 2017.
    You are encouraged to share your thoughts about the presidential search with the search consultant at the email noted above or with members of the search committee through the email address of presidentialsearch@truman.edu. You may want to discuss the desired attributes of the next president, identify specific issues or concerns that need to be addressed by the next president, suggest interview questions, etc. The search committee membership is posted at the Presidential Search website.
  • Ofstad Reading Series Presents Writer-in-Residence Maggie Messitt

    Author and journalist Maggie Messitt will be Truman’s 2016 Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Writer-in-Residence.

    In a special event, Messitt will read from her book, “The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa,” as well as excerpts from her work-in-progress, a hybrid of investigation and memoir centered around the disappearance of a family member. Funded by the Clayton B. Ofstad Endowment, the reading takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    An independent narrative and immersion journalist, as well as a dual-citizen, Messitt has spent the last decade reporting from inside underserved communities in midwestern America and southern Africa. She lived in northeastern South Africa for eight years where she was the founding director of a writing school for rural African women, editor of two publications and an international reporter.

    Since returning to the U.S., Messitt’s reports and essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Mother Jones and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine, among others. Longlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, “The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa” is her first book.

    Messitt has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a human rights interdisciplinary program from Boston College; a Master of Fine Arts degree from Goucher College; and is one dissertation defense away from a Ph.D. in creative nonfiction at Ohio University. A 2015 Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Fellow and a 2015 writer-in-residence at Bowers Writers House, Messitt is teaching a creative nonfiction course at Truman this fall and working to finish her second book. When she’s not on the road or kayaking a river somewhere, she lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    More information about Messitt, the Ofstad Reading Series and other School of Arts and Letters’ events can be found on the School of Arts and Letters’ Facebook page.

    Maggie Messitt
  • Funding Available for Study Abroad

    The Study Abroad Office is hosting a presentation about the Gilman Scholarship and the Critical Language Scholarship, Sept. 21.

    The Gilman Scholarship offers up to $8,000, and recipients of the Critical Language Scholarship have the opportunity to have their program fully funded. They are available to undergraduate students with the goal of mastering critical languages and offer study opportunities for students with diverse interests and backgrounds.

    For more information, attend the following presentation.

    5-6 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Magruder Hall 1098

  • FAC Accepting New Member Applications

    The Funds Allotment Council, an organization dedicated to helping student organizations fund campus events, is now accepting new members. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and are available at fac.truman.edu.

    For more information, contact executive chair Tori Wallis.

  • Library Book Sale

    The annual Pickler Memorial Library book sale
    will take place Sept. 22-23 outside on the south side of the library.

  • School of Business Invites Federal Reserve Assistant VP as Executive-in-Residence

    The School of Business will host Allen North of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as the Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence. His presentation, "Understanding the Importance of Community Banking," will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in Violette Hall 1000.

    North is an assistant vice president in banking supervision, credit, community development and learning innovation. He has served in a number of capacities within this division during his 22 years at the Fed, and he possesses a broad range of community bank supervision experience. His current responsibilities include oversight for safety and soundness supervision for banks and bank holding companies in the states of Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi, as well as coordinating the district’s IT and trust supervision activities.

    Previously North had a number of other responsibilities for other functions within the division, including consumer affairs and community reinvestment act supervision, community development, supervisory risk and policy analysis, and rapid communications.

    North has led or participated in numerous interagency, system and local initiatives, and is currently serving as the district’s representative on the Fed’s community banking organization management group. In addition to his regulatory experience, he has industry experience working in consulting, lending and special assets.

    Allen North
  • Study Abroad Fair

    12-4 p.m.  
    Oct. 11
    Student Union Building Georgian Room

    Students can talk with program sponsors, advisors and students who have previously studied abroad. Advisors can help students find out which program is best suited for their goals.

  • Early Registration Open for Homecoming Events

    Community members can now submit a form specifying events taking place the weekend of Homecoming to go on the official calendar. Alumni Relations must approve these events. Reservations for tailgate spots are also available online here. Both of these forms must be filled out and submitted before Oct. 13.

    The 31st Annual Bulldog Forever Homecoming 5K Run/Walk is also open for registration. The 5K officially begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 22. For more information and to register for the 5K Run/Walk, click here.

  • Study Abroad Ambassadors Available for Questions

    Students that want to study abroad but don’t know where to start are invited to send their questions to the new study abroad ambassadors. The ambassadors studied abroad in Spain, France, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Austria, Ghana and Finland. Look out for events and presentations on campus about scholarships and programs. For more information, visit studyabroad.truman.edu/ask-the-ambassadors.

  • University Conduct Board Seeks Student Affiliates

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards is seeking motivated students to serve as affiliates on the University Conduct Board. The University Conduct Board hears cases of alleged misconduct to determine whether a student or student organization’s behavior violates the Student Conduct Code, and if a violation is found, the imposition of sanctions. The board is comprised of faculty, staff and student members. Student members will be expected to serve on the board for various hearings each semester as well as participate in various social justice and civic projects on campus. To apply for the position, click here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Student Affairs Office in Student Union Building 1110.

  • 12th Annual Big Week of Giving Set for Oct. 17-23.

    Colton’s Fundraiser
    5-8 p.m.
    Oct. 17
    Colton’s will donate 10 percent of the total from each receipt to the Food Bank during the 5-8 p.m. period. Customers must bring their receipts to their waiter and state that they want the purchase to go toward the Food Bank in order for the donation to occur.

    Community Partner Luncheon
    12-1 p.m.
    Oct. 18
    The Community Partner Luncheon recognizes Truman’s community partners by presenting the “Community Partner of the Year” award. Lunch will be provided.

    Trick-or-Treating for Canned Goods
    4-6 p.m.
    Oct. 19
    Student volunteers will go door-to-door collecting money and food donations for the Food Bank. Money collecting tins and trash bags for donation collection will be provided. Volunteers will check in at 4 p.m at the SERVE Center table on the Mall and bring donations to the SERVE Center Office once they are finished. Sign up at serve.truman.edu.

    Jackson County Connection Corn Maze
    4 p.m.-Sundown
    Oct. 20
    The Jackson County Connection is a farm located in La Plata which has attractions such as a corn maze, pumpkin picking, wagon rides and more. Beginning at 4 p.m., $2 from each $6 admission will be donated to the food bank.

    Walmart and HyVee Tabling
    3-7 p.m.
    Oct. 21

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Oct. 23
    Collection tables will be setup outside both entrances at Walmart and HyVee. Volunteers will collect food and money donations for the food bank.

    For more information about the Big Week of Giving, visit serve.truman.edu/the-big-week-of-giving. All proceeds from this week go to the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. For any questions about getting involved, contact the SERVE Center.

  • Nominations Open for Community Partner of the Year

    Organizations, students and faculty are encouraged to nominate community partners they have worked closely with through Truman for the Community Partner Luncheon. This event brings together the Kirksville community, campus faculty, staff and student leaders in recognition of the community agencies that partner with Truman for service. A free lunch is included in the event, which features the presentation of the Community Partner of the Year award. All of the nominees will be recognized for their contribution to the Kirksville community.

    The Community Partner Luncheon is sponsored by the SERVE Center and takes place at 12 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. To nominate a partner, fill out the form here.

  • Old Voice Mail to Shutdown Oct. 7

    When the Truman telephone system was upgraded in July, a new voice mail system was included. The previous voice mail system is scheduled to be shut down and removed Oct. 7. Anyone needing to save voice mails from the previous system should do so before Oct. 7.

    To access the previous system:
    1. Dial 785.7551. If the line is busy, try again momentarily.
    2. After three rings callers will be prompted to enter a mailbox number. Enter 785xxxx.
    3. Callers will then start to hear their greeting. Press the * key to administer the mailbox.
    4. Enter the OLD four-digit passcode to log in and retrieve messages.
  • Students Encouraged to Register to Vote

    Students wanting to register to vote in Kirksville should contact the Adair County Clerk’s Office. Those who wish to register in person may do so by going to the clerk’s office at the courthouse in downtown Kirksville. They will need to provide their personal information including Social Security number, local address (including room number or apartment number) and license information. Students will receive a card from the clerk’s office with their voting location a few weeks after registering.
    Those who are registered to vote in their hometown and would like to vote in their home district must request an absentee ballot from their hometown clerk’s office. The office will send out a ballot, which must be sent back to the hometown clerk as a notarized ballot. The Business Office in McClain Hall 105 can notarize ballots for students.
    Students who are not sure where they are registered to vote can call the Adair County Clerk’s Office, which can look up all Missouri voters through a statewide registry.
    Those who have moved since last voting need to update their address so the clerk’s office can let them know their new polling location. In order to change one’s address from one county to another, a new voter registration application will need to be completed before Oct. 12. To register to vote online, or to re-register, visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. The Rock the Vote website has answers to many frequently asked questions regarding voting specifics.
    The clerk’s office is located downtown on the second floor of the courthouse. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and it is closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m. The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 12.
    Anyone with questions about voter registration or where they are registered to vote can call Sandra Collop, county clerk, at 660.665.3350.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Career Center Schedule of Events

    Edward Jones Spotlight “Ask the Recruiter”
    Career Chats, Resume Critiques, Mini-Mock Interviews

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 19
    Violette Hall Counter

    “Job Search – Standing Out in a Good Way”
    Presented by Edward Jones
    Sept. 19
    Student Union Building Activities Room
    *sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi

    KPMG On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Student Union Building
    *apply on #HireTruman by Sept. 14

    Ernst & Young On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sept. 22
    Student Union Building
    *apply on #HireTruman by Sept. 15

    PricewaterhouseCoopers On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    *apply on #HireTruman by Sept. 13

    Career & Grad School Week
    Sept. 26-29

    SCORE Mock Interviews
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Student Union Building
    *sign up in the Career Center

    Personal Statement Writing Workshop
    Presented by Don Asher
    4:30-7:15 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Violette Hall 1010
    *sign up on #HireTruman

    Etiquette Dinner
    5:30-7 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Student Union Building Alumni Room
    *cost: $12
    *sign up on #HireTruman

    “How to Get a Job with ANY Major”
    Presented by Don Asher
    7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Violette Hall 1010

    United States Marine Corps Officer Selection Programs Info Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building

    Peace Corps Info Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building

    Peace Corps Info Session
    3-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building 3202

    Personal Statement Writing Workshop
    Presented by Don Asher
    3-6 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Violette Hall 1010

    Employer Info Sessions
    7:15 p.m.
    Sept. 27

    St. Louis University
    Student Union Building 3201

    Student Union Building 3202

    “Grad School Funding Opportunities”
    Presented by Missouri State University
    Student Union Building 3203

    Answers to questions on professional dress, online applications, interviews, etc.
    Presented by Commerce Bank
    Student Union Building 3204

    “Law School Admissions”
    Presented by UMKC School of Law
    Student Union Building 3000

    Career & Grad School Expo
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Student Union Building

    Professional Photos with University photographer Tim Barcus
    11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Student Union Building 3204

    GRE/GMAT Math Bootcamp
    Presented by Princeton Review
    6-7 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Student Union Building 3000
    *sign up on #HireTruman

    MCAT Tips
    Presented by Princeton Review
    7-8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3000
    *sign up on #HireTruman

    Interview Day
    Sept. 29

    RubinBrown On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Oct. 3
    Student Union Building
    *apply on #HireTruman by Sept. 25

    “Hot Topics in the Tech World”
    Presented by MasterCard
    4 p.m.
    Oct. 5
    Violette Hall 1212
    *hosted by ACM

    “Diverse Career Options with MasterCard”
    6 p.m.
    Oct. 5
    Student Union Building 3202

    Aldi Dinner
    6 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A
    *register on #HireTruman by Oct. 6

    Aldi On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Oct. 11
    Student Union Building
    *must attend the dinner on Oct. 10
    *register on #HireTruman by Oct. 6

    Edward Jones On-Campus Interviews
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Oct. 17
    Student Union Building

    MasterCard On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Oct. 20
    Student Union Building
    *apply on #HireTruman by Oct. 13

    “How to get your book published”
    Samantha Fidler-Newby
    1 p.m.
    Oct. 21
    Student Union Building 3202


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Scholarships Available

    Freeman-ASIA Scholarship
    The Institute of International Education is now accepting applications for Freeman-ASIA scholarships, which provide funding to undergraduate students for study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. The deadline for applications is Oct. 20. To learn more about eligibility requirements, scholarship timelines and to access the application, visit the Freeman-ASIA website at iie.org/Freeman-ASIA. For assistance in developing scholarship applications, contact Maria Di Stefano, associate provost for international education and dean of graduate studies. For questions about study abroad programs, contact the Center for International Education.

    Critical Language Scholarship Program
    The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Critical Language Scholarship program. The CLS program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students that spans 8-10 weeks during the summer. Scholarships are available for more than 20 sites abroad, with language study offered at various levels. To promote access to study abroad, the CLS program covers many of the costs, including: round-trip domestic and international travel, applicable visa fees, room and board, course materials, a small living stipend and U.S. undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. To learn more about the program, visit clscholarship.org. For further questions, visit the Study Abroad Office in Grim Hall or email ciea@truman.edu.
  • Gilman International Scholarship Program

    The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program online application is open for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the spring 2017 and summer 2017 terms. The Gilman program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go. For more information about the Gilman scholarship, webinar schedules and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman advisor newsletters, visit iie.org/gilman. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding.

    For assistance in developing an application, students can contact Maria C. Di Stefano, associate provost for international education and dean of graduate studies. Interested Truman students should contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad at ciea@truman.edu. Spring 2017 applications and summer 2017 early applications are both due by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4.
  • Soros Fellowship Available

    The application for the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship is open and due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Nov. 1. The Soros Fellowship honors and supports the graduate educations of 30 new Americans each year. Fellows are selected on the basis of merit – the specific criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative and sustained accomplishment – in annual national competitions. Candidates apply directly. The program does not depend on recommendations from universities or regional screening, and neither financial need nor distributive considerations are taken into account in the selection process. Current or future graduate students who are 30 or younger, and who are immigrants (naturalized citizens, green card holders, DACA) or children of immigrants, are encouraged to apply at pdsoros.org.
  • Miscellaneous Scholarships

    Review It Scholarship

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

    Herrman & Herrman Scholarship
    This scholarship addresses social media’s impact on young drivers safety. Three scholarships will be awarded for a total $5,000. Deadline to apply is Oct. 21. Click here for details

    Kool Smiles Scholarship
    Dental company Kool Smiles is offering a $5,000 annual scholarship open to all eligible U.S. students who submit an essay on how dental health can contribute to the well-being of families and children and who meet specific criteria. Click here for details.

    The Bookmark Scholarship

    Students can earn a $500 scholarship by submitting a 400- to 600-word essay answering the question: “How would your life be different if the internet didn’t exist?” Deadline to apply is Nov. 21. Click here for details.

    Plumfund #WomenLeaders Scholarship Program
    This $2,500 scholarship is available for undergraduate students studying at an accredited U.S. college or university during the 2016-17 academic year. The contest requires students create a short video and discuss what inspires them to grow and join the ranks of tomorrow’s #womenleaders. The winner will be judged on sincerity of their passion, drive to make a difference and intelligence in conveying their vision. One winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of Plumfund CEO Sara Margulis. Deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Click here for details.

    Agricultural Scholarship Opportunity
    Agricultural science students have the opportunity to earn an annual $1,000 scholarship from TractorJoe. TractorJoe is an online supplier of tractor and agricultural parts for the agricultural industry and has launched a scholarship program for students pursuing related fields of study, offering $1,000 to cover costs related to their academic career. Click here for details.

    BloomsyBox Growing Together Scholarship
    Students can win a $1,000 scholarship through the BloomsyBox Growing Together Scholarship program. Applicants must plan to attend college in 2017, demonstrate community service and maintain a GPA of 3.0 on undergraduate course work. An essay of at least 200 words stating how the scholarship would benefit the recipient’s education is also required. Click here for details.