Vol. 21 No. 13 - November 14, 2016


  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation

    Students with financial needs that may interfere with their ability to continue their education can seek assistance through the Truman State University Foundation Loan Program.

    Foundation loans can come in the form of short-term loans, long-term loans, access loans and cultural loans specifically for study abroad trips. Applications go through the Financial Aid Office and are repaid directly to the University. Banks and outside lenders are not involved in the process.

    To be eligible for a Foundation loan, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, have at least 12 credit hours at Truman and be in good academic standing. Students also need to demonstrate an ability to repay the loan in a timely manner. Deferments of up to five years are available for cultural and long-term loans, provided the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.

    In addition to scholarship assistance, the loan program is an example of the immediate impact of donations to the Truman State University Foundation. Gifts from alumni and friends allow Truman to provide assistance directly to students as they pursue their education.

    For more information on the Foundation loan program, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@truman.edu, at 660.785.4130 or in person at McClain Hall 103.

  • Annual Tag Day Event Recognizes Donors

    Truman will celebrate its fourth annual Tag Day, Nov. 15.

    Tag Day celebrates the impact donors have on Truman’s campus by tagging items made possible by their gifts. Smart classrooms, gardens, computer labs and more will sport tags thanking donors for their contributions. This year, scholarship recipients have also been invited to wear “I benefitted” buttons to spread awareness of private donations benefitting scholarship students.

    The Truman community is encouraged to sign a thank you note to donors in the Student Union Building between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The first 50 people who take a photo of a tagged item on their social media with the hashtag #TrumanTagDay will receive a t-shirt.

  • #BulldogsGiving 2016 Features Giving Challenges

    #BulldogsGiving 2016 gives the Truman community the chance to support any area of campus by making a donation to any of Truman’s Foundation Funds.

    This year, #BulldogsGiving also features four giving challenges. The Black Alumni & Attendees Scholarship, the Greek Letters Today, Leaders Tomorrow Scholarship and the Truman Band Fund are each working to receive a $2,500 match. The match to these funds depends on reaching a target number of donors to each fund during #BulldogsGiving. In addition, Truman athletic teams are competing against one another for a $2,500 match.

    Donors can support one (or more) featured fund between Nov. 14-18. Find more information on the week-long campaign at bulldogsgiving.truman.edu.

  • Soccer Team Advances in Tournament

    In NCAA tournament play, the women’s soccer team defeated McKendree to advance to the Midwest regional championship.

    The Bulldogs earned a 1-0 victory over the No. 3 seed on Hanna Burke’s sixth goal of the season. The team improved to 15-1-4 overall with the win.

    Truman moves on to face top seed Grand Valley State in the regional championship game. The Lakers were 2-0 winners over Missouri-St. Louis in their regional semifinal contest. The match will be played at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 in Allendale, Mich.

  • Laser Shows Return to the Planetarium

    After a successful run earlier this semester, the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium will again feature musically themed laser light shows from Dec. 2-10.

    The new laser features are holiday themed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. In addition to these special holiday programs, the planetarium will welcome the return of other laser shows featuring the music of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

    Regular shows will also continue, focusing on planet Earth, the universe and mankind’s place in the cosmos. The planetarium can accommodate 60 guests at a time for screenings on its 1,800-square-foot panoramic screen. To learn more about the planetarium and its programming, or to purchase tickets to a show at $5 each, visit planetarium.truman.edu.

    Dec. 2
    7 p.m.
    Laser Holidays 1

    8 p.m.
    Laser Beatles

    Dec. 3
    2 p.m.
    Double Feature
    “From Earth to the Universe”
    Laser Vinyl

    4 p.m.
    Double Feature
    “Edge of the Solar System”
    Laser Holidays 2

    Dec. 4
    2 p.m.
    Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”

    3 p.m.
    Laser Country

    Dec. 5
    7 p.m.
    Laser Zeppelin

    8 p.m.
    Laser Holidays 1

    Dec. 6
    7 p.m.
    Laser Beatles

    8 p.m.
    Laser Vinyl

    Dec. 7
    7 p.m.
    Laser Holidays 2

    8 p.m.
    Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”

    Dec. 8
    7 p.m.
    Laser County

    8 p.m.
    Laser Zeppelin

    Dec. 9
    7 p.m.
    Laser Vinyl

    8 p.m.
    Laser Holidays 1

    Dec. 10
    4 p.m.
    Double Feature
    “Seven Wonders”
    Laser Beatles

    6 p.m.
    Double Feature
    “New Horizons”
    Laser Holidays 2

    Laser Beatles
    Featuring the music of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time, Laser Beatles will take you back to a different time in history to re-experience and remember the evolution of this musical phenomenon. The “Fab Four’s” best-spanning six years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to the Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

    Laser Country
    Set to the all-American sounds of modern and classical country songs, this laser show will appeal to all generations. From Garth Brooks and Shania Twain to Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, this show promises to be a boot-scootin’ good time.

    Laser Holidays 1 and 2
    These popular programs feature a mix of everyone’s favorite holiday music, from the classical to the modern, all set to fantastic laser, cove and digital artwork. Since the shows are rated a two out of five for intensity, it is appropriate for family members of all ages.

    Laser Vinyl
    This presentation captures the pure intent of the laser show experience. Accompanying a fantastic musical concert representing the best of classic rock is some of the most beautiful and stunning laser art ever produced. Reminisce, tap your feet and enjoy a truly fantastic audio-visual event that will rock your body, mind and soul.

    Laser Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and ’70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.

    Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon”
    Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, “Dark Side of the Moon” is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time. Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon” offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

  • Author to Discuss Professional Writing and Translating

    Author John Smelcer will present on creative writing and the process of translating his book, “The Gospel of Simon,” from English to Spanish at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    About the book: “Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher named Jesus was condemned to be crucified - an all too familiar spectacle in Jerusalem in those days. A man named Simon from Cyrene was compelled to help Jesus carry the heavy cross through the crowded streets. What did Simon witness? What did he and Jesus talk about? Eager to learn more about his companion, Simon returned to Jerusalem the next day. What he learned changed his life forever. Ever since, the descendants of Simon have safeguarded an incredible secret.”

    Refreshments will be provided, and signed books will be available for purchase. This lecture is sponsored by: the Department of Classical and Modern Languages; the Department of English and Linguistics; the Department of Philosophy and Religion; the Department of Society and Environment; the School of Arts and Letters; and the School of Social and Cultural Studies.



  • Jazz Concert to Highlight Student Groups

    Various student groups will perform in a Jazz Combos Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Student jazz combos will play standard jazz compositions as well as original compositions created by students, overseen and directed by Tim AuBuchon. A plethora of styles will be performed, ranging from swing to Latin, funk and more. The combos are formed by groups of four or five musicians, allowing for improvisation and musical interaction.

    More information about the Jazz Combos Concert and other events happening in the School of Arts and Letters can be found at facebook.com/trumansal. This event is sponsored by the Department of Music and is free and open to the public.

  • International Education Week Scheduled for Nov. 14-17

    The Center for International Students will celebrate International Education Week on campus, Nov. 14-17. In addition to the following events, CIS will host a table in the Student Union Building throughout the week, handing out free international candy and fact sheets.

    International Game Night (with International Snacks)
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Ryle Main Lounge

    Table - International Coffee and Tea
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Nov. 15
    Violette Hall

    Dance Showcase (with African Student Association, International Club and Namaste Nepal)
    6 p.m.
    Nov. 16
    Kirk Gym

    International Trivia
    7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 17
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. IEW began in 2000 and is celebrated today in more than 100 countries worldwide.

  • Reminder: Apply Early for FAFSA

    Students should file the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) well before Missouri’s priority deadline of Feb. 1.

    Applications opened Oct. 1, significantly earlier than previous FAFSAs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this new opportunity. For more information about these and other changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA, visit the FAFSA website at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes.

    FAFSAs must be completed using “prior prior year” tax information, which means 2015 tax information must be used for the 2017-18 application. Information collected in the FAFSA is needed to determine Title IV federal aid eligibility and for some other federal, state, University and private programs. The state’s priority filing deadline for the Access Missouri Grant Program is Feb. 1, but applications submitted before April 1 may still be eligible for the Access Missouri Grant. Awards will be made until funds are depleted. Go to fafsa.gov to fill out the application.

    For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130, finaid@truman.edu or visit the office in McClain Hall 103.

  • Register for Upcoming Blood Drives

    The American Red Cross will host two blood drives on campus, and the community is encouraged to donate. The drives will take place from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17 in the Student Union Building. To register for the drives ahead of time, call 1.800.733.2767 or go to redcross.org and enter Truman’s sponsor code, TrumanState.
  • Open Forum Invites Student Perspectives on Religion

    Residence Life will host “Faith Discussion: Having a Religious Perspective on a College Campus,” for all interested students at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the West Campus Suites Multi-Purpose Room.

    Students will delve into the tough questions surrounding faith on a college campus, exploring the positive and negative aspects of religious traditions in an academic setting. This event is open to everyone, regardless of faith. The goal of the forum is to create a comfortable atmosphere where honest discussion and questions are encouraged. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. For questions, contact student advisor Carly Gillette.
  • Financial Wellness Class Open to Students

    Truman will offer the course INDV 115 - Personal Financial Wellness during the first block of the spring 2017 semester on Wednesdays from 2-3:20 p.m. The course covers a variety of financial wellness subjects and is worth one credit hour. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Lunch and Learn Explores Healthy Habits for the Holidays

    Learn how to eat healthy and keep moving during the holidays. Join certified athletic trainers Nicole Summers and Lorrie Peters from the Health and Fitness Center - Northeast Sports Medicine and Rehab as they demonstrate how to get through the holiday season without overeating and finding time for exercising. The lunch and learn will take place in Violette Hall 1300 from 12-12:45 p.m. Nov. 17 and participants are welcomed and encouraged to eat lunch during the presentation. This program is sponsored by the Truman Wellness committee in conjunction with the Truman Office of Human Resources. To sign up for the session, email pr@truman.edu.
  • Student Recreation Center Thanksgiving Break Hours

    Nov. 18
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Nov. 19
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.


    Nov. 21
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Nov. 22
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Nov. 23-25
    Closed (University holiday)

    Nov. 26

    Nov. 27
    4-7 p.m.

  • World AIDS Day Commemoration

    The Nursing Student Association will commemorate World AIDS Day with a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Kirk Memorial Eternal Flame. Questions about the event can be sent to nursing@truman.edu.

  • Summer Internships Available for History and Museum Studies

    Applications for summer academic internships in the fields of history and museum studies are open to students until Dec. 1, 2016.

    Multiple internships are available at institutions across Missouri. The Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence includes a full-time internship with a tuition scholarship. There are also part-time academic internships available at: the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis; the St. Louis Mercantile Library; the National World War I Museum in Kansas City; the Duane G. Meyer Library in Springfield; and the Judicial Archives Project in Kirksville.

    For more information on these internships, visit the internship webpage. To obtain an application form, email Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history.

  • Fellows Program Offers Experience in Washington, D.C.

    Applications are now open for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    The program provides an opportunity for students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Fellows will 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 open to graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. Graduate students will not be accepted. For more information about candidate qualifications, visit the program’s website at carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows.

    For more information on the nomination and application process, interested students should contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109. The campus deadline is Nov. 28.
  • Summer 2017 Orientation Leader Applications Available

    Applications are open for summer orientation leader positions. Leaders welcome and introduce first-year students and their families to the University during orientation, when students enroll in classes, discuss transitional issues with current students and staff and begin to make friends at Truman. Eight summer orientation sessions will take place in June and a late session will be offered before Truman Week in August.

    To get involved in the summer orientation process, visit the application page. Applications are due by midnight Dec. 11, 2016. Questions should be directed to Justin Wilson, orientation coordinator.

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  • Door Decorating Contest to Celebrate the Holidays

    Truman’s Staff Council is sponsoring a Holiday Door Decorating contest for staff, faculty and students. Those interested in participating should email Ryan Miller by Dec. 2. Judging will take place Dec. 7.

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  • Social Wall Compiles All Truman Social Media to One Page

    Truman’s social wall integrates all of Truman’s major social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram. The wall arranges Truman’s most recent posts into a convenient feed to be all viewed at once. This feed can be found at social.truman.edu.

    To connect with Truman, the links for many Truman accounts can be found directly on the University home page. A collection of other Truman departments and organizations can be found at social.truman.edu/accounts.

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  • Notables

    Brian Jacob, GTRA of education, was selected to participate in a workshop sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service. The service paid for his participation, travel and stay in Chicago Nov. 11-13 during the professional development opportunity at the Goethe Institute.

    Judicial Archives Project interns Melanie Dippold, Starlight Katsaros, Kymberly Maine and Hannah Stilley toured the Missouri State Archives Nov. 3 in Jefferson City. Students met conservators and other archivists and attended demonstrations in the conservation laboratory. Mary McIntosh, the field archivist responsible for running the Records Preservation Program in northeast Missouri, and Jason McDonald, history internship coordinator, accompanied the students.

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    Truman students (from left) Starlight Katsaros, Kymberly Maine, Hannah Stilley and Melanie Dippold witness a demonstration of techniques used in the Missouri State Archives conservation laboratory.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Udall Environmental Service Scholarships Available

    The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards 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. Students interested in applying should contact Franta Majs by Nov. 18. For more information, visit the Udall Foundation website.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program Open for Applications

    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.