Vol. 21 No. 22 - February 20, 2017


  • Global Issues Colloquium Resumes Feb. 23

    The Global Issues Colloquium will continue at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Magruder Hall with the presentation, “When Elephants Fight: How Geopolitical Changes Impact African Institutions” by John James Quinn, professor of political science.

    Quinn’s presentation describes how two region-wide shifts in prevailing political and economic institutions and practices of sub-Saharan Africa can be linked to two prior global geopolitical realignments: the end of WWII with the ensuing American and Soviet led bipolar system, and the end of the Cold War with American primacy. Each period featured changed or newly empowered international and regional leaders with competing national priorities within new intellectual and geopolitical climates, altering the opportunities and constraints for African leaders in instituting or maintaining particular political and economic institutions or practices.

    The economic and political institutions of Africa that emerged did so as a result of a complex mix of contending domestic, regional and international forces (material and intellectual) – all of which were greatly transformed in the wake of these two global geopolitical realignments. The argument assumes ideas as well as material resources matter, and how they matter is contingent on which particular nations are running, or trying to run, the international system as well as the type of competition or cooperation evident among and between the great powers.

    Sponsored by the Global Issues Committee, the series is presented for educational or civic purposes. More information about the series can be found at globalissues.truman.edu, as well as through the its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • Guest Recital to Feature Cellist and Pianist

    Cellist Adriana Ransom and pianist Geoffrey Duce will collaborate for a guest artist recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The performance, which will feature a selection of music from Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, is free and open to the public.

    Ransom enjoys a varied and active concert schedule. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including winning top prizes at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, the Naftzger Young Artist Competition and the Schubert Club Young Artist Competition. She has appeared as a guest artist on notable solo and chamber music recital series across the Midwest, and she was recently featured on two nationally broadcast recordings produced by Chamber Music Minnesota. Ransom has been the assistant principal cello with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra for five years. She has served on the faculty at St. Cloud State University and at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. She currently teaches at Illinois State University. She was also selected by audition to perform with the 2003 European Musical Festival Orchestra in Stuttgart and Berlin under the direction of Helmut Riling.

    A native of Kansas City, Ransom received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri where she studied with Nina Gordon. She also earned master and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Tanya Remenikova. She studied chamber music with internationally acclaimed pianists Margo Garrett and Lydia Artymiw and violinists Jorja Fleezanis and Benny Kim. She was recently selected to perform an Armenian work for Yo Yo Ma in connection with the Silk Road project.

    Originally from Scotland, Duce has performed throughout Europe, in the U.S., Japan and Hong Kong, including in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall. A versatile musician, his career has featured both solo and collaborative performances. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the New York Sinfonietta, the Scottish Sinfonia, the Edinburgh Philharmonic and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician and accompanist, he has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Hong Kong Radio and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He won the Young Artists Award from Britain’s National Federation of Music Societies and was awarded the Prix de Piano at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.

    Duce initially studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University in the U.K. before receiving a DAAD scholarship to the Universität der Künste, Berlin. He received his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, and currently teaches at Illinois State University.

    The guest recital is sponsored by the Department of Music.

  • Art Gallery to Host Concert

    The Department of Music, in collaboration with the Department of Art and the University Art Gallery, will sponsor a concert by Uncommon Practice at 7 p.m. March 2 in the gallery.

    Uncommon Practice, with special guests Carter Datz, Brian Kubin and Jeffrey Seppala, will perform six pieces that reflect on the themes of the current exhibition on display in the University Art Gallery. The gallery is currently showing “Join, Buy, Save: World War I Posters on the Home Front” and “Arts Against the Great War” in celebration of the centennial of World War I. Throughout the months of February and March, the University Art Gallery has partnered with various departments to help explore the themes and impact of the war.

    Under the direction of Victor Marquez, Uncommon Practice will perform three pieces written during World War I and three pieces that reflect on some of the themes of the war composed by Bernstein, Donaldson, Ives, Messiaen and Novello, including the world premiere of “Your Loving Son, P.H.S.: I En Route To Get The Kaiser,” written by Marquez and featuring the voice of Datz with Kubin on the cello.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

  • TruCare Initiative Celebrates Service

    In the spirit of the Big Event, the Truman Alumni Association is sponsoring the TruCare service initiative during the month of March.

    TruCare is an international service initiative where the Truman community comes together to volunteer and pay it forward. Designed as a way for alumni and friends to share in the spirit of the Big Event, TruCare allows anyone with a Truman affiliation to count service hours completed from March 1 through April 1 at midnight as part of a cumulative total.

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University can participate by simply logging any service hours completed during that time on the TruCare website. Hours can be logged individually or by student organizations. Hours completed during the Big Event can also be counted. The grand total will be announced in April.

    In addition to the opportunity to participate individually, the University alumni chapters will be conducting organized events throughout the month of March. A list of scheduled events can be found on the TruCare website.  

    For questions about the program, contact Jordan Ganter, coordinator of alumni relations, at 600.785.4167.

  • Students Eligible for JBA and Taiwan at Truman Summer Employment

    The Joseph Baldwin Academy and Taiwan at Truman are seeking current Truman students to serve as preceptors for the 2017 summer sessions.

    Preceptors live with the students in the residence halls. In addition to serving as resident counselors, they assist faculty members and students in the classroom. Preceptors are expected to be responsible, high-energy individuals who enjoy working with teenage students and are supportive of University goals.

    Salary for a three-week JBA session is $1,450, plus room and board. Salary for a five-week Taiwan at Truman Session is $1,800, plus room and board. The job looks particularly good on a resume for pre-MAE or MAE students, or those considering work in non-profit, human services or child-focused employment. Prior Taiwan at Truman preceptors have found the job helpful in future employment as English instructors, international educators and linguists.

    Potential preceptors for either academy must be a currently enrolled full-time Truman student with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Being a JBA or Taiwan at Truman staff member is a 24 hour-a-day commitment, and preceptors may not be enrolled in summer classes. JBA preceptors of all genders are needed. Because the Taiwan at Truman session for 2017 is only hosting female students, staff applicants for that program are required to be female; however, interested male applicants are welcome to pre-apply for the 2018 session, which hosts male students.

    To apply for either program, potential preceptors can visit tiacademies.truman.edu/employment. Applications can be submitted in McClain Hall 303. In-person interviews will be scheduled Feb. 23-25, but late applications will still be considered for interviews after that date until positions are filled.

    Prior to the summer sessions, preceptors will be required to attend orientation in April. They will also need to complete van training through the Department of Public Safety, as well as CPR and first aid training. They will also undergo a background check, including fingerprinting.

    For questions about the application process, contact Jared Young at 660.785.5406 or tiacademies@truman.edu.

  • Upward Bound Hiring for Summer Employment

    Truman’s Upward Bound program is currently accepting applications for summer employment.

    The Upward Bound program exists to assist high school students who are the first in their family to attend college and from income-eligible backgrounds in building the skills and motivation necessary for college success. Upward Bound does this by providing students with academic skill development, tutoring, college/career assistance and social/cultural exposure through a year-round support program from the sophomore to senior years in high school. Rising 11th and 12th grade students also participate in a six-week in-residence summer session on Truman’s campus that provides academic preparation for classes taken in high school the subsequent year and ACT preparation, as well as personal support and motivation towards attainment of a college degree.

    Summer session begins June 4 and ends July 12, with classes scheduled from June 5 through July 7. All courses are taught between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Instructors are expected to be available from 10-10:30 a.m. each day for individual student assistance. Selected instructors are required to participate in mandatory training sessions in late May and early June.

    Open positions include: college reading instructor; college preparatory mathematics instructor; foreign language instructor; hall coordinator; residential mentor; yearbook editor; photographer and videographer; and night supervisor.

    Interested applicants can access application materials at the Upward Bound website. Prospective applicants with additional questions are welcome to visit the Upward Bound Office in Kirk Building 220 or call 660.785.4244.



  • Study Abroad Fair Set for Feb. 20

    The Center for International Education would like to invite all students to the Study Abroad Fair from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Talk with students who have studied abroad and speak with representatives from universities in France, Israel, England and Costa Rica. Representatives for the Semester at Sea program, faculty-led programs, internships abroad and many more, will also be available. For more information, stop by the Center for International Education and Study Abroad, located on the first floor of Grim Hall.

    Truman student Caleb Janssen (above) studied abroad at Bond University.
  • Rice to Present in Faculty Forum

    Marc Rice, professor of music, will present “Musical Representation in the Black Newspapers of the Midwest: New Revelations and Possibilities” at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Magruder Hall as part of the Faculty Forum series.

    Presentation abstract:
    From the 1880s to the 1940s, dozens of African American newspapers were established in the Midwest by editors whose progressive politics encouraged activism among their readership. These newspapers provided a wealth of material about Black American music and its audience reception, allowing us to understand more fully the role that music played in African American communities in our region.
  • Men’s Sexual Health Trivia Night with SHAG

    Men’s Health Awareness Week is reaching out to start the conversation about men’s health on Truman’s campus. The month’s second event, in coordination with the Sexual Health Advocacy Group, is Men’s Sexual Health Trivia Night.

    At 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room teams of four can test their knowledge of men’s sexual health topics. Sign up can be done in advance or at the door. Prizes will be given to the winning team.

  • Art Gallery to Partner with Kirksville Arts Association

    In a show of community solidarity and service, Truman’s annual Friends of the Gallery fundraiser will partner with the Kirksville Arts Association.

    Donors attending the March 3 event will be invited to support the University Art Gallery, the Kirksville Arts Association, or both. The fundraiser will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Feb. 20 to stuckerpotter@truman.edu.

    The event will coincide with the last day of two Truman exhibitions focusing on the centennial of U.S. involvement in World War I. Donors will enjoy thematic food, beverages, music and good conversation during this 18th annual celebration. In the spirit of the occasion, and in aftermath of the fire that destroyed the Kirksville Arts Association, organizers set a theme of community service for the event.

    “We know our quality of life in Kirksville depends upon so many members of our community who serve. These include first responders, teachers, local business leaders, artists, donors, the media, civil servants, veterans and active members of the armed forces,” said Cole Woodcox, a Truman professor and event organizer. “When the fire occurred at the arts center, we immediately knew we wanted this event to be about the wider community.”

    Harriet Beard, a longtime local supporter of the arts and many other community service projects in the area, will speak about living a life of service.

    The suggested donation from the general public is $40 for this event, with a donation of $20 suggested for first responders, members and veterans of the armed forces, members of the Kirksville Arts Association and the Missouri and Southern Iowa Arts Guild (MOSI), and K-12 teachers.

    Those giving a full donation to the KAA can simply make one payment as usual. A contribution to both organizations will require two separate donations. Both the University Art Gallery and the KAA will accept cash or check.

  • Local Author Invited for Book Reading

    The Communication Disorders Association will host a book reading by author Jamie Graham at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. Graham is an adult in the Kirksville community who draws cartoons, writes children’s books and has special needs.

  • CAE Workshops Support Student Success

    The Center for Academic Excellence is hosting a series of workshops to assist students in planning for their future, from tips for freshmen success to planning for life after graduation. All programing is free and sponsored by the CAE. Questions about these workshops may be directed to Jonathan Vieker or Jennifer McNabb. For more information about the CAE, visit excellence.truman.edu.

    Internship Planning Workshop – Finding and Getting an Internship
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 20
    Centennial Hall Main Lounge
    Description: Internships are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience and enhance your professional skills. Join the CAE peer mentors as they share their expertise on how to secure a meaningful internship.

    Workshop for Students Preparing for Graduate School  
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 21
    West Campus Suites, Multipurpose Room 100
    Description: If you think that graduate school might be in your future, join our CAE Peer Mentors as they discuss the preparation and application process required to get into a graduate program.  

    “How to Adult – Life Hacks for College Freshmen”  
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 21
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge
    Description: We all know that being an adult is complicated. Join our CAE Peer Mentors as they discuss ways to make that transition to adulthood a little easier (and more successful!).

    Presentation for Students Considering Medical School
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 23
    West Campus Suites, Multipurpose Room 100
    Description: If you think that medical school might be in your future, join our CAE Peer Mentors as they discuss the realities of being pre-med.

  • Saxophonist to Conduct Workshop Feb. 22

    A guest jazz workshop featuring saxophonist Logan Richardson and music from his album “Shift” will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Born and, raised in Kansas City, Mo., Richardson was mentored by some of the finest figures in the history of improvised music, including Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams and Queen Bey. At 19 years old, he moved to Boston, Mass., to study at the Berklee College of Music. After one year he left Boston to move to New York and complete his studies at The New School University on a full scholarship. At the age of 21, Richardson was provided with immediate opportunities to perform, tour and record professionally with masters such as Joe Chambers, Butch Morris, Stefon Harris, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Tardy, Nasheet Waits, Michelle Rosewoman, Billy Hart and Jason Moran.

    In 2006, Richardson released his debut album, “Cerebral Flow,” and in 2009 he followed up with his sophomore album, “Ethos.” In 2011, he moved from New York to Paris where he has continued to build a widespread international acclaim. Richardson has been received favorably for his uniquely identifiable alto sound, in addition to his compositional fortitude in which he displays a great depth as an urban sound designer.

    In 2012, Richardson collaborated with Concord Records, and soon after released the project NEXT Collective. In addition to being the alto voice in this formation, he was also an arranger and co-producer for the project.  

    Richardson recently recorded his highly anticipated third album, “Shift,” with an elegantly matched band of artists and innovators including 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist Pat Metheny; MacArthur genius grant recipient and artistic director of jazz at the Kennedy Center, pianist Jason Moran; drummer Nasheet Waits; and Harish Raghavan, bassist of Ambrose Akinmusire’s band and innovator of the double bass.

  • Bulldog Financial Literacy Program

    Who are we?
    Your financial literacy resource on campus

    What do we do?
    Help raise financial awareness at Truman. We can help you with resources to find scholarships, budget, pay off debts, save and more.
    Who do we help?
    Students, faculty and staff

    Where are we located?
    The Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103
    Check out our website, send us an email, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

  • RAD Self-Defense Class Offered in the Fall

    The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program is a half-credit self-defense class offered through the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences and taught by officers of the Truman Police Department. This cooperative program is a block class consisting of eight weeks of instruction. It is offered during the first block of the fall semester.

    The program is designed as a women-only program and consists of both classroom and hands-on instruction. At the end of the program, students will take part in a realistic scenario-based simulation to use the skills they have learned.

    Instructions on how to sign up for the class can be found online at police.truman.edu/services-programs/rape-aggression-defense-training.

  • Business Study Abroad Opportunity in France

    Truman students have the opportunity to study abroad during summer 2017 with IPAG Business School in Nice, France. Courses will run from June 26 until July 21 at a cost of €2,200. Discounts will be applied if five or more students apply from Truman.

    Participants will learn about business strategy, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. For more information visit ipag.fr/international/international-students/summer-courses-2, or stop by the Center for International Education and Study Abroad, located on the first floor of Grim Hall.

  • For·Words Series to Focus on Young Writers

    The for·Words event “Ready to Write: Cultivating Young Voices through Literary Expression” will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium.  

    Mallory Hellman, director of the Iowa Young Writing Project (IYWP), will present on writing instruction and how to make writing an engaging endeavor for children instead of a chore. This event is free, and all are invited to attend.

    The IYWP was founded in 2010 by graduates of the prestigious University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop with the goal to empower, inspire and educate Iowa’s children and teens through language arts and creative thinking. Through the investment of time, energy and creativity by volunteers, as well as partnerships with local organizations and institutions, the IYWP is able to offer children and teens events and workshops led by nationally recognized writers, opportunities to publish creative endeavors and receive mentoring and tutoring at little to no cost.

    Hellman received a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature from Harvard. Her short story, “October, Forest River,” was a finalist for the Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize, and her nonfiction has appeared on the Forbes Booked Blog and the Indiana Review. Additionally, Hellman has served as fiction editor on the Iowa Review and associate editor of fiction and nonfiction on the Indiana Review, as well as a regular contributor to the Little Village, an independent news publications for Eastern Iowa. She has taught writing courses at Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the Duke Talent Identification Program and at primary and secondary schools throughout Eastern Iowa.

    More information about this event, other English and Linguistics’ programming, and other events sponsored by the School of Arts and Letters can be found at facebook.com/trumansal.

  • Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Planned for Feb. 25

    The 49th Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 25 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    The festival will begin at 9 a.m. with various performances and sessions throughout the day, culminating in the Jazz Festival Evening Concert at 8 p.m.

    Since Truman’s chapter was founded in 1968, it has hosted an annual event celebrating jazz at the University. Having been ranked one of the top collegiate jazz festivals by Down Beat magazine, the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival has become one of the larger events of its kind, attracting high school and middle school bands throughout the Midwest.

    Traditionally held the last weekend in February, “JazzFest” brings in nationally renowned artists every year. It includes a day of performances by high school and middle school jazz combos and big bands with a personalized clinic for each group.

    This year’s guest artist, Carl Allen, will also present a clinic and perform with Truman jazz groups during an evening concert. With more than 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer is a sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur and educator. His multifaceted career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

  • Mardi Gras Oscars Viewing Bash

    Come enjoy a viewing of the 89th Oscars award ceremony along with a celebration of Fat Tuesday. The celebration will include a jazz combo, a smorgasbord of free food in celebration of Mardi Gras and a trivia contest for a chance to win a $50 amazon gift card.

  • Tax Assistance Sessions Scheduled

    Beta Alpha Psi will host Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sessions from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 4 and March 25 in Violette Hall 1424.

    VITA offers free tax assistance for clients with low to moderate income levels filing simple tax returns. The tax assistance will be completed by IRS-certified volunteers and will also offer free electronic filing to receive a faster return.

    Clients who come to VITA sessions should bring: social security cards for spouses and dependents; bank routing numbers and bank account numbers for direct deposit; wage and earning statements such as W-2, 1098T and 1099; and a copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns if available.

    For more information, visit bap.truman.edu/vita.

  • Casting Call to Find the Next Faces of Truman

    Are you enthusiastic about your Truman experience? Do you want to be considered for participation in an upcoming photo or video shoot for use in promoting Truman? Then we want to hear from you. Complete the form at truman.edu/admission-casting-call and upload a candid photo by 5 p.m. March 6.

    Selections will be influenced by the University’s diverse marketing needs. Individuals will be contacted when photo and video opportunities arise.
    For questions, contact Dawn Howd, assistant director of admission, at dhowd@truman.edu or 660.785.4114.

  • How to Market Study Abroad Presentation

    The Center for International Education Abroad and the Career Center will partner together to host an informative presentation at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in Violette Hall 1436 on how students can effectively market their study abroad experience to graduate schools and future employers.

    For more information, contact the Center for International Education Abroad at ciea@truman.edu or 660.785.7466 or contact the Career Center at careers@truman.edu or 660.785.4353.

  • Lincoln Contests in Art, Essay and Oratory Now Open

    The application period for Truman’s annual Lincoln contests in art, essay and oratory is now open.

    Some would argue that Abraham Lincoln is most remembered for his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The document may have had a limited direct impact on the lives of many slaves, but it was a watershed moment in stating that previously bound people shall be “forever free.” To emancipate commonly means to free from bondage, oppression or restraint. This year’s prompt asks students to choose one of the following possibilities and develop it into an essay:

    •       Choose another emancipatory moment in Lincoln’s life and write about it, incorporating source material.

    •       Choose an emancipatory moment in someone’s life and, incorporating source material, write about it.

    Alumni Fred and Ethel Schwengel established the Lincoln Contests in art, essay and oratory to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln. This semester Monica Barron will judge the essays, and Barry Poyner will judge the speeches and art.

    Interested students should submit a 1,000- to 1,500-word, three- to five-page essay in response to the prompt to Poyner, Barnett Hall 1110 by Feb. 28. Provide a list of works cited as appropriate. On a cover sheet, provide contact information and clearly indicate if entering the essay or oratorical contest, or both. Finalists in the Oratorical Contest will deliver their speeches before the National Communication Association Student Club later in the semester. Communication Club members will assist Poyner in judging. Essay and oratory prizes for first and second places will be $200 and $100, respectively.

    Art contest entries also should be submitted to Poyner by Feb. 28. Create a faux poster (11 inch x 17 inch) promoting a “live” presidential speech from Lincoln announcing the Emancipation Proclamation to the nation. What would this poster look like in today’s visual aesthetic, or how would it have looked in the 1860s? What message/concept in the design would speak to a broad audience or to a very targeted audience? Alternatively, create a faux poster on behalf of a social movement advancing or celebrating emancipation. Winning art will be added to the Schwengel Lincoln Collection in Special Collections at Pickler Memorial Library. Art prizes for first and second places will be $200 and $100, respectively.

  • Study Abroad Opportunities Available in Australia

    New summer and semester programs are available for study abroad in Australia at Bond University.

    Located on Australia’s Gold Coast, Bond University is an hour’s drive from Brisbane, with easy access to attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, some of the world’s finest beaches and the large rain forest areas of the north. The university is Australia’s first and largest private university and offers courses in a variety of disciplines, including accounting, communication and media, health sciences, psychology and more.

    For more information, visit ccisabroad.org/program.php?link=australia_bond. Applications for the summer semester are due March 1. For more information and to apply, contact the Center for International Education and Study Abroad, located on the first floor of Grim Hall, at 660.785.4076 or at ciea@truman.edu.

  • Pitch Contest Returns with Cash Prizes of $6,000

    This semester, an elevator pitch contest named Bulldog B.I.T.E. could win aspiring entrepreneurs more than just bragging rights as the contest offers a top prize of $3,000.

    An elevator pitch outlines the concept or idea for a product, service or project in a short period of time, typically from 30 seconds to three minutes. The length of the pitch mirrors the time spent waiting for and riding an elevator in a high-rise building. The purpose of the pitch is to spur the interest of a potential investor or financial backer.

    Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Business Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, is open to any student or team of students — up to three members — enrolled during the 2017 spring semester. A student or team may submit only one pitch concept for the contest. Participants may pitch for-profit or not-for-profit concepts.

    Students will submit a concept or idea for products, services or solutions to problems facing humanity in a video pitch no longer than two minutes by 11:59 p.m. March 6. The video should not include any props, except the product prototype, and should be one continuous shot. The video submission should include: name of the individual or team members; problem or issue being addressed by the concept; product description; target market; competitive advantage of the concept; value creation; and expected future use of prize money.

    Judges will select six finalists to present their pitch to a live panel of judges, April 7. The top three finalists will receive cash awards: the cash prize for first place is $3,000; second place is $2,000; and third place is $1,000. Pitch participants, judges, alumni and audience members are then invited to a networking event following the competition.

    The Bulldog B.I.T.E. is sponsored by Villhard Growth Partners and Mastercard. On campus promotion is provided by the Career Center.

    For complete details and entry information, click here.

    Alumnus Doug Villhard (center) talks with the finalists of the first Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch competition in March 2016. The competition is returning for the spring semester, and student entrepreneurs will compete for $6,000 in total prizes.

  • Music Festival Renaming Contest

    Sigma Alpha Iota’s Epsilon Pi chapter is seeking help in renaming its new music festival. Rewards include a prize and recognition at the finale concert.

    Entries can be submitted to musicfest.saiep@gmail.com or Sigma Alpha Iota, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501. Deadline for entry is March 10. The results will be announced March 24.

  • Big Event Registration Under Way

    Big Event Registration for students opens at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 via TruService and will remain open until 5 p.m. March 27.

    Students can sign up individually or as part of an organization. In order to sign up with an organization, students must make sure they have updated their service profile on TruService to include all organizations they are a part of, otherwise the option will not show up when registering.

    Students this year can sign up to be part of the One Greek Challenge. If they are part of a Greek organization, they will have the option to check this box, which will allow them to participate in the Big Event with other members of Greek Organizations who have also chosen this initiative. Students who participate in the One Greek Challenge are still eligible for Greek Week points toward their respective organizations. Students can also be part of the Interfaith Challenge, an initiative where they can participate in Big Event with students of different faiths who have also chosen this initiative. Both challenges are drop down options under the “initiates” option during Big Event registration.

    The first 300 students to register will receive a free t-shirt.

    For the annual Big Event, hundreds of Truman students provide services to the residents of the community by raking leaves, washing windows, painting and more. The Big Event gives Truman students the opportunity to show appreciation for all of the support the Kirksville community has offered to them. The SERVE Center will provide all supplies necessary.

    The 16th annual Big Event will take place at 9 a.m. April 1 on the Mall. Students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early. Breakfast will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

    For more information about Big Event, check out the SERVE Center’s Q&A website page. They can also be contacted at 660.785.7222, by email at trumanserve@gmail.com or by visiting their office in the Student Union Building Down Under 1106.

  • Volunteers Needed for Building Project

    As part of an agricultural research project, student volunteers are needed to help construct a natural building project at the University Farm. Interested students should contact Tommy Fieser for more information.
  • Public Notice of CMDS Meeting

    The Communication Disorders Program at Truman State University will be undergoing an accreditation site visit by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), March 6 and 7, 2017. On Monday, March 6, there is a scheduled “public meeting” during which clients, families and partners of the program are asked to assemble, visit with the site visitors, and comment on the services and/or collaborative partnerships between themselves and the CMDS program. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Pershing Building 2100. The communication disorders faculty and staff invite everyone to attend the “public meeting” to offer comments regarding the Communication Disorders Department and the Speech and Hearing Clinic.
    Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language
    Pathology [CAA] of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    [ASHA] Public Comment Policy and Procedures [July, 2005

    Programs scheduled for review are responsible for soliciting public comment from students and consumers by holding a public meeting during the scheduled site visit. The program must widely publish an announcement regarding this meeting no later than 15 days prior to the site visit. A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 220 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850; calling ASHA’s Action Center at 800.496.2071; or accessing the documents online at caa.asha.org


  • Notables

    The Truman mock trial team took first place at the regional competition at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., Feb. 10-12. The team was undefeated, winning all eight ballots through four rounds. Jordan Vassel won an individual award as an outstanding attorney, and Kevin Bross was chosen as an outstanding witness. The win means the team will go on to compete in the Opening Round Championship Series in Memphis, Tenn., March 17-19.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Career Center Schedule of Events

    Expo Bootcamp

    7-8 p.m.
    Feb. 21
    Student Union Building 3202, 3203, 3204

    Entrepreneurship Conference
    All day
    Feb. 27

    Career Week
    Feb. 27-March 2

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Feb. 27
    Barnett Hall

    12-2 p.m.
    Feb. 27
    Ophelia Parrish

    2-4 p.m.
    Feb. 27
    McClain Hall

    SCORE Mock Interviews
    9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204

    Etiquette Dinner
    5:30-7 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Employer Info Sessions
    7:15-8:30 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204, 3000

    Career & Grad School Expo
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building

    Professional Photos by Tim Barcus
    11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building 3204

    MAE Leadership Series
    6-7 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Employer Presentations
    6-7 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3204, 3000

    Interview Day
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 2
    Student Union Building

    Deloitte Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 6
    Student Union Building 3201, 3203, 3204

    Aldi Dinner
    6-7:30 p.m.
    March 6

    Aldi Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 7
    Student Union Building TBD

    Real Life 101
    7-8 p.m.
    March 7
    Student Union Building 3202

    BKD Interviews
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    March 8
    Student Union Building 3204

    PWC Preview Session
    4-6 p.m.
    March 8
    Off Campus

    PWC Interviews
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 9
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204

    Ernst & Young Interviews
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    March 21
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203

    Real Life 101
    7-8 p.m.
    March 28
    Student Union Building 3202

    Real Life 101
    7-8 p.m.
    April 4
    Student Union Building 3202

    KPMG Interview
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    April 6
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203

    Advanced Sports Management Interviews
    8:30-9:30 a.m.
    April 19

    Advanced Sports Management Interviews
    8:30-9:30 a.m.
    April 21

    Real Life 101
    7-8 p.m.
    April 25
    Student Union Building 3202


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Truman Foundation Scholarship Applications Available

    Truman State University Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students in 2017-18 are now available. Applications can be submitted and revised until the deadline of midnight, March 9. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Scholarships, Foundation Scholarship Application.

    This is the primary application process for current students. The process is competitive. To learn more, click on Guidelines and Helpful Hints on the Foundation Scholarship application page on TruView.

    Foundation scholarships are available thanks to the generous private gifts of alumni and friends.

  • Sigma Delta Pi Scholarship to Spanish-Speaking Countries

    Many scholarships and stipends are offered for a number of study abroad trips to locations in Spanish-speaking countries. These are available to current members of the Truman chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. Truman credit can be earned for participation in the Veritas program and for stipends ($2,000) used for study abroad through a Truman-sponsored program. Applications must be submitted to the faculty advisor of Truman’s Rho Rho chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. For more information go to sigmadeltapi.org/SAR.Undergraduate.Study.Abroad.Awards.html.
  • Gilman Program Assists Students with Study Abroad

    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 summer 2017 and fall/academic year 2017-18 terms. The Gilman program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go.

    Interested Truman students should contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad at ciea@truman.edu. Summer 2017 and fall/academic year 2017-18 applications are both due by 11:59 p.m. March 7.

    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.
    Truman Gilman alumnus Shannon Marshall will be available for assistance in developing an application at the following times:

    Feb. 22
    11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Study Abroad Office
    Grim Hall, First Floor

    Feb. 24

    11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Study Abroad Office
    Grim Hall, First Floor

    Feb. 28
    11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Study Abroad Office
    Grim Hall, First Floor

    March 2

    4-5 p.m.
    Study Abroad Office
    Grim Hall, First Floor
  • Tillman Scholars Program for Veterans and Spouses

    The application period for the 2017 Tillman Scholars program is now open. Applications can be found online at pattillmanfoundation.org/apply.

    The program is open to active duty military, veterans and spouses pursuing a full-time bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree at a US-based accredited institution. Tillman Scholars represent a rich and diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and ambitions. They exemplify strong leadership potential and a drive to make a positive impact locally, nationally and globally through their academic and career goals.

    Each individual scholarship award is based on the applicant’s unique financial need. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. PT, March 1.

    Founded in 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
  • UK Fulbright Applications Deadline is Feb. 23

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes offer students the opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation and cultural events at a British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States. The awards will cover the majority of all costs incurred, including flights to and from the U.K., university fees and room and board at the host university.

    Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:

    • be a U.S. citizen and possess a U.S. passport;
    • be at least 18 years old;
    • have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by grades, awards and references);
    • have at least two years of university study upon their return (i.e. applicants should currently be a freshman or sophomore in college/university)
    • be mature, responsible, independent and open-minded
    The deadline for 2017 applicants is Feb. 23. Questions should be sent to the Fulbright Awards staff.

  • Institute of International Education Freeman-Asia Award

    Competition for the Freeman-ASIA Awards for Undergraduate Study Abroad in East and Southeast Asia for summer 2017 is now open. The student application deadline is March 1, and the adviser certification deadline is March 7. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern on the day of the deadline. More information, including instructions on how to apply and the online application itself, can be found here.
  • Essay Contest Offers $1,000 Scholarship

    The travel/tech company, AllTheRooms, is now offering a $1,000 scholarship to students enrolled in, or have interest in participating in, Truman’s study abroad program. The scholarship will be awarded by to the winning essay submission. For more information visit AllTheRooms Scholarship website.
  • German Chancellor Fellowship Available

    Applications for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship will open March 15. The German Chancellor Fellowship allows recent university graduates to spend one year conducting a project of their design with the host of their choice in Germany. The project can be in any field, but should be research-based and create a positive social impact. Benefits include full financial support, a language course, and a study tour culminating with meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel. For more information on the German Chancellor Fellowship and application process, visit humboldt-foundation.de/web/german-chancellor-fellowship.html. Although applications will not be due until Sept. 15 applicants are encouraged to begin drafting project proposals and securing host affiliations early.

  • FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship

    FlipKey will be awarding one student with a $1,000 scholarship to put toward studying abroad. This can be used for any expenses associated with studying abroad, from plane tickets, to tuition to spur-of-the-moment excursions. Eligible students should submit a 1,000-word essay to press@flipkey.com describing why travel is important to him or her. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15. For more information and eligibility requirements go to flipkey.com/study-abroad-scholarship.