Vol. 21 No. 28 - April 10, 2017


  • “Orange Is the New Black” Actress Jackie Cruz to Visit Truman

    The SAB spring speaker will be Jackie Cruz, best known as Flaca on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”

    Cruz offers lessons on resilience, determination and using life’s challenges as opportunities to change one’s perception of the world for the better. As an accomplished singer, songwriter and actress, she has entertained millions with her unique vocal sound and mesmerizing screen presence. She first captured America’s attention with her role on “Orange Is the New Black,” and now she captivates audiences with her poignant yet encouraging story of surviving homelessness and a near-paralyzing car accident to go on to achieve success and happiness.

    On stage, Cruz shares real-world advice on surmounting life’s obstacles as well as the inspiration to turn dreams into reality. Crediting her car accident for leading her down a better path, she empowers audiences to harness their inner strength and sense of gratitude to learn from challenging life experiences and how to use that hard-fought wisdom to persevere and come out stronger than ever.

    Cruz will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Tickets can be picked up at the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Children’s Literature Festival Set for April 21

    The Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 21 in the Student Union Building for more than 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.    
    Visiting authors and illustrators include Rob Buyea, Leslie Connor, Michelle Cuevas, Chris Grabenstein, Katherine Hannigan, Fred Koehler, Ingrid Law, Natalie Lloyd, David Schwartz, Liesl Shurtliff and Tricia Springstubb.  

    Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered. University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions. Contact Daisy Rearick or call 660.785.4048 to register.

    Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.

    The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $12.50. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at 660.785.4048. At 7 p.m. author Chris Grabenstein will give a presentation. Those interested in attending the dinner should register by April 14.

    The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to severe budget cuts, the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to revive the event, and the festival returned in 2009. For more information about the fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133.

    The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett Higher Education Group--Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney at 660.785.7366 or shackney@truman.edu as well as the Children’s Literature Festival webpage, library.truman.edu/Children’sLiteratureFestival.htm.

    The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.

  • Inaugural TruCare Service Initiative Tops 4,000 Service Hours

    As part of the first-ever TruCare service initiative, more than 1,300 members of the Truman community contributed 4,727.5 hours of service across the country.

    The Truman Alumni Association sponsored TruCare as a way for individual alumni and friends, along with alumni groups and student organizations, to share in the spirit of the Big Event. Anyone with a Truman affiliation was encouraged to count any community service hours completed from March 1 through April 1 as part of the cumulative total hours.

    Altogether, 1,352 people contributed to this year’s count. Projects took place in 21 cities across nine states and included working in food pantries, church nurseries, retirement communities, thrift shops, pet adoption centers and libraries, as well as fixing up a summer camp and participating in Habitat for Humanity.

    The Truman State University Alumni Association Board of Directors plans to continue TruCare as an annual project and encourages everyone involved in volunteer service of any type to participate in the initiative and log hours in March 2018.

  • University Offers Support and Educational Programs To Assist Students

    The Office of Student Affairs is taking steps to provide additional counseling and educational programming in the coming weeks.

    University Counseling Services will be extending its hours of operation until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the rest of the semester to accommodate students. Mental health professionals in the community have offered help if additional counselors are needed and there is 24-hour access to counselors by calling 911. 

    In addition, the following events will take place this week:

    Jake Sevits
    7:30 p.m.
    April 10
    Violette Hall 1000

    Sevits will speak on the challenges of living with chronic depression and his personal efforts to develop positive strategies for managing the disorder and living life with joy. He is a successful young engineer from the area who will describe his personal journey with life-long depression and his commitment to a life with purpose despite the challenge. He is devoted to helping others who are facing depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or other mental health concerns and who may struggle with thoughts of suicide. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

    Question-Persuade-Refer Training
    3-5 p.m.
    April 11
    Student Union Building 3203

    University Counseling Services will conduct QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) training. QPR is a one- to two-hour long interactive program designed to train individuals about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond to save lives.

    Question-Persuade-Refer Training
    5-7 p.m.
    April 12
    Student Union Building 3203

    University Counseling Services will conduct another session of QPR training.

    Commemorative in Honor of Community Day
    April 13

    Student Affairs is asking those who wish to participate to wear one of three wristbands for the day. The wristbands may be picked up anytime Thursday after 8 a.m. at the desks in each residence hall and at the Information Desk in the Student Union Building. The wristbands include the following messages: “Committed to Compassion,” “United in Understanding” and “Standing in Solidarity.” The “Standing in Solidarity” wristband will be purple with gold letters in honor of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.

    For questions about the programs or the services offered, contact University Counseling Services at 660.785.4014.

  • Student Investment Group Earns First Place

    The Bulldog Student Investment Fund (BSIF) earned the first place (undergraduate) award for value portfolio management at the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E) Forum.

    More than 1,600 students, representing 150 universities from 49 states and the District of Columbia, attended this year’s G.A.M.E Forum. Additionally, students from 50 different countries represented their respective universities.

    The G.A.M.E. Forum is the premier global professional education and development event for students interested in the financial services industry. The conference takes place at the New York Hilton Midtown located between the financial and theatre districts in Manhattan. Thanks to the generous gifts from alumni, the Funds Allotment Council and other supporters, both corporate and individual, this is the second year Truman students have been able to experience the event.

    Students from Truman, along with faculty member Chuck Boughton, represent BSIF at the annual G.A.M.E. Forum in New York City. Pictured, from left to right: Boughton, Riley Bonneson, Ben Wingo, Austin Casel and Nick Poindexter.
  • Percussion Ensemble Offers Spring Concert

    The Department of Music will present the award-winning Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble’s annual spring concert, directed by Michael Bump, at 8 p.m. April 10 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.  

    The concert will present a wide range of percussion music, from ragtime to eclectic, utilizing both small and large percussion ensembles. The program will also feature student soloists, junior Hannah Gallamore, recipient of the 2016 Michael Hooley Memorial Percussion Award, and sophomore Tony Lucas.

    Admission is free. For more information, contact Bump at mbump@truman.edu or 660.785.4052.     

  • Ag Students Sell Farm Fresh Eggs and Local Jams

    Senior agricultural science majors are selling local products as part of their yearlong capstone project.

    We Be Jammin’ offers jams, jellies and butters made from local produce, with flavors including peach, apple, pear, beet, blackberry and jalapeno. The spring pre-order form can also be accessed online here. For more information, contact Alexandria Avila or view the spring newsletter.

    The group Two Chicks & A Rooster Egg Laying Company produces eggs from free-range hens and sells them to surrounding community members. For more information, contact Alexis Kelsey.

    Students from both groups will be selling their products from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at tables in Missouri Hall, April 10-12, and in McClain Hall, April 13-14.

    The agricultural capstone project allows students to execute an agricultural production/marketing enterprise or participate in a major research project. In addition to jams and eggs, other groups are selling homemade bread and dressed ducks. Another group is conducting a fish research project. For more information on the agricultural capstone projects, contact Michael Seipel.               

  • Comm Dis Department Raises Awareness for World Voice Day

    In preparation for World Voice Day, April 16, the Communication Disorders Department is offering tips to keep voices vocally healthy.

    The sound of a voice comes from the vocal folds in the larynx vibrating to create a “buzz,” with its source of power deriving from the respiratory system. Professional voice users include more than just singers and actors, pertaining also to sales people, teachers, clergy and counselors.

    World Voice Day serves as a reminder to stay vocally healthy, such as staying hydrated and resting vocal cords. Other tips include using an adequate amount of breath while speaking, not overextending a voice by replacing volume with amplifiers and using good body alignment while speaking.

    Voices can be damaged from smoking, medications with drying effects, clearing the throat or coughing, screaming, extensive talking, singing without a break or acid reflex.

    For screenings and evaluations, as deemed appropriate, the Speech and Hearing Clinic is available at 660.785.7414. The clinic does not conduct voice therapy without an ENT evaluation of the larynx.

  • Composer Returns to Meet with Theatre Department

    Alumnus Michael Huey (’09), a Chicago-based composer, will be on campus April 11-14 visiting theatre classes, attending rehearsals and meeting with students and faculty.

    At an open presentation at 4 p.m. April 13 in the Black Box Theatre, Huey will talk about composing professionally and will play some of his music as he describes his various projects. He will also be answering questions from the audience.

    Huey has composed music and designed sound for numerous theatrical productions as well as film and television advertisements. In Chicago, he has worked with such companies as Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Adventure Stage, North Park University, The Strange Tree Group, Sideshow and many more. He has worked on several shows that have since gone to Broadway and beyond. He received a Jeff Award nomination for best original score to the production of “The Spirit Play” in 2012. In 2015, Huey composed the music for the Lance Henriksen film “Dark Awakening” in Los Angeles. He has worked with American Girl, providing music and sounds for installations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

  • Author to Read from Latest Work

    Award-winning author Zachary Michael Jack will read from his latest book, “Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland,” at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium.

    “Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland,” published by the Truman State University Press, is a collection of essays whose settings encompass the diversity of the Heartland. From wooded hills to verdant croplands, from tightly knit small towns to booming suburbs, Jack considers how growing up in rural, agricultural America helped shape his life and the lives of his ancestors, inviting readers to reflect on the wellspring of connections between place and personality, demographics and destiny at work in their own lives.

    In addition to his work as an active playwright, Jack has published more than 20 books in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, literary journalism, creative nonfiction and personal essay for adults and young adults alike. His fiction has earned national runner-up honors in its class in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award. His poetry has been awarded the Prentice Hall Prize, and his nonfiction has received nominations for the Pushcart (Best of the Small Presses) Prize, the Theodore Saloutos Award, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, the Herbert Warren Wind Award and the Shambaugh Award. His work has been featured in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, the Washington Examiner, the Indianapolis Star and the Des Moines Register, among others. Both his fiction and nonfiction have been shortlisted by major national publications for best book of the year honors in genres ranging from literary sports journalism, to fictional novels, to young adult nonfiction.

    Jack is the seventh generation in his family to make his home in rural Iowa. An associate professor of English and a member of the graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary faculties in liberal studies and leadership studies, he teaches aspiring creative writers, publishers, literary agents, editors and arts entrepreneurs as a core faculty member in the graduate Writing, Editing and Publishing, Masters of Liberal Studies program at North Central College. He also teaches graduate seminars in demographics, place studies and sports leadership for the Masters in Leadership Studies program. His work with young adults and teens includes presentations, workshops and literary outreach events at the public libraries, schools and not-for-profits.

    Sponsored by the Truman State University Press and Department of English and Linguistics, Jack’s presentation is free and open to the public.

    Zachary Michael Jack


  • Lecturer to Present Innovative Teaching Styles

    Artist and educator Wendy Halperin will present “Drawing Children into Reading” at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

    Halperin’s educational outreach program trains teachers how to teach children the correct hand positioning used in writing and drawing in order to foster creativity, cognitive development, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development.

    As a children’s book illustrator, Halperin has received numerous awards, including the Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and the New York Public Libraries 100 Best Books of the Year twice. Halperin received a 2010 Excellence in Education Award from the Michigan Association of School Boards for her work. She also is completing a three-year field study in Chicago with 161 children.

    In addition to these awards, Halperin studied anatomy, cadaver work, commercial art, illustration, painting, pastel, oil painting and figure drawing. She has worked for Simon & Schuster, Penguin—Dutton and Dial, Candlewick Press, Scholastic—Orchard Book and Edco Publishing.

    The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Child Studies Minor Committee. Future educators, artists and sociology and psychology majors are especially encouraged to attend.

  • Econ Speaker Series Features Reserve Bank VP

    Christopher J. Waller, executive vice president and director of research for the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, will address economic effects of Trump's policy reform proposals as part of the Economics Speaker Series.

    At 7 p.m. April 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room C, Waller will discuss some of the Trump administration’s economic proposals, including border adjustment taxes and other tax reforms, as well as the potential effects that could be felt in the Midwest and what role, if any, that monetary policy might play in response.

    The presentation is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the address.

    Waller joined the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank nine years ago after holding the Gilbert F. Schaefer Chair of Economics for six years at the University of Notre Dame. He has occupied positions as: an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand; the Carol Martin Gatton Chair of Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics at the University of Kentucky; and research fellow at the Center for European Integrations Studies at the University of Bonn. He has also taught at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla in the Ukraine, at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Mannheim in Germany and Indiana University. Additionally, he was a visiting scholar with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

  • School of Business Welcomes Alumnus as Exec in Residence

    Jim Cunningham, VP of operations at Express Scripts, will serve as this year’s Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive in Residence.

    In two open sessions, taking place at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 11 in Violette Hall 1000, Cunningham will present “Preparing for Your Future: A Focus on Professional Development.” Students of all majors are encouraged to attend.

    Cunningham joined Express Scripts in 1999 and has been part of the organization’s growth to one of the nation’s largest public companies. He has held various leadership positions in account management and throughout operations, and he developed extensive experience transforming business processes, integrating mergers and acquisitions and leading strategic enterprise initiatives.

    An alumnus of the University, Cunningham has more than 20 years in the health care industry and is currently part of the PBM Services Division, where he is responsible for the strategy, budget and performance of several operations across the country.

    Jim Cunningham
  • Visiting Scholar Discusses Human Exceptionalism

    Dr. Stephen T. Newmyer will present “Human Exceptionalism: Past, Present and Future of an Idea,” at 7 p.m. April 12 in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building.  

    Ancient Greeks endeavored to define the human being vis-à-vis other animal species by isolating capacities and endowments which they considered to be unique to humans. This approach toward defining the human being still appears with surprising frequency, in modern philosophical treatises, in modern animal behavioral studies and in animal rights literature, to argue both for and against the position that human beings are special and unique because of one or another attribute or skill they are believed to possess. Some of the claims of man’s unique endowments have in recent years become the subject of intensive investigation by cognitive ethologists carried out in non-laboratory contexts.

    Newmyer’s research centers on ancient views on animals, in particular on issues of animal rationality, as these ancient ideas anticipate arguments in modern animal rights philosophy and cognitive ethology pertaining to intellect and emotions in animals. He has published extensively on many topics relating to Greek and Roman views on human-animal relations and has authored three books on animals in classical culture: “The Animal and the Human in Ancient and Modern Thought: The ‘Man Alone of Animals’ Concept”; “Animals in Greek and Roman Thought: A Sourcebook of Readings”; and “Animals, Rights and Reason in Plutarch and Modern Ethics.”

    The departments of interdisciplinary studies, agricultural science, philosophy and religion, biology and classical and modern languages are sponsoring this presentation, which is free and open to the public.

  • Campaign Promotes Disability Awareness

    The Student Public Health Association, Tau Lambda Sigma, the Adair County Family YMCA and the Kirksville Life Ability Center are sponsoring the “Be an Ability Activist” campaign in an effort to raise funds for SB40 and awareness for the Greenwood Clinic. In addition to the events below, the campaign also includes tabling throughout the week to sell t-shirts, give away free bracelets and sign the “Spread the Word to End the Word” pledge. For more information, visit daw2017.wixsite.com/disabilityawareness.  

    Inclusion Day
    April 12
    The campaign will be taking over social media accounts, including Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #beanabilityactivist2017, as well as Snapchat filters.

    Greenwood Rally

    5-8 p.m.
    April 13
    Support the Greenwood Center by signing a petition and writing an advocacy letter, and visit the Quad for entertainment from TruMen, Minor Detail, Sweet Nothings and Illusion.

  • Earth Week Events

    Tabling event “Dressing Sustainable”

    12:30-4 p.m.
    April 11
    Information about the impact of fast fashion on the environment will be distributed, and thrift store fashion will be displayed with free giveaways.

    Tabling event “Truman Sustainability”
    12:30-4 p.m.
    April 13
    Information about all of Truman’s sustainable initiatives and campus organizations focused on sustainability will be displayed. The opportunity to sign up to join these organizations will be provided. Free giveaways included.

    The Local Foods Dinner / ABC (anything but clothes) Fashion Show
    6 p.m.
    April 18
    Baptist Student Union
    A delicious dinner of various dishes crafted with all food grown by local farmers will be served. The entertainment for the night will include the ABC Fashion Show. Teams from various campus organizations will display outfits made entirely out of recyclable materials in hopes of being the winner. The event will also feature a live performance by local rap artists Stevie Nel and 88 Vibes. Tickets are $8 and will be on sale at each of the tabling events and in the Sustainability Office 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in Violette Hall 1310.

    Click here
    for more information on these events and other sustainability efforts.

  • Comm Students to Host Climate Cart for Earth Week

    Communication students will offer golf cart rides from Barnett Hall from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 11, April 13, and April 18. To ride, students must answer Earth Day trivia to raise environmental awareness.

    The ROTC golf cart will give students a ride to their next class in exchange for answering Earth Day-related trivia questions. Students will receive prizes if all questions are answered correctly. If they get three questions wrong the ride ends and a new person will be picked up. For more information, follow the Facebook Event: Truman Climate Cart.

  • BNB to Feature Escape Room

    Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa and BNB Service Hall are hosting an escape room in the BNB basement April 12-13. From 7-10 p.m. each night, teams of up to six people can attempt to “escape Truman.” The cost is $25 per team.

  • Annual Fund Internship Available

    The Office of Advancement is accepting applications for the Fall 2017 annual fund internship.
    The annual fund intern will gain experience working on the fundraising side of a non-profit organization within Truman (the Truman Foundation). The intern’s responsibilities will be divided between three main focus areas: Tel-Alumni coordinator, Office of Advancement projects/office hours (focus will be on development projects such as Tag Day) and the Student Philanthropy Council.

    Qualified applicants will be a business or communication major with a minimum 2.75 GPA. The intern will work 15 hours a week for approximately 11 weeks and receive class credit commensurate with their time in the office. A supplementary stipend is also included.

    For a complete job description, visit TruPositions or click here. Deadline for applications is April 18.

  • Student Government 2017 Spring Elections

    Join Student Government and have a voice in the student body. Now is the time to run for a voting seat on senate, serve as an associate senator or even run the show as president or vice president.

    Student Government offers a number of committees to serve on that fit various areas of interest or expertise, including but not limited to:

    Academic Affairs Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Environmental Affairs Committee
    External Affairs Committee
    Student Affairs Committee
    Health, Wellness and Safety Committee
    Select Committee on Parking Appeals
    Appropriations Committee
    Sexual Assault Prevention Committee
    Purple Friday Subcommittee

    Campaign packets will be available April 3 in the Student Government Office, located in the CSI Complex in the Student Union Building, or by emailing Brett Combs. Voting will take place April 18-20 in the Student Union Building and online at vote.truman.edu. Contact Combs for more information.

  • “Between Earth and Sky” Screening

    The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies is sponsoring a screening of the new documentary, “Between Earth and Sky,” about the effect of global climate change on Alaska at 6 p.m. April 19 at Take Root Café.

    Synopsis: Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. “Between Earth and Sky” examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a $200 million price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history.

    Permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in northern upland landscapes sequesters 40 percent of the Earth’s carbon. Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S. increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost impacting the daily life of Alaskans.

    Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day-to-day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, “Between Earth and Sky” shows the calamity of climate change that started in Alaska but is already engulfing the globe.

  • Special Olympics Seeks Volunteers

    Volunteers are needed to assist at the Special Olympics, April 22. To see the complete list of volunteer opportunities, click here. For more information, or to sign up, email specialolympicsbuddies@gmail.com.

  • Noyce Scholars Program Accepting Applications

    The Truman Noyce Scholars Program for Secondary Mathematics and Physics Teaching is now accepting applications for 2017-18. The Noyce Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provides generous scholarships to future educators who will teach high school mathematics and physics. For more information about the scholarships and how to apply visit the Truman Noyce Scholars Office in Magruder Hall 3164 or noyce.truman.edu. Deadline to apply is May 5.

  • MAC Leadership Program Continues

    The Multicultural Affairs Center's three-part series on leadership will conclude April 22. Each session offers a light breakfast, impactful knowledge to help lead an organization and information students can take with them into their career choices. The final session will be followed by a small reception. It is not necessary to attend all three sessions, but those who do will receive a certificate in leadership development. This series is free and open to all students. All sessions take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Session III What Employers Want and How You Can Obtain it at Truman
    April 22
    Student Union Building Georgian Room B

  • Nursing Department Retirement Reception

    The Nursing Department will host a retirement reception for Stephanie Powelson, Stephen Hadwiger and Mariquit “Kit” Hadwiger. In recognition of their many years of service to Truman and dedication to preparing nursing students, the department is inviting the entire campus to a celebration from 4-5:30 p.m. May 4 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. No RSVP is required.



  • Notables

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, served on the review committee awarding short-term fellowships for the American Antiquarian Society. The society is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States, founded in Massachusetts in 1812, and holds the largest collection of books, newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, music and other materials printed in North America through 1876. This year 95 faculty members, freelance scholars and graduate students applied for 21 fellowships funding a month of research at the society.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Career Center Schedule of Events

    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

  • Schwarzman Scholars Offers Master’s Degree in China

    Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, fully funded international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. Anchored in an 11-month professional master’s degree in global affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the program provides scholars with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, engage in high-level interactions with Chinese leaders and visiting speakers and learn from world-class faculty through a dynamic core curriculum and concentrations in public policy, international studies or business and economics. The Schwarzman scholars experience also includes unparalleled opportunities outside of the classroom, including internships, senior mentors and travel seminars around China.

    The program is open to applicants up to 28 years of age who are fully proficient in English and have completed an undergraduate degree by Aug. 1, 2018. Complete details are available at schwarzmanscholars.org. There will be open webinars about the program at 3 p.m. April 20, and 12 p.m. May 16.
  • Lloyd and Lois Elmore Scholarship

    Through a generous gift from Lloyd and Lois Elmore, a trust has been established to make scholarships of approximately $1,000 per semester available annually, depending on need. Scholarship recipients must be active in a Southern Baptist Church or in a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The scholarship recipients must attend Truman.

    Lloyd and Lois (Trower) Elmore operated a family farm in the Gibbs, Mo., community for 50 years before moving to LaPlata in 1968. Lloyd was a member of the Christian Church in Gibbs and LaPlata. Lois was the daughter of a Baptist minister and attended the Southern Baptist Church in LaPlata. She was also a member of the Loyal Bereans Class of the LaPlata Christian Church. The Elmores established the trust fund to provide an educational opportunity for students in the northeast Missouri area who are actively involved in their church.

    Eligibility Criteria
    a. High school graduate from northeast Missouri
    b. Current Missouri resident
    c. Active involvement in a Southern Baptist Church or Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    d. Financial need
    e. Acceptance to Truman
    Selection Criteria
    a. Completed application form
    b. Evidence of financial need
    c. Proof of acceptance to Truman
    d. Written letter of recommendation from the local clergy
    e. Receipt of all the above by the application deadline, May 27

    Renewal Criteria
    a. Student must maintain a 2.50 grade point average
    b. Complete at least 24 credit hours in previous 12 months
    c. Evidence of continued active involvement in a Southern Baptist or Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    d. Maximum renewal of three times

    Applicants must send in their materials by May 26 to McClain Hall 203. 
  • German Chancellor Fellowship

    Applications for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship are now open. 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.