Vol. 21 No. 29 - April 18, 2017


  • Economist to Speak on Natural Disasters

    Development economist Laura Grube will discuss lessons learned recovering from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room C.

    Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Superstorm Sandy (2012) are, respectively, the first and second most costly natural disasters in U.S. history. Hurricane Katrina and the floods that followed caused more than 1,800 deaths, resulted in more than $100 billion in damage and displaced 400,000 Gulf Coast residents. Superstorm Sandy resulted in more than 180 deaths and damages in excess of $60 billion.

    In the aftermath of devastation, it may appear community rebound is unlikely. Nobel Prize winner Thomas Schelling projected the collective action problem would prevent community recovery following Hurricane Katrina. He argued the high costs of rebuilding, such as hiring contractors and replacing lost household items, along with unclear benefits tied to the decisions of others, would cause individuals to wait and see what others did. If everyone adopted this strategy, the community would not rebound.

    Grube, a development economist at Beloit College, seeks to understand how individuals engage in social coordination and overcome the collective action problem. Specifically, she studied the role of entrepreneurs and the ways in which individuals leverage social capital to rebuild and recover. Her research is based on interviews conducted after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.

    Sponsored by the Department of Economics, this event is free and open to the public.

  • Trees Earn Truman Distinction

    Dedication to improving the environment and quality of life on campus has earned Truman recognition as a Tree Campus USA school for the fourth consecutive year.
    Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges, universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
    To obtain this distinction, Truman met five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

    This year, the Arbor Day celebration will be at 12:30 p.m. April 28 at the University Farm with the planting of a new fruit orchard. Speakers at the celebration include the Kirksville mayor, an ECO representative, a Green Thumb representative, the farm manager and the local resource forester.

    Transportation will be available from the parking lot by McClain Hall at 12:15 p.m.

  • “King Charles III” to Run April 19-22

    The Theatre Department will present the play “King Charles III” April 19 through April 22.

    Nightly performances will begin at 8 p.m. April 19 in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Admission is $5.

    Conceived as a new “future history” play by playwright Mike Bartlett, “King Charles III” asks, “What will happen to England when Queen Elizabeth II dies?” The action begins shortly before the coronation of the new King Charles III. Charles desires to be more than a figurehead. By opposing signing a bill written by parliament that limits freedom of speech, Charles sets off a chain of events that slowly isolates him from his family and the people of England. Meanwhile, Prince Harry has been seen roaming the streets of London with a new girl in tow. Prince William and Kate begin to make bold plans of their own. As tensions begin to boil, Charles must make one final decision that will forever change England.

    Bartlett was born in Oxford, England. He attended Abingdon School and later studied English and Theatre at the University of Leeds. He has been awarded the Virgin Atlantic and Critic’s Circle Theater Award for Best New Play for “King Charles III.”

  • Art Projects Look to Science for Inspiration

    Art professors Lindsey Dunnagan and Francine Fox promoted interdisciplinary studies by inviting their students to sketch or paint in partnership with the sciences for first-hand experience with live, unique subjects.

    Dunnagan’s class worked with science professors, including Jay Bauman, Elisabeth Hooper and Timothy Waston. Bauman taught students how to attach reflective nodes to their bodies and capture motion in 360 degrees by using special recording devices in the Piper Lab. Students painted how meaning is conveyed in body movements using the technology.  

    In another project, students painted plants and animals from the greenhouse using elements of a Japanese marbling technique and seed collections. Walston also set up a lab for students to investigate single cell organisms from pond water. The students also explored how other objects, such as dried plants, a cracked egg and clothes, looked when magnified a thousand times.  

    Teams within Fox’s class created multi-panel pieces of artwork centering on a given theme to render realistic representations of their subject matter. Later depictions also included distortions of their imagery to better communicate their concepts.

    Classes, such as intermediate drawing exploration and advanced drawing, sketched live specimens, taxidermy, skeletal displays and greenhouse specimens during a week of classes. Other students visited labs to draw tiny organisms as observed through a microscope.

    While most drawing classes work with direct observation, the opportunity to work in the lab allowed students to draw from a variety of living creatures outside their traditional setting. Dunnagan said this type of cross-disciplinary project allows for unique thinking to explore subject matter and experimentation.

    Inspiration from organisms challenged students to embrace resources available through labs in Magruder Hall, as well as seek first-hand encounters, even if the subject matters they need are more unusual. It also encouraged students to interact with fields where their expertise in art and design may be useful as a career in art is multifaceted rather than relegated to the studio.

    Dunnagan and Fox look forward to finding more hidden gems Truman has to offer across campus and building new projects from interdisciplinary work.  Works will be on display on the third floor of Magruder Hall from April 18-27.

  • Theatre Students Present Staged Reading of “Medea”

    Students from the Theatre Department will present a full-length staged reading of Euripides’ “Medea,” at 4 p.m. April 23 in James G. Severns Theatre.

    “Medea” is the iconic, bitter heroine from Greek mythology, who killed her children in order to spite her husband, Jason, the retriever of the Golden Fleece.

    Scheduled to last approximately 65-70 minutes, the performance will be a staged reading with no scenery, props, lights or costumes. Students in the class have done paper designs of all of these elements, which will be posted for audience members to see as they arrive or depart the theatre.

    The performance is in partial fulfillment of course requirements for THEA 481: Advanced Studies and Projects in Theatre: Staged Readings. There will be a single performance. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

  • Financial Literacy Program Offers Loan Exit Counseling

    The Bulldog Financial Literacy Program will offer exit counseling for federal student loans at 6:30 p.m. April 20 in Violette Hall 1010.

    The group will help students understand and complete exit counseling. Students will also learn about consolidation, deferment, forbearance, how to choose a repayment plan and more.

    All graduating students with federal student loans must complete exit counseling. Participants should bring a laptop or electronic device, an FSA username with password and contact information for a relative and two references.

    Pizza and cookies will be provided. All participants will also receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.

    Exit counseling can also be competed individually online at studentloans.gov.

  • Language and Literacy Conference Set for April 28

    The Truman School of Health Sciences and Education will host the ninth annual Language and Literacy Conference, April 28, in the Student Union Building.

    Approximately 100 Truman students and area primary and secondary school teachers, speech-language pathologists and reading specialists interested in improving reading and writing achievement have registered to attend.

    The speaker will be Hannah E. Schneewind from Westport, Conn. A graduate of Vassar College, Columbia University Teachers College and Sacred Heart University, Schneewind is a certified reading specialist in the state of Connecticut. She currently works as a literacy consultant in a wide variety of schools in New York and Connecticut. She has a special interest in the role of the interactive read aloud and in the role of conferring in the classroom.

    For more information on this event, visit truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-school-of-health-sciences-education/language-literacy-conference/details.

  • Alumnus to Speak on Digitally Preserving Theater History

    Alumnus Doug Reside will present on his experience in preserving theater history as the New York Public Library’s Digital Curator for the Performing Arts, April 27-28 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    As the keynote speaker for the Senior Seminar Capstone Conference, Reside will give a presentation on “The Tale of the Ant-Lion: A Digital Humanities Adventure” at 12:30 p.m. April 27 and on “How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin It Down? Preserving Musical Theatre in the Digital Present” at 1:30 p.m. April 28.

    After graduating from Truman in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in computer science, Reside earned his Master of Arts from Truman and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, both in English. Since 2011, Reside has served as the New York Public Library’s Digital Curator for the Performing Arts. In this position, he initiated, created and oversaw a number of digital archive and access projects. Reside also served as product owner for the library’s digital repository. His leadership helped advance the work of the repository and related services, such as the metadata management system and importing data from other bibliographic tools.

    The Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library includes approximately five million items pertaining to dramatic performance in all its diversity. The division’s holdings illuminate virtually every type of performance and include drama and musical theater, film, television, radio and popular entertainment. While it houses an extraordinary array of traditional reference materials, the division’s strength lies in its unparalleled collection of theater ephemera as well as its pioneering efforts to document theater on videotape and film.

    Before joining the library, Reside was the associate director of the Maryland Institute of Technology in Humanities, where he taught a course on theater history and digital humanities and worked on projects to develop a standard for the annotation and citation of digital objects, video and 3D materials. Reside has also served on the American Theater Archive Project; as a board member of the Theater Library Association; as an organizer of the 2009 Song, Stage and Screen Conference; and his writing has appeared in Theatre Survey, Studies in Musical Theatre and other publications.

    Both presentations are free and open to the public.

  • Student Media Earn Awards

    Truman Media Network staffers and Index advisor Don Krause attended the Missouri College Media Association conference at Missouri Western State University, April 8.

    Index editor-in-chief Austin Hornbostel, TMN managing editor Johanna Burns, copy chief Meg Robison, assistant copy chief Molly Thal and staff writer Nick Telep attended, representing the University. The students spent the day in St. Joseph attending and leading workshops about various aspects of student journalism at state colleges.

    The Index and Truman Media Network brought home the following list of awards:

    Second Place Website

    Second Place Sports Writing
    Menaie Barton

    First Place Sports Photography
    Rachel Steinhoff

    First Place Sports Page
    Rachel Steinhoff and Seth Wolfmeyer

    Honorable Mention Sports Page
    Rachel Steinhoff and Seth Wolfmeyer

    Honorable Mention Sports Column
    Rachel Steinhoff

    Second Place Photo Page
    Austin Hornbostel

    Honorable Mention Nonpolitical/Entertainment Cartoon
    August Davis

    Third Place Nonpolitical/Entertainment Cartoon
    Annie Kintree

    First Place News Photography
    Austin Dellamano

    Honorable Mention Information Graphic
    Kara Nord

    Honorable Mention Information Graphic
    Katey Stoetzel

    Second Place Feature Page
    Lauren Jin

    Second Place Entertainment Review
    Chris Burk

    Honorable Mention Editorial Writing
    Index editorial board

    Honorable Mention Column
    Wyatt Beckman

    Second Place Page One Design
    Johanna Burns and Emily Wichmer

    Students from TMN represented the University at the Missouri College Media Association conference, April 8. Pictured, left to right: Nick Telep, Johanna Burns, advisor Don Krause, Austin Hornbostel, Molly Thal and Meg Robison.
  • Truman Listed Among Nation’s Best Colleges

    Truman is included on a new list of America’s 75 best public colleges and universities.

    A study by Business First puts Truman at No. 63 out of 499 four-year public institutions across the country, based on 22 indicators of academic excellence, affordability, diversity and economic strength. Truman was one of only two Missouri schools to be included in the top 75.

    The Business First study is based on a wide array of the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Its formula was designed to identify the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

    Rankings were limited to public schools because those institutions generally offer the least expensive path toward a college degree. The University of Michigan topped the list, with the University of North Carolina, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Virginia and the University of California-Los Angeles rounding out the top five.

    Business First is a Buffalo-based publication owned by American City Business Journals Inc. ACBJ, the nation’s largest publisher of local business news and information, is headquartered in Charlotte.

  • Women’s Basketball to Host Two Camps in June

    The Truman women’s basketball program will host its 2017 Youth Camp June 12-15 and its 2017 Elite Camp June 16.

    The Youth Camp is for girls entering grades 3-8 in the fall of 2017 who want to learn the fundamentals of basketball. Campers can attend for a half day from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., a full day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., as a commuter or stay for all four days and three nights as a resident. Walk-ups are welcome. Before June 1, the cost is $125 for a half day, $200 for a full day and $275 for a resident. After June 1, those costs increase by $25.

    Half-day campers will receive a camp t-shirt. Commuter campers will receive a camp t-shirt, lunch every day and a pool party on the last day of camp at the Kirksville Aquatic Center. Resident campers will receive a camp t-shirt, three meals every day, a room in the residence hall, evening programs and events, and the pool party.

    The Elite Camp is designed for players who want to be pushed by college coaches and is for high school girls entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017. The camp costs $70. All campers will receive instruction from the Truman women’s basketball coaching staff, a campus tour, dinner and a t-shirt. The camp will run from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Pershing Arena, and registration will begin at 10 a.m. with walk-ups welcome.

    For more information, contact Theo Dean, assistant coach, at 660.341.9611 or tdean@truman.edu.



  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • DPhiE Gala Supports Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

    Delta Phi Epsilon’s 2nd annual 65 Roses Gala will take place from 4-8 p.m. April 22 at the Newman Center. All proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are $10 and will be sold April 18-19 in the Student Union Building as well as April 21 on the Quad. Tickets will also be available at the door. There will be a silent auction, band, raffle and appetizers.

  • Bone Marrow Drive

    Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Delta are co-hosting a Be The Match bone marrow drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18-19 in the Student Union Building Down Under. It takes about 15 minutes to join the registry. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org.
  • Earth Week Speaker

  • Student Government 2017 Spring Elections

    Voting will take place April 18-20 in the Student Union Building and online at vote.truman.edu. 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

  • “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.

  • Biology Department Celebrates Earth Day

    The Department of Biology is hosting the Earth Day Pollinator Garden Celebration from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21 in the Gaber Clock Garden. Students from all over campus are invited to enjoy the garden and learn about the importance of pollinators. There will also be various native plants for sale. Refreshments such as pollinator-shaped cookies, tea and lemonade will be provided. Magruder Hall is the rain site.

  • Pilates on the Quad

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Nominations Open for Lee Advising Award

    Students can now nominate an outstanding full-time faculty advisor for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award. To nominate a faculty member, complete the online nomination form. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 24. Academic advisors are not eligible. For questions regarding the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award, contact Marianna Giovannini.

  • PR Class Sponsors Administrative Professionals Week

    The Communication Department’s public relations class is coordinating Administrative Professionals Week, taking place April 24-28. The purpose of the various events occurring during the week is to show administrative professionals appreciation and support. The public relations class welcomes any and all participation throughout the week from students, faculty and staff.

    Schedule of Events

    Poster Decoration
    April 24
    All day
    Posted outside the doors of administrative professionals offices
    For more information, contact event leader Stacie Wiegman.

    Thank You Cards Decorating
    April 25
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    The Quad
    Students will have the opportunity to write thank you cards to the administrative professional of their choice, and later that day the cards will be distributed to the administrative professionals’ office. For more information, contact event leader Maggie Haynes.

    Thank You Treats
    April 26
    Delivered to the offices of administrative professionals throughout the day
    Funding for the treats was generously donated by Student Government. For more information, contact event leader Holly Plackemeier.

    File Race and Place Game
    April 27
    2-4 p.m.
    The Quad
    Test your skills in a battle of wits and athleticism in the File Race and Place that will help students learn about what Truman’s administrative professionals do everyday. For more information, contact event leader Mitchell Jordan.

    Thank You Video
    April 28
    Throughout the week members of the class will be interviewing students and getting feedback about why they are thankful for administrative professionals. For more information, contact event leader Amber Draper.

  • Coffee (and Chocolates) with the President

    The President’s Office will host the final Coffee (and Chocolates) of the academic year at 2:30 p.m. April 26 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
    Members of the Next Steps Team 8 (Steve Hudman, associate professor of biology, and Jay Self, associate professor of communication) will present findings from their recently completed report that was presented to Undergraduate Council on April 13. The team was charged with conducting a pilot to embed liberal learning outcomes in each course of a program. Six departments participated in the pilot: biology, sociology/anthropology, business administration, communication, communication disorders and computer science.
    The work of this team grew out of the efforts of the action teams and blue print teams during the past two years. Background information on and reports of all these teams can be found on TruView.

  • Open Forums for Provost Position

    There will be all-University open forums for the two finalists for the position of executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

    Candidates will meet with several individuals and campus constituencies, April 25 and 28, and each candidate will participate in an all-University open forum in Violette Hall 1000. Details on the forums can be found on the search website located at evpaaprovost.truman.edu, which also includes a curriculum vitae for each candidate.  

    Dr. Amber Johnson
    Chair, Department of Society and Environment
    Professor of Anthropology
    2:30-3:20 p.m.
    April 25
    Violette Hall 1000

    Dr. Janet L. Gooch
    Dean, School of Health Sciences and Education
    Interim Dean, School of Science and Mathematics
    Professor of Communication Disorders
    2:30-3:20 p.m.
    April 28
    Violette Hall 1000

  • SAB Final Blowout

    SAB will host The Final Blowout from 2-6 p.m. April 29 on the Quad. The end-of-the-year bash will include music, food, games, attractions, t-shirt decorating and prizes. Featured artists include Brandon Chase, Two-Headed Cow and Matt Wynn. The Final Blowout is free for students and $5 for general admission. In the case of rain, the event will be relocated to Pershing Arena.

  • 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.

  • Psychology Capstone Presentations

    Senior psychology majors will present their capstone research from 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 2 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Presentations are conference-style posters, so members of the Truman community are encouraged to drop by and ask questions of researchers.

  • Retirement Reception for Baughman, Wohlers and Velasco

  • 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.

  • BBQ for Graduating Students

    The annual Graduating Student BBQ will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 10 on the Mall.

    All May and August 2017 undergraduate and master’s graduates are invited to attend. The complimentary meal includes burgers, hot dogs, drinks and dessert. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on request. This will be an opportunity for graduates to pick up other gifts such as their first official Bulldog Forever alumni T-shirt.

    Those who are unable to attend can stop by the Office of Advancement, McClain Hall 205, after May 1 during regular office hours to pick up their t-shirt and goodie bag. T-shirts will also be given out at commencement, immediately following the ceremonies.

    The Truman Alumni Association is sponsoring this event. For more information, contact Jordan Ganter, coordinator of alumni relations, or check out the Facebook event.



  • Notables

    Brody Allen, a junior business management major, was selected to receive the highly competitive Summer Entrepreneurship Scholarship to Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He received a full scholarship to attend Ben-Gurion, worth more than $5,000, to study abroad this summer. Click here to learn more about the program, or visit the Center for International Education Abroad on the first floor of Grim Hall.

    Jesse Krebs
    , associate professor of music, served as the guest artist for the 2017 South Dakota Clarinet Day at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D., April 13. He worked with students from the University of South Dakota in two master classes and performed a clarinet recital that included Erland von Koch’s “Monolog 3,” Andrew Hannon’s “Two Lost Loves,” Mauricio Murcia Bedoya’s “Colombian Dances” and the world premiere of Steve Yarbrough’s new clarinet quartet, “A Little March.” Hosting the event was Truman alumnus Luis Viquez, who was recently appointed the assistant professor of clarinet at the University of South Dakota.


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.