Vol. 21 No. 32 - May 8, 2017


  • Repeat Winner in Bulldog B.I.T.E. Competition

    William Fries, a senior computer science and business double major, won the 2017 Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch competition in April.

    This is the second year for the event. Fries also took the top spot last year. As the winner, he earned a prize of $3,000 for his immediate photo encryption concept.

    Isaac Speed, a computer science major, earned second place and $2,000 for his pitch of a notification app for individuals struggling with depression. The team of Basanta Khadka and Babin Shrestha finished third and won $1,000 for their pitch of environmentally friendly disposable plates and bowls made from leaves.

    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, allowed participants to pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept. Judges selected six teams to attend the live pitch competition April 7 in the Student Union Building on Truman’s campus to present their concept to a panel. Contestants were judged based on the problem, product/service solution, market, competition, value creation, seed money, a Q&A session and the presentation of the concept.

    The final round judges for Bulldog B.I.T.E. were alumni Amanda Gioia (’93), Marco Ilardi (’99), Chris LeBeau (’05), Cody Sumter (’10) and Bryan Witherbee (’94). The first round judges for the competition were alumni Amy Gryder (’97) and Ron Thomas (’65).  

    Alumni Doug (’94) and Diane (’95) Villhard, along with Mastercard, sponsored the 2017 Bulldog B.I.T.E. competition.

    William Fries, left, accepts the first place award for the 2017 Bulldog B.I.T.E. competition from Amanda Gioia of Mastercard and Doug Villhard of Villhard Growth Partners.
  • 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.

    Rain site for this event is the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

  • Phi Beta Kappa Initiates 38 Students

    The Delta of Missouri Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 38 Truman students, April 30.

    Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest liberal arts and sciences honors society and has had a chapter housed at Truman since 2001. Initiates for Phi Beta Kappa are selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement and breadth in the liberal arts.

    For more information, contact Anton Weisstein, chapter secretary, or visit the national website at pbk.org.

    Truman’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 38 students, April 30. Pictured, front row, left to right: Kaitlyn Meyer, Lewis Dunham, Alexandra Vietor, Meredith Wekesser, Victoria Soncasie, Jasmine Roghair and Rachael Newton. Second row: Linh Le, Mackenzie Maberry, Kendra Musmaker, Lydia Pearson, Tia Sarkar, Madeline Smith, Sally Pessin and Sarah Larson. Third row: Rachael Palmer, Lucas Derry, Alexandra Lawson, Elizabeth Wilson, William Townsend, Leslie Hickman, Alexia Adeshakin, Tingting Hua and Emily Stobbe. Back row: Eric Norfleet, Luke Bishop, Kyle Angle, Geoffrey Winkleman, Andrew Springmann, Melissa Albers, Mason Bracken and Andrea Bleikamp. Not pictured: Dani Eschweiler, Alyssa LaFever, Alexander Moellering, Joseph R. Slama II, Bradly Thornton and Margaret Wilcox.
  • Theatre Festival Showcases Collaboration

    The Department of Theatre will present the 10-Minute Play Festival at 7 p.m. May 9 in Severns Theatre.

    Nine students in David Charles Goyette’s upper-level playwriting course were assigned to draft, critique and revise a 10-minute play, knowing at the end of the semester the play would be performed. The finalized scripts were handed off to Dana Smith’s staged readings course where students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the contents and bring the plays to life.

    While some students were enrolled in both courses simultaneously, others were only enrolled in one course. The process resulted in camaraderie and the strengthening of the theatre community.

    Below are the nine plays to be performed.

    “A Broken Arm”
    By: Mitchell Flottman
    Directed by: Dakota Heer

    “April Showers”
    By: Violet X Odzinski
    Directed by: Nicholas Huber

    By: Natalie Cohen
    Directed by: Seth Betzler

    “The Death of Marat”
    By: Lawrence Jennings
    Directed by: Keaton Richey

    “The Gramps Gambit”
    By: Dakota Heer
    Directed by: Francis Kemper

    “No Cell Phone Policy”
    By: Montana Carlson
    Directed by: Michaela Duing

    By: Keaton Richey
    Directed by: Lexi Diaz

    “Risk of Danger”
    By: Nicholas Huber
    Directed by: Mitchell Flottman

    “Secret Admirer”
    By: Catherine McMahan
    Directed by: Cameron Smith

    Admission is free, and there is no ticket required for admission. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some plays contain strong language, violence and adult themes.

  • Clarinet Choir Selected to Perform at Bandmasters Convention

    The Truman Clarinet Choir will perform at the 49th Annual Summer Convention of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, June 19 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo.

    The ensemble is currently made up of 21 clarinet students and two guest percussionists. The concert, titled, “Music From Around the World,” includes Masanori Taruya’s “A Picture Book Without a Picture,” Jan Van der Roost’s “Rikudim: Four Israeli Folkdances,” Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Polka from the Golden Age,” Alexis Ciesla’s “Seven Sparks” and Zequinha Abreu’s “Tico Tico.”

    Directed by Jesse Krebs, associate professor of music, the Truman Clarinet Choir performs literature specifically composed for clarinet choir, as well as transcriptions of well-known works by composers. The group has also commissioned and premiered new works, including “The Shaman Speaks” by Vivian Fung in 2009.

    The Truman Clarinet Choir has traveled the country for decades to perform – from the 1965 New York World’s Fair and the 1967 Canadian World Exposition in Montreal, to the 2012 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, the 2012 Buffet/Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival and the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Conference at the Disneyland Resort. The ensemble also regularly performs for the community, including concerts at local elementary schools and assisted living centers.

  • Graduation to Feature Three Sessions

    Due to major renovations scheduled at Stokes Stadium through late summer, spring commencement will involve three separate ceremonies, May 13 in Pershing Arena, and will feature three different speakers.

    The first ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., and Cole Woodcox, professor of English and next director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), will give the address. Mindy McCubbin (’97), director of equity investments at Shelter Insurance Companies in Columbia, Mo., is the scheduled speaker for the second ceremony at 1 p.m. The final session will take place at 4 p.m. with Michael Schwend (’83, ’90), president of Preferred Family Healthcare giving the address.

    Having three ceremonies allows the University to accommodate the large number of graduates, as well as their families and friends. Tickets will not be required for any of the ceremonies. For those who are not able to attend the ceremony, it will be live streamed on the Truman website at livestream.com/tmn. There will also be space available for viewing in the Student Union Building, but be aware that the weather can impact the audio and video signal quality of both the graduation display on the campus televisions and the web stream.

    Graduates and their guests are encouraged to use the following hashtags on social media during the lead up to graduation and through the ceremonies: #TrumanGraduation #TrumanGrad #BulldogForever.

    Questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@truman.edu or 660.785.4143.

    Commencement Schedule
    9 a.m.
    For candidates receiving:
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Bachelor of Music

    1 p.m.
    For candidates receiving:
    Bachelor of Science (accounting, agriculture, athletic training, chemistry, computer science, exercise science, health science, justice systems, linguistics)
    Master of Arts
    Master of Arts in Education
    Master of Science

    4 p.m.
    For candidates receiving:
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Bachelor of Science (biology, business administration, communication disorders, economics, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology)

  • End of the Semester Donations and Trash Collection

    This spring, as students begin to move out for the summer or graduate, several Kirksville stores are willing to accept donations of furniture, appliances and clothing that is no longer needed. When donating items please remember to make sure they are clean, in good condition and seasonal. For those students living off campus looking to dispose of items that are not in good condition and cannot be donated, contact City Hall at 660.627.1224.  
    Kirksville locations that will accept donations:

    The Crossing Thrift Store

    1105 S. Baltimore
    10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Additional availability by appointment
    Offers assistance with moving large donations

    Helping Hands Mission
    402 N. Elson
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Additional availability by appointment
    Offers assistance with moving large donations

    Out Reach Mission
    301 N. Elson
    10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Additional availability by appointment
    Offers assistance with moving large donations

    Salvation Army
    420 S. Baltimore
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Scrapper’s Den
    106 E. Illinois
    10 a.m.-5 p.m.


  • Regan Retirement Reception

  • Poyner Retirement Reception

  • Di Stefano Reception

  • Rhinesmith Retirement Reception

    There will be a retirement celebration in honor of Donna Rhinesmith, professor of education, from 2:30-4 p.m. May 10 in the Violette Hall Commons. No RSVP is required, and refreshments will be served.

  • Lecaque Retirement Reception

    The Center for International Education Abroad invites everyone to the
  • 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. May 12. Academic advisors are not eligible. For questions regarding the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award, contact Marianna Giovannini.

  • Volunteers Needed for Graduation

    The Registrar’s Office is looking for volunteers to pass out programs at each of the three ceremonies. Anyone interested in participating can contact Maggie Herron.

  • Opportunity to Study in England

    Study abroad this summer, June 30 through Aug. 5, at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, England.

    Ormskirk is a small, friendly 12th century market town, close to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester. The town offers a wide range of cultural and leisure pursuits, such as live music, theatre, sports, cinema, the arts and shopping. Ormskirk also offers visits to the beautiful Lake District, moody Yorkshire moors or traditional seaside towns in North Wales.

    Each week includes a full day and two half-day excursions with one week also being a five-day excursion to London with hotel costs included. Edge Hill presents the opportunity to take courses in literature, British culture and heritage, or business and entrepreneurship.

    Edge Hill also offers a $500 tuition discount for all students taking the business and entrepreneurship course this summer. The summer application deadline is May 15. For more information, visit the England Edge Hill Summer program website.

    To apply, contact the Center for International Education Abroad in Grim Hall, by phone at 660.785.4076 or by email at ciea@truman.edu.

  • Follow Homecoming Social Media for Updates and Contests

    The 2017 Truman Homecoming Committee will be posting updates, contests and more on various social media outlets during the summer.

    Accounts include a Homecoming Facebook page, a Twitter account with the handle @HomecomingTSU, an Instagram account @trumanstatehomecoming and a website.

    Homecoming 2017 will take place Oct. 8-14.

  • Staff Council Sponsors Lemonade Social

  • Honors Scholar Ceremony

    Ten students will be recognized as Honors Scholar graduates for Spring 2017.

    Honors Scholar medals will be awarded at a pre-commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. May 12 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Truman’s Honors Scholar Program offers outstanding students the opportunity to select rigorous courses in the liberal arts and sciences component of their degree programs.

    The honor is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed five approved courses, with at least one from each of the four areas of mathematics, natural science, social science and humanities. They must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.5 in those courses and an overall grade point average of 3.5.

    Spring 2017 Honors Scholar Graduates

    Leela Chapman, Chemistry and English

    Christy Crouse, Political Science and Spanish

    Alec Graham, History

    Jared Heern, Political Science

    Paulina Ann Massey, Computer Science

    Melinda Mathews
    , Mathematics

    Ariana Schulte, Linguistics

    Khala Schulte, Business Administration (Finance) and Mathematics

    Mary Tomlinson
    , Communication (Journalism)

    Zachary Vogel, Biology
  • Service Recognition Lunch Scheduled for May 17

    The Service Recognition Lunch will take place at 12 p.m. May 17 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Honorees receive two complimentary tickets. Others may purchase tickets at $10 each before May 12 in the Human Resources Office, McClain Hall 101.

    Five-Year Honorees
    Jenna Canfield, Biology
    Carlla Casey, Physical Plant
    Heather Cianciola, English/McNair Program
    Gretchen Dahl, Residence Life
    Anton Daughters, Anthropology
    Rebecca Dierking, English Education
    Julia Edgar, Communication Disorders
    Meg Edwards, Political Science
    John Elam, Physical Plant
    Amy Fuller, Chemistry
    Melissa Garzanelli, Business Office
    Charisse Hatfield, Registrar’s Office
    Kristin Kennedy, President’s Office
    Danielle Martel, Residence Life
    Kathy Otero, Accounting
    Richard Pitaniello, Library
    Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Biology
    Megan Swingle, Residence Life
    Jonathan Vieker, Center for Academic Excellence
    Kelly Walter, Agricultural Science
    Jessica Wohlers, Sodexo
    Betty Jenkins, Sodexo
    Patrick Mawby, Sodexo
    Matthew Lloyd, Sodexo
    Denise Penick, Sodexo
    Russel Penick, Sodexo

    Ten-Year Honorees
    Timothy Baker, Physical Plant
    Pamela Carte, Regional Professional Development Center
    Emily Costello, Agricultural Science
    James D’Agostino, English
    Datha Damron-Martinez, Business Administration
    Lorinda Davenport, Business Office
    Matthew Derezinski, Art
    Ilene Elmlinger, Communication Disorders
    Ted Frushour, Center for Academic Excellence
    Vayujeet Gokhale, Physics
    Jack Holcomb, Center for Academic Excellence
    Terrie Howard, Business Office/ Advancement
    Thomas Kearney, Athletics
    Don Krause, Communication
    Brian Kubin, Music
    Clifford Lumsden, Physical Plant
    Matthew Magruder, Admission
    Rosa Mendez, Center for International Education
    Chad Montgomery, Biology
    Dee Dee Moore, Academic Affairs
    Larry Sayre, Physical Plant
    Lillie Schubert, Physical Plant
    Mark Schultz, Campus Planning
    Lori Shook, Campus Planning
    Sheila Thurman, Regional Professional Development Center
    Lori Ladwig, Regional Professional Development Center
    Stachia Vorhees, School of Science and Mathematics
    Marilyn Yaquinto, Communication
    Michelle Smith, Sodexo
    Jacque Wifgall, Sodexo
    Martha Williams, Sodexo

    Fifteen-Year Honorees
    Tim AuBuchon, Music
    Sharon Crook, Physical Plant
    Marie Delaney, School of Arts and Letters
    Heather Ervin, Chemistry
    Darla Humphrey, Physical Plant
    Barbara Kramer, Chemistry
    Cella Lile, Physical Plant
    Daniel McGurk, Library
    Amanda Medlock-Klyukovski, Communication
    Arletta Nelson, Budget and Planning/President’s Office
    Teak Nelson, Nursing
    Elizabeth Oberman, Information Technology Services
    William Page, Physical Plant
    Barbara Price, English Education
    Mark Rogers, Physical Plant
    Eldon Rouse, Physical Plant
    Leon Shears, Public Safety
    Wynne Wilbur, Art
    George Jackson, Sodexo

    Twenty-Year Honorees
    Kathryn Brammall, History
    Kathy Conner, Physical Plant
    Alan Garvey, Computer Science
    John Green, Physical Plant
    Pamela Johnson, Student Health Center
    Brian Lamp, Chemistry
    Danny McDowell, Student Recreation Center
    Doris Nelson, Physical Plant
    John O’Brien, Chemistry
    Brian Payne, Physical Plant
    Becky Pike, Advancement
    Adrien Presley, Business Administration
    Antonio Scuderi, Italian
    Mary Shapiro, Linguistics
    Bryan Waddle, Physical Plant
    Debbie Watson, Physical Plant
    Larry Western, Physical Plant
    Robin White, Financial Aid
    Chad Whittom, Public Safety
    Twila Johnson, Sodexo
    Donna Lloyd, Sodexo

    Twenty-Five Honorees
    Debra Cartwright, Business Administration
    Jacqueline Collett, Music
    David Conner, Psychology
    Adam Davis, English
    Paul Detweiler, Physical Plant
    Robert Fisher, Physical Plant
    Joe Hamilton, University Counseling Services
    Susan Hamilton, Library
    Ian Lindevald, Physics
    Christopher Maglio, Education
    Andrea Maag, Center for Academic Excellence
    Barb Newcomer, Business Office
    Benjamin Ogden, Spanish
    Sherri Palmer, Psychology
    Terry Palmer, Psychology
    Melissa Passe, Communication Disorders
    Ann Weidner, University Counseling Services
    Charles Combs, Sodexo
    Edward Dunlap, Sodexo

    Thirty-Year Honorees
    Nancy Asher, Assessment & Testing
    Michael Blum, Business Administration
    Robert Cacioppo, Mathematics
    Michael Corrick, Physical Plant
    Melanee Crist, Center for International Students
    Shannon Jumper, Russian
    John Neitzke, Computer Science
    Tammy Roberts, Information Technology Services
    George Shinn, Biology
    Chein-Hsing (Jane) Sung, Economics
    Mohammad Shahmoradi, Sodexo

    Thirty-Five Year Honorees
    Debra Kerby, School of Business
    Betty McLane-Iles, French

    Fifty-Year Honorees
    Marianna Giovannini, Center for Academic Excellence

    Russell Baughman, Chemistry
    Faith Beane, Russian/French
    Terry Billington, Physical Plant
    Dexter Brookhart, Public Safety
    Charles Bunfill, Printing Services
    Robert Cacioppo, Mathematics
    Bradley Chambers, Advancement
    Peggy Clark, School of Social and Cultural Studies
    Richard Coughlin, Library
    Lora Cunningham, Sodexo
    Ronald Erickson, Chemistry
    Lou Ann Gilchrist, Student Affairs/Counseling
    Neil Gilchrist, Business Administration
    Judy Gooch, Business Office
    Mariquit Hadwiger, Nursing
    Stephen Hadwiger, Nursing
    David Hudnall, Physical Plant
    Patrick Lecaque, Center for International Education/French
    Elaine McDuff, Sociology
    Ralph Miller, Physical Plant
    Cheryl Miller, Physical Plant
    Cinda Mitchell, Nursing
    Debra Nothdurft, Center for Academic Excellence
    Kathleen Powell, Academic Affairs
    Stephanie Powelson, Nursing
    Catherine Poyner, Accounting
    Jeanette Regan, English/Communication
    Donna Rhinesmith, Education
    Elaine Scudder, School of Science and Mathematics
    Randall Smith, Music
    Eduardo Velasco, Physics
    Cathy Williams, Student Recreation Center
    Cole Woodcox, English
    David Wohlers, Chemistry
    Tom Zoumaras, History
  • Bicycles Should be Taken Home for the Summer

    The Truman Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind the campus that bicycles must be removed from campus property before leaving for summer break. Exceptions will be made for students taking classes during the summer.

    DPS will tag all bikes left on campus after May graduation. If the tag is not removed by May 30, the bike will be deemed abandoned and seized by DPS.     

    Abandoned or unclaimed bicycles will be kept for six months. After that time the owner shall presumed to have abandoned the bike, and it will be sold at a University auction. Junk bikes (i.e. damaged or un-repaired) abandoned on campus will be disposed of as trash.

    As students finish the semester, they are reminded to consider the following campus bicycle guidelines:

    * Bicycles parked on campus must be left in bicycle racks, which are provided in locations outside of most University buildings.

    * Bikes are not to be left in buildings, entrances, ramps or any other hazardous location.

    * Bikes should not be attached to any trees or light poles.

    * Bicycles that are illegally parked are subject to parking tickets and/or confiscation by the Department of Public Safety.

    * Anyone operating a bicycle must obey the same traffic control regulations that apply to cars and motorcycles, such as stopping for stop signs and riding in the right-hand portion of the roadway.

    * When cycling on the roadway bicycles must be ridden with the flow of traffic and not against it. Bicyclists must also obey one-way street designations and are subject to all traffic laws.

    * Bicycles ridden after dark must be equipped with a headlight, large red reflector on the rear, and white or amber pedal and spoke reflector.

    * Bicycles should be ridden on streets, not on sidewalks, lawns or University-maintained parkways.

    For more information, contact Department of Public Safety at 660.785.4176 or visit police.truman.edu.

  • May 2017 Hours at the Student Recreation Center

    May 8-10

    9 a.m.-11 p.m.
    May 11-12
    9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    May 13-14
    May 15-19
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    May 20-21
    May 22-26
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    May 27-29
    May 30-June 2
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    June 3-4

    Specific areas may be closed for periods of time without advance notice for cleaning.

  • DPS May Interim Hours

    May 12

    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 13-14

    May 15-19
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 20-21

    May 22-26
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 27-29

    May 30-June 2
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency, call 660.665.5621.

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available May 30.

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 an open webinar about the program at 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. 
  • Essay Contest

    Truman students are invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by the Interfaith Center, Student Senate, FAC, the Muslim Student Association and the College Republicans. The contest is based on two speakers who were brought to campus who expressed different views regarding the beliefs of the Islamic faith. Participants have an opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking and a chance to win a scholarship award. The writers of the two winning essays will receive a $500 scholarship that can go toward tuition or books at Truman. The winning essays will appear on the Student Affairs website during the fall 2017 semester. Click here for complete details regarding the contest, as well as a video of each speaker’s presentation.
  • 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.