Vol. 21 No. 35 - June 26, 2017


  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Camp Available for Middle School Students Interested in Health Field

    Middle school students interested in health care careers and science can get hands-on experience during the Adair County M*A*S*H Camp, July 11-12.

    Every other summer the Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center (NEMO AHEC) presents a M*A*S*H (Missouri AHEC Science & Health) Camp for area middle school students. The camp exposes students to a variety of careers in the science and health care fields.

    M*A*S*H Camp will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11-12 at Truman and the Northeast Regional Medical Center. Area health care providers and educators will combine their talents to present an impressive instructional program that will introduce students to the fascinating world of science and health care. Students will participate in biology labs, scrub labs, suture labs, hospital exploration, recreational activities and more.

    Any student who will enter sixth, seventh or eighth grade in the fall is eligible to attend. Registration requires a $45 fee for meals, activities and T-shirt. A limited number of scholarships are available to families in need. Registration information can be found online at nemoahec.org. Deadline to register is June 27. Financial aid is available for families with severe hardships.

    In addition to Kirksville, this year M*A*S*H camps are scheduled in Brookfield, Mo., and Troy, Mo.

    M*A*S*H Camp is sponsored by A.T. Still University, Truman, Northeast Regional Medical Center and the Missouri Area Health Education Centers.

  • Cardinals Tickets Available Through Alumni Chapter

    The St. Louis Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a group outing for the July 8 Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

    The chapter will host a tailgate at 1 p.m. before the Cardinals take on the New York Mets at 3:10 p.m. Tickets for both the tailgate and the game are $35 for chapter members and $40 for non-members.

    This is also a promotion game, which means the first 30,000 guests ages 16 and over get a Tim McCarver Bobblehead.

    Last year, tickets for the game sold out much faster than anticipated. Tickets are available now through the Truman Alumni Store.

    To receive free tickets to the tailgate, attendees should add the tickets to their cart when buying game tickets. The St. Louis Alumni Chapter will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as giveaways. Tailgate tickets can be purchased without a ticket to the game for $10. Details about the tailgate will be sent with ticket orders.  

    Questions about the Cardinals outing can be directed to the Office of Advancement at 800.452.6678.

  • New University Appointments

    Several new appointments have resulted from Janet Gooch’s transition to the position of executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, as well as Richard Coughlin’s retirement from his most recent position as interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost and his primary position as dean of libraries.

    Amanda Langendoerfer, Janet Romine and Stephen Wynn will continue to collectively fill the responsibilities of the dean of libraries as they did during 2016-17 academic year. Romine will be associate dean of libraries for research and instruction, Langendoerfer will be associate dean of libraries for special collections and museums, and Wynn will be associate dean of libraries for technical services and systems.

    Timothy Walston will serve as the interim dean of Science and Mathematics (SAM). Walston served as interim associate dean of SAM and chair of biology during 2016-17 academic year and is familiar with the responsibilities associated with the SAM dean position.

    Jeanne Harding, instructor of education and director of field experiences, will serve as interim dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education (SHSE). Harding has prior administrative experience as a school principal, significant knowledge and skills in the area of teaching and learning, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Roberta Donahue, chair of health sciences and education, will assist Harding by overseeing the tenure and promotion process for SHSE. Donahue served as the HES chair for five years and understands the tenure and promotion process.

  • Parks Department Offers Summer Fun

    The Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department sponsors numerous events during the summer. For an up-to-date list of all planned activities, visit kirksvillecity.com/parkprograms.

    Movies in the Park
    Every Saturday night a free family movie will be shown starting at dusk at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheatre in Rotary Park. Concessions will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

    “Captain America: Civil War”
    July 1

    July 8

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
    July 15

    July 22

    July 29

    “Inside Out”
    Aug. 5

    “The Good Dinosaur”
    Aug. 12

    Pinot and Pinterest
    The second and fourth Thursdays of the month feature craft projects at Jackson Stables. Doors open at 6 p.m., crafts begin at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at parks.kirksvillecity.com or at the Kirksville Aquatic Center. Each project night is $40, and all materials are provided.

    Wine Craft Project Night
    July 13

    Love My Pet Project Night
    July 27

    Home Décor Project Night
    Aug. 10

    The Book is Always Better
    Members of the community read the book, discuss and then watch it together at Movies in the Park. This program is free and open to all ages. Pre-registration is required and can be done online at parks.kirksvillecity.com or at the Kirksville Aquatic Center. For more information, call 660.627.1485.

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
    July 15

    Block Parties
    These Sunday afternoon events from 3-5 p.m. are a way to enjoy the city’s neighborhood parks.

    Memorial Park Block Party
    July 16

    Jaycee Park Block Party
    July 30

    Brashear Park Block Party
    Aug. 13

    Aquatic Center Special Events
    Splash Bash
    July 4

    Doggie Luau
    Aug. 19

    “Lucky Stiff” Musical Comedy
    7 p.m.
    July 26-29
    Severns Theatre
    Tickets are $10 and available at the Kirksville Aquatic Center starting July 1.



  • Retirement Reception for Richard J. Coughlin

  • Personal Financial Wellness Course Available This Fall

    The Center for Academic Excellence will offer INDV 115, “Personal Financial Wellness,” from 12-1:20 p.m. Tuesdays during the first block of the fall semester.
    This one-credit course will focus on many different aspects of personal financial management that will aid you while a student, but even more importantly, will provide helpful tips that will assist you once you secure your first job. Class sessions will address: how to put your best foot forward in getting a job, the basics of credit and debt, financial aid basics, your rights under a lease, creating and living on a budget, investing for your future, how taxes and insurance impact your budget, evaluating benefit packages, and how to make big-ticket purchases. This class is open to all students.
    Registration is available on TruView with the Course Reference Number (CRN) 7868. For more information, contact financialliteracy@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.

  • Faculty Promotions and Tenure

    During the June meeting, the University Board of Governors reviewed recommendations for promotion and tenure. A listing of faculty members who will be promoted and/or receive academic tenure effective at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year are as follows:

    Promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor:  
    Julia Edgar, communication disorders
    Brian Snyder, health and exercise sciences
    Michael Rudy, political science

    Promoted from Associate Professor to Professor:  
    Jennifer Hurst, exercise science
    Philip Ryan, mathematics
    Jay Self, communication
    Marilyn Yaquinto, communication
    Granted Academic Tenure:  
    Brian Snyder, health and exercise sciences
    Michael Rudy, political science

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available July 10.


  • Notables

    Bradford Peace, the president of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) at Truman for 2015-16 and 2016-17, was recognized as the 2017 RHA President of the Year by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). Peace was recognized out of more than 400 institutions. Peace also won the regional RHA President of the Year for Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls earlier in the year.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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. Applications are due Sept. 15.