Vol. 22 No. 1 - August 21, 2017


  • Truman Website Now More User Friendly


    Visitors to the Truman website will notice a new look and enhanced search capabilities.

    The main website was recently redesigned to be more streamlined and user friendly. Pages are now more search based, requiring less navigation for users to get the best information.

    The plan for the new design includes placing a greater emphasis on images and videos incorporated throughout the website to make it more visual. The updated look and feel of the website gives potential students more of an idea of what makes up the Truman experience. Further design enhancements of the site will be made in the months ahead.

    As it was developed in-house by current employees, the new website offers a better understanding of the University while also limiting the cost of a redesign. It was rolled out during the summer in an effort to minimize inconvenience to users while any minor problems were resolved. Users who would like to provide their observations regarding the new website can do so by emailing webmaster@truman.edu.
  • Celebrating 150

    Staff and students on campus in 1902. Photo courtesy of Pickler Memorial Library’s Digital Library.

    The 2017-18 academic year is a notable one for Truman. It marks the 150th anniversary of the University’s founding, and the milestone will be celebrated throughout the year.

    A lot has happened since Joseph Baldwin opened the doors to the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College on Sept. 2, 1867. At that time, 12 states had yet to be admitted into the Union, and the University’s eventual namesake would not be born for another 17 years. The institution that would later come to be known as Truman was drastically different. All 144 students came to campus specifically to become teachers. Tuition was $50 per year, and there were no electives, only pre-planned courses in math, science, languages and the humanities, along with 30 hours in professional education.

    Over time, academic programs beyond teacher education were added. By the mid-1980s, the Missouri legislature officially designated Truman as the state’s only liberal arts and sciences university.

    During the school year, each issue of the Truman Today will include a photo, story or fun fact regarding the University’s history. Details surrounding the sesquicentennial, including upcoming special events, can be found at 150.truman.edu.
  • Campus, Planetarium Plan for Solar Eclipse


    During the Aug. 21 eclipse, the Truman campus will experience 98.5 percent obscuration of the sun.

    Vayujeet Gokhale, associate professor of physics, and the Truman Stargazers will have telescopes with solar filters set up on campus and in the community for students and area citizens to utilize during the event.

    The Robison Planetarium will also be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The planetarium has the ability to simulate the solar eclipse from anywhere in the path of totality and will be running eclipse simulations through the day, as well as broadcasting NASA’s livestream coverage from across the country. All are welcome at the planetarium at any point through the day, free of charge.

    For questions about the Robison Planetarium, any/all of the following are encouraged: email planetarium@truman.edu; visit planetarium.truman.edu; call 660.785.STAR; or follow @TrumanDome on Facebook and Twitter.

    The state of Missouri’s eclipse page links to local events planned across Missouri, transportation information and details on viewing areas at Missouri state parks and conservation areas.

    Solar Telescope and Solar Binocular Locations
    Truman Observatory
    University Farm

    Outside the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium
    University Mall

    Moberly Area Community College
    2105 E. Normal Ave.

    Adair County Public Library
    1 Library Lane

  • Sesquicentennial Celebration Starts Aug. 25


    The Student Activities Board, Center for Student Involvement and the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee will host a kick-off event in honor of the University’s 150th year from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 25 on the Quad.

    There will be free food for students, faculty and staff, as well as live music courtesy of Deadwood. A brief ceremony with President Sue Thomas and Carter Brooks Templeton, student representative to the Board of Governors, will take place at 5:30 p.m.

    Rain site is the Student Union Building. Details surrounding the sesquicentennial, including upcoming special events, can be found at 150.truman.edu.

    Sesquicentennial Kick-off Celebration
    4-6 p.m.
    5:30 p.m. Ceremony
    Aug. 25
  • Alumna and Current MAE Student Speaks at UN

    Michaela Hylen delivers a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in July.

    Alumna Michaela Hylen spoke at the United Nations during the summer after winning a competitive essay contest.  

    A May 2017 graduate and current Master of Arts in Education student, Hylen entered the Many Languages, One World international essay contest and became one of 60 students, out of a pool of more than 2,000 entrants from 170 countries, to be proclaimed a winner. Her essay, written entirely in French, focused on the role multilingual ability can play in fostering global citizenship and cultural understanding.

    As part of her winnings, Hylen was provided with an all-expense-paid trip to Boston and New York City where she had the opportunity to speak at the General Assembly of the U.N. She and the other winners presented action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The Many Languages, One World contest challenged students around the globe to write their essays in one of the six official languages of the U.N. that is neither the contestants’ first language nor the medium of instruction in either their primary or secondary education. Entrants were asked to write an essay that reflected their personal, academic, cultural and national context and discussed global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The official languages of the U.N. are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • Truman Included in Book of Nation’s Best Colleges


    Truman is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

    The education services company features Truman in the 2018 edition of its college guide, “The Best 382 Colleges.”

    Only about 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges, and two colleges outside the U.S., are profiled in the book, which has been published annually since 1992.

    Schools included in “The Best 382 Colleges” are not ranked, but the guidebook does include ratings in the specific categories of academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety and green, a measure of school’s commitment to the sustainability and the environment in its policies, practices and education programs.

    Profiles for each of the schools included in the book can be found at PrincetonReview.com/best382.

    Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books and other student resources.
  • Kraken Gets Released

    Last year's popular art sculpture from the Quad has been permanently installed at Ellis-Porter Park in Jefferson City, Mo.

    The octopus sculpture known as “The Quad Kraken” has found a new home.

    Created by students in Danielle Yakle’s Introduction to the Visual Arts class, the sculpture spent much of last fall on display near the library and Kirk Memorial. As with other pieces constructed by the class, Yakle and the students work with businesses, agencies and other groups to find permanent locations after their initial campus display.

    For the octopus, that new home is Ellis-Porter Park in Jefferson City, Mo., where it is situated next to the Riverside Pool. Yakle and student Brenden Harrison worked with Jefferson City park and landscape planner Andy Carroll on the details, and during the summer the sculpture was transported and installed.
  • 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.


  • Office Relocations

    With the re-opening of Baldwin Hall, several offices will be in new locations for the 2017-18 academic year.

    Center for International Students
    Baldwin Hall 104

    Interfaith Center
    Baldwin Hall 113

    International Admissions
    Baldwin Hall 104F

    Multicultural Affairs
    Baldwin Hall 109

    Study Abroad Office
    Baldwin Hall 106

    Title IX Office
    Violette Hall 1308

    Upward Bound
    Adair Building, Second Floor

    Baldwin Hall 232

    Natalie Alexander
    Baldwin Hall 222

    Feryal Alghalith
    Baldwin Hall 209

    Alcidean Arias
    Baldwin Hall 106D

    Jamie Ball
    Violette Hall 1308

    Randy Bame
    Baldwin Hall 123

    Shanon Barton
    Baldwin Hall 204

    Carol Bennett
    Baldwin Hall 109C

    Marc Bowen
    Baldwin Hall 230

    Kathryn Brammall
    Baldwin Hall 232A

    Heather Cianciola
    Baldwin Hall 248

    Cameron Clogston

    Baldwin Hall 207

    Melanee Crist

    Baldwin Hall 104E

    Jocelyn Cullity

    Baldwin Hall 258

    Michael Cummings

    Baldwin Hall 104D

    James D’Agostino

    Baldwin Hall 249

    Adam Davis
    Baldwin Hall 208

    Dan Doman

    Baldwin Hall 259

    Tim Farley
    Baldwin Hall 260

    Kristen Greif
    Baldwin Hall 203

    James Hammerstrand
    Baldwin Hall 243

    Ernst Hintz
    Baldwin Hall 253

    Ding-hwa Hsieh
    Baldwin Hall 217

    Nicole Huang
    Baldwin Hall 239

    Clifton Kreps
    Baldwin Hall 210

    Joaquin Maldonado-Class
    Baldwin Hall 244

    Ron Manning
    Baldwin Hall 261

    Jason McDonald
    Baldwin Hall 226

    Betty McLane-Iles
    McClain Hall 335

    Rosa Virginia Mendez
    Baldwin Hall 106B

    Sarah Mohler
    Baldwin Hall 206

    Linda Moore
    Baldwin Hall 242

    Andrea Nate
    Baldwin Hall 255

    Amy Norgard
    Baldwin Hall 236

    Ben Ogden
    Baldwin Hall 237

    Caleb Owen
    Baldwin Hall 218

    Stephen Pollard
    Baldwin Hall 228

    Barbara Price
    McClain Hall 312

    Priscilla Riggle
    Baldwin Hall 254

    Brittney Robinson
    Baldwin Hall 104C

    Stephanie Russell
    Baldwin Hall 223

    Linda Seidel
    McClain Hall 336

    Oscar Sendon
    Baldwin Hall 211

    Alex Tetlak
    Baldwin Hall 238

    Matthew Tornatore
    Baldwin Hall 205

    Brad Turnbull
    Baldwin Hall 109A

    Shinya Uchida
    Baldwin Hall 235

    Torbjorn Wandel
    Baldwin Hall 227

    Carly Winchell
    Baldwin Hall 202

    Miriam Young
    Baldwin Hall 200
  • 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.
  • Fall Fitness Classes

  • India Study Abroad Informational Meeting

    There will be an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in Magruder Hall 2050 for the faculty-led study abroad course “Flavors of India.” Planned for winter interim 2017-18, this course is open to all majors. Applications are now being accepted and all payments are due by Oct. 1.

    Students will feast their senses with an immersion into a land with a rich diversity of traditions and cultures. The itinerary will provide students an opportunity to observe the contrasts of ancient and modern India by visiting Agra, Chandannager, Delhi, Jaipur and Kolkata. Excursions will include trips to the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore National Park, service work at Missionary of Charity and much more.

  • SAB Applications Open

    Applications for the Student Activities Board are now open and will close at midnight, Sept. 1. The application can be found at sab.truman.edu/apply.

    SAB will host two open houses from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 in the lower level of the Student Union Building.

  • Meet the Fall 2017 Study Abroad Ambassadors

    The ambassadors are students who have recently studied abroad and are eager to share their experience, wisdom and advice with prospective study abroad students. To view their profiles, visit studyabroad.truman.edu/ambassadors-fall-2017.

    The fall study abroad ambassadors, from left: Sydnie Russian, Alissa Holthe, Maggie Wilcox and Kory Ford.
  • Personal Training Available at the SRC

    The Student Recreation Center offers personal training sessions for students, faculty, staff, emeriti and retirees. More information is available online or by completing an interest form at the weight room desk in the SRC.

  • SAB Open Houses for Selections

    Various Student Activities Board members will be presenting an information session for the organization from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 29-30 in the CSI Complex in the Student Union Building. Applications for SAB are open through Sept. 1 and can be found online at sab.truman.edu/apply.

  • SRC Bucket List Challenge

    The Bucket List Challenge is back this year. Complete 16 of 18 recreation-oriented items to win a free t-shirt. Additional information is available at recreation.truman.edu/recreation/fitness-wellness-program/bucket-list-challenge. Registration forms are available at the Member Services Desk in the Student Recreation Center. Only one item can be completed per day.

  • 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. 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.

  • Weight Room Orientation Offered

    Sign-up for free weight room orientation is now available at the weight room desk in the Student Recreation Center. Learn how to use the weight machines and/or the new LifeFitness SYNRGY 360.

  • Thank You, Move-In Volunteers

    The following organizations, students and University employees volunteered during Move-In Day, Aug. 16.

    Alpha Gamma Delta
    Alpha Gamma Rho
    Alpha Kappa Lambda
    Alpha Phi Omega
    Alpha Sigma Alpha
    William Ashcraft
    Zen Bagunu
    Baptist Student Union
    Katie Barthel
    Beta Theta Pi
    Diane Bloskovich
    William Brazeal
    Dora Brewington
    Bullets Rugby
    Bulls Rugby
    Megan By
    Kayla Carroll-Seuferling
    Melody Chambers
    Kelsey Clow
    Gina Cracchiola
    Cole Davenport
    Delta Chi
    Delta Phi Epsilon
    Delta Sigma Pi
    Delta Zeta
    Shari Fieser
    Gamma Chi
    Jordan Ganter
    Bethany Gibson
    Billi Gordy
    Habitat for Humanity
    Blaine Harper
    Ali (Nick) Hawach
    Kara Jo Humprey
    Charles Hunsaker
    Kathleen Jasper
    Marty Jayne
    Sami Lagemann
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Becca Leslie
    Faith Locke
    Allyson Lotz
    Dave Lusk
    National Pan-Hellenic Council
    National Society of Collegiate Scholars
    Polly Matteson
    Remy McClain
    Dustin McClintock
    Scott McEachern
    Darren Meeker
    Travis Miles
    Tori Nelson
    Newman Center
    Hanna Oberg
    Sherril Pearce
    Phi Kappa Tau
    Phi Lambda Phi
    Phi Mu Alpha
    Phi Sigma Kappa
    Pi Kappa Phi
    Aaron Pile Jr.
    Davis Pilloni
    Physical Plant
    Tessa Prewitt
    Julia Price
    Residence Hall Association
    Residence Life
    Deanna Rood
    Cristin Selle
    Caitlin Selle
    Sigma Alpha
    Sigma Kappa
    Sigma Phi Epsilon
    Sigma Sigma Sigma
    Sigma Tau Gamma
    Ryan Smith
    Austin Sopko
    Jeri Speak
    Ray Stewart
    Student Activities Board
    Student Affairs
    Student Government
    Tau Kappa Epsilon
    Tau Lambda Sigma
    Heidi Templeton
    Kayla Thompson
    University Swingers
    Winston Vanderhoof
    Stachia Vorhees
    Kelly Walter
    West Coast Swing
    Teresa Wheeler
    Shawn White
    Cindy Woods
    Brandi Wreidt
    Gabriel Yarham

  • Free Yoga Classes for Faculty and Staff

    In an effort to provide an outlet toward greater peace at Truman, Rebecca Dierking is offering a vinyasa yoga class this semester on most Tuesdays at 5.15 p.m. Everyone working at Truman is welcome to attend.
    Vinyasa is a type of yoga which incorporates certain elements of flow (movement), balance and strengthening poses. Yoga has been proven to positively impact practitioners’ health, and certainly the meditation at the end should bring a sense of calm.  
    Each class should last no more than 60 minutes and will include instructions for alternative postures or other accommodations as needed. This class is entirely free of charge.
    Those who plan to attend should wear stretchable clothing and, if possible, bring their own mat.

    Aug. 29
    Student Union Building 3202

    Sept. 5
    Student Union Building 3203

    Sept. 12
    Student Union Building 3201

    Oct. 3
    Student Union Building 3203

    Oct. 31
    Student Union Building 3203

    Nov. 7
    Student Union Building 3203

    Nov. 13
    Student Union Building 3203

    Dec. 5
    Student Union Building 3203

    Dec. 12
    Student Union Building 3203

  • DPS August and Labor Day Hours

    Aug. 21-25

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

    Aug. 26-27
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Aug. 28-Sept. 1
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Sept. 2-3

    Sept. 4
    3 p.m.-10 p.m.

    In case of an emergency, call 911. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency, call 660.665.5621.



  • Notables

    Truman was ranked No. 1 on the College Consensus list of “Best Colleges in Missouri for 2017-2018.” The online resource averaged the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of student review scores to produce a unique rating for each school. Of the 10 institutions to make the list, Truman was the only public school in the top five.

    Debi Cartwright, professor of business administration, was selected as the recipient of the Professional Fraternity Association’s 2017 Faculty Advisor Award of Excellence. The Central Office of Delta Sigma Pi, a member organization of the PFA, nominated Cartwright. The award “recognizes a current faculty advisor for a campus-affiliated chapter of a Professional Fraternity Association member organization, who has achieved an exemplary relationship with the students.” The award will be presented Sept. 8 at the 2017 PFA Conference in Birmingham, Ala.

    Head coach Dan Davis and the Truman baseball team were honored with the Team Academic Excellence Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The Bulldogs were one of 34 Division II teams that had a cumulative team grade point average exceeding 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Truman was the only public school out of the two other Great Lakes Valley Conference teams included on the list and only state school out of the four Missouri programs honored.   

    Jeff Lingwall, assistant professor of business administration, had his manuscript, “Educational Gerrymanders: Creating Unequal School Districts in North Carolina,” accepted for publication in the North Carolina Central Law Review.

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, presented “Shaping Republican Children,” a draft chapter of “The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early Republic, in Philadelphia. Mandell also assembled the session, “The Public Language of Class in America, 1790-1840,” that included his presentation.


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.

  • Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Available

    The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

    Student Sydnie Russian studied abroad in Russia during the spring 2017 semester with the Gilman Scholarship. She will be available throughout the semester to help interested students learn about and apply for the scholarship.

    Gilman Advisor Sessions
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Aug. 28
    Sept. 11
    Sept. 25
    Oct. 9
    Oct. 23
    Nov. 6
    Nov. 20
    Dec. 4
    Dec. 18

    Sydnie Russian takes a picture outside the Kremlin. She studied abroad on a Gilman Scholarship in the spring. During the fall she will be available to interested students apply for the Scholarship.