Vol. 22 No. 4 - September 11, 2017


  • Celebrating 150: Olympic Gold


    Truman is known across the nation for a lot of things. Producing Olympic-caliber athletes typically isn’t one of them, but in 1984 student Ray Armstead broke that barrier. Armstead won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team in Los Angeles.

    After a successful showing at the state meet his senior year, legendary coach Kenneth Gardner helped steer Armstead to Truman thanks in part to the University’s reputation for academics and its track program. Click here to read more about Armstead and his path to the Olympics.
  • Tutoring Opportunities Available


    The Kirksville School District is looking for tutors for the 2017-18 school year.

    Kirksville elementary schools are working together with the United Way to start an Oasis Tutoring Program, which provides help to young students who could use extra attention to support progress in reading and math.

    Tutors will spend an hour a week during the school day helping a child in kindergarten through fifth grade build important reading and language skills and develop a positive attitude toward learning. New volunteers participate in required training in the Kirksville School District to prepare them to work one-on-one with a child as a tutor, mentor and friend.

    Students, faculty and staff members can serve as tutors. Truman students can use tutoring as a scholarship or work-study job.

    Anyone interested in becoming a tutor can contact Jennifer Botello, Ray Miller Elementary School principal, at 660.665.2834 ext. 2, or jbotello@kirksville.k12.mo.us.
  • Phi Tau and NEMO Heart Health Sponsor 5K


    Truman’s chapter of Phi Kappa Tau is partnering with NEMO Heart Health for a 5K fundraising event.

    The annual Phi K and Heart & Sole Walk will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 in Red Barn Park. All proceeds from the event will go to support Phi Tau’s philanthropy, the USO, as well as NEMO Heart Health’s efforts for AED maintenance and promotion.

    Pre-registration can be done online at truman.phikappatau.org/phik. Fraternity members will also be conducting registration from 1-3 p.m. at tables in Magruder Hall Sept. 11 and the Student Union Building Sept. 12-14. Cost is $15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the event starting at 9:30 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt.
  • Free Recital Set for Sept. 16


    Guest artists Ryan Gardner, trumpet, and Rebecca Wilt, piano, will perform a free afternoon recital at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Gardner is the associate professor of trumpet at Oklahoma State University. Originally from Santa Monica, Cali., he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his master’s degree from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music and his D.M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music.

    As an orchestral performer, Gardner has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic, among others. He is a featured recitalist and his debut CD “On Track” has received critical acclaim. An avid chamber musician and a champion of new music, he has played with Alarm Will Sound and Crash Ensemble. Additionally, he is a Bach performing artist and clinician and has recorded with Naxos, Mark Records and BX Entertainment.

    Along with a performing career, Gardner enjoys impressive teaching successes. His students have gone on to distinguished careers, graduate programs and elite summer festivals, and have achieved success at the international, national and regional levels, most notably at International Trumpet Guild Conferences and National Trumpet Competitions. Gardner serves as artist coordinator for Music for Autism and was named their 2010 Spotlight Artist of Year Award.  

    Wilt has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist and coach. She has worked with many of the world’s prominent wind instrument performers, as well as some of the country’s foremost vocalists, and has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues in North America, Europe and Asia.  

    Having studied with John Wustman, “dean of American accompanists” and pianist for Luciano Pavorotti, as well as Jon Spong and Jessica Paul, Wilt has also served as pianist and vocal coach for several opera productions, including, “La Boheme,” “La Traviata,” “Cosi fan Tutte,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Romeo et Juliette,” “Albert Herring” and “Susannah,” among others. In addition to degrees in vocal coaching/accompanying, she hss two degrees in vocal performance.

    Wilt has performed in collaboration with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She frequently gives workshops and master classes at universities and colleges all over the country on topics involving vocal coaching, instrumental chamber music, rehearsing with a pianist, and the competition road.  

    Currently on the faculty at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Wilt is also on the summer faculty for the Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Enfield, New Hampshire, the AIMS opera festival in Graz, Austria, and has appeared as a guest artist at various festivals all over the world.

    Gardner and Wilt will be offering master classes from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 16. Gardner’s master class will take place in Ophelia Parrish 2340 and Wilt’s will be in Ophelia Parrish 2350.


  • Family Day BBQ Tickets Available Online


    The annual Family Day Barbecue will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 on the Student Union Mall. Rain site will be the Student Union Building.  

    Anyone wanting to attend the barbecue can now purchase tickets online. Students with a meal plan can use that option at the barbecue, but must have a meal remaining by Saturday evening. Tickets are $8.75 for adults, for children 8 and under the cost is $4.50.  

    The menu includes hamburgers, grilled chicken breasts, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, fresh fruit salad, pumpkin bars and beverages. Those who plan to attend may consider bringing a lawn chair or blanket as seating is limited.

    Tickets should be purchased in advance, and pre-purchased tickets can be picked up in McClain Hall 202 during normal business hours.

    To see all of the events planned for Family Day, visit truman.edu/familyday.
  • Missouri Government Internship Info Meeting Sept. 12


    An information meeting for the Spring 2018 Missouri Government Internship Program will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in McClain Hall 209.

    The Missouri Government Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. Selected interns will work as full-time staff assistants with a legislator or state public official. By interning at the Missouri Capitol, students will expand their knowledge of state government, build a diversified professional network and establish a basis for future professional positions.

    Many former interns have subsequently taken positions as legislative directors, chiefs of staff, judicial clerks, policy analysts, lobbyists and public officials as a direct result of what they learned and the connections they made as interns.

    The varying daily tasks throughout each office could include attending public hearings, completing legislative research, writing and editing published materials, constituent relations or assisting with basic office work.

    The Truman State University Foundation provides selected interns with a stipend. Interested students should click here for more information and to view the internship application. Additional information will be presented at the meeting, Sept. 12. Questions can be directed to Candy Young or Heidi Templeton.

    The deadline to apply is 12 p.m. Sept. 28. Interviews for the internship will take place Oct. 3-5.

  • Study Abroad Scholarship Presentations

    Study abroad ambassadors and scholarship recipients Maggie Wilcox and Sydnie Russian will offer information about the Gilman Scholarship and the Critical Language Scholarship at information sessions taking place at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in Magruder Hall 1094. All Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship and can be awarded up to $5,000. Anyone can apply for the Critical Language Scholarship, a fully funded summer language program.

  • ITS Performs Summer Upgrades

    Information Technology Services would like to let the campus know about some important changes implemented during the summer. Check out the ITS newsletter to find out the details on the new campus-wide training tool, Hoonuit/Atomic Learning, learn about the new campus website, get information on the upgraded survey tool, classroom/teaching tool updates, new Microsoft Office software, Banner upgrade project and more.

  • Sigma Tau Delta Student-Faculty Reception

    Sigma Tau Delta and the English and Linguistics Department invite all English, linguistics and creative writing majors to a welcome back reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Food and drinks will be provided.

  • McNair Program Now Accepting Applications for Next Class of Scholars

    The McNair Program encourages and prepares underrepresented students (first generation and income eligible OR underrepresented groups in graduate education) to pursue graduate, non-professional programs leading to a Ph.D. or research doctorate. Academic advising, faculty mentoring, graduate school visits and paid research internships are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer.
    Applications will be accepted online through Oct. 1. Information Sessions will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 18 in Violette Hall 1312.
    For more information on the McNair program, eligibility or the application process, visit mcnair.truman.edu, call 660.785.5393 or stop by the Adair Building and visit the staff.

  • Spring Internship Available with Judicial Archives Project

    There will be an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 in Baldwin Hall 201 regarding the spring judicial archives internship in Kirksville.

    The judicial archives internship is open to all Truman students, and is especially relevant for those considering careers in the legal profession, justice system or archives. Benefits include: up to 3 hours of academic credit or complete as scholarship hours or work-study; participation in Missouri State Archives initiative to preserve local court records; training from a certified professional archivist; a visit to the state archives on a field trip to Jefferson City.
    Questions can be directed to Jason McDonald, Baldwin Hall 226, 660.785.7575.

  • Institutional Compliance Office Open House

    The Institutional Compliance Office will have an open house from 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 to showcase its new facilities in Violette Hall 1308. Visitors can also meet the Title IX coordinator, Jamie Ball. Snacks and door prizes will be provided.

  • Tree Walk to Explore Quad

    Lisa Hooper, associate professor of biology, will lead a campus tree walk on and around the Quad starting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15. All are welcome, and those who wish to participate should meet at the north gate entrance to the Quad.

  • OSR Offers Financial Help for Projects

    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applications for research and creative scholarship to be conducted during the fall 2017 semester.

    All disciplines are invited to participate. The purpose of these grants is to promote a culture of research and scholarship at Truman while providing flexibility to accommodate different research styles and requirements. Projects supported by this program should involve original ideas, but may encompass a variety of activities including obtaining preliminary data or information, exploring new topics and continuing ongoing projects.
    Students must be current Truman undergraduates or graduate students and be mentored by a Truman faculty member. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends as well as supplies and travel to conduct the research. Complete guidelines can be found at the Office of Student Research website, osr.truman.edu.
    All students that wish to be considered for GIASR fall 2017 funding should submit applications online at secure.truman.edu/osr-s by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 15. Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Research at osr@truman.edu.
  • QPR Training Sessions

    QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training is a 1.25-hour program designed to train participants in recognizing the warning signs of suicide and intervening to help someone in crisis. Sessions will be offered Sept. 15 in the Student Union Building 3201. Individuals wishing to participate should sign up through the Human Resources program registration website. Class size at each training is limited to 30 participants.

    QPR Training Sessions
    9:30 a.m.
    11 a.m.
    12:30 p.m.
    2 p.m.
    3:30 p.m.

  • Constitution Day Celebration

    There will be a reading of selections from the Constitution at 12 p.m. Sept. 18 on the Quad. The rain site is the Student Union Building Hub.

  • Bicycle Sale Set for Sept. 19

    Truman will host a used bicycle sale at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Delaney and Baldwin Complex, Building No. 4. The bikes will be sold to faculty, staff and students. A Truman ID must be presented to register for a buyer number. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Buyers will be a limited to purchase one bike per person. There are approximately 44 bikes for sale. Bikes will be sold for $20 (includes tax). Payment can be made by cash or check at the sale site. Bike will be sold “as is” with no guarantees, refunds or liability from Truman.

  • All Welcomed to Chicago Professional Development Event


    The School of Business is now accepting applications for the 2017 Connect Chicago professional development event.

    This event will take place Oct. 4-6 and is open to all majors. Accommodations are provided, but students are responsible for acquiring their own transportation to and from Chicago. There are travel scholarships available for liberal arts majors.

    During this trip, there will be various cultural events, business panel discussions, and professional networking opportunities.
    Interested students will need to submit a letter of interest and resume to Tessa Prewitt no later than Sept. 20. Questions can be directed to Prewitt by calling 660.785.4363 or stopping by the School of Business in Violette Hall 2400.
  • Reserve Bank CEO to Visit Truman Sept. 27

  • Global Issues Colloquium Looks at African Revolution

    The Global Issues Colloquium will sponsor “A Post-Mortem of the African Revolution,” featuring Jean Allman, J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities, Department of History, and director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University. Co-sponsored by the Department of History’s Early-Vreeland Lecture Series, the event will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theater.

  • Spirituality and Spaceflight

    Ekklesia Campus Ministry and the Kirksville Church of Christ will sponsor Spirituality and Spaceflight at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Mike O’Neal worked for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center for more than 31 years where he was awarded the agency’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and two Exceptional Service Medals. Prior to his retirement he completed a special assignment in which he investigated mechanisms to provide spiritual support for astronauts.

    O’Neal’s multimedia presentation looks into the role spirituality has played in human space flight. Stories will be shared on how astronauts have spiritually prepared themselves to go into space, how they practiced their faith while in space and how space has impacted their spirituality. The presentation will also feature Apollo-era audio and a video of an astronaut joining his church for worship via a live video feed while on the International Space Station.

    Along with his engineering degrees, O’Neal has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from the Harding School of Theology. He is the author of three books, “An Angel’s View: Encountering God through the Stories of the Heavenly Hosts,” “Created for Good Deeds” and “Holy God, Holy People.”

    Admission is free. Partial funding provided by the Funds Allotment Council.

  • 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.
  • Funds Allotment Council Seeking New Members

    Truman’s Funds Allotment Council is now accepting new member applications. The Funds Allotment Council is committed to helping various organizations fund campus events. This is an excellent opportunity for students of all majors to make a difference on campus and connect with new people. Applications are available at fac.truman.edu and are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 27. For more information, contact kns4667@truman.edu.

  • Library Café Art Reception Sept. 28

    Pickler Memorial Library and the Missouri-Southern Iowa Art Guild (MOSI) are partnering again for an art exhibition.
    The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 15, is located in the library café and features 27 pieces from nine local MOSI artists. There will be a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the library café. Refreshments will be provided, and guests will have the opportunity to meet with featured artists. Visitors can vote for the Viewers’ Choice Award until 5:30 p.m. on the day of the reception. The award will be announced at 6 p.m.
    MOSI art guild is a group of artists that sponsors local art exhibitions, provides recognition and networking opportunities for members and conducts art workshops for the community.

    Work from a MOSI artist on display in Pickler Memorial Library.
  • DSP Presents “Truman’s Got Talent” Talent Search

    Delta Sigma Pi is looking for performs for the organization’s annual talent show to benefit cystic fibrosis research. All talents are accepted and the deadline to participate is Oct. 15. Those who would like to perform should contact eak3854@truman.edu with a description of their act.

  • Funds Allotment Council Offers Support

    The Funds Allotment Council provides financial support for various student organizations on campus using money from the student activity fee. Support is available for groups that travel to compete in various events – such as club sports teams – as well as groups that conduct events on campus. Applications for FAC funding are now available online and are due by Oct. 20. Questions can be directed to the FAC by email or at the office in the lower level of the Student Union Building.



  • Notables

    Barry C. Poyner, professor of communication, has been appointed National Communication Association Parliamentarian.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Career Center Schedule of Events


    United States Army Medical Corps Info Table
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 5
    Magruder Hall
    A representative from the U.S. Army will be providing information about scholarships provided for the military for students interested in medical, dentistry, optometry or veterinary school, as well as information about clinical psychology internship opportunities.

    PwC Virtual Office Hours
    9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 7
    This is a pre-scheduled opportunity to talk with a PWC recruiter and ask questions you may have. Register on #HireTruman.

    Deloitte Info Table
    1-5 p.m.
    Sept. 7
    Violette Hall

    BKD On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 12
    Student Union Building 3202

    Deloitte On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sept. 19
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204
    Register on #HireTruman by Sept. 8.

    United States Army Medical Corps Info Table
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 19  
    Magruder Hall
    A representative from the U.S. Army will be providing information about scholarships provided for the military for students interested in medical, dentistry, optometry or veterinary school, as well as information about clinical psychology internship opportunities.

    KPMG On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 20
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204
    Register on #HireTruman by Sept. 8.

    PwC On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204

    Mueller Prost On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 22
    Student Union Building 3204

    Career Week
    Sept. 25-28

    SCORE Mock Interview
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203, 3204
    Service Corps of Retired Executives will be on campus to provide students with the opportunity to have a mock interview with previous CEOs and give feedback on their answers.

    Personal Statement Writing Workshop with Don Asher
    4-6:30 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Violette Hall 1236
    Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of writing personal statements for grad school with guest speaker Don Asher. By the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with a start on their personal Statement. Register for the event on #HireTruman.

    Etiquette Dinner
    5-7 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Alumni Room
    Register for this event on #HireTruman. The cost for this four-course formal meal will be $12 payable with credit card or stop by the Career Center to pay by cash or check. Payment is due by Sept. 22. Limited space is available. A vegetarian meal option is available. Contact the Career Center with this request no later than Sept. 19.

    How to Get a Job with Any Major with Don Asher
    7-8 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Violette Hall 1236
    Don Asher will be presenting on how to make yourself more marketable and job seeking skills for liberal arts students. Register on #HireTruman.

    Personal Statement Writing Workshop with Don Asher
    5-7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Violette Hall 1236
    Students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of writing personal statements for grad school with guest speaker Don Asher. By the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with a start on their personal Statement. Register for the event on #HireTruman.

    E&Y On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Student Union Building 3201, 3203, 3204, 3000

    Career & Grad Expo
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building
    Truman’s Career & Grad School Expo is coordinated by the Career Center. Recruiters set up tables in the Student Union Building where YOU can learn about internship and job opportunities as well as graduate school programs in your fields of interest. Students at all levels and all majors should attend Expo to talk with recruiters from diverse organizations and grad schools. Why is this important? Recruiters travel to Kirksville to meet with YOU. YOU can make connections, learn about internship and career opportunities, as well as talk to graduate/professional school admissions staff. You may even have an opportunity to schedule an interview! Register on the day of the event at our student registration.

    Employer Presentation: Lydia Dagenais from UMKC Law School
    6-7 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building 3201
    Lydia Dagenais will be presenting on the process of applying to law school and how to make your application more competitive.

    Interview Day
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms and/or Activities Room
    Peace Corps Info Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Student Union Building

    Anders On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 29
    Student Union Building 3201

    Aldi On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Oct. 3
    Student Union Building 3201, 3203, 3204
    Register on #HireTruman.

    RubinBrown On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Oct. 4
    Student Union Building 3201, 3203, 3204
    Register on #HireTruman.

    PwC Case Competition Kick-Off
    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Oct. 16
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Becoming a Published Writer with Samantha Newby
    12-1 p.m.
    Oct. 16
    Student Union Building 3201
    Samantha Newby will be presenting on the process of getting her writing published.

    Mastercard On-Campus Interviews
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Oct. 18
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202
    Register on #HireTruman.

    PwC Case Competition
    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Nov. 2
    Student Union Building 3201

Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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
    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.
  • 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.