Vol. 22 No. 8 - October 9, 2017


  • Homecoming Banquet Celebrates Honorees


    Several Truman alumni will be recognized at the Bulldog Forever Celebration Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room as part of Homecoming 2017. In addition to the following honorees, banquet ceremonies will also include recognition of the Alumni Chapter of the Year, Athletics Hall of Fame inductees and the Golden Alumni. For more information on the alumni being highlighted during the banquet, visit the Homecoming Honorees website.

    Alumnus of the Year
    Kenneth “Ken” Rickli
    Both Ken and wife Kathy are deeply committed to life-long learning, supporting education and giving back to society. In 2012, they created the Rickli Family Scholarship with a six-figure gift to the Truman State University Foundation. This renewable full-tuition scholarship is now awarded annually to an Affton High School senior who demonstrates great promise of future success at Truman. As supporters of the Foundation, the Ricklis are members of Truman’s John R. Kirk Society and the President’s Circle.

    Distinguished Service Award
    Sharon (Hogan) Husmann
    After serving a six-year term on the Truman Alumni Board, Sharon remains active with the University as a member of the executive committee of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter. A recently retired special education teacher, she spent the final 15 years of her career at Fort Zumwalt North Middle School in her neighborhood school district. In retirement, she stays busy with community volunteering and the fabric arts. Sharon also serves on the Board of Directors of Fathers’ Support Center, a non-profit in St. Louis dedicated to fostering healthy relationships by strengthening families and communities.

    Distinguished Service Award
    John Thompson Jr. (’92)
    John is a partner and head of investment solutions for the Institutional Advisory Solutions practice where he manages asset allocation portfolios for Aon Hewitt’s clients. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry and is a frequent speaker at industry and client conferences, lecturing on asset allocation and alternative investments. A member of the Truman State University Foundation Board, John serves as vice president of the Board and as a member of the Investment Committee.

    Young Alumnus of the Year
    Cody Sumter (’10)
    Cody Sumter is a product manager at Facebook for VR Apps and 360 Photography. Previously he was the co-founder of Behavio, a mobile sensing company acquired by Google in 2013. He received his master’s from the MIT Media Lab and MIT Technology Policy Program, where he researched using cellphones as a sensor platform to study social dynamics and human behavior. While at Truman, Cody was involved in the astronomy research program, working on and leading several projects at both the Truman Observatory and Lowell Observatory He also served for three years as the student representative on Board of Governors, and he brought Humans vs. Zombies to Truman. Cody presently serves on the University Foundation Board.

    Bulldog Forever Volunteers of the Year
    Gerald Hollingsworth (’67) and Karol Hollingsworth
    A lifelong educator, Gerald spent much of his career as a Spanish instructor and Foreign Language Department Chair at Herbert Hoover High School in Des Moines. He also taught Spanish in the adult education program and was a driver education instructor. Later, he worked for the Iowa Association of School Boards instructing teachers and their students throughout the state on how to implement a diagnostic program concentrating on individual student curriculum weaknesses with prescriptive remedies.

    For 11 years, Karol was a full-time mother, raising their three children, David, Daniel and Deanna. She worked as an automation coordinator for 18 years at the Des Moines office of St. Paul Insurance Company and then another 18 years with EMC (Employers Mutual Insurance Companies) as Support Analyst retiring in 2013. She also has enjoyed the Iowa Alumni Chapter’s many activities, volunteering alongside Gerald. Gerald and Karol spend their free time traveling and have visited more than 50 foreign countries.

    Both Gerald and Karol are very active in the Iowa Chapter activities of the Truman Alumni Association, and Gerald is a member of the Iowa Alumni Chapter Executive Board.

    Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal
    Louis “Lou” Coco (’67, ’70)
    A retired coach and administrator, Lou spent 37 years in education, mostly in the St. Louis area. Some of his associations with Truman include membership in the John Kirk Society and the Pershing Circle. Recently, he served as a committee member for the University’s “Pursue the Future” campaign in the St. Louis region. While attending Truman, Lou played football as a safety, defense end and strong side end. During this time, he was also part of the collegiate baseball team. Additional honors and organizations include Who’s Who, Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, Student Government and K-Club.
  • Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Begins with Big Band Performance


    The 2017-18 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series kicks off with the presentation of “American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Under the instruction of Michael Andrew, The Gershwin Big Band pays tribute to George Gershwin through melodies that are just as fresh as they were in the Jazz Age. With works ranging from Broadway, Hollywood, opera and classic, Gershwin was tagged as one of the most indelible composers of the 20th century.

    The evening combines a 17-piece band to perform “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “The Man I Love” and many other time-honored Gershwin standards. With an incredible dynamic range and proclivity for swing and improvisation, the big band style is ideal for presenting the works of Gershwin, who influenced American music at a time when big band was becoming the definitive sound of pop.

    Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at the cashier’s window, located on the first floor of McClain Hall, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets are also available online at lyceum.truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. All tickets are $5.50 (includes tax).

    Questions regarding the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series can be directed to pr@truman.edu or 660.785.4016.
  • Homecoming Activities Feature 150th Alumni Concert and Ribbon Cuttings


    WEATHER UPDATES (3:30 p.m. Oct. 13)

    5K: 8 a.m.
    If there is light rain, the 5K will take place as scheduled. If there is thunder or lightning, it will be cancelled.

    Parade: 9 a.m.
    If there is light rain, the parade will take place as scheduled. If there is thunder or lightning, it will be postponed.

    Pre-Game Tailgate: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    If there is light rain tomorrow, the tailgate will continue as planned in the tailgate lot at the corner of Patterson and Franklin streets. If there are thunderstorms, lightning or high winds, the tailgate will be moved into the Student Union Building. The pep rally will take place in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms, regardless of the weather.

    Rain Site: Pre-Game Tailgate: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    If the tailgate is moved indoors, there will not be assigned tailgate locations nor tables for groups and organizations. No alcohol, coolers or outside food is permitted inside the Student Union Building. The football game will be lived streamed in the Student Union Building Hub.

    Post-Game Tailgate/150th Celebration Concert: 5 p.m.
    The post-game tailgate is officially scheduled to take place indoors, regardless of the weather.


    Truman will celebrate Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 14, and several additional events have been scheduled this year in conjunction with the school’s sesquicentennial.

    Highlights taking place on Saturday include the annual 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. starting at Barnett Hall, followed by the parade at 9 a.m. beginning downtown and venturing through campus on the east side of Franklin Street.

    The first of two ceremonial ribbon cuttings will take place at 10:30 a.m. when the University officially christens the newly renovated Baldwin Hall. The nearly 80-year-old building was offline for the entire 2016-17 academic year while major updates were completed, including new heating, air conditioning, lighting, plumbing, wiring, walls and flooring.

    The Bulldog Forever Tailgate opens at 11 a.m. in the parking lots located at the southwest corner of Franklin and Patterson streets. A barbecue meal will be available for purchase, and Homecoming apparel will be on sale. The Homecoming pep rally will take place at 1 p.m. at the tailgate. For details regarding the tailgate policies, including grilling and alcoholic beverages, visit truman.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Homecoming-Tailgate-Policies.pdf.

    Stokes Stadium will be the site of the day’s second ribbon cutting. Ten minutes before the 2 p.m. football game against Grand Valley State, there will be a ceremony marking the installation of new turf and a new track.

    As part of the yearlong sesquicentennial festivities there will be a 150th Celebration Concert following the Truman football game Oct. 14. It will feature alumni bands Hazard to Ya Booty and the Busted String Band in the tailgate parking lot. Music will start following the game and light snacks will be provided as the fun continues.

    For a complete listing of all Homecoming events taking place Oct. 13-15, visit truman.edu/alumni-donors/events/homecoming or homecoming.truman.edu.
  • Alum Recital to Feature Accomplished Tenor


    Tenor Joshua Baum will return to Truman for an Alum Recital, accompanied by alumna Rachel AuBuchon on piano, at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    A Kansas City native, Baum received his undergraduate and master degrees from Truman and his doctorate from Michigan State University. As a performer, he has appeared on stage at some of the most notable opera houses in the world including San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chautauqua Opera. He has performed internationally in Italy, Greece and China.

    Baum has performed the lead tenor roles in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” “La Finta Giardiniera” and “The Impressario,” as well as Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” Floyd’s “Susannah,” Gordon’s “The Grapes of Wrath” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer.” A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, Baum is equally at ease performing in musical theater and his recent engagements include singing as Shrek in “Shrek the Musical,” and performing with Kansas City’s MTH in “She Loves Me.” Most recently, he appeared with Des Moines Metro Opera where he covered the role of Calaf in “Turandot.”

    As an educator, Baum has taught at Truman, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University and Aurora University, where he directed the voice and opera programs.

    The recital is free and open to the public.
  • Harlem Documentary Screening Includes Q&A with Filmmaker


    Filmmaker and former Truman student Shawn Batey will return to campus for a screening of her new documentary, “Changing Face of Harlem” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Baldwin Hall 251, followed by a question and answer session.  

    Batey, an award-winning filmmaker, has more than 15 years of experience as a producer, filmmaker and writer of documentary films and videos.

    A one-hour documentary that examines the revitalization of Harlem, “Changing Face of Harlem” is told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers and clergy. Identified as the birthplace of the Black Renaissance, the film takes a critical look at Harlem’s history, early development and its present transformation. Production began in 2000 and continued over a period of 10 years.

    “Changing Face of Harlem” was chosen as an official selection for the San Diego Black Film Festival, the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Reel Sisters Film Festival and numerous other festivals and conferences nationwide. The film has also screened at Maysles Cinema, Anthology Archives and CUNY Gotham Center.

    Third World Newsreel is the distributor of “Changing Face of Harlem” as well as two other of Batey’s films: “Hair-Tage,” a cultural documentary on dreadlocks, and “Through My Eyes,” an interpretation of September 11th from the perspective of Latino and African-American youth. Her additional credits include “60+,” a musical documentary of an all-female senior citizen band, “Making the World Feel Better,” “The P.S. 230 Mural Project” and “Tree Fever,” a quirky look at Christmas tree sellers in Upper Manhattan.

    The documentary screening and question and answer session are sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics. Both are free and open to the public.
  • Students Help Preserve Endangered Language

    Ofstad scholar Kate Riestenberg and Sky Campbell, director of the language department of the Otoe-Missouria tribe, pose with students working on documenting the tribe’s language documents. Pictured, from left to right: Maria Padron, Riestenberg, Campbell, Ricky Rassool, Katie Kraeski and Sarah Holtmeyer.
    As part of her linguistics course in learning about how communities respond to the global crisis of language endangerment, Clayton B. Ofstad Scholar Kate Riestenberg arranged for students to collaborate with Sky Campbell, director of the language department of the Otoe-Missouria tribe.

    Toward advancing the goals of language preservation, Truman students are working with historical Otoe-Missouria language documents and digitized recordings. After the course ends, students will have the opportunity to continue this work. This project benefits students by adding real-world context to class topics and providing an opportunity for them to apply their linguistic skill set. It also benefitted the Otoe-Missouria tribe by advancing their ongoing work.
    Riestenberg is currently a posdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Celebrating 150: The Gum Tree

    Remnants of the gum proceed down Franklin Street during the Homecoming parade in 1999. Vandals destroyed the tree that fall, but new versions have continued on campus ever since. 

    In the 1920s, it was against the rules to chew gum in class. According to campus lore, students used to stick their chewing gum inside an old suit of armor named Oscar located inside the library. That hiding spot was later replaced by a tree on the east side of the Quad because it was closer to classrooms. Some said adding gum to the tree would bring good luck. Others claimed contributing to it on the way to an exam would ensure a passing grade.

    The original gum tree was knocked down by vandals in 1999, and the tree made its farewell appearance as a float in the Homecoming parade that same year. Within days of the first gum tree being knocked down, a new one was appointed. The replacement tree survived for many years until it was lost due to a drought in the summer of 2012 and had to be cut down a year later. The most recent gum tree is located on the west side of the Quad near the sidewalk.

    To see more campus traditions, visit truman.edu/about/facts-about-truman/traditions.
  • Biology Students Promote Genetics Bill of Rights


    Sarah Berke’s Biology 100 classes worked in groups to create Genetics Bill of Rights posters outlining their ideas for every citizen’s rights and privileges concerning genetic information.

    The students presented their posters in Magruder Hall Sept. 26 and 28 and encouraged fellow students, staff and faculty to show their support by signing one or two. They also engaged the community in an activity which celebrated genetic diversity on campus, and more than 300 people participated. A follow up activity will have the students write a letter to their legislators outlining their concerns regarding genetic information based on what they learned.

    The development of these activities was supported by a civic engagement grant to Berke.


  • Career Center Offers Advice on Utilizing Study Abroad Experience

    The Study Abroad Office and the Career Center invite students to “How to Market Study Abroad,” an informational session about how to include study abroad experience on a resume and how to benefit from it on graduate school and job applications as well as interviews. The session will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in Violette Hall 1300.

    A lot of employers and school admissions value an applicant with study abroad experience. The benefits of study abroad do not end when the trip does. Attend this workshop and make sure to use this life-changing experience to its full advantage.

  • Film Studies Minor Hosts Pizza Night

    The film studies interdisciplinary minor is hosting a pizza night for students from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Violette Hall 1148. Students can eat pizza, mingle with faculty and students involved in the film studies program and learn more about the minor, its requirements and upcoming spring 2018 film classes. Any faculty, staff member or student interested in film studies is invited to attend.

  • Spring Foundation Scholarships Available


    The Truman State University Foundation Spring 2018 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarship Application. Students can submit and revise their application online at any time prior to the deadline of Nov. 3. This is a smaller application period for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2017-18. The main application period will begin in February for the 2018-19 scholarships. These scholarships are available thanks to the private gifts of alumni and friends of Truman State University.
  • Business Card Exchange

    4:15-5 p.m.
    Oct. 13
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Alumni chapter and club volunteers, Alumni Board members, Foundation Board members and the deans are participating. All interested department chairs, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
    Attendees should bring business cards. Volunteers and Board participants will indicate on the back of their cards if they are willing to mentor students, offer internships, speak to classes, etc.
    For questions regarding the event, email dlsmith@truman.edu. To RSVP, email alumnievents@truman.edu or call the Office of Advancement, 660.785.4133.

  • Apply Early for FAFSA

  • Parking Lot to Close for Homecoming Tailgate

    The parking lots located at the southwest corner of Franklin and Patterson streets will be closed for the Bulldog Forever Tailgate and 150th Celebration Concert & Post-Game Tailgate, Oct. 14. Portions of the west parking lot will close at 2 a.m. Oct. 12, with both lots being closed at 2 a.m. Oct. 13. Additionally, the parking lot by the tennis courts will also be closed starting at 2 a.m. Oct. 14 to provide tailgate space for fans of the visiting team.

  • 150th Concert Scheduled for Homecoming

    As part of the yearlong sesquicentennial festivities there will be a 150th Celebration Concert following the Truman football game Oct. 14. It will feature alumni bands Hazard to Ya Booty and the Busted String Band in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Music will start following the football game and light snacks will be provided as the fun continues.

  • 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.

  • Psychology Organization Hosts Grad School Expo

    Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology, will host a graduate school expo from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16 in Ryle Hall Main Lounge. All are welcome to visit with prospective graduate schools, such as Western Illinois University and the University of Missouri, offering programs ranging across the disciplines of psychology. Light refreshments will be offered.

  • Global Issues Colloquium Looks at Colombia

    The next event in the Global Issues Colloquium will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. Carol Rojas of the Feminist Antimilitarist Network will present “Social Movements Amid Armed Conflict in Colombia.”

  • Art Gallery to Welcome Kansas City Printmaker


    The University Art Gallery will host an artist talk and reception with printmaker Laura Berman beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 17.

    “Once and Then” features the recent work of Berman, a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. She has developed a unique monotype technique that she uses to create bold, abstract compositions that play with pattern, layering and an enthralling array of colors. Although her prints are often abstract, her forms are inspired by objects that she collects in her home and that document people she has known, her travels and natural history. Her exhibition includes prints, watercolors and installation-based works.

    Artist Talk
    5 p.m.

    6 p.m.

    “Once and Then”
    On display Oct. 17-Nov. 30
  • Child Studies Info Session Oct. 18

    The child studies interdisciplinary minor will host a reception and information session for students from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Magruder Hall 1000. Students will have the opportunity to get to know faculty and other students while finding out more about the minor itself. A short information session will cover the requirements needed to complete the minor, discuss how to set up a capstone for the minor and highlight classes offered in spring 2018 that will fulfill requirements and electives for the minor. Refreshments will be served afterwards. The child studies interdisciplinary minor committee welcomes any faculty, staff or students interested in child studies to attend.

  • 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.

  • Midterm Break Hours at the Rec

    Oct. 18
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 19

    11 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 20
    11 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 21

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 22

    4-7 p.m.

  • Midterm Break Hours for DPS

    Oct. 19
    7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    Oct. 20
    7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

    Oct. 21
    3-9 p.m.

    Oct. 22
    3-10 p.m.

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

  • Student Organizations Present Jeopardy Night

  • Faculty Forum to Explore Color Theory

    The next Faculty Forum event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Baldwin Hall 102
    “Dialogues on Color” will be a presentation of Aaron Fine’s work on color theory resulting in a book of that title. This book, an inter-genre mixture of creative nonfiction, fiction and coloring book pages, is available to read free online, or purchase at cost, at www.arenotbooks.com.

    Providing an intellectual history of Western attitudes towards color, the organizing aim of the book is to reveal the ways cultural context shapes our theories of color, not excluding those we link to Newton’s work with the prism and think of as objective and universally true.

    For this presentation, Fine proposes to host a mixture of activities, mingling his own lecture style with staged readings done by theatre or debate club students in the voices of Newton, Goethe, Tom Sawyer and others. There will also be opportunities for the audience to color in their own color theory coloring book pages and to win a drawing for one of five complimentary copies of the book “Dialogues on Color.”

  • Exchange Program Offers Study Abroad in Spain

    Truman in partnership with Universidad de Burgos, offers a unique student exchange program for study in Spain. Surrounded by the gorgeous and historic city of Burgos, students are always in close proximity to cultural events. Students are offered Intensive Spanish language training as well as other courses in a variety of disciplines including economics, art history, biology, sociology, nursing, law, finance and accounting, political science, occupational therapy and engineering. Courses are taught in English and Spanish.

    Students also have the option of getting credits by registering in the practicum course. The internship involves assisting teachers and preparing activities to help students develop their speaking and listening skills. Along with this practicum comes the possibility of a small stipend.

    Because this is an exchange program, students who plan on participating will pay Truman tuition directly to Truman. This makes payments easy and affordable.

    Students have three options for housing: they can stay in furnished University dorms located on the San Amaro campus, be in a home-stay with private room and laundry or share a flat with Spanish students. Students are responsible for arranging and paying the University of Burgos or their landlord directly for all housing costs.

    To apply, fill out a Truman application and send a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a copy of passport and two letters of recommendation to the Study Abroad Office in Baldwin Hall 106.

    Application deadline for spring (February to mid-July) is Nov. 15. Application deadline for fall (September through December) is June 15.
    For more information and to apply, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.

  • Tree Walk Takes Advantage of Fall Colors

    Professor Lisa Hooper and students will lead a tree walk Oct. 27. Come learn about Missouri native trees growing on the quad. Meet at 5 p.m. at the north entrance to the quad (on Normal St.). All are welcome. Participants can come and go as they please.

  • Study Abroad Office Contest Offers Prizes

    The Study Abroad Office is hosting a photo/video/blog contest. Students who studied abroad last fall, spring or summer and are currently enrolled are eligible.

    Photo Contest
    The categories are: “The Artistic Eye,” “Abroad Selfie” and “The World as Your Classroom.” Participants may enter a maximum of three photos for every category.

    Video Contest
    Videos should be one to three minutes in length. Students can use videos taken while abroad or a new one documenting their experience in retrospect.

    Blog Contest
    Students can send in their blog links to share their personal abroad stories with everyone.

    Entries can be emailed to ciea@truman.edu and should include name, semester and country where the student studied abroad. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 31. Prizes are $15-40 Truman gift cards. For more information about the contest, email ciea@truman.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Office located in Baldwin Hall 106.

  • Health Center Offers STI Testing

    The Student Health Center will be providing walk-in STI testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomonas from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Health Center. Testing is done through a urine sample. The CDC recently reported new cases of sexually transmitted infections reaching record highs in 2016 with 20 million new cases reported annually. Additionally, they report 50 percent are in adolescents and young adults aged 15-24. Students will be charged the significantly reduced rate of $30 on their student account for all three tests and will have access to a HIPAA-compliant, secure website to review their results. Individuals testing positive may seek services for treatment at the Health Center or at a provider’s office of their choice.
  • Application Period Open for Spring PR Internship


    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the full-time spring 2018 internship.

    Duties for the public relations intern can include assisting with the planning of special events throughout the semester, such as Kohlenberg Lyceum performances and Capital Appreciation Day. The intern will also help with the production of the University’s online newsletter, the Truman Today, as well as the biannual alumni magazine, the Truman Review.

    Participants can earn between six and nine credit hours for the internship, in addition to a modest stipend. Interns typically work 30 hours per week in the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall and take two three-credit courses during the semester.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Special consideration will be given to candidates with knowledge of AP Style.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than Nov. 3. For questions about the internship, email pr@truman.edu.
  • Summer Leadership Program in Washington Offered

    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a highly selective six-week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president located just outside of Washington, D.C. It is all-inclusive, providing housing, transportation, meals and a $3,000 stipend.
    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program offers a dynamic and stimulating leadership curriculum that encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth and ultimately take action as a leader. In that spirit, these leadership lessons are taught within a framework emphasizing the inspirational leadership model of George Washington. Students are also afforded the opportunity of meeting with and learning from current leaders of national prominence in the government, journalism, business and nonprofits sectors.
    A highlight of the experience is learning how to take a personal passion and turn it into a blueprint for action in the form of a capstone project. Leadership fellows spend some of their time working on their individual capstones while at Mount Vernon, culminating in a final presentation at the conclusion of the program.
    Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
    •        Currently enrolled college sophomore in good standing
    •        Proven leadership ability and involvement
    •        All majors welcome
    •        Demonstrated interest in proposed capstone project
    •        Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
    •        Current U.S. Citizen
    For more information about the program, visit mountvernon.org/leadershipfellows.

  • Communication Disorders Graduate Student Open House

    The Truman Communication Disorders Department will host a Graduate Student Open House from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Health Sciences Building 2203. All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students of the program. RSVP to Connie Ikerd.
  • Senate Candidate to Visit Campus

    Austin Petersen, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate, will speak at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Student Union Building Down Under. He will discuss his senate race, his position on issues and his vision for the United States that he would pursue in office. Petersen’s visit is sponsored by the College Republicans.
  • Speaker to Discuss Human Rights in North Korea

    Suzanne Scholte from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will present “The Battle for Human Rights in North Korea: Is There Hope for Peaceful Change?” at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Sponsored by the College Republicans.
  • Study Abroad in Japan


    Truman, in partnership with Hosei University in Tokyo, offers a unique student exchange program for study in Japan. Located in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, Hosei University offers students Japanese language courses for all levels. They also offer many English-taught courses in history, finance, literature, journalism, management, economics and more. Programs in interdisciplinary studies, business and sustainability co-creation are also offered at Hosei. This program also allows students to participate in activities like Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League Tour, Tea ceremony experience, Japanese traditional musical instruments experience, Japanese chess lesson, Japanese traditional theater Tour, Edo-Tokyo Museum Tour and a Japanese speech contest.

    Dormitories are located in the heart of Tokyo, about 40 minutes by train from the University. Housing fees will be paid directly to Hosei University, at their cost. Being an exchange program, students pay Truman tuition directly to Truman.

    To apply, fill out the Hosei University online application AND a Truman online application and send a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a copy of passport and two letters of recommendation to the Study Abroad Office in Baldwin Hall 106, 100 E. Normal St., Kirksville, MO, 63501.

    Applications for spring semester (April-August) are due Nov. 30
    . For more information and to apply, contact: Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.
  • DST Gould Competition Offers up to $10,000

    For more than 20 years, DST Systems, Inc., has administered the annual Gould Scholastic Award in honor of former CEO Robert Gould. This award recognizes outstanding university students who compose exceptional academic papers on topics related to investment management strategies, theories and trends. The award represents Gould’s legacy of effective utilization of operations management and information technology to advance the financial services industry. Student winners are awarded grants in the amounts of $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 for first, second and third place, respectively, and are celebrated at a special ceremony in Kansas City.  More information about DST can be found at www.dstsystems.com.
    Eligible participants are: junior, senior or honors program students. Graduate students are not eligible to participate. Group projects are eligible. Each university may submit up to three student papers for consideration of the award.

    Student papers should be submitted to the School of Business office by email at sbdean@truman.edu by Dec. 15.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Career Center Schedule of Events


    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

  • Spring Foundation Scholarships Available


    The Truman State University Foundation Spring 2018 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarship Application. Students can submit and revise their application online at any time prior to the deadline of Nov. 3. This is a smaller application period for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2017-18. The main application period will begin in February for the 2018-19 scholarships. These scholarships are available thanks to the private gifts of alumni and friends of Truman State University.
  • 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
    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.
  • Freeman-ASIA Offers Study Abroad Assistance

    The Institute of International Education (IIE) is accepting applications for the Freeman-ASIA Award for Undergraduate Study in East and Southeast Asia for spring 2018 / calendar year 2018. Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships of up to $7,000 for U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who plan to study abroad in one of 15 countries.
    Student Application Deadline
    Oct. 18

    Adviser Certification Deadline
    Oct. 25
    Applications and certifications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern time on the day of the deadline. For full eligibility criteria, more information, and the online application, visit iie.org/freeman-asia.