Vol. 22 No. 11 - October 30, 2017


  • Pershing Scholarship Now Honors Former President

    Jacob Fallman was named the first Charles J. McClain Pershing Scholar during a recent reception on campus. He was presented the award by University President Susan L. Thomas (right) and Ann Covington, McClain’s wife.

    Jacob Fallman, a senior from Oak Grove, Mo., has been named the first Charles J. McClain Pershing Scholar in Truman’s history.

    The Pershing Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards the University can bestow upon a student. Named in honor of U.S. Army general and University alumnus John J. Pershing, the scholarship was created by former President Charles J. McClain and designed to provide a Truman education to some of the best and brightest students from across the nation. Since its inception in 1974, hundreds of students have studied at Truman as Pershing Scholars.

    McClain’s vision was that over time the Pershing Scholarship program would be supported by gifts from alumni and friends. In 2000, he helped kick off a campaign to build the scholarship endowment. Generous donors contributed to the ever-growing legacy and efforts were redoubled in recent years.

    Alumni Jeff and Deanna Burns were among the donors who helped support the endowment. Deanna was an early Pershing Scholar. She and Jeff were active on campus, and both later went on to law school. She remembers McClain spending time getting to know them personally and talking about their futures.

    “We wanted to give back to Truman because we believe that our success in our respective legal careers was possible because of the good foundation we received at Truman,” Deanna said. “We also wanted to honor Dr. McClain because he meant so much to both of us.”

    Thanks to donors like the Burnses, the endowment is now able to support one Pershing Scholar who will receive the distinction of being named the Charles J. McClain Pershing Scholar. This distinction will be awarded annually to a junior or senior Pershing Scholar who has demonstrated preeminent intellectual capability and energetic leadership in the classroom, campus and community.

    As a high school senior, being named a Pershing Scholar cemented Fallman’s choice to attend Truman, and he has not taken that honor lightly. He looks at each class as a chance to learn something new. In the spring of 2017 he completed the prestigious Missouri Government Internship. After graduation he will be working as a legislative coordinator in the Office of Administration in the Division of Budget and Planning, and he plans to attend law school.

    “During my time at Truman, I have learned a lot about President McClain, what he means to Truman and how he was a driving force in making Truman what it is today,” Fallman said.

    As president of the University from 1970 to 1989, McClain helped transform the school into Missouri’s only statewide public liberal arts and sciences institution. More information about McClain can be found here.
  • Celebrating 150: Joseph Baldwin Memorial


    The statue of Joseph Baldwin that stands near the south end of the Quad was erected in honor of the University founder’s 100th birthday, Oct. 31, 1927. The total $6,000 cost of the project was funded by donations from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the citizens of Kirksville.

    Standing 7 feet tall and mounted on a 5 feet high granite pedestal, the site selected for the statue represented a joining of the old and the new. It was placed at the point where the southern end of the old bridge across Normal Pond had been located and was just north of the east-west sidewalk between the two newest buildings, Pickler Memorial Library and Kirk Auditorium. The sculptor suggested that the statue face south to get the best effect from the sun’s light. Though it was not the primary consideration, the fact Baldwin is standing near and facing the site of his old Normal School building is an added sentimental bonus.

    More information about the Joseph Baldwin statue is available from the University’s Special Collections Archives.
  • Comm Club Brings Great Movie Speeches to Life


    Reminiscent of the popular movie “Night at the Museum,” great movie speeches will transcend the screen and come to life Nov. 13 at Truman’s Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center.  

    Students from select COMM 170 sections have organized an entertaining program scheduled from 8-9 p.m. Approximately 90 students are involved in the project sponsored by the Communication Club (NCASC) in honor of Communication Week at Truman. At any given point about half of the students will be in character and will share what was rhetorically splendid or lackluster in the speech at hand. This will allow the other student performers to move around and enjoy student speeches as well.  

    The public is invited to meander through the museum in self-paced style. Each student presentation is 3-5 minutes. Students will share brief insights about the characters, as well as the rhetorical situation, and will perform excerpts of the dialogue/speeches.  

    Students are also invited to join the Communication Club. NCASC is committed to enriching the lives of undergraduate communication majors and minors by promoting the study and application of communication principles through educational and social functions.

    Barry Poyner serves as an advisor to the organization, the only NCA student club in the state of Missouri. Bethany Spitzmiller serves as club president. NCA members will assist as night watchmen.  

    This is the eighth time this event has been organized at Truman. In the past, historic speeches, drawn from the top 100 speeches of the 20th century have been performed. In addition to the movie speeches, this grand finale poses a number of 21st century nominations for consideration.  

    Those attending are encouraged to vote for the best portrayal based on dress and delivery of quotes, as well as understanding of character, rhetorical situation and rhetorical splendor. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Poyner at 660.785.4063 or bpoyner@truman.edu.
  • Economics Speaker Series Continues


    The next event in the Markets and Morality Speakers Series will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

    Derek K. Yonai will explore questions such as: taught not to get into cars with strangers, why do we use Uber? Is business activity relational or transactional? Does greater commerce correlate with greater trustworthiness??

    An associate professor of business and the director of the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics at Emporia State University, Yonai is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics. He sits on the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute and has given numerous interviews discussing the connection between economic freedom and human flourishing. His published research discusses the economic role of property rights and the law, while his popular writings deal with the importance of understanding basic economics and the importance of economic freedom.

    Yonai earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California at Irvine, graduated with honors from Whittier College School of Law, earned a Master of Arts in economics and a Ph.D. from George Mason University. While at George Mason University, he was a student of both Gordon Tullock and James Buchanan.

    The Markets and Morality Speakers Series is sponsored by the Department of Economics.
  • Theatre Production “Falsettos” to Run Nov. 8-11

    The Truman Theatre Department will present “Falsettos” Nov. 8-11 as part of the 2017-18 mainstage season.

    “Falsettos” is the hilarious and touching story of Marvin, a New York yuppie who leaves his wife, Trina, for another man. Trina marries her psychiatrist while everyone struggles to understand Marvin’s and Trina’s unusual son Jason. Despite the unorthodox situation, Marvin still strives to maintain a “tight-knit family” but finds that perfection he wants is fleeting. “Falsettos” is filled with laughter and drama with Marvin struggling through love and loss.

    The work of playwrights James Lapine and William Finn, Truman’s production of “Falsettos” is under the direction of David Charles Goyette, assistant professor of theatre.

    Performances take place at 8 p.m. Nov. 8-11 in the James G. Severns Theatre located in Ophelia Parrish.

    Tickets are $5 and will be available starting Nov. 1 at the Theatre Box Office in the main lobby of Ophelia Parrish. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and beginning at 7 p.m. on show nights. Tickets must be paid for in advance, except for our out of town guests. Reservations for out-of-town guests may be made by phone at 660.785.4515. Cash or check payments only.
  • Forensics Team Has a Debate Champion


    Truman’s forensic union (speech and debate team) had an excellent showing at the Missouri Mule/Dale Carnegie Swing, hosted by the University of Central Missouri, Oct. 21-22.

    The team took third in debate sweepstakes at the Dale Carnegie half of the weekend and third in overall sweepstakes that same day.  
    In Lincoln-Douglas debate, senior Connor Stewart was named the LD champion of the tournament. Stewart defeated an impressive 54 other competitors to make it to the final round, where he took a decisive victory winning the ballot of all three judges. In addition to Stewart, junior Johnathan Christy also advanced to elimination rounds and ended as a quarterfinalist because he was paired against Stewart in the bracket. Senior Kelsey Barnes held a winning record in the field as well, but did not advance due to the sheer size of the tournament. For Barnes and Stewart, this tournament means their qualifications for the NFA Championship Tournament are assured.
    During the Missouri Mule half of the weekend, Christy was also an elimination round participant, ending as an octofinalist. First-years Paschaline Uti and Riley Dawkins placed sixth and fifth as novice LD speakers, respectively.
    In individual events, it was a good weekend for sophomore Austin Sopko. On Saturday, he placed fourth in persuasive speaking. On Sunday, he placed fifth in dramatic interpretation. Both of these represent qualifications to the NFA championship tournament in April, bringing Sopko up to an impressive four national qualifications.
    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.


  • Apply Early for FAFSA

  • SUB Room Reservation for Spring Semester

    The Student Union Reservation Office will accept spring 2018 event and meeting reservation requests Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. The Student Union Reservation Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The Reservation Office will only accept paper requests.
    Packets will be available in student organization mailboxes located in the Center for Student Involvement Complex. Additional lottery forms can be found at sub.truman.edu/lottery.
    Confirmations will be mailed to campus offices and delivered to student organizations mailboxes in the lower level of the Student Union Building during finals week. Please note that they will not be emailed.
    Any submissions received by the Reservation Office after Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis once lottery requests have been processed.

  • Study Abroad Photo 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.

  • First-Generation Student Celebration

    As part of the nationwide festivities planned to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Higher Education Act, the second annual Truman First-Generation Student Celebration will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    The goals of this event are to connect with one another about first-generation student experiences, and demonstrate and develop a network of support and belonging for first-generation students across campus offices and programs.

    Anyone who would like to attend this event should RSVP by Nov. 1. Students can RSVP here. Faculty and staff can RSVP here. Those who are not able to attend, but would like to stay in the loop about upcoming first-generation initiatives happening on campus can make that known by using the appropriate RSVP link above.

    For questions about this event, suggestions for how to better support first-generation students on campus or a desire to get involved with this effort, email firstgen@truman.edu.

  • MSA to Host Snacks and Game Night

  • PR Internship Available in Spring


    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.
  • DSP Presents Truman's Got Talent

    All proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • 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.
  • DPhiE Sponsors Hot Chocolate 5K

    Delta Phi Epsilon will host a Hot Chocolate 5K and Fun Run for ANAD at 9 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Kirksville Primary School, 1815 E. Hamilton St. All proceeds will go to the sorority’s philanthropy, the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Prizes will be given out for the 5K. Hot Chocolate and other chocolate-themed snacks will be provided.

    5K: $10
    Fun Run: $5
    T-shirt: $7
    All three options: $18

  • 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.

  • Archery Event Set for Nov. 5

    Aiming for Wellness, an archery themed event, will take place from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Pershing Small Gym. Rob Garver, from the Conservation Department is coming to Truman with bows and targets to show people how to shoot and give them the chance to practice. There will also be snacks available. Students can sign up for any of four different 30-minutes sessions. 

  • Self-Defense Workshop

    The Women’s Resource Center and Kirksville Taekwon-do will present a workshop on self-defense and safety, open to men and women.

    6-8 p.m.
    Nov. 6
    Kirk Gym

  • MAC Series Looks at Supremacy

    The Supremacy Series is a four-program series presented by the Multicultural Affairs Center geared toward deepening the conversation and understanding of supremacy in the U.S. For more information about the series and the essay contest component, visit mac.truman.edu/supremacy.

    Filthy Mudbloods
    6 p.m.
    Nov. 1
    Violette Hall 1010
    A discussion of supremacy and Harry Potter. Discussion outlines a research study that correlated empathy for non-magical-born witches and wizards in the text to a real life application of empathy to things like immigration. How do the stories we are exposed to inform our level of empathy for those that are different than us?

    The Real Life Oregon Trail
    6 p.m.
    Nov. 8
    Student Union Building Alumni Room
    Do you remember the old game The Oregon Trail? Come participate in a real life game experience about settling the West. With so much to gain, who stands to lose?

    Supremacy Slam
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 10
    Student Union Building Down Under
    An open reading poetry slam with all of the poetry centering the theme of supremacy. Open to anyone willing to sign up and showcase their poetry. Hosted by TruSlam.

    Biology of Race Poster Presentations
    3:30-5:30 p.m.
    Nov. 29
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A
    Ben Wodika’s biology research students have delved into the topic of the biology of race. They will be doing poster presentations with their findings. The conclusions may surprise you.
  • Faculty Forum Looks at Hopi History

    Anton Daughters, assistant professor of anthropology, will present “Why the Seventeenth Century Was the Most Defining Century for the Hopi” at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A as part of the Faculty Forum.

    Presentation Abstract:
    For a 50-year stretch in the seventeenth century, Spanish Franciscan missionaries lived on the Hopi mesas on a more or less permanent basis. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 brought that occupation to an abrupt halt. Spanish documents recently translated as part of the Hopi Documentary History Project, and published alongside interviews in 2015 in the first volume of “Moquis and Kastiilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History,” offer new insights into what that period of Franciscan presence meant from both a Spanish and Hopi perspective. Daughters will outline this tumultuous history from 1629 to 1680, discussing key documents and collective memories that clarify the understanding of the Hopi-Franciscan relationship while simultaneously raising new questions. He will also discuss work on volume two of “Moquis and Kastiilam,” expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.
  • Opioid Summit Scheduled for Nov. 7

    Kirksville will host an Opioid Summit in Northeast Missouri highlighting opioid abuse and discussing interventions in the state. This summit will bring together state experts and regional voices in health care, safety, education, social services and law enforcement. The formal program will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Registration and light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. To register online, click here.
  • Cardinal Key Hosts Interest Party

  • Soccer Star Abby Wambach to Speak Nov. 9

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • International Education Week, Nov. 11-16

    International Idol
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 11
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    Sponsored by I-Club
    A cultural talent show for any and all students

    African Student Association Dinner
    "A Night in Africa"
    6-8 p.m.
    Nov. 11
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    International Tea and Coffee with Health Science
    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Nov. 13
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A
    Posters of global health triumphs will be presented with various complimentary international teas and coffees.

    Show Me Sushi
    7-8 p.m.
    Nov. 13
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Sponsored by SAB
    Students will be taught how to make sushi, eggrolls and sauce.

    International Flag Display
    3-5 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Pickler Memorial Library
    A ceremony of the unveiling of the recently approved international flag display with Student Government and University President Sue Thomas. Refreshments will be provided.

    Educating Global Citizens
    5:30-7 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Baldwin Hall 114
    Sponsored by Peace Corps
    Film screening of “Girl Rising” followed by a faculty panel from 7-8 p.m. on the impacts of various fields on international education

    Dance Explosion
    7-9 p.m.
    Nov. 15
    Baptist Student Union
    Learn cultural dances with African Student Association, Namaste Nepal, I-Club and more.

    7 p.m.
    Nov. 16
    Magruder Hall 1000
    Sponsored by MAC
    A panel on international student perspectives on current issues such as gun control, immigration and minority rights

  • 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.
  • Community Anniversary T-shirts Available

    In addition to Truman’s sesquicentennial, A.T. Still University is honoring 125 years, and the city of Kirkville is marking 175 years. A limited number of T-shirts commemorating the anniversaries are available for purchase in McClain Hall 202. Cost is $6 for XL, $8 for 2XL and 3XL. Cash or check transactions only.



  • Notables

    Truman students John Bickel, Branden Lawson, Stephen Plassmeyer and Zachary Smith recently traveled to the Midwest Regional American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Oct. 18-20 at the University of Kansas. The students gave poster presentations of research conducted in the Miller Research lab during the last year at Truman. Bickel, a senior chemistry major, presented his research on the structure and dynamics of the cancer drug cisplatin bound to the ribosome. Lawson, a senior chemistry major, presented his research on the aggregation dynamics of asphaltenes, molecules known to clog oil pipelines. Plassmeyer, a senior biology and chemistry double major, presented on the inhibitory capability of biflavanoid molecules on the aggregation of Amyloid Beta peptides, biomolecules associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Smith, a sophomore biology and chemistry double major, presented his research on potential inhibitors for the enzyme APOBEC3B, which is known to be over expressed in both cancer and HIV patients. Bill Miller III, assistant professor of chemistry, served as their research supervisor and accompanied them at the conference. These students will be continuing their research projects during the academic year.
    Truman students (from left) Branden Lawson, Zachary Smith, Stephen Plassmeyer and John Bickel attended the Midwest Regional American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting in Lawrence, Kan.

    “Teach Me the Way of Thy Word,” a choral composition by Warren Gooch, professor emeritus of music, was performed on tour in six European countries by the Ohio Ambassadors of Song, under the direction of Dr. Gene Trantham. The work received performances in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy. Gooch’s “Three Fauxmanian Dances” received 20 performances across the state of Iowa by Red Cedar Chamber Duo, consisting of Miera Kim (violin) and Carey Bostian (cello). The duo included the work on their 2017 tour of the state, which concluded with a performance at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids. “Fauxmanian Dance No. 1” was performed in Bainbridge, Washington by members of the Seattle Symphony (Tom Dziekonski, violin and Virginia Dziekonski, cello). Gooch presented two music theory sessions at the 2017 Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization conference in Madison, Wis. The sessions were entitled “A Harmonic Template and Chromatic Harmony” and “Composition in the Theory Classroom.”  Gooch’s composition “A Tempest” was performed on the 2017 national conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers in Fresno, Calif., by the Fresno Pacific University Women’s Chorale under the direction of Dr. Bethany Alvey. Gooch has also earned recognition for “A Modest Compendium of Olde Verse” for trumpet, horn and trombone, which was named a finalist in the 2017 South Texas Brass Symposium competition hosted by Del Mar College.

    Chetan Jaiswal, assistant professor of computer science, along with students Wyatt Yost and Thomas Graves, both senior computer science majors, attended and presented papers at the international IEEE UEMCON 2017 conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics, and Mobile Communication at Columbia University in New York City, Oct. 19-21. These papers were a result of summer research projects the students conducted under the direction of Jaiswal. The acceptance rate for paper submissions for this conference was 30 percent. Yost and Thomas competed against doctorate and master's degree students in addition to other undergraduates. Each of the two student co-authored papers not only was accepted, but in addition each won Best Paper Award in their respective tracks of the conference. Yost’s paper was titled “Malfire – malware firewall for malicious content detection and protection” in the Network Security track. Graves’ paper was titled “Smart cooperative firewalls” in the track Microelectronic Circuits. The papers will be published in the conference proceedings by IEEE Xplore.

    Faculty member Chetan Jaiswal and students Wyatt Yost and Thomas Graves attend the IEEE UEMCON 2017 conference in New York City, Oct. 19-21. Pictured, from left to right: Yost, Graves and Jaiswal.

    Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, presented a study on the former Minister of Justice of France entitled “Christiane Taubira’s Contributions to Diversity and Justice in France” at the European Studies Conference Oct. 7 in Omaha, Neb. Additionally, during the monthly October meeting of the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission, McLane-Iles was elected to serve as vice-chair. She has served as a member of the commission since 2011.

    Truman was recognized by Zippia.com as being the No. 2 school in Missouri for accounting majors. The career guidance website, looked at data from multiple sites to consider career results, history emphasis and school performance.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Spring Foundation Scholarship Deadline is Nov. 3


    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
    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.
  • Rainbow Scholarship Supports Study Abroad

    The Rainbow Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students.

    Being a scholarship promoted by the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year (2018-19) could receive up to $10,000; $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall (2018) or spring (2019) semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer 2018.

    Requirements for this Scholarship include:
    •    The Rainbow Scholarship recipient must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    •    Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible)
    •    Study abroad program must be eligible for academic credit at the student’s home institution
    •    Study abroad program must include at least four weeks (28 days) in country/countries

    Application components:
    •    Online application form (includes an unofficial transcript)
    •    Financial aid form (to be filled out by financial aid office)
    •    Recommendation letter (submitted by a professor or advisor, maximum of one)

    Scholarship Application Deadlines:
    Opens- Nov. 15
    Closes- Jan. 10

    For more information on the Rainbow Scholarship, and others sponsored by the Fund for Education Abroad, visit fundforeducationabroad.org/rainbow-scholarship. To look at the different study abroad programs offered at Truman visit studyabroad.truman.edu/choosing-a-program/study-abroad-exchange-summerinterim.

    For more information and to apply to a study abroad program, contact the Center for International Education Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Offers Study Abroad Experience

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) committee invites American students to apply to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

    The CLS program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for students who desire to spend eight to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

    The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    Languages offered:
    Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu

    Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels: Arabic and Persian Chinese
    Intermediate and advanced levels: Japanese and Russian

    Deadline to apply for summer 2018: Nov. 15

    For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit clscholarship.org or contact the Center for International Education Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.