Vol. 22 No. 12 - November 6, 2017


  • Celebrating 150: The Bell Wall


    Between Missouri Hall and the quadrangle stands a brick wall housing a row of five bells. This campus landmark, known most commonly as the bell wall, was added to campus in the 1960s. Though students, faculty, staff and alumni regularly pass by the wall, few know the history behind the five bronze bells.

    Joe Burdman, an enthusiastic participant in local civic and philanthropic affairs, donated the bells to the University. Born in southern Russia, he left the country to flee the Czar’s army during a very tumultuous time. On Dec. 14, 1913, he immigrated to the United States and was reunited with his fiancé who had also emigrated from Russia. They were married and settled in Burlington, Iowa. With only $127 to his name, Burdman purchased a horse and wagon and began buying and selling scrap metal. The business enterprise was known as the J. Burdman Iron and Metal Co. In 1921, Burdman and his wife, along with their two sons, came to Kirksville, after being told, “a veritable gold mine was to be found there.” He expanded his business, buying wrecked cars and selling auto parts and accessories. On March 1, 1921, J. Burdman Auto parts came into existence.  

    Burdman was active in the Kirksville community and served as president of the Kirksville Rotary Club, president of the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce, and became the mayor of Kirksville in 1960. He was known for being a very civic-minded person, who wanted what was best for the community. In 1967, Burdman donated the historic bells, which were collected from abandoned churches, schoolhouses and public buildings in northeast Missouri. Each bell was meant to represent the ideals of liberty, justice, religion and education.

    The funds to build the wall which houses the bells were provided in large part by contributions from Truman’s spring and summer classes of 1967.
  • Visiting Poet Next Up in Ofstad Series


    Poet Arisa White will give a reading of her work at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    As part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series, White’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics. It is free and open to the public.

    White is a Cave Canem fellow, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of the poetry chapbooks “Disposition for Shininess,” “Post Pardon” and “Black Pearl.” Her debut full-length collection, “Hurrah’s Nest,” was a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards and 82nd California Book Awards, was and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her second collection, “A Penny Saved,” was inspired by the true-life story of Polly Mitchell. Her newest collection is “You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened.”

    White was awarded a 2013-14 Cultural Funding grant from the City of Oakland to create the libretto and score for “Post Pardon: The Opera,” and received, in that same year, an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation to fund the dear Gerald project, which takes a personal and collective look at absent fathers.
    Selected by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for the 2010 Hot Pink List, White is a member of the PlayGround writers’ pool. Recipient of the inaugural Rose O’Neill Literary House summer residency at Washington College in Maryland, she has also received residencies, fellowships or scholarships from Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2005, 2014 and 2016, her poetry has been published widely and is featured on the recording “Word” with the Jessica Jones Quartet.

    A native New Yorker, living in Oakland, Calif., White serves on the board of directors for Nomadic Press. She is a faculty advisor in the low-residency BFA creative writing program at Goddard College and was a visiting scholar at San Francisco State University’s The Poetry Center, where she developed a digital special collections on black women poets in The Poetry Center Archives. For the Spring 2017 semester, the graduate creative writing program at Saint Mary’s College of California welcomed White as the distinguished visiting poet in residence.
  • Irish Musicians Present “Christmas from Ireland”


    Lúnasa and guest soloist Ashley Davis will team up to set the mood for the holidays with traditional Irish tunes.

    “Christmas from Ireland,” this season’s holiday program from the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    With some of the top musical talents in Ireland, Lúnasa indeed lives up to its name – drawn from an ancient Celtic harvest festival that honors the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts. The band is known for its innovative and distinctive sound, featuring champion instrumentals and a driving rhythm section. After performing for more than 20 years, Lúnasa has raised the bar on performing traditional Irish music.

    Tickets are on sale starting Nov. 10 and may be purchased online at lyceum.truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. They are also available 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. All tickets are $5.50 (includes tax).

    Questions about the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series can be directed to pr@truman.edu or by calling 660.785.4016. Follow the series on Facebook for announcements regarding all lyceum events.


  • Apply for Student Rep to the Board of Governors

    Student Government is extending the opportunity to be the student representative to the Board of Governors. This is a two-year position for full-time students who are residents of the state of Missouri. There have been student representatives from a wide range of majors and backgrounds. Students do not need to currently be on Student Government.

    The selected student will have the opportunity to represent the student body on University policy issues such as tuition, student fees, personnel and construction projects. The first stage in the application process requires completing and submitting the application to trumanstatesenate.bog@gmail.com, as well as submitting the required release form to the Office of Student Affairs in the Student Union Building 1110. Both are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 8. Further questions regarding this process can be directed to trumanstatesenate.bog@gmail.com.

  • 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.
  • Percussion Concert Nov. 6


    The annual Percussion Fall Sampler Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Baldwin Auditorium. The free concert will feature the Department of Music’s Concert Percussion Ensemble I and the Statesmen Marching Percussion Ensemble. The ensembles are directed by Michael Bump, professor of music, and assisted by graduate teaching assistants, Jonathan Davidson and Richard Crowder.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • MAC Series Explores 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.

    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.
  • 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 are available 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.
  • 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.
  • Soccer Star Abby Wambach to Speak Nov. 9

  • Cardinal Key Hosts Interest Party

  • Philosophy & Religion Conference Set for Nov. 11


    The 28th annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.  

    Undergraduate students from Truman and five other universities will present original research on a wide range of philosophical and religious topics. The keynote will be the annual Henry Smits Lecture, given by Don Viney, professor of philosophy at Pittsburg State University, whose talk is titled “Jules Lequyer: Unsung Prophet of Open Theism.”

    Viney is also a singer-songwriter and will be performing from 7-8 p.m. in the theater at Take Root Café, 114 W. Harrison St., in downtown Kirksville. Both the conference and the performance are free and open to the public.
  • Orchestra to Perform Seasonal Favorites

    Truman’s Symphony Orchestra will present “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The free concert will begin with Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72” and will be followed by Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements.” The featured and final piece of the performance will be Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet Op. 71,” including seasonal favorites like “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers.”

  • 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

  • South Africa Study Abroad Class

    A South African study abroad class – AFR 308 Conservation and Management of African Mammals – is scheduled for May 2019 interim, pending approval.
    Led by Stephanie Foré and Stephen Hudman, this course is open to all majors who are adventurous and passionate about wildlife and want to experience conservation in action. Students will receive specialized training in live, wild game capture while working with Parawild in Limpopo Provenience, South Africa. The course will also include a tour of Kruger National Park, one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa.
    For more information, contact the professors and visit the course’s study abroad page. An informational meeting will take place from 3:30-4:20 p.m. Nov. 12 in Magruder Hall 2050.

  • Concert to Include International Folk Songs

    “Folk Songs from Around the World” will feature Voci, Truman’s premiere women’s choir, under the direction of graduate conductor Carter Datz. The free concert will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall and feature music representing countries from around the world, including Hungary, Japan, Israel, Bulgaria, England, Mexico and the United States.

  • Windfall Literary Magazine Submission Deadline

    Submissions for the next issue of Windfall Literary Magazine will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 13 at windfallmagazine@gmail.com. They may include prose, poetry (neither one no longer than two pages, double spaced) and 2-D art (photography, painting, etc.). There can be up to 15 submissions. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously. Times New Roman is preferred, but there are no specific styling requirements.

  • October Monitor Now Available

    The October issue of the Monitor is now available online. The Monitor is a monthly zine and Kirksville’s best source for alternative news, poetry, prose, art and ideas in print.

    All submissions are published as-is. Submissions can be sent to trumanmonitor@gmail.com. The next submission deadline is Nov. 10. Other submission deadlines are: Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13.

    Nearly all Monitor issues since 1995 can be found at trumanmonitor.com.

  • 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.
  • DPhiE Sponsors Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week

    Delta Phi Epsilon will host Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week Nov. 13-17.

    Seeing the Impact Speaker
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Zumba for a Cause
    6 p.m.
    Nov. 15
    Kirk Gym

    Tabling in the SUB and Magruder Hall
    Nov. 13-17
    T-shirts and canvases will be for sale and free snacks in Magruder Hall, Nov. 16. All proceeds will go to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

  • 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.
  • United Way Campaign Nears End


    The 2017 United Way campaign in Adair County ends Nov. 15. Each Truman faculty and staff member should have a received an envelope through campus mail that includes a pledge form and return envelope.  The Truman community has been challenged to raise $50,000. Ending its second week, the Truman drive thus far has netted donations and pledges totaling more than $10,000. Faculty and staff in need of a pledge form and return envelope should contact a campus co-chair: Mark Smith in communication or Tim Mills in Information Technology Services.
  • Grad Fair for Winter Commencement

    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Nov. 15
    Student Union Building Down Under

  • Class to Visit Cuba During Midterm Break


    Truman is offering a new study abroad opportunity to learn about the history and contemporary events in Cuba.

    Only 90 miles from the United States, Cuba has remained a forbidden territory for most U.S. citizens since the Revolution of 1959. Cuba is a former Spanish colony and sugar-producing slave society, and one of the last countries of Latin America to achieve independence from Spain in 1898. Between 1898 and 1959, the U.S. held an outsized influence on the island. In 1959, Cuban was the site of the hemisphere’s first successful socialist revolution. While most people in the U.S. know little about Cuba today, Cubans are acutely aware of the United States and the long-intertwined history between the two countries.

    During the midterm break, March 10-18, students will have a unique opportunity to travel to Cuba to take a close look at issues of global economics, conflict and peace, race, culture, the environment and U.S. relations.

    Participants will examine Cuban national priorities, such as universal education and health care; visit schools, museums, cultural and historical sites; discuss with Cubans the effects of recent changes in U.S. and Cuban relations including the longstanding U.S. embargo on Cuba; learn about Cuba’s history of sugar production and slavery; and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of old Havana, its neighborhoods, and the surrounding countryside.

    Information sessions on this intensive international learning experience will take place at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in McClain Hall 211 and at 5 p.m. Nov. 30 in McClain Hall 209.

    Students can earn one credit for this study abroad experience (CUB 310). The course is open to all majors and has no prerequisites. It runs parallel to Latin American Revolutions (HIST 391), but enrollment in that class is not a requirement.

    Applications and a $350 non-refundable deposit are due by Jan. 19.

    For more information and an application contact Marc Becker, McClain Hall 227, 660.785.6036.
  • Safe Zone Training


    3-5 p.m.
    Nov. 16
    Baldwin Hall 201
    Register Online

    The Truman Safe Zone Program was created to have a network of knowledgeable faculty, staff and students in order to create safe and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Completing the training and displaying a Safe Zone sign indicates participants are committed to increasing their knowledge of LGBTQ issues. Safe Zone members are able to provide assistance as needed, including referrals to University Counseling Services. Summer Pennell, assistant professor of English education and longtime LGBTQ education activist, along with student interns, will lead this interactive training. Participants will learn current terminology and simple ways to create a welcoming campus environment.
  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Notables

    Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, presented his paper “How Deserted Lies the City: Politics and the Trauma of Homelessness in the Hebrew Bible” at the 13th annual Kluznik Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Oct. 30, in Omaha, Neb.

    Peter Ramberg
    , professor of history of science, presented an invited paper, “Chemistry in Zürich, 1833-1930: Developing the Teaching-Research Laboratory in the Swiss Context,” at the international conference, The Laboratory Revolution, 1850-1950. The Rise of the Laboratory and the Changing Nature of the University, Oct. 26-7, at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The paper argues that the federal and cantonal political structure in Switzerland affected the development of chemical research and instruction in Zürich during the 19th century.


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
    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.