Vol. 22 No. 18 - January 22, 2018


  • Quality and Career Prep Earn Truman Accolades


    With its ability to provide an exceptional education and great career preparation at an affordable price, Truman has again been recognized by The Princeton Review.

    The education services company included Truman in the 2018 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” Information from the book can be found online at princetonreview.com/colleges-pay-you-back.

    The Princeton Review chose the schools based on data it collected in 2016-17 from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges. The company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the schools and surveys of alumni that PayScale.com conducted through April 2017. In all, The Princeton Review crunched more than 40 data points to tally ROI (return on investment) ratings of the colleges that determined the selection of the 200 schools for the book. Topics covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

    In the fall, Truman was also included in The Princeton Review’s college guide, “The Best 382 Colleges.”
  • Beatles Tribute Band to Perform Jan. 27


    Beatlemania will return to Truman with the next installment of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    The Liverpool Legends Beatles tribute band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Baldwin Auditorium. Back by popular demand, the group previously performed at Truman in 2013.

    Made up of four talented musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison, the Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of the Beatles. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, audiences feel like they are watching the real thing.

    The part of Paul is portrayed by 1995 Truman alumnus David Tanner.

    The Liverpool Legends received national attention when they re-created the Beatles famed 1966 concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. They have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

    Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at lyceum.truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. They are also available between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Truman cashier’s window, located on the first floor of McClain Hall. All tickets are $5.50 (includes tax). Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at Edna Campbells between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 30 minutes before the show in Baldwin Hall.

    Questions regarding the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series can be directed to pr@truman.edu or 660.785.4016. More information on the Liverpool Legends is available at liverpoollegends.com.
  • University Announces Academic Honor Rolls for Fall


    Students who received a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the fall semester can now find their honor roll information posted online.

    The President’s List, for students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, can be accessed at truman.edu/honors/fall-2017-presidents-list. The Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List, featuring students with a grade point average between 3.50-3.99, can be found at truman.edu/honors/fall-2017-vice-president-academic-affairs-list. To qualify for either list, a student must be an undergraduate and complete at least 12 hours of credit during the semester.

    Social media buttons on both pages make it easy for students and parents to share this accomplishment with friends and family.

    Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on a list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for either list can be directed to the Academic Affairs Office at 660.785.4105.
  • South Africa Study Abroad Class Offered


    A South African study abroad class – AFR 300 Conservation and Management of African Mammals – is scheduled for the May 2019 interim.
    Led by Stephanie Foré, this course is open to all majors who are adventurous, 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 Foré and visit the course’s study abroad page. An informational meeting will take place from 3:30-4:20 p.m. Jan. 28 in Magruder Hall 2078.
  • Henning Named Public Relations Intern


    The Truman Public Relations Office has selected Aubrey Henning, a junior communication major, as intern for the spring 2018 semester.

    Henning is from St.Louis, Mo., and a 2016 graduate of Lutheran High School South. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Amy Henning and has two sisters.

    As the intern for the Public Relations Office, Henning will help write the online University newsletter, Truman Today, and the University’s magazine, the Truman Review.

    Henning plans to pursue a career in public relations. She hopes to apply what she learns from her internship to her future career.
  • Athletic Honor Fraternity Inducts 85 New Members


    Eighty-five student-athletes were recently inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, National College Athletic Honor Society (NCAHS).

    Chi Alpha Sigma is a not-for-profit honor society that honors those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative grade point average throughout their junior or senior years.

    Chi Alpha Sigma designated a chapter of their fraternity at Truman in the fall of 2016. The 85 new inductees are part of Truman’s second annual class. The full list of those inducted follows.

    Josh Abegg
    Tanner Forck
    Charlie Kreh
    Nate Lukas
    Matt Tometz
    Brendan Trimble
    Josh Woodmansee
    Peter Young

    Men’s Basketball
    Zach Fischer

    Women’s Basketball
    Remy Davenport
    Rachel Edmundson
    Jamie Gleeson
    Rachel Steinhoff

    Tanner Bandy
    Jaden Barr
    Caleb Bischoff
    Arber Emroski
    Taylor Kliethermes
    Taylor Manes
    Mitch Nichols
    Drake Raftery
    Brock Rohler
    Andy Satulla
    Kyle Spratt
    Johnny Weidmaier
    Kade Young

    Women’s Golf
    Nicolle Barmettler
    Stephanie Hulett
    Brooke Kelley

    Men’s Soccer
    Danny Alter
    Josh Hall
    Jory Knernschield
    Austin Morgan
    Ben Nivala
    Tyler Nord
    Jeremy Rehagen

    Women’s Soccer
    Erica Atnip
    Sam Bibee
    Erin Chynoweth
    Delaney Kooken
    Isabel Kurzban
    Katie Mattingly
    Kailey Micek
    Laura Ney
    Caity Schmitt

    Riley Cook
    Lauren Dale
    Jamie Fowle
    Morgan McMahan
    Michaela Mooney
    Ashley Murphy
    Kadie Orenstein
    Christa Reisinger
    Sydney Scherzinger
    Nicolette Simpson

    Men’s Swimming
    Riley Brown
    Jeff Cavanaugh
    Caleb Kruse
    Derek Mielke
    Ben Sherman
    JT Thayer

    Women’s Swimming
    Shannon Dague
    Jamie Fitzpatrick
    Grace Fodor
    Laney Klar
    Libby Opfer
    Jasmine Roghair
    Nikki Sisson

    Men’s Tennis
    Paul Province

    Women’s Tennis
    Lindsey Schlichting

    Cross Country, Track & Field
    Connor Allen
    Elijah Farrales
    Michael Grasing
    Mitch Henderson
    Nolan Orf
    Ben Wingo
    Taylor Burlis
    Marissa Gress
    Heather Hughes
    Michaela Hylen
    Hannah Oberdiek
    Cassidy Smestad

    Natalie Brimeyer
    Savvy Hughes

    Luke Komotos
  • December Graduation List Released


    Truman has published the names of students who graduated during December commencement.

    The University conducted graduation ceremonies Dec. 16. The names of the graduates can be found online at truman.edu/honors/fall-2017-graduation-list.

    Students who graduated with honors will have that distinction noted by their names. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average between 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average between 3.75-3.89. Summa cum laude honors graduates with a grade point average above 3.9.

    Master’s degree recipients will have that distinction noted by their names.

    The list is organized by state and hometown. Hometowns are based upon the permanent address given to the University by the student. Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on the list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for inclusion on the list can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 660.785.4143.

    A video of the commencement ceremonies can be viewed here.
  • Celebrating 150: The Baldwin Fire

    The ruins of Old Baldwin Hall after it was destroyed by fire. Photo courtesy of the Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections Department.

    Jan. 28, 1924 is a date that will live in infamy in Truman’s history. Old Baldwin Hall, the 51-year-old centerpiece of campus, was destroyed by fire, along with the Library Building.

    President John R. Kirk discovered the fire at about 3:30 p.m. Classes were in session when he found the east wing of the third floor of Baldwin Hall in flames. The blaze, which apparently began in the Senior Literary Society room just east of the central tower, spread with such rapidity that it engulfed the entire building and moved through the connecting corridor to Library Hall next door. By 10:30 p.m. that evening, both buildings were gone.

    As members of the student body learned about the fire, many actually entered the buildings in an effort to save as many materials as possible. Eyewitnesses even reported seeing students throw books from the upper floors down on to sheets held by other students on the ground. Despite their valiant efforts, an estimated 40,000 volumes were lost in the fire.

    The fire physically changed the landscape of campus. The lake that was located in front of Old Baldwin Hall was emptied in an attempt to put out the blaze. It was later filled in with the rubble from the building and is now the area known as the Quad. Baldwin Hall would not be replaced for another 14 years when the current version was completed. The basement of the Old Baldwin Hall became the Sunken Garden, while Kirk Memorial was constructed where the tower of the building was located.

    Pauline Dingle Knobbs, a student from Palmyra, Mo., was in class when the fire started. Fifty-two years later, she recorded her memories of that day for the Adair County Bicentennial Committee’s oral history project. Click here for her account of the fire. [Note: she reported an incorrect date for the fire in her narrative, and the artist was Archie Musick, not Charles Henry.]


  • Nominations Open for Educator of the Year


    Student Government is looking for nominations for Truman’s best educators. Students who have encountered an outstanding professor or research mentor can nominate them to be recognized at Truman’s annual Academic Accolades Banquet in April.

    Every year, the student body selects one professor and one research mentor to receive the Educator of the Year Award, honoring outstanding efforts on their behalf in the classroom and community.

    Students can nominate a professor or research mentor here. The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7. Any questions can be emailed to dks6214@truman.edu.
  • Info Session for Summer Study Abroad in China

    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Jan. 23
    McClain Hall 302
    Julie Minn, former director of the study abroad program in China, will discuss summer opportunities. For more information, contact Liulin Zhang by email at liulinz@truman.edu or by phone at 660.785.6016.

  • Activities Fair

    2-6 p.m.
    Jan. 24
    Student Union Building
    Campus and community organizations will be present to distribute information and answer questions. This is a great way to learn more about the numerous organizations available at Truman.

  • Taiwan at Truman and Truman-ATSU Joint Summer Health Programs Seeking New Faculty Directors


    Two of Truman’s popular summer programs are seeking new leaders in key roles. Faculty, qualified graduates or community members with the necessary qualifications are invited to apply. Information about these positions, the required and preferred qualifications, and how to apply can be found online

    Persons in these directorships must be eager to work with youth and have an appropriate background in English as a Second Language instruction or health care fields. For questions about these roles, contact Jared Young, coordinator of summer academies and institutes.
  • Sodexo Offers Online Starbucks Orders


    With the new Get Program, students can manage their dining account online, and can even pre-order Starbucks to avoid waiting in line. Orders can be placed in advance and paid for with Bonus Bucks or Dining Dollars. For more information on the Get Program visit truman.sodexomyway.com.
  • Van Driving Classes Scheduled

    The Department of Public Safety will conduct van driving classes at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 at the General Services Building. This is a required class to drive University fleet full-size vans. Sign-up must be done in advance to reserve a space. Class size is limited. Participants should allow two to three hours for the class. Student drivers must also complete a waiver of vehicle usage policy form. For more information, call 660.785.4177 or email joycecook@truman.edu.
  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation


    Students with financial needs that may interfere with their ability to continue their education can seek assistance through the Truman State University Foundation Loan Program.

    Foundation loans can come in the form of short-term loans, long-term loans, access loans and cultural loans specifically for study abroad trips. Applications go through the Financial Aid Office and are repaid directly to the University. Banks and outside lenders are not involved in the process.

    To be eligible for a Foundation loan, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, have at least 12 credit hours at Truman and be in good academic standing. Students also need to demonstrate an ability to repay the loan in a timely manner. Deferments of up to five years are available for cultural and long-term loans, provided the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.

    In addition to scholarship assistance, the loan program is an example of the immediate impact of donations to the Truman State University Foundation. Gifts from alumni and friends allow Truman to provide assistance directly to students as they pursue their education.

    For more information on the Foundation loan program, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@truman.edu, at 660.785.4130 or in person at McClain Hall 103.
  • Business Leader to Discuss Social Styles

    Tim Augustine
    “The Power of Social Styles: Respect Them Equally, Lead Them Differently”
    7:30-9 p.m.
    Jan. 29
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    Sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Kappa Psi, National Association of Black Accountants and Beta Alpha Psi with FAC.

    Presentation abstract: Tim Augustine is an author and experienced business leader who speaks about professional development across the country. This presentation will focus on social styles, identifying your own and others to better lead and communicate with those around you. This is a fun, high-energy session including lots of honest conversation and some eye-opening moments. You’ll leave with a better understanding of yourself and others not only in a professional context, but in all parts of life.

  • Retirement Reception for Kathy Elsea

  • Alpha Sigma Gama Spring Rush


    Alpha Sigma Gama will conduct their spring rush from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 5-7 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Interested students can get to know the ladies of ASG and how to get involved.

    Alpha Sigma Gamma is a non-selective, service sorority. Members are chosen purely by chance. This allows every woman rushing an equal chance to be a member.

    To receive news and other event information, a form can be filled out here. For more information, contact ASG public relations chair Annie Fitzgerald by email at aef6144@truman.edu or by phone at 314.703.4691.
  • Exhibit Showcases Satirical and Political Art


    The traveling exhibit, “Satiric and Political Graphics in the Modern Times,” is on display and open to the public through March 4 in the first floor gallery of Pickler Memorial Library.

    The intention of this small exhibit is to provide a brief overview of graphic art throughout history that, with the use of satire and visual power, has exposed the fundamental contradictions and nonsense that define modern society. Nevertheless, the cultivators of this discipline are so numerous and renowned that it is frankly difficult to include them all. For this exhibit, a select number of prominent artists were chosen whose work best represent the diverse styles of graphic art across the different political and historical eras. In this manner, it is possible to follow the evolution of this visual genre from its beginnings in the 18th century, first linked to the field of pictorial art and the rise of written press, and later in the 20th century, continuing into the 21st century.

    “Satiric and Political Graphics in the Modern Times” is organized and provided by Carleton College. The Truman exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages in partnership with Pickler Memorial Library.
  • Study Abroad in Ghana


    Truman, working with the Missouri Consortium for International Studies and Education, offers a unique program for study abroad in Ghana at the University of Ghana-Legon during the Fall semester. Located on the Gulf of Guinea in northwestern Africa, the University of Ghana-Legon offers courses from a variety of academic disciplines. Enjoy classes like African dance performance, ancient and medieval political thought, gender studies, governance and leadership, history of Africa, international marketing, sociology of the family, African drumming and many more. In addition, business students can take business courses exclusively at the School of Business. All courses are taught in English.

    Along with a wide range of study topics, students will find many other activities to experience the culture of the country. There are campus sports, art, theater and music groups; and a short trip to town offers museums, movies, dance clubs, restaurants, open-air markets and live music performances.

    For cost information, visit the Missouri Africa Program budget page. Costs include: academic fees (tuition), accommodations, airport pickup, excursions, flight, health insurance and in-country travel.

    To apply, fill out a Truman online application as well as the University of Ghana-Legon online application. Deadline for the fall 2018 semester is Feb. 23.

    For more information and to apply, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Nabil Alghalith, professor of business administration, had his manuscript entitled, “Social Media: Application in Education,” accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Scholarships Available Through Truman Foundation


    The Truman State University Foundation has applications for 2018 Study Abroad Foundation Scholarships available now. These are scholarships established by generous alumni and friends of the University.

    Scholarships are for students studying abroad through a Truman-sponsored program. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarship Application. Applications can be revised any time prior to the Jan. 31 deadline.
  • Fulbright Program Offers Study Options in UK


    The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission applications for the 2018 U.K. Summer Institute Award Programs for U.S. undergraduates are open.  

    The Fulbright U.K. Summer Institute Programs offer students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation and cultural events at an esteemed British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States.  

    Eligible students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. For summer 2018, there are nine institutes with varied themes and subject areas. These include:

    Aberystwyth University Summer Institute      
    AIFS Summer Institute with the Globe Education
    University of Birmingham Summer Institute
    University of Bristol Summer Institute
    University of Exeter Summer Institute
    University of Sussex Summer Institute
    University of Westminster Summer Institute
    Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute
    Technology, Innovation and Creativity Summer Institute at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art

    To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:
    •    be a U.S. citizen and possess a U.S. passport;
    •    be at least 18 years old;
    •    have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
    •    have at least two years of university study upon their return (i.e. applicants should currently be a freshman or sophomore in college/university)
    •    have little or no study/travel experience outside the U.S.
    •    be mature, responsible, independent and open-minded

    In partnership with U.K. universities, the institute will cover costs, including return U.S./U.K. flights, university fees and room and board at the host U.K. university. The deadline for 2018 is Feb. 7 for all institutes. Programs also vary between three and four weeks. Check the specific institute page for more details. For more information, contact the Fulbright awards staff via email at programmes@fulbright.org.uk.
  • Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship

    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy. Purdy was born in 1914 on a farm near Macon and was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus’s first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    The scholarship is designed to provide merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and who have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The general range will be $2,000-$5,000 based on expected family contribution (EFC), unmet need and other factors.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. Citizen, attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri, and be a sophomore, junior or senior in college. To access more information about this scholarship, click here, or contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130.