Vol. 22 No. 22 - February 19, 2018


  • TruCare Offers Opportunity to Serve


    The monthlong TruCare service initiative will again take place throughout March, giving everyone with a Truman connection an opportunity to show how dedicated the University is to service.

    Designed as a way for alumni and friends to share in the spirit of the Big Event, TruCare allows anyone with a Truman affiliation to count service hours completed from March 1 through midnight April 1 as part of a cumulative total.

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University can participate by simply logging any service hours completed during that time on the TruCare website. Hours can be logged individually or by student organizations. Hours completed during the Big Event will also be counted. The grand total will be announced in April.

    In its inaugural campaign last year, TruCare saw more than 1,300 members of the Truman community contribute 4,727.5 hours of service. Projects took place in 21 cities across nine states and included working in food pantries, church nurseries, retirement communities, thrift shops, pet adoption centers and libraries, as well as fixing up a summer camp and participating in Habitat for Humanity.

    TruCare is sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association. For questions about the program, contact Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, at 600.785.4167.

  • Truman Tops List of Fulbright Producers


    Truman is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-18 Fulbright students.

    Published in the Feb. 18 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Truman was No. 1 on the list of master’s institutions for producing Fulbright students. The University had nine Fulbright students selected from a total of 16 applications.

    The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research abroad each year.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. It is funded by an annual appropriation from Congress to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

    Of the 22 universities listed among the master’s institutions, Truman was the only Missouri school.

    The complete lists from The Chronicle of Higher Education can be found here. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.
  • Student Philanthropy Council Sponsors Student Giving Campaign

    From Feb. 26 through March 2, the Student Philanthropy Council will sponsor the annual Student Giving Campaign.

    This campaign gives students the chance to work together to make a difference in their student experience. Three student-run crowdfunding campaigns will be featured in a competition for match money from alumna donor Colleen Ritchie (’84). The campaign with the greatest number of students donating $5 or more will received a $2,000 match. The second-place campaign will receive a $1,000 match and the third-place team will receive a $500 match.

    The three featured campaigns this year are the Bike Coop, the Women’s Resource Center and KTRM. More information on the campaigns will be available next week.
  • Mental Wellness Support Group to Meet Mondays and Thursdays


    Positive Peers is a mental wellness support group for Truman students seeking increased peer support for their mental health and wellness. Facilitators have been trained by University Counseling Services on how to lead a peer-to-peer support group.

    Support groups will meet weekly in Baldwin Hall Room 113 at the following times:

    5:30-7 p.m.
    7-8:30 p.m.

    Groups are open for students to join anytime during the semester. Attend one or two groups per week. There is no commitment, and students are not obligated to continue attending every session.

    Positive Peers welcomes students currently in distress as well as students seeking to prevent distress. Facilitators are not counselors and cannot provide professional advice. Students in need of professional support should contact University Counseling Services at 660.785.4014. Facilitators will serve as discussion-leaders, providing the group with structure, a safe space to support one another and referrals to outside sources if needed.

    Potential benefits of joining a support group:
    - Reducing stress
    - Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
    - Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
    - Improving coping skills and sense of adjustment
    - Talking openly and honestly about feelings
    - Gaining peer advice
    - Increased social connections, both in number and in depth

    For more information about Positive Peers email PositivePeersTSU@gmail.com.
  • Music Faculty to Perform Recital


    A faculty recital featuring Xin Gao, saxophone, and Bhunghee Yoo, piano, will occur at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The performance, which is free and open to the public, will include “Largo” by George Frideric Handel, “Sonata en C#” by Fernande Decruck, “Chinese Ancient Dances” by Chen Yo, “Ku Ku” by Barry Cockcroft and “Sonata” by Mark Kilstofte.

    Hailing from Chengdu, China, Gao currently serves as assistant professor of saxophone and music theory. Prior to Truman, he taught at East Tennessee State University, the Music Academy of North Carolina, Furman University and Georgia State University. He has received national and international recognition at major world competitions including first place at the Music Teachers National Association National Young Artist Competition in 2011, finalist at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition in 2014 and as a two-time semi-finalist at the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in 2008 and 2014. With the chamber group QuadrAtomic Saxophon quartet, he reached the finals of both the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and the group was awarded the Coleman-Saunderson Prize.

    Gao has performed as a soloist in orchestras and recitals across the United States and Asia, including the UNCG Orchestra, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Orchestra, University of Illinois - Chicago Wind Ensemble, Duquesne Orchestra and the Sichuan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in China. He frequently performs lecture recitals at national and international conferences, such as the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. As a chamber musician, his experience with the Sirocco Reed Quintet, New Century Saxophone Quartet, QuadATOMIC Saxophone Quartet and Road of Creativity ensemble have all played major roles in forming his musical identity.

    Being passionate about new music, Gao has commissioned new pieces from world-renowned composers such as Sherwood Shaffer, Marc Mellits, David Maslanka and Leilei Tian, and he has collaborated directly with young composers such as Wei Dai in his efforts to bring Chinese music to a wider audience.

    A native of South Korea, Yoo is a collaborative artist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout the United States, South Korea and Italy, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Sejong Center. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Renee Fleming, Warren Jones, Jake Heggie and Robert Beaser. Yoo came to the United States after receiving top honors at Kyungwon University where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, as a solo pianist, and Master of Music degree, as a collaborative piano student of Younghae Han. She holds her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, J.J. Penna and Diane Richardson. At Juilliard, she was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Alexander Siloti Scholarship and the Bernard P. and Leigh M. Seder Scholarship. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Anne Epperson and was the recipient of the Butler Excellence Scholarship. She has participated in Amati Music Festival in the United States and Tivoli Music Festival in Italy.

    Yoo has served as a vocal arts piano fellow and staff pianist at the Juilliard School, Kaufman Music School and McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. She has been a staff pianist at Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2010. She joined Truman as a collaborative pianist in the fall of 2016 and now serves as the coordinator of accompanying for the music department.
  • Celebrating 150: The Presidents

    President Ryle shakes with a bulldog. At 30 years, Ryle's presidency is the longest in the history of the University. Photo courtesy of the Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections Department.

    In its 150-year history, the University has been fortunate to have consistent, steady leadership. Including interims, a total of 17 individuals have served in the role of president. While many of their names are familiar thanks to campus landmarks, their stories can sometimes be overlooked.

    John R. Kirk holds the distinction of having two buildings named in his honor, but probably few people realize he was the first alumnus to lead the University. As a student, Kirk worked as a secretary to president Joseph Baldwin in order to pay for his education and support his family. An attorney before his own presidency, all six of Kirk’s children graduated from the University.

    When Eugene Fair succeeded Kirk in 1925 he became the first Missouri native to take on the role. Fair was politically active most of his adult life and in 1920 ran for the Missouri House of Representatives. He won the election and served as Adair County’s representative to the general assembly while continuing his position at the college. Fair also holds another distinction as the first University president to pass away while in office. He died after suffering a stroke at a speaking engagement in St. Louis.

    William P. Nason and Joseph P. Blanton shared more than just a middle initial. Nason, a South Carolinian, and Blanton, who hailed from Virginia, were the second and third presidents, respectively. Forever linked as two-thirds of the trifecta in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall, the two men have one last, grim connection in that they both passed away in 1909.

    Not all presidential connections are of the somber variety. Founder Joseph Baldwin and current president Sue Thomas are both natives of Pennsylvania and together form Keystone State bookends of University leaders. Presidents Robert Dager and Troy Paino share a Hoosier heritage, while another five represent the Show-Me State. The unofficial alumni club of graduates who have served in the top post is smaller still with only four members.   

    Baldwin is not the only University president to create an institution of higher learning. Charles McClain founded Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., in 1963, and after his time in Kirksville he went on to serve as Missouri’s commissioner of higher education.

    For a full 20 percent of the University’s history, Walter H. Ryle III held sway over campus. His tenure of 30 years is more than the combined terms of Nason, Paino, F. Clark Elkins, Eli F. Mittler, Russell Warren, W. Jack Magruder, Barbara B. Dixon and Darrell W. Krueger. To be fair, that list does include three of the four presidents who served exclusively in an interim capacity.

    It is not uncommon for University presidents to have a legal background, but only one can boast of being both an attorney and a medical doctor. William D. Dobson studied law for two years and was admitted to the bar in 1872. After resigning his presidency in 1899, he enrolled in the American School of Osteopathy across town, today known as A.T. Still University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1902 and following four years on the ASO faculty moved to St. Louis to open his own medical practice.

    Magruder might not have been a medical doctor, but he too has ties to both Kirksville institutions of higher education. Having served as president of Truman and ATSU he has been honored with emeritus status from both universities.

    Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections Department has more information about the University presidents available online at library.truman.edu/archives/presidents.asp.


  • Guest Artist to Speak Feb. 19


    Guest artist Josh Winkler will talk about his artwork in a lecture entitled “Reaching for the Sun” at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 in Baldwin Hall 114.

    A Minnesota-based artist, Winkler works primarily with traditional and contemporary print media. Since receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2010, he has been creating works of art on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin and exhibiting work nationally and internationally. Winkler is an assistant professor of printmaking at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

    Winkler’s work reflects his interest in how humans manipulate and label the land and how time, politics and social change alter the context of both natural and inhabited locations.
  • JBA Preceptor Positions Available


    Current students looking for a summer job can apply to be a preceptor for the Joseph Baldwin Academy. The application can be found here and turned in to McClain Hall 303 by Feb. 20.

    JBA is a three-week residential program that takes place twice each summer, once in June and once in July. Each session typically has around 200 gifted junior high students from around the country. JBA students take one of the 10 classes in the session they attend. Similarly, preceptors are class-specific. Preceptors work as student advisors in the dorms and teaching assistants in the classroom. They are paid $1,500 per session, along with being provided room and board. (Preceptors live in Ryle Hall and have access to the cafeteria.)

    Interviews will take place Feb. 22, 23 and 24. More information about JBA can be found at jba.truman.edu.
  • Student Ambassador 2018-19 Applications Available


    The Office of Admission is looking for enthusiastic student leaders with a passion for sharing their positive Truman experience.
    Applications are open for student ambassadors for the 2018-19 academic year. Student ambassadors guide visiting students and their families on campus tours, assist in the recruitment of prospective students and represent the University.

    Scholarship, work-study and volunteer opportunities are available. Institutional positions are available, but limited. Applications can be found online and are due by 5 p.m. March 9. Questions should be directed to Shari Fieser, student ambassador adviser.
  • Bulldog B.I.T.E. Entries Due March 5


    Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch entries will be due by 11:59 p.m. March 5.

    An elevator pitch outlines the concept or idea for a product, service or project in a short period of time, typically from 30 seconds to three minutes. The length of the pitch mirrors the time spent waiting for and riding an elevator in a high-rise building. The purpose of the pitch is to spur the interest of a potential investor or financial backer.

    Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Business Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, is open to any student or team of students — up to three members — enrolled during the 2018 spring semester. A student or team may submit only one pitch concept for the contest. Participants may pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept.

    Students will submit a concept or idea for a product, service or project in a video pitch no longer than 60 seconds by 11:59 p.m. March 5. The video should not include any props, except the product prototype, and should be one continuous shot. Students must also include an executive summary of their product. The executive summary must contain: name of the individual or team members; problem or issue being addressed by the concept; product description; target market; competitive advantage of the concept; value creation; and expected future use of prize money.

    Judges will select six teams to attend the live pitch competition from 4-6 p.m. April 13 on campus to present their product to a panel. The top three finalists will receive cash awards: the cash prize for first place is $3,000; second place is $2,000; and third place is $1,000. Pitch participants, judges, alumni and audience members are then invited to a networking reception following the competition.

    The Bulldog B.I.T.E. is sponsored by Villhard Growth Partners and is coordinated on campus by the Office of Advancement and the Career Center.

    For complete details and entry information, click here.
  • Peace Corps Prep Program Info Meeting


    A Peace Corps Prep information meeting will occur at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Ranked among the top 20 volunteer-producing midsized schools in the nation, Truman, in partnership with the United States Peace Corps, is able to offer Peace Corps Prep certification. Participants can join the more than 215,000 volunteers who have made a difference in 140 countries around the world in the last 40 years.

    The Peace Corps Prep program is open to all majors and allows student to complete coursework and fieldwork relevant to international service. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive recognition on co-curricular transcripts and a signed certificate from the Peace Corps. While certification does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps, it gives a competitive advantage in the application process.

    The Peace Corps Prep program prepares students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience and professional development support.

    For more information, contact Mary Shapiro or click here.
  • Master of Athletic Training Program Info Meeting March 1


    An informational meeting on athletic training and the Truman Master of Athletic Training program will occur from 4:30-5 p.m. March 1 in Pershing Building 233.

    A career in athletic training includes injury evaluation, injury rehabilitation and treatment and program administration. Athletic training works closely with medical professionals to provide overall care and treatment to a variety of physically active individuals. Information about the application process will be discussed at the meeting. Classes begin in July. For more information, contact Brandy Schneider at bschneider@truman.edu or visit truman.edu/mat.
  • French Economics Professor to Present at Truman


    “Toward a More Participatory Society”
    Jörg Guido Hülsmann, professor of economics, University of Angers, France
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 21
    Baldwin Hall Little Theatre

    Presentation abstract: Plato, St. Thomas Aquinas, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Emile Durkheim, Ludwig von Miss and countless other great thinkers have underscored that human beings associate because of material advantages that they derive from cooperation. To understand the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, it is therefore necessary to study the cause of association and dissociation. We will focus on the impact of savings and capital accumulation on the one hand and government interventions on the other hand.

    Hülsmann is a professor of economics at the University of Angers in France and senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He received his Ph.D. in economics and master’s degree in engineering and economic science from the University of Berlin and his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the Free University of Berlin. He has taught at Loyola University and Grove City College in the United States and lectured at universities in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain and the Vatican.
  • Alumnus to Present in Ofstad Reading Series


    Ofstad visiting writer and alumnus Doug Reside will present “Editing Musical Theatre in the Digital Age” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre as a part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Reading series.

    Reside graduated from Truman in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in computer science. He earned his master’s degree from Truman and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, both in English. Since 2011, Reside has served as New York Public Library’s digital curator for the performing arts. In this position, he has initiated, created and overseen a number of digital archive and access projects. Reside also served as product owner for the library’s digital repository, where his leadership helped advance the work of the repository and related services such as the metadata management system and importing data from other bibliographic tools.

    Sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics, this presentation is free and open to the public.

    Due to the generosity and vision of Odessa Ofstad in creating the Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Chair in English and Linguistics, the Department of English and Linguistics is able to offer a range of intensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops in creative writing, English and linguistics led by guest writers and scholars. Along with these classes, the Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series, which features these guests, has become a centerpiece of departmental and campus culture.
  • Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Available

    The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizens undergraduate students at two- and four-year institutions who are receiving a Pell Grant to study or intern abroad.

    An information session, hosted by Gilman Scholarship recipient Sydnie Russian, will occur at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in Magruder Hall 2001. Interested students who are unable to attend the information session can go to a round table talk with study abroad advisor Rosa Virginia Mendez.

    Round table talks will occur on the following dates in the Study Abroad Office, Baldwin Hall 106.

    Feb. 21
    10-11 a.m.

    Feb. 22
    3-4 p.m.

    March 2
    11 a.m.-12 p.m.

    The deadline for the summer and fall 2018 application is March 6. For more information, visit gilmanscholarship.org or click here. For tips on writing a competitive scholarship essay, click here.
  • Tax Prep Sessions Now Scheduling Appointments

    Truman’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi will again conduct Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sessions in February and March. The VITA program provides free income tax assistance to students and the community. All volunteers are IRS certified, and most returns qualify for electronic filing for a faster return.

    Truman students and employees and Sodexo employees will be accepted on a walk-in basis. All other community members are required to have an appointment, which can be scheduled by phone at 660.785.6064. For more information, visit vita.truman.edu.

    Sessions will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the following dates in Violette Hall:

    Feb. 24

    March 3

    March 24

  • CML Offers Professional Certificates in French

    Students (from left) Jonie Welland, Celine Fuch, Ellen Morgan and Michael Wohldmann took the test in December. They are pictured with Audrey Viguier, assistant professor of French.

    Since May 2017 the Classical and Modern Languages Department has been offering students the opportunity to earn professional certificates with the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

    The certification is aimed at students or professionals wishing to certify their language skills with a diploma. Students can take the test in seven different fields (business, tourism, international relations, law, health, fashion, and science and technics) and at various levels.

    These certificates bring students an added value to their professional career and multiply their chances in today’s job market. Truman offers the opportunity to take this test once a semester. So far, all 11 students that have participated have passed the test and earned certificates in business, tourism, and science and technics. The next testing session will take place April 28. The deadline for registration is April 13.

    For more information on the program click here or email Audrey Viguier, assistant professor of French.
  • CSI Seeks Leadership Recognition Nominations


    Nominations are open for the Leadership Recognition Program. The awards honor the accomplishments of outstanding organizations and organizational members, advisers and faculty. Nominations can be submitted online at wp-internal.truman.edu/csi/leadership until 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Questions can be directed to Ray Stewart or Bhavana Yerragunta at csilrp@gmail.com.
  • Parking Lot to be Closed Feb. 23

    The front half of the Baldwin Hall parking lot will be closed Feb. 23 for the annual Jazz Festival.
  • Essay, Oratory and Art Competitions Open


    The application period for Truman’s annual Lincoln Contests is now open.

    The contests include art, essay and oratory competitions. Each competition will include a first-place prize of $200 and a second-place prize of $100.

    The prompt for this year’s competition will commemorate Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although the document may have had a limited direct impact on the lives of many slaves, it was a watershed moment in stating that previously bound people shall be “forever free” (Emancipation Proclamation, paragraph 2). To emancipate commonly means to free from bondage, oppression or restraint.  This year’s prompt asks you to choose one of the following possibilities and develop it into an essay:
    • Choose another emancipatory moment in Lincoln’s life and write about it, incorporating source material.
    • Choose an emancipatory moment in someone’s life and, incorporating source material, write about it.

    Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, three to five pages, and can be submitted until March 20 to Barry Poyner in Barnett Hall 1110. A list of works cited should be used as appropriate, and the submission should include a cover sheet with contact information and the name of the competition being entered, essay, oratorical or both. Finalists in the oratorical contest will deliver their speeches before the National Communication Association Student Club later in the semester. Communication club members will assist this year’s judges, Chandrika Collins and Poyner, in judging.

    For the art contest, entries can be submitted until March 20 to Rusty Nelson in Ophelia Parrish Hall 1221. Entries should follow the following criteria: artwork of any media is acceptable, traditional or digital output/projection – 2-D and 3-D; no larger than 18” x 24” for 2-D work and three feet in the round for 3-D work; projected work should be formatted for 16:9 screen ratio. Winning art will be added to the Schwengel Lincoln Collection in Special Collections at Pickler Memorial Library.

    The Lincoln Contests in art, essay and oratory were established by Fred and Ethel Schwengel to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln.

    Each year, the Advancement Office funds a $1,000 Lincoln-Douglas Debate Scholarship for an incoming freshman on Truman’s forensic team to be selected by Christopher Outzen, director of forensics, and Craig Hennigan, assistant director. This competition takes place among high school students and fulfills the Schwengel’s desire to see a contest on the high school level.

    Fred Schwengel was raised in Franklin County, Iowa, and attended Sheffield High School. He was a 1930 alumnus of Northeast Missouri State Teachers college where he met his future wife, Ethel Cassity, a 1932 alumna and native of Purdin, Mo. The Schwengels returned to Fred’s native Iowa in 1937 where Fred was in the insurance business, and they raised two children, Frank and Dorothy. His interest in politics led him to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1945 where he served 10 consecutive terms before turning to the U.S. Congress where he served as a representative for eight terms. Mr. Schwengel passed away in 1993, and Mrs. Schwengel passed away in 2011 at age 102.
  • Upward Bound Hiring

    The Truman Upward Bound project is currently seeking instructors, residential mentors, a night monitor and a photographer to work with area high school students while they are participating in a six-week on-campus college simulation. This paid position provides a high-impact learning experience that will help upper level Truman students gain valuable on the job training, build their resume and develop non-cognitive skills necessary for future employment. Applications can be filled out under the employment opportunities link at ub.truman.edu.

  • 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.
  • Safe Zone Trainings for Faculty and Staff


    There are two upcoming Safe Zone trainings for interested faculty and staff members. The first will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Art Gallery in Ophelia Parrish. They second is from 3-5 p.m. March 2 in McClain Hall 208. Those interested in participating can register here.

    The Safe Zone program was created to have a network of knowledgeable faculty and staff 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 and challenging homophobic and heterosexist comments or behaviors in an educational and informative manner.  

    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.
  • SDS Host Town Hall on Higher Education Budget Cuts

    Students for a Democratic Society will sponsor a town hall at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in Violette Hall 1000 to discuss the budget situation, share experiences and plan action.

    Truman is facing a budget crisis, triggered by repeated funding cuts from the Missouri state legislature. This year’s proposed state budget includes another 7.7 percent reduction, adding to a steady 16-year fall. When the state decreases its financial support for Truman, the University faces two options: raise tuition and fees or make cuts to programs and departments.
    For more information on the town hall, contact trumanstatesds@gmail.com.
  • Exchange Program Offers Study Abroad in Spain


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

    Students have the opportunity to complete an internship in majors such as education and business administration.

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

    The University of Burgos offers furnished dorms located on the San Amaro campus. Students are responsible for arranging and paying the University of Burgos or their landlord directly for all housing costs.

    To apply, fill out a Truman 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.

    For more information on Universidad de Burgos, click here. For more information, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.
  • Study Abroad Fair Set for March 6

  • D’Souza to Speak March 6

    The College Republicans will sponsor a presentation by conservative author, filmmaker and speaker Dinesh D’Souza at 7 p.m. March 6 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. In his presentation, “The Big Lie,” D’Souza will tackle and debunk the myth that republicans and conservatives are linked to fascism. It will be followed by a question and answer session with members of the audience. For more information on this event, contact the College Republicans at collegerepublicans@truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Christa Reisinger, a junior center fielder for the softball team, was named Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 12. This is the third time in her career she has earned this distinction. Reisinger hit .800 (8-for-10) in four games with six runs scored, two triples, 12 total bases, six walks, five stolen bases in five attempts, a 1.200 slugging percentage and an .875 on-base percentage. She is the first Bulldog to win the award three times.

    Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, gave a presentation titled “The Science of Improvisation in Performance” at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Feb. 8.

    The Truman cross country teams, under the direction of head coach Tim Schwegler, had both the men and women’s programs named All-Academic with either respective team cumulative grade point averages. The men were in the top 20 of the 119 Division II teams nationally with a 3.44 team GPA while the women were in the top 10 of the 157 honored teams with a 3.72 GPA. Four individuals were named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA for having at least a 3.25 GPA and finishing in the top 30 percent of the NCAA regional qualification meet. Bulldogs named All-Academic were Brice Pavey for the men and Emma Harrelson, Michaela Hylen and Gemma Saathoff for the women. A total of 675 Division II student-athletes earned the recognition.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Career and Grad School Week to See Changes


    After receiving feedback from recruiters, students and faculty from the fall Career and Grad School Expo, the Career Center has modified the schedule for the spring.

    The dates for Career Week are Feb. 26-March 2. Monday, the Career Center will sponsor Expo Bootcamp, a workshop that will teach students about networking, professional dress and resumes. Tuesday, the Career Center will host the Etiquette Dinner and SCORE Mock Interviews. 

    The Career and Grad School week will now feature two different expos, one on Wednesday devoted to graduate school programs and the other on Thursday for career and internship opportunities featuring employers from for-profit, non-profit and government agencies. The week will conclude with Interview Day on Friday.

    The complete schedule of events can be found here. Comments, questions or concerns can be directed to Brandi Wriedt at bkeller@truman.edu or Victoria Soncasie at ucc4@truman.edu.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Truman Scholarships Available Through Foundation


    The Truman State University Foundation has applications for 2018-19 Foundation scholarships available now. These are scholarships established by generous alumni and friends of the University. Scholarships are for current students. Recipients much be enrolled full time during the term of the scholarship to receive the full amount of the scholarship. Click here to apply in TruView. Applications can be revised any time prior to the March 12 deadline.
  • Applications for Tillman Scholars Fellowship Now Open

    The Tillman Scholars fellowship program is open to military veterans and spouses pursuing a full-time bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree at a U.S.-based accredited institution.

    The Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of private and public-sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The fellowship program supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarship, a national network and professional development opportunities in all fields. The scholarship covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. In 2018, Tillman scholars can expect to receive an $11,000 annual scholarship as well as a $1,000 stipend for professional development opportunities.

    Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. March 1. An overview of the program can be found here. To fill out an application or receive more information about the program, click here.
  • Freeman-ASIA Awards for Study Abroad

    The Freeman-ASIA Awards are scholarships for undergraduate students looking to study in East and Southeast Asia in summer or fall 2018. These scholarships offer up to $7,000 for U.S.-based students who have demonstrated financial need and who plan to study abroad in one of 15 countries. The amount rewarded will assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

    For more information on eligibility criteria, or how to apply, visit the Freeman-AASIA Awards website. The deadline for the summer program is March 14. For the fall academic year, the deadline is April 11.

    To learn more about study abroad at Truman, contact the Center for International Education in Baldwin Hall 106 at 660.785.4076 or ciea@truman.edu.
  • 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.