Vol. 22 No. 23 - February 26, 2018


  • Forensics Team Wins Missouri Debate Champion


    For the second year in a row, Truman’s forensic union has earned Missouri’s Harold Lawson Debate Championship.

    The team competed Feb. 16 and 17 at the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities championship tournament, hosted this year on Truman’s campus. In addition to winning the open debate division of the tournament, the team placed third in the Bob Derryberry Overall Sweepstakes and a number of other individual titles and state championships.

    In individual events, sophomore Austin Sopko reached finals in four of his six events. He would go on to place sixth in poetry interpretation, fifth in after dinner speaking, fourth in oratory and third in dramatic interpretation. Additionally, Sopko’s ranking in after dinner speaking qualified the event to the national tournament, giving him six national qualifications, the highest number of speech qualifications in Truman forensics’ recent history. Sophomore Rebecca Walker also advanced to the oratory final, where she placed seventh. First-year Travis Stahlman took his informative speaking to the final round, where he placed fifth and earned his first national qualification. First-year Maguire Radosevic was next out of finals in extemporaneous speaking, earning him a top novice award. Finally, first-year Audrey Baker was awarded top novice in dramatic interpretation and placed sixth in program of oral interpretation, which makes for her fourth national qualification. Baker also placed second and earned top novice oratory.
    Baker’s second place in oratory qualifies her to go to the Interstate Oratorical Association tournament in April. This is the oldest oratorical association in the nation, dating back to 1874, and the speeches of attendees will be published in the annual collection of “Winning Orations.” Only the top two students in oratory for each state are eligible for the tournament, and Baker faced stiff competition to earn her place, joining an elite group of speakers from around the nation.
    Truman forensics competed in two categories of debate, parliamentary debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. In the novice division of parliamentary debate, first-year Riley Dawkins was named sixth best speaker in the division. First-year Cami Smith placed third and fellow first-year Eric Martin placed first, making him the state champion speaker in novice parliamentary debate. Additionally, Smith and partner Peyton Gilbert were named the state champions in novice parliamentary debate. This is the sixth consecutive state championship for Truman in this event.
    In the open division of parliamentary debate, three pairs of debaters made it to elimination rounds. Senior Kelsey Barnes and junior Tyler Behymer were named quarterfinalists, joined by sophomore Caleb Daniels and first-year Radosevic. Senior Connor Stewart and junior Johnathan Christy advanced to the finals, where they won the tournament and the state championship in the open division of parliamentary debate. This is the second and third state championship in this event for Stewart and Christy, respectively, each having won in the past with different partners. Additionally, Radosevic was named sixth best speaker in the state, Stewart was named fifth and Barnes was named third. Christy was named the state champion speaker in open parliamentary debate.
    In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Eric Martin placed second in the novice division and was named fourth best speaker in the state in novice LD debate. In open LD debate, Truman debaters took up five of the six top speaker awards. Smith was named sixth speaker, Radosevic fifth speaker, Christy fourth, Behymer third and Daniels took home the state championship speaker award in open Lincoln-Douglas debate. Five out of nine LD debaters advanced to elimination rounds: Smith, Radosevic, Christy, Behymer and Stewart. Based on preliminary round seeding, Radosevic and Christy advanced to semi-finalists over Smith and Stewart, respectively. Christy and Radosevic both ended the tournament as semifinalists. Behymer, however, advanced to the finals where he defeated Missouri State’s Parker Hopkins in a hard-fought final round, making him the tournament and Missouri State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience.  For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu, contact Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.
  • Ofstad Reading Series to Feature New York Times Bestselling Author


    New York Times bestselling author David Elliot will read his work at 6 p.m. March 1 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre as a part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series.

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

    Born in Ohio, Elliott is the author of many picture books and novels for young people, including the New York Times bestselling “And Here’s to You!” His other books include: “The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle;” “Jeremy Cabbage;” “Finn Throws a Fit;” the Evangeline Mudd books; “This Orq! he cave boy;” and the poetry series, “On the Farm,” “In the Wild,” “In the Sea” and “On the Wing.”
    Trained in classical voice, Elliot has worked as a singer in Mexico, a cucumber washer in Greece, a popsicle stick maker in Israel and a teacher in Palau. For many years, he taught English to Speakers of Other Languages. His interest in writing for children began when his son, now 30, was a toddler. Recently retired from Colby-Sawyer College where he was a professor in the creative writing program, he now writes full time. Elliot is one of the founding mentors of Lesley University’s low residency program in creative writing, where he still teaches. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and their dandie dinmont terrier, Queequeg.

    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.
  • Student Giving Campaign Targets Three Areas


    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 Co-op, the Women’s Resource Center and KTRM. The Bike Co-op is raising money for their new bike share program on campus, the Women’s Resource Center is raising money for free on-campus STI testing and KTRM is raising money for equipment and music updates. Students can do their part by donating at trucampaigns.truman.edu.

  • Translator and Author to Give Two Presentations


    Internationally renowned translator and author Joseph Farrell, professor emeritus at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, will present “Scotland and Samoa: The Last Years of Robert Louis Stevenson” at 5 p.m. on March 7 and “The Art and Craft of Literary Translation” at 5 p.m. on March 8 in Baldwin Hall 114.

    The presentations are sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, in partnership with the Department of English and Linguistics, and are free and open to the public.

    Farrell served as professor of Italian and head of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Strathclyde until retiring in 2010. Since retiring, Farrell has served as visiting professor at Flinders University in Austria, University of Melbourne in Australia, University of Warsaw in Poland, University of Edge Hill in Liverpool and the University of Venice in Italy. He has authored numerous books and articles. His most recent books include “Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa,” published by MacLehose in 2017, and an updated and revised version of “Dario Fo e Franca Rame,” republished in 2018 by Methuen.

    In 1999, Farrell was awarded the John Florio prize for his translation of Daniele Del Giudice’s novel, “Staccando l’ombra da terra,” published as “Take-off.” This bi-annual award, managed by the Society of Authors and sponsored by the Times Literary Supplement, is given for the best translation from Italian to English of a literary work. In November 2005, he received the honor of Cavaliere of the Republic of Italy for services in assisting the promotion of Italian culture abroad.

    Aside from teaching and publishing original and translated works, Farrell served as theatre critic for the Scotsman newspaper and has worked for BBC radio arts and political programmes. Since the early 1980s, he provides a regular review article for the Scottish Review of Books on theatre productions in Scotland.
  • Celebrating 150: Pickler Memorial Library


    Samuel Pickler was a member of the University’s first graduating class, and thanks to a substantial financial contribution when the school was in need, his name is familiar to generations of students.

    Along with Old Baldwin Hall, the fire of 1924 destroyed the campus library. Soon after, Pickler made a $25,000 contribution toward the construction of the building that still bears his name. During its 90-plus years, Pickler Memorial Library has undergone numerous changes to maintain its role as one of the most important buildings on campus.

    A major addition coincided with the University’s centennial in 1967. The early 1990s saw a massive renovation and expansion project that brought the structure’s total square footage to more than 115,000 and gave the building the look many people associate with it today. That time period was also when Truman’s famous clock tower was installed. Ruth Warner Towne (’39), a longtime faculty member, donated the tower bells in honor of her parents.

    Today, Pickler Memorial Library is a vibrant student space with a print collection of more than 500,000 volumes, access to thousands of online journals and databases, and collaborative and tech-centric learning spaces. The library continues to support the curriculum through its services, resources and the preservation of collections of historic interest. Visit library.truman.edu for more information.
  • Suicide Survivor to Share Inspirational Message on Living Mentally Well


    Kevin Hines, a suicide survivor, activist, storyteller and filmmaker, will share his story at 7 p.m. March 27 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.
    Hines, one of the few survivors of a suicide attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge, released his memoir titled “Cracked not Broken, Surviving and Thriving after a Suicide Attempt.” He is currently producing a documentary titled “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” and his story was featured in the 2006 film “The Bridge” by film director and producer Eric Steel.
    The presentation is being funded as part of A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 125-year anniversary community-based project focused on mental health awareness. The presentation is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.
    As an advocate for mental health issues and suicide prevention, Hines’ will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. He has spoken to diverse global audiences representing education, health professions, corporations, clergy, military, law enforcement and various other industries.
    Hines is an active board member for the International Bipolar Foundation, Bridge Rail Foundation and Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and he serves on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He is a past board member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a two-term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board. Hines has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of the Mental Health Parity Bill, and he continues his policy work as an ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.
    In 2016, Hines was awarded Mental Health America’s highest honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award, for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Other recognitions have included: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly; award recipient of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Voice Awards Fellowship Program; an Achievement Winner by U.S. Veterans Affairs; and more than 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.
    “Mental health wellbeing is critical to the success of individuals and society as a whole. The need to improve understanding and awareness of the issues surrounding mental health is of a huge concern, even in our own community,” said Margaret Wilson, dean of ATSU-KCOM. “This event provides an opportunity for us to better educate citizens and the community about the challenges and solutions that benefit us all. We are pleased to offer the powerful message this speaker brings to our community.”
    For additional information about Hines, visit kevinhinesstory.com, and for questions pertaining to his March 27 public speaking engagement, contact communications@atsu.edu or 660.626.2272. For additional information on ATSU-KCOM’s community-based mental health awareness project and collaboration with Truman State University, Kirksville R-III School District and other community partners, visit iconnect.atsu.edu/for-the-love-of-community.
    In coordination with Hines’ presentation, Truman organizations will be hosting a Mental Wellness Week. More information, as well as times of the events, will be posted to the Master Calendar in days to come.
    “Walk With Me”
    Night walk for suicide awareness
    March 25
    Contact: Katherine Nace, Greek Mental Wellness Committee, ken5247@truman.edu
    Talk by Jennifer Hurst

    Topic: links between time spent in nature and mental well-being
    March 26
    Contact: Joe Slama, Student Government, jrs4742@truman.edu
    Kevin Hines
    7 p.m.
    March 27
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    Contact: communications@atsu.edu, 660.626.2272
    Puppies on the Quad
    March 28
    Contact: Katie Litschgi, Panhellenic Council, kml1168@truman.edu
    Mass Yoga Event

    March 28
    Contact: Caroline Costello, Rotaract, crc1156@truman.edu
    Nutrition Workshop
    March 28
    Contact: Katherine Nace, Greek Mental Wellness Committee, ken5247@truman.edu
    Panel with UCS
    Discussion on mental health and wellness habits, featuring questions anonymously submitted by students
    March 29
    Contact: Joe Slama, Student Government, jrs4742@truman.edu
    Positive Peers Info Night
    Contact: Alex Frogge, Positive Peers, alf6361@truman.edu


  • 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.
  • Neck Ties For Sale

    In preparation for career week, neck ties will be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 26-27 at the West Entrance of Violette Hall. Neck ties will be sold for $5 each and come in three solid colors: black, light purple and dark purple. For more information, contact Quinn Miller.
  • PBL Hosts Campaigning and Leadership Workshop

    Phi Beta Lambda will host their second open workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Violette Hall 1146.

    The workshop discusses campaigning and leadership. National PBL president Kimberly Clark will provide tips on how to run for student office and how to be a leader in everyday life. She has worked on three national student-ran leadership teams and has assisted local and state government officials during her educational career. The workshop will last 30-40 minutes. For students interested in feedback, Clark is available after the workshop to discuss campaign platforms.

    Phi Beta Lambda welcomes anyone to attend any two PBL workshops a semester. PBL is the career prep organization on-campus. They assist members in broadening their perspectives on different lines of employment, gaining transferable skills and developing leadership.

    For more information, email Taylor and Monica at pbltruman@gmail.com. Updates can be found on the Facebook event page.
  • 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. The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CANCELLED: Percussion Artist and Composer to Visit March 1


    UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.

    Internationally renowned percussion artist and composer Dave Hall will perform a recital at 8 p.m. March 1 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Prior to the recital, Hall will host a performance clinic at 12:30 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish Hall 2340. Sponsored by the University Department of Music and the Truman Percussion Society, both events are free and open to the public.

    Hall is an assistant professor of percussion and jazz studies and coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Nebraska. As a result of his diverse skills as a percussionist and omnivorous musical approach, Hall regularly performs as a solo marimbist, drummer, orchestral percussionist and steel pan artist. He has regular engagements in the United States, Spain, Puerto Rico, Belgium and at the Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia, Italy.

    His works for percussion have been commissioned, performed and recorded around the world. Combining engaging harmonies and rhythms with complex textures and imaginative colors, his music was called “the aural equivalent of a Dali painting” by the New York Concert Review.

    For more information, contact Michael Bump, professor of music, mbump@truman.edu, 660.785.4052.
  • 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.
  • 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 bap.truman.edu/vita.

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

    March 3

    March 24

  • 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.
  • Study Abroad Fair Set for March 6

  • Speaker to Discuss Ethics in Business

    Student Center for the Public Trust and Alpha Kappa Psi are co-hosting guest speaker Ryan Hirsch, NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust operations director at 7 p.m. on March 6 in Violette Hall 1010. He will discuss ethical dilemmas and ethical leadership in business.

  • 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.
  • Festa Italiana Night to Occur March 8

    Sodexo will offer Festa Italiana Night from 5-8 p.m. March 8 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    The dinner will feature the following entrees: spaghetti and meatballs; chicken cavatoppi with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach alfredo; sausage tortellini with sautéed peppers and onion with pesto sauce; and roasted red pepper cream with mushrooms and rigatoni. Gluten free pasta is available upon request.

    The cost of the meal is two meal swipes for students, $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 4.

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  • 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 a foreign language instructor and a performance prep/variety show instructor 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.

  • 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.
  • Ireland Summer Study Abroad Program Available


    Truman, in partnership with the University of Limerick, now offers a unique summer study abroad option in Limerick, Ireland. The University of Limerick’s stunning riverside campus offers outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities only three miles away from the historic city of Limerick. Situated in mid-west Ireland, this small and friendly city is perfectly positioned to access all parts of Ireland, making trips and excursions easily accessible. Enjoy unique excursions to Limerick City and Bunratty Folk Park, Dublin City, the Cliffs of Moher, as well as the many social events Limerick has to offer. During this three-week summer program, students can choose to study subjects including Irish studies, business, healthcare, physical education and sports science, and theatre.

    The program is competitively priced $4,586. This price includes tuition, room and board, and three excursions.

    The program dates are May 23 through June 13, and applications are due May 1. For more information about the University of Limerick, click here. For more information about studying abroad, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.
  • Spring Break Hours at the Student Recreation Center

    The spring break hours for the Student Recreation Center are as follows.
    March 9 • 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
    March 10-11 • closed
    March 12-16 • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    March 17 • closed
    March 18 • 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

    Specific areas of the Student Recreation Center may be closed without advance notice for cleaning or repair projects.

  • Spring Break Hours for the Department of Public Safety

    March 9 • 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    March 10-11 • closed
    March 12-16 • 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    March 17 • closed
    March 18 • 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
    March 19 • 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    In case of an emergency, call 911. To have an officer dispatched to contact you (non-emergency), call 660.665.5621.



  • Notables

    Mike Ashcraft, a member of the department of philosophy and religion, published his new book,  “A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements.”

    Samantha Carroll, a sophomore double major in psychology and justice systems, had her paper, titled “The Crime of Poverty: The Rise and Fall of the Workhouse from Elizabethan England to Kansas City, Missouri,” accepted for publication in Metamorphosis, the COPLAC undergraduate research journal. This paper will be presented at the 2018 Student Research Conference and the 2018 Iowa Human Rights Research Conference in Pella, Iowa. Upon publication, the paper can be found here.

    Parker Arnall, Thanaphat Chananukul, Ben Collins, Joey Goldman and Tori Kleitz, members of Alpha Kappa Psi, created and presented a project as a part of the Alpha Kappa Psi National Case Competition Feb. 9 at the Principled Business Leadership Institute in Chicago. The team was prompted to create a business concept that addresses one or more of the 20 metrics for the United Nations’ Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the end, the team decided to pitch a business that developed a mobile application or website that made charitable donations and volunteering easier for businesses and employees. Out of hundreds of submissions, theirs was chosen amongst 16 to advance to the next round. After presenting their business concept, they received second place, making them one of the top eight case competitors in the country.

    Members of the Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition team from left to right: Tori Kleitz, Joey Goldman, Thanaphat Chananukul and Parker Arnall.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Career and Grad School Week Schedule of Events

    Expo Bootcamp
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 26
    Student Union Building 3201-3204

    SCORE Mock Interviews
    9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3201, 3202, 3203 and 3204

    Etiquette Dinner
    Pre-registration was required
    5:30-7 p.m.
    Feb. 27
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Graduate and Professional School Expo
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    GRE/GMAT Math Bootcamp
    Pre-register here
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 28

    Aldi Info Session
    6-7 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Career and Internship Expo
    11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building

    Professional Photo Booth
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building 3204

    Pre-Selected Employer Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 2
    Student Union Building

    For more information about each event, click here.

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.
  • 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.

    Interested students can attend a round table talk with study abroad adviser Rosa Virginia Mendez from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. March 2 in the Study Abroad Office, Baldwin Hall 106.

    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.
  • 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.