Vol. 22 No. 34 - June 11, 2018


  • Schmidt Receives State Department Critical Language Scholarship


    Deanna Schmidt, a history/pre-education major, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Xi’an, China, during the summer.

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.

    Schmidt is one of approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2018. CLS provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

    CLS scholars are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future careers. “Critical” languages are those that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America’s engagement with the world. CLS plays an important role in preparing U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce, increasing American competitiveness and contributing to national security. CLS scholars serve as citizen ambassadors, representing the diversity of the United States abroad and building lasting relationships with people in their host countries.

    Since 2006, CLS has awarded scholarships to more than 5,700 American students to learn critical languages around the world. CLS scholars are among the more than 50,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. These exchange programs build respect and positive relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


  • New Data Science Program Expands Career Opportunities


    With its new online graduate certificate in data science, Truman is offering working adults with a college degree an opportunity to gain experience in one of the world’s fastest-growing career fields.
    Data scientists are trained to decipher large volumes of information in order to find trends and gain deeper insight into what it all means. Average salaries can reach well into six figures, and common career paths include business intelligence analysts, analytics managers and research scientists, to name a few.
    Truman’s online program is the perfect fit for professionals looking to enhance their skill set or considering a career change. It is comprised of five online classes and can be completed in as little as 45 weeks. It’s also a great option for upcoming or recent graduates who want to add additional value to their already valuable Truman undergraduate degree.
    “This program is designed with the needs of the working student firmly in mind,” said Kevin Minch, associate provost. “Courses are compact and online. An academic success mentor helps students stay on track throughout each course. Students are assessed based on projects that apply the skills they learn to work-relevant topics. Most importantly, they learn the essential skills to apply data science to work promptly, whereas many other programs require the completion of an entire master’s degree before producing a credential you can show your employer.”
    For convenience, there are multiple start dates available throughout the year. Courses are taught in intensive, eight-week terms, and a flat tuition rate applies for all participants, regardless of where they reside. Open to graduates from all educational backgrounds, the only prerequisites are Computer Science 170 and Statistics 190, or the equivalent from another university. Truman currently offers both of the prerequisites online during the summer term.
    Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a notation on their transcripts and a certificate suitable for display.
    Processing for applications has begun and the program will launch in January 2019. Participants who anticipate having to complete the prerequisites are encouraged to do so in summer 2018.

    Additional details on the data science program can be found here or by contacting institute@truman.edu.
  • Summer Hours at the Rec

    For the full schedule of summer fitness classes visit recreation.truman.edu. To add the Student Recreation Center Google Calendar click here.

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

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    11 a.m.-2 p.m.



    The Student Recreation Center will be closed July 4 for Independence Day.

  • Volunteers Needed for Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic

    Kirksville will be the host of the Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM), a large-scale dental clinic, Aug. 3-4.

    The clinic provides free oral health care to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford or access care. MOMOM events across America have helped more than 238,000 patients and have provided nearly $155 million in free dental services since 2000. In Missouri, more than 6,100 dental and general volunteers have provided more than $5.6 million in free care to 9,735 patients.

    Volunteers are critical to the success of these clinics because of the large numbers of patients seen. Anyone interested in volunteering for the upcoming clinic can click here for more information.

    The clinic will take place in Pershing Arena. More information about the clinic is available here. Specific patient-related questions can be found at modental.org/about-us/mda-foundation/missouri-mission-of-mercy/patient-faq.

  • Library Construction Update

    The south walkway outside the library has been blocked off for safety reasons due to the construction project to replace the fire suppression system throughout the building. Foot traffic from the Student Union Building will need to walk around the bell tower. The front entrance to the library remains open. For the most current information on the construction progress, visit the project website.

  • DPS June Hours

    June 11-15
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    June 16-17

    June 18-22
    7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    June 23-24

    June 25-29
    7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    June 30-July 1

    In case of an emergency call 9-1-1. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency call 660.665.5621.

  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available June 25.


  • The Truman National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and Residence Hall Association (RHA) recently returned from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) annual conference. The student delegates brought pride to Truman in several different categories at the conference. Cole Keiper, Sammy Garrett, Rachel Snyder, Erin Darr and Bradford Peace won the Returning and Student Staff Case Study. Keiper and Rick Cazzato Jr. each received a Silver Pin, which is the highest award an individual can receive in the Midwest region. Peace was recognized with Golden Leo from the South Atlantic region and Cazzato was recognized with a Golden Maui from the Great Lakes region. Keiper was selected as the NACURH National Communications Coordinator of the Year. RHA from Truman was recognized for having the most Spirit Points, and NRHH came in third in the nation for the Of the Month Traveling Trophy.

    Barry Poyner, professor of communication, has seen his work in parliamentary procedure lead to several consulting opportunities. In addition to serving as parliamentarian for the National Communication Association, he now also serves as parliamentarian for the Indiana State Teachers’ Association (ISTA), assisting them in Indianapolis April 20-21. June 26-28 he will serve as the parliamentarian at the annual meeting of retired members of the National Education Association’s (NEA) in Minneapolis. Poyner will be teaching Parliamentary Procedure, COMM 274, at Truman this fall.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • External Scholarships Available

    External scholarships are available through Bulldog Financial Literacy. Applicants from every major, academic level and financial need can apply for external scholarships, mostly coming from companies who want to give back. The scholarships range from $250-$5,000. To apply visit tru.mn/externalscholarships.