Vol. 22 No. 35 - June 25, 2018


  • Solar System Squeezed into Library Pit


    Campus visitors wanting to explore the solar system now have two options: they can take in a show at the planetarium, or they can gaze into the library pit.

    In late spring, an “Introduction to the Visual Arts” class completed and installed a sculpture project in the courtyard area south of Pickler Memorial Library. Danielle Yakle, assistant professor of art, has had her classes complete similar projects in recent years, including the Quad Kraken, the acorns and a collection of organs. This year, Student Government contacted the class about helping with their initiative to improve the pit.  

    “One of the guiding parameters of the project was that it needed to look good from above. Since the space is not fully accessible we wanted to make something people could enjoy just by looking at it from the exterior railings,” Yakle said. “Thematically this solar system sculpture is intended to relate to the nearby planetarium.”  

    Those who do venture into the pit for a closer look are free to take a rest on their favorite planet. Each hemisphere is constructed with a steel frame, covered in concrete and embellished with glass mosaic. Similar to the public benches last year, they are more than sturdy enough to double as seating.

    One of the biggest challenges of the project was deciding on the scale of the planets and the distances between them. Yakle sought the help of two fellow professors to rectify the problem.

    “If we had simply scaled everything down equally to fit in the space none of the planets would have been visible. Even the sun would have been just over a quarter of an inch in diameter – about the size of a pencil eraser,” Yakle said. “We consulted with Vayujeet Gokhale from physics and Don Bindner from mathematics to find solutions to this issue and to make sure our representation could appeal to informed astronomy students as well as the rest of the student body.”  

    A hot topic for debate in class was whether Pluto should be included.

    “Students still feel a nostalgic attachment to the dwarf planet, but when we realized how extremely far away objects in the Kuiper belt are, and how this would affect our scale, Pluto was nixed.”

    While previous projects were installed on a temporary basis, there are no immediate plans to remove the sculpture from the pit.
  • Spring Graduation List Released


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

    The University conducted graduation ceremonies May 12. The names of the graduates can be found online at truman.edu/honors/spring-2018-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 gallery of photos from the spring commencement is available online at photos.truman.edu/gallery/2018-spring-commencement.
  • Eleven Truman Squads Named All-Academic by GLVC


    Truman had 11 athletic teams earn all-academic honors from the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2017-18 school year. 

    The GLVC recognizes each team from member institutions that have maintained a 3.30 grade point average for the academic year. Truman added four teams to its total from the previous season, and the conference as a whole set a record with a total of 149 honorees.

    For Truman, its recognized squads included women’s cross country (3.71), women’s swimming (3.63), women’s soccer (3.57), women’s tennis (3.54), softball (3.52), women’s golf (3.51), volleyball (3.51), women’s track and field (3.49), women’s basketball (3.43), men’s soccer (3.41) and men’s cross country (3.36).

    Individually, a total of 247 Truman student-athletes received academic All-GLVC honors, bestowed upon those who meet a cumulative GPA of 3.30 during two semesters of an academic year at the institution. The breakdown by sport is: football (33), women’s soccer (24), baseball (21), women’s track and field (21), men’s soccer (19), women’s swimming (18), men’s track and field (17), women’s basketball (14), softball (13), volleyball (11), women’s cross country (10), men’s swimming (9), men’s basketball (8), men’s cross country (7), women’s golf (7), women’s tennis (7), men’s tennis (5) and wrestling (3).

    Forty-four Truman student-athletes received the GLVC’s James Gaffney FSC Distinguished Scholar Award for earning a 4.0 grade point average during the course of the academic year.

    Additionally, 27 Bulldogs were honored with the Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award bestowed upon student-athletes that have exhausted their eligibility in the intercollegiate sport in which they participated and maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA through their academic year.

    For the second year in a row, multiple Truman student-athletes were named GLVC Scholar-Athletes of the Year within the same season. Of the honorees for the 14 winter and spring sports, the Bulldogs were represented by Zach Fischer for men’s basketball, Christa Reisinger for softball and Jamie Fitzpatrick for women’s swimming and diving.

    The league selects one student-athlete in each conference sport to be designated the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is based upon athletic accomplishments, both team and individual, and academic performance in the season upon which the award is based. Each GLVC member has the opportunity to nominate one individual from its team for the award. Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average that meets Academic All-America standards (3.30), and freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award. The voting is completed by each member institution’s faculty athletics representative.
  • Clapp Award Helps Educators

    Kim Winkler and Mackenzie Perron are the recipients of the Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award. Pictured, from left: Clapp, Winkler, Perron and Wendy Miner, professor of education.

    This year’s recipients for the Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award from Truman State University are Mackenzie Perron and Kim Winkler.

    The Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award was endowed in 2006 to honor the professor emeritus who taught in the Department of Education. Clapp is a powerful proponent of literacy and children’s literature. Hundreds of students and practicing teachers have been influenced by her dedication and careful mentoring.

    The fund provides $500 each to a Master of Arts in Education student and a current teacher to purchase children’s literature for their professional practices. Perron is a graduate student at Truman, and Winkler is a literacy coach and title reading interventionist in the Macon R-1 School District.

    The awards were presented June 8 during a ceremony in Violette Hall.


  • 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. In particular, there is a need of volunteers to help with the clinic set up Aug. 2 and the clinic tear down Aug. 4. There is also a need for more volunteer interpreters that speak Spanish and French. 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.

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available July 9.
  • City and University Collaborate for Theatre Production

    The Truman Theatre Department and Kirksville Parks and Recreation will sponsor the musical comedy “The Addams Family” July 12-15 in the James G. Severns Theatre. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. July 12-14 with a matinee at 2 p.m. July 15. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Kirksville Aquatic Center or at the door.



  • Notables

    Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, presented her study “Christiane Taubira and Her Contributions to Diversity and Justice: An Overall Appraisal” at the Global and European Studies Conference in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 6, 2017. The study has recently been published in the 2017 edition of the European Studies Conference Selected Proceedings, a peer-reviewed yearly publication. Over the years, McLane-Iles interviewed French women political figures, in particular Christiane Taubira, a major figure of European politics, former French députée (representative) of the French National Assembly from Guyana and former French Minister of Justice and Garde des Sceaux (attorney general). Taubira was responsible for the 2002 French slave reparations legislation, France’s 2013 same sex marriage legislation and the 2014 legislative reform of the French penal system. Her work and writings are studied in McLane-Iles’ course on Francophone Women Writers 401 and are one of her continual subjects of study.


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.