Vol. 23 No. 12 - Nov. 5, 2018


  • The New Dog on Campus


    Spike is not the only bulldog on campus these days.
    Anyone passing through the mall in recent weeks has probably noticed the new bronze bulldog sculpture on the library patio. Through generous gifts from alumni and friends, the artwork was commissioned with Crandall Sculpture and Design.
    The artist, Brandon Crandall, of Brashear, Mo., worked to create a piece of art that would be both visually stunning and create pride for every generation of bulldogs. The nearly six-month project included art sketches, feedback from a bulldog breeder and Crandall’s signature process of building sculpture with foam, clay and countless hours of design before the mold was built and sent to the foundry for bronzing and completion.
    After a quick turnaround from Eligius Bronze of Kansas City, Mo., the finished bulldog was installed in time for Homecoming 2018 and was unveiled during the dedication of the Roger J. Johnson Patio. The space was named in honor of Johnson, a longtime employee who retired from the Physical Plant in 2017 after 29 years of service.
  • OSR Offers Support for Research and Travel


    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applicants, as well as Conference Travel Scholarship applications, for spring 2019.

    All disciplines are invited to participate. The purpose of the GIASR is to promote a culture of research and scholarship at Truman while providing flexibility to accommodate different research styles and requirements. Projects supported by this program should involve original ideas but may encompass a variety of activities including obtaining preliminary data or information, exploring new topics and continuing ongoing projects.

    To be eligible for funding, students must be a currently enrolled, full-time as a Truman undergraduate or graduate student. Students must also have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference.

    GIASR applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends as well as supplies and travel to conduct the research. The travel scholarship will cover up to $500 of conference registration, lodging and travel expenses. Complete guidelines can be found at the Office of Student Research website.
    All students who wish to be considered for spring 2019 funding should submit applications online by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 27.
    Any questions about the Office of Student Research programs can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Theatre Department Presents “The Spitfire Grill”


    The Theatre Department will perform the musical “The Spitfire Grill” at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-10 in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish.

    “The Spitfire Grill” combines warm and satisfying music with a touching and exhilarating story. It follows the story of Percy Talbot after she has just been released from prison after serving five years for manslaughter. She travels to the small town of Gilead after finding it in an old travel book where the local sheriff, and her parole officer, Joe Sutter finds her a job at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The grill is for sale, but with no interested buyers Hannah decides to raffle it off with an essay contest. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things definitely heat up at the Spitfire Grill.

    Based on the Award-winning movie, “The Spitfire Grill” by James Valcq and Fred Alley premiered Off Broadway in 2000. It charmed audiences with its endearing musical numbers and heartwarming characters receiving a number of critical accolades. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded “The Spitfire Grill” the Richard Rodgers Production Award, and it was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and two Drama Desk Awards.

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance now until showtime 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the Ophelia Parrish Box Office. For out of town reservations, call 660.785.4515.
  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies


    The Institute for Academic Outreach is now accepting summer 2019 applications for positions with the Joseph Baldwin Academy, ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy and Taiwan at Truman.

    Each program is seeking preceptors and night monitors. In addition, Joseph Baldwin Academy is in search of a videographer.

    Preceptors are expected to be high-energy individuals who are supportive of University goals, responsible and eager to work with high-ability teenage students. Potential preceptors must be a full-time student at Truman and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of applications.

    Taiwan at Truman is in search of only female preceptors, specifically those with an interest or experience in foreign language, linguistics or ESL, as the academy will only have female Taiwanese students in summer 2019.

    Applicants should prepare a letter of interest which should include the skills they possess that will assist them when working with high-ability teenage students, related work experiences and why they are interested in the summer academy for which they apply. Applicants will also need to complete the online application, provide a current resume and a reference list.
    Information about each available position and the online application is available at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment.
  • Speeches Come to Life at Museum


    Reminiscent of the popular movie “Night at the Museum,” great movie speeches will transcend the screen and come to life from 8-9 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center.  

    Students from select COMM 170 sections have organized an entertaining program schedule. Approximately 60 students are involved in the project sponsored by the Communication Club (NCASC) in honor of Communication Week at Truman. At any given point about half of the students will be in character. This will allow the other student performers to move around and observe student speeches as well.  

    The museum is self-paced style and each student’s presentation is three to five minutes. Students will share brief insights about the characters, the rhetorical situation and will perform excerpts of the dialogue/speeches.

    Students are also invited to join the Communication Club. NCASC is committed to enriching the lives of undergraduate communication majors and minors by promoting the study and application of communication principles through educational and social functions. Additionally, any student interested in communication, regardless of major, year of study or grade point average, is welcome to join. Barry Poyner serves as the advisor to the organization, the only NCA student club in the state of Missouri.

    This is the ninth time such an event has been organized at Truman. In the past, historic speeches, drawn from the Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century have been performed.

    Those attending can vote for the best portrayal based on dress, delivery of quotes and understanding of character, rhetorical situation and rhetorical splendor. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Poyner.
  • Philosophy and Religion Conference Set for Nov. 10

    Dr. Leah Rediger Schulte

    The Department of Philosophy and Religion will host the 29th annual Truman State University Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10 the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    The conference will feature 11 papers on a variety of areas of philosophy and religion from students representing seven universities, as well as a keynote address at 1 p.m. from Truman alumna Dr. Leah Rediger Schulte, director of religious and spiritual life at Doane University in Crete, Neb. The title of her talk is “The Last Temptation of Faith.”

    The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, including a schedule of papers, consult the department’s website.
  • Mock Trial Has Successful First Tournament


    The mock trial team began their competitive season with a successful tournament at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 27-28.

    The A team came home with a record of 4-3-1 with eighth place. The B team resulted with a record of 6-2 and third place out of 22 teams. For the first time arguing the civil case, Midlands Television Studios Inc. vs Danny Kosack, both teams were able to bring home hardware from the tournament.

    Additionally, the team had three members win individual awards. Sage Elfenbaum received the outstanding attorney award on the defense with 19 ranks. Kayla Gerlt and Maddie Petentler both won outstanding witness awards.

    The team will travel next to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Nov. 10-11.

    Mock trial is a student-led organization that competes against other schools across the country through the American Mock Trial Association. Students who are interested in getting more information about the team can email tsumocktrial@gmail.com.
  • Sodexo Announces Tailgate Package Winners

    Jeremy Freese, left, is one of 14 winners in Sodexo’s KICKIN’ IT OFF “Sit Back ‘N Savor National Prize Sweepstakes.” Freese received a tailgate package complete with a Coleman grill, Yeti cooler, a set of four folding chairs and a cornhole tailgate toss game as part of the prize. KICKIN’ IT OFF was a component of an ongoing resident dining promotion series sponsored by Sodexo featured at more than 600 Sodexo-managed colleges and university campuses nationwide. Freese is pictured with Shelby Gardner, marketing coordinator for Sodexo.


  • Celebrate Truman with #BulldogsGiving


    This year’s #BulldogsGiving features seven crowdfunding campaigns that directly benefit the student experience. Donations not only help students receive a top-notch education, many of the campaigns also benefit community outreach. Take a look at this year’s campaigns to see how small donations can make a big difference. #BulldogsGiving runs Nov. 5-9.


    BBB Science on Saturday

    Film Festival

    Latin Day Field Trip

    Mock Trial

    Support for Art Majors

    University Steel Band
  • “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Begins Lyceum Season

    “Ain’t Misbehavin’” will kick off the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. When the show opened on Broadway, it made history by winning every Tony Award, including best musical. Time Magazine called it “a stompin’, struttin’ high hattin’ smash.”

    The production includes 30 show-stopping musical numbers that take the audience on a journey not only through the Fats Waller song book, but through Harlem in its heyday. With snazzy period costumes — complete with bowlers and spats and ermine and pearls — the dynamic five-member cast takes the audience where the high-steppers partied, from honky-tonk dives to the Cotton Club and from Tin Pan Alley to the Waldorf.

    Tickets for “Ain’t Misbehavin’” are $10 each, including tax. They can be purchased at the cashier window in McClain Hall, at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville or online at lyceum.truman.edu. If tickets are still available on the day of the performance, they can be purchased at Baldwin Hall Auditorium 30 minutes before the start of the show. For more information, call 660.785.4016.

    Kirksville Tourism is a platinum level sponsor of this event.

  • “Mindful Mondays” to Teach Chocolate Meditation

    As part of her health and exercise science capstone, Tori Thompson will host “Mindful Mondays” at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 in Pershing Building 233 for students to participate in chocolate meditation. Students can learn and practice the art of mindfulness while enjoying small pieces of chocolate that will be provided. The session will teach basic information needed to be mindful during everyday life. It will allow time for students to provide feedback or ask questions.

  • Graffiti Used as School Engagement Tool

    The Department of Classical and Modern Languages will host Dr. Fairouz Bishara at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 in Baldwin Hall 114 to present on the Packasso Project, a school-based program for the arts.

    The program allows graffiti artists to redirect their artistic ability toward an educational process. Through individual, in-depth interviews with several former members of the Packasso Project, insight was found in various social and academic factors impacting graffiti artists: need for recognition, value of relationships and school engagement.

    The presentation will highlight supportive learning environments in which diverse groups of students not only stay engaged in school, but also experience academic success that is the byproduct of continuous engagement.

  • Special Ed Teacher to Discuss Technology in the Classroom

    Alumna Libby Moser (’16) will speak about her experiences as a middle/high school special education teacher as part of the MAE Leadership Series at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in Violette Hall 1010. She will explain how everyday technology can be used as a modification and accommodation tool in the classroom. Moser teaches in the Knox County R-I School District. Refreshments will be provided after the presentation.

  • MSA to Host Jeopardy Night

  • CPA to Discuss Ethics in the Workplace

    Kenneth Clark, CPA, will discuss ethics in the workplace at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Violette Hall 1010. Practicing since 1980, Clark is a self-employed CPA providing tax services, advice and examinations (IRS, state and local). He also prepares individual, corporate, partnership and fiduciary income tax returns. Clark has eight years of experience in public accounting, including six years with the big eight/big five firms and four years in part-time legal practice limited to taxation and pension matters. This event is sponsored by the Student Center for the Public Trust and Alpha Kappa Psi and is open to all.

  • Enrollment Consultants to Share Findings in Session

    All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the SEM Works Audit Findings session from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Consultants from SEM Works, the enrollment management consulting service, were on campus Oct. 15-17 conducting the discovery phase of the project. Dr. Jim Black, president and founder of SEM Works, and Kathi Baucom will return to share the results of the campus audit.

  • Women's Empowerment Week Scheduled

  • Global Issues Presents “Capitalist Peace”

    Mike Rudy, associate professor of political science, will present “Capitalist Peace” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Magruder Hall 2001. Rudy explains how capitalist institutions affect state bellicosity levels. He explores capitalist and democratic institutions to explain facilitation and if the institutions incentivize nonviolent solutions in a competitive international environment. The event sponsored by the Global Issues Colloquium and is open to the public.

  • Apply Early for FAFSA

    Students should file the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at fafsa.gov as soon as possible to determine aid eligibility. Although some students may not qualify for grants or work study, all are considered for the federal direct loan (no co-signer or collateral required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit a student to taking a loan, but it does allow more options. The 2019-20 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from 2017. It is recommended that students should apply before Feb. 1, 2019.

    For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103, or call 660.785.4130.

  • Committee in Search of New Sustainability Project

    The Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee selects projects to fund every year supporting sustainability on campus and is in search of a new project. Examples of past projects include solar panels, water bottle fillers and rain water storage systems. The committee is interested in pursuing larger scale energy projects. Proposals must be submitted by the end of the fall semester to be considered for the upcoming project. Students and faculty who may have an idea, click here to fill out an application.

  • CML to Show German Film Series

    The film series “Germany Between Worlds” will conclude at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in Baldwin Hall 102. Sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, the series shows the global impact that people have regardless of nationality.

  • Open Forums for Assistant Director of Career Services

    Two candidates for the position of assistant director of career services will participate in open forums.

    Jenni Nuhn
    11-11:45 a.m.
    Nov. 9
    Student Union Building 3204

    Jonathan Vieker
    11-11:45 a.m.
    Nov. 13
    Student Union Building 3204

  • Student Speaker Applications Open for December Commencement

    For the first time in Truman’s history, Student Government is seeking a student speaker for the December commencement ceremony. Students who will be graduating this semester and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Applications are available at senate.truman.edu/applications. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 11. For more information, contact Katie Alexander.

  • International Education Week Scheduled


    International Education Week, Nov. 11-15, is a nationally recognized event that serves as an opportunity to celebrate international students and study abroad opportunities. These experiences enrich education and make campus a more diverse and welcoming place. Events include:

    Tabling in the Student Union Building
    Nov. 12-15
    The CIS, CIEA and CDI will be tabling in the Student Union Building all week, except for Nov. 15 when they will be in Violette Hall. There will be candy, games, trivia and a photo booth on various days.

    World Cup
    1-5 p.m.
    Nov. 11
    Pershing Gym
    World Cup is an international sporting event where students can learn and compete in sports from around the world. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each bracket.

    Mr. and Ms. International
    7-9 p.m.
    Nov. 11
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    Mr. and Ms. International is a cultural pageant meant to display the diverse cultures and talents represented on campus. Countries from all over the globe will be represented by students on Truman’s campus. Each contestant will be judged by a panel and a winner will be announced at the end.

    International Spirit Day
    Nov. 12
    International Spirit Day is a day to celebrate your international side. Wear clothes from your culture or simply a T-shirt.

    International Tea and Coffee

    5-6:30 p.m.
    Nov. 12
    Student Union Building Hub
    International Tea and Coffee will be the kick-off event for the week. Nicole Stelter, the international student advisor, will speak in addition to performances by TrueMen, the President’s Quartet and several talented international students. There will be teas and coffees from around the world available to taste.

    Sodexo Around the Globe
    Nov. 13-15
    Mainstreet Market
    Tres Habaneros in Mainstreet Market will be converted into an international food stand for three days. It will feature South Asian and Mediterranean cuisine as well as a sausage day. Students will be able to use meal swipes or dining dollars.

    Indian Cuisine
    Nov. 13
    Yellow curry with beef, green curry with tofu, butter chicken, white rice, Aloo Tiki with curry sauce and naan bread will be served.

    European Sausage Haus
    Nov. 14
    Kabob sampler, vegan sausage kabob, sauerkraut, grilled onions, braised cabbage, spaetzli, herb buttered potatoes and spinach dinner rolls will be served.

    Greek Mediterranean
    Nov. 15
    Beef gyro, lamb gyro, vegetarian falafel, red onions, tomatoes, lettuce, tzatziki sauce, spanakopita and lemon basil kalamata couscous will be served.

    International Trivia
    7-9 p.m.
    Nov. 13
    Come out alone or with a team and be ready to have a ton of fun.

    Dance Explosion
    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Kirk Gym
    Students can come learn and perform dances from various cultures around the world. This is a high-energy and very fun event that was well-loved last year.

    Stories Under the Stars
    6-8 p.m.
    Nov. 15
    International students will tell folk stories from their cultures while the sky in the planetarium moves to show the sky above their hometown. This event will be entertaining and informative.
  • Clarinet Choir to Perform at Fall Concert

    The Clarinet Choir Fall Concert will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will be conducted by Jesse Krebs and assisted by Alanna Benoit.

  • Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica

    There will be an informational meeting for students interested in the Costa Rica study abroad program at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in McClain Hall 306.

    Students will be attending the Costa Rica Language Academy (CRLA), located in San José, the country’s capital, from May 18 through July 14, 2019. Students will have a complete linguistic and cultural immersion by living with a host family. In addition, students will travel on weekend excursions to bio-diverse sites such as Monteverde, Arenal and Tortuguero, where they will experience trips to volcanoes, hot springs, colonial-era churches, zip lining, waterfalls, a crocodile tour and relaxing beaches.

    Students will earn 12 hours of 300-400 level credit taking the following courses: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition; Spanish Conversation; Introduction to Hispanic Literature; and Latin American Culture and Civilization. Nine credits apply to the Spanish minor and six credits apply to the Spanish major. Students must complete Spanish 330, Spanish Grammar and Composition, before studying in Costa Rica.

    The Department of Classical & Modern Languages sponsors this study abroad program. For more information, contact José Carreño Medina or Óscar Sendón.

  • Organizations Partner for Blood Drive

    Alpha Phi Omega and Beta Beta Beta will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in the Student Union Building. Both organizations will table from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 12 in the Student Union Building and Magruder Hall for participants to schedule an appointment.

  • Summer Study Abroad in China

    Students interested in studying abroad in China can attend one of two informational meetings 6-7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in Baldwin Hall 303.

    The four-week study abroad program will take place at Soochow University with weekend excursions to Suzhou, Shanghai and a final six-day tour of Beijing in the summer of 2019. Students may earn up to six credit hours upon completion of the requirements of two courses. All courses will be taught by the faculty at Soochow University including a Chinese language course and Chinese cultural practicum.

    Students will gain first-hand experience of Chinese culture including Chinese gardening, Tai chi, calligraphy, tea ceremony, papercutting and cuisine. In addition to culture, students will learn listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at an appropriate level.

    For additional information, contact Liulin Zhang.

  • Organization Helps First-Generation Students

    First Gen United will be hosting informational and social events geared toward helping first-generation students. The meetings will feature a variety of departments to speak at the informationals. All of the events will be open to both first-generation supporters and first-generation students themselves.

    How To Finals! Road to Success and the Pit Stops

    7 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Centennial Hall Conference Room

    Holiday Festivities/Secret Santa
    7 p.m.
    Dec. 5
    Centennial Hall Conference Room

  • Center to Host Workshop for Faculty and Staff

    The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor a free social justice fellows workshop for faculty and staff. A selection of faculty and staff social justice fellows and guest speakers will explain, then help apply an understanding of, intersectionality to work life at Truman. Intersectionality is a way of understanding how marginalized identities impact and color experiences in the world, including Truman’s work with students. Attendees will explore power and oppression and how inclusion can be improved on campus through having a better understanding of intersectionality.

    How can I apply intersectionality to my work?
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Missouri Hall Chariton Room

    Attendance to both events is not required; each builds on the previous, but is a stand-alone session. The session includes a free, catered lunch. Click here to RSVP.

  • Faculty Forum to Showcase War Propaganda Posters

    “That Liberty Shall Not Perish” will be presented by Amanda Langendoerfer, associate dean of libraries for special collections and museums, and Jason McDonald, assistant professor of American history, from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 15 in Baldwin Hall 102. In commemoration of the World War I centenary, Langendoerfer and McDonald will recount the origin, preservation and historical significance of Truman’s extensive and impressive collection of propaganda posters.

  • Nursing to Sponsor World Aids Day

  • Learn to Market a Study Abroad Experience

    The Center for International Education Abroad and the Career Center will host Kara Jo Levery, career ready coach, to present “How to Market your Study Abroad Experience” at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in Violette Hall 1412. Levery will end her presentation with a Q&A session.

  • Holiday Concert Features a Variety of Choirs

    The University choirs, the brass choir and Kirksville High School choirs will come together to perform a joint concert, “A Very Happy Holiday,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Each choir will perform solo pieces, combining at the end of the concert for a grand finale. Guests will have the chance to sing several holiday songs. Last year’s holiday concert filled quickly, so those interested in attending will have two opportunities to witness the performance.

    Tickets are $5 each for adults and $3 for children and students until Nov. 27. They are available for purchase in downtown Kirksville at Edna Campbells and Beard’s Decorating Center starting Nov. 5. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performances.

  • Apply to be an Orientation Leader for Summer 2019

    The Orientation Committee is seeking enthusiastic, friendly and dedicated students to welcome the Class of 2022 to the Bulldog community through summer orientation.

    Orientation welcomes and introduces all first-year students and their families to Truman throughout the month of June and a late session in August. Orientation leaders have access to benefits such as impactful professional experience, a deeper understanding of the University, provided room and board if needed and a $1,500 taxable stipend. Applications are open now and are due Dec. 14.
    To read the full job description and to apply, visit truman.edu/ol or contact Shari Fieser, orientation coordinator, with any questions.



  • Notables

    Mike Cannon, women’s soccer head coach, was named the GLVC Coach of The Year at the awards banquet, Nov. 1. In addition, senior Laura Ney and sophomore Hanna Burke were first team all-conference selections and juniors Maggie Beem and Hanna Liljegren were voted onto the second and third teams respectively.

    Huping Ling, professor of history, recently published “Asian American History and Cultures: An Encyclopedia.” With overview essays and more than 400 A-Z entries, this encyclopedia documents the history of Asians in America from earliest contact to the present day. Organized topically by group, with an in-depth overview essay on each group, the encyclopedia examines the myriad ethnic groups and histories that make up the Asian American population in the United States. “Asian American History and Culture” covers the political, social and cultural history of immigrants from East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific Islands and their descendants, as well as the social and cultural issues faced by Asian American communities, families and individuals in contemporary society. In addition to entries on various groups and cultures, the encyclopedia also includes articles on general topics such as parenting and child rearing, assimilation and acculturation, business, education and literature.

    Huping Ling, left, presents a copy of her book to Janet Gooch, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

    Peter Windsor and Sarahi Vera presented research posters at the 10th Annual ATSU Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium, Oct. 27. Windsor, senior chemistry major, presented on the inhibitory capability of biflavanoid molecules on the aggregation of Amyloid Beta peptides, biomolecules associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, which is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Henry Han at ATSU. Vera, senior chemistry major, presented her research on selective inhibitors for calpains, enzymes known to promote Alzheimer’s Disease in humans. Windsor and Vera both won awards for their outstanding research presentations. The awards came with a certificate and monetary compensation. Bill Miller III, assistant professor of chemistry, served as their research supervisor and accompanied them at the conference. These students will be continuing their research projects during the academic year in the Miller Research Lab.

    Sarahi Vera, left, and Peter Windsor received awards for their outstanding research presentations.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Career Center Workshops Teach Self-Advocacy

    This semester, the Career Center is presenting “Real Life 101: Speak Up.” This is a series of presentations to help Truman students improve their self-advocacy skills to be better prepared for the workplace.