Vol. 23 No. 16 - Dec. 10, 2018


  • December Grads Invited for Free Pizza and T-shirt


    All December graduates are invited to the Graduating Students Pizza Party sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    Stop by the pizza party for a complimentary meal of pizza, veggies, drinks and cookies. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on request. This will be an opportunity for students to pick up other gifts such as their first official Bulldog Forever alumni T-shirt.

    Those students who cannot attend may stop by the Office of Advancement, located in McClain Hall 205, after Dec. 10 to pick up their T-shirt and goodie bag. T-shirts will also be given out at commencement, immediately following the ceremony.

    Questions regarding the pizza party, goodie bags or T-shirts can be directed to Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, or check out the Facebook event.

    Details on commencement can be found online at truman.edu/registrar/commencement or through the Facebook event. Those wishing to share their experiences through social media are encouraged to use #TrumanGraduation, #TrumanGrad or #BulldogForever.
  • Sodexo Offers Einstein Preview Dec. 10


    Students are welcome to come and try Einstein Caribou coffee and Einstein Shmearfuls Bagel bites from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Student Union Building.
    Exam treats will be available for students in all dining halls from 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. through Dec. 12. Students with meal plans are free, everyone else $4.  The finals week $5 lunch special will take place in all halls this week for dining dollars and cash customers. All retail locations will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Centennial and Ryle halls will close after dinner. Missouri Hall will serve a continental breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec 15.

    Westerns meat sticks and summer sausages are available in the Student Union Building with special holiday prices.
  • Truman, MACC Look to Strengthen Partnership

    Representatives from MACC visited campus Dec. 6.

    Administrators from Moberly Area Community visited campus, Dec. 6, to discuss expanding partnership initiatives with the University.

    Truman and MACC developed the TruMACC dual admission program in 2016, a collaborative program that allows students to be admitted and attend both schools simultaneously. TruMACC students live in the Truman residence halls and take advantage of extracurricular and academic offerings extended to full-time Truman students.

    President Sue Thomas and MACC President Jeff Lashley were joined by administrators from both schools for a valuable sharing of ideas and perspectives on what the institutions can do to provide innovative opportunities for students. 
  • Physics Students Win National Recognition


    The Truman chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. This recognition of the chapter as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization is a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally.

    The SPS is a professional association designed for students, and membership is open to anyone interested in physics and related fields. SPS operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP), an umbrella organization for professional physical science societies.

    SPS chapters are evaluated on their level of interaction with the campus community, the professional physics community, the public and with SPS national programs. The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes high levels of outreach as well as unique approaches to fulfilling the mission of SPS to “help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community.”
  • Forensics Succeeds at New Tournament


    Truman’s forensic union received two tournament championships and multiple other individual awards after the first annual Gateway Swing hosted by Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 1-2.

    Additionally, the team took third in team sweepstakes on the second day of the tournament and took home third place overall. Sophomore Audrey Baker also placed third in quadrathon for the weekend, a category for students competing in four or more events.
    On the first day of the tournament, Baker moved all four of her events to finals. She would go on to finish third in all of them, including afterdinner speaking, program oral interpretation, dramatic interpretation and duo interpretation with junior Austin Sopko. In addition to sharing third in duo, Sopko also made finals in afterdinner speaking and was named tournament champion in the event. He has made finals with this speech every tournament this year, winning twice. First-year Korrin Comley has had similar successes, reaching finals in informative speaking at four out of five tournaments this year. She also took home a tournament championship and top novice in this event, her second championship with this speech. Comley also reached finals in persuasive speaking, placing third and top novice in the event. First-year Will Henrickson placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking and was fourth and top novice in dramatic interpretation. Junior Rebecca Walker placed sixth in program oral interpretation.
    On the second day of the tournament, Baker returned to finals in three of her four events. She finished fourth in afterdinner speaking, second in dramatic interpretation and second in duo interpretation with Sopko. Sopko placed fifth in impromptu speaking and in afterdinner speaking in addition to his second-place duo with Baker. Comley returned to finals in informative speaking, placing second and receiving another top novice award. Henrickson placed fifth in dramatic interpretation and fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Walker flipped her events, this time placing second in afterdinner speaking. Additionally, first-year Malena Gansmann joined the ranks of finals on day two, placing sixth in prose interpretation.
    In total, Truman forensics earned more than 20 individual awards and five new national qualifications. This successful weekend concludes the fall travel season, but the team will be back the first week of spring semester taking a small crew to the Iowa Swing in Cedar Falls.
    For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of forensics, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.


  • Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception

  • Wellness Zone to Provide Stress-Free Activities

    The Final Breather will be from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 10 in the wellness zone located on the first floor of Pickler Memorial Library. Students will have the opportunity to relax and de-stress during finals week. Free massages, candy, relaxing music, positive affirmation writing and puzzles will be available.

  • Retirement Reception for James Guffey

  • Biology Department to Sell Plants

    The Biology Department will host a plant sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12 in the greenhouse. Buyers can enter the greenhouse though Magruder Hall 2034, the ecology and botany lab. Plants include bromeliads, cacti, hoya, succulents, palm trees and other miscellaneous tropical plants. Most plants will be $5 or less.

  • Staff Council to Gather Winter Clothing

    The Staff Council will collect winter clothing for the Kirksville Primary School, Ray Miller Elementary School and other community children in need, Dec. 3-14. Drop-off locations include McClain Hall, Student Union Building and Pickler Memorial Library. Scarves, mittens and other warm clothing are suggested for donation.

  • Graduation to Include Opera Alumnus

    Truman’s December graduation ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in Pershing Arena, with alumnus Dominic Armstrong providing the commencement address.

    Since his graduation from Truman in 2002, Armstrong has established himself internationally as an artist of superb and distinguished musicality and characterization.

    Armstrong has taken the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. His body of work includes performances in “The Turn of the Screw,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Carmen,” “The Beggar’s Opera,” “La Bohème,” “Ghosts of Versailles” and Mozart’s “Requiem.” Among the ensembles he has performed with are the New York Opera Society, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia, the Russian National Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Center for Contemporary Opera and the Chicago Opera Theatre.

    During the current season, Armstrong performed the role of Macduff in Verdi’s “Macbeth” with the Syracuse Opera. On the concert stage, he appeared with the Florida Orchestra for Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time.” Later this season he will appear with the Kaohsiung Symphony for a New Year’s concert and the Portland Symphony for Rachmaninoff’s “The Bells,” along with a national tour of Puccini’s “Tosca” in France.

    Armstrong’s numerous prizes and awards include Truman’s own Gold Medal Aria Competition, as well as being one of the Grand Finalists in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera and a 2013 George London Foundation winner.

    In addition to his Truman degree, Armstrong has master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.

    Family and friends unable to attend the event in person can view it online here.

    Details on commencement can be found online here or through the Facebook event. Those wishing to share their experiences through social media are encouraged to use #TrumanGraduation, #TrumanGrad or #BulldogForever.

  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies

    The application period for summer academy positions is now open.
    The Institute for Academic Outreach has summer positions available for:
    ·         Joseph Baldwin Academy
    ·         ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy
    ·         Taiwan at Truman
    Each academy is in search of preceptors and a night monitor. Joseph Baldwin Academy is also in search of a videographer.
    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.
    In order to apply for a preceptor position, you must:
    1) currently be a full-time student at Truman
    2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
    Preceptors are expected to be supportive of the University goals, responsible, enjoy working with high-ability teenage students and be high-energy individuals.
    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 list a reference.
    Information about each available position and the online application is available at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Visiting Students Can Win a Bookstore Gift Card

    Throughout this season of gratitude, Truman will be celebrating future students with 12 Weeks of Giving. Between now and the end of February, each student who attends a weekday campus visit will receive a special gift and will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $50 Truman Bookstore gift card. Winners will be announced each week on the Truman Admissions Facebook page. Congratulations to Sam from Troy Buchanan High School who won the first drawing.

    Students, faculty and staff can encourage prospective students to register for a visit at visit.truman.edu.

  • New Law Affects Student Workers

    With the passage of Proposition B in November, the minimum wage in Missouri will increase from $7.85 to $8.60 per hour, effective Jan. 1. As a public employer, Truman is exempt from Proposition B, however, the University has voluntarily chosen to adopt the upcoming 2019 minimum wage increase. Additionally, the change in minimum wage will also reduce the scholarship service requirement from 60 to 58 hours per semester.

  • Women’s and Gender Studies in Search for Abstracts

    The Women’s and Gender Studies Conference is now accepting abstracts until Dec. 17. The conference, Feb. 15-16, will accept work from WGST courses and any other and other venues in which the proposer has applied approaches from gender studies to work. Abstracts should be sent to wgstconference@truman.edu in a word or pdf file with the prosper name, contact information and the available times a proposer may present.

  • Student Recreation Center Finals Week Schedule

    Dec. 10-12
    9 a.m.-11 p.m.

    Dec. 13-14

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Dec. 15-16

  • DPS Winter Break Hours

    Dec. 14
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Dec. 15-16


    Dec. 17-21

    7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Dec. 22-26

    Dec. 27-28

    7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Dec. 29-Jan. 6


    Jan. 7-11
    7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Jan. 12-13


    Jan. 14-18

    Resume Regular Hours

    Jan. 19-20


    Jan. 21

    3-10 p.m.

  • Workshop to Improve Student Engagement in the Classroom

    Dr. Elizabeth Barkley will host a full-day workshop for faculty from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Student Union Building.

    Barkley is a co-author of “Student Engagement Techniques,” “Learning Assessment Techniques” and “Interactive Learning.” Recently, she has been announced as one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans, La., but she will present first at Truman.

    More information about Barkley can be found here. The schedule for the workshop will be as follows:

    Terms of Engagement: Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement
    9-11:30 a.m.
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    A common challenge for many college teachers today is achieving persistent, high-quality student engagement. In this interactive workshop, Barkley will offer a dynamic, five-component model for understanding what ‘student engagement’ means and then use the framework to identify strategies for promoting engagement. Attendees will leave with a repertoire of practical strategies for teaching in a manner that fosters sustained attention and elicits students’ best work in today’s challenging teaching and learning context.

    Buffet lunch
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Making Lectures Interactive and Engaging

    12:30-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    Educators today would be hard-pressed to identify a teaching technique more heartily maligned than the lecture. But lecturing can be very effective if done well and in ways that promote active learning. In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn strategies for creating and presenting more engaging lectures that also support student learning through class activities designed to encourage student preparation, attention and application of newly learned information.

    Faculty who plan to attend need to RSVP here by 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Jan. 14


  • Notables

    Justin King and Maggie Hickey received honors as the PNC Great Lakes Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week. King placed first in both the 200 fly and 200 IM in addition to second in the 100 free. Hickey placed first in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 medley.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship Now Available

    The 2019 Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship applications are now open until Jan. 31.

    The available scholarships are for students studying abroad through a Truman State University-sponsored program in 2019 or the spring of 2020. Click here to apply in TruView or log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarship Application. Scholarships will be applied just prior to study abroad trip.

    These scholarships are established by generous alumni and friends of Truman State University.