Vol. 23 No. 18 - Jan. 22, 2019


  • Einstein Bros Bagels Now Available in the SUB


    The new semester includes a new dining option on campus.

    Einstein Bros. Bagels is now open on the main concourse of the Student Union Building across from the Hub. A licensed store of the national chain, the eatery offers freshly baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, coffee and more. The full menu can be ordered at any time during the day.

    Einstein Bros. Bagels has partnered with Caribou Coffee to provide drip coffees, classic favorites, some signature specialty drinks and smoothies. Customers who buy a Caribou Coffee mug for $3.99 can receive $1.29 coffee refills all year.

    Regular hours for Einstein Bros. Bagels are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. In addition to cash, credit and debit options, Dining Dollars and meal transferability swipes are accepted.

  • Art Gallery to Feature Aboriginal Work


    An exhibit featuring Aboriginal Australian art will be on display at Truman starting Jan. 24.

    “Claiming Country: Western Desert Painting from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection,” will be available for public viewing through March 22 at the University Art Gallery located in the Ophelia Parrish Building 1114. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 and will feature free food and refreshments.

    This exhibition features works by Aboriginal artists from the Western Desert, a region of rich culture located in central Australia. The featured artists include Pansy Napangardi, Makinti Napanangka, Weaver Jack, Harry Tjutjuna, Kathleen Petyarre, Tjumpo Tjapanangka and Paddy Japaljarri Sims. These artists bridge the gap between their traditional Aboriginal practices and the contemporary Western art world. Many of the pieces on display, on loan to Truman from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia, have been inspired by sacred locations in the Western Desert landscape and the rich, traditional ceremonies and cultures of these Australian peoples.

    Several of the artists make use of acrylic and synthetic polymer paint on canvas or linen to create their works. There will be more information as well as interactives accompanying the works on display.   

    “Claiming Country” will run from Jan. 24 to March 22. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The University Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday from 12-4:30 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and during University breaks. For more information, or to set up a group tour, visit the Truman State University Art Gallery Facebook page, facebook.com/tsuartgallery, or contact Heidi Cook.
  • Career Center Selects Assistant Director


    Jenni Nuhn is now the assistant director of the Career Center.

    Nuhn began working at the Career Center as the career coach in August 2017. She graduated from Truman in May 2009 with a degree in public communication. After leaving Truman, she worked as a patient advocate for an emergency room for two and a half years and then worked as recruiter and project manager for a non-profit medical organization before returning to Truman.

    For more information about the Career Center and the services it provides, visit career.truman.edu.
  • Positive Peers Hosts Info Night


    Positive Peers, a student-run mental wellness support group, will host a spring info nights from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 31 in Baldwin Hall 302.

    Trained facilitators will be speaking at the meetings to provide information about the organization. Positive Peers will also be taking public requests for meeting topics to help expand the programming and tailor to student needs.

    No registration or sign up is required. For more information contact Maya Wasserstrom or positivepeerstsu@truman.edu.
  • Sandfort to Serve as PR Intern


    The Public Relations Office has named Peyton Sandfort, a senior communication major, as the spring 2019 intern.

    Sandfort is from St. Charles, Mo., and a 2015 graduate from Lutheran High School St. Peters. She is the daughter of Truman alumni Scott and Melissa Sandfort.

    As the intern for the Public Relations Office, Sandfort will help write the University newsletter, the Truman Today. She will also help produce the University’s alumni magazine, the Truman Review.

    On campus, Sandfort is an active member of the Student Activities Board, and has planned previous events such as Holiday Lights, Meal Prep in a Jar, Family Day 2018 and Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf. She also competes for the Truman women’s golf team.

    Sandfort is pursuing a career in public relations for higher education. She is excited to gain experience through this internship and apply it to future projects and job opportunities.
  • French Festivities Earn Organization an Award


    Truman’s chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honors Society, has been awarded the France on Campus Award for the organization’s plan to implement a week of activities to celebrate the French language.

    The award is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. PDP is one of 10 selected winners of the contest, and by winning they will gain the following support and recognition: mentorship support from a GoFundMe representative and a cultural attaché from the Consulate General of France; promotional and networking support from Cultural Services during project development and implementation phases; an award certificate signed by the ambassador of France to the United States following the completion of the project; and invitations to selected events organized by the French Embassy and/or consulates for one year.

    PDP plans to host a short-film contest, a photography contest, a movie night and a French food night. They will also welcome a guest speaker to the campus for a lecture on “French in North America.” This week of French activities will take place in late February and early March of 2019.
  • Alumnus and Author Brendan O’Brien to Visit Campus


    Author Brendan O’Brien (’13) will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Baldwin 144 and a reading at 7 p.m. in the Baldwin Little Theatre.

    A graduate of Truman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and minors in English and African studies, O’Brien is a social justice writer and a fire technician for the U.S. Forest Service. He grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and has lived in Missouri, Minnesota, Maryland and California. His experiences and travels abroad have produced a unique lens through which he sees the world. He uses his writing to focus attention on often overlooked issues and attempts to amplify the voices of those seldom heard.

    O’Brien’s work includes the novel “Out of the Depths,” as well as the nonfiction title, “Trace: The Hidden Cost of What We Buy,” of which 20 percent of all proceeds goes to Human Rights Watch. These books are readily available on noisetrade.com, and both books are a part of the growing body of the U.S. social justice literature.

    Free and open to the public, both events are funded through an Arts and Letters Alumni Visit Grant.
  • CML Film Festival Expands


    Truman Department of Classical and Modern Languages’ (CML) annual film festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    One movie will be shown each Friday and Saturday for the next four weekends until Feb. 16. The festival is featuring films that discuss the topics of race and diversity.

    The number of films being shown this year has been expanded to eight, thanks to a grant awarded to Truman CML from the Tournées Film Festival, which is an artistic fund supported by the FACE foundation (French-American Culture Exhange). This year six French-language films - “I am not your negro,” “Bande de filles,” “Félicité,” “120 BPM,” “Qu’Allah bénisse la France” and “Petit á petit”- will be shown along with one German-language film, “Neuland,” and one Spanish-language film, “Pelo-Malo”.

    The festival is a free event and is open to all members of the public.

    For more information about the film festival please contact Audrey Viguier.


  • Lyceum Resumes with “Steel Magnolias”

    Rich Rose

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will present a live radio theatre-style production of “Steel Magnolias” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Performed by L.A. Theatre Works (LATW), this unique rendition will feature the actors directing their dialogue to the audience and include costumes, live sound effects and small sets that create an intimate experience.

    Strong as steel, delicate as magnolias, the six women of Chinquapin, La., face life’s ups and downs together in this beloved comedy/drama based upon Robert Harlings’ play written in 1987. Audiences will be pulled into the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop in the deep Bayou of Louisiana and will find a tightly knit band of friends confronting grief, loss, life’s unforeseen tragedies and heartaches with what they do best: gossiping and sharing. At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, “Steel Magnolias” reveals the strength of the human condition and the shared need for companionship.

    For more than 25 years, LATW has been the foremost radio company in the United States. It is broadcast on NPR, internationally on the BBC and on The Beijing Radio Network. For more, visit latw.org.

    Tickets for “Steel Magnolias” 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.
  • Planetarium to Begin Mythology Show

    The Del and Norma Robison Planetarium will host a weekly mythology show every Monday at 6:30 p.m. The planetarium staff will highlight different stars and constellations, discuss the origins of names and their meaning and their mythological stories. Tickets are available at the door 15 minutes prior to show time with an entry fee of $1.

  • Tel-Alumni Now Hiring Students

    Students who have excellent communication skills on and off the phone, an outgoing personality, a reliable and dependable work ethic and a willingness to ask parents and alumni for financial support are needed. There are nightly incentives (prizes, food, etc.), and students will be paid the new minimum hourly wage.
    Apply here. Questions regarding Tel-Alumni can be directed to Dylan Phillips at 660.785.4103, dphillips@truman.edu or in McClain Hall 205. The application deadline is Jan. 22.

  • Apply to be a Student Ambassador for 2019-20

    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 2019-20 academic year. Student ambassadors guide visiting students and their families on campus tours, assist in the recruitment of prospective students and positively 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. Feb. 23. Questions should be directed to Shari Fieser, student ambassador adviser.
  • SAB Presents “The Greatest Showman”

    SAB will screen “The Greatest Showman” at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Students are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets to the showing. This event is free to all students. Food and refreshments will be provided.

  • Ceramics on Display at University Gallery


    Leah Bowring, Emily Nickel and Alexander Thierry
    In the Main Gallery

    “Dreamwork” features three ceramic artists who encompass a broad range of approaches to ceramics. The title refers to the psychoanalytic concept that the unconscious often disguises truths in dreams from the conscious mind, but, more broadly, the works in this exhibition address the work the mind undertakes when creating memories, fantasizing, meditating and dreaming.

    Wynne Wilbur
    In the Main Gallery

    View a career-spanning retrospective of work created by Truman professor of ceramics Wynne Wilbur.
  • SAB Offers Glow-in-the-Dark Mini-Golf

    SAB will bring a nine-hole glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Students are able to play in groups of three or less and are encouraged to wear white for the event. Pencils, scorecards, golf balls and putters will be provided.

  • Blood Drive to Occur Feb. 5-6

    The Red Cross blood drive will occur from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 5-6 in the Student Union Building Georgian rooms. Everyone who donates will receive free food, drink, t-shirt and another possible surprise. For more information contact Clarissa Fennessey.

  • JED Committee to Share Healthy Minds Survey Results

    The JED Committee will be hosting a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in Violette Hall 1000. Results of the Healthy Minds Survey taken last spring will be shared in addition to the progress made on the Strategic Plan. Future plans will also be outlined. For more information contact co-chairs Brenda Higgins or Evonne Bird.

  • Apply 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.

  • Van Driving Classes Scheduled

    This is a required class to drive Truman fleet full-size vans. Student drivers must also complete Waiver of Vehicle Usage Policy form available at police.truman.edu. Classes take place at the Department of Public Safety in the General Services Building. Attendees must sign up in advance to reserve a space and should allow two to three hours for the class. For more information, call 660.785.4177 or email joycecook@truman.edu.

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    2:30 p.m.

    Feb. 5
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    Feb. 6
    2:30 p.m.

  • TruTalk Podcast Features Coach Cannon

    Start off the new year with a new episode of TruTalk, Truman’s own podcast hosted by Janes Dreamweaver, director of fitness-wellness. TruTalk helps you get to know students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members.
    This episode features Mike Cannon, the women’s soccer head coach. Cannon (’93) is an alumnus who played for the men’s soccer team. He recently earned his second GLVC Coach of the Year award and 10th overall conference boss of the year since 1999. Cannon ranks eighth among active Division II women’s soccer coaches with 340 wins, and his teams have posted shutouts in 306 out of 519 matches led. His teams have finished .500 or above for 25 straight years, second-longest active streak in Division II. Hear his approach to having a successful team and being a successful leader.

  • Update New License Plate Info with DPS

    The state of Missouri began issuing new bicentennial license plates in October 2018. New license plate numbers need to be updated for the Truman Parking Decal Vehicle Registration. To update license plate numbers contact Joyce Cook or Mollie Corrick.



  • Notables

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor emeritus of history, published “Federal Writers’ Project,” in American Literature in Transition: 1930-1940, ed. Ichiro Takayoshi, Cambridge, England: University of Cambridge Press, 2018.

    Zach Williard, wrestling, was honored as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Wrestler of the Week following his championship performance in the 133-pound bracket at the Central Baptist (Ark.) Invite. Williard won both of his matches by fall in the tournament. It was the third tournament that Williard has placed in this season with a third at the Millikin (III.) Open and a fourth at the Central (Iowa) College Open. He is 9-5 on the season with one of those losses coming at 141 pounds.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Foundation Scholarships Available

    The application period for 2019 Study Abroad Foundation Scholarships is 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.