Vol. 23 No. 20 - Feb. 4, 2019


  • Truman Recognized for Quality and Career Prep Ability


    According to The Princeton Review, Truman is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price.

    Truman is included in the education services company’s recently released book, “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.” The Princeton Review chose the schools based on data it collected in 2017-18 from surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges. It also factored in data from surveys of students as well as surveys of alumni conducted by PayScale.com.

    In total, The Princeton Review included more than 40 data points to tally return on investment ratings of the colleges that determined its selection of the 200 schools for the book. Topics covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debts, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. More information about the list is available at princetonreview.com/college-rankings/best-value-colleges.

    A comprehensive guide to all of Truman’s rankings can be found at truman.edu/about/facts-about-truman/points-of-pride.
  • School of Business Earns Accreditation Extension


    Truman is one of 17 institutions to have its accreditation extended in both business and accounting.

    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) recently released its list of schools with extensions of accreditation. In total, 44 schools were extended for business, two for accounting and 17, including Truman, were extended in both business and accounting.

    For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by only five percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor level or higher. Today, 831 institutions across 54 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation. Further, 189 institutions hold supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs. Once accreditation is achieved, each institution participates in a five-year continuous improvement peer-review to maintain high quality and extend its accreditation.

    As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International connects educators, students and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

    For more information, visit aacsb.edu.
  • Student Research Conference Now Accepting Abstracts


    The submission site for the Student Research Conference is now open and abstracts can be submitted online until 11:59 p.m. March 21.

    The 2019 Student Research Conference will occur on Apr. 25. This conference is a University-wide celebration of student research, scholarship and creative achievements. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts.

    All abstracts need to be sponsored by a Truman faculty or staff member. A copy of the information submitted will be sent electronically to the student’s mentor for approval. Students should work with the faculty mentor before submitting the abstract.

    Faculty-requested special sessions are included in the discipline options. If a student is planning to present in this session, there is a specific discipline designation when submitting an abstract. If a faculty member is interested in requesting a discipline designation, contact the Office of Student Research by emailing osr@truman.edu.

    Complete guidelines for the Student Research Conference abstracts and presentations can be found at the SRC website. For any questions about the Student Research Conference email osr@truman.edu.
  • Forensics Wins Two Championships in St. Louis


    Truman’s forensic union (speech and debate team) brought home two tournament championships in debate and numerous other awards at the 21st annual Gorlok Gala, hosted by Webster University in St. Louis. In a field of 42 schools from 17 different states, Truman forensics had its best performance in the last five years.

    In individual events, sophomore Audrey Baker and junior Austin Sopko placed second in duo interpretation. Baker also reached the finals in two other events, placing fourth in program oral interpretation and fifth in after dinner speaking. Sopko placed fourth in after dinner speaking and was recognized as being in the top 30 percent of the impromptu speaking field. Freshman Korrin Comley reached the finals of informative speaking, picking up third and the top novice award. She also received fourth and top novice in communication analysis. Finally, freshman Will Henrickson earned sixth place and top novice in dramatic interpretation.

    In the Lincoln-Douglas debate junior varsity division, freshman Macy Cecil earned the championship in a 2-1 decision against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Freshman Michael Garret finished as a quarterfinalist in the junior varsity elimination rounds. Garret and Cecil were slated against each other on the bracket and Cecil advanced due to preliminary round seeding. In addition to their elimination round status, Garret earned sixth best speaker in the division and Cecil placed third.

    In the Lincoln-Douglas varsity division, senior Johnathan Christy was named top speaker from a pool of more than 60 competitors. He also finished as a quarterfinalist. Fellow senior Tyler Behymer also finished as quarterfinalist. Finally, sophomore Cami Smither was named eighth best speaker in the division.

    The forensics team will compete at the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities Championship Tournament from Feb. 22-23, also hosted by Webster University. 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.


  • 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 Baldwin Hall Auditorium. 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.

  • All-University Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 14

    President Sue Thomas will host an All-University Meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. The annual State of the University address is entitled “Truman Truths.”  A webcast of the remarks will be made available to campus shortly thereafter.

  • Positive Peers to Begin Weekly Meetings

    Positive Peers will conduct their weekly meetings from 6:30-8 p.m. on Mondays and 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Baldwin Hall 113. Positive Peers is a confidential student-run mental wellness support group open to all Truman students. Trained facilitators will lead a discussion centered around a weekly topic. No registration is required. For more information email positivepeerstsu@truman.edu.

  • OSR Offers Support for Summer Research


    The Office of Student Research is accepting TruScholar proposals for research and creative scholarship conducted over the eight-week summer term from June 3-July 26, 2019. During the program, students should devote full-time effort to their project, and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration. Projects will be funded up to a maximum value of $5,000, including a $3,000 max student stipend and a max $1,500 max mentor stipend.

    A TruScholars proposal writing workshop for students will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Complete guidelines for the TruScholars application can be found at the Office of Students Research. Applications for funding opportunities are due March 1. Questions can be emailed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Delta Sigma Pi Begins Recruitment


    Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity open to students majoring in business, accounting or economics. Recruitment will consist of the following events: 

    Meet the Chapter

    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 4
    Catholic Newman Center

    Trivia Night

    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 5
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Professional Speaker

    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 6
    Magruder Hall 2001

    For more information contact Amber Smith.
  • 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.

  • Farley to Present Sabbatical Translation Project

  • Nominate an Outstanding Professor or Research Mentor


    Students are able to nominate Truman faculty members to be recognized at the annual Academic Accolades Banquet in April.

    Every year the student body selects one professor and one research mentor to receive the Educator of the Year award, honoring the outstanding efforts on their behalf in the classroom and community. This is an opportunity to show appreciation to favorite educators for their dedication to the Truman community and highlight their accomplishments.

    Truman will also be sponsoring an inaugural Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year award. This award will seek to honor an educator at Truman who promotes mental health and its culture, both in and outside the classroom.

    To make a nomination, complete this form before 11:59 p.m. Feb. 8.
  • CML Film Festival Expands


    Truman Department of Classical and Modern Languages’ (CML) annual film festival will show its next movie at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 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.
  • Board of Governors to Meet Feb. 9

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
  • Mental Wellness Week Scheduled for Feb. 11-15

    Student Government has collaborated with several organizations to create Mental Wellness Week.

    Stepping Stones of Mental Health
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Feb. 11
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Sponsored by Residence Hall Association

    JED Committee Town Hall
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 11
    Violette Hall 1000
    Sponsored by the JED Committee and Truman administrators

    “Pursuing Well-being at Truman and Beyond”

    Rebecca Zimmer, lecturer in psychology
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 12
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    Sponsored by SAB

    “Healthy or Hurtful? Relationships, Resilience and Red Flags”
    Katie Judd, assistant professor of psychology
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 13
    Baldwin Hall 114
    Sponsored by the Health and Wellness and Safety Committee of Student Government

    Screening Services provided by UCS
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Feb. 14
    Student Union Building Activities Room
    Sponsored by the Health and Wellness and Safety Committee of Student Government

    Waffles for Mental Wellness
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Feb. 15
    Student Union Building HUB
    Sponsored by Greek Mental Wellness Committee

    Mental Health Resource Fair
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Feb. 15
    Student Union Alumni Room
    The Mental Health Resource Fair is a capstone project for health and exercise science student Laura Wallace. The event is for local organizations to showcase their efforts to promote mental health for Truman students and be a catalyst for the development and support of a healthier student body.

    Mental Wellness Walk
    3 p.m.
    Feb. 17
    Kirk Gym
    Sponsored by Phi Epsilon Kappa
  • Homecoming Committee Applications Now Being Accepted

    Applications for Homecoming 2019 are now available. The deadline for the director position is Feb. 15 and interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Applicants applying for director may use the same application for a committee position.

    The deadline for general committee members is due Feb. 22 and interviews will occur the week of Feb. 25. Applications can be completed at homecoming.truman.edu/apply. Contact homecoming@truman.edu for any further questions.

  • Admitted Students to Visit Campus Feb. 18


    Truman will welcome admitted students and their families to campus from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. This event will help students choose Truman by letting them explore the community. The back lot across from McClain Hall on the north side will be reserved all day for incoming families. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple or other Truman apparel to show their Truman spirit!
  • SAB Concert Features Hunter Hayes and RaeLynn


    The Student Activities Board welcomes Grammy-nominated artist Hunter Hayes, with special guest RaeLynn, to perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 in Pershing Arena.

    Hayes first debuted his self-titled album in 2011, and since then has released popular hits such as “Invincible,” “I Want Crazy,” “Wanted,” “Dear God” and “One Shot.”

    RaeLynn was the highest-selling female country artist of last year. She received critical acclaim for her debut album in 2017, which included the songs “Love Triangle” and “Wildhorse.”

    Student tickets are available now and can be purchased for $5 at the SAB Office located in the Student Union Building. General admission will go on sale Feb. 11 and can be purchased for $20. The SAB Office is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are nonrefundable and prices will increase $2 on the day of the event. Students must present student ID when purchasing a ticket.

    No professional cameras, large bags, outside food or drink, alcohol or illegal substances will be permitted into the show. Any small bags brought are subject to search.

    Special accommodations can be made by contacting sab+concerts@truman.edu.
  • Personal Trainers Seek Clients

    The Assessment and Prescription class is looking for a few more people to work with this semester as personal training clients. Anyone interested in being a client can contact Evonne Bird for more information.

  • 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.
  • Applications Now Open for Summer Museum and Archives Internships

    Students are able to send applications for the museum and archives summer internships.

    Locations include the Harry Truman Presidential Library in Kansas City, Mo.; National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.; Judicial Archives Project in Kirksville, Mo.; Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Mo.; Mercantile Library in St. Louis, Mo. and MSU Special Collections and Archive in Springfield, Mo.

    The summer internships are open to all Truman students, but they are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums, teaching and law. Contact Jason McDonald for more information.

  • Econ Speaker to Examine Drug Prohibition


    The Department of Economics will sponsor “The Unintended Consequences of Drug Prohibition” at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    Featured speaker Dr. Audrey Redford earned her Ph.D. in economics from Texas Tech University and her undergraduate degree, also in economics, from James Madison University. Her research interests in entrepreneurship include market adaptations to changes in policy and institutional foundations using the tools of public choice economics, comparative institutional analysis and Australian economics. While in graduate school she was an Adam Smith Fellow with the Mercatus Center and a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

    Redford’s presentation will begin to answer questions such as: What does ‘drug prohibition’ mean in the United States? How does our understanding of illegal drug markets change as we examine the unintended consequences of drug prohibition policies in addition to the intended consequences? How do changes in drug policy influence entrepreneurial behavior in illegal drug markets and sometimes unintentionally incentivize dangerous outcomes? How are the answers to these questions relevant to our current opioid crisis?
  • FAC Accepting Applications

    The Funds Allotment Council is now accepting member and funding applications.

    FAC is committed to helping various organizations fund campus events. This is an excellent opportunity for students of all majors to make a difference on campus and connect with new people. Organizations can receive up to $5,000 of funding to make their events possible.

    Member applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and funding applications are due by 5 p.m. March 22. Applications are available at fac.truman.edu. For more information contact fac@truman.edu.

  • Grants Available to Aid Interdisciplinary Research


    The Office of Student Research is accepting Interdisciplinary Research Community grant proposals for research and creative scholarship conducted over the eight-week summer term, June 3-July 26, 2019. Proposals should be written by two faculty members, each from different departments, who will collaborate on a research project that involves and trains two undergraduate students. During the program, students should devote full-time effort to their project, and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration. Projects will be funded up to a maximum value of $5,000, including a $3,000 max student stipend and a max $1,500 mentor stipend.

    Complete guidelines for the Interdisciplinary Research Community application can be found at the Office of Student Research. Applications for funding opportunities are due March 1. Questions can be emailed to osr@truman.edu.
  • UCS Offers Free Training


    University Counseling Services will be providing RESPOND training for Truman faculty and staff from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 12-13 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room 2105. This free, eight-hour training will empower participants to offer effective support to a student or colleague. The course provides a basic overview of symptoms often associated with mental health concerns and offers an action plan to help RESPOND effectively. The training also includes information on how to intervene when someone is experiencing a suicide crisis. Sign up can be completed here. Contact Stacy Simmons with any questions.
  • Talent Show to Feature Best Buddies

    Truman’s Best Buddies is hosting a talent show from 6-8 p.m. Apr. 9 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    Best Buddies is an organization on campus that promotes friendships and diversity by pairing Truman students with people in the Kirksville community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    The talent show will include acts from bands, dance organizations, improv groups, choirs and members of Best Buddies. Admission is $3. For more information contact Savanna Ott at trumanbestbuddies@gmail.com.
  • 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

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, spoke on “The 1621 Plymouth-Wampanoag Agreement and The Genesis of American Indian Constitutionalism” for his Distinguished Research Fellow Lecture at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. Mandell is on leave from Truman this year for the research fellowship at the Kinder Institute, and the lecture was the first of many from his new research project.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Foundation Scholarships Now Available


    The Truman State University Foundation has applications for 2019-20 Foundation Scholarships available now. There is more than $652,000 that will be awarded to current students at Truman. These are scholarships established by generous alumni and friends of Truman State University. Recipients must be enrolled full time during the term of the scholarship to receive the full amount of the scholarship. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarship Application. Submit and revise your application online at any time prior to the deadline of March 7.