Vol. 23 No. 21 - Feb. 11, 2019


  • Truman Among Top Fulbright Producers


    Truman is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-19 Fulbright students.

    Published in the Feb. 11 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Truman was included on the list of master’s institutions for producing Fulbright students. The University had four Fulbright students selected from a total of 12 applications.

    The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research abroad each year.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. It is funded by an annual appropriation from Congress to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

    Of the 19 universities listed among the master’s institutions for producing Fulbright students, Truman was the only Missouri school.

    The complete lists from The Chronicle of Higher Education can be found here. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.
  • Annual Truman Piano Festival to Occur Feb. 15-16


    The 36th annual Truman Piano Festival will take place Feb. 15-16 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.
    This year’s featured guest artist is Dr. Ilia Radoslavov. At 8 p.m. Feb. 15 he will perform a solo recital that features the three pianos sonatas, Op. 31 by Ludwig van Beethoven. At 9:30 a.m. Feb. 16 he will conduct a master class featuring Truman piano majors. Both events are open to the public, free of charge.
    A native of Bulgaria, Radoslavov began his formal studies at age five in the city of Ruse and was receiving critical acclaim by the age of 14. Throughout his career, he has been welcomed warmly and with accolades by audiences and critics alike, while appearing in numerous solo and chamber performances in prestigious venues in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Serbia and South Africa. His most recent recording with the Blue Griffin recording label features works from one of his chamber projects with Zanta Hofmeyr – “The 10 Sonatas for Piano and Violin” by Beethoven. 
    Radoslavov has a doctoral degree in piano performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow, an award which celebrates outstanding performing ability and musicianship. He studied there with Christopher Taylor. Radoslavov is currently associate professor of piano and head of the Keyboard Department in the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University.
  • Campus Trees Earn Truman Distinction


    Truman’s campus has earned recognition as a 2018 Tree Campus USA school.

    Tree Campus USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program which honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To obtain this distinction, Truman has met the five core standards for effective campus management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects. More information about the program can be found at the Tree Campus USA website.

    Truman has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA school since 2014.
  • Truman Theatre Department Presents “The Wolves”


    Truman’s Theatre Department will perform “The Wolves” at 8 p.m. Feb. 20-23 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    “The Wolves” is a contemporary drama about a girl’s indoor soccer team as they warm up before their weekly games. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. “The Wolves” is a portrayal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

    This show contains adult content and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 14. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Ophelia Parris Box Office from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Guests from out-of-town may reserve tickets by calling 660.785.4515.

    For more information, contact David Goyette or visit the Theatre Department's webpage
  • Friends of the Art Gallery Celebrate 20th Anniversary


    The Friends of the Truman State University Art Gallery will host their 20th annual fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 1 in Ophelia Parrish 1114. 

    For two decades the fundraiser has been committed to the belief that art changes lives, documents and reflects experiences and shows people worlds and other perspectives than their own. The fundraising committee wants to continue to “dream on” about the ways in which the Art Gallery can share new experiences with the campus, Kirksville and Northeast Missouri communities for the next 20 years.

    Donations to the University Art Gallery help provide financial stability and allow for expanded programming that increases the Gallery’s reach into the community. Previous donations to the University Art Galley have helped fund transportation costs for local students to visit the University Art Gallery, new energy-efficient LED light bulbs for the main gallery, cash prizes for the annual student-juried show and shipping for the loaned Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kluge-Ruhe collection. The suggested donation for the fundraiser is $40 per person. Reservations must be submitted by Feb. 21 to stuckerpotter@truman.edu.

    The “Dream On” theme also connects to the current exhibitions. “Dreamwork,” in the main gallery, features the work of four alumni ceramic artists whose art addresses the work the mind undertakes when creating memories, fantasizing, meditating and dreaming. In the side gallery, the exhibition “Aboriginal Desert Paintings” pulls from Australian Aboriginal dreaming –– knowledge, myths and legends that are passed down from generation to generation and define Aboriginal relationships to family, heritage, indigenous country and nature.


  • 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.

  • 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
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    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
  • AKPsi to Begin Recruitment

  • Student Run Organization to Host Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

    The Student Run Business Initiative will host a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 13-14. Students can buy chocolates for $3 each, small stuffed animals for $3 each, chocolates and a stuffed animal for $5 or other Valentine gift bags for up to $6. These items will be sold in Violette Hall on Feb. 13 and McClain Hall on Feb. 14. Items can also be delivered on campus on Valentine’s Day. For more information contact Neer Patel.

  • SAB to Screen "Guardians of the Galaxy" Double Feature

    The Student Activities Board will screen "Guardians of the Galaxy" at 6 p.m. and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16 in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium. The event is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact sab@truman.edu.

  • 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.

  • CML Film Festival

    “Bande de filles”
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15
    Baldwin Hall Little Theatre

    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 16
    Baldwin Hall Little Theatre

    The festival is a free event and is open to all members of the public. For more information about the film festival contact Audrey Viguier.

  • 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!
  • 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.

  • Study Abroad Fair Scheduled for Feb. 21

    The Center for International Education Abroad will host the study abroad fair from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Students and program sponsors will be available to talk about study abroad programs and share their experiences. There will be giveaways, refreshments and international candy.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 2019 Conference

    The Truman Women’s and Gender Studies 2019 conference will take place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Violette Hall 1000 and Feb. 16 in Baldwin Hall 102. This year’s conference theme is “enough.” Sessions will run all day on Feb. 16 and will include a political poster workshop presented by the Bad Acids, a group of student printmakers. This conference will occur simultaneously with the CML film festival and Student Government’s Women’s Leadership Conference.

  • ITS Provides Universal Design for Learning Workshop

    The learning technologies team from Truman’s ITS will be hosting a Universal Design for Learning workshop from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Pickler Memorial Library 103. The workshop is intended for improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning in face-to-face and online education and will address questions such as: What is Universal Design for Learning? Why do we need it? What are the basic principles of UDL? For more information contact Pearl Xie.
  • Career and Grad School Expos to Occur Feb. 25-March 1


    Expo Bootcamp
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building 3201-3204
    Learn the basics of working an expo, appropriate dress and resumes. Refine your 30-second commercial and learn how to find all the registered attendees of the Expos.

    Mini Mock Interviews
    9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Feb. 26
    Student Union Building 3201-3204

    Etiquette Dinner

    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 26
    Venue TBD

    Graduate and Professional School Expo
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Feb. 27
    Student Union Building Activities Room
    Speak with recruiters from grad schools and learn about opportunities in your field.

    Law School Admissions 101 Informational Session

    Feb. 27
    Time and Venue TBD

    Career and Internship Expo
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building
    Speak with recruiters from non-profit, for-profit and governmental agencies to lean about opportunities in your field.

    Professional Photo Booth
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Feb. 28
    Student Union Building 3204
    Get a free professional photo taken by Tim Barcus, University photographer.

    Pre-Selected Employer Interviews

    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 1
    Student Union Building
  • 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.

  • Retirement Reception for Melody Chambers

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Notables

    Mock trial team, attended the Mid-Missouri Invitational hosted by Columbia College. The mock trial A-team had a record of 6-2 and placed fourth overall out of 26 teams, with their two losses being one point away from placing first and second. First-year students Emma Mitchem and Rowan Wilson ranked top in their rounds and won an Outstanding Attorney award and Outstanding Witness award, respectively.


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 applications online at any time prior to the deadline of March 7.