Vol. 23 No. 23 - Feb. 25, 2019


  • Wellness Site Offers Tips for Mind, Body and Spirit

    Finding a time to recharge and promote wellness can be challenging, so Truman’s wellness website offers the campus a variety of great resources to help.

    Visitors will find a vast array of information including: podcasts for self-improvement; training videos; tips on how to eat healthy and create a weekly wellness checklist; the latest updates about the JED campus initiative; and many more wellness features.

    To highlight the information available on the wellness.truman.edu site, one of those links will be featured every week in the Truman Today.
  • Student Giving Campaign Targets Three Areas

    From Feb. 25 through March 1, the Office of Advancement will sponsor the annual Student Giving Campaign.
    This campaign gives students the chance to work together to make a difference in their student experience. Three student-run crowdfunding campaigns will be featured in competition for match money from alumna donor Colleen Ritchie (’84). The campaign with the greatest number of students donating $5 or more will receive a $2,000 match. The second-place campaign will receive a $1,000 match and the third-place team will receive a $500 match.
    The three featured campaigns this year are the Equestrian Team, United Speakers and Rot Riders. The Equestrian Team is raising money for veterinary expenses for one of their horses, United Speakers is raising money for textbooks and other teaching supplies and Rot Riders are raising money for a new bike trailer and composting supplies. Students can do their part by donating at trucampaigns.truman.edu.

  • TruCare Provides Opportunity to Serve

    The monthlong TruCare service initiative will again take place throughout March, giving everyone with a Truman connection an opportunity to show how dedicated the University is to service.

    TruCare is an international service initiative where the Truman community volunteers locally to make a difference globally. Designed as a way for alumni and friends to share in the spirit of the Big Event, TruCare allows anyone with a Truman affiliation to count service hours completed from March 1 through midnight April 1 as part of a cumulative total.

    Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University can participate by simply logging any service hours completed during that time on the TruCare website. Hours can be logged individually or by student organizations. Hours completed during the Big Event will also be counted. The grand total will be announced in April.

    Last year’s campaign saw more than 1,230 members of the Truman community contribute 12,370 hours of service. Projects took place in 38 cities across 20 states and included working in food pantries, church nurseries, retirement communities, thrift shops, pet adoption centers and libraries, as well as fixing up a summer camp and participating in Habitat for Humanity.

    TruCare is sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association. For questions about the program, contact Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, at 600.785.4167.
  • Percussion Artist to Perform Feb. 25


    World renowned percussion artist, Michael Compitello, will perform an evening solo percussion concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Compitello earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with the renowned percussionist Robert van Sice. Compitello is currently the director of percussion studies at the University of Kansas. He has performed and taught contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany, on a Fullbright Grant. He is considered an international champion of new and recent works for solo percussion, as well as mixed consort chamber music, working with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Nicolaus Huber, David Lang, John Luther Adams and March Applebaum.

    In addition to his concert, Compitello will present a series of masterclasses. His visit is sponsored by the University Percussion Society, the Department of Music Visiting Artist Grant Program, Pearl/Adams corporation and Zildjian Cymbals. For more information about this event contact Michael Bump at mbump@truman.edu.


  • Enrollment for Summer Classes Starts March 19

    While summer vacation provides the opportunity for students to enjoy some “down time,” it also allows them to earn credits toward their degree. Summer classes are flexible with schedules, offering 10-week, eight-week or five-week sessions.

    Classes can be taken both online and on campus. Online classes allow students to study from the comfort of their home while taking courses to boost their GPA for scholarship reinstatement. On-campus classes provide plenty of opportunities for students to get face-to-face interactions with professors and experience Kirksville recreation during the summer. Both allow students to add coursework to a major or minor without delaying graduation, while saving time and money.

    For more information about summer classes visit summer.truman.edu.

  • Career and Grad School Week


    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
    Student Union Building
    Enjoy a three-course meal while learning the do’s and don’ts of a formal/professional dining experience. Register on #HireTruman. ($15 fee for the meal)

    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.

    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
  • Parking Lot Closure

    The parking lot on the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets (across from the General Services Building) will be closed Feb. 27-28 for the Career Expo. Questions related to parking may be directed to the Department of Public Safety at 660.785.7400.
  • 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?
  • Workshop Aims to Reduce Sugar Consumption

    The Health Science Department will sponsor the workshop “Sugar Isn’t Sweet” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and Feb. 27-28 in Pershing Building room 234.

    The “Sugar Isn’t Sweet” project was created to educate young adults about the health and wellness benefits of reducing dietary sugars and to empower them with the skills they need to modify their lifestyles. Reducing dietary sugars is one of the best ways to improve overall health and well-being. Those who reduce sugar intake are not committed to a strict diet, rather they are committed to a simple lifestyle modification with one goal in mind: to be the healthiest version of themselves.

    This workshop is a result of a capstone project from health science senior Braden Zoller. Attendees have the opportunity to win a $15 Amazon card. For more information about this event contact Zoller at bmz7216@truman.edu.

  • Students to Share Study Abroad Experiences

    The Center for International Education Abroad is hosting a Sip and Share event from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Ryle Hall main lounge. This event provides the opportunity for prospective study abroad students to bond with current study abroad ambassadors and to ask questions about the application process or their experience abroad. Cookies and refreshments will be provided.

  • 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.

  • Spaghetti Dinner to Raise Money for Make-A-Wish

    Tickets will be available at the following locations.

    Magruder Hall

    Feb. 27-28
    March 1

    Violette Hall
    March 3-5
  • AKPsi to Host Clothing Drive

  • TruTalk Podcast Features Emily Costello

    Emily Costello is the current equestrian team coach at Truman and an alumna (’07). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and has been working for the University for 11 years. Costello mentors students working with horses on basic and advance riding techniques.

    TruTalk helps students get to know fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members. The podcast is hosted by Janes Dreamweaver, director of fitness and wellness. To listen to this week’s episode visit the TruTalk website.

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  • ITS Provides Universal Design for Learning Workshop

    The learning technologies team from Truman’s ITS will host a Universal Design for Learning workshop from 3:30-4:30 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.
  • Live Cup Stacking Event to Occur at the Rec

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    Elijah Farrales will showcase his cup stacking skills from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 1 at the Student Recreation Center. To see the destruction of his creation student should arrive closer to 7:30 p.m. To learn more about Farreles’s cup stacking creations, watch his interview below.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Namaste Nepal to Host Himalayan Night

    Namaste Nepal will host their annual Himalayan Night from 6-8 p.m. March 2 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.
  • Econ Speaker Series to Examine Next Recession

    Featured speaker Dr. Arun Raha will discuss “What Will the Next Recession Bring? Another Financial Crisis: Not This Time” at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    Raha has a Bachelor of Economics with honors from Hindu College, University of Delhi, India; a Master of Economics from the Delhi School of Economics; and a Ph.D. in economics from Washington State University. He is currently employed at Eaton – a power management company that serves in the electrical, hydraulics, aerospace, commercial truck and automotive industries with 2018 sales in excess of $22 billion. Raha is responsible for domestic and international forecast of economic conditions. In 2007, he won the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s top overall forecast prize. He is a two-time winner of the Wall Street Journal’s forecasting award in January 2005 and February 2013.

    Presentation Abstract: Every recession is different. The 2007-09 Great Recession came from a financial crisis that caused credit to dry up, similar to what happened during the Great Depression nearly 80 years ago, except this time it was investment banking that failed, not commercial banking. What will he next recession look like?

  • Award-Winning Slam Poet to Perform on Campus

    SAB will host poet William Nu’utupu Giles at 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the Student Union Building Hub.

    Giles is an afakasi Samoan writer and arts educator from Honolulu, Hawaii. He was featured in the HBO documentary “Russel Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices,” where he helped the Hawaii team win its first International Poetry Slam Championship. Giles is also the first Pacific Islander to win the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition.  

    The event will begin with performances from TruPoets, and Giles will perform from 7-8 p.m. After the performance, he will host a workshop exploring the writing process, finding inspiration and developing a voice as a writer.

    This event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided.

  • 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.

  • Faculty Forum to Explore “Dante’s Inferno”

    Antonio Scuderi will present “Lovers In Hell: Canto V of Dante’s Inferno” at 7 p.m. March 5 in Magruder Hall 2001.

    Presentation abstract: Dante’s "Divine Comedy" – an imaginary journey through the Christian afterlife – is one of the most important epic poems in western literature. “The Inferno,” the first book, tells of Dante’s adventures through Christian hell. In the fifth book, “Canto of the Inferno,” Dante meets two lovers who are destined to be together for eternity. Their story is based on true events that would have been forgotten in time. But by weaving it into his poem, Dante immortalized the names of Paolo and Francesca whose story throughout the centuries has inspired innumerable works of art, music and theatre.

    Scuderi, professor of Italian, will read and explicate “Inferno V,” focusing on Dante’s use of imagery and themes from both the classical and medieval worlds.

  • Application Period Open for Fall PR Internship

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 internship.

    Interns work approximately 32 hours per week and can choose to receive six to nine credit hours. To maintain full-time student status, interns take two three-credit classes in addition to the internship credit hours. A small stipend is also included.

    Primary responsibilities of the intern include assisting with the production of the University’s online weekly newsletter, as well as contributing to the Truman Review alumni magazine. The intern also will help with special events throughout the semester, write press releases and fulfill other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style. Applicants must have the flexibility to work 32 hours a week.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than March 8. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles.

  • UCS Offers Free Training


    University Counseling Services will provide 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.
  • Detours Magazine Accepting Photo Submissions

    The Detours magazine photo contest will be open until March 18.

    The contest is open to any photos the photographer finds to best fit the chosen theme, “A New Perspective.” The winners will be featured on the Detours magazine website. Entries must include the location of the picture as well as the photographer’s name. No watermarks should be on the photos. Participants are limited to three submissions and are encouraged to include a short caption describing the story behind the photo. By entering the photo contest, participants grant Detours magazine permission to use their photos.

    Submissions can be sent to editor@detoursmagazine.com. For more information and to see past photo contest winners, visit detoursmagazine.com

  • CSI Accepting Leadership Recognition Nominations


    The Center for Student Involvement is now taking nominations for the Leadership Recognition Program. The awards honor the accomplishments of students, advisors and organizations. Nominations can be submitted online at the CSI website until March 20. Questions can be directed to Ray Stewart at csilrp@gmail.com.
  • For Words Celebrates Queen Victoria and George Eliot

    Linda Seidel, professor emerita of English, will present “Birthday Girls: Queen Victoria and George Eliot at 200” at 5:30 p.m. March 20 in Violette Hall 1010. This event is free and open to the public.

    Presentation Abstract: Queen Victoria and George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) were both born in 1819, making them 200 years old in 2019. Victoria reigned longer than any previous British monarch, ascending the throne in 1837 at the age of 18; by the time she died in 1901 few Britons could remember a time without her. Eliot, author of “Middlemarch” and member of the newly emergent middle class, has been called by her biographers “the last Victorian” and “the voice of a century” – in other words, a kind embodiment of the age to which Victoria gave her name. Yet it would be a mistake to over-stress their similarities. One was a progressive intellectual, despite her emotional conservatism; the other might be called a Tory populist, at least in that long period after Prince Albert was no longer around to advocate for the more liberal views. Taken together, the lives of these two women give us a powerful glimpse of the time in which they lived while also shaping the world we live in now.

  • 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.
  • Applications Available for Commencement Speaker

    Student Government is seeking a student speaker for the 2019 commencement ceremony. Students who are graduating in May and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply. Applications can be found at senate.truman.edu/applications. All application material must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. April 5. Questions can be addressed to Katie Alexander at kga5644@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

    Huping Ling, professor of history, published an article “New Millennial Study Abroad Wave: An Analysis and Evalutation” in Shenzheng University Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 36, No. 1, pages 1-9, which was released in January 2019.

    Laura Ney, soccer, was one of seven Great Lakes Valley Conference student-athletes that were named a 2018 GLVC Fall Scholar-Athlete of the year. Ney was an honoree for her efforts in both the classroom and on the field this past fall.

    Christia Reisinger and Lauren Dale, softball, received GLVC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Reisinger has been credited with five of Truman’s overall nine GLVC Player awards. Dale has earned three of Truman’s eight Pitcher of the Week awards.

    Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, reviewed the book “Ludvig Holberg: a Danish Playwright on the European Stage,” by Bent Holm (Vienna: Hollitzer, 2018) for “New Theatre Quarterly” (Cambridge University Press, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2019).


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.
  • Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship


    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy.

    Purdy was born in 1914 on a farm near Macon and was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus’s first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    The scholarship is designed to provide merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and who have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The general range will be $1,000-$5,000 based on expected family contribution (EFC), unmet need and other factors.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. Citizen, attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri, and be a sophomore, junior or senior in college. Deadline to apply is June 15, 2019. Applications should be submitted online through Scholarship Central at moslf.org. To access more information about this scholarship, click here, or contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130.