Vol. 23 No. 26 - March 25, 2019


  • Children’s Literature Festival Set for April 5


    The Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 5 in the Student Union Building for more than 1,700 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.    

    Visiting authors and illustrators include Elana K. Arnold, Tracey Baptiste, Jerry Craft, Janet Fox, Donna Gephart, Tae Keller, Hena Khan, Geoff Rodkey, Wendy Shang, Don Tate and Christine Taylor-Butler.

    Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered. University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions. Contact Daisy Rearick or call 660.785.4048 to register.

    Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $13. To register, contact Rearick or call 660.785.4048. At 6:45 p.m. Author Geoff Rodkey will give a presentation. Those interested in attending the dinner should register by March 29.

    The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to severe budget cuts, the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to revive the event, and the festival returned in 2009. For more information about the fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133 or visit truman.edu/giving.

    The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett Higher Education Group, Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney at 660.785.7366 as well as the Children’s Literature Festival webpage.

    The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.
  • Film Festival Accepting Submissions


    Submissions for Truman’s first ever film festival are due April 1.

    Submitted materials must be 10 minutes or less. Accepted films will be eligible for juried awards as well as The Vincent Price Audience Choice Award accompanied by a $500 prize. Students can submit films here. Entry fees cost $10. Late submissions will be accepted until April 14 with a $15 fee.

    The film festival will take place April 27 in the Baldwin Little Theatre. Following the festival there will be a free reception at Take Root Cafe. Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price, as well as Chad Kennerk, Dereck Daschke, Tiana Williams, Tom Stockma and Allison Coffelt will serve as judges for the festival.

    This is the first year which Truman will host a film festival on campus. Dedicated students have been working under the direction of Jocelyn Cullity to help celebrate undergraduate film making. The film festival seeks to connect, inspire and provide exposure to undergraduate filmmakers from the state of Missouri.
  • Media Network Students Receive Award


    Truman students received two first-place awards in the 2019 Missouri Broadcast Educators Association media contest.

    Judges with expertise in the broadcast and film areas received entries produced by students involved with TMN and students enrolled in coursework in communication.

    Joey Laguessa, assistant manager of KTRM-FM, won a first-place air check award for his weekly radio show “Free Style Joey.” Tyler Acosta, KTRM-FM production director, received a first-place award for best radio station audio promotion announcement. Katherine Durant and Kevil Melter won second place in the same category.

    In the short film category Aerin Johnson, executive producer of TMN-TV, Alex Bowles and Lindell Sconce received third place. The film was produced in the digital video production class taught by Mark Smith in 2018.

    Truman students competed with nearly a dozen Missouri colleges and universities. The awards will be formally presented during ceremonies in Springfield in mid-April.
  • Theatre Department Presents “Love & Information”


    Truman’s Theatre Department will perform “Love & Information” at 8 p.m. April 10-13 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    “Love & Information” is a kaleidoscopic whirl of fast-moving, short scenes that all have to do with the way people receive, communicate, omit, seek or hide information in service of the notion of love. Instead of a single narrative, the play’s 78 scenes present more than 100 characters and raise a number of questions that linger in the air, such as: how does the brain process information? How do machines and devices used to share information affect the ways people love? How does the brain create meaning out of information? How is memory constructed in the brain? Is memory reliable? How does memory construct our identities?

    The play debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in London but has since made its way to the United States, being called “ingenious,” “thought-churning,” and “deeply poignant.” The “Guardian” stated, “This is an exhilarating theatrical Kaleidoscope…What is extraordinary about Churchill is her capacity as a dramatist to go on reinventing the wheel.”

    Some of the scenes deal with serious subject matter such as violence, torture, animal experimentation, infidelity, mental illness, bullying and PTSD.

    The cast will be making guest appearances on campus at the event “Paint Your Love & Information” where paint will be available for students to splatter on a canvas in a collaborative art piece. This event will occur from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 1 on the quad.

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the box office beginning April 1 or by calling 660.785.4515. For more information contact Nicole Dunseith.
  • Informational Meeting to Discuss Scholarship Opportunities


    An informational session will discuss the scholarship criteria and application process for graduate and undergraduate students from 4:30-6 p.m. April 3 in Violette Hall 1010.

    The application process is very rigorous and highly competitive and many deadlines occur in the fall semester. Listed below are the major national fellowships.

    Graduate Students:

    Fulbright Grants
    : Research grants and teaching assistantships for a year abroad.

    Rhodes Scholarship
    : Grants for two years of study at Oxford University.

    Marshall Scholarship
    : Awards for two years of study in any British university.

    Mitchell Scholarship: One year of graduate study or research in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

    Gates Cambridge Scholarship: Awards for an advance degree or second bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge.

    Undergraduate Students:

    Goldwater Scholarship
    : Up to $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books and room and board for science and mathematics majors.

    Harry S. Truman Scholarship: For senior year and post-graduate study leasing to a career in public service.

    Udall Scholarship
    : For students interested in careers related to environmental issues or for Native American and Alaskans interested in careers related to health care and tribal public policy.

    Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship
    : For students interested in international affairs to work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates in Washington, D.C., for a full year.

    Boren Scholarship
    : To study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.


  • Enroll for Summer Classes

    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.

  • Meet Jenna Fischer During Fundraising Event


    Prior to her presentation for the Holman Family Distinguished Series, Jenna Fischer will participate in a fundraising event to benefit the Theatre Department.

    Fischer will be the featured guest at a limited-ticket event from 6-8 p.m. April 4 in Kirk Memorial. Tickets are $100 per person. All attendees will receive a commemorative photo from the event and an autographed copy of her book “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide.” Proceeds from this event will support theatre students at Truman.

    Tickets are open to anyone and must be purchased in advance by contacting the Advancement Office at 660.785.4133 or 800.452.6678. The event will include heavy appetizers along with hosted wine and beer. Recommended attire is business dress.

    Since graduating from the University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1995, Fischer’s career includes more than 50 credits as an actor and producer. She is best known for her role as Pam on the hit NBC comedy “The Office,” and she currently stars on the ABC series “Splitting Up Together.” Among the feature films in her body of work are roles in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Blades of Glory” and director Clint Eastwood’s 2018 picture, “The 15:17 to Paris.” After completing “The Office,” she starred in the off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s play “Reasons to be Happy.”

    The following evening, Fischer will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in Pershing Arena. A limited number of tickets for that speech are still available online. Fischer’s presentation is free thanks to the generous support of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series, created in honor of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman by their children to honor their parents’ long association with Truman. It is funded through an endowment with the Truman State University Foundation.
  • Wellness Site Resource: JED Campus

    The Wellness website includes a JED Campus tab which provides links to the project’s strategic plan, an executive summary of the program and a video of the recent town hall meeting.

    The JED Campus project is an initiative designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems and program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and prevention efforts. The project at Truman was funded through the Homecoming philanthropy and a generous donor. It is a four-year commitment that began last year with an on-campus visit by JED professionals who met with various constituents of the University community. In addition, the Healthy Minds Survey was taken by more than 2,000 Truman students and a self-study was completed that included a review of various Truman policies and processes. Using all the data collected, a strategic plan was then developed with the goal to assist Truman to improve the campus mental health environment. 
  • CIS Hiring Scholarship Workers

    The Center for International Students is hiring scholarship workers for the fall and spring semesters in the 2019-20 academic year. Teams that are hiring include: student support, admissions, media, academic success mentors, cultural integration leaders, CHAT partners and international ambassadors. The media team is looking for photographers, graphic designers and writers. Applications are available here.

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  • Center for Academic Excellence Now Hiring Tutors

    Tutors assists students with the academic content in particular courses, help students with study skills and provide a student perspective on learning and school success. No prior tutoring experience is required. On-the-job training is provided during the fall semester through the course INDV 150 The Master Tutor (1 credit).

    Applicants must be eligible for scholarship work or work study, averaging four hours per week. The greatest demand is for math, sciences and economics but students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The Center for Academic Excellence is looking for students with an interest in developing their interpersonal communication skills and who want to help others succeed.

    Students can find the application online at excellence.truman.edu under the “Apply to be a Tutor” section. For more information contact Marcy Graham.

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  • Nominate Outstanding Faculty Advisors

    Students are able to submit nominations for an outstanding full-time faculty advisor for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award. To nominate a faculty member, complete this form. Academic advisors are not eligible. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 5. Questions can be directed to Marianna Giovannini.

  • Master of Athletic Training Informational Q & A

    Students interested in health care can consider a career in athletic training, which encompasses injury evaluation, rehabilitation and treatment, as well as program administration. Athletic trainers work closely with medical professionals to provide overall care and treatment to a variety of physically active individuals.

    To learn more about athletic training and the Truman Master of Athletic Training program, attend the spring informational meeting from 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 25 in Pershing Building 231. Find out about the program and application process.

    Classes begin in July. For more information, or for interested students who cannot make the meeting, contact Brandy Schneider or visit truman.edu/mat

  • 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.
  • Women’s Resource Center Celebrates Women’s History Month


    The Women’s Resource Center will be celebrating Women’s History Month throughout March by providing workshops and discussion groups.

    “That’s Not Love: Domestic Abuse Workshop”

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    March 25
    Violette Hall 1324.

    Endometriosis Awareness
    March 27
    time and date for this event are TBD

    For more information about the Women’s Resource Center visit wrc.truman.edu.

    The month of March celebrates the contributions women have made throughout history in science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment and many other fields.
  • Farley to Present Sabbatical Translation Project

  • Psi Chi to Aid Senior Study for GRE

    Psi Chi will host a trivia night using practice questions from the GRE at 5:30 p.m. March 25 in Magruder 1000. Students can choose teams of four or will be provided a team at the event. The winning team will receive a small prize. Questions can be directed to Mikayla Cowen.
  • Students to Raise Awareness on Sexual Health

    Condom Fashion Show
    6-7 p.m.
    March 25
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C

    Sexual Health Resource Fair
    6-7 p.m.
    March 27
    Student Union Building Down Under

    Admission is free. For more information contact Holly Smith.
  • Free HIV Testing

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  • Sigma Delta Pi Hosts Cultural Events

    "La ropa tradicional de México"
    7:30 p.m.
    March 26
    Magruder Hall 2090

    Noche de Poesía y Música
    7 p.m.
    April 3
    Del and Normal Robison Planetarium

    "La Diversidad Cultural de Ecuador"
    7:30 p.m.
    April 9
    Magruder Hall 2090

    Noche de Salsa!
    4 p.m.
    April 12
    Baptist Student Union

    For more information about these events contact Caroline Costello.

  • Speaker to Present on First Amendment Rights

    John F. Tinker will present “Tinker at 50: Is Free Speech Still Free in 2019?” from 7-9 p.m. March 27 in the Baldwin Little Theatre. It has been 50 years since the historic Tinker v. Des Moines U.S. Supreme Court case which changed the laws of free speech. Tinker will discuss how free speech has changed since the court ruling. For more information contact Garron Daniels.

  • Seminars to Educate on Healthy Eating

    Health science students will sponsor the following events regarding eating.

    Grocery Shopping on a Budget
    7-8 p.m.
    March 27
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge

    Healthy Eating in the Dorms
    7-8 p.m.
    April 3
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge

    Meal Planning with Free Mason Jar Meals
    7-8 p.m.
    April 10
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge.

  • MAE Film Series to Screen “I Learn America”

    The MAE Film Series will continue at 7 p.m. March 28 with a screening of “I Learn America” in Violette Hall 1010.

    “I Learn America” tells the story of five teenagers from immigrant families and their journey of adapting to changing language and family dynamics while creating a future of their own in a new land. Following the screening of the film, there will be a discussion with a panel consisting of Kirksville High School students who come from immigrant families.

    This event is free, and refreshments will be provided.

  • Alumna Returns as Executive in Residence


    The School of Business will host English alumna Amanda Gioia as a Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive in Residence, March 28-29.

    As the vice president of information technology service management for Mastercard, Gioia is responsible for working across the company to make changes and updates to its network and products in support of business needs, and communicating these changes to key stakeholders. Prior to this role, Gioia was vice president and senior business leader for the worldwide communications team at Mastercard in St. Louis.

    Gioia is board member of the St. Louis Area Foodbank and Autism Speaks, as well as a member of the advisory board for the School of Communications for Webster University and the President’s Advisory Council for Truman. She was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in August 2012 and honored as Outstanding Alumna of the Year in 2013 by Webster University’s School of Communications.

    In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman, Gioia earned a Master of Arts in media communications from Webster University.

    Gioia’s presentation, “Finding Your Passion… From Liberal Arts to Lifelong Learning,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 28 in Violette Hall 1000. It is free and open to the public. While on campus, Gioia will also speak to students in classes, small groups and individually.
  • SAB Presents “A Layered Discussion with The Onion”

    The Student Activities Board special events committee presents “A Layered Discussion with The Onion” at 7 p.m. March 29 in the Baldwin Auditorium. Coley Wright and Devin Schiff, two of The Onion’s most eccentric writers, will present on topics of satire, the history of "The Onion" and journalism in today’s society. Admission is free. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

  • TruTalk Podcast Features Coach Eagan

    This week’s episode features Amy Eagan, head coach of the women’s basketball team at Truman. Eagan is a previous player and an alumna (’01) who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and then pursued a master's degree from Ashford. The Bulldogs have set an all-time record for wins this season.

    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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  • Local Band to Host Quesapalooza Music Festival

    Khan Queso will celebrate the release of their debut album at a music festival from 5-9 p.m. March 30 in the Student Union Building Down Under. The debut album is entitled “Khan You Hear Us Now?” Featured performers include True Men, Minor Details, Illusion Danz, The Society of Dance Arts, Sigma Alpha lota, Phi Mu Alpha, The Wobbly Goats and American Basswood. CDs will be sold at the event for $10. Admission is free and food will be provided.
  • Learn to Market Study Abroad Experiences

    The Career Center is partnering with the Study Abroad Office to host a workshop on marketing study abroad experiences from 6-7 p.m. April 1 in Violette Hall 1430. The workshop will teach students to effectively market their study abroad experience to graduate schools and future employers. For more information, contact the Center for International Education Abroad at ciea@truman.edu or 660.785.7466 or contact the Career Center at careers@truman.edu or 660.785.4353.
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  • Speaker to Present on the Importance of Bees

  • Commencement Seeks Student 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.

  • Association of Black Collegians Hosts Ebony Ball

  • 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 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 3 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The workshop is intended for improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning in face-to-face and online education and will discuss how to identify diverse learning needs in the classroom and how to apply the UDL framework into the curriculum. For more information contact Pearl Xie.
  • Talent Show to Feature Best Buddies

    Truman’s Best Buddies is hosting a talent show from 6-8 p.m. April 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.
  • National Public Health Week

  • Proposals Being Accepted for Research Grants and Travel Scholarship


    The Office of Student Research is accepting applications for Conference Travel Scholarships and Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research.

    Students presenting results from their research or creative scholarship in upcoming conferences from July-December are able to request scholarship aid to cover up to $500. The scholarship will aid in covering the costs for conference registration, lodging and travel expenses. Students must have completed or are currently involved in a faculty-mentor research experience.

    Grants of up to $750 can be requested from students who are conducting research and creative scholarship in the summer. Grants can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.

    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and the GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for funding opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. April 15.

    Questions can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Special Olympics Now Accepting Volunteers

    The Council for Special Olympics is looking for volunteers to help with Special Olympics track event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27 at Stokes Stadium. For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer, click here. Questions can be directed to tsu.ssec@gmail.com.



  • Notables

    Joe Benevento, professor of English, published his 13th book, a poetry chapbook entitled “Playground,” with Unsolicited Press.

    Christa Reisinger
    , set the new Truman softball record for hits in a career. As of March 18, Reisinger had a total of 278 career hits, moving her into first place in the program’s record book for career hits.

    Students in the museum studies course participated in the exhibition “Join, Save, Buy: U.S. World War I Posters on the Home Front” hosted by the Missouri State Museum. Students assisted the curators of the museum with the development of the exhibition. The exhibit will be open until Aug. 3.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.