Vol. 23 No. 28 - April 8, 2019


  • Truman Earns Spot on National Ranking of Public Schools


    In rankings recently released by Business First, the University comes in at No. 64 in the nation and No. 14 in the Midwest for schools that offer the best educational experiences to their students. 

    The Business First list was limited to public schools because those institutions generally offer the least expensive path toward a college degree. In order to be considered, schools needed to grant bachelor’s degrees and have full-time enrollments larger than 1,000. A total of 505 schools were rated with the University of Michigan taking the top spot, followed by North Carolina, Virginia, California-Berkeley and UCLA rounding out the top five.

    The annual rankings are based on a 22-part formula that analyzes the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

    To see the full list, click here.
  • Nursing Receives Grant for $150,000


    The Truman Nursing Department has received a Nursing Education Incentive Program grant in the amount of $150,000, which it will use to provide more clinical experiences, and for the purchase additional technology.

    Initial plans for the NEIP grant include partnering with A.T. Still University to design and set up simulated mental health scenarios using standardized patients. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase a new, more realistic nursing manikin for use in simulations.

    “We are honored to receive this grant and look forward to expanding our clinical instruction,” said Brenda Wheeler, Nursing Department chair. “By using simulation, our students have the opportunity to experience clinical situations they might not otherwise encounter in a rural setting. Students can practice nursing skills and enhance their decision-making skills, which will better prepare them to enter the nursing workforce.”

    The NEIP was established through legislative action and appropriation of Missouri State Board of Nursing funds to increase physical and educational capacity of professional nursing education programs in Missouri. This is the fourth time Truman has received the grant. Among the needs filled by previous grants were the addition of faculty members and the creation of new programs. 
  • Business Competition Sees Record Number of Entries


    More than 40 entries were submitted for this year’s Bulldog BITE pitch competition.

    Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Business Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, is an elevator pitch competition. In such a competition, a pitch outlines the concept or idea for a product, service or project in a short period of time, typically from 30 seconds to three minutes. The length of the pitch mirrors the time spent waiting for and riding an elevator in a high-rise building. The purpose of the pitch is to spur the interest of a potential investor or financial backer.

    The competition was open to any student or team of students — up to three members — enrolled during the 2019 spring semester. Participants were able pitch both for-profit or not-for-profit concepts.

    Students submitted their concept or idea for a product, service or project in a video pitch. First round judges then reviewed and scored the video submissions and the top six scoring entries were advanced to the finals. Finalists include: Danny Alter, Allee Bernier, William Fries, Joseph Lomo-Mainoo, Mackenzie Matthews and Kailey Micek.

    The finals will take place at 4 p.m. April 12 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. After the presentation, finalists will answer questions from the judges. The Q&A will be limited to four minutes.

    The top-scoring pitch will receive a $3,000 prize, while second and third will receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Pitch participants, judges, alumni and audience members are invited to attend a networking reception following the competition.

    The Bulldog B.I.T.E. is sponsored by Villhard Growth Partners and is coordinated on campus by the Office of Advancement and the Career Center.
  • Theatre Department Presents “Love and 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.

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the box office or by calling 660.785.4515. For more information contact Nicole Dunseith.


  • 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.

  • Percussion Ensemble to Perform in Spring Concert

    The University Concert Percussion Ensemble I, under the direction of Michael Bump, will perform their Spring Concert at 8 p.m. April 8 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The program will feature senior Joshua Buettner, recipient of the 2019 Michael Hooey Memorial Percussion Award, as the guest soloist. Buettner will perform Michael Burritt’s “White Pines” for solo marimba and percussion ensemble. Steve Reich will also perform a wide variety of new and classic works for the quintessential minimalist percussion work, drumming, part one. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Michael Bump.

  • TruCare Results

    The monthlong TruCare service initiative has closed and the results are in. This year’s campaign saw 1,059 members of the Truman community contribute 10,266 hours of service. Projects took place in 36 cities across 19 states, including the Big Event which had 1,146 hours served by Truman students. TruCare is sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association. For questions about the program, contact Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, at 600.785.4167.
  • Career Mentors Needed for Upward Bound

    The Upward Bound Project is searching for career mentors for high school students who are looking to gain work experience this summer. Students will be able to contribute 26 hours of volunteer work from June 10-July 2.

    The Upward Bound Career Internship Program is designed to provide potential first-generation college students with mentoring, work experience and impact from a professional who encourages them toward a postsecondary education and careers. Students are available to assist with summer projects, perform basic clerical duties or provide office coverage. The Upward Bound administration tries to match students with faculty and staff working in their intended area of college study.

    Career mentors must have a college degree and be able to provide supervision during work times since these students are minors. High school interns will be available to work Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and will be paid from Upward Bound funds.

    To sign up to serve as a career mentor or to request more information, click here.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies to Sponsor Presentation on the Importance of History Museums

    William J. Convery, director of statewide initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society and the former state historian of Colorado, will present “Confronting Controversy: History Museums in a Troubled World” at 7 p.m. April 9 in Violette Hall 1010.

    Convery examines high-profile case studies and invites students to discuss the implications and opportunities of museum work in challenging times. He will address questions such as: Can museums find common ground in our increasingly divisive political climate? What is a museum’s role and responsibility in navigating controversial subjects? Students of the museum studies minor, philosophy and religion, and history are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Dereck Daschke.

  • 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.
  • “Hug a Dog” Event Supports Field of Dreams

    The Student Run Business Initiative will host a fundraising event entitled “Hug a Dog” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10 on the Quad. Funds raised will be donated to Field of Dreams, a local animal shelter. It will cost $2 to play with the puppies and to get a Polaroid photo taken with them. The event may be rescheduled if there is bad weather. For more information contact Neer Patel.

  • Seminar Educates on Meal Prep

    Health science students will sponsor the following event regarding healthy eating.

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

  • New Music Ensemble Presents Chamber Music in Spring Recital

    Uncommon Practice, Truman’s new music ensemble, will perform chamber music in the upcoming spring recital at 8 p.m. April 10 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The program will include a new composition by alumnus Richard Crowder, as well as a special performance of Charles Ive’s “The Unanswered Question,” featuring Eric Dickson, professor of trumpet.

  • Sigma Delta Pi Hosts Cultural Events

    "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.
  • WRC and Student Government to Host Workshop on Protesting

    The Women’s Resource Center, in partnership with Student Government, will host a discussion and workshop on how to protest safely and effectively at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The workshop will be led by alumna Ashley Kuykendall, along with Nicole Greer, Sydni Jackson and Jake Lyonfields.

  • Food Fight to Raise Money for Buddy Pack Program

    Health science senior capstone students will host “Food Bank Food Fight” from 5-8 p.m. April 11 in the Centennial Hall Main Lobby. Students can enter the competition as a team for $6 or as an individual for $3. For $2 students can eat and vote for the best dish. Prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories and all proceeds will benefit the Buddy Pack Program serving children in Northeast Missouri. For more information contact Morgan Walters.

  • Summer Jobs Available Through Institute for Academic Outreach

    The application period for the Institute for Academic Outreach positions is now open.

    The summer positions are available for:

    Videographer: Joseph Baldwin Academy
    Preceptor: ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy
    Night Monitor: ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy
    Preceptor: Taiwan at Truman
    Night Monitor: Taiwan at Truman

    Preferred applicants for ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy are currently students majoring in a health-related field.

    Taiwan at Truman is in search of only female preceptors, specifically those with an interest or experience in foreign language, linguistics or ESL, as the academy will only have female Taiwanese students in Summer 2019.

    Preceptors are expected to be supportive of the University goals, responsible, enjoy working with high-ability teenage students and be high-energy individuals.

     In order to apply for a preceptor position, students must:
    1) currently be a full-time student at Truman
    2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
    Applicants should prepare a letter of interest which should include the skills they possess that will assist them when working with high-ability teenage students, related work experiences, and why they are interested in the summer academy for which they apply. Applicants will also need to complete the online application, provide a current resume and list a reference.

    Job applications can be submitted through the job application form.

  • SERVE Center Offers Food Packs to Students

    Would having some free groceries help you make a rent or utility payment? Are you limiting your food intake? Daily food packs are now available. The food packs are free to all Truman students. Just bring a Truman ID to the SERVE Center, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Student Union Building 1105 to pick up a bag.

  • Board of Governors to Meet April 13

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. April 13 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
  • Wind Symphony Featured in Graduate Conducting Recital

    Timothy Clasby will conduct the wind symphony in a celebratory event at 4 p.m. April 14 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The concert is the culmination of hard work and commitment to musical excellence exhibited by all of the students in the Music Department. It will elicit a spectrum of emotions, from the serenity found in the Bjork Overture, to the angst felt in Divertimento to the light-hearted nostalgia of shared childhood experiences watching from watching cartoons. Clasby has crafted an engaging, uplifting and thought-provoking program that will delight all who attend.

  • I-Club and CSI to Celebrate Holi

    The Holi festival will be celebrated from 12-3 p.m. April 14 at Red Barn Park. One ticket will cost $3 and $12 for a group of 5. Tickets will be sold at the Student Union Building from 12-4 p.m April 9-11.

  • Sexual Assault Prevention Week

    Title IX Talk with Dr. Millot
    7 p.m.
    April 15
    Student Union Building 1101
    Learn more about sexual assault prevention and bystander protocol with Title IX officer Lauri Millot.

    The Truman Way Pledge Drive
    12-3 p.m.
    April 16 and 18
    Come out and give a pledge to stand against sexual assault and be a part of the “Truman Way”

    Empowering Yoga with Anna Nicks
    7 p.m.
    April 17
    Student Union Building 2105
    Anna Nicks, Truman yoga instructor, will lead participants through empowering yoga. Feel the strength of the Truman community and take a stand against sexual assault.

  • 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.
  • Presentation of Diploma Opportunity

    The opportunity is available for Truman emeritus faculty, current full-time faculty and current full-time staff with a family member graduating in spring 2019 to present their diploma at the May 11 commencement ceremony. Family member for purposes of the diploma presentation means spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, step-son, step-daughter, step-grandson, step-granddaughter.

    In order to participate, notify Nancy Asher or call 660.785.4143 no later than 5 p.m. April 19 and provide the following information
    1.    Your name (presenter)
    2.    Your employment title/position
    3.    Name of the degree candidate
    4.    Degree (BA, BFA, BM, BS, BSN, MA, Mac, MAE) and program name the candidate is to graduate from
    5.    Your email address
    6.    Your phone number

    Family presenters are expected to be dressed in full academic regalia. If the presenter does not own these items, a robe and cap may be purchased through the University Bookstore.

  • Language and Literacy Conference Welcomes Alumna

    The Communication Disorders Department will host the annual Language and Literacy Conference from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    Alumna Jennifer Walz Garrett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will present on “Theater, Drama & Pragmatics and Expository Texts.” Garrett is an associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Northern Iowa. She received her doctoral degree at University of Cincinnati in 2007, prior to which she worked as a school speech-language pathologist. Garrett has interest in school-aged literacy and language disorders, genetics/syndromes and counseling skills.

    Cost will be $50 for professionals and $10 for students. ASHA CEUs will be available.

  • Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee Searches for New Chair

    Truman’s Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee will accept applications for a new chair until April 26. Students who are interested can fill out an application here.

    This committee was created when the student body voted to implement the Environmental Sustainability Fee in the spring of 2015 with the purpose of improving sustainability on campus. For more information about the Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability click here or email Kyle Weber.
  • Annual Fund Internship Available

    The Office of Advancement is accepting applications for the fall 2019 annual fund internship.

    The intern will gain experience working on the fundraising side of a non-profit organization within Truman, specifically the Truman Foundation. Responsibilities will be divided between three main focus areas: Tel-Alumni coordinator, Office of Advancement projects and office hours with a focus on development projects such as Tag Day and the Student Alumni Association.

    Qualified applicants will be a business or communication major with a minimum of 2.75 GPA. The intern will work 15 hours a week for approximately 11 weeks and receive class credit commensurate with their time in the office. A supplementary stipend is also included.

    For a complete job description, visit TruPositions or click here. Deadline for applications is April 26. Please contact Dylan Phillips for further questions.

  • 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.

  • Applications Open for Second Annual TEDx Conference

    Student Government is seeking speakers, hosts and committee members for the second annual TEDx Conference this fall.

    Speaker applicants who are accepted will be filmed and featured on the TEDx website reaching thousands of people and giving speakers an international platform. Committee members will have the opportunity to help select speakers, create advertisements and program the conference.

    Committee member applications are due April 20. Speaker and host applications are due April 27. Further questions can be directed to Shania Montúfar, committee chair. Applications can be found here.

    TED is a non-profit organization that sponsors independent conferences all over the world. These conferences strive to spread new ideas through short, powerful talks that can cover a wide range of topics. TEDxTrumanStateUniversity, sponsored by Student Government, will consider students, faculty and staff and community members for the speaker and host positions. Current students are preferred for the TEDx planning committee. Students Government hopes to showcase presentations which encourage the audience to approach a topic from a unique or unconventional perspective.

  • Film Festival to Occur April 27


    The first ever 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. The film festival seeks to connect, inspire and provide exposure to undergraduate filmmakers from the state of Missouri.
  • Fischer Event Thank You

    The Advancement Office would like to thank the following offices and groups that helped make the Jenna Fischer visit to Truman a success.

    Randy Bame
    Blue Key
    CSI staff and student workers
    Communication Department
    Health and Exercise Science
    IT Services
    Kirksville Country Club
    Kirksville Police Department
    Physical Plant
    President’s Office
    Public Safety
    Student Activities Board
    Student Union Building
    Theatre Faculty & Ron Rybkowski
    Truman Volleyball
    University Bookstore

  • DPS Spring Holiday Hours

    April 19
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    April 20

    April 21

    April 22
    3 p.m.-10 p.m.

    April 23
    Resume Regular Hours

    In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency, call 660.665.5621.


  • Notables

    Marc Rice, professor of music, presented his paper “’For Colored Devotees of Terpsichorean Delight’; Kansas City’s Paseo Dance Hall 1924-31” at the meeting of the American Musicological Society Midwest Chapter, March 30.


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.
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students


    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.