Vol. 23 No. 29 - April 15, 2019


  • BBQ Celebrates Graduates


    The annual Graduating Student BBQ will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 8 on the Mall.

    All May and August 2019 undergraduate and master’s graduates are invited to attend. The complimentary meal includes burgers, hot dogs, drinks and dessert. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on request. This will be an opportunity for graduates to pick up their first official alumni T-shirt. Shirts are also available for pick up in the Office of Advancement, McClain Hall 205, after April 29 during regular office hours and at commencement, immediately following the ceremonies.

    The Truman Alumni Association is sponsoring this event. For more information, contact Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, or the Office of Advancement at 800.452.6678.
  • Academic Accolade Banquet Winners Announced


    David Gillette, professor of economics, was awarded Educator of the Year at the Academic Accolades Banquet.

    Gillette was chosen for the tangible ways he empowers his students and the outstanding nominations he received. His passions were evident in the observation of his classroom, where each student enthusiastically participated in discussion, and how he utilizes several different forms of media to engage his students including clips from podcasts and extensive graphs which he designed by hand. Gillette's multiple teaching methods including his daily "MIT," which in his essay was described as a short written statement about the most important thing they learned in class that day, also impressed the selections committee.

    The finalists for the 2019 Educator of the year were: Torbjörn Wandel, Jesse Krebs, Rafael Tubongbanua, Liulin Zhang, John O’Brien, Christopher Outzen, Sarah Berke, Sarah Mohler, Bev Peters, Michael Rudy and Daniela Ostrowski.

    After careful consideration, the selections committee chose Priscilla Riggle as the winner for the Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year award for her constant efforts to learn more about mental health and extend what she learns to her students and for setting an example for students, co-workers and the Truman community. Riggle dedicates class time to discussion of these pertinent issues and demonstrates that one can be an effective instructor without jeopardizing student’s well-being.

    The finalists for the Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year award include: Brent Buckner, James Cianciola, Eric Dickson and Nancy Daley-Moore.

    The committee selected Justin Jarvis as the winner for the Research Mentor of the Year award for his video submission which explained how his teaching philosophy rests on two pillars: “love the content, love the student” and “student engagement leads to student achievement.” The selections committee was impressed by Jarvis’ multiple examples of student research which focused on the Kirksville community and his humility and selfless perspective on education.

    The 2019 finalists for Research Mentor of the Year include: Cassidy Dobson, Julianna Edgar and Michael Rudy.
  • Equestrian Team Competes in Regional Championship


    The equestrian team represented Truman at the IHSA Zone 7 Region 5 championships, April 6, in Richmond, Ill.

    Four riders qualified for this horse show by accumulating points in their respective division over the course of the regular season. Truman’s team qualified to compete in the zone finals which took place April 7. Hannah Patton and Renata Thoeny placed in the top two of their classes and qualified to complete as individuals in the zone finals.

    During zone finals competition, one rider from each of the five schools being represented competed in their respective division and earned points toward the team total. Truman was represented by Elizabeth Maune (walk/trot), Marissa Dull (walk/trot/canter), Emily Brightbill (novice flat), Kaitlyn Nance (novice fences), Thoeny (intermediate flat and fences) and Patton (open flat and fence).

    Overall the team finished in third place in the zone finals. Patton placed third and fourth in her classes and Thoeny placed ninth. In order to qualify for nationals, individuals or teams have to place first or second.
  • Chemistry Students Present Research at Conference


    Chemistry students Peter Windsor and Ari Vera presented posters on their recent research in the Computers in Chemistry poster session for the National American Chemical Society conference, April 2, in Orlando, Fla.

    Vera presented her poster entitled “Determining the Viabiliy of Calpain Inhibitors as Potential Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease,” and Windsor presenter his poster “Investigation of Amyloid Beta Biflavanoid Inhibitors in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Windsor won an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation in the COMP session, which came with an award certificate and $125 as a monetary compensation. Maria Nagan, former Truman chemistry faculty, presented the award.

    Windsor and Vera both applied for and participated in an undergraduate workshop in the COMP Division of the ACS, March 31.

    Bill Miller, assistant professor of chemistry and research adviser to Windsor and Vera, organized a symposium in honor of his post-doctorate advisor, Dr. Carol Parish, for winning the 2019 Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution at the ACS meeting.

    Miller presided over one of the three sessions, honoring Parish and giving an oral presentation entitled “Modeling Excellence: Dr. Carol Parish’s Impact and Influence on Undergraduate Research,” where he emphasized Parish’s many accomplishments and impact as well as research being performed in the Miller lab currently.
  • High School Students to Pitch Business Ideas


    The School of Business and the Community of College Entrepreneurs will host the first-ever Bulldog Pitch Day for high school students from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25.

    Six competing finalists from high schools across Missouri will pitch their ideas to four judges and an audience of their peers. Judges include business professors and local business owners. Thirty-five students are anticipated to attend this event and will additionally receive campus tours and an informational presentation about entrepreneurship for students.

    The Community of College Entrepreneurs is a Truman organization founded in 2015 to foster innovation on campus. Students give each other feedback on business ideas, share skills and tips about starting a business and create an environment where new ideas can form and grow.

    Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Aren Buresh at 319.210.8291.
  • Fischer Entertains During Holman Address

    Alumna Jenna Fischer (’95) talks with Ron Rybkowski on stage during an event in Pershing Arena, April 5. Fischer was featured as this year’s Holman Family Distinguished Speaker. She addressed a crowd of 2,500, and her presentation touched on topics including her time as a student, her journey to becoming a professional actress, working on the “The Office” and “Splitting Up Together” and some detailed thoughts on bread-making techniques. While on campus, Fischer also met with theatre students, was the featured guest at a fundraising event for a scholarship in Rybkowski’s honor and participated in a special edition of Truman’s Fishbowl Friday.


  • 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.

  • Red Cross Blood Drive

    Truman State University
    11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    April 16-17
    Student Union Building

    Call Rachel Kitzmann at 660.785.4148 to schedule an appointment or visit the website with the sponsor code: TrumanState.
  • Enactus Hosts Fundraiser for Local Thrift Store

    Following this event, there will be a garage sale at the Tom Thumb Art Festival, April 27, featuring donations.

  • Basic Life Support Course Offered

  • Scott Benge Retirement Ceremony

  • 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.

  • Retirement Reception for Wynne Wilbur

  • REC Easter Weekend Hours

  • Campus Gains New Trees in Celebration of Arbor Day

    Students are able to participate in a tree planting ceremony at 12 p.m. April 26 in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Week events. Two trees will be planted in the Blanton-Naser-Brewer courtyard following a brief presentation. Sodexo also donated a tree that will be planted on campus. The City of Kirksville will host a tree planting ceremony at 4 p.m. April 26 at Rotary Park.

    Upcoming events include a 75th birthday celebration for Smokey Bear, Aug. 3, on the Quad. This event is hosted by Truman’s tree campus committee and the local Department of Conservation.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Food Packs Available to Students

    Daily food packs are now available for students. The food packs are free to all students and can be picked up with a Truman ID at the SERVE Center located in the Student Union Building 1105. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion Celebrates LGBTQ+ Graduates

    The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate LGBTQ+ undergraduates and graduates of spring, summer or fall 2019 classes in the Lavender Graduation at 4 p.m. May 5 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Family, friends, faculty and staff and allies are welcome to attend in support of graduates. Attendees are required to RSVP by April 26 at diversity.truman.edu/lavgrad. For more information contact Brad Turnball.

  • Faculty and Staff Honored at Service Recognition Luncheon

    The Service Recognition Lunch will be at 12 p.m. May 14 in the Georgian Rooms. Honorees receive two complimentary tickets. Others may purchase tickets at $11 each in the Human Resources Office, McClain Hall 101.

    5 Years of Service
    Suzanne Barnes  — Advancement
    Carol Bennett — Center for Diversity and Inclusion
    Patricia Bonzani — Physical Plant
    Steven Brookhart — Physical Plant
    Chandrika Collins — Communication
    Jocelyn Cullity — English and Linguistics
    Lori Elschlager — Student Health Center
    Yuna Ferguson — Psychology
    Jeanne Harding – School of Health Sciences and Education
    Jennifer Hayden — Physical Plant
    Jackie Hester — Sodexo
    Stacey Kaden — Accounting
    Shelby Miller — Sodexo
    Christopher Outzen — Communication
    Steven Petersen — Academic Affairs
    Curran Prendergast — Music
    Jocelyn Prendergast — Music
    David Price — Communication
    Jason Ragas — Physical Plant
    Tammy Ratliff — Regional Professional Development Center
    Dana Rigby — Institute for Academic Outreach
    Brandy Schneider — Health and Exercise Sciences
    Jeremy Shaver — Physical Plant
    Vanessa Williams — Mathematics
    Danielle Yakle — Art
    Jared Young — Institute for Academic Outreach

    10 Years of Service
    Douglas Ball — English and Linguistics
    Curt Blakely — Justice Systems
    Joyce Carnes — Admission
    Alice Davis — Student Health Center
    James W. Hammerstrand — Classical and Modern Languages
    Kara Jo Levery — Career Center
    Beverly McKim — Sodexo
    Pamela Melvin — Nursing
    William Nelsen — Residence Life
    Gregg Nesbitt — Athletics
    Aaron Rooks — Center for Academic Excellence
    Michael Rudy — Political Science
    Teresa Tucker — Student Health Center

    15 Years of Service
    Sheila Berkowitz — Education
    Charles Boughton — Business Administration
    Janice Clark — Health and Exercise Sciences
    Alan Davis — Accounting
    Roberta Donahue — Health and Exercise Sciences
    Ernst Hintz — Classical and Modern Languages
    Polly Matteson — Regional Professional Development Center
    Shandra Morin — Financial Aid
    Andrea Richards — Communication Disorders
    Lenora Rogers — Physical Plant
    Barbara Smith-Mandell — Truman State University Press
    Jammie Tipton — Sodexo
    Leland Vanhoose — Sodexo
    Anton Weisstein — Biology

    20 Years of Service
    Tim Acton — Physical Plant
    Dan Antal — Physical Plant
    Jeff Arabas — Health and Exercise Sciences
    Marc Becker — History
    Bobbie Burnett — Sodexo
    David Cameron — Physical Plant
    Carol Carpenter — Sodexo
    Brenda Embree — Health and Exercise Sciences
    Gary Fagan — Printing Services
    Laura Fielden-Rechav — Biology
    Aaron Fine — Art
    Lisa Glaubitz — Library
    Marcy Graham — Center for Academic Excellence
    Masahiro Hara — Classical and Modern Languages
    Sally Herleth — Human Resources
    James McCormick — Chemistry
    Kris McKim — Grants Administration
    Kevin Minch — Academic Affairs
    Chad Mohler — Philosophy and Religion
    Marc Rice — Music
    Janet Romine — Library
    Philip Ryan — Mathematics
    Dana Smith — Theatre
    Jackie Stewart — Sodexo
    Carol Thatcher — Statistics
    Karen Vittengl — Psychology
    Jerry Wollmering — Athletics

    25 Years of Service
    Michael J. Adams — Mathematics
    Michelle Boyd — Athletics
    Carolyn Cox — Health and Exercise Sciences
    Todd Palumbo — Mathematics
    Mark Hatala — Psychology
    Kris Hurley — Truman Bookstore
    Lillian Jackson — Physical Plant
    Gayla McHenry — Library
    Steven Reschly — History
    John Stewart — Sodexo
    Patty Sutton — Sodexo
    Matthew Tornatore — Classical & Modern Languages

    30 Years of Service
    Nabil Alghalith — Business Administration
    Julianna Moore — Music
    Steve Nelson — Public Safety
    Vaughan Pultz — Chemistry

    35 Years of Service
    Monica Barron — English and Linguistics
    Joseph Benevento — English and Linguistics
    Cheryl Cragg — Business Office
    Gregory C. Richter — English and Linguistics
    Winston Vanderhoof — Publications
    Teresa J. Wheeler — Publications

    Stephen Allen — Business Administration, 30 years of service
    Alcidean Arias — International Education Abroad, 28 years of service
    Melody Chambers – Admission, 34 years of service
    Kathy Conner — Physical Plant, 22 years of service
    James Guffey — Mathematics, 31 years of service
    Susan Hamilton — Library, 27 years of service
    Regina Morin — Enrollment Management, 24 years of service
    James O’Donnell — School of Arts and Letters, 6 years of service
    Sherri Palmer – Psychology, 26 years of service
    Ronald Rybkowski — Theatre, 31 years of service
    Mustafa Sawani — Economics, 34 years of service
    Karl Schneider — Physical Plant, 20 years of service
    David Schutter — Athletics, 26 years of service
    Robert Techau — Physical Plant, 12 years of service
    Heidi Templeton — Public Relations, 28 years of service
    Wynne Wilbur — Art, 17 years of service
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available April 23.


  • Notables

    Elijah Farrales won a $500 Prior Award from the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) for his essay “Wisdom of a Cup Stacker.”

    Colin Kuntz
    and David Newell were recognized as winners of the Elijah Watts Sells Award by the American Institute of CPAs. To qualify for the award, CPA candidates must obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, pass all four sections on their first attempt and have completed testing in 2018. Nearly 86,000 individuals sat for the CPA Exam in 2018, with 110 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the award.

    Marc Rice
    , professor of music, recently published his book “Black Music in the Black Press: An Anthology of Essays from the Heartland,” through Naciketas Press. The book is an anthology of articles, advertisements and essays focusing on music that appeared in the African American Press from 1881-1935.

    The Communication Disorders Department participated in the annual Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association, April 6. Students who participated in the competition include Kirsten Kovack, Sarah Ostermiller, Nikki Batinick, Sienne Pace, Colette Fortin and Emily Hathhorn who served as the alternate. Truman competed against eight other teams from Missouri institutions and had their first win since 2013.


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.