Vol. 23 No. 32 - May 6, 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.

    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.
  • Students Receive Academic Honor Awards


    The annual Academic Honor Awards recognizes outstanding students who have dedicated time, energy and talent to their academic achievements.

    This year’s ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. May 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Alumna Bonnie Kuebler (’87) will give the keynote address. As a student, Kuebler was president of Student Senate and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, a member of the Student Activities Board and Historical Society, a Latin tutor for the Joseph Baldwin Academy and the student representative on the Faculty Senate. As a senior, she received departmental honors as the outstanding student in history. 

    Kuebler earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In her career with State Farm Insurance Companies she has had several positions in Missouri and Illinois including her current role as executive succession analyst at the corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Ill.

    As an alumna, Kuebler has continued to stay involved with Truman, serving as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, a member of the Foundation Board and a member of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter. She and her husband, Kevin, sponsor three scholarships for Truman students, and both of their children attended the University. 

    Below is a list of students who were awarded academic honors.

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art
    Ashley Murphy

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art History

    Tia Frey

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communication
    Anna Pavan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics
    Joseph Slama

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing
    Aura Martin

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English

    Allie Wills

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French

    Ellen Morgan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in German

    Greg Sheets

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics

    Molly Thal

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: General
    Kathleen Morgan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Performance

    Alexander Lynn

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Pre-Certification

    Elizabeth Runyon

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Russian

    Makar Golosheykin

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish

    Alexia Adeshakin

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre
    Joel Wilper

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting
    Abigail Lee

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Finance
    John Kusmec

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: International Business
    Owen Carlson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Management

    Haley Meissen

    Business Administration: Marketing
    Rebekka Brown

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Athletic Training

    Mackenzie Snyder

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders
    Valerie Hagedom

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science

    Michaela Mooney

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science
    Anne Fitzgerald

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing
    Madeline Fitzgerald

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science
    Emiline Sundman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology

    Harper Euwer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry

    Dorian Sneddon

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science

    Kelsey Lieberman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics

    Nils Palumbo

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics
    Tatsuya Akiba

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Statistics

    Grant Wallace  

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Anthropology
    Anthony Scimeca

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Communication Studies
    Ashleigh McDonald

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Journalism

    Brently (Probasco) Snead

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Public Communication

    Morgan VanVleck

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics
    Nguyen Luong

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History
    Anne Morgan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems

    Taylor Koper

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science
    Heather Kopp

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology

    Grant Wallace

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology

    Crystal Tracy

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology

    Lucas Dowdall

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Interdisciplinary Studies
    Josie Emery

    Outstanding Graduate Student in English
    Alan Smith

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting
    Tim Hudson

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders
    Sienne Pace

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Education/Elementary
    Rachel Reckamp

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Education/Foreign Language

    Rachel Flynn

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Education/Math

    Matthew Matheney

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Education/Special Education
    Bailey Eames

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Leadership

    Jordan Smith
  • TEDx Speaker Application Extended

    The application deadline for the 2019 TEDx speaker series, hosted by Student Government, has been extended to June 15.

    Speaker applicants who are accepted will be filmed and featured on the TEDx website reaching thousands of people and giving speakers an international platform. Any further questions can be directed to Shania Montúfar, committee chair. Specific details can be found on the speaker application, available at senate.truman.edu/applications. All students, faculty and members of the surrounding community are encouraged to apply.

    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. Throughout the conference, audience members should be able to recognize the breadth of new ideas in the community and draw connections between ideas they once thought disparate.



  • Alumna Selected as Commencement Speaker

    Stephanie Parkhurst will serve as the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. May 11 at Stokes Stadium.

    Parkhurst is a software developer at AGCO Corporation, a global agricultural company that produces a variety of farm machinery and equipment. She develops software on the current Electronic Diagnostic Tool. Before working for AGCO, she interned with several organizations including Dairy Farmers of America and Principal Financial Group. She was responsible for implementing continuous integration and developing on the SAP system, while performing business analyst roles as well.

    Parkhurst received her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics from Truman in 2017. While pursuing her education, she served for a year as the Portfolio Office manager at the University.

    Apart from technology, Parkhurst also likes to participate in community development. She was a co-FUEL leader at the Baptist Student Union and devoted her time in El Salvador as a vacation Bible school helper. Parkhurst currently lives near Wichita, Kan., and enjoys fellowship with friends and family, exercising, partner dancing and being outdoors.

    Family and friends unable to attend the event in person can view the commencement ceremony online.

    Details on commencement can be found online or through the Facebook event. Those wishing to share their experiences through social media are encouraged to use #TrumanGraduation, #TrumanGrad or #BulldogForever.

  • REC Hours and Upcoming Events


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  • Greenhouse Hosts Plant Sale

    The Truman greenhouse will host a plant sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 8 in Magruder Hall 2034. Most plants for sale are under $5. For more information contact Christina Cross.

  • Schutter Retirement Reception

  • Food Packs Available to Students

    Daily food packs are now available for students. Supplied by the Pantry for Adair County, the food packs are free to all students. They 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. The mission of the Pantry of Adair County is to provide supplemental food for residents of the county with food insecurities.

  • DPS May Interim Hours

    May 10
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 11
    9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    May 12

    May 13-17
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 18-19

    May 20-24
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 25-27

    May 28-31
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    June 1-2

    In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency, call 660.665.5621.
  • Scholarship Hours Available for Compost Project

    The Compost Project assigns students in teams of two to collect food scraps from dining halls and transport them to the University Farm using the Compost Project pick-up truck, mix the scraps with sawdust for composting, thoroughly clean bins, and return the clean bins to the dining halls. This project helps divert more than 100,000 pounds of food waste from landfills each year. Students can apply for the position through trupositions.truman.edu.

  • Morin Retirement Reception

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available May 28.


  • Notables

    Barry Poyner, professor of communication, served as Parliamentarian at the Indiana State Teachers Association Annual Conference at Nolansville, Ind., April 27.

    Softball player, Christa Reisinger, has been named to the Schutt Sports/NFCA DII Player of the Year Top 25 for the third-straight season. Reisinger was also awarded second team All-American and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Division II Championship. Emma Walbert was named Freshman of the Year and third team. Alyssa Hajduk joined her teammate in being awarded third team and Adrienne Compton was named second team. Mackayla Gordon was named as Truman’s James R. Spalding Sportmanship nominee while the entire squad won the Sportmanship Team Award.

    Jesse Krebs, professor of music, served as a guest artist at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., April 28. He worked with four WKU clarinet students in a master class on solos by Sutermeister, Crusell and Weber and coached a student in quartet. Krebs also performed a guest clarinet recital which included Vinivio Meza’s “Dos Melodias,” Poulenc’s “Sonata for Two Clarinets,” Andrew Hannon’s “Two Lost Loves,” Mauricio Murcia Bedoya’s “Columbian Dances” and the world premiere of Man-Ching Donald Yu’s “Transformations” which was composed for him.


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.