Vol. 23 No. 33 - May 28, 2019


  • University Announces Spring Academic Honor Rolls


    Students who received a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the spring semester can now find their honor roll information posted online.

    The President’s List, for students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, can be accessed at truman.edu/honors/spring-2019-presidents-list. The Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List, featuring students with a grade point average between 3.50-3.99, can be found at truman.edu/honors/spring-2019-vice-president-for-academic-affairs-list. To qualify for either list, a student must be an undergraduate and complete at least 12 hours of credit during the semester.

    Social media buttons on both pages make it easy for students and parents to share this accomplishment with friends and family.

    Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on a list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for either list can be directed to the Academic Affairs Office at 660.785.4105.
  • Truman Selected for Overall GLVC Spalding Sportsmanship Award


    Truman has been named the recipient of the GLVC James R. Spalding Overall Sportsmanship Award for the 2018-19 season.

    This accolade is Truman’s second GLVC Sportsmanship Award. The Bulldogs now join Bellarmine University as the only two league schools to have won multiple times. Truman accumulated the most points during the 2018-19 season, featuring team sportsmanship wins in football, softball and men’s outdoor track and field. Among the notables for the sport winners, Truman scored its fourth consecutive accolade in football, which ties UIndy for the league record.

    In addition, each institution – through the head coach – names one award honoree in each sport sponsored. These individual sport honorees became candidates for the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award. Each institution then selected one male and one female student-athlete from its season-long list of honorees to be named as James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Individual Award winners. Truman’s honorees were Taurin and Savvy Hughes. Taurin represented the basketball team and Savvy represented volleyball.

    The GLVC renamed its annual sportsmanship award in 2016 after Spalding, who is referenced as one of the league’s two “Founding Fathers” and for his longtime service at Bellarmine. Spalding was first a basketball student-athlete at Bellarmine, who later returned to serve his alma mater as assistant basketball coach, head basketball coach, men’s cross country/track coach, men’s tennis coach and men’s golf coach before being elevated to director of athletics. During his tenure as AD, Spalding expanded Bellarmine’s participation in intercollegiate sports from four to 16 teams and played a prominent role in both the formation of the GLVC and the sponsorship expansion of women’s athletics within the league. Long revered as one of the league’s pioneers, Spalding was inducted as a charter member of the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • Lange Named Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing


    Truman has selected Dr. Tyana Lange as the next vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

    Lange, who was chosen after a national search, comes to Truman from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania where she is the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. She previously served in enrollment management and marketing positions at Indiana University Kokomo and Kettering University in Michigan.

    “I am very excited to join the Truman State University team,” Lange said. “Everyone I have met is obviously dedicated to providing excellent opportunities for students. The students that I met during my interview and tour were amazing. I have a deep appreciation for the mission and vision of Truman. It will be a true privilege to be part of the team supporting such an impressive record of student success and achievement.”

    Lange earned her doctorate in business administration, with a specialty in leadership and organizational development, from Lawrence Technological University. She also holds a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s degree in business communications from, respectively, Central Michigan University and Rochester College.

    Along with her expertise in the areas of enrollment management and marketing, Lange has a background in academic advising and business management. Additionally, she has experience in the classroom having served as an adjunct professor and lecturer.

    “We could not be more fortunate to have Tyana join our team,” said Truman President Sue Thomas. “We are enormously impressed as she possesses the unique mix of talent, expertise and experience required for this critical position. I am confident Truman will thrive in this challenging higher education enrollment environment with Tyana’s leadership.”

    Lange will begin her duties at Truman on July 29.
  • Delta Sigma Pi Achieves 40th Anniversary Fundraising Goal


    During the 2018-19 academic year, the Iota Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Pi celebrated its 40th anniversary. To honor this milestone, many members of the business fraternity gathered on Truman’s campus during the fall semester to reminisce and celebrate.

    One of the elements of the anniversary celebration was a fundraising campaign to generate $40,000 to establish the Delta Sigma Pi Legacy of Excellence Fund at Truman. A campaign timeline of July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 was set. Through the generous philanthropic support of the Iota Nu brothers, the campaign goal was exceeded with nearly two months remaining in the campaign.

    The fund currently has a value of more than $42,000 and is open to receive additional contributions. The fund will be used to provide ongoing support for capital projects and professional development experiences in the School of Business.  

    Since the chapter’s founding in 1978, it has been consistently known for excellence. The chapter has been recognized regionally, provincially and nationally, winning awards for professional programming, community service, fundraising and overall excellence.
  • Norgard and Rudy Receive Innovation Awards

    Michael Rudy, left, and Amy Norgard, right, accept their Academic Innovation Awards from Janet Gooch, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

    Amy Norgard, assistant professor of classics, and Michael Rudy, associate professor of political science, each earned the spring 2019 Academic Innovation Award.
    Norgard was recognized for Living Latin through Modern Music, in which she introduced a semester-long project called Carmen Diei (“Song of the Day”), which had students singing and translating modern songs in Latin.
    Rudy won for Fostering Emotional Well-Being and Deeper Literary Analysis Through Script Theory. He wanted to teach the students in his American Politics course the basics of Duverger’s Law and how political parties form and act under certain political institutions. Duverger’s Law is important because it applies well to the American political system.
  • Farrales Named McClain Pershing Scholar

    Elijah Farrales accepts an award from Judge Ann Covington recognizing him as the Charles J. McClain Pershing Scholar for 2018-19.

    Elijah Farrales was named the Charles J. McClain Pershing Scholar for 2018-19.  

    The Pershing Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards the University can offer a student. Named in honor of U.S. Army general and University alumnus John J. Pershing, the scholarship was created by former President Charles J. McClain and designed to provide a Truman education to some of the best and brightest students from across the nation. Since its inception in 1974, hundreds of students have studied at Truman as Pershing Scholars.

    McClain’s vision was that over time the Pershing Scholarship program would be supported by gifts from alumni and friends. In 2000, he helped kick off a campaign to build the scholarship endowment. Generous donors contributed to the ever-growing legacy, and efforts were redoubled in recent years.

    Thanks to donors, the endowment is now able to support one Pershing Scholar who receives the distinction of being named the Charles J. McClain Pershing Scholar. This honor is bestowed annually on a junior or senior Pershing Scholar who has demonstrated preeminent intellectual capability and energetic leadership in the classroom, campus and community.

    An exercise science major from Nixa, Mo., Farrales graduated in May. He was a part of three different research teams. On campus, he worked as a student ambassador, an anatomy lab teaching assistant and in the Student Recreation Center. A member of the track and field team, Farrales was named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Year by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He also did a presentation on cup stacking at the University’s inaugural TEDx in the fall.
  • Donation Supports Student Travel

    David Wohlers, left, presents a check to the University on behalf of the Mark Twain Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Pictured, from left: Wohlers; Brian Lamp, chair of the Chemistry Department; Tim Walston, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics; and Marie Murphree, director of development/planned giving.

    The Mark Twain Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has made a generous gift of $20,000 to establish a student travel fund through the Truman State University Foundation.

    The Mark Twain Section of the American Chemical Society Student Travel Fund is designed to support travel costs of student leaders or other members of the University’s chemistry club, previously known as the ACS Student Affiliate Chapter (ACSSA). The funding will provide financial assistance for students to attend the spring national meeting of the ACS or to attend other ACS-sponsored meetings on both the regional and national levels. Whenever possible the students will be encouraged to present a paper or poster on their undergraduate research.

    Emeriti professors Drs. Dana Delaware and David Wohlers were instrumental in securing the funding for this purpose, and a $20,000 check was recently presented to the School of Science and Mathematics.
  • Faculty and Staff Recognized at Service Luncheon

    Members of the faculty and staff celebrating their retirement, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th or 35th anniversaries of service to Truman were honored at the annual Service Recognition Luncheon, May 14, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    In the photo above are the 2018-19 retirees honored at the Service Recognition Luncheon. From left to right: Melody Chambers, Susan Hamilton, Kathy Conner, Heidi Crist Templeton and Regina Morin. Not pictured: Stephen Allen, Alcidean Arias, James Guffey, Debra Mollick, James O’Donnell, Sherri Palmer, Ronald Rybkowski, Mustafa Sawani, Karl Schneider, David Schutter, Robert Techau and Wynne Wilbur.

    Pictured above are the 35-year honorees. From left to right: Winston Vanderhoof, Teresa Wheeler, Gregory C. Richter and Joseph Benevento. Not pictured: Monica Barron and Cheryl Cragg.

    Nabil Alghalith was recognized for celebrating his 30th anniversary of service to Truman. Not pictured: Julianna Moore, Steve Nelson and Vaughn Pultz.

    Pictured above are the 25-year honorees. From left to right: Todd Palumbo, Gayla McHenry, Patty Sutton and John Stewart. Not pictured: Michael J. Adams, Michelle Boyd, Carolyn Cox, Mark Hatala, Kris Hurley, Lillian Jackson, Steven D. Reschly and Matthew Tornatore.

    Pictured above are the 20-year honorees. Seated, from left to right: Karen Vittengl, Aaron Fine, Janet Romine, Lisa Marie Glaubitz, Kevin Minch, Jackie Stewart and Carol Thatcher. Back row, left to right: Kris McKim, Jerry Wollmering, Marcy Graham, Gary Fagan, Karol Carpenter, Masahiro Hara and Sally Herleth. Not pictured: Tim Acton, Dan Antal, Jeff Arabas, Marc Becker, Bobbie Burnett, David Cameron, Brenda Embree, Laura Fielden-Rechav, James McCormick, Chad Mohler, Marc Rice, Philip Ryan and Dana Smith.

    Pictured above are the 15-year honorees. From left to right: Polly Matteson, Andrea Richards, Jammie Tipton, Paul Van Hoose, Janice Clark and Charles Boughton. Not pictured: Shelia Berkowitz, Alan Davis, Roberta Donahue, Ernst Hintz, Shandra Morin, Lenora Rogers, Barbara Smith-Mandell and Anton Weisstein. 

    Pictured above are the 10-year honorees. From left to right: Aaron Rooks, James W. Hammerstrand, Kara Jo Levery, Joyce Johnson Carnes and William Nelsen. Not pictured: Douglas Ball, Curt Blakely, Alice Davis, Beverly McKim, Pamela Melvin, Gregg Nesbitt, Michael Rudy and Teresa Tucker.

    Pictured above are the five-year honorees. Seated, from left to right: Yuna Ferguson, Dana Rigby, Jared Young, Carol Bennett and Jeanne Harding. Standing, from left: Christopher Outzen, Chandrika Collins, Vanessa Williams, Steven Petersen, Patricia Bonzani, David C. Price and Steven Brookhart. Not pictured: Suzanne Barnes, Jocelyn Cullity, Lori Elschlager, Jennifer Hayden, Jackie Hester, Stacey Kaden, Shelby Miller, Curran Prendergast, Jocelyn Prendergast, Jason Ragas, Tammy Ratliff, Brandy Schneider, Jeremy Shaver and Danielle Yakle.


  • Summer Classes and Hours at the Rec


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  • Morin Retirement Reception

  • Staff Council Blood Drive

    The Staff Council will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12 in the Student Recreation Center. Those who would like to make an appointment can visit redcrossblood.org or call 660.785.4222. Contact Ryan Miller with questions.

  • 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.

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available June 10.


  • Notables

    Jerry Mayhew, professor emeritus of exercise science, received the Impact Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Awarded since 1997, it is given to an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries. For more than four decades, Mayhew served the students and faculty of Truman. In 1986, he became a member of the NSCA, and he has served as senior editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research since 2006. He has also served as an NSCA Missouri State Advisory Board member. Mayhew has had 178 presentations at the NSCA National Conference since 1987. Additionally, he has published 246 articles, 41 of which are in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

    Christa Reisinger, softball, was named to both the NFCA and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) First-Team All-America teams to go with her first-ever selection as the D2CCA Ron Lenz Player of the Year, given to the country’s best position player.

    Alyssa Tipler, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, has been selected for the American Chemical Society Scholars Program. The program offers professional mentorship, ACS membership, networking and a financial scholarship to those who are accepted. Students must be from an underrepresented group, be enrolled in a chemistry-related degree program and plan to pursue a chemistry-related position after graduation. Tipler is believed to be the first recipient of this scholarship from Truman.


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.