Vol. 23 No. 34 - June 10, 2019


  • Spring 2019 Graduation List Released


    Truman has released the names of students who graduated during spring commencement.

    Nearly 1,100 students participated in the May 11 ceremony. The complete list can be found online at truman.edu/honors/spring-2019-graduation-list.

    Students who graduated with honors will have that distinction noted by their names. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average between 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average between 3.75-3.89. Summa cum laude honors graduates with a grade point average above 3.9.

    Master’s degree recipients will have that distinction noted by their names.

    The list is organized by state and hometown. Hometowns are based upon the permanent address given to the University by the student. Students who have requested a directory hold on their information are not included on the list. Students who participated in the May ceremony but who will not earn their degree until August or December are not included on the list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for inclusion on the list can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 660.785.4143.
  • Appointments Made to the Board of Governors


    Two members were appointed to the Truman State University Board of Governors, June 3.

    Sarah (Hartmann) Burkemper of Troy, Mo., was reappointed to the Board for a term ending Jan. 1, 2023. She is a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner with a practice in Troy. She served as the public administrator for Lincoln County (Missouri) for 12 years, retiring from the position in December 2008. Burkemper was a Pershing Scholar at Truman and graduated cum laude with two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in 1992. She was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting by the Business and Accountancy Division in 1992 and went on to receive a master’s degree in international affairs from Washington University in 1997. Burkemper is a graduate of the CORO Women in Leadership program. She is chair of the Mercy Foundation – Lincoln board and chair of Community Opportunities (Lincoln County’s Senate Bill 40 Board). She also serves as treasurer for the US Heartland China Association. Burkemper was honored as Truman State University Young Alumna of the Year in 2006 and as the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2016.  She previously served as a member of the Truman Board of Governors from March 2001 to June 2007 and was president of the Truman State University Foundation from 2011-2014.  Burkemper began a second term on the Board of Governors in March 2012.

    Nancy Gingrich of Clarence, Mo., is a career educator who has been involved with instruction at every level. She taught high school health and physical education, gifted education for grades K-12 and was an adjunct instructor for Moberly Area Community College. An alumna of the University, Gingrich graduated from Truman in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She also earned a master’s degree in education with a specialty in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri. Gingrich has extensive connections to northeast Missouri. She first moved to the area from Washington, D.C., when her father, Dr. Harold Copenhaver, was offered a position at the University. Following her husband Jim’s Army service, the couple settled in Clarence. In addition to her teaching credentials, Gingrich served as the mentoring coordinator for the Macon/Shelby County Juvenile Office and has given presentations on “Powerful Learning” across the country. Among her volunteer activities, Gingrich is a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization, where she served as the Missouri state president. She also spent time on the international board of the Educational Loan Fund. Gingrich was appointed to succeed Michael J. LaBeth for a term ending Jan. 1, 2025.
  • Bookstore Satellite Location Open in Kirk Memorial to Accommodate Summer Needs

    Due to construction and air handler upgrades, the Student Union Building will not have air conditioning during the month of June. The Truman Bookstore has moved to the Kirk Memorial Building during this time.

    The summer bookstore location will still carry the latest Truman apparel, sundries and gift supplies in a nicely air-conditioned locale. Snacks and beverages will also be available for sale.

    Summer hours of operation for the bookstore are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Dine On-campus This Summer, or Take it “To-Go”


    Dining services will be available in Ryle Hall through June 29.

    In addition to the normal all-you-can-eat dine-in option, guests can purchase sustainable Green Box to-go containers for a one-time cost of $5. Eco-friendly cutlery also will be provided.

    To-go containers can be filled with items from the dining hall offerings including the salad bar, sandwich bar, hot entrees, desserts and more. Take it to-go for a picnic, a gathering with colleagues, back to the desk or on the way home at the end of the day.

    On return trips to the dining hall, used Green Boxes can be exchanged with the cashier for a clean container or for a token to be used at a later date. Because they are reusable, Green Boxes should not be defaced or personalized in any way.  

    Ryle Hall will be open Monday through Friday. Meals cost $5 for breakfast, $8 for lunch and $8.50 for dinner. Breakfast is served from 6:45-9 a.m., with lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Children 2 and under eat free, while kids 3-8 eat for half price.  

    On orientation days, Missouri Dining Hall will be open instead of Ryle Hall. Only orientation participants will eat in Ryle Hall. Orientation continues June 10, 13, 18, 21, 25 and 28.


  • Summer Classes and Hours at the Rec


  • 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 Deadline is June 15

    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.

  • Violette Hall Parking Lot Closed

    The parking lot to the west of Violette Hall will be closed during the summer. Contractors will be utilizing that lot while performing work on the building’s roof. For a detailed map of campus parking lots, click here.

  • DPS Hours for June

    June 10-14
    7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

    June 15-16

    June 17-21
    7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    June 22-23

    June 24-28
    7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    June 28-30

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

    The Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. June 15 in Baldwin Hall 231.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available June 24.


  • Notables

    Elijah Farrales was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was one of 11 members on the All-District team that encompasses Division II track and field athletes from the Great Lakes Valley, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Great Midwest conferences. He was the GLVC Indoor 400-meter champion, silver medalist in the 400 at the outdoor meet and ran the anchor leg of the Bulldogs 4x400 meter relay team that won their first conference championship since 1979 earlier in May.

    Christa Reisinger was named the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division II Softball. The award is given to the nation’s top student-athlete for her combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Reisinger represents Truman’s 117th Academic All-American since the program’s birth in 1952, and among Division II schools, that mark is second overall. With a first-team Academic All-American nod, Reisinger makes it a clean sweep in 2019 as she was also named a first-team All-American by both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). All in all, the Winfield, Mo., native has now been named an All-American nine times by three different organizations including five first-team choices, three spots on the second team and one third-team pick. All Google Cloud Academic All-American selections are made by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


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.