Vol. 23 No. 36 - July 8, 2019


  • Office of Admission Opens Applications for Fall 2020


    Students who want to enroll at Truman starting in fall 2020 can now apply online.

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-21 school year, and prospective students can find everything they need at apply.truman.edu. Those who are ready can apply directly on this page.  

    Incoming freshmen are encouraged to review the University’s TruMerit Scholarship – determined by a combination of ACT/SAT score and GPA – to see if they are eligible for automatic admission which would then require only an undergraduate application, transcript and verified test score required.

    To be considered for competitive scholarships in addition to the automatic TruMerit Scholarship, an activities list and essay are strongly recommended. For students who do not qualify for automatic admission, a holistic review of all application materials will be conducted to gain a more complete understanding of a student’s skills and talents.

    The Common Application will be available Aug. 1 for students utilizing that option. The Office of Admission will begin the review process Sept. 1.

    Alumni and friends who would like to refer a prospective student to the University can do so online.
  • Econ Group Attends Conference

    Truman sent representatives to the Foundation for Economic Education Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in June. Pictured, from left: Olivia Howard, Emily Garth, Mary Hansen, David Gillette, professor of economics, Bryce Beggs and Isaac Hampton.

    Five students and a faculty member attended the Foundation for Economic Education Conference in Atlanta, Ga., June 13-15.
    David Gillette, professor of economics, discussed his upcoming publication on “The Economics of Envy,” co-written with Datha Damron-Martinez, associate professor of business administration, and students Lillian Brink and Sarah Finley. The paper explores the role of envy in the perceptions and decision making of college-age students. It is survey based and would have relevance in marketing, consumer and labor economics, and public policy environments.

    The team is currently in the process of making final edits and hopes to have it submitted by the end of July for publication. The project began through an Interdisciplinary Community Grant from summer 2018. A future survey is planned for some time in the coming academic year.  

    This is the second year in a row Truman has been represented at FEECON. Attendees from the last two years include Brink, Finley, Danny D.Nagy, Maguire Radosevic and Nick Thiele in 2018, along with Bryce Beggs, Emily Garth, Isaac Hampton, Mary Hansen and Olivia Howard in 2019.

    Among the activities at FEECON are 50 breakout sessions with a variety of speakers and six different tracks to explore. Retiring FEE president Lawrence Reed, along with “Words & Numbers” podcast hosts Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan, were among this year’s featured speakers. Also featured for their entrepreneurial accomplishments were “Journey” composer Austin Wintory and National Geographic photographer DeWitt Jones.
  • Student Affairs and Career Center Relocate


    Student Affairs and the Career Center are in the process of moving offices.

    Effective July 10, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards will be located in Student Union Building 3100.

    The Career Center will soon be located in Student Union Building 1110, but during this transition, it will temporarily be located in Student Union Building 3204.

    Telephone numbers for each area will remain the same.
  • Campus to Host Birthday Party for Smokey Bear


    Truman’s tree campus committee, in conjunction with the city and the Department of Conservation, will host Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday celebration from 3-8 p.m. Aug. 3 on the quad.

    The event will have around 12 different stations set up with things to do and explore including pictures with Smokey, professional tree climbing for kids, archery, bb gun shooting and touch-a-truck. There will be local groups selling food and drinks. Keep an eye out for more information through the local Department of Conservation.

    Smokey Bear was created to help raise awareness for wildfire prevention, part of the longest-running public service announcement campaign in U.S. history.
  • Truman Represented at COPLAC Meeting

    Truman faculty members (from left) Jen Hurst, Monica Barron, Bridget Thomas and Christine Harker enjoy a hike during the 2019 COPLAC meeting.

    Several Truman faculty members attended and presented at the 2019 annual COPLAC meeting “Interdisciplinarity: Campuses @ Crossroads,” June 16-19 in Vermont.
    Jen Hurst, Monica Barron, Bridget Thomas and Christine Harker presented “No Delusion: Culminating Interdisciplinary Experiences at Truman” and also had the opportunity to go hiking and take advantage of the beautiful Vermont landscape.
    Rebecca Dierking participated in the plenary session, presenting on the course “A Burning Idea Challenging and Censoring Books” she offered as part of the COPLAC Mellon Grant partnership.

    Rebecca Dierking (left) and several of the students who participated in her course “A Burning Idea Challenging and Censoring Books” share their experiences during a presentation at the COPLAC meeting.


  • Rec Summer Information

  • 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.

  • Move-In Day Parking


    In an effort to allow students and parents to easily move-in, faculty and staff are asked to avoid parking on campus Aug. 14 until the afternoon. Many campus lots will be reserved either for short-term parking to unload vehicles or for temporary parking to allow family members to assist their student in setting up their room.

    If possible, faculty and staff are asked to walk, bike or car pool that day. For those who must drive, the parking lots at Stokes Stadium and Barnett Hall will be available, and the University will provide a shuttle service from those locations every 15 minutes, starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Retirement Reception for Heidi Templeton

  • DPS Summer Hours

    July 8-12
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    July 13-14

    July 15-19
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    July 20-21

    July 22-26
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    July 27-28

    July 29-Aug. 2
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Aug. 3-4

    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 July 22.
  • Student Parking Decal Vehicle Registration Now Open


    Application for student parking decals must be completed online via TruView. To register a vehicle:

    Log in to TruView
    Scroll down to View & Update My Personal Information
    Click Register My Vehicle/Bicycle
    Verify the local Kirksville address and phone information.
    Complete the vehicle registration – license plate information is REQUIRED

    Parking Services will process the parking decal request. Student accounts will be charged $130. Additional parking decals are $20. Decals may be picked up two business days after online registration. A Truman ID is REQUIRED to pick up a decal. Registration is not complete until the decal is adhered to the vehicle.

    Freshman parking decals will be in an envelope inside a Truman folder received at Residence Hall check-in if the registration form is complete prior to Aug. 1. Late registrations, commuter decals and upperclassman decals will be processed and distributed from Parking Services Office, General Services Building 100, Building 22 on the campus map.

    Distribution of Fall 2019 parking decals will begin Aug. 12. Parking Services will have extended hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18. For more information, contact Parking Services at 660.785.7400.


  • Notables

    Elijah Farrales became the third Truman student-athlete to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America honors following the 2018-19 school year. Farrales was named a member of the first team for the NCAA Division II Track & Field/Cross Country. He joins softball standout Christa Reisinger and football receiver Mitch Nichols to earn the prestigious award this academic year, and he is the eighth member of the men’s track and field/cross country teams to earn the award all-time at the University. Farrales was the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor 400 meters champion this past season and the silver medalist in the 400 at the outdoor meet. He was the anchor in the champion 4x400 meter relay that won the first conference championship since 1979. Previously, Farrales was a Google Cloud Academic All-District selection, a nominee for the GLVC Paragon Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete, a four-time member of the Academic All-GLVC team, a Brother James Gaffney Distinguished Scholar and GLVC Council of President’s Award winner.

    Barry Poyner, professor of communication, served as parliamentarian for the National Education Association in Houston, Texas, June 29-July 1. The NEA is the largest union in the U.S. with more than three million members. Poyner teaches a popular course on parliamentary procedure, COMM 274.

    The Truman women’s swimming team was named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America list for the spring 2019 semester. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The women turned in a team GPA of 3.54, which included a perfect 4.0 from Christina Jurotich.