Vol. 24 No. 5 - September 16, 2019


  • Rocket Man Begins Lyceum Series


    “The Rocket Man Show” will kick off the Kohlenberg Lyceum series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    Rus Anderson is Elton John’s official body double for his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” world tour videos and photos. Picked by Elton himself, Anderson performs as young Elton John, singing his greatest hits with spot on vocals and fierce piano playing.

    Anderson recreates an early concert with gorgeous, colorful and flamboyant costumes actually worn by Elton, including boots, glasses and jumpsuits from 1973 as well as his sparkly tuxedo from 1984. With all the classic young Elton antics, audiences are in for a night of nostalgia, singing, laughing and participation.

    General admission tickets are $10 each, including tax. Tickets are available now at the Truman State University cashier window in McClain Hall or online at lyceum.truman.edu.

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will continue Nov. 1 with “Paul Robeson: The World is My Home.” A tribute to the legacy of Robeson, an American singer, actor and political activist, Stogie Kenyatta takes audiences through the life of history’s first black renaissance man and one of America’s most complex and brilliant citizens.

    The always popular Golden Dragon Acrobats will return March 2 with a performance filled with award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques. Later that same month, March 27, The StepCrew will be performing Celtic-inspired dance to completely original music compositions.

    With the exception of the Golden Dragon Acrobats, which will begin at 7 p.m., all performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. For more information or questions about these events, contact Marie Murphree in the Office of Advancement.
  • Truman Named a Best Buy in Fiske Guide to Colleges


    Truman is one of 10 public schools chosen in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2020.”

    For 36 years, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has chosen a select group of schools noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost for its annual best buy list. The 2020 guide includes 20 schools – 10 public and 10 private – it deems as best buys. These are schools that, in the judgement of the editors, offer “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.”

    Truman has been included in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for five consecutive years and 11 times total.

    This year’s best buy list includes colleges and universities throughout the United States. Truman was the only Missouri school to be included among the Fiske best buy schools.

    “Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2020”

    Arizona State University
    University of Florida
    University of Iowa
    New College of Florida
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Purdue University
    SUNY – Binghamton University
    Texas A&M University
    Truman State University
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Centre College
    Drew University
    Earlham College
    Mount Holyoke College
    Oglethorpe University
    Olin College of Engineering
    Rice University
    St. Olaf College
    Vanderbilt University
    Warren Wilson College
  • Career and Grad School Week Begins Sept. 23


    During Career and Grad School Week, the Career Center coordinates a wide range of activities devoted to helping students prepare for graduate school, internship and job searches. Activities vary from semester to semester, but usually include employer information sessions and programming, resume critiques, mock interviews, an etiquette dinner and much more.

    Expo Bootcamp

    6-8 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Student Union Building 3201-3204
    Learn the basics of working an expo, appropriate dress and resumes. Refine your 30-second commercial and learn how to find all of the registered attendees for the expos.

    Personal Statement Writing Workshop
    5-6 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Student Union Building 3000

    Etiquette Dinner

    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 24
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A
    Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a four-course meal while learning the do’s and don’ts of a formal/professional dining experience. Register by completing the etiquette dinner form. Meals are $20 a person.

    Graduate and Professional School Expo

    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Student Union Building Activities Room
    Speak with recruiters from grad schools and learn about opportunities in your field.

    Law School Application Prep

    6-7 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Student Union Building 3204

    Career and Internship Expo

    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Student Union Building
    Speak with recruiters from non-profit, for-profit and governmental agencies to learn about opportunities in your field.

    Professional Photo Booth

    11 a.m.-2p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Student Union Building 3204
    Get a free professional photo taken by Tim Barcus, University photographer.

    Pre-Selected Employer Interviews

    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building

    For more information about these events, visit career.truman.edu.
  • Spirit Day Photo Contest Offers VIP Homecoming Package


    In honor of National Truman Spirit Day, Oct. 4, the Alumni Office will sponsor a photo contest with a grand prize that includes a VIP Homecoming package.

    To enter the contest, participants just have to post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram displaying their Truman spirit and using the hashtags #TrumanSpiritDay and #photocontest between Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. Photos can include pets, babies, family members and friends, as long as they showcase Truman spirit.

    From the eligible photos, five will be selected as finalists and reposted on Truman social media platforms. The finalist with the most likes will win the grand prize which includes: one hotel room for Oct. 18-19; four tickets to the Bulldog Forever tailgate; four tickets to the football game; and four Truman Homecoming T-shirts. The winner will be selected at 12 p.m. Oct. 4.

    Entries from previous years can be seen on the Spirit Day website. All photos hashtagged for submission may be reposted to the Truman website and social media accounts. Both hashtags must be used to be considered for the contest. For more information, contact Luke Callaghan, alumni relations coordinator.


  • Family Day Set for Sept. 21


    Family Day welcomes parents, siblings and other family members to campus for a weekend of special events ranging from Bulldog sporting events to a barbecue on the Quad, as well as the annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival.

    Open House at University Observatory
    8-10 p.m.
    Sept. 20
    University Farm

    Truman Theatre Production “Rumors” By Neil Simon
    8 p.m.
    Sept. 20
    Severns Theatre, Ophelia Parrish
    Tickets are $6 cash and $7 for card payment. For more information on how to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 660.785.4515.

    Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Downtown Kirksville
    Food, fun and fantastic art from across the Midwest. For more information, visit kirksvillearts.org.

    Truman Baseball Scrimmage
    10 a.m.
    Sept. 21
    Truman Baseball Field

    Library Tours
    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Pickler Memorial library

    University Art Gallery Faculty New Work Exhibit
    12-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish

    Horse Show Hosted by Truman’s Equestrian Team
    1 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    University Farm

    “From Earth to Universe” Planetarium Show
    12 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Del & Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Admission is $5 per person.

    “Phantom of the Universe” Planetarium Show
    1 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Del & Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Admission is $5 per person.

    “The Hot and Energetic Universe” Planetarium Show
    2 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Del & Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Admission is $5 per person.

    “Seven Wonders” Planetarium Show
    3 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Del & Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Admission is $5 per person.

    “Ice Worlds” Planetarium Show
    4 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Del & Norma Robison Planetarium, Magruder Hall
    Admission is $5 per person.

    Truman State University Speech & Hearing Clinic Open House
    3-5 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Health Sciences Building

    Student Activities Board Special Performance TBA
    4 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium

    5-6:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Truman State University Quad. Rain site will be the Student Union Building.

    Menu: hamburgers, grilled chicken breasts, vegan riblets, black bean burgers, roasted potatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, fresh cubed melons, pumpkin bars and beverages. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs as seating is limited. Anyone wanting to attend the barbecue can now purchase tickets online. Students with a meal plan can use that option at the barbecue, but must have a meal remaining by Saturday evening. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. Click here to purchase barbecue tickets

    Tickets should be picked up in advance at the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, between 8 a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday.

    Bulldog Football vs. Valparaiso University
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Stokes Stadium
    General Admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and those in K-12. Admission is free to students with a Truman ID. Tickets will be available at the ticket windows before the game or can be purchased online at TrumanBulldogs.com. For more information call 660.785.4276.

    Truman Theatre Production “Rumors” By Neil Simon
    8 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Severns Theatre, Ophelia Parrish
    Tickets are $6 cash and $7 for card payment. For more information on how to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 660.785.4515.

    Horse Show Hosted by Truman’s Equestrian Team
    10 a.m.
    Sept. 22
    University Farm

    Wind Symphony I and II Concert
    2 p.m.
    Sept. 22
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
  • Business Fraternity Begins Recruitment


    Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) is a professional business fraternity on campus open to all business, accounting and economics majors. Their core pillars are professionalism, brotherhood and service, and they provide many opportunities to grow in all of those areas both personally and professionally. Recruitment will consist of the following events:

    Meet the Chapter
    7-9 p.m.
    Sept. 16
    Newman Center

    Trivia Night
    7-9 p.m.
    Sept. 17
    Student Union Building Georgian Room B

    Professional Night
    7-9 p.m.
    Sept. 18
    Student Union Building Georgian Room B
  • Constitution Day Celebration


    The Constitution Day celebration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 on the Kirk Memorial steps. Constitution Day is a time to honor America’s history and the key document that governs the nation.

    The observation will begin with a presentation of colors by ROTC. Truman’s own acapella groups TruMen, Sweet Nothings and Minor Detail will then join together to lead the National Anthem. Student Government president Deanna Schmidt will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a reading of the Preamble by President Sue Thomas. Selections from the Constitution will then be read by various student, faculty and community groups, followed by a retiring of the colors by ROTC.

    The festivities will conclude with cookies and fruited water. Everyone is invited to join. Contact Sarah Berke with any questions.
  • Miss Black and Gold Pageant Informational Meeting


    There will be an informational meeting at 7:06 p.m. Sept. 18 in Baldwin Hall 219 for the Miss Black and Gold Pageant.

    One of the national programs under the sponsorship of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Miss Black and Gold Pageant is an outgrowth of the long tradition of chapters recognizing outstanding young women for their success in exemplifying the principles of Alpha: scholarship, fellowship, good character and the uplifting of humanity. Miss Black and Gold is intelligent, dignified, talented, and ultimately, a role model for young collegiate women. The fraternity recognizes the valuable support rendered by the many friends of Alpha Phi Alpha, and endeavors like the pageant serve as a mechanism to applaud such support.
  • Global Issues Colloquium to Discuss African Languages


    Sheena Shah will present “SiPhûthî, an Endangered Language of Southern Africa” at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Baldwin Little Theater.

    Shah has conducted linguistic fieldwork on a number of African languages. She is currently an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in the Department of African and Ethiopian Studies at the University of Hamburg and a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

    The event is free and open to the public.
  • Tree Walk on the Quad


    Lisa Hooper, associate professor of biology, will be leading a stroll around the Quad to become acquainted with some of Missouri’s native trees. Tree walks begin at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16. Those wanting to join should meet at the north entrance to the Quad on Normal Street. For a map of the route, click here.
  • Study Abroad Fair Scheduled for Sept. 19


    The Center for International Education Abroad will host the Study Abroad Fair from 12-4 p.m. Sept. 19 in Student Union Building Georgian Rooms A and B. Students can learn about opportunities to visit new countries, enjoy food and win prizes.
  • Snapchat Takeovers Showcase Campus


    Students can have access to Truman’s Snapchat account and use it to promote events, showcase a special project and share with prospective Bulldogs what life is like on campus. Snapchat takeovers can be done by completing the nomination form available here. Takeovers can also be conducted by alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Challah Bake Sale


    The Jewish Student Union will have a challah sale this month. Loaves will be $5 for plain or $6 for a loaf with chocolate chips, cinnamon swirl or everything seasoning. To order a loaf, email mb4442@truman.edu by Sept. 20.
  • McNair Program Applications Open Through Oct. 1


    The McNair Program supports and prepares underrepresented students for graduate studies. Paid summer research internships, funds for graduate school visits and conferences, and seminars and academic counseling are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer.

    Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to come for pizza and information about what the McNair Program can do for them.

    McNair Information and Application Work Sessions in Adair House

    Sept. 19
    4:30-5:30 p.m.

    Sept. 23
    4:30-5:30 p.m.

    For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu.
  • Study Abroad Trip Offers Research Opportunities in Peru


    In summer 2020, Truman students of any major will have the opportunity to study and conduct research in Tambopata National Reserve in Peru.

    Cultural experiences will include a day of service in Puerto Maldonado and exploration of Lima. Coursework for the class will begin on campus in the first block of summer session and will be aimed at providing students background information and tools to develop their research projects.

    The class will travel as a group to Peru to spend nine days in research at Sachavacayoc Center and cultural experiences in Puerto Maldonado. Three days will be spent in the Lima area expanding knowledge on biodiversity in Peru and culture.

    This four-credit study abroad course fulfills the intercultural perspective and provides four biology elective credits. There are no prerequisites to participate, and non-degree seeking students are eligible to enroll. Application and more information can be found at studyabroad.truman.edu/programs/faculty-led/peru.

    Stephanie Foré, professor of biology, and Enrique Pareja, assistant professor of STEM education, MAE mathematics and science, are the faculty members who will oversee the trip.  Students can meet them at one of the following information sessions in Magruder Hall 2007:

    Sept. 25
    5:30-6 p.m.

    Oct. 6
    3-3:30 p.m.

    Oct. 30
    6:30-7 p.m.
  • Library Book Sale


    Pickler Memorial Library’s fall book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 outside on the south side of the library. 

    Materials that can be donated are books, CDs, DVDs, tapes, videos, records, sheet music, puzzles, games, art prints and other items. The library is unable to accept home-recordings or computer software. Donations may be dropped off at the library or mailed.

    All proceeds from the sale will be used for library materials or programs. Contact the library at booksale@truman.edu or 660.785.4038 for delivery instructions, assistance with donated material or questions about the event.
  • Food Packs Available


    Drawstring packs of food are now available for Truman students experiencing food insecurity. Any student limiting their food intake due to cost is eligible to receive a pack.

    Packs can be picked up with a Truman ID between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the SERVE Center located in the Student Union Building 1105. Food is provided by Pantry for Adair County in partnership with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
  • KTRM to Sponsor Sir Babygirl and Nyssa Concert


    KTRM will host a concert featuring artists Sir Babygirl and Nyssa Oct. 3.

    Originally from Hanover, N.H., Sir Babygirl is a pop singer, songwriter and performer. Her musical influences include hardcore, pop punk and early-2000s pop artists. In early 2019, she released her self-produced debut album, Crush on Me, with her debut single, “Heels”.

    Alongside Sir Babygirl, Toronto electro-punk musician Nyssa will be performing. A self-produced singer and songwriter, Nyssa recently released her five-song EP, Champion of Love.

    The concert is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Down Under. Tickets will be $5 at the door or can be reserved ahead of time here. For more information about this event, visit 88.7 KTRM’s Facebook page.
  • Applications Open for Board of Governors Student Representative


    Student Government is currently accepting applications for the next student representative to the Board of Governors.

    The Board of Governors is the University’s highest policymaking body, charged with the important role of setting policy and providing guidance for the University. The Board is comprised of 10 members, one of which is a non-voting student representative. The student representative serves a two-year term and plays a crucial role in representing the student body to this board.

    Applications are available here and due by 5 p.m. Oct. 9. Any questions can be directed to trumanstatesenate.bog@gmail.com.
  • Faculty Forum Focuses on Chinese Education


    Kevin Minch, associate provost, and visiting professor Li Xi from the University of Kansas, will present “Debating China – The Struggles and Triumphs of Promoting a Culture of Academic Argumentation and Advocacy in the People’s Republic” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Baldwin Little Theater.

    Presentation Abstract: While American education institutions have increasingly divested themselves for academic debate instruction, academic debate culture is experiencing a meteoric rise in China. Government mandates require English majors to take a speech and/or debate class and intercollegiate debate competitions have become high-stake activity. The promotion of persuasive speaking and academic debate, however, poses significant pedagogical, ideological and cultural challenges in a culture that values harmony, sees importance in the preservation of personal “face” and views critiques of government policy with caution. This presentation will explore the unique challenges posed when teaching argumentation in an intercultural context while drawing insights about promoting ethical deliberative behaviors here at home.
  • Annual Fund Internship Available for Spring Semester


    The Office of Advancement is accepting applications for the spring 2020 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 the Student Giving Campaign 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 Dec. 6. Contact Michael Burbee with further questions.
  • Human Resources News

    The following employees started during the month of August:

    Mohammad Alam, assistant professor of economics
    Heather Amos, instructor of accounting
    Jessica Burgason, lecturer of health and exercise science
    Brad Carlson, assistant professor of theater
    HyeJin Cho, staff collaborative pianist
    Keshab Dahai, assistant professor of statistics
    Jiba Dahal, assistant professor of physics
    Musa Demirtas, assistant professor of business administration
    Julene Ensign, assistant professor of health and exercise
    Maxwell Gerhart, lecturer of music
    Derek Gray, PT assistant football coach
    J. Eric Holm, PT assistant football coach
    Ryan Kaden, lecturer of history
    Josiah Kisker, assistant athletic trainer
    Nathan Komar, lecturer of health and exercise science
    Jeonghwa Lee, assistant professor of statistics
    Shanshan Lv, assistant professor of statistics
    Peter Motavalli, lecturer of agricultural science
    Akhilesh Ojha, assistant professor of business administration
    Emily Olsen, assistant professor of linguistics
    Eric Ordway, instructor of art
    Abu S. Mahfujur Rahman, assistant professor of computer science
    Stephen Saravara, assistant professor of justice systems
    Alexandra Savala, pre-health professions academic advisor
    Katrina Schmeroid, assistant professor of psychology
    Sheena Shah, Ofstad Writer-in-Residence
    Nina Smith, assistant professor of sociology
    Krista Svenby, police officer
    Scott Templeton, assistant professor of business administration
    Zhijun Wen, assistant professor of Chinese
  • SAB to Bring Magician for Family Day


    The Student Activities Board will bring Michael Kent, a comic magician, to perform at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in Baldwin Auditorium. Kent has performed at many different colleges and universities around the country and has been featured on the television show "Penn & Teller: Fool Us". Kent will perform an hour-long show that will be comical and entertaining for both students and their families. Admission is free.


  • Notables

    Football player Lawrence Woods was named GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Bulldogs 10-7 victory over Drake, Sept. 7. Woods notched his fifth career kick return for a touchdown, which established a new Truman school record when he took the second half kickoff 87-yards to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead. He was also credited with one of Truman’s two blocked kicks, blocking the field goal attempt of 39 yards in the second quarter with Truman up 3-0. Woods had two of his game-high eight tackles on special teams. For his career, Woods has 16 total kick returns in 22 games for 841 yards and an average of 52.6 yards per return. He earned the award twice last season and was the GLVC Special Teams Player of the Year and a Division II All-American.

    Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) brothers of Truman’s Iota Nu chapter attended the 2019 Grand Chapter Congress in Atlanta, Ga., from Aug. 14-18. DSP is a professional fraternity that focuses on three pillars: professionalism, brotherhood and service. While in Atlanta, Iota Nu received the R. Nelson Outstanding Chapter Award, Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Scholastic Development Award, Outstanding Alumni Relations Award and Chapter Advisor of the Year Award in the Gateway Region. In the South Central Province, DSP received the Outstanding Service Award and the Outstanding Alumni Award.