Vol. 24 No. 7 - September 30, 2019


  • Entrepreneur to Teach Students the Finer Points About Side Hustles


    Alumnus and entrepreneur Doug Villhard will return to campus and give all interested students advice on starting and running a business.

    “The Art of the Side Hustle” will take place from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Magruder Hall 2001. Villhard will teach students how to put their passion for entrepreneurship into practice while succeeding as a full-time student. He will discuss how to select the perfect “side hustle,” how to launch it quickly and how to learn and iterate along the way.
    Villhard started his career at Disney before leaving the corporate world 20 years ago to start companies – and side hustles. In addition to serving as a professor and academic director of entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis, he is the CEO and co-founder of Second Street, a software as a service tech company in the audience engagement space working with more than 4,000 newspapers, radio and TV stations across the country. He is also the managing director and co-founder of Villhard Growth Partners and chairman and co-founder of a non-profit high school he and his wife, Diane, started in their hometown.

    Doug (’94) and Diane (’95) established the Villhard Innovation Fund at Truman in 2016 to assist the University in expanding entrepreneurial and innovative opportunities for students. They are the inspirational force behind Truman’s Bulldog B.I.T.E. pitch competition. In the spring of 2019 Doug joined the Truman faculty to teach “The Art and Science of Entrepreneurial Thinking.”

    Villhard’s presentation is open to students of all majors. Pizza will be available for those in attendance. Tickets are limited so the courtesy of an RSVP is requested by Oct. 14. To RSVP, visit truman.edu/sidehustle.
  • Spirit Day Photo Open Through Oct. 4


    National Truman Spirit Day is Oct. 4, and the annual photo contest is already under way.

    Since 2011, the first Friday in October has been designated as National Truman Spirit Day. Alumni, students and friends are encouraged to wear their favorite Truman gear or purple apparel to show their support for the University.

    This year, participants will have a whole week to submit an entry for the annual Spirit Day photo contest. Anyone can enter by just posting a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram displaying their Truman spirit and using the hashtags #TrumanSpiritDay and #photocontest. Photos can include pets, babies, family members and friends, as long as they showcase Truman spirit.

    This year’s grand prize 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.

    Submissions will be accepted through 12 p.m. Oct. 4. A panel of judges will choose the winner and share their selection through Truman social media accounts.
  • Alumnus Returns as Executive-in-Residence


    The School of Business will host business administration alumnus Bill Koster as the Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence, Oct. 1.

    As a vice president at Protective Life Insurance Company in St. Louis, Mo., Koster is responsible for managing the company’s specialty products division and the training department. He has been involved in the finance and insurance industry for more than 35 years.

    In addition to his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Truman, Koster earned a Master of Business Administration, a master’s in human relations and a Ph.D. in management. Koster has a certificate in human resource diversity and development, and CLU, CPCU and ARM designations. He is currently pursuing a diversity and inclusion certificate from Cornell University.

    He is an active member of the Society for CPCU’s, the Society for Human Resource Management and Society for Business Ethics. He is an adjunct professor and serves on RV industry boards.

    Koster’s presentation, “Ethics in the 21st Century,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct 1 in Violette Hall 1000. It is free and open to the public.
  • Nursing Students to Present on Philippines Trip


    Fourteen nursing students traveled abroad to the Philippines, May 17-June 9, in order to gain clinical experience with a transcultural perspective.

    Students were accompanied by former faculty members Kit and Steve Hadwiger, as well as current faculty member Rafael Tubongbanua. They spent the majority of their time in various parts of Iloilo, where they were a part of the 20th Transcultural Nursing Program at West Visayas State University. Each student was partnered with a Filipino nursing student from West Visayas who accompanied them to some of their clinicals in order to act as a translator and to teach students more about Filipino culture.

    In their first week, students had clinical experiences at a gerontological nursing facility, social hygiene clinic, sanitarium, pediatric ward, medical ward and rural community in Badiangan, Iloilo. The following week, students participated in clinicals in the emergency room and intensive care unit. The also had the opportunity to deliver babies and provide newborn care in a labor and deliver unit, as well as assist in surgical procedures in the operating room.

    Nursing students who participated in the Transcultural Nursing Experience included: Lily Crandall, Ingrid Erickson, Brianna Flores, Zoe Frantom, Luke Gittemeier, Claire Kendall, Susie LaFever, Cassidy Myers, Emily Schulz, Abby Van Soelen, Morgan Stoll, Samantha Trimmer, Anna Beth Wehr and Emily White.

    These students will present about their experiences abroad at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The presentation topics will include: communication process/language, health insurance/financing, family roles, social hygiene/STI, spirituality and health, nursing education and child-bearing. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Spring 2020 Foundation Scholarships Available


    Spring 2020 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available.

    This is a smaller application period for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for the 2019-20 school year. The main application period will begin in February for 2020-21 scholarships. Scholarships totaling nearly $200,000 are available for the spring. Foundation scholarships are established by generous alumni and friends of the University.

    Recipients must be enrolled full-time during the term of the scholarship to receive the full amount. Click here to apply in TruView. Applications can be submitted and revised at any time prior to the Nov. 1 deadline.
  • Delta Zeta to Host Hike for Hearing


    Truman’s chapter of Delta Zeta invites the Truman community to attend their Hike for Hearing Oct. 6 at the Thousand Hills Point Shelter.

    Beginning at 11:30 a.m., all members and participants will begin their hike on the FLATS trail and will return back to the shelter for a meal afterwards. The meal includes pulled pork sandwiches, chips, cookies, drinks and more.

    All proceeds from the hike will be donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. In 2006, Delta Zeta’s National Convention voted to make Starkey Hearing Foundation a philanthropic partner with Delta Zeta for the cause of speech and hearing. Starkey uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Starkey has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need this decade and currently gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually.

    Tickets are $6 and must be purchased in advance during tabling throughout the week or by contacting Anna Mercer, Delta Zeta’s philanthropy chair.

    Sept. 30
    10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Oct. 1
    10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building

    Oct. 2
    10:30-3 p.m.
  • University Art Gallery to Host Guest Art Exhibition


    The University Art Gallery will feature a guest art exhibit through Nov. 21., opening with a reception Oct. 4.

    “Brick & Mortar: Community and Curation at Flood Plain” is a guest-curated exhibit by Flood Plain, a non-profit artist-run gallery located in St. Louis, Mo., and a new regional partner of Truman’s Art Department. The exhibition contemplates what it means to operate a physical gallery in the 21st century, making the case for the enduring importance of community-oriented curatorial practice. “Brick & Mortar” brings together a diverse group of contemporary St. Louis-based artists who explore placemaking and social engagement in their works.

    Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a curators talk with Elizabeth Wolfson, Amelia-Colette Jones and Trina Van Ryn of Flood Plain followed by a reception with refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit gallery.arttruman.com.
  • Truman Forensics Has Successful First Tournaments


    Truman’s forensic union started the 2019-20 competitive season strong at the Western Kentucky University Round Robin and Fall Fiesta Tournaments, Sept. 19-22. The team placed third in combined speech and debate sweepstakes and brought home four national qualifications.

    Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate opened season Sept. 20 at the Alexis Elliot Memorial Round Robin, a bid-based tournament where entries are determined by past success. In a field of the most successful debaters in the nation, junior Cami Smith cemented her place among the best by earning sixth speaker. Smith continued to have a successful weekend when she and fellow junior Peyton Gilbert reached octafinals in LD during the Fall Fiesta tournament Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Gilbert also earned an additional award as sixth speaker for the tournament.

    In individual events, senior Austin Sopko reached the final of impromptu speaking on the first day of the tournament and earned sixth place. On the second day, freshman Lucah McCullough also reached finals of impromptu speaking in their first college tournament. McCullough placed fifth and earned the top novice award for the event.

    The team will travel next to Southwest Baptist University for the annual Derryberry Memorial tournament, Oct. 3-5. For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of forensics or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.
  • ROTC Contracting Ceremony Recognizes New Cadets

    ROTC conducted a contracting ceremony Sept. 21 during the halftime show of the football game to award their newest scholarship recipients. During the ceremony, cadets officially pledged to serve the United States Armed Forces and four cadets received ROTC scholarships. Cadets contracted in the ceremony included: Ethan Anliker, Ethan Davis, Mason Hatch and Samantha Webster. ROTC scholarships were awarded to Webster, Hatch, Davis and Trevor Rey.


  • Sustainability Week Schedule


    The Sustainability Office will host a campus-wide Sustainability Week Sept. 30-Oct. 5. The events of the week include:

    Plastic Waste Documentary
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 30
    There will be a showing of “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” to help educate the Truman community on how much plastic waste society goes through, what happens to it and what can be done to change. Free reusable straws will be handed out and popcorn will be served in reusable bowls.

    Guest Speaker on Food Waste

    6 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Violette Hall 1000
    The President’s Sustainable Action Committee, the Agricultural Science Department and the Environmental Campus Organization are sponsoring guest speaker, Jonathan Bloom, to present over food waste.

    Lunch and Learn

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Oct. 2
    Students and staff are welcome to lunch with food harvested from the University Farm and Green Thumb Garden, compost and compost bins. The lunch will be donation-based. All proceeds will go to the Green Thumb Project. Members of the Green Thumb Project will also be tabling and selling limited $20 student tickets for the local foods dinner.

    Zero-Waste Workshop

    7 p.m.
    Oct. 3
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C
    Guests will make their own zero-waste toothpaste or deodorant in a glass jar and sit in on a quick presentation of programs in Kirksville and Truman for reducing their waste.

    Local Foods Dinner
    6 p.m.
    Oct. 4
    Jackson Stables
    The annual benefit dinner for the Green Thumb Project includes a four-course, locally sourced dinner with live music and fine wine. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Sustainability Office in Violette Hall 1310, Hy-Vee customer service desk, Take Root, Sebree's or Jackson Stables.

    Photo Contest

    Sept. 30-Oct. 4
    Each day of the week, the Sustainability Office will choose a few environmental sites at Truman. Students can take a selfie at each place on any given day to enter in a drawing for prizes to be handed out Oct. 5. For more information, visit the Sustainability Office’s Facebook page or Instagram.

    Sustainability Festival

    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Oct. 5
    The first ever “Sus Fest” will celebrate all the environmentally friendly things learned throughout the week. There will be live music, yard games, activities, free reusable items and food. To conclude the event, there will be a multi-organization clean-up for Bear Creek. Anyone is welcome to help and can meet at 3 p.m. on the quad.
  • Drei Trombone Trio to Perform Guest Recital

    The Drei Bon Trombone Trio will present a fun and varied program at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Michael Davidson (University of Kansas), Timothy Howe (University of Missouri) and J. Mark Thompson (Northwestern State University of Louisiana) play all the “bones” in Drei Bones. The International Trombone Association Journal has called the group an “absolute treat to hear, presenting a fantastic idea of what the trombone trio is capable of.”

    Since their debut in 2015, they have been featured at the American Trombone Workshop, the Big Twelve Trombone Conference, the Mid-West Trombone/Euphonium Conference and the International Trombone Festival, as well as many campuses and concert venues. Their recordings, “Drei Bones” (2016) and “Of Hammered Gold” (2019), have been released on the Emeritus label and are available for purchase through CD Baby.

    The concert is free and open to all.
  • Hug-a-Dog Event Supports Charity


    The Student Run Business Initiative will host a fundraiser event to support local pet rescue organization, Field of Dreams, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2 on the quad. Students can play with dogs and puppies for $2 and get a polaroid photo with them for $3 total. All proceeds from this event will go to Field of Dreams. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled of cancelled.
  • Rec Hosts STL Blues Fan Photo Session

  • 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.
  • Oktoberfest Set for Oct. 4

    Union and Involvement Services, ResLife and the Students Activities Board will host Oktoberfest from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 4 on the quad. Free root beer will be served with live music, an inflatable, outdoor games and German-inspired food. In the event of inclement weather, Oktoberfest will take place in the Student Union Building.

  • Namaste Nepal Celebrates International Festival


    Namaste Nepal will host “Dashain Night” from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    “Dashain Night” is to celebrate the biggest festival in Nepal and is held the same weekend of the Dashain Festival according to the Nepali calendar. During the festival, people put “Tika” on their foreheads from their elders and receive their blessings. This is the time when family members and relatives get together to talk about their experiences during the year.

    The event will have various Nepali foods as well as singing and dancing to contemporary Nepalese music. The dress code is formal. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or in advance during tabling throughout the week:
    Sept. 30
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building

    Oct. 1
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Violette Hall

    Oct. 2
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building
  • International Club to Host Formal Dance


    The International Club will host “Hula the Night Away” a formal dance at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. All proceeds go to a mission for community development based in Uganda.
  • 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:

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

    Oct. 30
    6:30-7 p.m.
  • Library Offers Free Workshop for Students


    Pickler Memorial Library will host a free one-hour workshop demonstrating Zotero, a new tool to help students when writing papers, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 16 in Pickler Memorial Library Room 103.

    Zotero is a free app that allows students to save citation information and create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles like MLA, APA and Chicago. When writing a paper, Zotero will put in-text citations where they are wanted and add a formatted bibliographic citation to the end of the paper.

    No registration is required. It is recommended students bring their own laptops. Mac applications will not be covered.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica


    There will be three informational meetings for students interested in the Costa Rica study abroad program.

    Students will attend the Costa Rica Language Academy (CRLA), located in San José, the country’s capital, from May 16 through July 11, 2020. They will have a complete linguistic and cultural immersion by living with a host family. In addition, students will travel on weekend excursions to bio-diverse sites such as Monteverde, Arenal and Tortuguero, where they will experience trips to volcanoes, hot springs, colonial-era churches, zip lining, waterfalls, a crocodile tour and relaxing beaches.

    Students will earn 12 hours of 300-400 level credit taking the following courses: Spanish Grammar and Composition; Spanish Conversation; Introduction to Hispanic Literature; and Latin American Culture and Civilization. Nine credits apply to the Spanish minor and six credits apply to the Spanish major. Students must complete Spanish 202 before studying in Costa Rica.

    The Department of Classical & Modern Languages sponsors this study abroad program. For more information, contact Oscar Sendon, Matthew Tornatore or visit studyabroad.truman.edu/programs/faculty-led/costarica/.

    Info Sessions:

    Oct. 14
    3:30 p.m.
    McClain Hall 306

    Oct. 24

    1:30 p.m.
    McClain Hall 306

    Oct. 30
    7 p.m.
    McClain Hall 306
  • 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 educational 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 a high-stakes 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.
  • Humans vs. Zombies Orientation Dates


    The Live Action Role Playing Club will sponsor Humans vs. Zombies, a week-long, continuous game of moderated tag, starting Oct. 20. A group of human players attempt to survive a “zombie outbreak” by outsmarting a growing group of zombie payers.

    Each participant must attend one orientation date:

    Oct. 16
    7-9 p.m.
    Violette Hall 1424

    Oct. 17
    7-9 p.m.
    Magruder Hall 1090

    Oct. 18

    7-9 p.m.
    Magruder Hall 1090

    Oct. 21
    7-9 p.m.
    Magruder Hall 1090
  • Update License Information with Parking Services


    Faculty, staff and students with Truman parking stickers who have updated their vehicle with Missouri’s bicentennial license plates should notify Parking Services with their new information. Updates can be made by emailing Joyce Cook.
  • DPS Midterm Break Hours

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

    Oct. 11
    7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Oct. 12
    3-10 p.m.

    Oct. 13
    3-10 p.m.

    Oct. 14

    Resume Regular Hours
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

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


  • Notables

    Football player Spencer Newell was named GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week earning Truman Football three straight special teams weekly honors. Newell took back a 71-yard punt return early in the second quarter against Valparaiso, Sept. 21. He had 92 yards worth of punt returns in the 38-7 win. Newell’s punt return was the first non-blocked punt return for a touchdown by the Bulldogs since 2009 and the second longest punt return since 1989.

    Volleyball player Morgan Smith was named to the Bellarmine All-Tournament Team after 56 kills, 25 digs, 5 block assists and one solo block, Sept. 20-21. Smith recorded 19 kills in the victory over Charleston, Sept. 21, her high for the tournament.

    The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) recognized four Truman students and staff members for going above and beyond in August through the Of-The-Month (OTM) awards program. Students Brandon Ingli and Troy Shafer were awarded Executive Board Member of the Month and Spotlight of the Month respectively. Luke Amoroso was recognized as Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month and Zac Burden was awarded Residence Life Professional of the Month. The recipients of these awards are forwarded on to regional and national affiliates for potential additional recognition.