Vol. 24 No. 9 - October 14, 2019


  • Lyceum Spotlights American Renaissance Man


    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series continues Nov. 1 with a tribute to American signer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson.

    Robeson graduated as valedictorian from Rutgers University in 1919. He received a law degree from Columbia University and passed the New York State Bar in 1922. He was the first African-American lawyer hired by a New York law firm.

    The son of a preacher, Robeson dreamed of a colorblind society. He spoke out against the Holocaust, visited the Warsaw ghetto in Poland, co-founded the Organization for African Unity with W.E.B. Dubois and pushed for the liberation of Africa.

    Actor, singer and comedian Stogie Kenyatta will perform “The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. In this performance, Kenyatta will bring his unique interpretation to the stage, where he majestically captures the essence of Robeson through an entertaining, laugh-out-loud, music-filled show. Portraying 14 characters, he chronologically takes the audience through the life of history’s first black renaissance man and one of America’s most complex and brilliant citizens.

    Tickets for this performance are $10 and can be purchased now at the Truman cashiers window in McClain Hall or online at lyceum.truman.edu.
  • Homecoming Honorees Announced

    Homecoming honorees Russ Sloan, John W. Davison and Keith Epperson

    Several Truman alumni will be recognized at the Bulldog Forever Celebration Banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room as part of Homecoming 2019.

    In addition to the following honorees, banquet ceremonies will also include recognition of the Bulldog Forever Alumni Group of the Year and the Golden Alumni. For more information on the alumni being highlighted during the banquet, visit the Homecoming Honorees website.

    Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal
    Russ Sloan
    Russ Sloan received his undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Missouri. Following graduation, he entered the coaching ranks at Truman, becoming line coach in 1968 and head football coach in 1969. His Bulldog teams won three consecutive MIAA Conference Championships, and in 1971 he was the NCAA Division II Runner-up for Coach of the Year (District 6), missing the top spot by one vote. His winning percentage of .803 is only surpassed by Bulldog coaching legend Don Faurot’s .809.
    In 1972, Sloan resigned from Truman to run for the U.S. Congress in Missouri’s 6th District, losing to Jerry Litton in what became the 17th most expensive House race in the nation and the closest House vote in Missouri. After the election, he was named Missouri state director of Motor Vehicles and Licensing and was editorially recognized for saving Missouri tax payers more than one million dollars.

    Following his service in state government, Sloan worked as the athletic director at Southeast Missouri State University and Fresno State University. In 1985 he was named executive director of the Fresno City and County Chamber of Commerce, which initiated a 20-year career in leading major chambers of commerce in California, Indiana and Florida.
    Sloan has been inducted into the Truman Athletic Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also elected by his peers to head the State Chamber of Commerce Executives Association in Indiana and Florida. Sloan has been honored by the College of Education at the University of Missouri and received the President’s Award from the University of South Florida, the highest non-academic award bestowed by the university.

    Sloan and his wife Peggy will be married 60 years this December, and they have three adult children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They reside in Leesburg, Fla., about an hour north of Orlando.

    Denise L. Smith Alumni Volunteer of the Year
    John W. Davison (’75, ’81, ’84)
    John Davison’s Truman and ROTC story began in 1969 when he attended the ceremony to establish the program at the University. He graduated from Truman in 1975 and then volunteered to teach military science at his alma mater from 1986-89 and 1993-95. In addition to an Education Specialist degree in education administration from Truman, he has a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University.

    Homecoming 2019 celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Army ROTC at Truman. After exploring the idea of a Truman ROTC alumni group for several years, the “Truman Army ROTC Alumni Regiment” was established in 2014. The ROTC alumni group has grown steadily through the grassroots efforts of many alumni and friends. Davison deeply believes that each class of Truman Army officers stands on the shoulders of past generations and that they are called to pay it forward to those who follow them.

    Following a successful Army career, Davison served in northeast Missouri as a teacher and principal before retiring as a superintendent of schools. He and his wife, Lois, returned home to plant three new churches and continue volunteer work in missions, radio ministry and, most recently, establish an area dinner church to provide fellowship for the lonely and community for anyone.

    Davison also serves as a volunteer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in the tri-state area as a district captain, providing leadership geared toward saving lives and assisting the active duty Coast Guard. Currently he serves as minister of a local Kirksville church and continues in many volunteer activities.

    Distinguished Service
    Keith Epperson (’82)
    Born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Keith Epperson’s score on the state-based standardized math test was the highest at his high school, which prompted a phone call from Dr. Dale Woods, a Truman math professor. Woods convinced Epperson and his parents to visit the college, and the rest is history.

    While attending Truman, Epperson was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda social fraternity and the Kappa Alpha Epsilon professional math fraternity. With encouragement from his father and support from Dr. Mary Sue Beersman, another Truman math professor, he chose to study math and statistics, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1982 in mathematics with a concentration in statistics.

    Following graduation, Epperson began his career as an actuarial student at Mutual of Omaha. He then moved to Des Moines, working for American Republic and ultimately became the chief health actuary. At one point during his 15 years in Des Moines, he received an invitation to a Truman-related social event in town. That event spurred a small group of Truman alumni, including Epperson, to begin what is now the Iowa Alumni Chapter. Epperson served as the president of the chapter for a time, and he also served for one year on the first national alumni board as the Iowa Chapter representative.

    Epperson and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for 37 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. Epperson’s son attended Truman as well and married a fellow Truman student. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, tinkering with antique clocks and relaxing at Lake Okoboji in Iowa. He has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, trek Nepal, hike to Machu Pichu, hike dormant volcanoes in Peru and spend time in the Philippines.

    After working in Minneapolis as chief actuary and senior research scientist for United Healthcare, Epperson took his current position as chief actuary for Bright Health Insurance Company. His passion for Truman has only grown stronger after his years as a volunteer on the National Alumni Board and with the Iowa Alumni Chapter, and he is endeavoring to create a new circle of friends by connecting Truman to the Twin Cities.

    Young Alumni of the Year
    Robert (’07) and Emily (’08) (Kiddoo) Kelchen
    Robert and Emily (Kiddoo) Kelchen met for the first time at a Truman visit day. Robert was working as a student ambassador, and Emily was looking at Truman as a prospective school. The next year, their paths crossed again, and they became fast friends.

    Robert and Emily worked on political campaigns and debated policy with fellow College Republicans. They spent countless hours together serving in Student Government – Emily as the student representative to the Board of Governors and Robert as the lead author of the student vision document. Eventually, a mutual friend asked why they had never dated, and they didn’t have a good answer. They gave it a try, and the rest is history. They continued on to graduate school together at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where Emily pursued a law degree and Robert a doctorate in education policy.

    Today, they live in New Jersey where Robert works as an associate professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. He is a nationally known expert in the areas of higher education finance, accountability and college affordability. Emily founded a government affairs and marketing company that focuses on helping fellow attorneys attract new clients and lobby policymakers.

    In their free time, the Kelchens enjoy traveling around the Northeast, rehabbing their 1861 Victorian home and streaming St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.

    Robert and Emily Kelchen

    Alumni of the Year
    Terry (’68) and Faye (’68) Whitworth
    Terry and Faye met late in their freshman year at Truman in 1965. Terry was a “local” who grew up 30 miles north of Kirksville in a little four-room farmhouse on a small farm with five younger siblings. Faye, a member of Delta Zeta social sorority, was an Air Force “brat” who had traveled the world and graduated from high school on a military base in Okinawa with a college scholarship.

    Though Terry’s major was zoology and Faye’s was social science, they took many required classes together. Terry learned a lot from Faye about how to study and they spent many hours working together. They were married at the end of their sophomore year in 1966 at the age of 19, and they both graduated in 1968 with honors and with identical GPAs.

    After graduation, Terry and Faye attended Utah State University. Terry earned a master’s and Ph.D. in entomology while Faye earned two master’s, one in history and one in education. Terry started his own business, Whitworth Pest Solutions, in 1981. At first, the business was a one-man operation, working out of the couple’s garage. It quickly expanded and now, nearly 40 years later, has become one of the largest pest management firms in Washington state. Meanwhile, Faye took a job teaching high school social studies. She became president of her school district’s teachers’ union and was chief negotiator for her district for 10 years. She also spent many years as a trainer, helping teachers keep up with the frequent changes in the profession. She retired in 2006.

    Terry retired from day-to-day operations in 2008 and has since set up a lab in his home where he studies his specialty: blow flies and their relatives. He has published 34 refereed papers and described 41 new species of blow flies and mesembrinellids. The couple regularly hosts visiting graduate students and professors who want to learn about blow fly identification, dissection and photographic techniques. On a 2009 insect collecting trip to the Caribbean, Terry found a new species of blow fly and, to recognize all Faye’s support over the years, he named it after her – much to her delight – Lucilia fayeae. Last May, the couple celebrated their 53rd anniversary.

    Faye and Terry Whitworth
  • 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.
  • Graduate Program Fair Set for Oct. 22


    The Truman Graduate Program Fair will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

    Students can talk with program faculty to learn more about their options and program admissions. Programs to be at the fair include: accountancy, athletic training, communication disorders, English, music, leadership and education. All students are welcome to learn about these programs.

    This event is part of Truman Graduate Education Week, Oct. 21-25. Contact Brandy Schneider or Bethany Gibson for more information.
  • Truman Forensics Earns Multiple Awards at SBU Tournament


    Truman’s forensic union competed at the annual Derryberry Memorial tournament hosted by Southwest Baptist University, Oct. 4-5, earning multiple awards and picking up eight new national qualifications.

    In individual speaking events, senior Austin Sopko reached finals in three different events. Sopko finished second in prose interpretation, third in duo interpretation with junior Audrey Baker and sixth in impromptu speaking. Baker also reached finals in three events. In addition to her third place in duo with Sopko, she finished second in persuasive speaking and fifth in prose interpretation. Finally, first-year Lucah McCullough reached the finals of poetry interpretation, earning sixth place.

    In Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, senior Caleb Daniels went 4-0 in preliminary rounds and reached the semifinals, making him one of the top four debaters at the tournament in open division. Sophomore Macy Cecil also advanced to elimination rounds, finishing as an octofinalist. Finally, first-year Zoie Francisco advanced to elimination rounds of the novice division, where she finished as a quarterfinalist.

    These achievements mean Truman forensics has already earned 12 different qualifications to nationals after only two tournament weekends in the competitive season. The team will travel next to the University of Central Missouri for the Missouri Mule tournament, Oct. 18-20.

    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.
  • Professor’s Book Looks at Cultural Change in Chile


    Anton Daughters, associate professor of anthropology, recently published his book “Memories of Earth and Sea.”

    The book examines Chile’s Chiloé Archipelago and a unique case of culture change and rapid industrialization in the 20th century. Since the arrival of the first European settlers in the late 1500s, Chiloé was given little attention by colonial and national governments on mainland Chile. Islanders developed a way of life heavily dependent on marine resources, native crops like the potato and the cooperative labor practice known as the minga.

    Starting in the 1980s, Chiloé emerged as a key player in the global seafood market as major companies moved into the region to extract wild stocks of fish and to grow salmon and shellfish for export. The region’s economy shifted abruptly from one of subsistence farming and fishing to wage labor in export industries. Local knowledge, traditions, memories and identities similarly shifted, with younger islanders expressing a more critical view of the rural past than their elders.

    Daughters recounts the unique history of this region, emphasizing the generational tensions, disconnects and continuities of the last half century. Drawing on interviews, field observations and historical documents, he brings to life one of the most culturally distinct regions of South America.

    Several Truman students have had direct experience of the people and communities documented in this ethnographic history of Chiloé in the Chile Study Abroad course Daughters teaches every other year.

    “Memories of Earth and Sea” is published by the University of Arizona Press. For more information, or to order a copy, visit uapress.arizona.edu/book/memories-of-earth-and-sea. To receive a 30 percent discount use the code AZFLR.
  • TEDx Tickets Available Oct. 21


    The second annual TEDxTrumanStateUniversity Conference is less than a month away.

    The conference will take place Nov. 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian rooms. The first session will run from 1-2:45 p.m., and the second session will run from 3-4:45 p.m. Each session will feature three talks, activities related to the presentations, an interactive Q&A period with the speakers and light refreshments. The theme this year is “Relativity.” Speakers have been selected across a wide variety of disciplines and departments ranging from chemistry to sociology.

    Ticket reservations for both sessions are free of charge and can be made in the Student Government Office on the bottom floor of the Student Union Building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21-25. Digital reservations will be available online in limited quantities from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. Per TED rules, only 100 tickets are available per session, so it is highly encouraged attendees reserve their tickets as soon as possible.

    TEDxTrumanStateUniversity is officially licensed under TED, an internationally recognized organization that reaches millions of viewers each year. TEDx conferences are independently organized, community-based events designed to spark discussion, showcase diverse perspectives and foster learning. Follow @TEDxTrumanStateUniversity on Facebook and Instagram for speaker announcements, behind the scenes updates about the conference, giveaways and ticketing updates.


  • 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
  • Homecoming 5K Pre-registration Ends Oct. 15

    The Homecoming 5K will take place at 8 a.m. Oct. 19. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is still available until 12 p.m. Oct. 15 for a discounted rate of $15. For more information, visit the race website.

  • 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.
  • Academic Affairs Seeks Student Input on Course Offerings

    The Office of Academic Affairs is working to help maximize the selection of course offerings for the summer and interim sessions in 2020. To help them in their task, students are asked to complete a short survey, located here. This survey will ask basic questions about summer plans and have students identify three courses they are most likely to need. This information will be analyzed to help departments select the courses most likely to meet students’ current needs. Student feedback is essential to providing this service. Students are encouraged to respond to the survey no later than Nov. 1.
  • 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
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Film Presentation on Quebec Culture

  • Harvest Fest Set for Oct. 17

  • Food Packs Available for Truman Students


    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.
  • Global Issues Colloquium to Focus on Tensions in Colombia


    Leider Valencia will present “Eradicating Peace: The Other Side of the Colombian War on Drugs” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Baldwin Little Theater.

    Valencia is from the Campesino Coordination of Coca, Poppy and Marijuana Growers of Colombia. Emerging from the peace accords in Havana, Cuba, the COCCAM has the objective of promoting the implementation of a solution to the problem of illicit drugs.

    Valencia will discuss the grassroots efforts of Afro-Colombians, campesinos and indigenous peoples working toward alternative sustainable development in areas hit hard by internal armed conflict, fumigations and forced eradication/militarization. He will also look at how various forces threaten the Colombian peace process and how movements in the U.S. may contribute in defending it.
  • Bookstore Sale Oct. 17-20

  • Trunk or Treat Event Seeks Volunteers


    The National Education Association (NEA) and Student Missouri State Teacher Association will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for local Kirksville students from 3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 27 in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Patterson and Franklin streets.

    Trunk or treat events provide a safe, efficient way for individuals to get candy, saving trick-or-treaters – mostly young children and adults with special needs – from going door-to-door in the dark and knocking on the doors of strangers.

    This event is open to both student organizations and academic departments. Participants will decorate the trunk of a vehicle and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. A prize will be given to the fan-favorite trunk. Vehicle trunks can be decorated based on the organization or department, the Halloween holiday or any other family friendly ideas. Participants may also set up games for trick-or-treaters if they do not wish to decorate a trunk.

    If organizations or departments wish to participate in Trunk or Treat, they should send an email to aep5888@truman.edu before Oct. 20.
  • Basic Life Support Course Offered

  • U&I Accepting Room Reservations for Spring 2020 Semester


    Union and Involvement Services will accept Spring 2020 event and meeting reservation requests Oct. 22 through 12 p.m. Oct. 25.

    The office will only accept paper requests. Confirmations will be emailed to campus offices and student organizations during finals week and will not be delivered to organization mailboxes. Any submissions received after 12 p.m. Oct. 25 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis once lottery requests have been processed.

    All lottery information and forms can be found here. Contact the Union and Involvement Services Office at union@truman.edu or 660.785.4222 for more information.
  • North Star Musical Festival Set for Oct. 25-26


    The 2019 North Star Music Festival will take place Oct. 25-26 under the direction of Victor Marquez, assistant professor of music.

    Schedule of events includes:

    Oct. 25
    8 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall
    Opening concert featuring music faculty members, Voci (chamber choir) and Cantoria

    Oct. 26
    3 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish 2350
    Student recital, soloists and ensembles

    Oct. 26
    4:15 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish 2350
    Meet and greet with guest composer Ivette Herryman Rodriguez

    Oct. 26
    5 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish 2340
    Charles Gran and Cherie Sampson, presentation of collaborative video piece “Uphold from Below”

    Oct. 26
    8 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall
    Closing concert featuring Uncommon Practice and Wind Symphony I
  • Minor Detail Invites Guest Groups for A Cappella Fest


    Minor Detail, Truman’s all women a cappella group, will host the 2019 A Capella Fest at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free. This year, six groups will be performing from Truman and other Missouri schools. Performances include:

    Mizzou’s Naturelles (all women)
    Truman’s TruMen (all men)
    Truman’s Sweet Nothings (co-ed)
    Truman’s Minor Detail (all women)
    Saint Louis University’s Bare Naked Statues (all men)
    Saint Louis University’s Decadence (co-ed)
  • Study Abroad Office Offers CLS Info Session


    The Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive, fully funded opportunity for American college and university students to learn one of 15 languages deemed essential by the U.S. government. The Study Abroad Office will sponsor a Critical Language Scholarship Program info session from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Baldwin Hall 114.
  • Econ Speaker Examines School Choice and Gender Pay Gap


    The Economics Department Speaker Series kicks off with guest speaker Dr. Angela Dills, who will present on school choice and the gender pay gap.

    Dills is the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia along with a M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. Specializing in the economics of education, crime and health, her research focuses on policy issues such as school choice accountability, peer effects, college quality and alcohol and drug prohibition. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Health Economics, American Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Economics of Education Review.

    Dills will present on educational and school choice in a class at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 28 in McClain 208. Her talk will describe the types of school choice in the U.S. and provide domestic and international evidence on the effectiveness of school choice.

    Later in the evening, Dills will speak on wage differentials and the gender pay gap at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Little Theater. She will describe a variety of potential explanations with empirical evidence on why women earn 80 cents for every dollar a typical man earns. In closing, she will provide a detailed understanding of what is behind the pay gap.

    These events are hosted by the Economics Department and are free to the public.
  • Apply Early for 2020-21 FAFSA


    Students should file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at fafsa.gov as soon as possible to determine aid eligibility.

    Although some students may not qualify for grants or work study, all are considered for the federal direct loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit a student to taking a loan, but it does allow more payment options.

    The 2020-21 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from 2018. It is recommended that students should apply before Feb. 1, 2020. For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103 or call 660.785.4130.
  • 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 an informational session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Magruder Hall 2007.
  • CMDS to Host Open House for Graduate Students


    The Communication Disorders Department (CMDS) will host a Graduate Student Open House from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Health Science Building Room 2203. All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students of the program. RSVP to Connie Ikerd, CMDS secretary, by Oct. 28.
  • Get Your Financial Life Together with Erin Lowry


    Author and personal finance expert, Erin Lowry (also known as “Broke Millennial”) will be on campus at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room to talk all things money. She will explore topics such as how to make yourself save, budgeting, and investing. Lowry will help students unearth their emotional relationship with money and discover how that impacts decisions. This is event is being made possible by FAC and the School of Business, with co-sponsors including Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega.
  • ATSU Founder Portrayed in Special Event

    Photo courtesy of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University

    A.T. Still University will host the Missouri premiere of “Dr. A.T. Still – America’s Healthcare Disruptor” at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The event will present a portrayal of Dr. A.T. Still, founder of osteopathic medicine, and feature Patrick Lobert, Ph.D. For additional information, contact communications@atsu.edu or call 660.626.2272.
  • Spring Faculty Textbook Orders Due Oct. 15


    Spring 2020 textbook orders for faculty are due Oct. 15. Submit orders to the Truman bookstore by visiting shoptruman.com under faculty services and online adoption or by emailing bookstore@truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Peter Ramberg, professor of history of science, has been named associate editor of Ambix: The Journal of the Society for History of Alchemy and Chemistry, the leading journal in the history of chemistry. He will be responsible for editing submitted articles on 18th and 19th century chemistry, and will begin his duties in January 2020.

    Michael Barnes, assistant professor of accounting, and his co-author, Kathy Enget of the University of Albany-SUNY, received the MidAmerican Business Deans Association (MABDA) 2019 Innovation in Business Education Award for their audit escape room activity.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Spring 2020 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.