Vol. 24 No. 13 - November 11, 2019


  • Alumnus Donates Artwork for Auction


    Truman alumnus Nathan Rueckert (’03) and his business, Baseball Seams Company, have donated four pieces of his work to be auctioned off by sealed bid.

    The proceeds from the auction will benefit the baseball program at Truman. Each piece of art is made with actual used baseballs. Prospective bidders can view the artwork in Pickler Memorial Library. Bids for artwork can be submitted online via bidding form. Bidding will end at 1 p.m. Dec. 2 and the winning bidders will be notified after 4 p.m. Payment may be made by check, cash or debit/credit card. Any amount paid above the item’s market value will be considered a gift to Truman. It is the responsibility of the bidder to pick up the items or arrange for shipment within 10 days of closing of bids.

    To view all auction items, visit truman.edu/giving/baseball-seams-auction/. For more information, contact Marie Murphree.
  • Econ Podcast to Record Live at Truman


    The Foundation for Economic Education’s (FEE) weekly “Words & Numbers” podcast, co-hosted by economist Dr. Antony Davies and political scientist Dr. James R. Harrigan, will record live at Truman, Nov. 16.

    Davies is the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at FEE and associate professor at Duquesne University. He authors monthly columns on economics and public policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He wrote a book on understanding statistics that was published by the Cato Institute and has co-authored hundreds of op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. His YouTube videos on economics, government and policy have garnered millions of views.

    In addition to his academic work, Davies was associate producer at the Moving Pictures Institute, chief financial officer at Parabon Computation and founded several technology companies. He is co-founder and chief academic officer at Freedom Trust, where he lectures on economics for high school students across the country.

    Harrigan is managing director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona and the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at the FEE. He was previously dean of the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani and later served as director of academic programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and Strata, where he was also a senior research fellow. He has written extensively for the popular press with articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report and a host of other outlets. His current work focuses on the intersections between political economy, public policy and political philosophy.

    The recording will take place at 11 a.m. in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. The topic is being determined with student input, but they are almost always controversial and Davies and Harrigan often disagree. Extended Q&A about all topics will follow. Lunch will be provided.

    This event is hosted by the Economics Department and is free to the public.
  • Theatre Department to Perform “Macbeth”


    The second production of the 2019-20 Truman Theatre season is “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare.

    This classic tragedy delivers witches, sword play, murder, revenge and madness. Truman’s production mixes Elizabethan and 21st century imagery for an updated approach to the familiar tale, and audiences will also see some gender-bending in the cast of characters.

    Under the direction of David Charles Goyette, assistant professor of theatre, “Macbeth” will feature spectacular scenic, sound, video and projection effects designed by Brad Carlson, assistant professor of theatre, as well as lighting by senior Molly Garrison.

    “Macbeth” runs at 8 p.m. Nov. 13-16 in the Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Tickets are available at the Theatre Box Office from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the main lobby of Ophelia Parrish. They are $6 when purchased with cash or check, $7 with a credit or debit card, and must be purchased in advance. Out-of-town guests can call 660.785.4515 to reserve tickets. The box office is also open at 7 p.m. on show nights.
  • Speaker to Discuss National Debt

    The Economics Department Speaker Series will host guest speaker Romina Boccia, who will present on socialism and the national debt.

    Boccia directs the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., whose budget analysts and economists cover taxes, labor policy, pensions, appropriations, infrastructure and transportation. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from George Mason University. A member of the Foundation for Economics Education alumni board, she has appeared before live audiences across the globe.

    Boccia will present on the allure of socialism in a class at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in McClain Hall 208. Her talk will address the philosophy and workings behind socialism and capitalism and explore which economic system is best at promoting human flourishing.

    Later in the evening in a free event open to the public, Boccia will speak on the national deficit and debt at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. She will explore the driving forces behind the growing debt and its impact on the economy and financial future.

    These events are hosted by the Economics Department.
  • Music Department Hosts Annual Percussion Concert

    The Department of Music will present its annual “Percussion Fall Sampler Concert” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will feature the Truman State University Concert Percussion Ensemble I, under the direction of Michael Bump, and the Statesman Marching Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of graduate teaching assistants Adam Grim and Adam McCann. Performances include a variety of chamber and large percussion orchestra music, as well as highlights from this season’s Statesman Marching Band halftime presentations. Admission is free. For more information, contact Bump at mbump@truman.edu.


  • Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Discuss University’s Strategic Plan


    A Strategic Planning Town Hall will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Violette Hall 1000. This meeting will begin the process of creating the University’s next strategic plan. The current strategic plan concludes at the end of June 2020, and a final 2021-2025 plan must be presented to the Board of Governors for their approval no later than the June 2020 meeting. Those not able to attend can view the town hall meeting and access the strategic planning materials on the strategic plan website.
  • “Vulnerability: A Call to Courage” Features Movie Screening and Discussion


    Jennifer Hurst, professor of health and exercise sciences, in collaboration with the JED Campus committee, will host “Vulnerability: A Call to Courage,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Violette Hall 1000.

    This event will include a screening of “A Call to Courage,” a Netflix documentary by Brene Brown that discusses what it takes to be courageous in getting out of comfort zones in today’s culture. Hurst discussed vulnerability as part of her Truman Week lecture to the incoming freshmen class this past August, and this event will build on themes discussed in that presentation.

    The documentary will be followed by a group activity and discussion, facilitated by Hurst, exploring participants’ experiences of vulnerability at Truman and how to create a culture on campus that supports vulnerability and personal growth for students, faculty and staff alike.

    All members of campus are invited to attend and are welcomed for the discussion. Faculty members or organizations who wish to incorporate the event into their classes or meetings are invited to contact Hurst for a short resource document that includes background on the original Truman Week lecture and ideas for reflection prompts that can be incorporated into discussions or assignments.

    Any questions about the presentation can be directed to Hurst at jhurst@truman.edu.
  • Bookstore Sale Nov. 12-14

  • Students Eligible for Research Grants and Travel Aid


    The Office of Student Research is accepting applications for Conference Travel Scholarship and Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR).

    Students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship in upcoming conferences from January to June 2020 are able to request scholarship aid to cover up to $500. The scholarships will aid in costs for conference registration, lodging and travel expenses. Students must have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference.

    GIASR applications are available for research and creative scholarship conducted in Spring 2020. Grant applications can request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.

    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both funding opportunities are due at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 13. Further questions can be sent to osr@truman.edu.
  • Tag Day Includes Prizes for Students


    The University will celebrate donors with its annual Tag Day event, Nov. 18. The goal of Tag Day is to show appreciation to donors who have given back to the University, as well as to raise awareness of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman. Hundreds of items will be marked with special purple tags highlighting the fact those items were made possible by a gift.

    This year’s Tag Day will feature an interactive component where students have the opportunity to win prizes. Details on the contest will be included in next week's Truman Today and posted to University social media platforms.
  • 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.
  • Auditions Set for Cabaret Fundraiser Performance


    Auditions for a fundraiser cabaret benefitting the Truman Theatre Department will take place from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Black Box Theatre.

    Anyone wanting to perform should prepare a song, preferably a musical theatre piece, that is no longer than four minutes. Performers will need to provide their own music. Performances can be solo, duet or groups.

    The cabaret performance will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in Severns Theatre. All proceeds will go to funding the theatre department’s trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January. The department is taking 34 students to Sioux Falls, S.D., for the festival.
  • Safe Zone Training Open to All


    The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host Safe Zone Training from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Student Union Building Room 3000. Participants will learn current terminology and simple ways to create a welcoming campus environment. Training sessions are for people to learn more about LGBTQ issues and, specifically, LGBTQ issues regarding students at Truman. Trainings are open to all wanting to become a Safe Zone ally. RSVP here. For more information, contact Brad Turnbull at bturnbull@truman.edu.
  • Public Relations Internship Available for Spring


    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the spring 2020 internship.

    Interns work approximately 32 hours per week and can choose to receive between six to nine credit hours. To maintain full-time student status, interns take two three-credit classes in addition to the internship credit hours. A small stipend is also included.

    Primary responsibilities of the intern include assisting with the production of the University’s online weekly newsletter, as well as contributing to the Truman Review alumni magazine. The intern will also help with special events throughout the semester, write press releases and fulfill other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style. Applicants must have the flexibility to work 32 hours a week.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than Nov. 22. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles.
  • Diploma Presentation Opportunity for December Graduation


    Truman emeritus faculty or staff, current full-time faculty or current full-time staff with an immediate family member graduating in Fall 2019 may present their diploma at the Dec. 14 commencement ceremony. Family member, for purposes of the diploma presentation, means spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, step-son, step-daughter, step-grandson or step-granddaughter of the presenting Truman faculty, staff, emeritus faculty or emeritus staff.

    In order to participate, notify Nancy Asher at 660.785.4143 or by email at nasher@truman.edu no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 22 and provide the following information:

    • Your name (presenter)
    • Your employment title/position (for purposes of announcing at commencement)
    • Name of the degree candidate
    • Your relationship with the degree candidate (your spouse, son/step-son, daughter/step-daughter, grandchild/step-grandchild)
    • Degree (BA, BFA, BM, BS, BSN, MA, MAc, MAE) and program name of the candidate
    • Your email address
    • Your phone number

    Family presenters are expected to be dressed in full academic regalia. If the presenter does not own these items, a robe and cap may be purchased through the University Bookstore. Family presenters will sit with the candidates and must be able to march with the candidates.
  • Autism Spokesperson Temple Grandin to Speak on Campus


    Renowned autism spokesperson and professor of animal science, Temple Grandin will speak Dec. 6 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Her life was brought to screen in the HBO full-length film, “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes. She has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, featured on NPR and has a 2010 TED lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.” She has also been featured on the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” NBC’s “The Today Show” and more.

    Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer and is one of few in the world. She has authored multiple books including her bestselling book on autism, “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” Grandin is considered a philosophical leader in both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.

    As one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experiences, Grandin will be presenting on her life, how she got to where she is today and educating about autism. She will also be the keynote speaker for the Livestock Symposium, taking place Dec. 7.

    Those interested in hearing Grandin speak can visit eventbrite.com to purchase a ticket for $99. For more information contact Donna Brown at 660.341.9993. The Missouri Livestock Symposium website will also have event details.
  • Orientation Leader Applications Now Open


    The Orientation Committee is seeking enthusiastic, friendly and dedicated students to welcome the Class of 2024 to the bulldog community through summer orientation.

    During summer orientation, all first-year students and their families are welcomed to Truman during sessions in April, June and a late session in August. Summer orientation leaders have access to benefits including an impactful professional experience, a deeper understanding of the University, provided room and board if needed and around a $1,500 taxable stipend.

    Applications are due Dec. 14. To read the full job description, and to apply, visit truman.edu/ol. Contact Evie Clark, orientation leader coordinator, with an questions.
  • 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.
  • DPS Thanksgiving Break Hours

    Nov. 22
    7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Nov. 23-24

    Nov. 25-26
    7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Nov. 27-30

    Dec. 1
    3-10 p.m.

    Dec. 2
    Resume Regular Hours
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Human Resources News

    The following employees started during the month of October:

    David Boughton, West Campus Suites director
    Chelli Cima, housekeeper
    Zoran Cunningham, Missouri Hall director
    Stephanie Dunton, Centennial Hall director
    Ka-La Harris, Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall director
    Zoe Estelle Hitzel, Ofstad Writer-in-Residence
    Bryce Kober, assistant swimming coach
    David Mandell, biology lab technician I
    Kelly O’Laughlin, RPDC district continuous improvement consultant
    Amber Robbins, housekeeper
    Kevin Sallee, housekeeper
    Bridget Titus, cashier/ITS office assistant II

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Foundation Scholarship Application Open for Study Abroad Programs


    Students can apply to a faculty-led study abroad program by Nov. 15 to be considered for a Truman State University Foundation Scholarship.

    Faculty-led programs being offered during the May Interim and Summer 2020 semester include:

    Biology in the Amazon Rainforests of Peru
    Journalism and PR in Ireland
    Summer Spanish Programs in Costa Rica and Spain
    Japanese Language and Culture in Japan
    Creative Writing and Communication in England
    Business in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia
    Cantoria Choir concert tour in France
    Communication Disorders clinical experience in Mexico
    Nursing clinical experience in the Philippines

    Foundation Scholarships for study abroad are awarded in varying increments, ranging from $500-$3,000. Last year, more than $80,000 in total scholarships were awarded, and this year’s total awards are estimated to be about the same amount. Priority consideration for Foundation Scholarships will be given to students who have applied for a faculty-led program, paid a program deposit and completed a registration agreement by Nov. 15.

    Students can apply online through TruView>Student Tab>Registration>Apply to Study Abroad. Awards will be announced by Dec. 6 and students will have through Jan. 20 to accept any award or receive a refund of their deposit.

    Students can explore faculty-led programs here. Contact Will Storm with any questions.