Vol. 24 No. 18 - January 21, 2020


  • University Announces Fall Academic Honor Rolls


    Students who received a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the fall semester can now find their honor roll information posted online.

    The President’s List, for students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, can be accessed at truman.edu/honors/fall-2019-presidents-list. The Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List, featuring students with a grade point average between 3.50-3.99, can be found at truman.edu/honors/fall-2019-vice-president-for-academic-affairs-list. To qualify for either list, a student must be an undergraduate and complete at least 12 hours of credit during the semester.

    Social media buttons on both pages make it easy for students and parents to share this accomplishment with friends and family.

    Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on a list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for either list can be directed to the Academic Affairs Office at 660.785.4105.
  • OSR Seeks TruScholars Summer Research Proposals

    The Office of Student Research is accepting TruScholars proposals for research and creative scholarship conducted during the eight-week summer term, June 1-July 24.

    During the program, students should devote full-time effort to their project and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration. Projects will be funded up to a maximum value of $5,750, including a $3,500 max student stipend and $1,750 max mentor stipend.

    A TruScholars proposal writing workshop for students will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

    Complete guidelines for the TruScholars applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications are due Feb. 19.

    Questions can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • School of Arts and Letters Dean Selected


    Dr. Stephen Parsons has accepted the position of dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Truman.

    Currently, Parsons serves as the director of the Illinois State University School of Music. He brings more than 25 years of significant academic and administrative experience to the position, including an extensive background in strategic planning, curriculum revision/development and establishing community partnerships.  

    “I am honored to be invited to serve as the next dean of the School of Arts and Letters,” Parsons said. “Truman is a special place, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students of SAL to plan and realize an exciting and rewarding future.”

    Parsons earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from the University of Kansas, along with a Bachelor of Music Education from Oral Roberts University.
    “Dr. Parsons embraces an inclusive leadership style and student-centered philosophy, and I am excited and thankful that he will be joining the Truman community and providing leadership to the School of Arts and Letters and the University as we move forward,” said Janet Gooch, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
    Parsons will begin his duties July 13, 2020.
  • McNair Program Welcomes New Scholars

    Ten new scholars were officially inducted into the Truman McNair Program, Dec. 8. The prestigious program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education with the goal of removing barriers to graduate degree attainment. The inductees, pictured above in the front row, from left, include: Kerstin Peterson, biochemistry and molecular biology; Syrus Duffy, history; Shania Montúfar, sociology; and Mary Butler, biochemistry and molecular biology. Pictured in the back row, from left: Elyse Ellis, creative writing and sociology; Trey Maddaleno, chemistry; Dakotah Mandina, music performance and music education; and Zane Siebeneck, biology. Pictured below, from left: Ashley Taylor, creative writing and psychology; and Tyler Beauregard, mathematics and computer science.
  • Schmidt to Serve as PR Intern


    The Public Relations Office has named Ben Schmidt, a senior communication major, as the spring 2020 intern.

    As the intern for the Public Relations Office, Schmidt will help create promotional videos for the University to be displayed on different social media accounts, including the popular Fishbowl Friday videos every week. He hopes these videos will also be used by any soon-to-be college students to give them an idea of what to expect when coming to Truman.

    On campus, Schmidt is a member of the JujiTSU men’s ultimate frisbee team and is involved with the Catholic Newman Center.

    A 2016 graduate of St. Pius X High School in Kansas City, he is the son of Eric and Christi Schmidt.

    Schmidt says his true passion lies in videography and video creation, and he is excited to help promote a positive image of the University. He plans to go into the film industry after graduation and is thrilled to gain experience while working with the Public Relations Office.


  • Josh Peck to Speak on Campus Jan. 24


    SAB will present “An Evening of Conversation with Josh Peck” at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The former Nickelodeon star will share candid and funny insight into “making it” as a child actor and beyond. Using his social media channels as an example, he also talks about the artistic and career freedom that comes with bypassing traditional media gatekeepers and connecting with audiences directly online.

    Primarily known for his role in a hit Nickelodeon series, Peck was most recently seen in the indie drama “Locating Silver Lake.” Prior to that, he starred in Netflix’s indie comedy “Take The 10” alongside Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen and Tony Revolori. Peck also starred as John Stamos’ son in the Fox series “Grandfathered” as well as the film “Danny Collins” with Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Jennifer Garner. He has guest starred on “The Big Bang Theory” and had a recurring role on “The Mindy Project.”

    Peck is also known for his social media accounts which include 2.8 million followers on Twitter and 9.4 million followers on Instagram.

    Tickets are free for Truman students and can be picked up Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building.
  • Sustainability Committee Seeks Project Proposals


    Students and organizations interested in making Truman more sustainable are invited to submit proposals to the Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee. The committee is currently seeking sustainability project proposals to fund. In the past it has funded updated compost equipment, solar power for the University Farm and reusable water bottle fillers.

    The proposal form can be accessed here. The deadline for proposal submissions is Jan. 31. Contact Caroline Goldsby at cg7388@truman.edu with any questions.
  • DSP Recruitment Begins Jan. 29


    Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity on campus open to all business, accounting and economics majors. Its core pillars are professionalism, brotherhood and service, and the organization offers lots of opportunities to grow in all those areas, both personally and professionally. Recruitment dates include:

    Information Night
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 29
    Violette Hall 1324

    Information Night
    5 p.m.
    Jan. 30
    Violette Hall 1324

    Community Service Night
    1-3 p.m.
    Feb. 2
    Student Union Building 3200

    Meet the Chapter
    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 3
    Newman Center

    Trivia Night
    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 4
    Student Union Building 3200

    Professional Night
    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 5
    Student Union Building 3200
  • Apply to be a Student Ambassador for 2020-21


    The Office of Admission is looking for enthusiastic student leaders with a passion for sharing their Truman experience.

    Applications are open for student ambassadors for the 2020-21 academic year. Student ambassadors guide visiting students and their families on campus tours, assist in the recruitment of prospective students and positively represent the University.
    Scholarship, work-study and volunteer opportunities are available. Institutional positions are available, but limited. Applications can be found online and are due by 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Questions should be directed to Shari Fieser, student ambassador adviser.
  • Sodexo Sponsors Annual United Way Food Fast

    The annual Sodexo/United Way Food Fast, in which students can donate meals and dollars to help support the United Way of Northeast Missouri, will be open Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. This annual event raises funds and awareness for the United Way and its 12 local nonprofit organizations, many of which rely on United Way funding to ensure they can help individuals in the community. United Way partner organizations include:
    Adair County Family YMCA
    Hospice of Northeast Missouri
    Girl Scouts
    Boy Scouts
    NEMO Senior Citizens
    American Red Cross
    Heartland RSVP
    Macon Diversified Industries
    The Salvation Army
    Community Opportunities Sheltered Workshop
    Adair County 4-H Council
    Kirk Tran

    Students and staff from Res Life will be going door to door to solicit meal donations during the week. Donations can also be made at any dining hall, at the cashiers station in the Student Union Building or by contacting Sodexo.
  • Applications Open for Summer Museum and Archives Internships


    Students can now apply for the summer museum and archives internships.

    Locations include the Harry Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Mo.; National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.; Judicial Archives Project in Kirksville, Mo.; St. Joseph Museums in St. Joseph, Mo.; Field House Museum in St. Louis, Mo.; Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Mo.; Mercantile Library in St. Louis, Mo.; and MSU Special Collections and Archive in Springfield, Mo.

    The summer internships are open to all Truman students, but they are especially relevant to those considering careers in archives, museums, teaching and law. Contact Jason McDonald for more information.
  • File for FAFSA Before Feb. 1


    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.
  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies

    The application period for summer academy positions is now open. The Institute for Academic Outreach has summer positions available for:
    Joseph Baldwin Academy
    JBA Junior
    ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy
    Taiwan at Truman

    Each academy is in search of preceptors and night monitors. Joseph Baldwin Academy is also in search of a videographer.
    In order to be a preceptor, applicants must:
    1) currently be a full-time student at Truman
    2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
    Preceptors are expected to be supportive of the University goals, responsible, enjoy working with high-ability teenage students and be high-energy individuals.
    Applicants should prepare a letter of interest which should include: the skills they possess that will assist them when working with high-ability teenage students; related work experiences; and why they are interested in the summer academy for which they apply. Applicants will also need to complete the online application and provide a current resume.
    Applications are due Feb. 3. Information about each available position and the online application can be accessed at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment.
  • Van Driving Class


    The final van driving class of the semester will take place at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Department of Public Safety. This is a required class to drive Truman State University fleet full-size vans. Student drivers’ must also complete Waiver of Vehicle Usage Policy form available at police.truman.edu. Attendees must sign up to in advance and should allow 2-3 hours for the class. Spaces are limited. For more information, call 660.785.7400 or email joycecook@truman.edu.
  • Retirement Reception for Mary Jane Kiefer



  • Notables

    Truman was included on the list of the 30 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest, compiled by Great Value Colleges. The website’s editors looked at every liberal arts college located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota. The list was narrowed to 30 schools by focusing on: core curriculum; rankings, both national and international; student retention rates; notable faculty and alumni; historical significance; and PayScale’s 20-year Return on Investment. Truman was the only public university to make the list.