Vol. 24 No. 19 - January 27, 2020


  • Truman Extends Tree Campus Designation


    Truman was honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

    “Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of Truman State University’s participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”

    The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Truman achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include: maintaining a tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance; and student service-learning project.

    Currently there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition. Truman has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA school since 2014.

    The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. This work directly supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative, an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire five million tree planters by 2022.

    Last year, Tree Campus USA schools collectively planted 34,515 trees and engaged 33,432 tree planters.

    More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
  • Political Science Students Excel on National Exam


    Truman students who took the Major Field Test in political science during the fall 2019 semester performed exceptionally well in comparison to their peers across the nation.

    The Major Field Test measures and compares the knowledge and skills of political science majors in programs from across the country in the areas of: U.S. government and politics; comparative politics; international relations; analytical and critical thinking; methodology; and political theory.

    Truman students scored in the 97th percentile or above in every category, and ranked in the top percentile nationwide in three of the six areas of concentration.

    The fall 2019 results compare scores from 3,536 students in political science programs at 112 colleges and universities.
    Collective Ranking of Truman Seniors on the Political Science Major Field Test

    U.S Government and Politics
    97 percent

    Comparative Politics
    98 percent

    International Relations
    98 percent

    Analytical and Critical Thinking
    99 percent (top percentile nationwide)

    99 percent (top percentile nationwide)

    Political Thought
    99 percent (top percentile nationwide)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Trufit Rewards Physical Activity


    The Trufit 2020 Annual Physical Activity Challenge runs through March 22. Participants can sign up online beginning Jan. 27 and participate with teammates or by themselves. Participation in online rankings is optional. Track 150 minutes of physical activity online for seven of the eight weeks and win a FREE t-shirt. For questions or troubleshooting email wellness@truman.edu.
  • Master of Athletic Training Program Accepting Applications

    The Truman Master of Athletic Training program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 cohort that begins July 1. Anyone interested in the MAT program can submit an application now. The MAT program offers personalized learning experiences, small class sizes and hands-on practice on real patients. For questions, contact Brandy Schneider at bschneider@truman.edu.
  • 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 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.
  • Apply to be a Student Ambassador for 2020-21


    The Office of Admissions 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.
  • Class Offers Personal Training Services

    The Assessment and Prescription class is looking for people interested in being a personal training client this semester. Requirements include meeting with the student group five different weeks at 8-9 a.m. either on Tuesday or Thursday. If interested contact Evonne Bird at ebird@truman.edu.

  • 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.
  • AKPsi Recruitment Open to All

    Alpha Kappa Psi offers a unique opportunity to attain the critical professional skills necessary to excel in tomorrow’s workforce. Based on its two pillars of brotherhood and professionalism, Alpha Kappa Psi brings together a diversity of people who have a common desire for excellence and a motivation to achieve more. The organization is co-ed and open to all majors. Learn more about how to join at an info night, Feb. 6 or Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in Violette Hall 1416.


  • 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.

    Information about each available position and the online application can be accessed at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment.
  • Sodexo Deals Include Game Day Special

    Pre order Wicked Wings now through Jan. 30 for the Big Game, Feb. 2. Cost is $10.99 and includes 12 traditional or boneless wings with choice of Buffalo, BBQ, Teriyaki or Sweet Thai Chili sauce, celery (6), carrots (6), blue cheese or ranch. Call 660.785.4197 to order.



  • Alpha Phi Alpha to Sponsor Variety of Events


    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will host a series of events from Jan. 27 through Feb. 1.

    A Voteless People is A Hopeless People
    7:06 p.m.
    Jan. 27
    Baldwin Hall 219
    Attendees will watch a presidential debate and have a discussion on education while voter registration will be available.

    Go to High School, Go to College
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 28
    Violette Hall 1000
    Attend to learn more about college majors and career paths while also getting advice on how to succeed at the college level.

    Mindfulness and Meditation Session
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 29
    Ophelia Parrish Building 2117
    Attend to learn more about mindfulness and its benefits while also participating in a meditation session.

    Heads Up Game Night Tournament
    7:06 p.m.
    Jan. 30
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C
    Attend to play in the game Heads Up with a team of up to seven people. Winner gets free entry into Alpha Phi Alpha’s scholarship competition, Feb 1. Hot chocolate will be available. Teams can sign up by emailing Chris Dailey at ced4343@truman.edu with the team captain name and the members on the team.

    2020 Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Competition
    7:06 p.m.
    Feb. 1
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall
    The Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Competition, one of the national programs under the sponsorship of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is an outgrowth of the long tradition of chapters recognizing outstanding young women for their success in exemplifying the principles of Alpha: scholarship, fellowship, good character and the uplifting of humanity. Miss Black and Gold is intelligent, dignified, talented and ultimately, a role model for young collegiate women.
  • 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.
  • University Bookstore Offers Rental Promotion

  • Retirement Reception for Mary Jane Kiefer