Vol. 25 No. 6 - September 21, 2020


  • Commencement Scheduled for Nov. 21


    Truman will host in-person commencement ceremonies Nov. 21 for students scheduled to graduate at the conclusion of the fall semester.

    Due to restrictions on large gatherings, no guests will be in attendance, only the graduates and a small delegation of University representatives on the stage. Graduates will receive a diploma cover at the event and will get the opportunity to walk across the stage while their name is read aloud. As with the Aug. 1 ceremony, the event will air live on YouTube so family and friends can watch in real time.   

    To safely accommodate the graduating class while social distancing, there will be two ceremonies in Pershing Arena. The first will take place at 10 a.m. for all Bachelor of Science candidates. After the venue is sanitized, a second ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. for all candidates receiving a master’s degree or a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Commencement was moved up from its originally scheduled date of Dec. 12 for the convenience of the graduates and the general safety and well-being of the entire community. Since in-person classes will conclude before Thanksgiving Break, by hosting the event early, graduating students and their families will not have to return later in the year. This also limits the number of people traveling to and from Kirksville, lessening the possibility of exposure to and spread of the coronavirus.

    Graduates will receive regular emails from the Registrar’s Office regarding the commencement ceremony, and details will be posted to registrar.truman.edu under commencement ceremony as they become available.
  • Show Support with Positive Messages


    Truman students, employees, alumni, parents and friends of the University will have a new way to show their support to one another as campus nears the halfway point of an unusual semester.

    “Build Up Bulldogs” is a way for anyone to publicly share a positive, uplifting message. Starting Sept. 21, words of encouragement can be shared by tagging @TrumanState on Facebook or by using the hashtag #BuildUpBulldogs on Instagram and Twitter. Messages can also be submitted online here.

    Messages can be general in nature, or can highlight the positive work of a department, employee, organization or student. Positive messages will be shared on the Truman social media wall, available at social.truman.edu. From Oct. 5-8, messages will also be projected onto the north side of the clock tower from 7-10 p.m.
  • Truman Among Best Master’s Schools in the Nation According to Washington Monthly


    Truman has again been recognized by Washington Monthly as one of the top master’s universities in the nation, coming in at No. 12 on the publication’s 2020 college rankings.

    Of the 614 institutions included on the Master’s University rankings, Truman was the only Missouri school in the top 185 spots.

    On the “Best Bang for the Buck” list included in Washington Monthly’s college rankings, Truman is No. 14 overall in the Midwest region, an improvement of 12 places compared to last year’s spot.

    The Washington Monthly rankings are unique in that they place an importance on social mobility, research, and community and national service. Along with traditional benchmarks such as graduation rates and costs, schools are rewarded for criteria including the number of first-generation students enrolled and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants or participating in ROTC. Of all the Show-Me State schools on the list, Truman received the highest marks, by far, for promoting social mobility and research.

    The college guide and rankings appear in the magazine’s September/October issue and can be found online.
  • Truman Bands to Perform on the Quad

    Wind Symphony I and II members practice on the quad in advance of their Sept. 27 concert. The Statesmen Marching Band will also perform a “halftime” show on the quad Sept. 25.

    While there may not be football this fall, the Statesmen Marching Band and the Showgirls are doing their part to bring the pageantry and atmosphere of game day to campus.

    The Statesmen will perform an exciting new halftime show beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on the quad. The 35-minute performance will feature a Showgirls dance routine and renditions of game day favorites, including “Shenandoah.” The band will be staged north of Kirk Memorial.

    Wind Symphony I and II will also make use of the quad during a performance featuring movie scores, transcriptions, marches and more starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 27. The band will be staged outside of Baldwin Hall. Click here for the concert program.

    For both performances, guests are invited to bring chairs or blankets to the quad, and reminded to maintain physical distance and wear a mask. Seating may be limited to accommodate safety protocols.


  • It’s Not a Hard Task, Wear a Mask

    Scott Alberts, professor of statistics, and Nancy Daley-Moore, assistant professor of health and exercise sciences, recently discussed Truman’s numbers through Sept. 15. Both instructors are members of the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group, and Daley-Moore is one of the coordinators of the University’s contact tracing program. A recording of their discussion is available here.

  • Family Day Website Offers Special Deals


    Sept. 26 was scheduled to be Family Day, a time when Truman students are able to celebrate and share their Truman experience with those closest to them. Although the coronavirus has led to the cancellation of in-person festivities, campus and area businesses have joined together to help family members show support for their students. Family Day special deals can now be found online here.
  • Entrepreneurship Week Provides Guidance, Inspiration

    Truman’s first-ever Entrepreneurship Week will be highlighted by two webinars aimed at helping students focus their passion for business and celebrating women who have blazed their own trails.

    Alumnus Doug Villhard will present “The Art of the Side Hustle in Pandemic Times” at 7 p.m. Sept. 22. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to put their passion for entrepreneurship “into practice” while succeeding as a full-time student.

    Truman will highlight its commitment to women entrepreneurs by participating in the seventh annual Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), a global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders.
    During a Zoom webinar at 6 p.m. Sept. 24, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of inspirational women about their entrepreneurial journeys. In addition to celebrating their experiences, the panelists will also dive into a Q&A session to discuss challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs, how COVID-19 has created both opportunities and challenges and much more.

    Both events are open to all students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Truman.

    For additional information and to register for this event, visit truman.edu/events/the-art-of-the-side-hustle-in-pandemic-times.

    For additional information and to register for this event, visit truman.edu/events/celebrating-women-entrepreneurs.
  • Trusisters to Host Paint Event

    Trusisters is an organization with a mission to provide a safe space for women of color on campus. Canvas painting is a fun activity event that Trusisters collaborated with Ka-La to create and connect a community with women of color or any minorities. Spots are limited. Sign up here.

    Canvas Painting on the Quad
    6-8 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Outside Baldwin

  • AKPsi Recruitment Continues

    Alpha Kappa Psi is a professional business fraternity that is co-ed and open to ALL majors. AKPsi offers a unique opportunity to attain the critical professional skills necessary to land the next internship or job interview. Aside from professional development, the organization has fun brotherhood events, service and leadership opportunities. Contact vprecruitment.tauup@gmail.com for more information.

  • “A Doll’s House, Part 2” to Run on the Quad


    “A Doll’s House, Part 2” will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23-26 on the quad. The production is taking place outdoors in order to create a safe and socially distanced space for members of the audience. All attendees will be required to wear face masks.

    In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, “A Doll’s House,” Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children to begin a life on her own. This climactic event – when Nora slams the door on everything in her life – is credited with propelling world drama into the modern age. In “A Doll’s House, Part 2” many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now there is a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why, and what will it mean for those she left behind?

    For this production, there are two different casts telling the story of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” At the Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 performances, a group of actors dubbed the Nora Cast (Courtney Klein, Zac O’Keefe, Courtney Kopp and Faith Nagel) will perform, while at the Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 performances, a different group of actors dubbed the Torvald cast (Meredith Murphree, Kameron Boucher, Gael Jenks and Genesis Sanchez) will take the stage.

    Tickets can be purchased online at boxoffice.truman.edu and right before the performance on the quad. General admission tickets are $6. Run time is 90 minutes. Due to language, discussion of mild violence and the use of stage blood, the production is not suitable for audience members less than 13 years old.
  • Arts and Letters Dean Featured on “Bulldog Break”


    Steve Parsons, dean of the School of Arts and Letters, will be the featured guest for the next “Bulldog Break,” a webinar series sponsored by the Office of Advancement.
    This one-hour webinar will allow attendees to hear about Parson’s past work experiences and what led him to Truman. The session will also allow participants to ask questions to better understand his vision for the school and how he will be working with all constituents to move it forward.
    The free webinar will take place at 12 p.m. Sept. 22. One hundred spots are available on Zoom. Click here to register.
  • Happiness Workshop Begins Oct. 8



  • Notables

    Fred Shaffer, professor of psychology, and Truman alumnus Zachary Meehan (’16) recently had their article “A Practical Guide to Resonance Frequency Assessment for Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback” accepted for publication by Frontiers in Neuroscience. The abstract is available here. This publication supported the career of Meehan, who is a second-year clinical graduate student at the University of Delaware.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships


    Each year Truman nominates students for national fellowship opportunities who have shown outstanding academic performance and exceptional service accomplishments. The application process is very rigorous and highly competitive, but the University provides support as students prepare for and then apply to these prestigious scholarships. Listed below are several of the major national fellowships and their websites. More information about these fellowships is available at www.truman.edu/majors-programs/more-learning-opportunities/fellowships.

    Goldwater Scholarships
    Up to $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books, room and board for science and mathematics majors

    Harry S. Truman Scholarships
    For senior year and post-graduate study leading to a career in public service

    Udall Scholarships
    For students interested in careers related to environmental issues or for Native Americans and Alaskans interested in careers related to health care and tribal public policy