Vol. 25 No. 9 - October 12, 2020


  • Art Projects Help Form Community Bonds

    Students work together to make a large-scale cyanotype on a bed sheet. The sheet is coated in photosensitive chemicals and any parts of it that are exposed to UV light for a period of time will turn blue. Areas where the light is blocked, either by a student’s body or by the other props they included, will stay white. The large cyanotypes will eventually be hung between the pillars of the library.

    Art has a way of bringing people together like few other things can, which is why it is the perfect subject for a TRU 100 First-Year Experience Symposium course. Using art projects as a common bond, incoming Truman students not only make new friends, they also connect to the Kirksville community.

    TRU 100: CREATE is one of the nine symposium offerings available to incoming students. The class is currently working on six different outreach projects, each with the common theme of using art to celebrate and strengthen community. Already, Truman students have conducted a workshop at the Sue Ross Arts Center downtown, and a future project includes a collaborative art venture with local children.

    “Giving children an opportunity to be creative, showing them a process that combines science with art, and connecting them to the arts center at an early age are excellent short-term goals that could have positive future outcomes,” said Danielle Yakle, assistant professor of art, sculpture and fibers.

    Yakle is no stranger to having her students create community art. Past endeavors have included the kraken on the quad and the solar system in the library pit. In order to allow 100 first-year students to make optimum use of a one-hour class, Yakle has them working with cyanotype, an alternative photo process which incorporates photosensitive chemicals to make an image. When an item has been covered in the material, parts that are exposed to UV light for a period of time will turn blue.

    “I knew students could learn it quickly, teach it to other people in the community quickly, and do it on a large scale that would allow us to create an impressive public artwork,” Yakle said.

    In addition to the cyanotype projects, future goals of the TRU 100: CREATE class include developing on-campus art-themed events for students, publication of zines – small DIY booklets – that will be distributed through various means near the end of the semester and will encourage others to notice things that might get overlooked in their surroundings. There is also the aptly named Big Art Project that will be displayed publicly. The yet-to-be-determined venture will be documented on a website by students in the class so all interested parties can follow its progress.

    “Even if not every student will connect directly with Kirksville, the symposium can encourage students to get to know their surroundings, collaborate with the people around them, and be more civically minded,” Yakle said.

    To a certain extent, the class has already achieved that goal.

    “A lot of them have started to open up a lot,” said Samuel Sardis, a preceptor for the course. “I’ve been seeing a lot of students’ responses change as the semester goes on. You can tell they’re becoming more open minded and they’re being more communally aware of their surroundings.”  

    Nathan Dowell, a first-year student from St. Charles, Mo., selected the course specifically because it was something outside of his comfort zone.

    “I wanted to expand my knowledge and my creativity – to be able to approach problems differently. I wanted to look at new things,” Dowell said. “I haven’t had an art class since elementary school.”

    A history and political science major, Dowell credits his experiences in the class with helping him connect with Kirksville.

    “Learning about how they’re trying to put in new sidewalks, and how they’re remaking some buildings downtown, that stuff was really interesting. It helped me learn a little bit more about the community in general,” he said. “I feel like the more familiar I am, the more this place starts to feel like home.”

    Artwork from the workshop Truman students conducted with local children will be on display at the Sue Ross Arts Center starting in November. The website documenting the Big Art Project will be available soon and shared through Truman social media platforms.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Welcomes New Members

    Twenty-four Truman students who were elected to the Delta of Missouri chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Society last spring were officially validated as members by the organization this semester. The induction ceremony, normally conducted at the end of the spring semester, was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but these students are now recognized as lifetime members of Phi Beta Kappa.

    Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa affirms the value of the depth and breadth of the liberal arts and sciences in American life and honors the achievement of undergraduate students who excel in this regard.
    In addition to the students elected as members in course below, Delta chapter also elected as an alumna member Dr. Sharron Sue (Grogan-Bailey) Quisenberry, who received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Truman in 1966. She received her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980 and went on to have an extraordinarily distinguished career over the next 40 years. Quisenberry currently serves as associate dean for research and faculty and graduate affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. She was Truman’s commencement speaker during the December 2019 ceremony.
    The Phi Beta Kappa Members in Course, Class of 2020, are: Karis Dawn Chapman, Carmen M. Cochran, Shannon Elizabeth Fetzner, Cole Harrison Flottman, Johanna Clare Fuehne, Theo David Greer, Mahan Jason Hadjian, Erin Kathleen Hannegan McKee, Mary Susan Hansen, Seleen Janea Hubbert, Kathleen Rose Huggins, Allison Y. Kufta, Addie Marie Leabo, Keaton Jaye Leppanen, Alexandra Jane Miller, Zoe Kathryn Moore, Rachel Elizabeth Owings, Nick Michael Pritchett, Maguire Joseph Radosevic, Will Matthew Schatz, Karie Nicole Schmitz, Avery Mae Schroeder, Maura Clare Shimmens and Madeleine Mary Staley.
  • Basketball Plans to Return


    With schedules altered due to the ongoing pandemic, the GLVC has approved a winter schedule for men’s and women’s basketball for this upcoming season.

    Both teams will begin practice Oct. 15. Each team in the GLVC will play 22 games, against conference opponents only. There are three divisions of five teams each, with Truman joining Lindenwood, Maryville, UMSL and Quincy in the Central.

    At this time, fans will not be permitted at basketball games this season, but that is subject to change.

    Here is the complete schedule, for both the men and women:

    Nov. 27 @ Lewis
    Nov. 29 @UINDY
    Dec. 5 @UMSL
    Dec. 12 @Lindenwood
    Dec. 18 vs. Maryville
    Dec. 20 vs. Quincy
    Jan. 3 vs. Southern Indiana
    Jan. 6 vs. William Jewell
    Jan. 9 @Drury
    Jan. 14 vs. Missouri S&T
    Jan. 16 @Maryville
    Jan. 21 vs. Lindenwood
    Jan. 23 vs. UMSL
    Jan. 28 @McKendree
    Jan. 30 @Southern Indiana
    Feb. 4 vs. UINDY
    Feb. 6 vs. Lewis
    Feb. 11 @Illinois-Springfield
    Feb. 13 @Quincy
    Feb. 20 @William Jewell
    Feb. 25 vs. Rockhurst
    Feb. 27 vs. Southwest Baptist (Senior Day)
    March 4-7 GLVC Tournament
    March 12-16 NCAA Regionals
    March 23-27 NCAA Elite Eight
  • Faculty Members Receive Innovation Awards

    Lindsey Dunnagan, Sara Day and Brian Snyder

    Sara Day, Lindsey Dunnagan and Brian Snyder all earned the spring 2020 Academic Innovation Award.

    Day and Dunnagan were recognized for “Cross-Course Collaboration: The Picture Book Project.” Students from Day’s Literature for Children class wrote their own original stories, and Dunnagan’s Intermediate Drawing Experience students created illustrations. Bringing together strengths from different areas, this cross-course collaboration reflects what authors and illustrators may encounter in a publishing setting.

    Brian Snyder won for “Pulmonary Gas Exchange in Exercise Physiology.” Pulmonary gas exchange is a difficult concept to truly grasp for most undergraduate students as it combines physiology, anatomy and chemistry. By personifying hemoglobin and the oxygen it delivers, respectively as a white Pontiac Sunbird convertible and people going to parties, Snyder allowed students to engage with the advanced concepts and discuss them with their peers.
  • North Star Music Festival Kicks Off Oct. 16

    David MacDonald

    The Music Department and Sigma Alpha Iota will host two days of modern music, featuring guest composer Dr. David MacDonald, Oct. 16-17.

    All events will be streamed through the Music Department’s streaming channel. The concert Oct. 16 will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature performances by Truman faculty and students, soloists and ensembles, including works by MacDonald.

    Oct. 17 events include “Music for Social Distancing,” a talk by MacDonald, at 3 p.m. on Zoom, ID 988 589 8085. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be a concert with performances by Truman faculty and students, including works by MacDonald and a performance by Uncommon Practice.

    The final concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. with guest performers Nois Saxophone Quartet.

    For more information, visit nsmf.truman.edu.


  • Top Dog Challenge Offers Multiple Ways to Donate


    The Top Dog Challenge between Truman and the University of Indianapolis will run through Oct. 23. The GLVC foes are each soliciting donations to support local nonprofit organizations. All gifts made on Truman’s behalf will go to support The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, as well as the Adair County Humane Society. Donations can be made directly online here. During the challenge, posters will be available at various times throughout campus in exchange for a donation of $1 or more.
  • Be Aware of Asymptomatic Spread

    In their analysis of the Truman case numbers for the week of Oct. 6, the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group, composed of Nancy Daley-Moore, Scott Alberts and Christine Harker, discuss asymptomatic spread. Since students are typically young and healthy, they may not show symptoms but could still spread the virus to friends and family. To limit exposure to and spread of the virus, everyone should continue to wear a mask, wash their hands, avoid crowds and not travel until in-person classes end Nov. 24. Click here to view a recording of their conversation.

    Students Megan Bridgman, Kelly Decker, Reena Dixit and Sarah Voss created a mental health and wellness tip sheet to help navigate a school year disrupted by COVID-19.

  • Eng/Ling Advising Night Covers Multiple Topics

    The English and Linguistics Department will host an advising night from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 via Zoom. Students can get tips on mental health, spring registration and an introduction to other advising resources.
  • Homecoming Apparel Available for Pre-order


    In honor of Homecoming week, apparel is now available on the U&I shop. Short-sleeve T-shirts are available in purple and blue. Long-sleeve shirts are available in navy, and there is a short-sleeve T-shirt celebrating the Top Dog Challenge against the University of Indianapolis. All options are available for pre-order. Orders can be picked up or will be shipped the week of Homecoming.
  • Ofstad Series Welcomes Speaker Oct. 14

  • Rec Class Offers Broadway Choreography

    Learn some of the choreography from the hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen Friday.” Participants will be led through a series of stretches, a little bit of dance conditioning and be taught choreography from the song “Waving Through a Window.” Modifications of choreography will be provided for all levels. The class will take place from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Student Recreation Center 208. Capacity for the room is 14.

  • Sigma Delta Pi Cultural Presentations


  • Student Government Seeks Applicants for Increased Representation, Student Fee Allocation and Committee Membership


    Associate Senators
    Student Government continues to seek associate senators to serve on the following committees: Academic Affairs; Student Affairs; External Affairs; Environmental Affairs; Health, Wellness and Safety; Diversity; and Purple Fridays. Associate senators work exclusively with their committee to accomplish projects they are passionate about. Apply here.

    Student Government is seeking a student-at-large to serve on the Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee allocates funds from the Activities Fee to student organizations and individuals for events and projects which serve the Truman campus as a whole. Apply here.

    New Positions
    Student Government has recently created several non-elected positions to represent and serve different groups on campus. Applicants are wanted for a Black student representative, a Disability Rights Advocate and a Greek student representative.

    For questions about any of the above positions, contact Katie Alexander, Student Government president, at kga5644@truman.edu.
  • Food Packs Available for 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. This semester, food packs will be slightly larger than in the past, and will offer students more food options from which to choose.

    Packs can be picked up with a Truman ID at the SERVE Center located in Student Union Building 1105 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Food is provided by Pantry for Adair County in partnership with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, and from generous donations from the Truman community.
  • Student Government Sponsors Wellness Spotlight

    Student Government will post monthly spotlights on its Instagram account interviewing a faculty member, staff member or administrator to highlight their work in wellness at Truman. This month features Eric Dickson, trumpet professor, mindfulness expert and last year’s Faculty Wellness Honoree of the Year. The interview can be found here.

  • CAE Offers Walk-in Meetings Through Zoom

  • Compost Project Seeks Food Scraps

    The Truman Compost Project wants to help you help the environment.

    Anyone can bring kitchen food scraps to the Compost Project’s public collection bin on South Elson Street, located at the Communiversity Garden site, just east of West Campus Suites. Any food material, paper towels and paper napkins are accepted, but no food packaging, plastic or pet waste.

    The Compost Project recommends using an ice cream bucket or other lidded container to save several days’ worth of kitchen scraps, then bring it to the bin.  It is also suggested to line the empty container with a paper towel before filling with scraps so it will be easier to clean.

    Rot Riders is a student-led group that offers free curb-side pickup of food scraps, then transports them to the compost bin using bicycle trailers. They can be contacted at rotriders@kvpermaculture.org.  

    Learn more about the Truman Compost Project at compost.truman.edu or follow it Facebook or Instagram.

  • Guest Speaker to Address Universal Basic Income


    Matthew Zwolinski, professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego and founder and director of the school’s Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy, will present “The Case for a Universal Basic Income” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 via Zoom.

    The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) gained national attention with the presidential campaign of Andrew Yang. But where did the idea come from? And does it really make economic or moral sense? In this presentation, Zwolinski will talk about the history of the UBI, the main arguments for and against it, and why it is gaining appeal not only on the political left, but among certain conservatives and libertarians as well.

    Students and employees can watch the event in Baldwin Hall Auditorium while seated socially distant and wearing masks. Zwolinski’s presentation will also be available virtually via Zoom, with details to be announced closer to the presentation.
  • File FAFSA Now


    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed now for the 2021-2022 school year at studentaid.gov.

    Even though a student may not qualify for grants or work study, all students are considered for the Federal Direct Loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit you to taking a loan, but it does allow you more options.

    The 2021-2022 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For the 2021-2022 FAFSA students will use their 2019 tax information.

    It is strongly recommended to apply or renew before Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Film Festival Returns in Virtual Format


    The Truman State University Film Festival was created in response to this interest in student filmmaking, and is intended to be a creative outlet and platform for undergraduates in the state of Missouri and beyond to share their work.

    This year’s film festival will take place in a virtual format the weekend of Nov. 5-8. Starting at 12 p.m. Nov. 5, introductions go live, along with a Vincent Price film. Tune in anytime until the end of the festival. At 12 p.m. Nov. 8 judging decisions will be available and winners announced.

    For more information visit filmfest.truman.edu.
  • Summer Museum and Archives Internships Available


    Applications are now being received for summer internships at the following locations in Missouri:
    The summer internships are open to all Truman students, but they are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums, teaching, and law.
    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.
    To find out what the internships entail and how to apply, direct enquiries to: Jason McDonald, Baldwin Hall 226, 660.785.7575, jasonmcd@truman.edu.
  • Employees Honored for Service

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Service Recognition Luncheon was canceled. President Thomas recently recognized approximately 179 current and retired Truman employees individually for their commitment and service to the University.

    5 Years
    Michael Barnes – Accounting
    Brett Berke – Biology
    Marc Bowen – Information Technology Services
    Sarah Brookhart – Physical Plant
    Stacy Bryant – Spanish
    John Chambers – Sodexo
    Jeffrey Chrisman – Physical Plant
    Heidi Cook – Art
    Michael Cummings – Center for International Students
    Nancy Daley-Moore – Health and Exercise Sciences
    Jack Davis – German
    Eric Dickson – Music
    Jeramey Dockery – Athletics
    Janes Dreamweaver – Student Recreation Center
    Jamie Edmondson – Sodexo
    Wanda Elam – Physical Plant
    Thomas Fitzler – Information Technology Services
    Craig Hennigan – Communication
    Courtney Holton – Registrar’s Office
    Jeremy Hopkins – Assessment and Testing
    Isaac Ison – Accounting
    Paul Kelly – Sodexo
    Stephanie Maiden – Biology
    Elina Manandhar – Sodexo
    Victor Marquez-Barrios – Music
    Victoria Mayer – Sociology
    Seth McCoy – Sodexo
    Bill Miller – Chemistry
    Amy Norgard – Classics
    Enrique Pareja – STEM Education
    Joyce Patrick – Biology
    Ashley Ramsey – Psychology
    Stephanie Russell – History
    Oscar Sendon – Spanish
    Jerod Simek – Athletics
    Deanna Sloan – Sodexo
    Amanda Starks – Health and Exercise Sciences
    David Sublett – Physical Plant
    Daniel Titus – Pickler Memorial Library

    10 Years
    Melinda Lewis – Physical Plant
    Bill Maples – Information Technology Services
    Jeffrey Morton – Public Safety
    Richard Muffley – Information Technology Services
    Kellen Nesbitt – Athletics
    Robert Robinson – Sodexo
    Shelly Schmidt – Sodexo
    Deanna Shahan – Sodexo
    Michelle Mada Smith – Physical Plant
    Linda Snyder – Sodexo
    Samuel Thomas – Sodexo

    15 Years
    Jana Arabas – Health and Exercise Sciences
    Ben Briney – Athletics
    Zac Burden – Residence Life
    James Cianciola – Communication
    Don Cochran – Athletics
    Julie Cullum – Sodexo
    Cassie DeBlauw – Athletics
    Debra Drury – Regional Professional Development Center
    Sheila Garlock – Communication Disorders
    Julie Hanes – Information Technology Services
    Leslie Hardesty – Athletics
    Jesse Krebs – Music
    Amanda Langendoerfer – Pickler Memorial Library
    Zhong Ma – Biology
    Robert Matthews – Computer Science
    Pam Ouyang – Sodexo
    Jay Self – Communication
    Diane Treece – Student Recreation Center
    Joetta Walter – Regional Professional Development Center
    Lin Zhang – Business Administration

    20 Years
    Scott Alberts – Statistics
    Randall Bame – Baldwin Auditorium/Theatre
    Terresa Bell – Sodexo
    Lana Bogeart – School of Business
    Michael Bump – Music
    Julie Burns – Financial Aid
    Dereck Daschke – Philosophy and Religion
    Danion Doman – Spanish
    Taner Edis – Physics
    Deborah Engen – Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology and Justice Systems
    David Garth – Mathematics
    Terri Harris – Sodexo
    Charles Hunsaker – Advancement
    Jennifer Jesse – Philosophy and Religion
    Priya Kambli – Art
    Hyun-Joo Kim – Statistics
    Michelle Kleine – Communication
    Andrew Klyukovski – Communication
    Joaquin Maldonado-Class – Spanish
    Daniel Mandell – History
    Sarah Mohler – English
    Amy Nunan – Information Technology Services
    Lena Reardon – Pickler Memorial Library
    Teresa Rehm – Sodexo
    Pamela Ryan – Mathematics
    Calvin Schvitz – Sodexo
    Alex Tetlak – Classics
    Scott Thatcher – Statistics
    Juan Carlos Valencia – Spanish
    Brenda Wheeler – Nursing
    Stephen Wynn – Pickler Memorial Library

    25 Years
    Tim Barcus – Public Relations
    Evonne Bird – Health and Exercise Sciences
    H. Michael Bird – Exercise Science
    Jay Bulen – Music
    Vanessa Dixson – Sodexo
    Janet Gooch – Academic Affairs
    Elisabeth Hooper – Biology
    Melody Jennings – Health and Exercise Sciences
    Brenda Killen – Business Office
    Liyan Liao – Information Technology Services
    Debbie Maize – Physical Plant
    Deborah McCartney – Sodexo
    David Nilson – Sodexo
    Diane Richmond – Information Technology Services
    Priscilla Riggle – English
    Larry Rogers – Physical Plant
    Susan Scheurer – Mathematics
    Warren Wells – General Counsel
    Sally West – History

    30 Years
    Brent Buckner – Biology
    David Gillette – Economics
    Randy Hagerty – Political Science
    Brenda Higgins – Student Health Center/Nursing
    Diane Janick-Buckner – Biology
    Samuel Ling – Physics
    Ronald Mason – Sodexo
    Terry Olson – Economics
    Paul Parker – Political Science
    Kimberly Titus – Registrar’s Office

    35 Years
    Joyce Cook – Public Safety
    Sherry Dare – Information Technology Services
    Stephen Pollard – Philosophy

    40 Years
    RaMona Davis – School of Health Sciences and Education
    Connie Jacobs – Pickler Memorial Library
    Gwen Perrachione – Information Technology Services
    Candy Young – Political Science

    45 Years
    Salvatore Costa – Psychology
    Fred Shaffer – Psychology

    Timothy Baker – Physical Plant, 13 years of service
    M. Anne Bergey – Biology, 24 years of service
    Michael Blum – Business Administration, 31 years of service
    Steven Brookhart – Physical Plant, 27 years of service
    Katalina Bulen – English and Linguistics, 18 years of service
    Michael Burkett – Physical Plant, 21 years of service
    Wanda Cagle – Pickler Memorial Library, 36 years of service
    Mark Campbell – Agriculture, 23 years of service
    Janice Clark – Health Science, 15 years of service
    Marsha Cook – Pickler Memorial Library, 30 years of service
    Michael Corrick – Physical Plant, 33 years of service
    Andrea Davis – French and German, 27 years of service
    Vicki Falls – Physical Plant, 20 years of service
    Suren Fernando – Mathematics, 19 years of service
    Robert Fisher – Physical Plant, 28 years of service
    Sally Herleth – Human Resources, 21 years of service
    Lillian Jackson – Physical Plant, 26 years of service
    Mary Jane Kiefer – Financial Aid, 17 years of service
    Lucy Lee – Spanish, 33 years of service
    Susan Limestall – Student Recreation Center, 24 years of service
    Jason Lin – Business Administration, 34 years of service
    Carol Lockhart – Pickler Memorial Library, 32 years of service
    Douglas Ludolph – Physical Plant, 27 years of service
    David Murphy – Philosophy and Religion, 32 years of service
    Kim Murphy – Business Office, 22 years of service
    John Neitzke – Computer Science, 33 years of service
    William Brett Page – Physical Plant, 18 years of service
    Charles Parks – Information Technology Services, 40 years of service
    Beverly Perrachione – Elementary Education, 15 years of service
    Lloyd Pflueger – Religion, 27 years of service
    Daisy Rearick – Pickler Memorial Library, 20 years of service
    Steven Reschly – History, 25 years of service
    Dana Safley – Admission, 35 years of service
    Joyce Schmitz – Classical and Modern Languages, 26 years of service
    George Shinn – Biology, 33 years of service
    Mark Smith – Communication, 15 years of service
    Chein-Hsing “Jane” Sung – Economics, 33 years of service
    Ann Weidner – University Counseling Services, 28 years of service
    Mark Weidner – Center for Academic Excellence, 29 years of service
    Cindy Woods – Advancement, 31 years of service


  • Notables

    Assistant professors of accounting Isaac Ison and Trevor Shonhiwa, along with Master of Accountancy student Mark Hogan (’19, ’20), published “Advancing Mental Health Awareness and Resilience in Accounting Students” in the Oct. 1, 2020 issue of the Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy.

    Truman was recently awarded a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation in the amount of $10,000. TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, schools and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. Truman’s grant is specifically for the removal, pruning and planting of trees on campus based on the plan set forth in its application.