Vol. 25 No. 12 - November 2, 2020


  • First-Gen Students Celebrated with Events


    Truman’s annual First Generation Celebration will take place Nov. 5-8.

    Traditionally taking place during the first week of November each year, the purpose of the week is to celebrate and support the many students on Truman’s campus who will be the first in their family to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree.
    This year’s events include: a library display featuring books by first-generation authors or concerning topics relevant to the first-generation college experience; tabling and giveaways on the mall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5-6; and a virtual panel discussion of how first-generation college students can use their unique stories to self-advocate in college, work and society at 6 p.m. Nov. 8.
    Students attending the virtual panel Nov. 8 will be eligible for door prizes. Register for the panel discussion here or by stopping by the table Nov. 5-6.    

    Truman has received a grant from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Council for Opportunities in Education (COE) for this year’s celebration.
  • Students Help Combat Food Insecurity

    Students paused for a quick photo while volunteering at a local not-for-profit organization to reduce food insecurity in Adair County.

    With Adair County ranking high on the list of Missouri counties struggling with food insecurity, some Truman students are doing their part to spread awareness and bring help to those who need it the most.

    TRU 100: FEED is one of the nine Truman Symposium classes offered to incoming students, and its goal is to research, volunteer and collect food for people in need. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, food insecurity is a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life.

    Students in this section were assigned multiple projects which have included volunteering at Take Root Cafe and the White Rose Catholic Worker Farm, as well as designing and running a food drive at local grocery stores. Students working at Take Root Cafe were assigned tasks such as cutting vegetables, processing meat, watering plants, doing dishes and, ultimately, learning how the cafe operates. Those who went to the WRCW farm performed a wide variety of duties, including stacking wood, moving boxes, fixing fences and mulching areas in order to support peach trees.

    The food drive organized by this symposium class took place Oct. 17 at Walmart and Hy-Vee in Kirksville. Students accepted cash, checks and food, specifically requesting non-perishable items. In total, the drive secured $1,300 and 752 pounds of food, which was taken to the Pantry for Adair County.

    Throughout the remainder of the semester, the FEED section will watch the documentary “Hunger in America” and will continue to spread awareness for those in our community who do not have access to the food they desperately need.
  • Truman to Follow Original Spring Semester Schedule


    Truman will begin the spring semester Jan. 11, while continuing to follow the same safety protocols in place since the start of the academic year.
    As with the fall semester, classes will be offered in multiple formats, including in person, online and a hybrid combination. The set-up for classrooms and common spaces will continue to allow for social distancing, and the campus-wide mask policy will remain in effect. The University is prepared to adjust its approach to the spring semester – either by shifting entirely online or relaxing certain protocols – depending on how the situation with COVID-19 unfolds and in consultation with CDC guidelines and the advice of the Adair County Health Department and the Student Health Center.
    Students, faculty and staff were asked to provide feedback on a variety of schedule options for the spring semester. An overwhelming majority of students, and roughly half of faculty and staff, preferred to keep the existing spring schedule, which was a factor in the decision to make no changes. The spring semester will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Jan. 18, as well as Spring Break, March 8-12, and Term Break, April 5.
    Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to maintain vigilance in helping to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 on campus for the remainder of this semester and next semester. Mass gatherings should be avoided and traveling should be limited.
    The pandemic is an ever-changing situation, and the University will make any necessary adjustments as needs arise. All campus-wide messaging related to COVID-19 and the spring semester will be posted at truman.edu/coronavirus. The newly redesigned page also has links for academics, campus life, health and wellness, resources and frequently asked questions.
  • Make a Plan for Voting During COVID


    All registered voters are reminded and encouraged to participate in the Nov. 3 election.

    Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line at the closing time of 7 p.m. will have the right to cast their vote. 
    Students are eligible to vote in the county in which they have registered. Students living on campus and registered to vote in Adair County will be able to vote at polling stations in the Student Union Building Down Under between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Employees and students living off campus and registered to vote in Adair County are able to identify their assigned polling location, based on their local address, through the Secretary of State Voter Outreach site.

    Adair County voters currently in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 can still vote through a drive-up voting station Nov. 2. The Adair County Health Department will conduct the clinic from 12-5 p.m. at the north side of the court house downtown. Participants must be registered to vote in Adair County and be on the health department’s list. They should contact the health department at 660.665.8491 to schedule an appointment.

    While at the polling location, it is important to remember the basic safety protocols in place as a result of the pandemic. Maintain proper social distance when waiting in line, wear a mask, spend as little time inside as necessary and use hand sanitizer after leaving.

    As a campus community, Truman values the civic responsibility of voting and understands that fitting in time to vote may be more difficult for some than others. Some polling lines may be long and other circumstances may influence the time it takes to complete the voting process. This should be taken in to consideration if students or employees are tardy or absent for a portion of the day due to voting. Employees are granted up to three hours of paid time off to vote, and faculty are encouraged to support student voting as expressed in the Student Government Resolution. All offices are expected to maintain regular business hours, so it is essential for staff to coordinate with colleagues and consult with their direct supervisor regarding their intentions for participating in the election.

    Patience and understanding will be required after election day as well. Results may not be known immediately. This is not cause for concern as a delay is expected. For tips on dealing with election-related stress, click here. While this election is characterized by intense polarization, it is important as a campus community to focus on shared values, including a respect for different perspectives and opinions. Regardless of the outcome, the Truman community will remain committed to joining together as a Bulldog family and working together to make the world a better place.
  • Theatre to Debut First All-Digital Production


    The digital mystery “Ghosts in the Machine” is the next production on the Truman Theatre schedule, and it will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-14.

    The production marks a first for Truman Theatre as it will be presented entirely online. All of the actors are Truman students, each with their own space where they will be preforming in front of a camera while the entire production is streamed live.

    A comedy/drama by Eric Coble, “Ghosts in the Machine” is set in a high school. It begins after lunch on Melissa’s phone. Someone she doesn’t know is texting her looking for a drug hook-up. Soon, eight very different high-school kids are getting bizarre texts from numbers they don’t recognize – budding romances, bitter rivalries, even violent threats. What’s going on? And what if it’s not people connecting with other people via their phones, but phones trying to connect with other phones via their people?

    Tickets are $6 and available now at boxoffice.truman.edu. Once a ticket has been purchased detailed information on how to access the live stream will be provided. There is a limit of 250 audience members per performance.  

    “Ghosts in the Machine” is appropriate for audience members 13 and older. It features discussion of distressing themes such as self-harm and school violence. Runtime is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    For more information, contact the Truman Theatre Box Office at 660.785.4515 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Applications Open for Counseling Master’s Programs

    Truman is now accepting applications for two new master’s programs in counseling.

    Both the Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling and the Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling, will begin in fall 2021, and prospective students can apply now at connect.truman.edu/apply.

    Created in response to market demands, the new programs strive to equip caring, committed, competent and culturally aware individuals with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to become professional counselors in school and community settings.

    The Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling program is geared toward meeting the academic, career and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in elementary, middle and secondary schools as certified and licensed school counselors.

    The Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling program specializes in community-based work as licensed professional counselors.

    For more information about either program, visit counseling.truman.edu or contact Graduate Admissions at 660.785.7343 or gradinfo@truman.edu.
  • Orel to Present at Faculty Forum


    The first Truman Faculty Forum of the 2020-2021 school year will take place online at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.   

    Sara Orel, professor of art and art history, will present “Archaeology in Egypt: Quarries and a Monastery at the Gebel el-Haridi.” The forum will be conducted via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

    The Gebel el-Haridi, an area of cliffs on the east bank of the Nile just north of modern Akhmim, was the focus of three seasons of survey sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Society and partially funded by Truman in the 1990s. This paper, the result in part of research conducted during a sabbatical year, discusses the Ptolemaic and Roman quarries at the site, as well as an enigmatic building constructed in front of one of these quarries, which fits the elements of an early Christian monastic settlement.

    The Faculty Forum was created in 2003 to give faculty the opportunity to present their research and creative work to the Truman community, and to enhance the importance of scholarship and creativity in the culture of the institution. In the spirit of the liberal arts and sciences, the forum is a showcase of Truman faculty’s many creative and intellectual pursuits. The forum offers a variety of formats – public lectures, classroom-style symposia, performances and gallery exhibitions – to best suit different fields of study, as well as different individuals.
  • Scholastic Competition Offers More than $10,000 in Prizes


    Junior and senior students could win up to $250 from Truman, and $10,000 nationally, through the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award competition.

    SS&C, a financial technology company, sponsors the annual Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award to recognize outstanding university students who produce academic papers on topics related to investment management strategies, theories and trends. The prompt for this year’s award is:

    The human response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has been extraordinary in as much as it has required from our society and what it has revealed of us as people. This response has accelerated the acceptance of digital engagement. How do you see financial services companies engaging with their clients in the short-term post-COVID world and going forward over the next five years? Specifically: how do you see financial service companies using digital capabilities to engage and connect with their customers; and what implications and changes in engagement models or emerging digital capabilities of today will be assumed as standard across financial services in 2025?

    In addition to the national award, the University will offer cash prizes to the top three papers from Truman students. Locally, first place will earn $250, second place will receive $150 and third place will get $100. All three will be submitted to the SS&C for the national competition.

    Paper submissions should be directed to Chuck Boughton, instructor in business administration, at boughton@truman.edu by Jan. 17. Submissions should be in Word format only. Local awards will be announced after the Jan. 31 submission to the Gould judges.

    Questions about the competition can be directed to Boughton.
  • Emergency Notification System Test Scheduled for Nov. 5


    Truman will conduct a test of the emergency notification system at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5.

    Students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive Truman emergency alert text notifications will get a TruAlert text and email message letting them know it is a test. Those that have not signed up for emergency text messaging can do so through TruView.

    To sign up, sign in to TruView and click on the “Truman” tab. Click the “Update Emergency Text Messaging Information” under “Update and View My Personal Information” (lower right screen). A maximum of three phones can be registered to receive texts. Confirm information in the same manner.

    An emergency alert will be displayed on all Truman computer systems where the Alertus software has been installed. This should include nearly all workstations on campus. There will also be alerts sent to digital signs in Violette Hall, Magruder Hall, Ophelia Parrish and Health Sciences, to the Truman channel on the cable televisions in residence halls and to classrooms with the Truman touch-pad control system installed.

    The campus is also encouraged to review the emergency procedures. It is important the entire community is familiar with these procedures in order to understand how to respond appropriately in a number of emergency situations.

    The city of Kirksville also has mass notifications available through ReGroup. Alerts can be customized by email, text and/or phone call. There are a variety of groups that can be joined to get notifications about emergencies, advisories, community events and newsletters.


  • Continue to Take Precautions, Make a Plan for Voting

    Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group committee members Nancy Daley-Moore and Scott Alberts recently discussed Truman case numbers for the week of Oct. 27. Cases flattened after a few weeks of increases. If everyone follows the proper precautions – wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, avoid large gatherings – cases can remain manageable through the end of the semester. Daley-Moore and Alberts also discussed the need to follow safe practices while voting and to have a plan in place for election day. A recording of their conversation is available here.

    Katie Judd, assistant professor of psychology, prepared the following tip sheet for getting through the end of the semester. Other tip sheets, as well as an archive of the weekly videos, are available on the COVID-19 Working Group page, available from the University’s COVID-19 page.

  • Percussion Concert Set for Nov. 2


    The Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble I & Graduate Percussion Quartet will present a livestream concert event at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The ensembles are under the direction of Michael Bump, professor of music. This fall’s concert will feature Truman’s top percussionists in an eclectic program of colorful and challenging music written expressly for percussion chamber ensembles. Featured composers include internationally renowned minimalist composer Steve Reich, as well as Truman graduate teaching-research assistant Adam Grim in a new work entitled “The COVID Awakening.”
  • TMN to Provide Election Coverage

    The Truman Media Network will provide live election coverage from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Nov. 3 featuring interviews from students and local officials. Coverage can be heard on 88.7 KTRM and streamed on tmn.truman.edu. There will also be a video stream of coverage here.

  • Detours Hosts Election-themed Photo Contest

  • 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.
  • CMDS to Host Graduate Open Houses


    The Communication Disorders Graduate Program will host a series of virtual open houses. Participants can join for a live Q&A session with faculty and current graduate students. More information, and pre-recorded sessions, are available at truman.edu/majors-programs/cmds-open-house.

    Nov. 6
    2-3 p.m.

    Nov. 7
    10-11 a.m.

    Nov. 13
    9-10 a.m.

    Email Connie Ikerd at chelton@truman.edu to RSVP and to receive a Zoom link.
  • Compost Project Accepting Leaves and Grass


    The Truman Compost Project will accept bagged leaves and grass clippings from the public this fall. Material must be in a paper yard bag or, if brought in a plastic bag or other container, the person must dump the leaves and take the plastic bag with them. Brush and tree branches cannot be accepted. Leaves may be dropped off at the University Farm Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Oct. 24 through Nov. 14.

    The Compost Project also has limited quantities of finished compost available for sale. Bulk compost is priced at $45/cubic yard, loaded onto your truck or trailer at the University Farm. Delivery is also available in the Kirksville area. Contact compostproject@truman.edu for more information. Learn more about the Compost Project at compost.truman.edu or on Facebook or Instagram, @TrumanCompostProject.
  • Spring Public Relations Internship Applications Open


    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the spring 2021 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 will include writing copy for and editing pages on the University website. Other duties include creating content for the University’s online weekly newsletter as well as assisting with writing and editing press releases. Interns may also help with projects related to social media or video production in addition to 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 pr@truman.edu or mail to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202 no later than Nov. 6.
  • Brass Quintet to Perform Mindful Music Concert

  • APO Blood Drives Include Antibody Tests

    Alpha Phi Omega will host Red Cross blood drives from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10, 11 and 19 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Sign up with this link. The Red Cross will be performing COVID-19 antibody tests on all successful donations.

  • Nursing Students to Participate in World AIDS Day

    The Nursing Student Association will host a live presentation for World AIDS Day, an annual event to raise awareness for the 38 million individuals suffering from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS). Senior nursing students will discuss treatment, transmission and prevention of HIV and AIDS. All are welcome to join on Zoom at 7 p.m. Nov. 10.
  • Student Government Congratulates Businesses on Safe Practices

    Katie Alexander, Student Government president, presents a certificate of appreciation to Donna Brown of Wine on Washington for their pledge to follow safe practices.

    Student Government is participating in a new project to highlight businesses that have pledged to follow safe practices in regard to COVID-19. This week is Wine on Washington. Located on the south side of the square in downtown Kirksville, Wine on Washington is Kirksville’s first official wine bar. It offers free WiFi, and free coffee is available during wine bar hours for those who do not drink. The business hopes to open for coffee and study hours soon. Signs like the one below can be found at businesses Student Government has recognized for pledging to follow safe COVID-19 practices.

  • OSR Offers Grants, Conference Scholarships


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

    GIASR applications are for research and creative scholarship conducted in spring 2021. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.
    Conference Travel Scholarships are for students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship at a conference between January and June 2021. Students must have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the spring 2021 Conference Travel Scholarship will only cover student registration to attend a virtual conference.
    Complete guidelines for the GIASR and Conference Travel Scholarship applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 11. Questions can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Cultural Presentation Looks at Chilean Desert

  • Jewish Student Union Events Support AM Housing

    Coloring Page Night
    6-7 p.m.
    Nov. 9
    Student Union Building Alumni Room
    Participants can color fun Jewish-themed coloring pages and learn about Yiddish and Hebrew languages. The event is limited to 15 people, and masks will be required the entire time. Tickets are $2 each. To reserve a ticket, fill out this order form. Proceeds go toward AM Housing which is raising funds to build a homeless shelter to serve the northeast Missouri region.

    Shalom Y’all
    The Jewish Student Union is selling buttons, stickers and bracelets with the phrase “shalom y’all” on them. Each item is $3 and $1 of each item sold will go to AM Housing.  To order, email JSUatTruman@gmail.com or fill out this order form.

  • Donations Help Families in Need Celebrate Thanksgiving

  • 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.
  • Now Hiring Summer Orientation Leaders

  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies

    Students can apply now for positions with Truman summer academies.
    The Institute for Academic Outreach has summer positions available for Joseph Baldwin Academy, JBA Junior and ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy. Each academy is in search of preceptors and night monitors.
    In order to be a preceptor, applicants must currently be a full-time student at Truman and 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. 5. Information about each available position and the online application can be accessed at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment.
  • 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.
  • National Research Conference Accepting Abstracts


    While many conferences have been canceled due to COVID-19, the 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will take place virtually, April 12-14. Students from all fields are welcome to submit an abstract for this conference. Abstract guidelines can be viewed here. While submitting an abstract, enter the Office of Student Research information into the field of the undergraduate research coordinator. Students can apply for the Conference Travel Scholarship to cover conference registration costs; however, an abstract accepted to NCUR does not guarantee a Conference Travel Scholarship. Anyone interested in submitting an abstract should use the NCUR portal by Dec. 1.
  • Campus Hours of Operation for Nov. 30-Dec. 11

    Academic Buildings
    7 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Pickler Memorial Library    
    Nov. 30-Dec. 3
    8 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Dec. 4    
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 5-6

    Dec. 7-10
    8 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Dec. 11
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Student Recreation Center        
    Nov. 30-Dec. 4
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Dec. 5-6

    Dec. 7-11
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Student Union Building            
    Nov. 30-Dec 4
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 5-6

    Dec. 7-11
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dining Service Options
    Nov. 29

    Nov. 30-Dec. 4     
    Ryle Hall Only
        Breakfast 8-9 a.m.
        Lunch 12-1 p.m.
        Dinner 5-6 p.m.
    Dobson Convenience Store 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 5-6    
    Ryle Hall Only    
        Breakfast 8-9 a.m.
        Lunch 12-1 p.m.
        Dinner 5-6 p.m.
    Dobson Convenience Store 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 7-11    
    Ryle Hall Only    
        Breakfast 8-9 a.m.
        Lunch 12-1 p.m.
        Dinner 5-6 p.m.
    Dobson Convenience Store 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Saturday, Dec 12    
    Ryle Hall Only    
        Breakfast 8-9 a.m.
        Lunch 12-1 p.m.
        Dinner Closed
    Dobson Convenience Store 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


  • Notables

    Joe Benevento, professor of English, recently released his new novel “Kiss of the Moonflower” through Black Opal Books. Set in northeast Missouri, “Kiss of the Moonflower” is the next installment of the Cupelli Brothers Mystery Series created by Benevento. In the novel, the brothers from Queens are out of their element as they search for a missing professor visiting the area on sabbatical.

    Alumna Michaela Hylen-Parisi (’18) made a special guest appearance in Stacy Davis’ CML 608: Methods of Foreign Language Instruction course, Oct. 21, 2020. Hylen-Parisi, who now teaches French at Raymore Peculiar High School in Kansas City, shared an interactive workshop and engaging discussion with our future language educators about the challenges of teaching foreign language in a hybrid or online/virtual environment in the wake of the COVID pandemic. She shared tips on exciting technological tools such as FlipGrid, Insert Learning, GoFormative, EdPuzzle and more, as well as how to effectively use these technology resources to engage students in the target language as pre-service teachers prepare for their upcoming student teaching internships in the spring.
    Michaela Hylen-Parisi meets with Truman students via Zoom.