Vol. 25 No. 18 - January 25, 2021


  • Business Students Win National Tax Competition


    Truman’s team of four students won first place in the virtual Deloitte National FanTAXtic case competition.

    This year’s team was composed of Truman students Laura Haarmann, Delany Borella, Mitchell Heberer and Erynn Glaesemann. By placing first, they won $10,000 for the School of Business and $2,000 scholarships for each of them.

    This competition was comprised of 42 students representing nine university teams. Competing alongside Truman were DePaul University, Gonzaga University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Houston, the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, the University of Missouri - Columbia and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

    Each of the nine teams that participated in the finals had previously won the Deloitte FanTAXtic regional qualifiers where approximately 60 teams representing more than 40 colleges and universities participated.

    This was Truman’s second year competing. Last year the team placed in regionals.

    Deloitte FanTAXtic is designed to educate and prepare the next generation of tax talent for a career in business and tax. The interactive program includes case simulation, role playing and presentations which provide students with insights and perspectives on challenges facing the profession today, future trends that may impact it tomorrow and the overall changing business tax marketplace.
  • Partnership Offers Truman Grads Discount for ATSU Master’s Programs


    Truman graduates are now eligible to receive a 20% tuition discount on any of A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies’ new online master’s programs.

    The Master of Science in Nursing program is for graduates who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Curriculum is grounded in research and designed to ensure competency achievement through authentic embedded assessments. Comprised of 10 courses, with 33 credits at $800 per credit hour, after the discount the cost is $21,120.

    The Master of Education in Health Professions program is ideal for individuals who have a bachelor’s and want to become more involved in teaching, curriculum development, student assessment, program evaluation and research in health professions education. Comprised of 10 courses, with 30 credits at $800 per credit hour, after the discount the cost is $19,200.

    The Master of Health Sciences program will fill a need for theoretically prepared, practically trained graduate health care professionals to function in health care facilities, government entities and the private sector, in addition to post-secondary and higher education institutions. Comprised of 11 courses, with 33 credits at $600 per credit hour, after the discount the cost is $15,840.

    For additional information on any of these programs, contact an ATSU-CGHS enrollment representative at 660.626.5577 or cghsonlineadmissions@atsu.edu.
  • Plan Ahead for Summer Classes Through Truman


    Students interested in summer classes should start planning ahead now.

    The open course list for summer is available now in TruView with a variety of options for students, including online, hybrid and in-person delivery methods. The flexibility of summer courses provides students the opportunity to have a job, take a vacation or socialize with friends back home.  

    Summer is a great time for students to focus their attention on a challenging class, or work on boosting their GPA for scholarship renewal or graduate school applications. It is also an opportunity to make a lot of progress toward an additional major or minor without falling behind.

    One of the biggest advantages to taking summer classes through Truman is students know what they are getting. Courses from other institutions may not always cover the pre-requisite topics needed to be successful in subsequent Truman courses.

    Summer classes also offer an economic opportunity with three courses for the price of two. Students who take six credit hours at the regular tuition rate can receive hours seven through nine for free.

    Registration for summer begins March 16. With six separate terms throughout the summer, students have a variety of options to fit their needs. Interim classes run May 8-29. The first round of five-week courses, as well as 10-week courses, begin June 1, while the second round of five-week courses begins July 6. An eight-week session begins June 7. The August interim runs from July 31-Aug. 14. For more information visit summer.truman.edu.
  • Lindsay to Serve as PR Intern


    The Truman Public Relations Office has named Erica Lindsay, a senior communication major, as the spring 2021 intern.  

    As the intern for the Public Relations Office, Lindsay will update major webpages and assist with other online projects. She hopes these new sites will help prospective students navigate degree options while considering a future at Truman.  

    On campus, Lindsay has participated in Residence Life, The Index and Advertising & Public Relations Club. She also is a member of the Truman women’s track and cross country teams.

    Lindsay is pursuing a career in public relations and marketing. She is looking forward to helping the Public Relations Office this semester while gaining experience in the field.


  • Swiss Cheese Stops COVID

    Members of the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group, Nancy Daley-Moore and Scott Alberts, recently discussed the University’s numbers for the week of Jan. 19. Truman saw a decrease in cases, but Daley-Moore and Alberts acknowledged the case count should not be expected to stay low. Winter weather means more people being inside in close proximity, which can ultimately lead to increased cases. They encouraged everyone to follow the Swiss cheese approach to stopping the spread, which includes taking multiple preventative steps to limit exposure to and spread of the virus. Everyone should wear a mask, maintain social distance, avoid gatherings, wash their hands regularly, limit travel and take the vaccine when it becomes available. They also mentioned students might consult their local health departments to see about getting on a waiting list in their hometowns. A recording of their conversation is available here.

  • Activities Fair Provides Opportunity for Involvement


    Union & Involvement will host the Activities Fair from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 25-27 in the Student Union Building.

    This event is an excellent opportunity for students to find organizations to join on campus. Approximately 40 organizations will be showcased each night. Per University policy and CDC recommendations, no more than 250 people will be allowed to attend at one time.

    For more information contact Union & Involvement Services in the Student Union Building 2000 at 660.785.4222 or by email at orgs@truman.edu.
  • TLS Spring Recruitment Begins Jan. 25


    Tau Lambda Sigma is a service organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of uniqueness, sisterhood and charity through service in the community and other philanthropic interests. Out of respect for the health and safety of current and potential new members, TLS will host a virtual recruitment process. For more information, visit tls.truman.edu and @taulambdasigma on Instagram.

    Information Night
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 25
    Facebook/Instagram Live

    Service and Sisterhood Night
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 26

    Interview Night
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 27

    Invite Only
    Jan. 28
  • APO Hosts Info Nights


    Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity with the three cardinal principles of leadership, friendship and service. These events are brief meetings to let people have more information about APO if they are interested in joining. Questions can be directed to apo.epsilon.recruitmentchair@gmail.com.

    Jan. 25
    6 p.m.
    Baldwin Hall 219

    Jan. 26
    7 p.m.
    Baldwin Hall 219

    Jan. 28
    5 p.m.
    Baldwin Hall 102
  • 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 7-July 30.

    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 virtual TruScholars proposal writing workshop for students will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 27. Register here by Jan. 26 to attend the workshop.

    Complete guidelines for the TruScholars applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications are due Feb. 15.

    Questions can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • DSP Recruitment Events Continue Jan. 27


    “Life takes you unexpected places. Delta Sigma Pi brings you home.”

    Delta Sigma Pi, the nation’s largest co-ed professional business fraternity, will host spring 2021 recruitment events Jan. 20-Feb. 4. Contact dsprecruitment1978@gmail.com with any questions, and follow DSP on social media @dsptruman.

    Information Night No. 1
    5 p.m.
    Jan. 27

    Information Night No. 2
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 28

    Games with Brothers
    3 p.m.
    Jan. 30
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Meet the Chapter Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 1

    Trivia Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 2

    Alumni Panel
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 3

    Speed Dating

    7 p.m.
    Feb. 4
    Student Union Building Activities Room
  • Rec Offers Free Body Composition Testing


    The Student Recreation Center is offering free body composition testing from 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in room 218. Participants are eligible for a blood pressure reading, body mass index and three-site skinfold measurements. Participants can sign up for a 15-minute appointment at the weight room desk or by emailing dreamweaver@truman.edu.
  • Colloquium Examines Peace Corps and Intercultural Connections


    Global Issues Colloquium first spring event “Peace Corps Service and Intercultural Connections from West Africa to the Midwest” will take place 7 p.m. Jan. 28 on Zoom.

    This presentation will feature alumni Brendan Loula who served in the Peace Corps for two years after graduating from Truman. Once his term of service was up, he went on to be hired as the first Mandinka language bilingual resource specialist for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Loula will share his experiences in the Peace Corps and as a Bilingual Resource Specialist and how they have influenced his career as a researcher and educator.

    For further information visit the Global Colloquium’s webpage at globalissues.truman.edu.
  • Career Prep Org Accepting New Members


    Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a career preparation organization for all majors founded on the pillars of service, education and progress. Truman PBL has been a national Gold Seal Chapter of Merit for almost a decade. The chapter promotes brotherhood through social events, service projects, educational workshops and bi-weekly meetings. New members can develop transferable skills, compete at conferences and join the executive team – all during their first semester.

    Virtual Activities Fair
    7-9 p.m.
    Jan. 25-27

    Information Night with Kahoot!
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 28
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 722 0791 0957
    Passcode: ibTi6N

    Chapter Workshop on Elevator Speeches
    6 p.m.
     Feb. 1
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 793 5878 8440
    Passcode: 501eNormal  

    For more information, contact Taylor Libbert, recruitment chair, at tnl6684@truman.edu.
  • Enactus Seeks New Members

    Enactus is an international organization full of students who are passionate about creating a better future for the community around them. The chapter currently has four running projects: Financial Literacy Project, Local Business Outreach, Re-School Supplies and Connect Taiwan. Meetings are every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Magruder Hall 1000. For more information follow them on Instagram, @trumanenactus.

  • FAFSA Can be Filed for Next Year


    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 a student to taking a loan, but it does allow for 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.
  • Lyceum to Feature Accomplished Alumni Musicians


    Alumni Anthony Cooperwood and Jo Ann Daugherty will perform an enticing livestream jazz event at 7 p.m. Feb. 2.
    Cooperwood has spent the last 35 years performing music and entertaining people all over the world. His performances include almost 10 years with Cirque du Soleil as a keyboardist, bass guitarist and backup conductor for its “Dralion” show. He has also had multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Musique Plus” (Canadian MTV) in Montreal.

    Daugherty will perform the second half of the concert. She is a pianist, conductor, musical director, recording artist, composer and arranger who loves making all kinds of music. Her most recent album, “Bring Joy,” earned a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine. She has performed with touring Broadway productions including “Jersey Boys,” “Motown the Musical” and more, as well as concert specials for PBS with Under the Streetlamp. 

    In lieu of in-person events, Truman’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series is offering online presentations at no charge. The concert will be available at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 with free access at lyceum.truman.edu. It will also be broadcast in Kirksville on Sparklight channel 56.
    One of Truman’s oldest traditions, the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series provides a unique opportunity to broaden the cultural experience for students and the community by bringing well-known speakers, dance troupes, musicians and other performers from all parts of the world to the Truman campus. The year’s season, “There’s No Place Like Home,” will feature a showcase of Truman alumni and student talent. More information, including a schedule of events, can be found at lyceum.truman.edu.
  • APO and Tri-Beta Sponsor Blood Drives


    Alpha Phi Omega and Beta Beta Beta will sponsor Red Cross blood drives in the Student Union Building. All students, faculty, staff and members of the Kirksville community are welcome to donate. One donation can save up to three lives. They will receive COVID-19 antibody tests as part of the donation. Click here to sign up.

    Feb. 2
    11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Student Union Building Down Under

    Feb. 3
    11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Student Union Building Down Under

    Feb. 9
    11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Student Union Building Down Under
  • 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.
  • ASG Recruitment Set for Feb. 9-11


    Alpha Sigma Gamma’s spring recruitment will take place virtually from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9-11. Zoom links will be provided the week of recruitment.

    ASG is a non-selective service sorority that welcomes all undergrad students who identify as female to participate in the recruitment process. Attendance is mandatory all three nights. Interested students who have a previously scheduled commitment can send in an excuse. More information can be found here. Any questions can be directed to asgducks@gmail.com.
  • Fraternity Rush Starts Feb. 11


    Truman’s Interfraternity Council spring recruitment will take place Feb. 11-17. There will be a meet and greet Feb. 2 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms where more information on all fraternities can be learned.

    Sign up for recruitment is free and can be found here. Find every fraternity’s event schedule online and by following IFC on Facebook or Instagram. Questions regarding recruitment can be directed to Braden Leuthauser, IFC president, or Dorian Robinson, IFC recruitment chair. For more information visit ifc.truman.edu.
  • Now Hiring Student Ambassadors

    Click here for more information about becoming an ambassador.
    The photo above was taken before the pandemic.
  • Homecoming Committee Applications Accepted Now

    Click here to apply.


  • Rachel Flynn

    Rachel Flynn, Truman MAE: Spanish alumna, won the Outstanding Beginning Teachers Award from Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
  • Victor Marquez-Barrios

    Victor Marquez-Barrios, associate professor of music theory and composition, was recently selected as one of the winners of the International Double Reeds Society’s inaugural Commissioning Competition. IDRS received more than 50 submissions and only selected five winners to receive commissions. The entries were adjudicated by a world-renowned panel of artists representing both composers and double reed artists. More details on the IDRS can be found here.
  • Betty L. McLane-Iles

    Betty Louise McLane-Iles, professor of French, was elected as chair of Kirksville’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Jan. 14. She was nominated by Dan Martin, director of wellness at A.T. Still University – who was himself elected vice-chair – and seconded by Jessica Parks of the Kirksville City Council. McLane-Iles is the first woman to serve as chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the first Truman faculty member since Randy Hagerty, professor of political science, in 2011. McLane-Iles previously served as the vice-chair of the commission. She is also a member of the Kirksville Historical Preservation Commission and the Friends of the Forest Llewellyn Cemetery Committee. She is the longest-serving foreign language professor in the current Department of Classical and Modern Languages and author of three books.