Vol. 25 No. 19 - February 1, 2021


  • Truman Group Helps Local Businesses Succeed

    Enactus Member Mike Owsley, left, works with Stacie and Brad Hudson, owners of Farmhouse Hill Flowers, putting the final touches on their website.

    The student group Enactus is doing its part to help local businesses succeed.
    Enactus is an international organization full of students who are passionate about creating a better future for the community around them. Among the projects conducted by the Truman chapter is the Local Business Outreach program. Students share their collective knowledge, education and passion to help businesses and organizations in the Kirksville community.
    Services provided by Enactus have included: website and social media advice; implementation of a new Quickbooks program; photography and video work; filming and editing videos; establishing donation links; and the creation, distribution and analysis of market surveys.
    Among the clients helped by Enactus students are The Depot Inn & Suites, the Pantry for Adair County, Bellacino’s, the Kirksville Child Development Center and Hightower Wholesale.
    The chapter currently has four running projects: the Financial Literacy Project, Local Business Outreach, Re-School Supplies and Connect Taiwan. Students are also working with the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce and researching a possible plastic road project. Students interested in joining Enactus can attend one of the group’s weekly meetings taking place at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in Magruder Hall 1000.
    Enactus provides its services to local entities free of charge. Businesses and organizations interested in learning more can email enactuslbo@gmail.com.
  • Housing Renewal Now Open for Next Year


    Students interested in living on campus during the 2021-22 school year can now make arrangements to do so.

    Living on campus provides easy access to campus amenities, as well as built-in fun and friendship. Researchers have found living on campus improves the likelihood a student will persist in college and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree.

    Residence Life has several options for students who want to live on campus including single residence hall rooms, apartments and suites for up to four roommates. Spaces are available in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall as well as Centennial, Dobson, Missouri and Ryle halls. West Campus Suites and Campbell Apartments are also available, and Truman will once again offer pet-friendly housing in Dobson Hall.

    Housing renewal applications are currently open on TruView. Under the “Student” tab, click on “Housing Portal.” Some scholarships can be put toward the cost of living on-campus. For questions about the housing renewal process visit truman.edu/residence-life or contact Residence Life at 660.785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu.
  • Student Research Conference Now Accepting Abstracts


    The online submission site for the Student Research Conference is now open and abstracts can be submitted until 5 p.m. March 16.

    The 2021 Student Research Conference will take place April 22 as a hybrid event. Asynchronous virtual oral, poster, performance art and studio art presentations, as well as a limited number of face-to-face oral presentations, will be facilitated. This conference is a University-wide celebration of student research, scholarship and creative achievement. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts.

    Complete abstract guidelines can be found on the Office of Student Research website. All abstracts need to be sponsored by a Truman faculty or staff member. Students should work with their faculty mentor before submitting the abstract. For any questions about the Student Research Conference email osr@truman.edu.
  • Master of Athletic Training Program Accepting Applications


    The Truman Master of Athletic Training program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 cohort that begins July 1.

    Students interested in health care can consider a career in athletic training, which encompasses injury evaluation, rehabilitation and treatment, as well as program administration. Athletic training works closely with medical professionals to provide overall care and treatment to a variety of physically active individuals.

    For more information contact Brandy Schneider or visit truman.edu/mat. Application deadline is April 1.
  • Organization Offers Free Help with Tax Preparation


    Beta Alpha Psi will host Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sessions from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 in Violette Hall 1424.

    Clients who come to VITA should bring: social security cards for spouses and dependents; bank routing numbers and bank account numbers for direct deposit; wage and earnings statements such as W-2, 1098T and 1099; and a copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns if available. VITA services will be completed by IRS-certified volunteers and will also offer free electronic filing to receive a faster return.

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, VITA services will only be offered to Truman students and staff. To prevent crowding and maintain social distancing, appointments are required. Walk-ins will be turned away.

    Call 660.785.6064 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit bap.truman.edu/vita.
  • Virtual Research Competition Open to All Graduate Students


    Truman’s third annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition will take place Feb. 27, providing students an opportunity to highlight their graduate-level research.

    For the competition, participants will create a single slide that conveys their study. They will then have three minutes to discuss their research and its importance. Any original graduate research qualifies. It can be a scientific study, a discussion on a student’s creative writing adventure or musical composition. Current graduate students cannot submit research completed as an undergraduate.

    Due to the pandemic, the local and regional competitions are virtual. Students will record a three-minute presentation following the guidelines set forth by Queensland University. They will also need an introductory slide that will includes their name, title of presentation, faculty member and department. The single research slide appears right after, and as soon as the student starts speaking, the timer begins.  

    The first-place prize is $75, with second place earning $50. The winner of the competition is then eligible to compete in the regional Midwest Association of Graduate Studies competition.  

    Registration can be completed at Truman’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition website. The deadline for submitting a video is Feb. 24. The previous system for judging requires updating due to the virtual format. Final details will be provided when they are available. For more information, contact Julia Edgar, associate professor of communication disorders at jedgar@truman.edu.


  • Choices Determine COVID Future


    Members of the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group, Nancy Daley-Moore, Scott Alberts and Christine Harker, recently discussed the University’s numbers for the week of Jan. 26.

    Truman saw a slight increase in case count, and there is some concern that the cases are from a number of separate pods meaning they have the potential to lead to more cases in the coming days and weeks. The group used this as an opportunity to discuss increased vigilance to limit exposure to and spread of the virus. While many in the community may be experiencing “COVID fatigue” from months of quarantining, now is not the time to be lax in safety protocols. Everyone should continue to:

    • Wear a mask;
    • Maintain social distance;
    • Wash their hands;
    • Avoid gatherings, including parties, restaurants and bars;
    • Do not travel to and from Kirksville.

    On a positive note, there is little evidence linking positive cases to classroom activity. Because classrooms have been socially distanced and other safety protocols are in place on campus, the likelihood of spread is minimal. Transmissions occur at other times, which is why the entire community should be thoughtful in the choices they make and how they may affect other people.

    A recording of the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group conversation is available here.
  • Summer Classes Help Students Stay On Track

  • 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.

    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.
  • DSP Recruitment Events Continue


    “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 through Feb. 4. Contact dsprecruitment1978@gmail.com with any questions, and follow DSP on social media @dsptruman.

    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
  • APO to Begin Rush Week


    Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity with the three cardinal principles of leadership, friendship and service. During rush week they will host events to give potential new members a chance to know the chapter better. Questions can be directed to apo.epsilon.recruitmentchair@gmail.com.

    Leadership Night
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 1
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    Friendship Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 2
    Violette Hall 1412

    Service Night
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 4
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
  • 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.
  • Fraternities Host Meet and Greet


    Truman’s Interfraternity Council is hosting an in-person meet and greet 6-8 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. This is a great opportunity to learn more about all fraternities on campus. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place and observed. Sign up for recruitment is free and can be found here. For more information visit ifc.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
  • Sororities to Sponsor Recruitment Showcase


    Panhellenic will host a showcase from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. All six sororities will be in attendance and it will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about all of them. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place and observed. Sign up is free and can be found here.
  • Blue Key Presents Informational Sessions


    Blue Key Honor Society is hosting two informational sessions at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. At this event active members will discuss experiences within the chapter, reasons for joining and the upcoming recruitment week. Blue Key membership is limited to males who have completed at least 45 credit hours with at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

    RSVP for either session by emailing Kevin Valleroy at kgv7478@truman.edu or Mason Chandler at mc6657@truman.edu. Reservations will be accepted until the events begin. Dress code for informational sessions is business casual.
  • Sororities to Host Clothing Drive

    Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Zeta and Delta Phi Epsilon are hosting a women’s clothing drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 8-12 in McClain Hall. They will be collecting lightly worn women’s and gender-neutral clothing, as well as underwear and hygiene products.

  • 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.
  • Homecoming Committee Applications Accepted Now

    Click here to apply.
  • 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. This year's recruitment will take place in a hybrid format. The first three days will be virtual and Feb. 14-15 will be in-person. 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.
  • Studio Art Students’ Work on Display

    “Watchers” by Truman student Natalie Gruber

    “Drawing – Implied” is on display at the University Art Gallery through Feb. 1-Feb. 25.

    This exhibition features works that explore “drawing,” the verb, in the abstract, and test the limits of what one considers a drawing. Each artist created a wall-based installation that emphasizes formal decisions to create something that reads as a drawing, considers implied line or lines created by both traditional and nontraditional means, and intentionally incorporates light and shadow to draw in a three-dimensional space.

    The gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday from 12-4:30 p.m. Contact lbigger@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Organization to Celebrate Chinese New Year


    The Society for Sino-American Studies will celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival Event, at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 in Baldwin Auditorium. Activities include performances, games and food. All University COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect. 

    The tickets are free. Members who pay $15 dues will have a reserved ticket. The sign-up link for the event will be posted on Facebook (Society for Sino-American Studies) and Instagram (ssas_truman) during the week of the event. SSAS is currently looking for an emcee for the event. Interested students can contact ssas@truman.edu.
  • Now Hiring Student Ambassadors

    Click here for more information about becoming an ambassador. The photo above was taken before the pandemic.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Bulldog Break Highlights Gift and Estate Planning


    The next edition of Bulldog Break, a webinar series sponsored by the Office of Advancement, will present “Navigating Your Future with Gift Planning.”

    In this one-hour webinar, Truman alumni with extensive experience in the field of gift/estate planning will help navigate the subject of gift planning, as well discuss a variety of giving options that can help donors support causes important to them while also taking care of their families. The panelists will also answer questions submitted by webinar attendees.

    This Bulldog Break will take place at 12 p.m. Feb. 24 via Zoom. To register for one of the free 100 spots, click here. For more information, email bulldogforever@truman.edu.
  • Colloquium Examines Afghanistan/Pakistan Borderland

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    “Lessons Unlearnt: Imperialism and Resistance in the Afghanistan/Pakistan Borderland” will take place 7 p.m. Feb. 25 on Zoom.

    This presentation will feature Sameetah Agha, a professor of social science and cultural studies at Pratt Institute. She is also the author of “The Limits of Empire: Sub-Imperialism and Pukhtun Resistance in the North-West Frontier.” Agha will focus on the imperial history of the Afghanistan/Pakistan borderland while situating the contemporary American experience in the context of Pukhtun history and resistance.

    For further information, visit the Global Colloquium’s webpage at globalissues.truman.edu.
  • Environmental Committee Seeks Project Proposals


    The Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee is currently seeking proposals for improving sustainability on Truman's campus. Any member of the Truman community can propose a project idea to the committee for consideration. In the past they have funded projects such as updated compost equipment, solar power for the University Farm and reusable water bottle fillers. Proposals can be completed using this form. The deadline for proposal submission is midnight Feb. 26. Contact Liam Connolly at wmc7667@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Happiness Workshop Begins Feb. 10

  • Bookstore to Host Valentine Themed Drawing

    This Valentine’s Day give the gift of Truman spirit by stopping by the Truman Bookstore. From Truman apparel to holiday gifts and treats, they have something for everyone. Anyone who comes can enter to win a free copy of “Love Letters” by Kahlil Gibran. The drawing will be Feb. 12.

  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.


  • John Stewart

    John Stewart, general manager of Sodexo at Truman, was named as an Education Champion in the COVID Stops with Us Recognition Program. COVID Stops with Us is a group of local organizations and individuals committed to promoting safe practices in the Kirksville area to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. In December, the group began its weekly recognition program to highlight the work of those in the community committed to making a positive impact. Each week, three “champions” – one for the medical field, the education sector and the community at large – are acknowledged for their efforts. Stewart was nominated for the adjustments he and his staff have made to continue food service to students during the pandemic. This fall Sodexo has worked to provide meals to students who are in quarantine or isolation all while continuing to provide food service in the residence halls and the Student Union Building. Nominations are ongoing and can be made here.

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  • Rafael Tubongbanua

    Rafael Tubongbanua, assistant professor of nursing, became a U.S. citizen Jan. 15.
    A native of the Philippines, Tubongbanua moved to the U.S. in 2015 and has been at Truman since 2017. He teaches nursing assessment and fundamentals I and II, along with human nutrition.
    “Being a U.S. citizen is a life-changing learning experience for me,” he said. “I appreciate the acceptance and respect that was shown to me here. As a nurse educator, I would like to thank the nursing faculty and students at Truman for the support, care and understanding. It feels like home.”
    One of the aspects of life in his adopted homeland Tubongbanua enjoys the most is the food.
    “I love bacon, and the best bacon I have ever tasted is in the United States,” he said. “Bacon is life.”

  • Rotary Park

    Rotary Park was recognized by Missouri Life Magazine as one of the top five locations in the state to go sledding. The article mentioned it was one of the few parks to have a designated sledding area maintained for safety and enjoyment. The full article can be found here.