Vol. 25 No. 20 - February 8, 2021


  • Truman Accountancy Ranked No. 1 in the Nation


    According to a recent analysis, Truman ranks No. 1 for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination pass success among college accounting programs.

    Researchers from Baylor University and the University of Northern Iowa used annual data released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to examine the data of 521 large and medium-sized accounting programs from 2019 and provided a top 40 for both categories, as well as overall. For this testing window, Truman ranked No. 1 overall with a CPA success index rating of 1.000. Truman’s 37 candidates passed 99 sections during the calendar year, which averages 2.67 sections per candidate. When the annual pass rate was adjusted to reflect the 18-month testing window, Truman’s success index of 1.000 was found.

    Statistics showed that, on average, students across all universities only passed one section of the CPA exam on the first attempt, which resulted in an average success index of .397. Truman’s success index of 1.000 indicates that the University’s candidates can be expected to pass all four sections of the CPA exam within the testing window. The full article with the complete list of rankings can be found here.
  • Leadership Recognition Program Accepting Nominees


    The nomination form for the 2021 Leadership Recognition Program is now open.

    This program is designed to honor Truman students, advisors and organizations for their dedication to their peers, campus and Kirksville community through various leadership roles during the year.

    Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate exceptional student leaders, advisors, organizations and events on campus, particularly candidates whose achievements stood out after a year of constant adaptation to change.

    The access link to the nomination form and packet can be found online at involvement.truman.edu/lrp. Nomination forms are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28. The awards ceremony will take place April 13 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. There will be more than 30 awards to distribute.

    Questions can be directed to Munkhjin Bat-Ireedui at csilrp@gmail.com. For more information visit involvement.truman.edu/lrp.
  • Musical to Run Online Feb. 24-27


    Truman theatre’s third production of the year is a musical entitled “[title of show]” that will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-27.

    To continue to create a safe and socially distanced atmosphere the musical 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 from the James G. Severns Theatre.

    This musical by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, “[title of show]” follows two struggling writers on their journey to write a musical for a new theatre festival. However, the deadline for submission is only three weeks away. In an attempt to beat the clock, they enlist the help of their friends to create an original musical. With the cast in place, they hit another roadblock: what should they write about? They decide to follow the saying “write what you know” and embark on a unique adventure to write a musical about writing a musical. Taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the “title of show” they draw the title inspiration for their work.  

    “[title of show]” is appropriate for audience members 13 and older. It contains profane language, but ultimately features an inside look at the tough work of being a creative artist. Runtime is approximately 90 minutes.

    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.   

    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.
  • Nominate an Extraordinary Professor or Research Mentor


    Students are able to nominate Truman faculty members to be recognized at the annual Academic Accolades Banquet in April.

    Every year the student body selects one professor and one research mentor to receive the Educator of the Year and the Research Mentor of the Year awards. This is an opportunity for students to show appreciation to their favorite educators and research mentors for their commitment to the Truman community and highlight their accomplishments.

    Professors are also able to be nominated for the Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year award. This award is intended to honor an educator who is not only dedicated to education but to aiding students in one or more of the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional; financial; social; spiritual; occupational; physical; intellectual; or environmental.

    To make a nomination, complete this form before 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. Contact sqp6573@truman.edu with any questions.


  • Pessimism Might be Key to COVID Safety


    Assume everyone you interact with has COVID-19.

    While that advice may sound negative, it can help drive home the point that everyone needs to be cautious in order to slow the spread of the virus. It is important to mask up, maintain social distance, wash hands, avoid large gatherings and limit travel.

    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 Feb. 2. As expected, the number of cases related to Truman went up for the week, due in part to a number of different pods being exposed during some off-campus “spreader events” earlier in the semester. 

    Truman’s contact tracers have been crucial in identifying cases related to the University, and their efforts can lead to a reduction in the number of cases on campus. Contact tracers usually identify areas of concern within 12-24 hours, which can help get exposed individuals into isolation and quarantine faster, thus slowing the spread. It is important to cooperate with contact tracers if they reach out so they can make an adequate assessment of the situation and help those affected.

    A recording of the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group conversation can be found here.
  • Summer Classes Allow Flexibility

  • 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.
  • Phi Delta Recruitment to Run Feb. 7-11

  • Delta Sigma Theta Presents Delta Week 2021

  • 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.

  • APO and Tri-Beta Sponsor Blood Drives

    Alpha Phi Omega and Beta Beta Beta will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive 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. 9
    11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Student Union Building Down Under
  • 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.

  • Printmaking Club to Sell Handmade Valentine’s Cards

    The Bad Acids Printmaking Club will sell hand-printed Valentine’s Day cards. They will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 in Ophelia Parrish.

  • Food Packs Available for Students

    Truman students experiencing food insecurity can utilize the Truman Food Bank. Pre-made food packs can be picked up with a Truman ID at the SERVE Center located in Student Union Building 1106 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Students can also submit a request here.


  • Open Forums Scheduled for Rec Center Director Candidates

    The Student Recreation Center has invited two candidates to participate in open session forums for the director of campus recreation position. The resumes and Zoom links can be found here. Sessions will be recorded and posted for anyone that cannot attend in person or via Zoom. Open forums are scheduled for the following times:

    Marcus Wirth
    2 p.m.
    Feb. 9
    Student Union Building Alumni Room/Zoom

    Todd Welscott
    2 p.m.
    Feb. 12
    Student Union Building Alumni Room/Zoom
  • Happiness Workshop Begins Feb. 10

  • AXE Hosts Spring Rush


    Alpha Chi Sigma is a national chemistry co-ed honors fraternity that builds bonds of friendship and encourages its members in the pursuit of their goals in the chemical and biochemical sciences. AXE will host spring 2021 recruitment events Feb. 10-13. Contact Valerie Winkler with any questions or to register for events, pre-registration is required. For more information visit axe.truman.edu.

    Meet the Members
    9:30 p.m.
    Feb. 10
    Magruder Hall 2001

    Game Night
    8 p.m.
    Feb. 11

    Demo Night
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 12
    Magruder Hall 1023/1025/1029

    Trivia Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 13
    Magruder Hall/Satellite Classrooms
  • Organization Promotes Blind Date with a Book


    Sigma Tau Delta is hosting its annual Blind Date with a Book from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 11-12 in Violette Hall. This fundraiser promotes reading for enjoyment with a fun twist: participants do not see the cover of the title they are purchasing. Each book is given enough of a description to help the purchaser make a decision, but not enough to fully inform them what it is. Books are $2 a piece and homemade bookmarks are two for $1. Handmade Valentine’s cards will also be available for $1.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Tax Prep Sessions Now Scheduling Appointments


    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.
  • 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.
  • Phi Sigma Pi Virtual Recruitment Starts Feb. 15


    Phi Sigma Pi will host its spring recruitment from Feb. 15-19. RSVP by email to receive the Zoom link for the first three events of the week. The rest of the week is invitation only, invitees will receive details after attending the open events.

    Information Night
    7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15

    Scholarship Night
    8:30 p.m.
    Feb. 16

    Fellowship Night

    8:30 p.m.
    Feb. 17

    Invite Only Event

    Feb. 18

    Invite Only Event
    Feb. 19
  • Women’s and Gender Studies in Search of Presentation Proposals


    Women’s and Gender Studies is currently seeking presentation proposals for their spring Zoom Forum "Engendering Justice," which explores the impact of inequality and grassroots activism when the personal becomes political.

    This series seeks to share student and faculty research, creative work and discussions to address how activists and scholars from differing standpoints can come together toward equality for all. Each session will not only attempt to make subject matter visible but also to build the interdisciplinary studies and women’s and gender studies communities.

    This forum will take place on Zoom on the following dates:

    Self-care in Wild Times – Discussion

    5-6 p.m.
    Feb. 17

    Language, Race and Gender

    5-6 p.m.
    March 3

    Gender, Justice and the Arts
    5-6 p.m.
    March 17

    Embodied Experience

    5-6 p.m.
    March 31

    Environmental Justice

    5-6 p.m.
    April 14

    Research abstract and proposals for 10-15 minute presentations or discussions should be 150 words or less. Experiences and topics for presentation could, but need not, include any of the following as foci: disability and embodiment; environment; education; sexuality; violence; inequality; poverty; criminal justice; creative work; and literary analysis. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 20. Visit docs.google.com for more information.
  • Temporary Change to Bookstore Hours

    The Truman Bookstore will close at 12 p.m. Feb. 19 and will remain closed all day Feb. 20 due to inventory. Call 660.785.4211 with any questions.

  • Basic Life Support Course Offered


    TruLifesaver program offers CPR certification to all members of the Truman and Kirksville communities. This course is designed to help recognize and respond to several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking. Upcoming session dates are as followed:

    Feb. 23
    5-10 p.m.

    March 21
    12-5 p.m.

    April 6
    5-10 p.m.

    April 21
    5-10 p.m.

    April 22

    5-10 p.m.

    The $75 course cost covers instruction materials and a two-year certification with the American Heart Association. All sessions will take place in Health Science Building 120. Truman instructors Liz Jorn and Jana Arabas will oversee the course.

    To register visit institute truman.edu/trulifesaver and complete the online registration form. For any questions contact the Truman Institute by phone at 660.785.5384 or email at institute@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.
  • Homecoming Committee Applications Accepted Now

    Click here to apply.
  • Truman Advances in Recreation Competition


    Truman has moved up to No. 12 in the Recreation Movement where more than 100 schools are competing to collectively log five million minutes of movement. To join the movement, sign up using a Truman email and log up to 120 minutes per day using the most appropriate category provided. Students can also participate in live fitness and instructional classes and pre-recorded classes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Studio Art Students’ Work on Display

    “Watchers” by Truman student Natalie Gruber

    “Drawing – Implied” is on display at the University Art Gallery through Feb. 8-25.

    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.


  • Hannah Belanger

    Hannah Belanger, woman’s basketball, has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after scoring 25 and 26 points in two Bulldogs’ wins during the week of Jan. 25.

    Belanger scored 25 points in Truman’s 68-65 win over McKendree, Jan. 28 followed by 26 points and a career-high nine rebounds in Truman’s 73-67 victory against Southern Indiana, Jan. 30. She raised her season scoring average to 19.5 per game, which is fourth among all conference players. She is the only GLVC player with more than three, three-pointers made per game this season with 42 in 13 games.

    This is the first GLVC Player of the Week honor for Belanger and first for a Bulldog since Katey Klucking was named Player of the Week after the opening of the 2019-20 season in November 2019. Belanger is the reigning GLVC Freshman of the Year.

  • Lindsey Dunnagan

    Lindsey Dunnagan, assistant professor of art, painting, is one of Missouri Arts Council Featured Artists for February. Dunnagan is a visual artist who likes to explore interactions with the natural environment. She has a solo show, “Northern Catch,” coming up in March at the Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City. More details regarding featured artists for February can be found here.

  • Truman Theatre

    Two theatre faculty members and seven theatre students received recognition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 5:

    Brad Carlson
    Technical Director/Designer

    Virtual Production Design/Direction Certificate of Merit for “Ghosts in the Machine” and Scenic Design Certificate of Merit for “The Charm of Preparedness”

    Michelle Elliot Winchester
    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Directorial Concept Certificate of Merit for “The Charm of Preparedness”

    Jacob Baxley

    Sound Design Certificate of Merit for “The Charm of Preparedness”

    Molly Garrison

    Lighting Design Recognition for “The Charm of Preparedness” and Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Scholarship

    Zac O’Keefe
    Projections Designer Certificate of Merit for “The Charm of Preparedness”

    Angel Lee

    Directing Certificate of Merit for “Antigone”

    Faith Nagel
    Choreography Certificate of Merit for “The Charm of Preparedness”

    Justin Sweeney

    Stage Management Certificate of Merit for “Ghosts in the Machine”, Don Childs Cross Discipline Collaboration Award for “Ghosts in the Machine” and Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Scholarship

    Teegan Winkler
    Lighting Design Certificate of Merit for “Antigone”

    Cast of “Ghosts in the Machine”
    Ensemble Work Certificate of Merit

    “Ghosts in the Machine”

    Invited Production