Vol. 25 No. 24 - March 15, 2021


  • Graduation Expanded to Accommodate Guests


    In order to conduct an in-person ceremony for graduates and their families, Truman will expand spring commencement this year and host seven ceremonies between May 7-8.

    All events will take place in Pershing Arena, with ceremonies scheduled for 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 7, followed by ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on May 8. Graduating students will be allowed two guests for their assigned ceremony, and all events will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person. Seating at Pershing Arena will be socially distanced, and the campus mask policy will be in effect. The venue will be cleaned after each ceremony and before guests are permitted to reenter the building.

    This commencement will be unlike any Truman has ever attempted, and it will require a lot of extra planning and preparation from University staff, faculty and administration. Since COVID-19 precautions have been taken into consideration, the best option to ensure an in-person ceremony for students and their families was to plan for multiple events across multiple days. An outdoor ceremony was not logistically feasible with a contingency plan in the event of inclement weather.

    Specific details regarding each ceremony will be emailed to graduates and posted on truman.edu/registrar/commencement as they become available. All spring graduates must apply for graduation by April 1 to participate in the ceremony and be listed in the program. The Registrar’s Office will notify graduates which ceremony they must attend. That information will be available soon.

    Graduates will receive their tickets during the graduation fair. Family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person can watch live online at truman.edu/registrar/commencement/commencement-broadcast.

    Additional questions regarding commencement can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@truman.edu or 660.785.4143.
  • Basketball Teams Earn Wins in NCAA Tournament


    The men’s and women’s basketball teams made the NCAA Division II tournament, and both squads notched victories in their opening games.

    After winning against Northwood, March 12, the women’s team saw their season come to an end the next day with a loss to No. 2 Drury. The Bulldogs finish the abbreviated season with a 17-5 record.

    Following a first-round bye as a No. 1 seed, the men’s team kept its season going with a win over Ashland in the round of 32. It marks Truman’s first win in the NCAA tournament since the 1999 Final Four run. The Bulldogs will play in the round of 16 at 7 p.m. March 16 against the winner of Michigan Tech and Southern Indiana.

    The men’s team has had a stellar 2020-21, finishing the regular season at 18-1. Cade McKnight took home GLVC Player of the Year honors with a career-high 17.2 points per game. He is the second-straight Bulldog to win the award, following Brodric Thomas last year, and the third overall after Mike Carlson in 2014.

    Masen Miller won Freshman of the Year, averaging 10.6 points per game and being named to the conference All-Defensive team.

    Jeff Horner won Coach of the Year, leading his team to a second-straight regular season conference title.  

    Truman fans can listen to Bulldog basketball locally on KRES 104.7 FM or online at CentralMoInfo.com.
  • Truman Offering Online Preparation Courses for GMAT, GRE and LSAT


    Truman has recently partnered with a respected national exam preparation partner, Educational Testing Consultants, to provide online exam preparation courses as well as free online test strategy sessions for major national graduate and professional school examinations.

    Preparation courses are non-credit bearing and are offered at a range of lengths, at a variety of times and dates, and various points throughout the year. Students who register at least 10 business days in advance of the course can secure discounts of between $50-$100 per course. Courses are priced to be competitive with other national providers.

    For high school students, preparation courses for the ACT and SAT are also available.

    For detailed descriptions of the available courses, and for more information on how to enroll, visit examprep.truman.edu.
  • Truman Earns Tree Campus Distinction


    Truman was honored with 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

    The Tree Campus Higher Education program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Truman achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include: maintaining a tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance; and student service-learning project.

    Currently there are 403 campuses across the United States with this recognition. Truman has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA school since 2014.

    The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. This work directly supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative, an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire five million tree planters by 2022.

    Last year, Tree Campus Higher Education schools collectively planted 39,178 trees and engaged 81,535 tree planters.

    More information about the program is available at treecampushighered.org.
  • Financial Assistance Available to Students


    Through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), students may be eligible to receive grant assistance for costs associated to their education.

    Under the CRRSAA, Truman has established student emergency funding to assist eligible students with “exceptional need” as it relates to a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited amount of funding is available for students who meet specific requirements. Money received through this fund does not need to be repaid, and this fund does not impact or replace any financial aid students may currently receive.

    Grants can be applied to costs associated with: tuition; food; housing; books/supplies; transportation; personal expenses (clothing, personal items, laundry, etc.); health care; or child care.

    Based on current Department of Education guidance, Pell Grant eligible students were automatically awarded a block grant amount if they did not fall into one of the following categories: not Title IV eligible due to satisfactory academic progress issue; unresolved C flag on 2020-2021 FAFSA; enrolled in less than six credit hours for spring 2021; withdrawn from spring 2021; or non-degree seeking.

    Additionally, non-Pell Grant eligible students with a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file with unmet need of $100 or more were determined to be eligible for emergency CRRSAA grant funds if they did not fall into one of the previous categories. All eligible students will be emailed instructions on how to apply online via TruView.

    Truman received a limited amount of grant funding. Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the applications. The grant amount will need to fit within the cost of attendance for eligible students who are required to submit an application. The University cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be eligible for funding.

    More information about the CRRSAA grant, as well as some frequently asked questions, can be found here.

    Students who are not eligible, or attempt to apply but do not receive a CRRSAA grant and still have financial need, should contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@truman.edu or at 660.785.4130. Students can also find financial aid information online at financialaid.truman.edu.
  • Grants Support Research and Conference Attendance


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

    Conference Travel Scholarships are for students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship at a conference between July and December 2021. Students applying must have completed or currently be involved in a faculty mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. Due to COVID-19, the Conference Travel Scholarship will only cover student registration to attend a virtual conference.

    GIASR applications are for research and creative scholarship conducted during the summer. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research. There will be a virtual GIASR proposal writing workshop for students 3:30-5 p.m. March 22. Register here by March 21 to attend.

    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. April 6. Questions can be emailed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Sodexo and Residence Life Support United Way with Gift

    Bill Castles, left, executive director for the United Way of Northeast Missouri, accepts a check from Zac Burden, coordinator for residence life and John Stewart, right, general manager of Sodexo at Truman.

    Students with dining plans on campus recently donated meal swipes to help fund United Way operations locally. John Stewart, general manager of Sodexo at Truman, thanked students for their continued generosity toward supporting the people of Adair County. Zac Burden, coordinator for residence life, helped create a new way to collect donations safely and securely during the ongoing pandemic. Bill Castles, executive director for the United Way of Northeast Missouri, noted that this donation will help to make vital operations of various member agencies possible. Residence Life and Sodexo have partnered in this fundraiser for decades, raising tens of thousands of dollars over its history. To learn more about local United Way efforts and to get involved with fundraising visit liveunitednemo.org.


  • Complete Prerequisite Courses During Summer Session

  • Applications Open for Spring Commencement Speaker

    Student Government is seeking a Truman student graduating this spring who would like the opportunity to speak at graduation. Students of any major with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are welcome to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. March 15.

  • Graduation Supplies Now Available at Bookstore

    The Truman Bookstore is taking orders for caps, gowns, diploma frames, nursing pins and graduation announcements for spring commencement. Orders can be placed online through the bookstore’s official vendor, Herff Jones. Students can also come to the bookstore for grad gear as well.

  • Organization to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Association


    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is hosting a basket raffle with all proceeds going toward the Alzheimer’s Association. The Golden Movie Ticket Basket is worth more than $100 and will include items such as movies, candy and popcorn along with other goodies. The price is $1 per raffle ticket and there is no limit to how many raffle tickets a person can buy.

    Raffle tickets can be purchased online from March 15-26. The winner will be contacted on March 26 and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Any questions can be directed via email to trumans.nscs@gmail.com.
  • Student Research Conference Seeks 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.
  • Rec Program Offers Slacklining on the Quad


    The Student Recreation Center Fitness-Wellness program will be hosting open slacklining from 3:30-5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on the quad, weather permitting, beginning March 16.

    Balance is a critical component of daily life. Slacklining not only builds physical balance by strengthening legs and core, but can also help balance personal life by enhancing focus and concentration, relieving stress and improving posture. Come slackline to experience the lasting benefits of more balance. All fitness levels are welcome.
  • Attend the Racial Equity Recap Discussion

  • Sigma Delta Pi Cultural Presentations


    La música pop de Latinoamérica
    7 p.m.
    March 18
    Zoom Meeting ID: 656 579 5059
    Zoom Meeting Password: 6vLc3c

    La Semana Santa
    7 p.m.
    March 25
    Zoom Meeting ID: 633 868 7041
    Zoom Meeting Password: 0F44Ge

    Tradiciones culturales de Hispanoamérica

    7 p.m.
    April 1
    Zoom Meeting ID: 849 8965 8796
    Zoom Meeting Password: Cultural

    Tapas de Espana
    7 p.m.
    April 20
    Zoom Meeting ID: 210 630 1220
    Zoom Meeting Password: 0ZQVcm
  • Women’s Leadership Conference Set for March 20


    Student Government is hosting the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference from 12-6:30 p.m. March 20 in the Student Union Building. All sessions will also be available via Zoom.

    This year’s conference will feature Nicole Galloway, state auditor, as the keynote speaker. There will be two panels: women of color in the workforce and a career panel with professionals from various fields sharing their experiences. Workshops include financial planning, virtual networking and bullet journaling. Registration can be found here. Zoom links will be forwarded closer to the event.
  • Housing Self-Selection Open Until March 22


    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.
  • Rec Center Hiring for Summer and Fall


    The Student Recreation Center will host two informational meetings for students to learn more about job opportunities for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Applications will be available for pickup at either meeting. Scholarship, work-study and institutional hours are available. For more information visit recreation.truman.edu.
  • Guest Author to Host Presentation

    Brian Katcher, Stonewall Award-winning author and media specialist, will give a virtual presentation at 7 p.m. March 23 via Zoom. Katcher will talk about his experiences as a young adult literature author and answer any questions during this one-hour period. This event is free of charge and sponsored by the Child Studies Minor Committee and The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Check the Child Studies blackboard or email Sara Day for the Zoom link.
  • Free Body Composition Testing Offered at the Rec


    The Student Recreation Center is offering free body composition testing from 5-7 p.m. March 24 and 2-4:30 p.m. March 25 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.
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  • Colloquium Examines Venezuelan Health Care

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    Global Issues Colloquium next spring event “What you should know about Venezuelan health care under Chávez: A Medical Anthropologist’s Perspective” will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 25 on Zoom.

    This presentation will feature Dr. Amy Cooper, assistant professor of anthropology, at Saint Louis University. Cooper will discuss her in-depth research on one of the most important shifts in Venezuelan society, the transformation of its health care system. From her research, Cooper published the book “State of Health: Pleasure and Politics in Venezuelan Health Care under Chávez” which is based on ethnographic study conducted in Caracas between 2006-2009.

    For further information visit the Global Colloquium’s webpage at globalissues.truman.edu.
  • Education Department to Welcome Guest Speaker

    The Education Department will host Ben McCallister, a second grade teacher in the Clayton School District, for its speaker series. McCallister will discuss education with Truman’s future educators via Zoom at 7 p.m. March 25. Watch for further details as the event approaches.

  • Upward Bound Seeking Staff for Summer Academy


    The Truman Upward Bound Project is currently seeking residential mentors and a night monitor to work with area high school students while they participate in an on-campus college simulation. This a great transformative experience for upper-level students. These paid positions provide high-impact learning experiences that help gain valuable on-the-job training, build a resume and develop non-cognitive skills necessary for future employment. Apply under the employment opportunities link at ub.truman.edu.
  • Center for International Students is Hiring

    The Center for International Students has multiple positions open for student workers during the 2021-22 academic year. Work-study and scholarship jobs are available. Applications are due March 26 and can be filled out online. For more information, email iso01@truman.edu.

  • Nominations Open for William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award


    The William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award pays tribute to excellent faculty/staff advisors and demonstrates how important academic advising is at Truman. This is an opportunity for students to honor faculty/staff advisors in their departments. The award recognizes outstanding advising/mentoring by a full-time faculty/staff member who is nominated by students.

    In addition to campus-wide recognition at the Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop in August, the awardee receives a $1,000 grant to be used for the enhancement of student advising.  

    To make a nomination for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award, complete the online nomination form. Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. March 31.
  • Master of Athletic Training Applications Due April 1


    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.
  • Greek Week Set for April 6-9


    Greek Week will begin April 6. This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Greek Week!” and all money raised will go to RAIL, Rural Advocates for Independent Living. This non-profit organization assists persons with disabilities to live as independently as they choose within the communities of their choice. All events happening throughout Greek Week will be in accordance with university COVID-19 policies. More details will be released closer to Greek Week.


  • Jack Magruder

    Jack Magruder, president emeritus and professor emeritus of chemistry, received the Governor Mel Carnahan Public Service Award for Education, Feb. 11. Presented by the University of Missouri’s Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, the awards recognize outstanding Missourians for their contributions to public service through their professional or volunteer activities. A recording of Magruder’s remarks from the ceremony can be found here.

  • Antonio Scuderi

    Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, has been invited to participate in “Writing Orality,” a webinar on written and oral traditions by Early Text Cultures at the University of Oxford, March 31.
  • Candy Young

    Candy Young, professor of political science, is Truman’s nominee for the 2021 COPLAC Dunn Award. The COPLAC award recognizes a faculty member whose commitment to student success goes beyond the traditional roles of teacher, academic advisor and mentor. Each academic school was asked to nominate one faculty member to be considered and Young was selected as Truman’s nominee.
  • Speech and Debate Champions

    The Truman delegation earned multiple honors, as well as first place school in sweepstakes overall points, during the Good Life Forensics Tournament at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For more information about the Truman Forensics Union contact Craig Hennigan, director of forensics, at chennigan@truman.edu.  

    Individual awards

    Audrey Baker
    First Place - Persuasive Speaking
    Fourth Place - Prose Interpretation
    Third Place - Individual Sweepstakes points

    Jackson Elder
    First Place - Extemporaneous Speaking
    First Place - Impromptu Speaking

    Kayla Gerlt
    Third Place - Extemporaneous Speaking

    Kayla Gerlt and Audrey Baker
    Third Place - Duo Interpretation

    Megan Ford
    Second Place - Communication Analysis
    Third Place - After Dinner Speaking

    Audrey Baker, senior
  • Swim Team

    Truman men’s and women’s swimming teams will have four individuals at the National Swimming Championships March 17-20 in Birmingham, Ala.

    Mark Franz, senior, will represent the men in 100 breaststroke with a selected time of 53.61. At the GLVC Championships he clocked in at 54.75.

    Natalie Galluzzo, senior, qualified for nationals for the fourth consecutive year as she will represent Truman in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Her selected times were 1:02.51 and 2:17.62, respectively. She tied for second at the GLVC Championships with a time of 1:02.51, earning a B Cut.

    Ginny Schranck, senior, will also represent Truman in the 200 breaststroke. Schranck qualified with a selected time of 2:17.32. Both Galluzzo and Schranck earned B Cuts in the 200 as they finished third and fourth at the GLVC Championships. Galluzzo had a final time of 2:17.62 and Schranck 2:17.76.

    Emma Brabham, junior, qualified in the 100 backstroke with a selected time of 55.52. She placed fifth at the GLVC Championship with a time of 56.34, earning a B Cut.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Local Vaccine Information


    As COVID-19 vaccines become more available in the area, these are some local providers that will be able to administer it. Although guidelines suggest a tiered system in order to reach the most vulnerable populations first, most providers maintain a waitlist and will administer doses more freely in instances where it can eliminate waste. Those who would like to be vaccinated are encouraged to contact providers and inquire about being waitlisted.

    Adair County Health Department
    Call 660.665.8491 to be added to a waitlist.
    Click here for information about vaccine clinics.


    Vaccine Navigator
    Register at covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator to get notifications and figure out eligibility. 


  • Moderna First Dose Available in Scotland County

    Scotland County Hospital will host a first-dose vaccine clinic from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17. The clinic is open to all Tier 3 Missouri residents. To make an appointment, call 660.349.6295.
  • Second Dose Clinic Set for March 25

    The Adair County Health Department will be conducting a clinic from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 25 at The Crossing, 810 E. Shepherd Ave., in Kirksvile for individuals who received their first shot Feb. 25. Participants are asked to keep the same appointment time that they received their original shot. Those with Medicare cards should bring them to the event.
  • Veterans Eligible to Receive Vaccine in Kirksville

    The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, based in Columbia, Mo., will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic April 10 in Kirksville for veterans who are eligible for VA health care. Vaccinations will be administered by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 660.627.8387.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship

    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy.

    Purdy was born in 1914 on a farm near Macon and was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus’s first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    The scholarship is designed to provide merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The general range will be $1,000-$5,000 based on expected family contribution (EFC), unmet need and other factors.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. Citizen, and a sophomore, junior or senior attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2021. Applications should be submitted online through Scholarship Central at moslf.org. To access more information about this scholarship, click here, or contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130.
  • Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships


    This year’s nationally competitive fellowship session is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 7 in Violette Hall 1000. It will also be available via Zoom for those who do not want to attend in person. Students can sign up online.

    Each year Truman nominates students for national fellowship opportunities who have shown outstanding academic performance and exceptional service accomplishments. The application process is very rigorous and highly competitive, but the University provides support as students prepare for and then apply to these prestigious scholarships.
    Listed below are several of the major national fellowships and their websites. More information about these fellowships is available at www.truman.edu/majors-programs/more-learning-opportunities/fellowships.

    For Graduate Studies
    Fulbright Grants
    Research grants and teaching assistantships for a year abroad

    Rhodes Scholarships
    Grants for two years of study at Oxford University

    Marshall Scholarships
    Awards for two years of study in any British university

    Mitchell Scholarships
    One year of graduate study or research in Ireland or Northern Ireland

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships
    Awards for an advanced degree or second bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge
    For Undergraduate Studies
    Goldwater Scholarships
    Up to $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books, room and board for science and mathematics majors

    Harry S. Truman Scholarships
    For senior year and post-graduate study leading to a career in public service

    Udall Scholarships
    For students interested in careers related to environmental issues or for Native Americans and Alaskans interested in careers related to health care and tribal public policy

    Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowships
    For students interested in international affairs to work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates in Washington, D.C. for a full year

    Boren Scholarships
    To study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests