Vol. 25 No. 25- March 22, 2021


  • Basketball Team Advances to Elite Eight


    The men’s basketball team is headed back to the Elite Eight for the first time in more than two decades after winning the Midwest Regional, March 16.

    Truman defeated Michigan Tech 65-62 with the help of 21 points from Cade McKnight and a double-double from Elijah Hazekamp. The back-and-forth game had eight lead changes and seven ties. With just three seconds to go, McKnight made the go-ahead layup to put Truman up 63-62. After an MTU turnover, Hunter Strait iced the game with two foul shots.

    The Bulldogs return to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999 and will be joined by Northwest Missouri State, West Texas A&M, Flagler College, Colorado School of Mines, Lincoln Memorial, Daemen and West Liberty.

    Truman is scheduled to play Flagler College at 8:45 p.m. March 24. The game can be viewed online. Fans can also listen locally on KRES 104.7 FM or online at CentralMoInfo.com.
  • Theatre Department Presents Pride and Prejudice Adaptation


    Truman Theatre’s next production of the year, “Pride@Predjudice,” will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. March 25-27.

    “Pride@Prejudice” is a hilarious and moving tribute to one of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels. This play watches Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fall in love all over again, this time filtered through the world of the internet. Modern voices interject and build on this classic love story in the form of blog posts, chat rooms, quotes from film adaptations and letters from Austen herself to establish a postmodern view of 19th century England.

    “Pride@Prejudice” is appropriate for audience members of all ages. Runtime is approximately 150 minutes with a 10-minute intermission. To continue to create a safe and socially distanced atmosphere, this performance will be available as both a live performance and streamed online from Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    Tickets for live admission are $2 and online are $5. All tickets can be purchased at boxoffice.truman.edu. Once a ticket for online streaming 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.

  • Art Gallery Exhibition Continues Until April 15

    Machayla Poe’s work the Student Union Building

    The University Art Gallery is hosting its annual Juried Student Exhibition through April 15.

    “The exhibition is always the most well-attended event of the year,” said Heidi Cook, art gallery director.

    Cook attributes the exhibition’s success to the sense of pride felt by students, faculty and staff. She said visitors come to the gallery to see either their classmates’, students’ or their own art displayed.

    The exhibitions contain between 40-60 works depending on the juror’s selection. The guest juror for this exhibition is Nick Satinover, associate professor of print media at Middle Tennessee State University. Satinover will award three cash prizes for best in show and honorary mentions.

    In addition to the juror-awarded prizes, every year the Student Union Building purchases two works for $250 each to display. The process involves about 40 people from various Student Union offices who vote on pieces to decorate the building.

    Machayla Poe, senior art studio major, has had two works purchased by the Student Union Building even though she did not get into the exhibition the first year she submitted art. She said the experience taught resilience, trying, failing and trying again.

    “Everyone has different interests,” Poe said, “Sometimes people want to see things that are more serious, and sometimes people enjoy being around things that are more light-hearted.”

    The exhibition and purchases create a student-centric atmosphere.

    “Students get to experience art, contribute to the selection and hopefully see parts of themselves reflected in it,” said Laura Bates, director of the student union and campus activities.

    Bates sees many alumni return to campus and make a stop at the Student Union Building to view their art.

    Art and non-art majors submit work. Cook said that for art students especially, having a piece selected enhances their resume or CV, fosters professional connections and creates wider educational opportunities.

    Interested visitors can view the gallery website for full hours and COVID-19 precautions.
  • Econ Speaker Examines Universal Basic Income

    The Economics Department Speaker Series will welcome Matt Zwolinski to present about universal basic income.

    Zwolinski is a professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego. He is also the founder and director of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy. One of Zwolinkski’s areas of expertise is universal basic income.

    After the idea of a universal basic income gained national attention with the presidential campaign of Andrew Yang, people began to wonder where this idea came from and whether or not it made economic or moral sense. In Zwolinski’s talk, he will answer those questions and more. He will cover the history of UBI, the main arguments for and against it and the appeal not only on the political left, but among certain conservatives and libertarians as well.

    Zwolinksi’s presentation will take place at 7 p.m. April 19 in the Student Union Budiling Georgian Room B and will be available as in-person or live streamed event.
  • Truman Makes List of Top Affordable Colleges


    Truman was recognized by Intelligent.com on its list of “Most Affordable Colleges for 2021.”

    Using information based on an assessment of 17,169 accredited colleges and universities in the nation, only 50 made it to the final list. Each college was evaluated based on curriculum, cost, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.

    Intelligent.com went on to evaluate each program on the basis of items such as student readiness, student engagement and flexibility. Student readiness looked at educational resources available to students, whether that was online resources or library on campus. Student engagement looked at how active each program was and how many students chose and completed each degree program. Flexibility looked at whether the universities programs can be tailored for the different needs of students. They then calculated an Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. Truman earned an 85.46 and scored high in flexibility with program delivery format offered on-campus and online. The University was also acclaimed for its minor options.


  • Spend Time at Home While Taking Summer Classes

  • 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.

  • Enactus Collects School Supplies for Kirksville Community


    Re-School Supplies, an Enactus project, is hosting an office/school supply drive, March 25. Any students or faculty interested in donating new or used supplies should email rew4871@truman.edu by 5 p.m. March 24. Donations will be picked up between 3-5 p.m. March 25. All supplies will be refurbished by workers at the Sustainability Office and then donated to back to the Kirksville community.
  • 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.
  • Sigma Delta Pi Cultural Presentations


    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
  • Colloquium Examines Venezuelan Health Care

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    The next Global Issues Colloquium 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 Issues Colloquium’s webpage at globalissues.truman.edu.
  • MAE Film Series to Screen “Teach”


    The Education Department will host a screening of the film “Teach” at 7 p.m. March 25 in Magruder Hall 1000 for this semester’s MAE Film Series.

    “Teach” explores the American education system through the eyes of teachers from four different public schools around America and looks at what it takes to be a teacher. Following the screening of this documentary, there will be a discussion with a panel of students.

    This event is free of charge but spots may be limited. RSVP here by March 24. Any questions can be directed via email to Leah Anderson-Little or Abby Sanders.
  • 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.

  • Fitness-Wellness Program Hosts Dance Party Class

    The Fitness-Wellness Program is hosting a special event dance party class at 7:45 p.m. March 26 in room 208. Room lighting, in combination with a disco ball light, will be minimal, so please be aware if this causes health or safety concerns. All fitness levels are welcome and capacity is 15 people.

  • ROTC Accepting Summer Internship Applications

    Army ROTC is now accepting applications for a 25-day paid summer internship. With this internship, students will learn leadership skills, develop thinking skills and build self-confidence. Email Brian Fields with any questions. Deadline to apply is March 27.

  • 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.

  • Nominations Open for William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award


    The William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award pays tribute to excellent faculty and staff academic advisors and demonstrates how important academic advising is at Truman. This is an opportunity for students to honor faculty and staff academic advisors in their departments. The award recognizes outstanding advising/mentoring by a full-time faculty and staff academic advisor 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Student Capstone Project Organizes Know-Your-Health Fair


    As a student capstone project, a Know-Your-Health Fair will take place at 7 p.m. April 5 in Violette Hall 1000. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about risks of addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and insomnia. They have invited experts to give 10-minute presentations on which factors in a person’s life can put them at risk for those five health conditions.

    Everyone attending must pick three of the five presentations. At the end of each presentation, there will be a quick questionnaire that can help approximate the risk for that specific condition. Snacks will be provided and COVID-19 precautions will be in place. There will be a raffle to enter at the beginning of the fair for a chance to win a prize. For more information visit @knowyourhealthtruman
    on Instagram.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Happiness Workshop Begins April 7

  • Greek Week Philanthropy Supports RAIL


    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.
  • Writing Center Positions Now Available

    The Writing Center is hiring writing consultants for the 2021-22 academic year. Students from all majors are welcome to apply. Scholarship, work-study and limited institutional hours are available. Any questions can be directed via email to write@truman.edu.

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  • Fall Public Relations Internship Applications Open


    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the fall 2021 internship.

    Interns work approximately 32 hours per week and can choose to receive between six to nine credit hours. To maintain full-time student status, interns take two three-credit classes in addition to the internship credit hours. A small stipend is also included.

    Primary responsibilities of the intern will include writing copy for and editing pages on the University website. Other duties could include creating content for the University’s online weekly newsletter. Interns may also help with projects related to social media or video production in addition to other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style. Applicants must have the flexibility to work 32 hours a week.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to pr@truman.edu or mail to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202 no later than April 6.
  • DPS Spring Holiday Hours

    April 2
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    April 3

    April 4

    April 5
    3 p.m.-10 p.m.

    April 6
    Resume Regular Hours

    In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency, call 660.665.5621.


  • Theo Dean

    Theo Dean, women’s basketball coach, has been selected as a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 presented by Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment for the 2020-21 season. Dean, who recently completed his second season as head coach for the Bulldogs, was one of only two head coaches among the 30 honorees. In his first two years, Dean is 37-13 (.740) and led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 14-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference record and 17-5 overall mark this past year. The full article can be found here.

  • Daniel Mandell

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, received the 2021 Book Award from the Missouri Conference on History for “The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600-1870,” published last spring.

    One reviewer noted that “Mandell successfully recovers the often obscured legacy of economic equality and moral economy that emerged from the English Civil War, as it informed debates about proper republican polity during the American Revolution.” Another called it a “wide-ranging and insightful book that belongs on the reading lists of the scholars, elected officials, and others who will be engaged with figuring out a path ahead” of the United States seeking the best path out of the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • History Students

    Truman history students Shannon Fetzner, Nick Pruett and Alexandra Miller participated in a panel entitled “Regulating Class, Race and Ethnicity in Early Twentieth-Century America” at the virtual Missouri Conference on History, March 11. The panel was chaired by Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history. The presentations delivered by Fetzner and Pruett were both based on projects first started in a history course with McDonald in fall 2019.

    In summer 2020, Pruett completed the research for his paper with support from Office of Student Research’s Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research program. Miller’s paper, entitled “The Making of Useful Citizens’: Social Engineering in Kansas City Parks, 1893–1923,” was based on archival research completed during summer 2020 as part of the TruScholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program sponsored by the Office of Student Research.
  • Percussion Students

    Several students competed in the 14th Annual Missouri Percussion Arts Festival Solo and Chamber Virtual Competition, March 4-6. The top four spots in the Collegiate Solo Division, as well as first place in the Collegiate Duet Division, were won by Truman percussionists.

    Alec Lamb
    First Place

    Christian Baugher
    Second Place

    Curtis Halbrook
    Third Place

    McKenna Blenk
    Fourth Place

    Alec Lamb and Christian Baugher
    First Place- Duet
  • Master of Athletic Training Program

    The Master of Athletic Training program was granted 10 years of Continuing Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

    The program’s comprehensive review was due July 1, 2020, and a peer review site visit took place in February 2021. The purpose of the peer review committee is to perform comprehensive programmatic reviews, including self-study reviews and on-site visitations, for all program levels for both quality assurance and quality improvement purposes.

    The peer review team and CAATE found the Truman MAT program to have zero non-compliance issues with the standards and no factual re-writes that needed to be conducted. Based on these results, CAATE voted to grant 10 years of Continuing Accreditation, the highest honor for a comprehensive programmatic review. The MAT program will be listed as “active-in good standing.”

    The purpose of the CAATE is to develop, maintain and promote appropriate minimum education standards for quality for professional, post-professional and residency athletic training programs. CAATE is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

    At Truman, the Master of Athletic Training degree is a two-year program with cohorts beginning in July. The MAT program offers a high-quality education allowing students to work hands-on with a variety of patients. The Truman MAT program offers small cohorts to allow for more personalized instruction and learning opportunities. The program has an above average first-time pass rate on the national Board of Certification exam and a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation. Truman graduates have secured jobs in the professional, collegiate, high school, clinic, hospital and dance areas of athletic training.
  • Truman Wins COVID Award

    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. Its weekly recognition program highlights the work of those in the community committed to making a positive impact. Truman was nominated for its efforts to keep students on campus, safe and in classes as much as possible during the pandemic. They also provided for faculty and staff what was needed to ensure health, safety and continual operation.

    Each week, three “champions” – one for the medical field, the education sector and the community at large – are acknowledged for their efforts. Nominations are ongoing and can be made here.

    President Sue Thomas accepts the Education Champion Certificate from Carolyn Chrisman, director of Kirksville Reginal Economic Development Inc. Also pictured, from left, Ernie Hughes, vice president of advancement; Donna Liss, chief information officer; Janet Gooch, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost; Thomas; Chrisman; Tyana Lange, vice president of enrollment management and marketing; Dave Rector, vice president for administration, finance and planning; and Janna Stoskopf, vice president for student affairs.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel, But Do Not Relax Yet


    In their weekly meeting, Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group committee members Nancy Daley-Moore and Scott Alberts discussed case numbers, vaccines and masks mandates.

    Truman reported no active cases during the week of March 16, and while that is a success, Daley-Moore and Alberts cautioned it could be a result of fewer people on campus during break. One good week of case numbers is not a sign people can be lax in their approach to the virus. Everyone should continue to maintain social distance, wash their hands and wear a mask. Regardless of the local ordinance, Truman will keep its mask mandate in place at least until the summer.

    Vaccine rollout has gone better than originally expected and Daley-Moore and Alberts encouraged everyone who wants one to call multiple places in order to get a vaccine or onto a waitlist or “dump list.” While the tier system is still in effect, many providers ease guidelines in order to make sure no doses go to waste.

    A recording of their conversation can be found here.
  • 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.

    Scotland County Hospital
    Scotland County Hospital will conduct first dose clinics from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24 and March 31. Call 660.342.6295 and leave a message to get scheduled.

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


  • First-Dose Clinic Set for March 26

    The Northeast Missouri Health Council will host a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. March 26 at Northeast Family Health on Crown Drive in Kirksville. The clinic will administer the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
    While the clinic is aimed at NMHC patients, anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine may participate. Registration is required here. Questions about eligibility may be directed to info@nmhcinc.org.
  • 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