Vol. 25 No. 29 - April 19, 2021


  • Applications Open for Counseling Master’s Programs

    Truman is now accepting applications for two new master’s programs in counseling.

    Both the Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling, and the Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling, will begin in fall 2021, and prospective students can apply now at connect.truman.edu/apply.

    Created in response to market demands, the new programs strive to equip caring, committed, competent and culturally aware individuals with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to become professional counselors in school and community settings.

    The Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling program is geared toward meeting the academic, career and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in elementary, middle and secondary schools as certified and licensed school counselors.

    The Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling program specializes in community-based work as licensed professional counselors.

    For more information about either program, visit counseling.truman.edu or contact Graduate Admissions at 660.785.7343 or gradinfo@truman.edu.
  • Yardley Wins Bulldog B.I.T.E.


    Logan Yardley, a senior accounting major, won the 2021 Bulldog B.I.T.E. pitch competition.

    As the winner, he received the Cody Sumter Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award and earned a prize of $3,000 for his pitch for Receipt Hero, a business solution designed to assist construction companies with easily and conveniently collecting and sharing receipts for tax preparation.

    Esther Lee, a sophomore business administration major, received the Amanda Gioia Entrepreneurship Award and earned $2,000 for her pitch of Smarter, an automated study partner with voice recognition capabilities to enhance study time for students. Mitchell Kronsbein, a senior business administration major, finished third and won $1,000 for his pitch for Fur Hearts, a premium pet food business that directs a significant portion of its revenue to support animal shelters.

    The other students who made the finals were Mackenzie Miller, a senior business administration major, Victor Wei, a sophomore computer science and statistics major, and Brandon Winston, a sophomore business major.

    Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Business Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, allowed participants to pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept. The competition is funded through the Villhard Innovation Fund, which was created by Doug and Diane Villhard to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship at Truman and has received gifts from both individual and corporate donors.

    Volunteer judges selected six individuals to attend the finals April 9. This year’s finals were conducted through a Zoom meeting. Contestants were judged based on the problem, product/service solution, market, competition, value creation, seed money, a Q&A session and the presentation of the concept.

    The qualifying round judges for the Bulldog B.I.T.E. were Dan Schmidt (’02) and Dane Stangler (’01). The practice round judges were Stephanie Mills (’07, ’10), Rashmi Prasad, Anastasia Tiedemann and Eric Wang (’19). The final round judges were Amanda Gioia (’93), Mike Heckman (’99), Marco Ilardi (’99), Paul J. McCain (’12) and Cody Sumter (’10).
  • 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.
  • The Index Earns Multiple Awards at Virtual Conference


    The Truman Index won 18 awards from the Missouri College Media Association, including second place in Best Overall Newspaper in Division II and third place in the Division II sweepstakes.

    MCMA is an organization representing newspapers and yearbooks from colleges and universities around the state of Missouri.

    The annual conference was intended to take place in-person on Truman’s campus but got moved to virtual format due to COVID-19.

    “I couldn’t be more proud of The Index staff and their dedication to creating quality news and entertainment content for the campus community,” said Ryan Pivoney, editor-in-chief of The Index and MCMA president “We had winners in a variety of areas, so it’s nice to get that validation that we’re on the right track.”

    Index staff won the following awards for Division II:

    First Place
    Gordon McPherson
    Entertainment Review
    “Honey Boy’ is harrowing and memorable”

    Samuel Sardis
    Non Political/Entertainment Cartoon
    “Room selection be like”

    Second Place
    Samuel Sardis
    Non political/Entertainment Cartoon
    “Is that the sound of … food?”

    Samuel Sardis
    Political/Editorial Cartoon
    “It’s just a cough”

    Elisabeth Shirk

    Sports Writing
    “Bulldog beats the odds”

    Best Overall Newspaper in Div. II

    Third Place
    Joey Doughrty
    Entertainment Review
    “Chrisopher Nolan’s Tenet’ is bold and relentless”

    Ryan Pivoney
    Sports Page
    “Totta leads bulldogs with talent, passion”

    Elisabeth Shirk

    Editorial/Op-Ed Page
    The Index Vol. 111 Issue 13

    The Index

    The Index

    The Index Editorial Board

    Editorial Writing
    “Our view: #CampusClear-ly not working”

    Honorable Mentions
    Rachel Becker and Anakin Bush
    News Writing
    “Racist posters prompt community response”

    Rachel Becker and Anakin Bush
    News Photography
    “Truman students organize march, vigil for Breanna Taylor”

    Anna Mercer, Erica Shamel, Orielle Heilicher and Rita Hanch

    Investigative Reporting
    “Campus parking causes frustration”

    Rachel Becker

    Page One Design
    The Index Vol. 111 Issue 13

    Ryan Pivoney
    News Photography
    “Peaceful protest hosted in Kirksville”

    Elisabeth Shirk

    “Fighting the misinformation pandemic”
  • Football to Play for Spring Championship


    The Truman football team will play for the Great Lakes Valley Conference spring football championship, April 24.

    Truman improved to 3-0 on the truncated season after defeating Missouri S&T 46-27, April 15 in Rolla to clinch the west’s spot in the GLVC title game. The Bulldogs will play The University of Indianapolis at 7 p.m., April 24.

    In August, The GLVC’s Council of Presidents voted to postpone the majority of the 2020 fall intercollegiate athletics season until the second semester, due to ongoing concerns of the coronavirus. For football, the schedule was reduced to one exhibition game and three regular season contests followed by a cross-division championship game. The west division is comprised of Truman, Missouri S&T, William Jewell and Southwest Baptist, while the east featured Quincy, McKendree, Indianapolis and Lindenwood.

    The championship game will be available on GLVCSN.com, and fans can listen locally on KRES 104.7 FM or online at CentralMoInfo.com.
  • Greek Life Raises $14,000 for RAIL

    Greek students present a check to RAIL, Rural Advocates for Independent Living. As part of the Greek Week philanthropy efforts, students raised $14,000 and collected other supplies for RAIL. The total was announced during closing ceremonies April 9. Other recognition's during the closing ceremonies were Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., which placed first for NPHC, Delta Chi, which took first for IFC, and Delta Zeta, which took first for Panhellenic Council. Alex Sosa of Beta Theta Pi and Shelby Duessel of Delta Phi Epsilon were crowned Greek Week Royalty.


  • Vote in the Student Government Elections

    Voting for Student Government annual spring elections will take place from April 19-22 at vote.truman.edu. Results will be announced April 23 via Zoom. The link for the results event can be found here. Contact Owen Smith, elections administrator, with any questions.

  • IFC Contributes to Local Food Pantry


    Truman’s Interfraternity Council is hosting a food drive for the Adair County Pantry. Examples of recommended foods to donate are four-pound bags of sugar, five-pound bags of flour, pancake mix, pancake syrup, hamburger helper, tuna helper, individual serving packs of applesauce and fruit. Donations can be dropped off between April 19-23 during regular working hours at the Student Union Building Office 2000.
  • The Final Blowout Scheduled for April 21-23


    The Final Blowout, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, will take place from April 21-23 on the quad and in the Student Union Building. This three-day event will follow a road trip across America with various food, games, prizes and entertainment each day. Wednesday’s theme is amusement park, Thursday’s theme is the wild west and Friday’s theme is beach day. Other attractions include hypnotist comedian John McVicar, multiple carnival games and a surfing machine. More information can be found @trumansab on social media and at sab.truman.edu/tfb.
  • Career Center Workshops Offer Students Advice

    The Career Center is sponsoring Real Life 101, a series of presentations to help students gain knowledge and tools to aid in in self-advocacy for their next designation journey. The Career Center will host workshops, panels and presentations on the topics listed below. The price to participate is free, and students are able to register for events at #HireTruman. All events will take place via Zoom. For any questions contact the Career Center at careers@truman.edu or 660.785.4353.

    Work-life Balance/Self-Advocacy

    5-6 p.m.
    April 20

    Stress Management

    5-6 p.m.
    April 22

    Surviving Grad School

    5-6 p.m.
    April 27

    Taxes 101
    5-6 p.m.
    April 27

    Life After Collegiate Sports

    5-6 p.m.
    April 29
  • Giving Day Set for April 21

    This year the Advancement Office has organized Truman Giving Day, April 21-22. This allows the Truman community 24 hours to make a difference to an area of campus they find important. Matching funds are available for the following campaigns: athletics; piano lab; School of Business; Truman Food Pantry; and the Brent Buckner & Diane Janick-Buckner Student Research.

  • Calling for Commencement Volunteers


    The University will celebrate and honor spring graduates May 7-8. Several volunteers are needed to help take tickets, pass out programs and direct people to the marked seating areas at the May Commencement Ceremonies.

    Truman will be conducting seven ceremonies in order to provide socially distant, in-person experiences for graduates and their two guests. Volunteers can pick which ceremonies they would like to attend. All ceremonies will take place in Pershing Arena so they can be livestreamed for those who are not able to attend in-person.  

    The Registrar’s Office is trying to create three “Commencement Teams” based on the grouping of ceremonies instead of trying to staff individual ceremonies. The commencement teams are broken into a Friday team, a Saturday early team and a Saturday late team with the divisions as follows:

    Friday team – The 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. ceremonies

    Saturday early team – The 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies

    Saturday late team – The 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ceremonies
    Anyone willing to serve on any of the commencement teams, or anyone with questions about volunteering, can contact Nancy Asher at nasher@truman.edu or Anna Ruiz Esparza at annare@truman.edu, or call extension 660.785.4143. For those who volunteer, more detailed information will be sent closer to the actual date.
  • Hubbard to Present Barn Swallow Research at Faculty Forum


    Joey Hubbard, assistant professor of biology, will be the presenter at the final Faculty Forum of the 2020-21 school year. Hubbard’s talk, “Understanding the causes & consequences of plumage color variation in North American barn swallows,” will take place at 7 p.m. April 21 on Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

    Presentation abstract:

    In North American barn swallows, Hirundo rusticate erythrogaster, ventral coloration is the target of sexual selection such that males with darker plumage experience higher reproductive success. Cross-fostering experiments demonstrate that plumage color, while heritable, is also impacted by environmental conditions during early development (i.e, while nestlings are still in the nest). Given its role as a sexually selected trait, we are investigating information that might be conveyed by this coloration. Specifically, my students and I are examining the role of nest temperature during both the incubation and brooding period on color development as well as hatching success and nestling survival.

    The Truman Faculty Forum was created in 2003 to give faculty the opportunity to present their research and creative work to the Truman community, and to enhance the importance of scholarship and creativity in the culture of our institution. In the spirit of the liberal arts and sciences, the Forum is a showcase of Truman faculty’s many creative and intellectual pursuits. The Forum offers a variety of formats – public lectures, classroom-style symposia, performances, and gallery exhibitions – to best suit different fields of study as well as different individuals.
  • Student Research Conference Returns April 22


    After being a completely virtual event last year due to the pandemic, the Student Research Conference will return April 22 in a hybrid format.

    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. Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines were invited to present their scholarly or creative work.

    Dr. Kalynda C. Smith, assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina A&T State University, will be the plenary speaker. Her current teaching load is primarily social psychology and cultural psychology courses. She is also a Co-PI of several STEM education NSF-funded projects focused on the academic achievement of students of color, especially as it pertains to pursuing research and graduate training. These interdisciplinary projects include faculty from education, engineering, mathematics, political science, social work and sociology and are cross-institutional. Smith’s duties include quantitative and qualitative data collection, analyses, interpretation and publication. She is primarily interested in how identity impacts the achievement outcomes of students of color including, but not limited to, racial identity, gender identity and academic identity.

    Smith’s presentation, “The Exploration of Identity Intersectionality of Black Female STEM Undergraduates attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU),” will take place at 12 p.m. April 22 via Zoom.

    Additional information for the Student Research Conference, including abstracts, a schedule of events and access to virtual presentations, can be found online at osr.truman.edu/src2021. Questions about the program for the conference can be directed to the Office of Student Research via email at osr@truman.edu.
  • Fulbright Workshop Helps Applicants


    The Truman Fulbright Campus Committee will host a Fulbright Writing Workshop from 5-6:30 p.m. April 22 in McClain Hall 206J.
    This workshop is specifically for potential applicants who will be graduating by the end of the 2021-22 academic year and plan to complete a Fulbright application in the fall of 2021. Any potential applicants are welcome to join this event for specific advice and an opportunity to meet and discuss their applications with members of the committee.
    The workshop will also be available via Zoom for applicants who are not currently on campus or who cannot meet in-person. The Zoom information is zoom.us/j/98338576225. Meeting ID is 983 3857 6225.
  • Documentary Portrays Female Scientists

    Women in Chemistry will host a screening of the documentary “Picture a Scientist” that portrays several female scientists and their experiences. Sign up here.

  • Truman Food Pantry Internship Available


    The Truman Food Pantry is accepting applications for an internship position for the 2021-22 academic year. The position can either be for scholarship or work-study with the option of including a for-credit academic component. Applications are open now and can be found on TruPositions.

    The intern will work with the food pantry committee on all aspects of operation. They will help in assessing and analyzing food insecurity and its impact on students, as well as drafting, implementing and maintaining policies and procedures of the program.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and social media creation and maintenance, as well as knowledge and understanding of food insecurity and its impact in a campus community. For more information, email JD Smiser.
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Raises ALS Awareness Through Spring Festival


    Sigma Alpha Iota is hosting a free Spring Fling music festival event from 11a.m.-4 p.m. April 25 on the quad to raise money and awareness for ALS research. All proceeds will go to the St. Louis branch of the ALS Association. There will be music performances and items for sale, including stickers, water bottles and soda cans. Randy Smith, a retired music professor whose wife had ALS, will also be speaking at the beginning of the event. If it is raining, the event will be cancelled.
  • International Club Hosts Fashion Show

    Tickets can be purchased here.

  • Casting Call to Find the Next Faces of Truman


    The Office of Admission is looking for 30 or more students who want to participate in digital and print marketing materials to promote Truman. Sign up here to be considered for participation in upcoming photo shoots for use in recruitment of the next class of Bulldogs.

    Photo shoots will take place 1-4:30 p.m. April 27 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 28. Students will not have to be available for all that time, only partial time. University guidelines for social distancing and masking indoors will be followed.

    For questions, contact Office of Admission at admissions@truman.edu.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Retirement Party for Joe Hamilton

  • Retirement Party for Joyce Cook

  • Retirement Party for Brenda Higgins

    A retirement party honoring Brenda Higgins will take place at 3 p.m. May 4 in the the Student Union Building Alumni Room.



  • Dawood Afzal and Kenneth Carter

    Dawood Afzal, professor of chemistry, presented a paper, coauthored with Kenneth Carter, professor of chemistry, titled “Chemistry for Generation Z in the Time of COVID-19.” It was invited for the PRES-Recommended session “COVID: Lessons Learned,” at the Spring 2021 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Of more than the 500 sessions at the meeting, only around 10 received this designation from ACS President H. N. Cheng. The live session has been recorded for on-demand access.

  • Kory Carter

    Kory Carter, men’s baseball, was named Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week for baseball. He is the first Bulldog to win the award since Jason Priest in 2017. Carter was also named Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ending April 11.

    The Bulldogs’ senior outfielder set multiple new career highs with four hits, two home runs and four RBIs. He tallied seven extra-base hits for the week of April 5, including four home runs and three doubles. He recorded 10 RBI and scored nine runs in a four-game series against William Jewell.

  • Tanner Lain

    Tanner Lain, football, was selected as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after the Bulldogs blocked three punts in a 34-15 win over William Jewell, April 10. Lain had the first block that directly resulted in the first score of the game.

  • Ellie Kaat and Lindsay Woltering

    Ellie Kaat and Lindsay Woltering, volleyball, have been named second team All-GLVC by the conference office. Kaat earns the honor for the second time in her career, as she was named to the second team in 2018. She led the Bulldogs in kills with 169 and points with 188. Woltering makes it for the first time. She finished the regular season third in the conference with 5.38 digs per set.

  • Daniel Mandell

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, served as chair and commenter for the session on “Legal and Constitutional Histories,” at the annual virtual meeting of the New England Historical Association, April 10.

  • Timothy Wiser

    Timothy Wiser, assistant professor of physics, has been selected as a member-at-large on the executive committee of the Midwest regional section of the American Physical Society. He will serve 2021-2023.

  • Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 25 New Members

    The Delta of Missouri Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society inducted 25 students April 18.

    Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes undergraduate excellence in the depth and breadth of the liberal arts and sciences. This class represents the twentieth anniversary of the chartering of Truman’s chapter in 2001.

    The 25 students inducted include:

    Kate Grace Becker

    Peyton Nicole Bell

    Annie Joe Bensyl

    Cody Dean Boyd

    Maxwell James Chappell

    Liam Morris Connolly

    Riley Benjamin Dawkins

    Kelli N. Ellis

    Andrew Donald Gentry

    Addie Clare Godsy

    Michael Jeremy Green

    Samantha Alice Hunsel

    Bonnie Christine Jeune

    Malia Gail Johnson

    Caroline Morris Lesch

    Michael James Lonnberg

    Allison Ann Maschhoff

    Kay Sue McNeary

    Caitlin Alexandra Mueller

    Connor Kenneth Neils

    Logan Jane Peterson

    Kim Renee Ramos

    Evan Benjamin Reeves

    Bryan Patrick Ritchey

    Hailey Elizabeth Rupprecht

  • Speech and Hearing Clinic Receives Grant

    Truman’s Speech and Hearing Clinic has been selected as a recipient for the 2021 SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd grant for the third consecutive year. This clinical grant is sponsored by Parkinson Voice Project, a non-profit organization that developed a voice treatment for people with Parkinson's disease. As a grant recipient, the communications disorder department will have access for two of the CMDS faculty, as well as online SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd training for all graduate students.

    In addition, they will have free access to the research, intent and teletherapy webinars of the Parkinson Voice Project for all speech pathology faculty and students at the clinic. They will also be provided with a variety of treatment materials and marketing brochures. The training and materials enable to serve members of the community with Parkinson's disease to be treated in facilities with evidence-based treatments that facilitates their ongoing communicative skills, even as the disease progresses.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Campus Vigilance Apparent in Promising COVID Numbers


    In their weekly meeting, Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group committee members Nancy Daley-Moore, Christine Harker and Scott Alberts discussed case numbers, vaccines and the local mask ordinance.

    Truman reported zero active cases for the week of April 14. Since returning from spring break the University has twice reported no active cases. The group credited the work of the campus community in actively observing safe practices and in getting vaccinated. Among students and employees, the process is going well enough there are currently no plans for a second on-campus vaccination clinic.

    At a recent meeting, the county health board voted to end its mask ordinance effective May 1. Daley-Moore, Harker and Alberts recommend all students and employees continue to wear a mask when in public. The campus mask mandate is still in effect, and everyone is encouraged to follow safe practices by washing their hands, maintaining a social distance and wearing a mask.

    A recording of the conversation can be found here.
  • Local Vaccine Providers


    All Missouri residents are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.

    Adair County Health Department
    Call 660.665.8491.
    Click here for information about vaccine clinics.

    Scotland County Hospital
    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. 



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


    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