Vol. 25 No. 32 - June 1, 2021


  • Academic Honor Rolls Announced


    Truman has released its academic honor rolls for the spring 2021 semester.

    Students who received a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the spring semester can now find their honor roll information posted online.

    The President’s List, for students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, can be accessed at truman.edu/honors/spring-2021-presidents-list. The Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List, featuring students with a grade point average between 3.50-3.99, can be found at truman.edu/honors/spring-2021-vice-president-for-academic-affairs-list. To qualify for either list, a student must be an undergraduate and complete at least 12 hours of credit during the semester.

    Social media buttons on both pages make it easy for students and parents to share this accomplishment with friends and family.

    Lists are organized by state and home town. Home towns are based upon the permanent address given to the University by the student. Students who have requested a directory hold on their information are not included on the lists. Any questions regarding student eligibility for inclusion on the lists can be directed to the Academic Affairs Office at 660.785.4105.
  • Truman Releases List of Spring Graduates


    Truman has released the names of students who graduated following the spring semester.

    The names of the graduates can be found online at truman.edu/honors/spring-2021-graduation-list.

    Students who graduated with honors will have that distinction noted by their names. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average between 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average between 3.75-3.89. Summa cum laude honors graduates with a grade point average above 3.9.

    Master’s degree recipients will have that distinction noted by their names.

    The list is organized by state and home town. Home towns are based upon the permanent address given to the University by the student. Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on the list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for inclusion on the list can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 660.785.4143.

    This year, to celebrate graduates while maintaining a COVID-friendly environment, Truman conducted seven different ceremonies, May 7-8. Photo galleries of each event are now available at photos.truman.edu/home/commencement.

    Because attendance was limited inside Pershing Arena in order to meet campus safety guidelines, each ceremony was also livestreamed so friends and family not able to attend could still see their student graduate. Recordings of each event can be seen at truman.edu/registrar/commencement/commencement-video.
  • Student Exhibition Examines Truman Home Economics History

    A tea party with Mrs. Buckingham in a Division of Home Economics’ Home Management House, circa 1944-45. Photo courtesy of Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections and Museums.

    During the spring semester, students in Interdisciplinary Studies 360 - Museums: Objects and Collections, led by Heidi Cook, assistant professor of art history, created an exhibition that highlights the teacup collection from Truman’s former Division of Home Economics.

    From the 1940s through the 1960s, graduating students of the Division of Home Economics at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College had the opportunity to donate a teacup and saucer to the home economics teacup collection. Each teacup and saucer were considered to reflect the uniqueness of each graduate of the program.

    The current collection now located in Truman’s archives contains 229 teacups, of which a selection is showcased in the exhibition. Most graduates of this program became home economics teachers in Missouri schools, and some pursued careers related to cooking and nutrition, family services or household products.

    With assistance from Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections and Museums, students in the course selected teacups for the exhibition. They also researched the history of Truman’s Division of Home Economics, the history of porcelain and porcelain companies, and even contacted home economics alumni to compile information for interpretative labels. The exhibition will be available in the Ruth W. Towne Museum until April 2022. This course is a part of Truman’s museum studies minor.
  • Tree Advisory Committee Project Brings More Flowers to Campus

    Volunteers plant flowers in the beds near Missouri and Blanton-Nason-Brewer halls. The project was developed by the Tree Advisory Committee and conducted in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Student Sustainability Fee.


  • Faculty and Staff Honored for Service Recognition


    Due to the pandemic, the annual Service Recognition Luncheon could not be hosted this spring. President Thomas honored approximately 146 current and retired members of the University individually for their commitment to the Truman. A list of the 2021 honorees can be found here.
  • Career Prep Organization Seeking New Members for Fall Semester


    Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is seeking applications for new members to join for this fall. PBL is a career preparation organization for all majors founded on the pillars of service, education and progress. New members can develop transferable skills, compete at conferences and join the executive team – all during their first semester.

    The chapter is undergoing changes to provide more opportunities at every level: local, state and national. PBL is looking for leaders and contributors who can build great experiences for members and alumni. An alumna of Truman PBL that has a 10-year history with the organization will host training this summer for new executive team members.

    Executive application link can be found here. Contact pbltruman@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Food Packs Available for Students During Summer


    Truman Food Pantry will be open this summer for all current students, even if they are not enrolled in summer classes. Students can submit a request here to select food and schedule a time for pick up at the SERVE Center located in Student Union Building 1106. This service will be offered continuously throughout the summer months. Food is provided by the Pantry for Adair County in partnership with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, and from generous donations from the Truman community.
  • Summer Workshop Helps with FASFA Filing


    The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development is hosting FAFSA Frenzy-Summer Edition events to help people successfully file FASFA. The FAFSA Frenzy in Kirksville will take place June 17 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Kirksville Job Center located at 2105 E. Normal Ave. Participants are asked to bring their Social Security number, tax information and FSA ID, which can be obtained at fsaid.ed.gov.
  • New Blackboard Tool Helps Faculty with Course Content


    A new Blackboard tool called Ally will be available to all faculty this fall semester. With Ally, instructors have the ability to create more accessible content for students to succeed.

    Ally works with Blackboard to make content more user friendly in many ways. It provides a green/yellow/red “speedometer” that instructors can use to gauge which content can be edited to become more accessible for students. Ally also provides guidance by suggesting how to fix content that has been flagged as needing improvement. Ally automatically generates alternative formats for content, such as MP3 text-to-speech, e-reader supported files and Beeline files which help readers keep track of their place in text.

    Ally will officially launch on all courses this fall, but faculty are encouraged to check it out this summer as part of the second Truman pilot. Instructors will receive an invitation to turn on Ally in their courses later this month.
  • DPS Summer Hours

    The Department of Public Safety will be open 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will be closed Friday through Sunday. In case of emergency call 9-1-1. To have an officer dispatched for a non-emergency call 660.665.5621.



  • Hannah Belanger

    Hannah Belanger, women’s basketball, was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team. She was one of five players selected out of more than 30 nominees in the district that comprised the Great Lakes Valley, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Great Midwest conferences. Belanger will be on the ballot for Academic All-America honors.

  • Nolan Hair

    Nolan Hair, football, was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of Year by the league’s football coaches. Hair completed 71 of 124 passes for 818 yards and nine touchdowns in four games. He was an honorable mention all-GLVC pick as he took over starting duties from the last Bulldog to earn the Freshman of the Year award, Jaden Barr.

  • Daniel Mandell

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, served on the Massachusetts Historical Society’s fellowship selection committee for 2021-2022. The committee awarded about $60,000 in 28-month research fellowships to junior and advanced scholars needing materials. The MHS is the oldest historical society in the U.S., founded in 1791. Its collection of personal papers and other documents from the 1500s to the present form an invaluable resource for those researching American history, life and culture.

  • Natalie Telep

    Freshman Natalie Telep, track and field, placed 15th in the national championship for the women’s javelin at the NCAA Division II Track and Field meet in Allendale, Mich., May 29. She fouled on her first attempt but threw 35.09m (115-1) on her second attempt. Her third throw was her best at 36.79m (120-8).

    Telep was the Great Lakes Valley Conference champion and meet record holder. She had a season-best mark of 45.24 meters (148-50) and was seeded 16th in the field of 17 at the championships. Telep’s mark came as part of the Truman Twilight meet, April 22. She won seven javelin events during the spring season including the championship at the GLVC meet May 8 with a conference record launch of 43.40m (142-5).

  • Emma Walbert

    Emma Walbert, softball, has been named all-region by both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Division 2 College Commissioner’s Association. She was a first-team choice by the coaches for the Midwest region and a second-team outfield selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    Walbert was sixth in the region, comprising schools from the Great Lakes Valley, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Great Midwest conferences, in batting with a .422 average and eighth in on-base percentage at .482. This past season she reached base safely in 28 of 32 games with 16 multi-hit games.

  • Baseball

    Steven Bradbury and Kory Carter, baseball, made the second all-conference team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Truman won the James Spalding Sportsmanship Award and Carter was the individual nominee from the Bulldogs for the individual award.

    This season Carter hit .301, started 25 games and hit nine home runs, six doubles and one triple. He scored 21 runs, batted in 21 runs and finished with 25 hits.

    Bradbury closed out his Bulldog career by hitting .320 with 20 runs scored and 24 hits. He hit two home runs with seven doubles and one triple. He had career highs in hitting percentage with .520 and on-base percentage at .420.

  • Football All-Conference Selections

    Following the abbreviated spring season 14 players earned all-conference honors. Cody Schrader was one of only three players on the first team to be on every coach’s ballot. Schrader averaged 101 yards rushing with 405 yards on 82 attempts and seven touchdowns. He had a season-high 142 yards in a victory over William Jewell and also caught eight passes for another 52 yards.

    A total of 10 Bulldog players were placed on the first team. Offensive lineman Jacob VanDoren was a repeat first team choice and selected to his third all-league team. Fullback Jacob Morris earned his fourth all-conference selection as he was a utility pick on the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Reed McBroom also earned his second-straight first-team pick after registering 22 tackles and a fumble recovery in four games.

    Other first-team picks for the Bulldogs were tight end Jake Ellis, defensive lineman Robert Greco, defensive lineman Alec Devecchi, defensive lineman Kendrick Scarbrough, defensive back Ben Watson and kick returner Jaylen Jefferson.

    With no second team this season due to limited games, Nolan Hair, wide receiver Dante Ruffin, linebacker Isaiah Estes and placekicker Josh Scheiderer were honorable mentions.


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. For more information 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