Vol. 25 No. 32 - June 14, 2021


  • Classrooms to Return to Regular Capacities, Further Details Coming Soon


    Starting this fall, all classrooms on campus will operate under their original usage guidelines.

    Based on a variety of factors, including a decrease in the number of active cases, an increase in vaccination rates, and updated guidance from the CDC, classrooms will return to their usual capacities at the start of the fall semester. This will permit all in-person classes that had to adopt a hybrid format to meet COVID protocols to return to an in-person format. All activities may also be conducted in an in-person format.

    There may still be COVID protocols in place to limit exposure to and spread of the virus. For example, the campus mask policy for the fall semester must still be determined. Details regarding these protocols should be available by June 30.

    As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the University will consult the guidance of the CDC along with other medical and public health professionals to determine the proper course of action for the campus.

    As more information about the fall semester becomes available, it will be emailed directly to students and employees, and all messages will continue to be posted at truman.edu/coronavirus.
  • Virtual Book Club Features Truman Faculty Member


    The Alumni Office is kicking off the summer with its second virtual book club reading.

    “Kiss of the Moonflower” by Truman’s own Joe Benevento, professor of English, will be the featured book. When Professor Veronica Teuma goes missing, two brothers, Tony and Mike Cupelli, come from Queens, N.Y., to small-town Missouri in an attempt to find her. Set in a fictional version of the Kirksville, Tony and Mike discover a plan to grow and harvest Datura, or “moonflower,” a notoriously dangerous drug used for centuries by Native Americans and European witches in rituals. The brothers become certain that Veronica’s disappearance is linked to the moonflower plot and begin investigating.

    Benevento grew up in a neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., the fifth of seven children. He came to Truman after receiving his Ph.D. in 1983. He teaches courses in creative writing, American literature, mystery and occasionally young adult literature. “Kiss of the Moonflower” is his 14th published book and fifth novel overall. He also has one book of short stories, seven books and chapbooks of poetry, and one book of the poetry of Jim Thomas, “Brief Tracks,” which he edited and had published with Truman State University Press. More information about his writing, including some samples can be found at AuthorJoeBenevento.com.

    Access is available to anyone through the Alumni and Friends Book Club Facebook page. The first group of discussion questions will be posted on the page starting the week of June 14. The other discussion dates will be announced later. At the end of the book, an interactive question-and-answer session with the author will be scheduled.


  • Learn About Graduate Programs at Info Sessions


    Information sessions about graduate programs will take place both virtually and on campus. Registration for each session can be found here and closes at 5 p.m. the day prior to the event. The location for on campus is still to be determined. Master’s programs offered are accountancy, athletic training, communication disorders, education, English, leadership, music, counseling (online), data science and analytic storytelling (online) and gifted education (online). For more information, contact Liz McLain, assistant director of admission-graduate and transfer.

    Virtual Sessions

    July 13
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    July 27
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Aug. 10

    5:30-6:30 p.m.
    On-Campus Sessions

    Sept. 7
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Sept. 21
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Oct. 5

    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Oct. 19
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Nov. 2
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Nov. 16
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Health Department to Host Vaccination Event June 22


    The Adair County Health Department will host a vaccination event June 22 at the Health Department located at 1001 S. Jamison St. The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for anyone 18 years of age or older. Those who receive the vaccine will be considered fully vaccinated as of July 6.

    Anyone interested in getting the vaccine should call 660.665.8491 to register.
  • Rec Sponsors Outdoor Happy Hour

    The Student Recreation Center is hosting outdoor happy hour from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the quad every Monday during the month of June. Slacklining and outdoor yard games will be available to play.

  • Outdoor Yoga Offered During the Month of June

    The Student Recreation Center will host outdoor yoga on the west side of the building from 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday until July 1. All fitness levels are welcome.

  • 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.
  • Multipurpose Gym Closed Until June 30

    The multipurpose gym will be closed through June 30 for the Student Services Fair and building repairs.

  • Summer Hours at the Rec


    For the full schedule of summer fitness classes visit recreation.truman.edu.

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.





  • Michael Barnes

    Michael Barnes, assistant professor of accounting, had a paper accepted for publication in Issues in Accounting Education. The paper, “TIME is of the Essence: An Audit Escape Room Activity,” is coauthored with Kathy Enget, assistant professor at the University of Albany.

  • Dereck Daschke

    Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, participated in the 11th Enoch Seminar/LMU Munich Congress on Apocalypticism in Antiquity, May 26. He responded to a paper by G. Anthony Keddie, assistant professor of early Christian history and literature at the University of British Columbia, entitled “Everyday Apocalypticism: Apocalyptic Studies After the Quotidian Turn.”

  • Scott Templeton

    Scott Templeton, assistant professor of business administration, and Scott Schwend, Truman alumnus and University of Missouri School of Law graduate, had their paper, “Responding to Subpoenas for Protected Health Information,” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Missouri Bar.


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