Vol. 25 No. 33 - June 28, 2021


  • Truman Athletes Earn All-Academic Honors


    Truman had 235 student-athletes earn the distinction of Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2020-21 season.

    The GLVC recognizes student-athletes that have maintained a 3.30 grade point average for the academic year. The total of 235 honorees surpassed last year’s record of 207. The complete list of individual honorees can be found here.

    Truman also had 12 squads recognized as recipients of Team Academic All-GLVC award for the 2020-21 season. The GLVC matched last year’s league record with 13 member institutions finishing with 10 or more teams at or above 3.30. For Truman, its 12 recognized teams include: women’s track and field (3.75), women’s golf (3.74), women’s cross country (3.64), women’s basketball (3.60), volleyball (3.58), men’s cross country (3.48), women’s soccer (3.48), softball (3.43), women’s swimming and diving (3.43), men’s soccer (3.39), men’s basketball (3.36) and women’s tennis (3.33).

    Forty-eight Truman student-athletes received the GLVC’s James Gaffney FSC Distinguished Scholar Award for earning a 4.0 grade point average during the course of the academic year.

    Additionally, 38 Bulldogs were honored with the Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award given to student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility in the intercollegiate sport in which they participated and maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout their academic career. Truman students accounted for five of the 18 student-athletes honored across the conference who concluded their careers with an unblemished 4.0 cumulative GPA. They are: Madeline Bostick, Thomas Cormier, Carly Garnett and Gemma Saathoff, all members of the track and field/cross country team; and Morgan Smith of the volleyball team.
  • Truman Scholarship Created to Assist Native American Students


    As part of a commitment to a diverse student body, the Truman State University Foundation has established the First Americans Scholarship in support of students with Native American ancestry.

    The inaugural First Americans Scholarship will be awarded in the fall, with preference given to first-generation students with financial need. The fund is designed to be awarded in perpetuity and will provide a renewable full-tuition, room-and-board scholarship annually.

    The First Americans Scholarship was established by Maj. Gen. John V. Cox (’52) and Patricia (McMichael) Cox, natives of northeast Missouri who met as students at the University. The couple have many family members who attended Truman, including Cox’s grandfather, James L. Love, who was enrolled at the University in 1875 and 1876. Maj. Gen. Cox earned a business degree at the University, and Patricia was one quarter short of graduation when the couple moved to Pensacola, Fla. As a naval aviator, Maj. Gen. Cox flew 292 combat missions in two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1977 and to major general in 1981.

    Incoming freshman Heather Beard of Farmington, Mo., is the initial recipient of the First Americans Scholarship. A member of the Cherokee Nation, she learned she received the scholarship while on campus for her orientation session, June 8.
  • Scooters Bring New Transportation Option to Kirksville


    Truman students now have an additional way to get around town. Earlier this year, the city partnered with Bird to bring several electric scooters to Kirksville.

    Through the Bird app, users can find and activate the scooters for use around town. They are meant to be used on streets and bike lanes, and riders must obey all traffic laws. Scooters should also be parked out of the way of pedestrians when not in use.

    While Bird scooters can be driven on most public streets, the interior of campus is a no-fly zone. They should not be used on campus sidewalks or parking lots, and geofencing will prohibit the scooters from working properly when they are in those areas. A complete map of no-fly zones in Kirksville is available on the Bird app.


  • Faculty Promotions and Tenure


    During the June 12 meeting, the Board of Governors approved recommendations for promotion and tenure effective at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.

    Promoted to Associate Professor
    Brett Berke, biology
    Nancy Daley-Moore, health and exercise sciences
    Jack Davis, German
    Isaac Ison, accounting
    Bill Miller, chemistry
    Amy Norgard, classics
    Enrique Pareja, STEM education
    Ashley Ramsey, psychology
    Óscar Sendón, Spanish

    Promoted to Professor

    Stephen Hudman, biology

    Granted Academic Tenure
    Brett Berke, biology
    Nancy Daley-Moore, health and exercise sciences
    Jack Davis, German
    Isaac Ison, accounting
    Bill Miller, chemistry
    Amy Norgard, classics
    Enrique Pareja, STEM education
    Ashley Ramsey, psychology
    Óscar Sendón, Spanish
  • Mainstreet Food Court Adds New Option


    In the fall semester, the Truman campus will have a new dining choice in the Student Union Building. Sizzlin’ Salads & Spuds will be located in the space formerly occupied by Slice of Life. This new option will allow diners to build their own salad or loaded baked potato. Salads will have a variety of topping options and the opportunity of upgrading to add steak, shrimp, chicken or vegan chicken cooked on the grill when ordered. With potatoes, diners can choose toppings for a baked or sweet potato, or order either plain. In addition, there will be various monthly salad and potato specials. More details will be available closer to semester.
  • SAB Accepting Talent Show Auditions


    This fall semester, SAB will host TruTalent, a talent show for Truman students. The event gives students the opportunity to showcase their unique talents. A 3-5 minute video can be submitted as an audition by emailing it to Kaycee Little at kll5665@truman.edu. An email will be sent with further information after video audition is received. The deadline for audition tapes is 6 p.m. Aug. 20.
  • Final Summer Outdoor Happy Hour Takes Place June 28

    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 Until July 1

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Upcoming Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 8 a.m. June 30 in the President’s Office located in McClain Hall 200.
  • Retirement Reception for James Judd

  • Retirement Reception for Bill Maples



  • Michael Goggin

    Michael Goggin, professor of physics, and collaborators from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Rochester had their article, “Enhanced Weak-Value Amplification via Photon Recycling,” published in Physical Review Letters, one of the top physics journals in the world. The paper is a product of Goggin’s ongoing collaboration with Professor Paul Kwiat’s research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More about the article can be found here.

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  • Kyung-Chun “Andrew” Mun

    Kyung-Chun “Andrew” Mun, professor of business administration, recently published “Stock market reaction and adjustment speed to multiple announcements of accounting restatements” in the June 2021 Journal of Economics and Finance. The paper was partially supported by the 2017 summer research grant of the School of Business.

  • Óscar Sendón

    Óscar Sendón, assistant professor of Spanish, had his article, “Integridad y liderazgo del buen general: lecciones del siglo XVIII para el presente. El marqués de Santa Cruz de Marcenado y sus Reflexiones militares,” published in the June 2021 edition of Revista Ejército, the leading journal of the Spanish Army.


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