Vol. 26 No. 2 - August 30, 2021


  • Student Success Center Provides Multiple Resources


    Truman’s on-campus Student Success Center can help assist new and returning students in a variety of areas.

    The Student Success Center is a free resource students can utilize throughout their college experience. Located in Pickler Memorial Library 109, with individual offices nearby, the center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some services such as tutoring available after hours. The center offers a wide range of services that can help students, whether it is to improve their skills or seek specific help.

    The center is actually a group of service offices with the objective of serving as a one-stop shop for student needs. It consists of the Center for Academic Excellence, Tutoring Center, Writing Center and Office of Student Access and Disability Services, as well as reference librarians. Each office offers various individualized services to help students achieve their goals.

    The Center for Academic Excellence provides assistance with choosing a major or minor, making a four-year plan and understanding University policy. It also hosts several workshops on a variety of topics including study skills and time management.

    Reference librarians are an excellent way to learn about all the information resources available at Truman. The Tutoring Center provides free tutoring and is available for a majority of courses, while the Writing Center is where students can go for general feedback or guidance on any paper. The Office of Student Access and Disability Services provides accommodations for disabilities, such as mental and physical, short-term and long-term.

    Students can schedule an appointment by visiting the center during business hours and speaking with a receptionist or advisor on duty. They can also schedule an appointment by individual department websites. In most cases, students will have the option of scheduling an in-person or Zoom appointment. For more information, visit excellence.truman.edu.
  • Art Students Awarded TruScholar Grants

    ZuZu Smugala works on her TruScholar project. Smugala was one of five students to receive a TruScholar grant to pursue summer research.

    Five Truman art students were awarded TruScholar grants to pursue summer research.

    Maggie Adams conducted her project on the fiber artist Lenore Tawney through research of combined studio art and art historical methodologies. Adams focused on replicating Tawney’s understudied weaving techniques in her body of work “Woven Forms” and its connection to abstract expressionism in the 1960s.

    For his TruScholar research, Kameron Clark compared struggles of contemporary wealth inequality with similar themes from the past. Through his work, historical paintings such as “Hard Times” by Hubert von Herkomer and “Evicted” by Blandford Fletcher are reimagined in the current United States climate.  
    Anna Grahlherr’s research aimed to reclaim the female nude in art from the perspective of female-sexed people. In this series, she rejects the tradition of the male gaze and explores diverse bodies.
    ZuZu Smugala created artwork that explores how people use different coping mechanisms in their daily lives.  
    Kristen Buck’s project is about documenting her body to create permanence of her own self-image. After going through a drastic physical change, her reality has been comprised by her own thoughts. The resulting series of photographs capture her contradictory feelings as well as igniting conversations about what an image is and how it serves to preserve truth.

    Each student’s work will be on display in the Atrium Gallery of Ophelia Parrish from Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.
  • ITS Upgrades Several Systems Over the Summer


    Over the summer, every classroom on campus received one or more technological upgrades to enhance the student experience.

    In 97 classrooms, older control systems were replaced with the new Pixie system. In 17 classrooms, regular monitors were replaced with touch-screen units to provide more interactive capabilities in a large space. New projectors and projection boards were installed in 23 rooms, while speaker systems were upgraded in 39 rooms to accommodate hybrid teaching techniques. More than 57 teaching consoles and 121 student-use computers across campus were also replaced. In addition, 1,700 new wireless access points were installed in residence halls providing students with higher bandwidth speeds.

    Classroom and lab software can now be accessed on view.truman.edu from a personal computer or one of the 600 zero client workstations on campus that were replaced with new hardware. ITS has installed a new storage system and is in the process of migrating applications and services to utilize this new infrastructure. More updates on that will be available in the future. If any problems or issues are experienced with these new improvements contact ITS so they can address the problem as soon as possible.

    Last spring and summer, Truman introduced a new portal for new students and early adopters. This system offers the convenience of email, the engagement of social media, the power of group activities, online access to student, faculty and employee services and much more. This new system will replace TruView later in the fall semester, but anyone can start using it now. Those interested in learning more can attend an overview session. Sign up is available here.

    The ITS Service Center offers many technical resources and assistance. Anyone having technical difficulties or needing additional technological services can call 660.785.4544 to contact the Help Desk, submit an online work request or visit the IT Service Center located in Pickler Memorial Library 203. Visit its.truman.edu/get-help for more information.
  • New Exhibitions Open in University Art Gallery Through Oct. 8

    Marcie Miller Gross’s exhibition “Recording Place” is on display in the Charlyn Gallery. The University Art Gallery will open two new exhibitions through Oct. 8.

    Two new exhibitions will be on display in the University Art Gallery through Oct. 8.  

    The schedule will begin with a show of recent faculty work in the main gallery. This year’s faculty exhibition will showcase recent plein-air watercolors by Russell Nelson that show Midwestern landscapes and scenes from the artist’s travels, in addition to new design and print work by Matthew Derezinski, and paintings and drawings by Aaron Fine related to his new publication “Color Theory: A Critical Introduction.”

    An opening reception will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The gallery will be open and refreshments will be served outside the Ophelia Parrish doors nearest the gallery. The University Art Gallery is located in Ophelia Parrish 1114. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Masks are required in the gallery.

    In the smaller Charlyn Gallery, a contemplative exhibition of works by Kansas City artist Marcie Miller Gross, called “Recording Place,” combines sculpture, fibers and photography to invite viewers to consider their experiences of space and temporality. In recent years, Miller Gross has received numerous ArtKC grants and the GlogauAIR artist residency in Berlin, where the photographs in this exhibition were taken. Her work has been featured at the Mid-America Arts Alliance. She is represented by Haw Contemporary in Kansas City and will visit campus Sept. 16 to give an artist’s talk.

    For more information regarding artist talks related to these exhibitions and to see the full 2021-2022 schedule of exhibitions, visit gallery.arttruman.com. For any questions contact Heidi Cook, art gallery director, hcook@truman.edu.


  • Stopping COVID is a Community Effort


    The Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group committee discussed Truman-related cases this week after the University’s dashboard was updated for the first time this semester.

    The University reported eight total active cases among students and employees. The panel – comprised of faculty members Scott Alberts, Nancy Daley-Moore and Christine Harker, and joined this week by student Will Hendrickson – discussed the importance of remembering success against the virus is a community effort. Everyone should continue to wash their hands, mask, quarantine if they may have been exposed, and get the vaccine if they are able.

    The Student Health Center at Truman is partnering with Kirksville Pharmacy to host a free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the McKinney Center on campus. Pre-registration is required and can be completed here. Registrants must be 18 or older, and it is preferred, but not required, that they bring their insurance information. For questions or assistance, call 660.785.4182.
  • Welcome Week Activities


    Aug. 30
    President Visits Campbell Apartments

    6-7 p.m.

    Roommate Agreements
    Due by Sept. 3.

    Getting to Know You!
    Student advisors will be meeting with each resident.

    Bonus Bucks
    20% bonus for every $100 deposited on a dining card. Ends Aug. 31.

    Aug. 31
    Activities Fair - Theme: Find Your Bunch

    6-8 p.m. Student Union Building.

    Bicycle Sale

    8:30 a.m. at Military Storage Bldg. on Florence St.

    Opening Reception for Art Gallery
    5 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish 1114 art gallery.

    Roommate Agreements
    Due by Sept. 3.

    Getting to Know You!
    Student advisors will be meeting with each resident.

    Last day for Bonus Bucks

    20% bonus for every $100 deposited on a dining card.

    Sept. 1
    Activities Fair - Theme: Find Your Bunch

    6-8 p.m. Student Union Building.

    President Visits West Campus Suites

    6-7 p.m.

    Getting to Know You!
    Student advisors will be meeting with each resident.

    Roommate Agreements
    Due by Sept. 3.

    Sept. 2
    Lemonade Stand Pub Stunt (SAB Event)
    12-2:30 p.m. on the quad while supplies last.

    President Visits Dobson Hall
    6-6:45 p.m.

    President Visits BNB

    7-7:45 p.m.

    Getting to Know You!
    Student advisors will be meeting with each resident.

    Roommate Agreements
    Due by Sept. 3.

    Sept. 3
    Glow-in-the-dark Canvas Painting No. 1 (SAB Event)

    8 p.m. on quad.

    Getting to Know You!

    Student advisors will be meeting with each resident.

    Last day for Roommate Agreements
  • Campus Vaccine Event Scheduled for Sept. 2

    A student receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a campus clinic during the spring. Another free vaccine event will take place Sept. 2.

    The Student Health Center is partnering with Kirksville Pharmacy to host a free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the McKinney Center on campus. Registrants must be age 18 or older and are advised to bring insurance information. Pre-registration is required and can be completed here. For additional information, call 660.785.4182.
  • McNair Program Applications Open Through Sept. 17


    The McNair Program supports and prepares first-generation, Pell-eligible and underrepresented students for graduate studies. Paid summer research internships, funds for graduate school visits and conferences, and academic counseling are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer. Applications are open now with a priority deadline of Sept. 17. Check eligibility here or come to one of the information sessions listed below to learn more.

    Aug. 30
    8-9 a.m.
    Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/93143930235

    Sept. 1
    4-5 p.m.
    Adair House

    Sept. 2
    7-8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3201

    For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu or follow the program on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • Activities Fair Provides Opportunity for Involvement


    Union & Involvement will host the Activities Fair from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in the Student Union Building.

    This event is an excellent opportunity for students to find organizations to join on campus. Several organizations will be showcased each night.

    For more information contact Union & Involvement Services in the Student Union Building 2000 at 660.785.4222 or by email at orgs@truman.edu.
  • Bike Sale to Benefit Co-op


    Truman will conduct a bicycle sale at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Military Storage Building on Florence Street (across from the tennis courts).  

    The bikes will be sold to faculty, staff and students. A Truman ID must be presented to register for a buyer number. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Military Storage Building. Buyers will be limited to purchase one bike per person.

    There are approximately 61 bikes for sale. Bikes will be sold for $20 (includes tax). Payment must be made by cash or check at the sale site. Bikes will be sold “as is” with no guarantees, refunds or liability from Truman.

    Proceeds from the bike sale will benefit the Bike Co-op.
  • Women’s Club Soccer to Host Tryouts

    Women’s club soccer will be conducting tryouts from 6:30-8 30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Stokes Stadium. For additional information, email kmv2883@truman.edu or bah8373@truman.edu.

  • Alpha Kappa Psi Recruitment Info Night

    Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed professional business fraternity focused on preparing students of all majors for the professional world. Learn more about how to join at the informational sessions Aug. 30. Times and locations will be added soon. For more information contact Daniel Harper, vice president of membership.

  • Office of Student Research Calls for Proposals


    The Office of Student Research is accepting Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applications for research and creative scholarship conducted during the fall. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.
    Complete guidelines can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 3. Questions can be emailed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Learn About Graduate Programs at Info Sessions


    Information sessions about graduate programs will take place 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.

    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.
  • Fraternity Recruitment Set to Begin Sept. 9


    Men’s fraternity recruitment will take place Sept. 9-17. It will begin with an informational assembly featuring the various fraternities on campus. Each chapter will host events throughout the week for potential members to attend.

    Sign-up is available at greeklife.truman.edu/go-greek. For more information, visit ifc.truman.edu. Follow the Interfraternity Council on Facebook or Instagram. Questions regarding fraternity recruitment can be directed to ifc@truman.edu.
  • “Mindful Mondays” Feature Online Meditation Sessions

    SKY Campus Happiness, an international association for human values that offers programs to reduce stress, will host guided breathwork and meditation sessions at 3:30 p.m. every Monday online. These sessions are free and open to any Truman student, no experience needed. Register here.

  • STEP Office Sponsors Workshop to Support Student Success


    Truman STEP Office is hosting a Tips for Student Success workshop from 3:45-5 p.m. Sept. 14 in Magruder Hall 1096. This workshop is designed to provide students with an interactive experience to enhance their academic learning and personal success. They will receive tips on learning strategies and how to achieve academic goals.

    The STEP Center is committed to supporting students at Truman who are interested in pursuing a degree in science or mathematics. As a grant-funded office, it provides scholarship and research opportunities to as many students as possible. To learn more about the center visit their website at step.truman.edu/office-mission.
  • SPHA Presents Informational Nights

    The Student Public Health Association will host information sessions from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 in Pershing 3102. Students must attend one of the sessions to be eligible for membership. For more information, email spha.hes@gmail.com.

  • DSP Recruitment Events Begin Sept. 20

    Delta Sigma Pi, the nation’s largest co-ed professional business fraternity, will host fall 2021 recruitment events at 7 p.m. Sept. 20-23 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. For more information, follow DSP on social media @dsptruman.

  • MOSI Art Guild Hosts Exhibition at Pickler Memorial Library


    Pickler Memorial Library and the Missouri-Southern Iowa Art Guild (MOSI) are partners in an art exhibition located in the library café.

    The Missouri-Southern Iowa Art Guild (MOSI) is a group of working visual artists formed in 2013. MOSI sponsors local art exhibitions, provides recognition and networking opportunities for members, and conducts art workshops for the community. For more information visit mosiartguild.com.

    This exhibition runs through Dec. 18 and is free to view for all Truman students, faculty and staff, as well as the community. There will be a reception for all to attend from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation


    Students with financial needs that may interfere with their ability to continue their education can seek assistance through the Truman State University Foundation Loan Program.

    Foundation loans can come in the form of short-term loans, long-term loans, access loans and cultural loans. Applications go through the Financial Aid Office and are repaid directly to the University. Banks and outside lenders are not involved in the process.

    To be eligible for a Foundation loan students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and be in good academic standing. Students also need to demonstrate an ability to repay the loan in a timely manner. Deferments of up to five years are available for cultural and long-term loans, provided the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.

    In addition to scholarship assistance, the loan program is an example of the immediate impact of donations to the Truman State University Foundation. Gifts from alumni and friends allow Truman to provide assistance directly to students as they pursue their education.

    For more information on the Foundation loan program, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@truman.edu, at 660.785.4130 or in person at McClain Hall 103.
  • Wall Street Journal Now Available in a New Format


    Pickler Memorial Library has partnered with The Wall Street Journal to provide school-sponsored memberships to students, faculty and staff. This membership can be used to get unlimited access to WSJ.com, Wall Street Journal mobile apps, newsletters and podcasts. The Wall Street Journal provides articles on job preparation, financial advice and career insights through the WSJ student center. Students also have the opportunity to be published on their website through the newsroom’s Young Audiences call for submissions on WSJ Opinion’s Future View Series. Professors can integrate content into their course through custom professor tools and resources found at the WSJ professor hub.

    To activate an account, visit WSJ.com/Truman and register using a Truman email account. Students will be asked for their graduation month and a year in order to gain uninterrupted access during their time at Truman. Faculty will be asked to refresh accounts annually. For those who already have an account and have questions about the school-sponsored membership, call 1.800.JOURNAL or emailsupport@wsj.com.
  • Jeopardy Seeks College Professors

    Jeopardy is currently casting college professors from across the country. Interested applicants should set aside at least 15 minutes to take the Jeopardy! Anytime Test found here.



  • Jerrold Hirsch

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor emeritus of history, gave a guest lecture to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “The New Deal Era’s Federal Writers’ Project, History, Politics, and Legacy.” He served as a consultant in the planning and implementation of the institute, held during July 2021. Hirsch was also a panelist on the Library of Congress webinar on “The Federal Writers’ Project: History, Policy and Legacy of Freedom in Image, Voice, and Text.”

  • Daniel Mandell

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, was supported in July by the Indian Rights Association Fellowship doing research in the IRA Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Library Company of Philadelphia. While there, he gave a public presentation on his research project “Native Sovereignty and Rights in America.”

  • Tim Wiser

    Tim Wiser, assistant professor of physics, is serving as an associate editor of the American Journal of Physics, a publication of the American Association of Physics Teachers. More information regarding the journal can be found here.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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