Vol. 26 No. 7 - October 4, 2021


  • North Star Music Festival Set for Oct. 8-9


    The Music Department and Sigma Alpha Iota will host two days of music, featuring guest composer Dr. Dominick DiOrio, Oct. 8-9.

    DiOrio wrote a new piece for Cantoria to be premiered during the festival. He will also be on campus working with students and faculty during both days.

    Composer James Romig and pianist Ashlee Mack will perform Romig’s work “Still” during the opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Oct. 9 will include Uncommon Practice at 2 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish 2340, a student/faculty recital at 4 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish 2350 and closing concert at 7:30 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The festival is free of charge and open to the public. Truman’s current policy requires everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask inside campus buildings. For more information, visit nsmf.truman.edu.
  • Speech and Hearing Clinic Receives Grant to Help Parkinson’s Patients


    Truman’s Speech and Hearing Clinic was selected as recipient for the 2021 SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd grant by the Parkinson Voice Project.

    As a grant recipient, the Communication Disorders Department will have access to training for two more of its faculty members, as well as online SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd training for all graduate students. This is the third year in a row the University has received the grant.

    “The faculty and graduate students of the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic, as well as a trained therapist at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, have proudly served individuals in our community who have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease with SPEAK OUT! since 2019 thanks to consecutive grants,” said Julia Edgar, associate professor of communication disorders. “Now, due to the recent grant renewal earlier this year, following the completion of SPEAK OUT! clients can maintain their progress while working with others in a weekly LOUD Crowd session, which is provided locally, but only at the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic.”

    This clinical grant is sponsored by Parkinson Voice Project, the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the world solely dedicated to helping individuals with Parkinson’s improve their speech and swallowing. The organization runs a speech therapy clinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    Grant recipients include hospitals, university speech therapy clinics, private practices and nonprofit organizations. Each clinic receives therapy supplies and free training for their speech-language pathologists and graduate students. Truman is committed to offering Parkinson Voice Project’s effective speech therapy program in the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

    More than 3,500 speech-language pathologists have been trained by the Parkinson Voice Project through its SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd program, including clinicians in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Greece, Ja-pan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
  • Sustainability Week Kicks Off Oct. 4


    The Sustainability Office will host a variety of events for Sustainability Week Oct. 4-9.

    The week will kick off with a movie screening of “This Changes Everything” at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Baldwin Little Theater. On Oct. 5 there will be free compost bin painting from 3-5 p.m. on the quad. ECO is hosting a recycling drive from 12-3 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Student Union Building. Bring recycling to be stored and recycled. Recycling bins will be available for free. College Dems, ABC and Student Government will be assisting students in writing emails and making calls to political leaders about Pipeline 3 from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 7 on the Student Union Building Mall.
    “Sus fest” will take place from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 8 on the quad for students to learn more about sustainability. A variety of student organizations will also be tabling and giving away freebies. There will be a raffle to enter for a chance to win sustainable prizes.

    The Sustainability Office will be at White Rose Farm for service day from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 9. People will be carpooling from Violette parking lot at 12:30 p.m. Sign-ups and address can be found by using the QR code found on Sustainability Week posters.
  • President Thomas Seeks Art Submissions

    Watercolor artwork by ZuZu Smugala.

    President Thomas is requesting student artists submit artwork to present to distinguished guests and international dignitaries.

    Submissions are limited to three artworks per person.  Size must be less than 6” in every direction, 2D or 3D. Content that includes profanity, nudity or politics will not be accepted.

    Students must drop off their works between 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Nov. 15-16 in the University Gallery. Judging will take place Nov. 17 and selected artists will be announced Nov. 18. Those not selected may pick up their work between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19 or Nov. 29 in the University Gallery.

    Thomas plans to purchase 10 items for $30 each. This call for art is sponsored by Kappa Pi Art fraternity. For more information, email ldunnagan@truman.edu.
  • Forensics Earns Multiple Awards at Virtual Tournament


    Students from Truman’s Forensics Union attended virtual tournaments at Western Kentucky University and earned new qualifications in multiple events.

    In individual events, Jackson Edler earned first place in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Ella Schake placed third in dramatic interpretation. Emma Rohrbach earned top novice in extemporaneous speaking. Jillian Humke and Larissa Wratney placed sixth place in duo interpretation.

    In debate, only 10 were invited to the Rising Stars Round Robin, which is intended for debaters going into their second year of debate. Elijah Baum and Alicia Stout close out finals winning it all. Baum placed third in speaker and Stout placed as top speaker. Mary Cecil was also invited to the Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin, an exclusive club where only 10 debaters in the nation were able to participate.

    Truman continued its success at the WKU Debate the following days. In open division, Cecil was a quarterfinalist and fourth speaker. Stout and Baum were also octafinalists. In JV division, Matt Kruse finished as a semifinalist with Rohrbach and Bartz as quarterfinalists. Rohrbach also finished as ninth speaker, Kruse as sixth speaker and Kathryn Hammock as fourth speaker. In novice division, Caroline Spiller placed third speaker and was a finalist in novice going 6-0 in prelim rounds. The team earned first place in debate, first place in combined debate and IE and third place in individual events.

    Truman earned a total of 10 new qualifications to the National Forensics Association national tournament. The team will participate in its next virtual tournament at Lewis and Clark University for the Phil Hunt Invitational in October. Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Craig Hennigan at chennigan@truman.edu or Ben Davis at bdavis@truman.edu.
  • Ofstad Scholar Examines Portrayals of Black Childhood


    The Ofstad Reading Series will host scholar Dr. Angela Shaw-Thornburg at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in Baldwin Hall 114 and via Zoom.

    Shaw-Thornburg is an independent scholar with extensive research and teaching experience in the areas of African American literature and culture, women’s studies and higher education. In her lecture, “’What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?’: Stories We Tell About Black Childhood,” she will examine how portrayals of Black childhood in print and visual texts for and about children reflect larger struggles of Black representation and self-determination. Black childhood shows up in such narratives as site of liberation, oppression and possibility.

    For those interested in attending via Zoom, email Sara Day for the passcode.


  • COVID Numbers Decline on Campus, Incentive Programs Still Open


    In their weekly discussion, the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group committee members Scott Alberts, Nancy Daley-Moore and Christine Harker discussed the progress in Truman-related cases. While the number of cases on campus has been decreasing, the county as a whole is still considered an area of “high transmission.” Students and employees are reminded to participate in the vaccine incentive program. A complete recording of their discussion can be found here.
  • Incentive Programs for Student Groups and Employees Encourage Vaccinations


    In an effort to increase vaccination rates, the University is implementing two incentive programs – one for student groups and another for employees.

    Recent surveys indicate the known vaccination rate is 65% for employees and 50% for students. While these numbers are promising, an increase in the rate would help mitigate spread in the Truman and Kirksville communities.

    Student clubs/organizations, athletic teams and residence halls are eligible to receive a cash award for their group if 85% of the registered members have verified being vaccinated with the University. Cash awards are related to the size of the organization: groups with less than 10 members can earn $50; groups with 10-19 members can earn $100; groups with 20-29 members can earn $200; and groups with 30 or more total members can earn $300.

    Club/organization official rosters will determine the total size of the group. Athletic teams will be based on official rosters. Residence halls will be based on student advisor groups.  

    While left to the discretion of the organization, the cash award may be used for things such as speakers, events, travel, organization purchases or philanthropic donations.  

    For employees, the incentive program includes the possibility of an additional two paid days off. If the University reaches a vaccination rate of 75% among all employees, Nov. 23 will be awarded as a paid day off and offices will be closed. If a rate of 85% is achieved, Nov. 22 would also be awarded.

    For students and employees to earn the incentive, vaccination verification must be provided by midnight, Nov. 1.
  • Plan Ahead for Homecoming Tailgate


    Alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the Bulldog Forever Homecoming tailgate before the football game, Oct. 23.

    People who reserve a tailgate spot in advance will be granted early access to the tailgate lot and admitted ahead of the post-parade crowd. Those who wish to reserve a spot can register here. All requests must be approved by Alumni Relations. Review the Homecoming Tailgate Policies prior to the event.

    Spaces will be reserved for requests submitted by Oct. 8. Non-reserved space at the tailgate will be first-come, first-served at the event. For any questions email bulldogforever@truman.edu.
  • Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open

    Parade registration for groups and individual organizations is now open and can be accessed here. For those who have a car they would like to showcase in the parade, email homecoming@truman.edu.

  • Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Changes to Code of Policies


    Truman’s American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter will host a town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Violette Hall 1000 and via Zoom. This meeting will discuss recent changes to the Code of Policies that affect faculty, but is open to all members of the Truman community to attend. AAUP will review the current code and explore next-step strategies. For more information, visit aaup.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 sessions is Student Union Building 3201. 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

    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.
  • Movie Night Hosted by Hispanic American Leadership

    In collaboration with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization is hosting a movie night at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. The movie will be “My Family,” which takes a look into three generations of dreams. For more information email vrh4865@truman.edu.

  • Happiness Workshop Begins Oct. 7

  • Philosophy and Religion Conference Accepting Papers

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    The 31st Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference will take place Nov. 6 in a hybrid format.

    Students can now submit papers to be featured at the conference. The submission deadline is Oct. 8. Papers from any area of philosophy and/or religion are welcome. This may include fields such as classics, anthropology and others. Papers should be no longer than 25 minutes reading time (approximately 2,000 to 2,500 words).

    Papers should be submitted to Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, with the subject line: Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference. Students should separate all identifying information, including name and school, from the body of the paper in either format – include this information only in a separate cover sheet or in the body of the email. The title of the paper should be listed in both documents.

    The conference will be a hybrid-style event with in-person presentations for local students and non-local students who would like to travel to Truman campus. Zoom will also be available for students who would prefer to attend online. This conference is free and open to the public. Both in-person and Zoom link will be advertised at a later date.
  • Theatre Department Casting for Fall Showcase

    Auditions for the Fall Directors’ Showcase will take place from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Black Box Theatre, Ophelia Parrish 2302. Auditions are open to any and all undergraduate and graduate students. Those interested should prepare a one-minute performance that showcases voice and move-ment abilities. Memorization of the material is not required.

  • Academic Affairs Sponsors Campus Think Tank


    Academic Affairs will host TruSolutions from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. TruSolutions is a solution-focused think tank open to any Truman community member who wishes to collaborate about campus improvement initiatives. The topic for this session is campus climate. Participants will have the opportunity to work in a small group with other Truman students, faculty, staff and administrators to develop improvement initiatives relevant to the climate sub-topic. RSVP is required and can be found here.
  • Visiting Scholar to Discuss Indigenous Wisdom


    Interdisciplinary Studies will host author and scholar Robin Wall Kimmerer for a virtual presentation on her book, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Magruder Hall 2001 and via livestream.   

    Kimmerer lives on an old farm in Syracuse, N.Y., where she tends gardens both wild and cultivated. She is a professor of environmental biology for the State University of New York. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to develop programs based on the wisdom of indigenous and scientific knowledge for sustainability.

    “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses,” Kimmerer’s first book, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her other writing has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain and many other scientific journals. In 2015, she addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” As a writer and scientist, her interests in restoration include restoration of ecological communities and relationships to land.

    At the conclusion of her presentation, Kimmerer will take questions. Truman students, faculty and staff, as well as other members of the community, are welcome to join in person or watch online. Faculty supporting the Cognitive Science, Environmental Studies, Folklore and Women’s and Gender Studies minors organized this event to commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
  • Updated TruView Offers More Interaction


    Truman’s campus intranet, TruView, has been updated for all students, faculty and staff.
    The new version of TruView 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. The same information and resources previously available can still be found on the new TruView.
    This initial rollout mostly replaces and improves upon access to many University services, but additional enhancements are planned in the coming months. For example, during the fall semester, several groups will begin piloting some of the new “Group” activities and features, with the goal of setting up even more groups in the spring.
    Click here
    to find out more information about the upgraded portal, sign up to attend an overview session, or find documentation on how to navigate in the new system.
    Anyone experiencing technical difficulties with the new version is encouraged to contact Information Technology Services by either calling the IT Service Center at 660.785.4544 or by submitting an online service request (with the Customer Web Interface, users can report and track on any open cases).
  • Women’s Organization Sponsors Town Hall


    United WE, a women’s foundation out of Kansas City that represents all of Missouri, is coming to Kirksville 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Student Union Building. This group is studying how the past 18 months have affected women in order to give a report to the governor who wants to look at policy changes next year. RSVP can be found here. Lunch will be provided, as well as child care. For more information, contact cchrisman@kirksvillecity.com.
  • Homecoming Events Set for Oct. 18-23


    This year’s homecoming theme is “All Roads Lead Home” and the philanthropy that all money raised will go to is Forest Lake Area Trails System (FLATS). More details on student events and other information can be found at homecoming.truman.edu. Any questions can be emailed to homecoming@truman.edu. Questions regarding alumni events can be emailed to bulldogforever@truman.edu.

    Homecoming Events
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Oct. 18-22
    Pre-orders for apparel can be made here.

    Penny Bucket
    Oct. 18-22

    Oct. 19
    4-6 p.m.

    Oct. 22
    Campus Tour (Alumni event)
    11:30 a.m.
    Pre-register here.

    Campus Tour (Alumni event)
    2:30 p.m.
    Pre-register here.

    The Truman Experience (Alumni event)

    5 p.m.
    Student Union Building Georgian Room
    This includes the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony, the Dogs of Distinction Alumni Awards and a reception highlighting academic programs.

    Oct. 23
    Bulldog Forever Homecoming 5k Run/Walk
    8 a.m.
    Barnett Hall
    Registration starts at 7 a.m.

    Homecoming Parade
    9 a.m.

    Bulldog Forever Tailgate (Alumni)

    11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Parking lots 23 and 34. Reserve a space here.

    Football vs. William Jewell College

    2 p.m.
    Stokes Stadium
  • Sigma Alpha to Host Annual Haunted Corn Maze


    The annual Sigma Alpha Haunted Corn Maze will take place at the University Farm on the following dates.

    Oct. 28

    7-10 p.m.

    Oct. 29
    8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Oct. 30
    8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Tickets are $7 at the gate or $5 with a student ID. There will also be $1 off with canned food donation.
  • Students Can Teach English Through Service-Learning Course


    Truman students can earn one credit hour teaching English to elementary and middle school students in Taiwan via Google Meet.

    CML 200, Taiwan Connect, is a service-learning course. Starting in the second block, it will meet every Tuesday evening (from 6:30-8: p.m. before Nov. 7 and from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. after Nov. 7) beginning Oct. 19 in Baldwin Hall 309. The only requirement is participating students must be native English speakers.

    Students enrolled in 12-16 credits can take CML 200 at no additional cost. For more information, contact David Zhijun, assistant professor of Chinese, at zwen@truman.edu, 660.785.6016 or in McClain Hall 313.
  • Faculty Workshops Available for New Blackboard Tool


    The new Blackboard tool, Ally, will be officially activated for all spring 2022 courses. So far, 61 instructors have been trained and 344 fall courses have been enabled with Ally.

    Both faculty and students will benefit from this tool. Faculty will have the ability to perform accessibility checks on course content and edit materials posted in Blackboard that need improvement. Students will have the ability to choose from several course content formats such as MP3 text-to-speech, e-reader supported files and Beeline Reader files which help readers keep track of their place in text.

    Training sessions for faculty have begun and will continue through October. Faculty are urged to sign up for workshops in order to understand how to make course content more universally accessible and gain experience in Ally before the spring semester. Registration and schedule of available workshops can be found here. Many workshop dates and times have been added or changed to accommodate teaching schedules. Preregistration is required so that Ally can be enabled in participants courses to provide guided training. Other helpful links are Learning Technology’s support web page, which can also help answer any questions.
  • Housing Applications Open for Off-Campus Students


    Students who do not currently live on campus but are interested in doing so can now fill out an application for the spring 2022 semester. Living on campus provides easy access to campus amenities, as well as built-in fun and friendship.

    Housing applications are currently open in Campus Portal. Under the “Student” tab, click on “Housing Portal.”   

    There students will be able to list housing preferences and select a meal plan. There will need to be a housing deposit on file before being assigned a room in November. Applications will close in January. For questions, contact Residence Life at 660.785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu.
  • FAFSA Filing Now Open


    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed now for the 2022-2023 school year at studentaid.gov.

    Even though a student may not qualify for grants or work-study, all students are considered for the Federal Direct Loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit students to taking a loan, but it does allow for more options.

    The 2022-2023 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For the 2022-2023 FAFSA students will use their 2020 tax information.

    It is strongly recommended to apply or renew before Feb. 1, 2022.
  • Giving Thanks To Truman’s Generous Employees

    Donors’ continued support is critical to providing a quality Truman experience to new and returning Bulldogs.

    More than $58,000 was raised last year by the committed faculty and staff community. This community has donated a total of $321,954.70 during the past five years, contributing to scholarships, academic schools and Bulldog athletics.

    The financial contribution and hard work of Truman employees allows students to pursue the dreams that brought them to campus.

    All of these contributions help to provide students with the unique opportunities Truman has to offer, and the Office of Advancement would like to express its gratitude to Truman employees for their generosity.
  • Students Eligible to Win $10,000 with Gould Scholastic Award

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    Junior and senior students could win up to $250 from Truman, and $10,000 nationally, through the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award competition.

    SS&C, a financial technology company, sponsors the annual Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award to recognize outstanding university students who produce academic papers on topics related to investment management strategies, theories and trends. The concept for this year is related to gamification and investments. As technology is explored in everyday lives, how could gamification impact or encourage appropriate investing behaviors and what are the real or potential positive and negative consequences of using gamification in this environment?  

    In addition to the national award, the University will offer cash prizes to the top three papers from Truman students. Locally, first place will earn $250, second place will receive $150 and third place will get $100. All three will be submitted to the SS&C for the national competition.

    Papers should be submitted to Chuck Boughton, instructor in business administration, at boughton@truman.edu by Jan. 14. Submissions should be in Word format only. Local awards will be announced after the Jan. 31 submission to the Gould judges. For more information email boughton@truman.edu.


  • Beth Hopwood

    Beth Hopwood was selected as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Hopwood recorded her fourth and fifth clean sheets of the season as Truman defeated Missouri-St. Louis 1-0, Sept. 22, and played to a scoreless tie against Lindenwood, Sept. 24. She made six saves, two against Missouri-St. Louis and four against Lindenwood, in picking up career shutouts 23.5 and 24.5. She is closing in on the top five career shutout spot, currently kept by Emily Bozdeck from 2009-13.

  • Priya Kambli

    Priya Kambli, professor of art, photography and foundations, is the Individual Artist honoree of the 2021 Missouri Arts Awards. The Missouri Arts Council released a video showcasing all the honorees. Kambli can be found at the nine-minute mark.

  • Stephanie Raymond

    Stephanie Raymond, program and evaluation specialist for the McNair Scholars Program, was the co-chair for the 25th Annual MKN Heartland McNair Research Conference in Kansas City, Sept. 24-26. This year’s conference had 47 concurrent sessions in which 170 McNair Scholars from all over the United States, including 15 Truman students, presented their research, scholarly and creative work.

    Raymond was invited to be the co-chair for 2020-2021 during the same time she was selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Educational Opportunity Association Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska Chapter’s (MO-KAN-NE) Members Involved in Leadership & Engagement (MILE) program. The initiative identifies promising leaders from TRIO programs in the region, provides career development support, and hosts a participant-created conference in August each year.

  • Cody Schrader

    Cody Schrader was selected for a second time this season as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Schrader gained 164 yards on 32 carries and scored the winning touchdown, capping an 18-point rally, with 26 seconds left to play in the Bulldogs 38-35 win over Tiffin University, Sept. 25. Schrader averaged 5.1 yards per attempt while also catching three passes for 10 yards. He scored on a 21-yard run in the third quarter that began the comeback for Truman when they were behind 35-17.

  • Music Students

    Music students Taylor Howard, bass clarinet, Jessica Alvarado, clarinet, McKenna Blenk, percussion, and Andrew Schaper, French horn, performed with the Quincy Symphony (Ill.) during a concert Sept. 25. They performed “Afro-American Symphony” by William Grant Still and “Ansel Adams” by Chris Brubeck.

    The weekend of Oct. 18 Alvarado, a graduate clarinet student from Costa Rica, will have the opportunity to perform as principal clarinetist with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra.