Vol. 26 No. 9 - October 18, 2021


  • Registration Approaching for Spring Classes


    Registration for the spring 2022 semester is quickly approaching. Official registration dates are determined by the number of earned credit hours.

    Currently enrolled students are eligible to register for courses via TruView. To register, login and click on “student” from the tool’s menu on the left. Then click “student tools” to display the student tab page in the center section. Under the registration heading, click on “register/change schedule” to enter the registration module and click on register for classes. Once registration opens Oct. 19, students will be able to select the appropriate term and use the registration tool to find classes, enter CRNs, build a schedule and submit registration on their assigned date. Students can also find a step-by-step tutorial here.

    Before registering, students must meet with their advisor and review their DegreeWorks degree audit to see what coursework is needed. The “what if” tool in TruView can also be used to see how courses will fit into one’s degree audit. Students must also check their registration status before their assigned time to ensure that all accesses are functioning properly and they have no account holds. Students that have not updated their mailing and permanent addresses will have a registration hold on their account. Telephone number, mailing and permanent address can be updated in TruView and the hold will be lifted on the hour. Students that have not completed the registration agreement for all terms presented will have a registration agreement hold for each term and will need to be complete the agreement.

    Students can browse classes by clicking on the “browse classes” link, selecting a term and entering a course subject in the subject box. Details on a course can be found by hovering the mouse over the title of a course and clicking on the pop-up box titled “class details.” In the advanced search option, students can search by subject, CRN, keyword, instructor, building, instructional methods, etc. If the department allows wait listing, students can select “wait list” from the drop-down menu in the summary box. If a seat becomes available students will have 24 hours from the time that is date-stamped on the email to enroll themselves in the course or drop off the wait list. Those that do not enroll within the 24-hour period will automatically be dropped from the wait list.

    Conditional add and drop allows students to stay enrolled in a class they are dropping unless a seat becomes available in another class. On the register for classes screen, students can check the box next to conditional add and drop to stay enrolled in a class if they can’t get into the other class they are trying to add. Utilizing this feature is highly recommended so that a class isn’t dropped without being enrolled in another class. Students also have the ability to email their schedule to themselves and other people. Select “schedules and options” and two versions of class schedules will pop up. In the upper right-hand corner of this box, select the envelope icon. Once a student emails their class schedule to their Truman email, it will give the option to add the schedule to their personal calendar. Students can also print their schedule immediately by selecting the printer icon in the schedules and options section.

    International students that are studying from their home country and have internet issues can contact the Registrar’s Office and they will help with the registration process. Email registrar@truman.edu the desired spring 2022 course list with CRNs listed and they will enroll on the scheduled registration day. Students are responsible for clearing all holds ahead of time, ensuring that all pre-requisites or test score requirements are met. If the registrar is not able to enroll due to registration errors, they will notify students of the errors so they can address the issues with the appropriate department.

    For any technical assistance stop by the ITS help desk with a picture ID or call 660.785.4544. The Registrar’s Office can also be contacted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 660.785.4143 or email at registrar@truman.edu.

    Registration dates are listed below.  


    Oct. 19
    120+ hours earned

    Oct. 20
    103-119.99 hours earned

    Oct. 21

    90-102.99 hours earned

    Oct. 22
    73-89.99 hours earned

    Oct. 25
    60-72.99 hours earned

    Oct. 26

    50-59.99 hours earned

    Oct. 27
    40-49.99 hours earned

    Oct. 28
    30-30.99 hours earned

    Oct. 29
    20-29.99 hours earned

    Nov. 1
    10-19.99 hours earned

    Nov. 2
    1-9.99 hours earned

    Nov. 3
    0-0.99 hours earned

    Oct. 19

    0.00+ hours earned
  • Health Center and UCS Website Redesigned


    The websites for the Student Health Center and University Counseling Services have been merged into one site and redesigned to better serve the needs of students.

    The new website is mobile friendly and will have the latest information about how to utilize the services offered, a list of available providers and counselors, as well as mental and physical health resources at Truman, in the Kirksville area and beyond. There will also be a patient portal for students which will give them the ability to see their information and pay bills online. The new site will also offer information for incoming students as well as guidance for crisis situations.
    Earlier this year the University partnered with Complete Family Medicine to oversee operations of both the Student Health Center and University Counseling Services. The new website, available at truman.cfmcares.com, is also operated by Complete Family Medicine, which will be responsible for editing the pages and keeping it up to date.

    The Student Health Center is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Alumnae Participate in Truman’s Women Entrepreneurship Week


    Truman will conduct two events in conjunction with Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), a global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders.

    The BIG Idea will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19 in Magruder Hall 1000 and via Zoom. This event is hosted by President Thomas and facilitated by Janet Gooch, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The panelists are Madelaine Anderson (’11), Laci Cook (’03) and Stephanie McGrew (’10). Anderson is the co-founder and creative director of Talus Films, a full-service video production company that partners with innovative brands to create emotionally compelling films to inspire their audiences. Cook is the founder of Sip Downtown, a spirits and small plates restaurant opened in 2021 in Kirksville. McGrew is the founder of Lone Star Physiques and owner of the local Kirksville Escape Room. Registration for this event can be found here.

    Financing the BIG Idea will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Magruder Hall 2001 or via Zoom. Facilitated by Mindy McCubbin (’97), owner and founder of Truman Wealth Advisors in Columbia, Missouri, the panelists include Kathleen Bruegenhemke (’86), Hannah Magee (’13) and McGrew (’10). Bruegenhemke is the chief risk and operations officer of Hawthorn Bank in addition to serving as senior vice president of Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. Magee is the owner of Weston Wine Company, a winery and tasting room in historic Weston, Missouri. Registration for this event can be found here.

    Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of inspirational women about their entrepreneurial journeys. After presentations, the panelists will have a question-and-answer session. These events are open to all students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Truman.
  • New Exhibitions in University Art Gallery Explore Immigrant Experiences

    "Stacked Objects, 2021,” archival inkjet print by Priya Kambli.

    Two new exhibitions that explore immigrant identity and experience by artists Priya Suresh Kambli and Nazanin Amiri Meers will open Oct. 19 in the University Art Gallery.

    In the main gallery, “Devhara” features recent work by Kambli, professor of art. In her work, she aims to understand the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and culture. Kambli’s work mines an archive of family heirlooms, photographs and documents, while also creating new images – new documents – which are added to the collection.

    In the Charlyn Gallery, “A Million Miles Away” by fibers artist Meers explores cross-cultural experiences of space by incorporating elements of Iranian architecture that reflect Islamic beliefs, including screens and abstract geometric patterning. Her work explores the concepts of privacy and quietude often emphasized in Islamic architecture, but overlooked in American building designs. Meers studied textile design and print in her home country of Iran and earned a masters of fine arts in fiber arts at the University of Kansas. “A Million Miles Away” is co-sponsored by Truman’s Global Issues Colloquium and Missouri Arts Council.

    An in-person opening reception with refreshments will take place 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. As part of the Global issues Colloquium, Meers will give a virtual talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Kambli will also give a virtual artist talk at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

    Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Masks are required for in-person events. For additional information and gallery hours visit gallery.arttruman.edu.
  • Students Asked to Complete Survey for Summer Course Preferences


    Through Oct. 31, students have the ability to provide input on summer and interim courses.

    Academic Affairs is launching a survey designed to gather student feedback on the courses they need most for summer and interim terms in 2022. These sessions help students stay on track during break, add majors and minors, improve GPA, retain scholarships or focus attention on a challenging class. Since fewer courses are offered during the summer, student input is crucial.

    “While we try to take student interests into account at all points in the year, the summer session represents one of the times where students can have an outsized influence on the schedule,” Kevin Minch, associate provost, said. “Based on student answers we communicate recommendations to departments so they can optimally place their faculty for student needs.”  

    This year’s survey will offer students a wide range of delivery options such as asynchronous online, synchronous online, hybrid, and two new types: online-low residency and hyflex. An online-low residency course is primarily online, but might require students to come to campus to take proctored tests or exams or participate in other limited on-campus activity. Hyflex courses are offered by some faculty who give students flexibility in the modality they use. Such a course could allow for synchronous delivery, face-to-face instruction and asynchronous delivery to accommodate different student needs.  
    “These labels will not formally appear on the open course list until at least next fall, but students will be able to identify these courses by special notes when summer enrollment takes place in the spring,” Minch said.
    Students may complete the survey here by Oct. 31. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Professor’s Supply Chain Research is Timely During Pandemic

    As bad as the pandemic has been, for Akhilesh Ojha, assistant professor of business administration, there have been some silver linings. Problems from the last 18 months, including retail outlets’ abilities to stock and sell essential goods in a timely manner, have provided a plethora of data on which to build new models and solve future logistical issues. With a specialization in disaster management, Ojha’s current research focuses on the allocation of ventilator usage and minimizing shortfalls so that communities with the greatest need can have access to the lifesaving medical technology. Hear more about Ojha’s research in this month’s edition of The Spotlight Series, available here.


  • Incentive Programs for Student Groups and Employees Encourage Vaccinations


    In an effort to increase vaccination rates, the University has implemented 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.
  • 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.-2:30 p.m.
    Oct. 18-22
    Purchase homecoming apparel and participate in penny buckets.

    Spying Spike
    Oct. 19-22
    Each day a flat Spike will be hidden on campus and a secret clue will be announced via social media by 9 a.m.

    Oct. 19
    Door Decorating Contest
    Doors can be decorated as homecoming’s theme, All Roads Lead Home, or with lots of Truman decor. Once the doors are finished email a picture to erc6647@truman.edu. Submissions are due by 12 p.m. Oct. 20. Winners will be announcement on the homecoming Instagram account.

    4-7 p.m.
    Come play in the cornhole tournament and listen to live music performances. The homecoming court will also be announced.

    Oct. 20
    Scavenger Hunt
    8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    A list of tasks will be shared on social media. Each team must complete all the tasks and let someone know when they are finished.

    Lip Sync Day 1
    7-9 p.m.
    Baldwin Hall

    Oct. 21

    Trivia- What do you know about Route 63?
    4-6 p.m.
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    Lip Sync Day 2
    7-9 p.m.
    Baldwin Hall

    Oct. 22

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

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

    4 p.m.
    Featuring Fitz’s root beer steins, soft pretzels with mustard or cheese and a live performance by The Greeting Committee.  

    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 sponsored by Cardinal Key
    8 a.m.
    Barnett Hall
    Registration starts at 7 a.m.

    Homecoming Parade sponsored by Blue Key

    9 a.m.
    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.

    Bulldog Forever Tailgate
    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
  • Registration Open for Alumni Truman Experience


    As part of Homecoming, the Alumni Association will host the Truman Experience at 5 p.m. Oct. 22. This experience includes the Golden Alumni Diploma Ceremony, Dogs of Distinction Alumni Awards and a reception.
    The experience will begin by honoring the 50th reunion graduates, followed by recognition of this year’s alumni award winners, and end with a reception that will feature students, faculty and staff from across campus. Alumni will have the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and learn more about events going on around campus. Hors d’oeuvres will be available at the reception. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required.
  • 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. 19
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

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

    Nov. 16
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Oktoberfest Scheduled for Oct. 22


    The Students Activities Board and the Homecoming Committee will host Oktoberfest at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 on the quad. Free root beer will be served along with souvenir steins and soft pretzels with mustard and cheese. There will be a live music performance by The Greeting Committee starting at 5:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, Oktoberfest will take place in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.
  • Graduation Supplies Now Available Through Bookstore

    The Truman Bookstore is taking orders for caps, gowns, diploma frames, graduation announcements and more for December commencement. Orders can be placed online through the bookstore’s official vendor, Herff Jones. The deadline for free in-store pick up is Oct. 23. Pick-up date will be around Nov. 18 in the bookstore. Students can still order after the deadline date and pay for expedited shipping.

  • APO Sponsors Escape Room on Campus


    APO is hosting an escape room event Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29 in Violette Hall 1332. From 6:15-9:15 p.m. each night, teams of up to six people will have 30 minutes to attempt to break out. The cost is $5 per person, and cash or Venmo will be accepted at the door.

    Sign up is available here. By signing up, it is agreed that no clues or answers will be shared with any participant outside of the groups. For more information, email apo.epsilon.fundraising@gmail.com.
  • Department of Education to Host Open House

    Department of Education is hosting an open house from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in the education study area of Violette Hall on the second floor. Hot beverages, cool technology and warm conversation will be available.

  • Applications Open for December Commencement Speaker

    Student Government is seeking a Truman student graduating this December who would like the opportunity to speak at graduation. Students of any major with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are welcome to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 25. Contact Sutton Purinton with any questions.

  • New Group Counseling Options Available for Students

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    Students can now choose from two different weekly group therapy options offered by University Counseling Services. Coping in College ia a group to assist students with areas such as depression, anxiety, life changes or relationship issues. Therapeutic Photography is a group aimed to assist students with depression and the impact it has on their lives by incorporating photography as a medium for expression and sharing of individual experiences. These groups are open to new or current clients at UCS. Interested students can call 660.785.4014 or email ucs@cfmcares.com to inquire about how to join one of these groups. Financial assistance is available for these services as well as all services at UCS and the Student Health Center.
  • Applications Open for Greek Week Committee


    Applications for Greek Week committee are now available. These applications are for students involved in fraternity and sorority life and are interested in being part of the committee that plans Greek Week. There are multiple positions available such as public relations/court chair, an events chair, a values chair, a philanthropy chair and a lip-sync coordinator. Descriptions of these positions can be found on the Greek Week website along with applications.

    The deadline for the director position is Oct. 27 and the deadline for committee positions is Nov. 3.
  • 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.
  • CoDA Hosts Book Drive

    The Communications Disorders Association is conducting a book drive. Any new and gently used books will be accepted. They are specifically looking for books for the ages 3-18. A drop box will be located outside the CMDS classroom in Health Sciences 2203.

  • Jewish Student Union Hosts Film Series


    The Jewish Student Union invites students to attend film screenings at 1 p.m. Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 in Violette Hall 1400. The three films that will be shown feature Jewish directors and themes. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on the movies, or to reserve a seat, email JSUatTruman@gmail.com. Seats can also be reserved here.
  • Grants Support Research and Conference Attendance


    The Office of Student Research is accepting applications for Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) as well as Conference Travel Scholarships.

    Conference Travel Scholarships are for students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship at a conference between January and June 2022. Students applying must have completed or currently be involved in a faculty mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. Due to COVID-19, the Conference Travel Scholarship will only cover student registration to attend a virtual conference.

    GIASR applications are for research and creative scholarship conducted during spring 2022. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.

    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 8. Questions can be emailed to osr@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applications for Summer Museum and Archives Internships Open Now


    Applications are now being received for summer internships at the following locations in Missouri:
    The summer internships are open to all Truman students, but they are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums and teaching.
    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.
    To find out what the internships entail and how to apply, direct enquiries to: Jason McDonald, Baldwin Hall 226, 660.785.7575, jasonmcd@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Upcoming Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Student Union Building Conference room 3000. The website is updated to include the Notice of Meeting and Tentative Agenda.


  • Winston Vanderhoof

    Winston Vanderhoof, senior graphic designer, along with fellow alumni Matt Krob and Aimee (Sagaser) Felter, won Awards of Excellence in the UCDA National Design Competition. The awards were given at the University and College Designers 2021 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, Oct. 2-5.

    Matt Krob, Winston Vanderhoof and Aimee (Sagaser) Felter.