Vol. 26 No. 10 - October 25, 2021


  • Test Prep Courses Help with Grad School Acceptance


    Truman now offers test preparation classes to help students of all ages reach their academic goals.

    With courses for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, Praxis Core, SAT and ACT, Truman is northeast Missouri’s leading test prep solution. The University has partnered with Educational Testing Consultants to provide online exam preparation courses as well as free online test strategy sessions for major national graduate and professional school examinations.

    “Truman partnered with ETC because of its established reputation for improving student performance on standardized exams,” said Kevin Minch, associate provost. “Many colleges and universities nationwide are using ETC, including some of our Missouri peers.”

    Preparation courses are non-credit bearing and are offered at a range of lengths, at a variety of times and dates, and various points throughout the year. Students who register at least 10 business days in advance of the course can secure discounts of between $50-$100 per course. Courses are priced to be competitive with other national providers.

    For high school students, preparation courses for the ACT and SAT are also available.

    The test preparation classes were designed by a team of former standardized-test-item writers and test-preparation experts. All classes include: extensive instruction; experienced, dedicated instructors; comprehensive preparation materials, including actual questions and practice tests from the test-makers; thorough presentations and explanations; flexible schedule options; and access to online support resources.

    For detailed descriptions of the available courses, and for more information on how to enroll, visit examprep.truman.edu.
  • Campus Concert Features Guest Percussion Artists


    Internationally renowned guest percussion artists Liam Teague and Kevin Bobo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Teague, a native of Trinidad, currently serves as distinguished faculty at Northern Illinois University where he directs the steel band program. He has often been referred to as the “Paganini of steel pan,” for performing all over the world and raising the stature of solo steel pan performance to virtuosic levels. He is also a highly respected steel pan composer, with multiple publications to his name. Teague often returns to Trinidad, serving as director and arranger for the Nutrient Silver Stars in Port of Spain.  

    Bobo is professor and director of percussion studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He has performed on five continents and in nearly every state in the Union as a solo marimba musician. Bobo is also a prolific percussion composer, with his pieces routinely appearing on international competition and performance repertoire lists. His marimba technical virtuosity is regarded as innovative and a forerunner in modern performance and instruction.

    The artists will also host a performance masterclass/clinic from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Ophelia Parrish 2340. The concert and performance clinic are sponsored by Funds Allotment Council, the School of Arts & Letters, the University Percussion Society, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Malletech, Inc.  

    For more information, contact Michael Bump, professor of music.
  • Truman Theatre to Perform Victorian Thriller Oct. 28-30


    Truman’s Theatre Department will perform “Angel Street (Gaslight)” by Patrick Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-30 in the Black Box Theatre in Ophelia Parrish.

    “Angel Street” is a 1938 Victorian thriller about a marriage based on deception. Its view into toxic masculinity and psychological manipulation is what coined the now popular term “gaslighting.” The play tells the story of the Manningham’s, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. Bella Manningham, played by Elizabeth Harness, was once beautiful but starts to suffer from crippling panic attacks and becomes withdrawn. Her husband Jack Manningham, played by Jacob Baxley, struggles to help her and spends his evenings out on the town in order to cope. One night Mrs. Manningham receives an unexpected phone call from a mysterious detective, Inspector George Rough, played by Jack Danter, and reveals everything may not be as it seems.

    “Angel Street” will give audiences a look into the head of a woman losing her mind and questioning the truth behind the things she sees and hears. Runtime is approximately 120 minutes with an intermission.

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at boxoffice.truman.edu. For more information, contact the Truman Theatre Box Office at 660.785.4515 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies


    The Institute for Academic Outreach is seeking applications for the following academies:

    Joseph Baldwin Academy (June 8-July 3 and/or July 6-31)
    JBA Junior (July 10-15)
    ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy (June 9-18)

    Each academy is in search of preceptors for programs ranging from one to three weeks during June and July. Stipends vary based in the length of the program and nature of the work.

    To be eligible as a preceptor, applicants must be a Truman student or a May 2022 graduate, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and not be enrolled in summer classes while working in the program. Individuals hired for these programs will also be required to complete a criminal background check, pre-academy trainings and pre-academy orientations.
    Applications are currently being accepted and will continue until the positions are filled. Information about each available position can be accessed at tiacademies.truman.edu/employment or by emailing Michelle Wilson at mwwilson@truman.edu.


  • Good COVID Practices Make More Things Possible


    In their weekly discussion, Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group committee members Scott Alberts, Christine Harker and Nancy Daley-Moore discussed the first week of zero reported cases on campus. While that news is good, the committed cautioned that asymptomatic cases are often not reported because the infected individual would not be seeking care. They hope to see continued progress for an extended period of time. As many aspects of campus life are returning to pre-pandemic norms – activities, organizational meetings, athletic events – the committee credited the University mask policy and a good vaccination rate among students and employees for the progress. The deadline for students and employees to participate in the vaccination incentive program is Nov. 1. A complete recording of the committee’s discussion can be found here.
  • Vaccine Incentive Program Deadline is Nov. 1


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

    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.
  • Registration Open 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. 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
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • APO Sponsors Escape Room on Campus


    APO is hosting an escape room event 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.
  • 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.
  • Haunted Forest to Benefit Local Food Bank

    Alpha Kappa Lambda and Phi Lambda Phi’s haunted forest will take place 8-11:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 7 p.m.- 12 a.m. Oct. 29-31 at 610 St. Osteopathy. All profits will go the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

  • 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.
  • Campus Trunk-or-Treat to Take Place Oct. 30

    National Education Association is hosting a trunk-or-treat 2:30-5 p.m. Oct. 30. Organization leaders can scan the QR code for more information and registrations. Masks are recommended. Rain date will be 2:30-5 p.m. Oct. 31. Contact trumannea@gmail.com with any questions.

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  • Kid’s Corn Maze Set for Oct. 31

    Sigma Alpha is hosting a kid’s day from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the University Farm. Admission is free and all children are welcome. Kids are also encouraged to dress up in costumes.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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

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

    Nov. 16
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • True Men Hosts A Cappella Fest

    True Men will host an a cappella fest 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Baldwin Auditorium.

  • 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.
  • Communications Disorders to Host Graduate Student Open House


    Communications Disorders (CMDS) Department is hosting a virtual and in-person open house for graduate students.

    The virtual open house will take place 1:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Students who wish to attend will be sent links providing information concerning the CMDS program and a tour of the facilities that is located on the CMDS website. The in-person open house will take place at 1-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Health Science 2203. Refreshments will be served. Students should RSVP to Connie Ikerd at cikerd@truman.edu.

    All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students of the program.
  • University Gallery Seeks Art Submissions

    Watercolor artwork by ZuZu Smugala.

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

    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 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.


  • Allison Beaton

    Allison Beaton, volleyball, was named to the All-Tournament team for the GLVC after Truman won two out of three matches in the Midwest Regional Crossover tournament, Oct. 16-17. Beaton had 19 kills on 32 attacks for a .469 hitting percentage. She hit a .778 percentage against Kentucky Wesleyan with seven kills on nine attacks with no errors. She also tallied four blocks against Kentucky Wesleyan and Cedarville with two coming against Lake Superior State for a total of 10 blocks during the weekend.

  • Jason McDonald

    Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history, was featured in “Prop A in the Context of Race and Policing in Austin, Texas: An Urgent Forum.” This event brought together a panel of experts on the history of racism in Austin, Texas. McDonald spoke on the subject of race and policing as covered in his book “Racial Dynamics in Early Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas.” The event was sponsored by the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.