Vol. 26 No. 13 - November 15, 2021


  • Nursing Students Help Support Vaccine Clinics and School Health Screenings


    The seniors in Truman’s “Rural Public Health Nursing” class have had a busy fall semester.

    Two weeks into the semester, nursing students began helping local public health departments with annual flu vaccination campaigns and school health screenings. They assisted in numerous flu vaccination and COVID booster clinics for Adair, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Putnam, Schuyler and Sullivan counties, as well as the student health center on campus. The students also supported school health screenings in Scotland and Linn counties.

    Earlier this year, the department was awarded the Nursing Education Incentive Program Grant from the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Part of that grant included the addition of a new clinical coordinator to the Nursing Department. Corie Pryor joined the department in August. In addition to renewing and strengthening many relationships with previous host sites for clinical experiences, she has also helped form new partnerships.

    These new partnerships include placing senior students at Hospice of Northeast Missouri for clinical experience and participation in Project Northeast Missouri Connect where junior students from the “Adult Health” class also helped to provide blood pressure screenings at the event.

    “Some clinical sites had suspended accepting students during 2020 and spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nola Martz, assistant nursing professor. “Having Corie as a clinical coordinator devoted to making those connections and coordinating student placement has been instrumental for all of the clinical courses in the nursing program.”
  • Tag Day Honors University Donors


    Truman will celebrate Tag Day, Nov. 15.

    The goal of Tag Day is to show appreciation to donors who have given back to the University, as well as to raise awareness of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman. Hundreds of items around campus will be marked with special purple tags highlighting the fact those items were made possible by a gift.

    Donors have a measurable impact in tangible ways, including the Sandra K. Giachino Reavey Sesquicentennial Plaza and Fountain, Red Barn Pavilion and the Robison Planetarium. As well as tangible items, donors also provide support through scholarships and student learning experiences.

    Hot chocolate will be provided from 12:30-2 p.m. on the plaza with an opportunity to get a picture taken with the bulldog statue. There will also be the chance to vote on which donor-funded gifts are favorites. For those who cannot make it to the plaza, the Alumni Office will be posting pictures of grateful members of the campus community all week on Truman social media platforms.
  • World-renowned Finance Expert to Participate in Virtual Presentation


    Dr. Aswath Damodaran, an expert on equity valuation and corporate finance, will take part in a virtual meeting and presentation for the Truman community from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 16.

    Damodaran is the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and a professor of finance at New York University Stern School of Business. He previously served as a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Among his contributions to the field of finance, Damodaran has been the recipient of Giblin, Glucksman and Heyman fellowships, a David Margolis Teaching Excellence Fellowship, and the Richard L. Rosenthal Award for Innovation in Investment Management and Corporate Finance.

    Due to his skill and enthusiasm in the classroom, Damodaran received the Schools of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988 and the Distinguished Teaching award from NYU in 1990. He has been voted Professor of the Year by the graduating M.B.A. class nine times during his career at NYU, and Business Week named him one of the top 12 U.S. business school professors.

    Damodaran earned an accounting degree from Madras University, along with a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management. He has an M.B.A. and Ph.D., both in finance, from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to myriad publications in academic journals, Damodaran is the author of several highly regarded and widely used academic texts on valuation, corporate finance and investment management.

    The virtual presentation will take place on Zoom from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 16 and can be accessed here.
  • Olsen and Mohler Receive Innovation Awards

    Sarah Mohler (left) and Emily Long Olsen (right) accept their Academic Innovation Awards from Janet Gooch, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

    Sarah Mohler, assistant professor of English and director of graduate studies, and Emily Long Olsen, assistant professor of linguistics, each earned the Spring 2021 Academic Innovation Award.

    Mohler was recognized for “Tools for Navigating Difficult Conversations Related to Literary Diversity.” Many students in her ENG 415: “Literature for Children” class are future teachers, librarians and speech therapists who hope to introduce diverse literary texts to children and may need to have difficult conversations with those who disagree with their selection of books. Mohler introduced her students to Douglas Stone’s concept of the three unspoken undercurrents of an uncomfortable conversation in order to give them confidence to not shut down conversations about sensitive topics and provide them with the tools needed to engage empathetically and productively in conversations with colleagues, parents or members of the community who question their selection of diverse books representing the LGBTQIA+ experience.

    Olsen was recognized for her course, “Anti-Racism through Community Engagement.” The topic of this course was motivated by current events and Truman’s campus-wide commitment for racial equity and institutional change. As a class, they determined a strategy to target the Truman community with a message of linguistic justice but creating four groups and identifying their unique role in campus culture. Students then then developed anti-racism training materials and delivered them in the format of a workshop to teach their group about Black English, walk them through a hands-on activity and offer suggestions and advice for steps they can take in their daily life at Truman to support the advancement of anti-racism on campus.
  • Music Student Grateful for Campus Experiences

    Senior Caitlin Smith has tried to make the most of every opportunity she’s had during her time at Truman. From serving as president of her sorority, to working as an orientation leader, the future music teacher has stayed active for four years. Smith plans to continue her time at Truman after graduation by participating in the Master of Arts in Education program. Learn more about her story here.
  • Seventeen Students Accepted into McNair Program

    Seventeen sophomores and juniors were recently accepted into the Truman McNair Scholars Program, a U.S. Department of Education TRIO initiative that recruits highly qualified students from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in undergraduate research and graduate study preparation.

    The inductees (left to right, top to bottom) are:

    • MaKenna Carnes, music
    • Me Crouch, computer science and theatre
    • Megan Gentes, psychology
    • Taylor Howard, music
    • Joey Jolly, English
    • Sara Jones, justice systems and sociology
    • Christina Kabell, biology
    • Lauri Klump, sociology
    • Cheryl Lin, biochemistry and molecular biology
    • Louisa Lopez, biology
    • Caleb Martin, economics and business administration
    • Seth Overall, psychology
    • Samantha Pratt, psychology and music therapy
    • Emma Richardson, economics
    • Serena Taylor, justice systems
    • Tori Taylor, political science
    • Kate Teku, psychology

  • Forensics Earns Multiple Awards At Tournaments


    Students from Truman’s Forensics Union earned awards at two tournaments last week.

    Debaters competed at Illinois State University at the Fall Red Bird. Freshman novice Megan Trent achieved second speaker, as well as tournament finalist, in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, earning a qualification to the national tournament in April. Sophomore Alicia Stout also got to the quarterfinals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate in the open division.

    Speech competitors traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to the Norton Tournament at Bradley University. Senior Jackson Elder made it to the semifinals in impromptu speaking and achieved fourth place in extemporaneous speaking. Senior Kayla Gerlt came in fifth place in dramatic interpretation. Sophomore Ella Schnake made it to the semifinals in impromptu speaking, as well as prose interpretation and was the tournament champion in dramatic interpretation.

    As a school, Truman earned enough sweepstakes points to outscore teams from Purdue University, Ohio University and Illinois State. In December, the team will travel to Webster University for the Gateway Swing and debate will compete virtually at University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Fall Finale debate tournament.

    Any students interested in joining the Forensics Union should contact Craig Hennigan at chennigan@truman.edu or Ben Davis at bdavis@truman.edu.


  • Workshop Helps Students Become Substitute Teachers


    The Department of Education will host a workshop at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Violette Hall 1000, and via Zoom, to discuss how to become a substitute teacher and the benefits that come with it. At this workshop students will find out more about the critical need for substitute teachers and get hands-on assistance with the application process. It is open to students of all majors. Anyone that is interested can RSVP here.
  • Guest Speaker to Discuss Equity in Higher Education


    International speaker and author Dr. Howard E. Fields III will present a two-part conversation focusing on equity in higher education, Nov. 16.

    Fields currently serves as an assistant superintendent of human resources and adjunct professor at Harris-Stowe State University. He is the author of the new book, “How to Achieve Educational Equity,” co-founder of Black Males in Education St. Louis (BMESTL) and EduOpenings.com. His perspective and focus on remaining student-centered, yet equity-focused, along with the ability to create and implement strategic solutions for organizations, has made him a sought-out speaker, writer and consultant. More information about Fields can be found here. Copies of his book will also be available at the event.
    This two-part conversation will include an interactive workshop focused on “A Practical Approach and Discussion on Educational Equity” from 3-4:30 p.m. with registration required. Following the workshop, an open seat presentation titled “How to Achieve Educational Equity” will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    This event is sponsored by Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Education Department and Truman’s chapter of the National Education Association.
  • Learn About Graduate Programs at Info Session


    An information session about graduate programs will take place on campus from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Registration can be found here and closes by 5 p.m. Nov. 15. 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.
  • Informational Meeting Provides Assistance for Gould Award


    A brief informational meeting regarding the Gould Scholastic Award will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Violette Hall 1432. Any interested students are welcome to attend. The topic of the paper is most applicable to finance/business, accounting, economics and computer science. There are behavioral implications, so psychology and sociology students may be interested as well.

    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.
  • Students for Life Welcome Guest Speaker

  • Spring Foundation Scholarships Available


    The Truman State University Foundation Spring 2022 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Tools, Scholarships, Financial Aid & Loans then Foundation Scholarship Application. Students can submit and revise their application online at any time prior to the deadline of Nov. 23. These scholarships are available thanks to the private gifts of alumni and friends of the University.
  • New Bike Repair Stand Available on Campus

    A new bike repair stand, provided by the Student Sustainability Fund, is now available on campus. It has basic tools and an air pump to help with most bike needs. The Kirksville Bike Co-Op can help with other needs and is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Around campus there are also newly installed bike racks made from recycled rebar that are a Student Sustainability project as well.
  • Bookstore Offers Holiday Promotions for Faculty and Staff


    Now until Dec. 31 the University Bookstore is offering a one-time deal of 30% off entire apparel or gift purchase. Stop by the bookstore and show a Truman ID when checking out. Valid in-stores one time only.

    To ensure the bookstore is meeting the needs as the official campus store and textbook provider they would appreciate feedback by completing a survey that can be found here.
  • Jewish Student Union Hosts Film Series


    The Jewish Student Union invites students to attend film screenings at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in Violette Hall 1400. 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.
  • 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.
  • Orientation Leader Applications Now Open

  • Residence Life Now Hiring Student Advisors


    Residence Life is looking for students who will create welcoming environments, develop connections with students and foster a learning centered community to apply as student advisors for the 2022-2023 school year. Anyone enrolled in classes, has lived on campus for at least one semester and maintained a 2.75 GPA, is qualified to apply. The application is open now until Jan. 17. After reviewing applications, a select number of candidates will be invited for interviews Jan. 31-Feb. 4. Hiring decisions will be announced in mid-February. Visit reslife.truman.edu or email reslife@truman.edu for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Nov. 29.


  • Jesse Krebs

    Jesse Krebs, professor of music, gave a guest performance and clarinet master class at Illinois State University, Nov. 10. He performed “Dos Melodias” for solo clarinet by Costa Rican composer Vinicio Meza, then worked with three ISU clarinet students on music by Brahms and Rossini.

  • Elsa Soto Leggett

    Elsa Soto Leggett, associate professor of counseling, recently began implementing her duties as president-elect of the Texas Counseling Association, the nation’s largest state branch of the American Counseling Association. During her three-year term as president-elect, president and past president, Leggett will lead more than 45,000 Texas professional counselors represented through five geographic regions, 12 specialized divisions and 29 chapters. Leggett is a licensed professional counselor, board-approved counselor supervisor, certified school counselor and registered play therapist.

  • Abby Manzella

    Abby Manzella, assistant professor of English and creative writing, won the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Book Award for her book “Migrating Fictions: Gender, Race, and Citizenship in U.S. Internal Displacements.” This award is only given out to one book every three years. Manzella’s book situates the histories of refugees and displaced persons within the United States to make a powerful argument about how precarity is built into the structures of citizenship. She traces the people and literature of the Great Migration, the Dust Bowl, Japanese American incarceration and the migrant laborers of the Southwest to reconceive belonging within the borders.

  • Music Students

    Nine clarinetists and five saxophonists competed this year at the statewide Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwinds Competition, Nov. 11. These students each prepared three contrasting solos and performed for a judge who provided them with feedback as they competed against their peers from other universities throughout the state including the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southeast Missouri State University. The following students received awards.

    Lower Division
    Brett Barger, clarinet

    Honorable Mentions
    Connor McLaughlin, saxophone
    Trystan Lickteig, clarinet
    Upper Division
    Sam Weaver, saxophone

    Lucas Shroyer, clarinet
    Graduate Division

    Yang Zhou, saxophone

    Haozhe Shi, saxophone

    Honorable Mentions
    Jessica Alvarado, clarinet
    Wenhe Zhao, saxophone

  • Folklore Conference

    The Missouri Folklore Society’s annual meeting took place online, Nov. 4-6. Amy Norgard, associate professor of classics, gave the keynote talk, “A Woman Scorned: Hera in Film, Television, and Video Games.” Alumnus Dr. Nathaniel Williams, now associate professor of English at the University of Califorinia-Davis, gave the second plenary, “Mark Twain and the Science Fiction of his Era.”

    Betsy Delmonico, professor emerita of English, gave a reading from a folklore-based novel, “Goods and Effects,” by Al Schnupp. This novel is newly published by Golden Antelope, the press Delmonico runs with her husband Neal.

    Alumnus Joe Slama presented on the particularities of Cherokee Catholicism. Alumna Taylor Libbert, active in the preservation of Missouri’s PawPaw French dialect, performed a field-collected folktale in that language. Mika Zans’ capstone project for the folklore minor was a computer program deploying choose-your-own adventure structures to gamify the motif-based variation of traditional folktales.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Spring Foundation Scholarships Available


    The Truman State University Foundation Spring 2022 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Tools, Scholarships, Financial Aid & Loans then Foundation Scholarship Application. Students can submit and revise their application online at any time prior to the deadline of Nov. 23. These scholarships are available thanks to the private gifts of alumni and friends of the University.