Vol. 26 No. 19 - January 24, 2022


  • Education Department Receives $20,000 Teacher Recruitment Grant


    The Truman Education Department has been awarded $20,000 for the efforts of recruiting and retaining future teachers in the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program.  

    The Education Department applied for the Teacher Recruitment Grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in December. The grant focuses on student recruitment and retention, specifically through developing stronger partnerships and improving collaboration by implementing recruitment and selection activities, providing preparation and support to those interested in the teaching profession, and evaluating all recruitment strategies.

    The department has several ideas on how to utilize the grant, the most notable being a conference day for future educators. There are plans to host a conference day in the spring for Northeast Missouri high school students interested in education as a career. This day will involve an introduction to Truman and the MAE program, professional development and follow up for students that may consider attending Truman.  

    In November, the Education Department hosted its first substitute teacher workshop. The grant money will be used to host the workshop again in subsequent semesters.

    In addition, the grant money will also be used to hire a student worker to support the existing presence of the Education Department on social media. They will post on various social media platforms, take pictures and videos at events, find ways to be innovative with the social media presence and create a poster and video campaign. The social media campaign will feature Truman MAE alumni talking about why they teach.
  • Student Exhibit on Display in Pickler Library


    Fall 2021 art and Latin students worked together to create “The Descent is Easy: Illustrating Vergil’s Underworld,” exhibit which will be on display this spring in Pickler Memorial Library outside Special Collections located on the third floor of the library.

    This exhibit illustrates scenes from Vergil’s “Aeneid,” an ancient Roman epic poem, through woodcut illustrations, simulating the artistic process of a 1502 early printed edition of Vergil’s works housed in Special Collections.

    This joint project by ART 217: Printmaking I, taught by Laura Bigger, and LATN 351: Vergil’s Aeneid, taught by Amy Norgard, features students’ artistic prints and woodcuts showcased alongside two leaves from Vergil’s “Aeneid” printed by Johann Grueninger in 1502.

    The students also created the exhibition itself, which is filled with didactic materials about the artistic process and the cross-disciplinary collaboration.

  • OSR Seeks Summer Research Proposals


    The Office of Student Research is accepting TruScholars proposals for research and creative scholarship conducted during the eight-week summer term, June 6-July 29.

    During the program, students should devote full-time effort to their project and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration. Grant applications may request up to a maximum value of $5,750, including a $3,500 max student stipend and $1,750 max mentor stipend.

    A virtual TruScholars proposal writing workshop for students will take place from 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Feb. 3 via Zoom. To attend the workshop students can register here by Feb. 2.

    Complete guidelines for the TruScholars applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications are due Feb. 23. Questions can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Planetarium to Host “Trek Talk” Lecture Series


    “Trek Talk,” a new lecture series at the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium, will kick off Jan. 25.

    In this series, guest speakers will discuss various social and cultural aspects of the Star Trek Universe. The eight unique talks through the spring semester will discuss topics such as philosophy, gender, language and dystopias. For a full schedule of the lecture series, visit the calendar of events at planetarium.truman.edu.
    The first talk of the lecture series will feature Amy Norgard, associate professor of classics, and Jared Young, director of academic affairs operations, on the topic “Star Trek is for Everyone.” With 11 different series and 13 films – and counting –, the Star Trek Universe offers something for everyone. Norgard and Young will talk about “Star Trek: The Original Series” (1966-69) to “Star Trek: Lower Decks”
  • December Graduation List Released


    Truman has published the names of students who graduated at the conclusion of the fall semester.

    The names of the graduates can be found online at truman.edu/honors/fall-2021-graduation-list. Students who graduated with honors will have that distinction noted by their names. Cum laude recognizes those who earned a grade point average of 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is for graduates with a grade point average of 3.75-3.89. Summa cum laude honors graduates with a grade point average of 3.9 or better.

    Master’s degree recipients will have that distinction noted by their names.

    The list is organized by state and hometown. Hometowns are based upon the permanent address given to the University by the student. Students who have requested a directory hold on their information will not be included on the list. Any questions regarding student eligibility for inclusion on the list can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 660.785.4143.

    Truman was able to conduct one graduation ceremony for all graduates while maintaining a COVID-friendly environment. The ceremony was also livestreamed so friends and family not able to attend could still see their student graduate. The recording of the event can be found online at truman.edu/registrar/commencement/commencement-video.


  • TLS Recruitment Set to Start Jan. 24

  • Activities Fair Provides Opportunity for Involvement

    Union & Involvement will host the Activities Fair from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25-26 in the Student Union Building. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to find organizations to join on campus. Several organizations will be showcased each night. For more information contact Union & Involvement Services in the Student Union Building 2000 at 660.785.4222 or by email at orgs@truman.edu.

  • DSP Recruitment Continues Through Feb. 3


    Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity open to all business, accounting and economic majors. They will host their recruitment through Feb. 3.

    Information Night No. 1
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 26
    Violette Hall 1324

    Information Night No. 2
    5 p.m.
    Jan. 27
    Violette Hall 1324

    Brunch w/ Brothers
    10 a.m.
    Jan. 29
    Magruder Hall 2001

    Meet the Chapter
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 31
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Trivia Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 1
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Alumni Speaker
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 2
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Speed Networking
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 3
    Magruder Hall 1090
  • MAE Professional Development Series Focuses on Positive Classroom Environment


    The fourth event in the MAE Professional Development Series will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 via Zoom. It will feature Amanda Ketzer, a teacher from Clayton School District, who will talk in depth about creating a positive classroom environment. RSVP for the event is available here. For more information, email ams8285@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.
  • Student Ambassador Positions Available

    The Admission Office is now hiring student ambassadors for the 2022-23 academic year. Apply at tru.mn/ambassador. Scholarship, work-study and volunteer opportunities are available. Institutional opportunities are limited.

  • Funds Allotment Council Accepting Applications

    The Truman Funds Allotment Council is accepting fund applications for the fall 2022 semester. Applications can be submitted online at fac.truman.edu from now until Feb. 22. FAC will also host an information night at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 in Student Union Building Georgian B to provide details on the application process as well as answer any questions.

  • Graduate Programs Highlighted 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
    Feb. 2
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

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

    April 13
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Virtual Lunch Sessions
    Feb. 16
    12-1 p.m.

    March 30
    12-1 p.m.

    April 27
    12-1 p.m.
  • Homecoming Committee Applications Now Being Accepted

    Applications for Homecoming 2022 are now available. Interviews will begin Jan. 31 and the deadline to apply is Feb. 6. Applications can be completed at homecoming.truman.edu/committee. Contact homecoming@truman.edu for any further questions.

  • Save the Date: Spike’s Annual Pizza Bowl


    In celebration of National Pizza Day, Spike’s Annual Pizza Bowl will offer students free pizza and prizes. Details will be available in the next Truman Today and also shared on Truman’s Instagram, @trumanstate.

    Spike’s Annual Pizza Bowl
    2-4 p.m.
    Feb. 9
    Student Union Building Alumni Room
  • Master of Athletic Training Program Accepting Applications


    The Master of Athletic Training program is currently accepting applications for the 2022 cohort that begins July 1.

    Students interested in health care can consider a career in athletic training, which encompasses injury evaluation, rehabilitation and treatment, as well as program administration. Athletic trainers work closely with medical professionals to provide overall care and treatment to a variety of physically active individuals.

    Applications for the MAT program can be submitted here. Application deadline is April 1. For questions, contact Brandy Schneider at bschneider@truman.edu.
  • Personal Training Students Seek Clients

    The Assessment and Prescription class is looking for people to work with this semester as personal training clients. Requirements include meeting with the student group five different weeks from 8-9 a.m. on either Tuesday or Thursday. Anyone interested in being a client can contact Evonne Bird for more information.

  • Change to Bookstore Hours

    The Truman Bookstore will have new hours starting Jan. 24. It will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

  • Housing Renewals Now Open


    Students who would like to live on campus for the 2022-23 academic year can start the process in the housing portal.

    Living on campus offers a variety of benefits, including close access to amenities such as the Student Union Building, Pickler Memorial Library and the Student Recreation Center. Students living in campus housing have unlimited high-speed internet at all times, as well as 24-hour access to laundry services at no additional charges. All utilities are also already included in the housing fees, so there are no extra bills to keep track of and pay. On-campus residents also have live-in support staff, including student advisors and hall directors to help with any problems that may arise.

    Students who live on campus tend to be more academically successful. They often have higher grade point averages and higher graduation rates.

    Step-by-step instructions on how to complete the housing renewal application can be found here.

    Room self-selection will begin in mid-February.

    Questions or concerns about housing can be directed to the Residence Life Office at 660.785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu.

    To start the housing application:
    • Log into TruView
    • Click “Student” under “Tools”
    • Click “Student Tools”
    • Click “Housing Portal” under “Housing”
    • Click “Student Login”
    • Click “Apply for Housing!”
    • Select the term applying for
    • Review the “Welcome” page for more information
  • Life Support Classes Available

    The Institute for Academic Outreach is offering American Heart Association basic life support classes. Visit institute.truman.edu/trulifesaver to complete the online registration form. Questions can be directed to institute@truman.edu or 660.785.5384.
  • Retirement Reception for Tracy Williams

    There will be a retirement celebration from 2:30-4 p.m. Jan. 27 in the McClain Hall Commons in honor of Tracy Williams, system analyst, who has worked at Truman for more than 30 years.



  • Madalynn Berkey and Luke Payne

    Madalynn Berkey and Luke Payne are one of six teams to advance to the semi-finals of the IARFC National Financial Plan Competition. Sponsored by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, the competition is open to undergraduate university students who are enrolled in a financial services curriculum. From a fictional case narrative, the students are requested to craft a financial plan for judging. The competition progresses through three stages, ending in three teams of students presenting their plan in person at the IARFC Annual Meeting in April.

  • Daniel Mandell

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, chaired the “Lost Traditions of Economic Equality in the Critical Period of the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” session at the recent annual meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans. The session built on Mandell’s recent book, “The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600–1870,” to consider how the American tradition of a “rough” economic equality was transformed during the mid-19th century with the spread of markets and wage labor, the growing conflicts over slavery and the rise of political democracy in the United States and revolutionary Europe.

  • Victor E. Marquez-Barrios

    Victor E. Marquez-Barrios, associate professor of music, has been selected for a two-week residency during June 2022 at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska.

    The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is a renowned artist residency program that supports established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers and interdisciplinary artists from around the world. Housed in a residential prairie-style complex, KHN also hosts a public gallery that showcases the work of Nebraska and regional artists, and is home to the Kimmel Permanent Collection.

    Marquez-Barrios has an extended catalog of works that includes compositions for a variety of solo instruments, numerous chamber ensembles, mixed choir, electronics, symphonic band and symphony orchestra. His music has been performed, published and recorded by soloists and ensembles from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, and his works have received performances at numerous international music festivals.

    In April 2021, Marquez-Barrios released his first album, “Solo,” which included compositions created over a period of 14 years. During his residency he plans to work on music for his second album.