Vol. 26 No. 21 - February 7, 2022


  • Pizza Bowl Offers Free Food, Prizes


    In honor of National Pizza Day, Feb. 9, students are invited to the Student Union Building for free pizza and a chance to vote for the best pizza in town.

    Spike’s Annual Pizza Bowl will pit local pizza makers in competition for the students’ choice of the best overall pizza in Kirksville. From 2-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Alumni Room, students can stop by for free samples from all participating local vendors. Voting will take place on Truman’s Instagram, and students will be eligible for prizes.

    Local vendors vying for the title include Bellacino’s, Casey’s, Domino’s and Hy-Vee. These businesses will be in the Student Union Building Alumni Room with free samples for students from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 9. Other giveaways, including Spike’s Annual Pizza Bowl stickers, will also be available at the event.      

    Follow Truman’s Instagram, @trumanstate, for updates and information on how to vote.
  • Men’s Basketball Honors History with Throwback Uniform


    Men’s basketball will honor University history by wearing throwback uniforms for games in the second week of February.

    This will mark the first time the basketball team has worn throwback uniforms to honor previous Northeast Missouri State University teams before the name change in 1996.

    “While designing new jerseys for this season, we made one for fun,” said Josh Beardsley, assistant men’s basketball coach. “Retro versions of jerseys are something that many schools around the county are doing. We thought it would be cool to bring back the University’s past.”

    The throwback uniforms were made possible by alumnus Bill Woodall who liked the idea and decided to contribute with a gift. The uniforms are modeled after those worn by the 1979 conference basketball championship team. Woodall was a member of that team and an all-conference honorable mention.

    Truman plans to make this a tradition by picking one weekend every year to wear the uniforms. This year they will be worn during the Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 games against Quincy and Illinois Springfield.
  • Career and Grad School Week Feature Virtual Events


    Career and Graduate School Week will take place Feb. 21-25 and will include virtual expos highlighting multiple professional development opportunities for students.

    To start off the festivities, the Career Center will offer a free professional photo booth by the campus photographer from 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22.

    Students will have a chance to network and ask about their 30-second commercial pitch from 6-8 p.m., as well as have their professional documents critiqued.

    A personal statement workshop with Dave Lusk, associate vice president for career development, will take place from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 22.

    The virtual graduate expo for those who plan to pursue graduate studies will take place from 11-3 p.m. Feb. 23. A virtual career and internship expo for those searching for internships will take place from 11-3 p.m. Feb. 24.

    A diversity, equity and inclusion workshop with Saint Rice, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, will take place from 5-6 p.m. There are 40 slots available for the in-person event. RSVP on #HireTruman to receive a ticket with the location or use this link to join the livestream.

    The week will end with a career talk with immigration lawyer Micaela (Miha) Britt from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. There are only 40 tickets available for the in-person presentation so RSVP on #HireTruman is required to receive a ticket.

    Students can sign up for this expo by going to hiretruman.truman.edu. For questions regarding event times or details, visit career.truman.edu or email the Career Center at ucc3@truman.edu. These events will be accessed from #HireTruman.
  • Pickler Provides Digital Access to Popular Titles


    The popular reading collection at Pickler Memorial Library now includes digital access to the MOBIUS OverDrive Collection.

    This collection includes popular fiction and nonfiction titles in a combination of audio and electronic book formats. To view the collection, go to mobius.overdrive.com. Items in the collection are also accessible in TruSearch and in the library catalog. To borrow books, patrons can use the sign-in button and enter their Banner number followed by tsu.
    Items in OverDrive may also be accessed through the Libby app – downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play – on a smart phone or tablet. For a demonstration of using this app, or for more information on OverDrive at Pickler Memorial Library, visit library.truman.edu/overdrive.asp.

    Questions can be directed to the Library Service Desk at 660.785.4533 or asklib@truman.edu.
  • New “Tea Time” Episode Available

    Among the many topics in this month’s installment of “Tea Time with Sue,” University President Sue Thomas talks about the campus spots she enjoys showcasing for prospective students, the meaning of the term “K-Vegas” and some of the favorite things in her office.

    Throughout the school year, President Thomas will answer a handful of submitted questions during each monthly installment of the series. Submit questions at truman.edu/teatime for a chance to have them answered on a future episode.
  • Speaker Examines Economic Causes and Oppression


    Guest speaker Art Carden will present “Economics and Oppression” at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    Carden is a professor of economics and medical properties trust fellow at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal and a fellow with numerous research, education and outreach institutions. He is also the author of “Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World” with co-author Deirdre Nansen McCloskey.

    In his presentation Carden will discuss how free markets work well when they are allowed to work. He will consider the economic causes and consequences of oppression and interference with the institutions of exchange.


  • Fraternity Recruitment Continues Through Feb. 11

    Truman’s Interfraternity Council spring recruitment will take place through Feb. 11. Sign up for recruitment is free and can be found here. Find every fraternity’s event schedule online and by following IFC on Facebook or Instagram. For more information visit ifc.truman.edu or email Zach Stellhorn at zas7686@truman.edu.

  • A Cappella Group Hosts Auditions

    Sweet Nothings, an all-gendered a cappella group, are looking for all vocal parts including a vocal percussionist. They will host auditions from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Feb. 8 in Ophelia Parrish 2113 and Feb. 10 in Ophelia Parish 2115.

    Sign up for a 15-minute time slot is available here. Students interested should prepare a 40-second solo of a song of their choice that showcases their singing abilities. The audition will also consist of a vocal range test, sight reading and tonal memory. Email tsusweetnothings@gmail.com for more information.

  • Trek Talk Explores Klingon language

    The next Trek Talk lecture from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 8 will be hosted by Doug Ball, assistant professor of linguistics. He will dig into the Klingon language, first fleshed out by a linguist in the 1980s. He will overview the history of the language’s development, especially how it differs from other languages in sci-fi/fantasy, like Tolkien’s languages and the languages of Game of Thrones. Ball will also demonstrate how it was used to great effect in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” which was its first fleshed out appearance, and point out a few of its interesting structural characteristics. This is an in-person event, but those who wish to attend this event via Zoom should email Jared Young at jyoung@truman.edu.

  • Student Government Sponsors Title IX Presentation

    The Student Government diversity and inclusion committee, along with Ryan Nely, Title IX coordinator, will host an event from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Student Union Georgian A. Students can learn more about Title IX, such as its procedures and protections regarding sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual assault, treatment of LGBTQ+ students and power dynamics in employment.

    There will also be a discussion about other topics and procedures such as amnesty and the reporting and investigation process, supportive measures and bias reporting forms. At the end of the presentation there will be an open discussion for questions and comments. Refreshments will be available.

  • Phi Delta Service Sorority Recruitment Set for Feb. 8-10


    Phi Delta is a sisterhood of Truman students who strive to serve the community. They are LGBTQ inclusive and strive to always put out positively and love. Rush Week information is listed below.

    Sisterhood Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 8
    Baldwin Hall 241

    Social Night
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 9
    Student Union Building 2105

    Philanthropy Night

    7 p.m.
    Feb. 10
    Student Union Building 1101
  • Theatre to Perform Award-Winning Comedy

    The next Theatre Department production will be the award-winning comedy “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” Feb. 23-26.
    In the play, it is 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. As the assembled “widows” await the announcement of the society’s prize-winning quiche, the atomic bomb sirens sound. Has the Communist threat come to pass? How will the “widows’’ respond as their idyllic town and lifestyle faces attacks?
    Winner of the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival as Best Overall Production, “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” is a tasty recipe of hysterical laughs, sexual innuendoes, unsuccessful repressions and delicious discoveries. The play was written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, with contributions by Sarah Gitenstein, Mary Hollis Inboden, Meg Johns, Thea Lux, Beth Stelling and Maari Suorsa. Truman’s production is under the direction of Cat Gleason.
    Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-26 in the James G. Severns Theatre. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the box office in Ophelia Parrish or online at boxoffice.truman.edu. For more information, contact the box office at 660.785.4515.
    This production includes subtle adult themes and humor, audience participation, and may contain use of graphic spectacle. Runtime is 65 minutes with no intermission.
  • Beta Alpha Psi Welcomes Financial Speaker

    Beta Alpha Psi is hosting a presentation with Dan Schmidt, founder of Emerging Business CFO, from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Violette Hall 1010.

    The EBCFO is a fractional CFO firm based in Kansas City. In Schmidt’s talk he will explain how he leverages his knowledge in accounting and data analytics to provide a clear and concise story to his clients about their financials. He specializes in non-profit and early-stage startup companies and builds out robust accounting systems with a stack of cloud accounting and data analytics software.

  • APO Carnation Sale

    Alpha Phi Omega will be selling carnation flowers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10, 11 and 14 in Magruder Hall. Pink, white and red carnations for $3 a piece will be available. Cash and Venmo will be accepted.

  • IFC and Panhell Sponsor Local Food Drive

    Interfraternity Council and Panhell are hosting a food drive for the Adair Country Pantry. They will be accepting shelf stable food items and monetary donations. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 14-18 at the Student Union Building information desk. Donations through Venmo to @Robert-Hartsell-158 will also be accepted. Email Robert Hartsell or Midajah Smith with any questions.

  • Research Competition Open to All Graduate Students


    Truman’s fourth annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 in Violette Hall 1010, providing students an opportunity to highlight their graduate-level research.

    For the competition, participants will create a single slide that conveys their study. They will then have three minutes to discuss their research and its importance. Any original graduate research qualifies. It can be a scientific study, a discussion on a student’s creative writing adventure or musical composition. Current graduate students cannot submit research completed as an undergraduate.

    Students will create a three-minute presentation following the guidelines set forth by Queensland University. They will also need an introductory slide that will include their name, title of presentation, faculty member and department. The single research slide appears right after, and as soon as the student starts speaking, the timer begins.  

    The first-place prize is $75, with second place earning $50. The winner of the competition will attend the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools annual competition.  

    To convey interest students can register here by submitting name, email, title of research and name of faculty mentor. The suggested deadline is Feb. 11. After registering, students will need to upload a presentation slide by 12 p.m. Feb. 25. The slide should adhere to the guidelines found on the MAGS website. For more information, contact Julia Edgar, associate professor of communication disorders at jedgar@truman.edu.
  • Organization Offers Free Help with Tax Preparation


    Beta Alpha Psi will host Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sessions from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 12, Feb. 26 and March 19 in Violette Hall 1424.

    Clients who come to VITA should bring: social security cards for spouses and dependents; bank routing numbers and bank account numbers for direct deposit; wage and earnings statements such as W-2, 1098T and 1099; and a copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns if available. VITA services will be completed by IRS-certified volunteers and will also offer free electronic filing to receive a faster return.

    Students can schedule an appointment here. Truman staff and Kirksville residents can schedule by calling 660.785.6064.

    Appointments are required. Walk-ins will be turned away. For more information, visit bap.truman.edu/vita.
  • KTRM Taking Special Requests for Valentine’s Day

    KTRM-FM will be taking special requests that can be heard on the station from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 14. Requests can be made by QR code or by calling 660.785.5876.

  • Alpha Kappa Psi Recruitment Set for Feb. 12-17

    AKpsi is a business fraternity that is open to all majors who are looking to grow professionally. Recruitment will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-17 in Violette Hall 1204.

  • Blue Key Hosts Spring Recruitment


    Blue Key Honor Society is hosting an informational session at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 where more can be learned about the chapter and active members can be met. The first interview night will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 where business formal attire is required. The second interview night will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and is by invite only. All events will take place in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Blue Key membership is limited to males who have completed at least 45 credit hours with at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Student Floral Business to Sell Valentine’s Day Arrangements


    TruView Flowers is a student-led floral business through the Agriculture Practicum Capstone class.

    They will be selling Valentine’s flower arrangements from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 14 in Magruder Hall. The arrangements will contain white, red and pink Carnation, along with baby’s breath, leather leaf and eucalyptus greenery. The arrangements will be available in small, medium and large sizes. The small 7 oz. jar will cost $12, the medium 12 oz. will cost $15 and the large 24 oz. will cost $20.

    Follow @truviewflowers on Facebook and Instagram for updates about new and upcoming sales.
  • Workshop Helps Students Become Substitute Teachers


    The Department of Education will host a workshop at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 in Violette Hall 1010, 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 interested can RSVP here.
  • Save the Date: University Spring SPAW

    2-5 p.m.
    Feb. 17
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    President Sue Thomas will give an address at 2 p.m., followed by spring Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop (SPAW) sessions. A schedule of events will be shared the week of Feb. 7.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.
  • Leadership Recognition Program Now Accepting Nominees


    The nomination form for the 2022 Leadership Recognition Program is now open.

    This program is designed to honor Truman students, advisors and organizations for their dedication to their peers, campus and Kirksville community through various leadership roles during the academic year. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate exceptional student leaders, advisors, organizations and events on campus, particularly candidates whose achievements stood out after a year of constant adaptation to change.

    The access link to the nomination form and packet can be found online at involvement.truman.edu/lrp. Nomination forms are due by 5 p.m. March 15. The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. April 12 in the Student Union Building.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Survey to Assess Potential Competitive Esports


    Truman is exploring the possibility of establishing a competitive esports program. Although nothing is definite, this survey will help to acquire information regarding the current gaming activity among Truman students. In addition, it will help gauge student interest in potentially joining an esports team that would represent Truman against other collegiate esports teams. This would involve a commitment to coaching, practices and scrimmages, as well as matches and tournaments as scheduled by the University.
  • Applications Open for Counseling Master’s Programs


    Truman’s counseling program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2022 cohort.

    The program offers two degrees – a Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling and Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling.
    The Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling program is geared toward meeting the academic, career and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in elementary, middle and secondary schools as certified and licensed school counselors.

    The Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling program specializes in community-based work as licensed professional counselors.
    Cohort size is limited, and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. For priority consideration, apply here by April 1. For more information about either program visit counseling.truman.edu or email Karl Witt at karlwitt@truman.edu.
  • 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.

  • 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.



  • Cade McKnight

    Cade McKnight earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 24 as he led the Bulldogs in scoring with 23 against Southern Indiana and 24 in the win over McKendree.

    In the two games he averaged 23.5 points per game, seven rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. He shot 61% from the floor in the two games (14-23). He also shot 90% from the line, including a 10-10 performance against McKendree. This is his second time earning GLVC Player of the Week.

  • Amy Norgard

    Amy Norgard, associate professor of classics, recently published a chapter entitled “Bloody Brides: Helen, Iphigenia, and Ritual Exchange” in edited volume “Screening Love and War in Troy: Fall of a City” with Bloomsbury Press. This chapter explores the characters of Helen and Iphigenia in the BBC/Netflix series “Troy: Fall of a City” through its engagement with ancient Greek tragedy. This book features a forward written by Derek Wax, executive producer of “Troy: Fall of a City.”

  • Forensics

    This past week the Truman forensics team competed virtually at the Gorlok Gala Speech and Debate tournament, hosted by Webster University.

    Thirteen students competed, leading to tournament recognition and many individual honors. At this tournament, students who entered into at least four speech categories across all three speech genres – public address, interpretation and limited preparation – were entered into a special pentathlon sweepstakes.

    Placements are as follows:

    •    Senior Macy Cecil was a semifinalist in open Lincoln-Douglas debate and was awarded 14th speaker.
    •    Sophomore Alicia Stout was a quarterfinalist in open Lincoln-Douglas debate.
    •    Freshman Caroline Spiller was a quarterfinalist in Junior Lincoln-Douglas debate
    •    Freshman Megan Trent was awarded second place speaker in Novice Lincoln-Douglas debate.
    •    Senior Jackson Elder placed third in impromptu speaking and was awarded excellence in after dinner speaking.
    •    Sophomore Megan Ford placed sixth in prose.
    •    Senior Kayla Gerlt placed third in pentathlon sweepstakes, fifth in prose and was awarded excellence in after dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation.
    •    Sophomore Jillian Humke placed fourth in pentathlon sweepstakes.
    •    Freshman Emma Rohrbach placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
    •    Sophomore Ella Schnake placed second in program oral interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation, fifth in impromptu speaking and was awarded excellence in prose.
    •    Sophomore Larissa Wratney placed fifth in dramatic interpretation.
    •    Wratney and Humke placed second in duo interpretation.

    The team’s combined points led to a third-place finish in individual events and overall sweepstakes out of 44 schools.

  • Missouri Folklore Society Journal

    A double issue of the Missouri Folklore Society Journal showcases the work of 17 undergraduates with majors from English and linguistics to biology and nursing, drawn from the period since the launch of the folklore minor. Topics range from oral and family history to the lore of drag queens and carnies.

  • Residence Life

    Truman’s Residence Life staff sent a team of student staff delegates for a weekend of professional development, leadership training and the opportunity to collaborate with residence life staff from other schools. During the weekend of Jan. 28-30, 39 schools from around the United States gathered at the University of Northern Iowa for the annual Resident Assistant (RA) conference. 

    Every residence hall was represented by a student advisor delegate, led by hall director Stephanie Dunton. Two student advisors presented at the conference. Jennifer Pham, a student advisor from Missouri Hall, led a presentation on how diversity and inclusion is worked into hall events. Pham’s presentation addressed how to create a welcoming environment for residents.  She won an award as one of the top 10 presentations at the conference. Maggie Carlson, a student advisor from Dobson Hall, led a presentation about Truman’s pet friendly residence hall. Carlson’s presentation gave valuable insight into the experience of being a resident assistant in a pet friendly residence hall.  

    In addition to Pham winning an award for presenting a top 10 presentation, she and Kit Cork, student advisor of West Campus Suites, won third place in a spirit-related event. Duntun represented Truman professional staff at the conference by serving as a judge for a case study, whereby student staff teams from a variety of schools had to present on how they would respond to a residence hall issue that could arise within a residence hall community.