Vol. 26 No. 22 - February 14, 2022


  • Student Podcast Showcases Kirksville


    A new student-led podcast is highlighting stories about Kirksville and the many different people who call it home.

    Sophomore Leighya McNeely is the host for “Making Kirksville Home,” a podcast that focuses on change, adaptability and learning more about the people of Kirksville. It was created by David Price, associate professor of communication, who thought it would be interesting to interview people from a variety of ethnic communities that live in Kirksville. McNeely helped him formalize and expand on the idea to make it more applicable to anyone in town.

    “I think it’s a nice sentiment to know more about your neighbors and the place where you’re living,” McNeely said. “Even though Kirksville is a small town, there are still people here with valuable stories that you wouldn’t expect.”

    Each episode will feature a resident of Kirksville discussing where they grew up, why they chose to live here and how they have made Kirksville their home.

    McNeely was particularly drawn to this podcast because she is from Smithville, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb that she compares to Kirksville. She thought this podcast could be beneficial for college students who are figuring out how to make a home at college and eventually make more homes in the future.

    New episodes of the podcast are scheduled to be released every two weeks. Price and McNeely will use people they know for the first few episodes, but any Kirksville resident can be featured. As the podcast expands, they hope that more people will be interested and comfortable sharing their stories.
  • Internship Applications Lead Student to Job Offer from Google

    Elena Pelaez chose Truman because a liberal arts school would give her experience in fields beyond her computer science major. As a student she did internships in software engineering, and after graduation she will work for Google at the YouTube office in California.

  • Piano Festival Features Distinguished Artist


    The 39th annual Truman Piano Festival will take place Feb. 18-19 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.  

    This year’s featured guest artist is Dr. Ilia Radoslavov. At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, he will perform a solo recital that features the “Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75” by Sergei Prokofiev, followed by “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky. At 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19, Radoslavov will conduct a master class featuring three Truman piano majors. Both events are free and open to the public.

    A native of Bulgaria and hailed by The Beeld as a performer who reaches “high levels of purity” and “exquisite, pure sound” with a “soothing, yet elusive power held in check by an unseen emotion that leaves the audience breathless,” Radoslavov began his formal studies at age five in Ruse, Bulgaria, and was receiving critical acclaim by the age of 14.

    Throughout his career, Radoslavov has been welcomed warmly and with accolades by audiences and critics alike, while appearing in numerous solo and chamber performances in prestigious venues in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Serbia and South Africa. Most notably, he has performed as soloist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Pretoria’s Brooklyn Theater, and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Among his festival appearances are the March Days of Music in Ruse, Bulgaria, the Festival for Young European Talents in Potsdam, Germany, Illinois Chamber Music Festival and the Fairbanks New Music Festival, as well as Truman’s own New Music Festival.

    An enthusiastic and dedicated collaborator, Radoslavov has performed with such prominent musicians as Metropolitan Opera flutist/piccoloist Stephanie Mortimore, Canadain Brass French horn player Bernard Scully, and most recently distinguished South African violinist Zanta Hofmeyr and renowned Bulgaran violinist Stoika Milanova. His most recent recording with the Blue Griffin recording label features works from one of his most recent chamber projects with Zanta Hofmeyr – “Ten Sonatas for Piano and Violin” by Beethoven.

    Radoslavov has a doctoral degree in piano performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow, an award celebrating outstanding performing ability and musicianship. He has graduated with high distinction with degrees in piano performance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and the State Conservatory of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. His teachers include Christopher Taylor, Wilfred Delphin, Stella Dimitrova and Ilya Tchernaev. He has also studied with world-renowned Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode and Ann Schein.

    Radoslavov is in high demand as a master teacher, adjudicator and clinician both in the U.S. and Europe. He has taught master classes at University of Chicago, Missouri State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drake University, Kansas State University, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Xavier University of Louisiana, State Conservatory of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria, and State College of Music, Ruse, Bulgaria. As a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), he is a frequent presenter and adjudicator for MTNA events. He is a regular adjudicator at the Illinois State Music Teacher Conference and is presently co-president of Bloomington Normal Music Teachers Association.

    Radoslavov is currently associate professor of piano and head of the Keyboard Department in the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University.


  • 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.

  • 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 Through Feb. 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.
  • University Spring Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop

    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. The President’s annual State of the University address is entitled “KIRK!” and a webcast of her remarks will be made available to campus shortly thereafter.

  • Global Issues Colloquium Looks at Latin American Elections


    The Global Issues Colloquium continues at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 on Zoom with a presentation by Dr. Guillaume Long, senior policy analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, D.C., and former foreign minister of Ecuador.

    Prior to joining CEPR, Long had several cabinet positions in the government of Ecuador, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Culture and Minister of Knowledge. More recently, he served as Ecuador’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Long trained as a historian and has a Ph.D. in the international politics of Latin America from the University of London. He currently teaches international relations and the comparative politics of Latin America at Johns Hopkins University and Sciences Po, Paris.

    “The International Implications of Latin America’s New Shift to the Left”

    Presentation Abstract

    Recent electoral successes for the Latin American Left have weakened the Right’s hold over the region. Upcoming electoral processes in 2022 look likely to consolidate this tendency, with many Latin America watchers now anticipating that Brazil’s October presidential elections will be a game-changer for the regional balance of power. Is it realistic to talk of a new Pink Tide? What are the implications of this new political shift on the geopolitics of Latin America, on Latin American regionalism and integration, and on Latin America’s relations with global powers, particularly China and the United States?
  • Nominations Open for Academic Accolades


    The Academic Affairs committee for Student Government is accepting nominations for Academic Accolades.

    Every year, Student Government selects an educator of the year, research mentor of the year and faculty wellness honoree. They hope to find someone to represent each department and hear who students believe are the best professors at Truman.

    The deadline to submit a nomination form is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 18. Email stugovaccolades@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Mac and Cheese Night Hosted by AGD


    Alpha Gamma Delta will host a mac and cheese dinner from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Baptist Student Union to help raise awareness about food insecurity and their philanthropy Feeding America. Guests can enjoy a bowl of mac and cheese with their choice of toppings. It is open to anyone in the Truman and Kirksville community.

    Tickets can be bought in advance here or at the door the night of. Prices are $5 for a bowl of mac and cheese with toppings or $8 for all-you-can-eat. All proceeds will go toward Feeding America.
  • 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.

  • Bookstore Celebrates Black History Month

    The University Bookstore will support and celebrate Black History Month by displaying popular book titles featuring black authors.

  • 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.
  • Education Department Sponsors Wellness Social

    Education students are invited to join the Education Department for a wellness social from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Pershing Small Gym. There will be hot tea, wellness resources and yoga led by Rebecca Dierking, associate professor of English education. RSVP here. Email mes8424@truman.edu with any questions.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Film Screening Looks at Medicare and Civil Rights Movement


    The Student Government Diversity and Inclusion committee will host a showing of “Power to Heal” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium. This film is about the history of Medicare and the Civil Rights movement. It covers the history of the movement to get racial equality in the health care system. After the movie there will be a discussion about current issues with racial equality in the health care system.
  • 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.
  • 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.  

    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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Taner Edis

    Taner Edis, professor of physics, has been elected as a new Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). The mission of CSI is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. Fellows of CSI, chosen for their outstanding contributions to science and skepticism, serve as ambassadors of science and skepticism.

    Edis has been teaching the “Weird Science” JINS course at Truman, helping students examine claims at the fringes of science such as psychic powers, aliens, Bigfoot and creationism. His latest book “Weirdness! What Fake Science and the Paranormal Tell Us about the Nature of Science” was published in November 2021 and is based on his JINS course.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship


    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy.

    Purdy was born in 1914 on a farm near Macon and was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    The scholarship is designed to provide merit-based scholarships to emerging leaders who are outstanding students and have a need for additional resources for higher education. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The general range will be $1,000-$5,000 based on expected family contribution (EFC), unmet need and other factors.

    Applicants must be a Missouri resident, typically a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, a U.S. citizen, and a sophomore, junior or senior attending a Missouri public four-year university or the State Technical College of Missouri. Applications should be submitted online through Scholarship Central at moslf.org. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130 for more information.