Vol. 26 No. 32 - May 2, 2022


  • Graduation Set for May 7


    Spring commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 7 at Stokes Stadium.

    Former faculty member and Missouri representative Rebecca Payne McClanahan will be the commencement speaker. The student speaker will be Annie Bensyl, a graduating psychology student from Kansas City, Missouri.

    Details on commencement can be found online at truman.edu/registrar/commencement or through the Facebook event. Family and friends unable to attend the event in person can watch via livestream here.

    In the event of rain, commencement will take place as two ceremonies inside Pershing Arena. The first ceremony will include all Bachelor of Science candidates and will start at 1 p.m. with doors opening at 12 p.m. for guests. The second ceremony will include all emeriti faculty, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, master’s degree candidates and commissioned officers and will start at 4 p.m. with doors opening at 3 p.m. or shortly thereafter for guests. If commencement is moved inside, a decision will be made at 5 p.m. May 4 and students will be notified afterward to allow families time to plan accordingly. Additional information regarding the inclement weather plan can be found at truman.edu/registrar/commencement.
  • Truman Included Among Best Colleges


    The Princeton Review named Truman as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree.

    The education services company recently posted its “Best Value Colleges” guide for 2022. The colleges listed received the company’s highest ROI (return on investment) ratings in this year’s analysis. They tallied the ROI ratings based on more than 40 data points that covered academics, affordability and career preparation. Of 650 institutions, 209 were selected to be on the list for this year’s project.

    In the profile on Truman, students cited the “student-professor ratio as being a huge advantage,” and that the University is “big enough that you can always meet new people, but small enough that you always see someone you know no matter where you go.”

    The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists are posted at princetonreview.com/college-rankings.
  • Club Volleyball Places Second at National Tournament


    Truman’s women’s club volleyball team placed second in the nation at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) National Championship Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona, April 14-16.

    The team competed in the D1AA Division, which is the second-highest of the tournament’s six women’s divisions. A total of 48 teams competed in this division, with the majority of them from significantly larger schools than Truman.

    Nine of the club’s 20 women competed in the event, with a few players earning all-tournament honors. Madison Cleeton made first-team all-tournament, and Martha Glastetter made second-team all-tournament. Players selected for all-tournament teams are recognized for their outstanding performance throughout the entire competition. These selections are made based on input from team captains and tournament leaders during a post-tournament meeting.

    To qualify for nationals, the team placed third in both the East Regional Tournament and the Midwest Plains Conference Championship Tournament. Their standings from regionals and conference determined how they were seeded during nationals.

    Prior to the pandemic, Truman’s club volleyball team competed in this tournament every year, but this is the first year the NCVF has hosted any competitions since then. The last time the team competed in a national tournament was spring 2019 where they tied for fifth place.

    Students can join the women’s club volleyball team by participating in tryouts at the beginning of each semester. Tryout dates are usually within the first month of school and are announced on Truman’s master calendar, at the student activities fair and posted on flyers around campus. Practices take place every Monday and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Practices are open to anyone, whether or not they are on the official roster. For more information email trumanvbc@gmail.com. There is presently no men’s club volleyball team, but any males interested in creating one can email trumanvbc@gmail.com, and they will try to connect them with other interested students.
  • Nursing Students Participate in Disaster Triage Simulation


    Twenty-two senior critical care nursing students recently completed a disaster triage simulation.

    In this simulation, students evaluated 10 patients and determined their triage level. The students assessed certain signs like respiratory rate, heart rate and level of consciousness, while taking into account the patient’s age and any other given background information. The patients were a mix of both mannequins and real patients. This was the first year the stimulation was used as an extra credit assignment for NU475. Instructors plan on doing it again in the future.

    This activity is a chance for students to learn and practice determine how severe a patient’s injuries are during a disaster such as tornado or building collapse. This is an important skill for nursing students to develop because a disaster can strike at any time and is usually an unplanned event causing detrimental amounts of casualties and injuries in the surrounding community. By developing these skills students will be more equipped if there were to be a disaster in the future.
  • Tea Time Finale Focuses on Students

    In the final episode of “Tea Time with Sue” for the academic year, University President Sue Thomas took the show on the road and talked with Truman students.

    Throughout the school year, President Thomas answered questions during each monthly installment of the series. In this episode, filmed during Spike’s Banana-palooza Birthday Party at Centennial Hall, she invited several students to participate in the show and answer a question from the teapot.

    All episodes of “Tea Time with Sue” are available on the University’s YouTube channel.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 20 New Members


    The Delta of Missouri Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society inducted 20 students as members in course, April 18. Also inducted as an alumnus member was Jason Beckfield (’98) who is currently the Robert G. Stone, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

    Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes undergraduate excellence in the depth and breadth of the liberal arts and sciences. This class represents the 20th anniversary of the chartering of Truman’s chapter in 2001.

    The 20 students inducted include:

    Macy Jolyn Cecil
    Devin Chau
    Trevor Vaughn Diepenbrock
    John Edward George
    Jooyoung  Ha
    Makayla P. Holt
    Jonah Levi Husgen
    Michael Thomas Lakey
    Jack McFarling
    Chuck Anthony Perry
    Lauren Mackenzie Polak
    Madison Paige Post
    Hannah Elaine Rohm
    Amanda Grace Smith
    Stewart Michael Smythe
    Ashley Virginia Staab
    Guthrie Lawrence Stroh
    Samantha Ann Webste
    Sarah Rose White
    Caroline Grace Wright

  • Foundation Celebration Honors Donors

    Patricia (McMichael) Cox (above, center) received the President’s Leadership Award at this year’s Truman State University Foundation Banquet. Also pictured are her daughter’s Janet Grummer (left) and Donna Cox.

    The annual Truman State University Foundation celebration took place April 9.

    The celebration provides an opportunity for the campus community to express gratitude for each and every donor to Truman. The evening’s activities included remarks from University President Sue Thomas as well as Ernie Hughes, Vice President for University Advancement and Dawn Tartaglione, president of the Foundation Board. Junior business major Esther Lee spoke about how the foundation has impacted her time on campus while senior music major Christian Baugher and junior music major Laura Alexander provided exceptional musical performances.

    More than 100 benefactors were recognized as new members of the University’s prestigious giving societies. KPMG was presented the Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award for their continued partnership with the University and the School of Business. Gen. Maj. John V. Cox and Mrs. Patricia (McMichael) Cox were presented with the President’s Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by Truman. The President’s Leadership Award honors select Truman alumni and friends for meritorious service through their gifts of volunteerism, expertise and financial resources.

    Last year, more than 700 scholarships amounting to more than 1.03 million was awarded from 363 Truman State University Foundation Funds.

    For a listing of the full membership of all of Truman’s giving societies, go to truman.edu/giving/societies or visit the donor wall in the Student Union Building.


  • Calling for Commencement Volunteers


    The University will celebrate and honor spring graduates at 2 p.m. May 7 in Stokes Stadium. Several volunteers are needed to help pass out programs and direct people to the disability and available seating.  

    Volunteers are asked to arrive at the stadium by 12:40 p.m. for directions prior to the doors opening at 1 p.m. Shortly after commencement begins, volunteers are free to leave or stay for the ceremony.
    Anyone willing to volunteer, or anyone with questions about volunteering, can contact Nancy Asher at nasher@truman.edu or Kaytee Wood at kwood@truman.edu, or call 660.785.4145. For those who volunteer, more detailed information will be sent closer to the actual date.
  • History Class Presents Film on the Hippos of Colombia

    The Latin American History in the Movies class will host a premiere of “Hippos of Columbia” at 7 p.m. May 2 in Baldwin Hall 114. The film will discuss the Colombian hippo crisis and the story of a hippo named Pepe. Follow @hipposofcolombiafilm for updates and new information.

  • Truman Theatre Presents “Everybody”

    “Everybody,” the end-product of a of a collaborative Independent Studies in Theatre, THEA 481, will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 in Ophelia Parrish Blackbox Theatre. “Everybody” is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Meredith Grimm-Howell. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite punk icon to help resurrect the punk attitude. More information can be found here. Admission is free.

  • Farewell Celebration for Janet Gooch Set for May 2

  • BBQ for Graduating Students


    The annual Graduating Student BBQ will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4 on the quad with rain site as the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    All May and August 2022 graduates are invited to attend. Free BBQ, refreshments and lawn games will be provided. All graduating students can also pick-up a free alumni t-shirt. Those who are not able to attend can pick up a free alumni t-shirt from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Office of Advancement in McClain Hall 205.

    The Office of Advancement and the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter are hosting this event.
  • Tree Planting Rescheduled for May 4

    A tree planting will take place at 12:30 p.m. May 4 at the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. Yvette Amerman, a resource forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation, will speak on the proper way to plant.

  • Spring Cleaning Workshop for Zoom Cloud


    The Learning Technologies Team is offering a short series of workshops on how to archive and repost recordings since older Zoom recordings will soon be cleared from the cloud. The workshops will take place at 12:30 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. May 10 in Baldwin Hall 201. These workshops are helpful to anyone with recordings still stored on the Zoom cloud and looking for pointers on how to secure them. Those unable to attend a workshop can contact the Leaning Technologies Team at LTT@truman.edu.
  • Bookstore Spring Rental Return

    Spring rental textbooks from the University Bookstore are due May 6. During finals week, the bookstore will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The bookstore will also buy books back and give cash for those that are in good condition and can be used again.

  • Health Science Seeks Feedback

  • Writing Center Positions Now Available

    The Writing Center is hiring writing consultants for the 2022-23 academic year. Students from all majors are welcome to apply. Scholarship, work-study and limited institutional hours are available. Any questions can be directed via email to write@truman.edu.

  • Employees Recognized for Years of Service

    Approximately, 128 current and retired employees will be honored for their years of service and their commitment to the University with a Service Recognition Celebration, May 10. A list of the 2022 honorees can be found here.

  • Extended Deadline for Master of Athletic Training Program


    The Master of Athletic Training program is 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.

    Application deadline is June 1. Those interested in applying should contact Brandy Schneider at bschneider@truman.edu.
  • University Counseling Offers Summer Services


    University Counseling Services will continue to offer both in-person and remote counseling services, and now has counselors licensed in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa who can also provide remote counseling. Students are able to continue counseling therapy throughout the summer even after graduation. The My SSP app is also available 24/7 during the summer.

    UCS will be open all summer from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. To schedule an appointment, call 660.785.4104 or email ucs@cfmcares.com.

    A full list of counseling resources, apps and information about UCS can be found at truman.cfmcares.com.
  • Student Health Center Available During the Summer


    The Student Health Center, operated through a partnership between the University and Complete Family Medicine, will continue to remain open throughout the summer. The Student Health Center will continue to provide in-person services to students living on or off campus. Complete Family Medicine also runs the Urgent Care in Kirksville, and the Student Health Center offers all of the same services, with the exception of radiology.

    The SHC will be closed for patients during the May interim, but will have students there to answer the phones and email. The rest of the summer the SHC will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To schedule an appointment, call 660.785.4182 or email studenthealth@cfmcares.com.

    More information can be found at truman.cfmcares.com.
  • New Online Health Information Collection Process for Incoming Students

    In collaboration with Admissions and the Student Health Center, all incoming new students and transfers will now be able to register their health information, including immunizations and insurance information, using a new online format located at the truman.cfmcares.com website under the “Incoming Student Information” tab. For more information call the Student Health Center at 660.785.4182 or email studenthealth@cfmcares.com.

  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies


    Preceptors are needed for the following academies:

    Joseph Baldwin Academy (June 8-July 3 and/or July 6-31)
    JBA Junior (July 11-15)
    ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy (June 9-18)

    The Institute for Academic Outreach is seeking applications for each academy 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.
  • Library Summer Hours

    While Truman will again operate on a four-day work week from May 9 to July 29, Pickler Memorial Library will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

  • Upward Bound Hiring for Summer Positions

    Truman’s Upward Bound program is currently accepting applications for summer employment. Influence equity in and access to higher education by joining the Upward Bound team in helping area high school students prepare for college. Interested applicants can access application materials here.

  • Summer Hours at the Rec

    Summer hours for the Student Recreation Center will begin May 9. The facility will be closed May 23-30 for maintenance and repair and will re-open on May 31. Summer hours will then last from May 31-June 29. The summer hours are as follows.

    9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available May 31.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Apply for Nationally Competitive Scholarships and Fellowships


    Each year Truman nominates students for national fellowship opportunities who have shown outstanding academic performance and exceptional service accomplishments. The application process is very rigorous and highly competitive, but the University provides support as students prepare for and then apply to these prestigious scholarships. Many deadlines occur early in the fall semester, so it is important interested students attend the meeting.

    Listed below are several of the major national fellowships and their websites. More information about these fellowships is available at www.truman.edu/majors-programs/more-learning-opportunities/fellowships.

    For Graduate Studies
    Fulbright Grants
    Research grants and teaching assistantships for a year abroad

    Rhodes Scholarships
    Grants for two years of study at Oxford University

    Marshall Scholarships
    Awards for two years of study in any British university

    Mitchell Scholarships
    One year of graduate study or research in Ireland or Northern Ireland

    Gates Cambridge Scholarships
    Awards for an advanced degree or second bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge
    For Undergraduate Studies
    Goldwater Scholarships
    Up to $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books, room and board for science and mathematics majors

    Harry S. Truman Scholarships
    For senior year and post-graduate study leading to a career in public service

    Udall Scholarships
    For students interested in careers related to environmental issues or for Native Americans and Alaskans interested in careers related to health care and tribal public policy

    Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowships
    For students interested in international affairs to work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates in Washington, D.C. for a full year

    Boren Scholarships
    To study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests
  • Truman Offers New Scholarship for Summer Classes

    Eligible students taking summer classes through Truman can now receive $750. All students taking at least three credit hours toward an undergraduate degree will get an automatic $750 summer scholarship. No additional registration steps are required, and the scholarship will be directly credited to eligible students’ accounts. May graduates and new students for fall 2022 are not eligible for the scholarship, and it cannot be applied to interim courses.

  • 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.