Vol. 27 No. 4 - September 12, 2022


  • Truman Earns No. 1 Spot for 26th Year


    For the 26th year in a row, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest Region according to U.S. News & World Report.

    Truman earned multiple honors in the 2022-23 Best College rankings, including recognition for teaching, innovation and value.

    Among both public and private institutions, Truman came in tied for No. 2 in the Midwest Region, an improvement of four spots compared to last year. Truman was the only public school in the top 15 and Missouri’s lone public institution to make the top 65 spots.

    Truman earned an additional No. 1 ranking on the list of Best Value Schools. In the Midwest Region, Truman was the top university overall, and the only Missouri public school to be included in the first 60 places. Truman also received mention on the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility.

    “It is very gratifying to be recognized for what we cherish,” said University President Susan L. Thomas. “Academic and student excellence, exceptional teaching, meaningful innovation, enhanced social mobility and great value are essential components of what makes Truman such a remarkable, truly student-centered university.”

    Dedicated faculty members helped Truman secure a No. 1 nod on the list of Best Undergraduate Teaching. Truman was the top public school in the Midwest Region and No. 3 overall. Of the 27 schools on this supplemental list, Truman was the state’s only public institution and the only Missouri school to make the top 10.

    Truman again garnered a place on the list of Most Innovative Schools, coming in as the No. 1 public school – tied for No. 9 overall – in the Midwest Region. Of the 19 schools on this particular list, Truman was the only Missouri university to be included.

    Three Truman undergraduate programs also earned recognition on stand-alone lists compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The computer science, nursing and business programs all met selective criteria which led to their inclusion on three respective lists.

    U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on several indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, assessment by peers, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at usnews.com/colleges.
  • Family Day Set for Sept. 24


    Family Day is a University tradition that welcomes parents, siblings and other family members to Kirksville for a weekend of special on-campus activities, as well as the annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival.

    The weekend will kick off Sept. 23 with soccer games versus Maryville University. Women’s soccer will play at 2:30 p.m. at the Bulldog Soccer Park with men’s soccer following at 7 p.m. at Stokes Stadium. A concert performed by the jazz ensemble and jazz lab band will also take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24 in downtown Kirksville. Exhibitors and food vendors will be located throughout the festival area, which begins at Franklin Steet in front of the Sue Ross Arts Center, north to the courthouse and around the courthouse square. A full line up of entertainment is scheduled and includes local dance and music groups such as Truman’s own Minor Detail. The performances will close with the blues band Deadwood. Artists and crafters come from throughout the Midwest and include a wide variety of work including ceramics, jewelry, photography, woodworking, candle making and more.

    From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24 there will be a welcome tent set up on the quad where families can receive a free gift. Library tours will be available from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Pickler Memorial Library. This is a chance to tour the library and view a variety of historical items in the Special Collections Department. At 12 p.m. women’s tennis will play against Saint Ambrose at the tennis courts. Football will face Tiffin University at 2 p.m. at Stokes Stadium. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the gate or online here. Deadline for ordering tickets online is 11 a.m. Sept. 21. SAB will host coaster painting from 2-5 p.m. in front of the Student Union Building. Participants will be able to choose forma variety of coaster shapes and paints.  

    Women’s soccer will face University of Missouri-St. Louis at 12 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Bulldog Soccer Park. Wind Symphony will perform a concert at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The weekend will end with a men’s soccer game versus University of Missouri-St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. at the Bulldog Soccer Park.

    The schedule will continue to be updated. Visit truman.edu/parents-families/family-day for more information.
  • Tea Time Returns for New Season

    After a successful first season, “Tea Time with Sue” will return with a slightly new format.

    Throughout the school year, University President Sue Thomas will welcome guests for one-on-one chats that shine a light on the people and things that make Truman the special place it is. Portions of each conversation will be shared across University social media platforms, and each one will be released in its entirety in podcast form on the Truman Spotify channel.

    New episodes will be announced in the Truman Today as they become available. Guests for “Tea Time with Sue” can be nominated at truman.edu/teatime.
  • Johnson Appointed New Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator

    Bob Johnson rides a donkey while participating in the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program in Tajikistan. Johnson will serve as the new campus Peace Corps Prep program coordinator starting in May. 

    Bob Johnson, assistant professor of agricultural science, was recently named the new Peace Corps Prep program coordinator.

    The Peace Corps Prep Program is open to students of all majors and provides them an opportunity to gain credentials for working overseas and/or in any service-oriented career. Students are not required to join the Peace Corp as a program participant although serving in the Peace Corp comes with many benefits. It gives students a chance to immerse themselves in another culture, gain invaluable job and life experience, demonstrate a student’s initiative and independence and making them much more competitive for highly selective graduate programs.

    Johnson will work with current coordinator Mary Shapiro, professor of linguistics, during a transition period until he takes over in May 2023.

    For more information on the program, email mshapiro@truman.edu or bjohnson@truman.edu or visit peacecorps.gov/volunteer/university-programs/peace-corps-prep.
  • Theatrical Fraternity Hosts Auditions


    Auditions for “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with callbacks at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

    Truman’s Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the largest national honorary theatrical fraternity, will produce the play with senior Kaitlyn Kelly as the director. The play will be performed 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10.

    Auditions are open to all students. Those interested can either perform a one-minute prepared monologue or cold-read open sides available from the script.

    More information, sides and audition sign-up can be found here.


  • Poet Laureate to Visit Truman for Public Reading

    Missouri Poet Laureate Maryfrances Wagner reads her poem “Missouri” on the steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City on Statehood Day, Aug. 10, 2021.

    Missouri Poet Laureate Maryfrances Wagner will give a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    The Missouri Poet Laureate enriches citizens’ lives throughout the state by fostering the reading and writing of poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media.

    A native of Independence, Wagner is a poet, teacher and community arts leader. She has published 10 collections of her poetry, most recently “Solving for X,” published this summer. Other books include “The Immigrants’ New Camera,” “Salvatore’s Daughter,” “Light Subtracts Itself,” “Dioramas,” “Pouf,” “The Silence of Red Glass” and “Red Silk,” which won the 2000 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award. Her poems have also appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies. Wagner has co-edited several poetry anthologies including “The Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers,” “Missouri Poets: An Anthology” and the New Letters Review of Books. Since 2010 she has co-edited I-70 Review magazine.

    In 2020, Wagner was named the Individual Artist honoree for the Missouri Arts Awards, the state’s highest honor in the arts.

    For 30 years, Wagner taught English and creative writing at Raytown High School and the University of Missouri–Kansas City, winning local and state recognition for excellence in teaching.

    Wagner’s reading is free and open to the public. As part of her appearance at Truman, she will also visit a creative writing class the morning of Sept. 14.
  • Tau Lambda Sigma Recruitment to Start Sept. 12

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    Tau Lambda Sigma is a selective service and social sorority local to Truman.

    Info Night
    6 p.m.
    Sept. 12
    Violette Hall 1000

    Service and Sisterhood Night

    6 p.m.
    Sept. 13
    Violette Hall 1400s wing

    Interview Night
    6 p.m.
    Sept. 14
    Violette Hall 1400s wing

    Invite Only Event
    6 p.m.
    Sept. 15
    Violette Hall 1400s wing
  • Minor Detail Auditions to Take Place Sept. 13

    Minor Detail, Truman’s all-female a cappella group, is hosting auditions from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 13 in Student Union Building 3203 and Sept. 15 in Ophelia Parrish 2115.

    Their normal rehearsals are 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays. They perform at various gigs on and off campus. Email minordetailacappella@gmail.com for more information.

  • Blue Key to Sponsor Blood Drive

    Blue Key in partnership with the Red Cross will host a blood drive from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. All are welcome to donate. Donors will receive a free t-shirt.

  • Sign Up to Run for Student Government


    Students have the opportunity to sign up to run for Student Government until Sept. 16.  A mandatory Zoom session for potential candidates will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Voting will take place Sept. 19-23 and results will be announced Sept. 23. The election handbook and the election information session Zoom link can be found at linktr.ee/tsustugov. Any questions can be emailed to stugovelectionsadmin@truman.edu. Follow Student Government on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Pop-Up Pantry Provides Food Packs for Students

    The Truman Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Pantry for Adair County, will host a pop-up pantry from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Students are encouraged to check out the types of food available and take home a sample bag. The Truman Food Pantry is available to all Truman students.
  • Fraternity Recruitment Runs Through Sept. 16

    Truman’s Interfraternity Council fall recruitment will take place through Sept. 16. During this time fraternities will host several events for potential members to attend. Sign up for recruitment is free and can be found here.

    A recruitment assembly will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in Violette Hall 1010. There each fraternity will give a quick presentation about themselves and IFC will talk about rules and what to expect during recruitment. It is highly encouraged to attend the assembly if interested in recruitment.

    For more information visit ifc.truman.edu.

  • MAE Professional Development Series Event Set for Sept. 13

    The first event in the 2022-2023 MAE Professional Development Series will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in both Violette Hall and via Zoom. It will be led by a local administrator and will focus on providing strategies for classroom management. RSVP for the event is available here. Email heb3574@truman.edu with any questions.

  • Club Volleyball Hosts Tryouts

    Club volleyball is hosting tryouts at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Student Recreation Center for those who would like to be a part of Truman’s women’s club volleyball team. For more information email trumanvbc@gmail.com.

  • Keeshea Pratt Band Kicks Off Lyceum Season


    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will debut its first event of the season with the Keeshea Pratt Band at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Singing since the age of six, Keeshea Pratt has shared the stage with several notable national figures including bluesmen Bobby Rush and Eddie Cotton, opera singer Grace Bumbry, soul singer Musiq Soulchild and the late gospel icon Reverend James Moore. Pratt has accomplished what few Mississippi-based singers before her ever achieved, which is the ability to attract fans from all walks of life without ever straying from the intricate roots that nurtured her award-winning voice in the first place.

    Pratt performs all genres of music. She has appeared at several festivals such as the Chicago Blues Festival and Crescent City Blues Festival in New Orleans. In 2018, The Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee, crowned Pratt as the Queen of the International Blues Challenge. Simultaneously, at downtown Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre, Pratt and her brass-heavy Texas ensemble took home first place in the best band category. They released their debut album “Believe” that May.     

    Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained at the ticket window in Baldwin Hall the night of the event, or they can be reserved in advance at the Sue Ross Arts Center in downtown Kirksville and the Advancement Office in McClain Hall 205. For additional information, visit lyceum.truman.edu, call 660.785.4133 or email lyceumseries@truman.edu.
  • Career Expo Returns with In-Person Events


    For the first time in two years the Career and Graduate School Expo will take place in person, Sept. 27-29.

    The expo is open to students of all majors and academic levels. This event gives students the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional development activities.

    The week will begin Sept. 27 with a virtual personal statement workshop hosted by Dave Lusk at 5 p.m., followed by a chance for students to work on resumes and cover letters from 6-8 p.m.

    From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28 the Graduate School Expo will take place. This is an opportunity for those thinking of pursing graduate studies to connect with their future school.

    The Career and Internship Expo will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29. At this event students will get to learn more about opportunities in their field from several employers visiting campus. Later that night from 6-8 p.m. a post-expo networking event will take place at a local Kirksville restaurant. Students can enjoy food while mingling with employers, Career Center staff and other students. The location is yet to be determined, but will be updated in the schedule of events.

    Both expo events will take place in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    If an employer would like to arrange a more formal interview after the expo, the Career Center will schedule an interview time to meet in a reserved room on campus. These pre-selected interviews will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30.

    To learn more, or to register for these events, go to hiretruman.truman.edu then to Student/Alumni Login followed by events, career fairs and select career fair of choice. Click on attend in the upper right corner of the page to formally sign up. With any questions regarding times or function of the event, go to career.truman.edu/career-grad-school-week/schedule-of-events or email the Career Center at careers@truman.edu. These events will be accessed from #HireTruman.
  • Ofstad Scholar Examines Signed Languages


    The Ofstad Reading Series will host scholar Caitie Coons at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16  in Baldwin Little Theater and via Zoom.

    Much of what is known about signed languages comes from a few well-documented and typologically similar languages, which overwhelmingly represent signed languages of Western Europe and the US. However, in order to understand language as a human faculty, it is essential to increase language documentation and the inclusion of non-European signed languages in linguistic research. In this talk, Coons will focus on two case studies in her discussion of the contributions of Mexican Sign Language (Lengua de SenÌfas Mexicana, LSM) and other understudied sign languages to linguistic research.

    For those interested in attending via Zoom, the passcode is OFSTAD. For more information email sday@truman.edu.
  • National Rice Krispie Treat Day

    Campus will celebrate National Rice Krispie Treat Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Student Union Building HUB. Rice Krispie treats and other baked goods will be available.

  • Homecoming Apparel Available for Purchase

    Pre-orders for 2022-2023 Homecoming apparel is now available for purchase here. Pre-ordered shirts will be available to pick-up during tabling the week of homecoming. Organizations will order at a later date. any questions can be emailed to homecoming@truman.edu.

  • Library Seeks Faculty Publications

    The Special Collections Department of Pickler Memorial Library is looking to add to the Faculty Publications and Alumni Publications collections. Books and edited volumes published by Truman faculty, staff and students should be preserved for future Bulldogs to enjoy. Make sure to notify the Library about new – or older – publications. Contact the Special Collections Department at speccoll@truman.edu with information.

  • McNair Program Applications Open Through Sept. 19


    The McNair Program supports and prepares first-generation, Pell-eligible and underrepresented students for graduate studies. Paid summer research internships, funds for graduate school visits and conferences, and academic counseling are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer. Applications are open now with a priority deadline of Sept. 19. Check eligibility here or come to the information sessions at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Adair House. For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu or follow the program on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • Learn About Graduate Programs at Info Sessions


    Information sessions about each graduate program will take place both virtually and on campus. 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).

    1-1:45 p.m.
    Sept. 22
    Register here.

    1-1:45 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Register here.

    Data Science
    2:30-3:15 p.m.
    Oct. 12
    Zoom and in-person in Violette Hall 1300
    Register here.

    3-3:45 p.m.
    Nov. 3
    Zoom and in-person in Violette Hall 1000

    Communications Disorders

    All day open house
    Nov. 5
    Health Sciences Building
  • ASG Recruitment Runs Sept. 20-22

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    Alpha Sigma Gamma, a non-selective service sorority, will host their fall recruitment from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 20-21 in the Student Union Building Activities Room and Sept. 22 on the quad with a rain location of Violette Hall 1000.

    ASG’s four pillars are service, sisterhood, scholarship and friendship. They do service in the Kirksville community along with service outside of Kirksville. They also put on sisterhood and social events with other organizations.

    Email asgducks.pr@gmail.com for more information.
  • Truman to Celebrate Constitution Day

    The University will celebrate Constitution Day from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Student Union Building 3202. This year’s celebration will focus on how the Constitution addresses, or does not address, national elections and voting. Displays will be available, as well as refreshments and free copies of the U.S. Constitution.

  • History Internships Available to Students

    The History Society will host an informational event on museum and archive internships at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in McClain Hall 210. Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history, will outline the museum and archive internship opportunities available to Truman students in the spring, summer and fall of 2023. He will also explain how to submit applications and earn academic credit for internship placements.

    Cameron Massieon, senior history and German major, stands beside an exhibit that he created the summer of 2020 during his internship at the St. Joseph Museums.
  • Forensics Info Session Set for Sept. 27

    The Truman forensics team will host an informational meeting from 6-6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Barnett 1211. The team will briefly discuss events offered, competitions and student experiences. No prior public speaking experience is necessary to join the team. For any questions email Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu.

  • Plan Ahead for Homecoming Tailgate


    Alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the Bulldog Forever Homecoming tailgate before the football game, Oct. 8.

    People who reserve a tailgate spot in advance will be granted early access to the tailgate lot and admitted ahead of the post-parade crowd. Those who wish to reserve a spot can register here. All requests must be approved by Alumni Relations. Review the Homecoming Tailgate Policies prior to the event.

    Spaces will be reserved for requests submitted by Sept. 23. Non-reserved space at the tailgate will be first-come, first-served at the event. For any questions email bulldogforever@truman.edu.
  • Applications Open for Student Conduct Board

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards is seeking students who want to become members of the Student Conduct Board. This opportunity allows students to be part of a positive restorative education-based conduct process. In addition to hearing cases of alleged misconduct, other optional opportunities include professional development, participating in educational outreach programs, creating and giving presentations and assisting with the evaluation of outcomes. Those who are interested can visit conduct.truman.edu or click here for more information.

  • Access the Wall Street Journal Digitally

    Pickler Memorial Library has partnered with The Wall Street Journal to provide school-sponsored memberships to students, faculty and staff. This membership can be used to get unlimited access to WSJ.com, Wall Street Journal mobile apps, newsletters and podcasts. The Wall Street Journal provides articles on job preparation, financial advice and career insights through the WSJ student center. Professors can integrate content into their course through custom professor tools and resources found at the WSJ professor hub.

    To activate an account, visit WSJ.com/Truman and register using a Truman email account. Students will be asked for their graduation month and  year in order to gain uninterrupted access during their time at Truman. Faculty and staff will be asked to refresh accounts annually. For those who already have an account and have questions about the school-sponsored membership, call 800.JOURNAL or emailsupport@wsj.com.

  • New York Times Offers Free Digital Access

    The New York Times membership is free and can be activated online. This membership includes access to archives dating back to 1851, daily 360 content, podcasts, newsletters and nytimes.com/edu which is an education resource website.

    To activate an account, visit accessnyt.com and search for “Truman State University.” After being redirected to the NYT registration page, create an account using a Truman email account then verify account by clicking on confirmation email. For those who already have previously registered their Truman email, click on “Already have an account? Log in here” and follow directions.



  • Amy Norgard

    Amy Norgard, associate professor of classics, published a chapter in edited volume “Women in Classical Video Games” (eds. Draycott and Cook, Bloomsbury), which was released on Sept. 8. Despite the prevalence of video games set in or inspired by classical antiquity, the medium has to date remained markedly understudied in the disciplines of classics and ancient history, with the role of women in these video games especially neglected. “Women in Classical Video Games” seeks to address this imbalance as the first book-length work of scholarship to examine the depiction of women in video games set in classical antiquity.

    Norgard’s chapter contribution, “Bringing Down the Divine Patriarchy through Deicide in ‘Apotheon,’” analyzes how contemporary viewpoints of women and gender drive the deicide narrative of the indie platformer game “Apotheon” (Alientrap 2015), whereby the female deities in a post-apocalyptic Ancient Greece are instrumental in taking down the male deities in an attempt to restructure the gendered power dynamics of the Greek pantheon. Her chapter also discusses how gender difference can impact the playable space of a game, namely through fighting mechanics and battles. Norgard is very excited to be part of this fantastic project on the forefront of gaming studies.

  • Chemistry Students Present at National Conference

    Truman students from the Miller research lab in chemistry presented at the National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 21-24. Bill Miller III, associate professor of chemistry, presented an oral presentation in a special symposium honoring his Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Adrian Roitberg from the University of Florida. Truman students Hannah Zimmerman, senior biology major, Georgia Hollingsworth, junior biochemistry and molecular biology major (BCMB), and Christine Chen, sophomore BCMB major, each presented a poster in the area of drug design and discovery using a variety of computational chemistry techniques. Zimmerman and Chen each won awards for outstanding undergraduate research poster in the computers in chemistry poster session.

    This research was financially supported by multiple programs. The Office of Student Research TruScholars program helped Chen, and The Sharron Quisenberry Undergraduate Summer Research Program helped Hollingsworth. Travel to the conference was financially supported by Truman’s Chemistry Department.

    Bill Miller, far right, along with his research students Christine Chen, right middle, Georgia Hollingsworth, left middle, and Hannah Zimmerman, far left.