Vol. 27 No. 6 - September 26, 2022


  • Esports Team Competes in First Tournament


    History was made Sept. 25 when the newly formed Truman esports team participated in its first official competition.

    Six students played in a Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) tournament. More than 200 colleges and university participated in the tournament.

    “I was overjoyed at how the players were able to stay positive and continue working together,” said Isiah Slater, Truman Rocket League coach. “They shook off any nerves they had between matches and communicated very well to optimize their performance.”

    Truman had two teams competing in the tournament, purple and blue. Team purple advanced through three rounds of the double-elimination tournament, while team blue advanced through four rounds.

    “Between now and the next qualifier tournament this upcoming Sunday, I am eager to get some practice in for our teams, and to iron out any mechanical issues the players may have,” Slater said.

    An esports team has been in the works since last year when a committee of faculty and staff researched the possibility of adding the extracurricular activity. A student survey conducted in the spring semester helped determine some of the initial plans, and a dedicated space was created in Barnett Hall. Tryouts were advertised at the beginning of the school year, and the inaugural team is comprised of 20 members.

    The Bulldog esports team will not have to wait long for the second competition. The team will participate in another open-play “Rocket League” tournament Sept. 26. Future competitions should be available to stream on the team’s Twitch

    Participation in esports is open to all students. More information about Truman esports will soon be available on the team website, esports.truman.edu. Up-to-date information can also be found on the team Instagram and Twitter, @TrumanEsports.
  • Career Expo Set to Return 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. Details will be updated in the schedule of events and hiretruman.edu.

    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.
  • Students Eligible to Win $10,000 with Gould Scholastic Award


    Junior and senior students could win up to $250 from Truman, and $10,000 nationally, through the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award competition.

    There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Violette Hall 2351 open to any students interested in participating in the competition.

    SS&C, a financial technology company, sponsors the annual Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award to recognize outstanding university students who produce academic papers on topics related to investment management strategies, theories and trends.

    The concept for this year is related to investment advice and portfolio construction. As part of their research, participating students are encouraged to interview peers and provide insights on trends found through those discussions. Questions may include, but are not limited to the following:

    • As we continue to explore technology in our everyday lives, how do you see technology changing the interactions we have and the types of interactions as it relates to investing?    
    • As technology is explored in everyday lives, how could gamification impact or encourage appropriate investing behaviors and what are the real or potential positive and negative consequences of using gamification in this environment?  
    • Given the advancements in technology, how is or will investment advice and portfolio construction change in the next 3, 5 and 10 years?
    • As a consumer of that future state, what are your expectations surrounding engagement with those financial products and the brands that manufacture them?
    In addition to the national award, the University will offer cash prizes to the top three papers from Truman students. Locally, first place will earn $250, second place will receive $150 and third place will get $100. All three will be submitted to the SS&C for the national competition.

    Papers should be submitted to Chuck Boughton, instructor in business administration, at boughton@truman.edu. Polished drafts are due by Dec. 9 with final paper submission due Jan. 15. Submissions should be in Word format only. Local awards will be announced after the Jan. 31 submission to the Gould judges. For more information email boughton@truman.edu.

    SS&C is a global provider of investment and financial services and software for the financial services and health care industries. Named to Fortune 1,000 list as top U.S. company based on revenue, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut, and has 25,000+ employees in more than 100 offices in 40 countries. Some 20,000 financial services and health care organizations, from the world's largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C's products and services.

    In 2018, SS&C acquired DST Systems, Inc., which was founded and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Gould was president of DST from 1984 until his death in 1987. He had a distinguished career in the financial services industry and was known for his creative and results-oriented style. Prior to joining DST, Gould was president of Fidelity’s Service Company in Boston.
  • Library Hosts MOSI Art Exhibition


    Pickler Memorial Library and the Missouri-Southern Iowa Art Guild (MOSI) are partners in an art exhibition located in the library café.

    The Missouri-Southern Iowa Art Guild (MOSI) is a group of working visual artists formed in 2013. MOSI sponsors local art exhibitions, provides recognition and networking opportunities for members, and conducts art workshops for the community. For more information visit mosiartguild.com.

    This exhibition runs through Dec. 17 and is free to view for all Truman students, faculty and staff, as well as the community.


  • Library Hosts Fall Book Sale

    Pickler Memorial Library is hosting a fall book sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27-28 outside on the south side of the library. Accepted payments are cash or check. New books will become available as the sale continues and the tables are restocked. This year a variety of wall and table maps are also for sale.

  • Theatre Season Opens with “The Revolutionists”


    Truman Theatre’s first production of the year will be “The Revoluntionists” by Lauren Gunderson and will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    “The Revolutionists” is a play that combines a good bit of hilarity with some high-stakes drama about four real women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Olympe De Gouge was a playwright who was executed by guillotine for expressing her dissenting opinions.  Charlotte Corday was the young woman who assassinated Jean-Paul Marat, a major player in the worst excesses of The Terror.

    Marie Antoinette is the former queen in the play, a big fan of ribbons and has moments when she is oddly prescient. The fourth character is Marianne Angelle, a composite character made up of real women who were revolutionary activists in what is now Haiti. The four women spend their time brainstorming revolutionary plays and attempt to beat back extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. The women are united by their dismay over the way this hopeful people’s revolution is now sinking into hyper-violent and hypocritical male rhetoric.

    The performance has a runtime of 90 minutes with content warnings of violent imagery of the guillotine and brief discussion of sexual abuse. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at boxoffice.truman.edu or at the door. For more information, contact the Truman Theatre Box Office at 660.785.4515 between 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Symposium Class Promotes Campus Opportunities

    The TRU 100: ENGAGE course is utilizing Instagram to let all students know about different classes, events and opportunities on campus. Follow @tsu_symposium for updates on all of the TRU 100 course projects, as well as ways for students to get involved.

  • 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.

  • U&I Celebrates International Coffee Day

    International Coffee Day celebration will start at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Union and Involvement desk. Coffee and donut holes will be served. There will also be five coffee cards hidden throughout the Student Union Building, find one and redeem it for a $5 coffee voucher at the U&I Office.
  • Philosophy and Religion Conference Call for Papers


    The 32nd Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference will take place Nov. 5 on campus.

    Students can now submit papers to be featured at the conference. The submission deadline is Oct. 3. Papers from any area of philosophy and/or religion are welcome. This may include fields such as classics, anthropology and others. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes reading time (approximately 2,000 to 2,500 words). A review panel of Truman undergraduates will select the program.

    Papers should either be emailed to Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, with the subject line “Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference,” or a hard copy dropped off at Daschke’s mailbox in McClain Hall 204. Students should separate all identifying information, including name and school, from the body of the paper in either format – include this information only in a separate cover sheet or in the body of the email. The title of the paper should be listed in both documents.
  • Poet Shares War Experiences


    “In Love and War: An Evening of Poetry with Andrea Jurjevic,” will take place from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 6 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    Jurjevic is a poet and literary translator. She was born and raised in Rijeka, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia, before immigrating to the United States. Her poetry explores her experience after the war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

    “Small Crimes” was Jurjevic’s debut poetry collection that won her the Phillip Levine Prize. Her chapbook “Nightcall” was selected for the ACME Poem Company Surrealist Poetry Series. Her book-length translations from Croatian include “Mamasafari” and “Dead Letter Office.” She was the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Hambidge Fellowship and the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year award.

    Jurjevic currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and teaches in the English Department at Georgia State University.

    A question-and-answer session will follow the poetry reading.
  • Historian to Discuss American Immigration


    Historian Luke Ritter will give the Kohlenberg-Towne Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Violette Hall 1010.

    An assistant professor of American history at New Mexico Highlands University, Ritter will discuss his book “Inventing America’s First Immigration Crisis” which examines the history of immigration, nativism and anti-Catholicism in the early American West.

    Ritter’s visit is sponsored by the Kohlenberg-Towne Lectureship Fund, the Department of History, the Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta. His presentation is free and open to the public.
  • 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).

    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
  • Students Can Teach English Through Service-Learning Course

    Truman students can earn one credit hour teaching English to elementary and middle school students in Taiwan via Google Meet.

    CML 200, Taiwan Connect, is a service-learning course. Starting in the second block, it will meet every Monday evening (from 6:30-8: p.m. before Nov. 6 and from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. after Nov. 6) beginning Oct. 17 in Baldwin Hall 309. The only requirement is participating students must be native English speakers.

    Students enrolled in 12-16 credits can take CML 200 at no additional cost. For more information, contact Zhijun “David” Wen, assistant professor of Chinese, at zwen@truman.edu, 660.785.6016 or in McClain Hall 313.

  • Apply Early for FAFSA

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed as early as Oct. 1 for the 2023-2024 school year at studentaid.gov.

    Even though a student may not qualify for grants or work-study, all students are considered for the Federal Direct Loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit students to taking a loan, but it does allow for more options.

    The 2023-2024 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For the 2023-2024 FAFSA students will use their 2021 tax information.

    It is strongly recommended to apply or renew before Feb. 1, 2023.

  • 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.

  • NYTimes and WSJ Offer Free Digital Access

    Pickler Memorial Library has partnered with The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times 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.

    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.

  • Retirement Reception for Marsha Redmon



  • Daniel Mandell

    Daniel Mandell, emeritus professor of history, recently had his book “The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America” highlighted in Jamelle Bouie’s NY Times column, Sept. 13.