Vol. 27 No. 7 - October 3, 2022


  • Homecoming Celebrates “K-Vegas”


    This year’s homecoming theme is “Welcome to the Fabulous K-Vegas,” and the philanthropy that all money raised will go to is Special Olympics of Northeast Missouri.

    The week will start with a kick-off event and cornhole tournament at 4 p.m. Oct. 3 on the quad. There will be games and snacks, as well as appearances from the 2022 homecoming court and the 2022 philanthropy.

    K-Vegas Trivia will take place at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Participants will be able to test their knowledge and earn points and prizes.

    From 4-6 p.m. Oct. 5 in downtown Kirksville teams will paint the windows of businesses on the square to “paint the town purple.” SAB will host a casino night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. This event is free to all. There will be poker games, prizes, snacks and mocktails.

    The annual LipSync Competition will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in Baldwin Hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the homecoming store for $5 or for $7 at the door.

    The Golden Alumni event sponsored by the Office of Advancement will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Union Building.

    The Bulldog Forever Homecoming 5K run/walk will start at 8 a.m. Oct. 8 in Barnett Hall. Registration for those who did not register online will begin at 7 a.m. for $20 a person. The homecoming parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Franklin Street and will begin in downtown Kirksville and end at Truman. Tailgating will start at 11 a.m. at the lot on the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets. Football will face Missouri S&T at 2 p.m. at Stokes Stadium. During halftime the homecoming honorees will be recognized and the philanthropy check will be presented.

    The homecoming committee will have a table set up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 3-7 on the Student Union Building Mall with giveaways and homecoming apparel. Each day of the week a flat Spike will be hidden somewhere on campus. Follow the homecoming Instagram to receive clues.
  • Government Internships Available in Jefferson City


    An informational meeting for the Spring 2023 Missouri Government Internship Program will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 in McClain 210.

    The Missouri Government Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. Selected interns will work as full-time staff assistants with a legislator or state public official. By interning at the Missouri Capitol, students will expand their knowledge of state government, build a diversified professional network and establish a basis for future professional positions.

    Many former interns have gone on to serve as legislative directors, chiefs of staff, judicial clerks, policy analysts, lobbyists and public officials as a direct result of what they learned and the connections they made as interns.

    The varying daily tasks throughout each office could include attending public hearings, completing legislative research, writing and editing published materials, constituent relations or assisting with basic office work.

    The Truman State University Foundation provides selected interns with a $2,500 stipend. Interested students should click here for more information and to view the internship application. Additional information will be presented at the Oct. 12 meeting. Questions can be directed to cyoung@truman.edu.
  • Truman Partners with Community to Celebrate the Night Sky


    Truman is collaborating with the Adair County Public Library and Thousand Hills State Park on a series of events to help everyone appreciate the wonders of the night sky.

    In conjunction with International Observe the Moon night, a bring-your-own-telescope event took place Oct. 1 at the Adair County Public Library in Kirksville. Members of Truman’s Stargazers Astronomy Club were available to help attendees recognize planets and constellations. They will also set up some telescopes for anyone to utilize.

    “The idea of community stargazing events like these is to get people outdoors and experience the beauty of the night sky,” said Vayujeet Gokhale, associate professor of physics at Truman. “We set up scopes to show details on bright naked-eye objects like our Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, but our new scopes are also capable of displaying color images of deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star-clusters. People enjoy these events immensely and find the experience of spending some time under the stars quite soothing and refreshing. Everyone is welcome, so if the weather looks good, grab a blanket and join us to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.”

    Weather permitting, there are other community events planned this fall. From 7-9 p.m. Oct. 8, Truman will set up telescopes on campus, and members of the public are invited to make use of them with the help of students from the Stargazers Astronomy Club.

    Representatives from Truman will also host a Halloween Constellation Myths event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Thousand Hills State Park. Those in attendance will get to explore the stars while learning about the mythological connections to some constellations. More details will be available soon on observatory.truman.edu.

    The Adair County Public Library will host a second event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

    In addition to community outreach events, the Truman Observatory, located at the University Farm on Boundary Street, hosts open house events throughout the year. Details can be found online at observatory.truman.edu.
  • Homecoming Celebration Honors Alumni

    A proud Truman homecoming tradition is the recognition of alumni and friends who have made their mark on campus and in the world.

    The Homecoming Celebration will be at 5 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Student Union Building. The Dogs of Distinction awards are presented as a part of the Truman Alumni Association Homecoming Celebration.

    This year’s Alumni of the Year are Richard (’70) and Kathleen (Gilbert) Theriault (’71). Richard graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He successfully applied and was accepted to medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He retired in December 2021 from working in the Department of Medical Oncology in Houston, Texas, where he specialized in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. Kathleen graduated from Truman in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. After graduation she taught at Putnam County for two years, was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years and taught fourth grade for 18 years. She retired in 2013 and is enjoying spending time with her husband, grandchildren and their new dog, Rosie.


    Oseyi Ikuenobe (’05) and Sucheta Jawalkar (’06) are this year’s Young Alumni of the Year. In 2021, they established the Emerging Innovators Undergraduate Summer Research Program to support undergraduate research opportunities for Truman students. Ikuenobe is currently the head of product at Square, Inc. (now Block, Inc.) for orders and checkout where he leads global product development and strategy for the order management and checkout experiences, platforms and partner integrations in all markets in which Square operates. He is also a startup investor and advisor and has been involved with nonprofits in St. Louis, San Francisco and Atlanta. While at Truman, Jawalkar was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, International Club and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. She is an Insight Data Science Fellow, an Aspen Scholar and senior member in IEEE. Most recently she was a senior researcher at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence Division. Ikuenobe and Jawalkar currently reside in Atlanta with their daughter.


    This year’s Distinguished Service Award goes to Amanda Gioia (’93) and Floyd Simpson III (’02). With Mastercard for more than 20 years, Gioia has held a variety of leadership roles for the company, including serving as vice president, technology risk management, communications and partnerships and more. She is the executive vice chairperson of the St. Louis Area Foodbank board and a board member of Autism Speaks. She has participated in several innovation activities with Truman, including the Bulldog B.I.T.E. competition since its inception. In 2019, she was selected as Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive in Residence at Truman.


    Simpson served two terms as a Truman Foundation board member. In that role, he was a part of the investment committee that: updated the investment policy statement and transitioned the investment management responsibilities to a new provider. He is currently a director with PFM Asset Management, a subsidiary of US Bank. He is an executive Board member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia, is on the board of trustees for Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia school system and A.T. Still University, along with being a member of the finance committee for the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. Simpson resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Erin Turner-Byfield and their daughter, Symone.


    This year’s Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals are Dr. R. Keith Beeman (’79) and Lu Ann Beeman (’80). The Beeman’s are generous supporters of Truman’s Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center. They are members of the John R. Kirk Society and received the President’s Circle Award. Keith is a retired public school educator who accumulated a wealth of experience during his 40-year career, and Lu Ann is also retired following a 36-year career in public education. The couple has been married since 1981 and currently reside in reside in Prairie Village, Kansas, and Frisco, Colorado.


    Brian P. Krippner (’89) is this year’s Denise L. Smith Volunteer of the Year. Krippner has spent his entire professional career in the corporate trust administration, starting with internships while a Truman student. He is currently senior vice president/regional manager for UMB Bank, officing in St. Louis, Missouri. He has also been a member of the School of Business Advisory Board since 1999 and recently completed a six-year term on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors.

  • JBA to Increase Staff for 2023


    As the Joseph Baldwin Academy continues to grow, the popular summer program will add a new professional staff member for next year.

    In addition to the current seven professional staff positions, JBA will add a communications director. This role has been created by popular demand from family members who have requested a social media presence in order to follow their students’ journeys while they attend JBA, as well as the students’ desire to have a place for memories.

    “The individual that fills this position will be tasked with all things social media related, as well as providing historical content through our memory books and website,” said Michelle Wilson, assistant director of the Institute for Academic Outreach. “Additionally, this provides another individual to the management team for supervision and guidance for preceptors.”

    Along with the 50 preceptors employed by JBA during a typical summer, professional staff members work to continuously support and grow the academy, including: a program director and assistant director; a director of residential living; a director of health and wellness; a hospitality directory; and two co-activity directors. Bios for all JBA professional staff members can be found at jba.truman.edu/facultystaff.

    “Our professional staff provides an amazing service to our students, preceptors, families and the University overall.” Wilson said. “As a team of eight, they will continue to work to ensure the needs of everyone associated with JBA will be met.”

    Since its inception in 1985, JBA has been a fixture of the University summer programming. This three-week residential program takes place twice each summer, once in June and once in July. In the most recent session, JBA added two additional courses, and the curriculum is slated to expand by two courses again in 2023 for a total of 14 different class offerings. This summer the academy expects to welcome approximately 260 student per session.

    JBA will begin recruiting student preceptors early next year. They work as student advisors in the dorms and as teaching assistants in the classroom. Preceptors are class-specific. For summer 2023 they will be paid $1,900 per session, along with being provided room and board. Preceptors live in Ryle Hall for the duration of the academy and have access to the cafeteria.

    For more information about JBA, visit jba.truman.edu or email jba@truman.edu.
  • Truman Selected as Missouri’s “Hidden Gem”


    Truman has been highlighted as one of the best colleges in the country based on a combination of factors including graduation and retention rates, student-to-faculty ratio, selectivity and the school’s financial health.

    The college planning site College Raptor included Truman on its recently released list of Hidden Gems in the U.S. To qualify, schools must receive fewer than 5,000 applications per year, have fewer than 7,000 undergraduate students, offer five or more unique majors and have an acceptance rate of 10% or higher. College Raptor selected one school from each state and the District of Columbia, and Truman was recognized for Missouri. Of the 51 schools to be honored, more than 75% were private institutions.

    In addition to the overall U.S. recognition, Truman was specifically honored on the list of Hidden Gems in the Plains Region. Among the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, Truman was one of only 21 highlighted schools. It was one of only four public schools recognized in the region, and the only public school of the three universities acknowledged in Missouri.

    Fiscal responsibility earned Truman a spot on College Raptor’s list of Best Hidden Gems for Middle-Class Affordability. Created as a guide for a “typical” middle-class family – defined by College Raptor as a family of four with one student in college, a family income of $80,000 and total assets of $50,000, excluding primary residence – Truman was No. 25 on the list of 25 schools deemed most affordable. It was the only Missouri school to be included on this particular list.  

    College Raptor is a college planning site that offers side-by-side comparisons of estimated financial aid packages along with simplified campus match scores and admission chances. Factors taken into consideration for its Hidden Gems lists include retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, endowment per student, selectivity and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.
  • Echo 25 and Alumni Fellows Recognized on Campus

    Alumni Fellows and Echo 25 recipients were recognized at halftime during the football game, Sept. 24.

    Thirty alumni were recognized for their post-graduation achievements, Sept. 23-24.  

    Five Alumni Fellows, one for each academic school, were honored for their personal and professional accomplishments. The Echo 25 award was presented to 25 outstanding alumni under the age of 40. Recipients of both awards had the opportunity to interact with students, faculty and staff while back on campus, bringing real-world experience into the classroom.

    Alumni Fellows  
    •    Laura Brooks (’09) – School of Business
    •    Jesse Jokerst (’03) – School of Science & Mathematics
    •    Derek Ozkal (’03) – School of Social & Cultural Studies
    •    Abigail Swetz (’04) – School of Arts & Letters
    •    Dyane Tower (’05) – School of Health Sciences & Education

    Learn more about this year’s Alumni Fellows here.

    Echo 25 Honorees
    •    Babajide “BJ” Adio (’12)
    •    Deanna Barger (’14)
    •    Pascael (Barclay) Beaudette (’05)
    •    Grant Berry (’10)
    •    Jennifer Blank (’11, ’12)
    •    Theo Dean III (’12, ’14)
    •    Michelle (Carter) Failla (’07)
    •    Shari (Fieser) Foglesong (’15, ’19)
    •    Rachel Greer (’15)
    •    Ellie (Glenn) Harmon (’07)
    •    Pete Howe (’06)
    •    Joshua Kappel (’07)
    •    Robert Kelchen (’07)
    •    Sara (James) Kurovski (’07)
    •    George Patrick Lee (’15)
    •    Brianna Lennon (’07)
    •    Adam Lowrance (’05)
    •    Stephanie McGrew (’12)
    •    Katie Cooper Nix (’06)
    •    Jessica (Chaney) Rooks (’05)
    •    Alafiya (Nasrulla) Sachak (’09)
    •    Sarah Saheb (’06)
    •    Darius Taylor (’12)
    •    Daniel Tucker (’07)
    •    Geoffrey Woehlk (’14)

    Learn more about this year’s Echo 25 honorees here.


  • Truman to Celebrate Sustainability Month


    The Sustainability Office will host a variety of events for Sustainability Month throughout October.

    10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    Oct. 3-4
    Student Union Building

    UN Sustainable Development Goals Presentation
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 5
    Magruder Hall 1000

    Clothing Swap
    1-3 p.m.
    Oct. 11
    Student Union Building Georgian A

    Guest Speaker Presentation with Alex Haraus
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 19
    Magruder Hall 1000

    Communiveristy Garden Service Event

    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Oct. 22
    Communiveristy Garden

    Greenhouse and Composting Event
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 24
    Magruder Hall 2090

    Sustainability Festival
    2:30-5:30 p.m.
    Oct. 28
    Student Union Building

    Continue to check here for an updated schedule of events.
  • Vote for Homecoming Court

    Homecoming court voting is open until midnight Oct. 7. Two winners will be crowned during halftime at the homecoming football game, Oct. 8.

  • Celebrate National Taco Day on Oct. 4

    Campus will celebrate National Taco Day at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in the Student Union Building HUB. Mini tacos, salsa and queso will be available.

  • Happiness Workshop Begins Oct. 6

  • 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.
  • CSI Hosts Language and Culture Fair

    The Center for International Students is hosting a language and culture fair from 5:30-6 p.m. Oct. 10 on the quad. This is a chance to learn about languages and cultures from all across the world.

  • Volunteers Needed for Resource Center

    The LGBTQ+ Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help in the center with various tasks such as greeting people when they come in and making sure the center is clean. Volunteers can choose a weekly time slot that lasts for one hour. Sign up is available here. For more questions email kkc8132@truman.edu.

  • 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).

    Athletic Training
    12:30-1:15 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Zoom and in-person in Pershing 232
    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
    Register here.

    Communications Disorders

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Nov. 5
    Health Sciences Building

    Applied Behavior Analysis
    3:30-4:14 p.m.
    Nov. 10
  • Applications Available for Museums and Archives Internships


    Applications are now being accepted for summer internships at the following locations in Missouri:

    •    Independence: Harry Truman Presidential Library (full-time, 9 credits)
    •    Kansas City: National World War I Museum (part-time, 4 credits)
    •    Kirksville: Judicial Archives Project (part-time, 4 credits)
    •    Olathe, KS: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop-Farm (part-time, 4 credits)
    •    St. Joseph: St. Joseph Museums (part-time, 4 credits)
    •    St. Louis: Field House Museum (part-time, 4 credits), Missouri History Museum (part-time, 4 credits), Mercantile Library (part-time, 4 credits)
    •    Springfield: MSU Special Collections and Archive (part-time, 4 credits)

    The summer internships are open to all Truman students and are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums and teaching. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Email jasonmcd@truman.edu to find out what the internships entail and how to apply.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FAFSA Filing Now Open

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can now be completed 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.

  • Midterm Break Hours at the Rec


    The Student Recreation Center will have shortened hours during midterm break.

    Oct. 12
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 13
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 14
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 15

    Oct. 16

    For more information, call 660.785.4847.
  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The Truman State University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. The meeting agenda can be found on the Board of Governors’ website.


  • Jesse Krebs

    Jesse Krebs, professor of music, recently had the honor of performing at the National College Music Society Conference in Long Beach, California, at the evening Showcase Concert, Sept. 23. He performed “respire” for clarinet and fixed audio that was written for him by composer Andrew Hannon, a composition teacher at Appalachian State University.

    Jesse Krebs (right) with Andrew Hannon at the National College Music Society Conference.
  • Forensics Team Competes at Virtual Tournaments

    Students from Truman’s debate team attended virtual tournaments at Western Kentucky University and Washburn University and earned new qualifications to nationals.

    At Washburn, freshman Aiden Breesawitz and sophomore Eli Bartz finished with positive records. Breesawitz finished as a quarterfinalist and earned his NFA qualification.

    At Western Kentucky, juniors Alicia Stout and Elijah Baum were invited to the Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin, an exclusive competition where only 10 debaters in the nation were able to participate. Stout finished as third place speaker. Breesawitz and Baum were also invited to the Rising Stars Round Robin, which is intended for debaters going into their second year of debate. Truman continued its success at the WKU Debate the following days. Stout was a quarterfinalist and sixth speaker. Baum finished as 10th place speaker.

    The speech team will participate in its next tournament at Illinois State University in early October and at the University of Central Missouri later this month. Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu.

  • Faculty Present at Symposium

    Timothy Walston, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics and professor of biology, Stephanie Maiden, associate professor of biology, and Barbara Kramer, professor of chemistry, presented about Truman’s new STEM Research Minor at the 2022 NSF S-STEM Symposium that was hosted by hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This is an invitation-only meeting for recipients of the NSF S-STEM grant. Truman’s STEP Scholars program is supported by an NSF S-STEM grant. The program provides scholarships to help students be successful in earning a degree in a science major.