Vol. 27 No. 8 - October 10, 2022


  • St. Louis Ballet to Perform at Truman


    Saint Louis Ballet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Baldwin Auditorium as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    Established in 1975, Saint Louis Ballet has been dedicated to advancing the art of ballet in St. Louis for more than 40 years. Recent seasons included full-length classics such as “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Don Quixote,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” masterpieces by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp, innovative new works by Gen Horiuchi and much more. Consisting of 24 internationally acclaimed dancers, they are recognized as the only professional resident ballet company in the St. Louis region. They present a season of four fully mounted productions serving 20,000 people in approximately 24 public performances annually.

    Their performance at Truman will feature small sections from three different ballets. They will perform “Correlazione” with choreography by Miriam Mahdaviani. This piece was originally choreographed for New York City Ballet where artistic and executive director Horiuchi and choreographer Mahdaviani were dancers together. They will also perform “Contemporain” with choreography by Horiuchi. This piece was originally created in fall 2020 to showcase the dancers safely in a series of solos and duets that harken back to simpler, more playful times. The last ballet of the night will be “In Reel Time” with choreography by Brian Enos. This piece premiered at the end of the Saint Louis Ballet’s last season. Enos will also be joining the ballet as their tour director.

    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, the Advancement Office in McClain Hall 205, the Admissions Office and the Union and Involvement Office main desk in the Student Union Building. For additional information, visit lyceum.truman.edu, call 660.785.4133 or email lyceumseries@truman.edu.
  • Women Entrepreneurship Week Event Features Alumnae


    Truman highlights its commitment to women entrepreneurs by participating in the annual Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW), a global movement to celebrate and inspire female founders.

    An event to celebrate women entrepreneurs will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 20 in Violette Hall 1010. This event is hosted by President Thomas and moderated by Esther Lee, senior business administration major and president of the Community of College Entrepreneurs on campus. The keynote speaker is Stephanie Bell (’05), with panelists Lauren Jin (’17), Lori Miller (’81) and Ashley Sparks (’12).

    Bell co-founded a boutique law firm, Ellinger and Associates, LLC, in 2018, and her practice has grown to include representation of statewide elected officials, proponents of statewide ballot measures and Fortune 100 companies. She and her husband, Chris (’05), purchased The Trolley Company, a popular Jefferson City business that offers historic trolleys for hire for weddings, conferences and other special events. She continues her full-time law practice in addition to her morning radio program.

    Jin is a designer and creative based in New York City. She developed her own brand, Gem & Bara, and ran her business until the pandemic forced her to pivot plans. While running Gem & Bara after hours, she worked full-time at New Balance on the Global Creative Studio team. She currently works at Madison Square Garden on the brand creative team for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers and has her sights set on future entrepreneurial ventures.

    Miller is the founder of Precision Printing, a privately owned company serving the printing trade from Moberly, Missouri. Precision was established in 1984 by Miller and her husband, Roy. They help America’s Fortune 500 companies promote their products and services with folders, mailers, kits and other packaging.

    Sparks is the owner of Rejuvenate Wellness Center that opened in 2012 and RaQStar Dance & Fitness. Her goal as a business owner and as someone who practices multiple healing modalities is to help open the minds of the community members and shine the light on new opportunities to grow, heal and calm their minds and bodies.

    Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of inspirational women about their entrepreneurial journeys. After presentations, the panelists will have a question-and-answer session. These events are open to all students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Truman.
  • Office of Student Research Seeks Proposals


    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applicants, as well as Conference Travel Scholarship applications, for spring 2023.

    Conference Travel Scholarship applications are for students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship at a conference taking place January-June 2023. Students must have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. The scholarship will cover up to $500 of conference registration, lodging and travel expenses.
    GIASR applications are available for research and creative scholarship conducted in spring 2023. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.
    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both funding opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 7. Questions regarding the applications can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • Language and Literacy Conference Welcomes Former Truman Professor


    The 12th annual Language and Literacy Conference will take place from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    This event is a workshop for speech-language pathologists, general education teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists and more. This year’s conference will feature Louis Rossetti, former professor at Truman and internationally recognized authority on services to infants, toddlers and their families. Rossetti is professor emeritus of communicative disorders at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is the author of five books on infants and toddlers with special needs. He is also the author of the Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale, currently used worldwide.

    Rossetti’s first talk of the day will be on “Early Intervention Practices.” Part one will take place from 8:30-10 a.m. with part two from 10:15-11:45 a.m. His second talk will be about “Enhancing Parent/Caregivier Involvement in Early Intervention.” Part one will take place from 1:15-2:45 p.m. with part two from 3-4:30 p.m. These presentations have interdisciplinary content and relevancy to persons pursuing medical and educational careers.

    Registration fee is $25 for students and $75 for professionals. Payment can be made at the door with check or Venmo. RSVP on the CMDS Facebook page or email coda.tsu@gmail.com. Those that RSVP on the Facebook page should indicate if they are going by Oct. 21.
  • Scholarship Eligibility Expanded to Reach More Students


    In an effort to make a college education attainable to more students, Truman is expanding eligibility requirements for one of its most popular scholarships.

    For years, the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship has been automatically awarded to students whose parents graduated from the University. Starting with next fall’s entering class, the family criteria is expanding, making the scholarship available to more prospective students. Admitted students who are children, step-children or grandchildren of Truman alumni, or the sibling of a graduate or currently enrolled student, will be automatically eligible for the scholarship. Alumni can refer students online to ensure the Admissions Office can reach out to them about applying to Truman.

    “The Bulldog family – our amazing network of alumni – is so important to the legacy we have at Truman,” said Shari Foglesong, associate director of admission. “By expanding the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship, we are recognizing the fact that incoming students may have been influenced by the strong values and contributions of the Truman graduates in their lives, including their siblings, grandparents and parents. This expansion will make college more affordable for a greater number of students, and help students find their home at Truman just like their family members did.”

    For the 2023-24 school year, the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 for Missouri residents and $2,000 for out-of-state students. This is in addition to any other aid a student may receive, including merit scholarships.

    Any prospective student who completes an undergraduate application to Truman is automatically considered for the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship, as well as a number of other awards. Information on all of the automatic scholarships available to incoming students can be found at truman.edu/admission-cost/cost-aid/scholarships/automatic-scholarships. In addition to automatic scholarships, assistance is available through Truman State University Foundation scholarships and the Financial Aid Office.

    Truman regularly receives national recognition for its efforts to ensure a high-quality education is an option for all students. Approximately 97% of Truman students earn scholarships. Half of Truman students graduate with no student loan debt, and the other half graduate with debt well below the national average.

    For more information about the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship, contact the Office of Admission by phone at 660.785.4114 or 800.892.7792 or email at admissions@truman.edu.
  • Rotary and Truman Partner to Showcase Bulldog Pride


    The University has partnered with the Rotary Club of Kirksville to help spread Truman pride in the community.
    Utilizing the infrastructure already in place from the Rotary Club’s popular Fly the Flag program, purple flags representing Truman will be on display in certain high-traffic areas around town on days of importance to the University. The purple flags made their debut the weekend of homecoming. Other special occasions will include Family Day, showcase days for prospective students and graduation weekend.
    The University purchased 100 flags and poles, and members of the Rotary Club helped with the assembly and placement. The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter also assisted in placing the flags throughout the community.  
    Fly the Flag is a subscription program available to all Kirksville residents and made possible by the Rotary Club of Kirksville. On six flag holidays – Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day – Rotarians will place an American flag on display at the subscriber's chosen location. More information about the program can be found at kvrotary.org.
  • New Learning Management System Selected


    It was reported last spring that the current learning management system, Blackboard, was going to require Truman move to a hosted/cloud-based model with a new interface. Since disruption and significant change would be required no matter what, the University took the opportunity to review available Learning Management Systems (including the new Blackboard option) to determine which system would best meet Truman’s needs.

    An LMS Review Committee was formed to help identify those features important to how Truman uses the Learning Management System, and after a review of the functional features, technical framework and budgetary requirements of several systems, the University has selected to move to the Desire2Learn (D2L) Brightspace system.

    Efforts are currently underway to finalize the contract, as well as develop a comprehensive implementation plan.

    The LMS Review Committee would like to thank everyone for providing feedback during this process. More information will be forthcoming once the implementation plan is finalized.

    Learning Management System Review Committee Members:
    School of Business – Rashmi Prasad
    School of Health Sciences & Education – Trish Hanson, Emily Donald
    School of Arts & Letters – Brian Heston, Xin Gao
    School of Science and Mathematics – Carol Thatcher, Don Bindner
    School of Social and Cultural Studies – Kathryn Brammall, Mark Hatala
    University Library – Janet Romine
    Technology Considerations – Sherry Dare, Diane Richmond, Tammy Roberts, Donna Liss
    Faculty Senate – Kathryn Brammall
    Staff Council Representation – Winston Vanderhoof


  • Mid-Scream Events to Take Place Oct. 10-11


    Mid-Scream, a series of mini events designed to help students relax and take a break from studying, will take place Oct. 10-11.

    Coloring Books and Hot Chocolate
    1-4 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Violette Hall Commons
    The School of Business will provide coloring books, colored pencils, crayons and markers.

    Sno-caps and Popcorn with President Thomas
    6-7 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    West Campus Suites

    Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Vice President Tyana Lange

    6-7 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Missouri Hall

    Coloring Books and Hot Chocolate
    1-4 p.m.
    Oct. 11
    Violette Hall Commons
    The School of Business will provide coloring books, colored pencils, crayons and markers.

    Sno-caps and Popcorn with President Thomas

    6-7 p.m.
    Oct. 11
    BNB Hall

    Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Vice President Tyana Lange
    6-7 p.m.
    Oct. 11
    Ryle Hall

    Residence life house meetings will also take place during the week. Talk with student advisors to learn more.
  • FSL Observes Alcohol Awareness Week


    Oct. 10-15 is Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week nationwide at institutions of higher education. This educational week aims to bring attention to issues posed by excessive drinking among college students.

    This year, Fraternity and Sorority Life will be tabling from 10 a.m-2p.m. Oct. 10-11 outside the Student Union Building to support alcohol awareness. On Oct. 10, they will be promoting CHEERS, a program designed to increase the number of designated drivers throughout the state of Missouri. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs participating in CHEERS provide free non-alcoholic beverages to the acknowledged designated driver in a group of two or more. On Oct. 11, FSL is partnering with the Department for Public Safety to promote better understanding of the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption.
  • CSI Hosts Language and Culture Fair

    The Center for International Students is hosting a language and culture fair from 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 10 on the quad. This is a chance to learn about languages and cultures from all across the world.

  • 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 to Celebrate Sustainability Month


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

    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.
  • Sigma Delta Pi Cultural Presentations

  • Campus Event Showcases the Work of Faculty and Staff

    The fall 2022 Celebration of Faculty Scholarship will take place from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 21 in Kirk Memorial. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to participate. This will be a chance to hear from colleagues who have returned from sabbatical and browse posters and other artifacts from scholarships, research or creative activity. Refreshments will be available.

  • 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.
  • Routine Cleaning for Zoom Cloud


    Due to limited storage space on the Zoom cloud, older recordings need to be routinely deleted and backed up elsewhere if necessary. The next deletion date is scheduled for Oct. 31. Zoom recordings that are stored on the cloud and created before Jan. 1, 2022, will be deleted in this cycle. More information on managing zoom files can be found here. Any questions can also be emailed to LTT@truman.edu.
  • 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.

  • Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA)

    Any coeducational postsecondary institution that participates in the Federal student financial assistance programs and has an intercollegiate athletic program is required by section 485(g) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1092(g) (also known as the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, or EADA) to prepare a report containing information regarding intercollegiate athletics. The EADA Report discloses athletic program participation rates and financial support data for a 12-month period and must be made available to students, prospective students and the public. Data is available to the public at consumerinformation.truman.edu/athletics and ope.ed.gov/athletics, or upon request a paper copy will be provided.
  • Midterm Break Hours of Operation

    Student Recreation Hours for Midterm Break
    The Student Recreation Center will have shortened hours during midterm break. It will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and will be closed Oct. 15-16. For more information, call 660.785.4847.

    Sodexo Hours for Midterm Break
    Meal plans will be prorated this week, 21–14 meals, 18–12 meals, 15–10 meals and 12–8 meals.

    On Oct. 12 c-stores will close at 4 p.m., Starbucks and Einstein’s will close at 3 p.m., Main Street will close at 4 p.m., Missouri Hall will close at 1 p.m. and Ryle Hall will have dinner from 4:30-6 p.m.

    From Oct. 13-15 Ryle Hall only will serve continental breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m., lunch from 12-12:45 p.m. and dinner from 5-5:45 p.m. On Oct. 16 Ryle Hall will serve continental breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m., lunch from 12-12:45 p.m. and dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. All locations will resume normal hours of operation Oct. 17.

    SHC and UCS Hours for Midterm Break
    The Student Health Center and University Counseling Services will close at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and be closed Oct. 13-14.


  • Forensics Earns National Qualifications at Recent Tournament

    Truman’s speech squad competed at Illinois State University in their Back-to -the-Nest Swing Tournament. The weekend was split into two tournaments, one on Oct. 1 and one on Oct. 2. The tournament featured a special division, quadrathon, which combined competitors with at least four events across two genres (public address, interpretation and/or limited prep). Each Truman competitor earned at least one qualification to NFA nationals.

    Senior Maya Krump was the day two informative speaking champion, and third place finalist on day one. She earned her qualification to nationals. On day one, junior Megan Ford placed second in after dinner speaking and communication analysis, which earned her a national’s qualification. She also placed second in quadrathon. On day two she finished sixth in communication analysis and prose interpretation as well as fifth in quadrathon.

    Freshman Alex Peterson placed second and third in persuasion respectively, which earned a national’s qualification. On day one, freshman Briggs Maynor placed third in dramatic interpretation, earning a nationals qualification, and fifth in program oral interpretation. He also placed fourth in program oral interpretation the following day which earned him a national’s qualification. The team finished fourth in overall sweepstakes.

    The speech team will participate in its next tournament at the University of Central Missouri, Oct. 7-9. Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu.