Vol. 27 No. 10 - October 24, 2022


  • Entrepreneurship Competition Expands Field, Offers Financial Awards


    Submissions for the Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch competition are due by Oct. 28, and participating students can win up to $3,000.

    Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Building Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, is a “Shark Tank”-like competition that allows Truman students to pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept for a product, service or project. It is open to any Truman student, or team of students up to three members, enrolled during the fall semester. Additionally, students enrolled in the fall semester at Moberly Area Community are now eligible to participate.

    “Given the importance of the relationship between the two institutions, we decided to invite MACC students to this year’s Bulldog B.I.T.E. competition. We hope this will expand access and build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the area,” said Yung-hwal Park, associate professor and chair of business administration at Truman.

    Six teams will be selected to attend a live pitch competition Nov. 17 to present their concept to a panel of judges. The top three finalists receive financial awards of $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Financial support for Bulldog B.I.T.E. comes from alumni Doug (’94) and Diane (’95) Villhard.

    The Bulldog B.I.T.E. finals are only part of the events taking place Nov. 17. In coordination with the Advancement Office, Truman’s Community of College Entrepreneurs will host a similar event, Bulldog Pitch Day, for area high school students. The first round is scheduled for that morning in Violette Hall, with the finals taking place later in the day in the Student Union Building.

    “This will be a great opportunity for the high school students to improve their pitching and entrepreneurial skills,” Park said. “After the Bulldog Pitch Day competition, high school students are welcome to stay and observe the finalists for the B.I.T.E. competition. They will also have lunch and network with the B.I.T.E. competition finalists and Community of College Entrepreneurs members, as well as accomplished entrepreneurs.”

    More information about Bulldog B.I.T.E., including entry information and competition details, can be found online at bulldogbite.truman.edu or by contacting the Charles Hunsaker, executive director for advancement.
  • Trick-or-Treating Returns to Residence Halls


    Residence Life and the Residence Hall Association are bringing back trick-or-treating in the residence halls from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Kirksville families are invited to trick-or-treat in the residence halls and Campbell Apartments.

    West Campus Suites is designated as the allergy-conscious residence hall for this event. Those in West Campus Suites who wish to participate are asked to provide candy or small toys that do not contain peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten or soy.

    To sign up to hand out candy, click here. This will be a great opportunity to come hang out with your community in the lounges and hand out candy to Kirksville families.
  • Truman and Community Partners to Explore Constellations


    Truman and the Adair County Public Library, in conjunction with Thousand Hills State Park, are hosting a Halloween Constellation Myths event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Point Pavilion.  

    As part of a series of events designed to increase appreciation of the night sky, those in attendance will get to explore the stars while learning about the mythological connections to some constellations. Telescopes will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring their own. Participants are also encouraged to dress accordingly for the cooler temperatures.  

    The Adair County Public Library will host a bring-your-own-telescope event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Members of Truman’s Stargazers Astronomy Club will be available to help attendees recognize planets and constellations. They will also set up some telescopes for anyone to utilize.

    In addition to community outreach events, the Truman Observatory, located at the University Farm on Boundary Street, hosts free open house events throughout the year. Details can be found online at observatory.truman.edu.
  • Alumnus to Serve as New Executive-in-Residence


    Ryan Shreve, chief operating officer for Cyderes, will serve as Truman’s next Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence.

    After graduation from Truman in 2002, Shreve started his career as an auditor for Ernst and Young in Kansas City. He was a founding member of Fishtech Group in 2015 and served as CFO until 2021, when the company was sold to Apax Partners. He currently works at Cyderes, a leading cyber security company that was the result of the merger of Fishtech Group and Herjavec Group.

    In 2014, Shreve and wife, Lauren (Rase) Shreve (’03), were honored as Truman’s Young Alumni of the Year. The couple established the Ryan and Lauren (Rase) Shreve Annual Scholarship in 2017 to provide opportunities to motivated and deserving Truman students. Shreve is also a member of the Truman Foundation Board of Directors and previously served on the Accounting Advisory Board for the School of Business.

    Shreve will visit campus to present a talk at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Violette Hall 1000. He will discuss cybersecurity and business transformation.
  • “Films and Finger Foods” Presents “Night of the Living Dead”


    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series presents the first “Films and Finger Foods” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium.

    The feature film will be the 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead,” an American independent horror and cult film directed by George A. Romero starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. The story follows a group of people who are trapped in a farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is under attack by an enlarging group of undead ghouls. The undead eventually finds ways inside and the group must fight for survival.

    Craig Higgins, host of the podcast “Two Guys and a Chainsaw,” will provide background information on the horror genre and give insight on what makes “Night of the Living Dead” special within it. Higgins and Todd Kuhns started “Two Guys and a Chainsaw” in 2016 as two die-hard horror fans and have since published more than 200 episodes. In their podcast they discuss one horror film a week, in depth and with humor and fun. They select a wide range of horror films for their listeners and occasionally have had feature guests such as horror icons Linnea Quigley and Bill Oberst Jr.

    Halloween-themed snacks will be served in Magruder Hall prior to the show. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Advancement Office at 660.785.4133.
  • Econ Speaker Series Welcomes Phil Magness


    Dr. Phillip W. Magness, an economic historian specializing in the “long” 19th century United States and general macroeconomic trends, will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Violette Hall 1010.

    Magness’ broad research extends to the economic history of the United States and includes historical tariff policy, the federal income tax and the relationship between taxation and wealth inequality. He also researches the economic dimensions of higher education and the history of economic thought.

    For his talk at Truman, Magness will present his work surrounding the New York Times’ 1619 Project. Magness is a leading expert on Black colonization during the Civil War era and studies the political economy of slavery in the Atlantic world, particularly its relationship to public policy. As the author of “The 1619 Project: A Critique,” he will evaluate the merits and problems with the project’s narrative.

    Magness has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Public Policy and a Ph.D. from George Mason University. He specializes in policy history and has taught at Berry College, George Mason University and American University. He currently directs research at the American Institute for Economic Research.


  • Sustainability Month Events Continue


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

    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.
  • Residence Life Hiring Student Advisors


    Residence Life is looking for students who will create welcoming environments, develop connections with students and foster a learning-centered community to apply as student advisors for the 2023-2024 school year. Student advisors will have their room and meal fees fully covered.

    Anyone enrolled in classes, has lived on campus for at least one semester once employed and maintained a 2.75 GPA, is qualified to apply. The application is open now until Jan. 20. To be considered for any positions that may open at semester, applications are due Oct. 24. Visit reslife.truman.edu or email reslife@truman.edu for more information.
  • APO to Sponsor Escape Room on Campus

    APO is hosting an escape room event Oct. 26-28 in Violette Hall 1236. Teams of up to six people will have 30 minutes to attempt to break out. The cost is $5 per person, and cash or Venmo will be accepted at the door. Sign up is available here.

  • Faculty Talk Looks at Gray Zone Between Peace and War


    Michael Rudy, associate professor of political science and international relations, and Heather Kopp, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will host a talk from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Baldwin Hall 102. They will discuss the complicated interactions between states involving peaceful, hostile and war-like behaviors.

    International actions which fall between the categories of somewhat hostile and war-like are often called “gray zone” tactics. These gray zone tactics offer opportunities for states to influence international politics through non-cooperative action, but ones which do not rise to being called war like. The Russia-Ukraine Crisis allows for a juxtaposition to illustrate the different tactics states may use during peace and wartime.
  • Sigma Delta Pi Cultural Presentations

  • 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.
  • African Students Association to Host Festival

    The semi-annual African Fair will take place from 3:30-7 p.m. Oct. 29 on the quad. This event will feature henna tattoos, African tribal makeup, African market, games, raffle, African food and drinks. Food and game tickets will be sold at the entrance. Cash, Venmo and PayPal will be accepted. There will be a vegan and gluten free menu available. Email asa@truman.edu for more information.

  • Decorate Halloween Cupcakes in Dining Halls

    Celebrate Halloween by decorating cupcakes from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Ryle Hall and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Missouri Hall, Oct. 31. All the sprinkles, frosting and decorations will be provided.

  • 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.
  • New Exhibitions Showcase Minneapolis Artists

    "Port Chicago" 2020, acrylic, enamel and collage on canvas created by Gregory Rick

    Two new exhibitions that showcase Minneapolis artists will be on display in the University Art Gallery through Dec. 1.

    In the main gallery, “The Motion of the Crowd” brings together the work of Gregory Rick and Ryan Fontaine. Rick’s large-scale narrative paintings explore individual experience through far-reaching references to the history of racial oppression in the United States. The sounds and atmospheric effects of Fontaine’s kinetic installation provide multisensory layers to the dynamic scenes and capture the energy of a crowd on the verge of revolt. Rick grew up in Minneapolis and recently completed his MFA at Stanford University. Fontaine is a self-taught artist, musician and co-director of HAIR + NAILS Gallery in Minneapolis, with whom this exhibition was organized.

    In the Charlyn Gallery, “DrumRoll” is the premiere of a new immersive audio-visual installation by Minneapolis-based composer and artist Mary Ellen Childs. The five-channel installation uses video to capture the point of view of four performing percussionists on wheels, exploring the relation between aural, visual and mobile experience.

    An artist talk with Fontaine and Rick will take place in the gallery from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 30, followed by a reception to celebrate the opening of both exhibitions with refreshments from 6-7 p.m. Fontaine and Kristin van Loon will give an online talk about running their gallery HAIR + NAILS from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 3. For more information and link to the talk visit gallery.arttruman.com.

    The University Art Gallery is located in Ophelia Parrish 1114. Reception and events are free and open to the public.
  • Student Poll Shapes Summer Class Offerings


    Through Nov. 2, students have the ability to provide input on summer and interim courses.

    Academic Affairs is launching a survey designed to gather student feedback on the courses they need most for summer and interim terms in 2023. These sessions help students stay on track during break, add majors and minors, improve GPA, retain scholarships or focus attention on a challenging class. Since fewer courses are offered during the summer, student input is crucial.

    “While we try to take student interests into account at all points in the year, the summer session represents one of the times where students can have an outsized influence on the schedule,” Kevin Minch, associate provost, said. “Based on student answers, we communicate recommendations to departments so they can optimally place their faculty for student needs.”

    This year’s survey will offer students a wide range of delivery options such as asynchronous online, synchronous online, hybrid, online-low residency, and hyflex. An online-low residency course is primarily online, but might require students to come to campus to take proctored tests or exams or participate in other limited on-campus activity. Hyflex courses are offered by some faculty who give students flexibility in the modality they use. Such a course could allow for synchronous delivery, face-to-face instruction and asynchronous delivery to accommodate different student needs.

    Students may complete the survey here by Nov. 2. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Applications Open for Counseling Master’s Programs


    Truman’s counseling program is currently accepting applications for the spring 2023 cohort.

    The program offers two degrees – a Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling and Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling.
    The Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling program is geared toward meeting the academic, career and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in elementary, middle and secondary schools as certified and licensed school counselors.

    The Master of Arts in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling program specializes in community-based work as licensed professional counselors.

    The counseling program seeks to equip caring, committed and culturally aware individuals from all backgrounds with the knowledge and skills required to become professional counselors in school and community settings.
    Cohort size is limited, and applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. For priority consideration, apply here by Nov. 1. For more information about either program visit counseling.truman.edu or email Karl Witt at karlwitt@truman.edu.
  • Bloomberg Terminal Provides Real-time Market Info


    The School of Business has its own Bloomberg Terminal located in Violette Hall 1400. The Bloomberg terminal hosts comprehensive real-time information on the financial markets of the entire globe. It has real-time data, news, analytical and trading tools across all asset classes.

    Contact the School of Business Dean’s Office at Violette Hall 2400 to access the lab. Once at the lab, log into the computer and hit the Bloomberg icon to create a new login and explore the Bloomberg Terminal. Email Pritam Saha at psaha@truman.edu with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Study Abroad Adventures Open for Application

    Paint the way through the landscapes of Morocco, engage in preservation work with large mammals in South Africa or take Spanish to the next level in Spain. These three May interim and summer 2023 faculty-led study abroad adventures are now open for application. Substantial partial scholarships are available. Apply now for consideration.

  • Esports Adds New Game Title


    Esports is adding a new popular game title, “Super Smash Bros.” on Nintendo Switch commonly referred to as “Smash.”

    The game is already played casually and competitively among the Truman community and is also popular at the high school level. Adding this game title will create opportunity for more Truman students to be involved with competitive esports, and has potential to aid student recruitment efforts.

    Students interested in team tryouts can sign up here.
  • Applications Open for Greek Week Committee


    Applications for Greek Week committee are open. These applications are for students involved in fraternity and sorority life and are interested in being part of the committee that plans Greek Week. More information can be found on the Greek Week website along with applications. Email Liv Daehnke at omd4717@truman.edu or Laura Bates at lbates@truman.edu with any questions.
  • 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).

    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
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Student and Faculty Member Present at Conference

    At the fall meeting of the Prairie Section of the American Physical Society (PSAPS), Murtuza Taqi, senior physics major, won first prize among all student presentations for his talk titled “A particle tracker for diffusion cloud chambers.” The award included $150 in prize money.

    Tim Wiser, professor of physics, also contributed a talk titled “Visualizing Spinors in Augmented Reality,” and gave an invited talk to the affiliated QuarkNet workshop for high school physics teachers titled “Visualizing Vectors in Augmented Reality.”

  • Women in Chemistry Visit MURR

    Students and faculty from Truman’s Women in Chemistry started their fall break with a personal tour of the Mizzou Research Reactor (MURR), Oct. 13. They learned about how the research reactor is used to develop radiopharmaceuticals, to date archeological artifacts and to explore the biochemistry of plants, among other things. They were hosted by Dr. John Brockman, alumnus and University of Missouri chemistry faculty, and Gayla Neumeyer. 

    Pictured left to right: John Brockman; Anne Moody, WIC advisor; Justine Olson, WIC advisor; Georgia Hollingsworth, trip planner; Sarah Holmes; Zoe Vetter; Alexandra Kliethermes; and Kate Schwegmann, WIC president.
  • Truman Recognized as a Top-Performing School

    Truman was recognized as the top public university in Missouri on WalletHub’s newly released 2023’s College & University Rankings. To determine the top-performing schools at the lowest possible costs to undergraduates, WalletHub compared more than 900 higher-education institutions in the U.S. across 30 key measures. The data set is grouped into seven categories, such as student selectivity, cost and financing and Career Outcomes. The metrics range from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary. Truman was also the top public school in the Midwest Region of the WalletHub rankings.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Spring Foundation Scholarships Now Available

    The Truman State University Foundation Spring 2023 Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. Recipients must be enrolled full-time during the term of the scholarship to receive the full amount. Applications can be submitted and revised at any time prior to the Nov. 2 deadline. These scholarships are available thanks to the private gifts of alumni and friends of the University. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Scholarships, Financial Aid & Loans then Foundation Scholarship Application.