Vol. 27 No. 12 - November 7, 2022


  • United Way Campaign Kicks Off


    Truman is launching its campaign to help the United Way of Northeast Missouri.

    The funds raised during the campaign will stay in the local area. The local programs and services funded by the United Way of Northeast Missouri are among agencies who provide disaster services, meals for senior citizens, bereavement counseling, utility assistance, life skills training, membership assistance for the YMCA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, youth tutoring programs and much more. To learn more about the local programs and services that can benefit from donations visit liveunitednemo.org.

    There are several ways to donate. Those who receive letters in the mail can donate by sending in a check. Faculty and staff can donate using payroll deduction. Donations can also be made online. Students can donate meals from their meal plans and when the campaign ends Sodexo will write a check to United Way.

    Faculty and staff that donate can enter to win a reserved parking spot for 2023. In order to be considered for this drawing donations must be made by Nov. 18 and this form submitted. While a donation of any size will have an equal opportunity to win, it is encouraged to set up a recurring monthly donation of $10 or more. This can be accomplished using the payroll deduction option on the pledge form, or the United Way website.
  • TMN Website Wins Fifth Place in National Best of Show Awards


    In the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards, Truman Media Network placed fifth for Best Website among four-year universities with 15,000 or less students.

    “I am very grateful to our staff for creating a website that can place so highly in a large division,” said Genevieve Tlustos, Index editor-in-chief. “Many people, especially our digital director, have worked to make this website a great resource that includes all three outlets, and I’m glad that effort is being recognized.”  

    The awards ceremony took place at the conclusion of MediaFest 22 in Washington, D.C. Two media advisers and two members each from both the Index and KTRM-FM attended the conference.

    “The honor of being named one of the top student media websites in the country is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication by the staff,” said Don Krause, Index and TMN website adviser. “It is always rewarding to be recognized by others for that hard work.”  
    The conference featured training sessions on multiple aspects of student media, from legal issues to social media. In addition to the sessions, multiple journalists, including Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, spoke at the conference.

    TMN website can be viewed at tmn.truman.edu.
  • Percussion Ensemble to Perform Fall Concert Nov. 7


    The Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble I will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The program, entitled “Women in Percussion - A Celebration of Composers,” will feature the music of women who have helped shape the landscape of contemporary percussion ensemble music. The performance will include two of the earliest concert works for percussion ensemble, Johanna Beyer’s “March” and “Opus 14” composed in 1939. Other compositions by Emma O’Halloran, Juri Seo, Andrea Venet and Alyanna Woods will also be performed, as well as a new work by Mary Ellen Childs, commissioned for the Truman Percussion Ensemble and featured at the North Star Music Festival that took place on campus last month.  

    The ensemble is directed by Michael Bump, professor of music and director of percussion studies. Admission is free. For more information, contact Bump at mbump@truman.edu.
  • Internship Available in the School of Business


    The School of Business is now accepting applications for the spring 2023 position of communication intern.

    The intern will assist with the production of the annual magazine, Pedigree. The position will require four hours per week for the spring 2023 semester. Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Business and communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the School of Business, 2400 Violette Hall, no later than Dec. 1. For questions about the internship, contact Becky Pike at bpike@truman.edu.
  • Emergency Notification System Test Scheduled for Nov. 10


    Truman will conduct a test of the emergency notification system at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 10.

    Students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive Truman emergency alert text notifications will get a TruAlert text and email message letting them know it is a test. Those that have not signed up for emergency text messaging can do so through TruView.

    To sign up, sign in to TruView and click on the “Everyday Tools” tab. Click “Personal Information Menu” then  “Update Emergency Text Messaging Information.” A maximum of three phones can be registered to receive texts. Confirm information in the same manner.

    An emergency alert will be displayed on all Truman computer systems where the Alertus software has been installed. This should include nearly all workstations on campus. There will also be alerts sent to digital signs in Violette Hall, Magruder Hall, Ophelia Parrish and Health Sciences and to classroom teaching console PCs.

    The campus is also encouraged to review the emergency procedures. It is important the entire community is familiar with these procedures in order to understand how to respond appropriately in a number of emergency situations.


  • CIS Sponsors International Education Week


    International Education Week sponsored by the Center for International Students will take place Nov. 7-11.

    International Dress Day

    Nov. 7

    Indian Cuisine
    Nov. 8
    Student Union Building food court

    Wonders of the World

    6-7 p.m.
    Nov. 9
    Del and Norma Robison Planetarium

    International Coffee and Teas

    3-5 p.m.
    Nov. 7-11
    Center for International Students
  • U&I Accepting Room Reservations for Spring 2023 Semester


    The Union & Involvement Services Office is accepting room lottery requests for the spring 2023 semester until 5 p.m. Nov. 11.

    Recognized student organizations must be in good standing in order for requests to be processed. Any submissions received after 5 p.m. Nov. 11 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis once lottery requests have been processed.

    Request forms and other information can be found here. Contact the Union & Involvement Services Office at union@truman.edu or 660.785.4222 for more information.
  • Theatre Presents the Comedy “Drinking Habits”


    Truman Theatre’s next production of the year, “Drinking Habits,” will run nightly at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-12 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    “Drinking Habits” by Tom Smith follows the story of two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing that have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open. However, Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

    This play is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at boxoffice.truman.edu or by contacting the box office at 660.785.4515.
  • Math Department Hosts Event Discussing Summer Experiences

    A panel discussion on summer math experiences will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Magruder Hall 2001. Current math students will discuss their recent experiences during internships or research in the summer. All are welcome. Pizza will be served.

  • English Graduate Program Hosts Preview Event

  • Info Session on Applied Behavior Analysis Set for Nov. 10

    An information session on the applied behavior analysis graduate masters and certificate programs will take place from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Nov. 10 in Violette Hall 1300 or virtually. Sign up here.

  • Yoga and Stretching Offered Every Friday


    Throughout the remainder of the fall semester, people will be able to join Roberta Donahue, professor of health science, for Fresh Start Fridays. This TruSolutions initiative seeks to offer accessible yoga and stretching activities to promote a balanced culture of wellness and academic focus. The sessions will occur from 2:30-3:30 p.m. every Friday in Pickler Memorial Library 308. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat: a limited number of mats will be available for those without one. For questions, contact Donahue at rdonahue@truman.edu.
  • TSODA Fall Recital Set for Nov. 12-13

    The Society of Dance Arts (TSODA) fall Masquerade Ball Recital will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The event is free to attend. Doors will open a half hour prior to the performance.

  • Homecoming Coordinator Applications Now Open


    Union & Involvement Services is hiring a homecoming coordinator for 2023.

    This position will start as soon as possible and will continue into the 2023-2024 school year. Students graduating in the spring of 2023 will not be considered due to the inability to complete job responsibilities. Review of applications will begin Nov. 29. In addition to completing the application on TruPositions, resumes must also be emailed to homecoming@truman.edu.

    Applicants who have submitted completed applications with all required materials will be contacted for interviews after review of applications. Applicants who do not submit all materials will not be considered to have completed their application and will not be considered for an interview.

    Not all candidates will be interviewed. Preference will be given to candidates that fulfill all requirements stated in position description. By submitting an application, U&I Services is allowed to verify academic record.
  • Upward Bound Hiring for Spring Positions

    Truman’s Upward Bound program is currently accepting applications for spring employment. Influence equity in and access to higher education by joining the Upward Bound team in helping area high school students prepare for college. Interested students can access application materials here.

  • Capstone Project Advocates Kits for Campus

    An educational event advocating for the installation of Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) kits at Truman’s health center will take place at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. This event was created by senior health science students Abby Sauer, Lauren Shaw and Baylee Jennings.

  • Psi Chi Hosts Psychology Grad School Exposition

    Truman’s chapter of Psi Chi is hosting a Psychology Graduate School Exposition from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. There will be representatives from various psychology graduate programs hosting tables to discuss their programs. Refreshments will be provided. This event is open to all students.

  • 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.
  • Anatomy Lab to Host Open House


    A University-wide open house for people to view Truman's new virtual anatomy tables will take place from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 16 in Magruder Hall 2077.

    Six new advanced virtual anatomy tables were recently installed in Magruder Hall. The 84-inch digital screens allow for life-size displays and virtual exploration. The tables include male and female 3D medical-school-level anatomy content up to 0.2 mm.

    Among other features, students are able to participate in interactive dissections and virtual arthroscopy, as well as view blood-flow simulation and fly-through simulations in the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and chambers of the heart. The high-resolution images afford users an in-depth view of major structures in the body, such as the heart, lungs, abdomen and pelvis, that might be more difficult to see through previous instruction methods.

    Installation of the virtual anatomy tables began in the summer and continued into the fall. They will begin in-class use in the coming weeks.
  • 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.
  • Now Hiring Summer Orientation Leaders


    The Office of Admission is looking for orientation leaders to welcome and introduce all first-year students and their families to Truman during summer orientations. Orientation allows students to enroll in classes, discuss transitional issues with current students and staff and begin to make friends at Truman.

    Applications are due Dec. 14. Applications and full job description can be found at truman.edu/ol. Contact Michaela Elsbernd, orientation leader coordinator, with any questions.
  • 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.

  • 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. Visit reslife.truman.edu or email reslife@truman.edu for more information.
  • Positions Available to Join Organizational Activity Fee Review Board


    Student Government, SAB and FAC are looking for three students to join the Organizational Activity Fee Review Board. Applicants must be a Truman student, not a member of a fee-based organization and available to serve on the committee for one to two years. The committee will be reviewing the activity fee, health fee, IT fee, athletics fee and environmental sustainability fee. Applications can be found here.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Counseling Faculty Members Earn Recognition

    Elsa Soto Leggett, associate professor of counseling, was honored by the Ashley Jadine Foundation for her work with suicide prevention and awareness throughout Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation.

    Ellen Carruth
    , assistant professor of counseling, was named to Washington state’s Crisis Response Intervention Strategy Committee, an advisory body to the governor and state legislative leaders on matters pertaining to community planning, intervention and response for behavioral health crises and suicide prevention services. Carruth is particularly sought after as a specialist in facilitating behavioral health services for LGBTQ+ populations and individuals with disabilities.

    Lynn Pierce, assistant professor of counseling, was elected to the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council, a body designed to increase the number of counselors in underserved communities. Pierce qualified as a candidate through demonstration of senior and expert experience providing mental health services to underserved and underrepresented populations and seeks to improve the understanding and visibility of disabled people within the counseling profession.