Vol. 27 No. 13 - November 14, 2022


  • Tag Day Honors University Donors

    Truman will celebrate Tag Day, Nov. 15.

    The goal of Tag Day is to show appreciation to donors who have given back to the University, as well as to raise awareness of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman. Hundreds of items around campus will be marked with special purple tags highlighting the fact those items were made possible by a gift.

    Donors have a measurable impact in tangible ways, including the dance statue, the bell wall, the Joseph Baldwin memorial statue and many other items across campus. As well as tangible items, donors also provide support through scholarships and student learning experiences.

    Hot chocolate will be provided from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the plaza with an opportunity to sign a thank you for donors.
  • Band, Bagels and Ball Highlight “Tea Time”

    In the most recent installment of “Tea Time with Sue,” University President Sue Thomas welcomed Curran Prendergast, director of bands and associate professor of music.
    Prendergast, currently in his ninth year at Truman, guides all aspects of the band and graduate instrumental conducting programs. He conducts Wind Symphony I and II, and directs the Statemen Marching Band. During their conversation, Prendergast touched on the excitement of conducting and the significance of the “Shenandoah” to so many band alumni.
    Outside of his work at Truman, Prendergast talked about his ability to make homemade bagels, as well as his new found enthusiasm for the sport of pickleball and what it’s like to coach youth soccer.

    The entire podcast conversation can be found on the Truman Spotify channel. Follow Truman on social media for video excerpts from “Tea Time with Sue.” The complete video is also posted on the Truman YouTube channel.

    Throughout the school year, President Thomas will welcome guests for one-on-one chats that shine a light on the people and things that make Truman the special place it is. New episodes will be announced in the Truman Today as they become available. Guests for “Tea Time with Sue” can be nominated at truman.edu/teatime.
  • Diploma Presentation Opportunity for December Graduation


    Students may request to have an immediate family member who is a Truman emeritus faculty or staff, current full-time faculty or current full-time staff present their diploma at the Dec. 17 commencement ceremony.

    Family member, for purposes of the diploma presentation, means grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, step-son, step-daughter, step-grandson, step-granddaughter of the presenting Truman faculty, staff, emeritus faculty or emeritus staff.

    In order to request the presentation contact Kaytee Wood in the Registrar’s Office at kwood@truman.edu no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and provide the following information:

    Candidate’s Information:
    •    Degree Candidate’s name
    •    Candidate’s pronoun(s)
    •    Candidate’s degree (BA, BFA, BM, BS, BSN, MA, MAc, MAE, MAT, MS) and program name (example: BS in Accounting)
    •    Candidate’s email address
    •    Candidate’s phone number

    Presenter’s Information:
    •    Presenter’s name
    •    Presenter’s Truman employment title/position
    •    Presenter’s email address
    •    Presenter’s phone number

    Family presenters are expected to be dressed in full academic regalia. If the presenter does not own these items, a cap and gown may be purchased through the University Bookstore.
  • Global Issues Colloquium Examines Music in China


    The next Global Issues Colloquium event, “Music Education in China,” will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in Baldwin Hall 114.

    Xin Gao, professor of saxophone and music theory, will present on the role of music in the educational system of China. In his talk he will reveal some of the critical elements of Chinese education, the roles of music within the education system and the place of Western music within that system.

    The event is free and open to the public.
  • University Farm Will Add Mushroom Production


    A new crop will soon be popping up at the University Farm.

    Bob Johnson, assistant professor of agricultural science, recently applied for and received a specialty crop block grant from the USDA. The two-year award of more than $17,000 will help establish a mushroom cultivation yard at the farm.

    “Mushrooms are fun to grow, and we currently have no mushroom production at the farm, so this will be a start,” Johnson said. “They are also a potential income generator for northeast Missouri farms because they can turn unusable land on the edge of pastures into potential profit.”

    Once a functional mushroom yard is established, Truman will host workshops for local farmers, ranchers and anyone interested in starting their own production. Johnson predicts the University Farm will produce a variety of mushroom species, including Stropharia, oyster, shitake and lion’s mane mushrooms.

    In addition to workshop attendees, the campus and local school district will see an immediate benefit to the farm’s new crop. Johnson estimates the program could produce hundreds of pounds of mushrooms each year, and much of the yield will be shared with Sodexo for use in the campus dining halls. The Kirksville School District will also be able to incorporate techniques from the farm into its garden curriculum at Ray Miller Elementary School in an effort to build awareness of Missouri specialty crops.

    Parts of the University Farm will be prepped for production later this semester, and local workshops are expected to began in early 2024 after a functioning yard has been established.


  • Delayed Opening for the Rec and Union Nov. 15

    Due to work on a transformer by Centennial Hall, the Student Recreation Center and the Student Union Building will have a delayed opening at 9 a.m. with Einstein’s opening at 10 a.m. Nov. 15.
  • United Way Campaign Underway


    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.
  • Campus Event Raises Awareness for Safe Walking at Night

    Take Back the Night walk event will take place at 9 p.m. Nov. 14 starting at the quad. This is an opportunity to unite in support of safe walking at night and learn more about women’s resources at Truman and in Kirksville. All are welcome.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Capstone Project Sponsors Informational Sessions


    Health Science capstone students Jemma Walker and Logan Woodruff are inviting students and faculty to participate in their capstone project. They will host informational seminars at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 17 in Violette Hall. The seminar on Nov. 15 will cover relationships and relationship health within the LGBTQIA+ community and will take place in Violette Hall 1428. The seminar on Nov. 17 will encapsulate sexual health within the LGBTQIA+ community and will take place in Violette Hall 1010. For questions, contact Walker at nlw4731@truman.edu and Woodruff at ldw3552@truman.edu.
  • Subs in the Hub to Take Place Nov. 16

    Subs in the Hub will take place at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Building. Sandwiches, salty snacks and baked goods will be available.

  • Students for Life Host Event

    Students for Life will host “Post Roe Era… What’s Next?” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Steve Rupp, president of Missouri Right to Life, will be the guest speaker. The presentation will last an hour and may be followed by a question-and-answer portion.

  • Pop-Up Pantry Provides Food Packs for Students

    The Truman Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Pantry for Adair County, will host a pop-up pantry from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Students are encouraged to check out the types of food available and take home a sample bag. The Truman Food Pantry is available to all Truman students.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FAFSA Filing Open Now

    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.
  • Conservation Department Adds Shrubs to Campus

    Truman has received eight black chokeberry shrubs from the Project CommuniTree program through the Forest ReLeaf of Missouri free tree program. Yvette Amerman, resource forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, picked up the shrubs for Truman, as well as others in the community. Three of the new shrubs were planted under the bridge between McClain Hall and Baldwin Hall. The other five were planted by the new storage building across from Stokes Stadium.
  • Sodexo Hours for Thanksgiving Break

    On Nov. 18 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 close at 1:30 p.m. All locations will be closed until Nov. 28.

    Meal plans will be prorated during the week of Nov. 28, 21-18 meals, 18-15 meals, 15-12 meals and 12-10 meals. All locations will resume normal hours of operations Nov. 28.
  • Rec Hours for Thanksgiving Break

    Nov. 18
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Nov. 19

    Nov. 20

    Nov. 21
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Nov. 22
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Nov. 23-27

    Normal hours of operation will resume Nov. 28.
  • Pickler Memorial Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break

    Nov. 18
    7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Nov. 19

    Nov. 20

    Nov. 21
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Nov. 22
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Nov. 23-26

    Nov. 27
    1 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • ITS Reminder for Faculty and Staff

    ITS would like to remind faculty and staff to regularly update the software on their primary Truman machines via Ivanti. Click here for a video walk-through for a refresher on how to do that. Contact the IT Service Desk at 660.785.4544 with any further questions.

    Last week, some users reported difficulty accessing Zoom meetings. This was due to the Zoom software on their machine being out of date.


  • Speech and Debate Team Earn Multiple Awards

    The speech team attended the 75th annual L.E. Norton Memorial tournament hosted by Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where a total of 244 students were present competing in more than 639 entries.

    • Freshman Briggs Maynor placed sixth in novice program oral interpretation.
    • Freshman Alex Peterson placed second in novice impromptu speaking and communication analysis, fourth in novice persuasion, fifth in novice after dinner speaking and was semifinalist, top 12, in novice prose.
    • Freshman Jessie Philips finished third in novice poetry.
    • Junior Ella Schnake finished fifth in varsity dramatic interpretation, and was a semifinalist in varsity prose and poetry.
    • Also in attendance at the Norton Tournament were juniors Megan Ford and Jillian Humke and freshmen Anna Hans and Brynna Seim.

    In Bloomington-Normal, debaters competed in Lincoln-Douglas at the Redbird Debate Tournament hosted by Illinois State University. Freshman Aiden Breesawitz was an octafinalist, and junior Alicia Stout was the tournament champion, earning her place as second speaker.
    Junior debater Elijah Baum and freshman Daniel Nzoiwu were also present at the Redbird.

    Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu or Parker Hopkins, assistant director of forensics, at phopsdebate@gmail.com.

  • Music Students Compete at Statewide Competition

    Seven Truman music students recently competed in the 2022 Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Woodwinds Competition in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, hosted by Southeast Missouri State University, Nov. 3. Each student performed three contrasting solos for a judge, who provided feedback and awarded prizes.

    In the lower division, Simon Murray, oboe, was the runner-up. In the upper division Lucas Shroyer, clarinet, was the winner with Brett Barger, clarinet, and Dakotah Mandina, flute, as honorable mentions. In the graduate division Autumn Heath, clarinet, was the winner with Jessica Alvarado Brenes, clarinet, as the runner-up.

    Pictured front row left to right: Brett Barger, Autumn Heath and Jessica Alvarado Brenes. Back row, left to right: Dakotah Mandina, Lucas Shroyer and Simon Murray.
  • Judicial Archives Project Interns Visit State Archives in Jeff City

    Truman students Bryce Lewin, Lucah McCullough, Austin Newton and Mary Wilkinson visited the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri, Nov. 4. This field trip is part of the Judicial Archives Project internship they are completing this semester under the supervision of Mary McIntosh, local records field archivist, and Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history.

    Pictured left to right: Bryce Lewin, Lucah McCullough, Mary McIntosh, Austin Newton and Mary Wilkinson in the microfilm storage room.
  • Students Present at Missouri Folklore Society Meeting

    Two Truman students and a recent grad presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society, Hannibal, Nov. 5. Stephanie Aitken (’22) shared her work on sign-wars among local churches, analyzing images from online and collected while traveling. Taylor N. Libbert, master of arts candidate, applied Colin Woodard’s model of subnational cultures to map influences on Missouri folkways. Grace Marshall, history major, presented fieldwork on “Folk Card Game Traditions Among Midwestern College Students.” All three are folklore minors.