Vol. 27 No. 14 - November 28, 2022


  • Alumna Artist and Entrepreneur Selected as Commencement Speaker


    Alumna artist and entrepreneur Dusty Folwarczny will provide the commencement address during the graduation ceremony, Dec. 17.

    A native of Winfield, Missouri, Folwarczny earned her BFA in sculpture from Truman in 2003 and made her way to Chicago in 2006 to establish her sculpting practice and work in management consulting, a career that would later be the genesis for a business idea. She creates large abstract steel forms salvaged from industrial steel. Folwarczny’s goal as a sculptor is to create and place public art all over the world with the hope that her sculptures will be seen and help transform a site into a more beautiful place, all while exposing more people to sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in the Chicago Loop, Navy Pier, the Willis Tower (aka, Sears Tower), Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and is part of the Delta Sky Lounge corporate collection.

    Folwarczny has served Chicago Sculpture International as secretary, vice president and president, leading the member-based non-profit from 2009-2016. She helped transform the organization to a 501(c)(3), fortify partnerships, fundraise, create its brand and modernize communications.

    After several years working as a management consult, Folwarczny co-founded the visual communications company Ink Factory in 2011. This unique enterprise combines her artistic creativity and entrepreneurial spirit by specializing in visual note-taking. The company’s mission is to create visual experiences that inspire and engage. The work often takes place in strategy sessions and large conferences with the slogan “you talk. we draw. it’s awesome.”

    In 2016, Folwarczny applied to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program to help provide an actionable framework for growing Ink Factory. The company is now a multimillion-dollar creative outfit trusted by some of the largest organizations in the world. It boasts 14 full-time employees including Folwarczny who serves as the Chief Vision Officer.

    When she is not working or sculpting, Folwarczny stays grounded by tending to her urban farm complete with chickens, bees, fruit trees, and raised beds. She enjoys grocery shopping, hosting supper clubs, sailing, scavenging and spending time with family and friends.
  • Football to Return to America's Crossroads Bowl


    Truman football has accepted an invitation to represent the Great Lakes Valley Conference for a third time in the America's Crossroads Bowl at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in Hobart, Indiana.

    The Bulldogs will face off against Tiffin University who will represent the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in the third edition of the bowl game. These two teams have squared off several times within the last two years and produced a pair of dynamic games.

    In 2021, the Bulldogs scored twice in the final 3:29 to win 38-35 over the then No. 12-ranked Dragons.

    In September 2022, Tiffin led 10-0, and later 10-7 with 2:27 left to play. The Bulldogs made a 39-yard field goal to tie the game, sending it to overtime, which led the Bulldogs to an 18-17 victory. Truman finished the regular season 8-2 while the Dragons were 6-4.

    The America’s Crossroad Bowl was formed in 2019 by the Great Lakes Valley Conference and Great Midwest Athletic Conference in partnership with the city of Hobart and South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for veterans, active military and first responders. Children four and under are free. Tickets can be purchased here. Kickoff starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 3. The game will be broadcast live for free on the GLVC Sports Network.
  • Indian Boarding School and Energy Management Highlight “Tea Time”

    University President Sue Thomas welcomed student Krishna Chebolu for a recent episode of “Tea Time with Sue.”
    Chebolu is a junior mathematics major from Hyderabad, India. He works as a student advisor in Missouri Hall and is active Missouri Hall Council and Namaste Nepal. During their conversation, Chebolu discussed his experience studying at an isolated boarding school on the banks of the Ganges River with limited internet access, and how Truman’s inclusion in a college ranking led him to Kirksville.
    Other topics of discussion include Chebolu’s love of cycling, as well as his unique approach to time management, which he views as energy management.
    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.
  • Summer Jobs Available Through Truman Academies


    Preceptors are needed for the following academies:

    Joseph Baldwin Academy (June 7 - July 1 and/or July 5 - 29)
    JBA Junior (July 16 - 21)
    ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy (June 23 - 30)

    The Institute for Academic Outreach is seeking applications for each academy for programs ranging from one to three weeks during June and July. Stipends vary based in the length of the program and nature of the work.

    To be eligible as a preceptor, applicants must be a Truman student or a May 2023 graduate, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and not have outside commitments while working for the program(s). Individuals hired for these programs will also be required to complete a criminal background check, pre-academy trainings and pre-academy orientations.

    “To me, the best thing about JBA is the connections you make,” said Holly Peters, former preceptor. “The lasting friendships and memories I’ve made over the years have truly been what keeps me coming back each year.”

    Applications are currently being accepted, interviews will take place in February. Information about each available position can be accessed at Institute for Academic Outreach Summer Employment or by emailing Michelle Wilson at mwwilson@truman.edu.
  • Truman Steel to Perform Holiday Concert for Lyceum Series


    Truman’s own University Steel Band will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Baldwin Auditorium as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    The University Steel Band, also known as Truman Steel, offers a tangible connection to the traditional steel pan music of Trinidad and Tobago. Under the direction of Michael Bump, professor of music, the ensemble serves as a unique ambassador for Truman to the local and national communities for which it performs.

    The Truman Steel intercultural perspectives prerequisite course, Steelpan Music of Trinidad and Tobago, was created in the fall of 2012, following Bump’s research sabbatical to the birthplace of the steel drum. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Truman Steel continues to grow in size and attracts interest from students, faculty and the surrounding northeast Missouri community. International guest pan artists who have performed and worked with the ensemble have praised the band for its authentic roots in the origins of pan, while exploring new arrangements in non-traditional genres.

    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. The event will also be available via livestream for those who can not attend in person.

    For additional information, visit lyceum.truman.edu, call 660.785.4133 or email lyceumseries@truman.edu.
  • Basketball Hosts “Purple Out” Games Tonight


    Fans are asked to show up in purple when the Truman basketball teams take on the University of Indianapolis in Pershing Arena tonight.

    The women’s game will tip off at 5:15 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

    On the women’s side, the series with the Greyhounds has been unpredictable at best, with each team having a better record on their opponents’ home court. UINDY has won the last two to have a 10-8 series lead. Truman is 43-13 (.767) in GLVC games under the direction of head coach Theo Dean and are 22-7 in conference home games during that span.

    For the men’s team, the Greyhounds hold a 9-5 advantage over the Bulldogs. Truman won the regular season game 89-73 in Indianapolis, while in the GLVC tournament, the Greyhounds kept the lead the entire second half and ended the Bulldogs tournament run 94-90. Under head coach Jeff Horner, the Bulldogs are 56-20 in GLVC games played and 31-6 in conference home games.


  • Calling for Commencement Volunteers


    The University will celebrate and honor fall graduates at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 in Pershing Arena. Several volunteers are needed to help pass out programs and direct people to the disability and available seating.  

    Volunteers are asked to arrive at the stadium by 9:40 a.m. for directions prior to the doors opening at 10 a.m. Shortly after commencement begins, volunteers are free to leave or stay for the ceremony.
    Anyone willing to volunteer or anyone with questions about volunteering, can contact Nancy Asher at nasher@truman.edu or Kaytee Wood at kwood@truman.edu, or call 660.785.4145. For those who volunteer, more detailed information will be sent closer to the actual date.
  • Last Day for Friends and Family Bookstore Sale

    The friends and family online sale at the University Bookstore will end Nov. 28. Everyone from newly admitted students to alumni is encouraged to use the discounts. They are 20% off one item, 25% off two items and 30% off three items and free shipping.

  • Pay Library Fines with Canned Food


    Pickler Memorial Library is running its Food for Fines program from Nov. 28-Dec. 9. Anyone with a library fine can bring a can of food. For each can donated, $1 in fines will be waived. Food donations will only forgive fines from overdue materials and not replacement costs for lost or damaged books. All of the food collected will be donated to the Truman Food Pantry. Everyone, with or without fines, is encouraged to donate food during the week.
  • Folx Percussion Duo to Perform Concert

    Truman student Kendall Rhymer, along with McKenzie Squires of New York University, will put on a concert in the round of duets for percussion at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in Ophelia Parrish 2350. This concert is part of the “Terracotta: An Evening of Intimate New Works for Percussion” event. It will be unlike traditional concerts as it will be “in the round” with audience intermixed with performance setups. The concert will be followed by a question-and-answer session between the duo and the audience.

  • Institutional Compliance Office to Host Movie Night

    Students can watch “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. This movie is hosted by the Institutional Compliance Office in collaboration with Positive Peers and the Student Government.

    “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” tells the story of the life and work of Fred Rogers, creator of the popular children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The film is a testament to the power of kindness, empathy and compassion, as friends, family and colleagues of Mr. Rogers reflect on his legacy. The event is free to attend, and a wide variety of free refreshments will be provided.

  • IFC Participates in Movember

    IFC participates in Movember, which is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. Each IFC fraternity has nominated one member to participate in Movember. Before and after photos will be posted on the IFC Instagram at the end of November. After that there will be a vote on for “best beard” and “best mustache.” IFC encourages people to raise awareness for this often-overlooked issue by taking part in Movember and spreading the word.

  • Department of Music to Perform Final Band Concert

    The Department of Music presents the final band concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Workshop Helps Students Become Substitute Teachers


    The Department of Education will host a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Violette Hall 1300, and via Zoom, to discuss how to become a substitute teacher and the benefits that come with it. This event will be led by: Robert Webb, Kirksville superintendent; Christopher Best, Kirksville High School principal; Jeanne Harding, director of the Institute for Academic Outreach, graduate studies and field experiences; and Catherine Dean, student. At this workshop students will find out more about the critical need for substitute teachers and get hands-on assistance with the application process. It is open to students of all majors. Anyone that is interested can RSVP here.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    The Epsilon Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is celebrating its 60th anniversary and welcoming new members at a lunch reception from 12-3 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

  • Symposium Festival Celebrates First-year Students’ Work


    The 2022 Symposium Festival will take place from 4:30-5:20 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    The event celebrates first-year students’ work in their Symposium and Self and Society courses. Presentations from more than 20 of the classes, including original music written by students and a puppet show, will be available to view. Hot chocolate and cookies, including the Sodexo brownie cookies, will be served.

    Follow the tsu_symposium Instagram page for updates and more information.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Host Cookies, Cocoa and Cramming

    Cookies, Cocoa and Cramming will take place from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. All who attend will be put in a raffle to win FSL merch and prizes.

  • 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.
  • Sustainability Office Can Help to Provide Materials for Events

    With the Sustainability Office Reusable Program Those hosting an event on campus can get extra reusable materials for free. Students can save money and the planet by utilizing reusable materials on campus. The Sustainability Office is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Violette Hall 1310.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Open Forum for Director of Admission Position

    There will be all-University open forum for a finalist for the position of director of admission. More information on the candidate, and the evaluation form that will be used, can be found here. The open forum will be recorded.

    Allison Gus
    4:15 p.m.
    Dec. 8
    Violette Hall 1000

  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
  • Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Open Forums

    Candidates will interview on campus and participate in an all-University open forum. The curriculum vitae (CV) for each candidate can be found on the search website. All open forums will be recorded, and a webcast of each forum will be available on the website shortly thereafter. A link to an electronic candidate evaluation form will also be available on the website.

    Dr. Laurie Couch
    Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Success, Morehead State University
    10 a.m.
    Dec. 5
    Violette Hall 1000

    Dr. Eric Freedman
    Dean, School of Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago
    10 a.m.
    Dec. 7
    Violette Hall 1000

    Dr. Jennifer Schlueter
    Associate Provost and Dean of Academics, Columbus College of Arts & Design
    10 a.m.
    Dec. 9
    Violette Hall 1000


  • Chemistry Students Present at ATSU IBRS

    Students from the Miller Research Lab in Chemistry presented at the A. T. Still University Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium in Kirksville, Nov. 12. Attendees representing the lab included: Bill Miller III, associate professor of chemistry; Dominic Caputa, senior physics major; Peyton Williams, senior biology major; Charan Dyavanapalli, senior biology major; Ainsley LaMore, senior biochemistry and molecular biology major (BCMB); Christine Chen, sophomore BCMB major; and Sarah Holmes, senior BCMB major. Holmes was awarded for Best Undergraduate Research Presentation.

    These students also presented at the annual MERCURY meeting on computational chemistry at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, July 20-22. Williams was selected to give an oral research talk while all other students presented poster presentations.

    Attendees representing the lab are pictured above, top row (left to right): Bill Miller III, Dominic Caputa, Peyton Williams and Charan Dyavanapalli. Bottom row (left to right): Ainsley LaMore, Christine Chen and Sarah Holmes.

    Dr. Jeremy Houser (left) and Dr. Brian Degenhardt of ATSU present Holmes with the award for Best Undergraduate Research Presentation at the 2022 ATSU IBRS.
  • Truman Ranked High for Scholarship Transparency

    Truman was among the more than 100 colleges in the United States that got an “A” for scholarship transparency according to University Business. The colleges on this list provide clear, easily accessible information on the awards and the criteria they use, according to a new analysis. These leading schools also figure merit scholarships into their net price calculator projections.