Vol. 27 No. 30 - May 3, 2023


  • Truman Networks Restored After Cyberattack


    Nearly all Truman network services are back online and available after a recent cyberattack.

    On the morning of Friday, April 21, Truman ITS found evidence of what appeared to be virus on the University network. In an effort to mitigate potential spread, all Truman-issued Windows-based devices and services were powered down and remained inactive, along with the campus network, while ITS responded to the incident. During this time, the University also engaged a firm of outside experts, resulting in a cybersecurity resource dispatched to be onsite throughout the week to help resolve the issue.

    ITS promptly alerted law enforcement at the time of the incident and it was verified as a form of malware. ITS worked with agents from FBI field offices in Kirksville, Kansas City and St. Louis, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, on possible solutions.

    On Monday, April 24, ITS conducted preliminary assessments of most primary campus workstations at risk for this particular form of malware and began installing a security patch. By Tuesday, April 25, some network services were brought back online. Additional services were restored throughout the week, culminating with the resumption of email service, Friday, April 28.

    “Some new technology was at our disposal thanks to our outside partner,” said Donna Liss, chief information officer. “There was a lot of collaboration across University departments and with our external partners to bring this to as quick of a resolution as possible, and we will continue to stay vigilant.”

    The exact point of origin for the malware, and how it accessed the Truman network, is still under investigation. While this appears to be a ransomware attack, the University did not make a payment. Specific details about the incident, including the steps Truman took to minimize its effects and the cybersecurity experts the University consulted, will not be disclosed so as not to share potentially valuable information with criminals.

    This incident is part of a rash of recent attacks directed at colleges and universities in the U.S. At least 44 colleges or universities, and 45 U.S. school districts, were hit with ransomware attacks in 2022. Since January 2023 there have been 27 confirmed ransomware attacks in higher education.

    “While this attack resulted in a major disruption with only two weeks left in the semester, I am enormously impressed and grateful for how our campus responded,” said University President Sue Thomas. “The patience, creativity, resilience and care shown by our faculty, staff and students is remarkable, as is the extraordinary effort of ITS to get our systems operative within a week. What ITS accomplished in such a short time is absolutely amazing.”

    At this time, it is not believed any of Truman’s enterprise systems with personally identifiable information were accessed. The University is still assessing what personally identifiable information, if any, may have been accessible in other parts of the network. While there is currently no evidence personally identifiable information was taken, out of an abundance of caution, Truman will provide the opportunity to enroll in identity theft protection free of charge. Information on how to enroll will be provided in the near future.

    ITS has prepared a website with tech tips specific to this event that can be accessed at wp-internal.truman.edu/its/updates.
  • Truman Partnerships Create Career Pipeline for Data Science

    Truman President Sue Thomas and MACC President Jeff Lashley display the memorandum of understanding signed April 25 celebrating the schools’ formal partnership in the Data Science Pathway Initiative.

    Truman is working with education partners in an effort to be at the forefront of an emerging career field and put students on a path to employment in one of the fastest growing sectors in the country.

    The Data Science Pathway Initiative is designed to inspire students to consider a career in data science. The program is funded through MoExcels, an initiative of Governor Mike Parson, and managed by the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. Truman is using the Data Science Pathway Initiative to promote the University’s various degree and certificate options in the field and to encourage exploration of data science for students of all ages. In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, the University has avenues for working adults and individuals who already have a degree to supplement their education and increase their earning potential.

    A key ally in connecting individuals with careers in data science is Moberly Area Community College. Truman President Sue Thomas and MACC President Jeff Lashley signed a memorandum of understanding April 25 celebrating the schools’ formal partnership in the Data Science Pathway Initiative. Truman and MACC faculty have worked for several months to align their curricula to help MACC students prepare for eventual bachelor’s level study in data science and to jointly promote the career path to their students. MACC benefits by having a wider array of opportunities to present to students while enrolling students who wish to take advantage of their A+ scholarships. Truman benefits by introducing the career path to more prospective students, including the many students in MACC’s dual credit courses in high schools throughout the region.

    “Data is an integral component of every industry, and understanding how to work with data will continue to be a more and more valuable skill in the years to come,” said Kevin Minch, associate provost. “By making it easier for more Missourians to get into the field, we are setting them up for personal success, as well as meeting the needs of the future job market.”

    Data science professionals are responsible for taking large volumes of information and interpreting them to be used in actionable ways by businesses and organizations. Through a multitiered approach, Truman and partner schools are training participants in data collection and analysis, as well as on techniques to effectively communicate its insights and use data to solve important problems.

    During the April 25 signing ceremony, Truman also hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for its new Data Science Teaching Lab in Violette Hall.

    “This new Data Science Teaching Lab and our expanded cloud computing resources will give our students a real edge,” said Scott Alberts, professor and chair of Truman’s Statistics Department. “Building on Truman’s excellent backbone of quality teaching and student support, and working with MACC and our other partners, we can prepare students across our data science pipeline, giving them endless experiences and opportunities working with real-world big data. We have current students working in genomics, text recognition, geographic information systems, astronomy, insurance, marketing and pharmaceuticals who will all benefit from these expanded capabilities.”

    As Truman has created and invested in its data science programs in recent years, the University is also taking a long-term approach to secure future students. The Data Science Pathways Initiative includes K-12 outreach efforts to inspire students to consider the field as early as the third grade. A team of high school and Truman faculty worked together to develop a series of lesson plans and activities for teachers to incorporate data science concepts into their classes. These have since been presented at a series of workshops in St. Louis, Kansas City and Kirksville. Classroom posters, career brochures and other learning materials have been developed and distributed widely throughout the state.

    “This project gets students as early as elementary school thinking about the concept of data and related careers so that when they are in high school and college they can pursue relevant coursework,” said Jeanne Harding, director of Truman’s Institute for Academic Outreach. “Data scientists are strategic problem solvers. Anyone with an inquisitive nature and critical thinking skills can be successful in the field, and there are a number of ways they can get started.”

    For more information about all of the data science options available through Truman and its partner organizations, visit data.truman.edu or contact gradinfo@truman.edu.
  • Alumnus and Global Health Care Advocate to Provide Commencement Address


    Truman alumnus Dr. Andrew Dykens, associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago, will provide the address during commencement ceremonies, May 13.

    As a core member of the UIC’s Center for Global Health, Dykens supports its mission to reduce health disparities and improve the health of populations and individuals around the world. In addition to his work as a medical doctor and professor, Dykens is a National Institutes of Health funded researcher whose interests include developing scalable cervical cancer control and prevention programs in low- and middle-income countries. He currently serves as the director of the Global Health Equity Implementation Research Network at UIC’s Center for Global Health.

    Dykens is the founding director of the Capacity Strengthening Platform at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, a global initiative that aims to facilitate institutional partnerships focused on strengthening health care training capacity by connecting local resources to meet community needs.

    A desire for global wellness has long been a passion for Dykens. After graduating magna cum laude from Truman with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1997, he spent two years with the Peace Corps serving as a community health and sanitation volunteer in the West African country of Mauritania.   

    Dykens graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 2004. While completing a family medicine residency at the University of Illinois Chicago, he also earned a master’s degree in public health.

    During his time at Truman, Dykens was a member of the wrestling team. He also was actively involved in Blue Key Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

    Dykens and his wife, Lauren, have two children, Sevilla and Eliana. In addition to spending time with his family and friends, he enjoys traveling, playing volleyball and singing with his girls. He also is competitive in the initial and final 100 meters of an occasional triathlon.

    Commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 13 at Stokes Stadium. Additional details can be found online at truman.edu/registrar/commencement.
  • Students Receive Academic Honor Awards


    The annual Academic Honor Awards recognizes outstanding students who have dedicated time, energy and talent to their academic achievements. This year’s ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. May 12 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art  
    Karl Eduard Ramberg

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Design    
    Gabby Winterboer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Studio Art    
    Rianna Rice

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics    
    Elana K’Lisa Sanders-Braxton

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing    

    Kate Wilson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English    
    Abbigail Renee Bendle

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French 
    Madelyn Paige Meinhardt

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics

    Malia Gail Johnson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: General  
    Hannah Huddleston

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Pre-Certification    
    Miranda Ruth Lee

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: with Emphasis Groups 
    Lucas Shroyer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish    
    Amanda Grace Smith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre  
    Kaitlyn Elizabeth Kelly

    Outstanding Graduate Student in English  
    Jenna Lynn Manzelli

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Music    
    Jessica Maria Alvarado Brenes

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting    

    Jackson Todd Sefrit

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Finance
    Shannon Marie Wortmann

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: International Business

    Amanda Grace Smith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Management    

    Kaelene Ann Leppanen

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Marketing    
    Noelle Jean Hogrebe

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting    
    Emily Isabell Imhoff

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Anthropology    
    Ariana Rose Gerard

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Communication Studies    
    Madison Paige Post

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Journalism    
    Sarah Elizabeth Keenan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Public Communication    
    Lukas Cyrus Francis Pierce

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics    
    Caroline Grace Wright

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History 
    Kyle Daniel Farrell

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems    
    Murray Russell Pringle

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Military Science - General George C. Marshall ROTC Award    

    Benjamin Lyle Tracy

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy    
    Padraic Christopher Riordan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science & International Relations    
    Yasmine Ghenima

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology    
    Nguyen Hoang Duy Le

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology    

    Claire Mackenna-Lynne Parson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Religion  
    Ross Cromer Lohman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology    
    Hannah Noelle Kirchner

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Leadership    
    Ryan L. Miller

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science
    Iva Lynn Welbourne

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology    
    Taylor Renae Bradshaw

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology    
    Cassadi Monroe Forman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry    
    Samantha Ann Webster

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science    
    Evelyn Schmidt

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics  
    Nicholas Rackers

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics  
    Murtuza Sarwat Taqi

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Statistics  
    Meredith Grace Bayer

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Data Science and Analytic Storytelling    
    Mark Richard Benmuvhar

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders    
    Taylor Nicole Bringer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science    
    Sydney Marie Young

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science    
    Allison Kate Oligschlaeger

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing    
    Maria Christine Kloeppel

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Athletic Training    
    Breanna Dawn McNellis

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders    
    Carissa Riney

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education     
    Jay Austin Charles Graham

    Outstanding Graduate Student in K-12 Education    

    Miranda Leigh Forbes

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education    
    Catherine Tyler Timson

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education  
    Hannah Elise Barnes
  • LRP Award Winners Announced


    The awards ceremony for the 2023 Leadership Recognition Program took place April 18 in the Student Union Building.

    Union & Involvement Services Awards
    Athletic Leadership Award

    Sydney Mattas

    New Student Leader Award
    Brooke Wagner

    TLC Pass it Along Award
    Hannah Branch

    Outstanding Student Worker Award
    Star Alexander
    Kevin Zossoungbo
    Sarah Simmons

    Senior Leadership Award

    Esther Lee
    Tenzin Tamang
    Kaitlyn Ratliff

    Student Excellence Award

    Garrett Harding
    Elizabeth Musco
    Star Alexander

    Outstanding Organization Leader of the Year

    Fatomata Coulibaly
    Tyler Wagner
    Payton Petty
    Hunter King

    E.M. Violette Outstanding Advisor Award
    Victoria Mayer
    Hayden Wilsey

    Outstanding Innovative Program
    SAB Drag Show 2023

    Outstanding Cultural Awareness Program
    African Fair

    Outstanding Overall Program

    SAB Drag Show 2023

    Outstanding New Organization Award

    Outstanding Organization Award

    African Students Association
    Association of Black Collegians

    Center for Diversity & Inclusion
    Outstanding Advocate Award

    Brayden Schoening

    Bertha Thomas Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advocate Award
    Justine Olson

    Department of Residence Life
    Outstanding Residence Leader Award

    Krishna Chebolu

    SERVE Center
    Outstanding Student Volunteer Award

    Kayla Shilly

    Outstanding Organization Award
    Beta Beta Beta

    Outstanding Service Organization Award
    Tau Lambda Sigma

    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Student Hall of Fame

    Fatoumata M. Coulibaly

    Faculty Hall of Fame
    Victoria Mayer

    Fraternity Sorority Life Awards
    Academic Excellence

    Sigma Kappa
    Delta Chi

    Sisterhood/Brotherhood of the Year
    Delta Phi Epsilon
    Delta Chi

    Excellence in Risk Management

    Sigma Sigma Sigma
    Delta Chi

    Outstanding Community Relations
    Alpha Sigma Alpha
    Delta Chi

    Emerging Leader
    Kenze Prenger – Alpha Gamma Delta
    Jake Higgs – Sigma Phi Epsilon

    Living Our Values
    Katie Williams – Delta Phi Epsilon
    Jackson Sefrit – Delta Chi

    Chapter President of the Year
    Grace Daughtery – Sigma Sigma Sigma
    Lukas Hudson – Delta Chi

    Chapter of the Year
    Sigma Sigma Sigma
    Delta Chi

    IFC Man of the Year
    Conrad Tibesar – Beta Theta Pi

    NPHC Member of the Year

    Joey Jolly – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc

    Panhellenic Cady Award Winner
    Maggie Munsterman – Sigma Sigma Sigma

    Panhellenic Awards
    Greek Spirit Award

    Alpha Gamma Delta – Kenze Prenger
    Alpha Sigma Alpha – Emily Pozzo
    Delta Zeta – Jessie Phillips
    Sigma Kappa – Melina Campbell
    Sigma Sigma Sigma – Sylvia Harding

    President’s Cup

    Alpha Sigma Alpha

    New Member GPA
    Alpha Sigma Alpha

    Institutional Compliance Office
    Leadership in Equity Award

    Sami Charleville

    Verona S. and David Nichols Award
    Kaidince Edwards
    Clara Stribling
  • Forensics Earns 16th Place in the Nation


    Forensics earned 16th in the nation out of 423 teams in attendance at the National Forensic Association (NFA) championship tournament that took place at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

    The team had 14 students qualify for the tournament and competed in a total of 42 entries, one of the largest entries in recent Truman forensics history. In preparation for NFA, members of the debate team also competed at the fifth annual Grand Prix, a double-elimination round debate tournament.

    In debate:

    •    Junior Alicia Stout was a double octofinalist (top 20) in Lincoln-Douglas debate at NFA. At the Grand Prix, she was selected to the inaugural NFA-LD All-American Team. She was voted third best in the country by the NFA-LD Coaches Association based on her regular season performance and earned summa cum laude distinction for her 4.0 GPA.

    •    Junior Elijah Baum earned eighth place speaker at the Grand Prix, and was also selected as an Academic All-American magna cum laude for his debate prowess and having above a 3.5 GPA.

    •    Out of 21 debate teams competing at NFA, the debaters earned eighth place in the nation.

    The speech team also performed well at NFA:

    •    Freshman Jessie Philips was an octofinalist in poetry (top 48).

    •    Freshman Briggs Maynor was an octofinalist in poetry and in duo interpretation with junior Ella Schnake.

    •    Freshman Alex Peterson was a quarterfinalist in communication analysis (top 24).

    •    Schanke was an octofinalist in poetry and in duo with Briggs, a quarterfinalist in dramatic interpretation, and made it to the semifinal round in prose interpretation (top 12).

    •    The speech team placed sixth in the nation in the President’s I Division for medium- to large-entry teams.

    Also in attendance at NFA were senior Maya Krump, juniors Megan Ford and Jillian Humke, sophomore Eli Bartz, and freshmen Anna Hans, Aiden Breesawitz and Brynna Seim.
  • Tree Advisory Committee Project Creates New Campus Space

    Several organizations came together to create a new enjoyable outdoor space on an underutilized portion of campus along Bear Creek.
    To kick off Earth Week on April 15, a number of organizations worked along the creek southwest of West Campus Suites to the pedestrian bridge between the Student Recreation Center and Centennial Hall. These volunteer groups, along with the help from the Missouri Department of Conservation, cleared and cut brush, collected litter and removed leaves from the area. This was done to create two newly cleared spaces that were outfitted with seating, new native plants and fresh landscaping.
    One hundred native plants and two cut wood benches were donated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Funding from the sustainability fee allowed for the purchase of large boulders, and student volunteers helped make this project a complete success. The hope is this new seating area will be utilized by students and the public for many years to come.
    Organizations with members who participated in the project include ECO, Blue Key, TruOutdoors, College Dems, Student Climate Union and Tri-Beta. Jessie Coleman, the Sustainability Office intern, helped organize the student groups in attendance. Truman Grounds also provided some tools and gloves, in addition to removing the brush piles once the project was completed.
    The main goal of this project was to include student organizations. This project expanded on the idea of “Adopt-A-Highway or Street” used by MoDOT and Kirksville. The groups that participated in the clean-up portion have already agreed to the commitment of assisting with maintaining this area, which is open for the entire campus community to use.


  • Calling for Commencement Volunteers


    The University will celebrate and honor spring graduates at 2 p.m. May 13 in Stokes Stadium. 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 12:40 p.m. for directions prior to the doors opening at 1 p.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 along with inclement weather plans.
  • Subs in the Hub to Take Place May 4

    Subs in the Hub will take place at 11:30 a.m. May 4 in the Student Union Building. Sandwiches and salty snacks will be available.

  • KTRM Hosts Open Mic Night


    KTRM-FM 88.7 will host an open mic night to hear music, comedy and other performances from members of the Truman community at 6:30 p.m. May 5 on the quad. There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those interested in performing. All members of the Truman community are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the manager of KTRM-FM at KtrmFmManager@truman.edu.

    KTRM-FM is a part of the Truman Media Network, a campus organization dedicated to serving Truman State University and the greater Kirksville area in providing quality news and entertainment to foster a sense of community on campus.
  • Percussion Ensemble to Perform Spring Concert


    The Truman concert percussion ensemble will perform their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The ensemble is directed by Michael Bump, professor of music and director of percussion studies. The program will feature traditional socas, calypsos, songos and other native music of the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Sponsored by the Department of Music, admission for the performance is free. For more information, contact Bump at mbump@truman.edu.
  • Comm Hosts End of the Year Social

    The Communication Department and Lambda Pi Eta will host an end of the year social event from 12-2 p.m. May 10 at the Red Barn Pavilion. Yard games, music, senior celebrations and barbecue food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, cookies and veggie options will be available.

    This event is for all communication majors, minors, faculty and staff. RSVP here.

  • Finals Scream Set for May 7

    Finals Scream will take place at 8 p.m. May 7 on the mall. There will be fresh grilled hot dogs and fun frozen treats along with yard games and other destress activities.

  • Upward Bound Hiring for Summer Positions


    Truman’s Upward Bound program is currently looking for students or recent graduates to fill positions as residential mentors for the summer academy. Dates for this position are May 30-July 8 which includes training and a trip with students. Residential mentor positions are paid, full time, offer weekends off and include room and board. The program is also seeking part-time instructors in Spanish and life sciences, as well as a photographer/yearbook editor.

    Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for income-eligible area high school students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Pay is commensurate with education and experience. Applications must be submitted through the Upward Bound website.
  • Flexible Payment Plan Gives Students Options


    New changes to the flexible payment plan will help students stay on track with tuition and spread out their balance throughout each semester.
    Under the flexible payment plan, tuition is billed in full and paid for in installments. The first 25% payment is due by the end of the first week of class. In the fall and spring, tuition is paid in four monthly installments of 25% each. Summer term billing can be addressed in two installments. The new plan has established due dates for each of the installment payments.
    The flexible payment plan is available to all Truman students. Because changes have been made, students currently taking advantage of this payment option will need to re-enroll in the flexible payment plan, as well as those who would like to opt-in to the plan for the first time. Students who were previously removed from the flexible payment plan for unpaid balances now have the opportunity to start again with a clean slate.  
    Signing up for the flexible payment plan is easy, and it can be completed on TruView in just a few minutes. Details on how to sign up can be found here. Students who choose not to sign up for the flexible payment plan by Aug. 25, 2023 will automatically remain on the standard plan, which requires payment in full by the end of the first week of classes.
    Questions about the flexible payment plan can be addressed to Student Accounts at 660.785.4074, staccts@truman.edu or in person at McClain Hall 105.
  • May Interim Hours for UCS and SHC


    University Counseling Services will remain open during May Interim 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Student Health Center will be closed during May Interim.

    Summer hours for SHC and UCS will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will begin May 30. UCS will have remote services available during May interim and summer hours across multiple states including Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Texas.

    To schedule an appointment, call 660.785.4182 or email studenthealth@cfmcares.com. More information can be found at truman.cfmcares.com.
  • The Teacher Store Aids New Educators


    The Teacher Store is a resource center where retiring teachers can donate their classroom supplies they have collected through their careers. These materials are free and available to current undergraduate students and current graduate students, especially pre-MAE and MAE, at Truman. This store was started so that beginning teachers could use these donations instead of spending their own money on classroom supplies. The store is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays in Violette Hall 2325. For questions or donations, contact the Education Department here.
  • Fulfill Language Requirements Over the Summer

  • Faculty and Staff Honored at Service Recognition Celebration

    Approximately, 132 current and retired employees will be honored for their years of service and their commitment to the University with a Service Recognition Celebration, May 16. A list of the 2023 honorees can be found here.
  • Retirement Reception for Alan Garvey

  • Retirement Reception for Benevento, Riggle and Shapiro

  • Retirement Reception for Marc Rice

    A retirement reception for Marc Rice will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. May 5 at the Dukum Inn. During the reception a video presentation will be played. Those who wish to record a short video congratulating him as his prolific career at Truman comes to a close can upload a video to this google drive folder by May 4.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available May 8.


  • Classics Students Attend Eta Sigma Phi Convention

    Three students and their advisor, Bridget Thomas, recently attended the 95th Annual Convention of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate honor society for the study of classics, in Monmouth, Illinois.

    Elana Sanders-Braxton, senior, presided over the business meetings as the national president (megale prytanis) of the organization for 2022-2023. Arreya Shaw, sophomore history and classical studies major, was elected as national treasurer (megale chrysophylax) for 2023-2024. Shane O’Donnell, junior classics and music major, provided piano accompaniment for the singing of the “Song for Eta Sigma Phi.”

    This was the first in-person convention since 2019. Students were given the chance to interact with demos about ancient dress, stone carving, coins and weaponry, to compete in a classic’s trivia contest, listen to student papers, participate in business meetings and enjoy a modern re-telling of the “Medea.” The highlight of the event was making friends with other classics students from around the country.

    Elana Sanders-Braxton, Arreya Shaw and Shane O’Donnelll at the annual Eta Sigma Phi convention.
  • Chemistry Students Present at National Conference

    Students from the Miller Research Lab in chemistry presented at the 2023 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, April 12-15.

    Sarah Holmes, senior biochemistry and molecular biology major; Dominic Caputa, senior physics major; Charan Dyavanapalli, senior biology major; Peyton Williams, senior biology major; and Ainsley LaMore, senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, each presented a poster in the area of drug design and discovery using a variety of computational chemistry techniques. Travel to the conference was financially supported by Truman’s Chemistry Department.

    Students (from left to right) Charan Dyavanapalli, Peyton Williams, Ainsley LaMore, Sarah Holmes and Dominic Caputa pose at the 2023 National Conference on Undergraduate Research on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
  • Three Students Selected for Albrecht-Kemper Museum’s Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

    Truman students Ana González, Kayla O’Hara and Katie Welter were selected to be featured in Albrecht-Kemper Museum’s Seventh Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.

    This exhibition was open to students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the United States during the 2022-2023 academic year. This year’s 31 exhibiting artists selected for participation come from nine universities in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. All artwork must be the original work of the submitting artist and created within a year of submission. This juried exhibition will feature a Best of Show award after all submissions have been received and reviewed by a panel of judges.
    The Albrecht-Kemper Museum is located in St. Joseph, Missouri. The exhibit will be on view there until June 4. For more information visit Albrecht-kemper.org.

  • Graduate Percussion Student Places Third Nationally

    Aidan Ervin, graduate percussion student, placed third nationally at the 2023 Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition, March 23-25. Ervin competed with students representing such schools as the Eastman School of Music, Yale, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and the Curtis Institute of Music. Instrumentalists were required to perform two solos of contrasting styles by different composers in a program of no longer than 15 minutes in length. Ervin is from the studio of Michael Bump, professor of music.