Vol. 27 No. 34 - June 26, 2023


  • SERVE Center Now Hiring


    Union and Involvement is seeking up to two individuals to work with community engagement through the SERVE Center and associated activities.

    Individuals hired will work in service to the student body, campus and local community in developing relationships to implement core programming and services. The team will be expected to execute functions of their responsibilities under the direction of the Union and Involvement Services professional staff. One position will concentrate on the SERVE Center’s food pantry, while the other position will focus on planning community outreach events. Both coordinators would be expected to work together to collaboratively oversee the function of programs and services of the SERVE Center and build partnerships with student organizations for service opportunities.

    The students should expect to work an average of 10-12 hours per week, as well as respond to emails and work requests in an appropriate time frame. The students will be required to attend appropriate meetings including, but not limited to, committee meetings, team meetings and all-staff meetings. The regular schedule is set based upon student availability. The jobs can be used for scholarship, work-study or institutional pay. Those interested can apply on TruPositions.
  • Red, White and Blue Festival Set for June 30-July 1


    Kirksville’s Red, White and Blue Festival will take place June 30-July 1.

    The festival will start off with a community band concert from 5-6 p.m. June 30 on the downtown square. A Summer on the Square concert featuring No Apology will follow from 7-8:30 p.m. People can drop off pies for the United Way Pie Sale and Silent Auction between 4-5 p.m., and the auction will take place between music sets.  

    From 7-10 a.m. July 1 the pancake breakfast will take place on Washington Street. The Kiwanis Farmers’ Market will also be open from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on the downtown square. The 7th annual FLATS Uncle Sam 5K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at Dukum Inn. Visit kvflats.org/events to register.

    The classic car show will take place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. July 1 in the Downtown Cinema 8 parking lot. The Red, White and Blue Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of N. Franklin and Missouri streets going south. Those who would like to volunteer to participate in the parade alongside Spike can do so by emailing pr@truman.edu. The festival will end with the community fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at North Park with a rain date of July 2.
  • Free Public Health Certificate Open to Qualifying Graduates


    Missouri residents, including recent Truman graduates interested in pursuing a career in public health, may be eligible for a tuition-free certificate program through A.T. Still University.

    ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies has received a CDC grant to offer the Public Health Workforce Certificate program to qualified Missouri residents, free of charge. The goal of the grant is to increase public health leadership, particularly in rural and urban underserved areas and among racial and ethnic individuals.

    Courses from this program will carry into the Master of Public Health program or Master of Public Health-Dental Emphasis program for advanced standing. After completing the certificate program, students are eligible for a 20% tuition discount toward the full Master of Public Health program.

    Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. To be eligible for the tuition-free grant, applicants must be a Missouri resident and meet at least one of the following requirements: live in an underserved or rural community; BIPOC; LGBTQ+; person with disabilities; be a member of a religious minority; or a person otherwise adversely impacted by persistent poverty or inequality.

    Start dates for the program are: July 17; Oct. 2; Jan. 8, 2024; and March 25, 2024.

    For more information, visit atsu.edu/workforce-grant.


  • Faculty Promotions


    During the closed session of the June 17 meeting, the Truman State University Board of Governors reviewed recommendations for promotion and tenure effective at the beginning of the 2023-24 academic year.

    Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Academic Tenure
    Brad Carlson, theatre
    Julene Ensign, health and exercise sciences
    Xin Gao, music
    Joanna Hubbard, biology
    Katherine Judd, psychology
    Joyce Patrick, biology
    Kafi Rahman, computer science
    Drew Sieg, biology

    Promoted to Professor
    Julia Edgar, communication disorders
    Michael Rudy, political science
  • Fraternity and Sorority Sign-up Now Open


    Sign-ups for Truman’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Recruitment is open and will remain open until the first week of September.

    Sorority recruitment will be Sept. 5-11 and fraternity recruitment will be Sept. 7-15. Recruitment sign-up can be found here. Those interested in joining a National Pan-Hellenic Council organization can keep an eye out for interest events in the fall. Questions regarding recruitment can be emailed to fsl@truman.edu. More information can also be found by following @trumanfsl on Instagram.

    The Fraternity and Sorority Life community makes up approximately 20% of the student body. In the 2022-2023 school year, FSL organizations raised more than $93,000 for philanthropic groups both in the Kirksville community as well as nationwide. The past few years, the Fraternity and Sorority Life community has had a higher overall-cumulative GPA than the general Truman community. Additionally, FSL organizations performed a combined 8,000 hours of service through events such as highway cleanups, The Big Event and more.
  • Summer Hours at the Rec


    During the summer slacklining will take place 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the quad. Yoga with Janes will take place 12 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. For the full schedule of summer fitness classes visit recreation.truman.edu.

    The Student Recreation Center track is currently under construction and is expected to reopen at the end of July.

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  • Summer Hours for UCS and SHC


    Summer hours for Student Health Center and University Counseling Services will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. UCS will have remote services available during 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.
  • Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day


    Move-in Day will take place between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 16.

    Those who volunteer will help new students move their belongings from their car to their respective rooms, direct traffic at essential locations and guide families to long-term parking.

    If there are more than two people of in an organization that plan to volunteer, it is recommended to register as a “group” rather than submit “individual” registrations for each member. If you are no longer the point of contact for your respective organization, please contact orgs@truman.edu with the new contact.

    Volunteering is open to all students. Sign up is available here.
  • 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.
  • Retirement Reception for Winston Vanderhoof

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available July 10.


  • Krebs Presents Clarinet Clinic

    Jesse Krebs, professor of music, presented a clarinet clinic, “Everything About the Clarinet We Wish We Would Have Known in Middle School,” at the 54th Annual Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention, June 21, in Osage Beach, with Heidi Benne, director of bands at Lebanon Middle School.

  • Benevento Honored in New GHLL

    Volume XXXIV of the Green Hills Literary Lantern is now available. This special issue, a festschrift for Joe Benevento, honors his 40-year career as an author, teacher and scholar. It includes numerous contributions dedicated to Benevento by students and colleagues, including a review of his latest novel, “My Perfect Wife, Her Perfect Son.”