Vol. 27 No. 35 - July 10, 2023


  • Main Rec Gym to Reopen Soon

    The Student Recreation Center’s main gym will reopen soon with a newly renovated floor.
    The gym has been closed since the end of December due to damage caused by a frozen water line. The entire floor was removed and replaced, and now includes the Truman Bulldog logo. The new court is striped for basketball, volleyball, badminton and pickleball.
    During the summer the Student Recreation Center is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fridays. Slacklining will take place 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the quad. Yoga with Janes will take place at 12 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. The full schedule of summer fitness classes can be found here.
    The Student Recreation Center staff appreciates everyone’s patience throughout this process. The track is currently under construction and is expected to reopen at the end of July.
  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation


    Students with financial needs that may interfere with their ability to continue their education can seek assistance through the Truman State University Foundation Loan Program.

    Foundation loans can come in the form of short-term loans, long-term loans, access loans and cultural loans. Applications go through the Financial Aid Office and are repaid directly to the University. Banks and outside lenders are not involved in the process.

    To be eligible for a Foundation loan students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and be in good academic standing. Students also need to demonstrate an ability to repay the loan in a timely manner. Deferments of up to five years are available for cultural and long-term loans, provided the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.

    In addition to scholarship assistance, the loan program is an example of the immediate impact of donations to the Truman State University Foundation. Gifts from alumni and friends allow Truman to provide assistance directly to students as they pursue their education.

    For more information on the Foundation Loan Program, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@truman.edu, at 660.785.4130 or in person at McClain Hall 103.
  • Clapp Award Helps Educators

    John Jones, chair of Truman’s Education Department, presents Teresa Davidson with the Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award.

    This year’s recipients for the Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award are Jacquelyn Wheeler and Teresa Davidson.

    Wheeler recently earned her MAE with an emphasis in elementary education at Truman. She is a fourth grade teacher at Bartley Elementary in the Fulton School District in Fulton, Missouri. Davidson is a reading specialist at the Kirksville Primary School.

    Clapp taught in Truman’s Department of Education and is a powerful proponent of literacy and children’s literature. The Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award was endowed in 2006 in her honor. Hundreds of students and practicing teachers have been influenced by her dedication and careful mentoring. The fund provides $500 each to a Master of Arts in Education student and a current teacher to purchase children’s literature for their professional practices.

    The awards were presented June 21 during a ceremony in Violette Hall.
  • Class Offers Employees Insight into How Truman Functions


    This fall, interested faculty and staff members can take “Truman 101: How Truman Functions” free of charge in order to help develop a greater understanding and shared knowledge of how the University operates as a liberal arts and sciences institution in Missouri.

    While every person at Truman plays an important role in achieving Truman’s mission, it is not uncommon for individuals to have little knowledge about how their work fits within the broader University framework and how the University, both as individual units and as a whole, functions.  Having this foundational knowledge can support individuals in achieving their personal goals at Truman while also strengthening the University’s pursuit of its mission.

    In this course, students will learn about: the state of public higher education in Missouri and the impact on Truman; Truman’s organizational structure and associated operations; essential functions of the University; and how Truman is greater than the sum of its parts.

    Class will meet in person at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in McClain Hall. A complete schedule can be found below. Details on how to register for this pass/fail course will be emailed to all employees in the coming weeks.

    Week 1, Aug. 24
    Truman is All of Us and None of Us
    Sue Thomas

    Week 2, Aug. 31

    Enrollment Management (Recruitment, Retention, Funnel, Enrollment Cliff)
    Tyana Lange
    Week 3, Sept. 7
    Budgets & Appropriations (Education & General vs. Auxiliary)
    Dave Rector

    Week 4, Sept. 14
    Academic Affairs
    Eric Freedman

    Week 5, Sept. 21

    Advancement: Fundraising & Alumni Relations
    Ernie Hughes

    Week 6, Sept. 28
    ITS: Systems and Software
    Donna Liss

    Week 7, Oct. 5
    Dave Rector

    Week 8, Oct. 12
    Mid-Term Break        

    Week 9, Oct. 19
    Student Engagement & Marketing
    Tyana Lange

    Week 10, Oct. 26
    Shared Governance
    Kathryn Brammall, Kerrion Dean, Colleen O’Reilly, Sue Thomas

    Week 11, Nov. 2
    Employee Types and Workloads & Higher Education Law
    Melissa Garzanelli, Amy Clendennen

    Week 12, Nov. 9
    Data Access and Availability, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) & Clearinghouse          
    Nancy Asher, Jonathan Vieker

    Week 13, Nov. 16
    Emergency Procedures & Clery Act
    Sara Seifert

    Week 14, Nov. 23

    Thanksgiving Break  

    Week 15, Nov. 30
    Academic Organization
    Eric Freedman, Kevin Minch

    Week 16, Dec. 7
    So That’s How It Works!
    Sue Thomas

    Finals Week, Dec. 14
    Sue Thomas and Guests


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available July 24.


  • Perry Receives National Honor

    Chuck Perry of Beta Theta Pi was one of 12 students selected nationally by the North American Interfraternity Council (NIC) as a 2023 Undergraduate of Distinction. The award recognizes fraternity men who, throughout in their collegiate experience, have found an outlet for development as both a leader and a better man. They are exemplary members of their organizations and serve their brothers, campuses and fraternity/sorority communities with humble confidence.