Vol. 27 No. 36 - July 24, 2023


  • Economics Students Publish Articles

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    Economics students Lauren Frazier, Thaddeus Meadows and Warren Barge, along with graduate Caroline Wright, recently published articles through the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

    Frazier, who is currently interning at the AIER, published a solo article, “The Zoning Laws Cometh for Dollar General,” in June. During the spring semester, she published three articles with David Gillette, professor of economics. Together, they addressed central banking, health care and price discrimination.

    Meadows, who is also interning at the AIER this summer, collaborated with Gillette on the topic of economic development in their article “How Does a Region Rust Away?” published in March. Meadows also published a solo article during his internship, “I Owe my Economics to Robert Heinlein,” on the topic of economics education and his own personal journey with the subject.

    Last fall, Gillette and Barge began work on their article “Downsizing the Administrative State,” which was completed remotely while Barge interned in Washington, D.C., and published in April.

    Wright, who graduated in May and is now working in the global compliance and reporting services division of RSM, the fifth-largest consulting firm in the United States, worked with Gillette on two articles. One examined current economic trends in regard to lending, while a second explored how markets can aid in rhino survival in the wild.

    Much of the work on these articles began last fall as a result of Gillette’s fellowship at AIER in summer 2022. All of these students – with the exception of Barge who was completing an internship in Washington, D.C. – presented their work at the Student Research Conference. Economics students Heidi Royer and Emma Rohrbach also participated in the SRC in April.
  • Virtual Bulldog Break Features Alumna


    Kathy Nelson, CEO and President of the Kansas City Sports Commission, will be the featured guest for the next “Bulldog Break,” a webinar series sponsored by the Office of Advancement.

    Nelson is a nationally recognized leader in the sports and tourism industries. As the CEO and president of the Kansas City Sports Commission, she has led her team for more than a decade. Nelson works to promote Kansas City locally and nationally with the goal of attracting, retaining and facilitating sports events, conventions and organizations in the bi-state area.

    Among her numerous accolades, Nelson has earned Telly, Emmy and cable television awards for her work in broadcast journalism, specifically sports production. In 2020, she was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Kansas City Sports History. Earlier this year, she was also recognized as the Missouri honoree for USA Today’s “Woman of the Year” list.

    This one-hour webinar will allow attendees to ask Nelson questions about her impressive career, including her role in bringing the FIFA World Cup to Kansas City. The free webinar will take place at 12 p.m. Aug 2. Click here to register.
  • Truman Named a Best Buy in Fiske Guide to Colleges


    Truman is one of 10 public schools chosen in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” Best Buys of 2024.

    For 40 years, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” has chosen a select group of schools based on academic quality and affordability for its best buy list. The 2024 guide includes 20 schools – 10 public and 10 private – it deems as best buys. These are schools that, in the judgement of the editors, offer “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.”

    Truman has been included in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for nine consecutive years and 15 times total. This year’s list includes colleges and universities throughout the United States, with Truman being the only school from Missouri to be selected.

    “Fiske Guide to Colleges” Best Buys of 2024
    Arizona State University   
    University of Florida                                                    
    Georgia Institute of Technology                                
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County            
    University of New Mexico                                          
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill            
    Purdue University                                                        
    SUNY–Stony Brook University                                   
    Truman State University                                             
    University of Washington            
    Agnes Scott College
    Alfred University
    Beloit College
    Centre College
    The Cooper Union
    Olin College of Engineering
    Rice University
    Vanderbilt University
    Warren Wilson College
    Xavier University of Louisiana


  • Main Rec Gym Now Open

    The Student Recreation Center’s main gym is now open 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 still closed at this time due to additional work that needs to be done.
  • SERVE Center 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.

    Volunteering is open to all students. Sign up is available here. For more information, contact orgs@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Sign-up 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.
  • Learning Technologies and Instructional Design Offers Virtual Office Hours


    Learning Technologies and Instructional Design team will host virtual office hours from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday throughout July and August. Sessions will be hosted by Susan Thomas, instructional designer, now through Truman Week. These will not be workshops, but open time to drop in and ask targeted questions.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Upcoming Board of Governors Meeting

    The Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. The website will be updated to include the open session agenda.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Aug. 21.


  • Krebs Attends International ClarinetFest

    Jesse Krebs, professor of music, recently attended the 2023 International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest Conference in Denver, Colorado, July 5-9. He was invited to serve as this year's coordinator of the ICA High School Competition, which included organizing the performances of six student finalists from China and the U.S., and the four final round judges. He also served as this year's conductor of the ICA Professor's Clarinet Choir, which involved selecting the repertoire, directing the rehearsals and conducting the performance of more than 50 clarinet professors from around the world.

  • McDonald Participates in Conference in England

    Jason McDonald, assistant professor, history department, participated in the panel “Transatlantic Intellectuals, Dancers and Poets in the Twentieth Century,” at the annual Transatlantic Studies Association conference at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, July 5. McDonald’s presentation, “Visions of Transatlantic Anglo-Saxonism in the Writings of American Eugenicist Harry H. Laughlin,” was based mostly upon research conducted at the Pickler Memorial Library’s Special Collections Department.

  • Truman Featured Among Best Colleges for the Money

    Truman was one of 10 colleges featured as “Best Colleges for the Money” according to University Magazine. The website serves as a daily guide to student life, with articles for students including recommendations, career advice, student health and dating tips, financial advice and scholarships.

  • University Named as a 2024 Best College

    Truman has been selected as a 2024 Best College in the U.S. by College Raptor, a leading college planning platform that helps families discover college matches driven by AI algorithms to find the right colleges at the best price. Truman was ranked as a “Top 25 Best Plains Colleges.”