Vol. 28 No. 3 - September 5, 2023


  • Family Day Set for Sept. 16


    Family Day is a University tradition that welcomes parents, siblings and other family members to Kirksville for a weekend of special activities.

    The weekend will kick off with the annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16 in downtown Kirksville. Exhibitors and food vendors will be located throughout the festival area, which begins at Franklin Street in front of the Sue Ross Arts Center, north to the courthouse and around the courthouse square.

    From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16 there will be a welcome tent set up on the quad where families can receive a free gift. Younger siblings can get free Future Bulldog t-shirts and tie-dye them at a booth from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the quad. From 12-2 p.m. temporary tattoos and face painting will be available. Football will face Saginaw Valley State at 2 p.m. at Stokes Stadium. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the gate or online here.

    Men’s soccer will face Upper Iowa University at 12 p.m. Sept. 17 at Stokes Stadium. At the same time, the softball team will play against Southeastern Iowa Community College at the softball park. The weekend will end with a women’s soccer game versus Upper Iowa University at 2:30 p.m. at Stokes Stadium.

    The schedule will continue to be updated. Visit truman.edu/parents-families/family-day for more information.
  • Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center to Host Homecoming Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony


    As completion of the Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center moves closer, Truman will celebrate the community service project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during Homecoming festivities, Oct. 21.

    Since 2015, Truman has been working to convert the former elementary school into an interprofessional center designed to provide in-depth, interdisciplinary assessment and intervention for children with autism or suspected autism, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders.

    All members of the community are invited to attend the ceremony, hear remarks from key contributors to the project and tour portions of the building. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at 606 S. Halliburton Street in Kirksville.

    With in-person services set to begin later this fall, the Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center is currently pre-certifying potential clients. An online form for individuals, family members or guardians of those who may benefit from the center’s services is available at greenwood.truman.edu.
  • Truman Among Best Master’s Schools in the Nation

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    For the second year in a row, Truman has been recognized as the No. 7 master’s institution in the nation by Washington Monthly.

    Truman has finished in the top 10 of the Washington Monthly rankings for 10 of the last 11 years. Among Show-Me-State schools Truman performed the best by far, as it was the only institution to crack the top 85 of the master’s list. For public colleges and universities in Missouri, Truman was the only state school to be included in the top 300.

    The Washington Monthly rankings are unique in that they place an importance on social mobility, research and community or national service. Along with traditional benchmarks such as graduation rates and costs, schools are rewarded for criteria including the number of first-generation students enrolled and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants or participating in ROTC.

    Truman also earned a spot in Washington Monthly’s “2023 Best Bang for the Buck” rankings for the Midwest region. This particular grouping highlights schools for their ability to help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Coming in at No. 35 overall, Truman was the highest rated Missouri public school on the list.
  • Kirk Renovation Project Enters Next Phase


    In the coming weeks visitors to campus will see noticeable signs of progress on the Kirk Building renovation project.

    Interior demolition is slated to begin soon. Starting the week of Sept. 11, temporary fencing will be placed around the building to keep passersby at a safe distance. A construction dumpster will be located to the east side, and portions of the brick walkway near the residence halls will be temporarily removed.

    While the sidewalk east of the building will be unavailable, a temporary pathway will be constructed so students living in the residence halls will have full walking access to the entirety of campus.

    The parking lot behind Dobson Hall will be used as a staging area. It will be fenced off and unavailable. There will also be some construction-related traffic from the Dobson Hall parking lot down the sidewalk that runs south of and in front of Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall.

    Work on the renovation is scheduled for 10-hour shifts Monday through Thursday, with personnel arriving on site as early as 7 a.m. to avoid interfering with normal on-campus foot traffic. Throughout this phase of the renovation all attempts to be respectful and accommodating of surrounding on-campus residents will be made. In the event of any particular days when excess noise may be unavoidable outside of normal work hours, on-campus residents who may be affected will be notified in advance.

    With financial assistance from the state of Missouri, Truman is renovating the Kirk Building to house a new Student Success Center. The center will employ a collaborative service model in which individual student service departments do not simply co-locate and deliver their services nearby to one another, but rather, work in coordination to meet students’ needs from entry to exit. The Student Success Center will be comprised of: the Career Center; Tutoring Services; the Student Health Center; Counseling Services; Student Access and Disability Services; the Center for Academic Excellence; the Communication Lab; and the Writing Center.

    Initial phases of the renovation began in August 2022. The project is scheduled for completion by December 2024.
  • Alumni Rock Band The Mighty Pines to Open Lyceum Series


    The 2023-24 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will kick off with a performance by the soul-inspired roots rock band The Mighty Pines at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    This St. Louis-based group is known for creating vast musical landscapes with layered harmonies and thoughtfully crafted instrumentation. The performance will be a homecoming for alumni bandmembers Neil Salsich (’11), John Hussung (’11) and Gerard Erker (’09). Salsich was recently featured on season 23 of NBC’s “The Voice.” His rendition of the Hank Williams classic “Honky Tonk Blues” wowed celebrity coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper and Niall Horan during the blind audition, earning a four-chair turn.

    The Mighty Pines have toured nationally and supported renowned acts such as JJ Grey & Mofro, The Dead South, Railroad Earth, Brian Owens, Fruition and Sam Bush. Their most recent album, “Late Last Night,” showcases the band’s growth as songwriters, arrangers, singers and musicians, stretching out with a sonic spaciousness and sliding effortlessly from roots and folk ballads to rock and soul.

    Tickets are available starting Aug. 28 and can be picked up on campus in the Union & Involvement Office in the Student Union Building, the Advancement Office in McClain Hall 205 or the Admissions Office in the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center. Tickets are also available downtown at the Kirksville Arts Association.

    This season all Kohlenberg Lyceum Series events are provided free of charge thanks to the generous support of local sponsors, the Friends of the Lyceum program and the Truman State University Foundation. Friends of the Lyceum receive exclusive benefits including reserved seating, special parking and a commemorative gift of the season based on the level of their donation.

    For more information, visit lyceum.truman.edu or call 660.785.4128.
  • Innovation Lab Debuts in Library

    The Doug and Diane Villhard Innovation Lab opened in Pickler Memorial Library with a celebration ceremony, Aug. 30. This newly renovated space was created to help all members of campus reach their academic goals, explore creative pursuits and work on passion projects. As a campus-wide resource the lab will facilitate collaboration and cross-disciplinary learning. The naming of this lab was funded through a generous six-figure gift from alumni Doug (’94) and Diane (’95) Villhard who have a long history of supporting entrepreneurship and innovation at Truman. For the past eight years they have supported a variety of efforts, including the annual Bulldog B.I.T.E. Pitch competition.


  • Learn More About United Speakers at Interest Event

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    United Speakers is a student-based volunteer organization that teaches English as a Second Language to the Hispanic and French-speaking communities of Kirksville. They will host an interest meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in Baldwin Hall 219. United Speakers is a great way for students to get teaching experience with opportunities to speak with native speakers.

    Lesson planning takes place at 7 p.m. Thursdays in Baldwin Hall 219 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays in Baldwin Hall 114. Email unitedspeakerstruman@gmail.com for more information.
  • Downtown Student Welcome Set for Sept. 10

    All new Truman students are invited downtown for a Kirksville welcome, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10. Businesses, churches and organizations will have tables set up with items for students presenting a Truman ID.

  • SSAS Sponsors Boba Tea Sale

    Society of Sino-American Studies will host a boba tea sale from 12-4 p.m. Sept. 12 in Magruder Hall by the cyber café. They will be selling 12 oz cups with a variety of toppings to share their culture. Orders must be pre-ordered online.

  • Cardinal Key and Blue Key to Host Blood Drive

    Blue Key and Cardinal Key, in partnership with the Red Cross, will host a blood drive from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 12-13 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. All are welcome to donate. Donors will receive a free t-shirt. Visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter TrumanState to schedule an appointment.

  • Welcome Reception for New Provost

  • Library Hosts Fall Book Sale

    Pickler Memorial Library is hosting a fall book sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 19-20 outside on the south side of the library. Accepted payments are cash or check. This year will include a variety of used books, CDs, DVDs and more.

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  • Dean from University of Missouri School of Law to Present Talk

    JR Swanegan, dean of enrollment management and financial aid at the University of Missouri School of Law, will visit campus Sept. 20 to meet with prospective law students. Swanegan will be present at 4:30 p.m. in Baldwin Hall 114 and begin his presentation at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in law school, the application process or the University of Missouri School of Law is encouraged to attend.

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  • Positions Available to Join Fee-Based Review Committees

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    Applications are open for the Athletic Fee Accountability Committee (AFAC), the Environmental Sustainability Fee Accountability Committee (ESFAC) and the Organizational Activities Fee Review Committee (OAF).

    These committees ultimately decide how the fees students pay are spent. AFAC focuses on the athletic fee which includes varsity and club athletics as well as the recreation center. ESFAC focuses on the Environmental Sustainability Fee and OAF focuses on how fee-based groups such as SAB, StuGov, FAC, AFAC and ESFAC spend money.

    There are student-at-large positions open on every committee, as well as more niche roles. Applications close Oct. 15 with interviews taking place the week of Oct. 15 and 22. To apply, visit senate.truman.edu/application.
  • Fall Giveaways Show Truman Spirit


    This semester three different Truman collectibles will be given away at designated home athletic games.

    A free Truman key chain will be given to the first 900 attendees of the season’s opening home football game Sept. 9. The first 300 spectators at the men’s soccer match Sept. 22 and the women’s soccer match Sept. 24 will receive a pair of Truman sunglasses. Lastly, the first 400 attendees at the home volleyball match Oct. 26 will receive a free miniature foam finger.

    The Student Engagement Office will also be selling limited edition “Truman Spirit” t-shirts for $5. Shirts can be ordered online with a card and picked up at the Union and Involvement Services office.

    Key chains — Sept. 9

    Sunglasses — 7 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24

    Miniature foam finger — Oct. 26
  • McNair Program Applications Open Through Oct. 18

    The McNair Program supports and prepares first-generation, Pell-eligible and underrepresented students for graduate studies. Paid summer research internships, funds for graduate school visits and conferences, and academic counseling are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer. Applications are open now with a priority deadline of Oct. 18. Check eligibility here or come to one of the information sessions listed below. For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu, email jfreese@truman.edu or follow the program on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

  • Pop-Up Pantry Provides Food Packs for Students


    The Truman Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Pantry for Adair County, will host pop-up pantry events from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Students are encouraged to check out the food available, as well as select personal hygiene items, at no cost.

    There are no income eligibility requirements for use. The food pantry is organized based on consumer choice and allows students to make their own pack or have one prepared for pick up. The Truman Food Pantry is available to all Truman students.
  • Art Gallery Kicks the Year Off with Two New Exhibitions

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    “Working America” by Sam Comen will be open for viewing in the main gallery. “Working America” is a series of photographs and videos reflecting upon the culture of Immigrant-Americans and first-generation Americans through the lens of the “small trades.” It is intended to be a meditation on American belonging and becoming, and if the trope of hard work becoming a path to economic independence and inclusion is a reality.

    Comen will present a virtual artist’s talk at 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Visit gallery.arttruman.edu for the link to the presentation.

    In the Charlyn Gallery, Madeline Brice will exhibit her work “Learning Not to Hurt Others.” This series of paintings explores how perception distorts people’s sense of self and can create an entirely new narrative separate from the actuality of things. Her work is an exploration into her personal reality and the cognitive dissonance it implies.

    The University Art Gallery is located in Ophelia Parrish 1114. Reception and events are free and open to the public. For more information visit gallery.arttruman.com.
  • Japanese Club Explores Japanese Language and Culture

  • 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.
  • Online Wellness Resource Has a New Name

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    A campus wellness resource available to all students is now operating with a new name.

    TELUS Health Student Support provides free confidential mental health and well-being support to students in higher education. THSS was formerly My SSP and anyone who already had the app will automatically upgrade to the new platform, which has the same features.

    This online resource provides students with 24/7 access to a counselor via telephone or chat and can also schedule an in-person session for short-term support. The company also has the resources to provide services in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese, and French. Services are also offered by appointment in other languages (i.e. Arabic, Korean and many others), depending on availability.

    Along with on-demand counseling, THSS offers self-directed resources, including videos and articles on topics such as scholarly stress, combating homesickness and thriving as a student. These materials can be accessed both in the app and online. Self-assessments are also available online, and content is regularly updated according to the time of year. 

    Students can access THSS by using the app, available at the App Store or Google Play Store.
  • New York Times Offers Free Digital Access

    The New York Times membership is free and can be activated online. This membership includes access to archives dating back to 1851, daily 360 content, podcasts, newsletters and nytimes.com/edu which is an education resource website.

    To activate an account, visit accessnyt.com and search for “Truman State University.” After being redirected to the NYT registration page, create an account using a Truman email account then verify account by clicking on confirmation email. For those who already have previously registered their Truman email, click on “Already have an account? Log in here” and follow directions.
  • Campus Event Showcases the Work of Faculty and Staff

    The fall 2023 Celebration of Faculty Scholarship will take place from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27 in Kirk Memorial. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to participate. This will be a chance to hear from colleagues who have returned from sabbatical and browse posters and other artifacts from scholarships, research or creative activity. Refreshments will be available.

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  • Study Abroad Opportunities Available in Mexico