Vol. 28 No. 4 - September 11, 2023


  • Media-themed Homecoming to Benefit Senior Citizens and Alzheimer’s Association


    Truman will celebrate Homecoming on campus Oct. 16-21.

    This year’s Homecoming theme is Truman Today in a nod to the University’s long-running campus newsletter. A variety of media-themed events will be announced as Homecoming Week approaches.

    For years, student organizations and alumni have used Homecoming as an opportunity to raise money for charity. Proceeds from this year’s fundraising events will go to support NEMO Senior Citizens Services and the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year the Truman community raised more than $17,000 in support of Special Olympics of Northeast Missouri.

    A full schedule featuring athletic events, entertainment, team competitions and other opportunities to show Truman Spirit will soon be posted on homecoming.truman.edu and truman.edu/alumni-donors/events/homecoming. Details about Homecoming apparel will also be available soon.

    For information as it becomes available, follow @trumanstatehomecoming on Instagram.
  • TRU Self Creates Pathways for Student Success

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    Students in the TRU Self program attend a barbecue at the University residence before the start of the semester. The TRU Self program gives participating students an opportunity to explore campus early and become familiar with the available resources to be successful at the college level.

    Now in its third year, the TRU Self Program has helped more than 50 students prepare for their college experience.

    TRU Self offers incoming students from underrepresented groups a chance to get to know each other before the start of classes. TRU Self scholars arrive in town prior to the traditional move-in date and participate in a four-day program that allows them to explore campus and the community, as well as learn about resources to aid in their success at the college level.

    This year, 20 incoming students took part, connecting with faculty and staff members from academic departments, the Career Center, Pickler Memorial Library, University Counseling Services and the McNair Program, among other resources. 

    “TRU Self gives students an opportunity to get established, make some friends and learn what they need to do to be successful at college,” said Vanessa Alexander, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. “For many of these students, this is their first time living in a rural area, or in some cases, living among people who come from backgrounds different than their own. After only a few years of sponsoring this program, we can already see it’s helping students on their path to earning a degree.”

    In addition to getting acclimated to life on a college campus, TRU Self scholars are enrolled in a year-long mentoring program with upperclassmen.

    Qualifying TRU Self scholars apply to be enrolled in the program the summer before their first year at Truman. More information about the program can be found at diversity.truman.edu/tru-self or by contacting the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at 660.785.4142.
  • Community to Celebrate Bolognafest Oct. 21


    In preparation for National Bologna Day, the city of Kirksville will celebrate Bolognafest from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 21 downtown.

    Coinciding with Truman Homecoming activities, this family friendly event is hosted in conjunction with Kirksville’s Kraft Heinz facility. The Kirksville plant produces all of the Oscar Mayer bologna packaged and sold in the world.

    As part of the festivities, the vintage Oscar Mayer Frankmobile will make an appearance in the Truman Homecoming parade, which begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 in downtown Kirksville and runs south on Franklin Street through campus. The Frankmobile will also be on display when Bolognafest kicks off at 3 p.m. in downtown Kirksville. In addition to free bologna and fried bologna sandwiches, there will be booths featuring games, prizes, balloons and face painting.

    Kirksville’s Oscar Mayer plant has been part of the community for nearly 40 years. A $250 million expansion of the facility was completed in 2017, and the plant now employs more than 1,000 people in northeast Missouri.

    Kirksville’s Bolognafest will precede National Bologna Day, which is recognized Oct. 24.
  • Participate in Student Government Fall Elections


    Student Government is hosting fall elections where students can run for a variety of positions.

    Students interested in serving should visit senate.truman.edu/Elections to view the election handbook. In the handbook, potential candidates will find the required forms needed, the timeline of the election and much more. Candidates should also take a look at the official documents available.
    The filing deadline for students to run is Sept. 22. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. Sept. 25 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at vote.truman.edu. Results from the election will be available online and on the StuGov social media. Contact stugovelectionsadmin@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Alumna Returns as Keynote Speaker for CoDa Conference


    The 13th annual Communications Disorders conference will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Hosted by the Truman Communication Disorders Association (CoDA) and the Communication Disorders program, this event is a workshop for speech-language pathologists, general education teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists and anyone interested in learning about phonological processing. This year’s conference will feature alumna Jennie Bjorem M.A., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist, childhood apraxia of speech and phonological processing, as the keynote speaker.

    Bjorem’s passion and area of expertise is in childhood apraxia of speech. She travels the world speaking on the topic of CAS assessment and intervention. Bjorem has been in private practice for 21 years and continues to carry a small caseload of clients with childhood apraxia of speech. She is the owner of Bjorem Speech and Bjorem Literacy as well as the author of “Bjorem Speech Sound Cues.” She currently lives with her family in the mountains of Colorado.

    Bjorem’s first talk of the day from 8:45-10:15 a.m. will focus on “Dynamic Assessment of CAS.” Her second talk will take place from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on “Target Selection & Goal Writing.” The conference will end with her discussion on “Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches” from 1-3 p.m.

    A registration fee of $75 for professionals and $20 for students will be collected at the door. RSVP here or email coda.tsu@gmail.com.


  • 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.

  • 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 made in advance online.

  • UCS Hosts Fall Social

    University Counseling Services will host a fall social from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the McKinney Center. Students will have the opportunity to make a beaded friendship bracelet to swap with someone they haven’t met before with the goal of making friends and fostering connections. Additional resources on friendships and mental health will be available. Pizza will also be served.

  • Education Department Organizes Ice Cream Social

    The Education Department is hosting an ice cream social from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 on the quad. The rain site for this event is the Violette Hall commons. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. RSVP here by Sept. 12. An RSVP automatically enters a person’s name into a drawing to win a prize.

  • 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 the Statesmen Marching Band performance at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 on the quad. 

    The annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival will take place 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. Library tours will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Pickler Memorial Library. 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. 

    A photo booth will be available for family or friends to take pictures at from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. in Campbell Apartments and 1-4 p.m. in West Campus. Dobson/BNB Hall Council will organize custom door decorating from 1-3 p.m. in the Dobson Courtyard. 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.
  • Echo 25 and Alumni Fellows Honorees Announced

    Accomplished alumni will be honored with Echo 25 and Alumni Fellow awards Sept. 15-16 during Family Day festivities. These alumni have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession, have made significant contributions to their community and have demonstrated integrity in their personal lives. As a part of the awards weekend, each fellow will give a seminar drawing from their personal and professional success.

    Drew Giardina (’98) – School of Health Sciences & Education
    Owner, Total Sports Therapy

    Marjorie Maas (’02) – School of Arts & Letters     
    C.E.O., Share Good

    Jim Nolan (’97) – School of Science & Mathematics
    Vice President and Consulting Actuary, Segal Consulting

    Justin Vail (’05) – School of Social & Cultural Studies
    Special Assistant to the President for Democracy and Civic Participation, The White House

    Barb Witte (’83) – School of Business
    Principal Owner Managed Care Consultant


    Greg Bellville (’07)
    Director of Mission, Make-A-Wish Iowa

    Phillip Campbell (’06)
    Higher Education Administrator, Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing/BJC Healthcare

    Brittainy Cavender (’09)
    Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

    Damian Chavez (’14)
    Analyst, US Government Accountability Office

    Laura Beth Cleveland (’10)
    SVP, Consumer & Small Business Strategy Executive, Bank of America

    Bridget Conant (’09, ’11)
    Speech Language Pathologist, Birth To Three Developmental Center

    Heidi Cook (’07)
    Assistant Professor of Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Truman State University

    Lucas Dowdall (’19)
    Washington University School of Law, Student

    Shannon Downing (’08)
    Owner/Operator, IDK Cafe

    Tyson Eagen (’06)
    CPA/Partner, The Triton Group, CPAs

    Andrew Hasenbeck (’22)
    Credit Analyst, FCS Financial

    Burgundy Hill (’13)
    Executive Director, Quincy Community Theatre

    Kelsey Hudson (’06)
    Curriculum Lead for Secondary Social Studies and Social Studies Teacher, West Des Moines Community Schools

    Tim Hudson (’17, ’19)
    Accountant, The Charity CFO

    Kayla Jackson-Williams (’12)
    Associate Circuit Court Judge, State of Missouri

    Ross Knight (’12)
    TV Writer

    Stephanie Mills (’07, ’10)
    Manager of Communications, Member Services, and Economic Development, Tri-County Electric Cooperative

    Amanda Montgomery (’12)
    Yoga Instructor and Business Owner; Garden Caretaker and Educator; Yoga of Truman Athletes, Mystic Meadows Yoga and Truman State University

    Tyler Patterson (’06)
    Lawyer, Patterson Legal Group, L.C.

    Donald Rabin (’19)
    DMA/MA Candidate; Community Outreach Performing Intern; Director, University of Houston/Houston Symphony/Uniting America Concert

    Nathan Vickers (’11)
    Reporter, KMOV/Gray Television

    Jonathan Vieker (’08)
    Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness, Truman State University

    Steven Wichmer (’06)
    Attorney, Wichmer & Groneck, LLC

    Ashley Wiskirchen (’13)    
    Sr. Director of Communications, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

    Jesse Wren (’22, ’23)
    Fourth Grade Teacher, Arcadia Valley R-II School District
  • Welcome Reception for New Provost

  • Delta Sigma Pi to Begin Recruitment


    Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity open to all business, accounting and economic majors. Members of Delta Sigma Pi have access to events, conferences, resources and connections to build professional skills, leadership ability, management potential and character. To be eligible for membership, pledges must be enrolled in a declared accounting, business administration or economics major.

    They will host their recruitment at 7 p.m. Sept. 18-21 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. For more information follow DSP on Instagram or email deltasigmapi@gmail.com.
  • Law School Recruiter to Meet with Students

    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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  • 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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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

  • World Languages Living Learning Community Available to Students

    The World Languages Living Learning Community offers a weekly conversation table for all members of the Truman community who are interested in practicing the language they are studying or share the language they speak. The conversation takes place from 5:10-6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the semester in the Chariton Room in Missouri Hall. Students with a meal plan; and others who wish to purchase dinner, may enter through the cafeteria. Anyone not wishing to eat may enter through the Missouri Hall lobby.

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  • Art Gallery Kicks the Year Off with Two New Exhibitions

    Photograph from "Working America" available in the main gallery

    “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’s exhibit “Learning Not to Hurt Others” is currently on display. 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.
  • 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.
  • Japanese Club Explores Japanese Language and Culture

  • Student Loans Available Through University Foundation

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    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.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities Available in Mexico



  • History Class Visits World War I Memorial and Museum

    Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history, and his HIST 3085 Global World War I class visited the National World War I Memorial and Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 30. The field trip examined artifacts from the First World War and the ways in which the conflict is preserved in historical memory.