Vol. 28 No. 5 - September 18, 2023


  • Truman Extends No. 1 Ranking Streak to 27 Years

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    Truman’s spot at the top of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings now stands at 27 years and counting.

    The University earned multiple recognitions in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, including another year as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest region. Among both public and private institutions, Truman was No. 5 overall for the Midwest region. Notably, Truman was the only Missouri school in the top 10 of this particular list and the only public school from the Show-Me State to be included in the top 65 spots.

    “We put students first at Truman, and everyone on campus is focused on helping them succeed academically, professionally and personally,” said University President Susan L. Thomas. “While we are always honored to be recognized for our efforts, that is never our goal. We earn national recognitions because we are always working to provide the best educational experience for our students.”

    As usual, Truman fared well on a number of supplemental tabs included in this year’s Best Colleges rankings. Truman tied at No. 3 on the list of Most Innovative Schools in the Midwest region. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to nominate up to 15 colleges or universities in their ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. Of the 14 schools in this subcategory, Truman was the highest rated of the two public institutions included, and it was the only college from Missouri.

    Affordability was another factor leading to success for the University. Truman was cited at No. 5 on the list of Best Value Schools in the Midwest region. Editors used four key indicators to determine this ranking, including: academic quality; percentage of full-time undergraduates receiving need-based scholarships or grants; as well as the percentage of those students who received a scholarship or grant that does not have to be paid back; and the average discount from the school’s total cost.

    Faculty played a crucial role in securing another noteworthy accolade, helping Truman come in tied at No. 10 in Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs in the Midwest region. This subcategory, also compiled from peer assessment, highlights schools that emphasize providing high-quality instruction to undergraduates. On this list of 18 institutions, Truman was the only public school and was the lone representative for Missouri.

    “The feedback we get from employers always mentions how well prepared our students are, and credit for that starts with our faculty,” Thomas said. “It is about so much more than a low student-to-faculty ratio, it is about having instructors who truly care for their students and are invested in their success.”

    U.S. News & World Report also recognized Truman on its list of Top Performers on Social Mobility, and four of the University’s academic programs – business, computer science, nursing and psychology – earned inclusion on rankings of their respective disciplines. The entire Best Colleges rankings can be found online at usnews.com/best-colleges.
  • Fall Career and Graduate Week Set for Sept. 25-29


    This year’s fall Career and Graduate Expo will take place Sept. 25-29.

    The expo is open to students of all majors and academic levels. This event is hosted by the Career Center twice a year as a way to help students prepare for graduate school, internships and job searches. The expo provides a chance for students to meet with a large number of representatives from businesses, non-profits, government, and graduate and professional schools.

    The week will begin Sept. 25 with the chance for students to have their professional documents critiqued from 5-6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. A personal statement workshop, hosted by Dave Lusk, associate vice president for career development, will take place from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 the Graduate School Expo will take place. This is an opportunity for those thinking of pursing graduate studies to connect with their future school. The Career and Internship Expo will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28. There students will get to talk to several employers visiting campus. Both expo events will take place in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Students will also have the opportunity to have professional pictures taken by Tim Barcus, campus photographer, from 11 a.m.- 3p.m. in the Student Union Building Alumni Room both expo days.

    To learn more, or to register for these events, go to hiretruman.truman.edu then to Student/Alumni Login followed by events, career fairs and select career fair of choice. Click on attend in the upper right corner of the page to formally register. With any questions regarding times or function of the event, go to career.truman.edu/career-grad-school-week/schedule-of-events or email the Career Center at ucc3@truman.edu. These events will be accessed from #HireTruman.

    Professional Document Critique
    5-6 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A

    Personal Statement Workshop with Dave Lusk
    5-6 p.m.
    Sept. 26
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Graduate School Expo
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    Sept. 27

    Career and Internship Expo
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms
    Sept. 28
  • Government Internships Available in Jefferson City


    An informational meeting for the Spring 2024 Missouri Government Internship Program will take place at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 20 in McClain 210.

    The Missouri Government Internship Program is open to all majors and provides students with the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. Selected interns will work as full-time staff assistants with a legislator or state public official. By interning at the Missouri Capitol, students will expand their knowledge of state government, build a diversified professional network and establish a basis for future professional positions.

    Many former interns have gone on to serve as legislative directors, chiefs of staff, judicial clerks, policy analysts, lobbyists and public officials as a direct result of what they learned and the connections they made as interns.

    The varying daily tasks throughout each office could include attending public hearings, completing legislative research, writing and editing published materials, constituent relations or assisting with basic office work.

    Interns will receive a monthly stipend to help pay expenses and 15 hours of Truman credit. Interested students can click here for more information. Additional information will be presented at the Sept. 20 meeting.
  • Campus Welcomes Internationally Acclaimed Artist


    The Department of Music will host internationally acclaimed concert marimba artist Ji Hye Jung.

    Jung is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and currently serves as professor of percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She is also principal percussionist with the west coast-based chamber music ensemble, Camerata Pacifica.

    Praised as “spectacular” by the Los Angeles Times, Jung has been described as “a centered performer who can give the impression of being very still, yet all places at once.” At the age of nine, she began performing in her native country of South Korea. She performed more than 100 concerts including solo appearances with every major Korean orchestra. Since then, she has garnered consecutive first place prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. Today, she is considered one of the most influential percussion artists of her generation, continuing a very hectic performance, recording and clinic schedule.  

    Jung will be in-residency at Truman Sept. 21-22 where she will teach several individual and chamber ensemble masterclasses. She will also lead a performance clinic at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and perform a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Both performances will take place in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Admission is free and open to the public. For more information contact Michael Bump, professor/director of percussion studies. This event is hosted by the University Percussion Society and was paid by Funds Allotment Council funding.
  • FAFSA Changes Coming This Year

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    Students who rely on financial assistance should be aware of ongoing changes to the FAFSA process.

    All students in need of financial assistance are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of financial aid for college students in the United States.

    Normally, this process opens in October, however, this year the Department of Education is in the process of simplifying the FAFSA. As a result, applications are not expected to open until December 2023 at a date to be determined.

    Changes to the 2024-25 FAFSA process will include a reduction in the number of questions, as well as required consent to import tax information. Students should be prepared to complete the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available in order to determine Title IV federal aid eligibility (Pell Grant, SEOG, TEACH, Work Study, Stafford Direct Loans, PLUS Loan). FAFSA results are also needed for some other federal, state, University and private programs.

    Details about the FAFSA can be found online at studentaid.gov. The 2024-25 FAFSA will use 2022 tax year information with a priority deadline of Feb. 1 for Missouri residents.

    Truman’s Financial Aid Office is currently working on details of when aid offers will be available for students. This year it will most likely be March for incoming freshmen and April for current students.          

    For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130 or finaid@truman.edu. The Financial Aid Office website also has a variety of helpful resources for students and their families.
  • ITS “Tech Bytes” Explores Campus Email


    Starting in this issue, Information and Technology Services will share weekly “Tech Bytes” in the Truman Today focusing on some aspect of campus technology.

    This fall, Outlook 365 was selected as the University’s new email platform. Outlook 365 is a cloud-based service that offers a number of advantages over traditional email, including: increased security and reliability; more storage space; better collaboration tools; and a modern, user-friendly interface.

    All current faculty, staff and students have migrated to Outlook 365, with former students and retirees remaining on Truman’s Gmail system.

    Outlook 365 has an intuitive featured called the focused inbox. Outlook automatically sorts emails into two tabs: Focused and Other. The Focused tab contains emails that Outlook considers to be important, while the Other tab contains all other emails. Users who would prefer to see all their emails in one inbox can turn this feature off by clicking on the view tab and unchecking “show focused inbox” in the Reading Pane group.

    Conversation threads are also the default setting in Outlook 365. This can be helpful for keeping track of email conversations, but if users would like the traditional inbox, threads can be turned off by clicking the view tab and unchecking “show as conversations” in the Arrangement group.

    Users can easily set up email on a phone, and there is also a desktop version. Questions for using Outlook 365 can be directed to the IT Help Desk or by checking out the FAQ section on the ITS website.

    Outlook 365 is highly customizable with options for color coding emails, personalizing fonts and creating custom views. As new users get started, here are the top ten helpful customization tips:

    Customize the Inbox. Users can change the way their inbox looks and works by adjusting the view settings. For example, choose to show or hide the preview pane, or change the order of the columns.

    Create Folders. Folders help organize emails so they are easy to find. Create folders for different projects, classes or topics.

    Use Filters. Filters help automatically sort emails into different folders based on criteria such as sender, recipient or subject line.

    Create Rules. Rules allow users to automatically take action on emails, such as moving them to a folder, forwarding them to someone else or deleting them.

    Use the Search Bar. The search bar is a powerful tool to find emails quickly and easily. Search for emails by sender, recipient, subject line or any other keyword.

    Set Up Automatic Replies. Automatic replies let others know when users are out of the office or not available to respond to emails immediately.

    Use the Snooze Feature. The snooze feature allows users to temporarily defer an email and come back to it later.

    Use the Task Pane. The task pane is a great way to keep track of tasks and deadlines. Add emails to the task pane and Outlook will automatically remind users when they are due.

    Use the People View. The People view is a great way to keep track of contacts. Add notes to contacts and see their social media profiles.

    Use the Calendar. The calendar helps keep track of appointments and events, share a calendar with others and create recurring events.
  • Community Honors September 11

    Truman ROTC members, along with students and members of the Kirksville community, came together to pay tribute to those lost on September 11, 2001. They climbed 110 flights of stairs to honor the 343 firefighters who died climbing 110 flights of the World Trade Center.


  • Celebrate Constitution Day


    Celebrating Constitution Day is important as it is one of the most influential documents in American History. This document is the framework of the government and establishes the rights and freedoms citizens enjoy today.

    Truman will host a presentation led by the Civic Engagement Committee from 1-2 p.m. in the Student Union Building 3202. Light refreshments and pocket copies of the Constitution will be available for attendees. Free pocket Constitutions, and cookies, will be available at the Student Union Building Information Desk from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 18.

    For those unavailable to attend the presentation, these YouTube videos may be helpful:

    Women’s Fight for Equality and the 19th Amendment
    First Amendment - A celebration of African American history and the First Amendment  
    Civil Rights Movement 
    Why Have Civil Dialogue? 
    Walkthrough of the Constitution 
    Voting Rights  
    A Conversation on the Constitution: Freedom of Speech
  • Welcome Reception for New Provost


  • 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.
  • Coffee (and Chocolates) with the President Focused on Truman’s New Marketing Strategy


    President Sue Thomas will host her first Coffee (and Chocolates) for the academic year from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 26 in Violette Hall 1000.

    The focus of this coffee is to discuss Truman’s new marketing strategy and will be led by Conor O’Flaherty, founder of Enliven Agency, Inc., and Hayden Wilsey, associate director of marketing. All faculty and staff are invited. An additional subject-focused coffee and two social opportunities for faculty and staff are planned for later in the semester.
  • McNair Program Applications Open

    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.

  • Study Abroad in Ireland

    This course introduces students to strategic communication and its influences on public opinion, within the culture of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It will look at a variety of communication methods, including traditional and new media, as well as visual rhetoric, and the purpose and impact of those communication efforts. Click here for more information.

  • Study Abroad in Spain

    This 12-credit immersive language and culture program is led by faculty. Students have daily classes and are immersed in the local culture by living with a host family. Click here for more information.

  • 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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  • TRU-Entrepreneur Speaker Series Features Doug Villhard


  • SSAS to Observe Moon Festival

  • Food and Culture Highlight African Fair

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hosts Virtual Artists Talk

    Photograph from "Working America" available in the main gallery

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

    “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.

    In the Charlyn Gallery, Madeline Brice’s exhibit “Learning Not to Hurt Others” is also 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.
  • Safe Zone Trainings Open


    The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is offering Safe Zone Training for students, faculty and staff. Safe Zone trainings are an opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ issues, diversity, and inclusion, with the goal of fostering empathy, understanding, and respectful communication. The training equips attendees with the tools to be allies and advocates, helping to make spaces safer and more welcoming for everyone. Registration is now live through Event Manager.

    Each session will last around three hours and will be full of interactive learning opportunities as well as time for questions, connection and discussion.

    There is now an option for a student organization to be recognized as Safe Zone Certified. To receive the certification, 25% of members need to participate, with three attendees being members of the officer/exec board. After the criteria is met, the organization’s certification will be published on the CDI website.

    Student Sessions
    Sept. 27
    Oct. 10
    Oct. 28
    Nov. 7
    Nov. 11

    Faculty and Staff Sessions
    Sept. 20
    Sept. 23
    Oct. 5
    Oct. 18
    Oct. 26
    Nov. 8

    For any questions or concerns, contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at diversity@truman.edu.
  • Japanese Club Explores Japanese Language and Culture

  • African Food Delivery Offered Every Other Sunday



  • Physics Student Attends Invitation-only Workshop


    Senior physics major Emmanuella Goe attended the FUTURE of Physics conference, Sept. 11-12 at the California Institute of Technology. This invitation-only workshop with a competitive nomination process is designed to support undergraduate women who are planning to attend graduate school in physics. FUTURE is an all-expenses-paid event supported by Caltech, the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, and the Heising-Simons Foundation. Participants have an opportunity to engage in intimate big science discussions with Caltech faculty, attend panel discussions on topical research areas as well as on graduate student life, and receive personalized guidance on how to navigate the graduate school application process through mini-workshops.