Vol. 28 No. 7 - October 2, 2023


  • Greenwood Autism Center Accepting Clients for Services This Fall


    The Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center will begin seeing clients later this fall.

    New client inquiries are now being accepted online at greenwood.truman.edu/services or by emailing GreenwoodIntake@truman.edu. Individuals, family members or guardians of those who may benefit from the center’s service are encouraged to make use of this pre-screening process in order to determine the best method of care. Depending on the needs of each client, services may address adaptive, social, communication, educational, community, pre-vocational and vocational skills, as well as customized support plans.

    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. Financial support for the project has come from the Missouri legislature and federal funding, as well as Adair County SB 40 and a private grant from the Sunderland Foundation in Kansas City.

    With renovation of the building nearly complete, the Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center is in the process of hiring licensed professionals equipped to provide a variety of services. Qualified health care providers interested in career opportunities at the center can email GreenwoodJobs@truman.edu or visit the employment link at truman.edu.

    Truman will celebrate this collaborative project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during Homecoming festivities. 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.

    More information about the Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center and its services can be found online at greenwood.truman.edu.
  • Tree Work Keeps Campus Beautiful

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    For the fifth year in a row, Truman has received a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

    TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, schools and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. The 2023-24 grant is specifically for the removal of unhealthy and invasive trees on campus for pedestrian safety, and the amount total is more than $27,000.

    In recent years, the Midwest has experienced substantial damage from the emerald ash borer. Some trees on campus already damaged by the destructive wood-boring pest were removed to prevent additional spread. Along with the ash trees there will be several invasive pear trees removed in the coming weeks, in addition to the annual tree trimming conducted by groundskeepers.

    In October, Truman is scheduled to receive free trees from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. The local Conservation Department has organized a community effort in northeast Missouri to have a truck load of trees brought to Kirksville through Project Communitree, some of which will be planted on campus.

    Truman has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA school since 2014 by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to sustainable urban forest management. The University has been able to maintain this designation thanks in large part to Yvette Amerman and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
  • Pantry Provides Food Items for Students


    The Truman Food Pantry is a resource on campus that offers food and hygiene products to assistant students.

    The Food Pantry is one of the facets of the SERVE Center, and its goals are to reduce food insecurity by providing resources to those in need, increasing awareness of hunger issues on Truman’s campus, and promoting student engagement to develop a feeling of community and service to peers on campus.

    The Truman Food Pantry provides several different food items such as soup, ramen, pasta, cereal, rice, milk, fruit, vegetables and much more. It even offers gluten free or vegan options to cater to allergies or dietary restrictions. Select hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, body wash, shampoo and razors are also available.

    The food pantry is located in the Student Union Building Room 1106 (SERVE Center) and is open 2:30-4 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays; 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fridays; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. In addition to these hours, throughout the year, they host several pop-up pantry events that allow students to make their own food packs or pick up one that is already prepared. This semester’s pop-up pantrys will take place 1-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7 and are all in the Student Union Down Under.

    Donations to the Food Pantry are always being accepted and can be dropped off at the U&I Office in the Student Union Building 2000. Items in high demand at the moment are tomatoes, potatoes, tuna, chips/crackers, pasta, cereal, chicken and breakfast items.

    Major suppliers of donations to the Truman Food Pantry are the Truman Food Pantry Foundation Fund and the “Food for Fines” program sponsored by the library and the Department of Public Safety. Intramural forfeit fines can also be paid with donations as well. Another way to donate is by purchasing items on the Food Pantry's Amazon Wishlist. The list is filled with a variety of items, both food and hygiene products, that are high in demand when students request packs.

    The pantry is available to all Truman students. There are no income eligibility requirements for use, and all that is needed is a Truman ID when picking up items. Students are asked to complete a one-time form on their first visit, but use of the pantry will not become part of the student’s record, nor will the student’s information be shared.

    The idea for a food pantry derived from Casey Cook in 2018. A nursing student at the time, Cook noticed a need for a food pantry in the Truman community. JD Smiser, director of the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards, helped her connect with individuals across campus that agreed with the idea. From there, Kathleen Placke, student government member; Erika Sterup, then assistant director of Upward Bound; Stephanie Raymond, then McNair program and evaluation coordinator; Brian Ott, assistant professor of sociology; Justin Drelinski, then Sodexo general manager; and Sodexo employees Cassie Woods and Bri Bonds, along with Cook, all worked together to create the foundation for what is known as the Food Pantry today.

    Additional information can be found on the food pantry website, by emailing serve@truman.edu, or by following @tsuservecenter on Instagram.
  • Truman Kicks Off United Way Campaign


    Truman’s annual United Way campaign is currently ongoing with a goal of $22,000.

    The United Way of Northeast Missouri funds 11 agencies that directly serve the community. Donors should consider that 99% of every dollar stays local. Area partners include: the YMCA; NEMO Senior Citizen Services Inc.; 4-H; Community Opportunities, Inc.; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; Hospice of Northeast Missouri; Community Child Development Center; Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; the Salvation Army; and Macon County Sheltered Workshop.

    All faculty and staff members should have received information about the campaign through campus mail. Donations can be made now through Oct. 27. Two names will be drawn each Wednesday for prizes.

    Individuals who did not receive campaign information, or those who may have questions, should contact co-chairs Wendy Miner, professor of education, or Dawn Howd, director of stewardship. For more information about the United Way of Northeast Missouri, or to donate online, visit liveunitednemo.org. Faculty and staff members who donate online are encouraged to return the white slip from their campaign information through campus mail to Miner in order to keep track of the amount raised from the Truman community and to be eligible for weekly prize drawings.

    Thank you to those who have already made their contribution.
  • Beatles Tribute Band to Perform in Kohlenberg Lyceum Series


    Beatlemania will return to Truman’s Baldwin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 with a performance by Liverpool Legends.

    As part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series, this internationally acclaimed tribute band will take the stage for a performance spanning songs from the entire Beatles catalog, complete with vintage instruments and outfit changes for an authentic feel.

    Hand-picked by Louise Harrison, the sister of the late George Harrison, Liverpool Legends have been headlining their own production in Branson, Missouri, since 2006. They have been voted best new show, best band, best show and they have received the visitors’ choice award for best show. They received national attention as they re-created the Beatles famed 1966 concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

    In 2012, Liverpool Legends, along with Harrison, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their work on “Fab Fan Memories: The Beatles Bond.” The band has traveled and performed around the world, playing sold out shows in Mexico, India, Israel, Ecuador and England, and at historic venues including the Rose Bowl and Carnegie Hall.

    This performance will also include the return of Truman alumnus David Tanner (’95) who portrays Paul McCartney.

    Tickets are available 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. Any remaining tickets will be available at the window starting 30 minutes before the show.

    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.
  • Ofstad Reading Series Welcomes Fantasy Author


    Fantasy author Alexandra Rowland will participate in a seminar and reading session at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre as part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series.

    Rowland is the author of eight fantasy books including “A Taste of Gold and Iron,” “Some by Virtue Fall” and “Running Close to the Wind.”

    The seminar will help attendees, whether they are about to start writing a new story, preparing to run a Dungeons & Dragons campaign or have always been curious about how writers come up with such immersive fantastical settings. The seminar will be followed by a reading from Rowland’s upcoming book, “Running Close to the Wind.”

    In addition to being an author, Rowland is a four-time Hugo Award-nominated podcaster as well as a 2012 Truman graduate. Find them at alexandrarowland.net, or on Twitter and Instagram as @_alexrowland.

    Thanks to the generosity and vision of Odessa Ofstad, the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series welcomes talented, renowned and deeply engaging guest writers and scholars from around the world to campus. Her donation was made in honor of her husband, Clayton B. Ofstad, who joined the Language and Literature Department at Truman in 1967 where he taught until his retirement in 1987.
  • Planetarium to Host Short-Film Festival


    The Del and Norma Robison Planetarium will participate in a global short-film festival that will allow attendees to vote for their favorite picture.

    Manhattan Short 2023 will screen a worldwide lineup of films linked by a common theme: how we face adversity, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances. The 10 featured films are dramatic, sometimes humorous, occasionally magical and always inspirational.

    The planetarium is one of more than 500 locations around the world to participate in the screenings. The 10 films range in running time from eight to 18 minutes. There will be four opportunities to watch, with the planetarium hosting screenings from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 7.

    All 10 films will be screened at every showing, and attendees will be allowed to vote for Best Film and Best Actor. There is no cost to attend the festival.

    The finalists hail from seven countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada alongside three films from the United States.

    Trapped in the confines of a tiny submarine, two men disagree on how to navigate a potentially perilous issue with their vessel.

    “Voice Activated”
    A florist with a stutter is forced to cooperate with a voice-activated car on the way to an important delivery.

    In Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, a woman walks into a chadari store in Kabul to buy her first full-body veil and face an uncertain future.

    When a young woman dominated by an over-protective mother plots her escape, their relationship dissolves into one of mutual suspicion.

    “The Family Circus”
    A Vietnamese-American family’s plan to cover up a drunk-driving incident begins to unravel when their emotional baggage spills out in front of the police.

    “Career Day”
    A once promising ’90s pop star and his aging boy band reunite for his daughter’s elementary school Career Day. They go viral.

    A loving mother strives to make her young son’s singing dreams come true, but an audition takes a dramatic, unforeseen turn.

    “The Record”
    An antique musical instrument dealer obsessively plays a magical vinyl record that “reads your mind and plays your lost memories.” Even the forgotten ones.

    “Stupid Boy”
    In London, a broken man groomed for a terrorist attack confronts a local lad who sees things differently. That can be dangerous.

    “Soliel Du Nuit”
    While training for a moon landing, a group of Canadian astronauts are tasked with an added mission by a Native American elder.


  • Substitute Teaching Workshop Offered Oct. 4

    As part of the fall Professional Development Series, the Education Department will host a Substitute Teaching Workshop, led by Jeanne Harding, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Violette Hall 1320. Attendees should complete the RSVP form by Oct. 3.

    This workshop is open to anyone interested in substitute teaching. Participants do not need to be a pre-MAE or MAE student to attend. Topics of discussion will include how to fill out the substitute teacher application, how to navigate the DESE website and practical advice for what to expect throughout the day as a substitute teacher.

  • Nationwide Emergency Alert Test Planned for Oct. 4

    FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at approximately 1:20 p.m. Oct. 4.

    The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.

    The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions.

    The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up testing date is Oct. 11.
  • Applications Open for Board of Governors Student Representative

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    The Truman State University Board of Governors is beginning the search for its next student representative.

    The Board of Governors is the University’s highest policy making body, charged with the important role of setting policy and providing guidance for the University. The student representative is a non-voting member of the board who voices student interests and opinions relating to issues the board votes on.

    Information on how to apply can be found at senate.truman.edu/application, or by reading through the application packet here. All applications will be due electronically to studentgovernment@truman.edu by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 27. Any questions can be directed to Ella Schnake, the current student representative, at ers6535@truman.edu.
  • Ireland Abroad Program Featured in Info Meeting

    The Center for International Education Abroad will host an informational meeting for the Ireland study abroad course at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Barnett Hall 1221.

    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.

  • Plan Ahead for Homecoming Tailgate


    Alumni, family and friends are invited to attend the Bulldog Forever Homecoming tailgate before the football game, Oct. 21.

    People who reserve a tailgate spot in advance will be granted early access to the tailgate lot and admitted ahead of the post-parade crowd. Those who wish to reserve a spot can register here. All requests must be approved by Alumni Relations. Review the Homecoming Tailgate Policies prior to the event.

    Spaces will be reserved for requests submitted by Oct. 6. Non-reserved space at the tailgate will be first-come, first-served at the event. For any questions email bulldogforever@truman.edu.
  • Philosophy and Religion Conference Accepting Papers


    The 33rd Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference will take place Nov. 11 in Baldwin Hall 114.

    Students can now submit papers to be featured at the conference. The submission deadline is Oct. 9. Papers from any area of philosophy and/or religion are welcome. This may include fields such as classics, anthropology and others. Papers should be no longer than 25 minutes reading time (approximately eight-10 pages).

    Papers should be submitted to Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, with the subject line: Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference. Students should separate all identifying information, including name and school, from the body of the paper in either format – include this information only in the body of the email. The title of the paper should be listed in both documents.
  • 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. For more information visit mcnair.truman.edu, email jfreese@truman.edu or follow the program on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

  • Sign Up to Get SERVE Center Volunteer Opportunities

    Are you interested in performing service at local non-profits this school year? Sign up to be included in communication with volunteers. The SERVE Center has partnered with more than 130 community agencies located in the Kirksville community to bring service opportunities to meet every student’s interests.

  • Tech Byte: Questions About Missing Email?


    Email users who think they may be missing emails should remember to check the Barracuda Spam & Virus Filter, as well as “Junk” and “Other” in Outlook365.

    The Barracuda Email Security Gateway is a system that manages and filters all inbound and outbound email traffic to protect Truman against inbound malware, spam, phishing and Denial of Service attacks to ensure that productivity isn’t impacted by attacks through the email system. This is accomplished through powerful rules that govern how inbound email messages are received by the intended recipient. It is a very important tool used as part of Truman’s overall information security program to ensure that malicious and harmful attacks do not infiltrate University systems.

    Barracuda then delivers the email to students, faculty and staff, but it does so in a slightly different manner.

    For students:
    Email will either be delivered to the students’ inbox or it will be blocked. If email is delivered to a student’s inbox and it is deemed suspect, it will be placed in either the “Junk” folder or in the “Other” tab so that it can be reviewed and acted upon as appropriate. For this reason, it is always important to check the “Junk” and “Other” folders just in case any important email may have been placed here.

    For faculty and staff:
    If Barracuda isn’t 100% sure that an email message is safe to deliver, it will quarantine the message for further review. If an email is quarantined, a message is sent to the user’s inbox with instructions on how to access the message for further review.  

    The email looks like the following:

    If this email was accidentally deleted, visiting barracuda.truman.edu and entering a Truman user ID and password will also show any messages quarantined as well.

    More information on Barracuda and how to customize settings can be found at its.truman.edu/docs/barracuda-spam-firewall.

    In some cases, email may be allowed through Barracuda but still be placed in “Junk” or “Spam” folders in a user’s inbox, as the email system itself also continues checking for potential spam or other malicious email. Checking these folders is important to do as well.
  • Students Can Teach English Through Service-Learning Course


    Truman students can earn one credit hour teaching English to elementary and middle school students in Taiwan via Zoom.

    CML 200, Taiwan Connect, is a service-learning course. Starting in the second block, it will meet every Monday evening beginning Oct. 16 in Baldwin Hall 309 (from 6-7 p.m. before Nov. 5 and from 5-6:30 p.m. after Nov. 5). The only requirement is participating students must be native English speakers.

    Students enrolled in 12-16 credits can take CML 200 at no additional cost. For more information, contact Zhijun “David” Wen, assistant professor of Chinese, at zwen@truman.edu or in McClain Hall 313.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • UpChuckles Welcomes New Members

    “A man walks into a bar…” If you recognize this setup, you’re one of us. Come join Truman’s elite standup comedy society, UpChuckles. Finish this joke and write more. So many more. You have it in you. Get it out. Seriously, get it out. You’ll feel so much better. Besides, who doesn’t love a funny person? No experience necessary. If you like jokes and laughs, come to the weekly meetings 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Barnett Hall 1219.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Homecoming Apparel Now Available


    Homecoming apparel is now available for purchase online.

    Short sleeve shirts are $10 ($13 for 2X and 3X)
    Long sleeve shirts are $15 ($18 for $2X and $3X)

    Orders will be available for pick up from the Union & Involvement Services Office (SUB 2000) starting the week of Oct. 9. Shipped orders will also begin processing that week. Any orders placed after Oct. 16 cannot be guaranteed to arrive by Homecoming Saturday.

    Any questions should be directed to homecoming@truman.edu.