Vol. 28 No. 30 - April 22, 2024


  • SAB Concert Features Peter McPoland


    Peter McPoland will perform at 6 p.m. April 26 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    At just 20 years old, McPoland creates the kind of finespun folk-pop that feels both beautifully lived-in and undeniably original. McPoland picked up guitar at the age of 14 and taught himself to play, finding lessons to be too regimented. Within a year he’d started writing his own songs, mining inspiration from folk artists like John Prine and Gregory Alan Isakov. As shown on breakout hits like his self-released single “Romeo & Juliet,” the Texas-raised artist has an incredible gift for capturing the most nuanced emotional experiences, then bringing that expression to life in idiosyncratic detail.

    Admission is free and tickets are not required. Water will be provided.
  • Biology Major has Sights Set on Big Cat Research

    From on-campus research with Truman faculty, to summer internships at other institutions, Kenny Damper has tried to take advantage of every opportunity that has come his way as an undergraduate.

     Damper hopes to one day put his biology degree to use as an animal researcher, specifically to help big cats. He has a fondness for lions, tigers and other natural predators that would terrify most people. As a McNair scholar, Damper is working toward advanced degrees and has already been accepted to a master’s program in wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research project will involve barred owl removal in northern California.

    Although Damper has racked up countless hours in Magruder Hall doing research and participating in class labs, he has been able to maintain his love of music by playing with the jazz ensemble course.

    Check out this installment of “The Spotlight Series” to hear more about Damper’s Truman experience.
  • Greek Life Raises More Than $25,000 for Local Charities

    Greek students present a check to representatives of Project Happie, the Truman Serve Center Food Pantry and the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Scholarship Program. As part of the Greek Week philanthropy efforts, students raised $22,421.08 for Project Happie and the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Scholarship Program, as well as $2,678.54 for the Truman Serve Center Food Pantry. The total was announced during closing ceremonies, April 12. Other recognition’s during the closing ceremonies were Kappa Alpha Psi Fratnerity, Inc., which placed first for NPHC, Delta Chi, which took first for IFC, and Delta Zeta, which took first for Panhellenic Council. Sam Myers of Delta Chi and Delaney Wehde of Sigma Sigma Sigma were crowned Greek Week Royalty.
  • Theatre to Perform “Charlotte’s Web”

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    Performances of “Charlotte’s Web” will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 in the Black Box Theatre in Ophelia Parrish Building. There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. April 28.

    In this classic tale, a pig meets a spider and both of their lives change for the better. “Charlotte’s Web” tells the story of how Wilbur, an innocent young pig, and Charlotte, a smart spider, charm and amaze the humans around them. Tender and magical, audiences root for Wilbur and his friends who fight to save his life.

    This production is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at boxoffice.truman.edu. For more information, contact the Truman Theatre Box Office at 660.785.4515 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Graduating Senior Receives Fulbright Grant


    Eileen Finley has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant (ETA) by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

    Finley is a graduating senior majoring in German and political science and international relations, with a computer science minor. While completing this competitive fellowship, she will spend 10 months teaching English language and American studies in Saxony, Germany.  

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. It is funded by an annual appropriation from Congress to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

    Students interested in the Fulbright program can attend a writing workshop hosted by the Fulbright Committee from 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 1 in McClain Hall 208. The workshop with provide advice and the chance to work with a faculty mentor on developing the application. Students graduating by the end of the 2024-25 academic year who plan to complete a Fulbright application in the fall of 2024 should start their application immediately.
  • TruPlus Program Offers Discounted Tuition to Transfer Students

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    Missouri students with an associate’s degree now have the opportunity to receive a 50% discount on tuition while earning a bachelor’s degree from Truman.

    TruPlus is a new initiative established by Truman to provide a way for in-state students to affordably continue their education. For the 2024-25 academic year, in-state students who have earned their associate’s degree are eligible for half-off tuition on 12-17 credit hours for an annual savings of more than $4,000.

    “Cost can be one of the biggest barriers to education,” said Allison Schweizer, director of admission. “TruPlus gives students another path to a bachelor’s degree, and it makes their education more affordable.”

    TruPlus is a particularly beneficial option for high school students taking advantage of Missouri’s A+ Scholarship Program. After using their A+ Scholarship to earn an associate’s degree at a Missouri community college, they can attend Truman and earn a bachelor’s degree at a 50% discount.

    Another advantage to TruPlus is access to academic advising to ensure students are taking the courses that will be beneficial when they transfer. TruPlus students can be automatically admitted to Truman when they apply as long as they meet certain GPA requirements.

    “TruPlus streamlines the process for students and helps them take advantage of every academic and economic option they have when pursing their education,” said Schweizer.

    Students who participate in TruPlus are still eligible for a number of Truman’s competitive scholarships, which could also make the overall cost of their education more affordable.

    The TruPlus option is open to any Missouri resident with an associate’s degree. There are no requirements related to when the degree was earned or the institution that granted it. For more information about TruPlus and other transfers options available at Truman, visit transfer.truman.edu, email transfer@truman.edu or call 660.785.4114 to talk with an admission counselor.
  • Puppy Love for Tally Supports Adair County Humane Society


    Alpha Sigma Alpha is sponsoring their annual philanthropy, Puppy Love for Tally, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22-25 on the quad to raise money for the Adair County Humane Society.

    For a small fee anyone interested can meet and play with adoptable animals from the humane society. All proceeds will go directly to the Adair County Humane Society, which is a no-kill shelter. The funds raised assist with a variety of expenses including medical bills and food for the animals.

    Puppy Love for Tally was started in honor of a deceased sister, Tally Stevens, who passed away in a car accident. The philanthropy was established to always remember Stevens’ life and family. She had a strong passion for animals, which is why Truman’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha established this philanthropy in conjunction with the humane society.
  • Giving Week Set for April 22-26

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    Truman’s Giving Week will take place from 8 a.m. April 22 to 5 p.m. April 26.

    In celebration of National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, Truman’s Giving Week gives beautiful bulldogs the chance to come together to make a difference for Truman students by giving back. Matching funds are available for the following campaigns thanks to the generosity of lead donors.

    Bertha Thomas Legacy Scholarship
    The Bertha Thomas Legacy Scholarship was established in 2023 to honor Thomas for her substantial contributions to students, campus and the Kirksville community. Thomas spent the majority of her career as the assistant dean of Multicultural Affairs where she helped create safe spaces and support systems for all students, especially those from historically underrepresented groups. Gifts to the Bertha Thomas Legacy Scholarship will be matched 1:1 up to $3,000 through the generosity of Floyd Simpson III (’02).

    Embedded Tutoring Program
    The Embedded Tutoring program places a tutor in select classrooms to assist student learning. Classes with embedded tutors have increased overall GPA and students self-report higher grades. Gifts to the Center for Academic Excellent Embedded Tutoring program will be matched 1:1 up to $3,000 through the generosity of an anonymous sponsor.

    Farm-to-Table Initiative
    Farm-to-Table is a collaboration with the University Farm to bring healthy, fresh, organic produce and goods directly from the nearby land to the dining hall tables. The Farm-to-Table Initiative also provides educational opportunities for students, allowing them to learn about supply chains and the importance of eating locally and in-season. The first $4,300 donated to the Farm-to-Table Initiative will receive a 1:1 match thanks to the generosity of Cindy Spiker (’93) and Michele Hoyne (’90).

    Students in the Truman Forensics Union compete in both in-person and virtual events. Gifts to the Forensics Fund will be matched 1:1 up to $10,000 through the generosity of Nishant Bhajaria (’03) and an anonymous alumni couple. At the same time, $5,000 are eligible for a 1:1 match from the start, and an additional $5,000 in matching funds are available if 50 individuals donate to the Forensics Fund during Giving Week.

    Gregg Nesbitt Football Scholarship
    Gregg Nesbitt spent 40 years coaching and 14 seasons as Truman’s head football coach. This scholarship honors his retirement and his many years of service to the University. Nesbitt is succeeded in his role by his son, Kellen Nesbitt, who served as assistant head coach since 2010. Gifts to the Greg Nesbitt Football Scholarship will be matched 1:1 up to $10,000 through the generosity of McLeod Express, LLC which is owned by Mac McLeod (’85).

    Health and Exercise Sciences Experiential Fund
    The HES Experiential Fund will allow students to travel to present research, attend conferences and deepen connections with Truman alumni and health and exercise sciences faculty. The fund is designed to provide multi-purpose support for students to participate in experiences that will expand their understanding of their academic field and their future careers. Gifts to the HES Experiential Fund will be matched 1:1 up to $12,500 through the generosity of Calaneet Balas (’97).

    In celebration of the impact of Truman donors, members of the Foundation Board are offering a 2:1 match to a Foundation fund of choice.

    More information about the featured campaigns is available online and will be shared on the Truman Alumni Facebook page. Donors who give $70 or more in the month of April are also eligible to receive an exclusive Truman-branded puzzle.


  • Earth Week Activities Continue Through April 27

    Earth Week activities will take place through April 27. A full schedule of events can be found here. Follow @tru.sus on Instagram.

    Scavenger Hunt
    A scavenger hunt will begin at 10 a.m. April 22 with prizes available until April 27. Students can bring a picture of the 12 natural items listed on the scavenger hunt document to the Sustainability Office in Violette Hall 1310 in exchange for a free sticker and voucher for one free item from the clothing swap.

    Terracotta Pot Painting
    6-7:30 p.m.
    April 22
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Paint mini terracotta pots to add to or start a house plant collection. The Compost Project will be providing compost and wildflower seed grab-bags for those who want to get their hands dirty.

    Stargazing Open House
    7:30-9 p.m.
    April 22
    University Observatory at the University Farm
    Bring a blanket and get a constellation tour complete with myths from some amateur astronomical enthusiasts in the club.

    4:30-6 p.m.
    April 23
    Slacklining is the art of walking on a flat line strung between two trees. In case of rain, slacklining will be canceled.

    Print Club Screen Printing Demo
    7-8 p.m.
    April 24
    Ophelia Parrish 2260

    4:30-6 p.m.
    April 25
    Slacklining is the art of walking on a flat line strung between two trees. In case of rain, slacklining will be canceled.

    Earth Fest
    3-5:30 p.m.
    April 26
    Student Union Building front lawn
    Earth Fest is an opportunity for campus and community organizations to come together to celebrate sustainability. There will be live music from True Men, Minor Detail and Dirt on the Coroner. Shelter puppies and kittens will also be there. Events co-occurring with Earth Fest include the Greenhouse Plant Clinic and the Clothing Swap. Student Government will also have sustainable items such as shampoo/conditioner bars, menstrual cups and vegan food.

    Clothing Swap
    3-5:30 p.m.
    April 26
    Student Union Building front lawn
    Bring clean clothes, no graphic tees other than Truman ones, to the Sustainability Office in Violette Hall 1310 during open hours and fill out the simple form to record your donation.

    Greenhouse Plant Clinic
    3-5:30 p.m.
    April 26
    University Greenhouse
    Got a plant whose health is giving you grief? Place it in the greenhouse staff’s capable hands and get diagnosis and treatment as applicable.

    Environmental RHA Trivia
    7-9 p.m.
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge
    Participate in an environmental-themed trivia night, with the questions written by staff in the Sustainability Office.

    Outdoor Mushroom Production Workshop
    April 27
    University Farm
    The University Farm will host two free outdoor mushroom production workshops from 12-3 p.m. April 27 and May 4. Students will learn the basics of outdoor mushroom production and inoculate their own mushroom log to take home.

    Earth Week Send-Off Party
    8-10 p.m.
    April 27
    Thousand Hills Park Group Campsite
    Send off Earth Week 2024 with TruOutdoors and Stargazers at an outdoor bonfire and camping potluck. Bring food and a positive attitude. Camping overnight is encouraged but not required to come celebrate.

  • Nutrition Workshop Discusses Healthy Habits

  • Ag Class to Sell Produce Grown on the University Farm

    AgSc 306: Market Gardening will be selling produce grown at the University Farm from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23 and April 30 in front of the Student Union Building.

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  • Campus Organizations Sponsor Denim Day

    Women’s Resource Center and Office of Institutional Compliance are sponsoring Denim Day, April 24. On this day, campus is encouraged to wear jeans to show support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Stickers will be available at the Public Relations and Student Engagement office for those who wish to participate. Participants should also be prepared to answer questions about why they are wearing jeans.

  • Remembrance Ceremony Planned for April 24

    A remembrance ceremony will take place 6 p.m. April 24 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. This is an opportunity to remember and celebrate students, faculty, staff and friends that were lost in this past year.

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  • Sigma Delta Pi to Perform Notable Play

    Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, will perform “The Story of the Man who Turned into a Dog,” a 6 p.m. April 24 in Baldwin Hall 102. This notable play is written by the Argentine playwright Osvaldo Dragún. Admission is free and English translation of the play will be provided.

  • Entrepreneur Speaker Series Features Alumnus


    Marco Ilardi will speak at 12 p.m. April 25 in the Doug & Diane Villhard Innovation Lab located in the Pickler Memorial Library, as part of the TRU-Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

    Ilardi has been a managing partner at V2 Ventures for the past six years. He has officially funded, built and sold a total of eight companies in the digital publishing, advertising technology and marketing technology industries. Ilardi is renowned for nurturing enduring relationships and fostering innovative talent. His pivotal role in launching, growing and selling successful digital marketing companies showcases his visionary insight, unwavering dedication and passionate commitment to innovation.

    Proficient in digital strategy, mobile advertising, performance-based marketing, audience development and product development, Ilardi’s impressive background also includes being the former president at Adknowledge and senior vice president at FOX Interactive Media. His dedication to empowering entrepreneurs and driving innovation firmly establishes him as a prominent industry leader.
  • Alumnus to Speak on Career in Public Service


    James Carter will discuss his distinguished career in political public service during a presentation at 7 p.m. April 25 in Violette Hall 1010 as part of the Economic Speakers Series.

    Carter has been active in political public service since graduating from the University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, followed in 1993 by a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. He has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations in the capacities of: The National Economic Council; deputy assistant secretary for economic policy in the U.S. Treasury; deputy undersecretary for international affairs and senior advisor to the secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor; chief economist and senior tax advisor in the U.S. Senate Budget Committee; and director for the Center of American Prosperity. He currently serves as a senior fellow for the America First Policy Institute.

    During his presentation, Carter will speak on networking lessons learned through a lifetime career in public service working across the aisle with both political parties. He has served on the Board of Directors of BIPAC, a bipartisan organization working to improve the political climate in America, and on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. He has taught “Politics and Public Policy” at George Washington University and “The Practice and Politics of U.S. Tax Policy” at Johns Hopkins University. Carter is also a member of the Business-Government Relations Council and founder and proprietor of Concerned Economists. He has authored more than 200 publications in national newspapers such as Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Politico, among others.

    For nearly a decade, Carter was vice president of government affairs at Emerson, a diversified global manufacturing and technology company based in St. Louis. In addition to managing Emerson’s global, federal and state government affairs, his lobbying portfolio included tax policy, international trade and management of the company’s political action committee.

    Since his time at the University Carter has continued to give back to his alma mater, helping more than 20 Truman students serve in internships in Washington, D.C. He is a 2014 recipient of Johns Hopkins University’s “Excellence in Teaching” award, and he appeared in season three of “House of Cards,” playing a U.S. senator.

    Carter’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of Economics. It is free and open to the public.
  • Rotaract Club Sponsors Dodgeball Tournament

    Rotaract Club is hosting a dodgeball tournament at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at the Student Recreation Center Multipurpose Field. Teams will consist of five players and the total cost for a team to enter is $10. Teams can sign up here. The tournament is open to all.

  • Calling for Commencement Volunteers

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    The University will celebrate and honor spring graduates at 2 p.m. May 11 at Stokes Stadium. Several volunteers are needed to help pass out programs and direct people to the disability and available seating.  

    Volunteers are asked to arrive at the stadium by 12:40 p.m. for directions prior to the doors opening at 1 p.m. Shortly after commencement begins, volunteers are free to leave or stay for the ceremony.
    Anyone willing to volunteer, or anyone with questions about volunteering, can contact Nancy Asher at nasher@truman.edu or Kaytee Wood at kwood@truman.edu, or call 660.785.4145. For those who volunteer, more detailed information will be sent closer to the actual date.
  • Clothing Swap to Take Place as Part of Earth Fest

    The Clothing Swap will take place 3-5:30 p.m. April 26. Students can turn in up to 20 items to the Sustainability Office in advance or bring 10 items to swap at the event outside of the Student Union Building. The office is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday in Violette Hall 1310.

  • Scholarship Benefit Concert Features Strange Accents

  • University Farm Sponsors Mushroom Production Workshops

    The University Farm will host two free outdoor mushroom production workshops from 12-3 p.m. April 27 and May 4. Students will learn the basics of outdoor mushroom production and inoculate their own mushroom log to take home. For more information contact Bob Johnson, assistant professor of agricultural science, at bjohnson@truman.edu.

  • Library to Upgrade System Platform

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    Pickler Memorial Library is launching the new FOLIO platform May 22. FOLIO will be a fresh foundation on which the library can build new and innovative services.

    Work is already underway to move MOBIUS and Pickler Memorial Library to the FOLIO library platform. As part of the migration, MOBIUS will temporarily suspend requesting through the MOBIUS catalog and on-site borrowing at other MOBIUS libraries, April 18. Requesting will be re-enabled May 22 when the new catalog launches.

    Starting May 7, online access to library accounts will be unavailable until the new system is in place. Reading history will not migrate to FOLIO and must be printed before May 7 in order to keep it.

    For more information about the migration, visit the library’s website. Any additional questions can be directed to the Library Service Desk at 660.785.4533 or one of the research and instruction librarians.
  • ASA Hosts an Exclusive African Wedding Experience

    African Students Association will host an imitation African wedding experience from 5-8 p.m. April 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. This event is a great way for people to witness some of the vibrant traditions of Africa, indulge in mouthwatering delicacies and groove to the beats of African music. RSVP here. Tickets are $5 in advance via Venmo and $7 at the door. Limited space is available so reservations only count if they are paid for in advance.

  • Campus Blood Drive to Take Place April 29


    Momentum Campus Ministries, the Lutheran Student Fellowship and the Baptist Student Union, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will host a campus blood drive from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Pizza, cookies and refreshments will be provided to participants.

    Summer months are correlated with a decrease in blood drive participation. With a shelf life of less than 50 days, having blood on-hand to use for transfusions and emergency medical procedures is critical and can help save lives. Register here to participate in this drive.
  • Writing Workshop to Focus on Fulbright Application


    The Fulbright Committee will host a writing workshop from 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 1 in McClain Hall 208. Students graduating by the end of the 2024-25 academic year who plan to complete a Fulbright application in the fall of 2024 should start their application immediately. The campus deadline is Sept. 2. The workshop with provide advice and the chance to work with a faculty mentor on developing the application. Questions can be directed to Meg Edwards, associate professor of political science and international relations.
  • Registration Open for Summer Classes

  • Office of Student Research Seeks Proposals

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    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid of Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applicants, as well as Conference Travel Scholarship applications, for fall 2024.

    Conference Travel Scholarship applications are for students presenting the results of their research or creative scholarship at a conference taking place January-June 2025. Students must have completed or be currently involved in a faculty-mentored research experience and plan on presenting at the conference. The scholarship will cover up to $500 of conference registration, lodging and travel expenses.

    GIASR applications are available for research and creative scholarship conducted in fall 2024. Grant applicants may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends, supplies and travel to conduct research.

    Complete guidelines for the Conference Travel Scholarship and GIASR applications can be found at the Office of Student Research website. Applications for both funding opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. May 1. Questions regarding the applications can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • U&I Accepting Room Reservations for Fall Semester

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    Union & Involvement Services will continue to accept room reservations for the fall semester on a first-come, first-served basis. Recognized student organizations must be in good standing in order for requests to be processed. Forms can be found here and emailed to union@truman.edu. Paper forms will not be accepted. Contact the Union & Involvement Services Office at union@truman.edu or 660.785.4222 for more information.
  • FAFSA Filing Now Open

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    Students can file or make changes to their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-2025 school year at studentaid.gov.

    All students in need of financial assistance are encouraged to complete the FAFSA. Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of financial aid for college students in the United States. Even though a student may not qualify for grants or work-study, all students are considered for the Federal Direct Loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit students to taking a loan, but it does allow for more options.

    The 2024-2025 FAFSA requires students to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For the 2024-2025 FAFSA students will use their 2022 tax information. Details about the FAFSA can be found online at studentaid.gov.

    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.
  • Fulfill Language Requirements Over the Summer

  • Chinese Department Hiring Teaching Assistants and Tutors

    The Chinese Department is seeking to hire Chinese teaching assistants and language tutors for scholarship and institutional jobs available in fall 2024. Native Chinese speakers or individuals fluent in Chinese are encouraged to apply. Questions can be directed to zwen@truman.edu.

  • Literary Magazine Accepting Submissions

    Truman’s literary magazine, Windfall, is accepting submissions of poetry, prose and art from currently enrolled students. Submissions should be sent to windfallmagazine@gmail.com.

  • Writing Center Positions Now Available

    The Writing Center is hiring writing consultants for scholarship and work-study. Limited institutional hours are also available. Students with academic writing knowledge, interpersonal communication skills and motivation to help people help themselves are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is May 1. Any questions can be directed to write@truman.edu.

  • Applications Available for Summer Museums and Archives Internships


    Applications are now being accepted for summer internships at the following locations in Missouri:

    •    Columbia: State Historical Society of Missouri
    •    Jefferson City: Missouri State Archives
    •    Kansas City: Harry Truman Presidential Library, National World War I Museum
    •    St. Joseph: St. Joseph Museums
    •    St. Louis: Campbell House Museum, Missouri History Museum, Mercantile Library
    •    Springfield: MSU Special Collections and Archive

    The summer internships are open to all Truman students, but they are especially relevant for those considering careers in archives, museums and teaching. For more information email Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history, at jasonmcd@truman.edu.
  • School of Social and Cultural Studies Faculty Celebration

  • Retirement Reception for Miner, Lochbaum and Ryan



  • Edwards and Rice Attend Midwest Conference

    Meg Edwards (left), associate professor of political science and international relations, and Julianna Rice, senior political science and international relations major, attend the MPSA conference in Chicago.

    Meg Edwards, associate professor of political science and international relations, and Julianna Rice, senior political science and international relations major, attended the 2024 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference in Chicago, Illinois, April 4-7. They participated in a panel and presented their paper, “Homeschooling in the United States: Policy Evolution and Identity Construction.” Edwards also presented her paper, “Performing Populism: Leadership Fashion in Comparative Perspective,” and served as an invited participant on a Midwest Women’s Caucus Roundtable, “Being Asked to Do More with Less: Increasing Service Burdens as Enrollments and Budgets Decline.”

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Purdy Scholarship Seeks Campus Leaders


    The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation will offer the Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of Allan Walker Purdy. Born in 1914 on a farm near Macon, Purdy was the first in his family to attend a four-year college. He worked in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture before becoming the campus’s first director of scholarships and student financial aid.

    This program supports candidates who demonstrate leadership, character and academic performance. It is open to students who started higher education right after high school, as well as adult learners who are now pursuing or returning to complete a degree. Additionally, these students have a vision, are eager to make their contribution to the world and have the work ethic to bring their dreams to fruition.

    The scholarship application period runs through May 15. More information, including details on how to apply, can be found here. The scholarship amount can vary based on an applicant’s circumstances. The general range will be $2,000-$5,000 based on expected family contribution (EFC), unmet need and other factors.

    Applicants must: be a Missouri resident; be an undergraduate second-, third- or fourth-year student for the 2024-25 academic year; enrolled full-time and making satisfactory academic progress; and have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recommendation from an instructor, counselor, advisor, current or recent supervisor, community leader or other similarly qualified individual is required.