Vol. 28 No. 32 - May 6, 2024


  • Students Honored for Outstanding Academic Achievement

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    The annual list of outstanding students has been released. The recipients are determined by their respective departments.

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art    
    Mariam Hesham Elkadi

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Design    
    Rebekah Grace Nelson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics    
    Adam Franklin Bishop

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing    
    Savannah Carmichael

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English    
    Wesley Henshaw

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French
    Hanna Vanourney

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics
    Adam Franklin Bishop

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: General    
    Melody Kay Zakarian

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Liberal Arts    
    Trenton Cauy Kiesling

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Pre-Certification    
    Connor Lee Landwehr

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: with Emphasis Groups    
    Brett Thomas Barger

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish    
    Katrina Marie Parks

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre    
    Savannah Carmichael

    Outstanding Graduate Student in English
    Sarah White

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting    
    Kyle Dwight Seabaugh

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Finance    
    Justin Patrick Watson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: International Business    
    Sydney Olivia Mattas

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Management    
    Claire A. Rake

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Marketing    
    John William Dames Jr.

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting 
    Victoria Ann Griffith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders    
    Elizabeth Hemmer Wortmann

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science    
    Alexis Louise Henrikson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science    
    Elizabeth Anne Kleitz

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing    
    Elizabeth Anne Shirrell

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Athletic Training 
    Connor Joseph Greaves

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders  
    Tucker Martin Murry

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Mental Health Counseling    
    Katherine Tudeen

    Outstanding Graduate Student in School Counseling    
    Samantha Ann Mitchell

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education
    Catherine Grace Dean

    Outstanding Graduate Student in K-12 Education
    Miranda Ruth Lee

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education
    Charlie Anthony Perry

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education
    Emily Catherine Bowen

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science    
    Sydney J. Donath

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology    
    Elizabeth Julia Thompson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology    
    Grace Gottschamer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry    
    Mary Claire Rogge

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science    
    Harrison Kyle Hughes

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics    
    John Andrew Vorwark Hobbs

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics    
    Daphne Jane Zakarian

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Statistics    
    Klein Renhao Wang

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Anthropology    
    Emily Leann Anderson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Communication Studies    
    Lydia Faye Lamb

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Journalism    
    Genevieve Tlustos

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Public Communication    
    Rachel Grigsby

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics    
    Warren Dean Barge

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History    
    Nathan Tucker Dowell

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Interdisciplinary Studies    
    Micaela Sarah Merrill

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems    
    Laura Teresa Klump

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Military Science - General George C. Marshall ROTC Award    
    Elizabeth Anne Shirrell

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy & Religion    
    Wesley Henshaw

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science & International Relations    
    Warren Dean Barge

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology
    Star Giselle Alexander

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology
    Melody Kay Zakarian

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology    
    Ella Rose Schnake

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Leadership    
    Alexandria Fanning
  • Theatre Program Empowers Students Through Opportunities

    Jack Danter never intended to be a theatre major. Even after transferring in to Truman as a sophomore, the plan was to pursue a different degree, but their love of theatre kept calling.
    After Danter officially made the switch to theatre, they gained experience in nearly every aspect involved in putting on a show. From costuming, to hair and makeup, to construction, directing and acting, Danter has done a lot. The versatility involved with a theatre degree leads to more opportunity for graduates. For Danter, those experiences helped secure a job performing in a repertory theatre after they graduate.
    Check out this installment of “The Spotlight Series” to hear more about Danter’s Truman experience.
  • Burks Named to University Board of Governors

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    Alumnus Taylor Burks of Hartsburg, Missouri, a Navy veteran, logistician, accountant and executive with experience in health care, higher education and government operations, has been appointed to the Truman Board of Governors.
    As a lieutenant commander in the Navy and Navy Reserves, Burks gained experience in global, multi-agency logistics, including as chief of operations, director of logistics and director of strategic planning for multiple commands. He has leveraged that experience in the private sector as well, most recently as the president and general manager of Rost, Incorporated, where he oversaw a parent company with more than 250 employees across seven subsidiaries specializing in outdoor design/build, home services, retail, wholesale and outdoor entertainment. In government service, Burks previously served as the director of the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, the director of distribution, logistics and asset management in the University of Missouri System, and as the county clerk of Boone County, Missouri.
    An alumnus of the University, Burks graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in justice systems in 2008. He also earned a Master of Arts in administrative leadership and a Master of Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.
    In the community, Burks has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri and the Southern Boone YMCA. He is also active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #280.
    Burks was appointed to the Board in April 2024.
  • Theatre Department Ends Season with Recognition

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    The Truman Theatre Department closed out a successful year by receiving two honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
    After selling out the last two performances of “The Rocky Horror Show,” Truman Theatre was notified that their production received the honor of being considered to participate in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival that will take place in January. Less than 10% of entered productions in the region earn the possibility of being invited to perform at the festival. Student and faculty artists will have to wait until December to find out if the musical will be selected to travel to Des Moines for the festival.
    In April, Brad Carlson, technical director/designer, was invited to serve as a guest artist and mentor at the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he moderated the plenary session. All of the festival attendees, including nationally recognized artists, took part in the discussion entitled, “The Best Practices in Creative Team Collaboration.”


  • ROTC Sponsors Reading Day Barbecue

    ROTC will host a Reading Day barbecue from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 8 by the rappel tower on South Florence Street. Students can enjoy a well-deserved study break with free hot dogs, burgers and drinks and participate in a 45-foot tower rappel. This event is open to everyone.

  • Commencement Scheduled for May 11


    The University will celebrate and honor spring graduates at 2 p.m. May 11 at Stokes Stadium.

    Jacqueline Wilson, who will be graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in business administration, will be the student speaker.

    Alumna Kia Noelle Johnson will give the commencement address. She is director of the Atlanta satellite of The University of Texas at Austin’s Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research, a clinical research institute with the mission to change the world for people who stutter.

    Doors will open at 1 p.m. for seating on a first-come, first-seated basis. For those who cannot attend in person, a livestream will be available on YouTube. More information can be found here.

    In the case of inclement weather, two commencement ceremonies will take place due to the large number of graduates and the smaller seating capacity available in Pershing Arena. A decision to move the ceremony indoors will be made no later than 5 p.m. May 8. Each graduate will receive an email with notification if the inclement weather plan has been implemented for commencement. More information regarding the inclement weather plan can be found here.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Faculty and Staff Honored at Service Recognition Celebration

    Approximately, 112 current and retired employees will be honored for their years of service and their commitment to the University with a Service Recognition Celebration, May 15. A list of the 2024 honorees can be found here.

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  • Staff Social Set for May 8

  • Governor to Visit Campus for Book Signing

    Gov. Mike Parson’s northeast Missouri “No Turnin’ Back” book signing event will take place from 12-1 p.m. May 7 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. “No Turnin’ Back” authored by Dr. Jim Jones, focuses on Parson growing up in Wheatland, Missouri, to being in the highest political office in the state. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Gov. Parson will be available to sign books as time allows. More information can be found at mikeparson.com.

  • Study Abroad in Africa

    In May 2025, AFR 300: Conservation and Management of Large African Mammals will be open to all majors that are passionate about wildlife and want to experience conservation in action. The course includes 11 days in South Africa. Students will receive 10 days of hands-on work and instruction with Parawild Safari operating in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The course will also include a tour of Kruger National Park, one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa.

    No prerequisites are required for this three-credit adventure. The course also fulfills the intercultural perspective and biology electives. Email Stephanie Fore, professor of biology, with any questions or visit studyabroad.truman.edu.

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  • Applications Open for Summer Housing


    Students needing to stay on campus during the summer can now fill out the summer housing registration.
    Summer students will be housed in West Campus Suites. For preferred eligibility for summer housing, students must either:

    •    Be enrolled in a summer course, and in good financial standing with the University AND/OR
    •    Be enrolled in a fall course as a continuing student, and in good financial standing with the University.

    Summer housing registration is available here. To secure housing, students should sign up online no later than May 6. Visit truman.edu/residence-life for more information.
  • Registration Open for Summer Classes

  • 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.
  • Retirement Reception for Miner, Lochbaum and Ryan

  • Retirement Reception for Vincent

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available May 28.

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.