Vol. 28 No. 36 - July 8, 2024


  • Truman Teams, Athletes Earn All-Academic Honors

    Two-thirds of Trumans athletic teams, and more than 70% of individual student-athletes, earned all-academic honors from the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2023-24 school year.

    All 18 Truman athletics teams had a 3.0 team grade point average during the 2023-24 academic year, with 12 squads averaging more than 3.30 and receiving all-academic honors from the GLVC. Between the 18 intercollegiate sports on campus, the average team grade point average was 3.44 with the highest team average coming from women’s cross country at 3.84.

    The 12 teams earning Academic All-GLVC team honors include women’s cross country, soccer, track and field, tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball and softball. Men’s teams earning Academic All-GLVC were cross country, track and field, soccer and basketball.

    Individually, a total of 253 Truman student-athletes received academic All-GLVC honors, which are awarded to individuals who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher during the past academic year. A total of 58 Bulldogs also received the GLVC’s James Gaffney FSC Distinguished Scholar Award for earning a 4.0 grade point average during the course of the academic year. The complete list of can be found here.
  • Summer Academy Gives Future Health Care Students a Head Start

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    More than 50 potential future medical professionals participated in the ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy, June 16-21.
    Truman, in partnership with A.T. Still University, hosted high school students interested in a career in the health care field for a weeklong academy. Under the guidance of faculty members from Truman and ATSU, students participate in hands-on activities and stimulating discussions on both campuses.  
    “Throughout the week I heard over and over how excited the students were about getting to do actual hands-on activities and learning about so many options in health care,” said Jeanne Harding, director of Truman’s Institute for Academic Outreach. “The collaboration between the medical school and the University is a stellar partnership that allows the academy to happen.”
    On the Truman campus, students were able to use the nursing simulation lab, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, athletic training facilities and the new virtual anatomy lab. During excursions to the ATSU campus, student activities took place in the ultrasound lab and the dental simulation lab. They also got to tour the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine.
    Throughout the week, academy participants learned about various careers in nursing, neurobiology, chiropractic care, biomechanics, physical therapy, counseling, emergency response and dentistry from doctors, nurses and health care practitioners. Students were also able to engage in a number of fun events, including a planetarium show, a scavenger hunt and bowling.
    The ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy is open to any high school students who have completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Applications open in November with the academy taking place each June. For more information, visit healthcareacademy.truman.edu or contact Truman’s Institute for Academic Outreach at hca@truman.edu or 660.785.5384.
  • Clapp Award Helps Educators

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    The Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy award was recently awarded to Mary Lynn Greenley and Kaelene Leppanen. Pictured, from left: Melissa Vannoy, elementary principal at Knox County R-I School District, Greenley, Leppanen and Jocelyn Stevens, association professor of music education.

    This year’s recipients for the Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award from Truman are Mary Lynn Greenley and Kaelene Leppanen.

    The Dr. Kay Clapp Children’s Literacy Award was endowed in 2006 to honor the professor emeritus who taught in the Department of Education. Clapp is a powerful proponent of literacy and children’s literature. Hundreds of students and practicing teachers have been influenced by her dedication and careful mentoring.

    The fund provides a cash award to a Master of Arts in Education student and a northeast Missouri teacher which can be used to purchase children’s literature for their professional practices.

    Greenley has been in education for 13 years and currently works at the Knox County elementary school. She is passionate about teaching students to read and to love reading in the process.  

    Leppanen recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Education from Truman and will start as a second grade teacher at Rebecca Boone Elementary this fall. She is excited for her new role and is committed to making a difference in the education of all students.


  • Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day


    Move-In Day will take place between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 14. Those who volunteer will help new students move their belongings from their car to their respective rooms, direct traffic at essential locations and guide families to long-term parking. Sign up is available here.
  • Summer Hours for UCS and SHC


    Summer hours for the Student Health Center and University Counseling Services will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. An on-site nurse practitioner will be available Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Patients that walk-in on Mondays and Thursdays will be offered to go to the main location at 1611 S. Baltimore Street, or go through Urgent Care. To schedule an appointment, call 660.785.4182 or email studenthealth@cfmcares.com. More information can be found at truman.cfmcares.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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  • 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.

    Several Missouri organizations will host free in-person and virtual FAFSA assistance drop-in sessions this summer to help students complete or correct their FAFSA. The Missouri College and Career Attainment Network will host virtual sessions from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday evenings through July 31. They will also host in-person sessions in the Kansas City metro area from 5-7 p.m. Monday evenings from June 3-July 31.

    The Missouri College Advising Corps College Connections Center will host virtual sessions from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday afternoons through Aug. 7. They will also host in-person sessions from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various locations throughout June and July. A list of walk-in locations can be found here. A list of additional virtual and in-person FAFSA support resources offered this summer can also be found here.

    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.
  • Summer Hours at the Rec

    The Student Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday until the end of July.

  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available July 22.


  • Krebs Serves as Guest Artist at Clarinet Camp

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    Jesse Krebs, professor of music, served as one of this year’s guest artists for the ClarinetQuest Summer Clarinet Camp in St. Louis, June 20-21. He performed Vinicio Meza’s “Two Melodies for Clarinet Solo,” conducted the clarinet choir and gave a clarinet masterclass and warm-up clinic for the middle and high school campers. Other featured guests included Truman alumnus Erin Miesner with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet, Truman alumnus Emily Mehigh as a small ensemble coach and John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.