Vol. 16, No. 36 - July 24, 2012


  • Institute Sponsors Summer Programs

    The Truman Institute is nearing the end of another successful year of summer programing targeted to pre-college students.

    Among the most well-known programs the Institute oversees is the Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (JBA). In two sessions throughout June and July, JBA provides a three-week, college-like experience for gifted middle school students. This summer, 21 professors, with the help of eight staff members and about 25-30 student preceptors each session, provided 414 students with more than 100 hours of instruction. The students’ study is supplemented by a range of organized activities designed to stimulate the mind and promote social growth. For more information, visit jba.truman.edu.

    The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health, or S.T.A.P.H., is one of the newer programs, with 2012 marking the second-annual installment. In July, 42 students enrolled in 10th or 11th grade were provided one-week of intensive exposure to careers in health professions. Faculty from Truman and A.T. Still University provided a problem-based curriculum for this year’s theme “The Mind-Body Connection,” which emphasized the relationship between the human mind and the body’s various systems. Participating students had the option of earning undergraduate credit for their participation in the program. Details of the program can be found online at staph.truman.edu.

    In addition to hosting programs, the Truman Institute plays a supervisory role with other summer programs. This year’s programs included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes football camp, the Lafayette High School band camp and various activities for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

    The Truman Institute is an office dedicated to the promotion of new learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional borders of the University. It serves pre-college learners in K-12 programs; adult learners seeking professional development and continuing education; and retirees seeking personal enrichment. Further information about the Truman Institute is available at institute.truman.edu.

  • Upward Bound Puts Students on Path to College

    Upward Bound has been a summer fixture on campus for a long time, but it is far more than just summer program.

    Since 1966, Truman has participated in Upward Bound, a federal program designed to encourage college participation. Qualifying students from 11 area high schools are eligible to attend. They enter the program their sophomore year and remain active until they graduate high school.

    Forty-nine students were on campus this year for the regular summer session with five more high school graduates attending the Bridge session, which affords them the opportunity to take four-six college credits. Students participating in the summer session, which spans six weeks in June and July, stay on campus during the week and return home each weekend.

    While on campus, students take classes in math, foreign language, literary criticism, composition and lab science. Other activities include interest groups, such as cooking or fitness, study periods, an annual variety show, a two-day college visit/cultural trip and a banquet on the final evening of the session.  

    Summer is not the only time Upward Bound is active. During the academic year, participating students are organized into six school centers for after school meetings. The Upward Bound staff travel to the students and conduct 28 academic year meetings that provide services such as tutoring, ACT preparation, assistance in applying to colleges and help with FAFSA completion, among others. Recently some of the meetings have become “virtual” and students are allowed to complete assignments and participate in Upward Bound’s course on Blackboard.

    Approximately 90 percent of students in Truman’s Upward Bound program end up attending college, usually in Missouri. Four students from the most recent class will attend Truman in the fall.

    Upward Bound receives most of its funding through a federal grant, with supplemental assistance from Truman, primarily in the form of in-kind support. Nationwide, 20 percent of Upward Bound programs were defunded in the past year, however, Truman’s program was recently awarded a five-year grant that will offer support through 2018. Truman’s application received a perfect score.

    Schools participating in Truman’s program include: Brashear, Knox County, Schuyler County, Putnam County, Green City, Milan, La Plata, Macon, Northeast Randolph (Cairo), Westran (Huntsville) and Moberly.

    For more information, visit ub.truman.edu.
  • Business Students Win Awards at Conference

    Caroline Forsythe and Jacob Caughron represented the state of Missouri at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 24–27.
    The Truman students competed in the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) national business competition against state representatives from across the United States, Puerto Rico and China. At the Awards of Excellence program Forsythe earned 1st place in Accounting for Professionals and 3rd place in International Business. Caughron received 5th place in Retail Management.

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    Caroline Forsythe and Jacob Caughron at the FBLA-PBL Conference.

    The competition is part of a competitive events program sponsored annually by FBLA-PBL, a professional association for students pursuing business careers. Individuals, local chapters and state teams compete in more than 50 events representing a range of business, career and leadership development activities. The winners of these challenging and prestigious awards are selected from the more than 210,000 FBLA-PBL members, and have won regional and state competitions to qualify for the national awards program. The 1,800 delegates to the 60th annual conference elected national student officers and attended business and leadership workshops in addition to competing in business and career skill events.  

    This year’s national theme, “FBLA-PBL: Gateway to Greatness,” reflects the goals of FBLA-PBL members, some of the best and the brightest of today’s young people. FBLA-PBL is a nonprofit organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. To learn more, see FBLA-PBL’s website at www.fbla-pbl.org or call 800.FBLA.WIN.
  • New Faculty and Staff Parking Permits Available

    Vehicle registrations for parking permits for faculty and staff are completed online via their TruView accounts.

    Faculty and staff can log-on to TruView and select the “register your vehicle” link in the “update and view my personal information” section located in the lower right-hand corner.

    If changes need to be made to their campus address, faculty should send an email to kathyp@truman.edu. Staff address changes should be sent to mcelroy@truman.edu or to Human Resources.

    Since all registrations are “new” this year, faculty and staff members should select “new registration” and complete all information about each vehicle they wish to register for a parking permit. Faculty and staff are allowed two parking permits. Each additional vehicle registration is $15 and will be billed to the TruView account. Payments are to be made at the Cashiers Window in McClain Hall.

    Faculty and staff will select one of the following: I will pick up the decal at the Public Safety Office in General Services 100; or, mail the decal to my campus office.

    For additional questions, contact Carolyn Cox, Parking Services secretary, at 785.7400 during Parking Services hours, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Allow three business days for processing. Decals will be available at Parking Services in the Department of Public Safety, General Services 100, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 785.7400.
  • Professor to Perform at International Conference

    Jesse Krebs, associate professor of clarinet, has been selected to perform at this summer’s International Clarinet Association Conference, ClarinetFest.

    The 2012 conference will take place Aug. 1-5 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Krebs will be performing “Like Gravity,” a new composition by John Allemeier, who is on the music faculty at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

    For the performance, Krebs will be joined by Truman colleagues Michael Bump, marimba, and Brian Kubin, cello, as well as guest Karen Kubin, violin.  

    This will mark the fifth ClarinetFest performance by Krebs, who was also featured at the International Clarinet Conferences in Stockholm (2002), Atlanta (2006), Kansas City (2008) and Austin (2010).


  • 1860s Baseball

    3 p.m.
    Aug. 4
    Behind Centennial Hall

    Watch a baseball game as it was played in the 1860s. As part of the weekend-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kirksville, the St. Louis Perfectos, 1860s baseball re-enactors, will take on a men’s softball team from Kirksville using 1860s rules. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the 150th Battle of Kirksville Commemoration Committee.
  • Fellowship Deadlines

    The following are 2012 campus deadlines for several nationally competitive fellowships. Students interested in any of these fellowships should contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu.
    For further information, visit gradstudies.truman.edu/fellowships.asp.

    Sept. 7

    Sept. 14

    Sept. 18

    Gates Cambridge
    Sept. 24

    Oct. 15
  • Nursing Department Seeks Re-accreditation

    Truman’s Department of Nursing is seeking re-accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. An accreditation review has been scheduled in October 2012. Interested parties are invited to submit comments directly to CCNE.  Written and signed comments will be accepted by CCNE until Sept. 15, 2012. All comments should be directed to:

    Cristina Walcott
    Administrative Assistant
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
    Washington, DC 20036.

  • Move-In Volunteers

    Student Affairs is looking for faculty and staff to volunteer to help students move in on Move-In Day Aug. 18. Volunteers will help unload cars and carry items to rooms. To sign up, contact the Student Affairs Office at 785.4111 or email bkral@truman.edu.
  • Sweet Internships Photo Contest

    The Career Center is hosting a photo contest open to all students participating in internships, practicums, field and/or research experiences and directed teaching experiences.

    Contestants can submit a photo of them doing their jobs and write a 300-word description to have a chance to win $100 to Walmart. Entries are due by Aug. 17. More information and contest entry can be found at facebook.com/events/205149789588139/.

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  • Student Recreation Center August Interim Hours

    July 28-29

    July 30-Aug. 3
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Aug. 4-5

    Aug. 6-10
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Aug. 11-12

    Aug. 13-17
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Aug. 18
    Sneak Peek Tours Only

    Aug. 19-22
    11 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Aug. 23
    Regular Hours Begin

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    AES Engineers will continue to provide $500 scholarships to high school seniors or college students, regardless of courses being studied, who meet certain criteria. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students must submit an essay in answer to one of the two questions that are posted online at aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline for entry is Oct. 5.

    Currently enrolled undergraduate college students are eligible to apply for the Foreclosure.com 2012 Scholarship Program. Students may go to foreclosure.com/scholarship to find out how to be entered to win one of five scholarships by writing an essay on stimulating the U.S. housing market. Top prize is $5,000, second through fifth place will receive $1,000 each.
    Deadline to enter is Dec. 1.

    Wells Fargo is offering 40 $1,000 scholarships. Twenty will be awarded to high school students and 20 to college students through a random drawing throughout the year. Apply online at wellsfargo.com/collegesteps for chance to win.
  • Central Steam System Shutdown

    The central steam system will be shut down for repairs at the boiler plant July 31-Aug. 3. Except for buildings with their own boilers (Barnett Hall, Campbell Apartments, Ryle Hall, Student Recreation Center, West Campus Suites), the campus will be without steam for building heat and hot water throughout the shutdown period. The steam system is anticipated to be on-line by the evening of Aug. 3.
  • ITS Services Notes

    ITS Services Notes is a website and email notification system dedicated to keeping campus informed about technology updates and outages. To sign up for the service, visit its.truman.edu/servicenotes/subscribe.asp.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Aug. 23.
    Announcements may be submitted to tmiles@truman.edu.


  • Notes

    The Men’s Basketball team will host a camp July 31. For details, check out the camps link at trumanbulldogs.com.

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    The Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop will take place the mornings of Aug. 15-16. The afternoon of Aug. 15 will be reserved for school and/or department meetings.

    Family Day will be Sept. 15. Organizations or departments with events planned for that weekend can email heidi@truman.edu to be included in the Family Day schedule.

    ATSU-KCOM will host the Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29. The conference will provide a venue for faculty, students and all those interested in biomedical research.