Vol. 18 No. 34 - June 16, 2014


  • Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes Named For 2013-14

    A trio of Bulldogs were recognized as the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes by the Truman Athletics Department following the 2013-14 school year.

    Kelsey Bollman (softball), Casey Jepsen (women’s swimming) and Mike Carlson (men’s basketball) are this year’s recipients.

    Bollman became a four-time all-conference player for the Bulldogs earning her second consecutive first-team honor this season under the GLVC banner. The Maquoketa, Iowa-native hit .361 during the season, finishing with a league-best 69 hits while adding 12 doubles, six home runs and 37 RBIs. She stole 11 bases and started all 56 games in the Bulldog outfield. Bollman finished her Truman career being listed in the top five of several softball offensive stat categories. She broke the school record with 58 career doubles and placed fourth in runs scored (140), hits (233), home runs (22) and RBIs (124) in her 200 games played. Bollman and the Bulldogs finished the 2014 season with 43-13 record and made their first trip in nine years to the NCAA national tournament.

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    Kelsey Bollman

    Jepsen earned three All-America honors this past March and capped off her Bulldog career with a total of nine All-America certificates. She finished 10th nationally in the 200 freestyle and was 11th in the 500 free. Jepsen had a runner-up finish at the GLVC championships in the 200 and was third in the 100 while helping the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the overall conference standings. Jepsen was the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Swimmer of the Year as a junior as the team finished second in that league’s meet. Jepsen was a three-time member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, twice named All-Academic New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference and most recently earned Capital One Academic All-District honors through the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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    Casey Jepsen

    Carlson was named the sixth All-American in program history named to both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Daktronics All-American teams. Carlson also earned Great Lakes Valley Conference co-Player of the Year honors while leading the men to a 20-7 overall record and a 13-5 GLVC mark. Carlson averaged 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 54.4 percent from the floor. He scored 575 points this season, marking the second-highest single-season total in Truman history, and finished his three seasons as a Bulldog ranked eighth in career points with 1,326 total in 82 career games (16.2 per game). Carlson scored a career- and program- single-game high 48 points against Missouri S&T on Jan. 30, 2014.

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    Mike Carlson  

    The Dean of Student Affairs Office also recognized the top male and female senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point average with the Scholar Student-Athlete Award. Those recipients were Nicole Gloor from women’s basketball and Andrew Sheets from men’s cross country/track and field.

    Gloor amassed more than 1,000 career points and a 3.97 GPA while majoring in exercise science. She was a vital part in helping the team to the GLVC tournament championship and was named to the all-tournament team.

    Sheets had a perfect 4.0 GPA majoring in exercise science. He was consistently one of the top performers on the cross country team with three top 10 finishes during his senior year. In track, Sheets had a pair of silver medal finishes in a 1500 meter run and a 3000 meter run.
  • Gordon Named 2014-15 Presser Scholar

    Joel Gordon, a music major from Kansas City, Mo., has been named a Presser Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is given to an outstanding music major at the end of his or her junior year. The Presser Foundation honored Gordon with this prestigious award this spring. Gordon is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in music education. He is the son of Jim and Marcia Gordon, and is a graduate of Park Hill High School.

    As a student at Park Hill, Gordon performed as principal alto saxophone with the 2010 Missouri All-State Band and as lead alto of the 2011 Missouri All-State Jazz Band. As a soloist, Gordon won the 2011 Northwinds Symphonic Band Concerto Competition.

    Gordon studies saxophone with Randall Smith, professor of music, and jazz improvisation and composition with Tim AuBuchon, assistant professor of music. He has received additional instruction from Bob Long of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Rico Performing Artist José Zayas-Cabán. Gordon received first place in the 2011 Missouri Music Teachers Association-Woodwind Division and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Naftzger Young Artist Competition.

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    Joel Gordon, left, accepts his Presser Scholar Award from Randall Smith, professor of music, during the Truman State University Music Department’s honors recital in April.

    While at Truman, Gordon has participated in Wind Symphony I and II, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, the Normal Saxophone Quartet and Jazz Combos. In Kansas City, he is the proud leader of the Trouble Clefs Big Band, a group committed to promoting and preserving the art form of jazz.

    In addition to his performance schedule, Gordon has maintained a strong academic and research record. He is a member of the Truman Leadership Scholar Program and acted as a mentor for sophomore-level music theory and aural skills. This summer Gordon is participating in the TruScholars Research Program. Under the direction of Marc Rice, professor of music, Gordon is researching the development of jazz education in Heartland America. He will also be attending Dave Leibman’s saxophone masterclass.

    Gordon’s professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, North American Saxophone Alliance and Missouri Music Educators Association. He also enjoys participating in the Presbyterian College Fellowship and Kirksville K-Life. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue graduate programs in education and jazz studies. 
  • Bicycle Safety Guidelines

    The Department of Public Safety would like to remind all cyclists of the campus safety guidelines. 

    • Anyone operating a bicycle must obey the same traffic control regulations that apply to cars and motorcycles, such as stopping for stop signs and riding in the right-hand portion of the roadway. Bicyclists must also obey one-way streets designations and are subject to all traffic laws.

    • When cycling on the roadway bicycles must be ridden with the flow of traffic and not against it.

    • Bicycles ridden after dark must be equipped with a headlight, large red reflector on the rear and white or amber pedal and spoke reflector.

    • Bicycles parked on campus must be left in bicycle racks, which are provided in locations outside of most University buildings. Bikes are not to be left in buildings, entrances, ramps or any other hazardous location. They should not be attached to any trees or light poles. Bicycles that are illegally parked are subject to parking tickets and/or confiscation by the Department of Public Safety.

    • Bicycles should be ridden on streets, not on sidewalks, lawns or University-maintained parkways.

    • Students are strongly encouraged to register their bikes with DPS. Registration permits are issued free of charge.

    Truman supports the use of bicycles as a means of transportation, but ultimately the safety of all campus pedestrians is of first priority. More information on the biking policies may be found at police.truman.edu/parkingservices/parkServ.asp.


  • Blood Drive June 18

    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    June 18
    Student Union Building Down Under

    Sponsored by Staff Council and Tau Kappa Epsilon

    Donating blood can help save up to three lives. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code TrumanState (all one word) or contact Audrey Hamlin at Audrey.hamlin@redcross.org. For eligibility questions, call the Red Cross at 866.236.3276 or visit redcrossblood.org.
    Prepare Yourself for Your Donation
    By following a few recommendations before, during and after your blood donation can help you make your donation experience as safe, successful and pleasant as possible.
  • Football Golf Outing

    June 23
    Missouri Bluffs Golf Club
    St. Louis

    The four-person scramble will start at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Cost is $125 per player or $500 for a foursome. Price includes green fees, carts, food and beverages.

    There will be a social that all alumni and friends are invited to at 7 p.m. June 22 at The Scarecrow (1905 Chesterfield Parkway). There is also a special hotel rate of $85/night at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott (1065 Chesterfield Parkway).

    For additional information or to sign-up, visit the team store on TrumanBulldogs.com, or call Jay Davis at the Truman Athletics Office at 660.785.4236.
  • SRC Instructional Programs

    The Student Recreation Center instructional programs start June 2 and go through July 25. All classes are free and sign-up is not required. Classes include:

    Introductory Ballet
    Caribbean Jazz
    Outdoor Running
    Walking with Ease

    More information on the Student Recreation Center’s
    instructional programs is available here.
  • Bulldog Teams to Sponsor Summer Camps

    Opportunities for local and regional high school students to participate in men’s soccer, women’s soccer or volleyball summer camps will be available from July 11-20 on campus.

    Women’s soccer head coach Mike Cannon will be hosting a three-day individual summer camp for all girls entering grades 9-12, beginning July 11 and running until July 13. For $200 ($180 if the participant is commuting), campers will participate in small-sided games, training with members of the Truman women’s and men’s coaching staffs, along with current and former players, as well as compete in both scrimmage and tournament competition. A total of six sessions will occur during the event. Information is available by visiting the Truman women’s soccer camp website.

    Head volleyball coach Ben Briney will be running a three-day individual camp for all girls entering grades 8-12 inside Pershing Arena, July 14-16. For $270 ($210 if the participant is commuting), players will get personalized instruction from Briney, assistant coach Megan Wargo-Kearney and current players. Information is available by visiting the Truman volleyball camp website.

    Men’s soccer head coach Duke Cochran will host a three-day individual summer camp for all boys entering grades 11 and 12, along with recent high school graduates. For $200 ($180 if the participant is commuting), campers will participate in small-sided games, training with members of the Truman men’s and women’s coaching staffs, along with current and former players, as well as compete in both scrimmage and tournament competition. A total of six sessions will occur during the event. Information is available by visiting the Truman men’s soccer camp website.

    The Truman men’s basketball team will conduct their Elite Camp from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2 in Pershing Arena. The camp is open to all boys entering 9 through 12 grades. Cost is $45 per camper, which includes a T-Shirt. For more information or to sign-up, visit TrumanStateBasketball.com or call assistant coach Chris Foster at 660.341.6182 or email at cfoster@truman.edu.

    For information on all of Truman’s summer camp options, visit TrumanBulldogs.com/SummerCamps14.
  • Study Abroad in Scotland

    Truman State University is pleased to announce a new exchange program at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Students pay Truman tuition and room and board fees in Scotland and can complete 12-16 hours of credit. Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the largest universities in Scotland and its campus is situated right in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow. Courses are offered in a variety of disciplines including biology, criminology, risk management, fashion marketing and retailing, interior design, economics, financial management, management, social sciences, law, media and communications, journalism, computer engineering, forensic science, psychology, social work and language courses. All courses are taught in English.

    Applications are due Sept. 1.
    For more information and to apply, contact:
    Center for International Education/Study Abroad
    Baldwin Hall 118

  • Important Dates

    June 16-Summer Orientation
    June 19-Summer Orientation
    June 23-Summer Orientation
    June 27-Summer Orientation
    Aug. 15-Summer Orientation
    Aug. 16-New Student Move-in
    Aug. 21-Classes begin
    Sept. 7-Downtown Student Welcome
    Sept. 13-Family Day
    Sept. 19-Kohlenberg Lyceum Event: Golden Dragon Acrobats
    Sept. 27-Visit Event
    Oct. 1-Career and Grad School Expo
    Oct. 3-National Truman Spirit Day
    Oct. 11-Homecoming
    Oct. 16-17-Midterm Break
    Nov. 8-Visit Event
    Nov. 14-Kohlenberg Lyceum Event: Rhonda Vincent
    Nov. 24-28-Thanksgiving Break (University Closed Nov. 26-28)
    Dec. 1-5-Finals Week
    Dec. 13

    Jan. 12-Classes begin
    Jan. 19-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
    Jan. 24-Visit Event
    Feb. 14-Kohlenberg Lyceum Event: Montana Repertory Theatre, "The Great Gatsby"
    Feb. 19-University Conference Day
    Feb. 28-Kohlenberg Lyceum Event: "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
    March 9-13-Midterm Break
    March 20-Kohlenberg Lyceum Event: American Shakespeare Center
    March 21-Visit Event
    April 3-National Spirit Day
    April 6-Spring Break
    April 11-Holman Family Speaker Series TBA
    April 14-Student Research Conference Day
    April 25-Visit Event
    May 9-Commencement
  • SUB Summer Hours


    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    available by reservation only

    Mainstreet Market Hours
    7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Student Recreation Center Summer Hours

    June 2-July 26

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.


    The Student Recreation Center will be closed July 4-5.
  • 2014 Summer Orientation Dates

    June 16
    June 19
    June 23
    June 27

    August 15
    (for students from far distances and/or later acceptances)
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available June 27.


  • Notables

    Curtis Blakely, associate professor of justice systems, recently visited Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Blakely, who collects Einstein-related items, is currently authoring a book that applies physics to the operation and management of correctional facilities. Founded in 1930, the IAS, originally housed on the Princeton University campus, served as Einstein’s academic home from 1933 until his death in 1955.  In March 2012, Blakely made his collection of original Einstein items available for viewing on campus. In April, he will again make his collection available for viewing/research in commemoration of Einstein’s life.

    Sarah Glenski, a Spanish major, received Phi Kappa Phi’s Kathleen Greey Fellowship in the amount of $5,000.

    Priya Maillacheruvu, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minors in anthropology and chemistry, has published an article in The Journal of Global Health, along with Elaine McDuff, professor of sociology. The article is entitled “South Africa’s Return to Primary Care: The Struggles and Strides of the Primary Health Care System,” and is in the Spring 2014 volume of the journal. The research for the article was completed by Maillacheruvu as part of McDuff’s 2013 study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa. During her six weeks in Cape Town, Maillacheruvu interned at Tafelsig Clinic, a health facility in one of Cape Town’s poorest communities.

    Wynne Wilbur, professor of art, had her majolica work selected for exhibition in a show entitled “Material Attraction: Diverse Reactions V” at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Ill.

Events and Activities

  • Events and Activities

    There will be a farewell dessert reception for Rachelle Williams from 2-4 p.m. June 18 in the Student Union Building Main Office.

    The Student Recreation Center will conduct free body composition assessments
    at the following dates and times: 11:30-1 p.m. June 23; 11-12:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. June 24; and 3:30-4:45 p.m. June 25. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index. Sign up at the weight room desk.

    There will be a retirement reception for Linda Yager from 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 26 in the Student Union Building Main Office. Light refreshments will be served.

    The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) will host a local public hearing on campus in which customers will have an opportunity to present comments to the PSC commissioners regarding a rate increase request from Liberty Utilities. The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. July 2 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    The Missouri Greece Study Abroad 2015 program
    is offering five $1,000 scholarships for students who wish to study abroad in Greece for the spring 2015 semester. For more information, contact the Center for International Education at ciea@truman.edu or visit the Study Abroad Office in Kirk Building 114. Deadline to apply is for the spring 2015 semester is Oct. 10.