Vol. 19 No. 1 - Aug. 21, 2014


  • Student Shares Study Abroad Experience

    Emily Pulley, a visual communications major from St. Louis, expanded her intellectual pursuits across cultural and physical borders when she traveled 9,800 miles to Jakarta, Indonesia, to study at Binus University.

    During the five months she spent studying abroad, she made the most of her experience by pursuing everything that sparked her interest.

    “When you study abroad, you get to meet new people, try new foods and learn so much it may seem like your brain can’t hold the amount of awesomeness that is occurring,” Pulley said.

    Upon arriving in Indonesia’s capital, Pulley quickly learned that living in a city like Jakarta was a world completely different from life at Truman. One of the biggest challenges was navigating around the huge, bustling city that is home to more than 10 million people. Traffic woes were unavoidable and being late was to be expected. Pulley discovered the only option was to prepare for it as much as possible through a combination of strategic planning, patience and flexibility.

    Adapting to her new school life also presented some unexpected benefits. Studying graphic design at Binus University, Pulley was in school Monday and Tuesday, and a majority of her homework revolved around midterms and finals. As a result, she had more free time than usual and ended up traveling and exploring her temporary home. Making the most of this opportunity, she racked up an impressive list of travel destinations, including Bandung, Yogyjakarta, Thousand Islands, Bogor, Bali, Sulawesi and Sumatra, along with some international flights to Singapore, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

    “I have been sprayed by waterfalls, stood high above volcanoes, visited tea farms and factories, gone snorkeling, held a baby sea turtle, had a monkey climb on me, attended a ceremonial funeral and so much more,” Pulley said. “I have made friends, tried more foods than I can remember and truly had a blast.”

    A visit to Tana Toraja in Sulawesi, Indonesia, a highland region with stunning scenery, ranks among one of Pulley’s most memorable experiences. After she and a friend were driven part of the way up a mountain by a guide, they hiked the rest of the way up terraced rice fields. When they stopped to rest atop a large rock that sat in the field, Pulley beheld the most beautiful and serene sight she had ever encountered.

    “Below, I could see the terraced rice fields, and then further down was the town of Rantepao, and I watched as the clouds drifted lazily over the town. In the background, the silhouettes of mountains perfected the view,” she said.

    Living and studying in Indonesia taught Pulley a lot about herself and the world. While traveling alone seemed scary at first, she discovered it allowed her to travel at her own pace and explore things in a way that only she could do. She discovered a positive attitude gets you farther than a negative one. Most importantly, she learned about many cultures that were different from her own and gained more respect and understanding concerning them.

    In addition to providing a life-changing experience, opportunities like study abroad are helping students prepare for careers in a global economy. After she graduates from Truman, Pulley plans to connect her education with her passions and pursue work as a graphic designer for international companies while also doing some freelance toy designing on the side.

    “I think studying abroad will show that I’m able to manage across cultures, can adapt to change, and have a broader perspective that allows me to be a more well-rounded individual,” she said.

    Students interested in studying abroad can visit studyabroad.truman.edu for more information, and should consider attending the next Study Abroad Fair, scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Student Union Building.

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  • Call for Proposals for Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research

    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applications for research and creative scholarship to be conducted during the Fall 2014 semester.

    All disciplines are invited to participate. The purpose of these grants is to promote a culture of research and scholarship at Truman while providing flexibility to accommodate different research styles and requirements. Projects supported by this program should involve original ideas but may encompass a variety of activities including obtaining preliminary data or information, exploring new topics and continuing ongoing projects.
    Students must be current Truman undergraduates or graduate students and be mentored by a Truman faculty member. Grant applicants may request up to $750 and can cover student stipends as well as supplies and travel to conduct the research. Complete guidelines can be found at the Office of Student Research website.
    All students that wish to be considered for GIASR Fall 2014 funding should submit applications online at secure.truman.edu/osr-s/ by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31. Questions about Office of Student Research programs can be directed to osr@truman.edu.
  • American Families Needed for International Friends Program

    International Friends is a semester-long program with an aim to strengthen the bonds between international students and the Kirksville community.

    This program provides international students with the opportunity to experience a taste of real American life and culture by spending time with American families. In return, the international students are also able to share their culture with Americans. Everyday things can be a new experience for an international student. Being an International Friend is a rewarding opportunity for both the student and the family. It is a wonderful way for each to gain a better understanding of another culture and build lasting ties between Americans and people from all parts of the world.

    For more information, contact the International Student Affairs Office at 660.785.4215 or trumanisao.friends@gmail.com.
  • Businesses to Host New Student Welcome

    The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce Retail Merchants Committee and Kirksville businesses are inviting all new Truman students downtown for a Kirksville welcome, from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 7 on the square.

    Businesses, churches and organizations will have tables set up on the courthouse lawn offering coupons, product samples and more.

    There will be free food for students presenting a Truman ID. For more information, call 660.665.3766.
  • Parking Decal Registration Open

    New parking decals are now available for students, faculty and staff. Registration can be completed via TruView. Faculty and staff decals will be valid for 2014-2016, while student decals will be valid for the 2014-2015 academic year.  

    From the TruView home page, go to the lower right hand channel labeled “Update and View My Personal Information.” Verify your local address and update your telephone numbers and permanent address. Select “Register My Vehicle” and complete the required fields-specifically your vehicle description and license plate number. Do not put spaces in the license plate field.  

    Faculty and staff can choose to pick up the decal at the Public Safety Office, General Services Building 100, or have the decal mailed to their campus office. Additional questions can be directed to Carolyn Cox at 660.785.7400 during Parking Services hours, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parking decals may be picked up during Parking Services hours only.

    Freshman parking permits were included in the Residence Hall check-in packet if the registration was completed prior to Aug. 1. Late registrations, commuter parking permits and upperclassmen parking permits will be processed and distributed from the Parking Services Office, General Services Building 100, located in the Department of Public Safety at the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets.

    For more specifics about parking rules and regulations, visit the Department of Public Safety website and click on Parking Services.
  • Students Represent State at National Conference

    Truman students Victoria Bynum, Joshua Gregg, Hailey Ketchum, Quan Luong and Ashton Wolter represented the state of Missouri at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., this summer.

    These students competed in FBLA-PBL’s national business competition against state representatives from across the United States, Puerto Rico and China. At the Awards of Excellence program, it was announced that Bynum received third place in Accounting Principles. Wolter earned eighth place in Entrepreneurship Concepts. Luong competed in Marketing Concepts and was awarded eighth place. Gregg received eighth place in Sports Management and Marketing.

    Truman’s chapter also received the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit Award and its Local Chapter Business Report earned 10th place.

    This year’s national theme, “Excellence in Action” reflects the goals of FBLA-PBL members. 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.

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    Truman students at the FBLA-PBL’s national business competition in Nashville, Tenn. Pictured, from left, Victoria Bynum, Hailey Ketchum, Josh Gregg, Ashton Wolters and Quan Luong.
  • Sigma Delta Pi Named Honor Chapter for 21st Consecutive Year

    Truman’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2013-14, the 21st consecutive year the chapter has earned this prestigious distinction.

    Lucy Lee, Rho Rho chapter adviser and national president of Sigma Delta Pi, has been instrumental in earning this national honor that was awarded to only 12 chapters nationwide in 2014.  

    Each May, nearly 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi nationwide are asked to submit an annual report detailing their numerous activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the national executive committee chooses approximately 10-15 Honor Chapters annually. This recognition is based upon the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the Sigma Delta Pi mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.

    With its national office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.
  • Master Calendar Offers a Link to Campus Happenings

    Truman is known for having a large number of clubs and organizations. Many such organizations host informational meetings at the beginning of the academic year and at peak times, eight to 15 events will be listed each day. Information about those meetings may be found on the Master Calendar at truman.edu/event.

    If a chartered student organization or a recognized department/division/program at Truman would like to have an on-campus event listed on the Calendar, click on the “Submit an Event” button on the top left side of the page.
    Users can also export Master Calendar events by clicking the “iCal Feed” button at the bottom of the page.


  • TMN Television Broadcast

    5:30 p.m.
    Aug. 21
    Campus Channel 36

    Truman Media Network Television’s first live broadcast of the semester will feature coverage of Truman Week, as well as tips and tricks for starting the school year. For more news coverage, or for information on how to get involved, visit the Truman Media Network website at tmn.truman.edu.
  • Upcoming SAB Events

    Back to School Bash
    3-6 p.m.
    Aug. 22
    Student Union Building Mall

    Welcome Back Comedian: Mission IMPROVable
    7 p.m.
    Aug. 29
    Baldwin Auditorium

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  • Van Driving Classes Scheduled

    This is a required class to drive Truman State University fleet full-size vans. Student drivers must also complete Waiver of Vehicle Usage Policy form available on the Department of Public Safety website.

    Aug. 26
    3 p.m.

    Aug. 27
    3 p.m.

    Sept. 9
    3 p.m.

    Sept. 10
    3 p.m.

    Classes take place at the General Services Building
    (Corner of Patterson and Franklin streets)

    Please reserve your space.
    Participants must sign up to attend.
    Allow 2-3 hours for the class.
    Class size is limited.  
    Call 660.785.4177 or email joycecook@truman.edu.
  • Student Recreation Center Services

    Instructional Programs
    Check out the Student Recreation Center’s instructional programs at truman.edu/recreation/fitness-wellness-program/instructional-programs/. All classes are free for students, faculty and staff; no sign-ups required. Classes start Aug. 21.

    Weight Room Orientation
    Tru-Strength is a free, one-hour weight room orientation with a trained weight room instructor. Sign up at the weight room desk. Space is limited. For specific dates, times and more information, visit truman.edu/recreation/fitness-wellness-program/tru-strength/.

    Body Composition Assessments
    Free body composition assessment will be conducted during the times listed below. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood, pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index. Sign up at the weight room desk.

    Aug. 27
    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Aug. 28
    10:30-11:30 a.m.
    3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Sept. 22-25

    Oct. 20-23

    Nov. 17-20

    Jan. 26-29
  • Rec Center Labor Day Weekend Hours

    The Student Recreation Center will have special hours during Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Regular hours will resume Sept. 2

    Aug. 29
    6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    Aug. 30

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Aug. 31
    11 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Sept. 1
    11 a.m.-11 p.m.

    Regular Hours

    6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

    6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • 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
  • Volleyball Tournament to Aid Student Club

    9 a.m.
    Teams Drawn at 9:30 a.m.
    Aug. 30
    Greenwood School Volleyball Court

    (corner of Davis and Normal streets)
    (rain site is the Student Recreation Center)

    The Mad Hatter is a co-ed outdoor tournament. Games will be played on a grass court. Round robin pool play will be followed by a single elimination tournament. Individual registration if $5 per person. Ages 16 and up are eligible for play. A maximum of 40 players will be accepted. Entry fee benefits the Truman American Chemical Society.

    To sign up:
    Text: 435.230.5232
    Email: afuller@truman.edu.
    Please mention your volleyball experience.

    For questions, contact Amy Fuller at 435.230.5232 or afuller@truman.edu.
  • International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Deadline

    Study abroad on a Truman budget. Truman tuition and room and board are charged for ISEP programs and scholarships and financial aid apply. If this appeals to you, consider studying abroad through ISEP. The International Student Exchange Program offers 138 sites in 40 countries.

    For more information, visit the Study Abroad Office located in Baldwin Hall 118. Truman’s deadline for the ISEP Spring 2015 semester is Aug. 25 and the application must reach ISEP by Sept. 1. Contact Rosa Virginia Mendez with any questions.
  • Sign Up for Emergency Text Message Notification

    Students interested in receiving emergency notices through the text messaging function on their phones can sign up for this service through TruView. On the TruView main page, under “Update and View My Personal Information,” click on “Emergency Text Messaging.”

    Kirksville Textcaster
    Sign up at kirksvillecity.com to receive updates regarding city news and announcements, parks and rec information and public safety notices. Messages can be sent via text or email, and participants can select what messages they want to receive.
  • Heckert Celebration and Tree Dedication

    You are cordially invited to attend a celebration and tree dedication honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Teresa Heckert (Sept. 12, 1968-Feb. 19, 2014).

    Celebration and Reception
    3:30-5 p.m.
    Sept. 12
    Red Barn Park
    (rain site: Student Union Building Alumni Room)

    Remarks and Tree Dedication at 3:30 p.m.  

    RSVP preferred by Sept. 9. Please specify the event when submitting an RSVP via phone or email. RSVP to the Office of Advancement, 800.452.6678, 660.785.4133 or alumnievents@truman.edu. For more information, contact Brad Chambers or Becky Pike at 660.785.4133.

  • Employee Discount Available on Truman State University Press Titles

    The Truman State University Press has adopted a new policy that allows University employees to take a 20 percent discount on books it publishes. To receive the discount, books must be purchased in the press office, located in General Services Building 312. Check or credit card transactions are preferred. For more information about the discount, call 660.785.7336 or email tsup@truman.edu. To see a collection of titles published by the TSU Press, visit tsup.truman.edu.
  • New Home for ISAO and Study Abroad

    The International Student Affairs Office, as well as the Office of Study Abroad, are now located on the first floor of Baldwin Hall. You can visit the ISAO at Baldwin Hall 129 and Study Abroad in Baldwin Hall 118. All other contact information such as fax and phone remain the same.

  • Truman State University Press Taking Internship Applications

    The Truman State University Press publishing internship offers hands-on experience with print and electronic publishing projects to gain valuable work experience and learn about the book publishing industry. The internship provides the student with editorial, production and marketing work experience under the supervision of Truman State University Press staff with an emphasis on learning e-book production. The intern works a total of 200 hours during the semester and earns five Truman credit hours. To receive full academic credit (graded and pass/fail hours) the intern is also assigned a project by a faculty adviser. For more information, visit tsup.truman.edu/about/interns.asp.
  • Volleyball to Host Kids’ Clinic

    The Truman volleyball team will give the community a glimpse of what’s to come this fall on Aug. 27, when the Bulldogs host a local kid’s clinic in conjunction with the program’s annual Purple/White scrimmage in Pershing Arena.

    The 2014 squad will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. with a free clinic for all youth in grades K-8. The clinic will last for 45 minutes, before the Bulldogs take the court for a 6:30 p.m. scrimmage.

    For more information about the kid’s clinic, contact Megan Wargo-Kearney at 660.785.7751.

  • Family Day 5K Moved to YMCA

    The race location for the Family Day 5K on Sept. 13 has had to be moved to the Adair County YMCA. In order to be guaranteed a t-shirt, participants should sign up by Aug. 27. Proceeds support the YMCA and the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which provides positive, recreational experiences to children with serious illnesses. For more information, email aab8874@truman.edu. Sponsored by Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and the Adair County YMCA.

    10:30 a.m.
    Check-in starts at 9 a.m.
    Sept. 13
    Adair County YMCA, 1708 Jamison St., 660.665.1922

  • Truman ITS Offers Advice For Protecting Computer Documents

    When you create a computer document it’s important to think about what would happen if your document were to be lost or destroyed; do you have a backup? Hard drives fail, laptops fall, flash drives usually don’t survive being washed in the laundry, and people make mistakes and delete the wrong files. Accidents happen. If you have documents that are important to you, then you need to have a back up. Truman provides several places to store your files where they are automatically backed up. We encourage you to use these locations to help protect against loss.

    * Files stored on your Y: drive (your personal network storage area) or on your W: drive (your department network storage area) are automatically backed up by Truman Information Technology Services.

    * Email on the Exchange server is automatically backed up. Email archives are NOT automatically backed up unless you put the archive file on either the Y: or W: drive. Note: It is possible to setup your email client to move your email from Exchange to only your PC. This is NOT recommended because then your email is not backed up.

    * Faculty course materials on the Blackboard system are automatically backed up.

    * Faculty materials in the Truman Google Apps for Education system are backed up.

    * Staff materials in the Google Apps for Education system are NOT backed up.

    If you keep important files on your personal computer hard drive they are NOT automatically backed up. Be sure you regularly copy your personal computer documents to a network drive, an external hard drive, to cloud storage or some other secure storage location to ensure your files are backed up and protected.

    If you have questions about storing your documents or on any other campus technology items we encourage you to contact the IT Service Center at 660.785.4544.
  • Summer Research Symposium Schedule

    Aug. 23
    Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    Opening Remarks
    Chad Montgomery, director, Office of Student Research

    8:30-9:45 a.m.
    Bonum ubi, ibi regnum: An Examination of the Buen Vivir in the context of Leonardo Boff’s Liberation Theology
    Samuel Walk
    Faculty Mentor: Marc Becker
    8:30-8:45 a.m.
    Light Curves for Beta Lyrae and other eclipsing binaries
    Orion Guan
    Mentor: Vayujeet Gokhale
    8:45-9 a.m.

    Habitable Zones and Planet Formation Probabilities in Nearby Star Systems
    Tyler Gardner
    Mentor: Vayujeet Gokhale
    9-9:15 a.m.

    The Effect of Habitat Management on Reptile Communities
    Michael Essmyer
    Mentor: Chad Montgomery
    9:15-9:30 a.m.

    Reproductive Characteristics of A. Tesselata in Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    Ian Oiler
    Mentor: Chad Montgomery
    9:30-9:45 a.m.

    9:45-9:55 a.m.
    9:55-10:55 a.m.
    The Development and Influence of Jazz Education in Heartland America: 1970s to 2014
    Joel Gordon
    Mentor: Marc Becker
    9:55-10:10 a.m.

    Measuring Mammal Species Richness in Two Different Forest Types in Central America
    Jacob Kaiser
    Mentor: LaRoy Brandt
    10:10-10:25 a.m.

    Cost Systems & Performance Measurement
    Jodi Dunivent
    Mentor: Kathy Otero
    10:25-10:40 a.m.
    Evaluation of Titanium Dioxide as a Digestibility Marker for Horses
    Elizabeth Miller
    Mentor: Kelly Walter
    10:40-10:55 a.m.
    10:55-11:05 a.m.
    11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
    Secessionist Conflict and Decentralization
    Laknath Gunathilake
    Mentor: John Quinn
    11:05-11:20 a.m.
    Attitudes toward Healthcare Teamwork Between Osteopathic Physicians who Participated as Medical Students in an Interprofessional Education Program and Those Who Did Not
    Alexis Hackett
    Mentor: Carol Cox
    11:20-11:35 a.m.
    Attitudes Toward Gender Roles as a Function of Relationship Self-identification: Queer versus Straight
    Sarah Bussen
    Mentor: Sherri Palmer
    11:35-11:50 a.m.
    The Effect of Differing Macronutrients on Academic Metrics, Satiety, and Lunchtime Caloric Intake in Preadolescents
    William Quarles
    Mentor: Brian Snyder
    11:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
    12:05-12:35 p.m.
    Modeling the Number of Larval Dermacentor Variabilis on Peromyscus Leucopus
    Hailey Cahill
    Mentors: Hyun Joo Kim and Stephanie Foré
    Functional Asymmetry of the Lower Limbs in Three Motor Tasks
    Trudi Gatteys
    Mentor: Adam King
    Evaluation of Stream Health in Tropical Forests of Costa Rica and Nicaragua
    Bing Zheng
    Mentor: LaRoy Brandt

    Input in Foreign Language Pedagogy: an Essential Tool for Authentic Acquisition
    Jacob Fling
    Mentor: Carol Marshall
    Molecular Bacterial Pathogens Detection in Adult Amblyomma americanum, Dermacentor variabilis, and Ixodes scapularis of Northeast Missouri
    Megan Connolly, Daniel Romine, and Jacob Schrier
    Mentor: Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa
    Determination of Hexavalent Chromium in Water Using Paper-Based Microfluidics
    Kallie Hilsabeck
    Mentor: Russell Baughman
    Closing Remarks
    Chad Montgomery, Director, Office of Student Research                               
    12:35 p.m.
  • Theatre Faculty Showcase

    “God of Carnage”
    8 p.m.
    Aug. 22 and Aug. 23
    Severns Theatre

    Admission is free
    Festival seating
    Doors open at 7:40 p.m.

    This production of the winner of the 2009 Tony Award includes performances by Theatre Department members Randy Bame, Dominique Glaros, Dana Smith and David Charles Goyette, and is directed by Ron Rybkowski. A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

  • Follow Truman Online

    Links to the main Truman Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts can be found directly on the University home page. A collection of other Truman departments and organizations can be found at social.truman.edu.

    Questions regarding Truman social media can be directed to Jeremy Brinning for main accounts, Cait Kern for alumni-related accounts and Tyler Madesn for athletic-related accounts.

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  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Sept. 2.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Missouri Greece Study Abroad

    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 Baldwin Hall 118. Deadline to apply is for the Spring 2015 semester is Oct. 10.