Vol. 19 No. 3 - Sept. 8, 2014


  • Lyceum Series Presents The Golden Dragon Acrobats

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will debut its first event of the season with the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Baldwin Auditorium.

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    In 2005, the Golden Dragon Acrobats made their Broadway debut to a sold-out audience at the New Victory Theater. Their Broadway run over the next six weeks received universal critical acclaim from the New York Press.

    Their performance utilizes tridents, wicker rings and daily artifacts such as tables, jars, plates and bowls. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a 25-century-old tradition, developing into one of the most popular art forms among the Chinese culture.

    Tickets will be available starting Sept. 12. Students can pick up their free ticket by presenting a Truman ID at the Student Activities Board Box Office, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff can receive their free tickets by showing their Truman ID at the Information Center in the Student Union Building. General admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased downtown at Edna Campbell’s, the Truman Cashier’s Window in McClain Hall or online at lyceum.truman.edu.
  • Heckert Celebration and Tree Dedication

    A reception honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Teresa Heckert will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Red Barn Park.

    Heckert was a professor of psychology for 20 years and chair of the Department of Psychology before she passed away Feb. 18.

    Please RSVP by Sept. 9. Specify the event when submitting RSVP via phone or email 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.

    Remarks and tree dedication will begin at 3:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the reception will take place in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.


  • Homecoming Honorees Announced

    Several Truman alumni will be recognized at the Alumni and Friends/Hall of Frame at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 as part of the Homecoming 2014 celebration. Each week the Truman Today will profile different award honorees. This week looks at the Hall of Fame inductees.

    Truman’s Athletics Hall of Fame will induct Kristi Bredbenner, softball All-American; Sam Lesseig, women’s golf coach; Sam Nugent, baseball coach and assistant athletics director; and Cory Parker, men’s basketball All-American.

    Bredbenner played for the Truman softball team from 1998 through 2001 and broke nearly all-batting records during the process. After playing four seasons for the Bulldogs, and on three straight NCAA tournament teams, she was named interim coach for the 2002 season and has since built an impressive coaching career.

    Kristi Bredbenner
    Lesseig helped start Truman’s women’s golf team and continued to coach for 28 years until his untimely passing in 2013. He coached two All-Americans and 14 academic All-Americans while leading the Bulldogs to 11 postseason appearances at the National Golf Coaches Association Division II National Championships and the NCAA Division II and III Women’s Golf Championships. Lesseig served on the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee for nine years and was Truman’s interim athletics director during the 1988-89 school year.

    Sam Lesseig

    Nugent served in the roles of head baseball coach, head football athletic trainer and assistant athletics director in the 34 years he was employed by the University. Nugent retired from coaching in 1989 and served as assistant athletics director for facilities and operations until his retirement in 1995.

    Sam Nugent
    Parker finished his basketball career as the program’s all-time leading scorer at 1,835 points, while being a three-time first team all-MIAA selection and a two-time honorable mention All-American. He was an honorable mention all-MIAA pick as a freshman, earned three straight first-team honors, three MIAA Player of the Week awards and three all-South Central region selections.

    Cory Parker

    The 2014 Homecoming honorees are listed below.

    Alumni of the Year
    Mike McClaskey (’85) & Janet (Yearns) McClaskey (’84)

    Young Alumni of the Year
    Ryan Shreve (’02) & Lauren (Rase) Shreve (’03)

    Distinguished Service Award
    Cynthia M. Spiker (’93)

    Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals
    Robert Dager & Jane Dager

    Bulldog Forever Volunteer of the Year Award

    Alumni Chapter of the Year

    Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
    Kristina Bredbenner (’01), Sam Lesseig, Sam Nugent and Cory Parker (’00)

    More information on each of these awards, past recipients and how to nominate someone can be found at truman.edu/alumni-donors/awards-recognition/ or you can contact bulldogforever2@truman.edu. To purchase banquet tickets visit the online Alumni Store.
  • Family Day Set for Sept. 13

    Truman’s annual Family Day is scheduled for Sept. 13 and the campus has a variety of activities planned throughout the weekend for students and their families.

    This year’s events are designed to provide families with information and entertainment from the University and the surrounding Kirksville community.


    Friday, Sept. 12, the women’s and men’s soccer teams will play the University of Illinois-Springfield at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m at the Truman Soccer Field. There is no cost to attend. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., Fireside Friday will be in the Student Union Building HUB. There will be live music and free food sponsored by the Student Union and Center for Student Involvement.

    Saturday, Sept. 13 kicks off with a Truman baseball scrimmage at 10 a.m. at the Truman Baseball Field. Library tours will also be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    At 10:30 a.m. at the YMCA, Phi Kappa Tau will host a Paint Party 5k fun run where participants will be covered in colored powder at various points along the course. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA and the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

    The Truman softball team will have a scrimmage at 11 a.m. at the Truman Softball Field. The University Art Gallery Faculty Exhibit runs from 12-4:30 p.m. In the Centennial Hall Courtyard from 1-4 p.m., there will be the Annual Festival Centennial. The Student Activities Board is hosting “Campus Feud,” a Family Feud-type interactive game show, at 4 p.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium. There is no cost to attend.

    The campus-wide barbeque is from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Student Union Mall (rain site: Student Union Building). Tickets cost $8.50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Students with a meal plan can eat for free with their Truman ID. Barbeque tickets can be bought online at store.truman.edu/familyday through Sept. 10.

    At 7 p.m., the Bulldog football team plays Langston University at Stokes Stadium. Tickets are $8 for adults. Admission is free to students with a Truman ID. Tickets will be available at the ticket windows before the game or can be purchased online at TrumanBulldogs.com.

    Sunday, Sept. 14, the women’s and men’s soccer teams play the University of Southern Indiana at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Truman Soccer Field. There is no cost to attend. Truman’s volleyball team also plays Lewis University at 1 p.m. in Pershing Arena. Tickets are $3 or adults and will be available to purchase before the game. Admission is free to students with a Truman ID.

    A detailed schedule of events can be found here. For more information, email pr@truman.edu or call 660.785.4016.

  • Truman to Celebrate Constitution Day, Sept. 17

    In recognition of Constitution Day, Danielle Allen, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, will lecture on “Equality as the Foundation for Liberty: Reading the Declaration and Constitution Together” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in Baldwin Hall 176.  

    The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are often thought to stand in tension with each other—the first promoting the ideal of equality, the second that of liberty. Allen will explore how the argument imbedded in the Declaration anticipates the Constitution in several ways and thereby draws equality and freedom into a close relationship with one another.

    Allen’s book “Our Declaration” was published this summer and has received good reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Review of Books and other newspapers and periodicals. She is also the author of “The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens,” “Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education” and “Why Plato Wrote.” In 2002, she received a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also in the news this summer because her work on the Declaration convinced her that an error in punctuation has become part of the “standard” version—an error that alters the meaning of a substantive element—and she has been pressing the National Archives to revisit their official transcription of the document.

  • Intern at the State Capitol

    Informational meetings for the Missouri Government Internship will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    The Missouri Government Internship gives students the opportunity to gain real, meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. If selected, interns will be working full time alongside staffers in the office of a state legislator, state agency or state executive. Through interning at the Capitol students will expand their knowledge of the workings of state government and build a tight-knit and diverse professional network.

    Interns are eligible to receive up to 15 hours of credit for their work at the capitol and also will be compensated for moving and living expenses with a $2,500 stipend.

    Daily tasks vary depending on the office, but interns can expect to attend public hearings and complete legislative research. Other duties may include writing and editing published materials, preparing for hearings, tracking legislation, constituent relations, attending fundraising events, writing speeches and assisting with basic office work.

    In order to participate in the Missouri Government Internship, students must have completed at least 60 hours and spent a minimum of two semesters at Truman. Students will only be considered with a GPA of 2.75 and higher.

    All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. While there is no required coursework prior to the internship, applicants must be hard working, motivated, professional and eager to learn.

    More information and applications are available online here.

    For more information, contact Candy Young at 660.785.4650 or cyoung@truman.edu or Heidi Templeton at 660.785.4016 or heidi@truman.edu.
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    Spring 2014 Intern Jessica Hamilton poses in front of the Capitol building’s iconic dome.

  • Plan Ahead for Homecoming

    Truman will celebrate Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 10-12.

    The theme, Cirque du Truman, was decided by the Homecoming Committee comprised of 16 students. The committee members are Amanda Trosen, Anna Godfrey, Caroline Hamera, Chelsea Rickman, Chris Gross, Elizabeth Rehfeldt, Heather Hoing, Jeremy Busch, Jessica Wilke, Jessica Williams, JoJo Weatherspoon, Julia Carr, Laura Kenny, Rachel Foster, Taylor Shields and Dillon Laaker.
    Organizations that would like to publicize their Homecoming events are encouraged to contact Alumni Relations at alumnievents@truman.edu. To stay up to date on all Homecoming events visit the Student Homecoming website or the Alumni Homecoming website.

    As part of this year’s celebration, Truman again will host a pre-game tailgate from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Groups and organizations that would like to reserve a space are encouraged to do so by going to the Alumni Homecoming website or emailing alumnievents@truman.edu. Reservations can also be made online here.

    The parking lots on the southwest corner of Patterson and Franklin streets will be open for all families, friends, alumni and students to tailgate before the game. Admission is free. For $5, attendees can pre-purchase a tailgate lunch. Meal tickets can be purchased online here. A limited number of meal tickets will be available at the tailgate and can be purchased with cash or check, but pre-registration is preferred. In case of inclement weather, the tailgate and other events will move to the Student Union Building.

    Adults of drinking age may bring in their own wine or beer. Event staff will be checking IDs. Only wine and beer will be allowed and must be in cans or cups. No glass containers are permitted. Hard liquor and hard liquor products are prohibited. Kegs are not allowed. The complete homecoming tailgate policy is available here.

  • Alumni Chapter to Host Volleyball Meet-and-Greet

    The NEMO Alumni Chapter will host a post-game reception following the Truman volleyball team’s Sept. 14 contest.

    Following the 1 p.m. game against Lewis University, the NEMO Alumni Chapter will sponsor a meet-and-greet with the team, their families and chapter members. They will also provide a free meal for chapter members, athletes and their families. Everyone is invited to become a member and participate in the event. Membership in the NEMO Alumni Chapter is now half-price.

    Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by Sept. 10, but contacting the Office of Advancement at 800.452.6678 or alumnievents@truman.edu. For more information, contact Denise Smith or Caitlin Kern.



  • Coffee with the President

    President Paino will be hosting his first Coffee with the President from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Violette Hall 2451.   

    The sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the Truman community to make suggestions or ask questions about issues facing the University. For more information, visit truman.edu/about/our-people/presidents-office/coffee-with-the-president/.
  • McNair Program Research Presentations

    The Truman community is invited to attend the 22nd Annual McNair Program Research Presentations.

    1-5 p.m.
    Sept. 10
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    A schedule and abstracts are available at mcnair.truman.edu.
  • Cardinal Key and Blue Key Blood Drive

    10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 9 and 10
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Rooms

    To make an appointment, call 800.REDCROSS or visit
    redcrossblood.org, sponsor keyword: TrumanState. Sign up tables will also be advertising Sept. 8.

  • Casting Call for the Next Faces of Truman

    Are you enthusiastic about your Truman experience? Do you want to be considered for participation in an upcoming photo or video shoot? Fill out the form at truman.edu/admission-casting-call and submit a candid photo by 5 p.m. Sept. 9. All students and majors are welcome. Selections will be influenced by the University’s diverse marketing needs as photo and video opportunities arise. Questions can be directed to admissions@truman.edu or 660.785.4114.
  • Info Session about Studying Abroad at Bond University

    Interested in studying abroad in Australia? There will be a special presentation from Bond University at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Student Union Building room 3202.
    Bond University is Australia’s oldest private university located on the Gold Coast of Australia. Students may complete 12-16 credit hours per semester and choose courses  from a variety of disciplines including accounting, linguistics, life sciences, communication, counseling, criminology, economics, education, film & television, computer science, finance, forensic science, health sciences, international business, international relations, journalism, exercise science, sports management, sustainable development, management, marketing, multimedia design, philosophy, psychology and more. For more information, visit the Australia Bond program website.
  • Advising Fair for Faculty and Staff

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 11
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Representatives from the Center for Academic Excellence, University Counseling Services, the Office of Financial Aid, Athletics, the Registrar’s Office, Residence Life, Disability Services, the MAE Program, the Career Center, and the International Studies and Study Abroad offices will all be in attendance to answer questions. Academic advisors will be available to discuss TruView, DegreeWorks and the advising helpline.

    Sub sandwiches and chips will be available. No RSVP is necessary. Sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence and the Academic Professional Development Center.

  • Free Self-Defense Class Offered

    The Department of Public Safety is offering a free self-defense class this semester for students. The program combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about crime prevention. Designed for both female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.

    The class will take place from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The class can accommodate 30 students. Those who complete the class will receive a specially designed safety whistle.

    To sign up, email pr@truman.edu with your name and cell phone number.
  • Funds Allotment Council Accepting New Member Applications

    Truman’s Funds Allotment Council is now accepting new member applications. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 19 in the FAC Office, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building. The Funds Allotment Council is a great organization committed to helping various organizations fund events. Applications are available at fac.truman.edu. For more information, contact Dan Brodnik at djb5632@truman.edu.

  • Funds Allotment Council Funding Info Night

    Truman’s Funds Allotment Council is hosting a Funding Info Night at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Fund applications will also be available at this time. Applications will be available at fac.truman.edu and are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 15 in the FAC office, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building. For more information, contact Dan Brodnik at djb5632@truman.edu.
  • MLK Challenge Committee Applications

    The Multicultural Affairs is looking for several eager Truman students to be a part of the 2014-2015 MLK Challenge Committee. These students will help make a day OFF a day ON by honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To apply, visit mac.truman.edu/web/form_builder2/form_builder.asp?testId=980. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 12.
    We are looking for student to fill the following positions:
    * Site Development
    * Publicity and Registration
    * Day of Event
    * Hospitality and Fundraising
    * International Student Coordinator
  • Introducing the Fall 2014 Study Abroad Ambassadors

    With approaching deadlines for study abroad programs, many students are faced with questions about studying abroad. “Which program or university is best for my subject area?” “Can I get by if I don’t speak the country’s language?” “Which country or city I would like to study or intern?”

    The Study Abroad Ambassadors, Molly Kinder, Rae Greer, Geri Farrell, Hannah Rogers, Belkisa Causevic and Emily Pulley are here to help! Click here to read their biographies.
    For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu.
  • 25th Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference

    Truman will host its 25th annual undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Manuel Chavez, Jr., from Monmouth University. Chavez will present on the topic “Ethics and Anti-Racism” at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. Lunch will be provided.

    Submissions for the conference must be received by Oct. 3. Papers should be 10-15 pages in any area of philosophy or religious studies. For more information, contact David Murphy at 660.785.7246 or email dgmurphy@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.
  • 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.” The Emergency Response Guide is also available on the DPS website at police.truman.edu.

    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.
  • 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 (jbrinning@truman.edu) for main accounts, Cait Kern (caitk@truman.edu) for alumni-related accounts and Tyler Madesn (madsen@truman.edu) for athletic-related accounts.


  • Notables

    David Wohlers, professor of chemistry, and Dana Delaware, professor emeritus of chemistry
    , traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., Aug. 17-20 to participate in a meeting of the ad hoc subcommittee on Braille notation for chemistry of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA). The subcommittee was tasked with three charges by BANA on which to make recommendations: (1) how to represent the Periodic Table in Braille; (2) whether to use the English letter indicator before elemental symbols; (3) to make any other recommendation to improve Braille notation for representing chemistry. The subcommittee unanimously agreed to recommend that the English letter indicator be dropped for chemical symbols no matter where they appeared—in prose, equations, graphs or tables. Minimum standards for the representation of the Periodic Table were established contingent upon Braille production capabilities. The third recommendation to BANA is that the current edition of the Braille chemistry code copyright 1997 be updated to include the recent IUPAC standards for chemical notation adopted by all modern print chemistry textbooks.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Upcoming Events

    Emerson Electric On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 8

    Northwestern Mutual Info Tables
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Sept. 9

    Employer Panel Discussion
    7-8:30 p.m.
    Sept. 10

    Wolfe, Nilges, Nahorski On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 11

    BKD Info Tables
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Sept. 12

    Deloitte On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 15

    ReverseMortgage.com Info Tables
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Sept. 15

    UHY On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 16

    Grad School Prep Week
    Sept. 16-Sept. 18

    Rubin Brown On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 17

    KPMG On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 19

    McGladrey On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 22

    Ernst & Young On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 23

    “Barkley Days” Information
    6-7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 23

    BKD On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 24

    PwC On-campus Interviews
    Sept. 26

    Career Week
    Sept. 29-Oct. 2

    Menards Info Table
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Oct. 7

    ALDI Candidate’s Required Dinner
    6:30-9 p.m.
    Oct. 7

    ALDI Interviews
    Oct. 8

    Alumni Mock Interviews
    2-4 p.m.
    Oct. 9

    Edward Jones On-campus Interviews
    Oct. 13

    For more information, contact the Career Center at 660.785.4353.

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.
  • The Gilman International Scholarship Program

    The Gilman International Scholarship Program Application for Spring 2015 is now open. This is a scholarship ideal for students studying or interning abroad during the Spring 2015 term.  The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 7. A study abroad advisor and a financial aid advisor must certify the application. For more information, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

    If you are interested in studying less commonly taught languages or looking to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America or the Middle East, then you might qualify for a David L. Boren Scholarship or Fellowship.

    Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 academic year at borenawards.org. These awards provide funding for undergraduate and graduate student studies. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year study abroad and graduate students can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research.  

    Recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year in exchange for funding. The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship is Jan. 27 and for the Boren Scholarship is Feb. 4. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu.