Vol. 19 No. 4 - Sept. 15, 2014


  • Lyceum Series Presents The Golden Dragon Acrobats

    This event is now sold out.

    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.


    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 are currently available. 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.
  • 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.

  • Alumni Chapter Hosts “Dawgs for Dogs”

    The NEMO Alumni Chapter will host “Dawgs for Dogs” at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Stokes Stadium.

    While the football team takes on Lincoln University, the Alumni Chapter will host a fundraiser to support the local Humane Society Shelter. Chapter officers and volunteers will collect donations from 6 p.m. until halftime outside of the main gates. Items include food, litter, cleaning supplies or cash donations. If you are unable to make it to the game, donations can be dropped off in McClain Hall 205 to Alumni Relations. Please RSVP by Sept. 24 by contacting the Office of Advancement at 800.452.6678 or alumnievents@truman.edu.

    The game is free for Chapter members. Tickets also include complementary refreshments and seating in the President’s Section. If you are interested in becoming a member, visit the online Alumni store. For more information, contact Denise Smith, director of Alumni Relations, at dlsmith@truman.edu or Caitlin Kern, coordinator of Alumni Relations, at caitk@truman.edu.

  • Students Share Nursing Experience from the Philippines

    Ten Truman nursing students will present their unique study abroad experience at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    The presentation focuses on the students’ hands-on clinical work and cultural immersion while spending three weeks in the Philippines.

    The students who will be presenting are:  (back row) Abby Crew, Kelsey Dreiling, Sam Streff, Katie Kurtz, Lauren Null, Angie Rardin; (front row) Kaylee Knauth, Megan Johnson, Czerina Rivera and Lindsey O’Brien.

    This past summer, the senior-level nursing students journeyed half way across the globe to the Philippines. Under the supervision of two nursing professors, Kit and Steve Hadwiger, the students participated in numerous nursing and cultural exposures, while gaining a new cultural perspective on health care delivery. During their trip, the students were exposed to a variety of clinical settings and were given the opportunity to participate in many clinical experiences, which included delivering babies in the Labor and Delivery Unit at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, participating in family health visits in the Gawad Kalinga Community Village, performing health screenings at a women’s social hygiene clinic and providing culturally competent nursing care to patients in the surgical, pediatric and medical service wards at West Visayas State University Medical Center.

    The students finished the program by traveling to Iloilo City, where they were partnered with local Filipino nursing students.

    The presentation is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

  • Intern at the State Capitol

    Legislative Assistant to Rep. Sue Allen Jessica Petrie ('13) credits the Missouri Government Internship for early success at State Capitol.

    Petrie interned at the State Capitol during the 2013 legislative session. She said this experience was a positive one because it gave her the opportunity to use and refine the skills that she gained during her time at Truman. She also found that she learned about herself and she enjoyed the challenges of working at the Capitol.

    “The Capitol is a fast-paced environment where many diverse topics are debated and issues change quickly; that challenge makes it all more enjoyable,” Petrie said.

    During her time at the Capitol, she gained an understanding of state politics through her interactions with legislators, lobbyists and community activists. Understanding the inner workings of the Capitol and knowing current political issues will not only be an asset for future careers and academic opportunities, but is also crucial for civic engagement, Petrie said.

    Beyond what she learned, Petrie values the relationships she made during her internship. She said that interning at the Capitol gives students the chance to find mentors and presents unique networking opportunities. Petrie has already seen her new network pay off when she began her new job as a legislative assistant for Rep. Sue Allen merely two days after the internship ended.

    “Truman students have a lot to gain from an internship at the State Capitol,” Petrie said, “whether it is what they learn, who they meet, issues they become passionate about or even just the chance to work in such a beautiful and historic building.”

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

    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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    Jessica Petrie, pictured front row, middle, with the other 2013 interns.
  • Homecoming Honorees Announced

    Several Truman alumni will be recognized at the Alumni and Friends/Hall of Fame Banquet 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 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals.

    This year Truman’s grand marshals, Robert and Jane Dager, will have the special honor of leading the parade as it travels from downtown Kirksville through campus.

    Robert “Bob” Dager served 25 years at Truman State University before retiring as head of the Division of Business and Accountancy in June 1999. Bob came to Truman in 1974 as an assistant professor of business and was soon named head of the division in 1977 after being promoted to full professor. From 1989-90, he served as interim president of the University. During his tenure, he acted as head for the Division of Education, began and directed the John R. Kirk Honors Institute and oversaw the University Career Center. He chaired the committee for the renovation of Violette Hall.

    Bob has served the Kirksville community as an active member of numerous organizations. He received the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award in 1999, was named Kiwanian of the Year in 1981 and Citizen of the Year in 1980. He served as president of the Kirksville Kiwanis Club, vice president of the Chariton Valley Association for Handicapped Citizens, director of the Northeast Missouri State Bank, board member of the United Way and board member of the Kirksville Country Club. Bob is currently a member of the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors.

    Jane was born and raised in Indiana. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in speech pathology/deaf education and a graduate of Kirksville Area Technical Center. Jane worked as a clinic nurse for the past 20 years and is currently employed at Northeast Missouri Health Council’s OB/GYN Clinic. Over the years, Jane has actively served the Mary Immaculate Home and School, the PTA, Welcome Wagon, Sojourners Club, Mary Immaculate Peacemakers and the University Dames.

    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: Michael A. Wilson ('91)
    Alumni Chapter of the Year: TBA
    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.


  • Earn a Nursing Degree in 15 Months

    Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Information Session
    4-4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 17
    Health Sciences Building 3205
    After completing a bachelor’s degree and the specified pre-requisite courses, admitted students may finish a BSN degree in 15 months of study. For additional information, email nursing@truman.edu or call 660.785.4557. The nursing website includes information about the curriculum.

    Those planning to attend the information session should RSVP by sending an email to kmcdaniel@truman.edu.  

  • Exploring Invented Languages

    David Peterson, inventor of the Dothraki language from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and other television languages, will be speaking about invented languages during a series of two presentations.
    Do the Evolution: Grammaticalization in Action
    4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 17
    Student Union Building Georgian Room B                
    Genuine Fiction: The Art of Language Invention
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 18
    Baldwin Hall Room 176 (The Little Theater)

    Sept. 17 will focus on the relationship between linguistics and invented languages. Sept. 18 will be aimed at the pop culture phenomenon of invented languages. There is no cost to attend either presentation. For more information, email Douglas Ball, professor of linguistics, at dball@truman.edu.

  • Learning from Latin American Social Movements

    Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein will present on the effect of Latin American revolutionary groups at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Magruder Hall 2001. Ross has been reporting on Latin American social movements since 1982, while Rein has engaged with a wide range of social movements and organizations, including publications and political campaigns. There will be a reception following the presentation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Homecoming 2014 Apparel Now on Sale

    Pre-order your Homecoming apparel to ensure that you can have the apparel you want!
    Individuals or departments can order via the pre-order form here. The forms can be filled out electronically and emailed to  homecoming@truman.edu or turned into the Center for Student Involvement by 3 p.m. Sept. 19.
    In order for pre-orders to be processed, payment must be turned in up front in the form of cash or check. All checks should be made out to Truman State University.
    You can also buy apparel through the online Homecoming store until Oct. 10.
    Apparel table sales will begin from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 3rd  Oct. 6-10 in the Student Union Building.

  • Plan Ahead for Homecoming

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

    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. Hard liquor is prohibited. 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.
  • 9th Annual Big Week of Giving

    The SERVE Center’s 9th Annual Big Week Of Giving will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 4.

    Throughout the week, SERVE Center staff will partner with Truman nutrition classes to organize fundraisers and service projects in order to raise money, canned food and awareness for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. SERVE Center activities include a kickball tournament, a canned food drive in the Residence Halls and a Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon.

    Tables will be collecting donations and canned food from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hy-Vee and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28 at Walmart.

    For more information on events, check out the SERVE Center’s Facebook page and Twitter.

  • Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon Award

    The SERVE Center is looking for nominations for the 2014 Community Partner Appreciation Award.
    The award is given to recognize an outstanding community member or organization that has worked closely with the University to promote public scholarship (community service, service learning, civic engagement, etc.) among Truman students. Community partners play a vital role in engaging the campus and students with communities to meet critical needs.  

    Nominations are due by Sept. 24 and may be submitted through an online or paper application. More information can be found here.

  • Discussing Current Issues in Ferguson

    The Truman community is invited to participate in two events that will discuss the current issues from Ferguson, Mo.

    Starting a Movement: Ferguson Town Hall
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 24
    Baldwin Hall

    Images in Black: Perception vs. Reality
    Speaker Nathan Stephens will discuss black males and the law.
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Baldwin Hall

    Sponsored by Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, ResLife, OCCS and Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact the Student Affairs Office at 660.785.4111.

  • University Conduct Board Seeking Student Affiliates

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards (OCCS) is seeking motivated students to serve as student affiliates on the University Conduct Board.

    The University Conduct Board hears cased of alleged misconduct to determine whether a student or student organization’s behavior violates the Student Conduct Code, and if a violation is found, the imposition of sanctions. Additionally, the University Conduct Boards seeks ways in which to connect the qualities of citizenship with the values of Truman State University.

    The Board is comprised of faculty, staff and student members. Student members would be expected to participate in various social justice and civic projects on campus, as well as participate in administrative hearing and mediation sessions.

    The term of appointment is two years.

    Applications can be found at conduct.truman.edu. They are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Student Union Building Room 1110.
  • Exercise Science Class Looking for Volunteers

    The ES 445 Assessment and Prescription class is looking for employees or community members to be practice clients for students in the class learning to be personal trainers. Clients would meet with their student group on five separate occasions and leave with an exercise prescription made just for them. To sign up or for more information, contact Evonne Bird at 660.785.7729 or ebird@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.  

  • Opportunity to Work in Washington, D.C

    The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national program that provides undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C., with one of more than two-dozen participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues.

    Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, which include research, writing, public education and advocacy in support of the goals of their organization, and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings and Congressional hearings.

    The program has awarded 154 fellowships since its inception in 1987 and is offered in the Spring and Fall semesters. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students.

    Applications for the Spring 2015 fellowship are due Oct. 6. There is no specific major required to apply.

    For more information, visit www.scoville.org.

  • Calling all Convertibles

    Convertibles are needed for the Homecoming Parade from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 11. Please contact Shelby Sims in the Center for Student Involvement at 785.4222 or ssims@truman.edu for additional information.

  • Sign Up for Tru-Strength

    Unsure about how to use the weight room equipment at the Student Recreation Center? Tired of doing the same exercises but don’t know what to do? Sign up for Tru-Strength, a free weight room orientation. Visit the website for upcoming dates or times.

  • 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.
  • 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 Madsen (madsen@truman.edu) for athletic-related accounts.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Upcoming Events

    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.
  • Generation Study Abroad Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

    Generation Study Abroad has the goal of doubling the number of students studying abroad by the end of the decade. With efforts to reach this goal, the Institute of International Education is proud to announce an updated Study Abroad Funding website to be released this fall. StudyAbroadFunding.org has hundreds of scholarship and grant opportunities listed. It contains a detailed description of grants, fellowships and scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and doctoral and postdoctoral research all around the world. Check it out!