Vol. 19 No. 5 - Sept. 22, 2014


  • SAB Fall Concert to Feature Matt and Kim

    The Student Activities Board will host musical artists Matt and Kim at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in Pershing Arena. Doors will open at 8 p.m.

    The event is $5 for Truman students, faculty and staff and $15 for general admission. Tickets are available now and may be purchased in the Student Activities Board Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building or online.

    Matt and Kim are an American alternative/indie dance duo. Their 2006 single “Daylight” reached No. 95 in the United States and in 2012, their single, “Let’s Go,” reached No. 20 on United States alternative music charts. They have released four albums: “Matt and Kim,” “Grand,” “Sidewalks” and “Lightning.” “Sidewalks” and “Lightning” reached No. five and No. 10 on U.S. independent album charts, respectively.

    Kansas City, Mo.-based alternative rock band Not a Planet will be opening for Matt and Kim.

    The alternative genre had the highest vote for top choice of genre in SAB’s Big Entertainment Survey, with 30 percent of Truman students voting for this genre.

    For more information, visit sab.truman.edu or call 660.785.4722.

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  • Comedy Act Turns into Career

    This past summer Will Evans, senior classics major, was one of 15 people in the nation to be accepted into the Second City’s comedy studies program, affiliated with Columbia College of Chicago.
    Evans is not a new face to the Second City scene. After his JINS course “The Art and Science of Humor,” he realized that comedy had the potential to develop into a career. The following summer, Evans began to pursue opportunities to develop this interest, including taking two week-long courses at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. The Center is best known for producing comic talents such as Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.

    “I wanted to find opportunities to hone my comedy, and also to see if it was worth the risk of attempting to get into the entertainment business,” Evans said.

    A year later, with Second City experience already under his belt, Evans applied for their summer studies program and was accepted. Monday through Friday, he attended classes in vocal and movement training, comedy history, improvisation and comedy writing. In addition, there were also workshops on Friday that focused either on music or acting. Unlike traditional homework, Evans’ work consisted of writing sketches, performing stand-up or creating scenes for silent films. The program’s final performance showcased one of his sketches among other student-written pieces.

    Will Evans

    At the end of the comedy studies program, Evans’ teachers told him that despite a few minor areas to work on, he had a lot of talent. He plans to continue a career in comedy and apply for an internship at Second City or the Conservatory in Chicago after graduation.

    Undoubtedly, Evans is hooked on comedy. On campus, he is the president of Upchuckles, Truman’s own student comedy club. The club’s next performance “Little Theater, Big Laughs” will take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theater. There will also be a stand-up workshop beforehand at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.
  • "Life after Truman" Alumni Panel

    The Classical and Modern Languages Department will host an alumni panel from 10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Oct. 10 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    The panelists will talk about life after Truman and discuss ways to re-vision careers in foreign languages. The three speakers are Ashley Adams (’13), Laura Provance (’07) and Erin Flannery (’11).

    Adams grew up in Monticello, Ill. She now resides in Champaign, Ill., where she is pursuing her Master of Arts in African Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Adams received her Bachelor of Arts in romance languages in 2013. On campus, she was a member of the African Students Association, Phi Sigma Pi, Pi Delta Phi, played on the women’s Bullets Rugby team and was named Romance Language Student of the Year her senior year. After graduating from Truman, Adams volunteered with an international nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Tanzania, East Africa. She plans to continue her international NGO work in Africa teaching public health education.

    Ashley Adams

    Flannery grew up in Raytown, Mo., and now resides in Lawrence, Kan. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and romance languages. On campus, she was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, participated in TSODA and Hablantes Unidos and received the award for the Outstanding Romance Language Student. Flannery went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Latin American cultural, literary and linguistic studies from New York University. She currently works as the administrative assistant and translator at Horizon Systems, Inc., an engineering and manufacturing company. Flannery also owns her own freelance translation company, Renderance Translation Services.

    Erin Flannery

    Provance resides in her hometown, Springfield Mo., where she is the co-owner of Arts & Letters. The business is a gallery, boutique and cultural center that features locally made art, jewelry, clothing and unique gifts, hosts cultural events, album releases and book readings and offers foreign language and art courses. As a student at Truman she was actively involved with Eta Sigma Phi and Classics Club. In 2007, she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in classics and a minor in Italian studies. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 2009, Provance spent the following four years in Europe. She worked for two years as a freelance tour guide before founding Roads to Rome, a private, personalized tour company.

    Laura Provance

    More details on the three panelists are available here.
  • 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.
  • 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. For those unable to make it to the game, donations can be dropped off in McClain Hall 205 to Alumni Relations.

    The game is free for Chapter members. Tickets also include complimentary 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.

  • Alumni to be Honored at Banquet

    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 Bulldog Forever Volunteer of the Year and the Young Alumni of the Year.

    Michael A. Wilson (’91)
    Bulldog Forever Volunteer of the Year

    Originally form Odessa, Mo., Mike Wilson lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his family. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance in 1991. While working toward his degree, Wilson was an active member of Sigma Tau Gamma and served as their representative on the Interfraternity Council. He participated in the Missouri Government Internship Program, was a member of Student Senate, participated in multiple intramural sports and met his wife!

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    Mike Wilson

    Since graduating from Truman, he has held various positions in the financial services industry and is currently in his 11th year at UMB Bank. Wilson says he finds fulfillment through encouraging and developing others to their potential and creating process and procedures to help maximize performance utilizing efficiency and logistics. As a senior loan review officer, he assesses credit quality and policy adherence of the institutions loan portfolio. He also takes a “value-added” approach and helps business lines with strategic planning, reporting and process improvements.

    Wilson has been serving the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Truman since 2000 in various leadership roles including currently as president. Additionally, he is vice chair on his Parish Finance Committee, a member of the Parish Men’s Club and teaches Parish School Religion. Wilson is a member of the Risk Management Association, an ambassador for the Kansas City Corporate Challenge, American Royal and the employee wellness program. In his spare time, he trains and competes in marathons and triathlons.

    Wilson has been married 22 years to Terri (Lyle) Wilson and enjoys spending time raising their four boys.

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

    Ryan Shreve is the chief financial officer for FireMon, a security technology firm based in Overland Park, Kan. Ryan recently joined FireMon after seven years in various management positions at Garmin International, most recently serving as the controller with oversight of the financial consolidation of more than 50 global entities. Previously, Ryan worked as an auditor for the public accounting firm Ernst & Young in Kansas City.

    Ryan is a 2002 graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He also earned his Master of Accountancy from Truman in 2003. While at Truman, Ryan was active in Blue Key, Beta Alpha Psi, Order of Omega and Sigma Tau Gamma, serving as president and vice president of finance. Ryan studied abroad with the Missouri-London Program and participated in the Europe in Transition Program.   

    Currently, Ryan serves as a member of the Accounting Advisory Board for the School of Business. He has served as the treasurer for the Kansas City Alumni Chapter and participated on the regional campaign committee for the University’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign. In addition, Ryan sits on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City and has served as the treasurer of the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run of Kansas City.  

    A Kirksville native, Ryan has a long history of family involvement at Truman. His grandfather, grandmother, mother, step-father and two sisters all attended Truman. His grandfather, grandmother and step-father all worked for the University. His mother, Claire Jepson (’73, ’87), is currently teaching in the Education Department.

    Ryan and Lauren (Rase) Shreve

    Lauren (Rase) Shreve is the creative director at Silpada Designs, a sterling silver jewelry direct sales company based in Lenexa, Kan. Previously, Lauren worked as a graphic designer at Bernstein Rein Advertising Agency. She is active in the community supporting various philanthropies including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and serving as a coach for Girls on the Run.

    Lauren is a 2003 Truman graduate, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha social sorority and was actively involved at the Student Recreation Center, serving as an aerobics instructor during her four years at Truman. Lauren is originally from Lee’s Summit, Mo., and graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School.

    Ryan and Lauren reside in Olathe, Kan., with their sons, Grant and Evan, prospective Truman Bulldogs!

    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

    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.
  • Informational Meetings Set for Missouri Government Internship

    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 task 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 cyoung@truman.edu or Heidi Templeton at heidi@truman.edu.

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    Spring 2014 Intern Jessica Hamilton poses in front of the Capitol building’s iconic dome.
  • Celebrate National Truman Spirit Day

    Friday, Oct. 3, is National Truman Spirit Day.

    The Truman Alumni Association Board of Directors designated the first Fridays of the month in April and October as Truman’s National Spirit Days. The purpose is to promote the University to prospective students, to give alumni and friends an opportunity to display their pride in their alma mater and to create awareness of the University locally, nationally and internationally.

    Show off your purple pride! Submit a photo of yourself or your family here. As long as they’re displaying their Truman Spirit, you could get some free Truman prizes!

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  • 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.
  • Mostly Live Composers Society Concert Showcase

    The Mostly Live Composers Society Concert Showcase will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.  

    Written by student composers, the 50-minute concert will feature performances of newly written music for various instrumental and vocal combinations. There is no cost to attend and the concert is open to the public.

  • Alpha Phi Omega "Glow in the Dark" Dodgeball Tournament

    Alpha Phi Omega is sponsoring a "Glow in the Dark” dodgeball tournament benefiting Campfire USA. Participants will play under black lights and are encouraged to wear white or neon clothing that will glow under the lights. Registration is now open and participants can fill out forms online or at registration tables from Sept 29 until Oct. 3. The cost to participate is $25 per team or $5 per person, and each team must include at least two girls. The tournament will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Pershing Small Gym.

    Register online here.

    Or sign up tables will be available from 10 a.m.- 4p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 3.

    Missouri Hall
    All week

    Student Union Building
    Monday and Tuesday

    Magruder Hall
    Wednesday and Thursday
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Week

    Clothesline Project on the Mall
    All Week

    Coffee & Consciousness (Sexual Assault & Survivor Resources)
    6 p.m.
    Sept. 22
    Student Union Building 3202

    Administration vs. Assault
    With President Troy Paino; Lou Ann Gilchrist, dean of Student Affairs; and Danielle Fritz, director of the Women’s Resource Center
    6 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater

    Take Back the Night: Entertainment & Candle Light March
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 24
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater

    Bystander Intervention Discussion & Training
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 25
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater

  • 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.
  • Apply to the McNair Program

    Students thinking about going to graduate school should consider applying to the McNair Program. Learn more about this valuable resource and the eligibility requirements at two McNair information meetings at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in Magruder Hall 2000 (STEM majors) and 3 p.m. Sept. 29 in Violette Hall 1140 (all majors). Applications to the program are accepted Oct. 1-Nov. 1 at mcnair.truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • Nominate Now for the Community Partner Appreciation 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 at serve.truman.edu/community-partner-award-nomination/.

  • Sierra Club to Host Two Public Events

    The Sierra Club will be holding two public events in Kirksville to discuss critical environmental issues and to explain how local residents can get involved. The first event will focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Wilderness Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964. The National Park Service is currently considering extending wilderness management to 3,500 acres in the Big Spring area in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. On display at this time in the Kirksville Arts Association Gallery are two coordinated exhibits—“Of A Wild Nature” featuring works by regional artists; and “50 Years of Wilderness: Through the Lens of Missouri’s 8 Wilderness Areas.” The latter is a traveling exhibit of professional photographs with images of flora and fauna taken by Richard Spener and Toni Armstrong in Missouri’s protected wilderness areas.

    Sierra Club Gathering and Art Exhibit
    7 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Kirksville Arts Association Gallery, 117 S. Franklin St.
    The speaker will be Sierra Club Missouri Chapter Director John Hickey.

    The second event will focus on how Missouri can move from its current dependence on coal to a clean energy economy based on energy efficiency, wind and solar. Particular attention will be paid to practical actions that students, faculty and community members can take to support that transition.

    Sierra Club Lecture and Discussion
    4:30 p.m.
    Sept. 24
    Magruder Hall 1000
    The speaker will be Sierra Club Missouri Chapter Director John Hickey.
  • Calling all Convertibles

    Convertibles are needed for the Homecoming Parade from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 11. Contact Shelby Sims in the Center for Student Involvement at 660.785.4222 or ssims@truman.edu for additional information.

  • Acclaimed Author to Visit Sept. 30

    Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, acclaimed author of the memoir “When Skateboards Will be Free,” will be giving a reading at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the University Art Gallery as part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series.

    Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the both the short story collection “Brief Encounters With the Enemy” and “When Skateboards Will Be Free,” for which he received a Whiting Writers’ Award. The memoir was also selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

    The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

  • Performance of "Eurydice"

    Truman’s Theatre Department will perform “Eurydice” Oct. 1-4. Tickets cost $3.

    Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her last love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

    For additional information or to reserve tickets, visit or call the Ophelia Parrish Box Office at 660.785.4515.

  • 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.
  • 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 Board 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.
  • Learning Technologies Team Fall Programming Schedule

    The Learning Technologies Team is kicking off its Fall 2014 semester lineup of workshops and presentations with a focus on a wide array of teaching with technology topics.
    Monday Mentor Sessions
    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3000
    For the Sept. 22 session, the Learning Technologies Team will join forces with Dana Vazzana, director of Academic Professional Development, in the Student Union Building Conference Room to offer an open hour to eat lunch together and to discuss topics of interest. Each of these Monday sessions will also feature a “food for thought” presentation. These are brief programs from faculty speakers in the Magna Online 20 Minute Mentor Series. Click here for more details about the Monday Mentor Sessions.
    Wednesday Lunch & Learns
    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    Join the Learning Technologies Team for these brown-bag lunch sessions on popular topics in instructional technology. While attendees eat, staff members will share information about apps and tools that can help provide better feedback, connect with out-of-town experts, get access to specialized training and much more. The Sept. 24 session will focus on Lynda.com training resources in a special one-time-only location, the Multimedia Lab in Pickler Memorial Library 204.
    First Thursdays are Blackboard Thursdays!
    9:30-11:30 a.m.
    First Thursday of Every Month
    McClain Hall 215
    Blackboard Systems Admin, Sherry Dare, hosts open hours for those seeking Blackboard support and instruction. Dare will be available in the McClain Hall 215 computer lab during this time to answer questions about using Truman’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn.
    Additional Programming
    Times/Dates/Locations – TBA
    Magna Online Webinar – Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques
    Don’t forget this special feature, a facilitated webinar sponsored by the Academic Professional Development Committee. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.
    1-2 p.m.
    Sept. 23
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A

    New Faculty Seminar – Making Use of Lecture Capture
    Presented by the Learning Technologies Team
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Oct. 2
    Pickler Memorial Library 103

    Hands-On Workshop – Truman’s Google Drive/Google Apps Suite
    Presented by the Learning Technologies Team
    10:30-11:20 a.m.
    Oct. 14
    Violette Hall 1304

    Learning Technologies Team – End-of-Semester Open House
    This is an opportunity to drink some hot apple cider and visit with the Learning Technologies Team about instructional technology-related projects, ideas, successes or challenges. The Learning Technologies Team is also interested in ideas regarding future workshop topics.
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Dec. 3
    Pickler Memorial Library 205

    Learning Technologies Team – Finals Week Open Office Hours for NEW Faculty
    Stop in for hot apple cider and take a look at the extensive resources the Learning Technologies Team has available. The Learning Technologies Team will be available for questions after reflecting on the fall semester and in preparation for the spring.
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Dec. 9-11
    Pickler Memorial Library 205
  • 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.
  • 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 Body Composition Assessments

    The Student Recreation Center will have free body composition assessments from 12-1 p.m. Sept. 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 10:30-12:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index. Sign up at the weight room desk. Assessments will also be conducted Oct. 20-23, Nov. 17-20 and Jan. 26-29.
  • New Student Recreation Center Yoga Instructor

    The Student Recreation Center will teach yoga classes from 4-4:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays. Carlie, the new yoga instructor, will lead the classes. Check out the updated group exercise schedule here.
  • Tailgating Policy

    For those interested in tailgating before home football games, tailgating is allowed anywhere in available parking lots. However, tailgating with alcohol will only be allowed in the University parking lot, located off of Florence Street and south of the Campbell Apartments. Those interested in tailgating with alcohol before football games must adhere to the tailgating policy.

    For additional questions or clarification, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 660.785.4176 or Athletics at 660.785.4236.
  • Sigma Alpha’s Annual Haunted Corn Maze

    Oct. 23
    7-10 p.m.

    Oct. 24
    8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Oct. 25
    8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Located at the University Farm

    Admission is $3 for Truman students with an ID and $5 for general admission. Oct. 26 is Kids’ Day from 1-3 p.m. There will be crafts and trick or treating. Admission is $3 per child.

  • 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.  

  • Fine Arts Performance Schedule 2014-2015

    Truman’s School of Arts and Letters

    Sept. 4-Oct. 3
    Faculty Art Exhibition: John Bohac, Jim Jereb and others
    Public reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 9, University Art Gallery

    Oct. 1-4
    by Sarah Ruhl- mainstage theatre production
    8 p.m., James G. Severns Theatre
    A modest admission fee will be charged.

    Oct. 14-Nov. 14
    Hunter/Gatherer: Food and Conservation in Northeast Missouri Art Exhibition
    Public reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 14, University Art Gallery

    Oct. 25
    New Horizons Music Festival
    A series of six concerts
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    Nov. 12-15
    “The Drowsy Chaperone”
    A musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music/lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
    8 p.m., James G. Severns Theatre
    A modest admission fee will be charged.

    Jan. 22-Feb. 20
    Middle Earth: Midwest Regional Ceramics Invitational Art Exhibition and R. Mertens: Digital/Fibers/Audio Exhibition
    Public reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 27, University Art Gallery

    Feb. 18-21
    by Brian Friel- mainstage theatre production
    8 p.m., James G. Severns Theatre
    A modest admission fee will be charged.

    March 3-April 14
    David Mazure: Amputees Wallpaper Art Exhibition
    Public reception at 6 p.m. March 3, University Art Gallery

    April 15-18
    "She Kills Monsters"
    by Qui Nguyen- main stage theatre production
    8 p.m., James G. Severns Theatre
    A modest admission fee will be charged.

    For more information about any of these events please call 660.785.4417.

    Art Gallery Hours:
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Saturday, Noon-4:30 p.m.

    Closed in between exhibitions and during University holidays.
  • Family Day 2015

    Family Day 2015 is set for Sept. 19.

    A schedule will be posted online in June.


  • Notables

    The current art and literature exhibition of “Interpretations II” of the Columbia Art League is featuring literary work by Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, including her original poetry and an excerpt from her 2008 historical novel on the Spanish Revolution and French Resistance, “Dieppe Crossing.” Chosen artists and writers had been matched with each other and asked to interpret other person's work. The exhibition began in late August and continues through Oct. 30. A published anthology of all art and writing in the exhibition is forthcoming.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Upcoming Events

    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.
  • “Barkley Days” Information Session

    Barkley Advertising Agency will host an information session from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. The session will discuss the company and its opportunities for diverse majors.

    Based out of Kansas City, Barkley is an independent advertising agency with clients such as Sprint, Adidas, Hallmark, Target, Payless, Applebee’s and Vanity Fair.

    The agency will also be available by appointment Sept. 24 to critique resumes and portfolios. 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.
  • Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarships Available

    Scholarships are now available through Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc., for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Two selected students will be submitted to Central Region as an applicant and to National Garden Clubs Inc., as a Missouri applicant to compete for a Central Region and National Scholarship.

    The scholarship application is available on the website. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2015.
  • Webinars Educate on Study Abroad and Exchange Opportunities

    Are you interested in learning more about the opportunities available to you from Study Abroad? Webinars are free of charge and informative. Join the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a webinar from 12-1 p.m. Sept. 23 to learn about DADD Programs and for a walk-through of the application process. The webinar will present all scholarships available for the 2015-2016 academic year and participants will have the opportunity to answer questions at the end. Register here.
    The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program will host a webinar from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Sept. 26. The webinar will discuss international exchange opportunities for STEM majors and STEM participation in education abroad. Register here.