Vol. 19 No. 17 - Jan. 20, 2015


  • Career Center Announces New #HireTruman Job Board

    The Career Center has created a new online resource to help students find a great job.

    #HireTruman is a job board created with students in mind. It allows students to: maintain an online personal calendar; manage multiple resumes, cover letters and other employment related documents; search for and apply for job opportunities alone; schedule on-campus interviews; view and register for career events; and much more.

    This new service is available now at myinterfase.com/truman/student.

    Username: Truman email (include @truman.edu)

    Default Password: bulldogs

    Students that had previously bookmarked the Career Center’s old site will no longer be able to use the old website address. Although the username and password should remain the same, students will need to use the credentials above to gain access. Also, any resumes, cover letters, etc. in the old system will need to be re-uploaded into the new system.

    For questions, contact the Career Center at 660.785.4353 or email careers@truman.edu.


  • Presidential Museum and Library Offers Summer Internship

    The Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library provides an opportunity for students to gain experience at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. Students can earn between five and eight hours of credit. This is an eight-week, 40-hour-a-week internship, coinciding with the University’s eight-week summer session. All Truman juniors and seniors who meet University guidelines for an internship are eligible to participate.

    After being selected by a University committee and the Truman Museum and Library staff, the intern can work in a variety of areas at the Museum and Library including, but not limited to: archives, public relations, marketing, educational programming, museum development or visitor services. Assignment will be based on intern’s abilities and interests as well as the Museum and Library’s needs.

    Selected individuals will each receive a five-hour, in-state tuition scholarship. The scholarship has been made possible by a generous endowment set up by the family of Fred and Ethel Schwengel. The Schwengel guidelines require that selected interns “immerse themselves in the study of President Truman.” During the internship, the intern will prepare a short paper on her or his experiences at the Museum and Library and also a paper exploring some aspect of the Truman presidency. The internship schedule will provide time for the intern to do research for this project.

    The Truman Presidential Museum and Library is seeking interns who possess the following characteristics: strong communication skills (written and verbal), self-starter, strong organizational skills, ability to work independently on multiple tasks, dependable, basic computer skills.

    For an application for this internship, contact Jeff Gall, Department of History, at 660.785.7747 or jgall@truman.edu. Applications must be received by Feb. 9.


  • Call for Abstracts for the Student Research Conference

    The submission site for the 28th annual Student Research Conference is now open and abstracts can be submitted online until 11:59 p.m. Feb. 20.

    Truman will host its annual Student Research Conference April 14. The conference is a University-wide celebration of student research, scholarship and creative achievements. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts.

    Abstracts should be submitted online at src.truman.edu. All abstracts need to be sponsored by a Truman faculty or staff member. A copy of the information submitted will be sent electronically to the student presenter’s mentor for approval. Students should work with the faculty mentor before submitting the abstract to minimize multiple drafts in the system.
    In addition to the many student presentations, the day will feature a conference-wide plenary address delivered by Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn, dean of the School of Science and professor of biology at The College of New Jersey. Osborn is a former professor and convener of biology at Truman, as well as a past-president of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Osborn is a plant evolutionary biologist, examining both fossil and living plants to understand questions in plant evolution.
    Faculty-requested special sessions are included in the discipline options. Anyone planning to present in such a session should look for the specific discipline designation when submitting an abstract. Faculty members interested in requesting a discipline designation can contact Chad Montgomery by emailing osr@truman.edu. Inquiries about the Student Research Conference sessions, guidelines and program should be directed to Montgomery.

    For questions about and/or problems with the abstract submission process, contact Sherril Pearce at 660.785.4597 or spearce@truman.edu.

  • University Publication Highlights Local Endeavors

    The new edition of “Harry: A Journal of Thought and Action” is now available online.

    Since 2012, “Harry” has featured academic pursuits and innovative endeavors on Truman’s campus. Titled in honor of the University’s namesake, this publication serves as the final product of the Communication Department’s news and reporting and feature writing courses. The content is created entirely by undergraduate Truman students under the mentorship of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and professor of communication, Marilyn Yaquinto.
    While the process of interviewing, researching and reporting serves as an educational experience for students, the journal itself invites the entire campus community to join in the interdisciplinary learning process, as stories focused on pioneers in business, industry, government, education and science are highlighted.

    A subscription to Harry is free and can be requested from the Institute for Academic Outreach.

  • 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 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 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.

  • Tracking Crises in the Middle East: Is Peace Possible?

    7 p.m.
    Jan. 29
    Magruder Hall 2001
    Sponsored by the Global Issues Colloquium

    Featuring Ingrid Roettgen, Caitlyn Bess, Sean Lynn, Trent Hoover, Molly Turner, Lauren Hennenfent, Lillianna Burrow, Aaron Gershman and Mark Appold

    Nine students from the 2014 Middle East trip will present a brief, tighly focused account of an area researched and explored, including accounts of checkpoints, health care, media coverage, attitudes towards U.S. aid and more. The students will also take questions from the audience.

    Mark Appold, a Biblical scholar who has lived and taught on most of the continents, has taken Truman students to the Middle East every summer for more than a decade, encouraging them to immerse themselves in ancient cultures by visiting heritage sites and helping them to see Israel and Palestine as they are today.

    Students visit the treasury building in Petra, Jordan.
    Pictured, back row, left to right: Alex Nyquist, Carnahan Lovewell, Ingrid Roettgen, Caitlyn Bess, Erin Nyquist and Molly Turner. Front row: Sean Lynn, Aaron Gershman, Mark Appold, Lillianna Burrow, Trent Hoover, Elizabeth Ward and Lauren Hennenfent. 


  • All-University Meeting/Reception

    3 p.m.
    Jan. 27
    Student Union Building Georgian Room

    President Paino will provide his annual state of the University report.
    The meeting will be followed by a reception in the Hub.

  • Poetry Reading and Multi-Media Presentation

    Chasing Weather

    Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image

    A poetry reading and multi-media presentation by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and Stephen Locke, photographer and professional storm chaser.

    7 p.m.
    Jan. 22
    The Del & Norma Robison Planetarium & Multimedia Theater

  • Upcoming SRC Programs

    Group Exercise Classes
    Start the new year off right by attending free group exercise classes at the Student Recreation Center. View the Spring 2015 group exercise schedule here. Classes include martial arts, Zumba, a variety of yoga classes, Tabata and more.
    Body Composition Assessments
    Free body composition assessments will take place from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and the week of March 2-5 and April 20-23. For more information click here. Sign-up at the weight room desk in the Student Recreation Center.
    Sign up for Tru-Strength, a free weight room/cardio orientation, at the Student Recreation Center. For more information click here.

  • 2015 Summer Study Abroad in France Informational Meeting

    Interested in a French language summer study abroad program? Come to an informational meeting about the Truman sponsored program in Annecy, France, for June-July 2015.

    The informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in McClain Hall 306. For more information, contact Patrick Lobert. Find out more about the Annecy program here.

  • Apply for the Truman in Washington Program

    The Truman in Washington Program (TWP) facilitates internship opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. Truman students can intern in their area of interest by working with The Washington Center or independently identified internships. The TWP helps students locate housing in the D.C. area and provides support throughout the internship experience. Students can work internships for both credit and no-credit through the TWP. Visit the Truman in Washington website at twp.truman.edu for more information. The site includes application materials, cost estimates, photographs taken by past interns and general information about the Washington D.C. area.

    The priority deadline for applications for summer 2015 internships through The Washington Center is Jan. 30. Applications submitted after Jan. 30 will be accepted and reviewed, but will not receive priority status. Applications can be submitted online at twp.truman.edu/applynow.asp.

    For questions regarding the TWP, contact Jay Self at selfjw@truman.edu or 660.785.6004.

  • SAB Seeks New Members

    The Student Activities Board is a student-run organization that organizes campus events from bingo nights to movies to concerts! SAB is looking for five to seven new members to join this semester. To apply, go to sab.truman.edu/sabapplication and submit by 5 p.m. Jan. 27. For any questions, email trumansabexec@gmail.com or visit sab.truman.edu, Facebook (Truman Sab) or Twitter (Truman SAB).


  • Free iPad Mini for Completion of Internship

    International Internships will be offering a free iPad mini to all of their students who participate in one of their customized internship programs in one of 16 exciting different locations during the summer of 2015. Applications must be completed by Jan. 31. For complete details, click here. Contact the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu with any additional questions.
  • Opportunity for Public Comment Before HLC Visit

    Truman State University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit March 3, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Truman State University has been accredited by the Commission since 1914. The team will review the University’s ongoing ability to meet the Commissions’ criteria for accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to:

    Public Comment for Truman State University
    The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle St. Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

    The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at www.ncahlc.org.

    Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must in be writing.  

    All comments must be received by Feb. 2.


  • Nominations Open for Leadership Recognition Program

    The Center for Student Involvement is now taking nominations for Leadership Recognition awards, including Outstanding President of the Year, the Senior Leadership Award, Outstanding New Organization and more.

    Nomination packets can be picked up from the CSI Office in the Student Union Building or nominations can be made online at csi.truman.edu/leadership.

    Nominations can be made through March 6. For more information, email csilrp@gmail.com.


  • Opportunity for Summer Research at Harvard

    Harvard University has been named one of 10 U.S. institutions that will be offering a 10-week Amgen Scholars Program in the summer of 2015. This new Harvard program, with an emphasis on biotechnology research, will afford a diverse cohort of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard universe, including the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. In addition to an engaging, formative research experience, Harvard-Amgen Scholars will live among more than 300 undergraduates residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River.

    The deadline to submit complete applications is Feb. 2. More information about the Harvard-Amgen Scholar Program, as well as eligibility criteria and the application process may be found at uraf.harvard.edu/amgen-scholars. The Amgen Scholars Program website, which includes information about all of the U.S. and international programs available this coming summer, may be found at amgenscholars.com.

  • Prospective Philosophy and Religion Major Forum

    4:30-6 p.m.
    Feb. 10
    McClain Hall 208

    “What good is a degree in Philosophy and Religion?”
    Find out why PHRE is one of the most valuable majors on the market today!

    Panel Discussion by
    Professor Mike Ashcraft
    Professor Itir Gunes
    Professor Jennifer Jesse
    PHRE major Joelle Axton

  • Summer Fulbright Opportunities in the UK

    Applications for U.K. Summer Institutes through the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission are due in February and March.

    These Summer Institutes provide a unique and enriching opportunity for U.S. citizens with two years of university study left to study in the U.K. during the summer. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration and presentation at an esteemed British university. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission will be offering nine Summer Institutes this year covering a wide range of disciplines from art to archaeology. A complete list of Institutes and details may be found here.

    For further information, contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu or Valerie Schreiner, program coordinator for the Summer Institutes at valerie@fulbright.org.uk.
  • Money Mondays and Wellness Wednesdays

    Student Affairs is hosting a series of programs designed to improve student wellness by presenting ways to reduce stress in the following areas: financial, academic, social, future and physical. All programs are scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in McClain Hall 208.

    Money Mondays
    Financial Aid Basics
    Jan. 26

    Budgeting on a Budget
    Feb. 9

    Bank Accounts and Services
    Feb. 23

    Credit and Debt
    March 16

    Investing and Financial Planning
    March 30

    Taxes and Insurance
    April 13

    Evaluating Benefit Packages
    April 27

    Wellness Wednesdays
    Study Skills
    Jan. 21

    Time Management Skills
    Feb. 4

    Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse
    Feb. 18

    Alcohol Awareness
    March 4

    Sexual Health and Safety
    March 25

    Smoking Cessation
    April 8

    April 22

    Incentives: In addition to free materials and drawings for attendees at each session, Student Affairs is providing both individual and student organization incentives to participate in these programs. Students may earn a Personal Development Certificate and recognition on their co-curricular record for participation. Student organizations can be eligible for financial incentives (up to $300) if at least 30 percent of their membership attends three or more of these programs. These wellness related events are made possible thanks to the generosity of those Truman parents who donated to the Student Wellness Initiative.
  • International Student Exchange Program Accepting Applications

    Interested in studying abroad? The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. ISEP provides students with the opportunity to attend more than 100 different universities worldwide. The deadline to apply for the fall 2015 semester is Feb. 15. The application is located online at isep.org and the application fee is now only $395.


  • Notables

    Rebecca Harrison, professor of classics,
    had her paper, “On Learning (and Teaching) Latin Verbs,” accepted for presentation at the 111th annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, March 25-28, in Boulder, Colo.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship

    The Truman State University Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship. To apply, login to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances and Foundation Scholarship Application. The deadline to apply is by midnight Jan. 22.

  • Udall Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

    The Udall Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have sophomore or junior status to apply. Students must also meet one of the qualifications below:

    * demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics and other related fields; OR

    * be a Native American and/or Alaska Native student who has demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development and other areas affecting Native American communities; OR

    * be a Native American and/or Alaska Native student who has demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities and other related fields.
    Applications are due by Jan. 30. Students may not begin the application process until they have met with the Udall Faculty Representative at Truman. Interested students should contact María Di Stefano, mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109, for more information.
  • For Students From Illinois

    The IAA Foundation is pleased to announce plans to award scholarships to Illinois students majoring in agriculture, agri-business or a related field, as well as many scholarships open to any major. More information regarding these scholarships can be found at www.iaafoundation.org. Application deadline is Feb. 1.
  • For Education Students From Iowa

    Alpha Delta Kappa, Sigma Chapter of Burlington, Iowa, is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Des Moines County undergraduates who will be majoring in education. Further eligibility requirements include the applicant must show qualities of leadership and demonstrate success in academics. While financial need will be considered, it will not necessarily be the primary qualification. For further information, stop by the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103. Applications are due by March 31.
  • Scholarships Available to Study Abroad In Spanish Speaking Countries

    Sigma Delta Pi, collegiate Hispanic national honor society, is sponsoring 10 stipends worth $2,500. Scholarships and stipends to a number of locations in Spanish-speaking countries are available to current members of the Truman chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. There are also additional scholarships for specific programs. Applications must be submitted to the faculty advisor of the Sigma Delta Pi, Rho Rho chapter. Details are available here.