Vol. 19 No. 19 - Feb. 2, 2015


  • Lyceum Resumes with “The Great Gatsby”

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will continue with a performance of “The Great Gatsby” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Baldwin Auditorium

    Witness the sweeping grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel, “The Great Gatsby,” adapted by Simon Levy and performed by the Montana Repertory Theatre. Watch the rise and fall of the notorious Jay Gatsby and the alluring and dangerous Daisy Buchanan presented by one of the nation’s premier touring companies. Seeing “The Great Gatsby” live on stage renews and refreshes the understanding of this remarkable tale told by an American genius.

    Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in 1968 and has grown to be one of the oldest and most respected touring companies in the country. Over the last several years they have performed in more than 350 communities from California to New York.

    Tickets will be available starting Feb. 6. 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 Campbells, the Truman Cashier’s Window in McClain Hall or online at lyceum.truman.edu.

  • Archery Event Sign-up Now Open

    Rob Garver from the Missouri Conservation Department will conduct an archery workshop and will be teaching students how to shoot properly.

    The event will take place Feb. 8 in the Pershing Small Gym. Students can sign up for any one of the four time slots available by emailing their name, cell phone number and preferred time slot to pr@truman.edu by Feb. 4. Space is limited to 20 students per half hour session. Available time slots include: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    For those who register by Feb. 4, there will be refreshments available after the workshop. This event is sponsored by the Student Wellness Initiative.

  • Lincoln Contests Offers Cash Prizes

    Submissions for Truman’s annual Lincoln Contests in art, essay and oratory, established by Fred and Ethel Schwengel to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, will be accepted until Feb. 28.

    Those participating in essay or oratory should submit a 1,000- to 1,500-word, three- to five-page essay in response to the prompt below to Barry Poyner, Barnett Hall 1110, by Feb. 28. A list of works cited should also be provided as appropriate. The cover sheet should include contact information and clearly indicate if the submission is for the essay or oratorical contest or both. Finalists in the oratorical contest will deliver their speeches before the National Communication Association Student Club later in the semester. Essay and oratory prizes for first and second places will be $200 and $100, respectively.

    For the art contest, entries should be submitted to Rusty Nelson, Ophelia Parrish 1221, by Feb. 28, and observe the following criteria: artwork of any media is acceptable, traditional or digital output/projection - 2D and 3D. No larger than 18 x 24” for 2D work and 3ft in the round for 3D work. Projected work should be formatted for 16:9 screen ratio. Winning art will be added to the Schwengel Lincoln Collection in Special Collections at Pickler Memorial Library. Art Prizes for first and second places will be $200 and $100, respectively.

    Contest Prompt:
    Some would argue that what Abraham Lincoln is most remembered for is his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The document may have had a limited direct impact on the lives of many slaves, but it was a watershed moment in stating that previously bound people shall be “forever free” (Emancipation Proclamation, paragraph 2). To emancipate commonly means to free from bondage, oppression or restraint. This year’s prompt asks you to choose one of the following possibilities and develop it into an essay:

    1. Choose another emancipatory moment in Lincoln’s life and write about it, incorporating source material.

    2. Choose an emancipatory moment in someone’s life and, incorporating source material, write about it.

  • McNair Program Welcomes New Scholars

    Truman’s McNair Program welcomed 19 new scholars in January.

    The ultimate goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. More information about the program and scholars can be found at mcnair.truman.edu.

    Pictured, front row, left to right: RaShaunda Fargo, Erica McBride, Sofia Gonzalez, Mahliyah Adkins-Threats and Brandall Bond. Middle row, left to right: Devin Gillespie, Franchot Walker, Sebastian Maldonado-Velez, Morgan Grandon, Sydney Ruffin, Anastasia Steblina and Chelsie Yokum. Back row, left to right: Chacity Cooper, Ronnia Estes, Charlyn Ortmann, Eber Gibby, Roberto Renteria and Mackenzie Smith. Not pictured: Jessica Wooldridge.
  • Truman Forensics Has Big Weekend at Gorlock Gala

    Truman Forensic Union (speech and debate team) attended the annual Gorlock Gala hosted by Webster University the weekend of Jan. 23-25.

    This year was an especially big showing with 49 schools from across the nation and easily more than 800 entries in speech and debate. This makes the Gorlock the largest tournament of Truman’s competitive season before attending the National Forensic Association’s national tournament in April.
    In Lincoln-Douglas debate, freshman Collin O’Connell advanced to the quarterfinal round of the novice division. Junior Mackenzie Barnes, competing in the open division of Lincoln-Douglas, advanced through to octofinal rounds. However, Barnes was also ranked the top speaker in open Lincoln-Douglas debate out of a field of 55 other competitors.
    Truman Forensics also had success in individual events speaking. Sophomore Adrien Zambrano advanced to the semi-final round of impromptu speaking. Sophomore Anson Long-Seabra advanced to the final rounds of both afterdinner speaking and poetry interpretation. Long-Seabra would place second in afterdinner and poetry.

    Additionally, the tournament recognized students who held high ranks but, due to tournament size, could not be advanced to elimination rounds. As a result freshman Brian Kantanka received an excellence award in poetry interpretation and junior Dillon Laaker received his excellence award in extemporaneous speaking.
    After a successful run at the Gorlock Gala, the Truman Forensic Union will take three weeks off to prepare for the 2015 Missouri Association of Forensic Activities State Championship Tournament. This year, Crowder Community College in Neosho, Mo., will host the tournament, Feb. 13-14.

    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, at coutzen@truman.edu, or Kevin Minch, interim director of forensics, at kminch@truman.edu.



  • Seniors Can Recognize Exceptional Teachers

    The James and Margaret Mudd Teacher Recognition Scholarship at provides graduating seniors with the opportunity to honor an outstanding high school teachers who made a transforming impact in their lives.

    How it Works:

    * Nomination forms are available at wp-internal.truman.edu/advancement/teacherrecognition.

    * A selection committee will review nominations and determine a winner. All nominated teachers will receive a communication from Truman letting them know that they made a difference in the student’s life and were nominated for this recognition.

    * The chosen teacher will be invited to participate in spring commencement and will be recognized formally during the commencement program.

    * To further honor the selected teacher, a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an incoming Truman student from their high school.

    Nominations are due by Feb. 6.

    The James and Margaret Mudd Teacher Recognition Scholarship was made possible through generous gifts to the Truman State University Foundation.

    James and Margaret Mudd Teacher Recognition honoree Andrew LeFors with President Paino at the May 2014 commencement.
  • MSA Meet-and-Greet

    The Muslim Student Association will host a meet-and-greet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Violette Hall 1140. Group members will be available to describe MSA’s goals and discuss upcoming fundraisers and events. Refreshments will be served.
  • APDC Faculty Lunch

    There will be an Academic Professional Development Center Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Dana Vazzana will discuss Active Learning Strategies for the College Classroom. Faculty members that plan to attend should RSVP by Feb. 2 to Dana Vazzana at apd@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.

  • 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

  • MAC and WRC Seek Donations for Domestic Abuse Victims

    The Multicultural Affairs Center and the Women’s Resource Center are asking for donations of feminine hygiene and hair care products for Kirksville Victim Support Services.

    Donations can be dropped off at either the MAC Office in the Adair Building or the Women’s Resource Center in the Student Union Building 1109. Items will be collected through Feb. 13, and all donations will be taken to the domestic violence shelter on Feb. 14.

    For additional information contact Carol Bennett, assistant dean for Multicultural Affairs, at 660.785.4142 or Danielle Fritz, director of the Women’s Resource Center, at 660.785.7224.

  • 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.

  • Free Business and Finance Aptitude Test

    The BAT is a two-hour multiple-choice exam designed to assess aptitude for business and finance. Scores are entered anonymously into the BAT database where more than 20,000 top firms can search for internship and full-time candidates. Truman will be offering a free test session from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 11 at Violette Hall 1432. In addition, the Bulldogs Student Investment Fund will host a BAT Review Session from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Violette Hall 1432. Click here for more information.

    Bloomberg Aptitude Test Review Session
    6-7 p.m.
    Feb. 4

    Bloomberg Aptitude Test
    7-9 p.m.
    Feb. 11



  • FAFSA Filing Now Open

    Students should file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at fafsa.gov as soon as possible to determine Title IV federal aid eligibility (Pell Grant, SEOG, TEACH, Perkins Loan, Work Study, Stafford Direct Loans, PLUS Loan).

    FAFSA results are also needed for some other federal, state, University and private programs. The state’s FAFSA filing deadline for the Access Missouri Grant Program is April 1. Do not delay due to late tax filing–the FAFSA allows the use of estimated information–just update the FAFSA record after the 2014 income tax figures are finalized. Later FAFSA filing may result in more limited funding options, but the 2014-2015 FAFSA can still be filed.

    For questions, contact the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103, 660.785.4130, finaid@truman.edu.


  • 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.

  • Rhetoric, Common Sense and the American Revolution

    James Cianciola
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 10
    Baldwin Hall 176 (Little Theatre)
    Presented by the Truman Faculty Forum

    Presentation abstract:
    The concept of common sense, which emerges from the rhetorical and philosophical theories of Aristotle, Cicero, Giambattista Vico and the Scottish School of Common Sense, contains specific coordinates that American colonists adapted to the cause of independence in the American Revolution. This lecture argues that the architects of American Revolutionary rhetoric appropriated and applied principles of common sense philosophy to the invention of their discourses. A rhetorical analysis of their efforts is a means of exploring some ways in which rhetoric is essential to democracy.

  • Planetarium to Screen “Ice Worlds”

    Staff Council and the Truman Planetarium will present a screening of “Ice Worlds.” Virtually explore the delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life. Staff Council welcomes children 10 and above to share in this experience with their parents. Registration is required as space is limited to 60. Use the event manager to sign up.

    University Conference Day
    3:45-4:45 p.m.
    Feb. 19
    Magruder Hall 2100


  • John Lewis Fellowship Applications Now Available

    Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., are accepting for the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, Ga. The program offers American and European university students the opportunity to explore race and civil rights, immigration and Native American issues.

    College students and recent graduates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights are encouraged to apply. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2013 and 2014 are eligible. Click here for more details.

    The 2015 program will run from July 5 to Aug. 1 in Atlanta, Ga. The deadline to apply for this program is Feb. 14.
  • Summer Employment Opportunities on Campus

    Upward Bound has open paid positions for summer 2015 in the following areas:

    residential mentors
    night supervisor
    yearbook advisor
    instructors (math, biology, physics, composition and reading)
    program counselor.

    Application materials and more information are available at ub.truman.edu
     or by calling Donna at 660.785.4244.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Detours Magazine Available Now

    The latest edition of Detours magazine is now available online.

    The winter issue showcases several Midwest treasures, like the murals of Cape Girardeau, Cuba and Jefferson City, and includes interviews with the original mural artists. There is also a feature story on the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre where Broadway stars have been known to perform, as well as a piece on 25 must-try food trucks in the region.

    The online edition, available here, includes an interactive flipbook feature. A tablet edition is also available in the iTunes store. The all-new tablet edition features exclusive content, interactive items, multimedia video and picture slideshows.

    Detours is a biannual travel magazine produced by Truman students that highlights little-known attractions, restaurants and shopping destinations in the Midwest. The magazine’s final print issue will be released in April and will feature the best stories from the Detours archives, dating as far back as 1996.


  • 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.
  • 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
    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

    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.
  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.


  • Notables

    W. Michael Ashcraft, of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, had his article “Field Trips in the Course on New Religions” published in the “Spotlight on Teaching” section of the January 2015 issue of Religious Studies News, a publication of the American Academy of Religion.

    Residence Life staff recently attended the 25th annual RA Conference at the University of Northern Iowa. Student advisors Ronnia Estes, Joseph Milliano and Rachel Wilson received top student program honors with for their presentation on teaching responsible drinking behaviors. Missouri Hall Director Zac Burden received top advisor program honors for his presentation on positive professional narratives. Others attending the conference included West Campus Suites Community Coordinator Carly Klynsma, student advisors Joseph Bogdajewicz, Katherine Dunham, Rachel Hunn, Kristina Kohl, Kelly Moroney, Payton Murphy and Hannah Whitt.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    Career Center Hiring Preview Sessions
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 2
    Student Union Building 3203

    Career Center Hiring Preview Sessions
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 5
    Student Union Building 3203

    PwC Info Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Feb. 18
    Violette Hall Counter

    Career and Grad School Week
    Feb. 23-26

    SCORE Mock Interviews
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Feb. 23
    Career Center

    Etiquette Dinner
    5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 23
    Student Union Building Georgian Room B

    Nonprofit Poster Display
    10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Feb. 24
    Student Union Building HUB

    Employer Info Sessions
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 24
    Student Union Building

    Nonprofit Panel Discussion
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 24
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Career Week Speaker: Dan Coughlin
    7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 24
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Career and Grad School Expo
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building

    Employer Info Sessions
    6 p.m.
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building

    Expo Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Feb. 26
    Student Union Building

    PwC On-Campus Interviews
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 4
    Career Center

    Deloitte On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 5
    Career Center

    Ernst and Young On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    March 24
    Career Center

    Peace Corps Info Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    April 1
    Student Union Building

    Peace Corps Info Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    April 2
    Student Union Building

    Alumni Mock Interviews
    8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    April 10
    Career Center

    KPMG On-Campus Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    April 10
    Career Center

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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Gilman Scholarship to Support Study Abroad

    Applications are now available online for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for students participating in study abroad programs and internships during the summer 2015 and fall 2015/academic year 2015-2016 terms. Summer 2015 and Fall/academic year 2015-2016 online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. central time, March 3. For more information, visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program.
  • 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.