Vol. 19 No. 20 - Feb. 9, 2015


  • "The Great Gatsby" Tickets Available Now

    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 are available now. 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.

  • Bentele/Mallincrodt Executive-in-Residence Program Hosts Joseph Mooney

    Joseph Mooney, chief financial officer (CFO) for Lodging Hospitality Management will serve as the Spring 2015 Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive in Residence.

    During a campus-wide presentation at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Violette Hall 1000, Mooney will discuss “The Hospitality Industry: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hotel Management Operations.” He will also be speaking in several classes while on campus.

    Established in 1986, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) is an independently owned and operated lodging and hospitality management company. During the past 28 years, LHM expanded its portfolio with 17 hotel properties–both upscale, independent and brand affiliated hotels, eight restaurants and two commercial properties.

    Mooney is the investor, leader, insurer of relationships and is responsible for the overall financial operations of the company and all its hotels. This includes establishing internal controls and measurements necessary for profitable and strategic top line growth. Mooney’s major accomplishments include initiating channel, product and program changes to increase sales by 300 percent. In addition, Mooney created process and product improvements to increase gross profit by 50 percent.

    Prior to his tenure at LHM, Mooney rose through the ranks from corporate controller to chief financial officer/chief operation officers at the EAC Corporation (d.b.a. The EckAdams Company) and was with the company for nearly 30 years. His advancement through the financial, sales and operations areas honed his skills in leadership, analytical problem solving and team building in a variety of disciplines.

    Mooney serves on the board of the CA St. Louis and is a member of several community organizations, including Ronald McDonald House and St. Vincent de Paul. He also serves on the board of Gateway Region YMCA and the Treasury Board for Enterprise Bank. Mooney’s children are all graduates of Truman.

    The IMCERA Group (Mallinckrodt) endowed the Raymond F. Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence Program in 1993. The program brings top-level executives to Truman to share their experiences and perspectives with students and faculty.

    Joseph Mooney
  • Student Project Improves Campus Environment

    In an effort to improve the water quality of Bear Creek, a stream that flows through campus, a group of students organized a rain garden as part of a restoration project.

    A rain garden is a section of planted land that absorbs and filters water runoff to improve the quality of close bodies of water. For Truman’s rain garden, students selected a damp plot on the corner of Patterson and South Franklin, near an outflow drain from the University, to plant a variety of deep root plants.

    In addition to improving the water quality of Bear Creek, the goal of the rain garden was to increase overall attractiveness, protect native wildlife and plants, save the University money and provide a natural biological learning environment for classes.

    The stream restoration project, which began in Spring 2014, also included a tree planting initiative. Around 80 students participated by planting more than 300 trees along the section of Bear Creek between West Campus and Barnett Hall.

    Under the guidance of Michael Kelrick, professor of biology, alumnus Daniel Creagor developed the initial plans to restore the stream. Seniors August Kersten and Michele Woolbright picked up the project a year later. They worked with both the Department of Conservation and the University to secure necessary resources for both the tree planting and the rain garden. The organizations Beta Beta Beta, ECO, PLANTS, Beta Omega Beta and Student Senate also sponsored the project.

    Currently, Kersten and a group of students are monitoring the rain garden to ensure the plants have enough resources to grow and be productive. The rain garden is estimated to be sustainable with minimal intervention by late Spring 2015.

    With routine supervision and additional planting along the stream, there should be vast improvements in the overall water quality and attractiveness of Bear Creek within 10 years.



  • Truman Emergency Notification System Extended to University Computers

    Truman, in order to maintain a safe campus environment, has an emergency notification system. Students, faculty and staff can sign up to receive Truman emergency alert text notifications in TruView, under the My Personal Information tab.

    In addition to emergency alert text messages ITS is implementing an emergency alert notification system for Truman computers called Alertus. When an emergency alert text message is sent the alert message will now also be displayed on Truman computer systems.

    For more information on Truman’s emergency notification policy, click here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. Click here for more information.

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



  • Electronic Valentine Messages Available

    Show your friends, family and loved ones
     your love by sending a unique, personalized Truman Valentine.
    See all of the options online at ecards.truman.edu/valentine and send yours today!

  • SAB Film Series: Take Two - Mockingjay

    Showings at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    Feb. 13
    Student Union Building Activities Room
    Free Refreshments

  • Become a Member of Funds Allotment Council

    Join an influential organization that funds campus events. Applications to join are available at fac.truman.edu and are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 13. Visit the FAC website for more information.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • SAB Presents Spring Speaker RJ Mitte

    Co-Star of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and equality and diversity activist, RJ Mitte, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Baldwin Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free for students and $10 for faculty, staff and general admission. Tickets can be picked up in the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Office hours are 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


  • Student Affairs Conference Day Programming

  • 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 Educator of the Year

    Student Government is now accepting nominations for Educator of the Year, Research Mentor of the Year and Department of the Year. All nominations must be completed by Feb. 22.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.
  • Apply for FAC Funding to Help Fund an Event

    Does your organization need assistance to fund an event? Look no further, the Funds Allotment Council is here to help. Visit fac.truman.edu for more information and to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 4.
  • Legal Professionals to Give Counsel to Truman Grads

    The Truman University Foundation will join with the law firm of Polsinelli to host a panel discussion from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Polsinelli offices in downtown St. Louis.

    The panel is designed to help Truman graduates navigate the legal industry and will feature four Truman Alumni who will discuss ethical concerns and industry trends, as well as give advice for new lawyers. A networking reception will immediately follow the panel.

    Panelist include,

    The Honorable Mary R. Russell (’80), Chief Justice, Missouri Supreme Court

    Randa Rawlins (’79), General Counsel, Shelter Insurance Company

    Giuseppe Giardina (’99), Partner, Koren Tiller, LLC

    Amy Clendennen (’95), Shareholder, Tueth Keeney

    William Curtis (’97) will serve as moderator for the panel.

    The event is open to all practicing attorneys, current law students and recent law school graduates.

    Attendees should RSVP by Feb.13. For more information contact Bill Curtis at 314.622.6172 or wcurtis@polsinelli.com.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    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.