Vol. 19 No. 23 - March 2, 2015


  • “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Musical Scheduled for Tuesday

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will continue with a performance of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    “Goin’ courting” has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie. Set in Oregon in 1850, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” tells the story of Milly, a young bride living in the wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. To see bios for the cast visit www.sevenbridestour2015.com/cast.asp.

    A limited number of tickets are still available. Students can pick up their free ticket by presenting a Truman ID at the Student Activities Board Box Office, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff can pick up their free tickets by showing their Truman ID at the Information Center in the Student Union Building. Advanced general admission tickets are no longer available. Any remaining tickets not used by students, faculty and staff will be sold for $10 at the Baldwin Auditorium box office starting at 7 p.m.

  • HLC Accreditation Visit

    Five peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission will be on campus March 2-3.

    The reviewers will be evaluating whether Truman meets the Commission’s criteria for accreditation. Several open forums will take place during the visit. Students, faculty and staff are highly encouraged to participate. The full schedule for the visit is available at vpaa.truman.edu. For more information, contact Karen Vittengl.

  • Students Win Research Challenge

    Truman students Sam Lohmeyer, Lasse Fuss and David Shoko won the CFA-STL Research Challenge, Feb. 20.

    The CFA Institute Research Challenge gathers students, investment industry professionals, publicly traded companies and corporate sponsors together locally, regionally and globally for a real-world competition. The goal of the challenge was to promote best practices in equity research and company analysis while conducting research as if they are practicing analysts. Additionally, all participants are introduced to and held to the standard of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

    The team, which examined Express Script, researched, analyzed and presented their findings in front of a panel of judges during the competition, Feb. 20. Lohmeyer, Fuss and Shoko competed against and beat out teams from other schools including St. Louis University, Washington University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Team mentors included Chuck Boughton, who served as their faculty mentor, and Truman alumnus Tom Kersting, fixed income research–principal at Edward Jones, who served as their CFA professional mentor.

    Lohmeyer, Fuss and Shoko will go on to compete at the regional level in Atlanta this April.

    Sam Lohmeyer, David Shoko and Lasse Fuss
  • Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Set for March 20

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will conclude the 2014-2015 season with William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” March 20 in Baldwin Auditorium. Live pre-show music will begin at 7 p.m. with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m.
    In this classic comedy the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, while the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In these five powerful acts, full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. He makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again.
    “Much Ado About Nothing” is presented by the American Shakespeare Center. For more information on the troupe and its players, click here.
    Tickets will be available starting March 5. 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.



  • Sodexo Program to Bring Flavors from the Netherlands

    Sodexo Netherlands chef Hilko Van Eeden will visit Truman as part of the 2014-2015 Global Chef Program.
    The Global Chef Program is a month-long international chef residency that provides an opportunity for Sodexo’s top chefs worldwide to travel to different countries and share authentic international cuisine with local teams, students, faculty and staff.
    This program, which allows students to sample a slice of another culture while also exposing the local culinary staff to new techniques and flavors, is a great example of how Sodexo leverages its presence in 80 countries across the globe to benefit the entire campus community.
    Van Eeden will prepare classic dishes from Netherlands and will provide active demonstrations of meal preparation that involve the students, so that there will be ample opportunity to interact with him and experience firsthand the cultural and educational benefits of his visit on campus.
    12 p.m.
    March 2
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C

    Space is limited to the first 25 people
    Cost is $5
    Tickets can be purchased in the Sodexo business office.
    Or join us in one of the dining halls or Mainstreet Market, March 3.
    Mainstreet Market – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Centennial Hall
    – 4:30-5 p.m.
    Missouri Hall
    – 5:15-5:45 p.m.
    Ryle Hall
    6-6:30 p.m.
  • Student Government to Sponsor Diversity Week

    Student Government will host Diversity Week, March 2-5, to raise awareness of diversity issues on Truman’s campus. All events will take place at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. The events of the week will include:

    Carol Bennett: “Understanding the Importance of Diversity in a Global Society”
    March 2

    PRISIM: “Saying Goodbye to the Gender Binary”
    March 3

    “Life After College: An International Student’s Guide to Success after Graduation”
    March 4

    “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome–It’s not worth the risk”
    March 5

    Truman students are encouraged to attend the week of events, as they will offer insight on many diversity topics important on campus. For further event information, contact Diversity Committee chair Zach Hollstrom or committee member Jessie Poole.

    Truman Student Government is a group of elected and appointed students who work to improve the environment at Truman State University. For more information, visit senate.truman.edu.
  • Public Relations Internship Available

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the full-time fall 2015 internship position.

    The public relations intern will help with the production of the University’s online newsletter, the Truman Today, and biannual alumni magazine, the Truman Review. The intern will also assist in planning special events throughout the semester, writing press releases and fulfilling other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than March 6. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles at tmiles@truman.edu.

  • Study Abroad Opportunity

    A representative of Edge Hill University will be visiting campus March 3. Edge Hill University, one of England’s top universities, offers a curriculum that includes a variety of subjects including: business, computing and information systems, creative writing, film studies, media, performing arts and others. Students interested in setting up a meeting with this representative should contact Rosa Virginia Mendez at rvmendez@truman.edu.

    From left to right, Truman students Conner Katsev, Becca Rockamann, Emily Dalton and Rachael Rockamann on their summer study abroad in England.
  • Body Compositions Assessments Available

    Free body composition assessments will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 3 in the Student Recreation Center.  

    Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index. Students are able to sign up at the weight room desk. The next assessment will be conducted in April. For more information, visit truman.edu/recreation/fitness-wellness-program.
  • TruAdventure Information Meeting for Summer 2015 Trips

    An informational meeting about the 2015 TruAdventure trip will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Pershing Building 232.

    Two trips will be offered this year, including a backpacking trip to Grand Canyon National Park from May 27 to June 2 and a five-day canoe and camping trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota July 22 to July 26.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Student Rec Spring Break Hours

    The spring break hours for the student recreation center are as follows:

    March 6
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    March 7-8

    March 9-13
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    March 14

    March 15
    4 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Lighting Loggers To Be Installed

    As part of the campus energy audit, on March 9, lighting loggers will be installed in various locations inside most campus buildings, one to five per building. The devices measure approximately 3” x 6”, and they will be attached to light fixtures or ceiling grids. Any questions about the light loggers or energy audit can be directed to Karl Schneider at kschneid@truman.edu.  

  • Department of Public Safety Spring Break Hours

    March 6
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    March 7-8

    March 9-13
    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    March 14

    March 15
    3 p.m.-10 p.m.

    March 16
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Resume Regular Hours)
  • Students Needed to Present in Environmental Studies Conference

    The Environmental Studies Committee is looking for students to present during their conference this April.

    The goal of the conference is to help raise awareness about the many sustainability and environmentally related projects that are currently taking place on campus, in Kirksville and in surrounding communities. Undergraduate students, graduate students and professors are invited to present research projects, slam poetry or other initiatives. Topics can include, but are not limited to, applications of life and physical sciences, sustainability projects at Truman and in the surrounding communities, philosophy of environmentalism, environmental aspects of global health and environmental connection to art and literature.

    Additionally, artists and photographers are invited to create art in any media inspired by any aspect of the environment to be displayed at the conference.

    Students who are interested in presenting at the Environmental Studies Conference can submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations to Alex Hromockyi or Alison Robson.

    The conference will take place April 11 and will be free for those who wish to attend. 

  • Counselors Needed for Summer Program

    The Multicultural Affairs Center is looking for students to serve as Scholastic Enhancement Experience counselors for the August interim.

    SEE Counselors are responsible for helping first-year students transition from high school to life at Truman. They spend two weeks in August teaching incoming freshman about Truman and its multitude of resources as well as creating lasting friendships between them.

    Applications are available at trupositions.truman.edu and are due by 5 p.m. March 16. For more information, contact Emmanuel Camarillo at emmanuelc@truman.edu.
  • Academic Peer Mentor Applications Open

    The School of Business is now accepting applications for academic peer mentor scholarship positions for the 2015-2016 academic year.
    Academic peer mentors support the professional and faculty advising staff by providing an academic outreach program to first-year business and accounting students. These positions are limited to school of business majors who will be at junior or senior status in the 2015-2016 academic year.
    Position descriptions, applications and recommendation forms can be obtained at the Business Academic Advising Center located in Violette Hall 2413. Applications are due March 18. For more information contact Billi Gordy.

  • Author to Perform Reading on Campus

    Bard Fiction Prize winning author Bennett Sims will be on campus to perform his original piece of fiction “White Dialogue,” a multimedia reading that incorporates scenes and images from the Alfred Hitchcock film “Vertigo.”

    This event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided.

    7:30 p.m.
    March 18
    University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish Hall
  • “Rich Hill” Next Installment in MAE Film Series

    The Department of Education will be showing “Rich Hill” at 7 p.m. March 25 in Baldwin Little Theater as a part of the MAE Film Series.

    This documentary is about three boys and their families living in intense rural poverty in Rich Hill, Kan., and explores how the rural poor are often overlooked and misunderstood when considering diversity. “Rich Hill” won Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.
  • University to Host Digitization Workshop

    The Missouri State Archives will host a free daylong digitization workshop at 10 a.m. March 27 in Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

    This workshop aims to help small historical institutions create digital archives of their records. This initiative is made possible through the State and National Archival Partnership Grant that funds this workshop and additional workshops across Missouri.

    To register, contact Brian Rogers at 573.526.1981.

  • OCCS Internship Available

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards is looking for an intern for the 2015-2016 academic year. Under Student Affairs, the Office resolves allegations of conduct code violations and promotes the values of citizenship and integrity in the community.

    Apply at trupositions.truman.edu/jobs.asp. Provide your resume, co-curricular transcript and cover letter to the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards at Student Union Building 1110 or email at occs@truman.edu by 5 p.m. March 27.

    For more information, contact the Office at 660.785.4111 or email occs@truman.edu.

  • Academic Professional Development Center Faculty Lunch

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    March 6
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A

    Sylvia Macauley, Carol Bennett and Heather Cianciola will discuss “Working with Underrepresented Students.” RSVP by March 4 to Dana Vazzana at apd@truman.edu.


  • Intern Opportunity for Journalism Students

    USA Today will be accepting applications for 2015 collegiate correspondents to report from their campus this summer from March 15 until March 30.

    The collegiate correspondent program offers students a unique chance to hone their writing skills while writing for a major publication. Students will also gain experience writing for large audiences and working under strict deadlines. Responsibilities of the collegiate correspondent include producing one news story weekly, quick communication with USA Today staff and remaining current on world events.

    In addition to a stipend, participating students gain mentorship from USA Today editorial staff, the opportunity to publish their work on USA Today’s college site and possibly have their work published to USA Today website.

    A strong applicant is motivated and passionate about bringing engaging stories to readers. Students can learn more or apply here.

  • FAFSA Filing 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.

  • Internship in China Available

    Applications are now available for semester long program where students can earn 12 credit hours while teaching English in Guangdong Province, China. Applications are due by April 30. For more information contact Timothy Farley.

    Truman student Michael Fentress took this picture of Shanghai Habor while participating in the internship.
  • Island Getaway Choral Concert

     7:30 p.m.
    March 7
    The Quincy Symphony Chorus presents an evening of island fun. This relaxed concert features steel drums and calypso music for a Caribbean feel. Free to all faculty, staff and students with a college ID. Located at Salem Church, 435 S. 9th St., Quincy, Ill. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for youth 18 and under. Visit qsoa.org for more information.
  • 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

    Credit and Debt
    March 16

    Investing and Financial Planning
    March 30

    Taxes and Insurance
    April 13

    Evaluating Benefit Packages
    April 27

    Wellness Wednesdays

    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.
  • Summer Study Abroad in Austria

    Salzburg College offers a variety of study options, including cultural courses, international management, German language studies, music courses and internship opportunities. A $2,000 scholarship is also available.
    For more information, click here or contact the study abroad office at ciea@truman.edu.


COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    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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  • Tips for Sorting Through the Job Market

    As you anxiously begin applying for summer internships, research opportunities, or post-graduation “big kid” jobs, the Career Center has a few words of wisdom about discerning credible internships and job opportunities. While the majority of companies out there have genuine, quality opportunities, here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting companies you apply to and things to consider before accepting any offers.

    1. Do your due diligence and research potential employers.
    Take an active role in your future by researching the companies and specific opportunities in which you are interested. Use those critical thinking skills we all know that you have and dig into the company. Check their website, does it look legitimate? You will learn a lot by the way a company presents itself online. If you are really skeptical about a company, go ahead and Google “Company Name + Scam”. You can also check with organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. If you find ANYTHING that seems like a red flag, go ahead and redirect your time and energy toward a different employer.

    Try to contact individuals who have participated in the program before – the best way to understand what would be expected of you in that role is to talk to others who have done it. Utilize online forums and review sites to see what others are saying about the company. The research phase would be beneficial if completed before you submit an application, but should definitely take place before you accept an offer.

    2. Go with your gut.
    If you get a “sketchy” vibe about a company or the promises it is making, it is probably because it’s a sketchy company. Your gut reaction towards a situation is often the best judgment, trust it! Do not put yourself in situations where you feel uncomfortable with the individuals with whom you would be working, or with the duties that would be expected of you.

    Reputable employers will want the best and brightest new hires, so if a company offers you a position without requesting any sort of reference list or background check, you can assume they are not quite as legitimate as they claim to be. If your interviewer can’t clearly articulate what your job duties will be, or cannot offer a clear definition of what employee success looks like then you will find yourself working in limbo. You have worked hard to be an asset to a company; do not sell yourself short by accepting a position at an unorganized establishment.

    3. All that glitters isn’t gold.
    If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Often times, as college kids, we are attracted to the promises of “easy money” and free pizza, because we are poor and hungry. Do not let these tactics rope you into accepting a position selling second-hand scuba gear door-to-door all summer because you were distracted by pepperoni pizza and cheesy breadsticks.

    4. Not all employers are looking out for your best interest.
    Truth be told, there are some shady companies out there who prey on college students like you and me. They’ll try and reel you in with bells and whistles: a too-good-to-be-true starting salary, competitive benefits, and promises of quick career growth. You’ll probably feel like you hit the jackpot, and be seconds away from calling mom and dad to share the good news, yet something in the back of your brain is screaming that something just isn’t right…

    5. Warning sign: a little vague on the details?
    If you request more information or ask valid questions about a company or open position and their response is “let me get back to you,” or “I’ll email you the details,” this should be a red flag. Legitimate companies will have no problem giving out information regarding the training or job duties you would be expected to perform. If they are reluctant to give this information to you, it might be because the truth will deter you from applying.

    Do not let our words of caution scare you away from applying for jobs and internships. Most companies out there are legitimate and credible, but one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch….or whatever that phrase is. Use your brain, use your kick-butt resume the Career Center has helped you perfect, and use your pure Truman-student awesomeness to score that perfect job or internship!

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.
  • Second-Year Scholarship

    The Account Control Technology (ACT) Foundation is taking applications for their Second-Year Scholarship Program for Fall 2015. This scholarship is designed for first-year students who will be enrolled as college sophomores in the Fall of 2015. The Foundation will award 25 scholarships, each worth $1,000, in 2015 through the program to qualifying students at four-year colleges and universities nationwide.  Guidelines and the application itself are available for download from the Account Control Technology Foundation’s website. Applications are due by March 15.
  • Foundation Scholarship Applications Available

    Truman State University Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students in 2015-2016 are available now. This is the largest Foundation scholarship application period of the year. Applications are due by midnight, March 17. To apply, log into TruView and go to the Student tab, Student Finances channel. These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of Truman State University.

  • 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.
  • Jack J. Isgur Foundation Scholarships Available

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation Scholarship applications are available to students aspiring to teach the humanities. The foundation promotes the humanities in the education field by awarding scholarships for students who aspire to teach literature, the fine arts, music, art, poetry and dance. Scholarships are available to junior and senior levels of undergraduates, as well as graduate students. For more information or to obtain an application for this scholarship, visit the foundation’s website. Applications are due by May 15.