Vol. 19 No. 24 - March 16, 2015


  • Acclaimed Writer To Read on Campus

    Author Bennett Sims will read an original piece of fiction as part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series at 7:30 p.m. March 18 in the University Art Gallery.

    Sims will read a multimedia piece titled “White Dialogues,” which incorporates scenes and images from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film “Vertigo.”

    Born in Baton Rouge, La., Sims is the author of the novel “A Questionable Shape,” winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and a finalist for the Believer Book Award. The novel, and its UK addition, has received excellent reviews: 

    “This unusual take on the zombie novel [is] not so much a book as an existentialist meditation,” — the Guardian.

    “[A Questionable Shape] transcends the traditional zombie narrative to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss,” — Bard Fiction Prize Committee.

    Sims’ writing has also appeared in A Public Space, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, Tin House and Zoetrope: All-Story.

    A graduate of Pomona College, where he was one of the last students of the late David Foster Wallace, Sims earned his MFA degree from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he received a Provost Fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus Award. Sims is currently teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as a visiting assistant professor.

    This event is funded by The Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Chair in English, the first-ever endowed faculty chair at Truman, honoring Clayton B. Ofstad. Ofstad joined Truman’s Language and Literature Department in 1967 and taught at the University for several decades.

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

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  • Big Event Registration Open for Students

    The 14th annual Big Event will take place at 9 a.m. March 28.

    Hundreds of Truman students will come together to show their appreciation for the support that the Kirksville community has shown them. Students will help residents rake leaves, wash windows, paint and much more. The SERVE Center will provide all supplies necessary.

    This year’s student registration will be conducted through TruService. Students can register online until March 18. The link to register can be found on the left side of the SERVE Center’s website. Each student within an organization will have to register individually, but there will be a field to select which organization they would like to work with.

    T-shirts are available for purchase at Truman’s online store.

    Students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early. Breakfast will be provided.

    For more information about Big Event, contact the SERVE Center at 660.785.7222 or visit their office in Student Union Building Down Under 1106.

  • 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 enchanting acts, full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives the audience the joy of love won and the ache of love lost.

    “Much Ado About Nothing” is presented by the American Shakespeare Center. For more information on the troupe and its players, click here
    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.

  • “South Pacific” Begins March 19

    The Music Department production of “South Pacific” will run March 19-22.

    Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.

    Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love, out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

    Performances will take place at 8 p.m. March 19-21 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. There will be a matinee at 3 p.m. March 22.

    Admission is $3 for students, $5 general admission and free of charge for military veterans. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door and at select times throughout the week in the lobby of Ophelia Parrish.

  • Nursing Advisory Council Meets

    Truman’s Nursing Advisory Council met at the Department of Nursing, Feb. 27.

    The council promotes the recognition, welfare and progress of nursing education at Truman through advising and consulting with the department. Stephanie Powelson, department chair, highlighted several of the department’s activities. Two senior nursing students, Ellie Cavuoti and Amanda Tepen, shared information about influenza vaccinations, data for Adair County and their personal experiences providing influenza vaccines at local clinics.

    Truman nursing students assisted with several influenza vaccine clinics during the fall, including Adair, Knox, Sullivan, Clark, Linn and Putnam counties. The council provided suggestions and feedback about admissions, clinical sites and strengths and opportunities for the nursing program. Following the meeting, tours were provided through the department and nursing simulation center.

    Council representation includes members from the community and the University, and is led by Dr. Mark Laughlin, council chair, and Dr. Elsie Gaber, council vice-chair. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

    Pictured, front row, left to right: Tim Tucker, Judi Misale, Maria Di Stefano, Martha Gragg, Odessa Ofstad, Margaret Wilson and Craig Harris. Middle row: Myra Baiotto, Dee Lesseig, Pat Murdock, Sue Thomas, Dianthe Cable, Brinda Geisbuhler, Elsie Gaber, Shirley Riley, Brenda Higgins and Lori Haxton. Back row: Jim LeBaron, Janet Head, Troy Paino, Chris Halliday, Becky Pike, Mark Laughlin, Lesa McCartney and Janet Gooch. Not pictured: Harriet Beard, Andy Grimm, Jack Magruder, Sandra Novinger, Becky Osborn, Alice Allinson, Charles Baldwin, Cindy Carter, Rick Fleschner, Arthur Freeland, Bertha Thomas, Ranee Brayton, Bonnie Collier, Randy Hatcher, Craig Phelps, Justin Puckett and Carol Race.

    Senior nursing students, Amanda Tepen, left, and Ellie Cavuoti, shared a presentation about influenza vaccinations with Truman’s Nursing Advisory Council members at the annual meeting.
  • Nursing Students Attend Advocacy Day

    Senior nursing students, along with five faculty members, attended the 29th annual Missouri Nurses Association (MONA) Nurse Advocacy Day in Jefferson City, Mo., Feb. 18.

    The group spent the day learning about the political process that affects all nurses and nursing students, and how their voice can be heard in the state government. This event gave the students an opportunity to advocate for nursing issues at the state level, as well as meet with various state officials. The priority legislative issues discussed were Medicaid expansion, creating a prescription drug monitoring program and providing more prescriptive authority for advanced practice registered nurses.

    Truman faculty members and nursing students from the class of 2015 take a picture with state legislators Rep. Nate Walker and Sen. Brian Munzlinger at the capitol in Jefferson City.


  • 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.

  • Academic Professional Development Center Faculty Lunch

    12-1 p.m.
    March 24
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Lisa Goran, professor of education, will present “Using Social Media in the Classroom.” Please RSVP by March 20 to Dana Vazzana.
  • Truman to Host Disability Awareness Week

    “Label Me Able” is a week-long awareness campaign that aims to promote the use of person-first and inclusive language. Person-first language is actively choosing to see the person before the disability, and fosters a holistic approach to viewing disabilities. These events encourage others to see the whole person and all of their abilities.

    People-First Presentation
    6:30 p.m.
    March 16

    Health Science Building 1206
    The week will kick off with a presentation by Chuck Comstock, of Kirksville Regional Office and People First of Missouri. He will speak about his own disability, as well as the importance of person-first language and appreciating each person for his or her own unique abilities.

    “I Am Sam” Movie Screening
    6 p.m.
    March 18
    Violette Hall 1010

    This movie looks at cognitive disabilities on a family and societal level. It illustrates that society’s prejudices and lack of understanding are the barriers to living in a society that actively looks past the disability.

    Invisible Disabilities
    6 p.m.
    March 19
    Magruder 2090

    Jennifer Hurst, from the Health and Exercise Science Department, will be giving a presentation about her own struggle with invisible disabilities. These are common in society, but because of the societal stigma of being labeled with one, most people suffer without getting help. Hurst will discuss what it is like to work through, the importance of asking for help when needed and how society needs to be more open and less judgmental.  

    Throughout the week, tables will be set up on the Quad and in the Student Union Building with large puzzle pieces for students to sign. The signatures represent a pledge to actively work on using person-first and inclusive language.
  • “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.

  • Greek Week Set for March 22-28

    Greek Week will begin March 22. This year’s Greek Week is raising money for the NEMO Inclusion Project. The money will go towards building a new playground for all of the residents of Northeast Missouri. This playground will be handicap accessible so any child can play. For more details on events happening throughout the week, visit greekweek.truman.edu. All questions can be directed to Kayla Loper, program advisor for campus activities at kloper@truman.edu or 660.785.4222.

  • Staff Council Big Event Staff Team Sign-Up

    Staff Council is putting together a staff team to participate in the Big Event. A staff social to follow for those participating; details TBD.
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    March 28
    Check-in: 8:45 a.m. for group photo and assignments
    Check-in location: the Mall
    To sign up, staff members can:

    1. Go to truservice.truman.edu
    2. Click the Student, Faculty and Staff Log In link and log in
    3. Complete your profile, including adding a team to your profile
          a. Teams are the last part of the profile
          b. Select the "Staff" team
    4. After submitting, on the left hand menu click Browse Activities
    5. Click Big Event and sign up. You will have to sign up with a group, which is where "Staff" should show.
  • 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.
  • Intern Opportunity for Journalism Students

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

    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.

  • The Study Abroad Office Expands Summer Programs

    Two new summer programs have been added to Truman’s existing study abroad opportunities. These new programs give students the chance to spend the summer in either England or Ireland.

    Edge Hill University
    Ormskirk, England
    June 15-July 13

    Students can earn three credit hours while studying two of four modules at one of England’s top universities. Each module offers several excursions and one weekend trip to London. Edge Hill University will provide transportation to and from the airport and breakfast and lunch each weekday.

    Maynooth University International Summer School
    Maynooth, Republic of Ireland
    July 5-Aug. 1

    The national university of Ireland, studying at Maynooth University allows students to choose from 13 courses from eight different disciplines. Weekend and day trips are offered, with trips in the past including visiting Belfest, the Titanic Museum and the Peace Wall. Students can choose between living on campus or in apartments, and a full meal plan is included for weekdays.

    From left to right, Truman students Conner Katsev, Becca Rockamann, Emily Dalton and Rachael Rockamann on their summer study abroad in England.
  • Thank You Lyceum Volunteers

    Truman would like to thank the following members of the Student Activities Board and the Bulldog Football Team who helped with the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" performance March 3.

    Student Activities Board:
    Caity Biberdorf
    Sarah Burns
    Will Evans
    Megan Folken
    Tim Hudson
    Rachel Imming
    Mary Kate Mudd
    Erin O’Connell
    Anna Selle
    Haley Sherman
    Mallory Sone
    Rebekah Sutherland
    Sarah Wilkins
    Laura Woods

    Bulldog Football Team:
    Pablo Adame
    Tyler Baker
    Jackson Beckett
    Devonte Black
    Jacob Bolstad
    Keenan Borders
    Connor Borsienko
    Connor Brown
    Jordan Brown
    Charlie Brynac
    Marcus Burse
    Caleb Calloway
    Landon Carney
    Evan Cerven
    Ben Chaney
    Brian Craft
    Steven Day
    Donovan Edwards
    Arber Emroski
    T.J. Fine
    Kyle Fuchs
    Dalton Gilbert
    Nathan Gorman
    Dominic Greenlee
    Matt Guignon
    Tanner Hageman
    Dereck Hammann
    Brad Hardin
    A.J. Hartfield
    Jacob Hayes
    Marcos Hernandez
    Isaiah Hinton
    Roger Howard
    J.D. Hurd
    Ognjen Illic
    Chris Jackson
    Jesse Jenkins
    Kevin Jensen
    Blake Johnson
    Roderick Jones
    Jordan Jorgenson
    Brett Judkins
    Matt Kaysinger
    D’Anthony Knight
    Luke Lamar
    Derek Leach
    Kyle Leckrone
    Justin Mikeworth
    Tom Million
    Bobby Mudd
    Shaun Murphy
    Richard Neboh
    Ian Neithercutt
    Mitchell Nichols
    Dalton Powell
    Nick Reichert
    Andy Riek
    Jon Scheeler
    Joey Schenck
    Scott Schwend
    Chris Secrest
    Jacob Sherrill
    Spencer Smith
    Kyle Spratt
    Chris Stanton
    Adam Teifenbrunn
    Zach Tobin
    Kyle VanNess
    Nick Verbeck
    Ben Wellman
    Brad Wellman
    Brass Woods
    Adam Yancy
    Sam Yoshino
    Kade Young
    Dalton Zeiser
    Austin Zoda
    Brady Zwanziger

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.
  • 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.


  • Notables

    Daniel Mandell
    , professor of history, presented “Wealth and Power in the Early Republic,” a draft chapter from his book in progress, at the Missouri Regional Seminar for Early American History in Columbia.

    Clara Miller-Broomfield, sophomore romance language major, and Tom Capuano, professor of Spanish, presented their paper, “Patterns of Exchange in the Mediterranean Pharmacology of Saladino d’Ascoli (15th c.)” at the 39th annual meeting of the Mid-American Medieval Association at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Feb. 28. Miller-Broomfield’s presentation explored the competing meanings in fifteenth and sixteenth century Spanish medical essays of the obscure term secaniabin and its use as a subtiliative agent in medieval pharmacology.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    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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  • Free Behind-the-Scenes Career Trip Offered

    The Career Center is offering a trip to Columbia this semester to give students a behind-the-scenes look at different career opportunities. The University will tour Target, Macy’s and Enterprise and talk with executives about retail management.
    The trip will take place from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. April 1. Cost is free for students. Lunch will not be provided. To reserve a spot, contact Polly Matteson at pollym@truman.edu.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.