Vol. 19 No. 25 - March 23, 2015


  • Truman to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Bulldog

    Bulldogs, both canine and Spike forms, have appeared in University parades, rallies and on the sidelines to help cheer the athletic teams on to victory, for a century this spring. To celebrate the Bulldogs' centennial, the Student Activities Board has collaborated with several Truman organizations to plan a week of events leading up to Truman’s National Spirit Day, April 3.

    Although the term bulldogs was first used by Coach O.C. Bell, to describe the football teams tenacity in 1909, it was not until 1915 that Bulldogs became the official name.  In 1915, after several losing seasons—and no wins at all in 1914—a committee was formed to see what could be done about reviving school spirit. While the student body was very supportive of the 1914 team, the committee knew they were somewhat discouraged, so they decided that some type of emblem to inspire enthusiasm was needed.

    They suggested that the bulldog be adopted as the team mascot because of his tenacity and ability to hold on and fight desperately until the end. Football coach H.L. “Curly” McWilliams had referred to his 1914 team as bulldogs because they did not quit.

    It was the baseball team who played under the Bulldog name for the first time in the spring of 1915 and the football team began using it a year later. More information about the mascot name can be found at library.truman.edu/archives/mascot.asp.

    Open Mic Night
    March 30
    6:30 p.m.
    Student Union Building HUB
    Enjoy some local entertainment at Spike’s Open Mic Night.

    Murder Mystery Improv Comedy Night
    March 31
    6:30 p.m.
    Student Union Building Activities Room
    Help crack the case at Spike’s Murder Mystery party.

    Truman Baseball
    April 1
    12 p.m.
    Bulldog Baseball Park
    The first team to officially play as the Bulldogs was Truman baseball in the spring of 1915, students can celebrate this tradition by attending the Truman vs. Quincy double header, with a special guest to throw out the first pitch at 11:45 a.m.

    Bulldog Birthday Party
    April 2
    5-7 p.m.
    The Mall
    (Rain site: Student Union Building HUB)
    Students are invited to help Spike celebrate the Bulldogs' 100th birthday party with a special anniversary cake, cookies, a photo booth and special entertainment.

    National Truman Spirit Day
    April 3
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Student Union Building HUB
    For the University’s National Spirit Day, the Truman Alumni Association encourages all alumni, students, friends, families and supporters of the University all around the world to wear Bulldog purple or Truman (or Northeast) apparel and decorate their homes and offices with Truman gear. There will be a photo booth set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union Building HUB.

    #TrumanSpirit        #Spike100

  • “Traded Away” Next in Global Issues Series

    Dr. Rose Spalding will present “Traded Away: Market Reform and Resistance in Central America” at 7 p.m. March 26 in Magruder 2001 as part of the Global Issues Colloquium.

    Spalding will speak about her latest work in which she has compiled her research of political and economic movements in Latin America. In preparation for her book, Spalding has conducted almost 200 interviews with representatives from business, civil society, government and resistance movements in Central America.

    Spalding has taught political science at DePaul University in Chicago for more than 30 years. During her tenure at DePaul, she has served as chair of the Political Science Department and head of the University’s study abroad program, organizing trips and taking students to Central America.

    The Global Issues Colloquium is sponsored by the Global Issues Committee. For more information, visit globalissues.truman.edu.

  • Greek Life to Host Battle of the Bands

    The Greek community invites all students and members of the public to attend Battle of the Bands and the All-American Cook-off.

    Battle of the Bands, one of the major events of this year’s Greek Week, will take place at 6 p.m. March 27 in Red Barn Park. General admission for the event will be $2. For $5, food from the All-American Cook-off will be included. Tickets can be bought at the Greek Week publicity table in the Student Union Building March 23-27 or at the entrance to the event.
    The proceeds from this event will be put towards the Greek Week philanthropies. This year, Greek Week is raising money for the Northeast Missouri Inclusion Project and the Greek Life Endowed Scholarship Fund. A majority of the funds raised during the week will benefit the NEMO Inclusion Project.
    The NEMO Inclusion project strives to build a free, public playground filled with fun and accessible equipment where children, with or without disabilities, can play together. The playground will be built adjacent to the Adair County YMCA.

    If there is inclement weather the event will be moved to 7:30 p.m. in Pershing Arena. For more information, visit the Greek Week page at greekweek.truman.edu or contact Kayla Loper, program advisor, at kloper@truman.edu or 660.785.4404.

  • Court of Appeals to Convene at Truman

    The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at Truman at 9:30 a.m. March 24 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

    A three-judge panel consisting of Judge Karen King Mitchell, Judge Anthony Rex Gabbert and Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell will hear oral arguments in three cases. Judge Joseph Ellis will also be present for one of the hearings.

    The cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors, which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court’s judgment reversed. The judges will read written arguments before the court session and may interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with questions.

    This will be the ninth session of the Western District at Truman and the 22th time that the court has convened in Kirksville. It convenes regularly in Kansas City. Its jurisdiction is appeals from trial courts in 45 counties, including all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.

  • Phi Tau Cookout for Kids Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Truman’s Phi Kappa Tau chapter will conduct its 20th annual Cookout for Kids April 14 to benefit the SeriousFun Camps for children with chronic or terminal illnesses.

    The cookout menu includes barbecued half chicken or pork steak, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and a soda or bottled water for $9. Food is delivered or can be picked up between 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at 215 N. High Street. Orders can be placed online until April 6.

    Fraternity members will also be taking orders at tables in the Student Union Building, March 26, March 31 and April 2, as well as Magruder Hall, March 23-24 and March 30.

    Actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, a Phi Tau alumnus, founded the SeriousFun Camps. They provide multiple one-week camping experiences for children who suffer from chronic and terminal illnesses that require around-the-clock care and frequent hospitalizations. The camps provide these experiences free of charge to children’s families and it is only through contributions that the camps are able to continue. One hundred percent of the profits from Cookout for Kids go to the camps.

  • Career Center Sponsors Kansas City Recruiting Trip

    Through the University Career Center, nine Truman students were able to visit Barkley, Hallmark and VML in Kansas City on March 17, and had the opportunity to talk with alumni and recruiters about career paths in marketing and advertising.

    As students are making career decisions, to see the work environments and get feedback from recruiters on what they look for with applications and online portfolios is beneficial. At all locations the importance of skills gained through work experience, internships, volunteer work and organizational involvement was discussed, as well as how to showcase those in the application process.

    The next Career Center-sponsored trip will be to Columbia, Mo., April 1. Students will learn more about the variety of career paths with Enterprise Rental Car, Macy’s and Target. To reserve a spot, contact Polly Matteson at pollym@truman.edu.

    Truman students at Barkley, Inc., an advertising agency in Kansas City. Pictured, front row, from left: Elsa Mort, Gennie Avellino, Julia Judlin and Shari Fieser. Back row: Jeff Pircher, Barkley recruiter, Jennifer Karns, Taylor Schulz, Jessica Poole, Jamie Miller and Adam McMichael.
  • Truman Forensics Has Novice National Champions

    Truman Forensics had yet another successful weekend with two sweepstakes and four individual wins at the Novice Nationals Tournament in Indianapolis.

    The team’s newest competitors experienced success in this tournament for first-year debaters, with several of the freshman forensic team members winning national titles. These include Kelsey Barnes, who won the Lincoln-Douglas debate competition and Brian Kantanka, who won the dramatic interpretation championship. Other prominent individual awards include Collin O’Connell, who was named the fourth-best speaker of the weekend, and Connor Stewart, who placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
    In addition to individual success, Truman forensics took home two sweepstakes awards. With only four students, the team earned enough points to win Division III Team Sweepstakes. The team also earned the tournament’s Quality Award, given to schools with the highest-earned point total per entry.

    Truman Forensics will be competing at the National Forensic Association’s national tournament in Athens, Ohio, this April.
    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. Students can learn how to get involved by visiting forensics.truman.edu, or contacting Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, or Kevin Minch, interim director of forensics.



  • Coffee with the President

    President Troy Paino will host a Coffee with the President
     from 3-4 p.m. March 24 in Baldwin Hall 100.

  • “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.

  • Study Abroad Office Summer Programs

    Grint Centre for Education and Culture

    Moscow, Russia
    May 25-July 19

    Students can receive personal attention in Russian language courses while studying at Grint Centre in Russia. The classes are taught in small groups of four to six students. Students may also enroll in three credit hour courses. Weekly excursions include cultural visits to theaters, concerts and sports arenas. Students have the choice of living with a host family or in residence halls. A meal plan is also included. 

    Centro Linguistico Conversa
    Santa Ana, Costa Rica
    Sixth Cycle: May 25-June 19
    Seventh Cycle: June 22-July 17
    Eighth Cycle: July 20-Aug. 14

    Studying at Centro Linguistico Conversa allows students to strengthen their Spanish language skills through their intensive International program. Classes are offered in four-week sessions and have up to four people. Students are placed with a host family or in an on-campus residence hall. The campus is located on a mountaintop with a scenic view of the rain forest, beaches and volcanos.

    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.
  • Meditation Lecture and Program

    An informational meeting for the Art of Living Club’s Happiness Program will take place at 7 p.m. March 25 in McClain 208.

    This intensive four-day course uses breath, posture and meditation to energize the body and mind, reduce stress and increase well-being. Students are able to register for the course, which will run from March 27-30, at the lecture.

    To find out more, visit artofliving.org or contact Lloyd Pflueger at 660.785.4056.
  • 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 a 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.
  • SUB Room Reservation

    The Student Union Reservation Office will accept Fall 2015 event and meeting reservation requests from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30 through April 1 in their office in Student Union Building Suite 2000.

    All requests must be submitted in writing on a reservation form. Informational packets will be mailed to offices and departments beginning March 23. Additional printable forms will be available online at sub.truman.edu/lottery.

    There will not be electronic confirmations for these requests. Confirmations will be mailed out by May 1.

    Any submissions received by the Reservation Office after May 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis once lottery requests have been processed.

    The Reservation Office will not accept early requests.

  • Sexual Health Awareness Week

    “Contraception and STI’s 101”
    7-8 p.m.
    March 30
    Pershing Building 3201

    “A Discussion of Female Heroines in the Media”

    4-5 p.m.
    March 31
    Student Union Building Alumni Room 2105

    “I Woke Up Like This: Developing a Positive Body Image”
    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    April 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room 3200

    “Sexual Identity: A Panel Discussion on the Sexuality Spectrum”
    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    April 2
    Health Sciences Building 1206

    Sexual Health Awareness Week is sponsored by HLTH 260 human sexuality class, the Student Public Health Association, the Women’s Resource Center, Delta Phi Epsilon and PRISM.
  • Dorking Out with Taylor and Kanye


  • Peace Corps Recruiter to Visit Campus

    Volunteers from the Peace Corps will be on Truman’s campus April 1-2 to share their experiences, review the application process and discuss the benefits of volunteering.

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

    Peace Corps Information Session
    3-4:30 p.m.
    April 2
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    For more information, contact Joe Zucchini at 314.441.0534. To begin an application, visit peacecorps.gov/application.

    Truman alumna Nora Graves (’10) learns a traditional dance, along with some of the children in her village of Tefisi, in preparation for a feast in her honor. Graves served in the Peace Corps in Tonga.
  • 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.

  • Student Rec Spring Break Hours

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

    April 3
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    April 4

    April 5

    April 6
    4 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Internship in China Available

    Applications are now available for a 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.
  • Medicine Bottles for Malawi

    The Multicultural Affairs Center will be collecting used medicine bottles to donate to medical centers in need in Malawi.

    While medicine bottles are a commodity in developed nations, countries like Malawi often struggle with containing prescribed medicines and will resort to using folder paper to contain medication. This practice is dangerous because it allows for the medicine to become unclean and is also accessible to children.

    Bottles can be donated to medical centers in Malawi by saving used bottles, removing the label and information and bringing them to the Multicultural Affairs Center.
  • 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's website.

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

  • 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

    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.

COVID-19 Updates

  • 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.
  • 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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Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.