Vol. 19 No. 26 - March 30, 2015


  • Cyber Security Expert Returns to Truman

    Alumnus Charlie Miller has taken control of an iPhone with only a text message, infected a MacBook through its power adapter, outlined a detailed cyber attack on the U.S. and most recently has found a way to disable a car’s brakes by hacking the vehicle’s mainframe.

    In the uncharted world of cyberspace there are bad guys and good guys, and luckily, Miller (’95) is one of the good guys. He is actually one of the world’s most sought-after cyber security experts and has worked for organizations such as the National Security Agency and social media giant Twitter. Miller is an ethical hacker that seeks software vulnerabilities so they can be repaired and patched before they are exploited.

    As part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series, Miller will present “The War on Hackers and How it Hurts Computer Security” at 8 p.m. April 11 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    Charlie Miller

    Miller was not always a world-class hacker. His interest in technology began with hours spent in the glow of his family’s Commodore 64 and Atari 400. After graduating from Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, he came to Truman on a Bright Flight scholarship.

    “I wanted to go away to college,” Miller said. “I asked my high school friend ‘what is the best school in Missouri that isn’t in St. Louis?’ He said, ‘Truman,’ so that’s where I went.”

    After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics and a minor in philosophy, Miller earned a doctorate from Notre Dame. He was then hired by the National Security Agency as a cryptographer/code breaker, where he quickly learned he had an affinity for computer security. Soon his job description included identifying weaknesses in foreign computer networks and executing numerous successful exploitations against foreign targets.

    For security reasons, Miller is not allowed to discuss any specific projects or missions he worked on for the NSA, but it was probably not what most people would expect.

    “It takes a lot more planning than you see on TV,” he said. “You don’t sit down and ‘hack someone’ in five minutes. Depending on who or what you are attacking, it may be a multi-month project.”

    In 2005, Miller returned to his hometown of St. Louis to work as a private security consultant. Although he is one of the good guys, some companies do not always see it that way. Miller demonstrated a vulnerability at Apple by sneaking an app past the company’s screening process. While he could have used the rouge app to compromise other people’s devices, he instead alerted the company to its security failure.

    “They were angry that I had the app in the App Store and kicked me out of their developer program,” Miller said. “From my perspective, nobody was hurt and I told them about a very critical vulnerability that they were able to patch to make their customers safer, and I got nothing but grief from them.”

    Despite what some companies might think, Miller feels the work of ethical hackers serves the best interest of society.

    “Without us, the security of products would only be the responsibilities of corporations and governments,” he said. “Corporations have an economical incentive to make products as quickly as possible, so they aren’t going to focus on security, and I won’t even talk about governments.”

    His work in consulting is what led Miller to create the presentation “Kim Jong-Il and Me: How to Build a Cyber Army to Attack the U.S.” This tongue-in-cheek presentation, complete with photoshopped images of Miller and Jong-Il, was the result of a thought experiment in which he pretended to be hired by the North Korean government to orchestrate a cyber attack against U.S. critical infrastructure. In a detailed plan, Miller maps out the timeline and manpower needed to complete the task, along with an estimated cost of the entire campaign. Fortunately, Miller does not believe a cyber attack from North Korea, or any country, is coming any time soon.

    Miller’s “Kim Jong-Il and Me” was just one of the presentations he has given on cyber security around the world. He has appeared at events ranging from the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, to a conference sponsored by NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.  

    While he was contracting, a large part of Miller’s job was finding any device that interested him and then trying to penetrate it. It was during this time that he made some of his most notorious hacks, including breaking into an iPhone through a text message, an especially dangerous hole because all he needed was a phone number to compromise a device. Miller also began to receive worldwide attention by becoming the first hacker to win four consecutive Pwn2Owns, a prestigious global hacking competition, where he once performed a record-breaking hack of a MacBook Air in just two minutes.

    The author of three information security books, Miller has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and Wired, and has appeared on CNBC, NPR and the "Today Show."

    Today, Miller puts his talents to work for Twitter. As a part of its application security team, he makes sure hackers are unable to break into accounts to steal private messages or post phony tweets.

    “If you find Taylor Swift’s direct messages posted on TMZ, I am probably having a bad day,” Miller said.

    For young people interested in pursuing hacking, Miller’s advice is to jump in and get hands-on experience. Because there are not many academic programs to learn the trade, would-be hackers must be self-motivated and avid learners, skills he says he picked up at Truman.

    “Truman was a great place to become a learner,” said Miller, “It really helped me become a hard worker and do well.”

    Miller resides in St. Louis with his wife Andrea (’95), who is also a Truman graduate.

    Tickets for Miller’s presentation are free and can be picked up in the Student Union Building at either the Student Activities Board Office or the Information Desk. Tickets can also be picked up in the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. For more information, contact pr@truman.edu or call 660.785.4016.

    The Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honor of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman by their children to honor their parents’ long association with Truman. It is funded through an endowment with the Truman State University Foundation.
  • Theatre Department Presents “She Kills Monsters”

    Truman’s Theatre Department’s performance of “She Kills Monsters” will open at 8 p.m. April 15 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    This comedic romp, penned by acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen, explores the world of fantasy role-playing games. Nguyen’s play follows Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragon notebook, she stumbles into the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. Agnes then begins her own journey of discovery in this action-packed adventure.

    In “She Kills Monsters,” Nguyen creates a world laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ’90s pop culture, while offering a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

    This production of “She Kills Monsters” is directed by David Charles Goyette, with assistance by Bailey Jones, a senior theatre major.

    There will be four performances running April 15-18. All will begin at 8 p.m. in the James G Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Tickets will be $5 and will go on sale approximately a week before the performance.

    For more information about this or other main stage productions, contact Goyette at dcgoyette@truman.edu or visit theatre.truman.edu.

  • Osborn Named Plenary Speaker for Research Conference

    Dr. Jeffrey Osborn will return to Truman as plenary speaker for the Student Research Conference, April 14.  

    Osborn will present, “Pollen: More Than Something to Sneeze At.” In addition to his research with pollen and plant evolutionary biology, Osborn is an advocate for the value of high impact experiences in undergraduate education.
    During Osborn’s visit, he will offer a presentation and workshop on high impact practices as part of the faculty workload. The event will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. April 13 in Violette Hall 1010. All are welcome to attend.
    Osborn was formerly a Truman faculty member and chair of the Biology Department. He is currently a biology professor and the dean of the School of Science at The College of New Jersey.

    For more information, contact Chad Montgomery at chadmont@truman.edu at 660.785.4587.

  • Matisyahu to Perform and Speak at Truman

    The Student Activities Board will host the Big Spring Event with musical artist and speaker Matisyahu at 7 p.m. April 8 in Baldwin Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

    Matisyahu will host a concert, followed by a question-and-answer session. All tickets are free and may be picked up at the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building.

    Matisyahu's breakout album, "Live at Stubbs," was released in 2005. It reached No. 1 on the Reggae Albums Chart and No. 30 on the Billboard 200, and established his early success as a “Hasidic reggae super-star.”

    Over the years, Matisyahu has shown that he is an artist that possesses great creativity and has proved himself as very dynamic, remaking his musical image with each successive album. His most recent album “Akeda,” released in 2014, is described as being his most personal. While he has received backlash for changing his musical presence, he has rightfully stood by his most “self-reflective and purely conceived album” to date.

    For more information, contact specialevents.sab@gmail.com.

  • MisterWives and Smallpools to Perform at Truman

    The Student Activities Board will host the spring concert with musical artists MisterWives and Smallpools at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in Pershing Arena. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

    The event is $5 for Truman students and $10 for general admission. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased in the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building or online at store.truman.edu/sab.

    MisterWives is a five-member soul, dance, pop, folk band from New York City. Their 2014 single, “Reflections,” reached No. 31 on the United States alternative music charts and No. 16 on rock digital music charts. In 2015 they released their debut album, “Our Own House," which reached No. 7 on the alternative music charts and No. 31 on the Billboard 200.

    Smallpools is a four-member alternative pop band from Los Angeles. Their 2013 single, “Dreaming,” reached No. 11 in the United States on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart, and their 2014 single, “Karaoke,” reached No. 38 on the United States alternative music charts. They released their debut full-length album, “LOVETAP!," March 17.

    The pop and alternative genres had the two highest votes for top choice of genre in SAB’s entertainment survey, with more than 43 percent of Truman students voting for one of these genres. These up-and-coming artists will provide an energetic and upbeat concert for the Truman community.

    Kansas City, Missouri-based pop/rock band, Outsides, will be opening for MisterWives and Smallpools.

    For more information, contact Megan Folken at concerts.sab@gmail.com.

  • Professor to be Remembered with Charity 5K

    Late Truman professor Teri Heckert is being honored by her daughter, Diana, in the first-ever Hope Hop 5K this April.

    Diana, an eighth grader at William Matthew Middle School, was tasked by RAP, the school’s gifted program, to create an independent project that aligns with the program’s goals. To honor her mother, an avid runner, she planned and organized a charity 5K and children’s fun run.

    The races will take place in Thousand Hills State Park on the morning of April 25. All proceeds from the Hope Hop will go toward the research of metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV or advanced breast cancer, which is named by the Metastatic Breast Cancer Networks as the final and fatal stage that accounts for 40,000 deaths annually.

    Teri was a professor of psychology for 20 years and chair of the Department of Psychology before she lost her battle with breast cancer in February 2014. During her tenure at Truman she was active in fundraising for the United Way, mentored student researchers and was involved in Faculty Senate, serving two terms as president. She was a member of the Guiding Coalition, which assisted the president in the creation of a vision document for the future of the University and was chair of the Northeast Missouri Regional Campaign Committee for Truman’s “Bright Minds, Bright Futures” campaign.

    To register for either the 5K, the fun run or to make a donation in honor of Teri Heckert, visit thehopehop.weebly.com/.

  • Application Open for Summer Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research

    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applications for summer research and creative scholarship until April 27.

    All disciplines are invited to participate. The grants’ purpose is to promote a culture of research and scholarship at Truman while providing flexibility to accommodate different research styles and requirements. Projects supported by this program should involve original ideas, but may encompass a variety of activities including obtaining preliminary data or information, exploring new topics and continuing ongoing projects.
    To apply, students must be current Truman undergraduates or graduate students and be mentored by a Truman faculty member. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student institutional pay, as well as supplies and travel to conduct the research. Complete guidelines can be found at the Office of Student Research website osr.truman.edu/GIASR/index.
    All students that wish to be considered for GIASR summer 2015 funding should submit applications online at osr.truman.edu/GIASR/Application.

    For more information, contact the Office of Student Research at osr@truman.edu.

  • Phi Kappa Phi Supports Local Library

    Phi Kappa Phi continued its support of the Adair County Public Library with a recent $300 donation.

    Since 1998, Phi Kappa Phi has made regular financial commitments to the local library as part of the organization’s national efforts to promote literacy.

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. The Truman chapter was established in 1991.

    Megan O’Brien, student vice president for service, presents the organization's donation to Glenda Hunt, library director.
  • Media Students Win State Awards

    Truman students captured five first place awards and two honorable mentions in the Missouri Broadcast Educators (MBEA) 2015 competition.

    Professionals from the MBEA judged student work in more than two-dozen audio, video and multimedia categories in its annual student media contest. Truman students won first place in the following categories:

    Audio: Documentary/Public Affairs
    Mary Tomlinson
    “Social Media Use”

    Video: PSA
    Jonah McKeown
    “Drink Water”

    Video: Sports Package
    Scott Kriegshauser
    “Breaking Through, Truman State Football”

    Video: Hard News Story
    Dan Stewart
    “Early Morning Storm Strikes Kirksville”

    Students awarded honorable mentions include:

    Audio: Station Promo
    Becky Smith
    “True Men for the Edge”

    Video: Hard News
    Jonah McKeown
    “Truman Students Participate in Vigil”

    Truman media competed with students from MBEA member institutions, including: Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, Drury, Southwest Baptist, Evangel, University of Central Missouri, Missouri Valley, Central Methodist and Missouri Southern State.

    The MBEA is composed of communication and mass communication faculty who teach at higher education institutions statewide. The MBEA conducts a yearly student media contest and advances the discipline through annual seminars that focus on faculty development. Mark Smith, associate professor, is a past president and vice-president of MBEA and currently serves as communications director.

  • 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 join Spike and over 20 Truman organizations in celebrating the Bulldogs' 100th birthday. The party will feature a special anniversary cake, cookies, a photo booth and special entertainment. Organizations attending include:

    Women’s Resource Center
    College Republicans
    Purple Pride
    High Street Dance Team
    Beta Beta Beta
    Truman Showgirls
    Wildlife Society
    Bulldog Student Investment Fund
    University Society of Middle Eastern Dancing
    Phi Beta Lambda
    Centennial Hall Council
    Delta Zeta
    University Swingers
    Sweet Nothings
    Truman Cheerleaders
    Truman Football Team
    Phi Sigma Pi
    Centennial Hall Council
    Communiversity Garden
    African Students Association
    Purple Friday Committee
    Cultural and Societal Honors

    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



  • Thank You Lyceum Donors

    The University would like to thank the following Friends of the Lyceum for their financial support of the 2014-2015 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    Corporate Friends of the Lyceum

    Platinum Level
    Truman Bookstore – Follett Higher Education Group

    Ameren Missouri           
    Northeast Regional Medical Center

    A.T. Still University
    American Trust Bank
    Beard’s Decorating
    Hidden Treasures
    Kirksville Daily Express
    US Bank

    Friends of the Lyceum

    In memory of Travis Freeman
    Donna Bailey

    John Bartling
    Odessa Ofstad

    Rick & Mary Lee Fleschner
    Sally Herleth & Eric Schmitz
    Harold & Rebecca Osborn
    Tammy Roberts

    Friends of the Lyceum
    Scott Alberts & Hyun-Joo Kim
    Russell & Pennie Baughman
    Rolf & Ilse Christen
    Jay & Debbie Danto
    Mary Lou Detweiler
    Pete Detweiler
    Maria Di Stefano
    Doyle & Conny Dover
    Carolyn Frick
    Ron & Elsie Gaber
    Mark & Robin Gambaiana
    Jodie & Debbie Gordon
    Patricia Green
    Carrie Holbo
    Rex & Jana Lee
    Gary & Claire Lloyd
    Jack & Sue Magruder
    Richard & Bess Mercer
    Chad & Sarah Mohler
    Gail & Mary Novinger
    Troy & Kelly Paino
    Paula Presley
    Del & Norma Robison
    Werner & Gaylah Sublette
    Scott & Heidi Templeton
    Sue Thomas & Michael Oliveri
    Ron & Cecelia Winkler
    Thank you to the women of Delta Zeta for serving as ushers for the 2014-2015 Series.
  • 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 were mailed to offices and departments beginning March 23. Additional printable forms are 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.

  • Spring Percusion Concert

    The Truman State University Concert Percussion Ensemble II will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. March 30 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.  

    The ensemble is directed by Matthew Musselman, graduate teaching assistant. A wide variety of contemporary and historically significant works for large and small percussion ensemble will be on the program. Admission is free.
  • Casey Davis Fundraising Event

    Alpha Gamma Rho and Beta Theta Pi are hosting a philanthropy event through Bellacino’s Pizza. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will go to the family of Casey Davis and/or charitable organizations associated with these kinds of unfortunate events.

    4-9 p.m.
    April 6
    Bellacinos Pizza and Grinders

  • Dorking Out with Taylor and Kanye

  • Guest Speaker on Catalunya

    Dr. Maria Antònia Martí Escayol, professor of early modern history at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, will present “Catalunya: the next state in Europe?” at 4-5:15 p.m. April 1 in Baldwin Hall 156.

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and the School of Arts and Letters.
  • 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.

  • Sexual Health Awareness Week

    “Contraception and STIs 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.
  • Peace Corps Recruiter to Visit Campus

    Volunteers from the Peace Corps will be on 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.
  • Nominations Open for Lee Advising Award

    Faculty advisor nominations for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award are open until 5 p.m. April 3.

    Students can nominate an outstanding full-time advisor online. Academic advisors are not eligible.
    For more information about the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award, contact Marianna Giovannini at mgio@truman.edu.
  • APDC Faculty Lunch, April 8

    There will be an Academic Professional Development Center Lunch at 11:30 a.m. April 8 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Vicky Wehner and Susan Thomas will discuss Principles of Universal Design. Faculty members that plan to attend should RSVP by April 3 to Dana Vazzana at apd@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
    4-11 p.m.

  • Michael Reagan to Speak at Truman

    Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, will speak at Truman at 7 p.m. April 2 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Reagan, who is brought to campus by the College Republicans, will discuss what it was like to be a part of the first family and how his father’s politics could be applied to the world today.

    For more information, contact collegerepublicans@truman.edu.
  • Hearing Conservation Awareness Day

    Senior communication disorders students are conducting hearing screenings from 3-7 p.m. April 9 in the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic.

    Communication disorder students will also be on the quad promoting hearing conservation awareness. Students can stop by to receive free earplugs and also have their headphones tested to make sure they are at a safe decibel.

    Students can sign up for their free screening here.

  • Phi Tau Cookout for Kids

    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 31 and April 2, as well as Magruder Hall 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.

  • 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.
  • Study Abroad Office Summer Programs

    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 volcanoes.

    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.  

    University of Limerick
    Limerick, Ireland
    May 27-June 15
    Study abroad at one of Ireland’s top independent, internationally focused University. The University has made a national reputation for their excellent programs in business and engineering. The University of Limerick offers six options for English speaking classes each three credits. Classes include law in Ireland, creative writing, sociological perspective in Irish society and several others. Students will take weekend excursions and travel to historic sites within the city. While in Ireland students will be housed on-campus with a living area, kitchen and lounge. For more information, visit ccisabroad.org/program.

    Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers
    Angers, France
    June 10-July 9
    Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of the top graduate schools of management in France. In the first three weeks the students will take the following courses: European economics, European Union studies and culture and communication. During the second half of the program students will take business and cultural visits to places including Loire Valley, Normandy, Paris and Brussels. In Angers students will be housed in residence halls with individual rooms with a kitchen and bathroom. For Brussels and Paris, students stay in three-star comfortable hotels on a double-room basis. For more information, visit ccisabroad.org/program.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.


  • Notables

    Nabil Alghalith, professor of business administration
    , has had a paper entitled “Using Course-Embedded Assessment: Defining and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills of MIS Students” accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.

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.
  • Alumni Mock Interviews

    Volunteers from the Truman Alumni Board will conduct mock interviews for students the morning of April 10.

    These alumni seek to help students develop their interviewing skills and preparedness by conducting an interview then offering feedback and advice. A large variety of industries will be represented, including non-profit management, library science, web development, marketing and project management, information systems, government policy and analysis and education.

    Spots are limited. To reserve one of the 45-minute slots, bring a resume to the Career Center in Student Union Building 3100 by April 6.

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  • Schedule of Events

    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.
  • Interest Free Loans for St. Louis Students

    The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is a non-profit organization that provides access to higher education to St. Louis area students through interest free loans. The program assists students with financial need. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average, demonstrate good character and must be a permanent resident of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Lincoln, Jefferson, St. Charles, Warren, and Washington, or the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair. The application deadline is April 15. For more information, call 314.725.7990 or visit sfstl.org.
  • Noyce Scholars Program

    The Truman Noyce Scholars Program for Secondary Mathematics and Physics Teaching is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Noyce Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides generous scholarships to future educators who will teach high school mathematics and physics. For more information about the scholarships and how to apply, visit the Truman Noyce Scholars Office in Magruder Hall 3164 or noyce.truman.edu. The deadline to apply is May 1.

  • 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.
  • The St. Louis Area Hotel Association

    The St. Louis Area Hotel Association will be awarding ten $2,500 scholarships to students for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications and qualifications can be found at stlhotels.com. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 30. Scholarships will be awarded May 29.
  • AT&T

    ATTSavings.com is offering a $1,000 scholarship opportunity. To find out how to apply for this scholarship, visit attsavings.com/scholarship. The deadline is July 17.