Vol. 19 No. 27 - April 7, 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 will be available at the door.

    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.
  • 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.

  • Bulldog Investment Fund Hits it Big at National Conference

    The Bulldog Student Investment Fund’s student-managed portfolio won an award at the world’s largest student investment conference the week of March 23 in Detroit.

    ENGAGE International Investment Education Symposium allows students to hear insights about the financial markets and economic environment from some of the industry’s top professionals. This includes Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank, and top management from many leading investment institutions.  

    Panel discussions were moderated by an array of CNBC hosts and contributors, and participants had the opportunity to watch CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” broadcast live from the conference.

    The Bulldog Student Investment Fund won first place within the value style of management category based on the portfolio’s 12-month risk-adjusted return for 2014. As a relatively new organization, this represents a major accomplishment for the fund, whose members have all worked hard over the past four years to set a strong foundation upon which such a successful portfolio is able to develop. Currently, the fund manages more than $50,000 within the equities market, and its 30 members all play a vital role in the selection, allocation and daily management of each of its 25 holdings.

    Representatives from the Bulldog Investment Fund display the value style award given to their portfolio at the ENGAGE International Investment Education Symposium the week of March 23. Pictured, first row, left to right: David Shoko, David Newell, Dominic Zi Teoh, Colby Bycroft, Candice Bobbitt, Philip Eckert, Michael Fentress and David Stodden. Back row, left to right: Shane Legatzke, Andrew Roby, Conlan Wilson and Lasse Fuss
  • Krause, Costa and Communication Disorders Win Awards

    Truman professors and departments were recognized at the 2015 Accolades of Academics banquet, March 31.

    Don Krause, associate professor of communication, was awarded Educator of the Year. Also, Sal Costa, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded Research Mentor of the Year and Communication Disorders was recognized for Department of the Year.

    Educator of the Year finalists included Douglas Ball, Katherine Breitenbach, Alan Davis, David Gillette, Lisa Goran, Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Timothy Walston, Alicia Wodika and Paul Yoder.

    Research Mentor of the Year finalists included Thomas Capuano, Julia Edgar, Jason Luscier, Chad Montgomery, Darson Rhodes and Timothy Walston.

    Department of the Year finalists included the chemistry, health and exercise science and justice systems departments.

    Professors honored at the Accolades of Academics banquet were all nominated by students and were awarded by a student-driven committee. Members from Student Government, the Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year committee. Students have the opportunity to nominate instructors for these awards each year at senate.truman.edu.

    Winners from the Accolades of Academics banquet display their awards. Pictured, from left: Don Krause, Educator of the Year; Paula Cochran accepting Department of the Year Honors for communication disorders; and Sal Costa, Research Mentor of the Year.
  • Global Issues Series to Look at Independence Movements

    The last official Global Issues Colloquium of the school year will focus on four global independence movements. It is scheduled for April 9 in Magruder Hall 2001.  

    Crimea, Taiwan, Scotland and Catalunya (Catalonia) each have ongoing and serious movements for independence from their current countries of Russia, China, the United Kingdom and Spain respectively. There will be four speakers who are local experts on these movements, including Andrei Klyukovski on Crimea, Ding-Hwa Hsieh on Taiwan, Larry Iles on Scotland and Maria Antonia Scayol with James Hammerstrand on the Catalan movement.
    This presentation will discuss lessons learned from similar movements in California, Ireland, Jamaica or Texas, and call into question what makes borders into boundaries, and what makes people want to move or remove them.

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

  • Communication Club to Host “Night at the Museum”

    Reminiscent of the popular movie "Night at the Museum," great speeches from 20th century history come to life from 7-8 p.m. April 14 at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center.

    Communication students will portray speakers in an entertaining program. Approximately 16 students are involved in the project organized by Barry Poyner, professor of communication, and sponsored by the Communication Club (NCASC). At any given point about half of the students will be in character and will share what was rhetorically splendid or lackluster in the speech at hand; this will allow the other student performers to move around and enjoy student speeches as well.

    The public is invited to meander through the museum in self-paced style, realizing that each student presentation is about five minutes. Students will share brief insights about the speakers, the rhetorical situation and will perform excerpts of the speeches. Students from COMM 385 will portray speakers from the "Top 100 Great Speeches of the 20th Century," which can be found at americanrhetoric.com. Students from COMM 382 classes will portray great movie speeches.

    This is the sixth time that such an event has been organized at Truman. The focus of the historical speeches will be Midwestern speeches in the last half of the 20th century, for example: Malcom X’s “Message to the Grassroots,” ranked No. 89; Adlai Stevenson’s “Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address,” ranked No. 54; Newton Minow’s “Television and the Public Interest,” ranked No. 67; and Anita Hill’s “Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee,” ranked No. 69.

    In honor of communication week, cookies and punch will be served. Students are also invited to join the Communication Club. NCASC is committed to enriching the lives of undergraduate communication majors and minors by promoting the study and application of communication principles through educational and social functions. Poyner serves as an advisor to the organization, the only NCA Student Club in the state of Missouri.

    Those attending are encouraged to vote for the best portrayal based on dress, delivery of quotes, understanding of speaker, rhetorical situation and rhetorical splendor. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Poyner at 660.785.4063.

  • Children’s Literature Festival Set for April 17

    Truman will host almost 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students for the annual Children’s Literature Festival, 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 17 in the Student Union Building.     
    Visiting authors and illustrators include John David Anderson, Claire Caterer, Jody Feldman, Helen Frost, Wendy Anderson Halperin, Jane Kurtz, Lisa McMann, Joanne Rocklin, Laurel Snyder, J.A. White and Allan Wolf.  

    Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered.

    University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at drearick@truman.edu or call 660.785.4048.

    Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room (SUB 3000). Refreshments will be served.

    The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $11.50. To register, contact Rearick at 660.785.4048. At 7 p.m. author John David Anderson will give a presentation. Dinner registration is requested by April 10.

    The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to budget cuts, the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to bring it back, and the Festival returned in 2009. For more information about the fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133 or giving.truman.edu/SpecialInitiatives/ChildrensLiteratureFestival.

    Pickler Memorial Library is sponsoring the festival with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett High Education Group--Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney, 660.785.7366, or the Children’s Literature Festival webpage.

    The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.

  • 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.

  • Truman Students Present at National Honor Society Event

    Joelle Axton and Alexandra Potter presented their papers at the annual Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society March 22-23 in St. Louis.

    Both Axton’s presentation on “The Lord’s Supper in Light of Paul’s Eschatology: Proclamation and Judge-ment,” and Potter’s paper on “Jesus and Women: An Inclusive Vision,” received honorary mention and book awards. Potter placed second in the competition, winning a $100 Theta Alpha Kappa gift certificate.  

    Both papers originated as course requirements in classes taught by Mark Appold, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

    At the conference Appold served as convener for the ASOR section in which he presented on the topic of “Archaeology, Text, and the Early Jesus Movement.”

    This event met in conjunction with the Central States Regional Conferences of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). These conferences draw academics from seven states, including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Tennessee.
  • International Students Visit Capitol

    International and study-away students pose for a picture with a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the west side of the Missouri Capitol building. Pictured, first row, left to right: Rae Greer, Hyunah Kim, Chelsy Mburu, Clara Lasa Hernandez, Ngoc Pham, Jinho Cho, You Hu and Elizabeth Williams. Second row, left to right: Lindsey Horstmann, Summer Santos, Samantha Collins, Aya Terakawa, Dasom Lee and Minchen Hu. Not pictured: Yunhao Dou, Haozhong Liu, Chen Zhang, Emily Leddin and Renee Baharaeen.

    InternationalStudentsatCapitolGroupPhoto.jpg More than 400 international and study-abroad students gathered in the Capitol to see state government in action at Study Missouri’s International Education Day.


  • Presentation on STEM Initiatives

    Susan L. Thomas, executive vice president for academic affairs, will give a presentation about the importance of STEM courses and careers at 6:30 p.m. April 7 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    Thomas will present “Developing a Dynamic, Less Porous STEM Pipeline: Lessons Learned from Robot Competitions,” which will focus on increasing the number of students who pursue courses and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It has been determined that simply increasing the number who enter the pipeline does not work, as the pipeline has been found to be rather leaky. To minimize the leaks, it is imperative to understand the social and psychological factors that impact STEM achievement-related choices. Robot competitions not only increase students’ interest in pursuing STEM, they also provide a unique research environment to examine these factors.

    This event is made possible by the Truman Faculty Forum.

  • Hearing Conservation Awareness Day

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

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

    Students can sign up for their free screening here.
  • 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 its 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 universities. The University of Limerick has made a national reputation for its excellent programs in business and engineering. It 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.

    Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
    Cusco, Peru
    May 29, 2014
    Students can choose between a four-week and an eight-week study abroad in Cusco, Peru, through the school's Latin American Studies Programs. The academic program offers Spanish-language courses and English coursework including history of the Inca civilization, art and design in Cusco, architecture, photography, culture of Peru and others. Students have the option to live with a host family or in a nearby hotel. For more information, check out ccisabroad.org/program.

    University of New York
    Prague, Czech Republic
    June 5-July 4 (three credit course)
    July 7-July 31 (one credit course)
    Study abroad at the center of Prague at the University of New York. UNYP offers more than 130 different courses, all taught in English, and popular courses include business administration, communication, economic relations, social science, finance and many more. With the metro and tram less than three minutes away from the University, students can travel to attractions nearby. Health insurance, pre-departure orientation, airport pickup, transportation pass and transcript fee are all included in the summer cost. The deadline to apply is April 15. 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.
  • Campus Blood Drive

    Cardinal Key and Blue Key will host a blood drive with the Red Cross from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8-9 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.
    To schedule an appointment online, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code, TrumanState.

  • Internship Opportunities at the SERVE Center

    The SERVE Center is accepting applications for two internship positions.

    The SERVE Center, is Truman’s student-led service team dedicated to helping students find service opportunities on and around campus. The SERVE Center has partnered with more than 170 community organizations to bring service opportunities to Truman’s campus, and is responsible for major campus events such as the Big Week of Giving and the Big Event. The deadline to apply for the internships is 5 p.m. April 14. Applications may be completed online at trupositions.truman.edu/jobs.asp.

    Community Engagement Intern

    This position will develop and increase community partner relationships in order to increase service opportunities on and off campus for students, faculty and staff at the University in accordance with the SERVE Center mission. In addition to developing and increasing opportunities, this position will manage the SERVE Center staff to assist in the success of the SERVE Center mission. Events include the Community Partner Luncheon and Big Event.

    Event/Public Relations Intern
    This position will implement the development of service opportunities on and off campus for students, faculty and staff at the University in accordance with the SERVE Center mission. In addition to developing and increasing opportunities, this position will manage the SERVE Center staff to assist in the success of the SERVE Center mission. This student will also be responsible for maintaining the SERVE Center social media sites, and relations with the University. Events include the Big Week of Giving and Big Event

    The SERVE Center will also be hiring for staff to support these positions either through scholarship or work-study hours.

    For questions regarding the internships, contact the SERVE Center at serve@truman.edu or 660.785.7222.

  • Theatre Department Presents “She Kills Monsters”

    The 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.

  • 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.

  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. April 11 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
  • 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.
  • Virtual Internship with a Federal Department

    Applications for the 2015-16 Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) will be open July 2-22 on USAJobs.

    The VSFS is designed to engage civil society in the work of the government by harnessing the expertise and digital excellence of citizen students.

    Since 2009, more than 1,200 eInterns, college students working remotely, have expanded the reach of government efforts around the world. Selected eInterns will contribute their skills and creativity to 323 projects from different government agencies, including: Department of State; Agency for International Development; Army Research Laboratory Library; Department of the Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Education–Federal Student Aid; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Millennium Challenge Corporation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Smithsonian Institution and the Department of Agriculture–Foreign Agricultural Service.

    Applicants may be contacted to arrange an interview, provide writing samples, share an online portfolio or provide other examples of their work. All applicants will be notified of selection or non-selection by mid-September.

    Selected students are expected to virtually intern an average of 10 hours per week from September 2014 through April/May 2015. Some students have received course credit for their VSFS eInternships through their own efforts with their schools.

    There are a variety of opportunities for students, whether they are aspiring to work on diplomatic or development issues overseas, a graphic designer, a software engineer, or a scientist. To learn more about the VSFS, students can watch this introductory video that provides an overview of the VSFS program.
    For more information on VSFS, visit the FAQ section or email VSFS@state.gov.
  • Staff Council Thank You

    The Staff Council would like to thank Curtis Kelsey, Emmanuel Camarillo, Billi Gordy, Amy Brazier, Polly Matteson, Michelle Horvath and Jacey Wood for volunteering for the first Staff Big Event Team. Two truckloads of leaves, sticks and trash were removed from the Sun Down West community. 
  • 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

    Taxes and Insurance
    April 13

    Evaluating Benefit Packages
    April 27

    Wellness Wednesdays

    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.


  • Notables

    Dawood Afzal and David Wohlers, professors of chemistry, traveled to Denver, Colo., to the 249th meeting of the American Chemical Society the weekend of March 21. Afzal serves as councilor of the Mark Twain local section and represents the local section at each national meeting. As councilor, Afzal also participates on the committee on minority affairs. Wohlers made an oral presentation at a symposium sponsored by the Division of Professional Relations regarding hands-on STEM enrichment programs for persons with disabilities. The title of his talk was “Exemplars of Summer Enrichment Programs for Students with Disabilities Hosted Around the World.” He spoke of work he had done in 2010 in Tobago and work currently being done by others in Thika, Kenya, where the school for the blind is located. He also spoke of work recently embarked upon at the Laski Foundation in Poland.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.