Vol. 19 No. 33 - June 1, 2015


  • Students Named Fulbright Scholars

    Four recent Truman graduates have been selected for intercultural experiences abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

    The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A current objective of the program is to encourage participants to find innovative solutions to global issues such as climate change and pandemics.

    All four of Truman’s Fulbright recipients will serve as English teaching assistants in schools or universities. Students and the countries for which they received grants include: Lauren Baker, Andorra; Paige Bergan, Spain; Brian Jacob, Germany; and Joey Meinert, Germany.

    Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  

    In February, Truman was recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for the 2014-2015 academic year by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    The Fulbright competition is administered at Truman through Maria Di Stefano, associate provost and dean of graduate studies. For more information about the program or the application process visit iie.org.

  • MASH Camp Available for Students Interested in Health Field

    Middle school students interested in health careers and science can get hands-on experience during the Adair County MASH Camp, July 21-22.

    Each summer the Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center (NEMO AHEC) presents a MASH (Missouri AHEC Science & Health) Camp for area middle school students. The camp exposes students to a variety of careers in the science and health fields.

    MASH Camp will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21-22 at Truman and the Northeast Regional Medical Center. Area health care providers and educators will combine their talents to present an impressive instructional program that will introduce students to the fascinating world of science and health care. Students will participate in biology labs, scrub labs, suture labs, hospital exploration, recreational activities and more.

    Any student who will enter sixth, seventh or eighth grade in the fall is eligible to attend. Registration requires a $45 fee for meals, activities and T-shirt. A limited number of scholarships are available to families in need. Registration information can be found online at nemoahec.org.

    MASH Camp is sponsored by A.T. Still University, Truman, Northeast Regional Medical Center and the Missouri Area Health Education Centers.

  • Nursing Graduates Recognized at Annual Ceremony

    The Department of Nursing honored 43 graduates at the annual Nursing Recognition Pinning Ceremony May 8.

    This ceremony recognizes the graduating seniors’ successful completion of a rigorous academic and professional program. The graduates received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree during Truman commencement ceremonies May 9 and will become registered nurses after passing the NCLEX-RN examination.

    Pictured, first row, left to right: Christa Friend, Rachel Phillips, Kaylee Knauth, Aubrey Wallace, Abigail Meyer, Susan Lambert, class advisor and assistant professor of nursing, Hannah Moravec, Michelle Howard, Gabriella Cavuoti and Kayce Petko. Second row, left to right: Megan Ward, Lindsey O’Brien, Amanda Watts, Ashlynn Stumph, Samantha Streff, Angela Rardin, Mariya Zhuchenko, Parisa Faramarzi, Lacey Reading and Megan Johnson. Third row, left to right: Czerina Rivera, Olivia Warner, Danielle Johnston, Jessica Arras, Anna Becker, Molly Roberts, Kelli Nestle, Mollie Killion, Nicole Brandt, Jasmine Oatts and Emily Kolis. Forth row, left to right: Abigail Crew, Lauren Null, Amanda Tepen, Katherine Kurtz, Samantha Weber, Rebecca Callstrom, Katherine Davis, Elizabeth Goldkamp, LeeAnn Cornelison, Andalee Arndt and Madeline Niehaus. Not pictured: Kaitlyn Clark and Kelsey Dreiling.
  • Truman Named Top “Hidden Gem” in Missouri

    Truman’s reputation for academic rigor and student success has earned the school the distinction of being named the best “hidden gem” in the state of Missouri.

    College Raptor Inc., a college matching platform, recently released a list of hidden gem schools for each state. Hidden gems are defined as high-caliber colleges and universities which receive fewer than 5,000 applicants per year but have a total enrollment of greater than 1,000.

    For more information on the hidden gem rankings, click here.

  • Truman RHA Receives National Recognition

    Members of Truman’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) traveled to Fargo, N.D., for the annual NACURH conference, May22-25.

    The conference provides students with opportunities to gain leadership skills to bring back to their home campuses. While at the conference, Truman’s RHA received national recognition for being the school to donate the most soda pop tabs in the organization. NACURH partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities and donates pop tabs as one of the organizations many philanthropies. Truman donated 37.5 pounds of pop tabs at the conference. Pop tabs are collected throughout the year in each residence hall in cooperation with Alpha Phi Omega.

    Truman students who attended this year’s NACURH conference include Davianna Humble, Bradford Peace, Kaitlyn Preis, Madeline Thomas and Allie White. Students interested in joining RHA or NRHH can contact Bradford Peace, RHA president, at bnp4528@truman.edu.

    Truman students who attended the annual NACURH conference include (from left to right) Kaitlyn Preis, Davianna Humble, Allie White, Madeline Thomas and Bradford Peace.


  • Staff Council Blood Drive

    Staff Council and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11 in the Student Union Building Down Under. In addition to walk-ins, donation times can be reserved in advance through the Red Cross Online Scheduling System.
  • Free Smoking Cessation Program Available for Employees

    Truman has taken an important step toward promoting a healthy working and learning environment by declaring the University will be tobacco-free beginning July 1, 2015. This includes cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems, or e-cigarettes.

    Support is available for any employee who wishes to become tobacco-free. Mindy Aucutt in Human Resources has been trained as a smoking cessation coach and is willing to meet individually with employees. In concert with a personalized coaching/support program, nicotine replacement products, such as gum, lozenges and/or patches, as well as other helpful habit-reducing products including flavored chewing gums and toothpicks, can be provided.

    The coaching sessions and the products are free of charge to employees. Anyone who believes they might benefit from these services can contact Aucutt at 660.785.4031 or maucutt@truman.edu to set up an appointment or to discuss a plan that might be helpful.

  • Printing Services Temporarily Closed

    The Printing Services Department will be closed June 1-3 as new computer software will be installed. The office will be closed during the installation and there will be limited ability to take phone calls.

    Those jobs currently in the queue will be produced and deliveries made. Any new jobs turned in around the June 1 timeframe will be worked on after the office reopens June 4. Any questions about Printing Services can be directed to 660.785.7626.
  • Summer Exercise Classes

    Summer group exercise classes start June 1 at the Student Recreation Center
    and are free to all student, faculty and staff.
    Click here for June’s schedule.
  • Time to Recognize Outstanding Staff

    The Staff Council’s Staff Development & Recognition Committee would like to remind everyone that nominations for the 2015 Points of Excellence and Bulldog Awards will be accepted through June 30. Awards will be announced during the Fall Opening Assembly. Six Points of Excellence nominees will be selected and two Bulldog Award nominees will be selected.

    Who can nominate staff for awards?
    If you are a student, staff or faculty member you can nominate those who deserve recognition and get them recognized.

    How do I nominate someone?
    To nominate a staff member you must complete a nomination form. Nomination forms are located in the Human Resources Office and online at hr.truman.edu/recognition. On the website, select either the Points of Excellence link or the Bulldog Award link and look under the Nominations section for the form. You will also find new links to an online version of the form.

    More information is available online at hr.truman.edu/recognition.

  • Summer Basketball Camps Planned

    Both the Truman men’s and women’s basketball teams will conduct both individual and team camps this summer.

    The men will kickoff the camp season by hosting their Elite Camp June 12. The camp is open for boys entering grades 9-12. It will run from 1-5 p.m. in Pershing Arena. The cost is $50 and will include a camp T-shirt and dinner.

    The men’s Team Camp will be the next day, June 13. The cost is $100 per team and each team is guaranteed three games.

    For more information and to sign-up, contact assistant coach Joe Barrer or visit trumanstatebasketball.com.

    The women will offer three camps for girls. The first will be the Youth Skills Camp that will run from June 15-18 in Pershing Arena. The camp is open to girls entering grades 3-8 and has options of half day/full day and for girls that wish to stay in on-campus housing. Costs are $150 for the half day camp (9 a.m.-12 p.m.); $200 for the full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.); or $275 for those wishing to stay on campus. A T-Shirt, lunch each day and an end of camp pool party will be provided.

    The Varsity Team Camp will be June 20-21. Teams can compete in up to four games each day and can choose if they wish to compete on either Saturday, Sunday or both.

    The Elite Camp will be hosted June 22 for girls entering grades 9-12. This camp will run from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and cost $60 per individual with discounts for multiple players from a family or team.

    For more information about the women’s camps, contact assistant coach Adam Tandez.

  • Summer Orientation Dates

    June 1
    June 5
    June 10
    June 15
    June 18
    June 23
    June 26
    Aug. 14
  • Applications Open for Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships

    Every year, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awards 30 fellowships to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate education in the United States. Each award is worth up to $90,000. This includes up to $25,000/year stipend and up to $20,000/year tuition support. Awards support up to two years of full-time graduate study in any field, including the visual and performing arts, and at any graduate-degree granting institution in the United States, with the exception of online programs. In addition to funding, Fellows join a community of more than 500 New Americans with family origins in more than 75 different countries.

    The fellowship program looks for applicants who have demonstrated and sustained accomplishments that show creativity, originality and initiative. The fellowship looks for evidence that an applicant’s proposed graduate training is likely to enhance future creativity and accomplishment, and that the individual has a commitment to responsible citizenship in this country.

    For information on eligibility requirements or to apply, visit the Fellowship website. Applications are due by Nov. 1.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available June 15.


  • Notables

    Michelle Blakely (formerly Cannon-Breland) has co-authored an article entitled, “Motivational interviewing for medication adherence.” This article appears in the June 2015 edition of the American Pharmacists Association’s publication, Pharmacy Today. Blakely serves as Truman’s student education and support coordinator in the Student Affairs Office.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Missouri Interpreter’s George Kastler 2015 Scholarship

    Applicants must be a junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student, studying in the field of interpretation (biology, environmental education, parks and recreation, wildlife management, history, etc.) to be considered for this scholarship. For more information, contact Cyndi Cogbill at cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com. The deadline for application is July 15.