Vol. 19 No. 34 - June 15, 2015


  • Nursing Preceptors of the Year Recognized

    Truman’s Department of Nursing selected two registered nurses as the 2014-15 Preceptors of the Year.

    Ardith Harmon was selected as the Community Health Preceptor of the Year for her work with students at the Clark County School District.  

    Laura Shoop was named the Acute Care Preceptor of the Year for her work with students in the Emergency Department at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

    These nurses serve as mentors and role models for students as part of their clinical experiences and are highly regarded by the nursing students and faculty at Truman. The Preceptors of the Year were recognized at the Capstones of Nursing luncheon in April.

    Ardith Harmon accepts the plaque recognizing her as the Community Health Preceptor of the Year for 2014-15 as selected by the Truman State University Department of Nursing. Harmon is pictured with senior students Kayce Petko, Emily Kolis, Rachel Phillips, Parisa Faramarzi, Elizabeth Goldkamp, Gabriella Cavuoti and Kaitlyn Clark.   

    Laura Shoop displays her plaque for the Acute Care Preceptor of the Year for 2014-15.
  • Spring Class Includes 37 Valedictorians

    Truman recognized 37 students as valedictorians during spring commencement ceremonies May 9. Pictured, first row, left to right: Jordan Whitener, Mikayla Johnson, Kelci Besand, Michelle Krahenbuhl, Mariah Vande Lune, Madeline Hauck, Andrea Watkins Davis and Kallie Hilsabeck. Second row, left to right: Hailey Benoist, Alexandra Potter, Hannah Rogers, Kristen Williams, Max Van McDermott, Lydia Whitacre, Theresa Wildhaber, Lauren Null and Jacqueline Gambino. Third row, left to right: Brian Cary, Conor Gearin, Meghan Crider, Drake Abbey, Kailong Mao, Alison Robson and Jancee Jarman. Fourth row, left to right: David Ruby, Molly McGraw, Isaac Akers, Daniel Romine, Andrew Garrone, Christopher Zerr, Jordan Dillon and Jennifer Marks. Not pictured: Andrew Ahlers, Neal Johnson, Bailey Jones, Kaylee Knauth and Megan Todd.
  • Campus to be Tobacco-Free Starting July 1

    More than a year ago, the Truman Board of Governors approved an update to the current no smoking policy to include the entire Truman campus grounds. The tobacco-free policy includes cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems, or e-cigarettes.
    This past year, Truman’s Health Center, Student Affairs, the Student Rec Center, Residence Life staff and Human Resources have been offering smoking cessation programming to assist students and employees with this change to a tobacco-free campus.
    That support is still 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.

    Students that wish to become tobacco-free, or believe they might benefit from the services of a coach and/or provision of nicotine replacement products and other habit-reduction products, can contact any of the Student Affairs smoking cessation coaches to set up an appointment or discuss a plan that might be helpful. The entire list of smoking cessation coaches, as well as additional information about the cessation program, is available at wellness.truman.edu/index.php/wellness/tobacco-free-on-campus/tobacco-free-programs. All smoking cessation products and services will be provided to students free of charge.

  • Planetarium to Showcase Photographers’ Work

    Photographers James Crnkovich and Robert Del Tredici will be projecting and discussing their work in the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium at 7 p.m. June 26 in Magruder Hall.

    They are touring the country, celebrating their collaboration on “James Crnkovich’s Atomic America.”

    Crnkovich has been to Truman before, exhibiting images from his earlier book on popular culture, “Authentic Americana.” He collaborated with English professor Bob Mielke on that book. In the 1980s, Crnkovich and Mielke worked together to document American attitudes toward all things nuclear: bomb shelters, Civil Defense drills, anti-nuclear protests, environmental cleanups, shopping malls with names like “The Atomic Mall” and sports teams called “The Bombers.” The two have continued their work individually, Crnkovich with this book and Mielke with his JINS courses on nuclear weapons.

    Del Tredici, who teaches animation and film history at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, is a founding member of the Atomic Photographer’s Guild and author of several other books, including “The People of Three Mile Island,” “At Work in the Fields of the Bomb,” “Closing the Circle on the Splitting of the Atom” and “Trungpa Photographs.”

    Their appearance at Truman is sponsored by Naciketas Press and by the Department of English and Linguistics. They will have a book-signing at the Truman Bookstore from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26.

  • Big Bam Bicycle Ride Seeks Volunteers

    The Big BAM Bicycle Ride Across Missouri will be coming through Kirksville June 25, and the SERVE Center is looking for volunteers to help guide bicyclists on street corners to their proper destination and to assist with traffic control for the concert following the ride.

    Big BAM is Missouri’s border-to-border bicycle and music festival that incorporates live music and other entertainment in communities across the state. For more information about the ride, visit bigbamride.com.

    Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Dan Martin at dmartin@atsu.edu.

  • NEMO Fair Volunteers Needed

    The NEMO Fair Board is once again asking the Truman staff to volunteer to help take tickets at the admission gates July 13. This is a great way to show support for the fair and demonstrate Truman’s commitment to service to the community. Openings are available at the following times:

    6-9 a.m.
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    12-3 p.m.
    3-6 p.m.
    6-9 p.m.
    9-11 p.m.

    Call the Public Relations Office at 660.785.4016 to sign up for a shift. Those who are interested in volunteering on other days may contact Frank Vorhees at frankvorhees@gmail.com.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Student Recreation Center Summer Hours

    The Student Recreation Center will be closed July 3-5 in observation of the Independence Day holiday weekend. Regular summer hours will resume July 6.

    Student Recreation Center Summer Hours
    (through July 24)

    9 a.m.-7p.m.

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.


  • Free Body Composition Assessments

    The Student Recreation Center will offer free body composition assessments June 17 from 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass index.  

    Sign up at the weight room desk at the Student Recreation Center. The next assessment will be the last week of August. For more information visit truman.edu/recreation/fitness-wellness-program/body-composition-testing.
  • Summer Orientation Dates

    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 29.


  • Notables

    Yung-hwal Park
    , assistant professor of business administration, had his paper entitled, “The effect of entry mode and geographic diversification on corporate social responsibility,” accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of International Journal of Business Environment.

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.