Vol. 19 No. 37 - July 27, 2015


  • PBL Chapter Sweeps National Competition

    Four members of Truman’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL – collegiate FBLA) competed in seven events during the organization’s 2015 National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Chicago last month, returning with multiple awards.

    FBLA-PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members attending the NLC benefited from professional workshops on topics including communication, service and setting goals, among others. They even had a chance to personally meet outgoing and incoming members of the national PBL officer team.

    The chapter started the competition strong with a first place win in Business Communication by Taylor N. Libbert. Ashton Wolter also took first place in her Financial Concepts event. Next, the human resource management team of Hailey Ketchum and Rebecca Stearns earned second place. Then, the PBL chapter was not only recognized as a Gold Seal of Merit chapter, but also for placing first in Local Chapter Annual Business Report. Afterwards, Wolter was called back to the stage to receive eighth place in Microeconomics, and Libbert was called back to the stage to receive eighth place in Organizational Behavior & Leadership. Lastly, Ketchum, the current chapter president, finished the night with her first place victory in Retail Management.

    While four members attended the NLC, in total, the chapter qualified 14 members due to their strong showing at the 2015 State Leadership Conference in April.

  • Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions Offered

    Student Affairs and University Counseling Services will sponsor an eight-hour certification program for Truman faculty and staff in Mental Health First Aid.

    The program will be led by certified instructors, Lou Ann Gilchrist, Joe Hamilton and Brenda Higgins and take place in two sessions from 12:30-5 p.m. Aug. 4-5.

    This eight-hour program is designed to enable participants to effectively manage mental health crises in their workplace, home, school, church or the community — in much the same way that CPR enables one to manage a medical crisis. Training will be provided on the common mental health crises of depression and suicide, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks, schizophrenia, substance abuse and more. In addition to preparing participants with skills to identify and manage mental health crises, area resources will be identified.

    The class will be limited to the first 25 people who register. The MHFA handbook will be provided at no cost to participants.

    Registration can be completed online at eventmanager.truman.edu. Anyone registering for the class on Aug. 4 will automatically be registered for the Aug. 5 session as well. Questions may be directed to Joe Hamilton at 660.785.4014 or hamilton@truman.edu.

  • Women’s Basketball Elite Camp Scheduled For Aug. 8

    Truman women’s basketball will conduct a second “Elite Camp,” Aug. 8 in Pershing Arena for girls entering ninth through 12th grades.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the camp runs from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The price is $75, which includes dinner and a camp shirt. Discounts for siblings and teams are also available.

    To sign up, fill out the form. For more information, contact assistant coach Adam Tandez at atandez@truman.edu or 660.341.9611.

  • Annual Community-Wide Beautification Event Looks to "Make Kirksville Shine"

    In preparation for the influx of visitors and the start of school activities, Kirksville residents and business owners are encouraged to use the week of Aug. 1-9 to “Make Kirksville Shine.”

    The annual event reminds community members to demonstrate their community pride by beautifying and cleaning up their respective properties and surrounding area (e.g. mowing, removing weeds, picking up trash, etc.).

    Area organizations and service clubs who are involved in the adopt-a-street programs are encouraged to use Aug. 1-9 to clean up their streets. Service organizations that are not currently part of the adopt-a-street program are being asked to adopt high-traffic areas that need some extra work. Ameren can provide volunteers with work gloves and trash bags if needed, but volunteers will need to bring their own tools, including brooms, clippers, rakes and any other necessary items.  

    During the Aug. 1-9 “Make Kirksville Shine” community-wide clean up, Truman faculty and staff are encouraged to pick up trash outside of their buildings, as well as pull any obvious weeds. The grounds crew does an amazing job of keeping campus looking beautiful, but they oversee 180 acres so any extra help in picking up trash and pulling obvious weeds is appreciated.

    Anyone who would like to volunteer to help clean up some of the high-traffic areas that need extra attention, either as an individual or with an organization, can email pr@truman.edu for more information.



  • Registration Now Open for Student Parking Permits

    Application for parking permits can be completed online via TruView.
    Log in to TruView
    Scroll down to the lower right portion of page
    Click on “Register Your Vehicle,” then click on “Register My Vehicle”

    Verify local Kirksville address and phone. If changes need to be made, use the link available and make the correct changes.

    When registering for a parking pass, students must have their license plate number. After the registration form has been completed for the parking permit, a parking decal will be assigned and the student account will be charged $120 for a resident pass.

    The freshman parking permits will be included in the residence hall check-in packet if the registration form is completed prior to Aug. 1. Late registrations, commuter parking permits and upperclassman parking permits will be processed and distributed from Parking Services Office, General Services Building 100, Building No. 14 on the campus map.

    If there are questions or problems getting a parking pass, the Parking Services Office will be open on Freshman Move-In Day, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Parking Services phone number is 660.785.7400.

    The parking permit only gives the right to park on campus, it will not guarantee a parking space. Check the parking map to see the areas designated specific decal color.
  • Board of Governors Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.
  • Online Payments Now Easier on Mobile Devices

    Truman has implemented TouchNet Mobile capabilities when students are paying online via TruView (Student Tab, Student Finances, click Student Account Suite) or when parents are paying online at mybill.truman.edu. This will allow the screens to better fit any mobile device being used to make a payment, view the eStatement, etc.
  • Office Personnel Safety Training

    The Department of Public Safety will offer a session for University staff members who are in positions that have frequent contact with visitors.

    Topics discussed will include how to deal with a disruptive person, what to do if you observe suspicious activity or behaviors and how to deal with aggressive phone callers, as well as an overview of the emergency procedures.

    All University employees are invited to attend. The session will take place at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. Registration for the class can be completed at eventmanager.truman.edu.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Aug 20.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.