Vol. 20 No. 6 - Sept. 28, 2015


  • Faculty Forum to Examine Ecology Research

    Michael Kelrick, professor of biology, will present, “Commonness and Rarity: An Ecologist’s View of Banality and Eccentricity” at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater as part of the Truman Faculty Forum.

    In this lecture, Kelrick will present glimpses of more than 20 years of his own research, investigating both ends of the abundance spectrum, from what makes some species successful weeds, to what makes a species rare enough to be listed as federally endangered. Ecologists study the determinants of species’ distributions and abundances, so understanding why some species are common while others are rare is a fundamental, though enigmatic, undertaking.

    Kelrick will address questions including: “are there discoverable biological/ecological factors that explain why these species are as prolific, or as scant, as they are?” and “to what extent are species’ current abundance states being driven by human activities that modify factors determining their abundances from what they would otherwise be, if unaffected by anthropogenic influences?” These questions will be discussed through examples of fieldwork on several different plant species Kelrick has studied.
    For more than 150 years, from Darwin’s “Origin of Species” to current community ecological theory, naturalists have noticed patterns of abundance, striven to describe them quantitatively, and ascribed to these patterns not only determining mechanisms, but also implications about how nature itself might be organized. Recognizing such patterns of abundance does beg for explanation, but so does human fascination with the atypical.

    Kelrick will conclude his presentation with an inquiry that includes what cognitive science offers regarding how Homo sapiens see the world, from the banal to the eccentric.

  • World-Renowned Fiction Author to Deliver Reading

    Fiction author and Truman alumnus Prajwal Parajuly ('06) will read from his work during a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater.

    The event is part of the Clayton B. Ofstad reading series sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics.

    The son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother, Parajuly’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, The New Statesman and on the BBC. “The Gurkha’s Daughter,” his debut collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the U.K. and longlisted for The Story Prize in the U.S. “Land Where I Flee,” his first novel, was published in 2015 to international acclaim.

    Parajuly splits his time between London and New York. He is currently the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed writer-in-residence at Truman.

    Prajwal Parajuly
  • Shaving Cream Pie Fight Attempts to Set World Record

    Students, faculty, staff and members of the Kirksville community are all being asked to help break a Guinness world record, all in effort to support the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
    At 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in the parking lot at the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets, Truman will attempt to conduct “the world’s largest shaving cream pie fight.” The current record stands at 865 participants. To meet their goal of 1,100 participants, organizers of the Truman event are inviting everyone to participate.
    Participants are asked to contribute $2, or bring two non-perishable food items, to the event. All proceeds and food items will go directly to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. 
    Paired with Oktoberfest, taking place earlier that day, attendees will be given the option to sign up ahead of time permitting them entry to the event without needing to wait in line. Sign-ups will also be available at the entrance to the event at 6 p.m.
    Truman’s Greek Life Office, Center for Student Involvement and the SERVE Center will be officiating the world record attempt. For more information, contact Joe Gebhart at jhg8685@truman.edu.

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  • Truman Forensics Starts Year Strong

    Truman’s Forensic Union started its 2015-16 competitive season off with a small but mighty crew, placing highly in the Western Kentucky University Fall Fiesta, Sept. 18-20.

    The team had six competitors represented at the tournament and proved to be a strong contender, placing third in Debate Team Sweepstakes and third in Overall Team Sweepstakes, a category for teams competing in both speech and debate events.
    In addition to these team awards, several individuals were recognized for their excellence. Freshman Tia Frey was awarded Top Novice in Dramatic Interpretation in a field of tough varsity competition. Freshmen Tyler Behymer and Johnathan Christy also stood out in the varsity division, with both reaching elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Behymer made it to octofinals and Christy reached quarterfinals.
    After an excellent opening weekend, the team turns its attention to the Derryberry Memorial tournament Oct. 1, hosted by Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.
    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, at coutzen@truman.edu, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics, at chennigan@truman.edu.

  • Students Share Nursing Experience from the Philippines

    Thirteen Truman nursing students will present their unique experience abroad at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.  

    This past summer, May 15 to June 7, the senior-level nursing students journeyed half-way across the globe to the Philippines. Under the supervision of two nursing professors, Kit and Steve Hadwiger, the students participated in numerous nursing and cultural exposures, gaining clinical experience with patients and health care delivery from a transcultural perspective.

    The presentation will focus on the students’ hands-on experience in clinical work and cultural immersion in the Philippines. Specific presentation topics will include: geography, nursing education, family organization and roles, maternity care, STI policies, nursing scope and standards of practice and economic expenses in health care. A video will also be screened showing pictures from their travels.

    During the first week in Manila, the students participated in maternal and nursery care where they developed competencies in the assessment of birthing mothers and newborns and cross-cultural communication. Each student had the opportunity to assist in delivering a newborn baby. Students also had the opportunity to assist with patient care in units of their choice, including the major and minor operating room, neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit and emergency department.

    From Manila, they traveled south to Iloilo City where the students enrolled in the 16th Transcultural Nursing Program at West Visayas State University. Clinical experiences included home visits, a social hygiene clinic, a leprosarium, and hospital rotations in the medical, pediatric and surgical wards of WVSU medical center.

    Communication and cultural accommodation during clinical experiences were facilitated by nursing student buddies from WVSU.

    Nursing students who participated include: Shellie Brashears, Megan Doerhoff, Rachel Drury, Jacob Finke, Ellen Hargrove, Hannah Haywood, Tori Holt, Kristen Holwick, Kaylee McCune, Jaclyn Morris, Alyssa O’Brien, Lindsey Purcell and Kyle Sweeney.

    The presentation is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

    Nursing students stop for a picture while in the Philippines. Pictured, front row, left to right: Hannah Haywood, Jaclyn Morris, Alyssa O’Brien, Megan Doerhoff and Shellie Brashears. Pictured back row, left to right: Kristen Holwick, Jacob Finke, Rachel Drury, Tori Holt, Kyle Sweeney,  Kaylee McCune, Ellen Hargrove and Lindsey Purcell.
  • MAC Celebrates Indigenous People’s Day with Speaker

    The Multicultural Affairs Center is celebrating Indigenous People’s Day with a presentation by award-winning author John Smelcer.

    Smelcer’s presentation, “We Are The Words We Speak: Native American Languages and Identity Crisis,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Violette Hall 1000. The presentation is free of charge. For more information, contact Jerad Green at jegreen@truman.edu.


  • McNair Program Information Sessions

    The McNair Program is hosting information sessions Sept. 28 and Oct. 2 for first-generation Truman students that are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Janet Blohm-Pultz, McNair program coordinator, is offering three presentations for prospective applicants.

    Information Sessions:
    12:30 p.m.
    Magruder Hall 2000
    STEM focus

    3:30 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Violette Hall 1140

    2:00 p.m.
    Oct. 2
    Violette Hall 1308

    The McNair Scholars Program is passionate about research and advocating for diversity in higher education. The benefits of being a McNair scholar are many. The program builds leaders and fosters service.

    Applications will be available online Oct. 1 and are due by Nov. 1. For more information, visit the McNair website online or the Adair Building on campus.
  • RSVP for Vincent Price Charity Dinner

    The deadline to RSVP for the Vincent Price Charity Dinner is Sept. 28. “A Treasury of Great Recipes” 50th Anniversary Charity Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Georgian Rooms of the Student Union. This evening benefits the Vincent Price Theatrical Performance Scholarship.

    To purchase dinner tickets, or to support Price’s scholarship, click here. Dinner tickets may also be purchased by phone at 660.785.4133. Ticket availability is limited.

  • Concert Tickets for Andy Grammer Now Available

    The Student Activities Board (SAB) will begin student ticket sales for the fall concert, Andy Grammer, Sept. 28. Tickets are $10 with a Truman student ID and can be purchased at the SAB office in the SUB lower level. General admission tickets will go on sale Oct. 5 for $20 per ticket.

  • Bicycles On Campus

    Bicycles are a popular form of transportation on campus, but unfortunately there have been issues this fall with bikes being illegally attached to handrails, light posts and even trees. This impacts those who are disabled and need to have access to the handrails.

    The construction around the mall area has created some issues, but it is important to note that bicycles must be secured in bicycle racks. Cyclists may not be able to park right in front of the building they are visiting, but there are other bike racks around the campus that are available for use.

    The Department of Public Safety will attach notices to those bikes that are illegally parked reminding them of the rules. Ultimately, if it continues to happen, the bikes will be subject to ticketing and confiscation by DPS.
  • MAC Hosts History of Panama Speaker

    The Multicultural Affairs Center will host Robert L. Smale, an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri, to give a presentation entitled “Multicultural Collision in Sixteenth Century — Panama” at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Smale earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Texas at Austin and has done extensive research experience in Bolivia. His first book, “I Sweat the Flavor of Tin: Labor Activism in Early Twentieth Century Bolivia,” was published in 2010. He is the current president of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association. Smale’s most recent book project is a history of the sixteenth century Marañón Expedition into the Amazon and the rebellion of Lope de Aguirre.

    During Smale’s presentation, he will dive into the history of Panama, the role of Spanish power and its effect on the country and its people.
    Over the course of the sixteenth century Panama became Spain’s crossroads of empire in the Americas. Conquistadores subjugated much of the isthmus’s indigenous population to menial labor services and imported indigenous slaves from across the Caribbean and Central America. As the indigenous population shrank under the exactions, the Spaniards began importing African slaves to fill the void. The conquistadores’ dominance was never total, and escaped indigenous and African slaves continually threatened their former Spanish masters. Royal authorities fretted that unruly subject people might cut the lifeline of silver that flowed from Peru across the isthmus to Spain. Ironically, they depended upon those same subject groups, indigenous people and African slaves, to keep the silver moving.

    For more information, or questions about the event, contact Jerad Green at jgreen@truman.edu.

    Robert L. Smale
  • Internship Opportunity in China

    Want to teach English in China? Apply for CHN 550: EFL Internship in China (12 credit hours). Scholarships are available. For more information or for an application, contact Timothy Farley at tfarley@truman.edu. The deadline to apply for spring internships is Sept. 30.

    Truman student Michael Fentress took this picture of Shanghai Habor while participating in the internship.
  • Celebrate Fruit and Veggie Nutrition Month

    Stop by the wellness table 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 on the main level of the Student Union to help celebrate fruit and veggie nutrition month. The event is sponsored by Truman Wellness and the Student Public Health Association. The table will offer trivia questions about healthy foods, Sodexo nutrition and more. Participants with 20 correct answers get a free massage certificate. While visiting the table, sign up to be added to the wellness email list and learn about easy recipes with fruit and veggies.
  • Missouri Government Internship Applications Available Online

    Those students who are interested in a paid spring internship opportunity still have an opportunity to apply for the Missouri Government Internship program. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1.
    This internship gives students the opportunity to gain real, meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. If selected, interns will be working full time alongside staffers in the office of a state legislator, state agency or state executive. Through interning at the Capitol, students will expand their knowledge of the workings of state government and build a tight-knit and diverse professional network.

    Interns are eligible to receive up to 15 hours of credit for their work at the capitol and also will be compensated for moving and living expenses with a $2,500 stipend.

    Daily tasks vary depending on the office, but interns can expect to attend public hearings and complete legislative research. Other duties may include writing and editing published materials, preparing for hearings, tracking legislation, constituent relations, attending fundraising events, writing speeches and assisting with basic office work.

    In order to participate in the Missouri Government Internship, students must have completed at least 60 hours and spent a minimum of two semesters at Truman. Students will only be considered with a GPA of 2.75 and higher.

    All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. While there is no required coursework prior to the internship, applicants must be hard working, motivated, professional and eager to learn.

    Interviews will take place Oct. 6-8. More information and applications are available online here.

    For more information, contact Candy Young or Heidi Templeton.

  • Study Abroad Fair

    The Study Abroad Fair will take place from 12-4 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms A and B.

    Come and talk with students, advisors and directors about Truman’s exchange programs, faculty-led programs and many more study abroad opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle and refreshments will be provided.
  • Line-Up of Homecoming Events

    Truman’s Homecoming week will take place Oct. 4-10. Homecoming Activities will take place throughout the week on campus and all are invited to join in the festivities. Students not on an organizational team can create their own team, referred to as an individual team to compete in events during the week. Event sign-ups are online at homecoming.truman.edu.

    Opening Ceremonies
    5:30 p.m.
    Oct. 4
    University Farm
    Rain Site: Pershing Arena
    Opening ceremonies will celebrate the beginning of 2015 Homecoming. There will be a variety of performances, s’mores, prizes and court announcements.  

    Battle of the Wits
    6 p.m. (Homecoming Organizational Team Competition)
    7:30 p.m. (Individual Team Competition)
    Oct. 5
    Student Union Building
    Teams will be challenged to complete a giant puzzle, for which the puzzle pieces will be obtained after the completion of a series of four smaller challenges.

    Battle of the Bulldogs
    4 p.m.
    Oct. 7
    This event gives teams the opportunity to compete in a inflatable jousting tournament as well as individual game booths.

    Ruffin’ It
    5 p.m. (Homecoming Organizational Team Competition)
    6:15 p.m. (Individual Team Competition)
    Oct. 8
    Stokes Stadium
    Cheer on each team as they compete in a relay race competition.

    Lip Sync
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 9
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    Watch team performances based around the homecoming theme of “Survivor” and be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time.

    Bulldogs Forever 5K
    7 a.m. Registration
    8 a.m. Race Start
    Oct. 10
    Barnett Hall
    This race will honor the memory of William who recently passed away. For more information about the 5K, click here.


    9 a.m.
    Franklin Street
    Watch the Homecoming 2015 Parade with organizations from Truman and Kirksville.

    Bulldog Forever Tailgate
    11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Parking Lot on the corner of Franklin and Patterson  

    Pep Rally
    1 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Parking Lot on the corner of Franklin and Patterson  
    Get pumped for the game and listen for an announcement of total philanthropy money raised.

    Football Game
    2 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Stokes Stadium

    Apparel table sales will be setup throughout the week from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union or on the Mall. Apparel may also be purchased online. For more information about events, check out the Homecoming website at homecoming.truman.edu.

  • Global Issues Colloquium to Explore Disability Rights

    As part of the Global Issue Colloquium Series, Colleen Starkloff, co-founder of the Starkloff Institute, will present “Where in the World Are We Going with Disability Rights?” at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Violette Hall 1010.
    Starkloff helped secure passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and served two terms as the U.S. organizer of the Japan/USA conference on disabilities. Her colloquium on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is co-sponsored by Truman’s Disability Studies Program, whose DisABILITY Conference she is keynoting earlier in the day.

  • Truman to Test Emergency Notification System Oct. 7

    Truman will conduct a test of the emergency notification system at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 7.
    Those students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive Truman emergency alert text notifications will get a TruAlert text and email message letting them know it is a test. Those that have not signed up for emergency text messaging can do so through TruView.
    Sign in to TruView and click on the “Truman” tab. Click the “Update Emergency Text Messaging Information” under “Update and View My Personal Information” (lower right screen). A maximum of three phones can be registered to receive texts. Confirm information in the same manner.
    In addition to text and email messages, an emergency alert will be displayed on all Truman computer systems (Windows and Mac) where the Alertus software has been installed. This should include nearly all workstations on campus. There will also be alerts sent to digital signs in Violette Hall, Magruder Hall, Ophelia Parrish and Health Sciences, to the Truman channel on the Cable TVs in residence halls, and to classrooms with the Truman touch-pad control system installed.
    The campus is also encouraged to review the emergency procedures. It is important that the entire community is familiar with these procedures in order to understand how to respond appropriately in a number of emergency situations.

  • Alumni Leaders Conference

    Each fall, Truman alumni and friends come together for the Alumni Leaders Conference and Campaign Volunteer Training to share ideas, develop new skills and network with other Bulldogs. Attendees will learn effective ways of communicating, how to plan successful alumni events and gain insight to what is happening on campus.

    This year, the ALC will take place the morning of Oct. 9 of Homecoming. Sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association, the conference is free of charge and attendees will receive a special gift for participating. The conference will be bookended by complimentary meals of breakfast and lunch with the Truman Board of Governors, the Truman Foundation Board of Directors, the Truman Alumni Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Council. Anyone interested in attending the ALC can email Denise Smith, director of alumni relations, at bulldogforever2@truman.edu.
  • Plan Ahead for Homecoming

    Truman will celebrate Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 9-11.

    As part of this year’s celebration, Truman again will host a pre-game tailgate from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Groups and organizations that would like to reserve a space are encouraged to do so by going to the Alumni Homecoming website or emailing alumnievents@truman.edu. Reservations can also be made online here.

    The parking lots on the southwest corner of Patterson and Franklin streets will be open for all families, friends, alumni and students to tailgate before the game. Admission is free. For $6, attendees can pre-purchase a tailgate lunch. Meal tickets can be purchased online here. A limited number of meal tickets will be available at the tailgate and can be purchased with cash or check, but pre-registration is preferred. In case of inclement weather, the tailgate and other events will move to the Student Union Building.

    Adults of drinking age may bring in their own wine or beer. Event staff will be checking identification. Only wine and beer will be allowed and must be in cans or cups. No glass containers are permitted. Hard liquor and hard liquor products are prohibited. Kegs are not allowed. The complete homecoming tailgate policy is available here.

  • Call for Papers for Philosophy and Religion Conference

    Truman will host its 26th annual undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Submissions for the conference must be received by Oct. 12. Papers should be eight-12 pages in any area of philosophy or religious studies and should also include a cover sheet with name, institution, title of paper, address, email and phone number. Presentations must be approximately 30 minutes, including time for questions.

    Papers may be submitted either as a hard copy or by email. If accepted, authors will provide a 100-word abstract by email. For more information or to submit a paper, contact David Murphy at dgmurphy@truman.edu or at the address below.  

    Undergraduate Philosophy & Religion Conference
    Truman State University
    100 East Normal Ave.
    Kirksville, MO 63501
    Attn: David Murphy

  • Archives Workshop Available

    A workshop on electronic records management for small historical institutions and records repositories is being offered from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16 in Pickler Memorial Library. The workshop is sponsored under the State and National Archival Partnership Grant awarded to the Office of Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and the Missouri State Archives, and was given by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Intended for staff and volunteers of Missouri’s smaller record repositories, topics covered in the workshop included: appraisal, accessioning and description of electronic records; issues surrounding electronic records management; lifecycle of electronic records; preservation strategies; and understanding the importance of long-term access.

    The workshop will be lead by Missouri state archives staff. There are 25 spots available and registration is based on a first-come first-serve basis. To register, contact Brian Rogers at brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov or 573.526.1981.

  • Notice for McClain Hall

    As part of Truman’s energy project, the air handlers in the west side of McClain Hall are scheduled to be replaced beginning Oct. 12. In order to allow completion of installation before the heating season is here, the removal of the existing air handlers will take about four weeks extending through Nov. 6. During that time, there will be no air conditioning or heating on the west side of the building.

  • Midterm Break Hours at the Rec

    The Student Recreation Center will have shortened hours during midterm break.

    Oct. 14
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 15
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 16
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 17

    Oct. 18
    4-7 p.m.

    For more information, call 660.785.4847.

  • Archery Event Sign-up Now Open

    The Missouri Conservation Department will conduct an archery workshop and will be teaching students how to shoot properly.

    The event will take place Oct. 25 in the Pershing Small Gym. Students can sign up for any one of the four time slots available by clicking here. Space is limited to 20 students per half-hour session and the last day to register is Oct. 21. Available time slots include:

    4 p.m.
    4:30 p.m.
    5 p.m.
    5:30 p.m.

    Those who register by Oct. 21 will receive a $5 credit to be used in the Mainstreet Market after the workshop on Oct. 25. This event is sponsored by the Student Wellness Initiative.
  • Local Business Thank You

    Truman State University would like to thank the following local businesses for their recent contributions and help in making the New Student Welcome a success. In addition, Truman would like to thank Kraft, Walmart, HyVee, Hightower, JCPenney and Christ’s Family Church for sponsoring the new student welcome meal, as well as the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce for organizing the event.

    Adair County Humane Society
    Adair County SB40 LIFE Center
    Audra Jackson – State Farm
    Blossom Shop
    Bott Radio Network
    Cape Air
    Century 21
    COBRA Self Defense
    Colton’s Steakhouse
    Complete Family Medicine
    Dukum Inn
    Factory Connection
    First Baptist Church
    First Christian Church
    First United Methodist Church
    Golden Automotive
    Hamilton Street Baptist Church
    Heritage House Rentals
    Hound Around Hotel
    Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee
    Kirksville Arts Association
    Kirksville Auto Works
    Kirksville Church of Christ
    Liberty Tax Service
    Life Church
    Lone Star Physiques
    Moberly Area Community College
    Northeast Regional Medical Center
    Papa John’s
    Racquel Schempp – State Farm
    Reflections 2000
    Rehoboth Baptist Church
    Salon Nouveau
    Casey Rethmeier
    Show Me The Way Counseling
    Sunbrite Laundry
    The Crossing
    Thousand Hills Restaurant/Marina
    Trinity Episcopal Church
    United Way
    Vicki Benson/Remax
    Western’s Smokehouse
    Yours Truly
  • Student Health Center Offers Flu Vaccinations

    The Student Health Center is offering walk-in flu clinics from 2:15-5 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. No appointment is necessary. This particular vaccination covers four strains of influenza. If the clinic times are not convenient, individual appointments may be scheduled. Participants should bring their insurance cards with them. This is a reminder that influenza can be a serious disease that can affect students and faculty for several weeks at a time. It can be deadly for some individuals. Those living in on-campus housing are at greater risk of exposure and illness. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 660.785.4182.
  • Study Abroad in Germany

    The Wiesbaden Business School is offering an international exchange program for students to study abroad in Weisbaden, Germany. The program offers a variety of courses with all classes being taught in English. This opportunity is a bilateral exchange allowing students to pay Truman tuition while studying abroad. For more information, or questions about the program, contact the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu or visit Wiesbaden’s website.


  • Notables

    Huping Ling, professor of history and Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor, the Chinese Ministry of education, has been invited to give the following guest lectures: “Asian America and St. Louis Chinatowns,” at Washington University in St. Louis, Oct. 10; and “The Paradox of the ‘China Model’ — Its Allures and Lessons,” at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Oct. 12.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    McGladry On-Campus Interviews
    Sept. 28
    Career Center
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    PwC On-Campus Interviews

    Sept. 29
    Career Center
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Ernst & Young On-Campus Interviews

    Sept. 30
    Career Center
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    ALDI Reception for Applicants
    Oct. 10
    SUB Georgian Room A
    7-9:30 p.m.

    ALDI On-Campus Interviews

    Oct. 20
    Career Center
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Alumni Mock Interviews

    Oct. 8
    Career Center
    3-5 p.m.

    Anders CPA On-Campus Interviews

    Oct. 12
    Career Center
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    U.S. Army Health Care Info Session

    Oct. 12
    10 a.m.

    Edward Jones On-Campus Interviews
    Oct. 13
    Career Center
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Branson Show Scholarship

    BransonShowTickets.com is offering a $1,000 scholarship to assist in furthering the education for young people. The essay topic for their annual scholarship is “How (Enter the Show) Inspired Me to Realize My Dreams.” In the event that students have not seen a Branson Show, they are invited to research and use their creativity. At the end of the essay, students may include a short personal statement if preferred, but it is not a requirement. To find out more about this scholarship, visit bransonshowtickets.com/company/scholarship. Deadline for essay submission is Oct 15.

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
    The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 27th class in 2015, the foundation has provided more than 5,550 Coca-Cola scholars with more than $56 million in educational support. One-hundred and fifty Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Applications can be completed by clicking here and the deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

    Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

    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.

    Elie Weisel Foundation Scholarship

    Applications and information for the Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in ethics essay contest for 2016 are now available online at ethicsprize.org. Five scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 will be given away. This scholarship is open to registered undergraduate, full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities. Essays must be submitted by Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Winning students are also eligible for an internship and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

    ImproveNet Scholarship
    ImproveNet is challenging students to showcase their DIY skills in new and creative ways. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school or any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay. Additionally, all participants must be 18 years of age or older and a legal U.S. resident. Students should email their essays to scholarships@improvenet.com. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

    Home Advisor Scholarship
    HomeAdvisor is challenging students to break new ground in green home improvement by offering a scholarship every year to one student. High school seniors accepted to a college or trade school, or students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, are qualified to apply by submitting a 1,000- to 2,000-word essay. Students should email their essays to scholarship@homeadvisor.com by Dec. 15.

    Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

    Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded annually to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. By registering and submitting an essay, students will automatically be considered for a scholarship. Applicants should embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership, initiative and environmental stewardship in their project. Essays will be judged by a committee of Nicodemus Wilderness Project board members, volunteers and past Apprentice Ecologist award winners. Details for how to submit a project can be found by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. 

    Infoparrot Scholarship
    Infoparrot will offer scholarships of $1,250 for educational expenses. For more information, or to apply, click here.

    Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarships
    Scholarships are available through Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc., for the 2015-2016 academic year. Last year they awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to Missouri students. Two students selected by the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri will be submitted to Central Region as an applicant and to National Garden Clubs Inc. as a Missouri applicant, and will compete for a Central Region and National Scholarship. The scholarship application is available online at gardenclub.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

    Rover Scholarship

    Rover.com is a one-stop shop for loving and trustworthy dog sitters. Rover connects pet parents with loving dog sitters across the country. This would not be possible without the rapid growth of the sharing economy. Take a survey and submit a 400- to 500-word essay discussing the emergence of a sharing economy in the next five years. For more information on how to apply, click here.

    Seed Grand Project Application
    The IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) is a network of more than 500 of the world’s leading amphibian experts providing scientific guidance to enable conservation actions to be prioritized and implemented by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), a partnership of more than 100 organizations committed to amphibian conservation worldwide. Seed grants are normally provided in amounts ranging from $500-$1,000 and are designed to help kickstart projects or allow teams to try new innovative approaches to address conservation, research and education challenges. For more information, click here.

    Scholarships Available for Veterans
    To learn more about scholarships offered to veterans, click here
  • Apply for the Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award

    The Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award is an opportunity for students of all majors to submit a research paper for the chance to win up to $10,000.

    The scholastic award is based on the evaluation of student research papers related to the current year’s topic. Truman is invited to submit up to three student papers for consideration of the award.

    DST Systems, Inc., headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is sponsoring a $10,000 award for the first place student, $5,000 award for the second place student and $2,500 award for the third place student. Group projects are welcome.

    The School of Business at Truman is also sponsoring awards for the three papers selected for submission to the DST Gould Award Office. The awards are: $500 for the first place paper, $350 for the second place paper and $200 for the third place paper.

    To apply for the Gould Scholastic Award, students must be a University junior, senior or honors program student. Graduate students are not eligible to participate. Group projects are eligible and students of all majors are invited to submit a paper. Students must submit a research paper with appropriate citations and a works cited list. Winning papers have varied in length from seven to 20 pages.

    In spring 2015, the Truman team of Tommy Ng, Julian Fung and Lasse Fuss was awarded the top prize of $10,000 for their paper “Transcending Traditional Service Models with Disruptive Technologies.” Examples of past winning papers are available for review in the School of Business Office in Violette Hall 2400.

    Current year’s topic:
    The concept is the future of financial product(s) and their impact on the financial services ecosystem. Consider the impact technology and innovation will have on the financial services industry over the next 10 years in products offered as well as in the service model expected of a marketplace. The paper should be a pitch and should include the perspective of the issuer of the product and the marketplace, which enabled the transaction and the investor.

    Some examples are:
    •    Private equity is also being offered, purchased and traded on technology platforms at a scale and levels not seen in modern finance through platforms such as Angel List and Reality Mogul.
    •    Banks are seeing the transition in a number of ways, one of which is loan underwriting. Marketplace lending technology platforms like Lending Club and Prosper have attached bank underwriting with technology, which offers an experience and solution to both the borrower and investor.
    Research papers are due by Dec. 14. Papers may be sent to the School of Business at sbdean@truman.edu.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

    The deadline to submit an application for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship is Oct. 6. Click here to fill out the application to have the opportunity to receive funding and to become a member of the study abroad community.