Vol. 20 No. 10 - Oct. 26, 2015


  • Contest Challenges Students to “Guess the Bricks”

    In honor of the recent completion of the Mall, Truman will sponsor a “Guess the Bricks” contest Oct. 26-30 giving students the opportunity to estimate the number of bricks ordered for the renovation.

    The student whose guess is closest to the actual number of bricks ordered will receive an autographed brick from the Mall project presented by University President Troy Paino.

    To participate in the contest, click here. Each student is limited to one submission. The closest guess without exceeding the total number ordered will be the winner. In the event of a tie, the first correct submission will be the winner. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 30.

  • World War I Film Series Presents “Behind the Lines”

    The History Department’s World War I film series continues with “Behind the Lines” at 7 p.m. Oct 29 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater.
    Film Abstract:
    Today we call it post-traumatic stress disorder. In World War II it was known as “battle fatigue.” In World War I, the condition was known as “shell-shock.” Released in 1997, this film is based on the novel “Regeneration” by Pat Barker. It tells the story of real individuals who met in a psychiatric war hospital in Scotland during the war. Included are soldiers and war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It also explores the therapies used by the doctors there who were charged with treating these traumatized soldiers so they could be sent back to the hell that was the Western Front.

  • Pie Fight Combats Hunger in Central and Northeast Missouri

    The Center for Student Involvement, the SERVE Center and Greek Life Office hosted their first-ever shaving cream pie fight Oct. 2 to assist the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

    Joe Gebhart, Greek Life intern and chair of the event, felt it was overall a success.

    “We raised a barrel and a half of nonperishable food items and $327,” Gebhart said. “One dollar is utilized to distribute 15 pounds at the food bank, so over 4,000 pounds of food will be available to help alleviate hunger.”

    An aspect of the event was attempting to break the record of having the largest shaving cream pie fight. Although the record was not broken, Gebhart thinks it is very possible to repeat the event. He says that once the event has more name recognition and participation, the record could definitely be attempted again.

    Students, faculty, staff and community members came out to the event, and participants left covered in shaving cream, all in support of a greater good.

    This was a unique fundraising event, spearheaded by one student’s creativity, that will now help serve and feed those in need.

    “The event wouldn’t have happened without the help and mentoring of professional staff and student workers at the Center for Student Involvement,” Gebhart said. “It was a priceless experience in learning how to take a unique idea and execute it through the follow through.”

    Volunteers and the Center for Student Involvement staff

  • NEMO Alumni Chapter Hosts “Dawgs for Dogs”

    The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter will host their “Dawgs for Dogs” fundraiser Nov. 7 at the Truman football game at Stokes Stadium.

    Chapter officers and volunteers will be present to collect pet food, litter, cleaning supplies and cash donations for the Adair County Humane Society. Donations will be accepted throughout the game beginning at 12:30 p.m. until halftime. There will be a truck stationed outside of the main gates of the stadium where donations can be dropped off.

    The game begins at 1 p.m. with the Bulldogs facing the Pumas of St. Joseph’s.

    For those unable to make it to the game, donations can be sent directly to the Humane Society indicating the “Dawgs for Dogs” fundraiser. For more information, contact Denise Smith, director of alumni relations, at dlsmith@truman.edu, or Tyler George, coordinator of alumni relations, at tgeorge@truman.edu.

  • Series Continues with “Escaping the Agrochemical Treadmill”

    The Global Issues Colloquium continues at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Magruder Hall 2001 with anthropologist Courtney Dowdall (’02) and data scientist Ryan Klotz (’02) speaking on “Escaping the Agrochemical Treadmill: Structural and Social Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in Guatemala.”   

    The authors of Pesticides and Global Health, Dowdall and Klotz are Truman alumni who conducted graduate research among coffee growers in Guatemala. Their presentation draws on epidemiology, policy analysis and social science research. They outline some of the pressures shaping the use of agricultural chemicals, and they use Guatemalan case studies to demonstrate specific ways in which agrochemical dependence can threaten public health.

    This presentation is co-sponsored by the School of Science and Mathematics and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and is part of Truman’s Graduate Education Month.  

  • Bone Marrow Drive Set for Nov. 9-10

    Phi Sigma Pi, Delta Sigma Pi and Phi Delta are working together to bring the “Be the Match” bone marrow donor registration drive back to campus Nov. 9-10.

    The “Be the Match” registry connects potential donors with thousands of patients suffering from blood cancers, for whom a bone marrow transplant can mean life or death. Learn more about “Be the Match” and what it means to join the registry here.

    This year’s drive will take place Nov. 9-10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    Through the “Be the Match” registry Truman students are making a real difference. Tori Holt, a senior nursing major, registered on campus in January 2014. By the fall, she found out that she was a match for a baby boy with a severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. Holt completed her donation one year after she registered.

    Tori Holt
  • Truman Forensics Takes Third in Debate at Dale Carnegie Swing

    Truman’s Forensic Union took home third place in debate sweepstakes Oct. 17-18, and earned some great individual successes.

    The team attended the Missouri Mule/Dale Carnegie Swing hosted by the Talking Mules of the University of Central Missouri. The tournament consisted of two separate tournaments, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
    On the Saturday of the Missouri Mule, freshman Jack Eames made it to quarterfinals in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate and was named third-best speaker in the same category. Senior Alec Hubbard was named fourth-best speaker in the open division of Lincoln-Douglas. Junior Mahliyah Adkins-Threats made it to finals in two of her speech events, placing fifth in afterdinner speaking and sixth in poetry interpretation.
    On the Sunday of the Dale Carnegie Swing, Adkins-Threats returned to poetry interpretation finals and placed fourth. Hubbard advanced to the octofinal round of Lincoln-Douglas and was joined by senior Dillon Laaker and sophomore Connor Stewart. Eames made his return to elimination rounds of novice Lincoln-Douglas and took home the first place speaker award and first place in the final round. This is also when Truman Forensics was awarded third in debate sweepstakes.  
    The team will next travel to Huntington, W.Va., to compete in the Chief Justice Invitational hosted by Marshall University, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  
    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 forensics, at coutzen@truman.edu, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics, at chennigan@truman.edu.

  • Call for Papers for the Women and Gender Studies Conference 2016

    The Women and Gender Studies Conference 2016: Theory in Action will take place Jan. 28-30 at Truman.

    This year’s conference will focus on the translation of theory and thought into specific actions, as well as re-theorizing actions to live in a more socially conscious way. Abstracts can be submitted to Amy Sallwasser and Hayden Wilsey at wgstconference@truman.edu. Submission should include the presentation title and the dates and times the author will be available and unavailable to present. The deadline to submit an abstract is Nov. 30.

    Sample topics of papers and projects:
    -How might teachers empower their students to recognize inequality and work to overcome it?
    -A specialized study into the ways in which gender inequality is held in place by traditional practices (e.g. requirements of dress or body image)
    -Using Jack Halberstram’s “In a Queer Time and Place,” theorize the ways in which news-reporting groups privilege heteronormative bodies in relation to transgender individuals.
    -Analyze the effectiveness of protests or movements that seek to promote counter-cultural ideas such as the Slut Walk or Pride Fest and how these movements call to mind further theorizing about action.
    -Historical analysis of social rights movements in America and their implications for current social rights struggles (e.g. a comparison of the rhetoric of the LGBT Rights Movements to the rhetoric used in the Americans with Disabilities Act.)
    -A sociological study into depictions of sexualized bodies on network television and shifting normate values.
    -Analysis of cultural artifacts (books, movies, art, etc.) that either undermine or support an underlying assumption of normalcy in our society (i.e. a discussion of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, or fat-shaming in “Mrs. Dalloway,” etc.).
    -Theorize imagined borders using cognitive science to argue the ways in which prejudice is learned within the family’s cognitive structure through rhetoric and action.
    -Discuss the issues with privatized prison systems in the United States linked to inequality at the social level and compare them to prison systems within other countries in order to propose an alternative.
    -A presentation from a company’s HR department, which addresses the theoretical underpinnings of their anti-discrimination clauses within employee contracts.
    -Creative project addressing social norms and pervasive practices, which are detrimental to ideologies of equality.



  • Lyceum Series Presents “The Official Blues Brothers Revue”

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will continue the 2015-16 season with “The Official Blues Brother Revue” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. The performance will feature Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.” This show was created by Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, with Paul Shaffer as the musical director.

    Tickets are free for Truman students, faculty and staff. Students may pick up their tickets at the Student Activities Board Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may pick up their tickets at the information desk on the main level of the Student Union Building. A limited number of general admission tickets may be purchased for $11 per ticket at the cashiers window in McClain Hall, online at lyceum.truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. Due to the popularity of this show, any unclaimed campus tickets as of Oct. 27 will be made available for public purchase.

    For the 2015-16 Kohlenberg Lyceum season, tickets will be made available two weeks before each performance. The exception is the Dec. 5 performance, “Christmas with the Celts.” Those tickets will be available Nov. 16 due to the Thanksgiving Break. For more information on the series, visit lyceum.truman.edu.

  • Real Life 101 Offers Students Advice

    Real Life 101 is a series of presentations that will teach students about such topics as buying a car, traveling on a budget and investing. There will be monetary incentives for students and student organizations that come to these events as well. Sponsored by the Career Center, Truman Parent Wellness Fund and Student Affairs.
    All events will take place in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Basics of Health Insurance
    5 p.m. Oct. 27
    Sally Herleth, director of Human Resources
    A short presentation over health insurance and its benefits and basics, such as deductibles, PPO, in-network, etc.

    5 p.m. Oct. 29
    Leo Speno and Jason Bangert, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
    A short presentation covering the basics of taxes

    Buying a Car
    5 p.m. Nov. 4
    Hector Contreras, Kirksville Motors
    A short presentation over the basics of buying a car, such as negotiating price, test driving, receiving a price quote, etc.

    Rights Under a Lease
    5 p.m. Nov. 5
    Michelle Horvath, director of Citizenship and Community Standards, Student Affairs Office
    A short presentation going over the terms and rights someone has under a lease

    Paying off Student Loans
    5 p.m. Nov. 10
    Rhoda Kennard, Business Office; Melissa Garzanelli, Business Office; Lindsey Blake, Financial Aid Office
    A short presentation going over the basics of paying off student loans
    Creating a Budget
    5 p.m. Nov. 11
    Katherine Jackson, School of Business
    A short presentation over the proper steps to take when creating a budget

  • SUB Room Reservation Deadline Oct. 29

    The Student Union Administrative Office will accept spring 2016 event and meeting reservation requests Oct. 26 through Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. The Student Union Reservation Office is open from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Reservation Office will only accept paper requests.  

    More information was mailed to offices and departments Oct. 19. Packets were also made available in student organization mailboxes located in the Center for Student Involvement Complex. Paper lottery forms can be found here.

    Confirmations will be mailed to campus offices and delivered to student organizations mailboxes in the lower level of the SUB during finals week. Note that the confirmations will not be emailed.

    Any submissions received by the Reservation Office after Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis once lottery requests have been processed.

  • Study Aboard in Salzburg

    The Study Abroad Office will host a representative from the University of Salzburg from 4:50-6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. Located in Austria, Salzburg offers courses in many different courses, including European studies, business and marketing, music and German language and literature, among others. Salzburg is a great traveling spot, with train access to Vienne, Munich, Paris, Venice and several other Eastern European countries. For more information about this program, visit salzburgcollege.edu/en/start.

  • Big Week of Giving Set for Oct. 26

    Listed below is a description of the volunteer and donation opportunities available during Truman's 2015 Big Week of Giving.

    Monetary Donation Tabling
    1-2:30 p.m.
    Oct. 26-30
    Main floor of the Student Union Building

    Dorm Floor Donation Competition
    Oct. 26-Nov. 1
    The dorm floor that donates the most food during this week will receive an ice cream party for all the winning floor’s residents.

    Food For Fines Library Program

    Oct. 26-Nov. 8
    Student’s book fines will be waived in exchange for canned food donations (1 can = $1).

    Trick or Treating For Canned Goods

    4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 30
    Students will be given the opportunity to divide off into groups and go door-to-door to “trick-or-treat” for food and monetary donations. Each team will each be assigned to a certain number of streets. Interested volunteers should contact the SERVE Center at trumanserve@gmail.com.  

    Donation Tables

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Oct. 31-Nov. 1
    Students will be stationed outside of Hy-Vee and Walmart to collect food and monetary donations.

    All donations will go directly to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Anyone unable to donate at the events listed above and would still like to contribute, can stop by the SERVE Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26-30.
  • Benefits Fair Scheduled for Oct. 29

    The Human Resources Office will sponsor the 2016 Benefits Fair from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Representatives from Aetna, Delta Dental, Davis Vision, MOSERS, MOCAFE and more will be on hand to answer questions and give valuable information about Truman plan coverage for 2016. Open enrollment will be from Nov. 9 through Nov. 20.
  • Detours Extends Photo Contest Deadline to Oct. 31

    Detours Magazine, a bi-annual feature magazine covering travel in the Midwest, is extending the photo contest deadline until Oct. 31. The theme for the contest is “The Unexpected.” Students, faculty and staff can submit photos to photo@detoursmagazine.com. The winner will receive a prize and publication in the magazine and on the website, and honorable mentions will be published. Check out past winners on the Detours’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Questions can be directed to editor@detoursmagazine.com

  • COMM Week to Include Video Contest

    Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society, is gearing up for COMM Week, Nov. 2-5, and is sponsoring a contest to see who can make the best video promoting the Communication Department.

    Videos can be funny, dramatic or educational, and can be submitted by individuals or groups. The winning video wins a prize and will be featured on the University YouTube channel and shared through the University’s social media platforms. All the guidelines and rules can be found here.

    The submission deadline is Oct. 29, and all entries will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Barnett Hall 2219, where the winner will be announced. Questions regarding the contest can be directed to lambdapieta.tsu@gmail.com or jonah.mckeown@gmail.com.
  • Truman Football to Play on TV Oct. 31

    Truman’s football game Oct. 31 at Quincy University will be broadcasted nationally as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase on the American Sports Network (ASN). The game will be seen locally on KTVO CBS 3.2 starting at 11 a.m.

    “This is a great opportunity for our guys, program and league to be showcased on a national spotlight,” said Gregg Nesbitt, head football coach. “We had a fantastic game against the Hawks last year at home and look to continue growing this budding rivalry with our closest Division II opponent.”

    ASN is operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group and is composed of 162 Sinclair-owned and operated television stations nationwide with 376 channels in 79 markets, reaching approximately 43 million households nationwide. ASN also has developed an affiliate network of regional sports networks to increase the per-game potential distribution to more than 60 million households on average. The company, which launched in 2014, produced 250 college events in nine sports and plans to air more than 375 events in 2015-16.

    Two northeast Missouri Sinclair-owned stations will broadcast the game on their CBS affiliate. Locally, KTVO CBS 3.2 in Kirksville and KHQA-TV 7 in Hannibal/Quincy will have live coverage of the Bulldog/Hawk tilt from QU Stadium.

    “We appreciate the NCAA in selecting us as part of their national television package,” said Jerry Wollmering, director of athletics. “We also would like to thank our local station, KTVO CBS, for picking up the broadcast to air as a lead-in to their national Division I games that afternoon and evening. It is a great opportunity for the entire community to watch Truman football.”

    In addition to the national television exposure, the game will also be streamed live online, free of charge, at NCAA.com and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Sports Network.

  • Study Abroad to Sponsor Photo and Video Contests

    The Center for International Education and Study Abroad is inviting all students who have studied abroad in the past year to enter its Photo and Video Contest.

    Photo Contest Criteria
    The categories are: Academics, Student Life, Landscape, Community Service and Truman Abroad (this is a picture of the student abroad, wearing a Truman shirt.) In order to be eligible to win prizes, submit at least one photo for any category or a maximum of three photos for each category per student. Include when the photo was taken, where it was taken, who is in it and which category.

    Video Contest Criteria
    Videos can be up to three minutes long. The top three videos that best capture the relationship of the local culture of the destination of the learning experience abroad will receive awards. Any aspect of a student’s time abroad may be considered as the subject matter, with the following ideas encouraged for use: the classroom, history, community, local customs, food and world issues. Students can be as creative as possible and use any combination of audio/visual multimedia, but all in good taste and suitable for distribution. The best videos should artfully express what was experienced abroad and what it meant to the individual. In addition, include a brief description of the video and what was learned from the experience abroad.

    All photos and videos must be emailed to ciea@truman.edu with the entrant’s name and study abroad destination by Oct. 31 with the subject line “Photo Contest” or “Video Contest.”

    All submissions will be posted on the Study Abroad Facebook page. Comments and likes will be considered when deciding the winners who best promote and express their study abroad experience for each category. Voting will begin Nov. 16 and end Nov. 20. The best photo from each category and the top three videos will be announced after International Education Week.

    Additional questions regarding the contest can be emailed to ciea@truman.edu.

  • McNair Program Now Accepting Applications for Next Class of Scholars

    The McNair Program encourages and prepares underrepresented students (first generation and income eligible or an underrepresented group in graduate education) to pursue graduate, non-professional programs leading to a Ph.D.
    Academic advising, faculty mentoring, graduate school visits and paid research internships are just a few of the benefits the program has to offer.
    Applications will be accepted online through Nov. 1. For more information on the program, eligibility or the application process, visit mcnair.truman.edu, call 660.785.5393 or stop by the Adair Building and visit the staff.
  • CMDS Hosts Graduate Student Open House

    The Truman Communication Disorders (CMDS) Department will host a Graduate Student Open House from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Health Sciences Building 2203.

    All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students.

    RSVP to Connie Ikerd at cikerd@truman.edu.

  • Apply Now for Foundation Scholarships

    Spring 2016 Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students are now available. Applications are online and are due by midnight Nov. 3. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the student tab, navigate to student finances and find the Foundation scholarships link. This application period is for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2015-2016. Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Public Relations Internship Available

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the full-time spring 2016 internship position.

    The public relations intern will help with the production of the University’s online newsletter, the Truman Today, and biannual alumni magazine, the Truman Review. The intern will also assist in planning special events throughout the semester, writing press releases and fulfilling other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than Nov. 6. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles at tmiles@truman.edu.

  • Faculty Forum to Examine Chess

    The Truman Faculty Forum will continue with “The world in a game: How chess paved the way for globalization” by Torbjorn Wandel, professor of history, at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Baldwin Hall 176.

    Presentation Abstract:
    Like most other things, chess was invented in Asia and perfected and spread by the Islamic world via North African and Byzantine middlemen to Europe. Europeans then applied provincial and idiosyncratic categories to change the rules of the game and proclaimed them universal. They then judged the rest of the world inferior for not being as good at a game it either didn’t know or had largely forgotten. Today, however, players from the rest of the world, especially Asia, are starting to school Western masters at their own game. In his world history of this ancient game, Torbjörn Wandel does not just tell an engaging tale that takes us from ancient India and Persia through the Islamic world into al-Andaluz, medieval Europe, Renaissance Sicily, Spain, and beyond. Through his history of the game, he also reveals surprising paths and patterns of globalization that offer a fresh perspective on world history itself.
  • Cheer Clinic Set for Nov. 7

    The Truman Cheerleaders are hosting a clinic Nov. 7 for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

    The cost of the clinic is $35 including a t-shirt, snacks and a halftime performance at the Truman Football game. To preregister, send the participant’s name, shirt size and parent contact information to trumancheerleading@gmail.com. For questions and concerns, contact Brenna at 417.880.8876 or at trumancheerleading@gmail.com.

  • Free Self-Defense Class Offered

    The Department of Public Safety is offering a free self-defense class this semester for students. The program combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about crime prevention. Designed for both female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.

    The class will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The class can accommodate 30 students. Those who complete the class will receive a specially designed safety whistle.

    To sign up, click here.

  • MAC Participates in Native American Heritage Month

  • 26th Annual 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.

    Research presentations will be approximately 30 minutes long and all are welcome to attend.

  • Apply Now for Opportunities in Washington, D.C.

    The Carnegie Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C.

    Junior fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie programs, and have the opportunity to contribute to op-eds, papers, reports and books; participate in meetings with high-level officials; contribute to congressional testimony; and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

    Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies. For more information about candidate qualifications, visit carnegieendowment.org.

    Students interested in applying for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program should contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109 for more information on the nomination and application process. The campus deadline is Nov. 30.
  • Apply Now for the Humanity in Action Fellowship Program

    The Humanity in Action Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates of all majors to explore Europe’s unique history during World War II and the Holocaust. Key areas include national identity, immigration, racism and political extremism. Each program is interdisciplinary and features lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

    The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will take place in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw in 2016. The 2016 European program dates for participants from the United States are May 24 through June 26.

    Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students or recent graduates. For the 2016 Fellowship, recent graduates are defined as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2014 and 2015 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    All applications are due Jan. 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Click here to apply.
  • Apply Now for the John Lewis Fellowship Program

    The John Lewis Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students and recent graduates of all majors to explore the history of the Civil Rights movement, diversity and minority rights, national identity and the relationship between civil rights and human rights. Participants will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues.

    The 2016 John Lewis Fellowship Program will take place in Atlanta, Ga., from July 5-30.

    Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students or recent graduates. For the 2016 Fellowship, recent graduates are defined as individuals from the undergraduate classes of 2014 and 2015 at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    All applications are due Jan. 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Click here to apply.
  • SAFE Team Provides Assistance

    The Student Assistant Foot Patrol and Escort (SAFE) Team members are student employees and uniformed officers who patrol the campus on foot at night.

    They are on duty to help deter crime and provide a walking escort from building exit to building entrance, or parking areas, for students, faculty staff and visitors. SAFE Team escorts are provided with a flashlight and radio with direct contact to the University police department. The SAFE Team is in operation seven nights per week during the regular academic year when classes are in session.

    To request a SAFE Team escort call 660.785.4176.

  • Survey for Summer and Interim Courses

    The Institute for Academic Outreach is looking for students to provide feedback on their preferences for summer and interim courses in 2016. Students are encouraged to complete this survey to help identify the courses, schedules and modes of delivery most desired by Truman students. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is a valuable tool in helping build the best possible program for students. For more information on summer and interim sessions, visit summer.truman.edu.
  • Truman to Celebrate Graduate Education Month

    Truman will use the entire month of October to raise awareness of its graduate programs and highlight some student successes.
    Fall coincides with the main graduate recruitment season. Truman offers master’s degrees in accountancy, communication disorders, English, leadership, music, education and biology. The University also offers graduate certificates in data science, as well as sustainability and environmental studies.
    Currently, graduate degree programs in Missouri are preparing more than 60,000 students for leadership in their fields. The state celebrated Graduate Education Week, Oct. 12-16. Additionally, Truman will host a series of events throughout the month specific to its programs and students.
    For a complete listing of all Truman Graduate Education Month events, visit truman.edu/majors-programs/graduate-studies/graduate-education-month. More information about Truman’s graduate programs can be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies at 660.785.4109 or by emailing Stephanie Dunn at sdunn@truman.edu.



  • Notables

    Mike Cannon, women’s soccer coach, won his 300th game as the Bulldogs downed Illinois Springfield 4-0, Oct. 23, at the Bulldog Soccer Park. Cannon became just the 44th coach in NCAA women’s soccer history (all divisions) and just the eighth coach in NCAA Div. II women’s soccer history to reach 300 career victories, as he improved his all-time career coaching record to 300-108-48 (.711). The team earned its 10th win of the season as well, marking the 21st consecutive season that the Bulldogs have won at least 10 matches. Only UC-San Diego (29) has a streak longer than Truman’s in all of NCAA Div. II.

    Duke Cochran, men’s soccer head coach, earned his 100th career victory in the team’s 2-0 win against Illinois Springfield Oct. 23 at the Bulldog Soccer Park. Already the all-time winningest coach in Truman men’s soccer history, Cochran improved his career record to 100-79-16 in his 11th season along the Bulldog sidelines. He has led the Bulldogs to five 10+ win seasons and recently surpassed former head coach Alf Bilbao’s previous record of 96 wins for the most as a Truman men’s soccer head coach.

    Sally Cook, professor of linguistics, served as a facilitator, panelist and presenter at the National English Language Symposium (NELS) Oct. 14-15 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the city of Kinshasa. Sixty delegates (with all of the provinces in the DRC represented) gathered to discuss updating the English language curriculum in the Congo. The last revision of the curriculum was in 1979. At the end of the symposium, Cook was recognized by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer for her contributions to the Congolese community in Kinshasa and Kirksville.

    Dereck Daschke, professor of philosophy and religion, recently completed the five-day Mind-Body Medicine Fundamentals training offered in Minneapolis, Minn., by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. The training educated participants in techniques and research supporting integrated self-care approaches to trauma, stress, pain management, mood disorders, chronic illness and general well-being.

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, presented “Indians and Edenic America,” a draft chapter from his book in progress, at the Front Range Early American Consortium meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

    Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history, has been invited to participate in a symposium at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Nov. 6-7. It is the second in a series of four annual events that will commemorate the centenary of the First World War (1914-18), each commemorating a different year of the conflict. This year, the focus is on the year 1915. McDonald’s presentation is entitled “From Neutrality to Preparedness: America’s Increasing Embroilment in the Great War during 1915.” He has previously published numerous books and articles on the World War I era, including a recent article in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. For students, staff and faculty interested in attending the symposium, details can be found here.


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Apply Now for Foundation Scholarships

    Spring 2016 Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students are now available. Applications are online and are due by midnight Nov. 3. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the student tab, navigate to student finances and find the Foundation scholarships link. This application period is for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2015-2016. Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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.

    The John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship
    This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it. Visit johnfoy.com/strong-arm-leukemia-scholarship for complete details. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

    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

    B. Davis Scholarship

    The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a B. Davis Scholarship for $1000 scholarship for 2016. Visit their website at www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read more about how to apply for this scholarship and browse through the rest of their site to learn about applying for other scholarships. The deadline to submit an application for the B. Davis Scholarship is May 23.

    Scholarships Available for Veterans
    To learn more about scholarships offered to veterans, click here
  • Apply for the Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarships

    The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships to sophomore or junior students who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to public service in areas related to environmental issues on a local, national or global scale. The campus deadline for this nationally competitive scholarship is Jan. 29. To apply, contact Truman’s representative, Maria C. Di Stefano mdistefa@truman.edu. For further information, visit the Udall website.