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Truman State University
Truman State University
15 hours
  • The Theatre Department will present the work of nine new directors from the play direction class at 8:00 May 1 to 3 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    Taught by assistant professor David Charles Goyette, the class directs plays from some of the best playwrights from around the country as a final assignment. The plays had to be published within the last 80 years, between 10-30 minutes in length and without heavy science, costume, light or sound effects.

    These final productions represent a synthesis of numerous concepts explored in the course of the semester. Students explored composition and picturization techniques, scene analysis, how to develop a directorial approach and methods on how to work with actors. The play direction course is required of all theatre majors in order to graduate. Admission is free for the one-act plays.

Truman State University
Truman State University
22 hours
  • The Center for Student Involvement hosted the annual Leadership Recognition Program Banquet, April 18. Congratulations to all those recognized!

    The Leadership Recognition Program is designed to honor Truman students, advisors and organizations for their dedication to their peers, campus and Kirksville community through various leadership roles during the year. This year the CSI recognized those students, organizations and advisors who have exemplified quality leadership during the 2018-19 school year by highlighting the accomplishments through the theme, Colors of Leadership.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 day
  • Kailey Micek, a senior business administration marketing major, won the 2019 Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch competition. As the winner, she earned a prize of $3,000 for her pitch of Buddy Button, a campus safety app.

    William Fries, a senior computer science and business major, earned $2,000 for his pitch of the solid point mouse, technology to assist people with hand tremors use a computer more easily.

    Danny Alter, a senior accounting and finance major, finished third and won $1,000 for his pitch of a T-shirt company, GY6, with proceeds supporting veterans organizations.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 day
  • Flat Spike and some of his friends are already in line to see the new Avengers movie at Kirksville’s Downtown Cinema 8. Hopefully they all make it to the end.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 day
  • The School of Business and the Community of College Entrepreneurs will host the first-ever Bulldog Pitch Day for high school students from 9:00am to 2:00 pm Thursday, April 25.

    Six competing finalists from high schools across Missouri will pitch their ideas to four judges and an audience of their peers. Judges include business professors and local business owners. Thirty-five students are anticipated to attend this event and will additionally receive campus tours and an informational presentation about entrepreneurship for students.

Truman State University
Truman State University
2 days
  • Phi Kappa Tau will conduct its annual Cookout for Kids on Thursday, April 25 to benefit the SeriousFun camps for children with chronic or terminal illnesses.

    This year’s cookout menu includes a pulled pork sandwich or veggie burger, along with chips, a cookie and a soda or bottled water for $5. All pre-ordered meals will be delivered between 10:30am and 2:00pm.

Truman State University
Truman State University
5 days
  • Daily food packs are now available for students. The food packs are free to all students and can be picked up with a Truman ID at the SERVE Center located in the Student Union Building 1105. Hours are 10:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday.

Truman State University
Truman State University
6 days
  • The Service Recognition Lunch will be at noon Tuesday, May 14 in the Georgian Rooms. Honorees receive two complimentary tickets. Others may purchase tickets at $10 each in the Human Resources Office, McClain Hall 101.

Truman State University
Truman State University
6 days
  • The Communication Disorders Department will host the annual Language and Literacy Conference from 8:45 to 2:00 Friday, April 26 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    Alumna Jennifer Walz Garrett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will present on “Theater, Drama & Pragmatics and Expository Texts.” Garrett is an associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Northern Iowa. She received her doctoral degree at University of Cincinnati in 2007, prior to which she worked as a school speech-language pathologist. Garrett has interest in school-aged literacy and language disorders, genetics/syndromes and counseling skills.

    Cost will be $50 for professionals and $10 for students. ASHA CEUs will be available.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?
    Cookie dough: bake it or eat it?
    Do you believe the Baldwin Hall ghost is really, and have you ever had an encounter with it?
    What is your social media platform of choice?
    What is your favorite TV show of all time?

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • Students are able to participate in a tree planting ceremony at noon Friday, April 26 in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Week events. Two trees will be planted in the Blanton-Naser-Brewer courtyard following a brief presentation. Sodexo also donated a tree that will be planted on campus. The City of Kirksville will host a tree planting ceremony at 4:00 Friday, April 26 at Rotary Park.

    Upcoming events include a 75th birthday celebration for Smokey Bear, August 3, on the Quad. This event is hosted by Truman’s tree campus committee and the local Department of Conservation.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • The School of Business and the Community of College Entrepreneurs will host the first-ever Bulldog Pitch Day for high school students from 9:00 to 2:00 Thursday, April 25.

    Six competing finalists from high schools across Missouri will pitch their ideas to four judges and an audience of their peers. Judges include business professors and local business owners. Thirty-five students are anticipated to attend this event and will additionally receive campus tours and an informational presentation about entrepreneurship for students.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • Chemistry students Peter Windsor and Ari Vera presented posters on their recent research in the Computers in Chemistry poster session for the National American Chemical Society conference, April 2, in Orlando, Florida.

    Vera presented her poster entitled “Determining the Viabiliy of Calpain Inhibitors as Potential Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease,” and Windsor presenter his poster “Investigation of Amyloid Beta Biflavanoid Inhibitors in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Windsor won an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation in the COMP session, which came with an award certificate and $125 as a monetary compensation. Maria Nagan, former Truman chemistry faculty, presented the award.

    Windsor and Vera both applied for and participated in an undergraduate workshop in the COMP Division of the ACS, March 31.

    Bill Miller, assistant professor of chemistry and research adviser to Windsor and Vera, organized a symposium in honor of his post-doctorate advisor, Dr. Carol Parish, for winning the 2019 Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution at the ACS meeting.

    Miller presided over one of the three sessions, honoring Parish and giving an oral presentation entitled “Modeling Excellence: Dr. Carol Parish’s Impact and Influence on Undergraduate Research,” where he emphasized Parish’s many accomplishments and impact as well as research being performed in the Miller lab currently.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • The equestrian team represented Truman at the IHSA Zone 7 Region 5 championships, April 6, in Richmond, Illinois.

    Four riders qualified for this horse show by accumulating points in their respective division over the course of the regular season. Truman’s team qualified to compete in the zone finals which took place April 7. Hannah Patton and Renata Thoeny placed in the top two of their classes and qualified to complete as individuals in the zone finals.

    During zone finals competition, one rider from each of the five schools being represented competed in their respective division and earned points toward the team total. Truman was represented by Elizabeth Maune (walk/trot), Marissa Dull (walk/trot/canter), Emily Brightbill (novice flat), Kaitlyn Nance (novice fences), Thoeny (intermediate flat and fences) and Patton (open flat and fence).

    Overall the team finished in third place in the zone finals. Patton placed third and fourth in her classes and Thoeny placed ninth. In order to qualify for nationals, individuals or teams have to place first or second.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • The opportunity is available for Truman emeritus faculty, current full-time faculty and current full-time staff with a family member graduating in spring 2019 to present their diploma at the May 11 commencement ceremony. Family member for purposes of the diploma presentation means spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, step-son, step-daughter, step-grandson, step-granddaughter.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • David Gillette, professor of economics, was awarded Educator of the Year at the Academic Accolades Banquet.

    Gillette was chosen for the tangible ways he empowers his students and the outstanding nominations he received. His passions were evident in the observation of his classroom, where each student enthusiastically participated in discussion, and how he utilizes several different forms of media to engage his students including clips from podcasts and extensive graphs which he designed by hand. Gillette's multiple teaching methods including his daily "MIT," which in his essay was described as a short written statement about the most important thing they learned in class that day, also impressed the selections committee.

    The finalists for the 2019 Educator of the year were: Torbjörn Wandel, Jesse Krebs, Rafael Tubongbanua, Liulin Zhang, John O’Brien, Christopher Outzen, Sarah Berke, Sarah Mohler, Bev Peters, Michael Rudy and Daniela Ostrowski.

    After careful consideration, the selections committee chose Priscilla Riggle as the winner for the Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year award for her constant efforts to learn more about mental health and extend what she learns to her students and for setting an example for students, co-workers and the Truman community. Riggle dedicates class time to discussion of these pertinent issues and demonstrates that one can be an effective instructor without jeopardizing student’s well-being.

    The finalists for the Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year award include: Brent Buckner, James Cianciola, Eric Dickson and Nancy Daley-Moore.

    The committee selected Justin Jarvis as the winner for the Research Mentor of the Year award for his video submission which explained how his teaching philosophy rests on two pillars: “love the content, love the student” and “student engagement leads to student achievement.” The selections committee was impressed by Jarvis’ multiple examples of student research which focused on the Kirksville community and his humility and selfless perspective on education.

    The 2019 finalists for Research Mentor of the Year include: Cassidy Dobson, Julianna Edgar and Michael Rudy.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • Alumna Jenna Fischer (’95) talks with Ron Rybkowski on stage during an event in Pershing Arena, April 5. Fischer was featured as this year’s Holman Family Distinguished Speaker. She addressed a crowd of 2,500, and her presentation touched on topics including her time as a student, her journey to becoming a professional actress, working on the “The Office” and “Splitting Up Together” and some detailed thoughts on bread-making techniques. While on campus, Fischer also met with theatre students, was the featured guest at a fundraising event for a scholarship in Rybkowski’s honor and participated in a special edition of Truman’s Fishbowl Friday.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Week:

    Title IX Talk with Dr. Millot
    ⏰ 7:00
    📅 Monday
    📍 Student Union Building 1101

    The Truman Way Pledge Drive
    ⏰ 12:00 to 3:00
    📅 Tuesday & Thursday
    📍 Quad

    Empowering Yoga with Anna Nicks
    ⏰ 7:00
    📅 Wednesday
    📍 Student Union Building 2105

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • The first ever film festival will take place Saturday, April 27 in the Baldwin Little Theatre. Following the festival there will be a free reception at Take Root Cafe. Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price, as well as Chad Kennerk, Dereck Daschke, Tiana Williams, Tom Stockma and Allison Coffelt will serve as judges for the festival. The film festival seeks to connect, inspire and provide exposure to undergraduate filmmakers from the state of Missouri.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • Classes can be taken both online and on campus. Online classes allow students to study from the comfort of their home while taking courses to boost their GPA for scholarship reinstatement. On-campus classes provide plenty of opportunities for students to get face-to-face interactions with professors and experience Kirksville recreation during the summer. Both allow students to add coursework to a major or minor without delaying graduation, while saving time and money.

Truman State University
Truman State University
1 week
  • What is your favorite movie of all time?
    What is your favorite class you have taken at Truman so far?
    Rank in order from best to worst: cookies, cake, pie
    Cooler campus amenity: Del & Norma Robison Planetarium or Truman Campus Recreation?

Truman State University
Truman State University
2 weeks
  • The Truman Nursing Department has received a Nursing Education Incentive Program grant in the amount of $150,000, which it will use to provide more clinical experiences, and for the purchase additional technology.

    Initial plans for the NEIP grant include partnering with A.T. Still University to design and set up simulated mental health scenarios using standardized patients. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase a new, more realistic nursing manikin for use in simulations.

    “We are honored to receive this grant and look forward to expanding our clinical instruction,” said Brenda Wheeler, Nursing Department chair. “By using simulation, our students have the opportunity to experience clinical situations they might not otherwise encounter in a rural setting. Students can practice nursing skills and enhance their decision-making skills, which will better prepare them to enter the nursing workforce.”

    The NEIP was established through legislative action and appropriation of Missouri State Board of Nursing funds to increase physical and educational capacity of professional nursing education programs in Missouri. This is the fourth time Truman has received the grant. Among the needs filled by previous grants were the addition of faculty members and the creation of new programs.

Truman State University
Truman State University
2 weeks
  • In rankings recently released by Business First, the University comes in at No. 64 in the nation and No. 14 in the Midwest for schools that offer the best educational experiences to their students.

    The Business First list was limited to public schools because those institutions generally offer the least expensive path toward a college degree. In order to be considered, schools needed to grant bachelor’s degrees and have full-time enrollments larger than 1,000. A total of 505 schools were rated with the University of Michigan taking the top spot, followed by North Carolina, Virginia, California-Berkeley and UCLA rounding out the top five.

    The annual rankings are based on a 22-part formula that analyzes the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

Truman State University
Truman State University
2 weeks
  • More than 40 entries were submitted for this year’s Bulldog BITE pitch competition. Students submitted their concept or idea for a product, service or project in a video pitch. First round judges then reviewed and scored the video submissions and the top six scoring entries were advanced to the finals. Finalists include: Danny Alter, Allee Bernier, William Fries, Joseph Lomo-Mainoo, Mackenzie Matthews and Kailey Micek.

    The finals will take place at 4:00 Friday, April 12 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. After the presentation, finalists will answer questions from the judges. The Q&A will be limited to four minutes.

    The top-scoring pitch will receive a $3,000 prize, while second and third will receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Pitch participants, judges, alumni and audience members are invited to attend a networking reception following the competition.

    Bulldog B.I.T.E., which stands for Business Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs, is an elevator pitch competition. In such a competition, a pitch outlines the concept or idea for a product, service or project in a short period of time, typically from 30 seconds to three minutes. The length of the pitch mirrors the time spent waiting for and riding an elevator in a high-rise building. The purpose of the pitch is to spur the interest of a potential investor or financial backer. The Bulldog B.I.T.E. is sponsored by Villhard Growth Partners and is coordinated on campus by the Office of Advancement and the Career Center.

Truman State University
Truman State University
2 weeks
  • Truman’s Theatre Department will perform “Love & Information” at 8:00 April 10 to 13 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    “Love & Information” is a kaleidoscopic whirl of fast-moving, short scenes that all have to do with the way people receive, communicate, omit, seek or hide information in service of the notion of love. Instead of a single narrative, the play’s 78 scenes present more than 100 characters and raise a number of questions that linger in the air, such as: how does the brain process information? How do machines and devices used to share information affect the ways people love? How does the brain create meaning out of information? How is memory constructed in the brain? Is memory reliable? How does memory construct our identities?

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