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Summer 2013, Vol. 15, No. 2
Around the Quad
 

Board of Governors Adds New Members

In January 2013, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed David Lee Bonner (’07) and Mike LaBeth to the Truman Board of Governors, and the two new members were confirmed by the Missouri Senate. Bonner and LaBeth replace John Hilton (’02) and Ken Read (’73) whose terms ended December 2012.

 

David Lee Bonner 

David Lee
Bonner

Bonner is an assistant attorney general with the state of Illinois where he serves in the Civil Trials and Prosecutions unit that litigates cases dealing with personal injury, property damage, collection and labor law. He also serves as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve and on the Wisconsin Bar Diversity Outreach Committee, a committee that seeks to foster a racially and ethnically diverse State Bar and a legal profession that is conscious of differences in our society.

Bonner graduated cum laude from Truman in 2007 and earned his juris doctor in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. Before joining the attorney general’s office, he clerked for the Chicago Corporation Counsel in the Bureau of License Enforcement and served as the director of field operations in Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District. Bonner is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois.

 

Mike LaBeth 

Mike
LaBeth

LaBeth is a real estate broker for Heritage House Realty Inc., in Kirksville. His previous work experience includes Mark Twain Mental Health Services and the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center, both in Kirksville.

An active member of the Kirksville community, LaBeth currently serves as a Planning and Zoning commissioner and as an Alternate Route 63 safety commissioner. He has been involved with the Adair County YMCA, the Kirksville Baseball and Softball Association (KBSA) and the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce, for which he served as vice president in 2009 and president in 2010. A member of the Kirksville Young Professionals Organization, LaBeth received its “Top Five Under 40” Award in 2011. A graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., he earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications in 1998.


School of Arts and Letters Welcomes New Dean
 

James F. O'Donnell 

James F.
O'Donnell

James F. O’Donnell began serving as the new dean of the School of Arts and Letters on July 1, 2013.

In addition to his role of dean, he will also be a professor of music at Truman.
Prior to coming to Truman, O’Donnell had served as dean and professor of music at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., since 2001. He began his academic career at East Tennessee State University where he held a variety of positions during his 13-year stay, and he was a professor and chair of the Department of Music at Indiana State University.

After earning a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, O’Donnell went on to earn his master’s and doctor of arts degrees from Ball State University, and an artist diploma from the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Among his many attributes, O’Donnell brings experience in strategic planning and assessment, program extension and development, budget development and student recruitment, and alumni and community relations.


In Cap and Gown

Photo below: Approximately 1,200 graduates participated in the Spring Commencement
ceremonies at Stokes Stadium on may 11, 2013.

Commencement 2013

Photo below: As family and friends looked on, around 320 graduates were presented with
diplomas during the Winter Commencement ceremonies in Pershing Arena on Dec. 15, 2012.

Commencement December 2013


Quotes from Commencement Speeches
Paul Gaston “… an intentional student schedules her objectives, tracks her progress and sets aside time for enjoying social time with friends. An intentional teacher makes room for improvisation but pursues and completes the plan of study he has shared with his students. An intentional friend listens to what others have to say and lets the interrupting cell phone call go to voice mail. . . By living intentionally, you will carry out in your lives every day the principles of your alma mater. When you sit down to dinner with your friend or your lover or your spouse, order thoughtfully, enjoy the food, and savor the conversation. If love means ‘never having to say you’re sorry,’ intentionality means never having to say, ‘Scuse me, just got a tweet.’”
--- Paul Gaston III, Trustees professor at Kent State University in Ohio, from the address he presented to Truman’s graduating class at the Spring Commencement ceremonies held in Stokes Stadium on May 11, 2013.
   
Jaime and Eric Schmitt “Your whole life is in front of you. And your life is more than your paycheck or your title or your occupation. There's this idea of service, of volunteerism, working for something larger than ourselves, of helping one another, of making the world a better place. It is not tied to being a Republican or a Democrat, or a conservative or a liberal, or being rich or poor, or anywhere in between. It is the fabric that binds us all together. We all have something to give, all of us, something to contribute: It's ourselves.”
---Eric Schmitt, a 1997 Truman alumnus and a member of the Missouri Senate, from the address he presented to Truman’s graduating class during the Winter 2012 Commencement ceremonies in Pershing Arena on Dec. 15, 2012 (Photo: Eric Schmitt shown with his wife, Jaime (Forrester) Schmitt (’97, 98), who also graduated from Truman)

Children's Literature FestivalConnecting Young Readers with Authors and Illustrators

More than 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival held on campus in April. Visiting authors and illustrators included Marlene Brill, Matthew Cody, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Stuart Gibbs, Deborah Hopkinson, Matthew Kirby, Barbara McClintock, Sheila O’Connor, Linda Urban and Judy Young.

Students participated in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. The festival concluded with a dinner followed by a presentation by Stuart Gibbs.


Hail to the Chiefs

Several past presidents were on hand along with University President Troy Paino in March 2012 for the unveiling of the official portrait of former University President Darrell W. Krueger.
Shown L-R: Jack Magruder, Charles J. McClain, Krueger, President Paino and Robert Dager.
Presidential Portrait
 
On April 12, 2013, a ceremony was held for the unveiling of the Barbara Dixon presidential portrait. The Presidential Portrait Gallery is located in Pickler Memorial Library, Room 308.
Shown L-R: University President Troy Paino and former University Presidents Barbara Dixon and Robert Dager.
Presidential Portrait

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

Virutal TourTruman has added a new guided virtual walking tour online for prospective students and campus visitors. The tour is a series of video narrations that lead the visitor through a guided tour of the University, showcasing different aspects of the campus and community on each stop. The narrations are coupled with a coordinated slideshow of photographs showing activities that students engage in at each location.

In addition to the tour, visitors can find buttons to change the tour language, share their current tour via social media and request further information about the University. Truman’s tour is offered in English as well as Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, in hopes of accommodating international students whose first language is not English. Full translated video guides and foreign language text labels for each tour stop and interactive map are available to any prospective student wishing to learn more about Truman.

The tour also includes panoramic images, videos and additional photographs on some stops, accessible through an Explore Media tab. During the tour, a small campus map tracks the visitor’s progress around campus and can be used to access stops quickly, or the map can be expanded to replace the slideshow to give visitors a larger view of the campus.

Truman has been awarded the CampusTours Four Star Tour Award for the tour, which can be viewed at http://tour.truman.edu/.
 

Truman Joins Employer-Educator Compact

Truman is participating in a new national initiative called the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact. Participating campuses and employers will work together through 2014 to showcase employer support for the aims and outcomes of a broad liberal education and to show how higher education is helping students connect college learning with work, citizenship and global challenges.
The compact was developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and by employers working with AAC&U. University President Troy Paino is a member of a special presidential leadership group within AAC&U called the LEAP Presidents’ Trust. Presidents’ Trust members and employers who work with them are the initial signatories to this ongoing national initiative to ensure that today’s students will be well-prepared for economic, civic and global challenges.

For its part in the Compact, Truman has already established partnerships with the Kansas City-based health care company Cerner, as well as Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company. These partnerships are designed to underscore the economic value of liberal education and to provide students with more hands-on learning opportunities to connect their campus learning with real-world contexts and problems.
“I am excited to be a part of this new national effort bringing employers and educators together to ensure that all our students understand what it takes to succeed in today’s workplace and to partner on ways we can provide more opportunities for students to apply their learning in real-world settings,” said Paino. “We are particularly pleased to partner in this initiative with Cerner and Boeing.”

At a Compact forum in Washington, D.C., in April, AAC&U launched the new LEAP Employer-Educator Compact to make high-quality college learning a shared national priority. More than 250 college presidents and business and nonprofit leaders have signed on to the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact. They have pledged to work together to ensure that all college students—including those attending two-year and four-year, public and private institutions—have access to a high-quality liberal education that prepares them successfully for work, life and citizenship.
Extensive surveys and focus groups by the AAC&U have revealed that more than 75 percent of employers want more emphasis on five key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings. For a full list of LEAP Presidents’ Trust members and employers signing the compact, see http://aacu.org/leap/presidentstrust/compact. Information about AAC&U membership, programs and publications can be found at http://aacu.org/leap/presidentstrust/compact.
 

Construction Around Campus


Franklin StreetFranklin Street Project
The portion of Franklin Street that runs through the Truman campus from Patterson to Normal Streets is getting a new look that includes new pavement, lighting and sidewalks along with the addition of bike lanes in both directions. The plans also include a new center median with trees down the center of the street. The project is funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation, and the anticipated completion date is in August 2013.



Kirk MemorialKirk Memorial
This summer, Kirk Memorial, a campus landmark which was built in the 1940s, is getting some much-needed repairs. In addition to replacing the cupola, improvements include new shingles and windows, brick tuck pointing and replacement of limestone detailing that has deteriorated. New plantings of trees and shrubs will be in keeping with the original design from the 1940s. Campus Planner Mark Schultz says the goal is to make the building water-tight and prevent further deterioration.


Centennial Hall
Centennial Hall Dining RoomCentennial Hall is nearly midway through a major upgrade that is part of the University’s campus-wide housing improvement project. During the first phase of the Centennial Hall renovation, the entire south side of the residence hall was closed for the 2012-2013 academic year. As the finishing touches were being completed on the south side earlier this summer, work began on the main lounge, dining hall and lounge areas. The north side will be closed for the final phase of the project, and the completion date is January 2014.

The Centennial Hall renovation includes new heating and cooling, ventilation and sprinkler systems; a new electrical system throughout the building; new elevators; and new paint, carpet and lighting in the public areas. Once completed, the common areas, such as the lounges, dining area and hallways, will have new air conditioning. The floor lounges on the third, fourth and fifth floors are being expanded to more than double their original size, and the main lounge will feature a conference room and game room. In addition, the dining area will have a new serving line and seating area along with an attached private dining space.

A new elevator has been added that will take residents from the main lounge to the dining room entryway. In addition, a new chair lift will allow residents and guests who use a wheel chair easier access between the main lounge and the first floor. The building will be completely ADA accessible.

Other improvements include a new data system for faster wireless internet, new study rooms on the first floor and remodeled public restrooms. Exterior work is also being done on the roof, as well as the brick and concrete that has worn down over the years.
“Students had input on all of the paint and carpet and wood finishes and this has been a truly collaborative project between the architects, Truman staff and Truman students,” said John Gardner, director of residence life. “We really appreciate the support of the Board of Governors, the President’s Office and the Dean of Students Affairs Office.”
 

A Special Garden

Jack C. Bowen Memorial Garden

Long-time Truman professor and alumnus Jack Bowen was honored posthumously with a dedication ceremony for the Jack C. Bowen Memorial Garden on campus June 2, 2012. For 42 years, Bowen worked in public education, holding positions in teaching, coaching, administration and intramurals. He passed away in March 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

A native of La Plata, Mo., Bowen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Truman in 1958 and 1961, respectively. He started his teaching and coaching career in 1958 in the public schools in Pulaski, Iowa. In 1960, he took a job with the Davis County public schools in Bloomfield, Iowa, holding positions in teaching, coaching and administration. He accepted a position at the University in 1966 in the Division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which is now Health and Exercise Sciences.

  Photo below: Jack Bowen’s wife, Melba, was actively involved in the design and planning of the Jack C. Bowen Memorial Garden. She is shown in the forefront of this photo which was taken during the installation of the garden.
  Melba Bowen
Assignments over Bowen’s 34 years at Truman included teaching undergraduate courses, serving as director of intramural recreation sports and as the HLTH 194 activities coordinator, overseeing field experiences for HES students and supervising HES MAE students.

The Jack C. Bowen Memorial Garden is located near the east entrance of the Pershing Build. The garden was made possible through a generous private donation by the K.C. Summers Corporation and was installed by staff, faculty and students under the direction of Trumascape. Jack’s wife, Melba (Cokerham) Bowen (’61), and members of the Bowen family were actively involved in the design and planning of garden, which is maintained by members of Phi Epsilon Kappa, a professional service organization in the Health and Exercise Sciences.

Web Extras:

Larry Boleach (’62 ’65), an associate professor emeritus of health and exercise sciences who worked with Jack Bowen for 40 years, spoke at the Jack C. Bowen Memorial Garden dedication ceremony. A transcript of Boleach’s remarks is available at http://trumantoday.truman.edu/pdf/BowenTribute.pdf.

View photos of the dedication ceremony for the Jack C. Bowen Memorial Garden at http://bit.ly/Yu6WBn.


Making Historical Documents More Accessible

Truman computer science major Sierra Gregg received the Student of Achievement Award from the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired at its Visionary Gala in April for her ingenuity to make historical documents from presidential libraries accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

In the summer of 2011, Gregg, herself visually impaired, was chosen as the social media intern at the Office of Presidential Libraries within the National Archives in Washington, D.C. By July of that year, Gregg started searching around in the National Archives digital catalogs for records relating to the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the ADA was a ground-breaking civil rights act for the disabilities community. Gregg found only two records relating to the signing of the ADA in the Archive’s digital catalog and neither of those two records was the Act itself. She could see lists of records relating to the Act, but they had not been digitized, meaning a researcher would either have to travel to the physical location of the record or request a copy.

Because Gregg wanted to increase the number of digitized records relating to the ADA, she submitted a proposal for the Americans with Disabilities records webpage. The scope of the original project grew far beyond what she and her supervisor had first imagined. During the last few weeks of her first summer in Washington, D.C., Gregg helped write the proposal and a request for digitized records that was sent out to the 13 presidential libraries. When the summer ended, she came back to Truman for the school year, and although she did not work directly on the project, she stayed in contact with her supervisor.

When Gregg returned to Washington, D.C., in 2012, almost all of her time was devoted to completing the project. By then, the libraries had sent back a list of more than 50 different records, including pictures and text documents, relating to Americans with disabilities. Each library’s records illustrated that president’s work with people with disabilities. For example, the Roosevelt Library’s records focused on Polio, and the Kennedy Library’s records focused on mental impairments. Gregg helped coordinate getting these digitized records listed in the online catalog and the development of the webpage. In July 2012, the Office of Presidential Libraries did a series of posts to all of its social media outlets about the launch of the new webpage.

Even though Gregg will not be working for the National Archive this summer, she hopes the webpage continues to grow to include more records from the presidential libraries and would like to have the opportunity to work with them again. Her experiences working for the Office of Presidential Libraries have reinforced her desire to work in a library/archives environment.

“I am truly honored that the Society for the Blind has awarded me the Student of Achievement Award, but I am not the only one that needs to be recognized for creating this new resource,” she said. “Everyone who works for the Office of Presidential Libraries, the archivists that collected the records and numerous other people who work for the National Archives helped make this webpage possible,” said Gregg. “Without them, these important historical records would not be accessible to everyone interested in learning more about disability history.”

Gregg’s project can be found online at www.archives.gov/research/americans-with-disabilities/.
--Bethany Williams ('13)

Truman Mobile App

Truman Mobile, the official mobile application of Truman State University, allows users to follow the latest University news and events. Students can check their grades and class schedules, find an available computer and much more. Visitors can also use it to navigate the campus.

Other features include Truman Master Calendar events; Truman Today stories; Truman Index stories; Truman’s YouTube channel; department blogs; campus map; library catalog search; and a Truman faculty, staff and student directory search. More features will be added in the future.

Truman Mobile was designed by Truman alumnus Huan Truong (’11) and Truman student Prasang Chhetri. Truong worked for the University’s IT Services full time after graduating from Truman in December 2011 until leaving for graduate school. Chhetri is currently a student worker for Truman’s Web Services team. Truong and Chhetri also received support from IT Services staff and other members of the campus community

Truman Mobile works with iOS and Android devices and is available for free on Amazon and the Google Play Store. To download the installation instructions, visit http://m.truman.edu/app/docs.

Truman included on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Sixth Time

Truman has once again been included on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013. The Honor Roll, compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

The 2012 Big Event, the 2012 Big Week of Giving and the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Collegiate Challenge were among the service events that were included in the application as exemplary samples of service performed by the Truman community in 2012.

Truman has received this recognition every year since the inception of the Honor Roll in 2006. The entire list of schools named on the Honor Roll is available at http://nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp.

Students Work with Children in After-School Program

  After-School Program
  Photo: Truman students Amy Burbee (second from right) and Andrew Fajkus (second from left) with children in the Peace after-school program.
For the past two years, a number of Truman students have been donating their time in the Kirksville community to inspire a love of learning in children ages 4-14 through the Peace program. Peace is a non-profit after-school program that involves volunteers going to the Devlin Place housing complex located several blocks southwest of campus to mentor neighborhood children.

While about 20 children attend regular sessions, which take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, the program saw more than 100 different children over the course of the last year.

Kirksville’s Peace program was established in 2010 and modeled after a similar program in Columbia, Mo. According to Amy Burbee, a Peace program coordinator, the decision was made to introduce the program in the Devlin Place area after a group of students spent a summer volunteering and distributing lunches through the Food4Kids program in a nearby park. After building a relationship with the families in the area, these students saw a need for the program.

Peace volunteers provide children with homework help, healthy snacks and fun activities. The program is provided at no cost to the children or their parents, and the volunteers go to the students’ neighborhood for all activities.

Peace is staffed completely by volunteers, mainly Truman students and members of the Life Church High School. It is affiliated with the University through the campus organization Equipped, but participating Truman students do not receive course credit or scholarship hours, they simply do it for the experience.

“The most rewarding part of the program is seeing the growth of the kids,” Burbee said. “For example, seeing students who have been getting C’s start to get A’s and B’s, or seeing a student gain more confidence in math or watching their social skills grow.”

Peace is supported entirely by donations. Last fall, Truman students sold kettle corn to help raise funds. All financial donations go toward food, supplies and other basic necessities for the program. More information about the Peace program is available online at peacekv.org. The site includes ways to make donations and also has steps for anyone wanting to volunteer as a tutor.--Kaitlyn Hall ('13)


Family DaySave the Date: Truman State University Family Day
Sept. 21, 2013

All parents and families of current Truman students are invited to Family Day on the Truman campus on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

Family members will be able to purchase tickets for the barbecue and the Bulldog football game online in early August. Detailed information about Family Day will be posted at http://about.truman.edu/family.asp.

Visitor information can also be found at http://about.truman.edu/visit.asp.


Middle Schoolers Explore Future Careers

  Middle School Students Visit Truman 
  Photo: A Truman student helps a group of middle school students in the Nursing Lab in the Health Sciences Building.
Last October, approximately 120 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Green City, Mo., and Milan, Mo., spent a day touring the Truman campus and attending presentations from Admissions, ROTC, Upward Bound and the School of Health Sciences and Education departments. The programs provided students with information about topics of their interest in health professions and education and possible careers in the fields. Members of the School of Health Sciences and Education dean’s team facilitated the day.

Students Produce New Web-Based Journal

HarryA new publication titled Harry: A Journal of Thought and Action highlights the many kinds of innovative activities, creative endeavors and cutting-edge ideas emerging from Truman State University.

The reporting is done entirely by Truman undergraduate students under the mentorship of Marilyn Yaquinto, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. Students in Truman’s News Reporting and Feature Writing courses learn to identify stories, interview subjects, do extensive background research and develop stories that are often much longer than traditional newspaper articles. They have the added responsibility of developing multimedia content to accompany these stories for the web-based journal.

Many of these students are cutting their teeth with their very first stories while writing for Harry. More experienced students are also responsible for the cover art, the magazine layout and the editing. Following in the tradition of award-winning publications such as the The Index and Detours, Kevin Minch, director of the Truman Institute, hopes this venture into online publishing will be an equal success.

“We encourage you to share this publication with friends and to encourage them to send us their email addresses for inclusion on our mailing list,” said Minch. “If you like the ideas you see in the publication and want to know more about what Truman State University’s faculty and programs can do in partnership with your business, school, organization or employees, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We would love to share with you the possibilities in spreading these ideas to even larger audiences.”

A subscription to Harry is free. For more information or to add your name to the mail list, visit http://institute.truman.edu/harry.asp.

Connecting Students with Career Opportunities

Career Expo at Truman State UniversityPolly Matteson, assistant director and employer relations coordinator of the Truman State University Career Center, works to develop recruiting relationships with employers from various career fields. Many of these relationships are made possible through connections with Truman alumni who work with an employer. Matteson says, “The value of alumni connections cannot be over emphasized. It is often what makes it possible to talk with and develop relationships with the decision-makers within an organization.”

Matteson has coordinated opportunities for faculty and students from various academic departments to travel to companies and talk with professionals in various departments. “There is no better way to promote Truman than for the recruiters to meet and talk with students,” said Matteson. “One question I always ask with these visits is what skills they look for in interns and new hires, so we can better prepare Truman students for success after college. What impresses me is that the answers do not vary between career paths—team work, communication and problem solving always rank high on the list.”

If you have ideas on ways to collaborate with this effort, please contact Matteson at pollym@truman.edu.

School Spirit

Truman State University National Spirit Day Alumni demonstrated their Bulldog pride on the most recent Truman State University National Spirit Day on April 5, 2013. This tradition began in 2011, when the Truman Alumni Association Board of Directors designated the first Friday in the months of April and October as Truman State University National Spirit Days.

To celebrate Spirit Day, the Truman Alumni Association encourages all alumni, friends and supporters of Truman State University to wear their favorite Bulldog purple attire or Truman (or Northeast) apparel and decorate their homes and offices with Truman gear. In addition, alumni and friends of the University are invited to send the Truman Alumni Association photos displaying their Truman pride. On the last Spirit Day, everyone who submitted a photo received an insulated lunch bag, beverage coolie and window cling courtesy of the Truman Alumni Association.
Mark your calendar for the next Truman State University National Spirit Day on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. To view the Spirit Day Photo Albums, go to Truman State University National Spirit Days.

News Briefs


Warren Gooch, professor of music, was given the Governor’s Award for Excellence. Each year, the Governor’s Award is presented to one faculty member at each institution of higher education in Missouri. The award is based on effective teaching, innovating course design and delivery, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.

Brent Bucker, geneticist and professor of biology, was recognized with Truman State University’s Educator of the Year award.

Fredric Shaffer, professor of psychology, was awarded Truman’s Most Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year.

Scott Alberts, professor of mathematics, is serving as the interim director of Interdisciplinary Studies for a one-year period.

The Accounting Department received Truman’s Department of the Year Award. The Accounting Department’s faculty includes Alan Davis, Keith Harrison, Darla Honn, Kristen Irwin, Kathy Otero and Cathy Poyner. Retired faculty teaching part-time includes Sandra Fleak, Scott Fouch and Sandy Weber. The Accounting Department is part of the School of Business AACSB accreditation. In addition, the department is also accredited by the AACSB, one of 178 institutions worldwide holding this designation.

Truman students were among the most successful in the country on the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination according to the most recent statistics released by the National Association of States Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The Truman candidates taking the exam passed 78.9 percent of sections taken with an average score of 80.4, placing Truman fourth in the nation among large programs. Among all institutions with 10 or more reported candidates, Truman ranked ninth in the nation.

Gov. Jay Nixon was on campus last September to announce a $150,000 grant award for Truman’s Department of Nursing to expand instructional and course offerings. The grant, which is funded by the Caring for Missourians initiative, provides Truman with the resources necessary to graduate at least 10-15 additional nursing students. Plans include launching three entry-level courses online to help transferring students’ transition into the accelerated (second baccalaureate degree) BSN program and increasing clinical sites and partnerships.

Connor Stangler, a history and English double major from Columbia, Mo., who graduated from Truman this May, was awarded a national competitive scholarship of up to $30,000 from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation received 587 applications from 272 colleges. Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually, and Stangler was the only student from a Missouri university to receive the award.

Wyatt Hoffman, a political science major from Kansas City, Mo., who graduated from Truman this May, was selected for the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program. Hoffman, as the first Truman student to be accepted into the program, will be participating in research related to nuclear policy.

After competing in Zone 7 Championships, three members from the Truman Equestrian Team advanced to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships. The Zone 7 Championships took place in April at West Texas A&M where Caitlin Shaefer, Danielle Witt and Elizabeth Miller all qualified for nationals. Schaefer placed second in the walk-trot equitation, Witt was awarded second place in the novice equitation on the flat and Miller placed second in the open equitation on the flat.

The Truman Forensic Union earned top debate honors at the National Forensic Association’s national championship tournament hosted by Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., in April. Myra Milam, a communication disorders major, was awarded the first place speaker award in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Division. Maddie Ebert, political science, reached the octafinal or “sweet sixteen” round of the tournament. Nick Gorman, economics major, reached the double-octafinal round. Gorman was also ranked the 10th best speaker in the tournament. The team placed third overall in the nation in sweepstakes competition, a cumulative measure of performance among all Lincoln-Douglas competitors. Qualifiers for the national tournament contributing to these team awards, in addition to Milam, Ebert and Gorman, include: Mackenzie Barnes, Alex Bisges, Blake Bixler, Codi Caton, David Cook, Alex Gregor, Max Highsmith, Dillon Laaker, Arielle Long-Seabra and Sarah Muir.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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