Truman State University http://www.truman.edu Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:56:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 25 Tips from Graduates to Students http://www.truman.edu/25-tips-graduates-students/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:42:10 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=66205 When asked what one piece of advice they would give to incoming students that they wish they had received, Truman State University’s graduates shared some words of wisdom. On Academics… “Use all the free resources Truman provides like tutoring and counseling.” —Ciera “It’s okay to change your major.” —Valerie “Take classes you don’t need but that you’re […]

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When asked what one piece of advice they would give to incoming students that they wish they had received, Truman State University’s graduates shared some words of wisdom.

On Academics…

“Use all the free resources Truman provides like tutoring and counseling.”
—Ciera

“It’s okay to change your major.”
—Valerie

“Take classes you don’t need but that you’re interested in.”
—Patty

“If you are a minority, connect with the MAC [Multicultural Affairs Center] freshman year.”
—Kiana

“Make sure you meet with professors! They’re friendly people, and it will really help you in the long run.”
—Holly

“Balance everything. It is possible to get good grades and be involved.”
—Jessica

“Learn how you learn and master it.”
—Bethany

“Go to the Career Fair as many times as you can and as early as you can. Look into internships and study-abroad programs, too.”
—Daniel

“Be open to all career paths. Shadow as many places as possible.”
—Elizabeth

“If there’s something you always wanted to do/learn  ̶  acting, hip-hop dancing or taking Latin  ̶  do it now! This is your moment.”
—Elizabeth

On Student Life…

“Take advantage of the events/speakers, etc. on campus. There’s so much to do — you’ll never be bored!”
—Callie

“Join groups and clubs and make friends freshman year.”
—Josh

“Get to know the people on your floor. They may just be your best friends for the next four years.”
—Denise

“Truman goes by fast. Spend time with friends and make memories. You won’t remember the tests you took but will remember the friends you make.”
—Carly

“Be intentional with others, ask them to hang out. Don’t wait for people to come to you.”
—Ruth

“Spend time with international students  ̶  get to know them and learn from them.”
—Thomas

“Try everything and find something to be involved in early.”
—Zach

“Take advantage of all the opportunities Truman and Kirksville have to offer   ̶   the special events, the movies, the free food  ̶  don’t miss anything.”
—Chelsie

Final Advice…

“Don’t be afraid to try new things! Truman’s a great place to branch out of your comfort zone. Take advantage of it.”
—Angie

“Never give up! This school is tough but very rewarding!”
—Mohammed

“Let yourself have the freedom to make mistakes, grow, and learn from them. You will do great things!”
—Hannah

“Always have a plan B.”
—Jazmin

“Take time to relax and enjoy this beautiful place.”
—Rebecca

“Don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be afraid to give stuff up.”
—Priyanka

“Stop, smell the daffodils, and enjoy every minute. And love the squirrels well.”
—Jeni

Commencement Selfie at Stokes Stadium

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Truman Leads Missouri Public Schools in Best Value Rankings http://www.truman.edu/truman-leads-missouri-public-schools-best-value-rankings/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:29:53 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=97311 Truman State University is the highest rated Missouri public school to be included in the 2018 Best College Values ranking conducted by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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Truman State University is the highest rated Missouri public school to be included in the 2018 Best College Values ranking conducted by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Kiplinger combined public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single comprehensive list and rated the 300 Best College Values for 2018. Overall, Truman came in at No. 71, while the only other Missouri public school on the list is ranked 234.

In total, eight Missouri institutions are on the Kiplinger list. Rated against its Show-Me-State peers, Truman was by far the best financial option. On average, Truman’s annual cost is nearly $20,000 lower than the other Missouri schools.

Along with its comprehensive list, Kiplinger also rated the 100 top values in public colleges. Again, Truman was the highest ranked Missouri institution, coming in at No. 19 overall. In terms of affordability for out-of-state students, Truman was No. 8 on the list for public schools.

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include admission rate, percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include total costs, financial aid and average debt at graduation. The complete rankings are now available online at kiplinger.com/links/colleges and appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Truman has the highest graduation and retention rates among Missouri public schools according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

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Truman Earns No. 1 Ranking for 21 Consecutive Years http://www.truman.edu/truman-earns-no-1-ranking-21-consecutive-years/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:28:00 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=92077 In the 2018 Best College rankings, Truman was again listed as the No. 1 public university, No. 8 overall, in the Midwest region.

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Truman State University has now topped the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 21 years in a row.

In the recently released 2018 Best College rankings, Truman was again listed as the No. 1 public university, No. 8 overall, in the Midwest region. Truman was the only Missouri university in the top 10, and it was the state’s only public school listed among the top 85 institutions rated in the Midwest regional rankings.

“The accolades Truman receives are a direct result of the commitment to excellence by every member of our University community,” University President Susan L. Thomas said. “Our goal is to provide an exemplary education that endows our graduates with the skills and knowledge to lead and to develop creative solutions for local, state, national and global issues. Our students are immensely well equipped for post-graduation success in meeting the demands of the 21st century and in leading meaningful and productive lives. Even after 21 years, it is gratifying to have our efforts and impact recognized.”

Truman also earned high praise as one of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Value Schools. In the Great Schools, Great Prices section, Truman was the No. 1 public university, No. 2 overall, for the Midwest region. Of the 15 schools included on the list, Truman was one of only two public institutions.

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on several indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, student-to-faculty ratio and alumni giving rate. Complete listings are available at usnews.com/colleges.

Founded in 1867, Truman is celebrating its sesquicentennial during the 2017-18 academic year. Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities.

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Among the Best in the Midwest http://www.truman.edu/truman-celebrates-20-years-no-1-public-school-midwest/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:47:12 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=71103 For 20 years in a row (and counting), we've been named on U.S. News & World Report's "Best in the Midwest" list.

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For the 20th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Truman State University as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region.

This recognition comes from the newly released 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Truman also tied for the No. 8 spot overall in the Midwest region among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. Truman far outpaced the other Missouri public schools on the list, the closest of which was more than 50 spots lower.

“We are thrilled Truman’s dedication to an exceptional educational experience has resulted in this distinction for two decades,” University President Dr. Susan L. Thomas said. “We have proven time and again that student success is our highest priority and it is fantastic to be recognized for our culture of excellence. We are honored every time we achieve this recognition and it is something we never take for granted.”

High praise for Truman came in several supplemental categories. It was the only public school in the Midwest to earn a spot in the “A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” section, coming in tied for No. 2. Truman was the only Missouri school to be recognized in this area.

The University’s dedication to student research led to Truman’s inclusion in the “Programs to Look For” section in the category of “Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.” Schools on the unranked list were cited as institutions where “students do intensive and self-directed research or creative work that results in an original or scholarly paper or project that can be formally presented on or off campus.”

Another appearance for Truman came on the “A-Plus Schools for B Students” list. Schools in this unranked category were acknowledged as institutions where such students “have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving” because “spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office.”

Truman also earned a spot on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list, coming in as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest, No. 8 overall for the region. To qualify for this list, schools must participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and have 20 or more students who used GI Bill benefits to finance their educations.

U.S. News & World Report bases its regional rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at usnews.com/colleges.
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Students Give Back to the Local Community http://www.truman.edu/students-give-back-local-community/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:03:20 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=63581 Around 1,200 Truman students rallied together on Saturday, April 2, 2016, to donate a day of service for the Big Event, the largest service project on campus. The day-long, student-run event, which is organized through the SERVE Center at Truman, helps students form connections within the Kirksville community by giving some of their time to […]

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The Big Event at Truman State University
Volunteers participating in the Big Event on April 2, 2016, posed for this group photo before heading off to their assigned tasks around Kirksville

Around 1,200 Truman students rallied together on Saturday, April 2, 2016, to donate a day of service for the Big Event, the largest service project on campus. The day-long, student-run event, which is organized through the SERVE Center at Truman, helps students form connections within the Kirksville community by giving some of their time to work on service projects for local residents.

For this annual event, enthusiastic volunteers assigned to specific worksites fan out across the community and spend the day volunteering for projects ranging from painting, to yard work, to street clean-up and more.

Elizabeth Roe, a member of the SERVE Center staff, was among the students who helped organize this year’s Big Event. “We love when students help out elderly community members who physically can’t complete jobs themselves,” says Roe. “We have received many thank-yous from elderly people who thought the students did an excellent job and were very respectful.”

Local residents all across Kirksville benefit from this huge volunteer effort, while students have a chance to make new friends in the community.

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Library Pit to Become Squirrel Sanctuary http://www.truman.edu/library-pit-become-squirrel-sanctuary-3/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:54:53 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=63440 Truman State University announced today that the “pit” area located south of Pickler Memorial Library would be converted into a sanctuary for campus squirrels, thanks to a partnership between the school and a wildlife preservation organization. The University was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the nonprofit Americans Promoting Recreational Fauna Outdoor Observational Living Spaces […]

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Truman State University announced today that the “pit” area located south of Pickler Memorial Library would be converted into a sanctuary for campus squirrels, thanks to a partnership between the school and a wildlife preservation organization.

The University was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the nonprofit Americans Promoting Recreational Fauna Outdoor Observational Living Spaces to convert the unused area. Wildlife experts awarded the grant to Truman citing the need to provide the animals a natural habitat, and noted that constant campus construction and student foot traffic can irrevocably harm the already fragile psyche of a squirrel.

“Squirrels are synonymous with Truman,” University President Troy Paino said. “Anyone who has ever visited our campus has probably had a positive encounter with one of our squirrels, and hopefully by creating this safe space, those encounters will continue for years to come.”

Alvin Scrat, the director of Americans Promoting Recreational Fauna Outdoor Observational Living Spaces, contacted representatives of the University in December after he learned of the acorn art project on campus.

“When we saw that, we felt it was obvious that Truman is a community with a deep spiritual connection to the local squirrels,” Scrat said. “Moving forward with the sanctuary in Kirksville makes logical sense.”

In addition to the creation of the sanctuary, the grant also allocates funding for research on the squirrels. While the pit made for a natural site selection, its proximity to the library offers other potential opportunities.

“Not unlike our students, our squirrels are highly intelligent,” Paino said. “The researchers tell me that squirrels can be trained, and we are exploring potential work-study options for them.”

Researchers are confident within five years the squirrels could be implemented to aid the Pickler Memorial Library staff and possibly even run the library’s Starbucks.

In light of Truman’s new affiliation, Paino said he would launch exploratory committees to gauge student and alumni interest in changing the mascot from a bulldog to a squirrel. Any announcement regarding that decision is not expected to be made before April 1, 2017, which Paino noted is April Fools’ Day.

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$2,700 Raised for Buddy Walk http://www.truman.edu/2700-raise-for-buddy-walk/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 19:53:57 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=53563 Pete Kelly, professor of education and chair of the Department of Education, inspired approximately 70 faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in the Kirksville Buddy Walk where $2,700 was raised to help feed school children in Kirksville on weekends and holidays!

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Pete Kelly, professor of education and chair of the Department of Education, inspired approximately 70 faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate in the Kirksville Buddy Walk where $2,700 was raised to help feed school children in Kirksville on weekends and holidays!

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Truman Recognized as No. 1 Public School in Midwest http://www.truman.edu/truman-recognized-as-no-1-public-school-in-midwest/ Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:35:58 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=53203 For the 19th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category.

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For the 19th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Truman State University as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category.  This recognition comes from the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Truman also tied for the No. 8 spot overall in the Midwest region among both private and public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs. That placed the University one spot better than last year’s ranking and a full 10 spots higher than the second-best public school on the list. Truman far outpaced the other Missouri public schools on the list, the closest of which was more than 50 spots lower.

Truman received high praise in several supplemental categories:

• No. 1 school in the Midwest region in the “A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” section.
• In terms of affordability, among regional universities, Truman was the No. 1 public school, and No. 5 overall, in the “Best Value Schools” section for the Midwest.
• Truman was also recognized on the “Most Innovative Schools” list, coming in tied at No. 3 overall in the Midwest.
• Truman also earned a spot on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.

Another new appearance for Truman comes on the A-Plus Schools for B Students” list. Schools in this category were acknowledged as institutions where students “have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving” because “spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office.”

The complete U.S. News & World Report listings are available at usnews.com/colleges.

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Cross Country Coach Jim White “McFarland, USA” http://www.truman.edu/cross-country-coach-jim-white-mcfarland-usa/ Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:13:55 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=52372 Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 7 p.m. Baldwin Auditorium This event is free, and no ticket is required. Jim White, whose story inspired the movie McFarland, USA, will kick off the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series 2015-2016 season. Jim White, known affectionately by the locals as “Blanco,” is considered a legend in McFarland During his 20 years as […]

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Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
7 p.m.
Baldwin Auditorium

This event is free, and no ticket is required.

Jim White, whose story inspired the movie McFarland, USA, will kick off the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series 2015-2016 season. Jim White, known affectionately by the locals as “Blanco,” is considered a legend in McFarland

During his 20 years as the cross-country coach, he not only won an unprecedented nine state championships, but he managed to transform his community by training the young men on his team, mainly children of immigrant field workers, to run fast, work hard and dream of bigger things than picking almonds and avocados. Thanks to White, dozens of his runners have ended up going to college or into the armed forces.

White’s talk is being co-sponsored by the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series, the Multicultural Affairs Center and Ekklesia.

MOVIE: “McFarland USA”
The movie “McFarland” will be shown following White’s presentation in Baldwin Auditorium. The screening is sponsored by the School of Social and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Communication Department and the Athletics Department.

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Truman Ranked No. 2 Master’s University in the Nation http://www.truman.edu/truman-ranked-no-2-masters-university-in-the-nation-2/ Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:55:03 +0000 http://www.truman.edu/?p=52019 Truman has earned the No. 2 spot in the Master’s University category of the annual Washington Monthly College Rankings.

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For the second consecutive year, Truman State University has earned the No. 2 spot in the Master’s University category of the annual Washington Monthly College Rankings.

Truman was again the No. 1 public school on the Master’s University list and is the only Missouri public institution in the entire top 100.

As is the case with several other publications, Truman has become a fixture in the Washington Monthly College Rankings, which are unique in that they are based primarily on civic engagement, research and social mobility. Schools receive high marks for contributing to society, enrolling low-income students, helping them graduate and keeping costs affordable.

“As a public university, I feel we have a duty to not only prepare our graduates, but also to instill in them the belief that they have the ability and the obligation to contribute to the greater good,” University President Troy D. Paino said. “It’s great to see a publication recognizing that important aspect of education, and the fact that Truman rates high on this list just reaffirms what we have been trying to accomplish here for years.”

Truman garnered additional praise in the overall introduction to this year’s rankings. In the “Hidden Gems” section, Washington Monthly editors noted that many universities across the country “serve as the workhorse institutions of American higher education, providing affordable degrees with strong ties to regional economies,” and specifically praised Truman for its graduation rates, affordable tuition and success at enrolling students in both the Peace Corps and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media. The college guide and rankings appear in the magazine’s September/October issue. The complete 2015 rankings and feature stories can be found at washingtonmonthly.com/college-rankings.

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