Truman State University http://www.truman.edu Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:35:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 “Pursue the Future” Campaign Exceeds Goal http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18865 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18865 In less than the allotted five years, Truman surpassed the $40 million goal in its "Pursue the Future" fundraising campaign.

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Attendees of the Foundation Banquet applaud as the current total of funds raised in the "Pursue the Future" campaign is announced. In less than the allotted five years, Truman surpassed its $40 million goal.

In less than the allotted five years, Truman surpassed the $40 million goal in its “Pursue the Future” fundraising campaign.
 
At the Truman State University Foundation Banquet, April 14, a surprise announcement revealed the campaign exceeded its original goal.
 
“I am grateful for each and every gift commitment that has been made during this campaign. It takes every single gift to reach a stretch goal,” said Charles Hunsaker, interim director for advancement. “With roughly seven years invested in this campaign, counting pre-campaign planning, it is so gratifying for our staff and volunteers to have surpassed this significant goal.”
 
A majority of the money raised will go directly toward helping students. Nearly $23.7 million dollars has been allocated to support Foundation scholarships. Academic programs and faculty support will receive more than $7.9 million, followed by $5.4 million for mission enhancement gifts, including the Truman Fund for Excellence, along with more than $3 million for athletics.
 
“Student-centered support was the driving priority for this campaign,” Hunsaker said. “Our alumni and friends believe in Truman’s mission and have demonstrated this belief by their willingness to invest in our continued efforts to provide opportunity and access for each of our students.”
 
In total, more than 15,000 gifts and commitments have been received for the “Pursue the Future” campaign as of April 20. Commitments have come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from $1 up to the largest-ever commitment to the University, a $7 million legacy commitment from alumni Dan and Jan Shepherd.
 
Truman began the advanced gifts, or “quiet phase,” of the five-year “Pursue the Future” campaign July 1, 2013. The three-year public phase began in July 2015. “Pursue the Future” will conclude June 30, 2018, and any gifts or commitments received prior to then will count toward the official total.
 
For information on how to make a gift to the “Pursue the Future” campaign, including personalized bricks and pavers for the Sesquicentennial Plaza, visit campaign.truman.edu.

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Studio Art Senior Exhibitions Now on Display http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18875 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18875 Studio art senior capstone exhibitions will take place April 23-27 and April 30-May 4 in the University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish 1114.

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Senior studio art majors will display the results of their senior thesis projects in the gallery during the last two weeks of classes. These bodies of work are the result of semester-long projects in the medium in which these studio majors have chosen to concentrate, including printmaking, painting, ceramics, fibers and sculpture. The thesis exhibition for studio art majors completing a Bachelor of Arts will take place April 23-27 with a closing reception from 6-7:30 p.m. April 27. The thesis exhibition for studio art majors completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts will take place April 30-May 4 with a closing reception from 6-7:30 p.m. May 4.

Senior thesis exhibitions are sponsored by the Department of Art. University Art Gallery exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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New Data Science Program Expands Career Opportunities http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18854 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18854 With its new online graduate certificate in data science, Truman is offering working adults with a college degree an opportunity to gain experience in one of the world's fastest-growing career fields.

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With its new online graduate certificate in data science, Truman is offering working adults with a college degree an opportunity to gain experience in one of the world’s fastest-growing career fields.
 
Data scientists are trained to decipher large volumes of information in order to find trends and gain deeper insight into what it all means. Average salaries can reach well into six figures, and common career paths include business intelligence analysts, analytics managers and research scientists, to name a few.
 
Truman’s online program is the perfect fit for professionals looking to enhance their skill set or considering a career change. It is comprised of five online classes and can be completed in as little as 45 weeks. It’s also a great option for upcoming or recent graduates who want to add additional value to their already valuable Truman undergraduate degree.
 
“This program is designed with the needs of the working student firmly in mind,” said Kevin Minch, associate provost. “Courses are compact and online. An academic success mentor helps students stay on track throughout each course. Students are assessed based on projects that apply the skills they learn to work-relevant topics. Most importantly, they learn the essential skills to apply data science to work promptly, whereas many other programs require the completion of an entire master’s degree before producing a credential you can show your employer.”
 
For convenience, there are multiple start dates available throughout the year. Courses are taught in intensive, eight-week terms, and a flat tuition rate applies for all participants, regardless of where they reside. Open to graduates from all educational backgrounds, the only prerequisites are Computer Science 170 and Statistics 190, or the equivalent from another university. Truman currently offers both of the prerequisites online during the summer term.
 
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a notation on their transcripts and a certificate suitable for display.
 
Processing for applications has begun and the program will launch in January 2019. Participants who anticipate having to complete the prerequisites are encouraged to do so in summer 2018.

Additional details on the data science program can be found here or by contacting institute@truman.edu.

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Club Baseball Heads to Playoffs http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18877 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18877 The club baseball team will play in the National Club Baseball Association playoffs April 27-29 in Cape Girardeau.

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The club baseball team will play in the National Club Baseball Association playoffs April 27-29 in Cape Girardeau.

With a 15-0 record, the club is one of the only undefeated teams left in the league.

With games in the fall and spring, the club is a competitive baseball team for players who want to continue to play in college but with a smaller time commitment than a varsity team. Schools in the division include Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Northwest Missouri State, Central Missouri, Maryville and South East Missouri State. The team can be followed on twitter, @TSUClubBaseball.

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TruCare Tops 12,000 Hours of Service http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18825 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18825 As part of the TruCare service initiative, more than 1,200 members of the Truman community contributed 12,370.5 hours of service across the country.

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As part of the TruCare service initiative, more than 1,200 members of the Truman community contributed 12,370.5 hours of service across the country.
 
The Truman Alumni Association sponsored TruCare as a way for individual alumni and friends, along with alumni groups and student organizations, to share in the spirit of the Big Event. Anyone with a Truman affiliation was encouraged to count any community service hours completed from March 1 through the Big Event, which took place April 7.

Altogether, 1,230 Bulldogs contributed to this year’s count. Projects took place in 38 cities across 20 states and included working in food pantries, church nurseries, retirement communities, thrift shops, pet adoption centers and libraries, as well as participating in Habitat for Humanity.
 
In just its second year, TruCare saw an increase of 7,643 total hours and 169 alumni volunteers.

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Phi Tau Raises Nearly $3,500 for Charity http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18855 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18855 Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity conducted its annual Cookout for Kids, April 5, and achieved record numbers in both meals sold and dollars raised.

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Members of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity celebrate after the Cookout for Kids. All totaled, the group raised nearly $3,500 for the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity conducted its annual Cookout for Kids, April 5, and achieved record numbers in both meals sold and dollars raised.
 
Members of the fraternity sold 531 sack lunches for $5 each. Between sales from the lunches and donations from individuals and local businesses, the group secured $3,477.42 for the SeriousFun Children’s Network. The national philanthropy for Phi Tau, the SeriousFun Children’s Network, is a global community of 30 camps and programs that offers free recreational experiences to children with serious illnesses. These services are provided at no cost to the families.
 
In an effort to prepare and sell as many meals as possible, Phi Tau members worked with area businesses to secure donations and keep their costs low. Among those businesses making in-kind contributions to the Cookout for Kids were Smithfield Foods, the Wooden Nickel, Hy-Vee and Walmart. Several other businesses made financial contributions, including: Kirksville Motor Company; Sonny’s Collision Center; Galt Speak; Heritage House Realty; Peters Heating and Air Conditioning; Woody’s Tire and Auto; North Kansas City Electric; Forethought Travel LLC; Earl T. Burton, agent, New York Life Ins. Co.; Kirksville Pharmacy; Rapture Hair Salon; Holiday Inn Express; Kirksville Country Club; Hampton Inn; Vicki Benson and RE/MAX Home Team; the Benson Law Firm LLC; and Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Co. Inc.

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Celebrating 150: Opera on the Lake http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18837 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18837 Opera was a popular genre in the early 1900s, and the campus community staged several successful productions, including Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore."

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The cast of the “H. M. S. Pinafore” in 1911 poses for a picture following their performance, which took place on a stage built on Normal Lake. Photo courtesy of Pickler Memorial Library’s Digital Library.

Opera was a popular genre in the early 1900s, and the campus community staged several successful productions.
 
According to “Founding the Future: A History of Truman State University,” the first, and perhaps most famous, campus production was Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The comic opera was set aboard the ship H.M.S. Pinafore, and for the University version in 1911 a boat/stage was constructed on the campus lake, the area now known as the Quad.  
 
“Founding the Future” credits the lake as the setting of several opera productions, including “Alessandro Stradella” and “The Gondoliers.”

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Irish Fiddler to Perform Concert and Dance http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18850 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18850 Irish fiddler Eimear Arkins will perform in a traditional Irish concert and dance at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

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Irish fiddler Eimear Arkins will perform in a traditional Irish concert and dance at 6 p.m. April 27 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

The performance will include the concert, traditional dance demonstration, beginning dance instruction and inclusive music session.

Arkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Ruan in County Clare. She has 11 solo All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles and has competed in European and World Dancing Championships. She has performed extensively on concert tours throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada. She has represented Ireland in France as a performer at Rennes Expo and in Spain as a participant in La Noche Negra, a cultural collaboration and exchange between the Mid-West of Ireland and the province of Asturias.

In 2014, Arkins was selected to be part of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, which was put together to perform the Boróimhe Suite, written and directed by Michael Rooney, commemorating the life of Brian Ború. For the past seven summers, Arkins has performed with the internationally renowned show Brú Ború and was part of the troupe that represented Ireland at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. In August 2015, she traveled to World Expo 2015 in Milan with St. Louis Irish Arts where she promoted not only Irish culture but the expression of Irish culture worldwide.

Arkins has toured and performed with numerous groups including Cherish the Ladies and Téada. She has been a regular teacher at St. Louis Irish Arts since 2011 and has given workshops at various festivals throughout the world including: Catskills Irish Arts Week, New York; Viljandi Pärimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St. Louis Tionól, St. Louis; Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France; Winnipeg Irish Fest, Canada; and Canadian Celtic Celebration, Thunder Bay, Canada.

Sponsored by the folklore minor, in partnership with the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of English and Linguistics, the event is free and open to the public.

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Students Receive Journalism Awards http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18826 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18826 Truman Media Network brought home 14 awards from the Missouri College Media Association Conference, including multiple first and second place finishes.

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Truman Media Network brought home 14 awards from the Missouri College Media Association Conference, including multiple first and second place finishes.

TMN competed in division two against Webster University, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Drury University and Missouri Southern State University.

Six students attended the MCMA conference at Lindenwood University, where they participated in journalism-focused workshops and attended an awards banquet with other student journalists across the state. Brently Snead, the Index editor-in-chief, will serve as the MCMA secretary for the 2018-19 conference at Missouri State University.

The awards and recipients include:

Truman Media Network Staff

First Place, Website

The Index

Second Place, Best Overall Newspaper

Kennedy Martin

Honorable Mention, Sports Writing

Rachel Steinhoff

Honorable Mention, Sports Writing

Nicolas Telep

First Place, Column Writing

Gordon McPherson

First Place, Entertainment Review

Kennedy Martin

Third Place, Sports Photography

Kennedy Martin
Honorable Mention, Sports Photography

Daniel Degenhardt

Honorable Mention, Feature Photography

Annie Kintree

Second Place, Nonpolitical/Entertainment Cartoon

Mariah Radle
Honorable Mention, Information Graphic

Rachel Steinhoff and Seth Wolfmeyer

Third Place, Sports Page

Rachel Steinhoff and Jeremy Jacob

Honorable Mention, Sports Page

Rachel Fechter

Second Place, Features Page

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Purple Pride Award Accepting Nominations http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18874 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18874 Nominations are now open for the Mark and Robin Gambaiana Purple Pride Award.

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The Purple Pride Award is a cash prize that recognizes administrative assistants for exemplary service to their departments and to the University. In order to be considered, the administrative assistant must have at least five years of service with the University and must be non-exempt (hourly).
 
Colleagues, supervisors and co-workers can nominate an administrative assistant who meets the criteria from any department. Nomination forms, as well as more information about the Purple Pride Award, are available on the Human Resources website.
 
Nominations will remain open through May 31. The winner will be recognized during the University Opening Ceremony in August.

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