Truman State University http://www.truman.edu Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:52:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Celebrating 150: The Presidents http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18424 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18424 A total of 17 individuals have served in the role of president. While many of their names are familiar thanks to campus landmarks, their stories can sometimes be overlooked.

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President Ryle shakes with a bulldog. At 30 years, Ryle's presidency is the longest in the history of the University. Photo courtesy of the Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections Department.

In its 150-year history, the University has been fortunate to have consistent, steady leadership. Including interims, a total of 17 individuals have served in the role of president. While many of their names are familiar thanks to campus landmarks, their stories can sometimes be overlooked.

John R. Kirk holds the distinction of having two buildings named in his honor, but probably few people realize he was the first alumnus to lead the University. As a student, Kirk worked as a secretary to president Joseph Baldwin in order to pay for his education and support his family. An attorney before his own presidency, all six of Kirk’s children graduated from the University.

When Eugene Fair succeeded Kirk in 1925 he became the first Missouri native to take on the role. Fair was politically active most of his adult life and in 1920 ran for the Missouri House of Representatives. He won the election and served as Adair County’s representative to the general assembly while continuing his position at the college. Fair also holds another distinction as the first University president to pass away while in office. He died after suffering a stroke at a speaking engagement in St. Louis.

William P. Nason and Joseph P. Blanton shared more than just a middle initial. Nason, a South Carolinian, and Blanton, who hailed from Virginia, were the second and third presidents, respectively. Forever linked as two-thirds of the trifecta in Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall, the two men have one last, grim connection in that they both passed away in 1909.

Not all presidential connections are of the somber variety. Founder Joseph Baldwin and current president Sue Thomas are both natives of Pennsylvania and together form Keystone State bookends of University leaders. Presidents Robert Dager and Troy Paino share a Hoosier heritage, while another five represent the Show-Me State. The unofficial alumni club of graduates who have served in the top post is smaller still with only four members.   

Baldwin is not the only University president to create an institution of higher learning. Charles McClain founded Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., in 1963, and after his time in Kirksville he went on to serve as Missouri’s commissioner of higher education.

For a full 20 percent of the University’s history, Walter H. Ryle III held sway over campus. His tenure of 30 years is more than the combined terms of Nason, Paino, F. Clark Elkins, Eli F. Mittler, Russell Warren, W. Jack Magruder, Barbara B. Dixon and Darrell W. Krueger. To be fair, that list does include three of the four presidents who served exclusively in an interim capacity.

It is not uncommon for University presidents to have a legal background, but only one can boast of being both an attorney and a medical doctor. William D. Dobson studied law for two years and was admitted to the bar in 1872. After resigning his presidency in 1899, he enrolled in the American School of Osteopathy across town, today known as A.T. Still University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1902 and following four years on the ASO faculty moved to St. Louis to open his own medical practice.

Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections Department has more information about the University presidents available online at library.truman.edu/archives/presidents.asp.

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Student Philanthropy Council Sponsors Student Giving Campaign http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18455 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18455 Three student-run crowdfunding campaigns will be featured in a competition for match money from alumna donor Colleen Ritchie ('84).

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From Feb. 26 through March 2, the Student Philanthropy Council will sponsor the annual Student Giving Campaign.

This campaign gives students the chance to work together to make a difference in their student experience. Three student-run crowdfunding campaigns will be featured in a competition for match money from alumna donor Colleen Ritchie (’84). The campaign with the greatest number of students donating $5 or more will received a $2,000 match. The second-place campaign will receive a $1,000 match and the third-place team will receive a $500 match.

The three featured campaigns this year are the Bike Coop, the Women’s Resource Center and KTRM. More information on the campaigns will be available next week.

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Mental Wellness Support Group to Meet Mondays and Thursdays http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18443 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18443 Positive Peers is a mental wellness support group for Truman students seeking increased peer support for their mental health and wellness.

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Positive Peers is a mental wellness support group for Truman students seeking increased peer support for their mental health and wellness. Facilitators have been trained by University Counseling Services on how to lead a peer-to-peer support group.

Support groups will meet weekly in Baldwin Hall Room 113 at the following times:

Mondays
5:30-7 p.m.
 
Thursdays
7-8:30 p.m.

Groups are open for students to join anytime during the semester. Attend one or two groups per week. There is no commitment, and students are not obligated to continue attending every session.

Positive Peers welcomes students currently in distress as well as students seeking to prevent distress. Facilitators are not counselors and cannot provide professional advice. Students in need of professional support should contact University Counseling Services at 660.785.4014. Facilitators will serve as discussion-leaders, providing the group with structure, a safe space to support one another and referrals to outside sources if needed.

Potential benefits of joining a support group:
- Reducing stress
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Improving coping skills and sense of adjustment
- Talking openly and honestly about feelings
- Gaining peer advice
- Increased social connections, both in number and in depth

For more information about Positive Peers email PositivePeersTSU@gmail.com.

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Truman Tops List of Fulbright Producers http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18447 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18447 Truman was No. 1 on the list of master's institutions for producing Fulbright students. The University had nine Fulbright students selected from a total of 16 applications.

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Truman is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-18 Fulbright students.

Published in the Feb. 18 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Truman was No. 1 on the list of master’s institutions for producing Fulbright students. The University had nine Fulbright students selected from a total of 16 applications.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research abroad each year.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. It is funded by an annual appropriation from Congress to the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

Of the 22 universities listed among the master’s institutions, Truman was the only Missouri school.

The complete lists from The Chronicle of Higher Education can be found here. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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Music Faculty to Perform Recital http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18448 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18448 A faculty recital featuring Xin Gao, saxophone, and Bhunghee Yoo, piano, will occur at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

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A faculty recital featuring Xin Gao, saxophone, and Bhunghee Yoo, piano, will occur at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will include “Largo” by George Frideric Handel, “Sonata en C#” by Fernande Decruck, “Chinese Ancient Dances” by Chen Yo, “Ku Ku” by Barry Cockcroft and “Sonata” by Mark Kilstofte.

Hailing from Chengdu, China, Gao currently serves as assistant professor of saxophone and music theory. Prior to Truman, he taught at East Tennessee State University, the Music Academy of North Carolina, Furman University and Georgia State University. He has received national and international recognition at major world competitions including first place at the Music Teachers National Association National Young Artist Competition in 2011, finalist at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition in 2014 and as a two-time semi-finalist at the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in 2008 and 2014. With the chamber group QuadrAtomic Saxophon quartet, he reached the finals of both the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and the group was awarded the Coleman-Saunderson Prize.

Gao has performed as a soloist in orchestras and recitals across the United States and Asia, including the UNCG Orchestra, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Orchestra, University of Illinois - Chicago Wind Ensemble, Duquesne Orchestra and the Sichuan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in China. He frequently performs lecture recitals at national and international conferences, such as the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. As a chamber musician, his experience with the Sirocco Reed Quintet, New Century Saxophone Quartet, QuadATOMIC Saxophone Quartet and Road of Creativity ensemble have all played major roles in forming his musical identity.

Being passionate about new music, Gao has commissioned new pieces from world-renowned composers such as Sherwood Shaffer, Marc Mellits, David Maslanka and Leilei Tian, and he has collaborated directly with young composers such as Wei Dai in his efforts to bring Chinese music to a wider audience.

A native of South Korea, Yoo is a collaborative artist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout the United States, South Korea and Italy, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Sejong Center. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Renee Fleming, Warren Jones, Jake Heggie and Robert Beaser. Yoo came to the United States after receiving top honors at Kyungwon University where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, as a solo pianist, and Master of Music degree, as a collaborative piano student of Younghae Han. She holds her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, J.J. Penna and Diane Richardson. At Juilliard, she was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Alexander Siloti Scholarship and the Bernard P. and Leigh M. Seder Scholarship. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Anne Epperson and was the recipient of the Butler Excellence Scholarship. She has participated in Amati Music Festival in the United States and Tivoli Music Festival in Italy.

Yoo has served as a vocal arts piano fellow and staff pianist at the Juilliard School, Kaufman Music School and McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. She has been a staff pianist at Bowdoin International Music Festival since 2010. She joined Truman as a collaborative pianist in the fall of 2016 and now serves as the coordinator of accompanying for the music department.

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TruCare Offers Opportunity to Serve http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18444 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0000 http://newsletter.truman.edu/article.asp?id=18444 Designed as a way for alumni and friends to share in the spirit of the Big Event, TruCare allows anyone with a Truman affiliation to count service hours completed from March 1 through midnight April 1 as part of a cumulative total.

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The monthlong TruCare service initiative will again take place throughout March, giving everyone with a Truman connection an opportunity to show how dedicated the University is to service.

Designed as a way for alumni and friends to share in the spirit of the Big Event, TruCare allows anyone with a Truman affiliation to count service hours completed from March 1 through midnight April 1 as part of a cumulative total.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University can participate by simply logging any service hours completed during that time on the TruCare website. Hours can be logged individually or by student organizations. Hours completed during the Big Event will also be counted. The grand total will be announced in April.

In its inaugural campaign last year, TruCare saw more than 1,300 members of the Truman community contribute 4,727.5 hours of service. Projects took place in 21 cities across nine states and included working in food pantries, church nurseries, retirement communities, thrift shops, pet adoption centers and libraries, as well as fixing up a summer camp and participating in Habitat for Humanity.

TruCare is sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association. For questions about the program, contact Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, at 600.785.4167.

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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.

Pickler Memorial Library

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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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25 Tips from Graduates to Students http://www.truman.edu/25-tips-graduates-students/ Tue, 24 May 2016 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 most recent 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 […]

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Picnic for graduates

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

Students studying in the Hub in the Student Union BuildingOn 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

Quad

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

The Quad on the Truman campus.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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