News & Stories
- Paino to Deliver Last Lecture April 27
University President Troy Paino will give his “last lecture” titled “On Saying Goodbye: The Power of Letting Go.” at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.
The lecture, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, a ticket will be required.
Tickets to the event may be picked up in the SAB Office in the Student Union Building between 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Out-of-town guests can also reserve a ticket by calling 660.785.4722.
- Physicist to Give Commencement Address
Brandon Sorbom, a physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give the commencement address during graduation ceremonies May 7.
Sorbom is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at MIT and the lead author of the ARC Reactor design study, a student-led conceptual design for a small, modular fusion pilot plant. Along with other students, researchers and engineers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, he is working on applying new superconducting magnet technology to accelerate the development of fusion energy as a usable power source in the future.
- Spring 2016 Commencement Information
Commencement is a joyous occasion on campus, and we're counting down the days as the Truman community prepares for the University's graduation ceremonies.
Find important details and information regarding Commencement and the activities scheduled for Saturday, May 7.
- Greek Life Students Raise Thousands for Charity
The Truman Greek community recently raised more than $22,000 to help support Heart to Heart International, the Kirksville Head Start Program and the Novinger School District.
Throughout Greek Week in April, Greek students collected various school supplies which were donated to the Kirksville Head Start Program as well as the Novinger School District. On April 7, Greek students participated in a PowrServ program, assembling 1,000 personal hygiene kits for Heart to Heart International. Organizations within the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council exceeded the Greek Week goal of $10,000 to fund the PowrServ event. The men of IFC more than doubled their collective amount raised compared to last year’s Greek Week philanthropy efforts.
- Forensic Union Takes Fifth Place at National Championship
Truman’s Forensic Union won fifth place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Sweepstakes at the 2016 National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament April 16-17.
In addition to a strong sweepstakes placing, the team broke four debaters to elimination rounds. Senior Dillon Laaker and freshman Jack Eames both advanced to double-octofinals, ranking them in the top 32 LD debaters nationally. Freshmen Johnathan Christy and Tyler Behymer advanced to octofinals, ranking them in the top 16. Laaker also was awarded ninth speaker, meaning he was recognized as one of the top 10 debate speakers in the nation.
- Student Media Win Awards at MCMA Conference
The Truman Index took home 14 awards at the 2016 Missouri College Media Association Conference April 8-9 in Cape Girardeau.
Truman sent six students to the conference hosted by Southeast Missouri State University. The conference, which welcomed representatives from Missouri’s 32 MCMA member colleges and universities, included sessions and panel discussions to explore media-related topics and encourage discourse among those who attended the event.
- Printmaking Display Now At Pickler Library Café
The coffee shop exhibit area, located on the first floor of Pickler Memorial Library, is currently displaying an exhibition of art by printmaking students until May 4.
Each student selected their works, chosen from a variety of projects utilizing a number of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. Exhibited examples include relief, intaglio, planographic and serigraphic methods of fine arts printed imagery.
- Speaker to Discuss Public Choice Economics
Nikolai G. Wenzel, associate professor of economics at Flagler College, will give a presentation about public choice economics entitled “Baptists and bootleggers: the strange alliances of politics! Who really writes financial legislation?” at 7 p.m. April 25 in Violette Hall 1010.
The beginnings of public choice theory stem from Gordon Tullock and Nobel Prize winner James Buchanan who worked to explain how public decisions are made. It applies economic principles to the interaction of the voting public, politicians, political action committees and the bureaucracy of government. Wenzel’s research focuses on constitutional political economy and the institutions that promote human liberty and flourishing, with an emphasis on the role of ideology and culture, the history of ideas and the work of Austrian Nobel Prize-winning economist F. A. Hayek.
- Rail Survey Results Released
A new survey conducted by the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission showed Amtrak is a crucial transportation for students, faculty and staff at Truman.
Truman was one of three four-year colleges and universities in Missouri to participate in the survey. It aimed to assess the importance of intercity passenger rail service among college and university students, faculty and staff whose schools are located along current Amtrak routes and help determine what schools, states and the region can do to boost passenger rail service.
This Week in Truman Athletics
This week's sporting events include Track and Field, Softball and Baseball.
Photo of the Week
On a warm day, you can catch the cooling spray of the fountain located on the campus mall between Pickler Memorial Library (shown on the right) and the Student Union Building.
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– Neva S., Creative Writing Major, Theatre Minor