Truman Symposium: Action Projects

Action Projects, one of the components of the Truman Symposium (TRU 100), will get you working with members of a team on a common enterprise. Check out this list of projects and consider where/how you want to get involved.

READ: Literacy Outreach Project
Children who read or who are read to from a young age develop stronger language and cognitive reasoning skills while also exhibiting better emotional regulation and greater empathy for others. The benefits can last a lifetime. This semester join other Truman students who are passionate about reading and keen on working with kids on outreach projects that will support literacy and a love of reading in Kirksville children, pre-K—5th grade.
— SARA DAY, English

FOCUS: Mindfulness at Truman
Practicing mindfulness doesn’t mean just sitting still with your eyes closed, letting your thoughts disappear, and achieving some sort of Zen-like relaxation. Being mindful means understanding how stress, anxiety, and even our own thoughts can influence our actions, impacting our lives and the lives of others. In FOCUS, you’ll learn about mindfulness through readings and discussions, and by engaging in selected meditative practices. Action projects will explore how mindfulness can deepen your understanding of the world around you, from the way you study and pay attention in class to the way you experience art or interact with your friends.

CREATE: Making Your Mark
Come join us as we explore how art can celebrate and strengthen a community. Project groups in the CREATE section will get firsthand experience using art as a tool to educate and connect with those around them. We will use cyanotype, an alternative photo process that is easily tackled by non-artists, to create our own collaborative artworks.

WALK: Move in Community
What’s the best way to get oriented to a place? Walk. Walk with new friends. Walk alone. Walk with your phone on (Hi Mom!) and off. Get to know the lay of the land. Where is the post office? Where is the best Mexican food? Walk to socialize. Walk the dog. Walk for a cause. Walk to claim the streets and protest. Walk to belong to something, some place. Students in this class will explore the literal and metaphorical values of walking, as we reflect on our place in this landscape.
— BRIDGET THOMAS, Classical and Modern Languages

DESIGN: Sustainability through Puppets
Learn about theatre for social change through puppet construction and performance. Using materials that otherwise would end up in landfills, students will collaborate to create found object puppets. By using puppet theatre to raise community awareness about sustainability, waste, and recycling, students will create engaging characters and stories that advocate for social change.

FEED: Hunger in Adair County
Food insecurity is a growing problem in the United States and in fact affects 24% of households with children in Adair County. Thankfully, Adair County citizens do what we can to alleviate this problem and we have a unique opportunity at the Truman State University Farm to help in meeting the need for fresh food. Come be a part of the solution by researching, volunteering, collecting and growing food for people in need while you learn about sustainable vegetable and chicken production.
— BOB JOHNSON, Agricultural Science

ILLUMINATE: Combating Light Pollution
This course focuses on defining, analyzing, and acting on the problem of light pollution. Light pollution is the inappropriate use of artificial light at night. It is an environmental pollutant that adversely affects human, animal, plant, and environmental health and robs us of the opportunity to experience the wonder of the night sky. Students will learn about these harmful effects of light pollution and of ways to mitigate it. Students will participate in civic engagement and activism by petitioning law enforcement, parks, and city administrators to install night-sky-friendly outdoor lighting with the aim of establishing a ‘dark sky community’ in Kirksville.

ENGAGE: Connecting the Symposium Community
This course focuses on sharing the Symposium and Symposium related activities with the campus community. Students will learn communication planning and strategies for community engagement. Students will then apply these skills to create awareness of campus projects and activities, as well as building a sense of community for all of the Symposium projects and affiliated partners. Students will participate in planning a final event or festival that showcases the projects being completed by their fellow
— DAVID PRICE, Communication

Updated April 8, 2021