Article Category Archives: Around the Quad

Record Number of Students Receive Fulbright Grants

A total of nine Truman students received Fulbright awards for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Fulbright program offers fellowships for U.S. college graduates, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad.

Altogether, Truman had 16 students complete applications for the program. All nine of the selected semifinalists went on to receive awards, an all-time high for the University.

The selected students and the countries in which they will spend the Fulbright year are: Luke Bishop, Spain; Christy Crouse, Colombia; Luc Derry, Georgia; Shelby Kovack, Spain; Nathan Schellenberg, South Korea; Matthew Warner, Spain; Lydia Whitacre, South Africa; Sadie Williams, Spain; and Ellen Zempel, Nepal.

Nine Truman students received Fulbright awards and will teach English abroad during the coming school year. Pictured, from left to right: Luke Bishop, Shelby Kovack, Luc Derry, Sadie Williams, Christy Crouse and Nathan Schellenberg. Not pictured: Matthew Warner, Lydia Whitacre and Ellen Zempel.


Truman Students Excel on CPA Exam

The first-time pass rate for Truman students on the 2016 CPA exam was among the highest in the nation.
According to a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) report, Truman’s first-time pass rate ranked second in the country for medium-sized programs with 21 to 60 reported candidates. Truman ranked 15th out of the 858 institutions with 10 or more reported candidates.

Truman had 49 first-time candidates sit for the exam in 2016. University candidates passed 81.1 percent of exam sections taken with an average score of 81.2 percent. Nationally, the first-time pass rate was 54.4 percent.
Consistently among the top 10 percent in performance on the CPA exam, Truman is one of only five public universities in the top 20 for medium-sized programs.

Truman is one of only 185 universities worldwide accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is the internationally recognized, specialized designation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

University Preps for Solar Eclipse

The first day of classes for the coming school year will include a unique learning opportunity. Aug. 21, 2017 will feature a solar eclipse across 14 states. Kirksville is near the path of totality and will witness a 98 percent obscuration of the sun by the moon.

In preparation for the eclipse, faculty members and students from the Stargazers astronomy club have been working on events to help the community experience the rare occurrence. Solar telescopes and solar binoculars will be set up the day of the event on campus near the Student Union Building Mall and at the observatory located at the University Farm. They will also be accessible at the Adair County Public Library and the Moberly Area Community College parking lot on Normal Street. Additionally, there will be other means for observing the eclipse, including sunspotters and solar-funnels. These events are free and open to everyone.

In the lead up to the eclipse, the Stargazers will set up solar telescopes at various locations in Kirksville. They also are selling eclipse glasses for $1, with proceeds supporting the observatory. Anyone interested in purchasing glasses can contact Vayujeet Gokhale at

Useful links regarding the eclipse can be found at

Nursing Pass Rate Exceeds State Average

Last year, graduates from Truman’s Department of Nursing exceeded the state average pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses.

According to the NCLEX-RN pass rates released by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 97.73 percent of Truman nursing graduates passed on their first attempt. By comparison, the overall Missouri rate was 85.50 percent.

Truman offers both the traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, as well as an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. For the ABSN, students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another subject can earn a nursing degree in 15 months.

The Truman Department of Nursing has the seal of approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Truman Adds Master of Athletic Training Program

Classes for Truman’s new Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program begin in July.

The MAT is a two-year program offering hands-on didactic experiences. Students work with a variety of patient populations, as well as experienced faculty and physicians. A bachelor’s degree is required, and all major backgrounds are welcome. Prerequisite courses include human anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, general psychology, statistics and first aid/CPR certification.

The MAT is a CAATE accredited, researched-based (non-thesis) program. For more information, visit or contact Brandy Schneider, athletic training program director, at (660) 785-4407 or Application and tuition information can be found at

MAE Program Earns New National Accreditation

Truman’s Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program has received full accreditation for the next seven years through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Truman MAE program was an early adopter of the new CAEP standards and one of the first educator preparation programs in the country to receive accreditation.

The CAEP standards reflect the voice of the education field on what makes a quality teacher. CAEP accreditation ensures there is solid evidence Truman’s graduates are competent and caring, and that the University’s staff has the capacity to create a culture of continuous improvement.

A number of significant changes were made within the MAE program to help prepare for CAEP accreditation. The MAE program now has an assessment team with a charge to use data generated from a series of state-mandated and program-specific assessments to guide curricular changes and program improvement efforts. Several state-mandated assessments were piloted and implemented, and changes were made to the core MAE curriculum to better align to the new state-required assessments. To enhance the program’s work in collaboration with school-based partners, the Field Experience Advisory Board, consisting of program graduates, mentor teachers, principals and superintendents, was developed and implemented.

Originally created as a normal school designed specifically to produce professional teachers, Truman has deep roots in educator preparation. Currently, the Department of Education’s 10 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members graduate roughly 100 MAE students annually. All MAE students complete an internship and conduct research, and they all meet every state exit standard by the time they graduate.

Students interested in the MAE must apply for entry into the program. Once admitted, they receive additional coursework in the major area as well as coursework specific to the MAE. Students can get their undergraduate degrees in any number of subjects if they plan on pursing elementary or special education at the master’s level. Those that specialize in the content areas of history, music, science, math, English or a foreign language obtain undergraduate degrees in those disciplines prior to enrolling in the MAE program.

More information about Truman’s MAE program can be found at

Art Projects Look to Science for Inspiration

Art professors Lindsey Dunnagan and Francine Fox promoted interdisciplinary studies by inviting their students to sketch or paint in partnership with the sciences for firsthand experience with live, unique subjects.
Dunnagan’s class worked with science professors, including Jay Bauman, Elisabeth Hooper and Timothy Walston. Bauman taught students how to attach reflective nodes to their bodies and capture motion in 360 degrees by using special recording devices in the Piper Lab. Students painted how meaning is conveyed in body movements using the technology.

In another project, students painted plants and animals from the greenhouse using elements of a Japanese marbling technique and seed collections. Walston also set up a lab for students to investigate single-cell organisms from pond water. The students also explored how other objects, such as dried plants, a cracked egg and clothes, looked when magnified a thousand times.

Teams within Fox’s class created multi-panel pieces of artwork centering on a given theme to render realistic representations of their subject matter. Later depictions also included distortions of their imagery to better communicate their concepts.

Classes, such as intermediate drawing exploration and advanced drawing, sketched live specimens, taxidermy, skeletal displays and greenhouse specimens during a week of classes. Other students visited labs to draw tiny organisms as observed through a microscope.

While most drawing classes work with direct observation, the opportunity to work in the lab allowed students to draw from a variety of living creatures outside their traditional setting. Dunnagan said this type of cross-disciplinary project allows for unique thinking to explore subject matter and experimentation.

Inspiration from organisms challenged students to embrace resources available through labs in Magruder Hall, as well as seek firsthand encounters, even if the subject matters they need are more unusual. It also encouraged students to interact with fields where their expertise in art and design may be useful as a career in art is multifaceted rather than relegated to the studio.

Works from the classes were on display in Magruder Hall in April.