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Beautiful Campus Reaps Rewards

Truman has always been known for its aesthetic beauty, and recent efforts to be more environmentally conscious have earned accolades and an economic windfall as well.

In January, Ameren Missouri awarded Truman more than $300,000 in connection with the University’s energy savings project. Ameren’s Business Energy Efficiency Program offered cash incentives and technical assistance to commercial and industrial electric customers in 2015 in order to help trim controllable energy costs. Work on the energy-saving measures in Truman’s 16-month plan began in summer 2015. The improvements, ranging from installing new light fixtures to updating the heating, cooling and ventilation systems of multiple buildings, will allow Truman to reduce water, natural gas and electrical consumption, as well as its carbon dioxide emissions, and are estimated to save the University more than $1 million annually.
Proof that the University is acting locally while thinking globally can be seen by its participation in the American Campuses Act on Climate (ACAC). Truman is one of more than 300 institutions to commit to addressing sustainability and climate change by signing the ACAC pledge.

Efforts in the area of sustainability have earned the praise of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Missouri Community Forestry Council.

Truman was honored with 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Truman achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include: maintaining a tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance; and a student service-learning project.

The Missouri Community Forestry Council awarded Truman the Arbor Award of Excellence in the Business/Institutional category. The award recognizes an outstanding community forestry project implemented in the last two years by a commercial entity or institution. Truman earned the award for its collaborative efforts during Arbor Day 2015 with the city, the Kirksville School District’s Green Thumb class and the Environmental Club. The University hosted a kick-off event in which the students helped plant two trees by the Green Thumb classroom with the guidance of Truman resource forester Yvette Amerman. Students in other classes planted willow stakes/trees on the school grounds, one tree per student.


Baldwin Hall to Receive Updates

Baldwin Hall will be offline for the 2016-17 academic year while the nearly 80-year-old building receives some much-needed updates.

Major needs to be addressed include: replacement of obsolete heating and air-conditioning systems; fire alarm and sprinklers; classroom updates; remodeled restrooms to meet ADA requirements; and installation of energy-efficient lighting.

Built in 1937 with an addition in 1958, Baldwin is a major academic building housing 23 classrooms and 80 faculty and support offices. For the coming year all offices have been relocated to various buildings. Events that typically take place in Baldwin Hall Auditorium will also be relocated for the 2016-17 school year.

Funding for the $14.5 million project comes in the form of $9.2 million in bonding from the state, with the University contributing an additional $5.3 million of its own.


University to Create Region’s First Autism Clinic

A long ago vacated elementary school is on track to house Missouri’s first autism clinic north of I-70.

Greenwood School, located at the northwest corner of Normal and Halliburton, will be repurposed for use as an inter-professional autism clinic. President Troy D. Paino originally proposed the idea for the clinic in fall 2015, and the measure was met with bipartisan support from state legislators and the governor during the 2016 Missouri legislative session.

In April, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a higher education general budget that earmarked $1 million for the planning and design work project.

In addition to serving a public need, the autism clinic will also provide opportunities for collaboration with A.T. Still University’s occupational therapy program. Licensed professionals will work with and supervise graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in related fields such as mental health counseling, psychology and education.

The University is awaiting word on additional funding from the state that will allow the actual renovation phase to begin in the summer of 2017 with the clinic projected to be open by the fall of 2018.


Truman is a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

Truman was once again recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for 2015-16 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The University tied in ranking sixth nationally among master’s institutions with a total of four Fulbright students. All four of Truman’s Fulbright recipients serve as English teaching assistants in schools or universities. Students and the countries for which they received grants include: Lauren Baker, Andorra; Paige Bergan, Spain; Brian Jacob, Germany; and Joey Meinert, Germany.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A current objective of the program is to encourage participants to find innovative solutions to global issues such as climate change and pandemics.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Students Rank Nationally on the CPA Exam

According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), Truman’s first-time pass rate for the CPA exam ranked fifth in the nation for medium-sized programs with 21 to 60 reported candidates.
Truman is the only public university in the top five for medium-sized schools. The University’s first-time pass rate ranked 30th out of the 821 institutions with 10 or more reported candidates.

Truman students excelled on the regulation section of the exam earning a first-time pass rate that ranked them fifth in the nation. Truman had 39 first-time candidates sit for the exam in 2015. University candidates passed 77.4 percent of exam sections taken with an average score of 79.8 percent. Nationally, the first-time pass rate was 55 percent.
Truman is consistently among the top 5 percent in performance on the CPA exam.

Truman and ATSU Partnership Benefits Future Physicians

Truman and A.T. Still University have reached an agreement that will allow students to finish undergraduate and medical school within seven years.

The Pre-Med/Med Accelerated Track program, also known as the “3+4” program, will allow incoming freshmen the option to enter medical school three years after entering Truman. This program encourages students to focus on developing strong academic and leadership skills during their undergraduate experience without the traditional MCAT requirement.
Students entering Truman in the fall will be eligible to apply for the program.


Truman representatives Sue Thomas, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Janet Gooch, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education, sign an agreement with administrators at A.T. Still University, Jan. 28. The two Kirksville-based universities are partnering on the Pre-Med/Med Accelerated Track program, which allows students to finish undergraduate and medical school in seven years. Pictured, from left to right: Norman Gevitz, ATSU senior vice president of academic affairs, Thomas, Gooch and Margaret Wilson, dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(Photo courtesy of Danielle Brown/Kirksville Daily Express)

Board of Governors Adds New Members

The Truman State University Board of Governors added three new members in the first half of 2016, including two alumni and a student representative.

Laura A. Crandall

Laura A. Crandall

Laura A. Crandall of St. Louis, Mo., is an internal medicine physician and is a shareholder and partner at ESSE Health – Belleville Internal Medicine in Belleville, Ill. Crandall earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and Spanish from Truman in 1999 and received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 from A.T. Still University. She is a preceptor for nursing practitioner students at the Barnes Goldfarb School of Nursing and is on the associate clinical faculty for ATSU. She received the Richard A. Pokriefka D.O. Memorial Medical Instructor Award as the outstanding clinical teaching faculty member of the year for 2010-11. Crandall was appointed to replace Matthew W. Potter for a term ending Jan. 1, 2019.

Jennifer Kopp Dameron

Jennifer Kopp Dameron

Jennifer Kopp Dameron of Kansas City, Mo., is the owner of JK Dameron Development LLC specializing in real estate development. Dameron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from Truman in 1999 and earned her Juris Doctor in 2002 from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. She was a practicing attorney in both the public and private sector and was named Woman of the Year in 2007 by the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. Dameron was appointed to replace Karen Haber for a term ending Jan. 1, 2020.

Carter Brooks Templeton

Carter Brooks Templeton

Carter Brooks Templeton of Kirksville was nominated as the student representative to the board. Templeton, a pre-law communication major, recently completed his freshman year at Truman. In addition to his academics, he is involved in Truman’s Student Government. He also works for the University conducting interviews and shooting and editing promotional videos. Templeton was appointed to replace Kelly Kochanski for a term ending Jan. 1, 2018.

Thomas Selected as Interim President

Dr. Susan L. Thomas

Dr. Susan L. Thomas

Dr. Susan L. Thomas, Truman’s current executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, will serve as the school’s interim president, effective July 1, 2016.

The University Board of Governors selected Thomas for the position during their April 9 meeting.

“Dr. Thomas is immensely qualified to serve in this role,” Sarah Burkemper, chair of the Board of Governors, said. “The board supports the direction the University is taking to enhance Truman’s distinctiveness. We are confident that Dr. Thomas, with her dedication to Truman’s mission, will continue that work while effectively leading the University.”

Thomas’ educational background includes a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology in 1988 after obtaining her MBA in administrative management and a Master of Arts in social psychology in 1987 and 1986, respectively. Thomas graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

“I am humbled, honored and energized by the faith the Board of Governors and President Paino have in me to serve the University in this capacity,” Thomas said. “Truman is at an exciting and crucial moment in our history, and together – faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, the Board of Governors, Foundation Board, Alumni Board and the community – we will take the University to even greater heights as we define and promote Truman’s distinctiveness.”

The board also chose the firm of Academic Search to assist in the selection of a permanent replacement for departing President Troy D. Paino. Jessica Kozloff, president of Academic Search, will serve as the lead consultant.

Next steps will include the board appointing a presidential search committee and bringing the firm to campus to obtain input from faculty, staff and students on the potential qualities, background and experience to seek in Truman’s next president.