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ROTC Program to Celebrate 50 Years at Truman

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program will celebrate its 50th anniversary on campus at Homecoming this fall.

Chartered in 1968 by University President F. Clark Elkins, Truman’s ROTC program began in the 1969-70 school year, and it was one of 13 schools in the nation to have a unit established that year. A first-class leadership development program, ROTC offers students scholarships and an unparalleled opportunity for personal development. Truman graduates receive a degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Throughout its time on campus, 745 officers have been commissioned through the program.

All alumni are formally invited to join in the festivities. Starting Friday, Oct. 18, there will be a social night at a location to be determined. Attendees will be able to talk to the senior class about their various Army experiences. The Military Science Department will also be inducting the newest members to the Alumni Regiment Hall of Fame at the event.

Saturday, Oct. 19, the ROTC Color Guard team will lead the annual Homecoming parade down Franklin Street. Later in the day, the Military Science Department will participate in the Homecoming tailgate. They are working with several Missouri Army National Guard units to provide static displays of Army equipment such as a UH-60 Blackhawk, Buffalo mine protection route clearance vehicles and an M777 Howitzer. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come interact with these displays. There also will be the opportunity to mingle with the rest of the battalion after the annual Alumni Regiment meeting.

The Homecoming game will kick off with a bang from the ROTC’s very own M116 Howitzer, Black Jack, as the Bulldogs take the field. The cannon returned to action in the fall of 2015 after being sent to the Missouri National Guard Maintenance Shop in Jefferson City for safety certification the previous year.


All alumni and friends of the program are invited to reconnect with the ROTC program during Homecoming. No formal reservations are needed, but program alumni who would like to update their information and stay informed regarding all activities surrounding the 50th anniversary are encouraged to contact the Military Science Department at
(660) 785-4451 or rotc@truman.edu.

School of Business Earns Accreditation Extension

Truman is one of 17 institutions to have its accreditation extended in both business and accounting.

Earlier this year, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) released its list of schools with extensions of accreditation. In total, 44 schools were extended for business, two for accounting and 17, including Truman, were extended in both business and accounting.

For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education and has been earned by only 5 percent of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor level or higher. Today, 831 institutions across 54 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation. Further, 189 institutions hold supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs. Once accreditation is achieved, each institution participates in a five-year continuous improvement peer-review to maintain high quality and extend its accreditation.

As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International connects educators, students and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. For more information, visit aacsb.edu.

Nursing Receives Grant for $150,000

In April, the Truman Nursing Department received a Nursing Education Incentive Program grant in the amount of $150,000, which it will use to provide more clinical experiences and for the purchase of additional technology.

Initial plans for the NEIP grant include partnering with A.T. Still University to design and set up simulated mental health scenarios using standardized patients. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase a new, more realistic nursing manikin for use in simulations.

“We are honored to receive this grant and look forward to expanding our clinical instruction,” said Brenda Wheeler, Nursing Department chair. “By using simulation, our students have the opportunity to experience clinical situations they might not otherwise encounter in a rural setting. Students can practice nursing skills and enhance their decision-making skills, which will better prepare them to enter the nursing workforce.”

The NEIP was established through legislative action and appropriation of Missouri State Board of Nursing funds to increase the physical and educational capacity of professional nursing education programs in Missouri. This is the fourth time Truman has received the grant. Among the needs filled by previous grants were the addition of faculty members and the creation of new programs. 

Fishbowl Fridays Feature Truman Students

Is it better to eat cookie dough or bake it? Who would be your three celebrity dinner guests? What’s the most embarrassing thing that happened during your freshman year? These are some of the questions Truman students have been faced with during Fishbowl Fridays, a social media campaign the University launched in January.

Videos are posted every Friday, each with its own set of questions and filmed in a new location. A wide range of questions are asked, and every answer showcases the many different personalities at Truman. Students are able to voice their opinions on a variety of topics, from their favorite place to study to whether or not a robot uprising is more likely than a zombie apocalypse. Some weeks have special themes to match events happening on campus.

All of the videos are available to watch on the Truman YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/trumanuniversity.

Bagel Bros Set Up in the SUB

The new year brought a new dining option to campus.

Einstein Bros. Bagels is now open on the main concourse of the Student Union Building across from the Hub. A licensed store of the national chain, the eatery offers freshly baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, coffee and more. The full menu can be ordered at any time during the day.

Along with food, Einstein Bros. Bagels has partnered with Caribou Coffee to provide drip coffees, classic favorites, some signature specialty drinks and smoothies.

Regular hours for Einstein Bros. Bagels are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. In addition to cash, credit and debit options, Dining Dollars and meal transferability swipes are accepted.

Einstein Bros in the Student Union Building

Accolades Continue to Pile Up

Truman earns praise for career prep, affordability, producing Fulbright students and providing an overall great educational experience.

Although fall is the season typically associated with college rankings, Truman earned some praise during the spring semester.

According to The Princeton Review, Truman is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price.

Truman is included in the education services company’s book, “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.” The Princeton Review chose the schools based on data it collected in 2017-18 from surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges. It also factored in data from surveys of students as well as surveys of alumni conducted by PayScale.com.

In total, The Princeton Review included more than 40 data points to tally return on investment ratings for the 200 schools in the book. Topics covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debts, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Truman on its list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-19 Fulbright students. Among master’s institutions, Truman had four Fulbright students selected from a total of 12 applications. Of the 19 universities listed in the master’s category, Truman was the only Missouri school.

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.

In rankings released by Business First, Truman came in at No. 64 in the nation, and No. 14 in the Midwest, for schools that offer the best educational experiences to their students.

The Business First list was limited to public schools because those institutions generally offer the least expensive path toward a college degree. In order to be considered, schools needed to grant bachelor’s degrees and have full-time enrollments larger than 1,000. A total of 505 schools were rated with the University of Michigan taking the top spot, followed by North Carolina, Virginia, California-Berkeley and UCLA rounding out the top five.

The annual rankings are based on a 22-part formula that analyzes the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

A comprehensive guide to all of Truman’s rankings can be found at truman.edu/about/facts-about-truman/points-of-pride.