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August 5, 2014

Start of Academic Year Events and August Board of Governors Recap

Dear Colleagues:

In less than two weeks we will begin a new academic year with a new class of freshmen and transfer students converging on the Truman campus. I hope each of you had a productive and restorative summer and that you are as excited as I am to begin a new academic year. I always enjoy welcoming new faces to campus and reconnecting with members of the University community.

As a reminder, we ask that you mark your calendars for the Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop scheduled for August 13-14. The workshop will begin with the annual All-University Fall Opening Assembly scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, and ends with our Ready-or-Not Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for noon on Thursday, August 14. These two events provide an opportunity for the campus community to come together in celebration and recognize the many achievements of our faculty and staff. I look forward to addressing you at the fall assembly and visiting with you at the luncheon.

The Board of Governors met this past Saturday under the leadership of Board Chair Susan Plassmeyer. During the meeting, the Board approved the State General Revenue Request for FY 2016 and the Local Capital Budgets for Fiscal Year 2015, a major focus of which will be masonry and roofing repairs, HVAC system replacements and other projects designed to preserve our facilities. The Board also continued its review of their policies. They approved a revised Student Conduct Code designed to comply with new federal guidelines addressing sexual misconduct on college campuses, updated their student housing policies and made minor edits to a few other policies which were out-of-date and/or obsolete. In addition, the Board heard reports throughout the day on the proposed Student Conduct Code, Athletic compliance, campus safety, year-end financials, construction projects and a president’s report where I provided an update on summer activities as well as current issues facing the University. A copy of the complete agenda from the August 2 meeting can be found on the Board of Governors website located at The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Friday, October 10, in conjunction with Truman Homecoming activities.

Thank you for all that you do for our students and for Truman. Each of you are greatly appreciated.



February 14, 2014

Reminder All-University Meeting on February 17

Dear Colleagues:

As a reminder, President Paino will hold an All-University Meeting on Monday, February 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room of the Student Union.

President Paino will give a report on the state of the university that will include updates on the initiatives discussed at the fall opening assembly, the quiet phase of the new capital campaign, prospects for the FY 2015 budget and more.

The meeting will be followed by a reception in The Hub, and a webcast of President Paino’s remarks will be made available to campus shortly thereafter.

President’s Office

January 7, 2014

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

Dear Faculty:

I am pleased announce that a Celebration of Faculty Scholarship will be held on March 21 to recognize and celebrate faculty scholarship and creative activity. The event, which we hope will turn into an annual celebration, allows the University the opportunity to celebrate two initiatives which, as we all know, are extremely important to our students, faculty and the life of the University.

The celebration will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center, and details on how to participate in the celebration will be communicated by Maria, the deans, and the planning group which has been working to organize the event.

I look forward to seeing you there.



December 9, 2013

Upcoming Events and Report on December 2013 Board of Governors Meeting

Dear Colleagues:

As we enter the last week of the fall semester, I wanted to take this time to express my sincere appreciation for your tireless work and dedication to Truman and to our students.  It is my sincere hope that each of you find will time over the break to rejuvenate and spend quality time with family, friends and loved ones.  While writing, I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some upcoming events and provide a report on Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House
    Kelly and I look forward to seeing many of you at the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled for this Wednesday, December 11, from 2:30-5:00 p.m.  As in years past, a shuttle service will be provided to the University Residence from McClain Hall (parking lot between McClain Hall and the Student Union), from Violette Hall (west side parking lot) and from Barnett Hall (front east entrance).  The shuttle service will run every 15 minutes beginning at 2:15 p.m.  We hope to see you there.
  • Fall Commencement
    The 2013 Fall Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 a.m. in Pershing Arena.  Jamie Manker, the 2013 Missouri Teacher of the Year and a 2000 alumna of our Master of Arts in Education program, will be our Commencement speaker.
  • Casual Dress and Departmental Food Exchange Day
    To carry on our annual tradition, Friday, December 20, has been designated Casual Dress and Departmental Food Exchange Day as a means to promote fellowship between offices and departments on campus.  Those offices that are not celebrating are more than welcome to join the President’s Office celebration.

December Board of Governors Meeting

The Truman State University Board of Governors met this past Saturday.  At that meeting, the Board elected officers for the 2014 calendar year.  The new Board officers who will take office for a term of one year commencing at the first regular meeting of the calendar year are:  Chair, Susan Plassmeyer; Vice Chair, Jim O’Donnell; and Secretary, Sarah Burkemper.  The Board also made their annual appointments to their four standing committees, the Truman State University Foundation, and a newly appointed Board Policy Review Committee.

The Board heard reports in the areas of Athletics and Accreditation.  Jerry Wollmering, Director of Athletics, provided the annual report on Athletics.  Provost Joan Poor and Dr. Karen Vittengl, Chair of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Leadership Team, provided a status report on the University’s upcoming HLC/NCA Reaccreditation Visit scheduled for March 2015.  I provided a President’s Report, and Board committee chairs provided reports on the three committee meetings held earlier that day.

Four action items were approved by the Board within the area of budget and capital projects.  The Board approved a proposal for architectural/engineering services for the Ophelia Parrish Acoustical Improvements Project, which will involve the use of acoustical consultants to perform on-site evaluations and use computer models to determine options that would improve the acoustical aspects of the instrumental and choral rooms of Ophelia Parish.  An architectural services proposal was approved for the Kirk Memorial Interior Project, an extension of the exterior work done on Kirk Memorial this summer and a project which will focus on several interior issues which must be addressed to return the structure to full utilization.  The Board approved the purchase of a tractor to be used by the Grounds Department, trading in a 1995 model which was due for replacement.  The final item within this area was the approval of housing charges effective with the 2014 Fall Semester.  Based on the approved action, room and board rates will increase for the 2014-15 academic year by an average of 2.5%.

And finally, the Board approved faculty sabbaticals for the 2014-15 academic year.  A listing of the faculty members approved for sabbaticals for the coming year are as follows:

2014-15 Academic Year

Marc Becker, Professor of History
Xiaofen Chen, Professor of Economics
Alan Garvey, Professor of Computer Science
Jon Gering, Professor of Biology
Torbjorn Wandel, Professor of History

2015 Spring Semester/2015 Fall Semester
Sally Cook, Professor of Linguistics

2014 Fall Semester
Michael Adams, Professor of Mathematics
Jeff Gall, Professor of History and Social Science Education
Sheila Garlock, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders
Jerry Mayhew, Professor of Exercise Science
Andrew Mun, Professor of Business Administration

2015 Spring Semester
Dereck Daschke, Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Brenda Wheeler, Associate Professor of Nursing

A copy of the open session agenda for the December 2013 meeting can be found on the Board of Governors website located at  The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2014.



December 2, 2013

Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House at University Residence

Holiday Open House