The Start of a New Academic Year

The Start of a New Academic Year

August 15, 2022

Greetings Truman Colleagues!

I hope this summer you have found some time to relax, rejuvenate, and engage in memorable experiences.  Thanks to all who were here this summer for your good work and welcome back to those who were able to take some time away.

Below is an email that has been sent to students about the start of the new academic year and includes information about COVID-19.  If you have questions about COVID-19 as an employee, information can be found on the Human Resources website.  Please contact Human Resources to address any specific needs you may have (660-785-4031 or

I would encourage all of you to join in activities during Truman Week and Welcome Week.  There are many great opportunities during those weeks to informally interact with our students and show them how happy we are that they are here.  Their excitement is contagious and it will be well worth your time.

I personally invite all of you to our Fall Opening Assembly on Wednesday, August 17, at 1:00 p.m. in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall; the always fun Ready-or-Not Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, August 19, at noon in the Georgian Rooms of the Student Union; and our brand new kickoff tradition, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, from 7-8:30 p.m. on August 21 on the quad.

Here’s to a fantastic new year!

Email to Students
SUBJECT LINE: The Start of a New Academic Year

Greetings Bulldogs!

I hope your summer has been filled with memorable experiences and you are as excited to start the new year as we are to have you on campus!

As we get ready to start our new year, we know COVID-19 is still present.  However, scientific advances have brought us to a place where COVID-19 is no longer defining how we live, learn, and engage on campus.  We expect to continue to have cases and we will continue to follow CDC guidance.  While there is no mask requirement on campus, individuals may choose to wear a mask at any time.  When the Adair County COVID-19 Community Level is high, everyone is encouraged to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.  To minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus, everyone is also encouraged to be current on their COVID-19 vaccinations and to test prior to returning to campus.

Truman will continue to provide COVID-19 information and resources:

If we continue to be a thoughtful community that cares for one another, I know we will have a fabulous year.  For our new Bulldogs – we have an exciting Truman Week ready for you!  For all students – I hope you will take advantage of the fun Welcome Week activities, especially our brand new kickoff tradition, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, from 7-8:30 p.m. on August 21 on the quad.

I can’t wait to see you!