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University Preps for Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21

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.

Solar Eclipse


Three Bulldogs Named GLVC Scholar-Athletes of the Year

For the first time since joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), multiple Truman State University student-athletes have been named Scholar-Athletes of the Year within the same season. Of the honorees for the 13 winter and spring sports, the Bulldogs were represented by Cory Myers for men’s basketball, Christa Reisinger for softball and Alison Strickler for women’s swimming and diving.

Prior to Friday, a total of two Truman student-athletes had received this honor including Ali Patterson in 2014 for volleyball and Nikki Sisson last season for women’s swimming and diving. So not only did the Purple and White have multiple honorees within one season for the first time, they outdid their overall total with 2016-17 alone.

Three Bulldogs Named GLVC Scholar-Athletes of the Year


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JJ capitalized on every minute as a student at Truman
Capitalizing on Every Minute
The epitome of a liberal arts student, JJ Dorrell (’17) thinks of time as a gift so he does everything in his power to make the most of it. From serving as captain of the wrestling team to student advisor and president of both Student Government and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he found plenty of opportunities to make his mark on Truman before he graduated this past May.
Second-life projects
Students Give New Life to Old Products
From making an end table from a broken chair to transforming a pair of crutches into knick knack shelves, students in one class explored innovative ways to give old items a new life. Every fall in Clark’s HLTH 362 course, students are challenged with a “Second Life Project.” As part of Clark’s curriculum for the environmental health class, students not only give a second life to old products but also construct a paper to fully analyze the impact the project can make.
Racking Up Experience
Sadie Williams is a good example of how students use their passions to shape their future. Growing up in Utah, she was always curious about history. A study-abroad trip to Argentina during high school ignited a passion for the Spanish language. By the time she began attending Truman, she knew she wanted to pursue both of these passions.