Normal, MO, United States

Truman State University
Normal, MO, United States

Truman State University is a public liberal arts and science university located in Missouri, United States. It is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Truman has 6,149 enrolled students in the Fall 2013, with 60% women, and 4% postgraduates, pursuing degrees in 48 undergraduate, and nine Graduate programs. Located in Kirksville, in the northeastern portion of Missouri, the University is named after President Harry Truman, the only president born in Missouri. Until 1996, the school was known as Northeast Missouri State University, but the Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to better reflect its statewide mission. In the 2014 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings, Truman placed tenth in the Midwest among regional universities. Truman State is the only public institution in Missouri that is officially designated to pursue highly selective admissions standards. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 1, 2017

United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization, announces that John Behn will serve as Senior Vice President of Partner Relations effective immediately and be based in the company’s Chicago office. In this role, John will be the primary driver of high-value services, tools, and products that enhance opportunity and growth for UBA Partner Firms. Scott Deru, UBA Chairman of the Board, says, “Having participated in John’s final interview, the executive board members and I are thrilled to have a person with this depth of industry experience and leadership capabilities joining the senior management team at UBA.” John began his career in the financial services arena in 1991 where he built a full-service financial services practice from scratch. He has comprehensive field and home office experience—having worked in nearly all insurance, investment and retirement disciplines, with regard to business development, relationship management, sales leadership, operations and training and development. Prior to joining UBA, John led nationwide wholesale and retail distribution channels at Transamerica and Securities America, where some of his teams’ sales records are still models of excellence throughout the industry. Along with deep and extensive benefits industry knowledge, John has a strong service commitment. He is an avid supporter and volunteer of GAMA International, the world’s largest association dedicated to supporting those in sales and developmental leadership within the insurance, investments, and financial services arena. He volunteers at multiple charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Junior Achievement USA, and is a volunteer high school varsity baseball and football coach. John graduated from Truman State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. He is a featured author and speaker on innovations in leadership, having worked with Fortune 500 companies, collegiate teams, NFL, MLB, and NBA organizations. “I am honored to join UBA at such a critical time in the industry,” says John Behn, UBA Senior Vice President of Partner Relations. “As a former advisor for many years, in addition to leading distribution in the independent space, I am excited to work alongside such wonderful folks and continue to press forward with the thought process of doing what is in the best interest of UBA partner firms above anything else leading all actions.” As the newest employee of UBA, John joins a network of employee benefits advisory firms that serve employers of all sizes across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. As a combined group, UBA’s annual employee benefit revenues rank it among the top ten largest global employee benefits brokers. United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. UBA empowers more than 2,000 Partners to both maintain their individuality and pool their expertise, insight, and market presence to provide best-in-class services and solutions. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit

News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has analyzed more than a dozen metrics to rank Missouri’s best universities and colleges for 2017. Of the 40 four-year schools on the list, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Maryville University of Saint Louis, William Jewell College and Rockhurst University were the top five. 14 two-year schools also made the list, and State Fair Community College, Crowder College, Jefferson College, East Central College and State Technical College of Missouri were ranked as the best five. A full list of the winning schools is included below. “The schools on our list have created high-quality learning experiences for students in Missouri, with career outcomes in mind,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “They’ve shown this through the certificates and degrees that they offer, paired with excellent employment services and a record of strong post-college earnings for grads.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Missouri” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised on additional data that includes annual alumni salaries 10 years after entering college, employment services, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Missouri” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Missouri for 2017 include: Avila University Baptist Bible College Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences College of the Ozarks Columbia College Culver-Stockton College Drury University Evangel University Fontbonne University Hannibal-LaGrange University Harris-Stowe State University Kansas City Art Institute Lincoln University Lindenwood University Maryville University of Saint Louis Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Missouri Baptist University Missouri Southern State University Missouri State University-Springfield Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri Valley College Missouri Western State University Northwest Missouri State University Park University Rockhurst University Saint Louis University Southeast Missouri State University Southwest Baptist University Stephens College Truman State University University of Central Missouri University of Missouri-Columbia University of Missouri-Kansas City University of Missouri-St Louis Washington University in St Louis Webster University Westminster College William Jewell College William Woods University Missouri’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Crowder College East Central College Jefferson College Lake Career and Technical Center Mineral Area College Missouri State University - West Plains Moberly Area Community College North Central Missouri College Ozarks Technical Community College St. Charles Community College State Fair Community College State Technical College of Missouri Texas County Technical College Three Rivers Community College About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Kari Elliott, BSN, RN, AE-C, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Kari Elliott is a Registered Nurse with more than 13 years of experience and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially pediatric, ICU, NICU, emergency, travel, postpartum, burn unit, and critical care nursing. She is currently working for a local staffing agency assisting with weekend staff needs for Grace Staffing Inc., and working in a small community hospital part-time in Missouri. Kari received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics with a minor in Chemistry in 1999 from Missouri State University. She decided to pursue nursing, and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2004 from Truman State University. An advocate for continuing education, Kari is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing with a pediatric emphasis at the University of Missouri-Columbia with a projected graduation in 2018. She holds additional certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course, Trauma Nursing Core Course, and is a Certified Asthma Educator. An inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kari maintains professional memberships with the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Association of Asthma Educators. She engages in asthma volunteer work, and is focusing on pediatric asthma with education for parents and patients, to ensure all asthmatic children have proper prescriptions. Kari attributes her success to her education at Truman State University, her excellent mentors, and her passion for nursing. In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her husband of 11 years, outdoor activities, and spending time with her dogs. Learn more about Kari here: and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 55.60K | Year: 2010

This project is to continue research that will ultimately result in the completion of a biography of Johannes Wislicenus (1835-1902), a major German chemist of the last half of the nineteenth century who directed chemical laboratories in Zürich (1860-1872), Würzburg (1872-1885) and Leipzig (1885-1902). The grant will support the PI during a sabbatical leave to write the biography and provide funds for final research visits to libraries and archives in New York City, Kansas City, Germany, and Switzerland.

Intellectual Merit
The biography will draw on previously unexamined archival materials, and will discuss Wislicenus chemistry, primarily his advocacy for the atomic theory and stereochemistry. It will also use his life to explore cultural and institutional themes in nineteenth century German science, including the relationship between science and religion in 1850s Germany, science and mathematics education, professional training in nineteenth century chemistry and the formation of a scientific personality, the institutional history of chemistry in Halle, Zürich, Würzburg and Leipzig, and generational shifts in chemical practice during the later nineteenth century. Many of these themes have not been studied extensively by historians of science. A second, smaller project is the creation of a new undergraduate course on Lives in Science at the PIs home institution, Truman State University.

Potential Broader Impacts
The biography of Wislicenus will add to the growing number of historically sensitive biographies of scientists written by historians of science. These biographical studies provide a corrective to a common, but incorrect view of science as an impersonal activity. They allow us to see the broader context of how scientists are trained, and provide examples of how science is done in a specific historical and personal context by documenting major intellectual influences and concrete social interactions. Completion of the project will also enhance the number of courses in history of science available to students at Truman State University.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2013

This Phase I project is preparing twenty dually certified math/physics teachers for rural and other high-need schools in Missouri. They are working with the Kirksville R-III School District Senior High School and Schuyler Junior/Senior High Schools and expanding their partnerships to other schools within the state. Noyce Scholars are earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in both physics and mathematics, and secondary teaching certificates in both mathematics and physics as well as a Master of Arts in Education degree.

Intellectual Merit: The proposal is based on prior related programs. The Bachelors degree is strong in all fields, requiring thirty-one hours of physics, thirty-five hours of mathematics and eleven hours of education courses as well as extensive field experiences throughout the curriculum. Supervision during the two semester practice teaching is by both a subject matter and an education faculty member.

Broader Impacts: The beneficiaries of the project are the many school children who will receive a strong education in mathematics and physics and the school districts that will be able to seed their schools with inspiring teachers who can connect physics and mathematics in the classroom. In addition, through the dissemination of what is learned through project activities, the new approaches may serve as models for other institutions

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 592.02K | Year: 2011

The goal of the S-STEM scholarship program at Truman State University is to increase the number of academically talented students who successfully complete a STEM baccalaureate degree and to increase the diversity of the STEM student body at Truman. The project supports talented students with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or related interdisciplinary programs. Scholarships and student support services are provided during the freshman and sophomore years, when evidence shows that Truman State students are most vulnerable to leaving STEM majors. The objectives of the project are: 1) to increase the freshman to junior year retention rate for students in the target disciplines; 2) to increase the percentage of freshman Biology, Chemistry, and Physics majors who are minority students; 3) to engage first and second year students in the target disciplines in interdisciplinary thinking and reasoning; 4) to connect project participants to critical student support services. Through special seminar courses and cohort meetings, scholarship recipients engage in a range of activities with an interdisciplinary theme designed to promote a sense of community and develop a support network to help them persist in their STEM major.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 587.14K | Year: 2013

The project is designed to provide scholarships plus academic support services and career placement support to students in mathematics and computer science at the university who are both academically talented and financially needy.

Intellectual Merit: The University is committed to offering a high-quality, affordable undergraduate education comparable to that of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation and currently awards the largest number of undergraduate mathematics degrees in the state. The overarching goal of this project is to improve the recruitment, retention, and career placement of mathematics and computer science students. This is being achieved through academic support services and activities such as personal tutoring, guest speakers, field trips, and discussion panels, and by utilizing strong ties with regional industry partners to provide career placement opportunities. Six faculty members are coordinating and overseeing all activities relating to the program. Of the 51 scholarships per year, 15 are targeted toward incoming freshmen and 22 toward upperclassmen with 14 available as incentive scholarships for potential majors taking mathematics or computer science courses. Emphasis is placed on increasing the number of women who major in computer science and mathematics and on improving retention for first-generation college students.

Broader Impacts: This program is attracting more students to mathematics and computer science by recruiting more first-year students and by encouraging other students to consider mathematics or computer science as a first or second major. It is keeping these same students committed to the discipline, increasing the number of students who graduate with degrees in mathematics or computer science, and easing the transition of these students to graduate programs or to industry. In particular, graduation rates for women in computer science and first-generation college students in both disciplines are being improved. Results are being disseminated through relevant conference presentations and journal article submissions.

News Article | March 2, 2017

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--World Wide Technology Asynchrony Labs today announced it has named Joe Hainline as the company’s new channel partner manager. Hainline will be responsible for managing WWT Asynchrony Labs’ existing channel partnerships (including Apple Mobility, Cisco Spark and Meraki, Samsung, and AT&T, among others) along with growing new and emerging strategic alliances. His role will include enhancing the company’s channel strategy, managing the dialogue between WWT Asynchrony Labs and its partner network to ensure satisfaction and program fulfillment, and coordinating efforts with World Wide Technology (WWT). Hainline will also provide channel partners with training, documentation, and assistance. As an internal liaison, he will work closely with the Asynchrony Labs’ sales organization while representing Asynchrony Labs with WWT sales and channel partners. Working alongside WWT, he will coordinate efforts to deepen the relationships between Asynchrony Labs and WWT channel partners. This new role supports innovation, by connecting, integrating, and enhancing partner technologies in new ways, while also supporting overall company growth. Asynchrony Labs has opened two new office locations in the past two years, and has recently expanded its St. Louis headquarters to house new staff members. Offices in New York and London are planned for later this year. “It’s an honor to represent WWT Asynchrony Labs to our channel partners, and to direct and grow these strategic investments and relationships.” said Joe Hainline, channel partner manager for Asynchrony Labs. “It’s a great opportunity for companies within WWT’s partner network to partner with Asynchrony Labs as we create comprehensive solutions to meet the unique business and technical challenges that organizations face today. We have the technical expertise in software and applications design to make enterprise aspirations in IoT, mobile, security, and cloud a reality.” Asynchrony Labs’ channel unit will support its technology services and solutions globally for all the business sectors it specializes in including corporate, nonprofit, and government/military. This new appointment will extend Asynchrony Labs’ model of building strong, regional channel partnerships across a much broader, global scale. "One component of Asynchrony Labs’ strategic plan for the coming year is the expansion of our channel partner program,” said Bob Elfanbaum, co-founder and general manager of Asynchrony Labs. “We’re engaged in some very important partnerships, developing innovative solutions to help companies solve their complex business problems. Joe’s combination of business and technical skills, and his experience of supporting our continued investments in R&D and marketing with Asynchrony Labs’ channel partners can deepen our relationships with WWT’s comprehensive network of channel partners.” Hainline has been with WWT Asynchrony Labs for five years, serving as product manager for an internal security platform and Krypdox, a secure file sharing product. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Olin Business School, Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Truman State University. For more information, visit WWT Asynchrony Labs or contact Joe Hainline at About WWT Asynchrony Labs World Wide Technology Asynchrony Labs is an information technology consulting firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. We specialize in application development, mobile computing, systems and sensor integration, enterprise architecture, and tactical collaboration. Our diverse client base includes commercial, non-profit, and government organizations. We’ve delivered solutions ranging from back-end government middleware to front-end applications and full-scale, commercial cloud infrastructures. In short, Asynchrony Labs connects people, sensors, information, and systems. For more, visit About World Wide Technology World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with more than $9 billion in annual revenue that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. While most companies talk about delivering business and technology outcomes, WWT does it. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 4,000 people and operates over 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world. For more, visit

News Article | February 15, 2017

The Elgin family law firm of Pucci | Pirtle, LLC is pleased to announce that Thomas B. Spencer IV has been added to the approved list of Kane and McHenry County Child Representatives. “Tom offers a down-to-earth approach to child representation, drawing on his own experiences and years of practice to better understand parents and help them obtain the best possible results for their children, “ says Managing Partner Julia A. Pucci. Prior to joining Pucci | Pirtle, LLC, Elgin Attorney Thomas B. Spencer worked as a prosecutor for numerous cities within McHenry County. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Truman State University, and graduated cum laude with his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law. He concentrates his practice in family law matters including divorce, child custody, and domestic violence. He also has experience in handling criminal defense cases. Spencer is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Kane County Bar Association, and McHenry County Bar Association. He is also a past chairperson of the McHenry County Ethics Commission, where he spent several years as a volunteer. The law firm of Pucci | Pirtle, LLC is located in Elgin, Illinois. Pucci Pirtle represents individuals and families across the practice areas of family law, divorce, and criminal defense. With offices located in Elgin, St. Charles, and Algonquin, the Illinois family law attorneys work with clients throughout Chicago’s northwest suburbs in Kane County, McHenry County, and DuPage County. For more information contact Pucci Pirtle at 630-945-8807 or visit

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trading right up until the closing bell, four students from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ("UNC-Chapel Hill") turned in a 127 percent total portfolio gain in four weeks, outperforming nearly 2,500 others to win the third annual thinkorswim® Challenge by TD Ameritrade, Inc. (“TD Ameritrade”)1. This year's virtual trading competition had a record number of participants: 726 teams of students from 233 colleges and universities across 49 states put their best investing ideas to the test. The 2016 thinkorswim Challenge ran from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4, 2016, and was open to all students at post-secondary educational institutions in the U.S. Participating teams started with $500,000 in virtual money to invest in real time using the paperMoney® program on TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim platform. Prizes were awarded to the top three teams with the highest overall percentage gain in their portfolios at the close of the competition, and to their respective schools. There were also prizes awarded to teams whose portfolios had the highest percentage gains in aggregate value at the end of each trading week, and to the team that collected the most badges for its trading activity. "There are no Monday morning quarterbacks at the end of the thinkorswim Challenge," said Steven Quirk, executive vice president of trading at TD Ameritrade. “Experience is often the best educator, so our competition is designed to give young people unparalleled exposure to navigating the market amid the real time events that ultimately influence the performance of their investments." During the competition, students remained optimistic about the market overall, with 49 percent of trades being bullish and 40 percent bearish. The remainder were volatility plays or other trades. Top Prize Goes to Team All for Tony, Tony for All Team All for Tony, Tony for All from UNC-Chapel Hill won the Challenge, placing trades in the final hour of the four-week competition to edge out others and win with a 127 percent portfolio gain and a portfolio value of $1,133,492. The team consisted of four UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates: senior Alex Bryan, an economics and Portuguese double major; sophomore Nyatefe Mortoo, a business administration major; sophomore Dhru Patel, a computer science and pre-business double major; and senior Grahme Taylor, a health policy and chemistry double major. All for Tony was one of 17 teams from UNC-Chapel Hill competing in this year’s Challenge. Each member of the Challenge's overall winning team received $3,000 to be deposited into his own TD Ameritrade brokerage account. As the school affiliated with the overall winning team, UNC-Chapel Hill received $30,000 from TD Ameritrade for its role in educating students on the importance of investing. “Our team had a diverse collection of interests and skill sets, which worked well for us. In fact, by the end of the Challenge we had deployed a four-tiered strategy for researching investment ideas and executing trades,” said Grahme Taylor, All for Tony team member. “It was an intense and exhilarating learning experience and those of us who are here next year absolutely plan to do it again.” Less than $13,000 separated the competition's overall winner from the second place team, which was Team CattleDrive from the University of Idaho. With its 124 percent gain and a portfolio valued at $1,121,232, team Cattle Drive brought in $20,000 for its school and each team member won $2,000 deposited into individual TD Ameritrade brokerage accounts. Third place went to BSIF Elite from Truman State University, which ended up with a 90 percent gain and a portfolio value of $950,568. The team won $10,000 for its school, and each team member won $1,000 for placing third in the competition overall and $500 for winning week four of the competition, deposited into individual TD Ameritrade brokerage accounts. Michigan State University's Spartan Capital team earned the most badges for its trading activity, acquiring a total of 39 badges during the competition. Each member of Spartan Capital received $500 deposited into individual TD Ameritrade brokerage accounts for winning the 2016 badge award. A list of the competition winners is below: Students Used Options at All-Time High The students in the 2016 Challenge had a healthy appetite for options early on, which increased as the weeks passed. In week one, 77 percent of trades were options, compared with 64 percent of trades at the start of last year's competition, and 45 percent in 2014. In the final week of this year's competition, 87 of trades placed were options, 12 percent were stock trades, and less than one percent were ETF trades. This year, students made more trades in the technology sector than in any other sector. Apple (AAPL) was the most frequently traded stock option and Twitter (TWTR) was the most frequently traded stock. Consistent with last year, 36 percent of trades during the 2016 Challenge were placed through a mobile device, compared with 21 percent of trades placed on mobile by TD Ameritrade clients. The iPhone was the most frequently used mobile device for trading in the competition. Bringing Financial Literacy to Life The thinkorswim Challenge is offered every year through TD Ameritrade U, an educational program for professors and college-run organizations that provides free access to virtual trading through paperMoney® on the thinkorswim trading platform. TD Ameritrade developed the program in 2014 to help students prepare for the real world of personal finance by giving them the ability to put classroom theory into real-life investing practice. The firm believes that access to leading-edge investment resources and education is the first step in helping young people form investing habits that can last a lifetime. “What's most important about the thinkorswim Challenge is that the students expand their investing horizons," said Quirk. “We're happy to hit a new high in participation, but what excites us even more is to watch the students grow savvier about the market with each passing year.” For more information about TD Ameritrade U or the thinkorswim Challenge, visit or To receive updates on the 2017 thinkorswim Challenge, interested students and educators can email For the latest news and information about TD Ameritrade, follow the Company on Twitter, @TDAmeritradePR. Inclusion of specific security names in this commentary does not constitute a recommendation from TD Ameritrade to buy, sell or hold. Past performance of a security, strategy or index is no guarantee of future results or investment success. Historical data should not be used alone when making investment decisions. Please consult other sources of information and consider your individual financial position and goals before making an independent investment decision. Trading options can involve substantial risks and are not suitable for all investors. Clients must consider all relevant risk factors, including their own personal financial situations, before trading. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before investing in options. thinkorswim Challenge subject to full official rules available at The paperMoney® software application is for educational purposes only. Successful virtual trading during one time period does not guarantee successful investing of actual funds during a later time period as market conditions change continuously. About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Millions of investors and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) have turned to TD Ameritrade’s (Nasdaq: AMTD) technology, people and education to help make investing and trading easier to understand and do. Online or over the phone. In a branch or with an independent RIA. First-timer or sophisticated trader. Our clients want to take control, and we help them decide how — bringing Wall Street to Main Street for more than 40 years. An official sponsor of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, TD Ameritrade has time and again been recognized as a leader in investment services. Please visit TD Ameritrade’s newsroom or for more information.

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