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Student Involvement

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Truman State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (www.glvcsports.com) . The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women:

Football Volleyball
Basketball Basketball
Swimming Swimming
Soccer Soccer
Cross Country Cross Country
Indoor Track Indoor Track
Outdoor Track Outdoor Track
Tennis Tennis
Baseball Golf
Wrestling Softball

Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to enhancing the University’s commitment to a liberal arts education by providing a positive experience for student-athletes which promotes wholesome educational and athletics opportunities. The Athletic Department is located in Pershing Building and on the Internet at http://www.trumanbulldogs.com.



Forensic activities constitute one of the oldest learning communities at Truman State University. It is truly a liberal arts activity in that intercollegiate speech and debate is a mix of psychology, sociology, critical thinking, research, current events, political science, and communication. Truman competes in debate and individual events. The forensics program is one of the leading full-service forensics programs in the nation, ranking among the top ten parliamentary debate programs in the nation during most of the last decade and among the top ten programs nationally in its individual speaking events division during several years in the same period. Truman won the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship in 2000 and 2004 and has placed twenty-eight teams in elimination rounds of the national championships since 1999. Truman has held several Missouri forensics championships since 2001 and routinely earns several hundred awards and other honors during each invitational tournament season. In 2012, Truman earned the National Forensic Association National Championship title in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team Sweepstakes and sixth place in the Division II Individual Events Team Sweepstakes.

Greek Life


Since 1914, students have chosen to become members of fraternities and sororities at Truman State University because of the advantages these organizations provide. Founded on the ideals of leadership, scholarship, community service, friendship, and diversity, the 24 social fraternities and sororities on Truman’s campus help to provide an opportunity for every student to find a place they can call home.

 The Center for Student Involvement, which is the home for Greek Life, helps to provide guidance and support for students’ co-curricular Greek involvement. The staff work in partnership with Greek councils and individual organizations to develop programs and policies which encourage a sense of belonging, promote self-governance, challenge students to gain new skills and knowledge, and enable students to participate in positive individual and societal change. To learn more, please visit http://greeklife.truman.edu.

SERVE (Service Education, Resource, and Values Exploration) Center


SERVE stands for Service, Education, Resource, Values, and Exploration.  The SERVE Center is a student-run office that acts as a liaison between the campus and the community by matching volunteer interests with appropriate agencies in the community.  The SERVE Center works closely with the community to provide students with opportunities for volunteerism and service-learning, which enhance their liberal arts education.  These opportunities provide real world experience, aid in developing leadership skills, and foster social and civic responsibility.  The SERVE Center not only organizes service events for students, such as the Big Event and the Big Week of Giving, they also provide awareness of service opportunities through a weekly email and TruService (the online service connection).  To learn more, please visit http://serve.truman.edu.

Truman Media Network - Student Media


All of Truman’s student media are professionally advised and student staffed. Many of the staff positions are paid or offer opportunities for experienceship or course credit. Each of the media enjoys its own brand identity, but also operates under the umbrella of the Truman Media Network and collaborates to provide convergent coverage to the campus, the local community, and the broader community on the Internet.


DETOURS is a regional magazine distributed twice a year to subscribers throughout Northeast Missouri, into Iowa and Illinois that serves as a travel guide to the Midwest. It features articles on local folklore, personalities, history, arts and crafts, and a variety of travel and leisure events. Since its 1996 debut, Detours won a 2002 first-place Mark of Excellence Award for best student magazine, the Apple Award for the best general interest magazine at a four-year college in both 2006 and 2007, and most recently, one of the highest honors in student journalism, the Magazine Pacemaker Award.


Index, the campus newspaper, is published weekly throughout the academic year with Internet news updates posted year round. It covers local, state, and national issues of interest to the local community as well as to the University and is distributed at several community newsstands. The oldest of the Truman student media, the Index recently celebrated its 75th year in publication and operates from a newly renovated convergent newscenter. Recognized nationally as a five-star, All-American college paper, it earned national awards for the best non-daily collegiate newspaper in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008.


KTRM broadcasts on-air in HD-radio at 88.7 FM. Known as “The Edge” to its listeners, KTRM provides a forum for widely diverse forms of programming ranging from Alternative Rock music, to specialty music shows, to informational shows. Besides talk shows with prominent local figures, the informational programming includes daily news covering world, national and local issues, as well as sportscasts and live coverage of Truman sports events when possible. KTRM also simulcasts special programs such as political debates and election coverage with News 36 KTRM-TV.

News 36 KTRM-TV

News 36, the half-hour television news program, airs multiple times weekly on the campus cable Channel 36 and the community cable Channel 3. The student reporters and producers capture and edit in digital video, with access to the newswire satellite feed of CNN Newsource. The show is produced live in a new state-of-the-art digital television studio. The Missouri Broadcast Educators Association recognized KTRM-TV for their work on multiple occasions, most recently for Convergent Coverage of the Missouri state elections and of the economy in Northeast Missouri.

University-Funded Student Organizations



The Student Activities Board (SAB) is dedicated to providing quality entertainment for Truman State University, while enhancing the University experience. Activities, which are funded by the student activities fee, include concerts, movies, comedians, inflatables, Final Blowout, and local talent performances. All students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply for membership in this 35-member volunteer organization. Selections are made up to two times per year by an application and interview process. This is a great way to learn transferrable skills and gain programming experience. For more information, please visit http://sab.truman.edu.


The Truman State University Student Government is the official elected governing body of the Student Association and exists to represent the present and long-term interests of the Student Association. Primary elections are held in each spring for all major positions; however, a second election is held each fall for all remaining positions. The Student Government operates five major standing committees, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Diversity Committee, External Affairs, and Environmental Affairs. The Student Government is funded by a $2 per semester per student governance fee which is refundable at any time during the semester by completing the Refund Request form at: http://senate.truman.edu/student-services/refund-request-form/. To learn more or to get involved, visit the Student Government’s Web site at http://senate.truman.edu.


The Funds Allotment Council (FAC) is an independent council of Student Senate. It is comprised of three elected members, six appointed members and several associate members. The Council strives to provide educational and entertainment opportunities for students by financially subsidizing activities organized and sponsored by campus organizations. Chartered student organizations planning speakers, conferences, concerts, or other events are eligible to apply for funding. Any FAC-funded event must take place on campus and be open to the entire University community. The Council is funded by a portion of the student activities fee paid by students each semester. The Council also provides funding to chartered organizations competing in intercollegiate activities/athletics. For more information, please visit http://fac.truman.edu.