StuGov Buzz: TEDxTrumanStateUniversity, StuGov Senate elections, and further involvement

After only being on campus for one month, Student Government is already hard at work continuing old projects and starting new endeavors as well. We have a few exciting upcoming events and many opportunities to get involved to share with you:


TEDx: As you may have heard, Truman is hosting our first-ever TEDx event here on campus on November 4. Many of you have probably watched TED talks on social media or in your classes; TED is a non-profit organization which sponsors independent conferences around the world. These conferences strive to spread new ideas through short, powerful talks that can cover a wide range of topics. We are especially excited that our conference, TEDxTrumanStateUniversity, will feature students and faculty of Truman State as the majority of our speakers. The theme of our conference is “The Web of Thought.” We are looking for speeches that represent a liberal arts perspective: for example, ideas that challenge our thinking, shine new light on an old idea, showcase scientific discoveries, explain the artistic process, or develop connections between different subject matters. Speaker applications are due September 15. Please direct any further questions to the committee chair, Katie Alexander, at More specific details can be found on our speaker application, which is available at We hope you will consider applying to share your creative ideas!


Elections: Student Senate Elections are officially underway! Student Senate is the official legislative body of the Student Government and is comprised of elected Student Senators who work hard to represent their fellow students and improve Truman. If you are interested in running for election, please email Speaker Adam Barker at for more information! The filing deadline to be on the ballot is Friday September 14th. In addition, remember to vote at September 17-19 to elect your newest representatives!


How to Get Involved: If running for office is not your thing, there are still many ways to get involved with Student Government and help to make Truman an even better place for its students. We have six Standing Committees: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Campus Diversity, External Affairs, and Health, Wellness, and Safety. If you are interested in working on projects or even just have ideas for projects which fall under the scope of one of these committees, send us an email at for more information about how to get involved!

As you can see, we have plenty of upcoming exciting opportunities, and would love for you to participate in as many of them as possible. As always, also know that we would love to chat with you about any questions or concerns you may have. Come visit our office in the CSI Complex, or send us an email at Have a great week, Bulldogs!