Push America is sponsoring a  textbook raffle for next semester in conjunction with a 24-hour Bike-A-Thon starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 27 and ending at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 on the Quad. All proceeds will benefit Push America.

Upward Bound will host two employment informational meetings for the summer of 2009
at 12 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Student Union Building 3203 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Student Union Building 3204. Staff will be available for an informal Q&A session.

The Center for Teaching and Learning presents the return of the Weekly Lunch series with a two-part series on “Faces of Truman,”
beginning with Gina Morin, associate vice president for enrollment management, at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Todd Phillips, director of the Student Success Center will speak at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5. These speakers will discuss how their positions interact with and affect faculty work.

The Theatre Department presents the Fall Lab Show Student Production, “Bug,” by Tracy Letts
at 8 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in the Black Box Theatre of Ophelia Parrish. The show is directed by Clint Worthington. “Bug” is not suitable for children due to explicit drug use and violence.

The 2009 Benefits Information Fair will take place in the Student Union Building Oct. 30.
Anthem BC/BS, Delta Dental of Missouri, SPECTERA, Standard, and MOCAFE will provide medical/prescription, dental, life insurance benefits and the cafeteria plan for the 2009 plan year. Open Enrollment for medical, dental, and vision benefits for the plan year effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009 will take place from Oct. 30 through Nov. 14. Enrollments should be completed no later than 5:00 pm on Nov. 14. For more information on University benefits go to

The Department of Communication will host a panel of professors to discuss the issues of the 2008 election
at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Violette Hall 1010 as part of Political Communication 2008: Provocative Thinking About Critical Issues.

The Career Center will host its sixth annual haunted house, “Gotham City,”
from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Career Center. The Career Center will transform into Batman’s city featuring characters from Batman movies and comics. The event is free and includes free candy and a costume contest with the possibility to win up to $50 in prizes. For more information, please call 785.4353 or e-mail Maggie Fairchild at

Alpha Phi Omega and Alpha Sigma Gamma will conduct a can food and clothing drive from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 to Nov. 6 at the Student Union Building. Alpha Phi Omega and Alpha Sigma Gamma are working together to collect non-perishable food items and nice clothing for the Salvation Army. All donations are welcome.

Author Timothy Good will be visiting history and criminal justice systems classes to discuss his two books, “We Saw Lincoln Shot” and “The Lincoln Douglas Debates,” Nov. 5.
He will also be signing copies of his books from 12-1 p.m. in the Truman Bookstore. Later that evening, he will host a fireside chat at 8 p.m. in the first floor lounge of the south side of Blanton Nason Brewer to further discuss and answer questions about his Lincoln studies.

The Stargazers Astronomy Club will host an Observatory Open House
from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the University Observatory.

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and the Department of Music will present a German Lieder Recital
at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. This informal gathering will feature food and German poetry and song.

The members of Hillel will host a Shabbat Dinner
from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building. Tickets are available to the public for $6 each. The dinner will celebrate Shabbat while featuring homemade food.

Phi Sigma Pi, a coed honor fraternity, will host Parents’ Night Out, a free baby-sitting service for parents who want a night out
, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Pershing Building. This event is open to all Truman and Kirksville community members. Games, coloring, movies and fun activities will be provided for the children. Please RSVP for this event by completing the form at or e-mail Tamara Arrendondo at

The Philosophy and Religion Department presents the 19th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference
from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Spanish Room of the Student Union Building. The conference will feature papers on philosophical or religious studies from undergraduates all over the country. Keynote speaker Gregory Pence, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will also present “How to Build a Better Human.”

The students of an environment health class, HLTH 362, will host National Recycling Day
from 10:20 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 on the Mall. Demonstrations will provide information on the importance of recycling and how it impacts Truman’s community. There will also be free recycling bins.

The Next STEP Office is offering a summer research program in Molecular Ecology for the summer of 2009.
Students are invited to apply for this 10-week program online at Students will be conducting research at two study sites, Kirksville and Albuquerque, N.M., and will receive a $3,500 stipend, three credit hours and room and board. For questions about the program or application process, contact Jennifer Thompson at 785.7252 or

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is seeking college sophomores to apply for the 2009 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and must be interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. Deadline for the fellowship is Feb. 6, 2009. For more information go to

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