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  • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team Visit

    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Jan. 31-Feb. 3
    Various campus locations

    A team of eight peer reviewers, selected by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, will be on the Truman campus culminating a process of self-study which began in fall 2003 and which has involved a large number of faculty, students and staff.

    Contact Karen Smith, associate professor of psychology and interim HLC self-study co-coordinator, at 785.6033 or 785.7753 for more information.

  • Now Accepting WebCheck Payments

    Students can now make student account payments online using WebCheck.

    Students will be required to enter their name, address, checking account number and their bank’s routing number from their personal check.

    Click on the secure “Make Payment by WebCheck” link on the student tab in TruView to make a payment.

  • Color Copier Now Available on Campus

    A coin-operated color photocopier for public use is now available in Pickler Memorial Library first floor Browsing section.

    Color copies are $.50 each for either letter or legal size copies. This is a coin-op copier, however if offices wish to use this color copier and have their budgets backcharged for the copies, they should contact Wanda Cagle in the Library Director’s Office at 785.4038. 

    If you have any questions about the color copier, please call 785.4038.

  • Tentative Summer 2005 and Fall 2005 Schedules are Now Available via TruView

    To view the schedules, select “search open course list” from either the student or the faculty tab.


  • Notables

    Mark Appold, associate professor of philosophy and religion, had his essay, “Peter in Profile: From Bethsaida to Rome” published in “Bethsaida: A City by the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee, vol. 3,” edited by Rami Arav and Richard Freund. This new volume, published by Truman State University Press, is one of four volumes to report on the ongoing archaeological excavation and research that continues at the biblical city of Bethsaida. Truman State University is one of 17 schools participating in the Bethsaida Excavation Project. The book is available in paperback ($30) and hardback ($45).

    Sarah Charnes, a junior economics major from Lawrence, Kan., will be interning with the Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C., during this spring. David Gillette, professor of economics, is Charnes’ on-campus supervisor. James Carter, a Truman graduate, is her on-site supervisor. Charnes also will earn 15 credits for her internship this semester.

    John Ishiyama, professor of political science, had his article “The Sickle and the Minaret: The Communist Successor Parties in Yemen and Afghanistan after the End of the Cold War” accepted for publication in the Middle East Review of International Affairs.

    Daniel R. Mandell, associate professor of history, recently published a review of Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney, “Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield” (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003), in The Journal of American History 91 (2004): 991-992.

    Judy Mullins, controller, has been reappointed to serve on the Audit Committee of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO).

    M. Lynn Rose, associate professor of history, was one of 13 recipients internationally of the 2003-2004 Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellowship, awarded by the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation through the Department of Education, for her research project on intellectual disability in ancient Greece. Rose spent the fellowship year with the Institute of Classical Studies at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, where she held a biweekly colloquium on her research in the department of ancient history. She was also invited to present her work at the University of Cologne (April 2004), at the Mary Switzer Fellowship Seminar in Washington, D.C., (May 2004) and at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability in Montpellier, France (June 2004). She served as an adviser for the FWF (The Austrian Science Fund), as a reader for the periodical Mental Retardation, and continues to serve as an editorial board member and author for the Encyclopedia of Disability (Sage Publications, forthcoming). Rose has been invited to present her scholarship at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium (March 2005), and will present papers at the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (April 2005) and the Association of Ancient Historians (May 2005). The University of Michigan Press published Rose's first book, “The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece,” in November of 2003. Steven Reschly, associate professor of history, and Rose are preparing to lead the fourth “Sacred Sites in Greece” Study Abroad course in May and June 2005. Twenty-four students are enrolled.

    The Truman State University chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been selected as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2003-2004 school year. Less than 10 percent of the SPS chapters nationwide receive this honor. The selection is based on the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by the chapter in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings and providing social interaction for chapter members. Taner Edis, assistant professor of physics, is the Truman chapter adviser.


  • Notes

    SAB is hard at work on "Lakeside 2005 - Experience the Red Carpet." All organizations, large or small, are encouraged to apply. The event is highly publicized in the both the Truman and Kirksville community and is a great way to get your organizations name out. Please contact Chris McKinney by e-mail at by Friday, Jan. 21. For more information you can contact SAB at 785.4SAB.

    Students living off-campus should update their local mailing address and telephone numbers with the University via TruView. Address and telephone number changes can also be made in the Registrar’s Office, MC 104. Students are responsible for all information sent to their local mailing address from University offices and personnel conducting University business. 

    May 2005 Undergraduate Degree Candidates-If you have made any changes in your course schedule(s) since you submitted your graduation application and have not yet updated your application with the Registrar’s Office, you need to do so immediately.  Updates can be made in the Registrar’s Office, MC 104, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You do not need to complete a new application. To remain on the graduation list, all changes to your degree plan and all required substitutions must be on file in the Registrar’s Office no later than Jan. 31. 

    The Center for Student Involvement has reduced the cost of Homecoming 2004 apparel. Long-sleeve and short-sleeve T-shirts are $5 each. Hooded and crew sweatshirts are $10 each. Purchase the shirts at the Center for Student Involvement located on the lower level of the SUB. Call 785.4222 for more information.

    The Writing Center will open for consultations Jan. 24. The Writing Center is located in MC 303. Call 785.4484 for more information.

    Applications for Student Adviser positions in the residence halls are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 24, in BH 110. References are due by Jan. 31. Applicants will be asked to sign up for an interview time on either Feb. 5, 6 or 7. Contact Mike Houlahan at 785.5343 or for more information.

    The Weekly Lunch Series for Truman faculty, teaching staff and GTRAs begins the semester with an open house with boxed lunches from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jan. 26, in PML 204. Contact The Center for Teaching and Learning at 785.4477 for more information.

    Students interested in studying U.S.-U.K. comparative educational systems at Edge Hill College in northwest England this summer are invited to an informational meeting at noon or at 6 p.m., Feb. 3, in VH 2351. Edge Hill is one of the leading teacher training institutions in England. The recommended criteria for admission is junior status or above with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

    The Women’s and Gender Studies Committee announces a call for papers “Renewing the Movement” for Truman’s 10th annual conference in honor of Women’s History Month, March 3-5. The committee invites abstracts from all members of the Truman and Kirksville communities, including Truman graduates. The deadline for abstracts is Jan. 26. For more information, contact Linda Seidel at

    Phi Kappa Phi announces Graduate Fellowships worth $2,000-$5,000 for graduate study. Truman PKP active members who plan to be a full-time graduate student next year should submit applications to the local chapter office by Feb. 1. Details and applications may be picked up in the Center for International Education, or from Wynne Wilbur, OP 1229 or 785.4435.

    The Lincoln Contest will offer winners in each division a trip to Washington, D.C. Applicants can submit their work in the form of artwork, an essay or an oratory. The deadline for submission is Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12. These contests are made possible by alumni Ethel Schwengel and the late Fred Schwengel. For more information about the contest or prompt, contact Barry Poyner at 785.4063.

    The Upward Bound Project is offering on-campus employment opportunities for the 2005 high school summer session (June 12-July 22). Upward Bound is a college preparatory program serving northeast Missouri high school students. Positions are available for instructors in language arts, chemistry, physics and journalism/yearbook; residence hall staff; night supervisor; photographer and videographer. Also available is a position as a mentor/tutor for college freshmen (June 5-July 28). Application materials are available on the Web at or by contacting the Upward Bound Office in KB 220. Completed applications are due Feb. 14. 

    Teach English in France. In the coming spring, the French government will hire up to 1,700 American speakers of English between the ages of 20 and 30 to serve in paid internships of 12 hours per week as English assistants and teachers’ aides in their elementary and secondary schools. Learn more about the program on the Web site at and assistant/index.html. Students do not have to be a French major or senior to apply, but their language skills need to be good enough to function in the country. Contact for more information. Applications must arrive in Chicago before Feb. 15.

    The 2005 Annual Baldwin Lecture will be featured on Feb. 16 as part of the University Conference. Donald Harward, a senior fellow from the AAC&U Center for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement, will speak on “Liberal Arts For Democracy.” Contact The Center for Teaching and Learning at 785.4477 for more information about Harward’s visit.

    The Graduate English Organization is looking for abstracts for the Second Annual Environmental Studies Conference. This year’s theme is “Different Worlds, Same Planet: An Interdisciplinary Discourse on the Environment.” The conference will take place April 21-23 and the keynote speaker will be David Gessner, a nationally renowned environmental writer. Anyone may submit a 200-600 word abstract concerning a project to The abstract deadline is March 11.

    A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program is beginning in Kirksville. It is a volunteer program that pairs volunteers with a foster child to mentor and support. The program is in need of volunteers and donations. For more information, contact Chad Sawyer at the Juvenile Office at 665.4224 or Sarah Preisinger at