The International Reading Association will be having a silent autographed book auction from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 25-28 in the Student Union Building. All proceeds will benefit the Brashear School Library. E-mail Kristina Rieman at for more information.

A Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce, will take place March 25 at the El Kadir Shrine Club. All of the nine candidates for the Kirksville City Council have been invited along with the five candidates for Kirksville R-III School Board and representatives from the three ballot issues (law enforcement, school district and Hwy. 63 alternate route). People will have the opportunity to visit with the candidates and representatives from the issues from 6-7 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the school board candidates will each be introducing themselves and at 7:15 p.m. the City Council candidates will entertain questions from the media moderators.

Students may attend a viewing of the Disney College Program E-Presentation at 7 p.m. March 25 in Student Union Building Room 319. Students will be able to learn more about this internship from Truman students who are alumni of the program. Contact Jessica Berger at for more information.

Red Carpet Runway, a fund-raiser for the Ronald McDonald House sponsored by Phi Sigma Pi, Delta Sigma Pi and the SOC, will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Pageant contestants will be dressed as their favorite movie characters and will then walk around with jars to collect change from audience members. The person who collects the most change will win the prize. Bring spare change or money to vote with. Admission is free.

The Weekly Lunch Series will meet
from 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 26 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. This week’s session will feature Paul Yoder from the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee speaking about “Writing Assignments to Decrease Plagiarism.”

There will be a Physics Colloquium at 4:30 p.m. March 26 in Magruder Hall 1096. Evgeny Tsymbal, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present on the “Physics of Magnetoelectronic Devices.” Snacks will be provided 10 minutes before the talk. For more information about the colloquium series and upcoming talks, visit

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at Truman for the third time in history at 1 p.m. March 27 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. A three-judge panel consisting of Chief Judge Victor C. Howard, Judge Lisa White Hardwick and Judge James Welsh will hear oral arguments in five cases. For more information, contact Terence G. Lord at

There will be a Global Issues Colloquium from 7-9 p.m. March 27 in the Magruder Hall 2001. Hector Avelos from Iowa State University will present on "Rethinking Religious Violence: A New Theory for An Old Problem." Avalos outlines a new theory for the role of religion in violence, which focuses on the idea that most violence results from the attempt to maintain or acquire resources that are deemed to be scarce. When religion causes violence, it is because it has created a new set of scarce resources. He illustrates the theory with examples in the Abrahamic religions from ancient to modern times.

There will be a Biology Seminar from 12:30-1:20 p.m. March 28 in Magruder Hall 2001. Jon Gering, professor of biology, will present on “Phylogenetic Community Ecology of Katydids (Orthoptera:Tettigoniidae) in Missouri and Belize: Patterns, Problems, and Statistical Innovations.” Refreshments will be served at 12:15 p.m. outside of Magruder Hall 2001. Contact Will Petry at with questions.

Cary Rivard, an alumnus of the Truman Department of Agriculture and a Ph.D. candidate in plant pathology at North Carolina State, will speak at 12:30 p.m. March 28 in Magruder Hall 1096 about “Tomato Grafting: A sustainable tool for disease management and a novel application for induced resistance.” For more information, contact Michael Seipel at

IT Services invites faculty, staff and students to TechBreak
at 1:30 p.m. March 28 in Violette Hall 1300. The topic of this week’s discussion is “The University Calendar,” featuring speakers Todd Kuhns, Greg Marshall, Heidi Templeton and Katie Best.

A retirement reception held in honor of Judy Lundberg, director of grants, will take place from 2-4 p.m. March 28 in Pickler Memorial Library 205.

The Bike Co-op Grand Opening will take place March 28 and 29.
The Co-op is located on Patterson Street, next to the MAC, across from Magruder Hall. Events are free and open to the public. Events will include an open shop at 3 p.m. March 28 and an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29. Visit for more information and complete event listing.

Squirrelfest, an outdoor bandfest that has been a Truman tradition for years, will take place beginning at 5 p.m. March 28 on the Quadrangle. Bands will start performing at 6 p.m. Dobson Hall Senate and Student Senate are sponsoring this event. Come to Japan, The Lush, Mr. History, Nothing Still, Fight Fight Fight, Honey Gum & the Seed, Cohesion, and Victory Service will be the bands performing at Squirrelfest. In addition to the eight bands, local Kirksville businesses will have information and food available on the Quadrangle. Squirrelfest will also help the Bike Co-op organizers kick off the grand opening for the Bike Co-op, and TAG Improv will be performing between acts. Contact JoEllen Flanagan at for more information.

Women of Distinction Nominations are due March 28.
This award honors and acknowledges women in the Truman and Kirksville communities who have positively impacted their community or individuals within it. Nomination forms are available at the Women’s Resource Center on the Student Union Building lower level and online at An awards banquet will take place from 6-8 p.m. April 7 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

SIMS applications are now available via the Student Affairs Web site
and in hard copy form in the Center for Student Involvement and the Student Affairs Office. Applications must be returned by March 28 to the Center for Student Involvement. Any problems, contact Student Affairs at 785.4111 or

Phi Epsilon Kappa, exercise science fraternity, is sponsoring Glow Stick it to Cancer at 9 p.m. April 15 at Stokes Stadium Gardner Track. Glow Stick it to Cancer is a two-mile run/walk at night with glow sticks. All proceeds will benefit the Adair County Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces will be provided to all participants. Refreshments will be provided and there will be attendance prizes. Pre-registration prices are $5 for glow sticks only and $15 for glow sticks and glow in the dark T-shirt. Participants can pre-register by March 28. Day of registration will be available beginning at 8:45 p.m. April 15 at the gate. Day of registration prices are $7 for glow sticks only and $20 for glow sticks and glow in the dark T-shirt while supplies last. Registration forms are available online at Contact Sam Dutrow at for more information.

Beta Alpha Psi will be sponsoring Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29 and April 5 in Violette Hall 1424. The members will give income tax assistance to students and the community and file their tax return electronically for free. Additional information is available at

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present its 60th Anniversary Chamber Concert
at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Quincy, Ill. Brian Kubin, assitant professor of music, cello and bass, will perform. Tickets are free for Truman faculty, staff and students with college ID.

Financial Aid Reminder: April 1 is the filing deadline for Access Missouri funds. Apply soon for all available federal (including work-study, Perkins Loan, and SEOG) and state aid. The 2008-2009 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at Contact the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103, 785.4130, if you have any questions.

The Student Activities Board (SAB) presents “A Liam Show” with Liam Sullivan at 7 p.m. April 2 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Admission is free with a student ID and is $2 for general admission. Tickets are available at the SAB Office located on the lower level of the Student Union Building. For more information, contact Brandt Bell at

James C. Fox, Fox Lawson & Associates, will present his findings and recommendations
regarding the Staff Classification and Compensation Plan study from 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. April 8 in Violette Hall 1000. For more information about the study, visit Contact Curt Devan at with questions about the presentations.

The Association of Black Collegians, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. are hosting the Spring Showcase Step and Dance Competition from 7-9 p.m. April 12 in Baldwin Auditorium. Greek teams will step against one another and dance teams will battle it out for prize money. Part of the proceeds goes toward a philanthropy. General admission is $5 and everyone is welcome to attend.
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