USMED will sponsor a Holiday Bellydance Show at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Down Under of the Student Union Building. Tickets are $1.

The Truman Bookstore presents Faculty Staff Appreciation Days Dec. 15-16. Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the bookstore for specials. Also, new publications by faculty, including “Dieppe Crossing” by Betty McLane-Iles, “American Ethnic History” by Jason McDonald and “Plutonic Sonnets” by Robert Graber, will be showcased and book signings will take place from 1-2 p.m. Dec. 16. Call 785.4211 to reserve copies.

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host Tips for the Peer Review of Teaching
at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 in Pickler Memorial Library 205. Suitable for department chairs only. How to conduct a peer review of live teaching performance and how to peer review syllabi will be addressed.

The French Government is seeking applicants ages 20-30 to work as teaching assistants in English at secondary public schools in France. Applications will be accepted in Washington, D.C., until late January in 2009. Details are online at, under the education menu. Contact Gregg Siewert, professor of French, at for more information.

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host the Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Blitz
from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 6-7, 2009 in Pickler Memorial Library 205. Suitable for all faculty and instructional staff undergoing promotion, tenure review, or formative review processes. Register for both days at and visit for more information.

The Student Activities Board presents Tuesday Night Trivia Series, A Lovely Night for Trivia,
at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 2009 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Free food and drinks will be provided and prizes will be awarded to the first place winner.

Students have an opportunity to spend two weeks in Hong Kong and Shuizhai in a professional exchange setting
during the May 2009 Interim or spend a semester abroad in Shuizhai assisting English teachers. For details e-mail Janice Grow at

Due to the winter break, this will be the last Truman Today of the semester.
The Truman Today will resume the week of Jan. 12.
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