Earth Week festivities continue through April 25. For a complete list of events go to

General Honors candidates for May 2009 graduation who have not submitted a General Honors application worksheet should do so ASAP.  The form can be printed off the General Honors website at or can be obtained from Rebecca Harrison in McClain 321. General Honors candidates who have submitted an application but have not received an e-mail about the May 8 medal ceremony should contact Harrison.

The 17th Annual McNair Program End of the Year Banquet will recognize graduating McNair Scholars at 5:30 p.m. April 29 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. RSVP by April 20 to

The Women’s Resource Center will sponsor “Women and Substance Abuse” at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Speaker Mary Anne Comstock from Preferred Family Healthcare will speak about the strong connections between women and substance abuse, why it occurs and how to fight it.

The Faculty Weekly Lunch Series will host “Everybody Can Be Great: How Service, Co-Curricular Activity and the Liberal Arts Converge,” a presentation given by Eugenia Siegel, the Service-Learning Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA Member in The Center for Teaching and Learning. The Weekly Lunch Series will take place at 12:30 p.m. April 22 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room.

Reslife will sponsor “The Almost Naked Mile” to support the Salvation Army at 6:23 p.m. April 22. Those interested in participating should meet at the fountain to run a mile, almost naked, across campus. Clothes donations will be collected during the event at the fountain.

Roteract Club will sponsor TOMS Shoes from 4-7 p.m. April 23 in the Student Union Building Activities Room for those interested in learning more about the company’s philanthropic mission. For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair is donated to children in a developing country. TOMS traveling interns will be present to answer questions and sell shoes. Supplies to decorate shoes will be available.

The final Observatory Open House of the semester will take place from 8:30-11 p.m. April 23 at the University Farm. It will feature Saturn near its maximum height, a possible viewing of Mercury shortly after sunset, the colorful double Iota Cancri and the interacting spiral galaxy M51.  

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will sponsor “Know Your Rights” with Dan Viets at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Attorney Dan Viets will discuss drug policy issues under the Obama administration while informing students of their legal rights in theory and in practice. Viets will speak on his role in the initiative process that decriminalized marijuana in Columbia, Mo. For more information, SSDP will be on the Quad from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 22 promoting the event and giving information about Viets and the organization. This event is free and open to the public.

Delta Sigma Pi will host “5K Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis” at 10:30 a.m. April 25 at the Red Barn Park. The $10 entry fee will benefit the Great Strides Walk of Kirksville. The first 30 to register will receive a free t-shirt. E-mail Molly Bender at to register.

The Truman Chapter of the AAUP will sponsor a panel discussion and open forum
"Honorary Degrees, Commencement Speakers, and the Case of John Ashcroft."  In light of recently released “torture memos” and with current heated politics at the state and national levels, many members of the University have expressed concern that Truman has invited such a controversial figure as John Ashcroft to speak at the upcoming Commencement and, further, to receive one of the first honorary degrees awarded by the University. In the spirit of academic freedom, all members of the University community are invited to this open discussion at 7 p.m. April 27 in Magruder Hall 1000. Jerrold Hirsch, professor or history, will moderate a small panel of students and faculty with the intent to hear all views. For more information contact Marc Becker at

The 35th annual Service Recognition Banquet is scheduled for April 28. Approximately 132 current and retired members of the University will be honored for their commitment to the University. Tickets are available for $10 each in the Human Resources Office located in McClain 106.

Classics Club will sponsor Vergil Vigil at 7 p.m. April 28 at the University Club House. Students, faculty and community members will gather to read Book IV of Vergil’s Aeneid aloud in Latin.

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