The Physics Colloquium will continue at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Magruder Hall with a presentation by Shoaib Usman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology.

SUB After Dark will sponsor the Holiday Sweets House Decorating Contest at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. All of the supplies for building are provided. Compete individually or on teams of up to four people. The top three winners will get a choice of the DVD “Elf,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (with Jim Carrey) or Josh Groban’s Noel CD. Hot chocolate and Christmas music will be provided.

Shawn Joyce, a 2006 Truman linguistics graduate, will be a featured speaker as part of the English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Conference. Joyce will present the keynote address, “Foreign Languages and Linguistics in the Working World,” at 12 p.m. Dec. 2. His talk, “Translation as a Career,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3. The whole Senior Seminar Conference, with sessions on creative writing, ecocriticism, folktales, the Great War and storytelling, runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.   

Peter Rolnick, professor of physics, will speak at the Mathbio Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Magruder Hall 2050.

The men of Phi Sigma Kappa in association with the Department of Public Safety and the Kirksville Police Department are sponsoring a Self-Defense and General Safety Awareness Seminar at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Kirk Gym. This seminar will be broken down into two sessions, the first being a demonstration by DPS of basic self-defense techniques as well as a general Q&A session followed by a taser demonstration by the Kirksville Police department. This event is open to all Truman students, faculty and staff as well as the general public. For more information, contact Michael Brelsford at

The Truman State University Percussion Ensembles will present their annual “Percussion Fall Sampler” concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Under the direction of Michael Bump, associate professor and director of percussion studies, and Vincent Wallace, graduate teaching assistant, the program will feature the Music Department’s Concert Percussion Ensembles I & II in an exciting and diverse selection of music for percussion. The program will include Pat Metheny’s, “First Circle,” Jan Bach’s, “Woodwork,” and David Gillingham’s classic work for percussion orchestra, “Stained Glass,” among others. Admission is free.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the University Club House, located at 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at or call 785.6036 for more information.

The Truman Observatory will host an open house at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. See for more details and for directions. This event will be canceled if it is cloudy or raining.

The True Men Winter Concert
will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

The Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Conference Room of the Student Union.

President Paino will host "Coffee with the President" from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Conference Room of the Student Union.

Megan Wargo, Truman volleyball assistant coach, will conduct a meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 for parents and students ages 12-18 interested in participating in Kirksville Club Volleyball. Teams will practice two times per week and play in regional tournaments. For information about the meeting, contact Wargo at or 660.341.9610.

The Student Activities Board will sponsor "Holiday Lights" at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Kirk Memorial. "Holiday Lights" is an event where Truman students can come celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Kirk Memorial will be lit up with lights and a cappella groups True Men, Minor Detail and Sweet Nothings will perform. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies.

The Fall 2010 One-Act Festival runs from Dec. 9-11 in the Ophelia Parrish James G. Severns Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

The Franklin Street Singers and Brass Choir Fall Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in Baldwin Auditorium.
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