Vol. 10 No. 25 - March 28, 2006


  • Pulitzer-winning Journalist to Address Issue of Media and the Underclass


    Leon Dash

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Leon Dash, formerly of The Washington Post, will present "Journalism and the Underclass" at 8 p.m., March 30, in Violette Hall 1000. A reception for Dash will follow his talk in the Violette Commons on the second floor.

    The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Multicultural Affairs Center are sponsoring Dash's visit. The presentation is free for members of the University community.

    "Leon Dash's presentation will interest and inform students and faculty from every discipline on campus," said Karon Speckman, associate professor of communication: journalism and SPJ adviser. "Having such an acclaimed journalist, author and scholar visit our University is a tremendous opportunity to look at an important social issue in an interdisciplinary way."

    New York University's journalism department honored Dash's Pulitzer-winning 1995 series "Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America" as one of the 100 best works of the 20th century. The series chronicled the life of an American family trapped in the urban underclass.
    Dash began his career with The Washington Post as a copyboy in 1965, working the night shift while finishing his bachelor's in history at Howard University. He graduated in 1968.

    During his career with the Post, Dash progressed from the copy desk to the foreign desk and the investigative/projects desk. He is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and he is recognized as the creator of immersion journalism. He has authored or coauthored several books, including "The Shame of the Prisons," "When Children Want Children: The Urban Crisis in Teenage Childbearing" and "Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America," which he based on the award-winning newspaper series.

    Dash is now a permanent faculty member at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Center for Advanced Studies.

    For more information, contact Speckman at 785.7231.
  • Lyceum Series Presents Rhonda Vincent

    Rhonda Vincent, bluegrass music's six-time Female Vocalist of the Year, and The Rage will perform as part of the Truman Kohlenberg Lyceum Series at 7:30 p.m., April 4, in Baldwin Auditorium.

    Vincent began performing in her parents' bluegrass band at age three and was performing on their local television show when she was five. A year later, the Vincent family began broadcasting over KIRX radio in Kirksville. Before she left her teens, she'd been a member of the "house band" at the Frontier Jamboree and Six Shooter tourist attractions.

    The mandolinist and fiddler made her recording debut while still a child, and by the time she turned 23, she'd recorded eight LPs as a member of her family's group The Sally Mountain Show.

    Vincent's first solo recordings were a trio of albums released from 1988-1991. These earned her a mainstream country recording contract with Giant Records, for whom she recorded two CDs from 1993-1995.

    She was named the bluegrass Entertainer of the Year in 2001 and Female Vocalist of the Year from 2000 through 2005. Her first two Rounder albums are among the top sellers in Vincent's field.

    Free tickets for this performance will be available beginning March 28 for students at the SAB Office and for faculty and staff in the CSI with University ID.

    The University requests that all patrons be seated five minutes prior to the performance. The University reserves the right to fill all seats, reserved and general admission, five minutes before the time of performance stated on the ticket.

    Call 785.4016 for more information.

  • Campus Media Win Apple Awards at College Media Advisers Spring National College Media Convention


    Whitney McFerron (left), editor in chief of the Index, and Prajwal Sharma (right), editor in chief of Detours: An Explorer's Guide to the Midwest, display their Apple Awards after their win in the College Media Convention in New York City.

    wins for best general interest magazine

    Detours: An Explorer's Guide to the Midwest, a travel magazine focusing on the tri-state region of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, won the Best in Show Apple Award at the National College Media Convention, March 15-18, in New York City.

    The magazine won in the general-interest category. The competition pitted the publication against more than 30 student publications from across the United States, including colleges of every size. The only other magazine category was the literary magazine category.

    More than 1,500 students and advisers participated in the convention. Six Truman students and the adviser represented Detours. These included Prajwal Sharma, a senior communication and pre-business administration double major from Gangtok, Sikkim, the editor in chief; Evangeline McMullen, a junior English major from Independence, Mo., a copy editor; Emily Black, a junior communication major from Bend, Ore., the assistant publicity and distribution manager; Roger Meissen, a senior chemistry and communication double major from Salisbury, Mo., the convergence editor; Chris Waller, a junior communication and English double major from St. Joseph, Mo., the photographer; and Conor Nicholl, a junior communication and pre-secondary education double major from Maryland Heights, Mo., a staff writer.

    Mark Nordstrom, assistant professor of communication, is the adviser. He also attended the conference.

    The publication entered its latest issue, Winter 2006, in the competition. The award-winning issue features stories on restaurants such as the Pear Tree Restaurant in Bevier, Mo., and the Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City among other restaurants and places of interest in the tri-state region.

    Detours is published twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter. It employs about 35 student workers from various divisions such as communication, visual communication, English, and business.

    Index wins for best four-year non-daily broadsheet newspaper

    The Index, Truman's weekly student-produced newspaper, won the Apple award as the best non-daily newspaper at the College Media Advisers National College Media Convention March 18, in New York City.

    The Apple Award is one of two top awards presented each year to college student media. This is the third time in four years the Index has captured the honor. Truman's newspaper won against weekly student publications from across the country. A panel of New York media professionals selected the winners based on a variety of criteria including news judgment, journalistic quality, quality of writing, variety and diversity of news, photography and layout and design.

    Eleven students represented Truman at the conference. These included Whitney McFerron, a junior communication and English double major from Advance, Mo., who is the editor in chief; Sara DeGonia, a sophomore communication and English double major from Liberty, Mo., who is the news editor; Conor Nicholl, a junior communication and pre-secondary education double major from Maryland Heights, Mo., the sports editor; Chris Waller, a junior communication and English double major from St. Joseph, Mo., the photo editor; Amy Deis, a junior communication major from Kansas City, Mo., who is the head copy editor; Lindsay Koski, a junior art major from Kansas City, Mo., the design editor; Chris Tharp, a junior communication major from Kirksville, the online editor; and staff members Joe Barker, a freshman communication major from Pacific, Mo.; Nathan Becker, a sophomore communication major from Pacific, Mo.; Kyle Hill, a junior history and pre-secondary education double major from Kansas City, Mo.; and Alan Reininger, a junior communication major from Wentzville, Mo. These students are but a portion of the hard-working, talented Index staff responsible for the award-winning quality of the newspaper.

    Steve Stepanek, assistant professor of communication, is the Index adviser. Stepanek also attended the conference.
  • Faculty & Staff Campaign Push is a Success

    The Faculty & Staff Campaign recently finished a successful five-week emphasis. The Truman State University Foundation wishes to express a sincere thank you to the University community for their support of this effort.

    The annual campaign began on July 1, 2005 and will conclude on June 30, 2006. The goals for this year's campaign were to raise $90,000 in resources and achieve a 68 percent participation rate. To date, faculty and staff have provided more than $95,000 in resources and expectancies, supporting a wide variety of scholarships and funds, and have achieved a 58 percent participation rate.

    Congratulations to our campaign push drawing winners:
    Reserved Parking Space: Chad Mohler
    Two Cardinals Tickets: Carlton DeFosse
    Two Cardinals Tickets: Samuel Lesseig
    Truman Apparel Package #1: Maureen McHale
    Truman Apparel Package #2: Teresa Wheeler

    The Truman State University Foundation would like to thank the FY06 Faculty & Staff Campaign co-chairs, Registrar A. Kay Anderson and Dean of Science Scott Ellis, for their time, efforts and leadership in the campaign. In addition, it would like to extend its appreciation to the many area coordinators whose volunteer efforts significantly benefited the campaign push.

    This year's area coordinators are as follows:  Athletics: B.J. Pumroy, David Schutter, Business & Accountancy: Neil Gilchrist, Marilyn Romine, Jim Turner, Education: Kay Clapp, Janice Grow, Joanne Jackson, Peter Kelly, Donna Rhinesmith, Fine Arts: Becky Becker, Jay Bulen, Warren Gooch, James Harmon, Human Potential and Performance: Sarah Delaware, Sheila Garlock, Liz Jorn, Language and Literature: Betsy Delmonico, Royce Kallerud, Roy Tanner, Alex Tetlak, Math and Computer Science: Donna Bailey, Philip Ryan, Carol Thatcher, Tony Vazzana, Science: Cynthia Cooper, Brenda Moore, Eric Patterson, Michael Seipel, Social Science: Jeff Gall, Mark Hanley, Teresa Heckert, Marty Jayne, Elaine McDuff, Judi Misale, Werner Sublette, Physical Plant: Brian Hudnall, Bob Kelsey, Shuan Klingsmith, Tim Maize, Cheryl Miller, Blake Pigg, Dave Robbins, Karl Schneider, Staff 1: Von Abbott, Wanda Cagle, Amy Currier, Glen Giboney, Susan Hamilton, Brian Krylowicz, Julie Lochbaum, Nancy Rediger, Robin Taylor, Staff 2: Nancy Asher, Zac Burden, Marianna Giovannini, Shaun Hoffeditz, David Kincaid, John Mounsey, Beth Oberman, Teresa Wheeler, Staff 3: Diane Bloskovich, Traci Hill, Charles Hunsaker, Mary Jane Kiefer, Linda Phillips, Kimberly Titus, Erika Woehlk 

    To learn more about the campaign please visit http://isupport.truman.edu. Those who wish to make a gift to the campaign may do so by making a contribution to the fund of their choice prior to June 30, 2006. Please call the Office of Advancement at 785.4133 with any questions regarding making a gift.
  • Educator of the Year Committee Selects 12 Semifinalists

    Truman State University's Educator of the Year committee has announced 12 semifinalists from its field of nominated professors.

    A record-breaking 66 professors were nominated by their students. They were then asked to submit an essay, given a prompt, and a sample syllabus. The 12 semifinalists were selected based on the nomination form submitted by the student, the essay and sample syllabus. They include Marc Becker, associate professor of history; Adam Davis, professor of English and interim director of Interdisciplinary Studies; Alan Davis, associate professor of accounting; Andrea Davis, instructor in French and German; Pam Gardner, assistant professor of nursing; David Gillette, professor of economics; John Ishiyama, professor of political science; Martin Jayne, associate professor of justice systems; Lee Orchard, professor of theatre; Marie Orton, associate professor of Italian; Eric Patterson, associate professor of chemistry; and Karon Speckman, associate professor of communication.

    The committee will distribute questionnaires in the semifinalists' classes March 27-31. This information will be used to help select six finalists before selecting the Educator of the Year.

    The 2006 Educator of the Year will be announced at the banquet at 6 p.m., May 2, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    The committee is comprised of representatives from the sponsoring organizations: Student Senate, Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi.
  • SERVE Center Promotes Service in the Community with the Big Event


    Several students help rake leaves on the Kirksville square during a previous Big Event.

    Nine hundred and tweny-nine volunteers are signed up to say thank you to the Kirksville community April 1 through the SERVE Center's the Big Event.

    This event is a way for members of the Truman State University community to provide service activities such as raking leaves, washing windows, painting, and much more to the Kirksville community.

    Visit http://serve.truman.edu/bigevent.htm for more information.
  • Scholarships Available

    Robert Half International/Accountemps and the AICPA are please to offer scholarships to five AICPA student affiliate members. In addition to being an AICPA student affiliate member, a student must be an undergraduate or graduate pursuing study in accounting, finance or information systems to be eligible for this scholarship. The amount of the scholarship is $2,500 for one year. Applications are available on the AICPA Web site at http://www.aicpa.org/download/nolimits/become/
    ships/AccountempsAICPA_App.pdf. Applications are due by April 1.

    Liberal arts students wishing to pursue graduate accounting study can receive financial aid through the AICPA John L. Carey Scholarships Program. Scholarships are available to all liberal arts degree holders of any regionally-accredited U.S. institution who wish to pursue a CPA certificate. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership and future career interests and are contingent upon acceptance in a graduate accounting program. Each year, up to seven recipients will be awarded $5,000 and will be eligible for renewal for one more year, (provided satisfactory scholastic progress is maintained). Applications are due April 1. Students can find additional information to apply for the scholarships via a Web site located at http://www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/edu/jlcs.htm.

    The Financial Aid Office has received information regarding the Young Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program. To be eligible for this scholarship you must have been diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21, be a legal resident of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma, be a high school senior, or, if already in college, have a GPA of at least 2.0, and be 25-years-old or younger at the time of application. Students will be asked to submit a copy of the Student Aid Report from their FAFSA, write an essay/goal statement and show financial need. Students' academic achievement and community service will also be a part of the evaluation process for the scholarship. To obtain an application, contact Joyce Watson at joyce.watson@cancer.org. Completed applications must be returned to the Kansas City Corporate Office by early April (postmark deadline is April 3).

    The Missouri Waste Control for Coalition (MWCC) is offering its environmental scholarship for students who have an interest in or are focusing on classes in the environmental studies field. They will be awarding one $500 scholarship to use toward tuition, books and other educational expenses. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and must be attending, or planning on attending, school full-time. Further informational about this scholarship may be obtained in the Truman State University Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103. Applications are due April 15.

    The Truman State University Financial Aid Office has received information about a unique educational summer job opportunity for students. Camp Ramapo is one of the few residential summer camps servicing children with emotional, behavioral and learning problems. Ramapo provides a safe, predictable and highly structured environment, which fosters the development of positive social and learning skills. In addition, Ramapo offers an on-site college course through the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction. For more information, log on to http://www.ramapoforchildren.org.
  • Habitat for Humanity Raises Funds


    The Truman chapter of Habitat for Humanity raised a record-breaking $6,500 last semester.  In addition, the fifth house in the Kirksville area was dedicated last fall. The organization recently had 26 volunteers go to Starkville, Miss., to work on a house during midterm break. The students are currently raising money for the construction of their sixth house in Kirksville, which is expected to begin later this spring.


  • The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series presents the Kansas City Ballet

       Kansas City Ballet/Kenny Johnson
        Kimberly Cowen

    7:30 p.m.
    March 29
    Baldwin Auditorium

    A limited number of tickets are available for students, faculty and staff. Seating is general admission. Admission is free for students, faculty and staff with their University ID. Students may pick up tickets at the Student Activities Board Office, in the SUB Governors Room. Faculty and staff may pick up tickets at the Center for Student Involvement, lower level of the SUB.

    The University requests that all patrons be seated five minutes prior to the performance. The University reserves the right to fill all seats, reserved and general admission, five minutes before the time of performance stated on the ticket. No refunds will be given.

    Call the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 for more information.
  • Diversity Week 2006

    Continues Through April 1

    Events throughout the week will highlight the diversity of Truman's campus with fun and educational programming.

    Presented by Student Senate in conjunction with various student organizations and campus offices.

    Contact Matthew A. Seibert at 660.349.0531 or mas602@truman.edu for more information.
  • The Environmental Campus Organization (ECO), with the Mountain Biking Club, is looking for sponsors for the first Community-Sharing Bike Program.

    The organization plans to provide students, and perhaps the community, with an alternative to expensive and fuel-intensive vehicle use.

    By sponsoring a bike for a minimum of $10, an organization's name will be placed on the license plate of an ECO bike for a year, spreading the name of the organization across campus.

    Sponsoring groups are invited to attend the
    Grand Opening Event
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    March 29

    where they can paint their own bike and participate in activities.

    For more information or to donate to the cause, contact Cassie Phillips at cassiephillips@care2.com.
  • Call for Papers, Presentations and Art

    The Environmental Campus Organization (ECO) and Sierra@Truman present the third annual

    Environmental Studies Conference 2006
    Think Globally, Act Locally

    Papers and presentations from all disciplines and backgrounds will be accepted. Proposals will be accepted through April 1.

    Earth Week
    April 17-22

    ARTSEnvironmental Gallery Show
    April 19-May 4

    Conference presentations
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    April 21
    Followed by keynote speaker and dessert reception

    Conference and Art Show submissions are opened for students, faculty, staff and Kirksville community members.

    To submit a proposal, e-mail a concise abstract to cassiephillips@care2.com.
  • Gender and Empire: A Truman Conference

    in honor of Women's History Month
    March 30-April 1
    The 11th annual Women's and Gender Studies Conference
    Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Committee, the Division of Language and Literature, and the Residential College Program

    March 30 - VH 1000
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Resistance movements
    Alexandria Lockett, "The Story of Algeria: How Women Secured Its Independence"
    Alicia Barks, "Contextualizing the Rhetoric of Women's Rights Movements in the Middle East"

    noon-12:50 p.m.
    Postcolonial criticism
    Neil Bales, "A Postcolonial Study of Universalisms and Imperialism in 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wide Sargasso Sea,'"
    Emily Murdock, "Somewhere Over the Balcony: An Irish View of British Imperialism"

    1:30-3 p.m.
    VOX: Fighting for reproductive rights
    Karen Smith et al., "The Current State of Reproductive Health Services and Policy"

    March 30 - BH 218
    3:30-6 p.m.
    Film and discussion
    Monica Barron, "Colonized Power and Indigenous Women in 'Rabbit-Proof Fence'"

    March 30 - SUB Activities Room
    7 p.m.
    A Prism-sponsored related event: the transgendered life
    Debra Davis, guest speaker, will discuss her male to female transition.

    March 31 - VH 1000
    10:30-11:20 a.m.
    Women and American culture
    Kiley Huges, "Isabella Bird: Cowboy, Lady, or Fellow?"
    Julie Limbaugh, "Breaking Free: Women as Slaves to Fashion in the 'Fin de Siecle' and the Present"

    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
    Colonialism and feminist theory
    Alanna Preussner, "Assuming the Missionary Position: Imperialism, Faith, and Feminism"
    Kristopher Stroup, "Feminism, Dhimmitude, and the Public Sphere: A Reconceptualization of Feminist Theorizing of the 'Dhimmit'"

    1:30-2:20 p.m.
    Colonized women in the Americas
    Carol Marshall, "Brokenness and Identity: Chicanas Piece Together the Moon on This Side of the Border"
    Marc Becker, "Beauty Queens and Empire at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela"

    2:30-3:20 p.m.
    Postcolonial women in Africa, part 1
    Marijke Breuning, "Aid and Gender Equality in Africa"
    Samuel Edeh, "The New Face of Women's Rights in Post-Military Nigeria"

    3:30-4:20 p.m.
    Personal testimony
    J.J. Pionke, "Gaijin Girl: Foreigner Gender and Japan"
    Gretchen Willier, "One Woman's Struggle with Day-to-Day Imperialism"

    4:30-5:50 p.m.
    Keynote performance
    Stephanie Howell, "Atrocious Beauty: A Fattie Bites Back"
    (Introduced by Christine Harker)

    April 1 - VH 1000
    10:30-11:20 a.m.
    Women in government
    Larry Iles, "Barbara Castle, Socialist UK Politician, and her Opposition to White, War-making Imperialism in Kenya, Egypt, Cyprus and South Africa, 1950-1993"
    Betty McLane-Iles, "Women Changing French Government and Politics"

    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
    Performance art workshop
    Stephanie Howell, "Performance as a Way of Knowing"

    1:30-2:20 p.m.
    Postcolonial women in Africa, part 2
    Ifeanyi Elechi, "The Devastating Effects of Colonialism on African Women: The Untold Story"
    Alaina Denney, "Impossible Expectations: The Role of Motherhood in Sindiwie Magona's 'Mother to Mother'"

    2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Men and empire
    Benjamin Reddin, "The Self-Made Man: George A. Custer"
    Kade Schemahorn, "Metrosexual Emodiment and Perception: Confronting Hegemoney from a Male Perspective"

    3:45-5:15 p.m.
    Empire and masculinity: a panel discussion
    Hena Ahmad, Nick Kremer, Bob Mielke, Arnie Preussner, Tom Useted, and Linda Seidel

    Log on to http://ll.truman.edu/ws.html to view the complete schedule.

  • The Cashier Window in McClain Hall will be closed for training all day March 29.

    The Cashier Window in McClain Hall will be closed for training all day March 29.
  • The Student Alumni Council is Hosting a “Bored” Game Night

    7-9 p.m.
    March 29
    SUB Down Under

    They will have old favorite board games such as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders and more.

    Cookies, soda and more will be provided.

    Contact Becky Hadley at 314.471.5106 or rlh936@truman.edu for more information.
  • The Theatre Department Presents "We are the Waiting"

    8-9:30 p.m.
    March 29-April 1
    OP Black Box Theatre

    This is a student-directed Lab Show written by alumnus Paul Kastner. It is a story of horror and suspense.

    Admission is free.

    Contact Joseph Pini at 785.4973 or joe@truman.edu for more information.
  • Candidate Forum to Air on Ch. 36

    The recent school board and city council candidates forum will air on Ch. 36

    9-10 p.m.
    March 30-April 3


    11 a.m.-noon
    April 1-2

  • The International Club will be Sponsoring the International Idol

    7 p.m.
    March 31
    Baldwin Auditorium

    International students and some of their American friends will perform songs, dances and other arts from across the world. A panel of judges will decide on a winner. These acts are interspersed with guest performances, which are not judged.
  • International Student Affairs Office Information

    International Hall Host Positions Available for 2006-2007 School Year

    Need a scholarship or work-study job?

    Interested in meeting and helping international students?

    If so, become an International Hall Host for next year.

    To be eligible for this position, applicants must live on campus and have a vehicle.

    If interested, contact Kara Burns, international hall host coordinator, at 665.0468 or KaraLynn@truman.edu by April 7.

    Nominate an International Student for the International Student of the Month Award

    Faculty, staff and students who know an international student who deserves to be recognized for his or her hard work and enthusiasm can nominate that person to become the next International Student of the Month.

    Applications are available at http://iso.truman.edu under the Current Students tab.

    Applications may be submitted at any time.

    Contact Kara Burns at 665.0468 for more information.


  • Notables

    Monica Barron, professor of English, along with other members of the Feminist Teacher editorial collective recently was a featured speaker at the University of Pittsburgh's Teaching Gender/Gendered Teaching conference at the Cathedral of Learning on the Pittsburgh campus.

    Teresa Heckert, associate professor of psychology, made four presentations of her work at the 77th annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association March 16-19, in Baltimore, Md. She presented "Factors in Workplace Loyalty: Leader-member exchange and perceived organizational support" and "Factors in Faculty Turnover Consideration at Teaching Institutions" with co-author Angela Farabee, a senior psychology major from Rock Hill, Mo. Heckert presented "Gender Differences in Role Expectations Following the Birth of the First Child" with co-authors Kimberly Wilson, a 2005 Truman alumna; Samantha Curry, a senior psychology major from Kansas City, Mo.; Melissa Schlereth, a Truman alumna now attending the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and Sandra Biszantz, a Truman alumna now attending the University of Florida. Wilson also joined Heckert in presenting their work "Validation of the Truman Burnout Inventory: A new scale to measure job burnout."

    John Ishiyama, professor of political science, had his article "Europeanization and the Communist Successor Parties in Post-Communist Politics" published in the most recent issue of the journal Politics and Policy.

    Daniel Mandell, associate professor of history, has had four articles published in "Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History," five vols. (M.E. Sharpe, 2006). The articles published were "Race and Ethnicity," "Praying Towns," "Pequots," and "Mohegans."

    Six McNair Scholars presented at the annual Missouri Association for Blacks in Higher Education (MABHE) Conference on March 11 in Columbia. The participants were Chinaka Agwu, a senior psychology major from Denver, Colo.; Brandon Gordon, a senior computer science major from South Holland, Ill.; Keisha Hatcher, a senior psychology major from Blue Springs, Mo.; Alexandria Lockett, a senior English major from Texarkana, Texas; Carla Tillman, a senior business administration major from Chicago, Ill.; and Tammy Tolliver a senior health science major from St. Louis. They presented research from their summer 2005 research internship.

    John J. Quinn, associate professor of political science, delivered the paper "Rebuilding Democracy After the End of the Cold War: The Effects of Majority State Ownership on Subsequent Democratization in sub-Saharan Africa." The conference was titled "Reducing Poverty and Inequality: How can Africa be included?" and was hosted by the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at St. Catherine's College, Oxford.

    Antonio Scuderi, associate professor of Italian, has contributed an essay to a book that has just been published in Italy by the University of Pisa. The book is titled "Coppie d’arte: Dario Fo e Franca Rame."

    Thomas Trimborn, professor of music, has been invited to display all of the artwork included in his book "Encounters with Lincoln: Images and Text" recently published by the Truman State University Press. His works will be on exhibit from April-August in the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., in the historic rooms where Abraham Lincoln spent much of his time as a legislator and lawyer. The showing, which is sponsored by the Old State Capitol Foundation, opens with a discussion and book signing on April 26.


  • Notes

    The Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor the Assessment Colloquium "Creating Student Learning Outcomes" from 4:30-6 p.m., March 28, in the SUB Conference Room. Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 785.4391 or ctl@truman.edu for more information.

    The Muslim Students Association will present an interfaith discussion panel titled "Three Faiths, One God" from 6-8 p.m., March 28, in the BH Little Theatre. Jews, Muslims and Christians will answer questions about how the three faiths compare in an audience-focused discussion panel. Questions on controversial issues will be answered, providing a clear picture of how Islam fits in with Judaism and Christianity. Contact Andrea Cluck at 785.5837 or aec600@truman.edu for more information.

    The Career Center will host the Walt Disney World College Program Open House from 6-8 p.m., March 28, at the Career Center. Students are invited to learn about interning at the Walt Disney World company for a semester. Food will be provided. For more information, contact Erin Roper at 785.4972 or ebr250@truman.edu.

    The Student Activities Board and the Student Union will sponsor an Open Mic Night from 8-11 p.m., March 28, in the SUB Activities Room. The event will be a night of art and musical performances in a relaxed atmosphere. E-mail Dan Kling at d4001@truman.edu for more information.

    The DEPThS group will discuss Navajo Traditions at 8 p.m., March 28, in BH 249. Dave Greg, a Truman student who spent time with the tribe during the summer, will lead the discussion. DEPThS is a student-led open discussion group about spirituality. E-mail depths.tsu@gmail.com for more information.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning Weekly Lunch Series features Registrar Kay Anderson speaking about "Academic Integrity through FERPA" from 12:30-1:30 p.m., March 29, in the SUB Spanish Room. Call 785.4391 for more information.

    "Should You Really be a Lawyer?" discussion will take place from 4:30-5:15 p.m., March 29, April 5 and April 12, in VH 1146. Martin Jayne and Paul Parker, Truman pre-law advisers, will discuss legal education and legal careers with all interested students. Contact Parker at 785.4505 for more information.

    The SERVE Center is accepting applications for the fall 2006 semester for work-study and scholarship positions only. Applications are available in the Center for Student Involvement, located on the lower level of the SUB. Completed applications should be returned to the CSI by 5 p.m., March 29.

    PRISM and the Funds Allotment Council (FAC) present transgender speaker Debra Davis from 7-9 p.m., March 30, in the SUB Activities Room. Davis transitioned from a man to a woman while working for public high school in 1998. Now she's the executive director of the Gender Resource Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and tours the country speaking about transgender issues. For more information, contact Matthew Seibert at 660.349.0531 or mas602@truman.edu.

    The Environmental Campus Organization (ECO) will show the film "City of God" at 7 p.m., March 30, in BH 303. There will be a discussion following the film. For more information, contact Michelle Brown at 785.5755 or mlb105@truman.edu.

    The Student Activities Board (SAB) will be showing "Syriana" at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., March 31, in VH 1000. No tickets are needed. Call 785.4722 for details.

    The Language and Learning Center, also known as the Language Lab, located in MC 302 and 304 and BH 285 and 288, is seeking advanced-level students in all languages to serve as Peer Tutors for lower-level language classes. Scholarship hours are preferable, but some work study and institutional hours are available. Applications are available in MC 304 until April 1. E-mail Ron Manning at rmanning@truman.edu for further details.

    Alpha Sigma Gamma is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt from 1-4 p.m., April 2, at Red Barn Park. The rain site is Pershing Arena. Tickets are 25 cents or 5 for a $1. Egg hunt times are children under 3 at 1:30 p.m., 3-6 years old at 2:15 p.m. and 7 years and older at 3 p.m. Contact Gina Stierwalt 665.8910 or at crazysox4@yahoo.com for more information.

    Alan Journet, professor of biology at Southeast Missouri State University, will speak at 11:30 a.m., April 7, in the SUB Spanish Room. His presentation will be titled "Crouching Cassowary, Hidden Cheetah" (about his trips to Australia and to Kruger Park in Africa.)

    The Special Olympics Northeast Area Track and Field Games are looking for volunteers to be buddies to athletes from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., April 8, at Stokes Stadium. Volunteers for other aspects of the games are needed as well, with less of a time commitment. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Student Council for Exceptional Children at 627.6035 or scec@truman.edu.

    The Rotaract Club will present the fourth film of its International Film Series, "Bride and Prejudice," at 6:30 p.m., April 8, in VH 1000. Contact Brynn Weimer at 665.3452 or bew935@truman.edu for more information.

    Human Resources, in cooperation with UniCare Life & Health Insurance Company, the University's medical insurance carrier, will be sponsoring the Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness Fair on April 14 in the SUB. More details will be announced in the future. For more information, contact Human Resources at 785.7480 or 785.4031.

    Applications are now available for writing consultants for the fall 2006 semester. New this semester, the Writing Center will also have an opening for a Spanish consultant. Students can pick up an application in the Writing Center, McClain Hall 303, or online at http://writingcenter.truman.edu. Writers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    Faculty, staff and students who know an international student who deserves to be recognized for his or her hard work and enthusiasm can nominate that person to become the next International Student of the Month. Applications are available at http://iso.truman.edu under the Current Students tab. Applications may be submitted at any time. Contact Kara Burns at 665.0468 for more information.

    The 2006-2007 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available on the Web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. Apply soon to be considered for all available federal and state funds. Contact the Financial Aid Office, MC 103, 785.4130, if you have questions.