Vol. 10 No. 27 - April 11, 2006


  • 19th Annual Student Research Conference Nears

    On April 20, Truman will hold its 19th annual Student Research Conference, which will feature a broad spectrum of presentations from all degree-granting academic divisions. Scheduled classes will not formally meet during the day of the Conference, thereby providing the opportunity for all students and faculty members to attend and fully participate.

    The day will be a Universitywide celebration of undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship and creative achievement. This year's Conference will be a record year, with 319 presentations delivered by 399 student authors who are mentored by 161 faculty members. Students will present their scholarly work in a range of presentation types, including oral papers, posters, performing arts, studio arts and technology displays.

    The day will also include a Conferencewide Plenary Address by Naomi Shihab Nye, acclaimed poet, essayist and teacher. The Plenary Session begins at 11 a.m., in Violette Hall 1000, and it will include a lecture, poetry reading, question and answer session and book signing. Nye's books are available at the Truman Bookstore, and her biography can be found on the Conference Web site at http://src.truman.edu.

    Several informal, roundtable-type discussion sessions will take place during the lunch break. Three discussion sessions are designed for students to learn how to get started on a scholarly project, how to integrate scholarly projects into their curriculum, as well as opportunities for conducting research during the first year. Two other dicussion sessions are focused on faculty issues. These will focus on strategies for using scholarship in the classroom and the role of the library in fostering faculty-student research. To further encourage dialogue among all members of the University community, several Conference-wide refreshment breaks and a reception are included in the program.

    The Conference Web site, http://src.truman.edu, includes the full Conference program and all presentation abstracts, which can be electronically browsed and extensively searched. Anyone visiting the Web site can create a custom schedule of presentations and events that he or she would like to attend. Student authors also have the opportunity to upload files and Web links to accompany their online abstracts. For example, presenters may have uploaded the full written paper of their oral presentation, a copy of their PowerPoint presentation, a key photograph or image, a digital audio or video file, and/or any relevant Internet addresses. In addition, the Web site includes other useful information for students and faculty, and historical details about past Conferences.

  • Educator of the Year Search Narrows

    Truman's 2006 Educator of the Year Committee has announced six finalists from the record-breaking field of 66 nominated professors.

    The decision for finalists was based on the nomination forms submitted, the professors' essay responses and the classroom surveys of the professors' students. The finalists include: Adam Brooke Davis, professor of English and interim director of Interdisciplinary Studies; Pamela Gardner, assistant professor of nursing; John Ishiyama, professor of political science; Marie Orton, associate professor of Italian; Eric Patterson, associate professor of chemistry; and Karon Speckman, associate professor of communication.

    Between April 5-14, the committee will sit in on lectures in the finalists' classes. They will choose the winner at the conclusion of the observations.

    The new Educator of the Year will be announced at a banquet at 6 p.m., May 2, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. All of the nominees will be honored at this time. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. For more information or to receive an invitation to the banquet, contact the committee at tsu_eoy@yahoo.com. R.S.V.P.'s for all guests are due by 5 p.m., April 21.

    Members of Student Senate, Phi Kappa Phi and the Pershing Society comprise the Educator of the Year Committee.
  • Students Receive Academic Honor Awards

    The Annual Academic Honor Awards Assembly, which recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement among Truman State University undergraduate and graduate students will take place at 7 p.m., April 10, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    The following students were honored as the outstanding student in their respective disciplines.

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting - Anna Halim

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting - Myra Martin

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration-Finance - Randy Beilsmith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration-Management - Bradley Dohack

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration-Marketing - Lindsay Pittenger

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration- Marketing - Lauren Kistner

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education - Paya Rhodes

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education - Alaina Denney

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education - Valerie Broderick

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art - Christopher Lindgren

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art History - Katherine Eusey

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communication - Megan Irwin

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music - Carol Anne Perry

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre - Megan Dittmann

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders - Andrea Rabenold

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders - Laura Thornton

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science - Abbie Smith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science - Gregory Day

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing - Mary Klein

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics - Christopher Steffe

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Arts - Christine Schlosser

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Arts - JoAnn Jorgovan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Journalism - Jessica Rasmussen

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Science - Justine Finney Guyer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Studies - Sara Miller

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English - Bachelor of Arts - Lauren Helbig

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French - Kathryn Brown

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in German - Aubrey Evans

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics - Joanna Ristow

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish - Sofia Kerbawy

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science - Olga Nikolova

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics - Khang Tran

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student General George C. Marshall ROTC Award - Samuel Grabill

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science - Kathryn Smith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology - Ashley Lough

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry - Angela Soemo

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics - Brock Schmutzler

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics - Casey Copeland

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History - Elizabeth Robinson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems - Erin Poettker

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy and Religion - Dennis Trinkle II

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science - Amanda Keener

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science - Joseph Bredehoft

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology - Angela Farabee

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology - Benjamin Kort

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology & Anthropology - Sarah McDuff

    Distinguished Master's Thesis Award - Amy Gates
  • Truman Broadcasters Win Awards at MBEA Convention

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    Pictured front row, left to right: Keri Esmar, Kelly Kasparie, Abbagail Whiteley, Jill Kasparie and Dawn Runge. Middle row, left to right: Krystal Miller, April Owens, KRGC-TV News Director Eric Maze, Kyle Hill and Andrew Richmond. Back row, left to right: Brian Bourne, Brian Schmittgens and John Weeks.

    ews 36 and KTRM broadcast students won the most first place awards at the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association Conference March 31.

    Professionals from the Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBEA) judged the students' work in radio and television production categories ranging from news and sports to music video and radio aircheck to script writing. Truman student broadcasters competed against universities throughout the state including schools with stations in the top 100 markets in the nation. Truman won seven first place awards and two second place awards. Missouri State took away six first place honors; Evangel and Central Missouri State University each won five.

    Kelly Kasparie, a senior communication major from Quincy, Ill., won the most individual awards of any student entered in the competition. She garnered first place in both television news package for coverage of the Highway 63 Opening and news promo for the News 36 promo, along with a second place in commercial/promotional/PSA script for the television spot for KTRM 88.7 The Edge.

    Jill Kasparie, a senior communication major from Quincy, Ill., also won first place in television news package, as well as first place in commercial/promotional/PSA script for her television PSA on healthy aging produced in collaboration with ATSU.

    Brian Schmittgens, a junior communication and pre-elementary education double major from Imperial, Mo., won first place in television commercial for his spot promoting the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    Krystal Miller, a senior communication major from O'Fallon, Mo., won first place in audio PSA for her radio PSA for PALS. A PSA by Kelly Wikstrom, a senior communication major from Sedalia, Mo., took second.

    April Owens, a senior communication major from Belton, Mo., and Karen Schwartztrauber, a senior communication and art double major from Colfax, Iowa, won first place in video documentary for "The Soldier Next Door" which featured personnel from Truman's ROTC.

    Abbagail Whiteley, a senior communication major from Kirksville, won first place in audio documentary for her piece on Red Cross Blood Drives.

    The professional Missouri Broadcasters Association will also recognize these winners at their conference in June.

    Fifteen students represented Truman at the conference. These included Brian Bourne, a senior communication major from Antioch, Ill.; Keri Esmar, a senior communication major from St. Charles, Mo.; Josh Fenton, a junior communication major from Troutdale, Ore.; Kyle Hill, a junior history and pre-secondary education double major from Kansas City, Mo.; Jill Kasparie; Kelly Kasparie; Miller; Owens; Courtney Rakers, a senior communication major from Imperial, Mo.; Andrew Richmond, a sophomore pre-business administration major from West Des Moines, Iowa; Dawn Runge, a junior communication and pre-business administration double major from Florissant, Mo.; Schmittgens; John Weeks, a senior communication major from Chesterfield, Mo.; Whiteley; and Wikstrom.

    Eric Maze, Truman alumnus and the current news director of KRGC-TV in Jefferson City, Mo., led a panel on "Breaking Into the TV News Business." Media professionals from all areas of broadcast throughout the state led panels discussing student media operations and professional development.

    Elizabeth Clark, associate professor of communication and adviser of News 36, and Mark Smith, assistant professor of communication and adviser of KTRM, are both past presidents of the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association.
  • Students Recognized at Criminal Justice Conference, Competition


    Members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Chi Chapter, at the American Criminal Justice Association national conference in St. Charles, Ill.

    During the week of March 19-25, Scott Chenault, instructor of justice systems, accompanied 16 Truman students of the Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Chi Chapter, to the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA-LAE) national conference in St. Charles, Ill. As part of the conference, the students and faculty member participated in a series of competitions designed to test their abilities in various fields of criminal justice. The competitions are divided into four areas: academic testing, physical agility, crime scene investigation, and firearms.

    The academic testing component consists of 50-question multiple choice tests in each of four areas of criminal justice. There are tests covering the areas of criminal law/procedure, corrections, juvenile justice and police management. Each competitor is assigned to one of three competition levels for all of the events. Lower division consists of people who have completed less than 70 hours of college credit. Upper division consists of people who have completed more than 70 hours of college credit and includes graduate students. Finally, the professional division consists of anyone who is currently employed in the field of criminal justice.

    The physical agility competition consists of running a police-style obstacle course, with competition levels divided by age, not college credit. The crime scene investigation competition is one of the most interesting. The organizers of the conference are responsible for designing a mock crime scene, complete with fake evidence, and a scenario of what happened. The students then enter the scene and are required to retrieve and process evidence and then write a report as to their findings.

    The firearms competition consists of a series of stages where competitors fire from various distances and positions. All shooting is done using a police-caliber handgun, and the utmost safety precautions are employed for this competition.

    The Truman group had another successful showing, finishing in third place as a team for the second consecutive year. The group totaled five trophies in the area of academic testing, and a first place trophy in the Lip Sync contest.

    Nick Zotos, a freshman justice systems major from Chesterfield, Mo., won first place in the lower division police management test, while Kristi Schneider, a senior justice systems major from Rolla, Mo., took second place in the upper division of the same category. Additionally, Maria Kaylen, a senior justice systems and pre-secondary education double major from Columbia, Mo., finished in second place in the upper division of the juvenile justice test. Instructor Chenault finished with second place trophies in both the corrections and police management exams in the professional division. In a more lighthearted, although just as fierce, competition, the foursome of Kristin Jacobs, a freshman justice systems major from Kirksville; Jordan Lile, a freshman justice systems major from Kirksville; Brianna Wagner, a freshman justice systems major from Ballwin, Mo.; and Zotos won first place in the Lip Sync contest with their Blues Brothers montage.

    In addition to the trophies won by the members of the team, Truman students also claimed three cash prizes for success in a national student paper competition. Sarah Wisdom, a junior justice systems major from Grandview, Mo., finished in third place in the upper division of the paper contest, while Beatrice Kelrick, a junior justice systems major from Kirksville, finished second. In the lower division, Jon Wolf, a sophomore justice systems major from Long Prairie, Minn., took first place.

    Other team members who participated were Lindsay Lambert, a junior biology major from Maryland Heights, Mo.; Lauren Block, a junior justice systems major from Florissant, Mo.; Taryn Spoon, a junior justice systems major from Beardstown, Ill.; Kenny Jacobs, a senior justice systems major from Kirksville; Jasmine Nedvin, a junior accounting and pre-special education double major from Wildwood, Mo.; Jeff Stieff, a sophomore justice systems major from Wentzville, Mo.; Gabby Stocke, a junior justice systems major from St. Louis; Theresa Putnam, a senior justice systems major from Letts, Iowa; and Paul Strinni, a junior justice systems major from St. Louis.
  • Theatre Department Performs "Violet"

    Truman State University's Division of Fine Arts and Theatre Program will present the musical "Violet - A musical featuring Deadwood & Co." directed by Becky Becker, associate professor of theatre at Truman. The show will be at 8 p.m., April 18-22, in the Ophelia Parrish Courtyard Theatre.

    One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990s, "Violet" borrows its musical style from the American traditions of blues, gospel, and folk. The title character, a young woman disfigured by a childhood accident with an axe, boards a bus and travels through the American South in 1964, searching for a miracle. Along the way, she forges relationships that ultimately change her life. Two soldiers, one black and one white, help her to reimagine her life filled with self-worth, beauty and love.

    The Truman State University production will feature local blues band, Deadwood, comprised of Clifton Kreps, Ian Lindevald, Mark Jarzewiak and Dave Kuchera, along with Truman graduate students, Michelle Jones and Leslie Sikes, and Daryl Fazio, assistant professor of art, performing with the band. Truman students from a variety of programs across campus make up the cast and crew. "Violet" is rated PG due to mild language and sexual situations.

    With a score by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, "Violet" won the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Award for Best Musical in 1997. It was the first off-Broadway musical to earn this honor.

    Tickets are $5 each and may now be reserved or purchased in advance at the Ophelia Parrish Box Office. Opening night tickets are free. Make reservations by calling the Box Office at 785.4515 or stopping by during Box Office hours, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Ophelia Parrish atrium.
  • Scholarship Available

    The Voluntary Service Organization at Columbia Regional Hospital each year gives scholarship assistance to a number of students.

    To be considered for a scholarship, students must be able to verify that they have been accepted into an accredited clinical or professional health care program leading to a state licensed examination. Students are not required to be currently employed by or seeking employment at Columbia Regional Hospital after graduation.

    For further information regarding this scholarship, stop by the Financial Aid Office at McClain Hall 103. Information must be received by the scholarship committee by April 20.


  • Want to be a Truman Week Student Involvement Mentor?

    Apply to be a Mentor and

    1. Promote involvement in student organizations at Truman.
    2. Participate in a variety of Truman Week Activities.
    3. Conduct an informal session about student involvement.
    4. Help first year students move in.
    5. Help organize Dawg Fest, a carnival promoting student involvement.
    6. Work with an energetic team of people just like you.
    7. Gain leadership and organizational skills.
    8. Have Fun!

    For more information and to obtain an application visit http://saffairs.truman.edu/collegecup/sims.html.

    Contact the Student Affairs Office at 785.4111 or e-mail stuaff@truman.edu.

    Return applications to the Center for Student Involvement in the lower level of the Student Union by 5 p.m., April 21.

  • Seeking Nominations for the 2005-2006 William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award

    Do you know or have a great faculty academic adviser? Would you like to honor him or her? If so, nominate an outstanding full time, faculty academic adviser for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award.

    To nominate a faculty member, complete the online nomination form at http://rcp.truman.edu/lee/LeeNomination.htm.

    Faculty receiving the Lee Advising Award will be recognized at August Commencement.

    Nominations are due by 8 a.m., April 24.

    For more information, contact Marty Eisenberg at martye@truman.edu.
  • Earth Week 2006 Schedule of Campus Events

    Movie - “Winged Migration”
    7:30 p.m. • April 18
    Baldwin Hall Little Theatre
    Sponsored by Sierra@Truman

    9-11 p.m. • April 19
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Sponsored by the Student Union

    Environmental Information Tabling Event
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. • April 20
    Sponsored by the Earth Week Committee

    Movie - “Global Banquet”
    8 p.m. • April 20
    Violette Hall 1000
    Sponsored by Sierra@Truman

    Environmental Studies Conference
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. • April 21
    Student Union Building Room 208
    Sponsored by ECO

    Keynote Speaker: William Allen
    “The NEW Global Warming Debate: Now that climate change is here, what do we do?”
    7-8:30 p.m. • April 21
    Student Union Building Room 208
    Sponsored by Sierra@Truman

    Conference Reception
    8:30-9:30 p.m. • April 21
    University Club
    Sponsored by ECO

    For a complete listing of events, log on to http://environmentalstudies.truman.edu.

    Thanks to Student Senate for their generous support.
  • "American Power: The Bush Administration's War on Terror"

    Presented by Rich Lowry, nationally syndicated columnist and editor of National Review magazine

    7 p.m.
    April 11
    Baldwin Auditorium

    Sponsored by the College Republicans

    For more information, contact Will Tollerton at 785.7116 or wjt073@truman.edu.
  • Office of Admission Accepting Telecounseling Program Applications

    The Office of Admission is now accepting applications for students interested in being part of the

    Telecounseling Program

    The Admissions Office is looking for motivated and enthusiastic students to be part of this important program.

    Students' primary responsibilities will include representing Truman through telephone contact and electronic communications with prospective students.

    This is a great opportunity to share your Truman experience with prospective students and help them through the application process.

    Hours of operation:
    5-9 p.m.

    Students will be paid the student hourly wage of $5.30, and scholarship and work-study positions are also available.

    For more information, contact Matt Hanley at 785.4114 or matth@truman.edu. Applications are available in the Admissions Office, McClain Hall 205.
  • Annual Psi Chi Research Conference

    6-9 p.m.
    April 13
    McClain Hall 212

    The event will include PowerPoint and poster presentations from undergraduate psychology majors.
  • Spring Break Hours

    Pickler Memorial Library
    April 14
    7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

    April 15-16

    April 17
    1 p.m.-1 a.m.

    April 18
    resume regular hours

    Student Recreation Center
    April 14
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    April 15-16

    April 17
    4-11 p.m.
  • Staff Council Election Results

    Academic Affairs Hourly
    Kristin Flannigan

    Academic Support Contract
    Todd Kuhns
    Chuck Parks

    Administrative Offices Hourly
    Brenda Killen

    At Large
    Katie Best

    Physical Plant
    Tim Maize  
    Brian Hudnall
    Steve Peeler
    Paul Detweiler
  • Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness Fair

    Human Resources, in cooperation with UniCare Life & Health Insurance Company and the Benefits Advisory Committee, will be sponsoring the first

    Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness Fair
    April 14
    Student Union Building

    The following seminars will be offered:

    Improving Fitness
    9:30-10:30 a.m. • Conference Room

    Interpreting Wellness Screening Results
    10:30-11 a.m. • Conference Room

    Senior Living
    11 a.m.-noon • Alumni Room

    Healthy Cooking
    1:30-2:30 p.m. • Alumni Room

    Weight Management
    2:30-3:30 p.m. • Alumni Room

    Please R.S.V.P. to attend any or all of the sessions online at http://hr.truman.edu/register/. Spots are limited.

    In addition, several organizations from Kirksville and the surrounding area will be present as partners to provide information about the services they offer. Those scheduled to attend include: Elderlink, Air Evac Lifeteam, Putnam County Hospital, Integrative Wellness Institute, Tiffany In-home Services, and the Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging. These partners will be presenting from
    9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Activities Room.

    For more information, contact Human Resources at 785.7480, 785.4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.
  • Naomi Shihab Nye to Sign Books April 20

    The Truman State University Bookstore will sponsor a

    Book Signing

    by Naomi Shihab Nye,
    the Plenary Address speaker at the 19th Annual Student Research Conference

    11 a.m.-noon
    April 20
    Violette Hall 1000

    Books authored by Nye will be available in the Bookstore before the event and on the day of the book signing.

    For more information, contact Steve Pennington, Truman Bookstore manager, at 785.4211.
  • Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer

    Irwin Goldman
    department of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "Take Two Onions and Call Me in the Morning: The Human Health Potential of Vegetables"
    7:30 p.m.
    April 19
    Magruder Hall 2001

    Goldman is associate professor of horticulture and chair of the Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics Program at the University of Wisconsin. His research interests include vegetable breeding and genetics, the human health attributes of vegetable crops and the history of plant breeding and genetics. He is associate editor of the Journal of Heredity and on the editorial board of Plant Breeding Reviews. His many honors include the B.Y. Morrison Medal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Jung Teaching Award from the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and a “Best Paper” award in the education category from the American Society for Horticultural Science. Goldman chairs the USDA Root and Bulb Crop Germplasm Committee and the Vegetable Breeding Working Group of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

    Contact Laura Fielden at 785.4624 for more information.

  • Truman Forensics Speech and Debate Team Spring Recruitment Event

    8 p.m.
    April 19
    Kirk Memorial 204

    For more information, visit http://forensics.truman.edu/SpringCallout.html.
  • Visiting Scholar Lecture

    S. Kent Brown, head of FARMS research at BYU-Provo

    "Old World Setting for the Book of Mormon: Evidence from Arabia"

    4-5:30 p.m.
    April 19
    Violette Hall 1000

    Brown will present his recent archaeological findings. To see some of his credentials and recent works, visit http://farms.byu.edu/viewauthor.php?authorID=11.

    Sponsored by the Latter Day Saint Student Association and the Pershing Society.

    For more information, contact Chris Gillette at 785.4924 or cgillette@truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Monica Barron, professor of English, edited a recent special issue (16.2) of Feminist Teacher magazine focusing on “Educating for Environmental Change: Feminist Pedagogy and Environmental Justice Practice.” The issue is available in Pickler Memorial Library.

    Stacey Berger, a Truman accountancy and business administration graduate student from St. Louis, and a member of the Iota Nu chapter of the international professional fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, was recently named Provincial Collegian of the Year for the South Central Province. The announcement was made at the South Central LEAD Provincial Conference held Feb. 17-19, in Austin, Texas. Only five members of Delta Sigma Pi receive this honor each year. One of these five winners is then named National Collegian of the Year.

    Marijke Breuning, associate professor of political science,
    and Kathryn Sanders, a junior political science major from Crestwood, Mo., have been notified that their article “Gender and Journal Authorship in Eight Prestigious Political Science Journals,” has been accepted for publication in a future issue of PS: Political Science and Politics.

    Huping Ling, professor of history,
    was selected to receive the Best Article Award by the 48th Annual Missouri Conference on History 2006 for her article “Reconceptualizing Chinese American Community in St. Louis: From Chinatown to Cultural Community.” This article appeared in the Winter 2005 issue of the Journal of American Ethnic History, vol. 24, no. 2, on pages 65-101.

    Kevin Minch, associate professor of communication and director of forensics, recently became president of the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA), the largest intercollegiate debate league in the United States. The departing president resigned to pursue an administrative appointment. The position involves various managerial duties, coordination with other forensic organizations, national convention program planning, and work coordinating the annual NPDA National Championship Tournament.

    The Truman State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
    is proud to announce that Ashley Walker, a junior nursing major from Odessa, Mo., is one of 38 undergraduates selected nationwide for a $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant for 2006. These grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Walker will study in the Philippines next year.

    Matthew G. Tornatore, associate professor of foreign languages,
    had his article “In Defense of an Endangered Species: Historical Romance Linguistics” accepted for publication by “Romance Notes” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This article considers the current state of historical Romance linguistics and Romance philology in American universities.


  • Notes

    Sodexho is sponsoring the Generous Helpings Hunger Relief Initiative now through May 12. Sodexho is assisting in raising additional funds by purchasing specified manufacturer food and supply products. One hundred percent of the additional funding earned will be distributed to the Sodexho Foundation to support hunger programs. Every day, Sodexho will Show Case a particular item that will use these featured products from a participating manufacturer. Using more of these products will increase the amount of money donated to hunger relief in North America.

    All art submissions for the first ever ARTSEnvironmental Gallery Show, sponsored by the Environmental Campus Organization (ECO) and the Kirksville Arts Association, are due by April 12. The show will take place April 19-May 4. For more information, contact Cassie Phillips at cassiephillips@care2.com.

    The English Graduate Organization will present its third annual conference with this year's theme focusing on the creative art of writing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 12, in the SUB Alumni Room and April 13, in the SUB Activities Room. Presentations can include anything from fictional and non-fictional narratives to writing about artistic creations such as fiber projects and music. Contact Tom Useted at tuseted@truman.edu for more information.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning Weekly Lunch Series will examine advising at 12:30 p.m., April 12, 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., 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 Truman State University Music Department will present a jazz combo concert at 7 p.m., April 12, in the OP Performance Hall. Contact Tim AuBuchon at 785.4412 for more information.

    Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity is sponsoring a presentation by Rick Shenkman titled "American Myths Revealed" at 7 p.m., April 12, in Baldwin Auditorium. Contact Emmie Combes at eac900@truman.edu for more information.

    The Missouri Students United! Forum will take place from 7-8 p.m., April 13, in the SUB Room 208. This will be an open forum sponsored by Student Senate to bring questions, concerns and ideas to discuss Truman's potential relationship with Missouri Students United! For more information, contact Josh Kappel at 636.346.7539 or jdk606@truman.edu.

    The Observatory will be open to the public, weather permitting, from 9-11 p.m., April 13, at the University Farm. Go to http://observatory.truman.edu for more information.

    The Student Activities Board (SAB) invites students to come play some exciting rounds of Bingo at 9 p.m., April 20, in the SUB Down Under. Admission is free, and there will also be free refreshments and prizes. Call 785.4722 for more information.

    The Environmental Campus Organization (ECO) will sponsor the Environmental Studies Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 21, in the SUB Alumni Room. Visit http://environmentalstudies.truman.edu/ for the conference schedule.

    The Filmmaker's Club will present the world premiere of "The Lounge," an original feature length film, from 7-9 p.m., April 21, in VH 1000. The film is the product of two years of planning, production and editing. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Brian Rose at 785.5988 or Brianruns10@hotmail.com.

    Prism will host SHOULDstock 2006, Student Helping Others Understand and Love Diversity, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., April 22, on the Quadrangle. The event will feature live music, dance, a petting booth, games, barbeque and more. For more information, contact Matthew A. Seibert at 660.349.0531 or mas602@truman.edu.

    Unique Ensemble will be performing their Spring "Originals" Concert
    at 1 p.m., April 23, in the SUB Activities Room. This will be a high energy concert featuring original gospel music from Unique Ensemble members. Admission is free. Contact Brysen Marner at 314.276.7954 for more information.

    The Delta of Missouri chapter of Phi Beta Kappa's Initiation Ceremony will take place from 2-4 p.m., April 23, in the SUB Georgian Room. For more information, contact Dereck Daschke at 785.6005 or ddaschke@truman.edu.

    The Annual Service Recognition Banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m., April 27, in the SUB Georgian Room. Tickets are available in the Human Resources Office in MC 106 for $10 each.

    The Second Annual National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Charity Walk will take place from 5-8 p.m., April 28, at Stokes Stadium. Registration costs $10 and includes a T-shirt if done by April 12. All proceeds will benefit the Missouri School for the Blind. For more registration information, contact nscswalk@gmail.com.

    This year the Kirksville Heart Walk (approximately 2.5 miles) will be in honor of former Truman State University football coach and Truman alumnus, John Ware. Anyone can participate in this event on April 29. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. If you have an interest in participating or being part of a team, contact Jack Schrader at schrader@truman.edu or 785.4171.

    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.