Vol. 11 No. 2 - Sept. 5, 2006


  • Truman in Washington Program Participants to Share Experiences

    Students who participated in Truman’s annual Truman in Washington internship program during the spring and summer 2006 sessions will be honored at a welcome back reception and panel discussion from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Student Union Building Lounge (201).

    Washington interns will share their experiences during the panel discussion format, and then have the chance to answer questions on an individual basis. Parents, academic advisers and mentors of Washington interns will also be in attendance at the event to lend their thoughts on the experiences students’ receive during the Truman in Washington internship program.

    Students interned with the following organizations within the Washington, D.C. area: Student Press Law Center, Fair Vote, Department of Defense/Air Force, Department of State/Latin America, Department of Treasury, Children’s Defense Fund, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Southwest Utah Wilderness Alliance, Vote Against Violence, National Republican Congressional Committee, Center for Auto Safety and the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

    Truman students interested in spending a summer in Washington, D.C., are given that opportunity through the Truman in Washington internship program affiliated with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC).

    To be eligible for the Truman in Washington Internship Program, students must have a 3.25 grade point average. Selection for the program is competitive, with the University sponsoring only five students during each summer semester to participate. The annual program awards participants credit hours for their internship work and an independent study project.

    Contact Diane Johnson, campus liaison, Baldwin Hall 287B at djohnson@truman.edu or by phone at 785.7852.
  • New Dean for Joseph Baldwin Academy

    Adam Davis, professor of English, was named the dean of the Joseph Baldwin Academy (JBA) on May 10, 2006. Davis took command of  the JBA effective with the beginning of the 2006-2007 academic year.

    Davis, who specializes in folklore, writing, linguistics and medieval studies, has been associated with the academy for most of the 15 years that he has taught at Truman.

    According to Garry Gordon, vice president for academic affairs, Davis brings, “great JBA experience to the position, and a strong vision for the continuing growth and development of this wonderful summer offering for gifted students.”

    Davis replaces Jeff Gall, associate professor of history and social science education, who stepped down from the dean’s position with the conclusion of the 2006 summer JBA session.

    The Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars offers talented 7th, 8th and 9th-grade students a head-start on their future university careers by fully integrating them into the college experience through a three-week summer course. Students live on campus, and take courses in all areas of the liberal arts. The academy started in 1985 as a way to provide the benefits of a liberal arts education to students beyond the University’s own undergraduates.
  • Music Professor Attends Prestigious Academy in Greece


    Gregory Jones (left), professor of music, stands with Jon Vieker (right), a senior music major from Manchester, Mo., at the International Ionian Summer Music Academy.

    Gregory Jones, professor of music, taught alongside principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebow Orchestra and several Greek professional orchestras, during the International Ionian Summer Music Academy, July 1-7 on the Greek island of Corfu.

    Jones, along with German trumpeter Hans Gansch, former principal trumpet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and Fritz Damrow, current principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebow Orchestra in Amsterdam, offered seminars and coaching for trumpet players from America and Europe.

    Jon Vieker, a senior music major from Manchester, Mo., also attended the academy, and participated with student classes.
  • Intramural Recreational Sports Adds New Events for 2006-2007

    The Intramural Recreational Sports department at Truman State University has added 16 new events to the 2006-2007 Intramural Sports schedule. The new events bring the total number offered to 39 for the academic year.

    Eleven of the 16 new events are non-contact events designed to give all students the opportunity to participate in leisure-time activities during their time at Truman. The following non-contact events have been added to the intramurals schedule: Fantasy Football, NCAA, NFL, Super Bowl and March Madness Pickems, Scrapbooking, Taboo, Cranium, Pitch, Texas Holdem Poker and T-Shirt Design. Also added to the schedule are four contact and/or ball sports: Blongoball, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball and Pickleball. All events are open to students, faculty and staff.

    Those interested in participating in an intramural recreational sports event should go to the Student Recreation Center to sign up for an upcoming event. A bulletin board highlighting pertinent information about upcoming intramural events is located near the north-side basketball courts, and there is a box to drop off event registration forms at the member services desk. Entry forms must have name, banner ID number and signature of each participant.

    Contact Scott Wagner, intramural recreational sports director, at 785.4239 or at swagner@truman.edu for more information.
  • Trivitt Named New Public Relations Intern


            Keith Trivitt

    The Public Relations Office has announced Keith Trivitt, senior exercise science major, as its intern for the fall semester. Trivitt, a 2003 graduate of Glendale High School, is from Springfield, Mo. He is the son of Bill and Vicki Trivitt, and has two siblings, twin brother Chris, a senior at Missouri State University, and Brian, a 2001 graduate of Missouri State University.

    As the intern, he will assist in the writing, producing and distributing of the University newsletter, Truman Today, as well as posting it online. He will also be responsible for editing the calendar on campus Channel 36, writing press releases and performing various office duties.

    At Truman, Trivitt currently serves as the Awards Chairman for social fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha, and he previously served as Special Events Chairman. He is also a member of national professional exercise science fraternity Phi Epsilon Kappa. He previously served as an Athletics Media Relations Student-Assistant during the 2005-2006 academic year.

    Trivitt’s interest in obtaining experience and skills in various communications outlets has led him to this position.
  • Community Bike Sharing Program Update

    The Public Relations Office just received information that the Community Sharing Bike Program has been postponed. The coordinators hope to have the program up and running again once all of the bikes are operational.
  • Job Openings Posted on eRecruiting

    Students should check out the University Career Center’s eRecruiting Web site at http://truman.erecruiting.com if they are looking for a job on or off campus.

    eRecruiting is used by more than 500 career centers and alumni associationas across the nation to address their recruiting needs. Truman uses eRecruiting for students and alumni to find opportunities both on and off campus, internships, co-ops and careers when they leave Truman.

    eRecruiting provides students with a centralized location on the Web to find on-campus job opportunities for student work including scholarship, institutional and volunteer positions.


  • Tel Alumni Applications Due

    Students interested in a part-time job this semester are encouraged to apply to work with the Tel Alumni campaign. Tel Alumni is hiring between 20-30 students to work for 12 weeks.

    Students must be able to work at least two of the following shifts each week: Sunday, 4-7 p.m.; Monday, 6-9 p.m.; Tuesday, 6-9 p.m.; Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.; or Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

    Students may pick up an application in the Advancement Office, McClain Hall 100. The application deadline is Sept. 5.

    Contact Brad Neathery at 785.7432 or neathery@truman.edu for more information.
  • Color Guard Members Needed for Marching Band

    The Truman marching band is seeking color guard/flag corps members with previous experience to march in this year’s band. First-year members receive a $100 stipend, and one hour elective credit for enrolling in the marching band class. The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30-5:20 p.m. and some Saturdays.

    Contact Director of Bands Dan Peterson at pete@truman.edu for more information.
  • Important Information from the Registrar’s Office

    Students living off-campus should update their local mailing address with the University via TruView. Address changes can also be made in the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104. Students are responsible for all information sent to their local mailing address from University offices and personnel conducting University business.

    Returning students who completed courses at other colleges or universities during the summer semester need to send official transcripts for this work to the Registrar’s Office by Sept. 29. If you have already sent a transcript to Truman, check your transcript on TruView to be sure that this credit appears correctly on your records.

    The tentative spring 2007 schedule
    is now available via TruView. To view the schedules, select “search open course list” from either the student or the faculty tab.

    Graduation applications
    for undergraduates who entered Truman before the fall 2004 semester and who plan to graduate in May 2007 are due in the Registrar’s Office by Sept. 8. Applications and degree worksheets are available at http://registrar.truman.edu. The tentative spring 2007 schedule is available via the TruView open course list to help you complete your application. Graduation applications for undergraduates who entered Truman during or after the fall 2004 semester and who plan to graduate in May 2007 will be processed using the degree audit system. Applications for these students may be submitted between Oct. 24 and Dec. 1.

    December 2006 Undergraduate Degree Candidates
    If you have made any changes in your course schedule(s) since you submitted your graduation application and have not yet updated your application with the Registrar’s Office, you need to do so immediately. Updates can be made in the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You do not need to complete a new application. To remain on the graduation list, all changes to your degree plan and all required substitutions must be on file in the Registrar’s Office no later than Sept. 29.
  • High Street Dancers to Hold Tryouts for 2006-2007

    Tryout Schedule:
    Learn the Tryout Combinations
    8-10 p.m. • Sept. 11
    8-10 p.m. • Sept. 14

    Review and Practice
    8-10 p.m. • Sept. 15

    9 a.m. to noon • Sept. 16
    Pershing Building 130

    All tryout practices will be in Pershing Building 130. The gym is located off the first set of stairs upon entering Pershing Building from the north door.

    There is a $3.00 tryout fee.

    Contact Melody Jennings, High Street Dancers faculty sponsor, at jennings@truman.edu or at 785.7259 for more information.
  • Rotaract Club International Film Series Schedule

    “Paradise Now” - Israel
    Sept. 23 • 6:30 p.m. • VH 1000

    “Tsotsi” - South Africa
    Oct. 7 • 6:30 p.m. • VH 1010

    “To Live” - China
    Oct. 28 • 6:30 p.m. • VH 1010

    “Water” - India
    Nov. 4 • 6:30 p.m. • VH 1010

    “Joyeux Noel” - France
    Dec. 2 • 6:30 p.m. • VH 1010

    Rotaract Club has open meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Baldwin Hall 284.

    Contact Brynn Weimer at bew935@truman.edu for more information about the film series or joining Rotaract Club.
  • Fifth Annual Northeast Missouri Food Fest

    9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Sept. 9
    Kirksville Square

    Truman's agricultural sciences department and the University of Missouri Extension are sponsoring Food Fest. This event showcases locally grown food and informs the public on what foods are available from local producers, and about the advantages of buying and eating locally grown foods. It is held in conjunction with the Kirksville Farmers' Market.

    Local producers will be displaying and discussing their products as well as providing free samples. There will also be cooking demonstrations by local community members and youth.  The first cooking demonstration begins at 10 a.m. and the second demonstration will begin at 11:30 a.m.

    Door prizes will be given out throughout the event. Information on a variety of topics including food saftey, nutrition, horticulture and sustainable agriculture will be available.

    Contact Michael Seipel at 785.4316 for more information.


  • Notables

    Sana Camara, associate professor of French, has been invited to speak at Harvard University on Oct. 20 at the “Symposium on Léopold Senghor.” Camara has recently published two articles: “Léopold Senghor ou l’art poétique négro-africain” was recently published in Ethiopiques, and “La génération spontanée de Ibrahima Sall” was published in Le Forum des poetes. His book “Wolof Lexicon and Grammar” will be published this fall by the University of Wisconsin Press in Madison, Wis.

    Tom Capuano, professor of foreign language, had his article “Las huellas de otro texto médico en Don Quijote: Las virtudes del romero” published in Romance Notes (45:3).

    Alumna Katie Gilbert (‘06) had her article “The Doctor Within” published in the Sept./Oct. issue of Psychology Today.

    Joaquín Maldonado-Class, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Domitilia: ruptura y continuación del mito de las esencias” at the Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana (JALLA 2006) in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 14-18.

    Mark Spitzer, temporary assistant professor of English, just had his 10th book accepted for publication; Six Gallery Press in Pittsburgh will publish his "Selected Poems: 1990-1994."


  • Notes

    The parking lot south of the Student Union Building (SUB) is now closed due to renovations beginning at the SUB.

    The Public Relations Office (McClain Hall 101) is selling small, medium and large purple Truman Spirit T-shirts
    for $5. Call 785.4016 for more information.

    Truman’s Staff Council Spirit Committee is selling Truman Spirit wristbands for $1 each. The purple and white wristbands can be purchased from Kimberly Titus in the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104, or from Katie Best in the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 101. Proceeds will go toward future Truman related spirit functions.

    The Adair County clerk is going to remove nearly 1,700 voters from the polling lists if the people fail to contact the office before the next general election, which is Nov. 7. Anyone who has not voted in the previous two presidential elections qualifies to be removed from the polling list. Inactive voters must contact Adair County Clerk Jim Lymer before Oct. 11 to vote in the upcoming election. For more information, contact Lymer at 665.3350.

    Athletics is selling season football tickets.
    Cost for faculty/staff is $30 and can be purchased online at http://gobulldogs.truman.edu.

    The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will have informational meetings from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 5, 6 and 7 in Violette Hall 1416. The Truman chapter of SIFE is an award-winning organization dedicated to changing the world. Contact Bethany Nichols at bnn939@truman.edu for more information.

    The Weekly Lunch Series for faculty and teaching staff
    begins the fall semester with a session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Truman’s campus representative for the American Democracy newspaper project will show those who attend the many ways the New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and USA Today may be incorporated into classes and co-curricular experiences. In addition, people will get a peek at the special resources available for faculty and instructional leaders. Those who attend can sign the sheet at checkout to receive up to $3.00 toward their Sodexho meal. 

    Panhellenic All Sorority Recruitment will start with the Panhellenic Welcome from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. All women interested in recruitment need to register prior to the Panhellenic Welcome.

    Beta Alpha Psi, a honorary organization for financial information students, will have its informational meetings at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 in Violette Hall 1424. Beta Alpha Psi is open to all accounting, finance and information systems majors. Contact Allison Atchley at ala230@truman.edu for more information.

    There will be a Full Moon Meditation from 8-10 p.m. Sept. 7 in Baldwin Hall 251. Contact Lloyd Pflueger at lloyd@truman.edu for more information.

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will meet
    at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the University Club. Contact Marc Becker at 785.6036 for more information.

    Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) is sponsoring “Journey Through the Bible”
    at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 in the Ryle Hall private dining/conference room. This course is designed to lead participants through the Bible, and answer any questions they may have. Contact Stephanie McGlumphry, CCF staff member, at 627.7488 for more information.

    All faculty and staff are invited to the Welcome Back University Club Fall Picnic from 5 p.m. to dark Sept. 9 at the University Club, 516 E. Patterson. Those who attend should bring a dish to share with barbecue meat and beverages provided. Redwing will perform. Families and friends are welcome. Alpha Sigma Gamma will provide childcare.

    Student Senate will meet
    at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    The University community is invited to join President Barbara Dixon for a short ceremony commemorating the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington at 7:40 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of Kirk Memorial.

    The members of Phi Sigma Pi will have their fall 2006 rush informational meetings
    at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the SUB Activities Room. All sophomores and juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are invited to attend. Contact Jared Pruessner at jwp132@truman.edu for more information.

    Tau Lambda Sigma will have a recruitment meeting
    at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Magruder Hall 2050. Tau Lambda Sigma is a service sorority. Recruitment will take place Sept. 12-15 at 7 p.m. each night. Contact Kristen Overson at kao933@truman.edu for more information.

    Cardinal Key and Blue Key will have their fall blood drive from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14 in the Student Union Building. Contact Jessie Krause at kmk331@truman.edu for more information.

    2006 Homecoming Royalty applications are available in the CSI, due Sept. 13.

    The Next STEP will have a workshop
    from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 14 in Magruder Hall 1090. Next STEP Program Director Jason Miller and other students who are new to Truman will have an interactive discussion about how the transition to Truman is going and what can be done to make it better. Dinner will be served starting at 5:15 p.m. Contact Jennifer Thompson at 785.7252 for more information.

    Sigma Chi Delta will have an informational meeting
    from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 14 in Baldwin Auditorium. All women interested in joining local social sorority Sigma Chi Delta should plan to attend the event. Recruitment will occur Sept. 18-20. Contact Briannna Lennon, Sigma Chi Delta recruitment co-chair, at briannalennon@yahoo.com for more information.

    Phi Beta Lambda, a professional, coed business fraternity, will have its informational meeting
    at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Phi Beta Lambda is open to all majors. Contact Molly Smith at mks052@truman.edu for more information.

    Pickler Memorial Library is now accepting donations for a book sale
    to take place Sept. 20-22. Donations of used books, magazines, art prints and audio and video recordings will be accepted. For details visit the library’s Web site at http://library.truman.edu/booksale.htm or call 785.4038.

    Campus deadline for 2007-2008 Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study, Research or Teaching Assistantships abroad
    is Sept. 29. Contact Maria C. Di Stefano, Fulbright program adviser at mdistefa@truman.edu for more information.

    Detours magazine is sponsoring a photography contest for amateur photographers. The winning picture will appear in the upcoming issue of the magazine, and the winner will receive a lifetime subscription to Detours. Entries should be appropriate to a professional travel magazine. There is no entry fee. Submissions (digital or film) should be sent to detours@truman.edu, or to Detours magazine, 100 E. Normal St., Kirksville, Mo. 63501.