Vol. 21 No. 12 - November 7, 2016


  • Summer Internships Available for History and Museum Studies

    Applications for summer academic internships in the fields of history and museum studies are open to students until Dec. 1, 2016.

    Multiple internships are available at institutions across Missouri. The Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence includes a full-time internship with a tuition scholarship. There are also part-time academic internships available at: the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis; the St. Louis Mercantile Library; the National World War I Museum in Kansas City; the Duane G. Meyer Library in Springfield; and the Judicial Archives Project in Kirksville.

    For more information on these internships, visit the internship webpage. To obtain an application form, email Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history.

  • Forensics Team Achieves Three National Qualifications

    The speech and debate team took home three new national qualifications at Marshall University’s annual Chief Justice and Pi Kappa Delta Southeast Prince tournament, Oct. 29-30.

    Junior Connor Stewart was a quarterfinalist in the varsity division of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Sophomore Jared Roberts won the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas debate, qualifying the event for nationals. He was further noted as the sixth-best speaker in the division. Roberts also competed in the novice division of extemporaneous speaking, where he placed second, qualifying another event for nationals.

    Freshman Austin Sopko placed fifth in afterdinner speaking and was recognized as the top novice in the event. Senior Mahliyah Adkins-Threats placed sixth in afterdinner speaking finals and also advanced to finals in poetry interpretation, where she placed third. 

    Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of forensics, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.

  • Orchestra Concert Welcomes Soloists from Costa Rica

    The University Symphony, led by conductor Sam McClure, will perform a special concert with guest soloists from the University of Costa Rica at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The performance will feature a carefully chosen selection of pieces from Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Max Bruch and Vinicio Meza, as well as a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” which was originally written and intended as an introduction to classical music for younger audiences.

    “Concerto for Clarinet and Viola Op. 88” by Max Bruch will feature Yanileth Perez on clarinet and Orquidea Guandique on viola. Guandique teaches viola and music history at the University of Costa Rica and performed as a soloist with the the school's orchestra, University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, UA Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia and Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de El Salvador. She has also presented recitals and conferences in the United States, Costa Rica, Poland and El Salvador. In 2014, she performed at the 42nd International Viola Congress in Porto, Portugal.

    “Episodios for Bassoon and Orchestra” by Vinicio Meza will feature Fernando Zuniga on bassoon in a U.S. premier of the piece. Sought after as a collaborative pianist, orchestral bassoonist and chamber musician both in bassoon and piano, Zuniga’s international appearances include: the International Double Reed Society Conferences in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000); Austin, Texas (2005); Ithaca, New York (2007); Redlands, Calif. (2013); and New York (2014) as a member of the Phoenix Bassoon Quartet of Costa Rica. He has also toured with wind quintets in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and he toured Spain as a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Costa Rica.

    The concert is free and open to public. More information about the performance and other School of Arts and Letters’ events can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/trumansal. This event is sponsored by the Department of Music.

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  • Colloquium to Discuss Conservation Efforts Abroad

    The next Global Issues Colloquium will feature Hemanta Kafley, assistant professor of biology at Tarleton State University, and Truman student Brad Thornton, environmental studies major, presenting “National Treasures in Peril: Challenges and Successes in Conservation from the Himalayas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Magruder Hall 2001.

    This discussion will cover the crisis in biodiversity conservation. Globally, species are going extinct at a faster rate than ever before. This is even acute in many resource-poor countries, where food security must be prioritized and financial resources for combating biodiversity loss is always in short supply. Despite this, Bhutan and Nepal, small and resource-deprived countries, have been adopting various social and cultural measures, along with other active resource management strategies, that have helped the countries protect their natural treasures.

    Kafley will address the challenges these countries have faced and will highlight some of the strategies these countries have employed, emphasizing the people’s indigenous knowledge, cultural norms and social values for ensuring desired ecosystem services to the local people. Thornton will draw upon personal experience from a semester in Bhutan to share challenges and successes from the mountainous kingdom.

    The Global Issues Colloquium was first developed more than a dozen years ago as an informal attempt to broaden conversations about current issues affecting the world. More recently, it has found a niche within the structure of the International Studies Program. Charged with “sustaining and enhancing an atmosphere in which global thinking becomes habitual,” the colloquiums aim to help the broader community understand the “strengths, beauties and core humanity of other cultures.” The series is presented for educational or civic purposes and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Truman State University. For more information, visit globalissues.truman.edu or contact Marc Becker.

  • Theatre Department to Perform Musical Inspired by Dr. Seuss

    The Truman Theatre Department will perform the Broadway musical "Seussical," by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which features classic characters such as the Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant.

    "Seussical" weaves a story of friendship, loyalty and love, and teaches the power of being unique and the importance of fighting for one’s beliefs. The Theatre Department will perform the popular “Theatre for Young Audiences” version. This specially adapted 80-minute show is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International.

    Tickets are still available for the Nov. 9, 11 and 12 performances, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 12. Tickets for the Nov. 10 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series-sponsored show are sold out. They are $5 each (includes tax) and may be purchased at the Ophelia Parrish Box Office from 12-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at the door the night of the performance, if tickets are still available. The Theatre Department is offering a a group rate of $4 per person for a group of ten or more from any non-Truman-affiliated groups. For more information about the additional shows or the group rate, call 660.785.4515.



  • Fall Percussion Concert Features Exotic Instruments

    A wide variety of percussion instruments will highlight the annual Fall Percussion Sampler at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.  

    Michael Bump, professor of percussion studies, will direct Truman’s Concert Percussion Ensemble I and oversee performances by the Statesmen Marching Percussion Ensemble, instructed by percussion students Ben Barker, Andrew Brogan, Brett Morris and Marcus Rattler-Blevins. The program will feature a wide selection of percussion music, from large-scale percussion orchestra to chamber works, performed on traditional percussion instruments as well as exotic instruments such as Sulawesian reed flute, Thailanese gongs, wooden spoons and toy trumpets. This concert is sponsored by the Department of Music and is free and open to the public. A live stream of the event will be available here.

    For more information about the Fall Percussion Sampler, contact Bump at mbump@truman.edu or 660.785.4052. Additional information about future concerts and other events happening in the School of Arts and Letters can be found at their Facebook page.

  • Campus Invited to Coffee (and Chocolates) with the President

    Interim president Sue Thomas will host Coffee with the President at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. This discussion will focus on Truman’s progress in developing and implementing the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence.
    Joining the president will be Jay Bulen and Michael Bazemore, co-chairs of the inclusive excellence strategic plan implementation committee, and John Gardner, co-chair of the committee to develop a University strategic plan for inclusive excellence.

  • Virtual Tour to Explore Italian Town

    The Club for Italian Appreciation and Outreach (C.I.A.O.) will provide a virtual tour of Vasto, Italy at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in McClain Hall 212. Viewers will gain a better understanding of life in this Italian town. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.

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  • Awareness Week Brings Attention to Invisible Disabilities

    Senior disability studies students Joey Bogdajewicz, Maddi Hartke and Katie Phillips are sponsoring an awareness week on campus for invisible disabilities and how they affect everyday living, titled “More Than Meets the Eye,” beginning Nov. 7.

    From 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 at tables in the Student Union Building, students and faculty will have the opportunity to write about how they have overcome or are currently dealing with their invisible disabilities as part of an anonymous picture series.

    Guest speaker Brittany Hanstad, a special education teacher in the Kirksville School District with personal ties to invisible disabilities, will host a presentation at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in Violette Hall 1320. Immediately following her presentation will be a discussion panel of students and faculty, covering how invisible disabilities play a role in their lives.

    For questions, contact Joey Bogdajewicz.

  • Lambda Pi Eta Sponsors Communication Week 2016

    Lambda Pi Eta, Truman's chapter of the national communication honor society, will host Communication Week, Nov. 7-11, with the theme “Let the Good Times Roll,” a reference to communication as the hub of a wheel from which other spokes of its disciplines stem. The lineup of events integrates interdisciplinary concepts from sciences, political communication and music.

    As the World Turns
    8 p.m.
    Nov. 7
    Violette Hall 1000
    Lambda Pi Eta members are teaming up with members of on-campus sciences, including Beta Beta Beta, in discussing the role of communication on conservation and environmental studies.

    Truman Turnout
    7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 8
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge
    Hear the latest newscasts with election updates as Lambda Pi Eta partners with Political Science Students Association and Pi Sigma Alpha for an on-campus election watch party, featuring games and refreshments.

    Turn the Beat Around
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 9
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Tune in to a noteworthy affair of the evolution of music presented by guest speaker and communication professor Mark Smith in discovering the role of music as a means to communicate.

    Barnett 360
    8 p.m.
    Nov. 10
    Barnett Hall
    Join Lambda Pi Eta for a two-hour lock-in with backyard games and trivia with the on-campus media stations, National Communication Association Student Club and the Advertising/Public Relations club.

    In addition to nightly events, Lambda Pi Eta and Alpha Phi Omega are partnering up for a book drive in support of Lambda Pi Eta’s philanthropy, the Adair County Public Library. Book collection tables will be set up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 7-11 in McClain Hall, the Student Union Building and Magruder Hall.

    Lambda Pi Eta is also hosting a week-long meme contest on its Facebook page, TSU Lambda Pi Eta. Students interested in participating can submit their Truman or Kirksville-related memes to lambdapieta.tsu@gmail.com or directly message them to the organization’s Facebook page. Memes will be judged on creativity, content and Facebook engagement. The winner will be announced at Barnett 360 and given a small prize.

    For more information regarding Communication Week 2016, visit the Lambda Pi Eta Facebook page.

  • TMN Provides Live Election Coverage

    The Truman Media Network will cover the Nov. 8 election live, beginning at 7 p.m. on KTRM 88.7, Channel 36 and their website, tmn.truman.edu. There will be on-air interviews, poll updates and analysis from the network’s team of reporters.

  • Department of Conservation to Host Archery Lessons

    Rob Garver, from the Missouri Department of Conservation, is teaching three separate 30-minute archery lessons. The sessions will be at 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Nov. 9 in Pershing Building Small Gym. These lessons are free and open to the public. Click here to sign up.
  • Inclusive Excellence Committee Invites Public Feedback

    The public is invited to share their thoughts and concerns with the implementation committee for the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence at two open forums:

    Open Forum
    12-1 p.m.
    Nov. 9
    Student Union Building Alumni Room 2105

    Open Forum
    4-5 p.m.
    Nov. 10
    Ophelia Parrish Atrium

    Suggestions can also be emailed to co-chairs Michael Bazemore and Jay Bulen.

    Goals of the University Plan for Inclusive Excellence include building a more accessible, equitable and inclusive climate for all members of the campus community, and developing a culture where diversity is a strength in the collective pursuit of excellence.
  • CML to Screen Webinar with International Historian

    An upcoming webinar, titled “Minority the Paradox: Blackness in France,” will feature a lecture and conversation with Pap NDiaye, author and professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in McClain Hall 305. The webinar is free and in English, and it is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages

    NDiaye is a historian specializing in the social history of the United States with a focus on its minorities. He holds a doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), where he was a lecturer before being selected in 2012 as professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Ndiaye is a pioneer of black studies in French, and co-founded the Circle of Action for the Promotion of Diversity in France (CAPDIV) with Patrick Loze.

    Michael C. Dawson, one of the nation’s leading experts on race and politics, will moderate a post-lecture discussion. The webinar is organized by the UChicago France Chicago Center, with support from the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC), the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Chicago, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago French Club, Franke Institute for the Humanities and Alliance Française de Chicago.

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  • Fall Festival to Benefit Local Nonprofit

    Alpha Gamma Delta’s Fall Festival is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Nov. 12 at the University Farm. The celebratory fest will include s’mores, hot chocolate and games. Entrance to the festival is $3 or a donation of two gently-used clothing items. All proceeds go to Kirksville’s “I Think I Can” Foundation, which helps local children and schools.
  • Financial Literacy Game Event

    Bulldog Financial Literacy will host a life-sized Life game from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Missouri Hall Chariton Room. Entry is free, and all participants will have the chance to win a Casey’s gift card, free t-shirt or other prizes. For more information, contact financialliteracy@truman.edu.

  • Jazz Concert to Highlight Student Groups

    Various student groups will perform in a Jazz Combos Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Student jazz combos will play standard jazz compositions as well as original compositions created by students, overseen and directed by Tim AuBuchon. A plethora of styles will be performed, ranging from swing to Latin, funk and more. The combos are formed by groups of four or five musicians, allowing for improvisation and musical interaction.

    More information about the Jazz Combos Concert and other events happening in the School of Arts and Letters can be found at facebook.com/trumansal. This event is sponsored by the Department of Music and is free and open to the public.

  • International Education Week Scheduled for Nov. 14-17

    The Center for International Students will celebrate International Education Week on campus, Nov. 14-17. In addition to the following events, CIS will also host a table in the Student Union Building throughout the week, handing out free international candy and fact sheets.

    International Game Night (with International Snacks)
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Ryle Main Lounge

    Table - International Coffee and Tea
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Nov. 15
    Violette Hall

    Dance Showcase (with African Student Association, International Club and Namaste Nepal)
    6 p.m.
    Nov. 16
    Kirk Gym

    International Trivia
    7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 17
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. IEW began in 2000 and is celebrated today in more than 100 countries worldwide.

  • Lunch and Learn Explores Healthy Habits for the Holidays

    Learn how to eat healthy and keep moving during the holidays. Join certified athletic trainers Nicole Summers and Lorrie Peters from the Health and Fitness Center - Northeast Sports Medicine and Rehab as they demonstrate how to get through the holiday season without overeating and finding time for exercising. The lunch and learn will take place in Violette Hall 1300 from 12-12:45 p.m. Nov. 17 and participants are welcome and encouraged to eat lunch during the presentation. This program is sponsored by the Truman Wellness committee in conjunction with the Truman Office of Human Resources. To sign up for the session, email pr@truman.edu.
  • BulldogsGiving Encourages Community Donations

    The Truman community is encouraged to share their Bulldog pride by supporting the area of campus they care most about during #BulldogsGiving, Nov. 14-18. BulldogsGiving is a week of celebrating and supporting one’s favorite things about Truman.

    This year’s #BulldogsGiving features campaigns benefiting the Truman Band Fund, the Black Alumni & Attendees Scholarship, the Greek Letters Today, Leaders Tomorrow Scholarship and Truman Athletics. Donate to one (or more) of these funds to help them reach their goal, or support a Foundation Fund. For more information or to get involved, go to bulldogsgiving.truman.edu.

  • Open Forum Invites Student Perspectives on Religion

    Residence Life will host, “Faith Discussion: Having a Religious Perspective on a College Campus,” for all interested students at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the West Campus Suites Multi-Purpose Room.

    Students will delve into the tough questions surrounding faith on a college campus, exploring the positive and negative aspects of religious traditions in an academic setting. This event is open to everyone, regardless of faith. The goal of the forum is to create a comfortable atmosphere where honest discussion and questions are encouraged. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. For questions, contact student advisor Carly Gillette.
  • Fellows Program Offers Experience in Washington, D.C.

    Applications are now open for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    The program provides an opportunity for students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Fellows will provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie programs and have the opportunity to contribute to op-eds, papers, reports and books; participate in meetings with high-level officials; contribute to congressional testimony; and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

    Applications are open to graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. Graduate students will not be accepted. For more information about candidate qualifications, visit the program’s website at carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows.

    For more information on the nomination and application process, interested students should contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109. The campus deadline is Nov. 28.
  • Truman YouTube Channel Features Study Abroad Videos

    The study abroad playlist on Truman’s YouTube Channel provides a unique way to learn more about opportunities available through the University. Student testimonials offer a glimpse of what it is like to study abroad and describe how that experience changed their lives.

    This week’s featured video looks at the unique "Semester at Sea" program.


  • Notables

    Mike Ashcraft, department chair and professor of philosophy and religion, has been offered a contract by Routledge to publish his book, “A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements.”


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Critical Language Scholarship Program Open for Applications

    The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Critical Language Scholarship program. The CLS program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students that spans 8-10 weeks during the summer. Scholarships are available for more than 20 sites abroad, with language study offered at various levels. To promote access to study abroad, the CLS program covers many of the costs, including: round-trip domestic and international travel, applicable visa fees, room and board, course materials, a small living stipend and U.S. undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. To learn more about the program, visit clscholarship.org. For further questions, visit the Study Abroad Office in Grim Hall or email ciea@truman.edu.
  • Udall Environmental Service Scholarships Available

    The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomore or junior students who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to public service in areas related to environmental issues on a local, national or global scale. Students interested in applying should contact Franta Majs by Nov. 18. For more information, visit the Udall Foundation website.