Vol. 11 No. 4 - Sept. 19, 2006


  • Informational Meeting Scheduled for Legislative Paid Internship Program

    An informational meeting about the Missouri Government Internship Program will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Baldwin Hall 100. Pizza will be provided.

    The Missouri Government Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students to intern at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., with a public official, legislator or state agency during the spring 2007 semester. The internship, which is open to all majors, provides an inside look at state government.

    The interns live in Jefferson City and receive a stipend of $2,500. Interns may earn up to 15 hours of credit.

    All juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at http://career.truman.edu/student/internship/mogov_app.pdf.

    For priority consideration, completed applications are due by Oct. 6 in McClain Hall 101. A screening committee will review the applications and interviews will be conducted Oct. 10-11 for the spring 2007 legislative internships.

    Interested students can contact Candy Young at 785.4650 or Heidi Templeton at 785.4016 for more information.
  • Truman Alumnus to Present as Executive-in-Residence

    Alumnus Charles H. (Chuck) Woods (’86, ’95) will present as the Executive-in-Residence on Oct. 2 for the Division of Business and Accountancy. Woods will give two presentations, “The Firm and its Stakeholders - A Leadership Perspective - Customers” from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 2 in Violette Hall 1000, and “The Firm and its Stakeholders - A Leadership Perspective - Shareholders” from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Woods is director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. In this position he is responsible for the development of the Long-Range Business Plan, preparing financial forecasts, internal performance reporting, supporting external financial reporting and capital planning.

    Woods previously served as the director of Supplier Management Finance Operations for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, where he was responsible for the processes, systems, tools and skill development required to estimate, manage and analyze supplier costs, as well as providing business case analysis for supplier affordability improvements. Prior to this assignment, Woods was director of Financial Operations for Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems in 2000.

    Woods currently sits on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors. He gave the commencement address at Truman’s Winter 2002 commencement.

    Woods received his bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, and a master’s of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University. As the Boeing executive focal for Truman State University, Woods plays a key role in developing Boeing’s relationship with Truman.
    Woods and his wife, Sherri, have three children, Bryce, Ally and Justin, and reside in Hazelwood, Mo.
  • Truman Comprehensive Fund-Raising Campaign Advances to Feasibility Stage

    Planning for Truman’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign has entered the feasibility stage, according to Mark Gambaiana, vice president for University Advancement.

    This fall, the consulting firm Gonser Gerber Tinker Stuhr of Naperville, Ill., will perform a campaign feasibility study as a precursor to launching Truman’s campaign.

    The study will test a series of proposed campaign priorities with Truman’s top donor prospects, help establish a challenging but attainable goal, identify volunteer leadership, set a timeline and provide recommendations for campaign implementation. Much of this information will be obtained through personal interviews with Truman alumni and friends across the country.

    A number of student-focused priorities will be part of the study. They include scholarships and resources to strengthen and expand student enrichment programs, such as study abroad, undergraduate research and internships. A distinguished speaker series and library enhancements will also be tested. 

    In addition, faculty development, university endowment, business and accountancy endowment, athletic programs and facility improvements, the planetarium and multi-media center, and annual unrestricted support for the divisions will also be validated as potential priorities.

    The final campaign priorities will be determined based upon the response of Truman’s top donor prospects through the study, and the campaign goal is expected to be in the range of $20 to $30 million. 

    During the past 12 months, a series of 22 focus group meetings were held on and off campus in preparation for the campaign, attended by nearly 625 constituents. The meetings were designed to gather ideas and feedback from various divisions and departments regarding key priorities and potential funding opportunities, and to introduce those objectives to key stakeholders. These findings, coupled with the strategic initiatives set forth from Truman’s Master Plan, are forming the case for support.

    The final report will be presented at the Truman State University Foundation’s annual retreat in January 2007. At that time, the University will enter the campaign’s “quiet phase” where leadership gifts are confirmed prior to the public announcement.
  • United Way Kickoff Fest Comes to Truman


    The United Way campus campaign committee members include (pictured left to right) President Barbara Dixon, co-chair Lesa Ketterlinus, co-chair Teresa Heckert and student drive chair Nicole Asal.

    Truman State University’s United Way committee has announced that its Kickoff Fest campaign will take place from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 27 on the University Quadrangle.

    All Truman students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. At the fest, student organizations will compete to raise funds in their self-decorated money jars. There will be live music from 5-6 p.m.

    Forums for faculty and staff will be conducted Sept. 19-22. Forums will be held at the following times and locations: 2-2:30 p.m. Sept. 19, McClain Hall 212; 10-10:30 a.m. Sept. 20, Violette Hall 2451; 9-9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Baldwin Hall 262; and 11-11:30 a.m. Sept. 22, Magruder Hall 2007.

    Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of the forums to learn more about the United Way, and to ask questions of the forum mediators. United Way pledge forms will be available for those interested in contributing to the United Way. Anyone who completes a pledge card at one of the forums will be eligible for a prize drawing, to be held at the end of each forum. Refreshments of punch and cookies will be provided.

    Contact Teresa Heckert at 785.7530 for more information about the forums or about Truman’s fund-raising drive for the United Way.
  • Saxophone Composition to Premiere at Truman State University


         Eric Ewazen

    Randall Smith, professor of saxophone at Truman State University, and the Truman Wind Symphony, Daniel Peterson conductor, will give the world premiere performance of “Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Band” at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in Baldwin Auditorium. The composition was written for Smith and the Wind Symphony by Eric Ewazen, professor of composition at the Juilliard School of Music.
    Smith contacted Ewazen more than two years ago and asked him if he would write a piece for alto saxophone and band. Ewazen enthusiastically agreed to the commission and set a fee of $5,000. Smith and Truman’s Advancement Office began a fund-raising campaign in July to cover the expense of the composition and the world premiere. Individuals and organizations who have already contributed at least $50 will have their names listed on the inside cover of the score. Thanks to the generous contributions of Smith’s former students, colleagues and friends, more than $4,000 has been raised to date. Contributions in the form of a check can be sent to the Advancement Office, McClain Hall 100, 100 E. Normal, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501 with “Saxophone Fund” noted in the memo.

    Ewazen was born in 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. Receiving a B.M. at the Eastman School of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from The Juilliard School, his teachers include Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner and Gunther Schuller. He is a recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes. His works have been commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the United States and overseas. Concerning Ewazen’s compositional style, one author wrote in The Star Ledger - May 17, 1993: “But Mozart also lost out to Eric Ewazen, a composer on the faculty of The Juilliard School. He does not feel it is a ‘sell-out’ to write music which contains (gasp) triadic harmony and (double gasp) real melodies. Having taken such a ‘populist’ turn, he manipulates his materials so artfully, shows such an understanding of compositional development that not for one moment does his ‘Quintet’ pander.”

    Smith has taught at Truman for 19 years and has six other compositions dedicated to him. Supporting the creation of new music for the saxophone is an important goal of his life. Art music has been composed for centuries and continues to composed for a variety of reasons, but often a performer commissions a composer to write a piece and the piece is then dedicated to that performer. The dedication on “Fantasia” reads “To Randall A. Smith, Saxophonist, and the Truman State University Wind Symphony, Daniel L. Peterson, Conductor.”

    The Truman Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, and faculty soloists will perform the Sept. 30 concert titled “The Music of Eric Ewazen” other compositions by Ewazen. The concert is free and the public is invited to this historic event. For questions contact Smith at 785.4440 or rsmith@truman.edu.
  • Who’s Who Applications Now Available for Students

    Students may pick up applications for the 2006-2007 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award in the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Kirk Building 112.

    Faculty and staff are also invited to nominate students for this prestigious award.

    Nominations are due Sept. 29 in the Student Affairs Office. To qualify, students should be active in campus and community activities, have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and be a senior eligible for graduation in December, May or August of the 2006-2007 academic year.

    Completed student applications need to be returned to the Student Affairs Office by Oct. 27. For more information, visit http://saffairs.truman.edu, stop by Kirk Building 112, or call 785.4111.


  • Global Issues Colloquium

    The Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring a Global Issues Colloquium

    7 p.m.
    Sept. 21
    Magruder Hall 1000

    Eric LeCompte, national outreach coordinator of the School of the Americas WATCH, will be leading discussion about the role of torture, or threat of torture, in American foreign policy particularly as it relates to our presence in Latin America.

    Contact The Center for Teaching and Learning  at ctl@truman.edu or by phone at 785.4391 for more information.
  • Macy’s Midwest President and COO to Visit Truman

    Brian Keck, president and Chief Operating Officer of Macy’s Midwest, will be speaking from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 26 in Violette Hall 1000.

    Keck will be giving advice on managing a job search and becoming successful in today’s corporate world.
  • Pickler Memorial Library Book Sale

    Sept. 20 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Sept. 21 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Sept. 22 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The book sale will take place under the big tent on the Student Union Mall west of the Pickler Memorial Library. There will be more than 250 boxes of donated books for sale. Children’s, reference and fiction books, plus art prints, music score, recordings and more will be on sale. For details visit the library’s book sale Web site at http://library.truman.edu/booksale.htm or call 785.4038.
  • Modified Supplemental Retirement Plan Meetings

    Join Curt Devan and Matt Moore as they present changes made to the University’s Modified Supplemental Retirement Plan, and how these changes may affect retirements occurring by Dec. 31, 2009.

    Faculty and staff who are considering retiring on or before Dec. 31, 2009 are asked to attend one of the following sessions. R.S.V.P. by visiting http://hr.truman.edu/register/.

    9 a.m. • Sept. 19 • SUB Conference Room

    9 a.m. • Sept. 20 • SUB Conference Room

    10 a.m. • Sept. 22 • SUB Alumni Room

    1:30 p.m. • Sept. 28 • SUB Alumni Room
  • Detours Magazine Photo Contest

    Detours magazine is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers. The winning picture will appear in the Winter 2007 issue of the magazine. 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.

    Detours magazine is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers. The winning picture will appear in Winter 2007 issue of the magazine. The winner will receive a lifetime subscription to Detours magazine.
    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.

    Contact Erin Clark, Detours magazine editor, at eac903@truman.edu for more information.

  • Dominic Armstrong to Perform Recital


      Dominic Armstrong

    7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    Admission is free.

    The recital will also feature Nancy Hueber, pianist and Adam Davis, narrator. They will be performing a program of songs by Johannnes Brahms titled “Romanzen aus Tiecks Magelone,” op. 33. 
  • University Recycling Center Changes Drop-Off Hours

    Beginning Oct. 1, the Truman State University Recycling Center will only accept public drop-off items from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

    The University Recycling Center will be closed on all holidays.

    The Center does not accept old appliances or trash. To view a list of what is accepted for recycling, visit the University Recyling Center Web site at http://recycle.truman.edu/recycle.htm.

    Contact Howard Worcester at 785.7672 for more information.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Pitch
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Sept. 25
    *Captains’ Meeting: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28
    Play Begins
    : Oct. 1

    Golf Scramble
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Sept. 25
    *Captains’ Meeting: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28
    Play Begins
    : Oct. 2

    Entry forms may be picked up at the Student Recreation Center (IM bulletin board) and are available online. Entry forms must have name, banner ID number and signature of each participant. Entry forms are to be deposited in the metal box located at the Member Services Desk in the Student Recreation Center by 11 p.m. of the posted due date.

  • Show Your Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Win an iPod

    How well do you know your U.S. Constitution? As part of Truman's celebration of the U.S. Constitution, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will award a 2GB iPod to a student who gets the most correct answers to a short quiz on the Constitution. You can take the quiz at the Student Union between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, September 22.

    Additional Constitution Day Events include "Speak Out: Soapbox for Democracy." Students, faculty and staff are invited to step up to the microphone and read or speak their minds (limited to three minutes) about the U.S. Constitution; current events surrounding the Constitution; and executive, legislative, and judicial issues related to the Constitution. The "Speak Out" will be held at the Student Union on Friday, September 22 between noon and 2 p.m.


  • Notables

    A film by two Truman students will be premiered at the Iowa Composers Forum/Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers joint conference later this month. The film, titled “Galactic Abomination” was created by filmmaker Jerry Jones, a junior English education major, and composer Adam Kalmbach, a junior music-liberal studies major. The premiere will take place Sept. 30 on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

    Warren Gooch, professor of music, will have his original musical composition “MONODIES for cello and piano” performed at the 2006 Iowa Composers Forum/Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers joint conference, on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. The composition will be performed Sept. 30 by cellist Mira Frisch, assistant professor of music, and by Gooch (pianist). The composition was selected for performance from a nationwide juried call for scores.

    James Turner, associate professor of accounting, attended the Balancing Environmental Health and Rural Economics meeting, sponsored by the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Aug. 31 in Moberly, Mo. Turner will serve on a citizen’s committee to follow up on issues aired at the meeting.


  • Notes

    The 2005-2006 Echo yearbooks are now available for pick up from the Echo office, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Yearbooks are available free of charge to students, faculty and staff. For a $5 shipping and handling charge, a book may be shipped to a specified address.

    Sigma Chi Delta will have its rush from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 in Baldwin Hall 252. Sigma Chi Delta is a local social sorority. Contact Brianna Lennon at briannalennon@yahoo.com or Chelsey Cole at ckc235@truman.edu for more information.

    Alpha Phi Sigma will have an interest meeting
    from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 19 in Pershing Building 233. Alpha Phi Sigma is a national coed honor fraternity for justice systems majors and minors. Contact Jill Scognamiglio at jns832@truman.edu for more information.

    American Marketing Association, an organization dedicated to marketing, will have an open meeting
    at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Violette Hall 1010. This meeting is open to all majors and the organization will be getting started on their case study for New Orleans. Contact Julie Mangrum at ama@truman.edu for more information.

    Echo Yearbook will have an interest meeting
    from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 19 in Ophelia Parrish 2121. Contact Erin Hickman at 785.4450 or at emh838@truman.edu for more information.

    Alpha Sigma Gamma will have its fall rush
    at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 20 and 21 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Alpha Sigma Gamma is a service sorority. Contact Julia Redford at jmr336@truman.edu for more information.

    Phi Beta Lambda, a professional, coed business fraternity, will have an informational meeting at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Student Union Building Conference Room (301). Phi Beta Lambda is open to all majors. Contact Molly Smith at mks052@truman.edu for more information.

    The Weekly Lunch Series for faculty and teaching staff
    will have a session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Student Union Building (SUB) Alumni Room. SUB Director Sujit Chemburkar will discuss the plans for the SUB renovation. Sign the sheet at checkout to receive up to $3.00 toward your Sodexho meal.

    “Definitions of Folklore” a colloquium of folklore discussing what constitutes folklore
    will be from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Baldwin Hall 272B. Using fan communities as a focus, Jack Holcomb, a Truman alumnus, and current professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will discuss his thoughts on the definitions of folklore. Contact Betsy Delmonico at bdelmoni@truman.edu for more information.

    The Freethinkers Society will have a discussion on the death penalty
    from 8:30-11 p.m. Sept. 20 in Baldwin Hall 346. Contact Jessica Pautler at jcp936@truman.edu for more information. 

    The Indiana University School of Law will have an information table from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21 on the SUB second floor.

    Colleges Against Cancer will be having an open meeting
    at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in Pershing Building 234. There will be elections for new officers on this date and they will be preparing gift baskets for the Sept. 26 visit to the George Rae Cancer Center. Contact Trisha Gillespie at tkg330@truman.edu for more information.

    The Truman Biology Seminar Series will present “Preparing for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools after Truman” from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Sept. 22 in Magruder Hall 2001. Refreshments will be served at 12:15 p.m.

    A staged reading of the play “Dead Man Walking”
    will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Ophelia Parrish 2302, Black Box Theatre. Contact Dana Smith at dasmith@truman.edu for more information.

    “Paradise Now!”, the first film in the Rotaract Club International Film Series,
    will be shown from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Violette Hall 1000. Contact Brynn Weimer at bew935@truman.edu for more information about the film, or about the Rotaract Club.

    The Mostly Live Composers Society will present its fall 2006 concert
    at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will feature premieres of chamber works by Truman student composers as well as a performance of a top-secret "conceptual piece." This event is free and open to the public.

    Applications for Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) national leadership fraternity, are due by Sept. 27 in the Student Affairs Office in Kirk Building 112, or in the ODK mailbox in the Center for Student Involvement in the Student Union Building. Contact JoAnn Jorgovan at joann@truman.edu for more information.

    There will be Physics Colloquium
    at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Magruder Hall 2001. Peter Rolnick will present the colloquium titled "An Introduction to Relativistic Hamiltonian Dynamics."

    The Liberal Studies Roundtable Series will meet from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Sept. 28 in Pickler Memorial Library 205. The series is sponsored by the Undergraduate Council to give colleagues a chance to discuss curriculum issues. R.S.V.P. to the Center for Teaching and Learning at ctl@truman.edu or by phone at 785.4391 to order a complimentary boxed lunch for the event.

    The Next STEP will have a student workshop from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Magruder Hall 1090. Students may join students and faculty for a panel discussion about how they can set themselves up for success while majoring in science, math and computer science. Dinner will be served starting at 5:15 p.m. Contact Jennifer Thompson at 785.7252 for more information.

    The Nursing Program will have its Welcome Windup
    from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. The event will allow nursing students to gather to welcome each other back to campus. Contact Meredith McCannon at nursing@truman.edu or by phone at 785.4557 for more information.

    Sacred Sites in Greece, a six credit hour summer 2007 study abroad class, will have its informational meetings
    at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Student Union Building Activities Room and at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Slides from previous trips, a discussion of ways to finance the program and a discussion of the next class, planned for May 8-30, 2007 will take place. Contact M. Lynn Rose at lynnrose@truman.edu or Steven Reschly at sdr@truman.edu for more information.

    The Observatory will be open to the public, weather permitting, from 8-10 p.m. Sept. 28 at the University Farm. Go to http://observatory.truman.edu for additional information.

    Deadline for nominations for the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowships for Faculty Excellence is Sept. 29. A letter of nomination should be sent to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs in McClain Hall 203. Log on to http://www.truman.edu/pages/125.asp for more information.

    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.

    Echo yearbook will be taking pictures for the 2006-2007 yearbook from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 2-5 in Magruder Hall 2100. All students, faculty and staff may have their pictures taken. Pictures are free for individuals, and $25 for organizations. Contact Evangeline McMullen, Echo yearbook managing editor, at echo@truman.edu or 785.4450 for more information.

    Omicron Delta Kappa will sponsor a peer-advising barbecue from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on the Quadrangle. The event will provide an opportunity for younger students to seek the advice of older students in their major. All majors will be represented. Food will be provided.

    Two scholarships for $200 each are available to Truman students from the Student Alumni Association.
    An application or further information can be obtained from the Web site http://saa.truman.edu or pick up an application in person at the Office of Advancement, McClain Hall 100. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 9 in the office of Advancement or e-mail your application to SAA@truman.edu.