Vol. 11 No. 6 - Oct. 3, 2006


  • Truman to Welcome Families Oct. 7 to Family Day 2006

    A variety of activities have been planned for Truman students and their families this weekend as part of the annual Family Day. Faculty, staff and their families also are invited to meet the visiting families and share in the events.

    Following tradition, this year’s events are designed to provide families with information as well as opportunities for a wide variety of entertainment from the University.

    Several events occur before Family Day officially begins. The men’s and women’s swim teams will have a purple/white intrasquad meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Natatorium located in Pershing Building. The women’s volleyball team will take on Missouri Southern at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in Pershing Arena. In addition, there will be Latin dance lessons followed by a dance beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in West Campus Suites. The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will perform a Big Bands concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in Baldwin Auditorium. These groups will be performing music by Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thad Jones, Mongo Santamaria, and other composers.

    Activities kick off at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 with coffee and doughnuts on the Student Union Mall.

    Parent Seminars will follow the reception at 9 a.m. in the SUB Conference Room and SUB Activities Room.

    The Division of Business and Accountancy will have an open house from 10-10:50 a.m. on the second floor of Violette Hall.

    The festivities move to Baldwin Auditorium at 11 a.m., where parents will hear from President Barbara Dixon, Student Senate President Angela Crawford, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, from Olathe, Kan., and members of the Parents Council.

    After the assembly, families are invited to a barbecue-style lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Red Barn Park. The cost of the lunch is $6.25 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall 101. Students with a purchased meal plan may eat for free with their Truman ID.

    The Eighth Annual Festival Centennial will take place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Courtyard.

    Tours of the West Campus Suites, the newest addition to Truman’s campus, will be given from 1-3 p.m.

    Families with an interest in sports will have a full slate to choose from. At noon, the Truman men’s and women’s swim teams will have their annual alumni swim meet at the Natatorium. The football team takes on Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. in Stokes Stadium. Tickets for the game can be purchased at 8 a.m. at Reception on the Mall. The Truman volleyball team will conclude the sporting events for the day, when it matches up against Fort Hays State (Kan.) at 7 p.m. in Pershing Arena.

    Entertainment continues through the evening with an opening performance by Franklin Street at 7:30 p.m. followed by juggling, skateboarding comedian Mad Chad Taylor at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is $2. Students with a Truman ID get in free. Seating begins at 7 p.m.

    The Wind Symphony band, the University Orchestra and the Cantoria singers will perform at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Baldwin Auditorium.

  • Foundation Scholarships Available

    The Truman State University Foundation is pleased to announce that there are scholarships available for Truman students in the spring 2007 semester. The majority of Foundation scholarships are advertised in January for the following academic year, but these scholarships have not yet been awarded for 2006-2007. They will be awarded in full in the spring of 2007.

    Scholarships are available in the following categories: general, athletics, business & accountancy, education, fine arts, nursing, language & literature, math & computer science, and science.  Applications are available at www.truman.edu, Current Students, Foundation Scholarships or click here: https://secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Week to Honor Breast Cancer Survivors

    As part of the nationwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Week will take place on the Truman campus Oct. 2-6.

    A full slate of activities is planned to honor those with breast cancer, as well as to celebrate their courage and grace. Throughout the week, service sorority Alpha Sigma Gamma will be sponsoring “Bras on the Quad” on the University Quadrangle to help raise awareness for breast cancer. People are invited to stop by their tables to vote on their favorite bra, buy T-shirts to support breast cancer research and receive more information on breast cancer awareness.

    Deb Bollman from the Young Survivor’s Coalition will be speaking about her experiences with breast cancer from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in Magruder Hall 2001. Alpha Sigma Gamma is sponsoring the event.

    A Breast Cancer Awareness Week Vigil, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Gamma, will take place from 8-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Flame to the Second Century, located directly north of Kirk Memorial. The vigil will take place in rememberence of breast cancer victims.

    The week concludes with “Passionately Pink for the Cure” on Oct. 6. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear pink that day to support the Passionately Pink for the Cure program in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Alpha Sigma Gamma is sponsoring the campus portion of this event. The Cancer Support Group of Kirksville is sponsoring the community effort on behalf of the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Contact Nadia Mozaffar at nsm352@truman.edu, or by phone at 785.5059 for more information.
  • Truman Forensic Union Scores Big at National and Regional Tournaments

    Students from Truman State University’s Forensic Union opened up their 2006-2007 schedule with great success at the Top of the Rockies Invitational in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 16-17, and at the Cardinal Classic Round Robin and Show-Me Invitational, both held in Liberty, Mo., Sept. 22-24.

    At the Top of the Rockies Invitational, the team of Trevor Alexander, a senior economics major from Gladstone, Mo., and Stefani Wittenaeur, a senior communications major from Belleville, Ill., reached the double-octafinal elimination round in parliamentary debate before losing to a team from the United States Air Force Academy. Alexander and Dylan Rothermel, a junior economics major from Homewood, Ill., both reached the octafinal (“sweet 16”) round in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

    Truman’s regional season opener was a two-part event, with the team participating in both the Cardinal Classic Round Robin, hosted by William Jewell College, and the Show-Me Invitational, co-hosted by William Jewell College and Truman State University. Both events took place on the William Jewell campus in Liberty, Mo.

    Sara Archer, a junior accounting major from Riverside, Mo., and Keith Schnakenberg, a senior political science major from Buffalo, Mo., represented Truman at the invitation-only Cardinal Classic Round Robin, Sept. 22. The pair reached the semifinal round of the Round Robin tournament before losing to a team from the Creighton University (Neb.).

    The Show-Me Invitational witnessed three Truman parliamentary debate teams in elimination rounds. The junior varsity pair of Kevin Haynie, a sophomore political science major from St. Louis, and Nick Stephens, a freshman physics major from Arenzville, Ill., made the semifinals of their division. Rothermel and partner Mark Buchheit, a freshman history major from Carthage, Mo., reached octafinals of the varsity division along with Archer and Schnakenberg.

    Schnakenberg and Haynie were the top individual finishers for Truman at the Show-Me Invitational, finishing as the ninth-best speaker in the varsity division, and the third-best speaker in the junior varsity division, respectively.

    Truman shared third-place overall sweepstakes honors with Drury University at the tournament. 
  • Internship & Scholarship Opportunities Available

    The Federal Bureau of Investigators is accepting applications for its paid summer 2007 Honors Internship Program in the Washington, D.C. region. Internships are available to qualified full-time college students in their junior or senior year, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. To apply, visit the FBI Web site at http://www.FBIjobs.gov and follow the Student Center-Internship Programs-Honors Internship link. Applications must be sent to the St. Louis Division by Oct. 10.

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is offering a scholarship through its College Scholarship Program. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level during the 2006-2007 academic year. To learn more about this scholarship, or to obtain an application, visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Web site at http://www.hsf.net.

    The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) is accepting applications for its 2007 Scholarship and Internship program. Each intern receives a $1,000 scholarship from AWSM, plus any compensation they receive from their internship. To apply, visit the AWSM Web site at http://www.awsmonline.org. Deadline for application is Oct. 20.

    The Webster Groves Herb Society is offering a scholarship for up to $3,000
    to qualifying sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students enrolled in a Missouri college or university who are majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns, city planning, land management or an allied subject. Applications for the 2007-2008 academic year must be submitted on a required application form and mailed to the Webster Groves Herb Society. Visit the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103, for an application for this scholarship. Deadline for application submission is March 1, 2007.


  • General Honors Informational Reception

    4:45 p.m. • Oct. 5
    Violette Hall Commons

    New honors program worksheets and up-to-date information about the program will be presented. Refreshments will be served, and piano music will accompany the event.

    The reception is sponsored by The General Honors Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

    Contact the VPAA office at 785.4109 or e-mail Patricia Burton at ss84@truman.edu for more information.
  • Lyceum Series Kicks Off with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    presents the


    Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    7:30 p.m.
    Oct. 3
    Baldwin Auditorium
    A limited number of tickets are available for students, faculty and staff. Seating is general admission. Admission is free for all students faculty and staff with their University ID. Tickets for faculty and staff are available in the Center for Student Involvement, and students may pick their tickets up in the Student Activities Board office located in the Student Union Building Governors Room.

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

    Contact the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 for more information.
  • Family Day 2006 Schedule of Activities

    Family Day 2006 Activities

    Oct. 6
    Swimming Purple/White Intrasquad Meet
    6 p.m. • Natatorium, Pershing Building

    Women’s Volleyball vs. Missouri Southern

    7 p.m. • Pershing Arena

    Latin Dance

    8 p.m. • West Campus Suites

    Jazz Band Concert

    8 p.m. • Baldwin Auditorium

    Oct. 7
    Reception on the Mall
    8 a.m. • Student Union Mall
    Rain location: Student Union Building (SUB) Lounge

    Parent Seminars

    9-9:50 a.m.
    Common Problems of College Students
    SUB Conference Room
    A Liberal Arts Education... Smooth Path to a Dream Career or Just a Rocky Road
    SUB Activities Room
    10-10:50 a.m.
    (Repeat of above seminars)

    Business and Accountancy Open House

    10-10:50 a.m. • Violette Hall second floor

    Presidential Address
    11 a.m. • B­aldwin Auditorium

    Festival Centennial
    11 a.m.-7 p.m. • Centennial Hall Courtyard

    Tailgate Lunch
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • Red Barn Park
    Cost $6.25 per person. Lunches must be purchased in advance.

    Swimming Alumni Meet
    noon • Natatorium, Pershing Building

    West Campus Suites Tours
    1-3 p.m.

    Football vs. Missouri Southern
    2 p.m. • Stokes Stadium

    5-9 p.m. • Dobson Hall Courtyard

    Women’s Volleyball vs. Fort Hays State (Kan.)
    7 p.m. • Pershing Arena

    Extreme Comedy of Mad Chad
    7:30 p.m. • Baldwin Auditorium

    Oct. 8
    Cantoria Singers, Wind Symphony Band and University Orchestra Concert
    2 p.m. • Baldwin Auditorium

  • Nursing Trancultural Program in the Philippines Presentation

    8 p.m.
    Oct. 3
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Truman nursing students who studied abroad last summer as part of the program will give presentations on their experiences. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Campus College Bowl Tournament Registration Information

    Preliminary Tournament
    7-10 p.m. • Nov. 2 • Baldwin Hall

    Final Rounds
    7-10 p.m. • Nov. 4
    Student Union Building

    Registration for the College Bowl Tournament is at the Center for Student Involvement in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Early registration deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Cost is $5 per individual at the time of registration, or $7 after Oct. 13. All participants receive a T-shirt. Both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign-up. Double elimination competition begins at Truman to select the varsity team. The varsity team will advance to the Regional Championship Tournament to take place on Feb. 22-25, 2007.

    If you would like to volunteer to moderate this tournament, contact Sujit Chemburkar at 785.4186 by Oct. 20.
  • Graduate School Week

    Oct. 3
    Walk-in Graduate School Assistance
    2:30-4:30 p.m.
    Career Center

    “Show Me the Money!”

    Learn how to find funding for graduate school through nationally competitive scholarships, financial aid and departmental funding
    Presented by Professor Adam Davis

    6-7:30 p.m.
    Violette Hall 1000

    Oct. 4
    Walk-in Graduate School Assistance
    noon-2 p.m.
    Career Center

    “Bound for Graduate School?”

    Strategies to gain admission to highly competitive graduate programs
    Presented by Donald Asher

    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Violette Hall 1000
  • McNair Program Informational Meeting

    6 p.m.
    Oct. 11
    Violette Hall 1236

    The meeting will give interested students the chance to learn more about eligibility for, application to and benefits of the McNair Program.

    Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair Program strives to increase the number of underrepresented students who obtain doctoral degrees. Underrepresented is defined as (1) an income-eligible, first-generation individual, OR (2) an individual underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Latino, Native American or Alaskan Native). Applicants must be full-time students at Truman State University with at least a sophomore status. The deadline for submission of applications is Nov. 10.

    For additional information or questions about eligibility, contact Sarah Hass at 785.5407.
  • Fall Career Expo 2006

    Begin planning now for the Fall Expo
    1-5 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Student Union Building

    More than 90 companies from a wide variety of fields have signed up to attend.

    Keep checking the Career Center Web site at http://career.truman.edu, and click on Career Expo to see the growing list of companies who plan to attend.

    The Career Center will be giving tips during the next few weeks on how to prepare students for the Expo.

    Contact the Career Center at 785.4353 for more information about the Fall 2006 Career Expo.

  • Golden Leadership Award Nomination Forms Available

    Faculty, staff and students can nominate a student leader on campus for this new award sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.

    Nomination forms are available in the Center for Student Involvement. Completed forms are due Oct. 12.
  • "The Heidi Chronicles"

    The Division of Fine Arts presents
    “The Heidi Chronicles”
    by Wendy Wasserstein

    8 p.m.
    Oct. 3-7
    James G. Severns Theatre
    located in Ophelia Parrish

    Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "The Heidi Chronicles" explores life and identity in the midst of social and political change from the 1960s to the 80s.

    Admission is free Oct. 3-4. Tickets for the additional performance cost $2. Contact the Box Office at 785.4515 for ticket information.

    Contact Todd Coulter by phone at 785.4519 or by e-mail at tcoulter@truman.edu for more information.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: MLB Playoff Pickem
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 6
    *Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 6

    Activity: Indoor Soccer
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 9
    *Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 11
    Play Begins: Oct. 16

    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.


  • Notables

    Lynn Rose, associate professor of history, had dozens of her entries and commentaries published in the five-volume Encyclopedia of Disability (Sage Publications, 2006), for which she served as an International Advisory Board Member. With special thanks to Patrick Lecaque, director of the Center for International Education (CIE) and professor of French, and his staff at the CIE, Rose, together with Steven Reschly, associate professor of history, facilitated “The Sacred Feminine in Greece,” a study abroad course, in June 2006. On July 6, 2006, Rose presented “Teaching Gilgamesh: The Historical Context of Obliteration” at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, in Tunis, Tunisia. The resulting essay, “Gilgamesh in the Historical Context of Archaeology and Imperialism,” co-authored with Truman history majors Shannon Crowder, a senior from Austin, Texas; Shahrbonu Rezaiekhaligh, a junior from Kansas City, Mo.; and Jennifer Roberts, a senior from Bloomington, Ill.; is undergoing peer review for publication in the International Journal of the Humanities. Rose is currently working on a translation and commentary of a Greek and Latin fragment (Jacoby, FGRH Annon. 744) on the destruction of Carthage, for Brill Academic Publishers.

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history, has an essay, “‘Cultural Strategies’: The Seegers and B.A. Botkin as Friends and Allies,” forthcoming in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth-century American Music, ed. Ray Alen and Ellie M. Hisama, University of Rochester Press.


  • Notes

    The Pickler Memorial Library catalog will be unavailable beginning at 8 a.m. on Oct. 3 due to a major system upgrade. The catalog should be back online in about 24 hours. During this period, MOBIUS searches to find items in Pickler Memorial Library will be available, but patrons will be unable to place requests through the MOBIUS system.

    Echo yearbook will be taking pictures for the 2006-2007 yearbook from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 3-5 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.

    Hispanic Heritage Month events continue with a dinner and discussion of film with special guest John Fraire, associate vice president for enrollment management, at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the West Campus Suites Main Lounge. The event is sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma and MAC.

    The Monitor, the University’s alternative student newspaper, will be distributed to all residence halls and high traffic areas on campus Oct. 4.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Weekly Lunch Series will highlight “Teaching for Critical Thinking” for faculty and teaching staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Participants will receive a complimentary set of Critical Thinking resources by Linda Elder and Richard Paul, the thinkers’ guides, and the group will review selected strategies from them.

    Omicron Delta Kappa will sponsor a peer-advising barbecue from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on the University 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.

    Concert on the Quad, Scratch Track style, will take place from 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 4 on the University Quadrangle. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board. Contact Dawn Juon at dmj717@truman.edu for more information.

    The Liberal Studies Roundtable Lunch Series will continue from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 5 in Pickler Memorial Library 205. This session will focus on “The Forms of Faculty Participation in Curricular Innovation: Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement.” 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 University Counseling Services is sponsoring National Depression Screening Day
    from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Student Union Building. Free screenings will be available, and a counselor will privately provide treatment and referral recommendations if needed.

    The Heartland Task Force will host its Second Annual Mother/Son Stampede from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 5 on the grounds of the Truman State University Farm and the Juvenile Center Office. Eta Sigma Gamma is assisting with this event for boys five and older and their mom or another special women in their lives. Cost is $6 per couple and $2 for each additional boy. Dinner is included. Participants may pay at the door, but are asked to register in advance by calling the Adair County Family YMCA at 665.1922.

    The Truman Optimist Club will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in Baldwin Hall 303. Contact Steve Pennington at 785.4211 for more information.

    The CIAO Movie Night will feature the film “Ciao Professore” from 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Magruder Hall 1000. Contact Stacey Walker at sdw408@truman.edu for more information.

    Windfall will have a creative writing workshop from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Baldwin Hall 252. Contact Camille Phillips at windfall@truman.edu for more information.

    The Truman Biology Seminar Series will present “Oxygen Delivery in Skeletal Muscle of Diabetic Rats: Identifying the Obstacles” from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Oct. 6 in Magruder Hall 2001. The lecture will be given by William Sexton, professor in the department of physiology at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. Cynthia Cooper, professor of biology, will host the event. Refreshments will be served at 12:15 p.m.

    Rotaract Club’s International Film Series will continue with a showing of “Tsotsi” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Violette Hall 1010. This is the second film in Rotaract's International Film Series. This South African film reveals six days in the violent life of Tsotsi, a young Johannesburg gang leader. In one moment his life takes a sharp turn and leads him down an unexpected path to redemption. Topic preview before the film and brief discussion following by John Quinn.

    The Anthrology Club and the Division of Social Science are co-sponsoring an Archaeology Open House. It will take place from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Exhibits, photographs and artifacts from various field experiences and excavations will be on display. Refreshments will be served. Contact Amber Johnson at ajohnson@truman.edu for more information or to request a table for display.

    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.

    The DriveSafe DriveSmart campaign will take place from Oct. 10-12. Information tables will be set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10-12 in the Student Union Building. Designed to inform students of the dangers of distracted driving, the campaign will feature a speaker from the Adair County Ambulance District at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Violette Hall 1010. Contact Greg Day at gmd110@truman.edu for more information.

    In celebration of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and to show support for Truman’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community, Lambda invites students, faculty and staff to add their name to the 2006 GLBT Support List that will appear in the Oct. 12 issue of the Index. For more information and instructions on how to add a name to the list, go to http://www2.truman.edu/~martye/GLBTSupportListFall2006.htm.

    Van driving classes
    are scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 in the Public Safety Building. Class sizes are limited. People may reserve a space by calling 785.4177. Participants need to allow a minimum of two hours for this class.

    Edward Jones will have an informational meeting from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Violette Hall Upstairs Commons. Edward Jones will give a brief presentation about who they are, as well as career information with the company. Pizza and soda will be served after the presentation. Contact Lana Dowell at 785.4346 for more information.

    There will be a memorial service for Chris Dothage at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The service will begin by the Flame to the Second Century in front of Kirk Memorial and then the service will move to the Quadrangle. The rain site for the service will be the Student Union Building Lounge located across from Mainstreet Market. If you have any questions, contact David Lusk at the Center for Student Involvement.

    MTV’s “Real World” participant Danny Roberts will speak about “Out in the Real World” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in Baldwin Auditorium. Contact Laura Casey at lsc908@truman.edu for more information. Admission is free.

    There will be a Global Issues Colloquium at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in Magruder Hall 1000. Contact Julie Lochbaum at ctl@truman.edu or by phone at 785.4391 for more information.

    The Truman Horse Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the University Farm. The Truman Equestrian team hosts and competes in the Truman Horse Show. Contact Kate Randall at equestrian@truman.edu for more information.