Vol. 22 No. 29 - April 16, 2018


  • Percussion Ensemble to Perform in Spring Concert


    The concert percussion ensemble will perform their spring concert at 8 p.m. April 16 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The ensemble is directed by Michael Bump, professor of music and director of percussion studies, and comprised of 15 percussionists, including music majors, minors and non-majors. Conner Viets, a senior music performance major, will be featured as a guest soloist. He is the recipient of the 2017 Michael Hooley Memorial Percussion Award.

    Other works on the program include John Cage’s, “Third Construction.” Composed in 1941, Cage’s percussion quartet was considered on the cutting edge of avant garde composition, utilizing any manner of found object sound sources. The ensemble will also be performing the U.S. premiere of Rudwiger Pawassar’s “yeh gangga” for marimba quartet.

    Sponsored by the Department of Music, admission for the performance is free. For more information, contact Bump at 660.785.4052, mbump@truman.edu.
  • BBQ Celebrates Graduates


    The annual Graduating Student BBQ will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 10 on the Mall.

    All May and August 2018 undergraduate and master’s graduates are invited to attend. The complimentary meal includes burgers, hot dogs, drinks and dessert. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on request. This will be an opportunity for graduates to pick up their first official Bulldog Forever alumni t-shirt. Shirts and goodie bags are also available for pick up in the Office of Advancement, McClain Hall 205, after April 30 during regular office hours and at commencement, immediately following the ceremonies.

    The Truman Alumni Association is sponsoring this event. For more information, contact Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, or check out the Facebook event.
  • Presidents Return for Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Five of the University’s six living former presidents returned to Kirksville April 13-14 to participate in the Sesquicentennial Celebration as part of the Truman State University Foundation Banquet weekend. The annual event honors donors and the significant impact they have on Truman. Pictured from left to right: Sue Thomas, Darrell Krueger, Robert Dager, Jack Magruder, Barbara Dixon and Troy Paino.

    Former president Troy Paino speaks during the unveiling of his University portrait. The ceremony took place April 14 in the Student Union Building Hub. The painting is now on display with the other presidential portraits on the third floor of Pickler Memorial Library.
  • Students Receive Recognition at MSHA Conference


    The Communication Disorders Department recently had several students present at the Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) convention, April 5-8, at the Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach, Mo.
    Kylie Albrecht and Grayson Nickolaison presented their research poster “Vocal Cord Dysfunction Among Collegiate Athletes” and received recognition as an outstanding undergraduate poster.

    Receiving recognition as an outstanding undergraduate technical session, Maddie Bell presented her research “Family Stress and Support Level and Assessment of Child’s Development.”

    Two groups received outstanding honorable mention in technical sessions. Adriana Arabas, Abigail Menke and Kelsey Collins were recognized for their research “Survey of Undergraduate Transformational Experiences.” Nicole Tonkovic and Valerie Hagedorn were recognized for their research “Training Students Providing Literacy Education for Families Living in Poverty.”

    Outstanding posters and technical sessions will receive certificates from MSHA as well as a cash prize of $100. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate of recognition from MSHA.
  • Dance-A-Thon to Raise Money for Make-A-Wish

    Rotaract, with the help of Student Government, is hosting a dance-a-thon to raise money for Make-A-Wish from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 21.

    Participants sign up to dance as long as they can, with prizes given for the longest dancer and best costume. In addition to the contests, all participants will be entered in a raffle. Check in will start at 10 a.m. and dancing will begin at 11 a.m.

    After each hour of dancing that a participant attends, they will receive another raffle ticket. Attendants can leave and come back later but will be out of the running for the longest dancer. They still will be eligible to win the best costume prize and the raffle prize. The music will be themed for different hours, guest performances will take place, campus choreographers will teach dances and some games will be played with the chance to win more raffle tickets.

    There will be three different prizes worth $100 or more, and prizes include gift cards, vouchers to local businesses and a free night stay at the Holiday Inn included in one of the prize baskets.

    Admission is $5 for participants and $2 for anyone who wants to observe. Food and refreshments will be provided.

    To register, click here. For more information, email lkb7634@truman.edu, rotaract@truman.edu or visit the event Facebook page.

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  • Classic Comedy to be Performed April 18-21


    A production of “She Stoops to Conquer,” an Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy, will be performed at 8 p.m. April 18-21 in the James G. Severns Theatre of Ophelia Parrish Hall.

    One of the most frequently performed English comedies of all time, the play concerns a shy young man who is on his way to meet his intended bride for the first time but is misdirected. Thanks to the bride’s trickster brother, the young hero takes his betrothed’s house for an inn, her father for the innkeeper and the bride for a maid. The would-be bride laughs at and then uses the deception to coax him out of some unfortunate inclinations, and all ends happily.

    The play was written in 1773, but the production is set in the eighteenth century generally, featuring colorful costumes, combined with period wigs, that create silhouettes. The costumes are designed by Michelle Spencer Davidson. The production will also have some lively country dancing, with choreographic help from Christine Harker, as well as scenery designed by Ron Rybkowski, sound designed by senior Gabe Stringer and lighting designed by graduate student, Jacque Arnold.

    The show will be approximately two-and-a-half-hours, plus an intermission, and the content is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $5. For ticket information, contact the theatre box office at 660.785.4515. The box office is open between 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. on show nights.
  • Manufacturer to Use Business Competition Winner’s Advice

    Pictured from left to right, Mia Palumbo, Margherita Parlangeli, Jessica Pittman and Katia Pallais pose for a picture at the 2018 International Business Case Competition at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The team won first place for their recommendations they presented to Nidec Corporation.

    Katia Pallais, Jessica Pittman, Mia Palumbo and Margherita Parlangeli won first place at the 2018 International Business Case Competition at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, April 6-7.

    During the two-day competition, students were given a case related to Nidec Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of electric motors. The teams were required to analyze the case and develop recommendations within 24 hours for resolving the issues. The recommendations were presented to the jury composed of the executives of Nidec Corporation, guests and other university leaders.

    The executives from Nidec Corporation told the Truman participants that they will be implementing several of the suggestions they provided.
  • Clarinet Students to Perform and Teach Abroad

    Two clarinet students have been selected to participate in programs overseas this summer.

    Anna Graves, a sophomore music performance major, will teach clarinet in Tanzania with the Clarinets for Conservation. Providing an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability through music education, the Daraja Music Initiative (DMI) promotes awareness of conserving Mpingo, commonly referred to as African Blackwood or Grenadilla, by actively engaging students and the community with the power of music. Teaching secondary students in Tanzania to play musical instruments empowers them by improving problem-solving skills, facilitating self-sufficiency and by providing a healthy creative outlet. DMI teachers and students take part in innovative interdisciplinary performances and tree plantings throughout Tanzania to help connect the clarinet and the tree it is made of, Mpingo, with the community, therefore fostering a sincere desire for a sustainable future.

    Kendall Johnson, a sophomore music education major, was selected for a staff and clarinet position in the Northern Wind Ensemble with Blue Lake International. She will have the opportunity to go on an all-expense paid, three-and-a-half-week tour of three European countries next summer: the Netherlands, Germany and France. To be offered this position, she had to have previously worked at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp in Twin Lake, Mich., and then apply with a recording and resume. She will travel to Michigan this April and May for training weekends where she will meet the students and rehearse the music that will be performed on tour. While on tour, they will stay with host families to become fully immersed in the culture. The goals of this tour are to perform abroad, sightsee and learn about different cultures. Once the international tour is over, the ensemble will return to the U.S. for a mini-tour concluding with one final performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp for all the current summer campers.

    Picture from left to right, Anna Graves and Kendall Johnson pose for a picture. The two clarinet students will participate in overseas programs this summer.
  • Celebrating 150: Magruder Hall

    “The Tunnel” through Science Hall was a campus landmark until 1996. The building was renamed Magruder Hall 2005.

    The Magruder Hall of today has little in common with the structure that debuted in 1955. It has always been the premiere science building on campus, and until a massive renovation and expansion in 2005, it was known simply as Science Hall. Later renamed for former president and chemistry faculty member Jack Magruder, the edifice is home to the School of Science and Mathematics. Among its amenities are classrooms, research labs, prep rooms, a greenhouse, a solar garden, herpetology lab and a planetarium.

    Following its initial construction, a south wing was added in 1968. It would be nearly 30 years before Magruder Hall would see any other major renovations and additions. For all of the benefits gained, some alumni and students were sorry to see the trademark “Science Hall Tunnel” filled in during the 1996 renovation.


  • Used Clothing Sale to Raise Money for Rehabilitation Shelter

    The grassroots environmentalism course will host a week of events to bring awareness to homelessness and poverty in Adair County, with a focus on AM Housing, a non-profit organization working to build a rehabilitation shelter in Kirksville.

    Used clothing will be collected during Earth Week, April 16-20, and can be dropped off at Earth Week activity tables, the Sustainability Office in Violette Hall 1310 or in all residence halls, excluding West Campus Suites. The following week, events — including posters, music and donation collections — will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23-25 on the Mall. The clothing collected will be used in a sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27-28 on the Mall or the Student Union Building Down Under if there is rain. The proceeds from the sale will go to AM Housing.

    Questions can be directed to Caleb Garzanelli, cmg3625@truman.edu.

  • Philosophy and Religion Capstone Presentations Continue Through April 17

    The Philosophy and Religion Department is hosting senior capstone presentations through April 17 in Baldwin Hall 101. All sessions are open to the public. The schedule of speakers and topics is available here.

  • Grad Fair Planned for April 17-18


    The graduation fair is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17-18 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Every degree candidate must complete a graduation clearance form prior to graduating. The clearance form verifies that all the necessary requirements for graduation have been completed, including the portfolio, senior test and GSQ. If all the necessary requirements for graduation have been completed, the entire clearance form can be completed while attending the graduation fair. Students who do not attend the fair will be required to visit all necessary offices individually in order to get the required signatures.

    The fair provides the following opportunities:
    • The completion of all clearance items in one spot
    • The purchase of cap, gown and tassel
    • Posed graduation photograph (cap and gown provided for picture; another picture will also be taken when the student walks across the stage at commencement)
    • The purchase of graduation merchandise (invitations, frames, etc.)
    • The opportunity to ask questions and get answers about graduation and the commencement ceremony
    Things to do before the fair:
    • Pay the graduation fee. Payment can be made online via TruView or in person at the cashier’s window. If eligible for Latin Honors (at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average), the fee will include an $8 charge for medallion.
    • Take care of any holds that have been placed on the account.
    • Submit the portfolio. See portfolio.truman.edu for assistance.
    • Complete the information under “Career Center.” (This is available in TruView under Student Tab/Getting Involved)
    • Complete the GSQ. The GSQ is available online at gsq.truman.edu (Note that passwords containing <, >, and & will not work)
    Students who do not attend the fair must stop by the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104, to pick up a clearance form after April 18. The completed copy must be returned to the Registrar’s office by April 27.

    The progress of the graduation form can be viewed on TruView under Student Tab/Student Data/Registration/Apply to Graduate/“Graduation Clearance Form.”
  • Speaker to Present on Health Care in Underserved Communities

    Dr. Melissa Davis will talk about her experience studying in Latin America and working in underserved communities at 5:30 p.m. April 17 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater.

    Both within U.S. borders and beyond, the Latin American community faces many unique health disparities and barriers to care. Davis will discuss how to develop a workforce to provide care for the Hispanic community, both within U.S. borders and beyond. Clips from the documentary film “Community Doctors” will be shown, and Davis will share her experiences attending the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and working in underserved communities in Columbus, Ohio, and La Ceiba, Honduras. She will share how ELAM trains thousands of medical professionals to meet the needs of communities throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

    Sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, the presentation is free and open to the public.

  • Thank You, Lyceum Donors

    Truman State University thanks the following Friends of the Lyceum for their generous financial support of the 2017-18 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series. Anyone interested in being a Friend of the Lyceum, or who would like to receive the series lineup available in August via email, contact pr@truman.edu.

    Corporate Sponsors
    Alliant Bank
    Ameren Missouri
    Northeast Regional Medical Center
    Truman Bookstore – Follett Higher Education Group

    A.T. Still University
    Days Inn
    Holiday Inn Express
    Kirksville Daily Express
    US Bank

    Friends of the Lyceum
    In memory of Travis Freeman

    Mark Laughlin & Rich McKinney

    Rick & Mary Lee Fleschner
    Ron & Elsie Gaber
    Marianna Giovannini
    Rick & Janet Gooch
    Sally Herleth & Eric Schmitz
    Jane Johnson
    Gary & Claire Lloyd
    Harold & Rebecca Osborn
    Tammy Roberts

    Friends of the Lyceum
    Scott Alberts & Hyun-Joo Kim
    Ben Beard
    Harriet Beard
    Connie Burden
    Kent & Bonnie Campbell
    Rolf & Ilse Christen
    Myra Collins
    Don Crosby
    Bob Dager
    Carolyn Frick
    Michael Goggin
    Jodie & Debbie Gordon
    Eric & Betty Green
    Rex & Jana Lee
    Jack & Sue Magruder
    Richard & Bess Mercer
    Dwight Miller
    Chad & Sarah Mohler
    David & Debra Nichols
    Gail & Mary Novinger
    Justin & Kylene Puckett
    Rick & Shirley Riley
    Norma Robison
    Clif & Jill Rogers
    Robert & Susan Schneider
    John & Gail Sponaugle
    Werner & Gaylah Sublette
    Karen Sylvara
    Scott & Heidi Templeton
    Steve & Linda Treasure
    Winston Vanderhoof
    Gary & Marilyn Waite
    Nate Walker
    Ron & Cecelia Winkler
    Phillip & Jane Wise
  • Department of History to Host Speaker on the Founding Fathers

    Lori Glover will address the question of “Why do the Founding Fathers Still Matter?” at 7 p.m. April 17 in Baldwin Hall Little Theater. Glover, the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at Saint Louis University, is the author of several works, including “Founding Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries.” Her talk is sponsored by the Kohlenberg-Towne Fund and the Department of History.

  • Speakers Reflect on Ancient Christian Pilgrimage Route

    Elizabeth Blotevogel, a German major and philosophy and religion minor, and her mother, Gwen, will present and reflect on their experiences “Walking el Camino de Santiago” at 4:30 p.m. April 17 in Baldwin Hall 101. El Camino de Santiago or “The Way of St. James” is an ancient Christian pilgrimage route that traverses France and Spain. The event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
  • Target of Serial Killer to Speak April 18

    Brent Unmisig will speak at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. When he was an ambulance attendant and working at Blessings Hospital in Quincy, Unmisig worked with Michael Swango, who was a notorious serial killer. Swango would bring food laced with various types of poison to Unmisig and his co-workers to make them sick. Unmisig will present on his experience that he had dealing with Swango.
  • One Act Comedic Show to Occur April 19-21


    A one act comedic opera show, “Speed Dating Tonight!,” will be shown at 8 p.m. April 19-21 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    “Speed Dating Tonight!” is a contemporary opera centered around the quest for romance, love and companionship. The opera follows participants and staff as they briefly interact with each other, sometimes with success and sometimes with failure, almost always leading to a comedic realization of the complexities of modern dating and romance. Directed by Jeffrey Seppala, “Speed Dating Tonight!” was conceived by Dean Anthony, with music and words by Michael Ching.

    The show is sponsored by the Department of Music and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children and will be available 30 minutes before show time outside the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.
  • True Men Alumni Concert to Take Place April 21

    The True Men 21st Anniversary Alumni Concert will take place at 7 p.m. April 21 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    Founded in 1997, True Men is made up of students from various majors and interests. The group performs songs from genres ranging from gospel to alternative rock.

    The concert will highlight True Men’s greatest hits, including “Kirksville Paradise,” and will provide a preview of the group’s newest album. More than 50 True Men will be in attendance. The concert is free and open to the public.

  • CSI to Bring Illusionist

    Illusionist Mike Bliss will perform at 9 p.m. April 20 in the Student Union Building. The performance will include mind reading and a Harry Houdini rope escape. Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, the event is free.

  • Special Olympics Now Accepting Volunteers

    Students Supporting the Exceptional Community is looking for volunteers to help with Special Olympics from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21. For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer, click here. Questions can be directed to tsu.ssec@gmail.com.

  • Second Annual “I Am Able” 5K to Take Place April 22

    The second annual “I Am Able” 5K run and walk will begin at 10 a.m. April 22 at Stokes Stadium.

    Proceeds from the event will go to the Greenwood Renovation Fund, for the renovation of the Greenwood School to be repurposed as an inter-professional autism clinic. Following the 5K, a fun-run of 100 meters will take place for children and individuals who cannot do a full 5K.

    To register, purchase a T-shirt and/or donate, click here. Registration will also be available April 16-19 in the Student Union Building. Packet pickup will start at 9:15 a.m. the day of the race.

  • Annual Fund Internship Available

    The Office of Advancement is accepting applications for the fall 2018 annual fund internship.

    The annual fund intern will gain experience working on the fundraising side of a non-profit organization within Truman, specifically the Truman Foundation. The intern’s responsibilities will be divided between three main focus areas: Tel-Alumni coordinator; Office of Advancement projects/office hours with a focus on development projects such as Tag Day; and the Student Philanthropy Council.

    Qualified applicants will be a business or communication major with a minimum 2.75 GPA. The intern will work 15 hours a week for approximately 11 weeks and receive class credit commensurate with their time in the office. A supplementary stipend is also included.

    For a complete job description, visit TruPositions or click here. Deadline for applications is April 27.

  • Retirement Reception for Judy Mullins

  • Language and Literacy Conference Set for April 27


    The Truman School of Health Sciences and Education will host the 10th annual Language and Literacy Conference, April 27, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    The conference will feature Christina Carnahan and Pam Williamson, authors and editors of “Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

    Carnahan is an associate professor of special education within the School of Education in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of moderate to intense disabilities. She is the director of advancement and transition services within the School of Education. Carnahan’s research interests include: building communication and literacy for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities; and creating efficient and effective instruction and support practices across the lifespan. Carnahan has published in journals such as: Exceptional Children; Journal of Special Education; and Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
    Pamela Williamson is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has experience working with individuals with autism and their teachers in the area of reading intervention and instruction. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to reading and autism in journals such as: Exceptional Children; and Teaching Exceptional Children. She is the co-editor of an award-winning textbook, “Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” and has trained in-service educators, related service personnel and families across the U.S. on this topic.

    The schedule for the day is as follows:

    9-10:30 a.m.

    10:30-10:45 a.m.

    10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

    12-1 p.m.

    Lunch (on your own)

    1-3 p.m.

    The registration fee is $50 for professionals and $10 for students. For more information on this event and to register, click here. Questions can be directed to monad@truman.edu.
  • Arbor Day Event Brings More Trees to Campus

    An Arbor Day tree-planting event will take place at 12:30 p.m. April 27 on the Quad.

    Following the planting, there will be a guided tree walk. Speakers will include representatives from the City of Kirksville, Truman administration, ECO at Truman, Tree Advisory Committee and the local Missouri Department of Conservation forester.

    More information can be found on the event's Facebook page. Questions can be directed to Lori Shook, campus planning, at lshook@truman.edu or 660.785.7226.

  • Life Support Courses to be Offered

  • Convenience Fee for Credit Card Payments to Increase May 1

    Beginning May 1, the convenience fee charged to account payments made with a credit card will increase to 2.85 percent.

    TouchNet Information Systems, Truman’s third-party vendor, will increase the convenience fee from the original 2.75-2.85 percent. The increased cost of processing credit cards is due to a growing number of premium rewards cards with a variety of new dues, assessments and special fees charged by the card brands.

    Accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Credit card payments on student accounts can be made online only via TruView for students and via mybill.truman.edu for authorized users on the student account.

    To avoid the convenience fee, payments can be made the following ways:

    By e-check, an electronic debit to the checking or savings account, available online at mybill.truman.edu for authorized users or via TruView for students. There is no fee for this option, but if the user runs their debit card as a credit card, they will be charged the convenience fee. For checking or savings account debits, the e-check option can be used to avoid paying the convenience fee.

    By check mailed to; Truman State University Student Account Payment, P.O. Box 754, Kirksville, Mo. 63501-0754. Checks can also be dropped off in the payment drop box at the cashier window in McClain Hall 105.

    By cash, check or PIN debit card at the cashier window in McClain Hall 105 (open Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    For additional information or questions related to the convenience fee, visit truman.edu/businessoffice/student-accounts.
  • Lavender Graduation Scheduled for May 6


    Lavender Graduation will occur from 4-6 p.m. May 6 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Lavender Graduations take place on college and university campuses across the country and serve as a space for LGBTQ+ students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with friends and family, as well as present and dress as they like. This is especially meaningful for students who are transgender or gender non-conforming that cannot be themselves with their family. For this reason, these events will take place the weekend before traditional graduation ceremonies. All LGBTQ+ students, undergraduate and graduate, who will graduate this academic year are welcome to participate in the ceremony. Friends, family, faculty, staff and allies are welcome to attend in support of the graduates.
    For more information and to RSVP visit mac.truman.edu/lavgrad. Attendance is free.
  • Save for School Expenses with MOST Plan


    Students can plan for their educational expenses and earn a tax deduction by taking advantage of Missouri’s 529 savings plan, MOST.
    MOST is open to anyone, and accounts can be started with as little as $1. By investing in MOST, enrollees are purchasing investment portfolio units in municipal securities. Participants pay no federal or Missouri state income taxes on earnings from their MOST investment or on qualified withdrawals. Contributions to MOST are also deductible from Missouri state income tax up to certain limits.
    Savings and earnings from MOST can be used to pay qualified expenses at eligible colleges, trade schools, vocational schools and postgraduate programs.
    Accounts can be opened online in about 10 minutes at mostcollegesavings.com or by calling 888.414.6678. For more information, visit most529@missourimost.org.
    University employees can establish payroll direct deposits to MOST. Enrollment can be done online. For more information about establishing a payroll direct deposit visit hr.truman.edu/benefits/missouri-most.
  • Judicial Archives Project Internship Now Available

    Applications are now available for the fall 2018 Judicial Archives Project internship.

    The internship is located on campus and open to all students. Students considering a career in a legal profession, justice systems or archives may find the internship especially relevant.

    Interns can earn up to three hours of academic credit, complete scholarship hours or work-study hours. Interns will participate in the Missouri State Archives initiative to preserve local court records, receive training from a certified professional archivist and visit the state archives in Jefferson City.

    For more information and details on how to apply, visit the Judicial Archives web page, or contact Jason McDonald, Baldwin Hall 226, 660.785.7575, jasonmcd@truman.edu.
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica

    Truman, in partnership with the Conversa Intensive Spanish Program, offers students the opportunity to study abroad in the tropics of Costa Rica. Located in Santa Ana, only 20 minutes outside the capital city of San Jose, Conversa’s mountaintop campus has something for everybody. The facilities include volleyball and basketball courts, a dining hall, lounges, a swimming pool, lodges and other recreational facilities which are available for use on the weekend. Costa Rica offers a rich cultural and environmental atmosphere for students with many national parks, volcanoes, beaches and wildlife refuges.

    Conversa offers four-week sessions all throughout the year. With no previous study or knowledge of the Spanish language required, students are given a placement test to determine the appropriate level of study upon arrival. Classes have no more than four students each and are taught by different instructors each week to help strengthen conversation and oral comprehension skills. Students earn six to eight credits. For more information, click here.

    Conversa will take care of all housing arrangements. Students will be housed with host families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Lunches from the campus lunchroom and transportation to and from the school is included in the program cost. Breakfast, evening meal and laundry are provided by the family, along with insight to Costa Rican culture and the opportunity for students to practice Spanish. On-campus lodgings are available but are offered at an additional cost.

    For more information about the Costa Rica Conversa program, click here.

    To apply, fill out a Truman online application and send a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a copy of passport and two letters of recommendation to the study abroad office in Baldwin Hall 106.

    For more information about studying abroad, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076, ciea@truman.edu.

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  • Notables

    W. Michael Ashcraft, chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department, was interviewed for a podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network. Ashcraft discussed new religious movements and his recent book, “A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements.” The podcast can be found here.

    Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, was invited to give a presentation via Skype for a class titled “Italian Civilization: The Dialogue Form,” at the University of California, Sacramento. The presentation on the play “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” by Dario Fo will be followed by a question and answer session.

    Sam Stewart
    was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. Stewart was a double-winner for the Bulldogs at the Central Methodist Invitational where he was entered in both the hammer and shot and topped the field in both events. In the hammer, Stewart’s best mark was his first and won the event by one inch. His first throw went 162-02. In shot put, his third attempt was his best mark and went 49-03.75 to win by just under four feet.  Stewart is ranked fifth in the conference in the hammer and sixth in the shot put. It was his first GLVC weekly honor.

    Jesse Krebs, associate professor of music, was featured as the guest artist at the 21st annual Midwest ClariFest hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 7. He performed a morning clarinet recital with pianist, Byunghee Yoo, and worked with 10 clarinetists, ranging from high school to doctorate students, in morning and afternoon master classes. Jordan Shroyer, Bethany Rogers, Lauren Seifried and Molly Stolze, from Truman’s clarinet quartet, performed a piece at the event during the afternoon potpourri recital.

    Pictured from left to right, Lauren Seifried, Molly Stolze, Bethany Rogers and Jordan Shroyer pose for a picture at the 21st annual MidWest ClariFest. The quartet performed during the afternoon potpourri recital.