Vol. 11 No. 10 - Oct. 30, 2006


  • New Innovation Center Established in Kirksville

    Nearly two years in the making, the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center will soon be a reality. It was recently announced in the Kirksville City Council Chambers that this new center has been established and will be based in Kirksville. The new innovation center is a cooperative project of seven local organizations, including the City of Kirksville, the Adair County Commission, A.T. Still University, Truman State University, Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc., and the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce. The innovation center is the result of an idea developed by local state Rep. Bob Behnen (R-2), who has encouraged the local partners and who has helped secure a state appropriation of $175,000 to get the center started.

    The local partners and Behnen were joined in their announcement by Greg Steinhoff, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). The innovation center program is under the oversight of the Department, and the local partners had to submit a formal proposal that was reviewed and approved by the Missouri Technology Corporation and DED. 

    The mission of the innovation center will include – but will not be limited to – serving as a creative economic development agency focused on the needs of rural communities and rural business enterprises across the state of Missouri with particular emphasis on the northern half of the state. In addition to addressing the statutory role of innovation centers to focus on businesses in the areas of life sciences, advanced manufacturing technology, and information technology, the center will include in its activities such other economic interests that reflect the needs and opportunities of rural Missouri, including but not limited to healthy aging, clinical drug trials, value-added agriculture, and other information intensive product development opportunities that may emerge from the partners or potential clients. The center will seek to foster the growth and development of technology-based businesses for a 21st Century economy in rural Missouri.

    The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center is incorporated as a nonprofit organization and will be governed by an 11-member board of directors representing the seven local partners plus an additional four members chosen from business, industry, and other agencies at large. The first order of business for the new board of directors will be to conduct a national search for an executive director to operate the new center. The current members of the new board are Michael A. McManis, executive assistant to the president, Truman State University, and chairman of the board; Mari E. Macomber, Kirksville city manager, and vice chairman of the board; Gaylah Sublette, associate vice president for grants and program development, A.T. Still University, and treasurer of the board; Phil Tate, director of job creation, Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc. (KREDI); Hank Walkley, chief executive officer, Northeast Regional Medical Center; Gary Jones, Adair County presiding commissioner; and Alisa Kigar, executive director, Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    For additional information, contact McManis at 785.4695.

  • Lyceum Series Presents the Vienna Choir Boys

    The world-famous Vienna Choir Boys will continue the rich tradition of Truman’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    For more than five centuries, the Vienna Choir Boys have captured the attention of millions with their unique charm and exquisitely beautiful singing. As one of the world’s oldest and best-loved musical organizations, the choir has become a symbol of Vienna’s rich musical and cultural legacy.

    The legacy of the Vienna Choir boys was started in 1498, when Emperor Maximilian I moved his imperial court from Innsbruck to Vienna, and ordered that six boys would be court entertainers. Fulfilling their original mission, the Vienna choir boys continue singing the Sunday Mass at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna, just as they have every week since their founding. The choir boys perform the service with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus.

    The Vienna Choir Boys consists of about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs.

    The four choirs perform about 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost 500,000 people. Each group spends between nine and 11 weeks of the school year on tour, visiting virtually all European countries, and making frequent visits to Asia, Australia and the Americas. Geral Wirth succeeded Norbert Baltsch as the choir’s artistic director in 2001.

    The Vienna Choir Boys last performance at Truman as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series came in November 2000.

    Tickets to the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series presentation of the Vienna Choir Boys are free to students, faculty and staff. Students may pick their tickets up in the Student Activities Board (SAB) office, which is located on third floor of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may pick their tickets up at the Center for Student Involvement, lower level of the Student Union Building.

    The Truman Bookstore, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, is a gold level corporate sponsor of the Series. Contact the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 for more information.
  • Celebrations Planned for Native American Heritage Month

    As part of November’s national Native American Heritage Month, the campus of Truman State University will host several interesting and informative events meant to educate the public about the rich history of the Native American culture.

    The special month kicks off at Truman with a presentation of work from Jackie Tointigh, also known as “Black Horse” the artist, from the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Tointigh’s presentation will provide a visual history of his people in a captivating blend of modern and traditional styles.

    The month continues with a return visit to Truman by Howard Lyons of the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Lyons is a nominee of both the Native American Music Awards and the Indian Summer Awards. He will be providing an engaging presentation of his Six Nations Iriquois history through his riveting music.

    Native American Heritage Month events at Truman are set to wrap up at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 in the West Campus Suites, with a presentation by Kathy Dickerson of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Dickerson will transport participants back in time with authentic tales from her tribe passed down to her by her grandfather.

    In addition to the monthlong presentations, Tointigh and Lyons will be giving presentations in Michael Davis’s “Anthropological Inquiry” class. Tointigh will present at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Violette Hall 1146, while Lyons will give a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in McClain Hall 210.

    President George H. W. Bush approved a resolution in 1990 designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Since 1990, similar resolutions have been issued each year. Truman’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month is sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Center.

    Contact Laura Bates at lbates@truman.edu, or by phone at 785.4142 for more information on Truman’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month. 
  • Gospel and Fellowship Conferences Come to Truman, Fill Campus With Weekend of Music

    The campus of Truman State University will be filled with the sounds of some of the finest gospel music from the State of Missouri in November, as the Missouri Statewide Gospel Conference comes to Truman, Nov. 10-12.

    Sponsored by Truman’s Unique Ensemble gospel choir, the event is the annual conference of the Missouri Statewide Fellowship of College and University Gospel Choirs. In effect since 1988, Missouri Statewide assembles a number of forerunners in the gospel music industry to participate in the conference.

    Colleges and universities from Missouri, and surrounding states, will be at Truman to participate in events such as workshops, breakout sessions, a Sunday morning service, an open mic night, a concert and social events.

    The conference will culminate with the Gospel Extravaganza concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in Baldwin Auditorium. The performance will feature a 200-voice mass choir, featuring students from colleges and universities throughout Missouri, as well as a step team and spoken word poetry. The Gospel Extravaganza is free and open to the public.

    The Missouri Statewide Fellowship Conference, in conjunction with the Missouri Statewide Gospel Conference, will also take place on Truman’s campus, Nov. 10-12. Hosted by Unique Ensemble, participation in the conference costs $40, and includes choir, praise dance and faith building workshops, as well as a T-shirt and meals.

    For more information about the Missouri Statewide Gospel Conference, contact conference chair Ian Vickers at imvy2k@aol.com. To participate in the Missouri Statewide Fellowship Conference, or to obtain more information regarding the activities that are planned, contact Keisha Murray at unique_ensemble@hotmail.com or by phone at 785.4716 by Nov. 1.
  • Forensics Union Members Earn Multiple Honors at Nebraska Double-Up Tournaments

    The success of the Truman Forensics Union continues, as members of the team captured four individual awards at the Nebraska Double-Up tournament, Oct. 20-22 in Omaha, Neb. The tournament was a collection of two tournaments hosted by Concordia University (Neb.) and Creighton University (Neb.), with competition taking place on the campus of Creighton University.

    In individual events, Cara Hurst, a senior English major from St. Louis, took third in dramatic interpretation and fourth in prose interpretation at the Creighton University tournament. Matt Macari, a freshman computer science major from Peoria, Ill., placed fifth in informative speaking at the Concordia University tournament, accompanied by Dylan Rothermel, a junior economics major from Homewood, Ill., who placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking.

    In parliamentary debate, the team of Sara Archer, a senior accounting major from Riverside, Mo., and Keith Schnakenberg, a senior political science major from Buffalo, Mo., reached the octafinal (“Sweet Sixteen”) round after amassing a 5-1 preliminary round record. Mike Ito, a freshman political science major from Kansas City, Mo., was eighth among ranked speakers in the junior varsity division of parliamentary debate.
  • Student Senate Leadership Excellence Awards Seeks Nominations

    Faculty and staff have the opportunity to nominate students for the fourth annual Student Senate Leadership Excellence Awards. Two students will be awarded $500 for demonstrating exemplary leadership during their tenure at Truman.

    The committee will evaluate applicants based on their scholarship, activities, service and work experience. Nominees should be leaders both inside and outside of the classroom. This committee also seeks students who are well-rounded, passionate and display integrity in all that they do.

    Students should be nominated by faculty or staff in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Faculty and staff can nominate any number of students whom they think would be deserving of this award. Those who choose to nominate a student are required to submit the name of the nominee as well as one or two paragraphs to explain why the student should be awarded the scholarship. Past and current Student Senate members are ineligible. Nomination forms are due by Nov. 1. Nomination forms are available online at http://senate.truman.edu.

    Each student who is nominated will receive an application and letter encouraging them to accept the nomination. The winners of the award will be announced at the end of the fall semester.

    Contact Rebecca Hadley at 314.471.5106 or rlh936@truman.edu for more information.
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research Puts Out Call for Proposals

    The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) recently sent out a national call for proposals from students to submit abstracts and applications for the 21st National Conference on Undergraduate Research to take place April 12-14, 2007 at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Calif.

    This year, the Next STEP Office will be coordinating this process for the Truman campus. Truman students will use Truman’s online application at http://step.truman.edu/ncur to submit an abstract for consideration by Nov. 3. Students may start submitting abstracts to Truman’s site immediately. Each submission will be reviewed at the divisional level according to a process determined by the division. Divisional reviews will be completed by Nov. 27. Once an abstract is approved by its divisional reviewers, each student will submit some additional information to the Truman-base Web tool; this information must be supplied by Nov. 28. This additional information will be checked for accuracy by the Next STEP Office, and the Next STEP Office will then submit each approved student abstract to NCUR for their consideration by Dec. 1.

    Address any questions about the process to Jennifer Thompson by e-mail at jthompson@truman.edu or Jason Miller by e-mail at millerj@truman.edu.

  • Recycling Insert

    This week's printed issue contains an insert with a November calendar and information about what Truman recycles.

    Log on to http://recycling.truman.edu to find out what Truman recycles.

    In addition, a November 2006 calendar is available online at http://trumantoday.truman.edu/Calendar-Nov2006.pdf with additional recycling information.


  • Faculty and Staff Open Sessions

    The Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Reorganization is in the final stages of preparing four new restructuring models. Two more open sessions will take place with the committee in order to discuss the proposed models.

    4:30-6 p.m. • Nov. 1
    1:30-3 p.m. • Nov. 2
    Violette Hall 1000

    Supporting materials for the meetings have been sent out by e-mail to faculty and staff. If you did not receive a copy of the materials, they are available in the President’s Office, VPAA Office, and Academic Division Offices.
  • Upcoming SAB Events

    Patch Adams to speak
    8-9:30 p.m. • Nov. 1
    Baldwin Auditorium

    The real Patch Adams, whose life story and work inspired the popular movie “Patch Adams,” is coming to Truman to speak on the subject of health and humor.

    Tickets to the presentation are available in the Student Activities Board (SAB) Office, and are free to students, and $5 for general admission.

    Dashboard Confessional to perform with opening act Brand New
    8 p.m. • Nov. 3 • Pershing Arena
    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale now, at a cost of $15 for students, and $30 for general admission.  Tickets are available in the SAB Office on the third floor of the Student Union Building or online at http://sab.truman.edu.

    Call 785.4722 for more information about these events.
  • Communication Disorders Graduate Recruitment Day

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Nov. 11
    Barnett Hall 121

    All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the communications disorders master’s program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and current students of the program.  

    For more information, or to R.S.V.P., contact Jenny Kertz, Graduate Recruitment Day coordinator, at jmk004@truman.edu.
  • Physics Colloquium

    4:30 p.m.
    Nov. 1  
    Magruder Hall 2001

    Alexander A. Golovin, of the department of engineering sciences and applied mathematics at Northwestern University, will be giving a presentation titled “Self-Assembly of Nanoporous Structures in Anodic Metal Oxides.”

    Refreshments will be served at 4:20 p.m.
  • Candidates Forum to Air on Campus Channel 36

    Thanks to the help of KTVO television, the recent candidates forum was taped and will be re-aired on the University’s channel 36 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 4-5. It will also air at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

    The forum features the local Adair County candidates and candidates for the 2nd District state representative race and the 18th District state Senate race.

  • Global Issues Colloquium

    7 p.m.
    Nov. 2
    MG 1000

    Steve Carroll and Michael Kelrick will speak about “Global Warming.”

    The event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Contact Julie Lochbaum at ctl@truman.edu for more information.

  • Shuttle to LaPlata Train Station for Thanksgiving Break

    8:30 a.m.
    Nov. 21 and 22
    Depart from Public Safety Building

    The Department of Public Safety will be providing a shuttle service for students on the above dates to the Amtrak station in LaPlata. The cost of the shuttle service is $5, and payment is due one week prior to departure. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fee can be paid at the Public Safety Building.

    The shuttle will pick students up in LaPlata at the train station for return to the Public Safety Building on Nov. 26 at a pending evening time.

    Contact Joyce in the Department of Public Safety Office at 785.4177 for more information, or to make a reservation.
  • Truman/U.S. Bank ATM & Debit Card

    Truman is partnering with U.S. Bank to create a Truman ID Card that can be used as a U.S. Bank ATM/debit card. Students who have a U.S. Bank checking account can choose to activate their Truman ID Card to serve as their ATM/debit card. This new functionality requires that the University replace all Truman ID Cards in January 2007.

    Students wishing to have a new picture taken for their new Truman ID Card may do so by going to the ID Office in Kirk Building 112 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. New Truman ID Cards will be issued to students after Jan. 1, 2007.

    More information on new faculty and staff Truman ID cards will be available in December.

  • Modified Supplemental Retirement Plan Information

    Employees considering retirement who are eligible for MOSERS “80 and Out” rule and who are at least 50 years old with a sum of age and years of service credit equaling 80 or more, or who have 15 years of full-time service at the University and are at least 57 years of age at the time of retirement, are reminded that the window to apply for Truman’s Modified Supplemental Retirement Plan has begun and will remain open until Dec. 15.

    Additional information is available online at http://hr.truman.edu/benefits/msrp/.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Free Throws                
    Division: Open/AST
    Deadline: Nov. 6
     *Captains’ Meeting: Nov. 9
    Play Begins: Nov. 11

    Activity: Hot Shots             
    Division: Open/AST
    Deadline: Nov. 6
     *Captains’ Meeting: Nov. 9
    Play Begins: Nov. 11

    Activity: Texas Holdem             
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 6
     *Captains’ Meeting: Nov. 9
    Play Begins: Nov. 12

    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.

    Captains' meetings will take place at the Student Recreation Center Conference Room.

    All intramural rules posted in the handbook are applicable with every sport/event. Each participant is responsible for reviewing Student Recreation Center guidelines and intramural guidelines available on the Web site before any participating in any event/sport.

    *Dates are subject to change upon discretion of director, please utilize the Web site http://recreation.truman.edu for the most current information.
  • Foundation Scholarship Applications are Due Oct. 31

    The Truman State University Foundation is pleased to announce that there are scholarships available for Truman students in the spring 2007 semester.

    Applications are due by midnight Oct. 31 and are available online at http://www.truman.edu, Current Students, Foundation Scholarships or log on to  https://secure.truman.edu/isupport%2Ds/scholarships.asp. General, athletics, business & accountancy, education, fine arts, nursing, language & literature, math & computer science, and science scholarships are available.


  • Notables

    Truman’s Academic Competition Organization (ACO) team had a strong showing Oct. 20 at the Rollapalooza Tournament in Rolla, Mo. The Truman A team of Paul Strauss, a senior history and pre-education double major from Bellflower, Mo.; Kent Buxton, a sophomore biology major from Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Ryan Stander, a freshman history major from Kansas City, Mo.; and William Regot, a sophomore psychology major from Holts Summit, Mo.; placed second behind a team from the University of Illinois. Buxton gained recognition for being among the top-10 high scorers in the tournament.

    Dereck Daschke, associate professor of philosophy and religion, along with Chett Breed, professor of English, attended the triennial conference of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society for the liberal arts, in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 26-28. Daschke and Breed were delegates from the Northeast Missouri Phi Beta Kappa Association and the Delta Chapter of Missouri at Truman State University, respectively. They were joined by Carol Race, former director of Truman’s Instructional Technology Services, who is a current senator from the Midwest Region to the Phi Beta Kappa Senate.

    Stephen C. Hadwiger, associate professor of nursing, presented “Workplace Diversity: What’s the Problem?” at the ninth Eastern Regional Conference of Philippine Nurses Association of America, Sept. 23 in Baltimore, Md. Hadwiger also participated in the Adair County Health Department Drive-Through Influenza clinic, Oct. 5 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. The clinic was a county preparedness exercise in the event that a biological hazard should occur and the immunization of a large population was needed locally. The event took place in conjunction with the Adair County Health Department and the Medical Reserve Committee.

    Cody Pusateri, a junior political science major from Springfield, Mo., and Ashley Adams, a junior sociology and anthropology double major from Belleville, Ill., were recent award recipients at the 2006 Alvin Gouldner Undergraduate Student Paper Competition, sponsored by the Missouri Sociological Society. Pusateri received first-place honors for his paper “A Comparative Analysis Between Health Care Values of Western Europe and the United States.” Adams garnered second-place accolades for her paper “The Politics of Biracial Identity: an Exploration of How Internalized Oppression Manifests in Black/White Mixed Race People.” Their papers will be published in the Missouri Sociological Association’s electronic journal, accessible at http://cssppr.missouristate.edu/msa/.

    Robert Tigner, associate professor of psychology and chapter counselor for Beta Theta Pi, has been asked to facilitate the 2007 Miller Nichols Presidents Leadership Academy in Oxford, Ohio. The Leadership Academy is a three-day leadership training program for presidents of fraternity chapters. The program attracts student leaders from both the United States and Canada for a curriculum that stresses principled leadership, effective communication skills and goal-setting techniques.


  • Notes

    The Business Office cashier window, located in McClain Hall 105, will have reduced hours of operation effective Nov. 1. The new hours of operation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with extended hours planned for student paydays and other peak activity times.

    Truman’s United Way fund-raising campaign has raised $48,461.05 to date, which is 86.5 percent of the $56,000 goal.

    Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity will be hosting “No Boundaries Week”
    Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The event is a service and fund raising project to benefit people with disabilities. Members of Pi Kappa Phi will be on the Quadrangle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 to collect donations for the event. At 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Baldwin Auditorium, Pi Kappa Phi will host the 2nd Annual Miss Push America Pageant. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door. Contact Joe Baumann, Pi Kappa Phi philanthropy chair, at jab035@truman.edu for more information.

    The Residence Hall Association will have its annual Trick-or-Treating for area children from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 in all of the University residence halls. Fun and games will also take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Ryle Hall and Centennial Hall Main Lounges. Contact Susie Pope at slp256@truman.edu for more information.

    The Career Center’s fourth-annual Haunted House “Hollywood Horror”
    will be from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Career Center. The Career Center will transform into a haunted theater featuring reenactments of great horror films. The haunted house is free, and candy will be given away to those who attend. Contact the Career Center at 785.4353 for more information.

    The Truman volleyball team starts postseason play this week
    with the MIAA Tournament. The Bulldogs will host a first round match against Emporia State at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in Pershing Arena. Student admission is $1 or Truman students with their student ID may pick up a free ticket at Patty’s University Bookstore, 515 S. Franklin St., or at the Truman Bookstore, Student Union Building, before 5 p.m. Oct 31.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Weekly Lunch Series will continue for faculty and teaching staff
    from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Brian Krylowicz will give a presentation titled “The College of the Overwhelmed: The Psychological State of Truman Students and How You Can Help.”

    The Liberal Studies Roundtable will continue at noon Nov. 2 in Pickler Memorial Library 205. Candy Young, Chris Lantz, Debra Kerby and John Dieter will give a presentation titled “Curricula Reform as Seen Through the Mission and Assessment.” 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 third installment of the Viewpoints Series will be “Viewpoints: Democrats or Republicans: ‘The Mid-Term Elections’” at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in the West Campus Suites Multipurpose Room. Students and professors will debate the most controversial issues of our time. The event is sponsored by ResLife. Contact Sam Hodge at srh436@truman.edu for more information.

    The Truman Biology Seminar Series will present “A Sabbatical of Fungal Discovery: From Mycoses to Grassland Ecology” from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Nov. 3 in Magruder Hall 2001. José Herrera will present the lecture. Jon Gering will host the event.

    The Rotaract Club International Film Series will show “Water” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Violette Hall 1010. A topic preview will occur before the film and a brief discussion by Hena Ahmad will follow. Contact Brynn Weimer at bew935@truman.edu for more information.

    True Men is hosting the annual A Capella Fest
    at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Baldwin Auditorium at 7 p.m. This year’s guests include Bare Naked Statues from Saint Louis University, Beartones from Missouri State University, and Add-9 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Admission is free for all ages.

    Deadline for submission to The Monitor, the University alternative student newspaper,
    is Nov. 4. Poetry submission should be sent to aHugeManatee@gmail.com, while all other submissions can be sent to monitortrm@hotmail.com.

    Blue Key will have its fall interest meeting
    at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Blue Key is an all-male service organization, and it will be hosting its interest meeting for all men interested in going through spring 2007 recruitment. Contact Joe Baumann at jab035@truman.edu for more information.

    Sana Camara’s lecture titled “Negritude: Poets and the Concept of Black Personality” scheduled for Nov. 7 has been postponed
    until next semester due to scheduling conflicts.

    There will be an undergraduate philosophy and religion conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Conference papers will be given by undergraduates from several states on various topics of philosophy and religion studies. Contact Dereck Daschke at ddaschke@truman.edu for more information.