Vol. 12 - Truman Week 2007


  • Truman Today Provides Students with University’s Weekly Source of Campus News, Announcements

    Truman’s Public Relations Office provides the University community with a weekly newsletter during the academic year titled Truman Today.

    Each online issue of the Truman Today is sent via e-mail Monday afternoons during the academic year to all students, faculty and staff. Truman Today serves as the University’s information newsletter announcing various financial aid updates, campus events, scholarship opportunities, internship opportunities and University deadlines. In addition to the online version, printed copies of the Truman Today are dispersed across campus on Tuesdays.

    Truman Today is a useful source for first-year students to find information. Students, faculty and staff can also access Truman Today articles and announcements by clicking on Truman Today headlines in TruView. Parents can subscribe to receive the online version each week.
    For more information, please call 785.4243 or e-mail kbest@truman.edu.

  • Numerous Volunteer Opportunities Available to Students Through the SERVE Center

    First-year students who are interested in volunteering on campus or in the Kirksville community should go to the SERVE Center to become acquainted with the opportunities available. 

    The SERVE Center, currently located in the Student Union office, assists and promotes student involvement in community service.

    The SERVE Center provides information about organizations that are looking for volunteers and assists volunteers in contacting someone involved in a particular project. Students can fill out an information sheet at the SERVE Center, on the Web site at http://serve.truman.edu/, by e-mail at serve@truman.edu or by phone at 785.7222. This allows the Center to notify a volunteer of an opportunity that appeals to their interests.

    SERVE Center Adviser Amy Currier said she estimates that at least half of Truman students participate in some form of service for various reasons. They may serve for the opportunity to get involved, for the chance to help and interact with community members, or simply to continue the volunteering they began in high school.

    The SERVE Center on Truman's campus is a big help to the students and to community members seeking volunteers. The Center matches students' individual tastes with agencies in the community and on campus. Their motto "Helping You Help Others" reflects this purpose.
    In addition to the many ongoing service projects in which students and groups participate, numerous unique opportunities and events are planned each year.

    The SERVE Center coordinates a citywide service project called the Big Event. Each spring, Truman students say a big thank you to the people of Kirksville for their support of the University. This gathering of volunteers is the largest event sponsored by Truman's SERVE Center each year.

    In the fall, students help set up, clean up and direct runners at the NEMO triathlon. They also raise money for the Northeast Missouri Special Olympics during the annual "Bowl for Gold" event. This fall the SERVE Center will host the second annual Big Week of Giving, a weeklong service event.  During The Big Week of Giving, The SERVE Center teams up with other organizations on campus to host different service events each day.  In addition, students are encouraged to donate canned foods, clothing, and toys all week.

    Fifty volunteers lead games and entertain children at the Thompson Center Halloween Carnival, and students interact with the elderly at the St. Andrews Holiday Tea party. Student groups organize the Ryle Holiday Market each winter to raise money for Victim Support Services.

    Spring events include organizing and visiting schools for a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.  In addition, each spring students join The SERVE Center in raising awareness for heart disease by wearing red on Wear Red Day and raising money for The American Heart Association's Heart Walk. 

    Many organizations also sponsor blood drives and run/walk fund-raisers for various community philanthropies throughout the year.

    For more information about the mentioned volunteer opportunities, contact the SERVE Center at 785.7222.

  • City Offers Transit Service

    Bus stop located near Centennial Hall

    Students who do not have a car can use Kirk-Tran for transportation.

    Kirk-Tran is the public transit service administered by the City of Kirksville. Kirk-Tran operates a new fixed route service that stops at assigned destinations around town Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kirk-Tran costs $2 for each time a passenger boards the vehicle.

    A bus stop is located near Centennial Hall at Franklin and Randolph Streets. Students will be able to travel to destinations such as Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart. The bus schedule is available on the City’s Web site at http://www.kirksvillecity.com/Kirk_Tran_Bus_Schedule.htm.

    To serve those who are not able to utilize the fixed route, there is a demand-response service available. Reservations may be made by calling 665.8404 in Kirksville, and toll-free 1.877.666.KIRK (5475) outside of Kirksville, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Plan Ahead for Internship Opportunities

    Tremendous opportunities are available to students through internships. Truman sponsors the Missouri Government Internship Program and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library Internships. Truman State University also is an affiliate of The Washington Center (TWC) internship program.
    The Missouri Government Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for juniors or seniors to intern at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., with a public official, legislator or state agency during the spring semester. The internship, which is open to all majors, provides an inside look at state government.

    The interns live in Jefferson City during the spring semester and receive a stipend of $2,200. Interns may earn up to 15 hours of credit.
    Truman students interested in spending a summer in Washington, D.C., are given that opportunity through the Truman in Washington internship program affiliated with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC).

    To be eligible for the Truman in Washington Internship Program, students must have a 3.25 grade point average. Selection for the program is competitive, with the University sponsoring only five students during each summer semester to participate. The annual program awards participants credit hours for their internship work and an independent study project.

    The Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library Internship provides an opportunity for a student to spend a summer at the Truman Library, located in Independence, Mo.

    The internship is open to all Truman juniors and seniors who meet University requirements for an internship. Students can earn up to 10 hours of credit for this full-time internship. This is an eight-week unpaid internship. After being selected by a University committee and the Truman Library staff, the intern may work in a variety of areas of the Library including archives, public relations, marketing, educational programming, museum development or visitor services. Assignments are based on the interns’ abilities and interests along with the Library’s needs. The internship offers a five-hour (in-state) tuition scholarship.

    When thinking about an internship, it is important to plan ahead for living arrangements. The University allows students who are accepted into a University-sponsored internship to be relieved of their residence hall contract without being charged a termination fee.
  • Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Brings Cultural Performances to Campus

    Tonic Sol-fa
    Since the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series began in 1899 as a lecture course, its aim has been to broaden the cultural experience of students, faculty, staff and the community through speakers, music and drama. Each year the Series brings a wide selection of attractions to the Truman campus that include professional musicians and dance troupes.
    The performances scheduled for the 2007-2008 season include Tonic Sol-fa, Ballet Gran Folklorico de México, “The Nutcracker,” the Peking Acrobats and “Twelfth Night.”

    Tickets for Truman students are free and available one week prior to each performance in the Student Activities Board Office located in the Student Union Building Governors Room.

    Call 660.785.4016 for more information.
  • Center Recycles Materials to Reduce Waste

    Wondering what to do with your empty aluminum cans, used paper and rinsed glass items? Recycle them.

    Recycle bins are available to the University community in all buildings on campus. These bins help the Recycling Center with its goal to reduce solid waste quantities as much as possible.

    The University began its recycling program in October 2001 and purchased a cardboard baler to use in the Center. The University recycles 1,000 pounds of cardboard each day with the baler. Cardboard material bins are located outside of most buildings.

    Truman’s Recycling Center is located in Building No. 4 in the Dulaney/Baldwin Complex at the south end of campus.

    Students are encouraged to volunteer to assist the Recycling Center at the center or in the residence halls.

    In addition, Student Senate will be providing recycling bins to all first-year students living in the residence halls to promote recycling as an integrated daily activity. The students will be able to keep them when the move out of the residence halls.

    For more information about recycling at Truman or to volunteer, contact Recycle Coordinator Howard Worcester at 785.7672 or howard@truman.edu.


  • Truman Today Welcome

    Welcome to Truman State University and your first issue of the campus newsletter, Truman Today.

    Truman Today is a weekly online publication for students, faculty and staff, which provides the University community with information about news and events at Truman.

    Future issues will be available through TruView, and printed copies will be posted across campus. In addition, the first 10 issues will be distributed in residence hall mailboxes.

    Students, faculty and staff can check out the Truman Today online on Monday afternoons at http://trumantoday.truman.edu.
  • Tentative Family Day 2007 Schedule

    Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007

    A more detailed Family Day brochure will be mailed in early September.

    Reception on the Mall
    8-9 a.m. • Student Union Mall

    Library Tours
    9-11 a.m. • Pickler Memorial Library
    Tours will begin every 10 minutes.

    Parent Seminars
    9-9:50 a.m. & 10-10:50 a.m.
    Location: To be announced
    Topics: To be announced

    Presidential Address
    11 a.m.
    B­aldwin Auditorium

    Tailgate Lunch
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Red Barn Park
    The menu will be listed in the September mailing. Each lunch costs $6.50. The lunch is free for Truman students with meal plan. R.S.V.P. will be required.

    Centennial Hall Senate and staff will host the Annual Festival Centennial
    Time: TBA
    Centennial Hall Courtyard
    Free food, games, contests and music

    Bulldog Football vs. Pittsburg State (Kan.)
    2 p.m. • Stokes Stadium
    General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens. Reserved seating is $8. Admission is free to students with a Truman ID.

    7 p.m. • Baldwin Auditorium
    Admission is $2. Students with a Truman ID get in free.

    Friday, Oct. 12
    Truman’s Jazz Ensemble Jazz Lab I and Jazz Lab II
    8 p.m. • Baldwin Auditorium

    Saturday, Oct. 13
    Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Downtown Kirksville

    Sunday, Oct. 14
    Cantoria Singers, Wind Symphony Band and University Orchestra Concert
    2 p.m. • Baldwin Auditorium

    Call 660.785.4016 for more information about Family Day.
  • Truman Week Hours

    Pickler Memorial Library
    1-5 p.m. • Aug. 19
    7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. • Aug. 20-23
    7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Aug. 24
    1-5 p.m. • Aug. 25-26

    Student Recreation Center
    11 a.m.-7 p.m. • Aug. 20-24
    9 a.m.-7 p.m. • Aug. 25
    11 a.m.-7 p.m. • Aug. 26
  • Truman 2007-2008 Calendar

    Fall semester 2007

    Aug. 19 - First-year students move-in day
    Aug. 20-24 - Truman Week
    Aug. 25 - Upper-class students move in
    Aug. 27 - Classes begin
    Sept. 3 - Labor Day holiday (no classes)
    Sept. 25 - Lyceum - Tonic Sol-fa
    Oct. 10 - Lyceum - Ballet Gran Folklorico de México
    Oct. 13 - Family Day
    Oct. 19 - Midterm break (no classes)
    Oct. 22-26 - Homecoming Week
    Oct. 27 - Homecoming
    Nov. 21-23 - Thanksgiving break (no classes, offices closed)
    Dec. 4 - Lyceum - “The Nutcracker”
    Dec. 7 - Last day of classes
    Dec. 10 - Final exams begin
    Dec. 12 - Reading Day
    Dec. 14 - Final exams end
    Dec. 15 - Commencement
    Dec. 15 - Interim begins

    Spring semester 2008

    Jan. 13 - Residence halls open (10 a.m.)
    Jan. 14 - Classes begin
    Jan. 21 - Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes, offices closed)
    Feb. 16 - Lyceum - The Peking Acrobats
    March 10-14 - Midterm break
    March 17 - Classes resume
    March 24 - Spring break (no classes)
    April 22 - Lyceum - “Twelfth Night”
    May 2 - Last day of classes
    May 5 - Final exams begin
    May 7 - Reading Day
    May 9 - Final exams end
    May 10 - Commencement
  • Helpful Truman Web Sites and Phone Numbers

    Web Sites

    Home page

    Master Calendar

    Truman Today

    Visitor’s Guide

    Information Technology Services

    Phone Numbers

    Academic Affairs...................................................785.4105
    Business Office......................................................785.4149
    Center for Student Involvement.............................785.4222
    Computer Help Desk.............................................785.4544
    Financial Aid..........................................................785.4130
    Fix-It Line...............................................................785.4687
    Food Services.........................................................785.4197
    Health Center.........................................................785.4182
    Parking Services....................................................785.7400
    Recreation Center..................................................785.4847
    Residential Colleges..............................................785.4409
    Residence Life......................................................785.4227
    Student Affairs......................................................785.4111
    Truman Bookstore................................................785.4212
  • What Truman Recycles


    Corrugated cardboard only. Please flatten and stack cardboard. Drop-off sites are available by most dumpsters on campus.

    Not acceptable

        Wax coated cardboard
        Feed/Seed sacks
        Pop/Soda carriers
        Anything with food scraps


    Can be tied with a string, put in paper bags, placed in a cardboard box or placed loose in newsprint containers.
    NOTE: Advertising supplements that come in the newspapers can stay with the newspapers when recycled.

    Mixed Office Paper

    Can be tied with string, placed in cardboard box or paper bags or placed loose in mixed office paper containers.


        Computer paper
        Typing paper
        Writing paper
        Photocopy paper
        Light pastel colors
        File folders
        Unwanted residential mail
    Not acceptable
        Carbon paper, other sensitized paper
        Blueprint paper
        Film, photographs, tape or glue
        Metal objects, spiral binders, fasteners

    Plastic Bottles and Jugs

    Check the bottom of the container for the recycling logo. Inside the logo is a number identifying the type of plastic. Generally, plastics accepted for recycling at Truman are No. 1 and No. 2 only. Containers must be rinsed. Please discard all caps and lids.


        Milk jugs
        Juice jugs
        Food containers
        Detergent bottles
        Shampoo bottles
        Butter containers
        Bleach jugs
        Yogurt containers
    Not acceptable
        Motor oil bottles

    Hard Books

    Can be placed in book recycle containers or placed with papers.


        All books
        Spiral binders
        Books with glued ends


    Only slick or shiny magazines and catalogs accepted.

        Time,  Newsweek, National Geographic, Catalogs, etc.


    All aluminum cans are acceptable. Please rinse the cans and remove labels if possible.

    Shredded Paper

    All shredded paper must be in bags and tied securely.

        White paper
        Colored paper
        Any paper that can be placed in mixed office.


    All glass is acceptable. Please rinse the containers and remove labels if possible.

    Printer Cartridges

    Place in any recycling container.

    Simple things you can do

    • Use both sides of your paper. (Recycle paper after use.)
    • Encourage your students to use both sides of their paper - both for drafts and papers they turn in.
    • Recycle your newspapers, magazines, hard books, soda cans and plastic bottles.
    • Use e-mail for notices.
    • Write to remove your name from “junk” mail lists. Go to http://www.newdream.org/junkmail/.
  • Biking at Truman

    Truman encourages students, faculty and staff to ride their bikes to and from campus. First-year students who live on campus may enjoy having a bike in order to make trips around the Kirksville community.
    Bike racks are available around the perimeter of the campus. For the safety of pedestrians, people are encouraged to not ride their bike in the interior of campus on the walkways. Maps with designated bike paths can be picked up at the Public Safety office.

    For safe riding, if students do bring a bike to campus, they should remember to also bring along a bike helmet and a proper bike light for night riding.

    Students are also encouraged to voluntarily register their bike with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). For more information about bike safety, call 660.785.4176.


  • Notes

    First-year students may obtain their permanent ID cards at the ID Office located in Kirk Building 112. The office is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Students can make appointments to avoid standing in line Aug. 19. Appointments can be made for times between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 20 or 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 21-22. Students will need to bring their temporary meal card to exchange for a permanent ID.
    Student parking decals for students who did not pre-register their vehicles will be available at Parking Services located in the Public Safety Building. The cost is $50 per academic year. The park-and-save decal is available for $15 per academic year, which allows a student to park in selected lots. The Public Safety Building will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Students can also purchase decals from the cashiers window in McClain Hall. For more information about Parking Services, call 785.7400 or visit the Department of Public Safety Web site at http://police.truman.edu.

    The Student Activities Board presents Truman Week comedian Ronnie Jordan
    at 9 p.m. Aug. 25 in Baldwin Auditorium. This event is free to all. Contact Amanda Rhodes at akr635@truman.edu for more information.

    Ekklesia, Truman’s campus outreach of the Kirksville Church of Christ, is sponsoring a visit from former professional football player Willie Franklin. The Funds Allotment Council is assisting in Franklin’s return to Truman to speak. He will speak to the Truman football team and anyone else who is interested at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Ryle Hall Main Lounge. Ladies of the church will provide a free meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. Franklin played football for Oklahoma State University and professionally for the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts. He now speaks to college students and urges them to make spiritual goals. Franklin will teach an informal Bible class at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Ryle Hall Main Lounge. He will also have a keynote address at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Franklin will also be able to visit with people from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 27-28 under the tent on the Mall. Ekklesia will be giving away ice-cold watermelon under the tent and hand held purple fans shaped like football helmets that say “Tru-Fans.” Contact Ekklesia’s campus house at 665.5003 or go to the church’s Web site http://www.kirksvillechurchofchrist.com for more information about Franklin’s visit.

    New and returning students are invited to attend the Activities Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 on the Quadrangle. Organizations, departments and outside vendors will display the services they have to offer to students. Contact the Center for Student Involvement at 785.4222 for more information.

    Campus events are also available on the Master Calendar located online at http://calendar.truman.edu.