Vol. 12 No. 8 - Oct. 16, 2007


  • Presentation About the Health Care System in the Philippines to be Held


    Nursing students who study abroad during the summer gather together (left to right) Elena Williams, Rebecca Strychacz, Nohemi Alvarez-Landa, Joanna Venneman, Megan Galloway, Kim Church, Alison Richards, Jamie Weninger, Katie Adler, and Juli Hermanson.

    he Department of Nursing and the Center for International Education Abroad would like to invite the Truman State University community, the Nursing Advisory Council, and the public to attend a presentation about the health care system in the Philippines at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    This capstone presentation by the senior nursing students who studied abroad last summer in the Philippines will highlight themes of culture, family, acute care, maternal-child health and community health. The students’ experiences involved diverse nursing practice settings.

    Kit Hadwiger, the coordinator of the study-abroad program in the Philippines, will present a community assessment completed by the nursing students and faculty in collaboration with students and faculty from West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Philippines. It is hoped that representatives of West Visayas State University will be attending this capstone presentation also.

    The Department of Nursing strongly endorses the cross-cultural and global learning that evolves from study-abroad experiences for nursing students at Truman State University.

    Contact Stephen Hadwiger at shadwige@truman.edu for more information.
  • Scrivens Create Student Emergency Fund with $200,000 Campaign Gift


    Don and Jolene Scriven

    Don and Jolene Scriven of DeKalb, Ill., have established a special endowment fund to provide a helping hand to students facing a medical or family emergency.

    The Don and Jolene Scriven Emergency Fund will be created with a $200,000 cash and deferred commitment through Truman’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign.

    Students in good academic standing who demonstrate a financial hardship are eligible to apply for a grant to assist with unforeseen emergencies or crisis. Recipients and the value of each award will be considered and determined by an administrative committee headed by the Vice President of University Advancement. Students who receive grants will not be required to repay any portion of the grant, but will be encouraged to contribute to the principal of the fund as Truman alumni.

    When the fund balance reaches $200,000, the administrative committee may also consider interest-bearing emergency loans to full-time faculty members for the purpose of paying moving expenses to the Truman State University community from a distance greater than 500 miles; or for emergency medical expenses incurred by a faculty member or his/her immediate family. The terms and repayment provisions will be determined by the administrative committee.

    Don Scriven is a 1950 graduate of Truman and began his teaching career as a Truman economics professor. He later served the state of Missouri in various capacities, including associate director for finance for the Missouri Commission for Higher Education, and resumed his teaching career as professor of accounting systems and director of business computer education at Northern Illinois University.

    Jolene Scriven is a 1954 graduate of Truman and served as a professor of management and director of doctoral programs in business at Northern Illinois University. She directed and authored pioneering research to define the components of word processing and office administration, has authored multiple books, and received a distinguished service award for outstanding service to business education.

    In 2004, Don and Jolene received The President’s Leadership Award from Truman State University in recognition of significant personal contributions to the University. Don is also a past member of the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors.
  • SunGard Commits $25,000 to Truman Campaign


    Mark Gambaiana accepts the first gift installment from George Beshears, director of information technology services, for SunGard’s $25,000 scholarship endowment.

    SunGard Higher Education has made a $25,000 commitment to Truman State University’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign.

    The gift will create the SunGard Higher Education Endowed Scholarship, designed for students with financial need, leadership potential and a record of service and involvement in civic, school or church organizations.

    When fully endowed, the fund will provide an estimated $1,250 scholarship each year to a deserving student.

    “Truman is very appreciative of SunGuard’s scholarship commitment that helps address one of the top priorities in the campaign,” said Mark Gambaiana, vice president for university advancement. “Few gift opportunities have a more direct or immediate impact on the lives of students than providing a financial helping hand in the educational process.”

    SunGard Higher Education, headquartered in Maitland, Fla., provides Information Technology management, services and resources to the Truman community.
  • Organizations Collecting Books for Lending Library

    Phi Kappa Phi and the Communication Disorders Association are sponsoring a children’s book drive to create a client and family lending library for the clients of Truman’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.

    New and gently used books for children aged 4-10 can be dropped off at one of 10 locations across campus (i.e. McClain Hall 213 and 310, Ophelia Parrish 1101, Magruder Hall 2004, Violette Hall 2300, 2100, Pershing Building 212, and Barnett Hall 223 A and 1st floor, communication mailroom). Picture books and lift-the-flap books up to chapter books written around the fifth grade reading level are welcome.

    If you have questions about the drive, please contact Teri Heckert, (Phi Kappa Phi president; theckert@truman.edu) or Janet Gooch (Department Chair, Communication Disorders, jquinzer@truman.edu). To learn more about the services provided by the clinic, please visit their Web site at http://comdis.truman.edu/clinic/default.asp.
  • New Music Festival to Take Place Oct. 25-26

    The Truman State University Department of Music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota and The Mostly Live Composers Society would like to invite everyone to join them for the 2007 Truman State University New Music Festival, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26.

    The festival will feature guest composer Matthew Tommasini, winner of the international 2007 Truman State University-MACRO Composition Competition, who will speak to music classes, work with student composers in a master class, and rehearse with Truman musicians. Tommasini is an internationally recognized award-winning composer.

    Two concerts will be presented during the festival. Both concerts will include performances of new music by Tommasini and by Truman faculty and graduate student composers.

    At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, Tommasini’s new composition, “And the Tree Grows Again,” will be premiered by Julianna Moore (flute), Michael Bump (percussion) and members of the Truman State University Wind Symphony under the direction of Dan Peterson. This work was co-commissioned by the University’s chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to the premiere, a variety of new instrumental and choral music will be presented by Truman musicians.

    From 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, chamber music by Truman composers will be performed. The program will also include instrumental music by guest composer Tommasini.

    Tommasini will talk about his music at both concerts. The public is cordially invited to attend these free events. For more information, contact Warren Gooch at wgooch@truman.edu or 785.4429. Other information about Tommasini is available at http://www.matthewtommasini.com.
  • Internationally Acclaimed New York Percussion Quartet Comes to Truman

    Internationally acclaimed New York percussion quartet, Talujon, will be in residency at Truman State University’s Department of Music, Oct. 26-28. Michael Bump, associate professor of percussion at Truman, and the Truman Percussion Studio will host the quartet as part of a weekend of performances and master classes. 

    Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy,” the Talujon Percussion Quartet has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. With an annual schedule of more than 60 concerts, including a dozen premieres, Talujon is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Based in New York City, Talujon performs regularly at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kitchen, and the Knitting Factory. Talujon has appeared in universities and concert halls throughout the U.S., and on such festivals as Taipei’s Lantern Festival, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Chautauqua, California’s Festival of New American Music, and Bang on a Can. The group has also given master classes/workshops at institutions such as the Juilliard School and New England Conservatory of Music.  

    Talujon will present a master class for all interested at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Their concert will follow that evening at 8 p.m. in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Admission is free. The program will feature Bump as a featured soloist with the quartet on two works. The first will be the world premiere of renowned Missouri composer Raymond Helble’s “Night Music.” This four-movement concerto for timpanist and percussion quartet was commissioned earlier this year by Bump, and made possible in-part through the Missouri Arts Council and Truman State University. The second work, “Studie II:  Epthyic,” was composed a few years ago by Bump, and also for solo timpanist and percussion quartet. It received its premiere at the 1998 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Orlando, Fla.

    This concert will serve as a precursor to a performance the ensemble and Bump will give at the 2007 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Columbus, Ohio. Bump is serving as host/coordinator for the opening day of this year’s international conference, which annually attracts more than 6,000 percussionists. In addition, several of Truman’s music students will also be attending and serving as logistical assistants to the many artists performing.    

    Talujon’s appearance is made possible in-part through assistance from the Truman State University Foundation. For further information, please contact Bump at 785.4052 or mbump@truman.edu.
  • Telehealth Open House at Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic

    The Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic is hosting an open house to provide information and demonstrations of the Telehealth services available to citizens of Northeast Missouri from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with a live therapy demonstration from 10:30-11:20 a.m. Oct. 30 in Barnett Hall 1400.

    People will be able to see how these services can save patients’ time and money by allowing them to stay in their local communities (Edina, Memphis, Kirksville, Kahoka, etc.) but receive the services they need from medical professionals across the state in a wide range of medical specialties.

    This event is open to University staff, faculty, students and the public who are interested in learning about how Telehealth services are used in Northeast Missouri to reduce travel time for obtaining specialized health care. The live speech therapy demonstration will show how Telehealth services are being utilized in the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic.

    Allow 15-20 minutes for a demonstration of the equipment and for your questions to be answered. Refreshments will be provided and parking is available in marked spots behind Barnett Hall.

    Contact Carrie Mills at ccm639@truman.edu for more information.
  • A Special Scholarship Program: AASCU Global Scholars Program Onboard the Scholar Ship

    The Scholar Ship is a global educational program for undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of countries who want to develop intercultural sensitivity and leadership skills. Each 16-week semester, 600 students embark on a ship, living and studying together with students, faculty, and staff from around the world as they travel the globe. The program includes academic coursework, residentially based intercultural programming, and academically integrated field programs.

    AASCU is now taking applications for the second voyage in January 2008. This voyage will begin in Hong Kong and end in Amsterdam, making stops in Shanghai, Bangkok, Chennai, Port Victoria, Cape Town, Cape Verde Islands, Barcelona, Istanbul and Lisbon.

    AASCU and The Scholar Ship have developed a special scholarship program for AASCU undergraduates: The AASCU Global Scholars Program Onboard the Scholar Ship. This scholarship will provide two $5,000 scholarships per voyage to undergraduate students at AASCU institutions.  Truman is considered an AASCU institution.

    Students interested in The AASCU Global Scholars Program must fill out the application form. Application forms can be downloaded by going to http://www.thescholarship.com/pdfs/StudentApplicationPrint.pdf. Applicants do not have to pay the $50 application fee indicated on the form because that fee has been waived for AASCU institutions. Also, include a brief essay of no more than 400 words on how you plan to integrate your participation in The Scholar Ship into ongoing internationalization efforts on your home campus.

    Submit the completed application and essay along with a transcript and two letters of reference to the campus coordinator, Maria Di Stefano. She can be reached by e-mail at mdistefa@truman.edu.

    Applications are due to the AASCU office by Oct. 29. Final decisions and campus/student notification will take place in mid-November.

    Detailed information on the academic programs, eligibility requirements, funding/scholarship details and application forms for the Scholar Ship is available at http://www.thescholarship.com/home/.


  • University Gallery Hosts Reception for Exhibit Openings

    The University Art Gallery is delighted to present the exhibitions “Ephemera” in the main gallery and “A Strong Foundation” in the side gallery. The Gallery invites the Truman community to a reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 to view these engaging collections of work. The exhibits will be displayed until Nov. 15.

    The University Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of Ophelia Parrish. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Gallery exhibits, talks and most other events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the interim gallery director, Emily Booth, at 785.5386 or ebooth@truman.edu.
  • School of Business Open House

    The School of Business will be hosting an open house from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Violette Hall Upstairs Commons. The open house is for all students who are interested in learning more about a major in accounting or business administration, or a minor in business. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Marilyn Romine, business academic adviser, at 785.4268 or mromine@truman.edu.
  • Darfur Refugees Bring Stories of Survival to Truman

    At 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Student Union Building Activities Room, survivors of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur will tell their stories as Campus Christian Fellowship hosts "Voices from Darfur," a national speaking tour, sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition featuring refugees from Darfur.

    Launched in summer 2007, "Voices from Darfur" highlights speakers such as Daoud Hari, who fled his village in 2003 after months of bombings by his own government. Hari risked his life as a translator for The New York Times, BBC, and National Geographic, among others and was arrested in Sudan on false espionage charges while translating for Chicago Tribune reporter Paul Salopek in 2006. After 35 days in jail, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson negotiated Salopek and Hari’s release. Soon thereafter, the U.S. government granted Hari refugee status.

    Videos of survivors from Darfur and other resources can be found at http://www.voicesfromdarfur.org.

  • 2007-2008 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award

    Students may pick up applications for this prestigious award in the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Kirk Building 112.

    To qualify, the students should be active in campus and community activities, have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and be a senior eligible for graduation in December, May or August of the 2007-2008 academic year.  Completed student applications need to be returned to the Student Affairs Office by Oct. 26. 

    For further information, visit http://saffairs.truman.edu, stop by Kirk Building 112, or call 785.4111. 
  • New Exhibit in Library Gallery


    The new exhibit in the library gallery,  “A History of Education,” focuses on Truman’s educational history from Joseph Baldwin to John R. Kirk, including the Model Rural School and the Demonstration School. The exhibit also showcases the history of the library, the University band, and sports education.
  • Truman Selects Campaign Theme, Logo


    “Bright Minds Bright Futures” has emerged as the theme for Truman State University’s inaugural campaign.

    The theme and corresponding logo was approved by the campaign’s Steering Committee, a team of volunteers who are providing oversight and leadership to Truman’s $30 million fund-raising initiative.

    Efforts in the early phase of the campaign are continuing, including the recruitment of voluntary leadership and securing of advance gift commitments. The campaign is designed to help Truman achieve its vision of becoming the premier public liberal arts and sciences university in the nation.
  • Fall Mid-Term Break Hours

    Pickler Memorial Library
    7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. • Oct. 18
    8 a.m.-5 p.m. • Oct. 19
    Noon-5 p.m. • Oct. 20
    Resume regular hours • Oct. 21

    Student Recreation Center
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. • Oct. 18
    9 a.m.-7 p.m. • Oct. 19
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Oct. 20
    4 p.m.-7 p.m. • Oct. 21


  • Notables

    Gene Engelhardt, graduate instructor, has been named an Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisan by St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors in St. Louis. St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors will celebrate the integrity, commitment, expertise, vitality and generosity of 26 older adults, 75 years young and greater, whose amazing contributions are reshaping the face of aging in the St. Louis community at its annual “Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans” gala. The event will take place Nov. 11 at the Chase Park Plaza’s Khorrasan Ballroom.

    Marty Jayne, associate professor of justice systems, will present a paper, “Preventive Detention – Restricting the Freedom to Harm,” at a conference on Terrorism & Justice: The Balance for Civil Liberties hosted by the University of Central Missouri, Feb. 18-20, 2008.


  • Notes

    Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Student Affairs Office, Kirk Building 112,  or in the ODK mailbox in the Center for Student Involvement, Student Union Building Governor’s Room. Log on to http://odk.truman.edu for more information or contact Natalie Soltys at nas304@truman.edu.

    Weekly Lunch Series will take place
    at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. The topic of the event will be “Critical Thinking: How to Read a Paragraph, Part 1.” Contact Linda Davenport at ctl@truman.edu or 660.785.4391 for more information.

    The Admission Office is looking for dedicated and energetic students to organize, facilitate programming and provide guidance to first-year students and their parents for eight summer orientation sessions
    . Informational meetings will take place at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Student Union Building Room 322 and at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Student Union Building Room 322. Applications are available in the Admission Office, McClain Hall 205, or online at http://ol.truman.edu. Applications are due Nov. 8. Contact JoAnn Jorgovan at 785.4114 or joannj@truman.edu for more information.

    IT Services invites faculty, staff and students to TechBreak
    at 1:30 p.m. each Friday in the Student Union Building Room 320. This weekly series is an opportunity to share information about new and existing IT Service offerings. There will be snacks and conversation. Additional details and the topic schedule can be found at http://its.truman.edu/techbreak.

    The International Film Festival will continue
    at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Downtown Cinema 8 with the film “Volver.” This film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Pedro Almodovar directed the film, which was released in 2006. To learn more about the festival and the films, log on to http://rcp.truman.edu/internationalfilm.htm.

    Sigma Alpha will be having a Haunted Corn Maze
    from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25 at the University Farm. This is the 10th Annual Sigma Alpha Haunted Cornmaze. This year’s theme is “Insane Asylum.” People will be able to enjoy scares in the maze, hot cider, baked goods, and lots of Halloween fun. Contact Becca Pace at rep720@truman.edu or 660.349.9410 for more information.

    David Nichols will be having a book signing
    from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Truman Bookstore, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building. The book will cost $34.95 each. Alumni chapter members will receive a 15 percent discount on purchases at the Truman Bookstore. Contact Steve Pennington, Truman Bookstore manager, at 785.4211 for more information.

    Dobson Hall Senate is hosting its annual fall outdoor concert, Toasterpalooza
    , from 3-9 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Dobson Hall Courtyard. The bandfest is free and local bands will perform. In addition to bands, TAG Improv will be performing between acts. Popcorn, hot cocoa and cotton candy will be available. Contact JoEllen Flanagan at jaf3154@truman.edu for more information.

    Football players are selling “Dog Tags,” which is a discount card that can be used at many different Kirksville businesses. The card only costs $10 and is active until Sept. 1, 2008. Money raised goes to the football program. Call Shannon Currier at 785.4252 for more information.