Vol. 13 No. 3 - Sept. 9, 2008


  • Dan Peterson Elected to Missouri Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame


    Truman Director of Bands Dan Peterson was elected to the Missouri Bandmasters Association (MBA) Hall of Fame in June 2008.
    Peterson is the 40th band director to be elected to the prestigious MBA Hall of Fame in the span of more than 100 years.

    The Missouri Bandmasters Association represents approximately 900 junior high school and elementary school band directors, 750 high school band directors and 35 college band directors in the state of Missouri.

    Peterson has been the director of bands at Truman for 30 years. Under his baton, the University’s concert band has performed in national and regional conferences on six different occasions for the Music Educators National Association and the College Band Directors National Association, with their most recent performance in March 2008.

    Peterson and his band will also perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January 2009 for a record ninth time.
    Peterson has 19 former graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate students who now hold positions such as director of bands, director of athletic bands, jazz studies director, or professor of percussion at colleges and universities across the nation.

  • Kirksville Businesses Invite Students to Welcome Back Celebration

    Various community organizations are hosting a new student welcome in downtown Kirksville from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 11.

    Local businesses, churches and organizations will have tables set up on the Courthouse lawn and will be offering coupons, product samples and more.

    Students who show their ID will receive free food. Food will be served from 5-7 p.m., with entertainment provided from 5-9 p.m. All non-students will have the option of purchasing food.

    All students from Truman, A.T. Still University and Moberly Area Community College are invited to attend.

    In the event of rain, all events will be moved to the Kirksville Arts Association Building, located at 117 S. Franklin Street. The new student welcome is sponsored by the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce, Retail Merchants Committee and the Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee. For more information contact Donna Brown at 660.665.3766.

  • Siegel Named New AmeriCorps *VISTA Program Representative


    ugenia Siegel was recently selected as the new AmeriCorps *VISTA program representative at Truman. She will be the Service-Learning Coordinator in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Siegel, a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, said she was attracted to Truman because of its liberal arts mission. She was hired in August and succeeds Kelsey Aurand de Razo who recently moved into the University’s Office of Admission.

    As the service-learning coordinator, she will work with professors to structure classes that include service-learning assignments and serve as a resource for those carrying out the projects throughout the semester.

    Siegel is also the contact for Service-Learning Advantage, a program that helps student organizations incorporate service-learning into their volunteer efforts and affords student  participants recognition on their transcripts.

    Informational meetings for the Service-Learning Advantage program will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Georgian Room C of the Student Union Building and from 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Student Union Down Under.

    These will be drop-in meetings, with presentations taking place at regular intervals. For more information, please visit
    http://servicelearning.truman.edu or contact Siegel at vistamember@truman.edu or 785.7753.

    Truman is currently in the second year of this three-year program.

  • Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Begins Sept. 22 With Political Satire Group

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series kicks off Sept. 22 with a performance by the political musical revue the Capitol Steps.

    Comprised of several former Congressional staff members, the Capitol Steps perform a musical satire designed to keep the audience laughing about events and personalities in Washington, D.C.

    The Capitol Steps will be the first of five Lyceum events during the academic year. Other performances include Canadian Brass in November, followed by the dance company Hubbard Street 2 in January and “The Mikado” in February.  The Duke Ellington Orchestra will close out the Lyceum Series with a performance in March.  

    Since its inception in 1899 as a lecture course, the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series has strived 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. Tickets are free for Truman students, faculty and staff and are available one week prior to each performance. Students may pick up their tickets at the Student Activities Board office in the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may pick up their tickets at the information desk in the Student Union Building.

    For more information go online to http://lyceum.truman.edu.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off With Dinner

    The Multicultural Affairs Center has arranged several events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning with a “Spicy” First Sunday Dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Ryle Hall Main Lounge.

    Dinner will include authentic dishes reflecting the rich food traditions of Mexico, Spain and other Latin American cultures. Free but limited quantities of food will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Other upcoming events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month include the Grupo Atlantico Dance Troupe at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Down Under of the Student Union Building and “Many Mexicos,” a multi-media examination of the diversity that is Mexico, will be presented by Dr. Marc Becker’s Mexican history class at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Little Theater in Baldwin Hall.

  • First Global Issues Colloquium to Focus on Social Responses to Natural Disaster

    Dr. Paul Greenough from the University of Iowa will explore “Social Responses to Natural Disaster” in this semester’s first Global Issues Colloquium session at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Kirksville Telecommunications Resource Center located at 315 S. Franklin.

    Through the recent experiences of Hurricane Katrina and the Cedar Rapids flood, social responses to natural disasters are revealing not only of individual character, but also of regional resources, political forces and institutional preparation.

    Greenough, a historian of health, will explore three cases from South Asia to compare and contrast with domestic experiences, including: the East Pakistan cyclone of November 1970, the Gujarat earthquake in India in January 2001, and the Sri Lankan tsunami of December 2004.

    Note that this session will take place on a Wednesday instead of Thursday and is in a different location than the usual place in Magruder Hall 2001.
    Future global issues sessions are schedule for Oct. 23 and Nov. 20, and will focus on “Teaching About Terrorism” and “Strategies of Cultural Resistance,” respectively.


  • Fulbright Grants

    The campus deadline for the 2009-2010 Fulbright Grants for graduate study, research or teaching assistantships abroad is Sept. 23.

    For more information contact Maria C. Di Stefano, Fulbright program advisor, at mdistefa@truman.edu.
  • Allen Fellowship Nominations

    Nominations for the $10,000 Walker and Doris Allen Fellowships to recognize outstanding faculty members are being accepted by the Office of the Provost until Oct. 1.

    The Fellowships are open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty with at least four years of full-time service at Truman.

    For details on the nomination process visit http://www.truman.edu/pages/131.asp.
  • Voter Registration Forms Now Available

    Forms Available at the Following Locations:

    Student Affairs Office
    Information Desk
    Cashier’s Window
    Residence Hall Desks
    SERVE Center
    Multicultural Affairs Center

    The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 8. For more information visit http://conduct.truman.edu and click on the voter registration link.
  • Blood Drive

    The annual fall blood drive, sponsored by Cardinal Key and Blue Key national honor societies, will take place from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Student Union Building.
  • Family Day Events

    Saturday, Sept. 20

    The Value of Out-of-Class Experiences
    9 - 9:50 a.m.,
    Activities Room, Student Union

    Common Psychological Issues of College Students
    10 - 10:50 a.m.
    Activities Room, Student Union

    10 a.m.- noon

    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
     Centennial Hall Courtyard

    11 a.m., Baldwin Auditorium

    3 p.m., Kirksville Primary School

    4 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium
    5 - 6:30 p.m., Red Barn Park
    $8.00 per person
    Rain location: Student Union

    7 p.m., Stokes Stadium


    Friday, Sept. 19      
    7 p.m. , Kirksville Primary School

    Saturday, Sept. 20
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Downtown Kirksville
    *This year the festival includes a new feature, an antiques show, which will be in the Arts Center at 117 S. Franklin.  

    Sunday, Sept. 21

    2 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium

    1 p.m., Red Barn Park  

    For more details on events or ticket information, please visit the Family Day website at http://www.truman.edu/pages/172.asp.
  • United Way Campaign Update

    After the second Week of Truman’s United Way campaign, our faculty, staff, students and retirees have contributed more than $27,000, which means we have reached 48 percent of our goal.  

    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this effort.  If you have not returned your pledge form, there is still time to do so.  Also, if you have misplaced your pledge form and are in need of a replacement, contact Brad Chambers at bchamber@truman.edu or Deb Kerby at dkerby@truman.edu.  

    Please join together to show Truman faculty, staff, students and retirees Live United in support of education, income and health.
  • TEACH Program Informational Meeting

    The Financial Aid office and the School of Health Sciences and Education are sponsoring an informational meeting on the new federal TEACH Program.

    3:30 p.m.
    Sept. 30
    Violette Hall 1000

    Under the TEACH Program, students could receive up to $24,000 to pursue a teaching career in the following subjects:

    Vocal Music
    Special Education

    The meeting is open to all interested students. Pre-MAE, MAE, and students thinking about the MAE are encouraged to attend.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Tennis-Doubles
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Sept. 15
    Captains’ Meeting: Sept. 18
    Play Begins: Sept. 22

    Activity: Flag Football
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Sept. 15
    Captain's Meeting: Sept. 18
    Play Begins: Sept. 22

    Activity: Home Run Derby
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Sept. 22
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Sept. 24 & 25

    Activity: MLB Playoff Pick'em
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 3
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 3

    Activity: Frisbee Golf
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Sept. 29-Oct. 3
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Play on own

    Activity: Darts
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 6
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 13

    Activity: Indoor Soccer
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 6
    Captain's Meeting: Oct. 8
    Play Begins: Oct. 13

    Activity: Co-Rec Indoor Soccer
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 6
    Captain's Meeting: Oct. 8
    Play Begins: Oct. 13

    Activity: Billiards
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 13
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 20

    Activity: Table Tennis
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 27
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 1

    Activity: Basketball Pentatholon
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 3
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 10

    Activity: Texas Hold'em
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 3
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 10

    Activity: 3 on 3
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 10
    Captain's Meeting: Nov. 13
    Play Begins: Nov.17

  • Airport Day 2008

    Saturday Sept. 13
    Kirksville Regional Airport

    All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
    7-10 a.m.
    $5 per person

    NEMO Car Club Show
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Heart of America Air Show, Team Radio Controlled Air Show
    12 p.m.

    Dave Dacy Air Show
    12 p.m.

    All-day activities include the Kids Zone with inflatables; STARLAB Planetarium; helicopter rides; static displays including a Chinook Helicopter, a Beech 18 and 1932 Waco Wings of Hope.

    For more information, or to buy tickets, go to http://www.kvairfest.com.
  • Campus Forums for Director of Student Involvement and Campus Activities

    Jeffrey J. Pal
    2-2:45 Sept. 10
    Student Involvement Commons Area

    Laura D. Bates
    10-10:45 a.m. Sept. 11
    Student Involvement Commons Area
  • Cultural Compentency and Spirituality in Medicine Conference

    Sept. 12-13
    A.T. Still University Connell Technology Center, 800 W. Jefferson Street

    Dereck Daschke, associate professor of philosophy and religion will be one of several speakers. Cost to attend is $10 for students, $20 for non-students. Registration includes conference materials and a continental breakfast and lunch Sept. 13.

    For more information, or to register, call Carrie Gaines at 660.626.2057.
  • Physical Activities Week On the Quad

    Sept. 10

    Core Strength
    Sept. 11

    Butts & Guts
    Sept. 12

    The instructional classes are sponsored by the Student Recreation Center’s Fitness/Wellness Program and Phi Epsilon Kappa.
    All classes are from 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Spirit Shirts

    Truman Spirit Shirts are on sale for $5 in the Public Relations Office at 101 McClain Hall. There are a limited number of shirts available so don’t waste time. You may also purchase a Truman drawstring bag for $5.
  • Pickler Memorial Library



    You can read Pickler Memorial Library’s electronic magazines and journals at home.
    The instructions for how to connect your computer to the vast collections of electronic resources are located at the Pickler Memorial Library Help Page at http://library.truman.edu/help/mainpage.htm.

        BOOK SALE

    The 3rd Annual Book Sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sept. 23-25 in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building.
    Donations are currently being accepted. For more information call 785.4038 or visit http://library.truman.edu/booksale.htm.


  • Notables

    Phi Sigma Pi, a national coed honor fraternity, was recently awarded “Best in Region” and “Outstanding Website” for the 2007-2008 academic year at Phi Sigma Pi’s National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 7-10. Mallory Stites, a senior psychology and English major from Crystal City, Mo., and Joseph Grissom, a junior biology major from Hamilton, Mo., represented the Truman’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi at the National Convention. “Outstanding Website” is awarded once a year to one of 103 active collegiate chapters in the nation. Truman’s chapter was awarded with “Best in Region” out of Central Region, which consists of 10 active chapters. Truman’s chapter has won “Outstanding Website” and “Best in Region” three out of the last four years.

    Dean De Cock, associate professor of statistics
    , represented Truman at the Evolution 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, Society for the Study of Evolution and Society of Systematic Biologists in Minneapolis, Minn., from June 20-24. De Cock’s poster, “The W Statistic: A New Approach for Testing the Relative Abundance Structure of Communities in a Phylogenetic Context,” detailed the results achieved by his group of Tracey Blasingame, a senior mathematics major from Belvidere, Ill.; Bryan Hartwig, a senior mathematics major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Nathan Whelan, a biology graduate from Eureka, Mo.; and Jonathan Gering, associate professor of biology; within Truman’s National Science Foundation (NSF) funded “Research-focused Learning Communities in Mathematical Biology.”

    Warren Gooch, professor of music, has two original musical compositions that have been selected for publication by Alliance Publications Incorporated (API Music). Gooch’s choral works “Sing Noel” and “A Christmas Prayer” were selected for the publication.


  • Notes

    The Physics Colloquium series presents speaker Ian Redmount from the Department of Physics at Saint Louis University for an introductory level discussion on “Particle Physics in a Dark-Energy-Dominated Universe, or QFTICS for Beginners” at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Magruder Hall 1000. Snacks will be provided 10 minutes before the presentation begins. For more information about the Physics Colloquium series, please visit http://physics.truman.edu/colloquia/mainstage.asp.

    Lambda Pi Eta, a communication honor society, will be hosting an informational meeting
    at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Barnett 1211. This meeting is open to all communication majors and minors who have a total of 60 credit hours, 12 of which must be in communication courses, a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a cumulative 3.25 GPA in all communication courses. For more information e-mail lambdapieta_tsu@yahoo.com.

    The Women’s Club Soccer team will be hosting tryouts
    from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 9 on the fields behind Centennial Hall. For more information e-mail tsuclubsoccer@gmail.com.

    The Student Council for Exceptional Children will have a meeting
    at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Baldwin Hall 249.

    The Pre-Vet Club will have its first meeting at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Magruder 2090.

    Alpha Sigma Gamma service sorority will host three Rush events
    from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 9-11 in the Alumni Room of the Student Union Building.

    Sigma Chi Delta, a local social sorority, is hosting an information night for Fall Recruitment 2008
    at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in Baldwin 252. The first night of open recruitment begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in Baldwin 314, followed by the second night at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Baldwin Little Theater.

    Beta Beta Beta, Truman’s biological honor organization, will host its first pledge meeting
    at 9 p.m. Sept. 10 in Magruder Hall 1096.

    Delta Sigma Pi is hosting a free recruitment barbecue at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 behind Ryle Hall. Delta Sigma Pi is open to business, economics and accounting majors.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring the Faculty Weekly Lunch Series
    from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Spanish Room of the Student Union Building. This week focuses on introducing Truman’s Co-Curricular Record, with Lou Ann Gilchrist, dean of student affairs, and Sujit Chemburkar, Student Union director. For more information contact Linda Davenport at 785.4301 or e-mail lindadav@truman.edu.

    Phi Delta, Truman’s newest social and service sorority, will host two nights of Rush
    . Both events will take place at 7 p.m. in Magruder Hall 1094 on Sept. 10 and 11.

    The Advertising and Public Relations Organization will host an informational meeting
    at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in Barnett Hall 1215. This organization is open to all majors and anyone with an interest in advertising, public relations, graphic design and marketing. Come learn about an opportunity to receive hands-on experience and receive all of the benefits of being a part of the International Association of Business Communicators. The meeting includes free pizza and refreshments. For more information e-mail adprorg@gmail.com.

    Sigma Lambda Gamma, Truman’s only multicultural sorority, will host informational meetings
    from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 and 16 in the Student Union Building 322.

    Phi Mu Alpha, a men’s music fraternity, is hosting a Rush event at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in Georgian Room A of the Student Union Building. Join the men of Phi Mu Alpha for free Texas Hold ‘Em poker, free food and free prizes. You do not need to be a music major or play an instrument to join the fraternity, just as long as you love music.

    The Student Activities Board Fall Drive-In will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in Baldwin Hall. Free popcorn and ice cream will be available to students before showing “Iron Man” at 7 p.m. and “Sex and the City” at 9:30 p.m.

    Phi Sigma Pi will host Rush information meetings at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building. Phi Sigma Pi is a coed honor fraternity.

    The Career Center will host a Peace Corps Informational Video Conference
    at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at its McKinney Center office. This is an opportunity for anyone thinking about applying to the Peace Corps to talk and ask questions of the representative to Truman, who was a volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga from 2003-2005.

    The Dean of Student Affairs Office has applications for the 2008-2009 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award”
    available for students. Faculty and staff may also nominate students for this prestigious award. Nominations are due by Sept. 26. Completed student applications need to be returned to the Student Affairs Office, located in the Student Union Building 3100, by Oct. 17. For more information visit http://saffairs.truman.edu or call 785.4111.