Vol. 13, No. 6 - Sept. 30, 2008


  • Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Announced

    John and Melissa Ware, Alec Meinke and Steve Schieppe will be the 2008 inductees of the Truman State Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during Homecoming weekend Oct. 3-4.

    John and Melissa Ware will be honored posthumously for dedicating almost 39 years of service to Truman between the two of them. John passed
    away in September 2005. Melissa passed away two years later in November 2007.

    John was an assistant football coach from 1985-1994, and head coach from 1995-2004. With 54 career wins, John holds the record for third all-time wins at Truman.

    Melissa graduated from Truman in 1987 and began working the following year for the University as a full-time Publications Coordinator and Office Manager under Sports Information Director Bill Cable.

    Cable retired in 1995, leaving Ware to be named only the second SID in school history. She served in the position until May 2004. Under her direction, the Sports Information Office was the recipient of over 40 national awards for media guides from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    Alec Meinke was a Truman athlete in two sports, football and track, from 1979-1983. As a member of the football team, Meinke was a four-year letter winner and named second team all-MIAA in 1981 and 1982. He was also a member of back-to-back conference championship squads in those years.

    In track, Meinke won seven MIAA titles for shot put from 1980-1983. He was a three-year Division II shot put finalist and also qualified for the national meet in the discus in 1983. Meinke currently holds shot put records for indoor at 17.88m and outdoor at 17.69m.

    As a member of the Truman men’s basketball team, Steve Schieppe holds the records for 300 three-pointers made and is the career leader in field goals made with 652. He finished the 1991 season as the all-time leading scorer in Truman history with 1,796 points, only to be eclipsed by Cory Parker’s 1,835 in 2000. Schieppe was named all-conference second team twice in his career and once to the National Basketball Coaches Association all-district second team.

    Gerald Burditt was also voted into the Hall, but is unable to attend. He will be inducted at Homecoming 2009.
  • United Way Campaign Update

    United Way Co-Chair Debra Kerby (left), along with United Way Student Chair Emily Walker, University President Barbara Dixon, and United Way Co-Chair Brad Chambers, pledge to “Live United,” the theme of this year’s United Way campaign.

    After five weeks, the faculty, staff and students have contributed nearly $43,000, meeting approximately 76 percent of the goal. Contributions make a difference in northeast Missouri. For less than $1 per week, or $50 per year, a family of four has groceries for one week in a shelter; less than $2 per week buys meat products for the food pantry; less than $5 per week assists a family in restoring their electricity; less than $10 per week provides three nights in a safehouse for a family of four; and less than $25 per week provides 300 RSVP volunteers with liability, accident and excess auto insurance while volunteering. For questions regarding the campaign, or to get a replacement form, contact Chambers at bchamber@truman.edu, or Kerby at dkerby@truman.edu.
  • Career Expo Offers Great Opportunities for Students

    The Career Center will sponsor the Career Expo on Oct. 22.

    First-year students are encouraged to stop by the Expo to begin networking with employers and gain insights into a career field. Sophomores, juniors and seniors should apply for interview slots and attend the Expo to discuss internship and employment opportunities with the visiting companies.

    Expo 411, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 on the Mall, can help students prepare for the Expo.

    Stop by Expo 411 to register for the Expo and to critique your resume, as well as enjoy free food.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Seeks Educational Supplies for Head Start

    Phi Kappa Phi is sponsoring an educational supplies drive to support the nine Head Start centers in the five-county area served by the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency.

    The Head Start programs receive federal and state support, but the cost of supplies has increased while the funding has remained the same. Head Start programs provide early childhood education programs and family and child development activities for children who meet the eligibility requirements, including income, age and special needs.

    Art and science supplies are needed, such as construction paper, markers, sidewalk chalk, child size paint brushes and scissors, craft items, stickers, glue and magnifying glasses. Other items needed are puzzles (8-24 pieces), foam blocks, Lego blocks and play dough.

    In addition, NMCAA would welcome the donation of personal care items such as diapers, pull-ups and wet wipes.

    Donation boxes will be available on campus during Homecoming Week through Fall Break, and members of Phi Kappa Phi will be at the Kirksville Walmart Oct. 5 between 11 a.m.-4p.m.

    For questions about the drive, contact Teri Heckert, Phi Kappa Phi faculty vice-president, at theckert@truman.edu.

    Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective, all-discipline honor society. More information can be found at http://www.phikappaphi.org.
    NMCAA serves Adair, Knox, Schuyler, Clark and Scotland counties.

    To learn more about their services visit their website at http://www.nmcaa.org.  

  • Debaters Win Awards at William Jewell Contests

    Members of the Truman Forensic Union made a strong beginning to the 2008-2009 speech and debate season with several awards at two tournaments held at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., Sept. 19-21.

    The varsity parliamentary debate team of Mark Buchheit, a junior history major from Carthage, Mo., and Christopher Girouard, a senior communication and political science major from Chesterfield, Mo., participated in the Cardinal Classic Round Robin, an invitation-only competition among 10 of the nation’s top individual parliamentary debate teams. Buchheit and Girouard also reached the semifinals of the Georgia Bowman Invitational Sept. 21.

    In the junior division of the invitational, Elizabeth Hatting, a freshman political science major from Omaha, Neb., and Stephen Gott, a freshman political science major from Liberty, Mo., reached the final round. Their teammates, Mehdi Zaidi, a sophomore economics major from Chesterfield, Mo., and Susan Presley, a junior communication major from Kirksville, Mo., reached the quarterfinals of the invitational.

    In the Lincoln-Douglas debate division of the tournament, Gott, along with Christian Johns, freshman pre-secondary education major from Carthage, Mo., reached the octafinal round.

    The team travels next to Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., for the “Sunflower-Sooner Swing,” Oct. 10-12, where the team will roll out its individual speaking events, along with several parliamentary teams. The Truman Forensic Union is open to interested students regardless of major or prior experience. Inquiries should be directed to Kevin Minch, associate professor of communication and the director of forensics, at 785.5677 or kminch@truman.edu.

  • Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming Events

    Several Truman alumni will be honored at various events during Homecoming 2008.

    This year’s Alumni of the Year are Lanny and Beth (Fisher) Morley, natives of Green City, Mo. They married in 1961 while attending Truman State.

    Lanny, who was a member of Blue Key and Sigma Tau Gamma, graduated in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. Beth was a member of Cardinal Key and Alpha Sigma Alpha and graduated in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in business education.
    Lanny and Beth Morley

    Lanny began his career as a mathematics teacher at Kirksville Jr. High, and later taught at Northwestern High School in Mendon, Mo. Meanwhile, Beth worked in an accounting office in Brookfield, Mo. In 1964, Lanny earned his master’s degree in mathematics education from Truman.

    Lanny furthered his education by earning a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1966, and after receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1970, he joined the Truman faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics. Twelve years later, he became the division head of Mathematics and Computer Science, and in 1994 he served as acting Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1997, he returned as the division head (dean) of Mathematics and Computer Science. Lanny was also active in numerous University committees and professional organizations, as well as a variety of church activities. 

    After the couple welcomed their first child, Beth became a full-time homemaker and volunteered in various service organizations. She also taught night classes and typed doctoral dissertations. Beth devoted herself to family, church, volunteer work, and paying special attention to caring for and nurturing their four children.

    All four of the Morleys' children attended Truman. Sara received a bachelor of science in education, Tricia received a bachelor of arts in English and a master’s in communication disorders, David received a bachelor of science in computer science, and Daniel studied accounting for two years before finishing his degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition, numerous other family members hold degrees from Truman or studied at the university for significant periods of time, including a daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law, Beth’s father and her four sisters, and Lanny’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, and several cousins.

    In 2007, after serving on the Truman faculty and administration for 37 years, Lanny retired as professor emeritus of mathematics and dean emeritus of mathematics and computer science. In retirement the Morleys enjoy the beauties of nature at their home near Thousand Hills State Park and the increased freedom to travel and spend time with family.

    The Young Alumna of the Year is Erin Lesczynski of Alexandria, Va. She works in international relations for the federal government in Washington, D.C.

    Erin Lesczynski

    A Pershing Scholar, Lesczynski graduated from Truman in 2002 with bachelor of science and bachelor of art degrees in political science. While attending Truman, she served as the 2002 Homecoming chair, president of Alpha Sigma Alpha, a student ambassador, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma.  As part of her college experience, Lesczynski studied abroad with the Missouri-London program, interned with Congressman Kenny Hulshof in Washington, D.C., and participated in Missouri’s International Business Internship Exchange program in Monterrey, Mexico.

    In 2004, Lesczynski earned a master's degree in international affairs from Texas A&M University, and she interned with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City.

    Lesczynski currently serves as vice president of Truman's Mid-Atlantic Alumni Chapter. She is also a member of Truman’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as vice-chair of the Board’s Chapter Development Committee.

    Lesczynski graduated as valedictorian from Kirksville High School in 1998.  She is the daughter of Bettie and the late David Lesczynski. David was a professor of agricultural science at Truman for 18 years and Bettie is the director of the Catholic Newman Center.  Lesczynski’s sister Megan is a 2007 Truman graduate and teaches high school in San Antonio, Texas.  Her brother Kevin is a veterinarian in Marble Falls, Texas.

    Ron and Elsie Gaber, G. Ruth (Black) Mach and Wilma (Rayfield) Maddox will each receive the Distinguished Service Award this year.

    Ron and Elsie Gaber

    Ron and Elsie Gaber have had a passion for serving higher education and the health care profession since the beginning of their careers. The Gabers, who have been married for 32 years, have served the Kirksville community for more than three decades. Ron currently serves as Vice President for Student and Alumni Services for A.T. Still University (ATSU) and is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Elsie is the associate dean for ATSU’s online School of Health Management.

    A native of Rhinelander, Wis., Ron received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and his specialist degree in education from Truman in 1982.

    Elsie received her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology and master’s in education from Eastern Illinois University. She earned her education specialist degree from Truman in 1987 and completed her Ph.D. in administration at Walden University in 1994.

    The Gabers have many professional and service accomplishments. Ron served as the director of Housing and Residence Life for 12 years at Truman where he focused on student development and the creation of living/learning communities, transforming Residence Life at Truman. The Housing and Residence Life program gained a national reputation for its student development model and attracted residence life staff throughout the nation during his tenure. Ron was also elected president of the Upper Midwest Association of College and University Housing Officers and later elected as an executive board member of the national association. Upon his departure from Truman, residence life staff and students established the Gaber Residence Life Achievement Award Scholarship, which is given annually to deserving student residence life leaders.

    In 1988, Ron accepted the dean of students position at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM). Today, he is an officer and is responsible for approximately 50 staff members from the Missouri and Arizona campuses. His main focus in the health care profession is to create co-curricular educational and support programs that nurture student wellness, professionalism, leadership, and service. Additionally, Ron has taught college courses and conducted community seminars on death and dying for 30 years. He is the author of “The Death of Adult Children through the Eyes of Grieving Parents.”

    Ron has also been very involved in community organizations and service. His leadership includes: president and founder of the regional Hospice; chairman of the 2000 Adair County Census Committee; president of Phi Delta Kappa; chairman of the Hazel Creek Concerned Citizens Committee; president of the Rotary Club of Kirksville; member of Smoke Free Kirksville; chairman of the Truman and KCOM United Way; member of the Benevolent Giving Society; and co-chair of the Rotary Park Planning Committee. Some of his service awards include: the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 presented by the KCOM Alumni Association; the Four-Way Test Award by the Rotary Club of Kirksville in 2005; and the George Windsor Award for fairness, intelligence, loyalty and service by the ATSU Board of Trustees in 2006.

    Ron and Elsie also received the Distinguished Patron Award from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007.

    Elsie began her career as a vocational specialist with KCOM, and in 1980 she became an academic advisor for Truman. In 1993, she was one of two first recipients of the O’Donnell-Lee Advising Award, which honors outstanding academic advisors at Truman. In 1996, Elsie returned to ATSU to serve as Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Institutional Support. She became AVP of Community Developments then AVP of University Relations prior to assuming her current position, associate dean of the online ATSU-School of Health Management in 2003.

    While she was AVP of Community Developments, she helped facilitate the concept, design, and construction of St. Andrews, a senior apartment/community center complex. Elsie wanted to expose students and healthcare professionals to an active living and learning environment of seniors where not only the pathologies of aging can be examined, but more importantly, the tenants of healthy aging can be understood first-hand. Through a MHDC tax credit project, MDED block grant, the expertise of senior campus professional development group, and the educational expertise of ATSU, the 50-unit independent living apartments and the senior community center were opened in May 2005.

    Like Ron, Elsie has been very active in community and service organizations. She chaired the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation that partnered with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Koch, Inc., and the citizens of Kirksville to build the highway that connects Macon to Millard, ahead of schedule by opening in October 2005. In 1990, she was awarded the Missouri Outstanding Leader by Women of Today, and in 1999, she served as the first woman president of Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary Club (and one of seven for the state of Missouri). She was president of Phi Delta Kappa and chairperson of the Truman and KCOM United Way drives. In 1996, she was the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Leader to Norway, and she was honored with the Four Avenues of Service Recognition Award presented by Rotary International in 2001.

     In 2005, she chaired the Rotary Centennial Project for her club; The project created the Energy Trail that connects the Senior Center to ATSU Student Center. As a charter member of the Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary Club, vice president of the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce, and member of Kirksville Master Gardeners, she envisioned the opportunity for the Rotary Centennial Project to be a merger of missions that would better serve the health of the Kirksville community.

    The Gabers dedicated the Gaber Solar Clock Garden adjacent to Magruder Hall in honor of the outstanding Truman science faculty and residence life staff. They reside in Kirksville and are members of Truman’s Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and the Pershing Circle.

    Ruth (Black) Mach of St. Louis has built a reputation as an innovative and effective educator throughout her career. She currently serves as a consultant for the School District of Clayton (Mo.) and director of substitute teacher orientations.

    Ruth Mach

    From 2004-2008, Mach was the assistant superintendent for middle and elementary schools in St. Louis public schools. Prior to that she served as an elementary principal in the School District of Clayton for 21 years, and under her guidance, Meramec Elementary School was among the first schools in Missouri to be honored as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1986. Upon her retirement from the Meramec Elementary School District in 2004, the City of St. Louis proclaimed April 9, 2004, as “Dr. Ruth Mach Day” and the City of Clayton proclaimed May 20, 2004, as “G. Ruth Mach Day.” In prior years, Ruth served as the director of reading and as the elementary principal in the School District of Mehlville and taught in the Lindbergh and Affton School Districts.

    Mach received a bachelor of science in education from Truman and went on to earn a master of education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in educational administration from St. Louis University. Her post-graduate certification includes: superintendent’s certification; teacher of the behaviorally disturbed; teacher of learning disabled; elementary administration; and reading specialist.

    During her tenure as a student at Truman, Mach was actively involved in campus activities including Alpha Sigma Alpha, Cardinal Key, Pi Kappa Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, Speech and Forensics, and was a cheerleader. She was appointed to the Truman Board of Governors in 1995 and served as a member of the Board from February 1995 to April 2007, serving as secretary in 1997 and 2004, vice president in 1999 and 2005, and president 1998 and 2006. She continued her presidency through 2007. Mach also served on the Truman Foundation Board for many years.

    Throughout her career, Mach has accumulated a number of honors and recognition including Distinguished Principal Awards presented by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals and the St. Louis Suburban Principals Association. In addition, she was awarded a Certificate of Honor from the United States Department of Education as principal of an elementary school achieving national exemplary status, a Certificate of Honor from the National Association of Elementary School Principals as principal of a nationally honored elementary school, and a Certificate of Honor from the Missouri Association of Elementary School for being one of 11 nominees for the first national United States Department of Education Elementary School Award.

    Mach is a member and past president of the St. Louis Principal’s Association, the St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association, and Kappa Delta Pi, a national education honorary organization. She is a member of the board of directors for Aim High, a partnership between St. Louis Priory School and John Burroughs School, and she also serves on the Magic House Educational Advisory Board and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Advisory Board of Educational Publications.

    Mach is a member of Truman’s Kirk Society. Her husband, Stan, recently deceased, was also a graduate of Truman. They have two sons, Steven and David.

    Wilma (Rayfield) Maddox is the business manager for Vision Care Associates, LLC in Macon, Mo. She graduated magna cum laude from Truman in 1979, earning a bachelor of science degree, and was a member of the Truman Board of Governors from December 1993 to March 2008, serving as secretary in 1995, vice president in 1996, and president in 1997.

    Wilma Maddox

    Maddox and her husband Mark are members of Truman’s Pershing Circle, and in honor of their ongoing connection to the University, the couple established a scholarship in 2007 to encourage students to participate in a study-abroad experience at Truman. Their two daughters, Sarah ('06, '08) and Rebecca ('07), both Truman graduates, participated in study-abroad programs while attending the University.

    Maddox is an active member of the Macon United Methodist Church. She is also a member of the Truman Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and is past president of the Missouri Affiliate of the American Foundation for Vision Awareness.  She served on the Missouri K-16 Coalition, the Board of Education of the Macon County R-1 School District, and the board of the Wesley Foundation of Kirksville. They have two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.

    Stan and Doris (Pickens) Bohon ('43) of Kirksville will serve as Grand Marshals of Truman’s 2008 Homecoming Parade. A Kirksville native, Stan graduated from Kirksville High School and spent three years as a student at Truman where he was active in Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and Blue Key. He then attended the University of Missouri School of Dentistry, graduating in 1946. Stan was an Army Captain serving in the 24th Division, 19th Infantry as chief regimental dental officer in occupied Japan.

    Stan and Doris Bohon

    Doris grew up on a farm south of Green City, Mo., graduating from Green City High School in 1939. She earned a bachelor of science in education with two majors ? business education and physical education ? from Truman in 1943. While attending Truman, she was active in Alpha Sigma Alpha social sorority, Cardinal Key, Pi Omega Pi, and the Women's Athletic Association. As students at the University, Stan and Doris met in Dr. Selby's typing class. Stan says, “One look at Doris and I knew I had met the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”  Doris took more convincing, but says, "I was just playing hard to get!"  They were married in December 1944. Stan joined his father and brother in the Bohon Dental Group in Kirksville. He retired in 1991.

    Doris served on the Truman Foundation Board for six years, and Stan and Doris are members of the Truman Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter, the John R. Kirk Society and the Pershing Circle. Stan and Doris have been active in the Kirksville community, and both have served as elders and clerks of session at the First Presbyterian Church in Kirksville. Stan is past president of the NEMO Dental Society and the Kirksville Lions Club. Doris is past president of the Sojourners Club and the Becky Thatcher area Girl Scout Council, and she also served as a Troop Leader in Kirksville. In 1981, Doris received the Citizen of the Year Award presented by the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce, and she has been active in the Monday Club and the Chapter CW of PEO.

    The Bohons have three children: Rick, a dentist in Columbia, Mo.; Connie, a physician in the Washington, D.C. area; and Libby, a dental hygienist working with husband and dentist Don Riley of Kirksville. Libby is a 1982 Truman graduate and attended dental hygienist school in Kansas City where her father attended and where she met husband Don. In addition to their three children, Stan and Doris have seven grandchildren. The couple spends the winters in Florida but they say, "Kirksville will always be home!
  • Truman Foundation Scholarship Applications Available Oct. 1

    The Truman Foundation is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the spring 2009 semester are now available to Truman students. Applications are available online and are due by midnight on Saturday, November 1. To learn more, go to http://www.truman.edu and click on Student Life/Money/Foundation Scholarships or go to https://secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/.

    This application period is for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2008-2009. Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in January and February for the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Applications are also now available in the Center for International Education (IE) office in Kirk Building 114 for the Truman Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships for the summer of 2009. Ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded for summer, faculty-led Truman study abroad programs based on financial need, statement of purpose and academic achievement. These applications are due in the IE office by 12 p.m. Jan. 23, 2009 and recipients will be notified by the end of February.

    Since its creation in 1980, the Truman Foundation has provided an opportunity for thousands of alumni and friends to make an investment in students. The mission of the Foundation and Office of Advancement is to support the goals and activities of Truman by nurturing viable relationships with external constituencies, obtaining financial support, and serving as prudent financial stewards of the Foundation’s resources. More than $621,000 will be awarded in scholarships to Truman students in 2008-2009.

  • Truman Media Network Will Provide Vice Presidential Debate Coverage

    Members of the Truman Media Network (TMN) will be traveling to St. Louis to cover the 2008 Vice Presidential Debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin live from the campus of Washington University.

    News 36 KTRM-TV, KTRM 88.7 The Edge Radio, the Index newspaper and Detours travel magazine will work together on this project to provide special election coverage to Truman students.

    Index News Reporter and Photographer Mark Hardy, News 36 Videographer Margaret Hooper and KTRM News Director Heather Turner will be providing frequent evening updates, such as audio and video packages, print pieces, photo slideshows, interactive web material and blog pieces. They will cover the debate-watching parties, student and suburban voter reaction and the American political process in action.

    Visit the TMN website throughout the evening at http://www.tmn.truman.edu to view the coverage. KTRM DJ’s will be highlighting the web coverage throughout the evening. In addition, the websites of each individual media will be linked to TMN for coverage access.

    This collaborative project serves as part of TMN’s 2008 General Election Coverage.


  • Homecoming Activities Sept. 29-Oct. 5

    Sept. 29
    Apparel Sales, Lip Sync Ticket Sales, and Penny Wars

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Daily until Oct. 3
    Mainstreet/SUB Mall

    Royalty Voting & Scrapbook Scavenger Hunt Begin
    10 a.m.

    Bon Voyage Kick-Off & Faculty/Staff Coronation
    5:30 p.m.
    Baldwin Hall

    Up ‘til Dawn Pie in the Face
    7 p.m.
    Quadrangle-rain site at SUB Georgian Room C.

    Sept. 30
    MapQuest Maze 3-5 p.m.


    Inflight Improv
    8 p.m.
    SUB Activities Room

    Oct. 1
    The Amazing Relay Race

    1-3 p.m.

    Scrapbook Scavenger Hunt ends
    5 p.m.

    Planes, Trains and Trivia
    5-7:30 p.m.
    SUB Down Under

    Truman Safari Night Tours by Zac Burden
    8:30-10:45 p.m.
    Meet by Kirk Building and Bell Wall

    Oct. 2
    Bacchus & Gamma Car Crash

    3 p.m.
    Stadium Drive

    Royalty Voting ends
    5 p.m.

    You Are Now Free to Move About the Stage Lip Sync Competition & Awards
    7 p.m.
    Baldwin Auditorium

    Oct. 3
    Career Networking for Alumni & Students

    8-9:30 a.m.
    SUB Mall

    Alumni Leadership Conference
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    SUB Mall

    21st Annual Bulldog Classic Golf Tournament
    10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Kirksville Country Club

    Pastries in Paris Cake Decorating Contest
    2-3 p.m.
    SUB Mall

    Pep Rally
    5:30 p.m.
    Stokes Stadium

    Alumni & Friends Celebration/Hall of Fame Banquet
    6 p.m.
    SUB Georgian Room

    Essence of Venice: A Masquerade Ball & Coronation
    8 p.m.
    SUB Down Under

    Oct. 4
    Chase After Harry 5K Race

    7 a.m. registration
    7:30 a.m. race begins
    Barnett Hall

    Alumni Center Open
    9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    SUB Mall

    Parade Around the Town
    9 a.m.
    Franklin Street

    “Truman’s Adventure”
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Red Barn Park

    Ribbon Cuttings
    10:30 a.m.
    Blanton Nason Brewer
    11 a.m.
    Student Union Building

    Tailgate Picnic
    11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Red Barn Park

    Anniversary Class Reunions
    11:15 a.m.

    Football Game
    2 p.m.
    Announcement of Homecoming competition winners at halftime.
    Stokes Stadium

    Alumni Mixer
    5-9 p.m.
    Kirksville Arts Center

    Step Show
    6 p.m.
    Baldwin Auditorium

    Comedian Alexandra McHale
    9 p.m.
    Baldwin Auditorium

    Log on to http://homecoming.truman.edu and http://alumni.truman.edu/homecoming.asp for more information on these events and other events.
  • Blanton Nason Brewer and Student Union Building Ribbon Cuttings

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  • Voter Registration Forms Available

    Voter registration forms are now available at the following locations:

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

    For more information visit http://conduct.truman.edu and click on the voter registration link.
    The last day to register is Oct. 8
  • 16th Annual McNair Research Presentation

    Oct. 1, 2008 • Violette Hall 1000

    Session One

    9 a.m. • Sammone Kidd
    What Explains Variation of Women’s Representation in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Parliaments?

    9:20 a.m. • Liza Castillo
    Factors that Influence English Word Learning in Bilingual Children

    9:40 a.m. • Van Le
    Environmental Criticism of the Late Roman Republic in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura

    10 a.m. • Harold Kaid
    How Should Undergraduates Deal with Interpersonal Stress? A Comparison of Catharsis, Guided Relaxation, and Sitting Quietly

    10:20 a.m. • Joshua Hallows
    Narcissism, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior: An Online Survey

    10:40 a.m. • Amber Jones
    The Conflict of Passing: Hypermasculinity in African American Male Educational Experiences

    11 a.m. • Angela Carter
    Feminist Smut(?): A Study of Anais Nin’s Erotica

    11:20 a.m. • Jacqueline Gonzalez
    BRAVE NEW GIRL: Girls’ Life and Answer-Seeking Adolescents

    11:40 a.m. • Joshua Harris
    Religiosity and Attitudes toward Violence in Hispanic Street Gang Members

    Session Two

    2 p.m. • Casey Sharp
    Bread and Circuses: How Red Meat Ballot Initiatives Feed Voter Turnout

    2:20 p.m. • Michele Kaminski
    Race, Identity and Power-Where Art and Popular Culture Unite: George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and Philip Guston’s Flatlands

    2:40 p.m. • Break

    3 p.m. • Jesse Badoe
    Foot-In-The-Door Phenomenon: Its Relationship to Perceived Legitimate Authority

    3:20 p.m. • Sonia Mejia
    College Students’ Perceptions of Dialect Influenced English

    3:40 p.m. • Anna Pechenina
    Environmental Degradation and Genocide/Politicide, 1958-2007

    4 p.m. • Gemmicka Piper
    Creating a Space for Expression of Both Black and Female Selves: An Examination of Toni Cade Bambara

    4:20 p.m. • Jeffrey Sanders
    Economic Inequity in Ancient Rome: A Study of the Elite Class and Its Role in Socio-Economic Disparity

    The programs are open for all to attend
    at their convenience.
  • "A Shadow in the Dark"

    8 p.m.
    Oct. 1-4
    James G. Severns Theatre
    Ophelia Parrish

    Written by Jared Latore, a senior theatre major from O’Fallon, Mo., “A Shadow in the Dark” tells the story of an influential children’s author, tormented by forces he will never understand, as he sows a garden of nightmares and heartaches and descends into madness. Due to strong subject matter, this play is not appropriate for children.

    Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at 785.4515, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    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

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

    All information, rules and registration requirements are online at http://recreation.truman.edu/intramuralrec.asp, or contact the Intramural Office at 785.4467.
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  • 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 medium and large shirts available. You may also purchase a Truman drawstring bag for $5.


  • Notables

    Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, authored a historical novel, “Dieppe Crossing,” which will be published by XLibris Publishing Corporation. Her novel is a fictional memoir set during the Spanish Civil War on through the years of the French Resistance, ending in the 1980s. McLane-Iles also wrote a poem, “The Debt,” that was recently awarded first place in the first round of poetry judging for the Senior Poet Laureat of Missouri competition, and was subsequently given “Honor Roll” status. The poem will appear in the next edition of “Angels Without Wings,” a collection of prize-winning poetry of senior poets from all fifty states.

    Fourteen Truman McNair Scholars presented at the 12th Annual MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference in Kansas City, Sept 19-21. Presentations were a result of summer research interships. The scholars will also present in Violette Hall 1000 Oct. 1. A presentation schedule and abstracts can be found at http://mcnair.truman.edu.


  • Notes

    The Career Center will host “We Know What You Did Last Summer… Internship Reflections 2008” from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 1 and from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Career Center. Free pizza and door prizes will be provided as students make meaning from their summer internships and figure out how to best market themselves in the future. All majors are welcome. For more information or to sign up for the event, e-mail Elizabeth Bauer, Career Coordinator, at ebauer@truman.edu. Limited seating is available so be sure to contact the Career Center soon.

    Foundation Scholarships will be available beginning Oct. 1. To apply, go to http://secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/ or go to http://www.truman.edu and click on Student Life/Money/Foundation Scholarships. The deadline for submitting Foundation Scholarship applications is Nov. 1.

    The Career Center and the Alumni Office will host this year’s “Career Destinations Networking and Coffee” from 8-9:30 a.m. Oct. 3 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Please dress business casual.

    The Truman Alumni Association and Alpha Sigma Gamma will host a Homecoming tailgate picnic from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct 4 in Red Barn Park. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $7 per person. Residence Hall dining facilities will be closed. Pre-registration is encouraged. To register online or to view the full schedule of Homecoming events, visit http://alumni.truman.edu/Homecoming2008/Registration.asp.

    Applications for the Funds Allotment Council (FAC) are due at 4:00 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Center for Student Involvement (CSI). The FAC is looking for organizations wanting to bring an event to campus or participate in intercollegiate competitions, but cannot financially afford it. The FAC is an independent council of the Student Senate that is responsible for granting money to student organizations such as these.

    The SERVE Center is sponsoring the Bowl for Gold fundraising event for Special Olympics from 1:30-5 p.m. Oct. 18. To register a team, or for more information, please contact Jesslyn Tenhouse, Assistant Staff Coordinator, at 785.7222 or jrt075@truman.edu.

    Alpha Phi Omega is sponsoring Little Event beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 19. Little Event is a service event where members of Alpha Phi Omega will help with odd jobs needed throughout the community, such as cleaning, raking leaves and cleaning gutters. This year the Little Event has been expanded to provide needed services to students and campus organizations. They are also willing to help with local businesses as long as supplies are provided. Please submit any possible job ideas to Theresa Perkins at tap657@truman.edu and include the job details and location.

    Students may pick up applications for the 2008-2009 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award” in the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Student Union Building 3100. To qualify, 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 2008-2009 academic year. Completed student applications need to be returned to the Student Affairs Office by Oct. 17. For more information visit http://saffairs.truman.edu or call 785.4111.