Vol. 13, No. 13 - Nov. 18, 2008


  • Volleyball Wins Regional Championship, Soccer Finishes Season with Strong Tournament Run

    The Truman Bulldog volleyball team won the South Central Regional Championship Nov. 23 with a 3-0 victory at top-seeded Emporia State.

    The team earned its fifth career trip to the Elite Eight and will now face South Region champion Nova-Southeastern (Fla.) Dec. 4 at a site to be determined.

    With a record of 32-7, Truman returns to the Elite Eight for the second time under fourth-year head coach Jason Skoch. The Bulldogs have advanced to the Elite Eight five times, all since 2001, and have reached the national championship match twice but have never captured the title.

    Full coverage of the next match will be available on Truman’s Athletics website, http://gobulldogs.truman.edu.

    The Truman women’s soccer team had its winning season come to an end Nov. 22 when they lost in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament.

    The Bulldogs lost 1-0 to Seattle Pacific at the Truman Soccer Park. The game marked the first loss at home for the team, which ends the season with a record of 18-4-2.

    Truman lasted reached the quarterfinals in 2001, with a team that won the MIAA and finished with only three losses.

    Next season the team returns all but four starters and look to advance even farther in tournament play.

  • “Go Green” Contest Offers Cash Prizes

    The School of Business and Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) will sponsor a “Go Green” event in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 17-23.

    “Trash Cans on Parade,” a trash can painting contest promoting the “Go Green” cause offers participants the chance to win a cash prize. 

    The trash cans are supposed to represent everyone’s “Go Green” views and creativity is encouraged. Trash cans will be judged on originality/innovativeness, relatedness to the “Go Green” theme and the strength of the statement.

    Trash cans must be submitted with an entry form, which can be downloaded from http://sife.truman.edu/home, by 10 a.m. Nov. 20 in Georgian Room A of the Student Union Building. They can be any size and may be submitted by individuals or groups. Profanity or explicit content will result in immediate disqualification.

    The top 10 entries will be displayed around campus, with the top three receiving cash prizes. First place will receive $100, second will receive $50 and third will receive $25.

    Other “Go Green” events included a YouTube competition, where participants were asked to create an effective, creative and persuasive video that motivates and encourages others to take part in environmentally sustainable practices.

    Videos were to be uploaded to YouTube by Nov. 17 with judging to take place Nov. 21.
  • Global Issues Colloquium Returns Nov. 20

    Bonnie Mitchell, assistant professor of sociology, will present the next Global Issues Colloquium at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Magruder Hall 2001.

    Mitchell’s presentation, “Indigenous Survival: Strategies of Cultural Resistance,” will explore how smaller, less economically powerful groups preserve cultural integrity and autonomy inside dominant societies and what strategies of cultural resistance they employ.

    The Global Issues Colloquium, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, allows faculty and some guest presenters to address issues outside the familiar perspective. This colloquium annually offers some of the most stimulating discussion on campus. The presenters prompt those in attendance to expand their frame of context on current issues such as refugeeism, terrorism, global media coverage, radioactive and nuclear waste disposal, global warming and stem cell research. Programs are planned by a faculty steering committee.

    Most sessions are recorded, edited for classroom time and usage, then catalogued for check-out in Pickler’s Media Library.  Search the library’s catalog with the keywords, “global issues.”
  • Head to Toe Clothing Drive set for Dec. 1-5

    Staff Council’s University and Community Relations Committee is sponsoring the “Head to Toe: Keeping Local Kids Warm” drive from Dec. 1-5 at various locations on campus.

    People may donate hats, gloves or mittens, scarves and boots and place them in one of the boxes located in the Student Union Building, Career Center reception area, Pickler Memorial Library circulation desk, Physical Plant office, Barnett Hall lobby, McClain Hall lobby and McClain Hall 101 and 214.

    Monetary donations can be given to Melissa Rodman in McClain Hall 104. The items will be given to local children in need of warm clothing.
  • Library Will Reduce Fines in Exchange for Food Donations

    Pickler Memorial Library will offer faculty, staff and students the opportunity to reduce their fees with the Food for Fines drive from Dec. 1-5.

    For every food item donated, the library will waive up to $1 in overdue fines.

    For questions about the food drive call 785.4533.
  • Homecoming Check Presentations

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    Members of the Homecoming Committee present Vickie Grinde, Head Start Center supervisor, with a check for $1,000. The money was raised through the Penny Wars donations during Homecoming Week. Pictured above, left to right: Stacy Tucker-Potter, Homecoming adviser; Claire Hof, events coordinator; Danielle Noring, events coordinator; Makita Abraham, events coordinator; Vickie Grinde; Rachel Hanks, publicity chair; and Amy Currier, Homecoming adviser.

    The committee also sold necklaces throughout the week and raised $619 for the African Hearts Community Organization, which is comprised of children who create and sell handmade jewelry to raise money for the underprivileged in Africa.  Another $3,000 for Baldwin Auditorium was raised through Lip Sync ticket sales. Pictured below, left to right, with checks for African Hearts and Baldwin Auditorium: Tucker-Potter, Currier, Noring, Abraham, Hof and Hanks.

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  • Communication Students Bring Speeches to Life

    Reminiscent of the popular movie “Night at the Museum,” great speeches from history and the movies will come to life at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Hub of the Student Union Building.

    Communication students from COMM 270 & 385 will portray speakers or characters in an entertaining program scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Thirty-five students are involved in the project.

    The public is invited to move through the museum in self-paced style, realizing that each student presentation is about five minutes. In addition to performing excerpts from speeches, students will share brief insights about the speakers/characters and the rhetorical situation. Students from COMM 385 will portray speakers from the Top 100 Great Speeches of the 20th Century. Students from COMM 270 will portray movie characters that gave memorable speeches, such as William Wallace in “Braveheart.”

    At 8 p.m., a reception will follow honoring the student efforts. Students are also invited to sign-up if they are interested in establishing a National Communication Association Student Club. NCASC is committed to enriching the lives of undergraduate communication majors and minors. Interested students may contact Barry Poyner, professor of communication, at bpoyner@truman.edu.
  • DPS Offers Shuttle Service

    The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be providing a shuttle service to the La Plata train station for those students taking the train to Chicago during the week of Thanksgiving.

    DPS shuttles will depart from campus at 9 a.m. Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. The cost is $5 for a reservation, with payment due one week prior to departure. Reservations are on a first-come basis. To make an appointment, contact Joyce at 785.4177 during regular business hours.

    The shuttle will meet and depart from the Public Safety building north of the Student Recreation Center. A return shuttle will be available the evening of Nov. 30.
  • Truman Forensic Students Capture Awards 2,000 Miles Apart

    Students from the Truman Forensic Union captured several awards at tournaments hosted by the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Nov. 7-9, and Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 8-9.

    Freshman Andrew Grojean led a mostly-freshman contingent of novice competitors at the LE Norton Invitational at Bradley University with a second place finish in novice dramatic interpretation. This is Grojean’s second tournament posting a final-round finish in the event.

    Meanwhile, in California, three Truman debaters reached elimination rounds in the Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Paul Winters Invitational. Sophomore Sarah Backhaus reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, while freshman Christian Johns and sophomore Barbara Gillard reached the sweet sixteen.

    For Gillard and Backhaus these placements are fresh qualifications for the National Forensic Association Championships in April. Johns had previously qualified in September.

    Additionally, the parliamentary debate duo of Backhaus and Johns reached the double-octafinal in open parliamentary debate.

    In other competition, Backhaus reached semifinals of extemporaneous speaking.

    Senior Christopher Girouard and junior Mark Buchheit represented Truman for the fourth consecutive year in the prestigious Pat Kennedy Memorial Round Robin. Buchheit and Girouard narrowly missed the semifinals of this year’s tournament.
  • Cellist to Perform with Truman Faculty

    Cellist Marta Simidtchieva will be the featured performer at a recital at 8 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    An active soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Simidtchieva is currently an assistant professor of cello at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She is also a member of the LeClaire Piano Trio and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, as well as a faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C.

    A native of Bourgas, Bulgaria, Simidtchieva is a graduate of the Bulgarian State Academy of Music and earned her doctorate of music at Florida State University.

    The Nov. 23 performance will include the Brahms Cello Sonata Op. 99 and Clarinet Trio Op. 114, featuring Truman faculty members Yukari Yano, associate professor of music, and Jesse Krebs, assistant professor of music. The concert is free and open to the public.
  • SIFE Educating Community Children

    Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is working with elementary school students to teach simple economic principles such as supply and demand, inventory and added value.

    SIFE members will be at La Plata Elementary School Nov. 19 conducting a Mini Market with students in grades 4-6. The projects will simulate a market by allowing students to buy raw materials, then make, buy and sell products.

    SIFE is also seeking volunteers for a project aimed at raising awareness about identity theft, e-mail scams and other threats to consumers.

    The organization is planning to work with U.S. Bank, and could possibly present the project at the Kirksville Telecommunications Resource Center (TCRC) to attract more community involvement.  For information about volunteering with SIFE contact Helen Pham at hkt587@truman.edu.



  • Notables

    Communications majors Natalie Arduini, a senior from Sterling, Ill.; Neosha Hayes, a junior from Saint Peters, Mo.; Jackie Hodapp, a junior from Saint Peters, Mo.; Kanna Taylor, a senior from Saint Peters, Mo.; Silja Tobin, a senior from St. Louis, Mo.; and Allison Walton, a senior from Wentzville, Mo.,  attended the PRO-AM Conference at St. Louis University Nov. 7.  The St. Louis University Public Relations Club hosted a conference for practicing professionals from the St. Louis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and students interested in careers in public relations.  
    Katie Cagle, a senior communication major from Marceline, Mo.; Andrew Perkins, a junior psychology major from Corydon, Iowa; and Alyse Vandevort a junior psychology major from Chillicothe, Mo., attended the Kansas City Ad Club Career Day Conference Nov. 3.  The Kansas City Ad Club hosted a conference for practicing professionals and students interested in careers in marketing and advertising.

    Maggie Fairchild, a senior communication major from Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Cara Graziano, an English and communication major from Des Moines, Iowa, attended a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) conference in Kansas City Nov. 7.  The University of Kansas chapter of the PRSSA hosted a conference for practicing professionals and students interested in careers in public relations.

    Warren Gooch, professor of music, has had an original musical composition accepted for publication. The Christmas anthem, “Jesus is Born,” for choir and piano will be published by Alliance Publications Inc.

    Robert B. Graber, professor emeritus of anthropology, recently had his book, “Plutonic Sonnets,” published. Graber is the author of four scholarly books and many articles.

    Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, gave a reading of her recently published novel, “Dieppe Crossing,” on Nov. 6 in Columbia, Mo.

    Timothy Rebers, a graduate student majoring in music composition and vocal performance  from Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Matthew Pickle, a sophomore music composition major from Mount Vernon, Mo., received recognition in the Missouri Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Student Composers Competition. Rebers was awarded first place for his composition, “Twelve-Tone Dances,” for saxophone duet. Pickle received honorable mention (second place) for his composition, “End of the Tunnel,” for clarinet quartet.  Rebers’ composition now advances to district level competition.  Both Rebers and Pickle study with Warren Gooch, professor of music.


  • Notes

    An open forum to announce the winners of the Truman 2009 Innovative Academic Initiative Grants will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Representatives from each project will offer a brief presentation on what they proposed.

    The American Marketing Association is hosting penny wars Nov. 17-21 in the School of Business division office.
    School of Business organizations will be raising money for their philanthropies. All proceeds will go to the winning organization’s chosen philanthropy.

    GlobeMed is sponsoring the fundraiser, “What’s a Dollar to You?” from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20 at various tables around campus. All proceeds will benefit a birthing clinic in Haiti.

    An informational meeting discussing opportunities to study/work abroad in China will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 in Violette Hall 1300.
    The meeting will explain an opportunity to travel to Hong Kong and Shuizhai during the May interim of 2009 with Janice Grow, professor of education and Charles Frost, lecturer in justice systems. Students will receive three hours of credit. Another opportunity to spend a semester in Shuizhai teaching English and earn 12 hours of credit will be discussed during the meeting.

    The Faculty Weekly Lunch Series, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, continues at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. This week’s topic is “Inquiring Minds Want to Know.” There will be an additional Faculty Weekly Lunch at 12 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Spanish Room. Christine Harker, associate professor of English, will present “How I Redesigned My Course and Got More of What I Wanted.”

    The Center for Teaching and Learning will host the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) informational meeting at 3 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Student Union Building 3202. Thomas Adams, the MFH representative for the area, will host a question and answer session regarding MFH funding programs and grant processes.

    Ekklesia will host Turkey Bowling during the Great American Smoke Out from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 20 outside of McClain Hall. The event will have information about the dangers of smoking and strategies to quit.

    The Association of Black Collegians is looking for interested participants to take part in their Spring Fashion Show. They will host an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Spanish Room of the Student Union Building.

    Sigma Kappa will host “Twisting for Alzheimer’s,” a Twister tournament to benefit Alzheimer’s disease, from 8-10 p.m. Nov. 20 in Georgian Room B of the Student Union Building.

    The SERVE Center is hosting “HungerFest,” a concert featuring several local groups, at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Baldwin Auditorium. Percussion Ensemble, Minor Detail, Highstreet Dancers, TSODA, Illusion Danz Team, Unique Ensemble, Sweet Nothings and Show Girls will be performing. Admission is free, but canned goods and/or monetary donations are appreciated. All donations will go to Central Missouri Food Bank.

    The Student Activities Board is hosting “Battle in Baldwin” at 6 p.m. Nov. 22 in Baldwin Auditorium. The event is free for Truman students with an ID and $5 for general admission. Pick up tickets at the SAB office.

    The Department of Classical and Modern Languages and the Classics Club will host “Oratoria Ciceroniana” at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the University Club and “Homerathon” at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Advanced Latin students will lead a reading of Cicero’s de imperio, and advanced Greek students will lead a reading of the Odyssey. Location of “Homerathon” is to be announced, please call 785.4481 for more information.

    Residence Life is hosting an apartment manager information session at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and a student adviser information session at 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Both sessions will be located in the Missouri Hall Chariton Room.

    Truman State University nursing students will be hosting the World AIDS Day Memorial Service at the Flame to the Second Century in front of Kirk Memorial at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. The service will be in remembrance of the lives lost or affected by the disease.

    The Center for International Education Abroad will host an information session with Jason Keeling, a representative from Edge Hill University, about studying abroad in England. The session will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Kirk Building 114.  Interested individuals should RSVP to Megan at ciea@truman.edu.

    The Next STEP Office will be hosting a workshop for students to learn about Summer Research with STEP. The workshop will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Student Union Building 3202. Learn the benefits of research experience; opportunities at Truman for first and second year students interested in science, math and computer science; and how to prepare an application.  Dinner will be provided.  For more information contact The Next STEP Office at 785.7252 or step@truman.edu.

    The John R. Kirk chapter of Blue Key National Honors Fraternity is hosting a fall meet and greet reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in Georgian Room C of the Student Union Building for students who are interested in rushing next spring semester. In order to be eligible, students must complete at least 45 hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better. To learn more about Blue Key visit http://bluekey.truman.edu, or contact Whitey Holt at wwh051@truman.edu with any questions.

    Alpha Sigma Gamma is hosting the Ryle Holiday Market from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Ryle Hall Main Lounge. There will be crafts, a silent auction and a kids activity corner. All proceeds will go to Victim Support Services. For more information please e-mail ryleholidaymarket@gmail.com.