Vol. 13, No. 21 - Feb. 17, 2009


  • Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Presents “The Mikado,” Feb. 24 in Baldwin Auditorium

    The 2008-2009 season of Truman’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series continues with “The Mikado,” one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most successful comic operas, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. 

    The two-act production is set in Japan, and focuses on a young man named Nanki-Poo and his love for the beautiful Yum-Yum, who is engaged to Ko-Ko.


    "The Mikado"

    Originally created by the British duo of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan as a satire of politics and institutions in their home country. The Mikado utilizes the theme of death for comic effect.

    After opening in London in 1885, the Mikado ran for 672 performances in the Savoy Theatre. Since that time it has been translated into numerous languages and become one of the most frequently played musical pieces in history.

    Opera A La Carte, a professional performance company specializing exclusively in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, will bring the production to life.

    In addition to full-time art and music directors, the company tours with its own chorus and orchestra, as well as its principal performers.
    Lyceum tickets are free for all Truman students, faculty and staff. Starting Feb. 17, students may pick up their tickets from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Activities Board office in the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may pick up their tickets from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday at the information desk in the Student Union Building. General admission tickets will be on sale at Edna Campbell’s and the Truman Business Office, McClain Hall 105, for the costs of $7 for adults and $4 for those 18 and under.

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

  • Workshop Helps Shape Disability Studies Minor

    The Truman State University Interdisciplinary Workshop, “What is Disability Studies?” took place Jan 9-10, facilitated by Karen Hagrup, an activist, educator and scholar in disability studies.

    Eighteen faculty, staff, community members and one undergraduate student, all together representing 14 departments, attended and contributed to the workshop.

    The disability studies minor, once through governance procedures, will be active by 2010. The disability studies minor coordinators are Janet Gooch, associate professor and department chair of communication disorders as well as interim McNair director; Peter Kelly, associate professor of special education; and Lynn Rose, professor of history.

    Others involved in making the workshop possible are Wendy Miner, associate professor and chair of education; Douglas Davenport, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Sam Minner, professor of education and dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education, for making this workshop possible. Michael Kelrick, professor of biology and director of interdisciplinary studies, has also been instrumental in guiding this proposed minor.

  • Truman Hosts 26th Annual Piano Festival

    The Truman Department of Music will host the 26th Annual Truman Piano Festival Feb. 20-21.  High school pianists will be auditioning for cash prizes and scholarships, including the Truman Piano Fellowship Award.

    These pianists have already submitted a recorded performance of their repertoire and have been invited by the Truman Piano Faculty to compete on campus. The final round of this competition begins at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. All events are open to the public and are free of charge.  

    Serving as the Guest Artist for the 2009 Truman Piano Festival is Tad Hardin from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis. Hardin will perform a recital at 8 p.m. Feb. 20.  The following day, at 3:30 p.m., Hardin will conduct a master class that will feature two Truman piano majors. Both of these events will take place in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. 

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    Tad Hardin

    Hardin enjoys an active collaborative performance career and maintains a diverse concert schedule with many singers, instrumentalists and chamber groups. His performing engagements have taken him to venues throughout the U.S., Europe and South America.

    Hardin has studied with many distinguished artists and pedagogues, including Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, David Allen Wehr, Carolyn Bridger, Tim Hoekman, Doug Fisher and Karyl Louwenaar.

    He earned his doctor of music degree in piano performance at the Florida State University College of Music, where he also earned a master’s degree in vocal coaching.

    His treatise and ongoing research focuses on the study of effective orchestral accompanying and the comparative analysis of performance editions. He is also a frequent presenter of lecture-performances at national conferences for the College Music Society. Hardin regularly teaches at summer festivals, such as the Songfest Young Artist Program, the Festival Internacional de Bach, and the Asolo Song Festival, where he serves as the Director of Collaborative Performance.

    For further information about the Truman Piano Festival, please contact Yukari Yano at 785.4421 or David McKamie at 785.4405 in the music department.

  • Piano and Percussion Couple to Perform Feb. 22

    Music activities continue at Truman after the Piano Festival, with a separate performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The Department of Music will host The Petrella Ensemble, a piano and percussion duo from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Husband and wife, Nick and Diane Petrella, are both on the faculty at the UMKC Conservatory. Nick Petrella serves as assistant professor of percussion, as well as director of education for Sabian, Ltd., a world-renowned cymbal manufacturer. He has commissioned and premiered numerous new music for percussion and has many solo and chamber music performances to his credit.

    Diane Petrella is currently assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the UMKC Conservatory. She has also served on the music faculties of Texas Wesleyan University and Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

    As the Petrella Ensemble, the duo has appeared throughout the U.S., in Mexico and in Poland. Both artists will also be presenting master classes during their Truman visit.

    Their appearance is co-sponsored by Sabian, Ltd., and The Truman Percussion Society.  Admission is free.  For more information, please contact Michael Bump, associate professor of music, at 785.4052 or mbump@truman.edu.

  • LEAP Challenge Central Region Winners


    The team of Joey Buterbaugh, Andrew Greiner, Jeremy Mattox and John Sturgeon (pictured from left to right) won the Central Region LEAP Challenge Preliminary Round, which took place on campus Feb. 10. The Jeopardy-style competition, sponsored by the Missouri Society of CPAs, tested the participants’ accounting and professional knowledge. The winners competed against teams from Culver-Stockton College and a second place Truman team. The winning team will compete at the statewide LEAP Challenge Championship June 5.

  • Online Room Reservations Available for SUB

    The Student Union Building Reservation’s Desk will offer workshops March 3-4 on making campus room reservations through its new online system.

    In November, the Student Union Building switched to an updated online reservation system. At the workshop, participants will learn how to make, change and cancel reservations, add equipment requests, submit setup notes, browse for room by features, view detailed room information and much more.

    The workshops, which will take place in McClain Hall 215, are open to all students, staff and faculty. For a complete list of workshop times, and to register for a seat, go online to http://sub.truman.edu/register/.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students in 2009-2010 are now available. Current students must apply online. Applications are due by midnight March 1. To learn more, go to https://secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/.

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
    is currently taking applications for their 2009 scholarship. The scholarship is available to permanent residents of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area defined as Clay, Jackson, Wyandotte and Johnson counties. To learn more about their programs, visit http://www.hispanicdevelopmentfund.org or call 816.627.3442. A limited number of applications are also available in the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103. Applications are due Feb. 20.  

    The Webster Groves Herb Society is offering a scholarship up to $3,000 to qualifying sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in a Missouri college or university who are majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns, city planning, land management or allied subject. Applications for the 2009-2010 academic year must be submitted on the required application form and mailed to the Webster Groves Herb Society. Visit the Financial Aid Office for requirements and the application form for this scholarship. Deadline for scholarship submission is March 1.

    The Missouri Travel Council will offer two $1,000 scholarships to currently enrolled sophomores, juniors or seniors in an accredited college or university in the state of Missouri. Applicants must be pursuing a hospitality-related major such as hotel/restaurant management, parks and recreation, etc., must be a current resident of Missouri and must have a GPA of at least 3.0. To obtain further information about how to apply for this scholarship please go to http://www.missouritravel.com. The deadline to apply is March 2.

    The Missouri Insurance Education Foundation will award scholarships to deserving students attending Missouri colleges or universities in a program that could lead to positions in the insurance industry in Missouri. The C. Lawrence Leggett Scholarship in the amount of  $2,500 will be awarded to a junior or senior Missouri resident majoring in insurance or a related area of study in a Missouri college or university. In addition to the Leggett Scholarship, the foundation has made an additional scholarship available in the amount of $2,000. Application forms are available on their website at http://www.mief.org/. Applications are due by March 31.

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation is accepting applications from students enrolled in the field of education in the humanities, such as literature, fine arts, music, art, poetry and dance.  The Foundation awards scholarships to students studying at colleges and universities who indicate an interest in teaching courses in the above-described areas in school districts located in the State of Missouri, preferably rural school districts. The scholarship is available to students at the junior and senior levels, as well as graduate students. For further information or an application, stop by the Truman Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103. Deadline for submission is April 15.

    Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants recognize the need of most students today to receive financial assistance for their education.  They will be awarding up to $1,000 each year to the winner of this scholarship. To apply students will submit an essay on one of the two topics that appear on the scholarship page of their web site at http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm.  Further information is available at their website. Application deadline is June 20.  

    The BigSun Organization is offering a $500 scholarship to a deserving student athlete, regardless of their respective sport. Please visit http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply. Deadline for submission is June 27.


  • Career Expo Schedule

    Feb. 16
    Deadline to upload résumé and apply for interview pre-selection on eRecruiting. (Additional slots may be available at Expo.)

    Feb. 18

    Expo Crash Course
    6-7 p.m.
    Sign up at http://pdi.truman.edu.

    Feb. 23
    Expo 411
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Violette Hall Commons

    Feb. 24
    Employer Mock Interviews
    Sign up and drop off your résumé in the Career Center.

    Feb. 25
    Career Expo
    1-5 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Register at http://career.truman.edu.

    Peace Corps Info Session
    6:30-8 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Down Under

    Feb. 26
    Employer Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Student Union Building

  • The Student Activities Board presents: An Evening with “The Onion”

    7 p.m. Feb. 18
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium

    Featuring two Onion staff writers, this event is free to students and $5 for general admission. Pick up tickets in the SAB Office in the Student Union Building.

    For more information go to http://www.theonion.com.  

  • Bike Co-op Workshops Offered

    Brakes and Cables
    Feb. 16-Feb. 26
    This class covers the most vexing and mishandled repair jobs on the bike. Learn the proper use of tools and how to avoid dangerous and time-consuming mistakes.

    Chains and Gears
    March 2-March 16
    This class covers the most complex bike system. Learn how to keep a bike in top shape for the longest time possible. Participation in previous classes is suggested.

    All workshops are offered at the following times:
    Monday/Tuesday 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    For more information, contact the Kirksville Bike Co-op at http://bikeco-op.truman.edu/ or kirksvillebikecoop@gmail.com. Shop hours are 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • FREE Tax Return Preparation

    Beta Alpha Psi provides FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to students and the community.

    8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Feb. 21 and 28
    March 28
    April 4
    Violette Hall 1424

    All volunteers are IRS certified and all returns are reviewed for accuracy.

    For more information visit http://bap.truman.edu or call 785.4268.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    All students are encouraged to file the 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is important to apply before April 1 to be considered for all available funding. Contact the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall103, at 785.4130, if you have any questions.
  • Students Forums on Budget Cuts Within Student Affairs

    7:30 p.m. Feb. 17
    Student Union Building
    Alumni Room
    Topics include: Counseling Services, Student Health Center, Disability Services and Mulitcultural Affairs.

    7:30 p.m. Feb. 18
    Student Union Building
    Conference Room
    Topics include: Greek Life, Center for Student Involvement and Career Center.

    7:30 p.m. Feb. 19
    Georgian Rooms A and B
    Topics include: Residence Life, Student Union and Recreation Center.

  • FACT Applications Due Feb. 19

    The First Year Activities Coordinating Team (FACT) is taking applications for student coordinators for Truman Week 2009.

    Coordinators are responsible for programing during the evenings, assisting in the move-in process and serving as mentors for the incoming freshmen throughout the week.

    Applications should be turned in to the Center for Student Involvement in the Student Union Building by 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

    For more information contact Rachelle Williams at rwilliams@truman.edu or Courtney Perrachione at cjp133@truman.edu.
  • Researchers Seek Participants with Back or Neck Pain for Summer Research

    Acute ‘Crick in the Neck’ Pain
    Upper Back (Thoracic) Pain
     Low Back Pain

    Faculty, staff and students are eligible. Participants must be 18-50 years old and meet certain inclusion criteria in each study.

    For more information about
    compensation and the studies’ criteria contact Michael Bird at mbird@truman.edu.

  • Looking for something fun to do?

    Catch the bus to see:

    St. Louis Blues Hockey
    Feb. 21
    Scottrade Center in St. Louis

    La Traviata
    March 22
    Kansas City Lyric Opera

    For $20 receive transportation, a reserved seat at the event and an inside look at the careers. Register at http://pdi.truman.edu.

  • Special Offer on 2008 Homecoming Apparel

    Short Sleeve Tees: $4
    Long Sleeve Tees: $8
    Sweatshirts: $12
    Hooded Sweatshirts: $16

    Some 2007 apparel is available at further reduced prices.  

    Stop by the Office of Advancement in McClain Hall 100 to buy or e-mail Stacy Tucker-Potter at stuckerpotter@truman.edu for more information.
  • “Healthy Meals for Busy Families”

    10:30 a.m. Feb. 24
    Pickler Memorial Library 103

    Targeted toward faculty and staff, this presentation will provide ideas for easy, healthy meals as well as offer plenty of meal tips, such as “recycling” leftovers and how to manage meal times when a family is on the go.
  • Pickler Memorial Library



    Credo Reference Database is now available through the Library. Credo has more than 300 electronic reference sources, including many dictionaries and encyclopedias. 

    A few of the sources available include: Bridgeman Art Library Archive; Dictionary of Business; bilingual dictionaries; biographical dictionaries; American Heritage Dictionary; Britannica Concise Encyclopedia; Dorlands Medical Dictionary and many more titles.

    Credo is fully searchable with lots of bells and whistles.

  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Cranium
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Feb. 23
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Mar. 1

    Activity: Volleyball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Feb. 23
    Captain's Meeting: Mar. 4
    Play Begins: Mar. 16

    Activity: Co-Rec Volleyball
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Feb. 23
    Captain's Meeting: Mar. 4
    Play Begins: Mar. 16

    Activity: Closest to the Pin
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 2
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: TBA

    Activity: Outdoor Soccer
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 18
    Captain's Meeting: Mar. 19
    Play Begins: Mar. 23

    Activity: Sports Trivia
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Mar. 23
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Mar. 29

    Activity: Ultimate Frisbee
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Apr. 14
    Captain's Meeting: Apr. 16
    Play Begins: Apr. 18-19

    Activity: Punt, Pass & Kick
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 14
    Captain's Meeting: Apr. 16
    Play Begins: Apr. 22

    Activity: Swim Meet
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 14
    Captain's Meeting: Apr. 16
    Play Begins: Apr. 23

    Activity: Bench Press
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 20
    Captain's Meeting: Apr. 23
    Play Begins: Apr. 27

    Activity: T-shirt Design Contest
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Apr. 30
    Captain's Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: NA

    All information, rules and registration requirements are online at http://recreation.truman.edu/intramuralrec.asp, or contact the Intramural Office at 785.4467.


  • Notables

    Marc Rice, associate professor of musicology, had his paper, “Jazz on YouTube: New Opportunities for a Declining African American Market,” accepted to the program of the Mid-America American Studies Association and Center for Ethnic Studies conference on Identities and Technoculture, set for April 3-4, in Iowa City.

    Matt Tornatore, associate professor of foreign languages, has had his review of Gaetano Cipolla’s most recent book, “Siciliana: Studies on the Sicilian Ethos,” published in “Italian Quarterly” (Nos. 167-168) of Rutgers University.


  • Notes

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host “Delta Week 2009: The Mixtape, Vol. 13,” a week of service and social events from Feb. 16-22. Events include: “Heal the World,” 11-3 p.m. Feb. 16-20, Student Union Building table, a  weeklong contest where groups collect recyclable items; “Hard Knock Life,” 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Georgian Room C, brings to light the hardships of poverty among individuals around the world; “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Pickler Memorial Library computer room, discusses the ups and downs of credit; “Family Affair,” 9 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Pershing Small Gym, the annual Delta Family Reunion Party; “Jack O’ Hearts Ball: Playa Cards Right,” 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Georgian Room, where four young men play cards and compete for the title of Mr. Jack O’ Hearts 2009; and “It’s Our Anniversary,” 12 p.m. Feb. 22 Georgian Room B.

    The Student Involvement Complex in the Student Union Building will host Budget 101 at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. It will provide an opportunity to learn successful organizational money management, business office policies and important legal information. There will be free food, door prizes and an organizational budget resource packet.

    The Truman Art of Living Club will have a free introductory session for its intensive “Yoga Weekend”
    at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in McClain Hall 208. The regular class will consist of four sessions Feb. 20-23. Students must attend all sessions. For more information contact Lloyd Pflueger, professor of religion, at 785.4056.

    Amnesty International will sponsor “The History and Future of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict,” with Mark Appold, associate professor of philosophy and religion, at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Student Union Building 3000.

    The Weekly Lunch Series
    will take place at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. Julie Lochbaum will continue the series “The Role of the Classroom in College Student Persistence” with the third part, “Collaborative Learning.”

    “Arabian Nights,” will run in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-21. Tickets may be reserved in-person, by phone at 785.4515 or by e-mail at theatreboxoffice@truman.edu. The Truman Theatre Box Office will be open from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    The Truman Observatory will have an open house from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Feb. 19.

    The Student Public Health Association will host “Parents Night Out” from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Adair County YMCA. Cost is $2 per child.

    The Student Activities Board will sponsor a free concert by musician Jessica Sonner at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    The University Swingers will host workshops taught by 4-time world champion swing dancer Yuval Hod
    Feb. 21-22 in the Student Union Building and Pershing Arena. Workshops scheduled for Feb. 21 include: aerials from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; dips and tricks from 3:15-4:45 p.m.; and dance at 8 p.m. Workshops scheduled for Feb. 22 include aerials from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; and dips and tricks from 3:15-4:45 p.m. Hod has taught and performed in more than 26 countries. For more information on location and pricing contact Becka Tase at beckatase@gmail.com.

    The Center for Student Involvement will sponsor Pizza and Publicity, a workshop with information regarding campus posting polices and publicity ideas, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Student Involvement Complex. There will be free food, door prizes and a resource packet.

    SUB After Dark will sponsor a Mardi Gras Celebration starting at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Student Union Building Hub.

    The Gala Lincoln Bicentennial Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The deadline to sign up for China 330/530G, the two-week course taught in China during the May interim, is March 1. Contact Jan Grow at jgrow@truman.edu or 785.2356 for more information.

    An Informational Meeting for students taking the spring interim class “ED 393 Clinical Experiences in Teaching,” will take place at 5 p.m. March 2 in Violette Hall 1300. Students will be completing background screening forms and providing suggested grade levels for the field component of the course. Meeting times for the course include two mandatory Saturday sessions March 28 and April 25, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. The regular meeting dates will be May 11-22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Students should sign up in the Education Department Office Violette Hall 2310. For questions, contact Sheila Berkowitz at sberko@truman.edu or Peter Kelly at pkelly@truman.edu.