Vol. 13, No. 27 - April 7, 2009


  • Preussner Named Educator of the Year

    Alanna Preussner, professor of English, won top honors at the 20th annual Educator of the Year Banquet April 2.

    Preussner began teaching at Truman in 1989. She teaches American Romanticism; Senior Seminar (on American Nature Writers, late 19th century, World War I and Midwestern literature); Mystery; British Literature, American Literature, World Literature, American Studies/The American West; and Applying Literary Theory.

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    Alanna Preussner, professor of English, accepts the Educator of the Year Award from Suzanne Russell, chair of the Educator of the Year Committee, during a banquet April 2.

    A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Preussner received her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

    Students nominate professors for Educator of the Year. Nominees then submit an essay and syllabus to the Educator of the Year committee, which selects the finalist. In addition to Preussner, this year’s finalist included: James Cianciola, assistant professor of communication; Alan Davis, professor of accounting; Sherri Palmer, professor of psychology; Datha Dameron-Martinez, professor of business administration; and Matthew Tornatore, professor of foreign languages and linguistics.

    Students from Student Government, the Pershing Society and Phi Kappa Phi serve on the Educator of the Year Committee.
  • Children’s Literature Festival Returns

    Thanks to a generous donation, the Children’s Literature Festival returns to Truman April 17. During the Festival, 10 writers and illustrators will be showcased, providing an opportunity to connect area children with books and their authors.

    An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 children from grades three through six, in approximately 20 area schools, are invited to participate in 30-minute sessions with the authors and illustrators on Truman’s campus.

    The Festival was an annual event for 21 years until it was discontinued in 2004 due to severe budget cuts. The Children’s Literature Festival Fund was created in 2007 through the leadership and generosity of Travis W. Freeman with a gift he made to the University’s “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign. Financial support from the Truman Bookstore is also making the event possible. Pickler Memorial Library is serving as sponsor for the event.

    This year’s Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 17 in the Student Union Building. All children attending must be pre-registered.University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome to attend, but they should also be pre-registered. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at drearick@truman.edu or 785.4048.

    Visiting authors and illustrators include Suzanne Beaky, Joan Carris, J.B. Cheaney, Shane Evans, Cheryl Harness, David Harrison, Amy MacDonald, David Patneaude, Barbara Robinson and Mike Thaler. The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore. An informal meeting and book signing will take place from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    The Festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10.50. At 7 p.m. author Cheryl Harness will give a presentation.

    Additional information about the Festival may be obtained by contacting Sharon Hackney at 785.7366 or shackney@truman.edu, or by going online to http://library.truman.edu/Children%27sLiteratureFestival.htm.

    For more information about the Children’s Literature Festival Fund, contact the Office of Advancement at 785.4133 or go online to http://giving.truman.edu/SpecialInitiatives/ChildrensLiteratureFestival.asp.

  • The Stage is Set for “Jekyll and Hyde”

    The Truman theatre department will present “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical,” at 8 p.m. April 15-18 in the James G. Severn’s Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. A preview night is scheduled for April 14.

    The musical was conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn; book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse; and music by Frank Wildhorn.

    “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical,” an evocative take of the epic battle between good and evil, is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th-century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde.

    All tickets must be reserved in advance and can be picked up at the box office in Ophelia Parrish Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. beginning April 7. For more information about the musical contact the box office at 785.4515.
  • Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships Awarded

    The Truman State University Foundation awards 10 $1,500 scholarships annually to students who are participating in a summer, faculty-led study abroad experience.

    The students who have been selected as recipients in 2009 will study abroad in various programs, including Bethsaida Archeological Dig and Israel Study tour, Costa Rica Summer Program, Democracy and Human Rights in South Africa, Europe in Transition, Salamanca Program, and Study Abroad in the Philippines. 

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    University President Darrell Krueger (left), stands with five of the 10 students who received the Foundation Study Abroad scholarships (pictured from left to right) Chelsea Verslues, Javae Nelson, Jessamyn Phillips, Lauren Greenspan and Nicholas Wilson. Not pictured are recipients Hannah Dumey, Abigail Helmick, Jennifer Jackson, Ashley Kiefer and Kelsey Provance.

    More than $615,000 in scholarships has been awarded from the Foundation this year. These scholarships are made possible through generous contributions from alumni, parents and friends of the University. For more information contact the Office of Advancement at 785.4133.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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 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 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.

    The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is a non-profit organization that provides access to higher education to St. Louis area students through interest free loans. The program assists students with financial need. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average, demonstrate good character, and must be a permanent resident of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles or Warren, or the Illinois counties of Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair for at least two years prior to application. Applications are due April 15, 2009. For more information call 314.725.7990, e-mail info@sfstl.org or can pick up an application packet in the Financial Aid Office.

  • Truman Institute to be Headed by Minch

    Kevin Minch, associate professor of communication and director of forensics, will become the new director of the Truman Institute.

    Under Minch’s leadership the institute will develop initiatives and partnerships that will generate revenue and support Truman’s mission. These initiatives will include developing mutually beneficial partnerships, expanding Truman’s reach to students residing in off-site locations such as St. Louis and Kansas City, developing new on-campus programs to bolster recruiting efforts, and fostering and supporting new modes of course delivery.

    “Dr. Minch is the right person to lead the newly constituted Truman Institute,” said Troy Paino, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His problem solving skills, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Truman will make him extremely successful in this critically important role.”

    In addition to his teaching duties and role as the director of the award winning forensics program, Minch also serves as the dean of the Joseph Baldwin Academy, which is a three-week residential program for academically talented seventh, eighth and ninth graders.

    Minch was selected as one of the 2002 William O’Donnel Lee Advising Award winners. The award recognizes the dedication and skill of exemplary advisers at Truman.

    Minch’s education background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, as well as a master’s degree in communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Kansas.

  • Employment Opportunities

    University Counseling Services is currently taking applications for internships that may be used for scholarship hours for the 2009-2010 school year. Interested students should fill out the application available online at http://ucs.truman.edu/about/forms.asp and return it to University Counseling Services. The internships available are Sexual Assault Prevention Intern and Safe Zone Intern. Review of applications will begin April 10.


  • Red Cross Blood Drive

    10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    April 22-23

    Student Union Building Georgian Room

    Make an appointment at http://givelife.org or walk in to give blood.

    Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega
  • Newly Elected Staff Council

    The following individuals have been elected to serve on the Staff Council.

    Academic Affairs Hourly
    Kristin Flannigan

    Academic Affairs Contract
    Todd Phillips

    Academic Support Hourly
    Janice Weddle

    At Large
    Mona Davis

    Student Affairs Contract
    Damon Ferlazzo
  • Instructor Rating Surveys Now Available

    Truman Students can access instructor survey information during registration. To access a survey, click on the name of a professor while looking at the course list or, search for a course after clicking the ‘Instructor Rating Results’ link under the My Registration heading in the Student Tab.
    For more information contact Lizz Esfeld, president of the student association, at aee781@truman.edu.
  • Enroll in the Professional Development Institute (PDI) Now for the 2009-2010 School Year

    Students enrolled in the PDI can attend career-related programs that will help in life after college and can receive co-curricular credit. The PDI can be completed in as little as two semesters.

    Find application information at http://pdi.truman.edu and apply in the Career Center.

    Upcoming PDI Events
    at the Career Center

    5 p.m. April 8
    “Professionalism: More than Just Doing Your Job”

    4:30 p.m. April 21
    “Negotiating Benefits Packages”
  • Fine-Tuning the Research Paper Workshop

    3-4:30 p.m. April 9

    * Are you concerned that your good idea just isn’t coming out right on the page?
    * Does your research paper read like a jumble of ideas?
    * Are you less than confident about “your use of research?”
    * Do you feel gaps in your logic/development?

    Register for the workshop through the Writing Center website at http://writingcenter.truman.edu/register/classlist.asp. Registered participants will be e-mailed the location of the event two days prior.

    For more information e-mail write@truman.edu.

  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., Celebration

    April 9, 14-17

    April 9
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Student Union Building Mall
    “Picture of the Year International” will feature 2007 winners.

    April 14
    6:30 p.m.
    Violette Hall 1010
    “Marketing Messages” with Datha
    Martinez, lecture on subliminal
    messages in the media.

    April 15
    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Tres Leches, an authentic Mexican dessert, will be on sale for $1.

    April 15
    6:30 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3204
    Informational meeting for those interested in joining Sigma Lambda Gamma.

    April 16
    6 p.m.
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge
    “Rock Your Hips” with Sergio
    Escobar Osorio teaching Latin dance.

    April 17
    6 p.m.
    Missouri Hall Chariton Room
    “The Melting Pot,” an interactive workshop on breaking stereotypes in the media.

  • What does it mean to be a Bulldog?

    All Truman students are eligible to submit responses regarding how Truman’s Community Values have been important to the college experience.

    Submission can be completed online, in 500 words or less, at

    One lucky entry will win a $100 gift certificate to the University Bookstore.

    Entries are due by April 24.

  • Register Now for ES 240: Marathon Training

    The purpose of this course is to help students develop the strength and endurance to participate in a long-distance running event and to foster an understanding of the importance of goal setting and the psychological aspects of competing in an endurance event.

    Students will have the option to participate in a marathon or half-marathon but that will not determine the course grade.
  • Interested in Joining the Cheerleading Squad?

    Tryouts will begin with a
    mandatory clinic at
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    April 18

    in Pershing Small Gym.

    Actual tryouts will be at
    9 a.m. April 19.

    For more information and
    required forms visit
    http://cheerleading.truman.edu or contact Brandi Keller at
  • Tryout for the 2009-2010 Showgirls Dance Team

    A mandatory clinic will begin at
    8 a.m.
    April 25

    in Pershing Small Gym.

    Actual tryouts will be at
    9 a.m. April 26.

    For more information and required forms visit http://showgirls.truman.edu.

  • Students selected to participate in 2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

    Mentor, Research Discipline

    Matthew Beaky, Astronomy/Physics
    Christine Ankrom
    Colleen Campbell
    Emily Richens

    James McCormick, Chemistry
    Michael Brelsford

    Timothy Walston, Biology
    Terin Budine

    Scott Alberts, Mathematics
    Stephen Dengel
    Joseph Dove

    Vayujeet Gokhale, Physics
    Zach Haralson

    Mark Campbell, Agriculture Science
    Samah Hassan
    Stacy Marshall

    Emily Smith, BioChemistry
    Kat Kuhn

    Todd Hammond, Mathematics
    Garrett McCormack

    Michael Lockhart, Biology
    Sarah Meyer

    Dave McCurdy, Chemistry
    Kevin Schmitt

    Jason Miller, Mathematics
    Daniel Sierra
    Corinna Warnars

    Russell Baughman, Chemistry
    Laura Tvedte

    Funded by the National Science Foundation, SURE is an intensive 9-week research experience that pairs early-career students with a Truman faculty member for a one-on-one mentored research project. Students will live and work in a multidisciplinary community of science and
    mathematics scholars during the summer. In addition to their research, they will attend workshops on personal and professional
    development, and participate in other community building activities.  
  • 2009 Summer Orientation Dates

    June 5, 8, 12, 17, 22, 26, 29
    August 21
    Optional overnights June 7, 26

  • Study Abroad Scholarship opportunity for Kingston University Summer and Fall 2009

    A $300 scholarship is available for Summer 2009 and a $1,000 scholarship is available for Fall 2009. Deadline for Summer 2009 is April 15 and Fall 2009 is June 1. Contact the Study Abroad Office by phone at 785.4076, e-mail at CIEA@truman.edu, or in-person at Kirk Building 114 for more information.
  • Student Union Building Room Lottery

    The SUB Reservation Office will be holding a lottery for fall
    meeting rooms April 7.

    Forms can be submitted from
    8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 7.

    Events requested after April 7 will be entered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Confirmations will be mailed by May 1.

  • Seniors: Give your Own “Last Lecture”

    Truman seniors can share words of wisdom and what they have learned during their college experience in 1,500 words or less.

    Submissions have the chance to be shared with the Truman community or win a $100 gift certificate to the Truman Bookstore.

    To enter visit http://conduct.truman.edu/form_builder.asp?testId=108.  

    Submissions are due by April 24.
  • Pickler Memorial Library


    Support your fellow students and colleagues!

    Come view the Student Research Conference posters in the Library Atrium from
    4:15-5:15 p.m. April 7.

    Dr. Salima Ikram, SRC plenary speaker and author of “Divine Creatures and the Mummy in Ancient Egypt,” will also be in the library from 4:15-4:45 p.m. April 7 for a book signing.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    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

    The Truman chapter of the American Marketing Association won an award for Outstanding Community Service at the International Collegiate Conference. Four students, Haley Ray, Lisa Buckley, Hannah Siekerman and Olivia Crandall, attended the conference from March 26-29. This is the second year in a row that Truman’s AMA has won the Outstanding Community Service award.

    Dana Delaware and David Wohlers, professors of chemistry, traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah March 20-25 to attend and participate in the 237th meeting of the American Chemical Society. Delaware attended paper presentations primarily directed to the teaching and learning of organic chemistry. As the Councilor of the Mark Twain Local Section of the ACS, Wohlers not only attended the Council meeting but also participated as a member of the committee on Community Activities, the committee with oversight of the National Chemistry Week and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day activities. Wohlers also volunteered service at the booth of the Office of Public Affairs in the Convention Center in the Exhibit area. As a co-author with Cary A. Supalo and Tom Mallouk from Pennsylvania State University Wohlers presented a poster entitled “Multisensory Learning Experiences for Students Who are Blind or Low Vision in the Chemistry and Science Laboratories.” Wohlers gave a report to the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities concerning his involvement in the Workshop, “Excellence Empowering a Diverse Academic Workforce: Chemists, Chemical Engineers, and Materials,” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation in February.

    Ronald A. Knight, professor emeritus of mathematics, had his paper “Some Topological Properties of Generalized Flows” accepted for publication in the “Journal Topology Proceedings.”

    In April 2008, Huping Ling, professor of history,
    was named the executive editor of the “Journal of Asian American Studies.” Under her editorship, the first issue of “Journal of Asian American Studies” (JAAS 12.2) will be out in the next few weeks. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, the JAAS is one of the premier refereed journals in the field of Asian American studies and it is in the top 25 percent of 300 journals on the electronic database Project Muse. There are Asian American and Pacific Islander studies programs and departments in more than 50 public and private institutions nationwide, Ling has authored and edited 10 books on Asian American studies.

    Rodney Taylor, professor of German, will have two academic articles reprinted dealing with the German playwright Georg Buchner. The essays entitled “The Convergence of Individual Will and Historical Necessity in Buchner’s Danton” and “Buchner’s Critique of Platonism in Dantons Tod” will appear in a forthcoming reference work on world playwrights entitled “Drama Criticism,” Vol. 35, DC-35. Taylor was also invited to contribute an essay to a special volume in new Buchner scholarship to be published by the prestigious “Amsterdamer Beitrage zur Neueren Germanistik.”


  • Notes

    The Student Council for Exceptional Children is taking volunteer buddies for the Special Olympics Spring Games. Buddies will volunteer from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 18 and work one-on-one with the athletes. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer buddy contact Laura Columbo at lac6736@truman.edu.

    Campus Crusade for Christ will host Carl Werner, author of “Evolution: The Grand Experiment,” to present “Why I Abandoned Evolution,”
    at 9 p.m. April 7 in Magruder Hall 2001. Werner will be speaking on why he chose to abandon evolution after he originally started on a quest to prove evolution.

    The Leadership Recognition Program Banquet, sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement,
    will be at 7 p.m. April 8 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. This event is designed to honor Truman students, advisors and organizations for their dedication to their peers, campus and the Kirksville community through various leadership roles and events during the year.

    The Global Issues Colloquium will continue with a presentation by Jennifer Leigh Disney, from Winthrop University, entitled “Women’s Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicarague” at 7 p.m. April 16 in Magruder hall 2001. Disney will trace the mobilization of women in two revolutionary contexts, comparing the strategies and outcomes of various organizational forms developed in Mozambique and in Nicaragua over the past 30 years. She will also explore how the military struggles against colonialism and imperialism fostered feminist agency leading to the evolution of each movement and how it changed in a post-revolutionary climate.

    The International Club will sponsor an International Fair
    from 12:30-3:30 p.m. April 17 on the Quad.

    A famous Russian pop star will visit Truman in “ProjeKt OsKar” at 1:45 p.m. April 17 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Oskar currently lives in New York and will give a lecture on being an artist in Russia and the U.S.

    The Women’s Resource Center will host “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, A Prayer,” a powerful collection of monologues from men and women about violence against women from Eve Ensler, at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

    Squirrelfest 2009, sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, Residence Life Fun and Spirit Committee, Student Recreation, and Student Affairs, will take place from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. April 18 on the Quad.