Vol. 13, No. 29 - April 21, 2009


  • Early-Vreeland Lecture Looks at Middle East

    The 2009 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture will be given by Kenneth Stein, the William E. Schatten professor of contemporary Middle Eastern history, political science and Israeli studies at Emory University, and director of the Emory Institute for the study of modern Israel. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    Stein’s presentation, “U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Learning from Successes and Failures in Forging an Arab-Israeli Peace,” is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

    Stein is the author of numerous books and publications. Among them are Hebrew and English editions of “Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace,” “Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience” and “The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939.” Additionally, he has written extensively on the modern Arab world, as well as, Palestinian and Israeli history. He served as the first director of the Carter Center from 1983-1986 and as the Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center from 1983-2006.

    The lecture will examine the broad history of a vital and problematic aspect of United States foreign policy. Despite many administrations and changes in world events, since the end of World War II, U.S. policy toward the Middle East has showed remarkable stability. U.S. objectives have consistently assured the stability of moderate Arab states, ensured the flow of access to Middle Eastern oil and continued the development of a strategic relationship with Israel. In keeping with these objectives, since the June 1967 Middle East War, Washington has played a significant role in Arab-Israeli peace-seeking, peace-making and peace-keeping.

    As the Obama administration considers its role in Arab-Israeli diplomacy, Stein addresses what lessons can be learned from Washington’s engagement from the presidency of Richard Nixon to that of George W. Bush.

    In addition to the lecture, Stein will lead a breakfast discussion at 8 a.m. April 30 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B speaking on “The Benefits and Liabilities of using Oral Interviews in Writing Contemporary History.” To join in the breakfast, RSVP to Daniel Mandell at dmandell@truman.edu.

    The Early-Vreeland Lecture was established by Joseph Vreeland through the University Foundation in memory of his wife, who passed away at age 40. A 1973 Truman graduate, Barbara Early-Vreeland graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in history and French.

  • Inaugural Tru-Leaders Class to be Honored at Banquet

    Members of the inaugural class of Tru-Leaders Future Executive Academy will be honored at the School of Business Annual Recognition Banquet April 25.

    Supported by the Boeing Company, Tru-Leaders Future Executive Academy is a selective program for students with demonstrated high potential in leadership skills and is designed to provide advanced professional development and personal mentoring for participants.

    As part of the Academy, students are expected to be actively involved in a business-related student organization. Members have unique opportunities to visit corporations, receive co-curricular advisement, participate in seminars designed especially for development of leadership and professional attributes, and attend special sessions with business leaders and visiting executives.

    The inaugural class was accepted into the Academy in Fall 2008. Members include: Phillip Abernathy of St. Louis, Mo.; Noah Chung of St. Peters, Mo.; Michelle Hines of La Plata, Mo.; Anthony Ringwald of Fenton, Mo.; and Erin Williamson of Kansas City, Mo.

    Truman’s School of Business is one of only 167 in the world accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the foremost world-wide accrediting agency for schools and programs of business.

  • Circle K to Host Rummage Sale for Humane Society

    Truman’s chapter of Circle K International will host a rummage sale April 25, to raise money for Kirksville’s Humane Society.

    The club asks Truman students, faculty and staff, as well as Kirksville residents, to donate items for the sale. Most items will be accepted, including books, clothing and furniture. Item pick-up and storage services will be available for those who need it.

    Proceeds from all sales will go directly to the Kirksville Humane Society.

    The sale will take place from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. at Truman’s commuter parking lot, located on Franklin Street, across from Red Barn Park next to Barnett Hall. 

    For more information, contact Nicole Flood by e-mail at nmf965@truman.edu or by phone at 660.341.9343.

    Circle K International is a sponsored organization of Kiwanis. Circle K’s Mission is to develop college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service. Service is a fundamental element of CKI; collectively, members perform more than one million hours of service on their campuses and in their communities each year.

  • SIFE Wins Regional Competition, Receives Gift from State Farm for Community Projects

    Truman Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) captured the SIFE Regional Competition, March 27 in Rogers, Ark. With the win, the team advances to compete at the 2009 SIFE USA National Exposition in Philadelphia, May 10-12.

    In addition to continued success in competitions, Truman SIFE has launched projects to help educate the campus and the community about finance. State Farm Insurance recently donated $5,000 to Truman SIFE to help fund the organizations projects.

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    Members of Truman SIFE accept a $5,000 contribution from State Farm Insurance to help provide funding for the organizations ongoing projects. Also pictured are University President Darrell Krueger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Troy Paino, and School of Business Dean Renee Wachter.

    The first project targets the international community at Truman. Every year about 100 international students and 20 exchange students arrive at the University. Many have no prior knowledge of the American banking system. Truman SIFE members will create an informational brochure on bank accounts, credit cards, and buying and selling textbooks. SIFE plans to distribute the brochures to incoming international and exchange students during the 2009 Fall International Orientation.

    Truman SIFE is also taking their financial skills outside of the Truman community, to Milan, Mo., a small town with a large number of Spanish-speaking residents. Due to the language barrier, some residents have trouble managing their personal finances. SIFE has teamed up with Hablantes Unidos, a Spanish student association at Truman, to provide education in basic personal finance to members of the Spanish-speaking community. Some topics covered by the course include how to open a bank account, writing and recording checks, balancing a checkbook, debit and credit cards, and instruction of basic financial terminology.

    For more information about SIFE and upcoming projects visit their website at http://sife.truman.edu/home/.

  • Truman Program and Senior Receive Awards

    Truman received honors at the recent BACCHUS Area 5 Conference, Meeting of the Minds in Kansas City, Mo.

    Sleep Awareness Week won the Outstanding Program Award. It was sponsored by University Counseling Services, the Student Public Health Association and the Health 440 class. Events included hammocks on the Quad, sheep on the Quad and a pajama day. All events were focused on providing information and tips about healthy sleep.

    Courtney Perrachione a senior health science major from Kirksville, Mo., received the Outstanding Senior Award at the conference. Perrachione was nominated by fellow BACCHUS and GAMMA members for her strong leadership skills and commitment to the organization. Perrachione has been a member of BACCHUS and GAMMA for three years and has served as president, vice president, alcohol awareness week chair and speaker committee co-chair. BACCHUS and GAMMA is a peer education network focused on alcohol abuse prevention and other related student health and safety issues.

    The Meeting of the Minds: Networking for Success in Prevention is a regional prevention and health education conference for college and university peer educators, their advisors, administrators, and campus and community law enforcement.

  • Spring 2009 Staged-Reading Series Concludes

    Staged-readings, an advanced theatre course, will be performing “Rebel Voices,” its final act of the semester, at 4 p.m. April 25 in Violette Hall 1000.

    “Rebel Voices” is an adaptation by Rob Urbinati of “Voices of the People of the United States,” by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. It is a documentary that looks at the U.S. through the “prism of history.” A history of dissent in America emerges through the voices of the dissenters, such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and Malcolm X.

    The theatre class will also sponsor the inaugural Ten-Minute Playwriting Competition. Truman students, faculty and members of the Kirksville Community will perform in Baldwin Auditorium  May 5-6. For more information contact Dana Smith at dasmith@truman.edu.
  • Lincoln Bicentennial Continues with Performance

    The Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration will feature the play “Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: A Friendship Unique,” at 8 p.m. April 22 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Sponsored by the Schwengel Lincoln Fund and the Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, the play is a continuation of events that began in October 2008 and will end in December 2009. Accompanied by the Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir, this drama stars Richard Klein as Abraham Lincoln and Michael Crutcher as Frederick Douglass. 

    The action begins in March of 1860 as Douglass remarks how his relationship with Lincoln has changed over the years. He recalls his reaction to Lincoln’s election and first inaugural speech as a feeling of hope.

    The Douglass/Lincoln relationship is chronicled throughout the Civil War where the pair struggled with issues such as pay inequalities for Negro regiments. The drama ends March 4, 1865 as the final phrases of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Speech linger throughout the theatre.

    A reception, with music provided by the Truman University Jazz Musicians, will immediately follow the event. Reservations are not required and the performance is free and open to the public.
  • Graduate Education Week Continues

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    Kirksville Mayor Martha Rowe signs a proclamation recognizing Graduate Education Week, which takes place April 20-25. Rowe was joined by Truman students and faculty representing all six graduate programs. Pictured, first row, from left; Adam Yanick, Michelle King-Porter, Rowe, Jane Song and Amy Little. Second row; Laura Fielden, Warren Gooch, Maria Di Stefano, Tim Rebers, Alanna Preussner, Janet Gooch, Scott Fouch and Wendy Miner.

    Information about each graduate program will be available during the following daily promotions from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    * April 21 Ophelia Parrish * April 22 Student Union Building
    * April 23 Magruder Hall * April 24 McClain Hall

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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 website 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.
  • Employment Opportunities

    The newly formed Truman Student Success Center is recruiting student scholarship workers for Fall 2009 to help start the program. Positions include tutors, mentors and supplemental instruction leaders. To be eligible for a position, students will need to fill out an application and faculty recommendation form available online at http://successcenter.truman.edu and return them to the Center located at Kirk Building 112. For more information contact Todd Phillips, director of the Student Success Center, at phillips@truman.edu or 785.4264.

    The Multicultural Affairs Center is looking for a senior or graduate level student to serve as a Multicultural Affairs Intern. The intern will work 20 hours a week serving multicultural students through programming, recruitment, academic counseling and more. Applications can be found on the MAC website at http://mac.truman.edu under employment and are due by 5 p.m. April 20.

    The Women’s Resource Center is now hiring staff members for the Fall 2009 semester. The WRC hires scholarship workers and welcomes volunteers. Return a completed application to the WRC located in the Student Union Building Center for Student Involvement Complex by April 22. Interviews will begin April 27. For more information or to download the application visit http://wrc.truman.edu.


  • Be the Next Student Representative to the Board of Governors

    The student representative to the Truman Board of Governors plays a vital role in the protection and advancement of student interests by regularly consulting with the Board of Governors, the University’s highest policy-making body, as well as many other members of the University community.

    In order to apply, you must be a full-time student and a resident of the state of Missouri. Further, you must be willing and able to serve until Jan. 1, 2011 and possibly Jan. 1, 2012.

    To find out more contact the current student representative, Cody Sumter, at cody@truman.edu. To apply go to

    Submit a completed application to truman.student.rep@gmail.com no later than 8 a.m. May 1.

    For questions please e-mail truman.student.rep@gmail.com.

  • Humane Society Fundraising Events

    Sponsored by
    Alpha Phi Omega

    Bake Sale
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27
    Barnett, Violette and Magruder halls

    10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29
    Play with a puppy for a donation of $3.
  • Open Forums Scheduled for Finalist for the Dean of Science and Mathematics Position

    John Gering
    Chair of the Biology Department
    5-6:30 p.m.
    April 20
    Magruder Hall 2001

    Ian Lindevald
    Chair of the Physics Department
    5-6:30 p.m.
    April 21
    Magruder Hall 2001
  • Bulldog Bistro Cookbooks Available Now

    Bulldog Bistro cookbooks are $10 each.

    To place an order, e-mail trumanrecipes@gmail.com.

    Bulldog Bistro is the senior capstone project for a group of agriculture science students. It features recipes submitted by Truman faculty, staff and students.
  • 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 their college experience.

    Submissions can be completed online at http://conduct.truman.edu. Entries are due by April 24.

  • Seniors: Give your Own “Last Lecture”

    Truman seniors can share their words of wisdom. Submissions have the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Truman Bookstore. Submissions are due by April 24. To enter visit http://conduct.truman.edu/form_builder.asp?testId=108.  

  • Open Forums Scheduled for Finalist for the Dean of Social Science and Humanities Position

    Doug Davenport
    College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean
    3-4 p.m.
    April 24
    Violette Hall 1000

    Kathryn Brammall

    Managing Editor of the 16th Century Journal
    4-5 p.m.
     April 27
    Violette Hall 1000
  • Open Forums Scheduled for Finalist for the Dean of Arts and Letters Position

    Priscilla Riggle
    Chair of the English and Linguistics Department
    3-4 p.m.
    April 27
    Violette Hall 1000

    Adam Davis
    College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean
    4-5 p.m.
    April 27
    Violette Hall 1000
  • Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

    3 p.m.
    April 26
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Room

    The students to be initiated are:
    Elise Marie Bailey
    Grant Michael Berry
    Emily Marie Bevington
    Brigette Anne Bloom
    Kara Marie Bollinger
    Michael George Borchardt
    Kinsey Ann Coker
    Adam Daniel Conway
    Reed Evans Cope
    Samuel Richard Cummins
    Hannah Ruth Feldner
    Sarah Elizabeth Felts
    Kara Elizabeth Fillman
    Amy Sue Fleming
    Kendal Lewis Geno
    Lindsey Jeannine Gill
    Andrew David Haws
    Rebecca Danielle Hess
    Felicia Renee Hinds
    Joshua David Huber
    Sarah Jean Huber
    Jennifer Corine Jalack
    Robert Morgan Jones
    John Ryan King
    Tyson Michael Koenig
    Jeffrey Steven Kurz
    Jennifer Lyn LaChapell
    Kelsey Marie Landhuis
    Kristina JoAnn Laughlin
    Andrew Taylor Lewis
    Megan Kathleen Lutz
    Christa Ann Manton
    Andrew James McCall
    Molly Mosher McCleery
    Kelly Lynne Merritt
    Michael Scott Merritt
    Karen Elaine Laura Miller
    Christopher Daniel Moe
    Nadia Shabnam Mozaffar
    Erica Lynn Nesbit
    Karen Eileen O’Connell
    Rebecca Lynne O’Connell
    Erin Nicole Pauli
    William Kevin Petry
    Kenneth Lee Raby
    Phillip Randall Raine
    Cole Eugene Rakow
    Katharyn Anne Reed
    Karen Marie Rohrer
    Mary Elizabeth Rudder
    Justin Michael Ryder
    Jeffrey Michael Sachs
    Jennifer Diana Schmidt
    Jacob Edwin Schrum
    Maria Christine Sumner
    Amanda Felicia Tougas
    Kurt James Warnhoff
    Nicholas J. Wilsey

    Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s
    oldest liberal arts and sciences honors society and has had a
    chapter at Truman since 2001.

  • “Spring Training” Sponsored by the Career Center

    11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27 outside the Career Center.

    Students can stop by for free food, play baseball related games and win prizes.

    The event is open to all students.

  • Register Your Organization Early for the Fall 2009 Activities Fair

    The Activities Fair is a way to gather organizations on campus to distribute their information to perspective members.  A $1 fee is due upon registration.

    Register online at

    Student organizations that register by 4 p.m.  April 30 are eligible to win a $50 CSI credit.

    2009 Activities Fair
    12-4 p.m. Sept. 2
    (Rain site: Student Union Building Activities Room, Georgian Room, Down Under and Center for Student Involvement Complex.)

    For more information contact the CSI at 785.4222 or csi@truman.edu.

  • Second Annual Ozarks New Energy Conference: Solutions for Energy Independence

    Second Annual Ozarks New Energy Conference: Solutions for Energy Independence April 30-May 1

    Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.

    The conference will address practices for sustainable energy use in the Ozarks.

    Special student registration options include free access to four plenary speakers or $35 for the entire conference.

    For more information, registration and a full schedule of events visit http://one2.ozarksnewenergy.org/.

  • Last Chance to Enroll for the Professional Development Institute

    Enroll now to be included in the program for the 2009-2010 school year.  The program can be completed in as little as 2 semesters and participants will receive Cocurricular Credit.  Application information is available at
    Drop off a cover letter, resume and application to Elizabeth Bauer at the Career Center.

    Upcoming PDI Event at the Career Center

    4:30 p.m. April 21 “Negotiating Benefits Packages”
  • From Local to Global: Student Engagement in Global Maternal Health

    BIOL 444 Presents:

    From Local to Global: Student Engagement in Global Maternal Health

    6:30 p.m.
    April 29
    Magruder Hall 2000

    Students from the student-initiated global health class will present their service-learning projects in immigrant communities from Milan, Mo., to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They will also share their experiences as part of Truman’s first student-driven course designed to build the capacity of young global leaders to cross boarders and partner with new communities to build responsible, sustained solutions to shared global problems.
  • Pickler Memorial Library


    Food for Fines Extended

    Food for Fines has been extended until April 24 at Pickler Library.

     One food item equals one dollar of fine waived. The food will go to the Central Missouri Food Bank.
  • The University Boiler Will Be Shut Down From May 11-22

    This will effect heat and hot water, but not cooling. West Campus Suites, the Student Recreation Center, Barnett Hall and Campbell Apartments will not be effected. For questions regarding the shutdown, or to address schedule conflicts, contact the Physical Plant Office as soon as possible at 785.4200.

  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    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.
  • 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.

  • Attention Accounting Majors: Third Annual Meet the Firms

    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    April 24
    Student Union Building
     Activities Room

    Start networking now. Meet and get to know some of the most prominent accounting firms in the nation.
    Dress is business casual. Bring resumes for future employment opportunities.

    Participating companies include:

    Anders, Minkler and Diehl
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Defense Contract Audit Agency
    Deloitte & Touche
    UHY Advisors
  • Earth Week Continues

    April 20
    Fried Foods Fundraiser by Bulldog Biodiesel
    11 a..m.-2 p.m. Quad

    Environmental Justice Panel
    8 p.m. Violette Hall 1000

    April 21
    Environmental Studies Conference
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. SUB Down Under

    Recycled Art Show Opening
    6 p.m. Information on Kirksville Tab

    Tuesday Night Trivia with SAB
    7 p.m. SUB Down Under

    April 22
    Environmental Studies Conference
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. SUB Activities Room

    11:30 a.m.-1p.m. Mall

    Comedian Stacey Prussman
    7 p.m. Baldwin Hall Auditorium

    April 23
    Bike Etiquette 101 with the Bike CO-OP
    1:30-3 p.m. New Barnett Parking Lot

    Local Dinner and Discussion
    7 p.m. SUB Spanish Room Cost: $5

    April 24
    Arbor Day Tree Planting
    1 p.m. Information on Kirksville Tab

    Critical Mass Bike Ride
    5 p.m. Information on Kirksville Tab

    Friday Movie “Flow”
    6 p.m. and 9 p.m. SUB HUB
    YouTube Contest winner announced

    April 25
    Earth Week Festival
    9 a.m. Information on Kirksville Tab

    Stop by the Earth Week table from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20-23 on the Quad.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive

    10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    April 22-23
    Student Union Building Georgian Room

    Participants can also make an appointment at http://givelife.org or walk-in to give blood.

    Sponsored by
    Alpha Phi Omega


  • Notables

    Jon Grant, a senior psychology major from Columbia Mo., and applied psychophysiology research team lab manager, received a student scholarship and presented the research poster, “Sitting Position Influences Heart Rate Variability,” at the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE) meeting in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Feb. 24-28.
    Fred Shaffer, professor of psychology, also delivered an invited address, “Breathing Effort Disrupts Diaphragmatic Breathing,” and taught a workshop with Donald Moss on “Respiratory Training and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Medical and Functional Disorders” at the BFE meeting.

    Truman Psychology majors Chris Wally, a sophomore from St. Charles, Mo.; Igor Korenfeld, a sophomore from St. Louis, Mo.; Aaron Truitt, a senior from St. Louis, Mo.; and Michael Urlakis, a senior from Naperville, Ill.; won the Best Student Paper award at the 40th Annual Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., April 1-4. Their winning research paper was entitled “Inhalation-to-Exhalation Ratio Affects Heart Rate Variability Training Success.” Thought Technology Ltd. of Montreal presented Wally, assistant lab manager for professor of psychology Fred Shaffer’s applied psychophysiology research team, with a $3,000 BioGraph Infiniti data acquisition system. This was the second time in three years that Truman students won this prestigious graduate competition. Urlakis also discussed his Psychological Research capstone project, “The Physiological Effects of Kargyraa Throat-Singing: Paradoxical Arousal.”

    Rebecca Harrison, professor of classics, presented a paper on “Exercises to Build Predictive Reading Skills,” at the 105th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Minneapolis, Minn., April 1-4.

    Sandy Rempe, instructor in justice systems and manager of the Department of Public Safety Juvenile Justice Program, is the winner of a national award that recognizes excellence in the field of juvenile justice. The Tony Gobar Award recognizes a state juvenile justice specialist who exemplifies service to others, dedication and commitment to improving the juvenile justice system, and compassion and concern for juveniles and their advocates. Rempe has worked as the Department of Public Safety Juvenile Justice Program Manager for 12 years. Under her leadership, the Juvenile Justice Program administers approved four federal grants that provide annual funding to 60 state and local agencies in Missouri to help support juvenile justice and delinquency prevention initiatives. In addition, Rempe serves on numerous advisory groups, committees and commissions. She will receive the award at the annual Coalition for Juvenile Justice National Conference in Washington, D.C. May 4.

    Ryan Campbell, a junior French major from Manchester, Mo., was selected for the 2009 Walter Jensen Scholarship for study abroad. In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, Campbell will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the American Association of Teachers of French.


  • Notes

    Earth Week festivities continue through April 25. For a complete list of events go to http://earth.truman.edu.

    General Honors candidates for May 2009 graduation who have not submitted a General Honors application worksheet should do so ASAP.  The form can be printed off the General Honors website at http://honors.truman.edu or can be obtained from Rebecca Harrison in McClain 321. General Honors candidates who have submitted an application but have not received an e-mail about the May 8 medal ceremony should contact Harrison.

    The 17th Annual McNair Program End of the Year Banquet will recognize graduating McNair Scholars at 5:30 p.m. April 29 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. RSVP by April 20 to mcnair@truman.edu.

    The Women’s Resource Center will sponsor “Women and Substance Abuse” at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Speaker Mary Anne Comstock from Preferred Family Healthcare will speak about the strong connections between women and substance abuse, why it occurs and how to fight it.

    The Faculty Weekly Lunch Series will host “Everybody Can Be Great: How Service, Co-Curricular Activity and the Liberal Arts Converge,” a presentation given by Eugenia Siegel, the Service-Learning Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA Member in The Center for Teaching and Learning. The Weekly Lunch Series will take place at 12:30 p.m. April 22 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room.

    Reslife will sponsor “The Almost Naked Mile” to support the Salvation Army at 6:23 p.m. April 22. Those interested in participating should meet at the fountain to run a mile, almost naked, across campus. Clothes donations will be collected during the event at the fountain.

    Roteract Club will sponsor TOMS Shoes from 4-7 p.m. April 23 in the Student Union Building Activities Room for those interested in learning more about the company’s philanthropic mission. For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair is donated to children in a developing country. TOMS traveling interns will be present to answer questions and sell shoes. Supplies to decorate shoes will be available.

    The final Observatory Open House of the semester will take place from 8:30-11 p.m. April 23 at the University Farm. It will feature Saturn near its maximum height, a possible viewing of Mercury shortly after sunset, the colorful double Iota Cancri and the interacting spiral galaxy M51.  

    Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will sponsor “Know Your Rights” with Dan Viets at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Attorney Dan Viets will discuss drug policy issues under the Obama administration while informing students of their legal rights in theory and in practice. Viets will speak on his role in the initiative process that decriminalized marijuana in Columbia, Mo. For more information, SSDP will be on the Quad from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 22 promoting the event and giving information about Viets and the organization. This event is free and open to the public.

    Delta Sigma Pi will host “5K Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis” at 10:30 a.m. April 25 at the Red Barn Park. The $10 entry fee will benefit the Great Strides Walk of Kirksville. The first 30 to register will receive a free t-shirt. E-mail Molly Bender at mkb880@truman.edu to register.

    The Truman Chapter of the AAUP will sponsor a panel discussion and open forum
    "Honorary Degrees, Commencement Speakers, and the Case of John Ashcroft."  In light of recently released “torture memos” and with current heated politics at the state and national levels, many members of the University have expressed concern that Truman has invited such a controversial figure as John Ashcroft to speak at the upcoming Commencement and, further, to receive one of the first honorary degrees awarded by the University. In the spirit of academic freedom, all members of the University community are invited to this open discussion at 7 p.m. April 27 in Magruder Hall 1000. Jerrold Hirsch, professor or history, will moderate a small panel of students and faculty with the intent to hear all views. For more information contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu.

    The 35th annual Service Recognition Banquet is scheduled for April 28. Approximately 132 current and retired members of the University will be honored for their commitment to the University. Tickets are available for $10 each in the Human Resources Office located in McClain 106.

    Classics Club will sponsor Vergil Vigil at 7 p.m. April 28 at the University Club House. Students, faculty and community members will gather to read Book IV of Vergil’s Aeneid aloud in Latin.