Vol. 13, No. 31 - May 5, 2009


  • GlobeMed Raises Health Awareness

    GlobeMed students lived up to their organization’s name in the past year with trips to the Dominican Republic to raise awareness about health issues.

    GlobeMed students visited the Dominican last summer to teach maternal health education among sugarcane field workers. The UN World Population Prospects indicated a deficit in maternal health knowledge and the Dominican’s under-five mortality rate is among the highest in the Caribbean.

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    Truman student Lara McKay (right) holds up a “healthy baby board” to demonstrate how healthy children do things, such as hand washing, as part of a children’s health camp. McKay was joined at this session by another American student and an interpreter.

    Working with a representative from the Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies Foundation, the Truman students traveled to the Dominican and conducted screenings of the film “Enciende Una Luz,” which translates to “Light a Candle.” The video was produced using regional actors and musicians to both entertain and teach maternal health issues. Topics included timing of births, pregnancy risk factors and health practices for pregnancy. These sessions were complemented with an interactive review session to reinforce key facts.

    Since many residents in the area spoke Kreyol instead of Spanish, an alternate version of the film was developed in preparation for a return trip.   

    Prior to the follow-up visit this past December, the GlobeMed students also designed and implemented a children’s health camp. It served the dual purpose of occupying children while parents watched the video, as well as teaching children general sanitary practices.

    With two versions of the video available, and the children’s health camp established, GlobeMed’s work in this particular area is complete, but it has helped to create a blueprint for future campaigns.

    “We would like to take the lessons learned on this pilot project and apply them to future video sets,” said Chris Dove, the 2008 director of health partnerships for GlobeMed. “Ideally we would like to find another project on which we could help.”

    Plans for future GlobeMed trips have yet to be finalized. Representing Truman on the two trips were students Ann Bruno, Patrick Casey, Chris Dove, Rachel Flinn, Brian Hilliard, Josh Lefler, Lara McKay, Allison Mutchler, Allison Palisch, Michelle Riefe and Katelyn Talcott.

    For more about Truman GlobeMed, including prospective member and donation information visit http://globemed.truman.edu.

  • President Signs Sustainability Initiative

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    President Darrell Krueger signs Truman’s Sustainability Initiative at the Local Foods Banquet April 23. He is joined at the podium by student Colin Hughes (left) and Brett Wiley (right), a Truman alumnus and Schweitzer and Associates intern. The Sustainability Initiative was crafted by Wiley (a December graduate) and current students Hannah Hemmelgarn and Kelly Hall, in collaboration with Truman biologist Michael Kelrick and sustainable development consultant Judi Schweitzer, a Truman alumna. It will establish a President’s Sustainability Action Committee to identify and evaluate ways to modify University practices to create a more ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable campus and community.

  • Truman Included on 2008 President’s Honor Roll

    Truman has been included on the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, released earlier this year. Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning progress.

    In 2007 Truman received an AmeriCorps VISTA grant, which placed a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) Member on campus to work with faculty and students to facilitate service experiences that tie back to university-wide learning objectives.  Eugenia Siegel, the current VISTA, is stationed in The Center for Teaching and Learning as Truman’s Service-Learning Coordinator. She prepared Truman’s application for the Presidential Honor Roll, using information gathered from service-learning course projects, Service-Learning Advantage student organization initiatives, and Truman volunteer information.

    The service-learning projects cited for the Honor Roll included:

    •  ENVS 200: Introduction to Environmental Studies (Fall 07)
    Students increased awareness of Controlled Animal Feeding Operations on campus and in the community through a series of publicized events and print materials.

    •  NU 311: Human Nutrition (Spring 08)
    Students wrote nutritionally balanced recipes and provided recipe books to the Food Pantry in Kirksville.

    •  BIOL 444: Grassroots Environmentalism (Fall 07)
    Students established a recycling program at Novinger public schools and educated elementary, middle and high school students about the importance of recycling.

    •  BSAD 360: Marketing Research (Fall and Spring, 07-08)
    Students conducted a local business needs assessment and provided a report of findings to area businesses.

      Beta Alpha Psi’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (Service-Learning Advantage, Spring 08)
    Students offered voluntary tax preparation to members of the campus and Kirksville community.

    The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

    The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation engages four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs.

    For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.  On campus, contact Eugenia Siegel (vistamember@truman.edu) or visit http://servicelearning.truman.edu.

  • Barklage Named Student Recycler of the Year

    Rachel Barklage, a junior English major from Springfield, Mo., was awarded the 2008-2009 Student Recycler of the Year Award at a ceremony April 29.

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    From left, Howard Worcester, Truman’s recycle coordinator, Rachel Barklage  and Karl Schneider, director of the physical plant.

    Howard Worcester, Truman’s recycle coordinator, and Karl Schneider, director of the physical plant, presented Barklage with the award.

    Barklage has worked at the Recycling Center for the past three years making a significant contribution to the University’s recycling efforts.
    The Student Recycler of the Year Award is presented for hard work, dedication and devotion to the recycling program.

    The University Recycling Center will be closed Memorial Day, May 25 and will remain open from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through the summer.
  • Truman Students Recognized at Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference

    Truman students and advisors attended the 50th Annual Missouri Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) state Leadership Conference March 27-29 in Jefferson City, Mo.

    The theme of the conference was “Missouri PBL-Get the Edge.” It featured competitive events for individuals and teams, leadership training and officer elections for the next year.

    Twelve Truman students were recognized at the Phi Beta Lambda Awards Program. Giorgi Amachukeli placed fourth in Contemporary Sports Issues, Brianna Bernardy placed first in Hospitality Management, Marissa Chaplin placed third in Marketing Concepts, Stella Costello placed third in Cyber Security, Tiffany DeOrnellis placed first in Justice Administration, Duong Dinh placed fourth in Microeconomics, James Fang placed third in Microeconomics, Caroline Forsythe placed fourth in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making, Ahn Huyhn placed first in Business Law and first in Marketing Concepts, Son Le placed fourth in Cyber Security and fourth in Financial Concepts, Salisa Suwanprathip placed first in Macroeconomics and Brandon Wehmeyer placed fourth in Accounting Principles.

    The team of Marissa Chaplin and Katherine Murphy placed first in Business Decision Making, and the team of Stella Costello, Kelly Tharp, Alicia Stewart and Brandon Wehmeyer placed first in Parliamentary Procedures.

    Bernardy, Chaplin, Costello, DeOrnellis, Fang, Huynh, Murphy, Stewart, Suwanprathip, Tharp and Wehmeyer are eligible to represent Truman at the National Leadership Conference June 20-23 in Anaheim, Calif. 

    Workshop sessions included “Leadership is Needed,” “Follow the Leader,” “Fundraising in Mo., PBL” and “March of Dimes and PBL-Working Together for a Common Goal.” Chester White, OA Director of Personnel, was the keynote speaker for the event and shared “Next Greatest Generation.” Phi Beta Lambda is an education association of postsecondary student members preparing for careers in business. There are more than 11,000 active members in the United States. Missouri has more than 500 members and 26 chapters.

  • Students to Receive Academic Honor Awards

    The Annual Academic Honor Awards Assembly, which recognizes outstanding students who have dedicated time, energy and talent to their academic achievement, will take place at 5 p.m. May 8 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Alumnus Samuel Murphy (‘06), who serves as the press secretary for Gov. Jay Nixon, will speak.

    A complete list of students to be honored can be found below.

    The following students will honored as the outstanding student in their respective discipline

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting                                                Anthony Speno
    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting                                                         Rachel Latal
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Finance            Anthony Speno
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Management    Thomas McKee
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Marketing        Kinsey Coker
    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education                                        Stephany Russell
    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education                                        Whitney Wilhelm
    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education                                          Daniel Glossenger
    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education                                               Brooklyn Frericks
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art                                                              Michelle Krewet
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art History                                                 Katharyn Reed
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communication                       Breanne Cooper
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Studio Art                                           Kelsey Wiskirchen
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music                                                         Jessica Sommer
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music                                                         Kelsey Kline
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre                                                       Shannon Gallaher
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders                         Caitlin DuHadway
    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders                                  Kim Fitzgerald
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science                                        Morgan Clennin
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science                                           Rebecca Verhaeghe
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Athletic Training                                       Josh Miley
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing                                                      Erin Randall
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics                                                     Van Le
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Studies                            Christopher Girouard
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Studies                            Kristel Givogue   
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Journalism                     Kylee Magee
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Public Communication                             Suzanne Russell
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English-Bachelor of Arts                          Angela Carter
    Outstanding Graduate Student in English-Master of Arts                                      Joseph Baumann
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French                                                       Abigail Temple
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in German                                                     Kelly Merritt
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics                                                Lauren Walter
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish                                                     Elizabeth Bonanno
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science                                    Austin Abrams
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics                                             Adam Gouge
    General George C. Marshall ROTC Award                                                            Brian Caldwell
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science                                 Justin Nash
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science                                 Carrie Ostrowski
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology                                                     Hana Khidir
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology                                                     Christopher Dove
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry                                                 Emily Hopson
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry                                                Jeffrey Christianson
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics                                                    Jacob Hummel
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics                                                    David Kiblinger
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics                                               Michael Merritt
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History                                                    Samuel Cummins
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems                                       Denise Childress
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy                                              Christopher Dove
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Religion                                                  Nehemiah Rosell
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science                                     Stephanie Vandas
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science                                     Kyle Tracy
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology                                             Lee Raby
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology                                             Mallory Stites
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology                                               Lee Anne Flagg
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Anthropology                                         Caroline Crecelius
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Interdisciplinary Studies                        Arthur Gregg
    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Interdisciplinary Studies                        Lauren Walter
    Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award                                                                  Jessica Arant

  • Index and Sports Editor Receive SPJ Awards

    The Society of Professional Journalists recently recognized the Index as the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in Region 7. This is the Index’s second consecutive year winning the award.
    Blake Toppmeyer, Index sports editor, received second place for Sports Column Writing and third place for Online Sports Reporting.

    “This is a great honor that rewards the hard work and dedication of the Index staff,” said Index advisor Don Krause.

    SPJ’s Region 7 includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. This year, collegiate journalists across the country submitted more than 3,700 entries in 39 categories to the Mark of Excellence Awards.  

    First place regional winners advance to the national round of judging, which is ongoing.

    National winners will be announced in mid-May.

  • Faculty Attend Language and Literacy Conference

    The first Language and Literacy Conference, a collaborative effort between the Communication Disorders and Education Programs, with the help of the Regional Professional Development Center, took place on campus April 24.

    Pictured from left to right, Janet L. Gooch, chair communication disorders, Louisa Moats, conference speaker and Donna Rhinesmith, professor of education.

    There were more than 115 professionals and approximately 20 students in attendance. Louisa Moats, an internationally acclaimed author/researcher in the field of reading, presented an all day workshop entitled “Phonology and Learning to Read and Spell.”

    Moats currently serves on the National Board of the International Dyslexia Association and is a Consultant Advisor to Sopris West Educational Service for Literacy Research and Professional Development. She is the author of “Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling,” “The Speech Sounds of English,” “Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers,” and many other texts. The conference was followed by an alumni social.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants will be awarding up to $1,000 each year to the winner of this scholarship. To apply students must 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. 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.
  • Spring 2009 Commencement Information

    May 9, 2009
    2:00 p.m.
    Stokes Stadium
    Gate Opens at Noon
    (Rain site is Pershing Building)

    Graduates should report to Baldwin Auditorium by 12:30 pm. Pictures will be taken in Baldwin Auditorium starting at noon.
    Following the Commencement Ceremony, the University will host a reception on the Mall near the Student Union. This reception is for all students, family members, guests, faculty, staff and administration.

    Each degree candidate was issued four rain tickets in the event of inclement weather. Tickets must be presented for entrance into Pershing Building. These tickets do not guarantee seating, which is on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders will be admitted from noon-1:45 p.m. Arrangements have been made to have closed circuit viewing of the Commencement Ceremony in Baldwin Auditorium for family and friends who do not have tickets. In case of rain, the reception will take place in the Georgian Room of the Student Union Building.

    John Ashcroft will address students as the commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony.
    Ashcroft currently serves as the chairman of The Ashcroft Group, LLC, which provides confidential strategic consulting and crisis counseling to major international corporations.

    For the Truman community, Ashcroft is known as the governor who changed the mission of the University. In 1985 he signed legislation transforming Truman from a regional university to the only statewide public liberal arts and sciences university.

    Raised in Springfield, Mo., Ashcroft attended public schools until enrolling at Yale University, where he graduated with honors in 1964. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago in 1967. Prior to entering public service, he taught business law at what is now Missouri State University in Springfield. His public service career began in 1973 as Missouri State Auditor, followed by two terms as Missouri’s Attorney General.

    Ashcroft served as Governor of Missouri from 1985 through 1993. While Governor, Ashcroft was a staunch supporter of higher education. “Fortune” magazine rated him as one of the top ten education governors in the country, while “Financial World” and “City and State” magazines credited him with making Missouri one of the best financially managed states in the country.

    Ashcroft worked with the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and public institutions to ensure Missouri had one of the first statewide systems of assessment in the nation. Ashcroft was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994. He was a member of the Senate Judiciary, Foreign Relations and Commerce Committees.

    Ashcroft served as the U.S. Attorney General from 2001-2005 where he was the Chief Executive Officer of a Cabinet agency comprised of 110,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $22 billion.

    Ashcroft and his wife Janet have three children. 


  • Senior Picnic

    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    May 6
    Student Union Building Mall

    Seniors are invited for free food, door prizes and senior gifts. If you are unable to attend, drop by the Office of Advancement in McClain Hall 205 for your gift.

    Sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association
  • Spring 2009 Commencement

    2 p.m.
    May 9
    Stokes Stadium

    In case of rain, the ceremony will take place in Pershing Arena, where a ticket will be required.
  • Advancement Offices have Moved to McClain Hall 205

    The Office of Advancement
    includes Alumni Relations, Planned Giving and Fundraising.

    Public Relations is still in
    McClain Hall 100.

  • Farewell Retirement Receptions

    Victor F. Hoffman
    2-4 p.m.
    May 6
    Magruder Hall Cyber Cafe
    Hoffman, professor of chemistry, will retire after a 40 year teaching career.

    Barb Espe
    2-4 p.m.
    May 8
    Violette Hall Commons
    2nd Floor
    Espe, academic advisor with the New Student Program, will retire after 20 years of service to Truman.
  • General Honors in Arts and Sciences Medal Ceremony

    4 p.m.
    May 8
    Sunken Garden
    (Rain site: Student  Union
    Building Alumni Room)

    The following 25 General Honors candidates will receive medals, provided by the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Northeast Missouri.

    Dana Marie Bigger
    Rachel Alyse Breland
    Kent Thomas Buxton
    Kristy Marie Carey
    Dmitriy Chernookiy
    Keriann Collins
    Sylwia Dabrowska
    Christopher George Dove
    Caitlin Marie DuHadway
    Corey Austin Elledge
    Adam Gouge
    Arthur David Gregg
    Nicole E. Hagstrom
    Ann Elizabeth Harman
    Christopher Michael Hassett
    Jacob G. Henderson
     Hana H. Khidir
    Patrick Clinton Kilgore
    Michael Scott Merritt
    Mohammad Mozaffar
    Nadia Shabnam Mozaffar
    Carrie Jo Ostrowski
    Mallory Stites
    Brianna Christine Wagner
    Lydiann Willard

    Students earn General Honors in Arts and Sciences by completing five approved courses, with at least one from each of the four areas of mathematics, science, social science and humanities with a grade point average of at least 3.5 in those courses and an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Only grades of “A” and “B” may count toward the five General Honors courses and students who complete a single undergraduate major may not satisfy General Honors requirements with any course within their major. More than 200 students have graduated with General Honors since 1994.
  • Professional Development Institute Applications

    Research the Professional Development Institute this Summer and Consider Submitting an Application.

    The 2009-2010 PDI membership enrollment will continue in the Fall 2009 semester.  Use your summer to consider the PDI and prepare your application, cover letter and resume.

    Contact Elizabeth Bauer at the Career Center with questions at ebauer@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • Parents Invited to Share Stories About Kids

    10 a.m.
    May 5
    University Quad
    (Rain site Pershing Arena)

    The Parenting Process, a JINS course, will host a reception for all parents to attend and informally talk about their children.  

  • Staged Reading Class Presents the “Ten-Minute Play Festival”

    1:30 p.m. May 5
    3 p.m. May 6
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium

    Students from the advanced theatre course will perform six short plays selected from a new playwriting competition.

  • Pickler Memorial Library


    Thank you!

    To all who helped make Pickler Memorial Library’s Food for Fines event a success.

    The 1,410 items that were collected will be donated to the Central Missouri Food Bank.
  • Truman Clothing Sale

    The Office of Advancement is selling T-shirts and sweatshirts at greatly reduced prices. On clean up day (May 15), stop by the new Office of Advancement in McClain 205. Prices starting at $4! Contact Stacy Tucker-Potter at stuckerpotter@truman.edu if you have any questions.

  • The next issue of the Truman Today will be published June 2

    The Truman Today is published biweekly during the summer. Submissions for the next issue are due by May 27 to tmiles@truman.edu.
  • May 2009 Student Recreation Center Hours

    May 4-6      9 a.m.-11 p.m.
    May 7-8      9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    May 9-10    Closed
    May 11-15  11 a.m.–2 p.m.
    May 16-17  Closed
    May 18-22  11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    May 23-25  Closed
    May 26-29  11 a.m.–2 p.m.
    May 30-31  Closed
  • Office of Citizenship and Community Standards Contest Winners

    Katie Valli
    “What it Means to be a Bulldog”

    Cathy Caruthers
    “Last Lecture”

    The winning submissions are posted on the OCCS website. Each winner will receive $100 to the University Bookstore.

  • Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity for Kingston University

    A $1,000 scholarship is available for Fall 2009. Deadline is June 1.

    Contact the Study Abroad Office at 785.4076, at CIEA@truman.edu, or in-person at Kirk Building 114 for more information.
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

    Registration deadline is
    July 31.
    The symposium will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the ATSU Connell Information Technologies Center.
    To register, go online to http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/survey.zgi?p=WEB228Y5C4CC2T.
  • 2009 Summer Orientation Dates

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

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

    April 30-May 1
    For more information visit http://one2.ozarksnewenergy.org/.

  • 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

    2009 Activities Fair
    12-4 p.m. Sept. 2
    For more information contact the CSI at 785.4222 or csi@truman.edu.

  • Truman Showcase Dates

    September Showcase
    Sept. 26, 2009

    November Showcase
    Nov. 7, 2009

    January Showcase
    Jan. 23, 2010

    Diversity Day
    Feb. 27 2010

    April Showcase
    April 24, 2010
  • 2009-2010 Calendar

    Fall semester 2009
    Aug. 22 - New student move-in
    Aug. 22 - Truman Week begins
    Aug. 27 - Classes begin
    Sept. 19 - Family Day
    Oct. 10 - Homecoming
    Oct. 15-16 - Midterm Break
    Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
    Dec. 11 - Last day of classes
    Dec. 14 - Finals begin
    Dec. 19 - Commencement

    Spring semester 2010
    Jan. 11 - Classes begin
    Feb. 18 - University Conference
    March 8-12 - Midterm            Break
    April 5 - Spring Break                   
    April 13 - Student Research  Conference
    April 30 - Last day of classes
    May 3 - Finals begin
    May 8 - Commencement
  • Bookstore Bulletin

    Check out all of the latest Truman Bookstore News in the Spring 2009 Bookstore Bulletin, available online at http://trumantoday.truman.edu/pdf/BookstoreBulletinSpring09.pdf.


  • Notables

    An original musical work by Warren Gooch, professor of music, will be performed by the Szewczyk-Romanenko Duo on the “Music At Main” concert series in Jacksonville, Fla. The May 12 concert will include Gooch’s “Three Fauxmanian Dances” for violin and cello. Piotr Szewczyk is a violinist and composer with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and a recent winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. Alexei Romanenko is Principal Cellist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and former Principal Cellist with the Boston Philharmonic. Gooch’s work was selected for performance from an international call for scores.

    Grace Tamara Handy
    , a senior from Sri Lanka, was recently awarded the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Education Grant for graduate study in the Master’s of Arts in Education at Truman. She is one of only 10 recipients this year. The MMMF awards educational grants to women from developing countries whose graduate studies and future plans aim to benefit women and children in their respective regions.

    Mustafa A. Sawani, professor of economics, and Casey Copeland, a Truman alumna, had their paper “U.S.-E.U. Economic relationship: How European Integration Affects U.S. Export the European Union” published in the “Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics” this April. Sawani also attended the European Union Study Association Biennial International Conference and participated in “Teaching the European Union” workshop in Los Angeles, Calif., April 23-25.


  • Notes

    The Faculty Weekly Lunch Series will host an extra session at 12:30 p.m. May 6 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. The session will discuss the definition of service-learning and course tags indicating a service-learning course to make registration easier for students. Members of Faculty Senate and faculty utilizing service-learning are urged to attend.
    Truman Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will sponsor the Truman Furniture BAZAAR from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 on the Quad. Students can buy or sell their furniture. For more information on how to sell, contact Michelle Tuttle at mmt085@truman.edu.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor lunch for a proposal brainstorming meeting at 11:30 a.m. May 7 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. The meeting will be conducted by Dawood Afzal, professor of chemistry, speaking on possible proposals to submit to the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL). Afzal is particularly interested in pursuing proposals related to Truman’s JINS courses. Anyone who has taught a JINS course is especially encouraged to attend.

    The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Proposal-Writing Lunch will take place at 12 p.m. May 12 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. This will be a blitz writing session to submit proposals to the 2009 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in Bloomington, Ind. Proposals are due May 15. For more information visit http://www.issotl.org/conferences.html.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Weekly Lunch Series will conduct an information session and writing ‘party’ for Missouri Campus Compact (MoCC) Civic Engagement Micro-Grants at 12:30 p.m. May 13 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. Participants will learn about how to fund service-learning and civic engagement projects. MoCC grants support expenses associated with service-learning projects done as components in courses, or done through Service-Learning Advantage. The Center has a proposal template available that streamlines the application process. See http://www.missouricompact.missouristate.edu/4565.hum for grant details and potential project ideas.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Weekly Lunch Series will sponsor a grant report-writing session for those who received a Missouri Campus Compact micro-grant last year at 12:30 p.m. May 20 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. Truman received the largest number of micro-grants in the state. These one-page reports are due by June 1. Bring your syllabi, original grant proposals and documents to write grant final report letters.

    For information about “Next-generation Jobs,” a summer program to support 18-24 year olds in jobs of the future, go online to http://transform.mo.gov/summerjobs.