Vol. 13, No. 34 - June 30, 2009


  • Alumna Honors Son with $100,000 Gift to the University to Support Scholarship

    Louise Kriner is using a planned gift of $100,000 to honor the memory of her late son, Lawrence T. Kriner.

    A 1967 graduate of Truman, Louise was a nurse until 1989 when she retired as the director of nursing at the Twin Pines Adult Care Center in Kirksville.

    Lawrence was serving in the military when he was killed in a rappelling accident in 1993 at the age of 19. He was her only child.

    The Louise (Schwaner) Kriner and PFC Lawrence T. Kriner Scholarship will go to assist nursing students from the Kirksville area that demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Preference will be given to students interested in the military.

    This is not the first time Louise has made a public gesture in memory of her son. She also has a scholarship at Kirksville High School in his honor. It is awarded every year to a student entering the military.

    Lawrence also has a bench in his honor, as do his grandparents, all gifts from Louise. Furthermore, she has planted a tree in Brashear Park for Lawrence and donated money to the library in his name because the two would often go there when he was a child.

    Louise resides in Kirksville, and still visits regularly with members of the Truman community.

  • Golf Scramble Offers Family Fun, Proceeds to Benefit Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund

    The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Scholarship Golf Scramble July 10 at the Kirksville Country Club to benefit its scholarship fund.

    Guests are also welcome and invited to use the KCC pool for just $2 per person. This is a great way to contribute to a worthy scholarship fund and have fun at the same time. All proceeds benefit the Chapter Scholarship fund.

    “We are all well aware that the problems with the economy have not been kind to our investment accounts. Truman’s investments are no exception,” said Von Abbott, president of the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and Truman assistant director of Public Safety. “The next few years will present many financial problems for our students as available scholarships and state funding decrease or at best, remain stagnant. This event will raise money for the chapter’s scholarship fund.”

    Registration is $50 for an individual entry/$200 for a team of four. Carts are $16 per person – limited availability. Registration includes a BBQ lunch, beverages, greens fees, giveaways and great door prizes.

    Registration/lunch begins at 11 a.m. and tee time is at noon. Register online now at http://store.truman.edu/alumni/item.asp?itemId=188.

    After golf there will be a 19th Hole Social Hour at the DuKum Inn.

    For more information on the Scholarship Golf Scramble or on how to contribute to the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter Scholarship fund contact Stacy Tucker-Potter at stuckerpotter@truman.edu.

  • Student E-mail Options Expanded After ITS Upgrade to Google

    In response to student demand, ITS has implemented a new enhanced e-mail system powered by Google.

    All students now have seven gigabytes of mail storage space and a more user-friendly interface. They can also share files with staff, professors and each other via Google Docs, create private or shared calendars with Google Calendar, and use a number of other Google applications.

    Students can access their mail through TruView or by going to http://gmail.truman.edu.

    E-mail can also be forwarded to another account, checked via POP, IMAP or on a mobile phone.

    For more information, check out the Get Help section of http://its.truman.edu. For additional assistance contact ITS Help Desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 660.785.4544 or toll-free at 866.520.2412.


  • Offices Relocated

    The Truman Institute
     will have offices in:
     Baldwin Hall 110.

    Phone numbers:
    Truman Institute.............785.5384
    Kevin Minch.....................785.5677
    Jana Morton.....................785.5406

    Residence Life
    has been relocated to:
    Missouri Hall 1100.

    Human Resources
     has been relocated to:
    McClain Hall 102.

    Advancement, Alumni Relations and Fundrasing
    have been relocated to:
    McClain Hall 205.

  • Truman Day at the NEMO Fair

    Truman needs volunteers to work July 13 at the NEMO Fair.
    Shifts are as follows:

    11:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

    3-6 p.m.

    6-9 p.m.

    9-11 p.m.

    Volunteers will receive a free one-day pass to the fair. To sign up, call the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 or stop by McClain Hall 101.
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

    Registration deadline is July 31.
    For more information go online to http://www.atsu.edu/research/conferences_seminars/index.htm.

    The symposium will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the ATSU Connell Information Technologies Center.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Awards

    The Emerging Scholar Awards recognize outstanding rising sophomores studying at Phi Kappa Phi member institutions. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi will grant 60 awards in the amount of $250 to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

     *   Attend an institution with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter

     *   Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale

     *   Have a minimum of 30 semester hours

     *   Have earned no more than a total of 60 semester hours

    For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Scholarships/emergingscholar.html.

    Deadline for applications is July 15. Winners will be announced by Sept. 1.
  • 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 e-mail csi@truman.edu.
  • Pickler Memorial Library


    Easier Access to Library Videos

    Library videos are now out on shelves so you can see what is available and check them out. Faculty and staff may check out videos for 14 days with one renewal. Undergraduate and graduate students may check out videos for 3 days with one renewal.

    On Display

    In the library gallery, an exhibit on the Missouri Department of Conservation and some interesting stuffed birds from the Truman Biology Department.
  • Graduate Studies Opportunities

    Truman offers graduate degrees in Accounting, Biology, Communication Disorders, Education, English and Music. For more information go online to http://gradstudies.truman.edu/.

  • Independence Day

    In observance of Independence Day, the University will be closed July 3.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be published July 14.
  • Retirement Reception for Jane Story

    You are invited to join us as we congratulate Jane Story on her retirement from Truman after more than 15 years of excellent service. Cake and beverages will be provided.

    June 30
    9-10:30 a.m.
    Student Union Building
    Alumni Room (2105)


  • Notables

    Ten Truman students were named 2008-2009 LEAP Scholarship Recipients by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants at their Annual Competition and Awards ceremony June 5 at the Lake of the Ozarks. They are: Jessi Bays, O’Fallon, Mo.; Joseph Buterbaugh, Kirksville, Mo.; Eric Hansen, Old Monroe, Mo.; Joseph Higgins, St. Charles, Mo.; Kourtney House, St. Louis, Mo.; Maxwell LaFoy, St. Charles; Daniel Leatherman, Chillicothe, Mo.; Helen Pham, Kirksville; and John Sturgeon, Kirksville.

    Nabil Alghalith, professor of business administration, had his article “Team Skills: Using Course-Embedded Assessment for Assurance of Learning,” accepted by the International Journal of Education Research. He also presented this paper at the IABPAD conference and won the Best Research Award.

    Datha Damron-Martinez, assistant professor of business administration, recently had two articles published. The first, “Examining the Effectiveness of Athlete Celebrity Endorser Characteristics and Product Brand Type: The Endorser Sexpertise Continuum,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision. It was co-authored with Christina Simmers and Diana Haytko. The second article, “The Effect of Product Placement on Consumer Information Processing,” also co-authored with Simmers, recently appeared in the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications.

    Sarah Delaware, associate professor of nursing
    , gave a podium presentation entitled “Danger! Hazardous Duty Ahead!” at the 8th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, June 13 in St. Louis. Pamela Melvin, assistant professor of nursing, also attended the conference.

    Warren Gooch, professor of music
    , presented a paper entitled “Symmetry and Circles in Boccherini’s Symphony in F Major, G.512” at the 2009 annual workshop of the Macro Analysis Creative Research Society. The workshop took place June 12-13 in Madison, Wis.

    David Wohlers, professor of chemistry, traveled to Washington, D.C. June 8-11 to attend the Joint Annual Meeting of Principal Investigators sponsored by the Human Resource Development Division of the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the National Science Foundation.  As the appointed representative of the research team, he reported on the progress to date of the grant entitled Independent Laboratory Access for the Blind and Low Vision Students in a Mainstream High School Science Classroom-National Science Foundation Grant HRD-0726417. More than 70 representatives of various grants from the Research in Disabilities Education program attended and shared results. The breakout sessions provided opportunities to dialog on current projects and promote future ideas.