Vol. 14, No. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009


  • Faculty Forum Begins with Look at Abraham Lincoln

    In November of 2005 the Truman State University Press published “Encounters with Lincoln: Images and Words,” by Thomas J. Trimborn. The book was the result of eight years of research and creativity, which involved Trimborn’s great interests—Abraham Lincoln, art and music. 

    Even as Lincoln's 2009 bicentennial year approaches, he still matters today as his story continues to inspire generations of people around the world. In this lecture presentation, Trimborn will exhibit and discuss several of his 31 original Lincoln portraits that are reproduced in his book and tie them to his historical research, which provides the basis of the book text. In addition, the music of the era, just as Lincoln heard it, will also be discussed and demonstrated live and via recordings.

    The artist, musician, poet and sculptor represent many that have helped to tell the Lincoln story—most powerfully through painting, sound and word, verse and bronze. Lincoln lives through the arts as surely as he does in the historical record.  The memory of his honesty, devotion to justice, love for the American people, and his determination that this nation should be united in peace and freedom endures. 

    The Truman Faculty Forum was created in 2003 to give faculty the opportunity to present their research and creative work to the Truman community and to enhance the importance of scholarship and creativity in the culture of the institution. In the spirit of the liberal arts, the Forum provides one more way of exposing all members of the Truman community to various fields of investigation. The Oct. 7 lecture is the first in the Fall 2009 series.

  • Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming Events

    Several Truman alumni will be honored at various events during Homecoming 2009.


    Alumnus of the Year is Dr. Greg A. Gerhardt. As one of the nation’s foremost researchers on Parkinson’s disease, Gerhardt attributes much of his success to his educational experience at Truman.

     “Although I believe that I received good science and math training in high school, Truman propelled me to a higher level and gave me a competitive edge,” says Gerhardt.

    He credits Truman’s faculty, especially Dr. Kenneth Fountain, for encouraging him to pursue a career in chemistry and research.


    Greg A. Gerhardt


    Gerhardt received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry, graduating magna cum laude from Truman in 1979. He received additional training in chemistry and neuroscience at the University of Kansas where he earned his Ph.D. with honors in 1983. He received training as a postdoctoral fellow from 1983-1985 in pharmacology and psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Gerhardt remained at the University of Colorado from 1985-1999 where he rose through the ranks to professor of psychiatry, pharmacology and The Neuroscience Training Program.


    He is currently RCTF professor with tenure, Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Electrical Engineering at the University of Kentucky.


    Since 1999, Gerhardt has served as director of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, one of 15 NIH funded centers for the development of new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. He is also the director of the Center for Microelectrode Technology.


    His research focuses on Parkinson’s disease and the repair of damaged dopamine neurons in the basal ganglia of the brain using growth factors such as GDNF. His laboratory also develops microelectrode technologies to directly measure neuronal cell firing and neurotransmission in the living brain, and technologies to repair the brain through brain machine interfaces.


    Gerhardt has been editor-in-chief for the “Journal of Neuroscience Methods” since 1999. In that time he has published more than 240 original peer-reviewed papers, 55 book chapters and more than 440 abstracts and conference proceedings. He has won numerous awards including a Research Career Development Award from NIMH from 2000 to 2005.


    In 2008, Gerhardt committed, through his estate, $1 million to create the Greg A. and Paulette C. Danielle-Gerhardt Endowed Professorship at Truman to commemorate his late wife, Paulette.


    “I have allegiance to several universities, and we felt compassion to support them all, but Truman is the school where we felt we could make the most impact,” says Gerhardt.


    The Greg A. and Paulette C. Danielle-Gerhardt Endowed Professorship will support a professor in chemistry or biology with a preference given to those teaching or researching neuroscience.

    Stacey (George) Sifton and Scott Sifton are the 2009 Young Alumni of the Year.


    Stacey and Scott both practice law in St. Louis. Stacey serves as in-house counsel for Edward Jones, and Scott works as a partner at Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP.

    Stacey graduated from Truman in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, and Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in political science in 1996. While attending Truman, both Stacey and Scott served as Student Senate President, and each was named to the Omicron Delta Kappa Student Hall of Fame.


    Stacey and Scott Sifton

    As part of her college experience, Stacey studied abroad in Cholet, France, and also sang with both the Franklin Street Singers and Cantoria.


    While on campus, Scott worked as a peer academic counselor and helped establish the Truman chapter of the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity.

    Stacey earned her juris doctorate at the University of Kansas in 2003. Scott received his from the University of Michigan in 1999. Both interned with the Missouri Office of Attorney General while in law school. Stacey also interned with the law firm of Gray, Ritter & Graham, PC.

    Stacey currently serves as president of Truman’s St. Louis Alumni Chapter and as a member of Truman’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of the International Institute of St. Louis, where she has helped new Americans learn English and prepare for their citizenship tests.

    Scott was elected to the Affton Board of Education in 2001 and re-elected in 2004 and 2007, serving as President from 2007 to 2009. His focus on the Board has been on increasing student achievement and improving teacher pay. Scott served on the board of the American Lung Association of Missouri from 2000 to 2006 and was named to the Leadership St. Louis Class of 2005-2006.

    Stacey and Scott both credit their experience at Truman as a catalyst for their success.


    Their son, Stephen, was born in January 2009 and recently enjoyed his first St. Louis Cardinals game with Truman alumni.


    Kathy Rieck will be honored with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award.


    A north Missouri native, Rieck was born in Marceline and grew up in Macon. She is the daughter of Marjorie Rieck of Macon, who also attended Truman, and later served as long-term associate circuit clerk for Macon County.

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    Kathy Rieck


    Rieck worked in the local Rexall drugstore during high school prior to enrolling at Truman in 1969. She held summer employment positions in college, calculating property taxes for the Macon County clerk and working for the Macon County prosecuting attorney.

    Rieck holds three degrees from Truman: Bachelor of Science in education in business education (1973); Master of Arts in secondary school administration (1976); and Bachelor of Science in accounting (1981). She earned her Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1981.

    Shortly after graduating in May of 1973, Rieck received a call from University President Charles McClain’s office asking if she would be interested in working at the University. She began working in the President’s Office a week later, with plans to stay for a year or two. Little did she know that her career at Truman would span 32 years.

    Her early assignments at Truman gave her well-rounded experiences. Rieck often acted as the first point of contact between the President’s Office and external constituents. She served on numerous campus-wide committees, including those responsible for institutional accreditation, long-range planning, information technology, athletics, and major administrative searches. Quickly recognized as bright, resourceful and kind, Rieck became a mentor and role model to students and staff members, many of whom now hold leadership positions in education, government and business.  

    In 1985, when the University’s mission was changed to be the statewide public liberal arts and sciences university, Rieck was named Executive Assistant to the President-Admissions. She was charged with upgrading admission standards, setting qualitative and quantitative admission goals for the “new” university, and modifying policies and processes to be in line with those of a highly selective institution. She developed successful student recruitment and retention strategies, which resulted in dramatic increases in the size and ability of the student body. Truman is now nationally recognized for the strength of its students.

    Rieck was named Dean of Admission and Records in 1988. Her expanded responsibilities included enrollment management, freshman and transfer student recruitment and enrollment, and supervision of the Admissions, Registrar’s, Financial Aid and International Student Offices. Here, again, her mentoring skills created a legacy now represented at colleges across the country. Her earlier international travels with Fran McKinney helped make friends for Truman around the world.

    When Jack Magruder became President of the University, he asked Rieck to serve in the dual role of Dean of Admission and Records, and Executive Assistant to the President. She continued in both positions throughout his presidency. In 2003, she was named Vice President for University Advancement. Two years later she retired.

    Thousands of entering Truman students received admissions letters with personal notes, written in her distinctive pink ink. Countless alums, parents, faculty, staff and board members have had Rieck on their speed-dial. President McClain wrote: “I know of no one who has contributed more to the success of Northeast Missouri State (Truman) than Kathy Rieck. She envisioned a bright future for her old school, and then worked tirelessly to make it happen.”

    For Rieck, "retirement" has included cultivation of her collection of antiques and care for her aging poodles. She operates a small business called “Anna’s Antiques,” with booths in antique malls, antiques shows and Internet sales. She has taken courses to become a Master Gardener and now works with community beautification projects. She serves as President of the Kirksville Arts Association, Chair of the antique show for the Red Barn Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Festival, and Coordinator of Volunteers for that festival. She can occasionally be found relaxing on a pontoon boat on 1000 Hills Lake with Jim Lyons.

    Rieck is an active supporter of the Truman State University Foundation, and says she is looking forward to serving as a member of the “Bright Minds, Bright Futures” regional campaign committee for northeast Missouri.


    Larry Moore and Ruth Ann (Winter) Moore will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2009 Homecoming Parade.


    A Baring, Mo., native, Larry anchors the award-winning 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from Truman in 1967, and while attending the University, he was a reporter and weekend editor for the “Kirksville Daily Express” newspaper. He earned a master's degree in television news from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


    Larry and Ruth Moore

    Before becoming a television news reporter, Larry was editor and reporter for two Missouri daily newspapers and United Press International. He began working at KMBC as a reporter in 1968 and rose through the ranks to become primary news anchor in 1972. His television news reporting and anchoring have been honored by the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Kansas Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Radio and Television News Association and the Kansas City Press Club.

    Larry has been involved in the coverage of almost every major news story that has affected the Kansas City area in the past 32 years, including the Plaza flood of 1977, the Coates House fire of 1978, the Hyatt skywalk disaster, the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, the Rep. Jerry Litton plane crash, the firefighters explosion, the massive flood of 1993, the Chiefs' Super Bowl Championship, the Royals' World Series Championship, and the plane crash and death of Gov. Mel Carnahan.

    He has been chosen best television news anchor by Kansas City Media Professionals and by the readers of “Squire Publications,” “Pitch Weekly,” “Ingram's Magazine” and “Kansas City Magazine.” “Wednesday Magazine” named him best (favorite) Southlander. Most recently, "Squire Publications" editors and readers honored Larry as Kansas City TV Person of the Century, and "Kansas City Magazine" named him as one of Kansas City's Top 10 Celebrities.

    Larry and Ruth are recipients of the prestigious Broderick Award, recognizing their accomplishments in community and civic leadership. Larry is also recipient of the Zink the Zebra annual community involvement award, and he has served on community boards of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Kansas City Community Gardens, the National Lost-Child Network, the American Royal, the Ozanam Home for Boys, the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, the University of Health Sciences, Avila College and the Kansas City Press Club.

    Larry devotes much of his volunteer community work to children, and since he helped organize the Greater Kansas City Dream Factory in 1984, more than 5,500 youngsters with chronic or serious illnesses have had their dreams granted in the Kansas City area. The local chapter of the Dream Factory picked Larry to receive the Dream Maker of the Year Award for 2001, and the National Convention of the Dream Factory has honored him with the coveted Stephen K. Douglas Award.

    The American Cancer Society presented Larry, who is a cancer survivor, with the prestigious Ambassador of Hope Courage Award for the cancer educational campaign that he conducted on television and in the community by sharing his personal struggle with cancer.

    Ruth, originally from St. Louis, received a Bachelor of Science in education from Truman in 1968. At that time, Walter Ryle was serving as President of the University, and as a student, Ruth worked in the President's Office. She also earned a degree from Webster University.


    Ruth is currently on medical leave from Webster University, where she is employed as the community relations coordinator. She orchestrates a large part of her husband's community publicity and public appearance schedule, and throughout her career, has accumulated a number of accomplishments in the areas of community service and public relations.

    As director of fundraising for the Greater Kansas City Dream Factory for 11 years, she was responsible for raising $305,000 each year. She also helped organize and publicize the Dream Factory Chiefs-Royals basketball game for 10 years.

    Along with others, Ruth helped originate and publicize the annual Rose Brooks Cabaret Evening, an event that raises funds for the Rose Brooks domestic abuse shelter. Now in its 18th year, the event raises more than $350,000 annually.

    In addition to being a long-time marketing consultant and public relations adviser for annual auction galas at Rockhurst High School and St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Ruth was the public relations adviser for the American Royal. She also served as director of publicity for the Kansas City Jaycee Professional Rodeo, the largest outdoor rodeo in the Middle West, and was the public relations consultant for Senator Harold Caskey in three of his successful campaigns for the Missouri State Senate.

    Ruth and Larry are co-founders of the Support Our Seminarians gala, which attracts more than 1,000 people annually to raise funds for scholarships for seminary students at Conception Seminary College, and Ruth is involved in marketing, promoting, and publicizing the event each year.

    The Moores make their home in Kansas City, and they own Celebrity Farms, a breeding and training operation of Missouri Fox Trotting horses. They have three daughters and two sons.

  • Athletics to Induct Hall of Fame Members

    The 1998-99 Men’s Basketball team and Gerald Burditt will be inducted into the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame Oct. 9.

    The 1998-99 Men’s Bulldog Basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four that season after winning their final eight conference regular season games, three conference tournament games (with two wins coming in the final seconds) and sweeping through the South Central regional tournament.

    Members of the squad, coached by regional coach of the year Jack Schrader and assisted by John Sloop were: All-American Cory Parker, Academic All-American Jason Reinberg, Brian Brown, Jason Ramthun, Andy Guethle, Mike Peterson, Jason Ward, Chris Foulk, Spencer Douglas, AJ Crum, Kyle Eagan, Moni Fearn, Dusty Bruner, Donnie Daggett, Peter Aydt and Dan Mailath.

    Gerald Burditt was the second leading scorer for a Bulldog Basketball team that captured the MIAA championship and advanced to the NCAA small college quarterfinals in 1959-60. Burditt earned first-team all-MIAA honors, averaging 15.1 points per game.

    The Bulldogs won the conference championship that season and won 13 of their last 14 games after starting with a 4-3 record.

    Burditt was previously a two-time second-team MIAA pick under head coach Boyd King and was named to the “Who’s Who in Small College Basketball” following the 1959-60 season.
  • Forensics Continues Early Season Success with Wins in Kentucky

    Members of the Truman Forensics Union continued a trend of success as they headed to Bowling Green, Ky., for two tournaments hosted by Western Kentucky University and Ohio University.

    During the first half of the swing tournament, sophomore Christian Johns (Carthage, Mo.) beat out 39 other competitors to reign as tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Other highlights from this half of the swing included a third place finish in Poetry Interpretation from freshman Samantha Jones (Wheaton, Ill.), which qualified her for the national tournament at the end of the season.

    In addition, other recognition included a qualification for sophomore Mel Kapitan, who received fourth in Poetry; a fourth place finish in Prose Interpretation and seventh place in Impromptu Speaking from sophomore Andrew Grojean (Blue Springs, Mo.); a fourth place finish in Extemporaneous Speaking and fifth place in Impromptu for freshman Jessica Petrie (Belleville, Ill.); and Octofinal finishes in Lincoln-Douglas by sophomore Elizabeth Hatting (Omaha, Neb.) and  juniors Sarah Backhaus (Liberty, Mo.) and Dylan Clark (St. Louis, Mo.). 

    Truman’s Lincoln-Douglas squad beat students from Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and more to take a third place debate sweepstakes award.

    During the second tournament, Truman’s individual event competitors clinched a fourth place sweepstakes trophy.

    In Dramatic Duo, sophomores Erin Williamson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Darius Taylor (Zion, Ill.) earned another national qualification by placing fourth. Samantha Jones repeated her third place finish in Poetry, while Jessica Petrie repeated her fourth place finish in Extemporaneous. Andrew Grojean rounded out the success of this half of the swing when he placed seventh in After Dinner Speaking.

    Anyone interested in competing in forensics should contact Kristi Scholten, director of forensics, at kscholten@truman.edu.

  • IT Services Provides Phone Bills Online

    As part of Truman’s efforts to improve the efficiency of University operations and mindfulness of the environment, the ITS Web Team now provides phone bills online.

    Previously, detailed phone bills were printed, collated and distributed monthly to office controllers in stacks of paper. Beginning in September, the controllers for each office and department can now review billing information online for both current and previous phone bills through a password-protected site at http://phones.truman.edu/bills.

    The online system includes an option to export the data to Excel files so they can be distributed via e-mail or further analyzed electronically.

    The Truman ITS Web Team custom-built the system for the University during the last four months.

  • Golden Leadership Award Nominations Under Way

    The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) welcomes all faculty and staff to nominate student leaders on campus for the Golden Leadership Award (GLA) for the month of October.

    This award recognizes the hard work, leadership skills and dedication of Truman student leaders. The Golden Leadership Award is based upon four categories of leadership: leadership and work experience; campus involvement, academic achievement; and community involvement.

    The award strives to honor student leaders through a nomination, application and selection process.

    The nomination form can be picked up in the CSI or completed online at http://csi.truman.edu. The nomination deadline is Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. The CSI is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building.

    Awards will be presented at the Leadership Recognition Program Banquet April 14, 2010. All of the nominees, nominators and Golden Leadership Award recipients will be invited to the banquet.

    The CSI hopes advisers will recognize Truman students and organizations for their dedication to the campus by nominating them for a GLA.

    Please direct questions and concerns to Amanda Rhodes in the CSI. Call 660.785.4222, or e-mail her at csilead@truman.edu.

  • Students Experience Nursing in the Philippines

    Truman nursing students who traveled to the Philippines last summer will present a program, “Transcultural Experience in the Philippines to the communities of Kirksville and Truman State University” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Ten nursing students from Truman traveled to the Philippines from May 29–June 20. The students prepared for the trip through classes last spring about cultural immersion and communicable diseases. During a week-long stay in Metro Manila, the students participated in maternal and nursery care at the non-profit government facility, José Reyes Memorial Medical Center. At the center, students worked with mothers and infants who generally could not afford health care. They developed competencies in the assessment of birthing mothers and newborns and in cross-cultural communication. From Manila, they traveled south to the central province of Iloilo City where the students enrolled in a transcultural nursing program at West Visayas State University.


    Nursing students and faculty stop for a picture under a sign welcoming them. Pictured, back row, left to right, are Kit Hadwiger, Ashley Swain, Jess Evelsizer, Kelsey Mason, Emily Reinart, Karen Wollberg and Lizzie Brink. Front row, left to right, are Jennifer Jackson, Ashley Sternquist, Alyssa Lewellen and Emily Schroeder.

    Clinical experiences during this program included home visits, a pediatric unit, the social hygiene clinic, a leprosarium and Asilo de Molo (a nursing home in the Philippines). Nursing students from West Visayas State University facilitated communication and cultural accommodation for the Truman nursing students during clinical experiences.

    The public is welcome to attend the presentation, and refreshments will be served.

  • Foundation Scholarships Available for the Spring 2010 Semester

    The Truman State University Foundation has announced that scholarship applications for Truman students in the Spring 2010 semester are now available.
    Students may fill out and submit applications online. The applications are due by midnight Nov. 1. To learn more, go to http://www.truman.edu and click on Student Life/Money/Foundation Scholarships or visit https://secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/.  

    The current application period is for Foundation Scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2009-2010. Applications for the majority of Foundation Scholarships will be available in February for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Applications are also now available in the Center for International Education Office (CIE), located in Kirk Building 114, for the Truman State University Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships for the summer of 2010. Ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded for summer, faculty-led Truman study abroad programs based on financial need, statement of purpose and academic achievement. These applications are due in the CIE office by 12 p.m. Jan. 29, 2010, and recipients will be notified by the end of February.

    Since its creation in 1980, the Truman State University Foundation has provided an opportunity for thousands of alumni and friends to make an investment in students. The mission of the Foundation and Office of Advancement is to support the goals and activities of the University by nurturing viable relationships with external constituencies, obtaining financial support and serving as prudent financial stewards of the Foundation’s resources.


  • Homecoming 2009 Schedule

    All Week Long
    Apparel Sales, Lip Sync Ticket Sales and Penny Wars
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Mainstreet/SUB Mall

    Oct. 5
    Royalty Voting Begins
    10 a.m.

    The Adventure Begins Kick-Off and Faculty/Staff Coronation
    6 p.m.

    Oct. 6
    Marvel Carnival
    1-4 p.m.

    Why So Serious? Improv
    8:30 p.m.
    SUB Georgian Rooms

    Oct. 7
    Give ‘Em Shell, Paint it Well!’ Sidewalk Painting
    8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Outside Pershing

    Up ‘til Dawn Letter-writing Campaign  
    2-9 p.m.
    SUB Activities Room

    Royalty Voting Ends
    5 p.m.

    Trivia Night
    5-6:30 p.m.
    SUB Down Under     

    Women’s Volleyball
    7 p.m.

    Encounters with Lincoln Through the Arts
    7 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish

    Dark Knight
    Campus Tours with Zac Burden
    9 p.m.

    Oct. 8
    Women’s Soccer
    2 p.m.
    Soccer Park

    Men’s Soccer
    3 p.m.
    Soccer Park

    KryptonICE Cake Decorating
    3 p.m.

    Sync Your Powers
    Lip’Sync and Coronation

    7 p.m.

    Oct. 9
    22nd Annual Bulldog Classic Golf Tournament
    10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Kirksville Country Club

    Free Picnic
    5 p.m.
    Red Barn Park

    Pump It Up Pep Rally
    6 p.m.
    Stokes Stadium

    Alumni and Friends Celebration/Hall of Fame Banquet
    6 p.m.
    Georgian Room

    Sugar and Spice but Nothing Nice Powder Puff Football Game
    6:45 p.m.
    Stokes Stadium

    Ebony Essence: A Black or White Affair
    8-11 p.m.
    SUB Down Under

    Oct. 10
    Faster than a Speeding Bullet 5K Race
    8 a.m.

    Parade Your Powers
    9 a.m.

    Ribbon Cutting
    10:30 a.m.
    Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center

    Tailgate Picnic
    11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Red Barn Park

    Anniversary Class Reunions
    11:15 a.m.

    Student Senate Reception
    1 p.m.
    SUB Senate Office

    Pre-game Activities
    1:30 p.m.

    Football Game
    2 p.m.
    Stokes Stadium

    Theo Von

    6 p.m.

    Step Show
    8 p.m.

    Oct. 11
    Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir Concert
    1 p.m.
    SUB Activities Room

    Wind Symphony Concert conducted by Dan Peterson
    2 p.m.

    *For a complete listing of all Homecoming 2009 activities, visit http://homecoming.truman.edu.
  • Homecoming Tailgate

    All alumni, students,
    faculty, staff and
    community members are invited.

    11a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    Oct. 10
    Red Barn Park

    Rain site is Pershing Arena
    $7 or meal transfer

    All dining halls

    Four attendees will win $50 Sodexo Bonus Bucks.
    Sponsored by Truman Alumni and Alpha Sigma Gamma
  • Career Expo Schedule


    Oct. 12
    Expo 411
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Expo Crash Course
    6-7:30 p.m.
    Sign up at http://pdi.truman.edu

    Oct. 13
    Deadline to upload résumé and apply for interview pre-selection on eRecruiting at http://truman.experience.com (Additional slots may be available at Expo)

    Oct. 20
    Employer Mock Interviews
    Sign up and drop off your résumé in the Career Center

    Oct. 21
    Career Expo
    11 a.m. -4 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Register at http://career.truman.edu

    Oct. 22
    Employer Interviews
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Student Union Building
  • Art Department Speaker

    Jill Weinreich
    Living in Venice and the Venice Biennale
    6 p.m.
    Oct. 5

    Jill Weinreich has lived and worked in Venice for ten years, working most recently as on-site logistics coordinator and project manager for the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale (biennial international contemporary art exhibition held in Venice, Italy). In 2003 Weinreich worked with the Fred Wilson exhibition and this past year, 2009, with the Bruce Nauman exhibition (“Topological Gardens”), which won the Lion d’Oro award for Best National Participation. She will give a brief informal presentation about living in Venice, as well as about her experiences working with artists and exhibitions in Venice. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. For more information go to  http://concept.typepad.com/trumanart/2009/09/jill-weinreich-to-speak-and-answer-questions-about-living-in-venice-and-working-with-the-venice-bien.html.
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    Photo by Jill Weinreich
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • Homecoming Apparel On Sale

    The Homecoming Committee will sell apparel on the following dates, at the following locations:

    Oct. 6
    CSI • 8-10 a.m.
    On the Quad at Marvel Carnival
    10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Oct. 7
    CSI • 8-10 a.m.
    Mall • 10-2 p.m.

    Oct. 8
    CSI • 8-10 a.m.
    Mall • 10-2 p.m.

    Oct. 9
    CSI • 8-10 a.m.
    Mall • 10-2 p.m.

    Oct. 10
    Stokes Stadium • 1:30–3:30 p.m.

    Rain site for Mall sales is the Student Union Building Main Hallway.
  • Missouri Government Internship Applications Available

    The Missouri Government Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students to intern at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., with a public official, legislator or state agency during the Spring 2010 semester. Interns receive a stipend of $2,500 and up to 15 hours of credit. Applications are available online at http://career.truman.edu/Internships/mogovBrochure.asp. The internship is open to all majors. For more information, contact Heidi Templeton at 785.4016 or at heidi@truman.edu, or contact Candy Young at 785.4650 or at cyoung@truman.edu.
  • Columbinus

    A World Premiere Production by the United States Theatre Project

    8-10 p.m.
    Oct. 7-10
     Ophelia Parrish
    Severens Theatre
    Free Admisson

    Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli. Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch. Conceived by PJ Paparelli. Produced by arrangements with Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.

    Sponsored by the Truman Theatre Department.
  • Truman in Washington Program Internship Panel Discussion

    Students should attend to find out more about internship opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. The discussion will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Ophelia Parrish 2113. Featured panelists will include a representative from the Washington Center and several Truman students who have recently completed internships. For more information contact Diane Tobin Johnson at djohnson@truman.edu or at 785.7852.
  • United Way Campaign Update

    At the end of the second week of Truman’s United Way campaign, faculty, staff, students and retirees contributed nearly $24,000, which means contributions have reached approximately 42 percent of the $56,000 goal. If you have not yet returned your pledge form, there is still time to do so. Also, if you have misplaced your pledge form and are in need of a replacement, contact Joe Hamilton at hamilton@truman.edu or Deb Kerby at dkerby@truman.edu.
  • Glamour Magazine 2010 Top 10 College Women Competition

    Deadline for entries is Dec. 1.

    The electronic application for the 2010 competition can be found at http://www.glamour.com/about/top-10-college-women. Please direct any questions regarding the competition to atttcw@glamour.com.

  • Pickler Memorial Library


    at http://library.truman.edu/subsplus/subjects/ provides annotated bibliographies of the best information sources to use for 68 subjects. It links directly with article databases, the Library Catalog, citation tools and a subject librarian.
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

    Students may pick up applications for the 2009-2010 award in the Dean of Student Affairs Office, located in the Student Union Building 3100. To qualify, students should be active on campus and in the community, have a 2.75 GPA and be a senior eligible for graduation in December, May or August of the 2009-10 academic year. Completed student applications must be returned to the Student Affairs Office by Oct. 19. For more information visit http://saffairs.truman.edu or call 785.4111.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Table Tennis
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 13
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Oct. 24

    Activity: Basketball Pentathlon
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 27
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Nov. 2

    Activity: Texas Hold’em
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 3
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Nov. 8

    Activity: 3 on 3 Basketball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 3
    Captains’ Meeting: Nov. 5
    Play Begins: Nov. 9

    Activity: Pickelball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 3
    Captains’ Meeting: Nov. 5
    Play Begins: Nov. 9

    Activity: Pitch
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Nov. 14

    Activity: Billiards
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Nov. 15

    Activity: Bench Press
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Nov. 16

    Activity: College Bowl Mania
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Finals Week
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Finals Week

    Activity: Wrap Up Meeting
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: NA
    Captains’ Meeting: Dec. 3
    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. Captains’ Meeting is at 4:30 p.m. in the SRC Conference Room.
  • Student Recreation Center Special Hours

    Fall Mid-Term Break Special Hours at the Student Recreation Center

    Oct. 14
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 15
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 16
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 17
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 18
    4 p.m.-7 p.m.


  • Notables

    Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, presented “Between Nasr and Ates: What Understanding of Evolution do Science Educators Want?” at a conference on “Darwin and Evolution in the Muslim World” at Hampshire College in Massachusetts Oct. 2-3.

    Michael Goggin, associate professor of physics
    , and collaborators at the University of Queensland, recently had their paper “Complementarity in variable strength quantum nondemolition measurements,” selected by the Institute of Physics (IoP) for inclusion in “IoP Select.” “IoP Select” is a special collection of journal articles, chosen by the editors of IoP journals based on one or more of the following criteria: substantial advances or significant breakthroughs; a high degree of novelty; and/or significant impact on future research. “IoP Select” can be found online at


  • Notes

    Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, will present the Folklore Colloquium at 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in Ophelia Parrish 2113. His talk is "Angry Atheists and Soulless Scientists: Stereotypes of nonbelief in the era of the 'New Atheism.'"

    The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Weekly Lunch Series will take place at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room and will focus on “Teaching with the Flu.”

    The next Physics Colloquium will feature Tom Cravens from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Violette Hall 1000. Cravens will present, “The Cassini-Huygens Mission to the Saturn System: Recent Results.” For more information visit http://physics.truman.edu/colloquia/mainstage.asp.

    Student Senate will host a forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room on an upcoming resolution proposed to encourage a smoking ban on campus.

    Thomas Trimborn, professor of music, will present “Encounters with Lincoln Through the Arts” during a faculty forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Admission is free.

    Expo 411 will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 on the Student Union Building Mall. Career Center staff will be available to critique resumes. Registration for Career Expo and Mock Interview sign-ups are also available, as well as tips on appropriate dress and how to work a career fair. Free popcorn and soda. Visit http://career.truman.edu for more information. Rain site is the Violette Hall Commons.

    The Men’s Basketball team is selling Truman Basketball apparel
    . Orders are due by Oct. 15. For more information, contact Tim Deidrick at 785.4272 or deidrick@truman.edu.

    The Bulldog Football team is selling “dog tags” for $10. Dog tag holders receive discounts at several area businesses. For more information call 785.7494.

    The Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala will take place Nov. 7 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. A silent auction will take place at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, a program and a live auction at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. RSVP by Oct. 30 to 660.626.2272. For more information, contact Amy Currier at acurrier@truman.edu or at 785.4222. 

    Truman is partnering with Missouri Campus Compact, the Adair County YMCA, Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency, the Salvation Army and the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center on a collaborative survey. Eligible Kirksville residents will be paid $15 if they meet certain criteria. For the criteria and guidelines go to http://trumantoday.truman.edu/pdf/SurveyPoster.pdf.