Vol. 14, No. 33 - June 15, 2010


  • Gardner Named Residence Life Director

    John Gardner was recently selected as the new director of Residence Life.

    Since fall 2009, Gardner has been serving as the interim director after starting at Truman in the summer of 2008 as assistant director of Residence Life.

    Gardner earned a master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

    He has been working with higher education students in various capacities for the last 10 years, first as a resident assistant at Lewis & Clark College, followed by three years as a hall director at Northwest Missouri State University and two years as a graduate assistant for multicultural student affairs at Iowa State University.

    As the director, Gardner is responsible for the overall operations of Residence Life, including personnel, budget, facilities, programming and polices among other duties.

    Truman has an on-campus living capacity of approximately 2,700 students, roughly half of the total student body.

  • Medical Leave Bank Open Enrollment Available Until June 30

    Medical Leave Bank open enrollment for staff is currently under way and will be available through June 30.

    The purpose of this program is to provide additional paid medical leave for staff who have exhausted their accrued medical and vacation leave benefits as the result of their own catastrophic illness or the need to care for a spouse, child or parent suffering from a catastrophic illness. It was established in 2007 as the result of a resolution passed by the Board of Governors.

    Open enrollment for this program takes place annually from June 1-30.

    Employee eligibility requirements include the following: must be a non-faculty employee who earns medical and vacation leave; must have been employed at the University for a period of one year or more; must have worked 1,250 hours or more during the previous 12 months; and will have a minimum of 10 medical leave days and five vacation days after the initial donation made to the Bank.

    Employees must be an active member of the Bank to apply to use the program. Further details regarding the program may be found at  http://hr.truman.edu/programs/mlb/MLB_procedures.pdf.

    Membership in the Bank begins with an employee’s contribution of at least one day of leave (medical or vacation) during an Open Enrollment period and continues from year-to-year with the annual donation of leave until the member submits a revocation form or until a member’s termination of employment, retirement, death or failure to donate a leave day during the Open Enrollment period for the next fiscal year.  

    Additional donations of leave time to the Bank may be made at any time however, donations occurring outside of the Open Enrollment period do not qualify the employee for membership.

    To enroll, employees should log in to TruView and select the “Staff” tab. Employees may check their eligibility status by clicking on the “Medical Leave Bank Enrollment Eligibility Checklist.” Once eligibility is confirmed, employees may contribute medical or vacation leave to the Bank. The maximum annual donation of leave time that can be made by any eligible employee is 40 hours of medical or vacation leave.

    For additional questions regarding this program, contact Human Resources at 785.4031.    

  • Spring 2010 Honors Scholar Graduates

    Eleven students graduated as Honors Scholars this May.
    The candidates were recognized at the Honors Scholar medal ceremony May 7 in the Student Union Building.

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    First row (left to right): Anne Woodruff, Amanda Olp, Jessica Ponder, Kelly Merritt and Loren Dunham. Second row (left to right): David Taylor, Nicholas Wilsey,  Andrew McCall, Grant Berry, Jacob Sanning and Tyson Koenig. Not pictured: Jacob Schrum.

    More than 200 Truman students have graduated as Honors Scholars since 1994. To become an Honors Scholar, students must complete 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 Honors Scholar courses and students who complete a single undergraduate major may not satisfy Honors Scholar requirements with any course within their major.

    For more information, visit the Honors Scholar webpage at http://honors.truman.edu.  

  • Nurses Honored at 9th Annual Capstones

    State Representative Rebecca McClanahan was named the NEMO Nurse of the Year during the 9th Annual Capstones of Nursing at Truman April 29.

    Truman’s Department of Nursing co-sponsored the event with Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society in order to promote nursing scholarship. Alumna Kathy Holloway presented the keynote address, “The Impact of Death Upon Nursing Professionals.”

    Kelly Freeland, family nurse practitioner for Northeast Missouri Health Council and Crown Clinic, was named the Acute Care Preceptor of the Year.

    North Shelby school nurse Edie Finke, BSN, RN, was named the Community Health Preceptor of the Year.

    State Representative Rebecca McClanahan (left) accepts the NEMO Nurse of the Year award from Shirley Riley, President of Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

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    Kelly Freeland (middle) accepts the award for Acute Care Preceptor of the Year.  Freeland is a family nurse practitioner at Northeast Missouri Health Council and Crown Clinic. Pictured left to right: Pam Melvin, associate professor of nursing, Tina Roybal, nursing class of 2010, Freeland, Karli-Rae Kerr nursing class of 2010, and Sarah Delaware, associate professor of nursing.

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    Edie Finke (middle) accepts the award for Community Health Preceptor of the Year. Finke is the North Shelby school nurse. Pictured left to right: Pam Melvin, associate professor of nursing, Brian De Guzman, nursing class of 2010, Finke, Ashley Swain, nursing class of 2010, and Karen Wolberg, nursing class of 2010.

  • Kiwanis Club of Kirksville Supports Area Students with Funds from Farmers Market

    The Kiwanis Club of Kirksville is using proceeds from its annual Farmers Market to assist area students in pursuit of an agriculture degree at Truman.

    Dahn Kemp of Clarence, Mo., was recently selected to receive the Kiwanis Farmers Market Annual Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  

    Kemp, a freshman at Truman, is the son of Rick and Sharri Kemp and a graduate of North Shelby High School. He is a member of the University football team and serves as the historian for the Collegiate Farm Bureau.

    In addition to school, Kemp currently manages one farm on his own and another with his father. He has been renting land since he was a sophomore in high school, and wants to own his own farm someday. After graduation he plans to return home and work with his family’s Angus cattle.

    To be eligible for the Kiwanis Farmers Market Annual Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria: majoring in agriculture; active involvement in service while in college; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; and demonstrate participation and leadership in school and community activities.
  • Fulbright Program Accepting Applications for 2011-2012

    The Institute of International Education, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011-2012 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition.

    For more than 60 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other countries. Fulbright grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards more than 1,500 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to more than 50 countries. Fulbright grants provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage and may also provide full or partial tuition.

    Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. Professional applicants lacking a degree but with extensive professional study and/or experience in the field in which they wish to purse a project may also be considered.

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are also encouraged.

    For more information, interested individuals should visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website at http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org. Students currently enrolled at Truman should contact campus Fulbright Program Adviser Maria C. Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu for more information. Applications must be submitted electronically by Sept. 21, 2010.

    Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. In the past 64 years, more than 114,000 students, scholars and teachers from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.

    The Fulbright Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from the United States Congress to the Department of State and by the participating foreign governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board formulates policy guidelines and makes the final selection of all grantees.

    The Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including the annual competition for grants.


  • Installation of Dr. Troy D. Paino

  • Truman Day at the NEMO Fair

    Truman needs volunteers to work July 19 at the NEMO Fair.
    Shifts are still available for the following times:

    6-9 a.m.

    6-9 p.m.

    9-11 p.m.

    Volunteers will receive a free one-day pass to the fair.
    Call the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 to sign up or stop by McClain Hall 101.
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Association Research Presenters

    The following students presented their research at the annual convention of the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association in April 2010:
    Megan Safley
    “Conversational Prompt Cards for Severe Dysfluencies”
    Brittany O’Saben
    “Effectiveness of a computer program on the phoneme /z/”
    Sara Hines
    “Decreasing Inappropriate Loudness Using Visual Biofeedback”
    Susan Eberly
    “Musical Activities for Phonological Awareness Skills”
    Kaycee Lukach
    “Reinforcing Conversational Repair with Token Reinforcement”
    Cara Stanley
    “Improving Sound- Symbol Knowledge in Aphasia”
    Katie Sloan
    “Visual Bio-feedback to Increase Loudness in an ESL Child”
    Katie Nevins
    “Building Pronoun Use in Structured and Unstructured Activities”
    Laura Winkelman
    “Using a Stop-Watch Incentive for Oral Reading Fluency”
    Katie Joyner
    “Using Visual Biofeedback to Reinforce Easy Onset in an Adult Fluency Client”
    Amy Wegscheid
    “Using Gesture Cues to Establish Speech Sounds”
    Lauren Mosley and Danielle Hagemann
    “iPod Usage and Its Effects Upon Hearing”
    Angie McGinnis
    “Effect of MIT on Production of Functional Phrases”
    Jade Hicks
    “The Dialect is Just a Difference: Speech-Language Pathologists and Issues Assessing African American Vernacular English”
    Susan Cheung and Laura Greaver
    “Music Performance Majors’ Perceptions Of Their Hearing”
    Kimberly Abts and Samantha Weatherford
    “Survey of School-based SLP Oral Peripheral Exam Practices”

  • Host Families Wanted

    Taiwan at Truman is looking for host families for Father’s Day weekend, June 18-20. Seventeen high school aged Taiwanese girls need families to house them and introduce them to American culture.

    This will be a great intercultural opportunity for the students to experience an American lifestyle. Host families will also have the chance to learn of Taiwanese culture within their homes.

    Interested families should contact Jessica Wehner at jtw8854@truman.edu or at 573.883.0272.
  • Alumni Event: Royals vs. Cardinals

    The Northeast Missouri, Kansas City and Mid-Missouri alumni chapters invite you to the annual matchup between the:
    Royals & Cardinals
    June 26
    Kauffman Stadium
    Tailgate 10:30 a.m.
    Lot N - Pole 42
    Game time 1:10 p.m.

    Cost is $28 per person and includes game ticket and tailgate with Zarda BBQ!

    Socialize with Truman alumni and friends, and enjoy one of the great rivalries in baseball. Purchase tickets online at http://store.truman.edu/alumni/item.asp?itemId=231 or call the Office of Advancement at 800.452.6678 or 660.785.4133.
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  • Red Cross Blood Drive

    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    June 23
    Student Union Building
    Down Under

    To make an appointment and keep your wait shorter, sign up at http://www.redcrossblood.org.

    Sponsored by the
    Truman State University
    Staff Council.
  • Faculty Research Presenters

    The following faculty in Communication Disorders presented their research at the annual convention of the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association in April 2010:
    “First Steps and Truman State: A Collaborative Model for SLP Services”
    Janet Gooch
    Kim Fitzgerald
    Cara Stanley
    Andrea Richards

    “Fostering Speech/ Language Development Through Preschool Teacher Training”
    Sheila Garlock
    Angela McGinnis

    “Introduction to Clinic Materials Course”
    Kimberly Fitzgerald
    Janet Gooch

    “A PHAT [Psychologically Humane Assessment and Treatment] Approach To The Autism Spectrum”
    Merlin Taylor
    “How to Prepare for and Pass the Praxis Exam”
    Janet Gooch
    “Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists”
    Ilene Ashbaugh
    “Telehealth in a University Speech and Hearing Clinic”
    Paula Cochran
    Susan Eberly
    Melissa Passe
    Sheila Garlock
    Andrea Richards

    Multiple Communication Disorders Truman alumni also presented at the annual convention of the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association in April 2010.

  • Tennis Courts to be Closed

    The Truman Tennis Courts are expected to be closed in July and August while the courts are resurfaced and the fence is replaced.

  • Bob Carlson Bulldog Basketball Alumni, Family and Friends Golf Classic

    Four Person Scramble
    July 23
    Kirksville Country Club

    12 p.m. shotgun start
    Registration starts at 11a.m.
    $90 individual entry fee includes: golf, cart, range balls, all food and refreshments, gift package and much more!

    Contact Jack Schrader at schrader@truman.edu or 785.4171 for more information.

    Registration or notification of participation requested by July 19. Individual entry is encouraged. Make checks payable to ‘Truman State University–Carlson Golf.’
  • Communication Disorders Research Presenters

    The following undergraduate and graduate students made presentations at the Annual Student Research Conference in April 2010:
    Jade N. Hicks
    “The Dialect is Just a Difference: Speech-Language Pathologists and Issues Assessing African American Vernacular English”
    Janet Gooch, faculty mentor
    Samantha L. Weatherford and Kimberly P. Abts
    “Missouri School Speech-Language Pathologists’ Opinions and Practices about Oral Peripheral Examinations”
    Paula Cochran and Janet Gooch, faculty mentors
    Katie N. Oppelt, Margaret D. Hilliard, Lauren M. Williams, Grace E. Strube and Tricia K. Hurt
    “Multimedia Clinical Resources: Matching a Child’s Level of Symbolic Understanding in Speech-Language Therapy”
    Paula Cochran, faculty mentor
    Ann M. Filla
    “A Survey of Speech Implementers in the State of Missouri”
    Janet Gooch, faculty mentor
    Laura A. Greaver and Susan Cheung
    “The Effect of Noise on the Hearing Sensitivities of Music Students”
    Ilene Ashbaugh, faculty mentor

  • SMART Classroom Orientation

    Instructors using SMART Classrooms this fall will need to complete orientation this summer. The Learning Technologies Team has scheduled several summer SMART Classroom Orientation sessions for July and August. These sessions will provide fundamental tools to help be successful in a SMART Classroom. A more advanced session for those who wish to learn some of the additional capabilities of a SMART Classroom is also being offered. Plans are being made to provide individual one-hour “play dates” in the multi-media lab before classes start. These play date time slots will appear soon on registration page at http://eventmanager.truman.edu/generallist.asp?Department=Learning%20Technologies.

    Basic SMART
    Classroom Orientation

    July 7
    July 15
    July 21
    July 30
    Aug. 19

    Advanced SMART
    Classroom Orientation

    Aug. 20
    The Learning Technologies Team has also scheduled some additional sessions that will cover lecture capture should instructors wish to record their courses, Blackboard instruction, educational pedagogy for the incoming class and much more. Session details and times will be added to the registration page within the next week. Dates for these additional sessions:

    Educational Pedagogy for
    Today’s Truman Student

    July 6
    July 20
    July 29

    Teaching with Technology
    July 8
    July 14
    July 16
    July 22
    July 29

    For more information visit the Learning Technologies website at http://ltt.truman.edu.

  • Pickler Memorial Library


    Looking for a good book to read this summer?   

    Check out a best seller from the Library’s Popular Reading collection (formally called Browsing). The Popular Reading collection has been moved to the west side of the gallery to make way for the Library café coming soon.

  • Truman on Facebook

    The Truman Facebook page provides information about upcoming events, athletics updates, alumni gatherings and recent University news articles. Become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/trumanstateuniversity or through the Truman home page at http://www.truman.edu.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available online June 28 and in print June 29. All submissions should be made by June 23 to tmiles@truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Erin Goggin was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Russian during the 2010 Academic Honor Awards, which took place May 7 in the Georgian Room of the Student Union Building.

    Diane Tobin Johnson, associate professor of communication and liaison for the Truman in Washington Program, along with Brent Foster, a communication major and May 2010 graduate, were featured in a webinar entitled “Engaging Learners Through Internships” as part of the Academic Leadership Webinar Series hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. They joined Dr. George D. Kuh, director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, and Dr. Joseph Johnston, senior vice president for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Representatives from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey also participated in the webinar.