Vol. 15, No. 9 - Oct. 26, 2010


  • McClaskey Family Gift Adds to Fundraising Campaign

    Mike and Janet (Yearns) McClaskey have achieved distinguished careers, and the couple plans to share their success with future generations of students through a $1 million estate gift to Truman.

    The McClaskey Family Endowment Fund will strengthen the University and provide an annual resource to benefit the teaching and learning environment within the School of Arts and Letters.

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    Mike and Janet McClaskey

    Mike and Janet were both raised in northeast Missouri, and the McClaskey family has a deeply-rooted association with the University. Mike’s grandmother Beulah (Caldwell) McClaskey attended when the institution was a Normal School, and his mother, Martha (Jones) McClaskey, a 1949 Truman alumna who devoted her life to education, taught English at Truman from 1959-1978. The Martha McClaskey Humanities Scholarship was established in honor of Martha’s dedicated service to education. Mike’s father, Bill McClaskey, graduated from the University in 1956, and Mike’s aunt, Bertha McClaskey, was a 1953 graduate.

    Following the example set by his family, Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees from Truman in 1985. Janet, received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Truman in 1984, and they each went on to earn master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

    Over the course of his career, Mike has accumulated more than two decades of experience in the information technology industry, and he now serves as senior vice president and chief information officer for DISH Network. Janet pursued a career teaching English and currently teaches at Metro State College.

    By including Truman in their estate plans, Mike and Janet are carrying on the family’s legacy of learning as the McClaskey Family Endowment Fund will benefit future generations of students. This gift commitment is part of the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign, Truman’s $30 million fundraising effort. More than $24.6 million in gifts and future commitments for scholarships, mission enhancement, student enrichment/academic programs, faculty support and athletics have been made to the campaign as of Oct. 16.

  • ROTC Wins Ranger Challenge

    Truman ROTC took first place in the overall Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Oct. 2-3.

    Out of nine individual events, Truman won six, competing against the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri S&T, Central Missouri, Missouri State, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Wentworth Military Academy, Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis University.

    Truman took four teams to the competition, including three men's teams and one ladies' team. The men's B team and the ladies' team took second place in their respective divisions.

    The Ranger Challenge is designed to be a team building exercise. Cadets are placed in demanding mental and physical competitions to enhance leadership skills and develop team morale.

  • Herron Selected as New Registrar

    Margaret Herron will be the next registrar at Truman and will begin her duties Nov. 1. Richard Coughlin, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, made the announcement earlier this month.

    Herron is currently an adjunct instructor in American history at the University of Central Missouri. She has worked as registrar at Johnson County Community College, as well as interim executive director of enrollment management and director of admissions at the University of Central Missouri. Herron has also been in enrollment management and admission positions at Stephens College.

  • Orchestra Performs with Classic Rock Band Kansas

    The Truman Orchestra performed with classic rock band Kansas Oct. 9 in front of a crowd of 2,500 at the St. Charles Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
    The concert was part of the band’s “2010 Collegiate Symphony Tour,” sponsored by D’Addario & Company, Inc., the world’s largest musical products accessory manufacturer. Truman was one of only six schools to share the stage with Kansas during this tour.

    The Orchestra played a full set with the band, including well-known hits like “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”

    The Truman Orchestra performs with Kansas in St. Charles, Mo., Oct. 9.

    As a part of its agreement to participate in the tour, the Truman Music Department will receive $2,000 in scholarships and $3,000 in equipment from D’Addario, as well as a percentage of merchandise sales from the night of the concert.

    During the show, Avery Bright, a graduate student in music, had the unique opportunity to perform one-on-one with Kansas violinist David Ragsdale.

    “Ragsdale asked us if we had anybody who would be good for [improvising] and we thought Avery would be terrific,” said Jay Bulen, chair of the Music Department. “He has a background as a classical player, but he also has a background in fiddling. He got up there and did a great job.”

    Bulen feels his students benefitted from the concert in many ways, most notably the learning experience of playing in front of a large crowd with such a high caliber of talent.

    “Our students got to play for Larry Baird, who did the arrangements for Kansas when they played with the London Symphony,” said Bulen. “He’s the best in the industry.”

    Bulen also hopes the University’s new contacts with D’Addario will provide students with internship opportunities in the music industry.

    David Via, vice president of sales and marketing for D’Addario (left), presents a donation to the Truman Foundation following the University Orchestra’s participation with Kansas’ “2010 Collegiate Symphony Tour.” The donation will be used to fund music scholarships in the Fall. Accepting the check are Jay Bulen, chair of the Music Department, and Becky Pike, Office of Advancement.

    Another positive aspect of the concert was the opportunity to network with alumni. Members of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter provided a meal for orchestra students at the Little Hills Restaurant in St. Charles between rehearsals. For many of the Orchestra’s 85 members, the event provided an opportunity to play in front of family and friends. Five members are natives of St. Charles, another 27 are from St. Louis County and even more hail from nearby.

    Bulen has received nothing but positive feedback concerning the concert.

    “The word that comes most often is ‘awesome,’” Bulen said. “The concert was terrific. There were several standing ovations and people were very excited.”

    The Family Arena was the final venue for the Orchestra’s three-day recruiting tour, which included stops at Quincy Senior High School, Ladue Horton Watkins High School and Fort Zumwalt East.

  • Public Relations Internship Available

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting résumés for the full-time spring 2011 internship position.

    Interns can receive course credit, a stipend and valuable experience in public relations office duties. Interns usually take six hours of class in addition to taking six hours of internship credit.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style, experience in desktop publishing and familiarity of InDesign or similar software.

    To apply, send a résumé, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 101 no later than Nov. 5.

    For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles tmiles@truman.edu.

  • Summer-in-South Asia Meeting Oct. 25

    Students considering a career in foreign service or international work are encouraged to attend the Summer-in-South Asia informational meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

    Summer-in-South Asia is a fairly new summer study abroad opportunity that stands out because it gives students a chance to see how a nation like Bangladesh is impacting poverty through international economics. This highly selective program is open to all majors and does not require any prerequisites.

    Julie Flowerday, assistant professor of anthropology and Truman adviser for the program, is looking for seven Truman students that are highly motivated, have a good GPA and are thinking about careers in foreign service and international work.

    This year the program is scheduled for coursework at Sewanee University (the University of the South) in Tennessee in May, and for travel to Cambodia and Bangladesh in June. In Cambodia, students will learn more about contemporary social problems like human trafficking and will visit sites of the killing fields used by Khmer Rouge.

    “I never expected to see what I saw there,” Flowerday said of her own experiences in Cambodia. “I had traveled to impoverished areas before, but this was quietly worse.”

    In Bangladesh, students will have a chance to witness firsthand how the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank are impacting women and rural poverty. They will see how small loans in specially adapted projects help women become entrepreneurs and in some cases change their life prospects from beggars to earners. There is also an option for students to take an additional four-week internship with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Spain or the Dominican Republic.

    For additional details, contact Flowerday at flowerday@truman.edu.

  • New Music Festival to Feature Guest Composer

    The Truman Department of Music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota and The Mostly Live Composers Society will host the 2010 New Music Festival Oct. 28-29.
    The festival will feature guest composer Cary Boyce, winner of the 2010 Truman MACRO Composition Competition. An internationally recognized, award-winning composer of music for film, television and the concert hall, Boyce is also an active participant in diverse artistic and musical outreach endeavors. He acts as producer and music essayist for public radio, online journals, major orchestras and community presses.

    Boyce will speak to music classes, work with student composers in a master class and rehearse with Truman musicians during his visit.  

    The festival includes two concerts of new works by Boyce, Truman composers and other contemporary composers. Boyce will talk about his music at both events.

    At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, Boyce’s new composition “There Will Be Rest” will be premiered by Truman’s choral ensemble Cantoria and members of the Truman Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Jennings. This work was specially commissioned for this occasion by the University’s chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to the premiere, a variety of new instrumental and choral music will be presented by several of Truman’s large ensembles.

    From 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 29 in Ophelia Parrish, chamber music by Truman composers and others will be performed. The Mendota Duo from the University of Wisconsin will also be special guest performers. The program will again feature music composed by Boyce.

    The festival is free and open to the public. For further information, contact wgooch@truman.edu or 785.4429. Additional information on Boyce is available at http://caryboyce.com.
  • International Idol Showcases Talents from Around the World

    Students from all over the world will compete for the title of International Idol at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    International Idol is an annual event sponsored by the International Club and various local businesses, including Patty’s University Bookstore, The Downtown Grocery Store and the Greek Corner Gyros. This event introduces and educates the Kirksville and Truman communities about different cultures with various performances.

    Students perform a dance from China during Truman's 2009 International Idol competition.

    This year’s International Idol will feature previous award-winning groups, including: the Japanese dance group led by Reina Koyana; the African Student Association drama team led by Bjay Adio; and the Society for Sino-American Studies dance/instrumental team led by Wilson Zhang.

    Other performances will represent cultural aspects of Nepal, Korea, India, the U.S. and Vietnam. Additionally, this year’s International Idol will feature a first-time-ever surprise.

    The International Club is an organization dedicated to creating social awareness and understanding between American students and students who were foreign born and/or recent immigrants to the U.S. The club aims to bring awareness about international issues to campus, promote openness to ethnic diversity and provide services to the campus and Kirksville communities through cultural exchange.


  • Communication Disorders Graduate Student Recruitment Day

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Nov. 13
    Barnett Hall 1400

    All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students of the program.

    R.S.V.P. to Connie Ikerd, CMSD secretary, at chelton@truman.edu.

  • Elaine Doak Celebration of Life Service

    A Reception/Celebration of Life for family, friends and the University community to remember and honor Elaine Doak will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center.

  • SAB Concert: Jack’s Mannequin and Relient K

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    Fall Concert

    Jack’s Mannequin
    and Relient K

    8 p.m.
    Nov. 6
    Pershing Arena

    Tickets are on sale now in the SAB Office. They are $8 for students and $15 for general admission.

  • Apply Now for the Missouri Government Internship

    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 2011 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. Interviews are currently being conducted.

    For more information, contact Heidi Templeton at 785.4016 or heidi@truman.edu, or Candy Young at 785.4650 or cyoung@truman.edu.

  • The Truman Theatre Department Presents: Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

    Fall Lab Show Directed by Senior Amy Lamm

    8 p.m.
    Oct. 28-30
    Black Box Theatre in Ophelia Parrish

    Five identically dressed bridesmaids with very different pasts find refuge from an over-the-top wedding reception in an upstairs bedroom.

    Admission is free but tickets must be reserved in advance.
    Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Call 785.4515 or e-mail theatreboxoffice@truman.edu.

  • New Student-Initiated Course: Professional Development Seminar

    Spring 2011 Semester
    Two credit hours
    Tuesdays 4:30-6:20 p.m.

    The course will address a number of professional development topics for students interested in graduate studies. Tentative course topics include: financial planning; networking and mentoring; professional writing; résumé writing; and interviewing, all with an emphasis on the graduate school experience.  

    Student Initiators:
    Grace Strube and Maggie Hilliard

    For registration information, contact Janet Gooch at

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Spring 2011 Incentive Scholarships of $500 are now available for students NOT majoring in mathematics or computer science. To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen or national who has financial need and takes a mathematics or computer science course that counts for the requirement in that major but is not required in their own major. For more information or to apply online, visit http://smacs.truman.edu or contact Dana Vazzana at dvazzana@truman.edu. For first consideration, apply by Oct. 27.

    The United States Department of State has announced the competition for the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical-need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured 7-10 week cultural enrichment experiences for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. While no service requirement is attached to the awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, applying their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the scholarships by Nov. 15. To access the online application or for more information, visit http://www.clscholarship.org or e-mail cls@caorc.org.

    Truman Foundation Scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2010-2011 are now available online. Applications can be found online at http://secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/ and are due by midnight Nov. 1. To learn more, go to http://truman.edu and click on “Student Life/Money/Foundation Scholarships.” Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    The Center for International Education has applications for the Summer 2011 Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships. Ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, statement of purpose and academic achievement. Applications are due in the CIE Office, located in Kirk Building 114, by 12 p.m. Jan. 28, 2011, and recipients will be notified by the end of February.

    The Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri
    are offering scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic years. Last year, more than $13,000 was awarded to Missouri students. Winners are also eligible for the Central Region and National Scholarships. For further information and applications, go to http://gardenclub.org/Youth/Scholarships.aspx.

    Scholarship Experts has announced several scholarship opportunities for students. To view the various scholarships, visit http://www.scholarshipexperts.com.
  • Remote Access to Computer Labs Now Available

    From their personal computers, students can now use a Truman computer lab PC and all the lab software just like they were physically sitting in the lab!

    This is a solution for situations such as: the computer lab is full; the computer lab is closed; the software has restricted licensing and is only available in the computer lab; the student is off campus; the student is at home; the student is sick; or the weather is bad.

    More information is available at
  • COMPOSING WOMEN: Truman’s 16th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

    Sponsored by the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of English and Linguistics

    Oct. 28 • Violette Hall 1000

    10:30-11:45 a.m.
    Mothers, whores, and revolutionaries: Representations by and of Russian women
    Sarah Mohler, "'Mother and Music’ . . . and Poetry: the Memoirs and Childhood Verses of Ariadna Efron and Their Relation to Marina Tsvetaeva’s Oeuvre”
    Sally West, “The Political Is Not Personal: Russian Revolutionary Women’s Memoirs”
    Shannon Jumper, “Anna Akhmatova—The Conscience of Russia”

    12-1:15 p.m.
    Sexual difference?
    Kim Josten, “Establishing the Patriarchy”
    Virginia Rice, “Superiority of Women: A Study of the Life of Eliza Farnham”
    Theresa Presley, “Female Board Presence and the Likelihood of Financial Restatement”
    Tonia Passwater, “Gendered Genres: the Reception of Masculine Works Composed by American Women, 1893-1972”

    1:30-2:45 p.m.
    Powerful women
    Janee Johnson, “Isabella d’Este, Powerful Woman of the Renaissance”
    Larry Iles, “Mary Agnes Hamilton: Historian, Politician, Novelist, Broadcaster, Social Critic, and Tourist”
    Stephanie Hulsey, “Why Did Kagan’s Personal Life Matter?: The Framing of Women with Power”    

    3-4:15 p.m.
    Politics of the visual
    Desiree Teter, “Virtue and Villainy: Visualizations of Women in 18th- and 19th-Century France”
    Aaron Fine, “Why Am I Naked?”
    Bob Mielke, “The Golden Easel: Sylvia Plath as Visual Artist”

    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    International women 1
    Morgan Tucker, “Agency and Opportunity: Women’s Reactions to Gender-Based Violence in South Africa, 1948-Present”
    Elisa Convers, “Weavers of Resilience”
    Meg Burik, “The Jungle of Gender Roles: Gender Division in Brazilian Folktales and Performance of Folk Traditions”
    Celia Alpuche May, “Selena, A Reflection of the Mexican-American Woman”

    Oct. 29 • Violette Hall 1000   

    9:30-10:20 a.m.
    Female selves
    Lauren Greenspan, “Composing the Feminine Self in Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death”
    Zakery Palmer, “A Whore or a Woman?: Composing Identities in the Sex Industry”        
    10:30-11:20 a.m.
    Personal testimony 1
    Charlotte La Galle, “Sisters”
    Jill Kuanfung, “The Inevitable Autumn”       
    Lindsey Booher, “A Slave to Society: Silenced by Sex”

    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
    Dickinson and others
    Heather Cianciola, “Composing the Sacred: Transatlanticism and Devotional Verse by 19th-Century Women Poets”
    Monica Morrey, “Dickinson and Loy: The ‘Strange Sisters’”

    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    Myths and stereotypes
    Maurine Pfuhl, “The Castrating Woman: A Look at the Role of Gender Stereotypes in Ancient Rome and the Modern Western World” 
    Holly Fling, “Madness in Lady Audley’s Secret”

    1:30-2:20 p.m.
    International women 2
    Alyssa Blackford, “Marilyn Hacker and Sappho: Defying Traditional Norms and Glorifying Women Then and Now”
    Betsy Delmonico, “Composing Women: Simin Daneshvar”  

    2:30-3:20 p.m.
    Ecofeminist readings
    Courtney King, “To Blame or to Borrow: Applying Classical Texts to Ecofeminism”
    Alan Vaughn, “Spirit of Wolverine: An Ecofeminist Reading of Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms”
    Matthew Johns, “The Danger of Reductionist Gender Binaries: An Ecofeminist Reading of Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist”

    3:30-4:20 p.m.
    Pop music divas
    Karianne Jones, “k. d. lang: Master of the Carceral”
    Lauren Robertson, “Feministing Jazz: Nellie McKay and the Art of Composing Music as Anachronism”
    Chris Boning, “Cyborg Aesthetic: The Recent Ascendance of Identification with Non-Human Others among Female Pop Music Artists”

    4:30-5:50 p.m.
    Keynote lecture
    Introduction by Sally West
    Anna Hirsch, “Making Out with Mirrors, Microphones, and Memoir and Other
    Lessons in Ethical Sluttery

    Oct. 30 • Baldwin Hall 231

    10:30-11:20 a.m.
    Personal testimony 2
    Emily Murdock, “Obedience, Piety, and Sweetness of Temper”
    Lisa Miller, “Under the Table”
    Rachel Brown, “How Emily Dickinson Changed My Life”

    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
    The literary letter
    Janet B. Davis, “Genre Serving Relationship: the Letters of Heloise”
    Katja Liimatta, “Writing the Self: Edith Bruck’s Letter to My Mother”

    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    At the movies
    Trevor Grizzell, “Deepa Mehta’s Elements Trilogy: Diasporic Visions of India”
    Shannon Harbaugh, “My Best Friend’s Wedding, Sex and the City, Twilight, and Love and Other Disasters: Tales of Straight Women Desiring Gay Men”

    1:30-2:20 p.m.
    Fabricating femininity
    Mary Hurley, “Monsters, Maidens, or Matrons: Kay Francis, Betty Boop, and the Production Code Administration”
    JJ Pionke, “Drag Makes It Better: Performance of the Feminine in RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U”

    Oct. 30 • Violette Hall 1000  

    3-4:15 p.m.
    Women composers and performers
    Katie Cox, “Letters, Lieder, and Lies: The Relationship between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms”
    Laura Pita, “'She Is Not Only a Wonderful Child but a Real Genius’: Teresa Carreno and the Making of a Female Piano Virtuoso in Victorian America”
    Elissa Stroman, “’Elegant Feminine Charm’: Cecile Chaminade’s Piano Works”

    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    Politics and composition
    F. Grace Burgess, “Bridging the Gap: A Study of the Works of Mrs. E. A. Parkhurst”
    Tamara Cashour, “A Feminist Aesthetic Platform for Opera: Deconstructing Poulenc-Cocteau’The Human Voice” 
    Theodore Moore, “Sofia Gubaidulina’s Resistance to Socialist Realism”     
    Oct. 28 • Ophelia Hall Performance Hall

    7:30 p.m.
    New Music Festival Concert I

    Oct. 29 • Ophelia Hall Performance Hall

    1:30 p.m.
    New Music Festival Concert II

    8 p.m.
    Music by Women
    Elizabeth Shoemaker (bassoonist) and Nancy Pounds (pianist), “Love Songs: A Performance of Contemporary Works by Women Composers”
  • Athletics Food Drive

    Truman’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is conducting food drives at several upcoming Bulldog home games.  
    Fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation to a table at the event, which will qualify them for a drawing to win memorabilia from Bulldog athletic teams.
    Upcoming events include:

    7 p.m.
    Oct. 29
    Volleyball vs. Missouri Southern

    12 p.m.
    Oct. 30
    Women’s Soccer vs. Washburn

    2 p.m.
    Nov. 6
    Swimming vs. Missouri State

    The food drive is one of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s yearly projects and takes place in conjunction with other MIAA schools.

    All food collected will be donated to local food banks for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Students Needed for Conduct Board

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards (OCCS) is seeking motivated students to serve on the University Conduct Board from January 2011-December 2012. Comprised of faculty, staff and student members, the board hears cases of alleged misconduct to determine whether the behavior of a student or student organization violates the Student Conduct Code and imposes sanctions if necessary. Student members would be expected to serve on the board for various hearings each semester as well as participate in various social justice and civic projects on campus. The application may be found at http://conduct.truman.edu/ucb%20application.asp or in the Student Union Building 3100 and is due Nov. 5. Contact bkral@truman.edu in the Office for Citizenship and Community Standards for additional information.
  • Who’s Who Nominations

    Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to nominate students they think are deserving of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This award is available to seniors eligible to graduate in the 2010-2011 academic year who have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average. Those wanting to nominate one or more students can submit the names electronically at http://saffairs.truman.edu/web/form_builder2/form_builder.asp?testId=142 by Oct. 29. Student ID numbers are appreciated with the nomination. For more information, contact Brandi Wriedt at 785.5404 (bkeller@truman.edu) or Beth Tuttle-Kral at 785.4111 (bkral@truman.edu).

  • American School Health Association Presenters

    The following members of Truman’s Gamma Rho Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary presented their research at the American School Health Association (ASHA) National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 14-16:

    Megan Temme, Jenna Osseck and Ashley Hartman
    Health advocacy: On the radio

    Megan Temme, Jenna Osseck and Deirdra Frausto
    Effect of an educational workshop on heart disease prevention knowledge of employees in rural Northeast Missouri: A pilot study

    Joan Scacciaferro, Justin McDermott and Jonathan Jones
    Students’ perceptions of school learning climate in a juvenile detention educational facility

    Joan Scacciaferro and Deirdra Frausto
    Using photovoice as a participatory needs assessment with youth at a Latino youth action center

    Cassandra Hester, Jonathan Jones and Rachel Van Cleave
    Non-traditional health education lessons targeted to at-risk youth on probation

    Blair Ballard and Megan Temme
    Safe break-driving safely for at-risk teens

    Justin McDermott, Blair Ballard, Rachel Van Cleave and Beth Antonacci
    Teaching health education to at-risk youth in a residential drug rehabilitation setting

    Jenna Osseck, Ashley Hartman and Rachel Van Cleave
    Photovoice assisting youth in a juvenile detention facility in ‘telling their story’

  • Pickler Memorial Library


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    When you don’t know where to go, go to SubjectsPlus at

  • “A Purple Challenge”

    Have you ever wanted to see professors and staff members with purple hair? If the answer to this question is yes, then you are in LUCK!

    The Purple Challenge: Students, faculty and staff can nominate University faculty and staff members to participate in this event. If the faculty/staff member accepts a nomination, he or she will be a candidate in the Purple Challenge. The purpose of the Purple Challenge is to determine which candidate the campus feels should dye their hair purple.

    Nominations of faculty and staff members to participate in the Purple Challenge will be taken through Oct. 29. Submit nominations now to csilead@truman.edu.

    Voting: Anyone on campus wearing purple on Nov. 5 can vote for the candidate whom they think should dye their hair purple. Voting will take place at the Purple Friday Table in the Student Union Building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The Results: The faculty or staff member with the most votes on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. will have their hair colored purple Nov. 12.

  • 21st Annual Undergraduate Philosophy & Religion Conference

    9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Nov. 6
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A

    Featuring a lunchtime keynote talk:
    Minds and morals: The experientialist (hypo)thesis revisited Dr. Philip Robbins (University of Missouri-Columbia), co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition

    Schedule of presentations is available at

  • Wear Purple, Win Stuff

    Every Friday for the rest of the school year, the Purple Friday committee will randomly draw a faculty/staff member’s name and if that person is wearing purple, they will receive a $10 gift certificate from the Truman Bookstore.

  • Truman Intramural Sports Planner

    Activity: Pickleball-Singles
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 26
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 27
    Play Begins: Nov. 1
    Activity: Pickleball-Doubles
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 26
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 27
    Play Begins: Nov. 1
    Activity: Basketball Pentathlon
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 26
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Nov. 2
    Activity: 3 on 3 Basketball
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 2
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 27
    Play Begins: Nov. 8
    Activity: Texas Hold’em Poker
    League: Open
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 9
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 14
    Activity: Bench Press
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Dec. 6
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Dec. 8
    Activity: College Bowl Mania
    League: Open
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Finals Week
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Finals Week
    Activity: Wrap-Up Meeting
    League: Open
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: NA
    Captains’ Meeting: Dec. 8
    Play Begins: NA
    Activity: Basketball
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Jan. 18
    Captains’ Meeting: Jan. 19
    Play Begins: Jan. 24
    Activity: Wiffleball**
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 18
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Jan. 22-23
    Activity: Badminton-Singles
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 25
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Jan. 29 & Feb. 5
    Activity: Badminton-Doubles
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 25
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Jan. 29 & Feb. 5
    Activity: Super Bowl Pickem
    League: Open
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 21
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Feb. 6
    Activity: Raquetball-Singles***
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Feb. 15
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Feb. 19-20
    Activity: BAGGO
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Feb. 22
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Feb. 27
    Activity: Volleyball
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 1
    Captains’ Meeting: Mar. 2
    Play Begins: Mar. 14
    Activity: Outdoor Soccer
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 1
    Captains’ Meeting: Mar. 2
    Play Begins: Mar. 14
    Activity: NCAA March Madness BB
    League: Open
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Mar. 14
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Mar. 15
    Activity: Closest to the Pin
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 29
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 3
    Activity: Swim Meet
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 5
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 7
    Activity: Ultimate Frisbee
    League: Co-Rec
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Apr. 12
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 16-17
    Activity: Punt Pass & Kick
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 19
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 20
    Activity: Track Meet
    League: Mens/Womens/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 19
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 21
    Activity: T-shirt Design Contest
    League: Mens/Womens
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Apr. 29
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    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’ Meetings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the SRC Conference Room.
    **New Sport
    ***All racquetball matches will be played at the A.T. Still Thompson Campus Center.
  • 2010 International Film Festival

    All films are screened at the Downtown Cinema 8 and are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Oct. 27
    6:45 p.m.
    Un home qui crie
    (A Screaming Man)

    Nov. 3
    6:45 p.m.
    (To the Sea)

    Nov. 10
    6:45 p.m.
    Le pére de mes enfants
    (Father of My Children)

    Nov. 17
    6:45 p.m.


  • Notables

    Carol Cox, professor of health science, received the Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary Advisor of the Year Award at the American School Health Association (ASHA) National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 14-16.

    Joaquín Maldonado-Class, associate professor of Spanish, served as organizer and chair for the panel entitled “Rebeliones y revelaciones en tres escritores hispanoamericanos” and also presented the paper “La curandera se reb(v)ela: estudio de un personaje en dos novelas de Isabel Allende” at the XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto, Canada, Oct. 6-9.

    Carol Marshall, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper entitled “Unraveling the Awful Grandmother: the goddess at the crossroads of gender and ethnicity in ‘Caramelo’ and ‘The Moths’” at the XX Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica at The University of Texas at Austin, Oct. 14-16.

    Marc Rice, associate professor of musicology, has been asked to contribute several articles for the latest edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. This dictionary is the most comprehensive research tool in the field of musicology. Rice will be contributing articles pertaining to jazz in the Midwest, including the history of jazz in Missouri. The dictionary will be published in 2011.

    Megan Temme, a health science major from St. Louis, Mo., received the Gamman of the Year Award at the Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary Annual Meeting at the American School Health Association (ASHA) National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 14-16. Temme also received the 2010 ASHA Student Research Grant Award.

    Truman’s Gamma Rho Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary received the Chapter of the Year/Chapter Excellence Award at the American School Health Association National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 14-16.


  • Notes

    The Classical and Modern Languages department will sponsor United Nations speaker Igor Shpiniov at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. He will discuss the work of interpreters and translators at the U.N. Students of all languages, in particular the six official U.N. languages, are encouraged to attend.

    “Yule be Fit: Eating for the Holidays,” a health workshop for faculty and staff, will take place at 12 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Student Union Building 3201. Learn tips and tricks to ward off the pounds this holiday season.

    An American Association of University Professors brownbag lunch forum will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Student Union Building Spanish Room. Bring lunch from Mainstreet. Peter Rolnick will lead a discussion on Gary Jones’ article “Universities, the Major Battleground in the Fight for Reason and Capitalism,” available at http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2010/JA/feat/jone.htm. The article discusses a private foundation that gives money to universities offering specific classes in which Ayn Rand novels are required reading.

    Mark Lambert, a senior philosophy and religion major and the winner of the 2010 Midwest American Academy of Religions award for the best undergraduate paper, will present “The Disease of the Damned: Leprosy in Myth and Medicine,” for the Folklore Colloquium at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Ophelia Parrish 2113.

    H.A.L.O. will be selling hot chocolate and apple cider on the quad from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28. Proceeds will go toward a toy drive for children in the Milan community.

    The Global Issues Colloquium will continue at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Magruder Hall 2001 when Dr. Bill Heffernan of the University of Missouri discusses the global food crisis debate.

    The Truman Department of Music, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota and The Mostly Live Composers Society will host the 2010 New Music Festival Oct. 28-29 in Ophelia Parrish. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and continue from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 29. Contact wgooch@truman.edu for more information.

    Sigma Alpha will sponsor a haunted corn maze at the University Farm from Oct. 28-31. Hours of operation are: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28; 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Oct. 29-30; and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31. General admission is $5, or $3 with a Truman ID. Anyone donating a canned food item will receive $1 off admission on Oct. 28. Kid’s Day is Oct. 31 and will feature all of the fun without the fear.

    Phi Sigma Pi will sponsor diversity speaker Phillip Milano's presentation “I Can’t Believe You asked That!” at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The Annual Benefits Fair for Truman employees is scheduled for 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29 on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building. For information on presentations, go to http://trumantoday.truman.edu/pdf/2011benefits.pdf.

    The Biology Seminar Series will continue with “Why Blood Clotting in Hibernators is Cool” at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Magruder Hall 1000. The presentation will be given by Dr. Scott Cooper of the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    The Truman Observatory will host an open house from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University Farm. For details and directions, go to http://observatory.truman.edu.

    University Swingers will host a Halloween Dance at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Ryle Hall Main Lounge. Dance workshops will take place Oct. 30-31. Go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156360297720948 for more information.

    The Candidates Forum, which took place Oct. 9, will be broadcast on the City’s Channel 3 on the following dates: 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and Oct. 31; 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 1.

    International Idol will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Baldwin Auditorium. Performers include: the Japanese dance group led by Reina Koyano; the ASA drama team led by Bjay Adio; and the SSAS dance/instrumental team led by Wilson Zhang. Additionally, this year’s I-Idol will feature a first-time-ever surprise.

    Truman in Washington information meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Violette Hall 1010. Find out how to apply for internships in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact djohnson@truman.edu.

    The Physics Colloquium will feature student summer research at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Magruder Hall 1000. Presentations will include: “High resolution Kelvin probe force microscopy with shielded probes” by Kevin Satzinger; “The Destruction of Biofilms Using Ultrasound Treatment” by Benjamin Rusk; “High Resolution SPR Microscopy Based Microarray” by Even Mirts; and “Reaction Front Pinning by Moving Vortices” by Chad Williamson.

    The SAB Coffeehouse will feature a performance by Anthony Snape at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Student Union Building HUB. Free snacks and beverages will be provided.

    Phi Sigma Pi’s “Dance ’til you drop for Teach for America” will take place from 7-11 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Student Union Building HUB, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Entry is $10 for teams of 2-4 dancers. The event will feature light refreshments and guest performances from campus dance groups, with prize drawings every hour. Contact jcr3482@truman.edu for more information or to register. Pre-registration is not required but preferred.

    K-Life will host a dodgeball tournament from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6. Contact sam4125@truman.edu for more information.

    The 21st Annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference will take place from 9 a.m-6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.        

    HLTH 150 will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Salvation Army from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8-12 at tables in the Student Union Building.

    The Truman Brass Choir will perform a program of heroic music along with the Cantoria Singers, tenor Thomas Hueber and others at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Ophelia Parrish Concert Hall. Included will be a special performance of the Hymn to the Fallen from the film “Saving Private Ryan” along with other heroic and contemplative selections for brass, voices and percussion.