Vol. 15, No. 13 - Nov. 30, 2010


  • SAB Comedians Michael Ian Black and Mike Birbiglia Set to Perform Dec. 11

    Comedians Michael Ian Black and Mike Birbiglia will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.
    Michael Ian Black is a multi-talented actor, writer, comedian and director. His most recent comedy series, “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” appeared on Comedy Central this past year. Black also created, starred in and co-wrote the Comedy Central series “Stella.” He is also one of the lead commentators on VH1’s “I Love the...” series.

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    Michael Ian Black

    Black appeared opposite Paul Rudd and Janeane Garofalo in the USA Films cult hit “Wet Hot American Summer” and for four years he starred on NBC’s hit drama “Ed.” Early in his career, Black co-wrote and starred in the acclaimed MTV sketch comedy show “The State.” From there, he co-created, co-wrote and starred in the Comedy Central series “Viva Variety.”

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    Mike Birbiglia

    Comedian Mike Birbiglia is best known for his 2009 hit show “Sleepwalk With Me.” Birbiglia closed out 2009 with a 35-city Comedy Central Live tour called “Mike Birbiglia: I’m In The Future Also,” selling out concert halls nationwide. His long-standing relationship with Comedy Central has resulted in three of his own standup specials, including the critically acclaimed one-hour special “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing.” At the end of the year, Birbiglia’s 2007 Comedy Central Records release “My Secret Public Journal Live” was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club.

    Tickets for this event are available now in the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Tickets are free for Truman students and $10 for general admission. The SAB Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

  • University Receives Grant to Support Local Foods

    Truman was recently named a recipient of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which seeks to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

    The University’s “Farm-to-College as a Catalyst for Specialty Crop Production” project will receive $28,970 in funding. This project involves coordinating with Sodexo to facilitate the production, procurement and delivery of locally grown fruits and vegetables to campus dining services. Truman’s is one of 13 projects across Missouri selected to receive funding through this program.

    The one-year Specialty Crop Block grants are funded through USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block grant program. The grants total approximately $55 million nationwide, with more than $340,000 being awarded in Missouri.

    For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture at http://mda.mo.gov or the USDA at http://usda.gov.

  • Group Projects Enhanced with Google Apps

    Studies show that today’s students and instructors are increasingly turning to collaborative or group assignments to create significant and authentic learning experiences.

    However, group projects are not always easy to coordinate. Enter Google Apps: tools available at Truman for students and teachers to easily work asynchronously and collaboratively on documents, presentations, drawings and whole websites.

    The apps use a “wiki” construct to make this possible. Students can engage in real-time editing between multiple users at once and see what the other people are typing as they type it. Links to shared documents and projects can even be posted on Blackboard to make a class assignment easily accessible.

    To take a tour to see how this is possible, visit http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour2.html.

    See the Learning Technologies Team in Pickler Memorial Library 205 or call 785.7750 for more information.

  • Alumnus to Perform in Lyceum Event

    The next event in the 2010-2011 Kohlenberg Lyceum series will welcome Truman alumnus Kevin Harrison and his music group Axiom Brass.

    The group will be spreading holiday cheer at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    The old and new will come together in this performance, including yuletide hits like Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

    Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound,” the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music. They are the winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition held at the University of Louisville, Ky., and they were recently appointed as the Brass Quintet-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago.

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    Axiom Brass

    Members of Axiom Brass have performed all over North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia.

    Harrison, a Kansas City native, received a Bachelor of Music degree from Truman, where he studied tuba with Steven Seward. He was the recipient of academic and music scholarships, and performed Vaughan Williams’s “Concerto for Tuba” with the University Orchestra as winner of the 2004 Gold Medal Competition. He graduated with distinction from DePaul University in 2006, and joined Axiom Brass in 2008.

    A freelance musician, Harrison has established himself in Chicago and throughout the Midwest as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, educator, clinician and music coach. He is currently Principal Tuba of the Northwest Indiana Symphony.

    Harrison has gone on to perform and record with several quintets, including the Lincoln Park Brass, Chicago Classic Brass and Northwest Indiana Symphony Brass Quintet. Most recently, he was appointed to the brass faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Ill.

    Free tickets for students, faculty and staff are available now. Students can pick up their free ticket by presenting a Truman ID at the Student Activities Board Box Office, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff can receive their free tickets by showing a Truman ID at the Information Center in the Student Union Building.

    General admission tickets for the event cost $7 for all ages and are available at the Truman Cashier’s Window in McClain Hall or downtown at Edna Campbells. For additional information, visit http://lyceum.truman.edu or contact 785.4016.


  • Truman Delta Sigma Pi Receives Most Outstanding Chapter Award

    Last month, Truman’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi was selected as the Most Outstanding Chapter in the nation.

    National officers presented the award to Matt Vennemen, president of the Iota Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at the LEAD (Leadership and Excellence Academy for Deltasigs) School in Indianapolis, Ind.

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    Members of the Truman (Iota Nu) chapter of Delta Sigma Pi display the Most Outstanding Chapter award. Truman’s chapter has now received the award nine times.  

    The National Most Outstanding Chapter Award is given to the chapter that best exemplifies the purpose of Delta Sigma Pi. The chapters are evaluated on professional activity, community service, fundraising, academics and others.

    In addition to the National Most Outstanding Chapter Award, the chapter also won the national award for Most Outstanding Professional Activities, the Provincial award for Most Outstanding Chapter and Professional Activities and Outstanding Scholastic Development for the Gateway Region.

    The Iota Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi continuously strives to improve its programs in order to represent Truman effectively. The chapter was founded Dec. 9, 1978. Since then, it has claimed the National Most Outstanding Chapter Award nine times, which is more than any other chapter. The International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi was founded at New York University, School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance Nov. 7, 1907.

    Delta Sigma Pi, a professional fraternity, is one of Truman’s organizations open only to students majoring in business, accounting, or economics.  Delta Sigma Pi is involved in a number of activities across campus, including: co-sponsoring the Career Expo; managing the University’s concessions business, which provides food service at all athletic events; providing speakers to students to encourage professional development; tutoring for the Junior Achievement program, which teaches basic economic concepts to young students in Kirksville’s elementary classes; and participating in Relay for Life, to name a few. 

  • Health Students Support Local Food Pantry

    The major service-learning project for this fall's HLTH 150 Nutrition class was a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army food pantry in Kirksville.
    Students from HLTH 150 organized and secured donations. With help from students in HLTH 290 Principles of Health, they collected donations of food and money Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 at Hy-Vee Food Store. They also manned tables in the Student Union Building and Violette Hall on campus during the week of Nov. 8-12.

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    Students (left to right) Lynley Aleksandrian, Hannah Williams and Danielle Boyer take donations at Hy-Vee.

    The HLTH 150 food drive for the Salvation Army netted 20 large boxes of food donations and nearly $200 in cash.

    In addition to the food drive, the HLTH 150 class also helped to unload a semi-trailer of food delivered to the Salvation Army food pantry in October. 

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    Truman students form an assembly line to help unload a truck of donations to the Salvation Army food pantry.

  • Buckner Awarded NSF Funding for Collaboration with Iowa State Researchers

    Brent Buckner, professor of biology, recently received notification that a proposal entitled “Functional structural diversity among maize haplotype” submitted to the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Initiative has been funded.

    Buckner is a co-principal investigator on this award and will collaborate with principal investigator Dr. Patrick Schnable and co-principal investigators Dr. Carolyn Lawrence and Dr. Daniel Nettleton, all of Iowa State University.

    During the two-year grant period Buckner’s lab will receive $188,000 while the entire collaborative grant is funded at $3 million.

    The focus of this proposal is to test the hypothesis that differences in gene copy number (both gains and losses) contribute to the extraordinary phenotypic diversity and plasticity of maize.

    The proposed studies will ultimately inform crop improvement strategies. For example, to help adapt crops to climate change it may be desirable to reintroduce into breeding germplasm stress resistance genes and genetic diversity inadvertently lost during domestication.

    This grant will provide funding for three student research internships in each of the next two summers. In addition, the grant provides for the hiring of a postdoctoral teacher-scholar who will work with Buckner to develop the professional skills that are consistent with success at a predominantly undergraduate institution where teaching and research are mutually supportive.
  • Students Attend AFA Leaders’ Conference

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    Four Truman students attended the 2010 Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leaders’ Conference Nov. 4-7 in Kansas City, Mo. Joining more than 500 undergraduate students from 50 universities, delegates participated in a unique blend of seminars covering personal finance, leadership development, public speaking and ethics. Additionally, students networked with agricultural corporate executives, employers and policy-makers at a forum and opportunity fair. Since 1996, the AFA Leaders’ Conference has served as a catalyst in preparing the next generation of agricultural leaders. Truman’s four attendees (pictured, left to right) were Marianne Emery, Sam McKinley, Bridget Waller and Brittany Early.


  • Master of Arts in Leadership

    Truman will begin offering courses in the new Master of Arts in Leadership graduate program in Spring 2011.

    The program includes a solid theoretical foundation in personal and organizational leadership, plus experiential learning consisting of simulations, case studies and internships that will enable students to progress from the study of leadership to its application and practice.

    Graduates will have completed a specialization area designed to advance the individual’s personal leadership goals.

    For more information, see http://gradstudies.truman.edu/areasofstudy/Leadership.asp, e-mail cyoung@truman.edu or call 785.4109.
  • Professor’s Day Out

    10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Dec. 5
    Baldwin Hall 252

    Sign up by Dec. 3
    Cost is $7 per child

    Want to do a little Christmas shopping? Just need a little R&R? Let Truman’s Half Full Players take your kids for a day.

    Children or grandchildren (age 4-11) are invited to join the Half Full Players for crafts, entertainment and a chance to perform.

    Contact enecka@truman.edu to reserve a spot or with any questions.

    Half Full Players Children’s Theatre Troupe is “for the kids.” The Troupe performs at local elementary schools every semester and works towards increasing children’s literacy and appreciation for the arts through entertainment.

  • 6th Annual Renaissance Madrigal Dinner

    Sponsored by the Department of Music and Chamber Choir

    6:30-10 p.m.
    Dec. 3 & 4
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room 3200

    Adults- $22
    Students- $17
    Children 2 and under- Free

    Featuring a multi-course dinner, music and revelry.

    Tickets may be purchased at
     For more information, contact
  • Blood Drive

    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Dec. 8
    Student Union Building
    Down Under

    In the spirit of giving, the University and Community Relations Committee of Staff Council is hosting a Staff Council Blood Drive.

    Donation only takes about an hour and saves up to three lives. To further expedite the process, make an appointment in advance at http://redcrossblood.org.

  • Door Decorating Contest

    In anticipation of the holidays, the University and Community Relations Committee of Staff Council will bring back the well-received Holiday Door Decorating Contest.

    Contact Stacy Tucker-Potter at stuckerpotter@truman.edu by Dec. 1 to enter your office or department door in the contest.

    Doors must be completed and ready to be judged by Dec. 10. Winners will be announced Dec. 14.

  • Internet Upgrade Complete

    Since early in the semester, ITS has been pursuing options for providing faster Internet access. They have successfully increased campus Internet service 150 percent from 100Mbps to 250Mbps. This increase will improve the quality of all Internet activities used by Truman students, faculty and staff.

  • Upward Bound Employment Opportunity

    Upward Bound is seeking Spring 2011 employees. Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. Application packets and information are available at http://ub.truman.edu or call Donna at 785.4244.
  • The Giving Tree

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Nov. 30-Dec. 2

    Student Union Building
    Publicity Tables

    Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take ornaments containing wish lists from local children who may not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. Ornaments should be taped to the wrapped gifts and returned to a table by 2 p.m. Dec. 2. For more information or for additional opportunities to pick up or drop off an ornament, contact jcr3482@truman.edu.

    Sponsored by Phi Sigma Pi
  • Staff Recognition Awards

    Human Resources and the Staff Recognition and Development Committee encourage faculty and staff to submit nominations for the following awards:

    The Bulldog Award
    is presented to departments that have demonstrated exceptional customer service to individuals within and/or outside of Truman.

    The Points of Excellence Award
    acknowledges staff members who have made the effort to offer the very best in student services and educational delivery.

    Visit http://hr.truman.edu/recognition/index.asp for more information about the awards.
  • On-Campus Athletics

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    Dec. 1
    Women’s Basketball
    v. Missouri Southern

    5:30 p.m.

    Men’s Basketball
    v. Missouri Southern

    7:30 p.m.

  • SIFE Coffee Gift Card Sale

    From 8-11:30 a.m. every Monday morning until Christmas, SIFE will be selling coffee gift cards with a handmade Christmas card at the Coffee Corner located in the west entrance of Violette Hall. The gift card can be used during any Monday Morning Mochas sale at the Coffee Corner throughout the year. It’s the perfect gift for a friend who appreciates hot chocolate, tea, mochas or coffee in the mornings.

    Sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise

  • Truman Intramural Sports Planner

    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.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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 Center for International Education office, located in Kirk Building 114, by 12 p.m. Jan. 28, 2011. Scholarship recipients will be notified in February.


  • Notables

    Donald Bindner, assistant professor of mathematics, and Martin Erickson, professor of mathematics, had their textbook “A Student’s Guide to the Study, Practice, and Tools of Modern Mathematics” published by CRC Press.

    Alexandra Czahor, a spring 2010 graduate
    , was awarded the Truman State University Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for 2011 for “Native and Nonnative Speakers’ Perceptions of Syllable Initial Voiced Stop Consonants in Three Contexts: Non-manipulated, Edited to Remove VOT and Edited to Remove Formant Transitions.” Czahor has also been selected as Truman’s nominee for the annual MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. Czahor’s thesis adviser was Paula Cochrane of the Department of Communication Disorders. Other faculty members serving on Czahor’s thesis committee were Janet Gooch, Ilene Ashbaugh and Sally Cook.

    Masahiro Hara, professor of Japanese, had a paper entitled “Real-Time Reading and Reactivation Evidence of Syntactic-Gap Processing in Japanese Scrambling” accepted for inclusion in Selected (Peer-Reviewed) Proceedings of Second Language Research Forum 2009. This research was partially supported by Hara’s Truman Faculty Summer Research Fellowship.


  • Notes

    The Physics Colloquium will continue at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Magruder Hall with a presentation by Shoaib Usman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology.

    SUB After Dark will sponsor the Holiday Sweets House Decorating Contest at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. All of the supplies for building are provided. Compete individually or on teams of up to four people. The top three winners will get a choice of the DVD “Elf,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (with Jim Carrey) or Josh Groban’s Noel CD. Hot chocolate and Christmas music will be provided.

    Shawn Joyce, a 2006 Truman linguistics graduate, will be a featured speaker as part of the English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Conference. Joyce will present the keynote address, “Foreign Languages and Linguistics in the Working World,” at 12 p.m. Dec. 2. His talk, “Translation as a Career,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3. The whole Senior Seminar Conference, with sessions on creative writing, ecocriticism, folktales, the Great War and storytelling, runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.   

    Peter Rolnick, professor of physics, will speak at the Mathbio Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Magruder Hall 2050.

    The men of Phi Sigma Kappa in association with the Department of Public Safety and the Kirksville Police Department are sponsoring a Self-Defense and General Safety Awareness Seminar at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Kirk Gym. This seminar will be broken down into two sessions, the first being a demonstration by DPS of basic self-defense techniques as well as a general Q&A session followed by a taser demonstration by the Kirksville Police department. This event is open to all Truman students, faculty and staff as well as the general public. For more information, contact Michael Brelsford at mjb3328@truman.edu.

    The Truman State University Percussion Ensembles will present their annual “Percussion Fall Sampler” concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Under the direction of Michael Bump, associate professor and director of percussion studies, and Vincent Wallace, graduate teaching assistant, the program will feature the Music Department’s Concert Percussion Ensembles I & II in an exciting and diverse selection of music for percussion. The program will include Pat Metheny’s, “First Circle,” Jan Bach’s, “Woodwork,” and David Gillingham’s classic work for percussion orchestra, “Stained Glass,” among others. Admission is free.

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the University Club House, located at 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 785.6036 for more information.

    The Truman Observatory will host an open house at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. See http://observatory.truman.edu for more details and for directions. This event will be canceled if it is cloudy or raining.

    The True Men Winter Concert
    will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.

    The Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Conference Room of the Student Union.

    President Paino will host "Coffee with the President" from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Conference Room of the Student Union.

    Megan Wargo, Truman volleyball assistant coach, will conduct a meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 for parents and students ages 12-18 interested in participating in Kirksville Club Volleyball. Teams will practice two times per week and play in regional tournaments. For information about the meeting, contact Wargo at mwargo@truman.edu or 660.341.9610.

    The Student Activities Board will sponsor "Holiday Lights" at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Kirk Memorial. "Holiday Lights" is an event where Truman students can come celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Kirk Memorial will be lit up with lights and a cappella groups True Men, Minor Detail and Sweet Nothings will perform. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies.

    The Fall 2010 One-Act Festival runs from Dec. 9-11 in the Ophelia Parrish James G. Severns Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m.

    The Franklin Street Singers and Brass Choir Fall Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in Baldwin Auditorium.