Vol. 15, No. 17 - Jan. 18, 2011


  • American Shakespeare Center Offers Free Performance of “As You Like It” Feb. 1

    The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) will perform “As You Like It” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    “As You Like It,” one of William Shakespeare’s comedies, tells the story of Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and the court jester, Touchstone.

    Actors will perform musical numbers 30 minutes prior to the actual show. Tickets are free but should be obtained in advance at: the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 101; the School of Arts and Letters Office, Ophelia Parrish 1101; the Information Desk in the Student Union Building; or downtown at Edna Campbells. Tickets will be available starting Jan. 18.

    The ASC seeks to make Shakespeare and the joys of theatre accessible to all. At the company’s home in Staunton, Va., the ASC has constructed a re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, and plans to build an open-air replica of London’s second Globe Theatre.

    February’s performance will not be the first in Kirksville for the ASC, which tours regularly and has earned a reputation as one of America’s most respected theatre companies. Between 1996 and 2001, the company performed annually at Truman. The last ASC performance in Kirksville took place in March 2009 and featured a production of “Hamlet.”

    “As You Like It” is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics, with additional funding from the Arnold and Alanna Preussner Fund, Truman State University Foundation, New Student Programs, the Theatre Department and the School of Arts and Letters.

  • Institute to Oversee Summer Camps & Conferences

    The Truman Institute, under the leadership of Kevin Minch, will now be coordinating the planning and marketing efforts of all summer camps and conferences.

    This change came about due to the recommendations of the Summer Camp and Conference Committee appointed this past July by President Paino. The Committee was asked to develop solutions to grow and improve the University’s management of camps, institutes, conferences and events.

    The Truman Institute will assume a number of the responsibilities currently shouldered by individual programs and previously handled by the Office of Conferences and Events in Student Affairs. The Institute will be responsible for coordinating schedules, communication, marketing and facilities use for special events, as well as nurturing new programs in their development and implementation.

    Among the early goals of the plan will be to coordinate marketing efforts and develop a common portal for individuals and groups seeking to attend programs at Truman or to host a conference or event in campus facilities.

    President Paino will also appoint a committee that will be tasked with reviewing existing policies regarding the use and rental of University facilities. The committee will be charged with exploring policies regarding rental rates for classrooms, the Student Union Building and other common spaces, as well as determining workable rules governing the appropriate fees for different types of user constituencies. The committee will include representation from a range of constituent groups, including Truman students.

    Any individuals, departments or outside groups (including those outside groups whose events are sponsored by Truman faculty, staff or student organizations) that plan such events are asked to contact Minch at the Truman Institute at 785.5384 or kminch@truman.edu.
  • Model UN Team Wins Best Delegation

    Truman’s Model United Nations Team won the award for best delegation at the 21st annual American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference late last semester. George Allan Jr. and Victoria Benson, both sophomores studying political science, traveled to Chicago to represent Truman in the competition.

    In the competition, AMUN assigns a country for each team to represent in a simulation of the United Nations. This year, Truman’s team represented the General Assembly Plenary for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Truman competed against more than 1,500 students from domestic and foreign universities such as Yale University, the University of Arizona, Georgetown University and National Chengchi University in Taiwan.

    This is the second year in a row Truman won the best delegation award. The Model United Nations Team has already been slotted to represent Morocco and Iran in next year’s competition.

  • Nationally Known Earth Scientist to Deliver 2011 Sigma Xi Lecture

    Dr. Marc Imhoff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will visit Kirksville Jan. 20 for two free public lectures.

    The first lecture, entitled “Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production—Can the Earth Keep Up?” will be presented at 12 p.m. in Mehegan Classroom, located on the ground floor of the Gutensohn Clinic at A.T. Still University. The second lecture, entitled “Planetary Secrets: The Secret Lives of Storms, Deserts and Fires,” will be presented at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    Imhoff works in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as the project scientist for Terra, NASA’s Flagship Earth Observing System Mission. As Terra project scientist, Imhoff coordinates an international research team using Terra and other instruments to study Earth’s changing atmosphere, oceans and land surface. He has personally conducted research on a wide range of topics including the impact of urbanization on biodiversity and food security, urban heat islands and climate and carbon accounting using remote sensing for the Kyoto Protocol. He was a primary developer of the satellite imagery showing Earth’s cities at night and pioneered the use of radar sensors for terrain and vegetation mapping.

    Imhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in physical geography and a master’s degree in agronomy from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University. His visit is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society and the Kirksville chapter of Sigma Xi. For more information, contact Michael Goggin at mgoggin@truman.edu.

    Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, is a membership honor society of roughly 91,000 scientists and engineers. The goals of the society are to honor scientific accomplishments, to encourage and enhance worldwide appreciation and support for scientific research and to foster a creative and dynamic interaction among sciences, technology and society. Members participate at the local level through more than 500 chapters and clubs. The Kirksville chapter, chartered as a club in 1989 and as a chapter in 1995, is composed of approximately 60 members representing scientists in the Northeast Missouri region, including the faculty and students of both Truman State University and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Each spring the Kirksville chapter hosts a Sigma Xi National Lecturer, such as Imhoff, to give a public lecture.
  • James Named Public Relations Intern

    The Truman Public Relations Office has named Baillie James, a junior communication major and Spanish minor, as intern for the Spring 2011 semester.

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    Baillie James

    James is from Warrensburg, Mo. and graduated from Warrensburg High School in 2008. She is the daughter of Bridget and James James.

    As an intern for the Public Relations Office, James will help write, produce and distribute the Truman Today on campus and online. She will also write press releases and fulfill various office tasks.

    This semester, James is vice president of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and a member/choreographer for the Franklin Street Singers.

    While at Truman, James has also written for the Index, tutored Spanish and worked on the public relations team at the Career Center.

    James hopes to pursue a career in public relations and looks forward to the hands-on experience she will gain through this internship.

  • State Contest Seeks Study Abroad Photos

    Any student currently attending a Missouri college or university could win up to $200—just for submitting a photo.

    Study Missouri, a collaborative project among Missouri colleges and universities, is hosting a photo contest for snapshots taken during students’ study abroad experiences. The contest includes cash prizes for each category, international and study away, and all high-quality entries will be displayed for International Education Day Feb. 16 in the Missouri State Capitol rotunda.

    Photographs must feature a country where the photographer attended college and photos must be “true to life” without alternations such as photoshopped objects or people.

    The grand prize winner will receive $200, first place winners will receive $150, second place will receive $100 and third place winners will receive $75. All prize money will be applied to educational expenses for the recipients.

    Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time Feb. 2. To submit an entry, attach photos to an e-mail entitled “Photo Contest” and send to StudyMissouriPhotoContest@gmail.com. In the text of the e-mail, students should include their name, whether they are an international student or a study away student, the name of the Missouri institution attended, the name of the country where the picture was taken and the date of the photo. Students should also include a caption of no more than 100 words describing where the photo was taken and why the photo is significant to them. For any questions, call 573.522.1463.

  • Business Students Compete for Target

    In an effort to deepen the University’s relationship with Target, Truman’s marketing faculty and Kristin Raby, Target’s campus liaison, collaborated with Target executives last semester to give students hands-on experience through a class competition.

    Student groups from the Fall 2010 Brand Management and Strategic Marketing class evaluated Target’s Home Goods Department and possible ways to improve merchandising and brand recognition. Groups presented their recommendations to visiting Target executives at the end of the semester and Target awarded $2,000 to the winning group.

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    From left to right: Debi Cartwright, Kristin Raby (Target Liaison for Truman and Truman student), Olivia Crandall (member of winning team), Hannah Siekerman (member of winning team), Rick Morrow (District Team Leader), Roger Alexander (member of winning team), Wes Fowler (Human Resources Business Partner), Navini Shamindra (member of winning team), Elaine Rothermich (member of winning team) and Deneke Bakalar (Target Store Team Leader).

    This semester, the competition will be repeated with two classes to increase the number of contenders.

    Debra Cartwright, professor of business administration, said this competition helped make course material relevant because students were dealing with a real-life dilemma for an existing company. This competition was a semester-long project for the class.


  • Spring Activities Fair

    1-5 p.m.
    Jan. 20
    Student Union Building

    The Activities Fair, sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, is an opportunity for organizations to publicize themselves and for students to learn more about the organizations and their missions.
  • Micro-grants for Service-learning and Research

    Missouri Campus Compact (MoCC) is offering $300 micro-grants for faculty members to conduct course-based service-learning or research during 2011-2012. View the Request for Proposals and download an application at http://missouricompact.missouristate.edu/75746.htm. Applications are due March 1.

    Contact Baillie Cloyd (bcloyd@truman.edu) with questions, to discuss project ideas or for assistance with the grant application. More information is also available at http://servicelearning.truman.edu.
  • Still Spirit Award Nominations

    Still Spirit Awards honor outstanding community members whose actions embody Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of A.T. Still University. These individuals possess a willingness to get involved, an unselfish giving of oneself, an ability to lead others and a desire to enhance the quality of life in the community.

    The deadline for 2011 Still Spirit nominations is Feb. 25. Submissions can be made online at http://www.atsu.edu/spirit. For questions regarding nominations or the 2011 Still Spirits Awards Dinner and Ceremony, contact Virginia Halterman at 660.626.2544 or vhalterman@atsu.edu.

    2011 Still Spirit Awards Ceremony
    March 31
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Room

    6 p.m.

    7 p.m.
    Awards Ceremony

    $17 per person
    RSVP by March 18 to
    communications@atsu.edu or 660.626.2272

  • 2011 Homecoming Committee Applications

    Applications for the 2011 homecoming planning committee are now available. Students can apply on Tru-Positions at https://trupositions.truman.edu/jobs.asp?listingId=205. Applications are due by 8 p.m. Jan. 27. For more information, call the Center for Student Involvement at 785.4222
  • SAB Comedian

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    Welcome Back Comedian

    Paul Varghese
    7 p.m.
    Jan. 21
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    FREE for Students with ID
    Tickets are $2 for general admission

     Paul Varghese’s act includes a number of observations about being Indian, providing outsider-looking-in and insider-looking-out commentary, while also exploring an array of topics and issues outside that realm. He was named by the Dallas Observer in 2007 as the “Best Stand-up Comic in Dallas.” Varghese has performed at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Great American Comedy Festival, Rooftop Comedy’s Aspen Comedy Festival, The HBO Comedy Festival, the Montreal and Toronto’s Just For Laughs Festivals and the TBS Comedy Festival. His TV credits include Telemundo 2’s “Loco Comedy Jam,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham” and Showtime’s “Russell Peters Presents.”

  • On-Campus Athletics

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    6:30 p.m. • Jan. 21
    Men’s Swimming
    vs. Missouri S & T

    1 p.m. • Jan. 22
    Women’s Swimming
    vs. Drury University

    1 p.m. • Jan. 22
    Men’s Swimming
    vs. Drury University

    5:30 p.m. • Jan. 26
    Women’s Basketball
    vs. Pittsburg State

    7:30 p.m. • Jan. 26
    Men’s Basketball
    vs. Pittsburg State

    7 p.m. • Feb. 4
    vs. Central Baptist College

    Follow all of Truman’s teams online at

  • Pickler Memorial Library


    Special Collections Reception

    Pickler Memorial Library will host a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 to celebrate the re-opening of the Special Collections Department. Some special collections items will be on display, and staff will discuss the treatment of the department’s materials.
  • SCORE Mock Interviews at the Career Center


    The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) will offer mock interviews Feb. 15 at the Career Center.

    To sign up for a mock interview, go to the Career Center. Limited spots are open and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Professional attire and a résumé are required.

    Volunteers for SCORE are successful business practitioners who have either owned a small business or have worked for major corporations. SCORE currently has previous employees from 3M, General Electric and Proctor & Gamble.
  • Interfraternity Council Rush

    Rush Week Sign-ups
    10-4 p.m.
    Jan. 18-20
    Student Union Building

    Rush Assembly
    7-9 p.m.
    Jan. 21
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room, Alumni Room
    and Conference Room

    Rush Week
    Jan. 24-28

  • TruFit Walking Incentive For Faculty/Staff

    Kickoff Event  
    12:15 p.m.
    Jan. 19
    Student Recreation Center

    Start your New Year off with a BANG by
    walking 10,000 steps a day!

    Sign-up and see details at
    http://recreation.truman.edu or call the
    Fitness/Wellness Director at 785.7738
  • 2011 Leadership Recognition Program Nominations

    Nominations have begun for the 2011 Leadership Recognition Program. You can nominate students, organizations and advisers online at http://csi.truman.edu or pick up packets in the CSI Office in the Student Union Building.  

  • Truman Intramural Sports Planner

    Activity: Basketball
    League: Men's/Women's/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Jan. 18
    Captains’ Meeting: Jan. 19
    Play Begins: Jan. 24
    Activity: Wiffleball**
    League: Men's/Women's
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 18
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Jan. 22-23
    Activity: Badminton-Singles
    League: Men's/Women's
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 25
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Jan. 29 & Feb. 5
    Activity: Badminton-Doubles
    League: Men's/Women's/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: Men's/Women's
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Feb. 15
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Feb. 19-20
    Activity: BAGGO
    League: Men's/Women's/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Feb. 22
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Feb. 27
    Activity: Volleyball
    League: Men's/Women's/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 1
    Captains’ Meeting: Mar. 2
    Play Begins: Mar. 14
    Activity: Outdoor Soccer
    League: Men's/Women's/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: Men's/Women's
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Mar. 29
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 3
    Activity: Swim Meet
    League: Men's/Women's/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: Men's/Women's
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 19
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 20
    Activity: Track Meet
    League: Men's/Women's/Co-Rec
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Apr. 19
    Captains’ Meeting: E-mail
    Play Begins: Apr. 21
    Activity: T-shirt Design Contest
    League: Men's/Women's
    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

    Truman Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships are being offered for Summer 2011. 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. Applications are now available in the Center for International Education Office (Kirk Building 114). These applications are due in the CIE Office by noon on Jan. 28 and recipients will be notified by the end of February.
  • Master Calendar

    For a complete list of events on campus check out the Master Calendar, available on the Truman home page or by clicking http://calendar.truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Sana Camara, professor of French, was offered a contract by the Editorial Board of Harmattan-Sénégal for his edition of “La poésie sénégalaise d’expression française de 1945 à 1982.”

    Austin Church, senior music composition major, was awarded Honorable Mention (Second Place) in 2010-11 Music Teachers National Association West-Central District Composition Competition. Austin’s awarded composition, entitled “The Wolf of the Steppes” for string quartet, was entered in the Young Artist category of the competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students. In November, Austin’s composition had been awarded First Place in the Missouri state competition and was Missouri’s representative in the national competition.


  • Notes

    Women’s Club Volleyball will host tryouts for the spring semester at 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 in the Student Recreation Center.

    The Truman Bookstore will sponsor a book reading and signing for “Progressive Left Centre Animal Lover Legacy” by local historian Lawrence Iles at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Student Union Building Down Under. Book photographer George Barlow and illustrator Betty McLane-Iles will also be present.

    The Northeast Missouri Farm to School Workshop will take place 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.
    Speaker Patti Miller will share her experiences about the fight for equality from  4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Miller worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.

    The Department of Public Safety will conduct van driving classes at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 in Grim-Smith Building 109. This class is required to drive Truman’s full-size vans. The class will last 2-3 hours. Space is limited, so call 785.4177 or e-mail joycook@truman.edu to reserve a spot. Student drivers must also complete a Waiver of Vehicle Usage Policy form, available at http://police.truman.edu.

    An informational meeting for a new summer course
    that includes trips to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Pershing Building 232.

    John Rush, the Human iPod, will perform
    at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Rush plays more than seven instruments during the show and performs songs by request out of playbooks.

    ROTC will host the Frostbite Frolic 5K Run/Walk
    at 9 a.m. Jan. 29. The race starts and ends at Stokes Stadium. Registration forms are available at Baldwin Hall 132, and registration continues until the day of the event. The race costs $15, and all participants receive a goodie bag and a t-shirt.

    Special Olympics Northeast Area will host a recruitment meeting for organizations from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in Violette Hall 1308. Interested organizations should send one representative who knows approximately how many volunteers will be available for the event on April 16.