Vol. 15, No. 26 - March 29, 2011


  • Theatre Department Presents “Into the Woods”

    The Truman Theatre Department will present the musical “Into the Woods” April 13-16. Showtime for all nights will be 8 p.m. and performances will take place in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish.

    In this production, many traditional fairy tales come to life simultaneously. While Cinderella goes to the ball, Jack robs the giant and Red Riding Hood heads to her grandmother’s house. At the same time, a baker and his pregnant wife are cursed by a witch who threatens to take their first-born child. In order to break the curse, the baker must go on a journey to obtain the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn and the slipper as pure as gold for the witch. As all the storylines start to intertwine, things begin to go horribly wrong for the fairy tale characters.

    Tickets can be obtained either in advance or first-come first-served at the door. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 785.4515 or by dropping by the window outside the James G. Severns Theatre between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This production will run about two hours and 20 minutes and is appropriate for anyone 12 years of age or older.

  • “Romance de Tango” to Close Out Lyceum Season

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will conclude with a performance of “Romance de Tango” by the Cuartetango Music & Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    In this production, artistic director Leonardo Suarez Paz combines his talents as a fourth generation tango artist, vocalist and violinist. During “Romance de Tango,” a chamber concert turns into a theater play, which transitions into sultry dance action and captivating song. The performance tells a story where the music of a magical spirit breathes life and color into those in the shadows of the streets of Buenos Aires at dusk.

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    Leonardo Suarez Paz’s “Romance de Tango”

    The show’s cast members have performed on stages worldwide, have been featured in films and television programs and have recorded with top artists of the tango genre.

    Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff and will be available starting March 29. Students may pick up their tickets at the Student Activities Board Office in the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may acquire their tickets at the information desk in the Student Union Building.

    General admission tickets for the event cost $7 for all ages and will be available beginning March 29 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 Alumni Association Creates Spirit Day April 1

    Starting this year, Truman’s Alumni Association Board of Directors designated the first Friday in the months of April and October as Truman National Spirit Days.
    The Alumni Association is encouraging all alumni, friends and supporters of the University to wear Bulldog purple or Truman apparel and decorate their offices with Truman gear April 1 and Oct. 7.

    “Truman’s reputation as a premier university has grown to a national scale, and we have fantastic Truman alumni throughout the country and around the world,” said Alumni Board President Jessica Hill. “I hope everyone will show they are ‘Bulldogs Forever’ by participating in National Spirit Day on April 1.”

    The idea was born from a spirit day initiated by Truman’s Kansas City Alumni Chapter. Truman also promotes “Purple Friday” each week on campus. The purpose of National Spirit Days is to promote Truman to prospective students, to give alumni and friends an opportunity to display their pride in their alma mater and to create awareness of the University locally, nationally and internationally.

    For more information, visit http://alumni.truman.edu/NationalSpiritDay.asp.

  • Students to Bike Across the US to Build Affordable Housing During Summer 2011

    Two Truman students plan to bike across the country this summer to help build affordable housing for worthy families.

    Students Scott Denno and Morgan Sachs will be on different bike routes, but both have already begun the training and fundraising process that precedes this undertaking.

    Denno discovered the organization Bike & Build on the Internet approximately a year ago, and although he has never biked more than 30 miles at one time, he decided this program would be a perfect thing to do the summer between his junior and senior years.

    “I thought it would be a really cool adventure, and I wanted to give back to the community because I’ve been really fortunate with what’s been given to me,” Denno said. “I’ve had some experience with helping homeless people, and it made a big impact on me and I always wanted to do something for them. This would be a way to give back to people who are a little less fortunate.”

    Denno will be biking from North Carolina to California, and there will be approximately 13 stops on the route to help build affordable housing and to make presentations to educate the community about Bike & Build’s cause. At each stop, the bikers will stay at locations such as church facilities or YMCA buildings. Other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity will help with the building projects.

    Denno said another Truman student who participated in Bike & Build, Brian O’Shaughnessy, has been helpful as Denno tries to raise funds and order biking equipment. Each biker must raise $4,000 before the trips. Some of each biker’s money goes toward safe, reliable equipment for the volunteers, most goes toward supplies to build houses and each biker gets to donate $500 to an organization of his or her choice. Denno has chosen to donate his money to Truman’s Habitat for Humanity organization.

    Sachs heard about Bike & Build through Sarah Graham, another Truman student who participated in Bike & Build in 2010. Sachs’ group will bike from Rhode Island to California.

    “I’m graduating, and I’m in no hurry to find a big girl job and settle down. [Bike & Build] just seemed like something I could really get on board with,” Sachs said. “I’ve never ridden more than five, six or seven miles at a time, so I’ve definitely been working out and going to the rec and training. It will be scary and I guarantee I can’t train enough for it.”

    Despite some apprehension about the physical aspect of the ride, Sachs said the combination of adventure and productivity appeals to her. She is excited about the opportunity to travel and see the United States in a unique way.

    For more information about Bike & Build, visit http://bikeandbuild.org.

  • Student Accepted into Princeton-in-Asia Program

    Kathrine Olsen-Flaate, an international student from Norway who will graduate from Truman in May with degrees in sociology and communication, has been accepted into the Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) program, beginning Fall 2011.
    Olsen-Flaate will be working at an orphanage/NGO in India that serves 35 children living with HIV/AIDS. This post consists of grant writing, strategic planning, office administration, teaching English and caring for the children. In addition to working in the office and writing grants and reports, she will be involved with outreach programming to other communities coping with HIV/AIDS and conducting sexual health education programs in local schools.

    Princeton-in-Asia provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia. Over the last century, the organization has achieved this goal by providing talented young people with various opportunities to live and work in Asia. The first PiA “fellowships” consisted of a handful of Princeton University graduates who went to China in the late 1890s to do relief work and teach English. The program has since expanded considerably in size and scope throughout Asia.

    In 2010, PiA placed 165 fellows in 18 countries, including Cambodia, China/Hong Kong, Timor-Leste, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Currently, the program offers primarily teaching fellowships with additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development and business.


  • 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Apply at http://fafsa.ed.gov before April 1 to be considered for all available funding.
    The government allows filing with estimates if corrections are made when available.
    Contact the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103 or 785.4130 with questions.
  • Public Relations Internship Available

    The Truman Public Relations Office is accepting résumés for the Fall 2011 internship position. Interns can receive course credit and a stipend.

    Communication majors are encouraged to apply with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of AP style, experience in desktop publishing and familiarity with InDesign or similar software.

    To apply, send two writing samples, a résumé and two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall 101. Deadline to apply is March 31.
    For more information, contact Heidi Templeton at heidi@truman.edu.
  • Freeman Awards for Study Aboard in Asia

    Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provide scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in east or southeast Asia.

    Applications are now available for Fall 2011 and academic year 2011-2012 with a program start date between August and November.

    Deadline to apply is April 1. The online application is available online at http://iie.org/en/programs/freeman-asia.
  • Respect a Little Week

    Forum on Internet Bullying
    7 p.m.
    April 4
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Movie Screening “Mean Girls” and “Heathers”
    7:30 p.m.
    April 5
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Anti-Burn Book Table
    11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    April 6-8
    Student Union Building

    Sponsored by the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards
  • Fall 2011 Room Reservation Lottery

    The Student Union will accept Fall 2011 room reservation requests now through March 31 at 8 p.m. Only paper requests will be accepted during this time period. Any requests made after April 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, after lottery requests have been processed. Paper lottery forms can be found at http://studentunion.truman.edu/lottery. Submit forms to the Student Union Building Administrative Office, Room 2000, between 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
  • “A Look Inside SB1070” Screening and Panel Discussion

    Come join the national dialogue on race, migration and U.S. identity. A short documentary entitled “A Look Inside SB1070” will be screened and a panel discussion concerning immigrant rights and anti-immigrant groups in the U.S. will follow.

    7 p.m.
    April 7
    Violette Hall 1010

    Sponsored in conjunction with
    IDSM 475: Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone
  • Telecounselors for 2011-2012

    The Office of Admissions is now accepting applications for telecounselor positions. Scholarship, institutional, volunteer and work-study positions are being offered. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions in the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center, by e-mailing karah@truman.edu or on the Telecounseling website, http://admissions.truman.edu/telecounseling/index.asp.

    For additional questions, contact Kara Jo Humphrey at the above e-mail or call 785.4114

    Applications Due:
    5 p.m.
    April 1
    Office of Admissions
  • Purple Friday

    Purple Friday on April 1 will be on the Mall for National Truman Spirit Day from 2-5 p.m. Stop by for games, prizes and sno cones!

  • SAB Speakers

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    The Buried Life

    7 p.m.
    April 2
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium

    Tickets are free and available now for students, faculty and staff with a Truman ID. General admission tickets are $5 and are available starting March 23.

     Tickets can be picked up at the SAB window on the first floor of the Student Union Building or purchased at the online kiosk at http://sab.truman.edu.
  • William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award Nominations

    Do you know a great faculty adviser? Would you like to honor him or her? Nominate an outstanding full-time faculty adviser for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award. Please note that academic advisers are not eligible. To nominate a faculty member, complete the online nomination form at http://rcp.truman.edu/lee/LeeNomination.htm. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 8. For questions about the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award, contact Marty Eisenberg at martye@truman.edu.

  • Special Olympics Buddies

    Students Supporting the Exceptional Community (SSEC) is looking for volunteers to serve as buddies in the Special Olympics Spring Track and Field Games April 16 at Stokes Stadium. For more information, contact Mary Rose Sallese at mrs1665@truman.edu.
  • Service Board Applications

    The Service Board is accepting applications for membership for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications can be downloaded online at http://serviceboard.truman.edu and submitted to the Service Board mailbox in the Student Union Building CSI Complex by 5 p.m. April 8.

  • Teaching Assistant Positions in Spain

    The Embassy of Spain is seeking 2,000 college students and recent graduates to work as North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain. For more information about the program, visit http://goo.gl/DjiEI.

    March 31

    For further information, contact Pedra Rey-Rodil at pedro.rey@education.es.
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Time to write a bibliography?
    There are several online resources that can help. EndNote allows users to download citations and then it formats them in the selected citation style. Zotero is a similar product, but it only works on the FireFox browser. For examples of how to format bibliographic citations in the three major styles—MLA, APA and Turabian—visit http://library.truman.edu/weblinks/citing-sources.asp.
  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes Accepting Applications

    The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is now accepting applications for the 2011 U.K. Summer Institutes.

    Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded United Kingdom university; explore the culture, heritage and history of the United Kingdom; and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

    For complete details and application forms, visit http://fulbright.co.uk/fulbright-awards/for-us-citizens/summer-institutes. The application deadline is April 15.

    For specific questions, contact Laura McCaffrey, special programs coordinator at the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission, at laura@fulbright.co.uk or
  • Truman Bookstore

    Summer and Fall 2011 Book Orders
    Due by April 1
    Place orders online at http://truman.bkstore.com, via e-mail at bkstrumanst@bncollege.com or by phone at 785.4211.
  • Truman Intramural Sports Planner

    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.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    The Missouri Insurance Education Foundation will award scholarships to students attending Missouri colleges or universities in a program that could lead to positions in the insurance industry in Missouri. The $2,500 C. Lawrence Leggett Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior Missouri resident majoring in insurance or a related area of study in a Missouri college or university. In addition to the Leggett Scholarship, the foundation has established another scholarship available in the amount of $2,000. Application forms are available online at http://mief.org and are due by March 31.

    Alpha Delta Kappa, Sigma Chapter of Burlington, Iowa, is offering one $1,000 scholarship to Des Moines County undergraduates who will be majoring in education. The applicant must show qualities of leadership, demonstrate success in academics and be involved in extra curricular and/or community activities. While financial need will be considered, it will not necessarily be the primary qualification. For further information, stop by Truman’s Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103. Applications are due by April 3.

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation is accepting applications from students enrolled in the field of education in the humanities, such as literature, fine arts, music, art, poetry and dance. The Foundation awards scholarships to students studying at colleges and universities who indicate an interest in teaching courses in the above-described areas in school districts located in the state of Missouri, preferably rural school districts.  The scholarship is available to those at the junior and senior levels, as well as graduate students.For further information or a scholarship application, stop by the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103 or call 785.4130. Deadline for submission is May 1.

    The William M. Reiss Foundation is offering scholarships to graduates of publicly supported high schools located within the city limits of Belleville, Ill. Official college transcripts are required and a copy of the Student Aid Report from the FASFA is recommended. Students from Belleville can stop by the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103 for more information on how to apply. Applications are due May 1.

    The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is inviting media communication and journalism students to apply for scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Students of journalism or related fields who are residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area—City of St. Louis; Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren counties in Missouri; and Bond, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois—are eligible to receive these scholarships. Applications are available online at http://stlpressclub.org/scholarships.html. Deadline for applications is May 2.

    AES Engineers is providing $500 scholarships to high school seniors or college students, regardless of courses being studied, who meet certain criteria. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words in answer to one of the questions  posted at http://aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline for entry is Oct. 7.


  • Notables

    Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, was the respondent in a book review session on his work “Science and Nonbelief” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion on March 5 in Louisville, Ky.

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history, was a keynote speaker at the Texas A&M-Commerce conference called “Writing Democracy: A Rhetoric of (T)Here” from March 9-11. His talk was entitled, “Writing Democracy on the FWP: The Perpetual Rediscovery of America.” Texas A&M’s  Federation Rhetoric Symposium joined with the Sam Rayburn Symposium in sponsoring the conference. For more information, go to http://writingdemocracy.weebly.com.

    The Truman Mock Trial team, led by seniors Carolyn Saville, Amanda Nehrkorn and Dan Hammond, successfully competed at the regional tournament in February and earned 8th place at the national competition.


  • Notes

    A representative from Edge Hill University in England will provide a brief information session about study abroad opportunities at 3 p.m. March 30 in Violette Hall 1000.

    The Global Issues Colloquium continues from 7-9 p.m. March 31 in Baldwin Hall 176. Speaker Dr. Lester Kurtz from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at George Mason University will present “Gods, Guns, and Gandhi: Rethinking Terrorism.” Kurtz will analyze the roots of terrorism in religion and economics and map out some nonviolent responses.

    Globemed will sponsor a Haitian Celebration from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 1 on the Mall. A Haitian beans and rice meal will be available with all proceeds going to a birthing clinic in Haiti.

    The Biology Seminar Series will continue at 12:30 p.m. April 1 in Magruder Hall 1000 with “The Genetics and Evolution of Thermotolerance in Drosophila” by Dr. Theodore Morgan of Kansas State University.

    The American Association of University Professors
    (AAUP) will meet at 4:30 p.m. April 1 at the University Club House, located at 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 785.6036 for more information.

    Tag Improv will perform at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Student Union Building Down Under.

    The Career Center is hosting an Etiquette Dinner April 4. Students will receive instruction throughout a four-course meal and learn how to navigate the silverware, glasses and courses that may be a part of the interview process. Students must register at http://pdi.truman.edu. The cost is $16 per person and is due to the Career Center prior to the event.

    A free tobacco quit class will take place from 8-9:30 April 4, 11 and 18 in the Student Union Building Room 3203. Any Truman or MACC-Kirksville student, staff or faculty can attend. The class includes free nicotine replacement therapy patches and free doctor consultation.

    The Truman Observatory will host an open house from 8:30-10:30 p.m. April 6 at the University Farm. For more information and directions to the Observatory, go to http://observatory.truman.edu.

    K-Life will host a 3 on 3 basketball tournament from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9. Deadline to sign up is April 5. Contact sam4125@truman.edu for more information.

    Alpha Phi Omega will sponsor a blood drive from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 5-6 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms.

    Missouri Hall Senate will host an Art Gala from 4:30-7 p.m. April 14 in the Missouri Hall Chariton Room. The Senate will purchase three pieces for $100 each. Entries must be 2-D and easily hangable. Submission deadline is April 13. More information and the submission form can be found at http://missouri.truman.edu.

    LifeFest, sponsored by Students for Life, will take place from 12-5 p.m. April 9 on the Quad. There will be music by local bands, games, themed raffle baskets and all-you-can-eat barbecue for $3.  All proceeds will benefit Genesis House, a home for young women facing crisis pregnancies.

    Truman’s Agriculture GardenGals practicum group will be hosting starter plant sales
    . The sales will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16 and 23 outside of Tractor Supply Co.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 18 and 19 inside Magruder Hall; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 20 and 21 inside the Student Union Building. Heirloom tomatoes, peppers and herbs will be for available. To pre-order plants, e-mail tsugardengals@gmail.com. Order will be available for pick-up at any of the selling dates listed above.