Vol. 15, No. 34 - June 20, 2011


  • Bright Minds Bright Futures Goal to be Celebrated at Dessert Reception July 7

    To celebrate the successful conclusion of the “Bright Minds Bright Futures” campaign, the University will host a Dessert Reception at 7 p.m. July 7 on the south end of the Quadrangle.
    “Bright Minds Bright Futures” is Truman’s first-ever comprehensive campaign. It began in July 2006 with the goal of raising $30 million in five years. The campaign, which will officially conclude June 30 of this year, has already exceeded that goal with more than $30.5 million in cash, multi-year pledges and new planned gift commitments recorded. Major initiatives of the campaign included student scholarships, student enrichment and academic programs, faculty support, athletics and mission enhancement.

    RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Those planning to attend can call 785.4133 or email alumnievents@truman.edu by July 6. In the event of rain, the Hub in the Student Union Building will serve as the event location.
  • Truman Student Interns at United Nations

    Sarrah El Moumouhi, a senior Middle Eastern studies major and political science minor, has been accepted for a two-month summer internship at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General.

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    Sarrah El Moumouhi

    El Moumouhi originally learned about this opportunity from an on-campus presentation in October 2010 by Igor Shpiniov from the DGACM at the United Nations. Shpiniov encouraged her to apply for the highly selective summer language internship, which led to an interview with the DGACM. Her internship will take place from July 5 to Aug. 31.

    “Primarily, as an intern, I will be assigned to the Training and Outreach Coordination Team, which is part of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, New York,” El Moumouhi said. “Main assignments include providing administrative support for training and outreach, translating portions of the Language Outreach Portal from English into Arabic and/or French, and attending meetings and conferences at the United Nations.”

    As a student at Truman, El Moumouhi teaches Arabic in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages and works as a peer advisor and mock interviewer in the Career Center. She will graduate in December.

  • Bulldog Pitcher Drafted by Royals

    The Kansas City Royals selected Truman pitcher Christian Witt in the 36th round of Major League Baseball’s draft June 8.

    Witt becomes the first Truman player drafted since the San Diego Padres took outfielder Tony Vandemore in the 25th round in 1999.

    A native of Holt, Mo., and graduate of Kearney High School, Witt was an honorable mention all-MIAA pick following a season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA in 36 innings pitched. The hard throwing right hander’s first nine appearances were from the bullpen as he allowed just five earned runs in that span before becoming a mainstay in the starting rotation in mid April. Witt earned two MIAA Pitcher of the Week awards and finished the 2011 season with a 4-2 record and 43 strikeouts to just 10 walks.

    “Having Christian be selected by a major league team is a dream for any ball player but to have his hometown team take a chance on him is really special,” said Dan Davis, head baseball coach. “Christian worked really hard for us as a Bulldog and I know he will take that strong work ethic to wherever the Royals assign him in their system. This is a great day for Truman Baseball and especially Christian and his family.”

    The last Bulldog pitcher taken in MLB’s draft was Al Nipper in 1980.

  • M*A*S*H Camp Offers Look at Health Care Field

    Middle school students interested in exploring health care careers will have the opportunity for hands-on interaction during the Adair County M*A*S*H Camp taking place July 12-13 on the Truman campus and at Northeast Regional Medical Center.

    Activities include: seeing the inside of a hospital radiology department, learning to “scrub in” or “sew up a wound,” climbing in the chopper with emergency medical personnel, learning how to take blood pressure and dissecting organs to find out how they work.

    For more information, or to obtain a registration packet for a student, call NEMO AHEC at 877.303.2938 or 665.6404. Space is limited to 30 students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall. The first 30 completed registrations will receive a spot in the camp. The next five completed registrations will be placed on the waiting list.

    The $40 registration fee includes meals, activities and a t-shirt. A limited number of scholarships are available to families for whom the registration fee is a considerable hardship.

  • Students Compete for $10,000 Grant

    In May, Truman students Rudolf Cesaretti, Racheal Kissee and Brandon Wehmeyer, attended and competed at the international Road to Innovative Social Entrepreneurship - Pakistan conference at the University of Chicago.

    Teams from around the world attended the conference in the hopes of having their proposal implemented through the Human Development Foundation with a $10,000 grant. At the conference teams presented their social entrepreneurship venture to determine which team’s project would be implemented, and also competed in challenges such as marketing and consulting, which counted towards a separate cash prize.

    The Truman students’ proposal of establishing a book bank/library in the Hunza Valley in Pakistan placed 5th in the venture challenge and overall the team placed 6th at the conference.

    “We may not have won, but we made new friends from all over the world and made contacts who are going to put us in contact with other organizations in Pakistan who may be able to help us implement our proposal even without the grant,” Kissee said. “One way or the other, we want to see this project take off; it may just take longer to raise the funds now.”

    The School of Business and the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Truman supported the students’ efforts.


  • All-University Meeting

    President Paino will host his final All-University Meeting for Fiscal Year 2011 at 10 a.m. June 29 in Violette Hall 1000. President Paino will provide an update on state appropriations and the approved Fiscal Year 2012 budget and salary policies. A webcast of the meeting will be available shortly after the meeting ends.
  • Summer Orientation Thank You Celebration

    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    June 23
    Student Union Building
    Down Under

    The Office of Admission will host a slideshow from this year’s orientation sessions.
    Snacks will also be available.

  • ITS News

    Windows 7
    Windows 7 is now available for faculty and staff computer systems. Anyone interested in upgrading their office PC to Windows 7 can contact the ITS Helpdesk at 785.4544.

    Microsoft Office 2010
    Microsoft Office 2010 is now available for faculty and staff computer systems. Anyone interested in upgrading their office PC to Office 2010 can contact the ITS Helpdesk at 785.4544.

    Virtual Servers
    ITS has been working hard to help reduce university expenses. They have moved many servers to virtual servers which are much more efficient to operate. The virtual servers provide approximately a 90 percent savings in the electrical power consumed.

  • Truman Day at the NEMO Fair

    Truman needs volunteers to work July 18 at the NEMO Fair.
    Openings are still available for the following shifts:

    6-9 a.m.

    9 a.m.-Noon

    Noon-3 p.m.

    3-6 p.m.

    6-9 p.m.

    9-11 p.m.

    Volunteers will receive a free one-day pass to the fair.
    Call the Public Relations Office at 785.4016 to sign up or stop by McClain Hall 202.
  • Blood Drive

    11 a.m-4 p.m.
    June 22
    Student Union Building Down Under

    To pre-register click here.

    Sponsored by Staff Council
  • Taiwan at Truman Recruiting Host Families for Weekend Stay

    The Taiwan at Truman program is in need of host families for a one-weekend homestay with local families during the weekend of July 1-3. Twenty high school girls from Taiwan are participating in a five-week study abroad program here at Truman. The program is recruiting families to take one or two of these students into their home for a weekend and share with them our American culture. Contact Sabrina Shively at sms4358@truman.edu for more information or to participate in this experience.

  • Early Returners to the Residence Halls for Fall Semester

    If a University department has a need to bring students back early for the fall semester and the students are already signed up to live in the residence halls, please be sure to contact the Office of Residence Life at 785.4227 or reslife@truman.edu. All information regarding policies for early returners to the residence halls can be found at reslife.truman.edu/services/earlyreturners/index.asp.

  • Seventh Annual All American Red, White and Blue Festival

    All activities are located on the south side of the Courthouse, unless otherwise noted, with rain location at the Kirksville Arts Center, 117 S. Franklin.

    July 1
    4:30-8 p.m.
    Car Show

    5-6 p.m.
    Kirksville Community Band Concert
    All American Apple Pie Contest
    Cupcake Decorating Contest

    5-7 p.m.
    Apple Pie and Ice Cream

    5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Art for Kids

    5:45 p.m.
    Pie Auction

    7 p.m.
    Summer on the Square Concert Series-Aaron Russell Band

    July 2
    6 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Stars and Stripes Marathon: Half Marathon/Half Marathon Walk
    Race begins on Franklin Street, east side of Downtown Square

    7 a.m.
    Kiwanis Farmers Market
    Elson Street, Downtown

    7-11 a.m.
    Joint Service Club Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast
    Cinema Parking Lot

    12-4 p.m.
    Disc Golf Tournament
    Rotary Park

    6 p.m.
    American Pie: 50s & 60s Rock ‘n Roll and Classic Country
    Rotary Park Amphitheater

    July 3
    5-5:45 p.m.
    Kirksville Community Band Concert
    Rotary Park

    6 p.m.
    Community Patriotic Service followed by Veteran’s Tribute
    Rotary Park Amphitheater

    7 p.m.
    Star Spangled Talent Show
    Rotary Park

    July 4
    12-2 p.m.
    Splash Bash
    Kirksville Aquatics Center

    4 p.m.
    Downtown Kirksville

    9:30 p.m.
    Near Kirksville Country Club

    Check out the Chamber of Commerce website at www.kirksvillechamber.com for more information and registration forms.

  • Relocated Offices

    McClain Hall 100
    Campus Planning

    McClain Hall 101
    Human Resources

    McClain Hall 201
    Administrative Finance
    Enrollment Management
    Legal Counsel

    McClain Hall 202
    Public Relations

  • Pickler Memorial Library

    In the Gallery

    An exhibit introducing summer’s harvest is currently on display in the Library Gallery. Displays feature composting techniques, organic gardening and food preservation methods including canning, pickling, drying and freezing the summer’s bounty.
  • Bulldog Football Classic Golf Tournament

    June 27
    Forest Park Golf Course
    St. Louis

    11:30 a.m.

    1 p.m.
    Shotgun Start

    5:30 p.m.

    Cost is $125 per person. For more information contact Gregg Nesbitt at
     nesbitt@truman.edu or 785.4549.

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  • Alumni Chapter Golf Tournaments

    Northeast Missouri Chapter:
    Scholarship Golf Scramble and 19th Hole Social Hour

    July 8

    The Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter invites all alumni, family and friends to their annual scholarship golf scramble. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter scholarship, which goes to a freshman Truman student from northeast Missouri.

    Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the Kirksville County Club with tee time at 12 p.m. After golf, join the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter for the 19th Hole Social Hour at the DuKum Inn. For more information contact the Office of Advancement, 800.452.6678 or 660.785.4133,

    Kansas City Chapter:
    Truman Golf Fore Scholarship 4-Person Scramble

    July 16
    Lenexa, Kan.

    This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter’s Golf Fore Scholarship. The 2011 Truman Golf Fore Scholarship Four-person Scramble will take place July 16 at Falcon Ridge Golf Course. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. with lunch and awards to follow; $100 per person or $400 per team; Door prizes and hole-in-one opportunities TBA.

    To register, go to store.truman.edu/alumni/item.asp?itemId=269.
    For more information, contact Ryan Shreve at

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  • SRC Holiday Hours

    The Student Recreation Center will close at 7 p.m. July 1 for the Independence Day holiday weekend.
    Regular summer hours will resume July 5.
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available July 5.