Vol. 15, No. 37 - Aug. 1, 2011


  • Trimborn Donates Truman Portrait

    “The Maestro,” an original portrait of Harry S Truman playing the piano, now hangs permanently in the Department of Music outside the performance hall in Ophelia Parrish. It is a gift from the artist, Thomas Trimborn, professor of music. The work is in mixed media combining colored pencil and tempera on heavy illustration board. Truman studied piano extensively as a youngster and continued playing throughout his life. Yearly during the 1930s and 1940s he would travel to Caruthersville, Mo., to attend the county fair and in 1945 he played a piece for a group of Methodist Women, winking at them as he said, “When I played this, Stalin signed the Potsdam Agreement.”
  • Accounting Students Create New Scholarship

    A group of Truman accounting students have joined together to leave their mark on the University by creating the Class of 2011 Accounting Scholarship.

    Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, one masters of accountancy student, selected by department faculty, will receive $1,000 for the academic year.

    The idea for a class accounting scholarship originated in April with Puskar Dahal, a master of accountancy student, who was inspired by the help he received as an undergraduate.

    “I received the Delta Sigma Pi/Tina Schmidt scholarship,” Dahal said. “Not only was I happy for getting the money, but I felt like my hard work was recognized. I was told that what I was doing was right and I should continue doing it.”

    Within 24 hours, 14 fellow students pledged to support the scholarship and as of July, 25 students have agreed to donate $200 each to launch the Class of 2011 Accounting Scholarship. Fundraising efforts will continue until the endowed scholarship fund is able to generate $1,000 per year from investment income. An annual scholarship will be awarded as the endowed fund is building.

    To be eligible for the award, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.25, have been involved in extracurricular activities with at least one business organization as an undergraduate and have displayed leadership in at least one campus organization. Preference will be given to students who are not already receiving significant academic scholarships. Graduate teaching and research assistants are not eligible.

    To date, the graduates who have committed to funding the Class of 2011 Accounting Scholarship, include:
    Benjamin Anderson
    Elise Bailey
    Laura Carel
    Andrea Cook
    Puskar Dahal
    Emily Donath
    Meghan Falter
    Nina Feng
    Philip Gilmor
    Pat Goodwin
    Eric Hansen
    Kim Heitzman
    Alex Koenen
    Luke Laughlin
    Tommy Lee
    Thomas McIntyre
    Erin Montoia
    Dibyesh Raj Neupane
    Megan O’Connor
    Stephanie Otto
    Helen Pham
    Kelsey Provance
    Katie Sassenrath
    Jessica Schmittigens
    Qianyun (Sally) Yang.


  • Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony

    New Health Sciences Building

    3:30 p.m.

    Aug. 6
    The ceremony will be followed by informal tours of the new building.

  • Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop

    Aug. 17-18
    Begins immediately following the fall opening assembly.
  • All-University Fall Opening Assembly

    9 a.m.
    Aug. 17
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall
  • Ready-or-Not Appreciation Luncheon

    Aug. 18
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Room 
  • Move-In Volunteers Needed

    Student Affairs is looking for faculty and staff interested in volunteering to help families move their students on Move-In Day Aug. 20.

    Volunteers would be helping unload cars and carrying items to the rooms. Student Affairs also works with volunteers from Greek organizations, campus ministries, athletics and other student organizations.

    This is a great way to welcome new students to Truman. To sign up, contact the Student Affairs Office at 785.4111 or email bkral@truman.edu.
  • On-Campus Interview for Clinical Supervisor/Counselor Position

    Student Affairs will host Dr. Lisa Caldwell, candidate for the Clinical Supervisor/Counselor position at University Counseling Services, for a series of on campus interviews Aug. 8. All are welcome to attend Caldwell’s presentation with an open forum immediately following. The presentation/forum will begin at 2 p.m. in Student Union Room 3203. Copies of the job description and Caldwell’s resume will be available at the forum. Please contact Beth Kral at bkral@truman.edu with any questions.
  • Picnic Volunteers Needed

    Any faculty or staff member who would like to volunteer for the Aug. 21 picnic during Truman Week can send their name, email, phone number and department to Kay Cowan at kcowan@truman.edu.  

  • Board Meeting

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.
  • Campus Air Conditioning Maintenance

    Beginning Aug. 1, the main campus chilled water loop, which provides air conditioning to several buildings, will be shut down for required maintenance. If everything goes as planned, the shutdown will end Aug. 4. If problems develop, the shutdown could last until Aug. 12. This will impact the air conditioning in the following buildings: Baldwin Hall, McClain Hall, Pickler Memorial Library, the Student Union Building, Violette Hall, the McKinney Center, and the north end of Magruder Hall in and around the planetarium. The impact will be different from building-to-building and are described below:

    Baldwin Hall, the McKinney Center, and the north end of Magruder Hall: There will be no air conditioning at all. These buildings will be uncomfortably hot.

    McClain Hall: There will be air conditioning, but it may be impaired somewhat. It is expected that the building temperature should be similar to recent days. The Data Center will not be affected.

    Student Union Building
    : It is expected that the air conditioning will be at or near normal, however, the system will be operating in a new configuration for the first time.

    Pickler Memorial Library
    and Violette Hall: The air conditioning in these buildings should be at or near normal.

    This will be the first time this chilled water loop has been completely shut down for maintenance since the 1960s. The Physical Plant will be operating valves and configuring the buildings’ cooling systems in ways that have never been done before and unexpected things can happen. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Strategic Name Development is offering a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in linguistics, English, marketing or mass communications with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications are available at namedevelopment.com/scholarship. Application deadline is Aug. 15.

    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 aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline for entry is Oct. 7.
  • Early Returners to the Residence Halls

    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.

  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Interim Hours

    Aug. 6-7

    Aug. 8-12
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Aug. 13-14

    Aug. 15-19
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Aug. 20-21
    1-5 p.m.

    Aug. 22-24

    7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Fall semester hours begin Aug. 25.

  • Activities Fair

    1-5 p.m.
    Aug. 31
    Student Union Building

    Campus organizations will be on hand to distribute their information
     to perspective members and encourage campus involvement.  

  • Study Abroad Fair

    12-4 p.m.
    Sept. 1
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room
  • Truman on Facebook


    The Truman Facebook page provides information about upcoming events, athletics updates, alumni gatherings and recent University news articles.

    Find Truman on Facebook at facebook.com/trumanstateuniversity
    or through the Truman home page at truman.edu.

  • 2011-2012 Calendar of Events

    Fall Semester 2011
    Aug. 20 - New student Move-In
    Aug. 20 - Truman Week begins
    Aug. 25 - Classes begin
    Aug. 31 - Activities Fair
    Sept. 5 - Labor Day
    Sept. 17 - Family Day
    Oct. 7 - National Truman Spirit Day
    Oct. 8 - Homecoming
    Oct. 12 - First Block classes end
    Oct. 13-14 - Midterm Break
    Oct. 17 - Second Block classes begin
    Oct. 19-20 - Career Expo
    Oct. 26 - "Phantom of the Opera"*
    Oct. 27-28 - New Music Festival
    Nov. 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break
    Nov. 29 - "A Christmas Carol"*
    Dec. 9 - Last day of classes
    Dec. 12 - Finals begin
    Dec. 14 - Reading Day
    Dec. 17 - Commencement

    Spring Semester 2012
    Jan. 9 - Classes begin
    Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 28 - "Sleeping Beauty"*
    Feb. 8 - Career Expo
    Feb. 16 - University Conference
    Feb. 29 - First Block classes end
    March 1 - Second Block classes begin
    March 5-9 - Midterm Break
    March 20 - "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"*
    April 9 - Spring Break                   
    April 17 - Student Research Conference
    April 27 - Last day of classes
    April 30 - Finals start
    May 2 - Reading Day
    May 4 - Finals end
    May 5 - Commencement

    *Kohlenberg Lyceum Event
    For the most recent updates, check the Master Calendar on the University home page or at calendar.truman.edu.
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    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available Aug. 25.