Vol. 16, No. 7 - Oct. 11, 2011


  • Truman Students Named Fulbright Scholars

    Five Truman students have been selected for intercultural experiences abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

    All five of Truman’s Fulbright recipients will teach English in schools or universities. Students and the countries for which they received grants include: Kari Basquette, Russia; Luke Icenogle, South Korea; Julia Curran, France; Jennifer Wilborn, South Korea; and Ashley Ward, Spain.

    Last year, Truman was recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for 2010-2011 in “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” The University tied for second nationally among master’s institutions, with a total of four Fulbright students. Eleven Truman students have applied to the program for next year. The deadline to apply for a 2013-2014 Fulbright grant is Sept. 18, 2012. Interested students should contact Maria C. Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu.

    Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

    This year, more than 1,600 U.S. citizens will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. More information about the program is available at fulbright.state.gov.
  • Truman Presents New Music Festival

    Truman’s New Music Festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.
    Christopher Biggs, the winner of the 2011 Truman State-MACRO Composition Competition, will be featured throughout the festival as guest composer. Biggs is a widely recognized composer of multimedia and acoustic music.

    The festival will consist of two concerts of new music. Both concerts will feature performances of new work from Briggs, Truman composers and other contemporary composers. The first concert will also feature the University’s Wind Symphony I’s performance of Biggs new piece, “Object Metamorphosis II.”

    Biggs will also speak about his music throughout the festival.

    Truman’s Music Department, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota and The Mostly Live Composers Society will sponsor the festival.

    Both events are free of admission and open to the public. Additional information on Biggs can be found at www.christopherbiggsmusic.com. For more information regarding the festival, contact Warren Gooch at wgooch@truman.edu
  • United Way Campaign Raises $23,000 by Third Week

    Within the first three weeks of the United Way campaign, the Truman community contributed more than $23,000.
    This gift supports more than 20 local programs sponsored by 13 partner agencies. These programs help individuals pursue the goals of education, income and health.

    Please consider making a pledge to help Truman reach the campus goal of $56,000. Pledge forms may be sent to “United Way, Tony Vazanna, School of Science and Mathematics.” Contact Vazanna (785.4284), Sally Detweiler (785.6049) or John Dungan at the United Way office (665.1294) with any questions or to get a pledge form.
  • Career Center Offers Students Opportunity to Meet With Potential Employers

    The Career Center, which offers students a variety of services and events spanning from mock interviews to graduate school test preparations, will host Career Week Oct. 17-20.
    This week is filled with numerous activities and events for students looking for potential internships or jobs, as well as opportunities to talk with attending graduate school admissions personnel. Events on Oct. 17-18 include info sessions by the Peace Corps and an immigration attorney, presentations by Cerner and Save-a-Lot, and a Washington, D.C., Intern Panel.

    The Career and Graduate School Expo will take place Oct. 19 in the Student Union Building from 12-4 p.m. Business professional attire is the standard for students who are interested in applying for internship and job opportunities. It is also recommended to bring copies of resumes and meet and greet.

    There are several video tutorials posted on the Career Center’s website to help prepare students for a successful Career Expo experience. “Interview Day” will take place on Oct. 20 in the Student Union Building when companies attending Career Expo on Oct. 19 will interview candidates for opportunities they have available. A complete list of companies attending Career Expo and those interviewing is available on the Career Center website.

    Other Career Center services include tips on proper dining etiquette, networking, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and internship opportunities. These services can be found on their website, career.truman.edu.

    Experience.com is a unique tool that allows Truman students and alumni to stay up-to-date on available jobs and internships, Career Expo attendees and on-campus interviews. It is Truman’s version of Monster that functions as a resource for applying for posted opportunities, comparing wages and cost of living, along with company profiles. Students may upload their resume to resume books where recruiters have access to job seekers and allows students to track how many times their resumes have been viewed by potential employers. Details regarding upcoming on-campus interview opportunities are also posted on Truman.Experience.com.

    Career Finder is the Career Center sponsored bi-weekly newsletter that informs students on upcoming events and includes helpful tips and articles pertaining to job or internship searches. On their website, there are links to How-to guides that pertain to preparing for a successful life after Truman. For example, “What Can I Do With This Major?” is an electronic resource that showcases career options with strategies and tips to make it in the industry.

    In the next few weeks, in addition to Expo interviews, companies such as Edward Jones and Aldi will be conducting on-campus interviews for both internships and jobs.

    Shortly after the Expo, the Career Center will be relocating to the third floor of the Student Union Building, in the former Student Affairs Office Room 3100. The tentative move date is Oct. 27 through Oct. 31.

    “With the volume of activity in the SUB, the Career Center’s new location will help us reach more students,” said Polly Matteson, Career Center assistant director.

    To get a full list of Career Center resources and upcoming events visit career.truman.edu or call 785.4353.

    Fall 2011 Career Week

    Oct. 17

     Art Serratelli:
     Immigration Lawyer

    6-8 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Alumni Room

    “Business Etiquette and Cross Functional Moves”
    8-9 p.m.
    Daniel Patrick with Save-A-Lot
    Student Union Building
     Activities Room

    Oct. 18

    Peace Corps Info Session
    6-7 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Alumni Room

    Networking Reception
    7-8 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Room
    (by invite only)

    Cerner Info Session
    8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3201

    Washington, D.C., Intern Panel
    8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3202

    Oct. 19

    Career Expo
    12-4 p.m.
    Student Union Building

    Non Profit Poster Display
    12-4 p.m.
    Student Union Building HUB

    Oct. 20

    Interview Day
    *Check truman.experience.com to apply for job postings by Oct. 12 at midnight.
    Students are encouraged to apply prior to the Expo.

    Companies interviewing include:

    Archer Daniels Midland Company
    Brown Smith Wallace
    Farmers Insurance
    Frito Lay
    Pinnacle Technical  
    Swank Motion Pictures
    Universal Research Institute

    Visit the Career Center for resumé critiques.

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  • Truman to Support Student Participation in National Undergraduate Research Conference

    Truman will offer support to a number of students attending the 26th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research taking place March 29-31, 2012 in Ogden, Utah.

    The Conference takes place each spring to allow students to present their research, scholarship and creative activities to their peers from around the country.
    Funding of student participation and the coordination of all travel arrangements will be handled through the Office of Student Research (OSR). Students who wish to receive financial support from the OSR for NCUR travel must submit an application and a copy of their abstract to the their office in the drop box outside Magruder Hall 3132 no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Applications can be found online at osr.truman.edu/ncur. Abstract guidelines can be accessed through www.weber.edu/ncur2012/dropdowns/aboutabstracts.html.

    The OSR will rank the applications and award travel funds to no more than 25 students. Priority will be given to upper class students, students who have not previously attended NCUR and students who will not have the opportunity to present their research elsewhere (excluding Truman’s Student Research Conference). Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been awarded funding via email no later than Nov. 4. Students who are denied funding from the OSR are encouraged to seek alternative sources of travel funds.

    The OSR will make travel arrangements for all students participating in the Conference, whether a student is supported from other funds (grants, other departments, etc.) or the OSR.  

    After securing travel arrangements, students must submit their abstract to NCUR through their website, www.weber.edu/ncur2012, by Nov. 15. A panel of faculty at Weber State University will review abstracts and students will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted by Jan. 6, 2012.

    Research mentors will receive regular updates on their student’s status during the process. Faculty or staff interested in attending NCUR should send an email to osr@truman.edu. Limited funds for faculty/staff travel will be available through the OSR.  


  • Who's Who Nominations

    Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to nominate students they think are deserving of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

    This award is available to seniors eligible to graduate in the 2011-2012 academic year who have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

    Those wanting to nominate one or more students can submit the names electronically at saffairs.truman.edu/WhosWho/whos_who_main.asp by Oct. 10.

    Student ID numbers are appreciated with the nomination. For more information, contact Brandi Wriedt at 785.5404 (bkeller@truman.edu) or Beth Tuttle-Kral at 785.4111 (bkral@truman.edu).
  • Global Issues Speaker: Stephanie Malin

    Stephanie Malin will be speaking at the Global Issues Colloquium on "Uranium Communities and Nuclear Renaissance: Energy and Environmental Justice on the Colorado Plateau" at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Magruder Hall 2001. Dr. Malin is a 2004 graduate of Truman with a double major in sociology/anthropology and English, and a minor in philosophy/religion. She recently completed her Ph.D. in environmental and natural resources sociology and social change and development at Utah State University, and is currently doing postdoctoral research at Brown University. In her lecture she will critically examine recent proposals that a global renewal of nuclear energy – a nuclear renaissance – can serve as a viable solution to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts. She will focus on emergent social impacts of nuclear power on rural communities that are embedded within global systems, such as uranium markets. 
  • Kohlenberg Lyceum Event: “The Phantom of the Opera”

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will premiere its first event of the season with Vox Lumiere’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Baldwin Auditorium. Tickets will be available starting Oct. 19 and are free for students, faculty and staff. 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. 
  • Foundation Scholarships

    Applications are now available for Foundation scholarships that have not yet been awarded for 2011-2012. They can be found online at secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/ and are due by midnight Nov. 1. To learn more, go to truman.edu and click on “Student Life/Money/Foundation Scholarships.” Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to go overseas for an intensive summer language institute in 13 critical need foreign languages for seven to ten weeks. Interested applicants may visit clscholarship.org. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Nov. 15.

  • A Conversation on the Liberal Arts

    In celebration of Truman’s 25th anniversary of the mission change a series of programs have been scheduled to examine the question – Why a Public Liberal Arts & Sciences University in the 21st Century?  Much has changed in higher education in the last quarter century and these presentations will offer an opportunity for the Truman community to reflect on our mission and share our thoughts on Truman’s future.

    Julie Lochbaum, professor of education, will present the first program of the Series from 7-8 p.m. October 10 in Georgian Room B&C of the Student Union Building. Lochbaum’s presentation entitled “Joseph Baldwin’s Garden” will be followed by discussion and a social with refreshments. The Series is sponsored by the President’s Office and information on the two additional presentations scheduled for the 2011 Fall Semester can be found blogs.truman.edu/presoffice/

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  • Graduation Application Deadline Spring 2012

    The deadline to apply for spring 2012 graduation is Oct. 17.

    Applications can be found online at

    Students unsure whether or not they meet the graduation requirements
    are encouraged to meet with their advisors.

    Direct any questions to the Registrar’s Office at 785.4143
    or online at registrar@truman.edu.

  • New Sound System Installed in Stokes Stadium

    A brand new sound system was installed in Stokes Stadium this fall. Working together with ITS and Athletics, the sound technicians designed the system to give optimal sound coverage for attendees of athletic events in the stands, as well as those sitting on the field for ceremonies such as commencement. A new cluster of speakers was installed above the press box, aimed to cover the bulk of the stands and the field. They also added smaller speakers underneath the press box to fill in the gaps at the top of the stands.
  • Fall Midterm Break Special Hours at the Student Recreation Center

    Oct. 12
    6:30-a.m.-7 p.m.
    Oct. 13
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 14
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 15

    Oct. 16
    4 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • C-Level Classroom Orientation Workshop for Faculty

    The Learning Technologies Team is hosting a C-Level Classroom Orientation Workshop. The session will provide information about the learning technologies available in C-Level classrooms, including SMARTBoards and Sympodiums, SMARTNotebook software and more.
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Oct. 12
    Violette Hall 1236

    1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Oct. 13
    Violette Hall 1010

    To register, visit eventmanager.truman.edu.

  • Rock Ya Body Swing Dance Workshop

    The University Swingers will host a swing dance workshop featuring professional swing dance instructors for a weekend full of classes and social dances.

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Oct. 22
    Kirk Building Small Gym

    10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Oct. 23
    Kirk Building Small Gym

    Truman Students:
    Weekend pass: $30
    Saturday only: $25
    Sunday only: $15

    Non-Truman Students:
    Weekend pass: $45
    Saturday only: $30
    Sunday only: $20

  • Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon

    11:30 a.m.
    Nov. 3
    During The SERVE Center’s “Big Week of Giving.”

    The event will recognize the Community Partner of the Year Award given to an outstanding community member or agency that has worked closely with the University to promote public scholarship amongst Truman students. The luncheon will recognize the recipient of the award and other honorees.

    Nominations can be found at serve.truman.edu under “Community Partner Award Nomination.” They are due by 12 p.m. Oct. 21. Contact Lynn Dreisilker at led7877@truman.edu for more information.
  • Truman Spirit Shirts

    A limited number of small spirit shirts are available for $5
    in the Public Relations Office at 202 McClain Hall.

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  • Home Athletic Events

    Men’s Soccer vs William Jewell
    3 p.m.
    Oct. 11

    Women’s Soccer vs Washburn
    3 p.m.
    Oct. 13

    Men’s Soccer vs Lindenwood
    2 p.m.
    Oct. 16

    Women’s Soccer vs Missouri Southern
    2 p.m.
    Oct. 20

    Women’s Volleyball vs Missouri Southern
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 21

    Women’s Soccer vs Southwest Baptist
    12 p.m.
    Oct. 22

    Women’s Volleyball vs Pittsburg State
    5 p.m.
    Oct. 22

    Women’s Golf Hosts Bulldog Classic
    Oct. 23-24

    Women’s Soccer vs Emporia State
    2 p.m.
    Oct. 27

    Women’s Volleyball vs Washburn
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 28

    Women’s Soccer vs Central Missouri
    1 p.m.
    Oct. 29

    Women’s Volleyball vs Fort Hays
    6 p.m.
    Oct. 29
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  • Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Indoor Soccer
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains' Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: Co-Rec Indoor Soccer   
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains' Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: Pickleball-Singles
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 10     
    Captains' Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: Pickleball-Doubles
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains' Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: 3v3 Basketball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Oct. 17
    Captains' Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 24

    Activity: Basketball Pentathlon
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 7
    Captains' Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 14

    Activity: Co-Rec Floor Hockey
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 14
    Captains' Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 14

    Activity: Bench Press
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 9
    Captains' Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 16

    Activity: Table Tennis (sing/doub)
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Nov. 21
    Captains' Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 28

    Activity: College Bowl Mania
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Finals Week
    Captains' Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Finals Week

    Activity: Texas Hold Em’ Poker
    Division: Open
    Deadline: TBD
    Captains' Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: TBD

    All information, rules and registration requirements are online at recreation.truman.edu/intramuralrec.asp, or contact the Intramural Office at 785.4467. Captains’ Meeting is at 4:30 p.m. in the SRC Conference Room.


  • Notables

    Mike Ashcraft, professor of philosophy and religion, published an essay entitled “Progressive Millennialism” in The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism published by Oxford University Press.


  • Notes

    The McNair Program will host an informational meeting at 3 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Student Union Building Room 3000. The McNair Program is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with effective preparation for doctoral studies. Specifically, it supports first-generation and low-income college students and students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in graduate education. Truman students interested in learning more about eligibility for, application to and benefits of the McNair Program are invited to attend.

    President Paino will host a “Coffee with the President”
    from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. The regularly scheduled Coffee with the President events are part of an effort to keep the lines of communication open between the president and the campus. There will be no set agenda. The sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for individuals on campus to come and ask questions about issues facing the University. Please feel free to stop in and visit with President Paino during that time. The Coffee with the President schedule is available at president.truman.edu/Coffee%20with%20the%20President.asp.

    The Student Health Center will be conducting walk-in flu
    clinics for students from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Insurance billing will be provided and the cost to individuals with no insurance will be $20. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 785.4182.

    Anthony Blades, blindness skills specialist, will conduct a workshop, “An Introduction to the Nemeth Code,” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13 in Violette Hall 1312. For more information, contact Blades at ablades@truman.edu.

    The Center for International Study Abroad will host speaker, Phoebe Mayer, to talk about studying abroad in Austria from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Student Union Building 3204.  

    The Art Department is hosting a public reception for the “Up Against the Wall: Posters of Social Protest” and “Spotlight Exhibition-Deanna Dikeman” at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Art Gallery in Ophelia Parrish.

    There will be a physics colloquium event at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Magruder 1000. Klaus Bartschat of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake University will present, “Single and Double Ionization of Atoms by Short-Pulse Intense Laser Fields and Charged-Particle Impact.”

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host a discussion of issues of interest to the University at 12 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Student Union Building 3201. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 785.6036 for more information.

    The Sri Lankan Student Association will host Sri Lankan Night from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. The event will feature traditional food and performances. Email js8853@truman.edu for more information.
    A Capella Fest will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in Baldwin Auditorium. The event will feature Minor Detail, True Men, Sweet Nothings and more a capella groups from nearby colleges. Canned food donations are encouraged to give to Food Depot. Admission is free.

    The third Annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium will take place at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Connell Information Technologies Center at A.T. Still University. The event is focused on faculty-mentored student research in biomedical science. Students are encouraged to register and submit an abstract. Visit www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CV64NP3DT/ for registration and submissions. The deadline for registration and submission has been extended to Oct. 14.

    Sigma Alpha Iota will host “Music from our Roots,” a fall musicale from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Sunken Garden. Students will play music from their heritage.

    The Annual Benefits Fair will take place from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Human Resources will send out schedules and additional information soon.

    Up ‘til Dawn letter writing campaign will take place from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

    The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting their annual food drive for the Kirksville Community. An upcoming drop off will be during the women’s soccer game from 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 29.

    The deadline to submit McNair Program applications is Nov. 1
    . They are available online at mcnair.truman.edu. Contact Sarah Hass, program coordinator at 785.5393 for additional information.