Vol. 16, No. 15 - Dec. 13, 2011


  • Ray Klinginsmith to Serve as Commencement Speaker

    Ray Klinginsmith will address students as the commencement speaker for December 2011 graduation. Commencement will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 in Pershing Arena.

    Klinginsmith is a retired attorney in Kirksville, with 46 years of experience as a lawyer in Macon and Kirksville. A graduate of the business school and the law school of the University of Missouri-Columbia, he is a member of the Missouri Bar. In 1983, he was honored with the Thomas D. Cochran Community Service Award presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the Missouri Bar.

    Klinginsmith retired in 1995 as general counsel and professor of business administration for Truman after 22 years of service. During his tenure at the University, he also served as dean of administration for a period of five years during the University’s transition to a liberal arts and sciences institution. Following his retirement from the University, he served a four-year term as a county commissioner for Adair County from 2001 to 2004.

    From 1971 to 2008, Klinginsmith served as a director of the Macon-Atlanta State Bank in Macon. He now serves as a director emeritus and a member of the holding company board for the bank.

    Ray Klinginsmith

    Ray and his wife, Judie, were two of the founders of the Chariton Valley Association for Handicapped Citizens, which provides services for people with disabilities with a staff of more than 100 employees. He was president of the association from its inception in 1982 until 2009, and now serves as the president emeritus. He was one of the initial trustees for the Missouri Family Trust, which was created by the Missouri legislature in 1989, and he was accorded the 1988 Parent/Caretaker Award by the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities. He is a former member of the Executive Board for the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the holder of its Silver Beaver Award for adult volunteers. Both he and Judie are members of the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville, and Ray is a former lay speaker for the church.

    A Rotarian for 50 years, Klinginsmith is currently a member of the Kirksville Rotary Club. He served as the president of Rotary International for 2010-2011 and was the leader of a progressive board of directors from around the world. Klinginsmith studied at the University of Cape Town as a Rotary Foundation ambassadorial scholar in 1961, and he became the first recipient of a Rotary Foundation award ever to serve as the Rotary International president. Rotary International has 34,000 clubs in about 200 countries across the globe with a total membership of 1.2 million Rotarians.

    Ray and Judie have two children, Leigh and Kurt, and three teenage grandchildren, Morgan, Grant and Sydney Perkins. Their daughter, Leigh, and her husband, Bob Perkins, are both graduates of Truman.
  • Poor Appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Truman State University

    Truman has announced the appointment of P. Joan Poor as provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2012. Poor was selected for the position after a national search and currently serves as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.

    “I am very excited to welcome Dr. Poor to the Truman community,” President Troy Paino said. “Her experience with and passion for a public liberal arts education will be a tremendous asset for Truman. She has an impressive record as a teacher, scholar and administrator. She was an integral part of a leadership team that advanced the mission and public purpose of a sister COPLAC institution, and I am confident her skills, experience and creativity will serve Truman well.”

    Poor’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Manitoba as well as a doctorate in natural resources/environmental economics from the University of Nebraska. Poor is also a graduate of the Harvard Management Development Program and the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

    “I am honored to join the Truman State University community,” Poor said. “The energy I experienced while visiting the Truman campus was contagious. The commitment by the students, faculty and staff to the public liberal arts and science mission is without a doubt what draws me to this place.”

    Prior to arriving at Bemidji State University in 2010, Poor served as the assistant to the president for planning and legislative affairs from 2006-2010, coordinator of the environmental studies program from 2002-2007 and as an associate professor of economics from 2001-2010 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Additionally, Poor served as a Hobart Houghton Fellow in 2008 at Rhodes University in South Africa and as a visiting assistant professor of economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 2000-2001. She was a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Maine-Orono from 1998-2000. Since 2010, Poor has served as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Cochrane to be Inducted into Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame

    John Cochrane, the head track and field/cross country coach at Truman, was inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame Dec. 9 in Columbia, Mo.

    Cochrane has been the women’s head coach since 1980 and the men’s head coach since 2006.

    During his tenure, Cochrane’s track and field teams have produced 64 All-American honors and five national champions. His teams have won six MIAA conference team titles. Cochrane was honored by the NCAA Division II coaches with the Distinguished Service Award in Cross Country in 1992 and in Track and Field in 1996.

    In addition, six women have been named Academic All-American during his career and his teams have been among the tops in the nation in grade-point average. The 2011 men’s track and field team had the best GPA in Division II while the women were fourth.

  • 2012 TruScholars Program Applications Available

    The Office of Student Research is offering the summer 2012 TruScholars program.

    The purpose of the TruScholars program is to foster collaborative faculty-student research and creative activities to enhance undergraduate student learning. Projects supported by this program should exhibit the potential for scholarly publication, presentation at a regional or national conference, public performance or a gallery showing. The OSR will fund up to 25 TruScholar applications.

    The formal part of the 2012 TruScholars program will coincide with the eight-week summer semester, beginning June 4 and ending July 27. During this time, students should devote full-time effort to their project and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration. Student-faculty teams can begin their research earlier than June 4 with the understanding that there will be intense effort during the eight-week session.

    To optimize the quality of the TruScholars experience, there will be a number of required elements including an orientation during the spring semester, attendance at two of three professional development workshops during the eight-week summer course session and a presentation at the final TruScholars Research Symposium taking place Aug. 25.

    This application includes a project description among other components. Students are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor before the end of this semester. This will allow students to work on drafts of their application over the break.

    Application guidelines, important dates and frequently asked questions can be found at the OSR website osr.truman.edu/truscholars. Questions beyond the TruScholars frequently asked questions should be addressed via email to osr@truman.edu.

  • Phi Beta Lambda Attends Leadership Conference

    Six members of Truman’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Fall Leadership Conference Nov. 11-12 in Milwaukee, Wis. The members participated in workshops to develop their skills in leadership, community service, career development and competitive events. They also attended general sessions featuring motivational speakers and membership awards. Shown are the students who attended the conference (left to right): Yichao Zhao, Giorgi Amashukeli, Salisa Suwanprathip, Ryan Peterson, Dolkar Tuladhar and Megan Recklein.
  • United Way Campaign Surpasses Goal

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    John Dungan (right), executive director of the United Way of Adair County/Northeast Missouri accepts a donation from Yajie Yu (left), student chair for the United Way Drive, and Dennis Markeson (center), director of dining services. The donation came from money raised during the Food Fast campaign. Students donated meals and dining dollars during October with student advisers and Sodexo staff playing an important role in promotion. Sodexo was able to present a check for more than $8,020 to the United Way, one of the highest amounts ever raised by the Food Fast campaign. On behalf of the United Way of Adair County/Northeast Missouri, campaign co-chairs Tony Vazzana and Sally Detweiler would like to thank the students, faculty, staff, emeriti and retirees of Truman, as well as Sodexo and its employees, for making this year’s campaign a success. This year, the University surpassed the campus goal of $56,000.

  • SAAC Conducts Record Food Drive

    The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has collected 2,100 lbs of food this semester for their annual food drive.

    This amount has surpassed last year’s donation measurement by 500 lbs. Men’s football, volleyball, men and women’s soccer and baseball hosted collection games or events throughout the semester.

    SAAC will resume the food drive next semester with collections at men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball and other spring sport events. All donations will be split between the Kirksville Salvation Army and the Christian Community Food Depot.

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    The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has surpassed last year’s food drive collection by 500 lbs. Shown is SAAC with a poster for their annual food drive.


  • University Residence Open House

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  • Final Exam Week and Interim Hours at the Rec

    Dec. 12-14- 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.

    Dec. 15-16- 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Dec. 17-18- closed

    Dec. 19-21- 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Dec. 22- Jan. 2- closed

    Jan. 3-6- 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

    Jan. 7- closed

    Jan. 8- 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

    *Specific areas may be closed for periods of time for cleaning or contractor projects.
  • Staff Appreciation Awards

    Do you know a staff member who has done exceptional work? Nominate them for a Point of Excellence Award at hr.truman.edu/recognition/excellence/. Do you know an office that provides excellent customer service to faculty, staff and students? Nominate them for the Bulldog Award at hr.truman.edu/recognition/bulldogaward/index.asp. Nominations are due by Dec. 15.
  • Scholarships

    Your Local Security is sponsoring “America’s Best Blogging Scholarship” for $1,000. Students may enter by posting responses to the question asking to define the single most important issue in the upcoming 2012 election. Students must explain the issue and why and how they propose the U.S. comes to a solution that benefits the majority. After posting, students must include the embed code and share online via Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Entries will be judged by content and validation and “tweets,” “likes,” “stumbles” and “+1s” will be taken into account. The submission deadline is Dec. 31 and the winner will be announced Feb. 1. More information can be found at yourlocalsecurity.com/scholarship.

    U.S. Bank is awarding 40 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 through a random drawing process. Undergraduate students attending an eligible four-year college or university participating in the U.S. Bank No Free Education Loan Program are eligible to apply. More information about this scholarship opportunity can be found at usbank.com/studentloans.

    Scholarships are available through Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc.,
    for the 2012-2013 academic year. Last year they awarded more than $13,000 in scholarships. Two students selected by the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri will be submitted to Central Region as an applicant and to National Gardens Club Inc., as a Missouri applicant and will compete for a Central Region and National Scholarship. The application is available at www.gardenclub.org/Youth/Scholarships.aspx.
    The deadline to apply March 1.
  • C-Level Classroom Orientation Workshop

    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. Workshops will take place:

    1:30-3 p.m.
    Dec. 14
    Violette Hall 1236

    10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Ophelia Parrish 2121

    1:30-3 p.m.
    Jan. 5
    Violette Hall 1324

    10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Jan. 6
    Pickler Memorial
    Library 103

    To register, visit eventmanager.truman.edu.

  • Student Union Winter Break Hours

    Dec. 16
    Close at 5 p.m.

    Dec. 17
    8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Dec. 18

    Dec. 19-21
    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 22-27

    Dec. 28-30
    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 31-Jan. 2

    Jan. 3-6
    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Jan. 7

    Jan. 8
    12 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Jan. 9
    Regular Hours
    7 a.m.-12 a.m.

  • French Government Teaching Assistantship

    Applications are now available for paid assistantships in France to help elementary and secondary teachers with English in French classrooms.

    The program begins in late September and ends in early April or May. The contract may be extended. Assistants receive a monthly stipend and governmental health among other benefits.

    Applicants must have intermediate to advanced skills in French and be between the ages of 20-30 by Oct. 1, 2012 at the beginning of the contract year. The application requires two letters of recommendation with one from a French instructor, a modest application fee and a formal medical report.

    Applications are due Jan. 15. For additional information, contact gsiewert@truman.edu.
  • 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge

    Jan. 16

    The Multicultural Affairs Center and the SERVE Center are looking for 175 student, faculty and staff volunteers to spend their day off honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King by serving the Kirksville community throughout the day.
    To sign up for this year’s MLK Challenge, please visit serve.truman.edu/volunteer/login.asp?page=%2Fvolunteer%2Fprofile%2Easp.
    The schedule for the day is as follows:
    8:30–9 a.m.
    Registration and Breakfast

    9–10 a.m.
    Opening Ceremonies
    and Team Building

    10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Complete Challenges
    The Reflection Dinner will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to all participants, campus affiliates and Truman and Kirksville community members. Participants will reflect on their experiences and the dedication Dr. King gave to the service of others. A performance by Tim AuBuchon will culminate the evening and highlight the great servitude of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Missouri Study Photo Contest

    Eligible for all international and study abroad students.
    Contest Rules:
    • The photographer must be a current student at a Missouri college or university.
    • The photograph must have been taken in the country where the photographer attended school.
    • Photo content must be “true to life” (no photoshop).
    How to Enter:
    • Submit photo electronically (JPEG, at least 5.0 mega pixels) to StudyMissouriPhotoContest@gmail.com. Students must submit original photos and can have up to three entries.
    • Students must include name, reasoning for being abroad and the name of their institution, country and date of photo.
    • The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 20.
    The grand prize is $200. There will be a first prize in each category (international and study abroad) of $150, the second prize $100 and third will be $75.
  • University Conference Request for Session Proposals

    The 2012 University Conference Day, taking place Feb. 16, is dedicated to the personal and professional growth and enrichment of all members of the Truman community. To ensure that sessions appeal to students, faculty and staff, the conference is seeking sessions that will:
    • Help prepare individuals for the life that comes after college
    • Improve technical skills
    • Develop leadership abilities
    • Inform the community of important regulations
    • Educate the community or
    • Enrich the community

    Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Tips for healthy living
    • Maintaining a scholarly agenda while teaching
    • Improving student writing
    • Reducing one’s carbon footprint
    • How to run an effective meeting

    Proposed sessions can fit into a 25-minute, a 55-minute or an 85-minute time slot. Sessions lasting 85 minutes must include an active learning component. Applications are available at provost.truman.edu/University_Conference/index.asp and are due by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 to the Provost’s Office.  

    If you do not want to teach a session, but would like to recommend one you would attend, email Marty Eisenberg at martye@truman.edu.
  • DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship Program Deadline

    The deadline to apply for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program is Jan. 31. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for funding to study, complete research and/or internships in Germany. Scholarships are available for students taking part in an organized study abroad program/exchange or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad experience. Funding for a semester or the academic year is offered for 2012-2013 (beginning in the fall of 2012) and includes a monthly stipend, health insurance and an amount for travel. Students wanting to study in Germany in the spring of 2013 should apply now. More information can be found at www.daad.org/?p=undergrad.

  • Mobile Homepage

    Truman’s website is now easier to browse on mobile devices. It provides quick access to search, lab availability, campus maps, the campus calendar, The Index and more. Web Services has also optimized the Truman web template for small touch screens to make each page easier to navigate and display better. The mobile version should appear automatically for those accessing truman.edu from mobile devices.
  • 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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  • Purple Friday

    Every Friday is
    Purple Friday.

  • Master Calendar Links

    In addition to listing numerous on-campus events, the University Master Calendar also features other helpful links, including a final exam schedule, an academic calendar, a staff calendar and a link for Kirksville events. The links are located above the calendar at calendar.truman.edu.

    On-campus events for the upcoming semester can be submitted to the Master Calendar at calendar.truman.edu/submitevent.asp. All submissions must be made by someone representing a chartered organization or a recognized department, division or program of Truman State University. Any off-campus events will be posted on the Kirksville tab on TruView.
  • General Services Building

    Formerly known as the Grim-Smith Building, the General Services Building, located at the corner of Patterson and Franklin streets, is home to the following offices:

    Public Safety
    GS 100

    GS 206

    Physical Plant
     GS 206

    Mail Services
    GS 109
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Extended Hours

    Pickler Memorial Library will be open until 2 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays, through Dec. 15.
  • Kirksville Tab on TruView

    For information about numerous off-campus events, click on the Kirksville tab in TruView.

    For on-campus activities, check out the Master Calendar on the Truman homepage and at calendar.truman.edu.

  • Truman Spring Semester 2012

    Truman State University
    Spring 2012 Calendar

    Spring semester 2012
    Jan.  9- Classes begin
    Jan. 16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 28-
    Kohlenberg Lyceum Event “Sleeping Beauty”
    Jan. 28- Truman Showcase Event
    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 17- Senior Showcase Visit Event
    March 20- Kohlenberg Lyceum Event “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
    April 9- Spring Break
    April 14- Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michael Beschloss
    April 17- Student Research Conference
    April 21- Junior Showcase Visit Event
    April 27- Last day of classes
    April 30- Finals start
    May 2- Reading Day
    May 4- Finals end
    May 5- Commencement
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Whiffleball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Jan. 16
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: Jan. 21-22

    Activity: 5v5 Basketball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Jan. 16
    *Captains’ Meeting: Jan. 18
    Play Begins: Jan. 23

    Activity: Co-Rec 5v5 Basketball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: Jan. 16
    *Captains’ Meeting: Jan. 18
    Play Begins: Jan. 23

    Activity: Superbowl Pickems'
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Feb. 2
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: Feb. 5

    Activity: Badminton-Singles
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Feb. 16
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: Feb. 18

    Activity: Badminton-Doubles
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Feb. 23
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: Feb. 25

    Activity: Volleyball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: March 5
    *Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 29
    Play Begins: March 12

    Activity: Co-Rec Volleyball
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: March 5
    *Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 29
    Play Begins: March 12

    Activity: Outdoor Soccer
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: March 5
    *Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 29
    Play Begins: March 12

    Activity: Co-Rec Outdoor Soccer
    Division: Open
    Deadline: March 5
    *Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 29
    Play Begins: March 12

    Activity: NCAA March Madness
    Division: Open
    Deadline: March 14
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: March 15

    Activity: Swim Meet
    Division: Open/Org/Greek
    Deadline: March 29
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: April 5

    Activity: Co-Rec Ultimate Frisbee
    Division: Open
    Deadline: April 2
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: April 14-15

    Activity: Golf Scramble
    Division: Open/Greek/Org
    Deadline: April 10
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: April 17

    Activity: Punt Pass & Kick
    Division: Open/Greek/Org
    Deadline: April 10
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: April 17

    Activity: Track Meet
    Division: Open/Greek/Org
    Deadline: April 12
    *Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: April 19

    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

    Stephen Allen, professor of business administration, had his article, “Ethics and Project Management: A Journal Analysis,” published in the Journal of Management & Engineering Integration, Vol. 4, No. 1, Summer 2011.

    English MAE students Rachel Brown, Kayla Jungermann, Ashley Kleinsorge and Melissa Stevenson attended the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention Nov. 17-19 in Chicago, Ill.

    Rudolf Cesaretti, senior sociology/anthropology and history double major, presented a poster, “School Days Past and Present: A Look at Consolidation’s Impact on Rural Northeast Missouri,” in a session showcasing “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Student Research in Anthropology” at the American Anthropological Association meetings Nov.16-20 in Montreal, Canada. Cesaretti’s poster was recognized by the Society for Visual Anthropology as “exemplary in terms of the excellence of its presentation.” Cesaretti went with Amber Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, who presented a paper “Using Binford’s Projections of Ethnographically Documented Hunter-Gatherer Mobility in Archaeological Research” in a session “Examining Traces of Human Mobility across Spatiotemporal Scales.”

    Martin Erickson, professor of mathematics, had his book “Beautiful Mathematics” published by the Mathematical Association of America. This is the seventh mathematics book that Erickson has authored or co-authored.

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, presented a paper on “The Conundrum of Collective and Individual Civil Rights in the United States,” on Dec. 2 at the 500th Anniversary Conference on Universality in Human Rights in Washington, D.C.

    Truman’s Model UN team won the “Outstanding Delegation Award“ for its representation of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the American Model United Nations International Conference Nov. 19-22 in Chicago, Ill. Stephen Gott and Chelsea Rodriguez were noted for their outstanding performance in their roles. Mehdi Zaidi also was chosen by the World Health Assembly to present the final report on “Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property” to the General Assembly. Samuel Kirschenheiter was selected to serve as a reporter on the International Press Delegation. He had four articles published throughout the conference and in subsequent editions of the American Model UN Newsletter.


  • Notes

    CCF is sponsoring “Care for Aids: Book Drive” from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 13-16 in the Student Union Building.

    Active Minds is hosting “Kid for a Day” from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    There will be a question and answer session with Gregg Siewert, professor of French, regarding the TAPIF application process at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in Baldwin Hall 226. The applications for the program are due Jan. 15.

    The deadline to submit abstracts to the Women's and Gender Study Conference is Dec. 16.