Vol. 16, No. 20 - Feb. 7, 2012


  • TruAdventure Travel Program Heads to National Parks

    Innovative ideas often emerge from the things we enjoy doing most. For Jennifer Hurst, professor of health and exercise science, that idea emerged from her love of America’s national parks. This summer, Hurst will translate that love of parks into TruAdventure, a travel education program sponsored by the Truman Institute.

    “I really enjoy the outdoors, but there’s something extra special about our national parks,” said Hurst, who has been on the faculty at Truman for six years. “Many people do not realize that America was the first nation to create the concept of a ‘national park.’ We have set aside these special places of beauty and recreation not just for some, but for all.”

    On campus, Hurst’s passion for national parks has translated into courses and student excursions at Yellowstone, the Grant Tetons and the parks surrounding Moab, Utah – Arches and Canyonlands. In early 2011, Hurst approached Kevin Minch, Truman Institute director, about the idea of translating a popular student trip she co-lead with colleagues in the Health and Exercise Sciences Department, into an exciting program for adult learners.

    “It seemed like a wonderful idea,” Minch said. “What we liked most about it was that it had an appeal beyond students and alumni. It was something we thought anyone interested in wilderness and activity could get excited about.”

    The June 9-16, 2012, adventure begins when participants converge on Denver, Colo., for a Saturday night stay and Sunday morning departure by motor coach to Moab, Utah, where they spend two days and three nights visiting the sites surrounding Arches and Canyonlands national parks. On Wednesday, participants arrive in the Cortez, Colo., area where they explore the Anasazi Heritage Center, the Lowry Pueblo Ruins, and the Howenweep National Monument. Thursday, the tour continues to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park before transitioning to Salida, Colo. Friday morning adventurers arrive in Buena Vista, Colo., for a refreshing whitewater rafting adventure on the Arkansas River. The journey concludes in Denver. Unlike traditional tours, however, the buses only get participants to the parks, the rest is on foot.

    “This is an active vacation, which will involve hiking to learn and experience these parks and ruins in a hands-on fashion,” Hurst said. “This trip is about more than just seeing great vistas and historic sites. It’s also about well-being, activity, learning and greater self-awareness.”

    The trip will be of added interest to those who love geology and history. Arches National Park, known for its more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, represents one of the most intriguing examples of the forces of nature at work on a landscape. Canyonlands, whose name only partially conveys its character, is home to impressive buttes, deep canyons and bizarre needle-like formations. At Anasazi Heritage Center, Howenweep National Monument and Ute Mountain Tribal Park, visitors step into the distant past and explore the dwellings of Puebloan culture much as they were hundreds of years ago.

    For those who like a refreshing dip in the water, the trip is capped-off with an exhilarating whitewater ride down the Arkansas River.

    “We like to think of this as a vacation that’s ‘a little off the beaten path,’” Minch said. “Our hope is that Dr. Hurst’s work will blaze a trail for future educational travel programs through the University.”

    Participation in the program is limited to those aged 21 and over. All overnight accommodations are in local hotels. Daytime meals are provided. The package cost of the program is $1,500, double-occupancy, for those registering before March 1, 2012. Single-occupancy rates are available. For more information, participants can visit the program website at institute.truman.edu and select the TruAdventure link, or call 785.5406 to request a brochure.
  • Summer Course Takes Students to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks

    Jennifer Hurst, professor of health and exercise science, will host an informational meeting about this year’s summer excursion course to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons nationals parks at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Pershing Building 3102.

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    Truman students stop for a picture near Beartooth Pass in Montana before reaching the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park during the 2011 summer excursion. Pictured, top row, left to right: Kelly Ferguson, Richie Schumacher, Brendan O’Brien and Katie Shannon. Bottom row, left to right: Madison Bray, Taylor Wilson, Carmen Holahan and Scott Nelson.

    Offered last summer for the first time, Physical Activity and the National Parks has been modified and expanded this summer to an eight-week hybrid course for summer 2012. A combination of online learning for the first five weeks and a longer 14-day excursion trip will give students an opportunity to learn and explore two of the most unique environments on earth. Students will learn about the national park system, as well as the unique biology, geology, history and conservation issues connected to both Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks through different physical activities. Through hiking, wildlife observation, whitewater rafting and one day of beginning rock-climbing instruction, students will get hands-on learning about the parks’ fascinating features.

    Questions may be directed to Hurst at jhurst@truman.edu or call 785.4464.

    Anyone is eligible to enroll in the course.
  • Bushur Appointed to Truman Board of Governors

    Michael J. Bushur, a sophomore psychology and economics double major from Lee’s Summit, Mo., was appointed as the student representative to the Truman Board of Governors by Gov. Jay Nixon Jan. 3. His appointment was confirmed by the Missouri Senate on Feb. 1.

    Bushur is a member of Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity, the University Conduct Board and the Funds Allotment Council.
    Michael J. Bushur
  • Register Now for University Conference

    Registration is now open for the University Conference taking place Feb. 16.

    The day is devoted to the personal and professional growth and enrichment of all members of the Truman community, including students. Attendees will find a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to: navigating the hidden job market; strategies for studying smarter; how to build a strong team in student organizations; and quitting smoking.

    Visit provost.truman.edu/University_Conference/conference_agenda.asp to register and view the complete schedule of sessions. To help facilitators prepare, it is required for interested attendees to register for each session they plan to attend.

    Over the lunch hour, the new TruView prototype and new mobile computing applications will be unveiled. Those interested must register for lunch as well.
  • Truman Upgrades Emergency Notification System

    Truman, in partnership with Rave Wireless, now offers an emergency email and text messaging service to students, faculty and staff.

    This service will only be used in the event of an on-campus emergency, an unscheduled University closing or a delay or cancellation of classes due to, for example, severe inclement weather.

    The new Rave Wireless system is an improvement over the previous Truman system with additional features and services. Rave supports more carriers and provides better email options, as well as faster text messaging services.

    Students, faculty and staff who are previously signed up for the Emergency Notification System are automatically transferred into the new system.
    Those not previously signed up may add the new service. There is no charge for signing up, but standard text messaging rates apply.

    To sign up, log into TruView and enter/update emergency text messaging information on the “My Personal Information” channel.

  • Detours Calls for Photo Contest Submissions

    Detours Magazine, Truman’s student-produced travel magazine, will be hosting its biannual photo contest, themed “Show Your Spirit.” The contest is free and open to all amateur photographers.

    All entries must be submitted by Feb. 10 with location of the photo, the photographer’s name and contact information and a short caption.

    Two contest winners will be featured in the Summer 2012 issue; one selected by the magazine’s editors and one by Detour Magazine’s Facebook fans. There will also be at least four honorable mentions.

    Detours Magazine is a biannual travel magazine produced by Truman students. It focuses on the tri-state area of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. In March 2010, the magazine received the Apple Award for best general interest magazine by the College Media Advisers.

    To see the full rules and regulations, visit www.detoursmagazine.com. Submit photos to photo@detoursmagazine.com or mail to Detours Magazine, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 32501. The winners will be notified in February.

  • “Ready, Set, Click!” Workshop to Provide Strategies for Online Teaching

    The “Ready, Set, Click!” workshop will be under way Feb. 13-March 30 to provide information and practice on the strategies for successful online teaching and learning.
    This workshop, presented by the Learning Technologies Team, will be helpful in identifying those issues that make the online classroom different and how to address them in ways to set up both professors and students for a successful Truman experience. It will serve as a great tool if instructors are preparing to teach a fully online course, or just wishing to “blend” or “hybridize” a traditional course.

    “Ready, Set, Click!” is one of three options that meet the provost’s requirement for online certification, which must be met in order to teach a fully online course.

    The workshop will be taught exclusively online, but there will be open hours for Blackboard training from 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday and Thursday of each month in McClain Hall 215.

    Sign up for the workshop at eventmanager.truman.edu/register.asp?classid=800&sectionid=1764. For questions about the workshop, contact the Learning Technologies Team at ltt@truman.edu. Questions about the online certification process can be presented to the Office of the Provost at provost@truman.edu.

    During each week, the workshop will have some elements of asynchronous, but interactive, collaborative activities which will involve the whole workshop cohort. Other than these collaborative activities, participants will be able to proceed through the materials at their own pace. Unlike previous iterations of this workshop, there will not be built-in time to build or redesign an actual course during the course of the workshop.


  • Career Week Schedule

    It is Career Week this week! Check out the great events taking place all week or go to career.truman.edu for more information. To see a full list of employers and grad schools coming to campus, go to truman.experience.com.

    Feb. 6
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Student Union Building

    “Careers in Publishing”
    presented by Loren Kreher (‘08) with Denver Publishing Institute
    6 p.m.
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    “Making it BIG in Non-Profit Healthcare”
    presented by Mike Schwend with Preferred Family Healthcare
    8 p.m.
    Student Union Building Alumni Room

    Feb. 7
    Etiquette Dinner
    5-7 p.m.
    Student Union Building Alumni Room
    Cost $10

    “How to Turn an Internship into a Career”
    presented by Fleishman-Hillard
    7:15 p.m.
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Cerner Info Session
    8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3202

    “Aim High! Landing Your Dream Job”
    presented by Sarah Cutler with the Career Center
    8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3201

    Save-A-Lot Info Session
    8 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3203

    Feb. 8
    Career and Grad School Expo
    12-4 p.m.
    Student Union Building

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

    Feb. 9
    Interview Day
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Student Union Building

    Non-Profit Conference
    * Volunteer Fair, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Student Union Building Hub

    * Non-Profit Poster Display, 12-4 p.m. Student Union Building Hub

    * “From Liberal Arts to CEO” presented by Kathy Nelson with KC Sport Commission, 4:45 p.m. Student Union Building Georgian Room A

    * Reception (by faculty or staff nomination only) 5:30-7 p.m. Student Union Building Georgian Room B

    * Peace Corps Info Session, 7:15 p.m. Student Union Building Georgian Room A
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  • Nominations Sought for William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award

    Truman students can nominate an outstanding full-time faculty advisor for the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award.

    To nominate a faculty member, complete the online nomination form at newstudents.truman.edu/web/form_builder2/form_builder.asp?testId=356.

    Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 8. Academic Advisors are not eligible for the award.

    Contact Marty Eisenberg at martye@truman.edu with questions.

  • Center for Student Involvement Accepting Leadership Recognition Program Nominations

    Nominations for the Leadership Recognition Program are open now through March 14. The Center for Student Involvement is sponsoring this program to honor Truman students, advisors and organizations for their dedication to their peers, campus and Kirksville community through various leadership roles during the year. Nomination information can be obtained online at csi.truman.edu/lrp/. For more information on this event, contact the CSI by phone at 785.4222 or by email at csilrp@gmail.com.
  • Volunteer Fair

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Feb. 9
    Student Union Building Hub

    The Volunteer Fair, an effort to connect student volunteers and community agencies, will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Student Union Building Hub. The fair, sponsored by the SERVE Center, the Career Center and SOAN 265, will be an opportunity for Truman students to learn more about the needs and services in the Kirksville area, and for community agencies to recruit volunteers to improve or enhance their service efforts.

  • Tru-Positions Helps Students Find Employment

    Tru-Positions provides a comprehensive database of scholarship, institutional and work-study positions, including job descriptions and transferable work skills. This is an important advancement over the current process of requiring students to independently locate a student employment or service position. Tru-Positions will be updated as positions become available.

    Tru-Positions can be found online at trupositions.truman.edu. Instructions for viewing and applying for a position can be found under the student information section. Any questions or feedback can be directed to Financial Aid at finaid@truman.edu.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance by Beta Alpha Psi

    Beta Alpha Psi is sponsoring Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free tax return preparation and electronic filing program.

    Assistance will be available:

    11 • 18 • 25

    24 • 31

    8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Violette Hall 1424

    Those coming must bring a Social Security card, wage statements (such as  a W-2 or 1099), a copy of last year’s federal and state tax return, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
  • Truman Foundation Scholarships Open

    Truman State University Foundation Scholarship applications are now available. Approximately $250,000 is being advertised and will be awarded to current Truman students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Applications are available online and are due by midnight March 14. To learn more, go to truman.edu and click on Student Life / Money / Foundation Scholarships or visit secure.truman.edu/isupport-s/.
  • Admissions Telecounselor

    Telecounselors call prospective students Monday through Thursday evenings to inform them about the Truman experience and answer questions about the admission process.

    Scholarship, institutional, volunteer and work-study positions are available for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Applications are available online at telecounseling.truman.edu, by emailing a request to Kara Humphrey at karah@truman.edu or by picking up a paper copy at the front desk in the Office of Admission (Ruth W. Towne Museum & Visitors Center on the corner of Franklin St. and Normal Ave.).

    Applications are due at 5 p.m. Feb. 24.
  • Student Ambassador Applications

    Student Ambassador applications are now available at ambassadors.truman.edu.

    Applications are due Feb. 17.

    Contact Jacob Funke at funke@truman.edu with any questions.
  • 2012 Summer Orientation Dates

    4 • 7 • 11 • 14 • 18 • 22 • 26 • 29

  • 2012-2013 Showcase Dates

    September 22, 2012

    November 3, 2012
    January 26, 2013

    March 23, 2013

    April 20, 2013

  • Recycling Reminder

    Truman Recycling currently accepts:
    •  Number 1 and 2 plastic (usually bottles and Hy-Vee plastic bags, no Walmart bags)
    •  Aluminum cans
    •  Tin cans
    •  Paper (must be in appropriate bin)

    They do not accept:
    •  All other forms of plastic
    •  Glass

    All containers should be emptied and washed out.

  • U.K. Fulbrights Available for Summer Courses

    U.S. undergraduates have the opportunity to follow a three to six week summer program at a world-class United Kingdom university or cultural institution. Each Summer Institute provides an immersive academic, cultural and social experience for freshmen or sophomore American students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the U.K. The 2012 U.K. Summer Institutes will take place at eight different British universities. The application deadline is March 16. For more information and details on how to apply, visit www.fulbright.co.uk/fulbright-awards/for-us-citizens/summer-institutes or email programmes@fulbringht.co.uk.
  • Spring 2012 Global Issues Colloquium

    “Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?”
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 8
    Violette Hall 1000
    Gershon Baskin, founder and chair of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information
    Co-Sponsors: School of Social and Cultural Studies; History Department; Hillel; Students for a Middle East Peace

    “Y Ahora Aquí en el Norte”
    (“And Now Here in the North”)
    7 p.m.
    Feb. 23
    Violette Hall 1000
    Axel Fuentes, field organizer, Center for New Community
    “Unworking Asia: The Demise of Hand Painted Political Graphics in the Digital Age”
    7 p.m.
    April 5
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room
    Aaron Fine, professor of art and gallery director
  • On-Campus Athletics

    Wrestling vs.
    Fort Hays State University

    Feb. 12
    1 p.m.

    Wrestling vs.
    University of Central Missouri

    Feb. 12
    3 p.m.

    Wrestling vs.
    Lindenwood University

    Feb. 12
    5 p.m.

    Men’s Basketball vs.
    Hannibal-LaGrange College

    Feb. 13
    7 p.m.

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  • Pickler Memorial Library

    U.S. President exhibit comes to Truman

    An exhibit featuring the 44 presidents of the United States is currently on display in the Library Gallery. The exhibit includes Lincoln items that are part of the Lincoln Schwengel Collection and past winners of the annual Lincoln contest. The display will be available until the end of February.
  • Video Contest: Are You the Most Interesting Student in the World?

    The Truman Institute is sponsoring a video contest promoting summer school at the University. First prize in an HD Flip Cam. For complete contest rules and guidelines visit summer.truman.edu/contest.asp.

    Click here to see the most interesting student in the world.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports

    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.
  • Kirksville Events

    For information about off-campus events, click on the Kirksville tab in TruView or the Kirksville Events tab located on the top of the Master Calendar at calendar.truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Tom Capuano, professor of foreign language, published his edition and study of a 15th century Aragonese manuscript on arboriculture in Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research. His piece is titled “The Romance Translations of Geoffrey of Franconia’s Pelzbuch.”

    Taner Edis, professor of physics, will present “Creation v. Evolution: The Muslim Debate” Feb. 9 at Trinity University as part of that school’s Darwin Week.

    Marie Orton, professor of Italian, recently had two articles accepted for publication. “Telling Uneasiness: Second-generation Migrant Writers in Italy,” came out in January in Italian Cultural Studies (University of Bristol) and “Writing the Nation” will be published in March in Italian Culture.


  • Notes

    Truman’s Art of Living Club will once again offer the Art of Living course Feb. 10-Feb. 13. Anyone interested may attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 or Feb. 8 in Baldwin 349. Contact Lloyd Pflueger at lloyd@truman.edu with questions.

    The Spring Career Expo
    will be 12-4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Student Union Building. This is part of Career Week, sponsored by the Career Center.

    A Peace Corps information session
    will take place at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

    Truman will be conducting a public auction of surplus equipment and furniture at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Dulaney-Baldwin Building.

    The Habitat for Humanity Dodgeball Tournament will be take place from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Pershing Small Gym.

    “Brighton Beach Memoirs” will run
    at 8 p.m. Feb. 15-18 in the James G. Severns Theatre.

    The Student Research Conference abstract deadline is Feb. 17. All abstracts can be submitted online at src.truman.edu.

    The observatory will host an open house
    from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the University Farm.

    Registration for the Big Event is open now through March 2. The Big Event will take place March 17. Register online at serve.truman.edu/bigevent.