Vol. 16, No. 23 - Feb. 28, 2012


  • Summer Grants to be Awarded to Bring Traditional Courses Online

    The Truman Institute is offering a second round of summer incentive grant opportunities specifically targeted at redesigning courses for online delivery.

    These grants are designed to move toward the goal of having each major offering at least one online course, where feasible, within the next couple of summer sessions.

    Grant applications are due by March 26. Application forms can be found at institute.truman.edu/forms.asp. The first two links on the page contain the application form and the RFP for the grant.

    Several grants were awarded in the first round, but up to 10 awards are still available.

    It is highly important to grow Truman’s summer offerings in ways that help keep students taking courses at Truman. Students will increasingly take their summer courses elsewhere if Truman does not rise to meet the demand for flexibility that online courses provide. Moreover, offering content to students during the summer keeps them engaged in the curriculum.

    While teaching students in the traditional classroom should, and will continue to be, Truman’s mission, offering some online content in targeted areas during the summer term, helps support the health of the institution and its students.

    Faculty with questions about this process may contact Kevin Minch at 785.5384 or kminch@truman.edu.
  • Students Represent Truman at Capitol

    Truman students stand on the Missouri State Capitol steps in Jefferson City with Sen. Brian Munzlinger and Rep. Zachary Wyatt during Capitol Appreciation Day, Feb. 22. Many of the students had research on display in the Capitol rotunda and presented their findings to their hometown senator and representative.

  • Early-Vreeland Lecture Looks at Harry Truman's Decision to Order The Use of Atomic Bombs on Japan

    The Truman Department of History will host the Rev. Wilson Miscamble, CSC from Notre Dame University, at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Miscamble will deliver the 2012 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture.

    Miscamble, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on his recently published book “The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan.”

    At Notre Dame, Miscamble teaches U.S. diplomatic and political history. His research focus is post-World War II U.S. foreign policy. The author of numerous books, two of his titles have received the Harry S. Truman Book Award: “George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950” and “From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War.”

    A native of Australia, Miscamble earned both a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Queensland. He then earned three degrees at Notre Dame: a Master of Divinity, an M.A. in history and his Ph.D. in history. He was ordained as a priest in 1988.

    The Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture, established by Joseph Vreeland in memory of his wife who graduated from Truman in 1973, gives the Truman community the opportunity to hear public lectures by scholars of international reputation.

  • Truman SIFE Team Wins at Regional Competition

    Truman’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was recently named the third place winner at the ConocoPhillips Ethics Case Competition in Manhattan, Kan., Feb. 2-4. The event was developed and hosted by Kansas State University’s SIFE Team.

     “The competition was an extremely rewarding experience. It allowed Truman State SIFE to compete against much larger, Division I schools and show just how successful we are. We are very proud to have placed third at this competition and cannot wait to return next year to improve upon this success,” Cody Hagan, Truman SIFE president, said.

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    Truman’s SIFE team displays a $1,000 check and plaque after winning third place at the ConocoPhillips Ethics Case Competition at Kansas State University Feb. 2-4. Pictured, left to right: Shannon Colligan, Iliyana Kuneva, Cody Hagan and Jessie Eubank.

    Along with a third place plaque, the team also received a check for $1,000. The Truman SIFE team plans to put this money right back into the projects that they are planning. Every year the team organizes and puts on numerous projects that benefit the University, local community and surrounding area.

    In this competition, participating students had 36 hours to utilize their business skills for analyzing, researching and developing a solution to a case about an ethical dilemma. After developing a solution, they created a professional presentation, which included a verbal script, visual slides and a written executive summary. Business leaders and university faculty served as judges for the event and evaluated the presentations.

  • Voter Registration Deadline for Local Election is March 7

    Students wanting to vote in the Kirksville city elections must change their voter location to Adair County by March 7.

    To do so, go to the County Clerk’s office on the second floor of the County Court House with a voter registration card and photo ID.

    When filling out the paperwork, it is necessary to list a local, Adair County address, not a parent’s permanent address. Those living in residence halls must include a room number.

    Call the County Clerk’s Office with questions at 660.665.3350.
  • Concert Percussion Ensemble Invited to Festival

    The Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble I, under the direction of Michael Bump, professor of music, has been honored with an invitation to be the featured ensemble at the Missouri Percussion Arts Festival for the second time, March 2-3 at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon, Mo.

    The Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble will perform the featured evening performance, showcasing a wide variety of traditional, world/ethnic and contemporary percussion music for large and small percussion ensembles. Between Concert Percussion Ensembles I & II, there are 23 student performers, both music majors and non-majors.

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    Members of Truman's Percussion ensembles.

    This is the 5th annual Missouri Percussion Arts Festival, which draws high school through professional-level musicians from all over the country to compete in solo competitions, participate in performance and educational clinics as well as visit with representatives of the percussion instrument manufacturing industry.

    In addition to the Percussion Arts Festival performance, the Truman ensemble will also be performing recruiting concerts at high schools in the Springfield, Mo., area.
  • Public Relations Accepting Intern Applications

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting resumes for the full-time Fall 2012 internship position.

    Interns can receive course credit, a stipend and valuable experience in public relations office duties. Interns usually take six hours of class in addition to taking six hours of internship credit.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style, experience in desktop publishing and familiarity of InDesign or similar software.

    To apply, send a resume, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202, no later than March 23.

    For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles tmiles@truman.edu.

  • Agriscience Awards Nominations Open

    The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a federal government agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

    The mission of the partnership is to present the Third Annual Agriscience Awards to recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist, one current high school educator and two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

    One $10,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award will be presented to a scientist who is making or has recently made significant and positive contributions in the field of agriscience.

    One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school educator with at least five years of teaching experience and who emphasizes concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of agriscience to students.

    Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the study of agriscience.

    All nominations are accepted online only at www.agriscienceawards.com. Competition rules and regulations may also be accessed at this site. The deadline for nominations is March 13.

    Any questions may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, executive director of the Foundation at judithscolumbus@cs.com or 315.258.0090.


  • Save the Date

    Unveiling of the Dr. Darrell W. Krueger Presidential Portrait
    3:30 p.m. • March 30
    Pickler Memorial Library 308
  • FAFSA Applications Available Now

    The 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available at www.fafsa.gov. It is important to apply before April 1 to be considered for all available funding.

    The government allows filing with estimates in order to meet early state or institutional deadlines. The FAFSA is also required for Parent (PLUS) Loans.

    Contact the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103, or call 785.4130 with any questions
  • Truman Foundation Scholarships Open

    Truman State University Foundation Scholarship applications are now available.

    Approximately $250,000 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
  • Points of Excellence Award Staff Nominations

    Nominations for the Points of Excellence Award are available to honor a staff member who has done exceptional work. The nomination, sponsored by the Human Resources Office, can be accessed at hr.truman.edu/recognition/excellence/.

    The deadline for nomination is March 2 and completed nomination forms should be sent to the Human Resources Office in McClain Hall 101.
  • Invisible Children

    8 p.m.
    March 13
    Student Union Building
    Down Under

    Residence Life, Truman in Africa and Alpha Kappa Lambda have teamed up to bring Invisible Children to Truman’s campus to screen their newest movie about the longest-lasting conflict in Africa.

    The movie, entitled “Kony,” seeks to inform about the atrocities committed in the past 23 years.

    The event is entirely free of charge and following the screening, a young man or woman from Africa that has been personally affected by the conflict will speak briefly and field questions from the audience.

  • Next Issue

    Due to midterm break, the next issue of the Truman Today will be released:

     Online • March 12
    In print • March 13
  • Women's Basketball Heads to MIAA Tournament

    Truman’s women’s basketball team, ranked 6th in the MIAA, will play 3rd-ranked Emporia State in the first round of the MIAA Centennial Women’s Basketball Tournament at 8:15 March 1 at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The semifinals will be played March 3 and the MIAA Tournament Championships will be on the line at 1 p.m. March 4.

    Bulldog fans can now purchase all-session, single-session and student tickets through the Truman Sports Information Office, with all-session and single-session tickets available at a discounted price. Fans can place their order by contacting the ticket office at 785.4127, visiting the Sports Information Office in Pershing Building 305, or by purchasing them online at gobulldogs.truman.edu/store.

    A full schedule of the event can be found at the MIAA website.

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  • U.K. Fulbrights Available for Summer Courses

    The U.K. Fulbright Commission announced the opening of an additional Summer Institute to take place at the King’s College London Summer School. This three-week program for U.S. undergraduates will center around the theme of the London 2012 Olympics Games.

    All Summer Institutes will provide an immersive academic, cultural and social experience for freshman or sophomore American students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the U.K.  

    The Commission is now offering a total of seven opportunities for U.S. undergraduates. The application deadline is March 16. For more information on each Institute and details on how to apply, visit www.fulbright.co.uk/fulbright-awards/for-us-citizens/summer-institutes.
  • Political Fellowship for Women

    The Sue Shear Institute is accepting applications for delegates from Truman. This opportunity helps women learn how to make the political sector more accessible.

    This week-long fellowship (May 20-25 at the University of St. Louis, all expenses paid) includes panel discussions, small-group exercises, skill-building workshops, a trip to Jefferson City to participate in a mock legislative session and opportunities to network with women leaders who are already helping to shape public policy.

    The deadline is March 16. Those interested can apply at www.scribd.com/fullscreen/81075007?access_key=key-1zwvn4cm27gqum452x29 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrumanSueShear?sk=wall.
  • Writing Center Hiring for 2012-13

    The Truman Writing Center is looking for candidates to be writing consultants for the 2012-13 academic year. They will consider well-qualified students from all disciplines. Scholarship, stipend (limited) and work-study positions are available.

    The application deadline is March 30, but positions may be filled by that date. Application requirements and an online form are at writingcenter.truman.edu/apply. Write to write@truman.edu for more information.
  • Scholastic Enhancement Experience Counselor Positions Open

    Get the opportunity to help first-year students transition from high school to life at Truman by applying to be a Scholastic Enhancement Experience Counselor for Summer 2012. Counselors spend two weeks in August getting to know students, teaching them about Truman and its multitude of resources as well as creating lasting friendships between them. Apply at mac.truman.edu by 5 p.m. March 16. Any questions can be directed to katismith@truman.edu.

  • Special Olympics Buddies Needed

    The Students Supporting the Exceptional Community is looking for volunteers to be buddies for the athletes at the Special Olympics, 12-5 p.m. April 21. Buddies will remain with an assigned athlete all day; cheering them on and helping them enter their events. Volunteers can sign up to be a buddy anytime by contacting Kristen Little at knl7714@truman.edu.
  • Spring Break Hours at the Student Recreation Center

    March 2: 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
    March 3-4: closed
    March 5-9: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    March 10: closed
    March 11: 4-7 p.m.
  • Educator of the Year Nominations

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Truman Educator of the Year Award.
    They can be made online here.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    The Joshua Pond Law Scholarship is now available. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, must presently have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher and must be currently enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college, trade school or university. Visit joshuapondlaw.com/scholarship to find out more information. Deadline for application is Feb. 29.

    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 is March 1.

    The J. R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund of the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association is now available. This $1,000 scholarship is to encourage enrollment in educational studies related to career fields associated with water supply. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103. Deadline for submission is March 21.

    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 Student Loan Program are eligible to apply. More information about this scholarship opportunity can be found at usbank.com/studentloans. Deadline to apply is March 31.

    The Missouri Insurance Education Foundation will award scholarships to deserving students attending Missouri colleges or universities in a program that could lead to positions in the insurance industry in Missouri. The C. Lawrence Leggett Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is to be awarded to a junior or senior Missouri resident majoring in insurance or a related area of study. In addition to the Leggett Scholarship, the foundation has made an additional scholarship available in the amount of $2,000. Application forms are available on their website at www.mief.org and are due by March 31.

    The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is a non-profit organization that provides access to higher education to St. Louis area students through interest-free loans. The program assists students with financial need. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average, demonstrate good character and must be a permanent resident of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles or Warren, or the Illinois counties of Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair. Applications are due April 15. For more information, call 314.725.7990 or email info@sfstl.org.

    SellUsedBooks.com is currently accepting applications for their Spring 2012, 500-word essay, “Why I Deserve to Win this Scholarship” contest. More information may be found at www.sellusedbooks.com/sell-used-books-college-essay.htm. Deadline for the $1,000 scholarship application is April 15.

    The William M. Reiss Foundation is offering scholarships to graduates of publicly supported high schools located within the city limits of Belleville, Ill. Official college transcripts are required and a copy of the Student Aid Report from the FASFA is recommended. For more information, or to apply for this scholarship, visit the Financial Aid Office at McClain Hall 103. Deadline to apply is May 1.

    The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is inviting eligible media communication and journalism students to apply for scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Students of journalism or related fields who are residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area (City of St. Louis, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren counties in Missouri; and Bond, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois) are eligible to receive these scholarships. Applications are available online at www.stlpressclub.org/scholarships.html. Deadline for applications is May 4.

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation awards scholarships to students studying at colleges and universities who indicate an interest in teaching courses in the humanities, such as literature, fine arts, music, art, poetry and dance in Missouri schools, preferably in rural school districts. It is available to those at the junior and senior levels of undergraduate college, as well as graduate students. For more information, please stop by the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103. Applications must be submitted by May 15.

    The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a $1,000 scholarship for 2012. To learn more, visit www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline for application is May 28.

    The BigSun Organization is offering a $500 scholarship. All student-athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of sport. Deadline for submission is June 22. To learn how to apply, visit www.bigsunathletics.com.

    The GP LSAT Prep Scholarship is available to students interested in applying to law school. One or more grants of $1,000 are awarded twice yearly (Jan. 30 and June 30). To apply, use the “contact us” form at www.getprepped.com/net to request the application packet.

    The James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund is offering its scholarship again this year to all college students. The scholarship awards are based on an essay contest with the subject concerning cancer. The scholarships amounts are $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Students can receive more information and request an application packet at www.cancermonthly.com/scholarship.asp.

    AES Engineers will continue to provide $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 in answer to one of the two questions that are posted online at www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline for entry is Oct. 5.

    Currently enrolled undergraduate college students are eligible to apply for the Foreclosure.com 2012 Scholarship Program. Students may go to www.foreclosure.com/scholarship to find out how to be entered to win one of five scholarships by writing an essay on stimulating the US housing market. Top prize is $5,000, second through fifth place will receive $1,000 each. Deadline to enter is Dec. 1.

    Wells Fargo is offering 40 $1,000 scholarships. Twenty will be awarded to high school students and 20 to college students through a random drawing throughout the year. Apply on line at wellsfargo.com/collegesteps for chance to win.

    Milk & Honey Publishing, CollegeGreekBooks.org and Big Walt Anderson announce up to seven $700 cash awards for the current fall/spring academic year. Students may apply each month to be eligible for one of these scholarships. Students must be a member of a social Greek organization and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. For more information and application go to www.collegegreekbooks.org/cashaward.html.
  • 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.
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Truman’s virtual private network (VPN) is available to provide a secure network connection between an off-site computer system the local Truman network. VPN connects to Truman network drives, accesses the restricted library databases and connects to most other Truman network resources. Contact the ITS HelpDesk at 785.4544 with questions.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    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.


  • Notes

    Faculty Lunch-n-Learn session two, Feb. 29 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Pickler Memorial Library 103, will focus on the use of Panopto in online, blended and face-to-face classes.

    Wind Symphony II and Concert Band will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Ekklesia will provide a free showing of the move “Courageous” at 9 p.m. Feb. 29 in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre for their leap year celebration. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit ekklesia.truman.edu.

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its monthly meeting at 12 p.m. March 1 in Student Union Building 3201. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 785.6036 for more information.

    The University Orchestra concert will take place at 8 p.m. March 1 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The Quincy Symphony Chorus will present “A Night Among the Stars” Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ in Quincy, Ill. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students with a Truman ID.

    Registration for the Big Event is open through March 2 for students and March 11 for hosts. The Big Event will take place March 17. Register online at serve.truman.edu/bigevent.

    International Student Affairs job applications are due by 5 p.m. March 2. Positions include: cultural integration leaders, cultural integration leader coordinator, academic success mentors and office assistants. Details on each position can be found on TruPositions.

    The next Faculty Forum, presented by Heather Cianciola from the English department, is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. March 13 in Violette Hall 1000. “Fallen Women and Daring Speech: Victorian Devotional Poetry” will be presented with a reception to follow.