Vol.17 No. 11 - Nov. 5, 2012


  • Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Welcomes Performers Tonic Sol-fa to the Stage

    The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will showcase harmony quartet Tonic Sol-fa at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in Baldwin Auditorium.

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    Tonic Sol-fa

    This Minnesota-based group is known for its unconventional combination of just four voices and a tambourine. At their Truman performance Tonic Sol-fa will showcase an interactive holiday set including well-known Christmas songs from past and present holiday albums.

    Tonic Sol-fa has received numerous recognitions across the nation, establishing themselves as a holiday institution with their annual PBS Christmas specials, as well as appearing on NBC’s “Today Show” and the pages of Newsweek magazine. This Emmy award-winning quartet has even shared stages with the likes of Garrison Keillor and Jay Leno.

    True Men will perform several numbers at the beginning of the concert.

    Tickets will be available early starting Nov. 12, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Students may pick up their free ticket at the Student Activities Board Office in the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may get their free tickets at the information desk in the Student Union Building. General admission tickets cost $7 and are available at the Truman Cashiers Window in McClain Hall or downtown at Edna Campbells. Tickets may also be purchased online at lyceum.truman.edu. Truman Bookstore – Follett Higher Education Group is a Platinum level sponsor of this event.
  • Theatre Department Premieres “You Can’t Take It With You” Nov. 7-10

    Curtains will rise for Truman Theater’s performance of the comedic play “You Can’t Take it With You” at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-10 in Ophelia Parrish’s Severns Theatre.

    “You Can’t Take it With You” is a Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning production that first premiered Dec. 14, 1936. The plot surrounds the laughable story of the strange happenings possible when two young people, Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby, fall in love. Both are of families with very different backgrounds, and they soon find out the chaos involved in attempting to manage a relationship while their families are at odds.

    The play is composed of a cast of around 20 students and is directed by Ron Rybkowski. Neva Sheaffer and Adam Hunn will play the roles of Alice Sycamore and Tony Kirby respectively.

    Admission to the performance is free and tickets may be reserved prior to opening night by calling the Truman State University Box Office at 660.785.4515. The public is encouraged to attend.
  • SERVE Center Honors NMCAA as Community Partner of the Year

    The Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency (NMCAA) received the “Community Partner of the Year Award” and was recognized at the Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon, Oct. 30.

    The Community Partner of the Year Award is given by the SERVE Center to an outstanding community member or agency that has worked closely with the University to promote public scholarship amongst Truman students.

    NMCAA was nominated by the Communication Disorders program at Truman, which operates the Speech and Hearing Clinic. The NMCAA brings hundreds of children to the clinic for annual speech-language and hearing screenings for all those enrolled in their Early and regular Head Start programs. 

    The outreach of NMCAA to the CMDS program has allowed students to gain experience through opportunities to present, observe and research the population served by Early Head Start and Head Start.

    Past research projects have focused on examining the validity of a common instrument used for screening speech-language development, identifying a checklist for early signs of autism, and examining staff and parent perceptions of the speech-language development in children attending Head Start.

    The collaboration between NMCAA and Truman’s Speech and Hearing Clinic has worked to ensure that cooperative arrangements are developed, implemented and preserved for the community and CMDS students.

  • Middle Schoolers Explore Future Careers

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    A Truman student helps a group of middle school students in the Nursing Lab on campus. Approximately 120 seventh and eighth grade students from Green City, Mo., and Milan, Mo., spent Oct. 5 visiting campus. They toured campus and attended presentations from Admissions, ROTC, Upward Bound and the School of Health Sciences and Education departments. All programs were interactive and provided students with information about topics of their interest in health professions and education, and possible careers in these fields. Members of the School of Health Sciences and Education dean’s team facilitated the day.
  • Apply Now for the Junior Fellows Program

    Upperclassmen interested in pursuing a career in international affairs may now apply for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s competitive fellowship, which focuses on providing real-world experience and expert insight into various aspects of the profession.

    Around 8-10 fellows are selected to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C. The program is a full-time, one-year commitment. Applicants should possess a keen interest in monitoring and advancing global cooperation among nations, especially concerning the U.S.’s role in the international community.

    Fellows work directly with leading scholars as research assistants for Carnegie Endowment projects. Areas of emphasis include nuclear policy, democracy building, energy and climate issues, international economics, international security, Middle East studies, Asia related issues, and Russian and Eurasian affairs.

    Participants have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

    The application deadline for the Junior Fellows Program is Dec. 1. For further information, visit carnegieendowment.org or contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu.

  • Study Abroad Scholarships Available Through Truman Foundation

    Applications for Truman State University Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships can now be accessed online.

    Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships are supported by gifts donated by alumni and friends of the University.

    Preference is given to students with no previous collegiate-level study abroad experience who have been accepted for participation in a program for which tuition is paid to Truman.

    Eligible programs include: all Truman faculty-led summer study abroad programs; all ISEP programs (with the exception of ISEP Direct); Missouri/London program; Truman exchange programs in China-Shanghai; France-Nice, Paris, Angers; Germany-Weisbaden; Italy-Lucca, LaSpezia; Japan-Tokyo; Spain-Burgos, Madrid, San Sebastian.

    Applications are due by midnight Jan. 24. To apply, go to secure.truman.edu/studyabroadscholarships/.

    Study abroad applications will be reviewed immediately following the deadline and recipients will be notified in February. Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships will be available in February for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • Truman Speech and Debate Fares Well at Recent Tournaments

    Truman’s speech and debate team traveled to two tournaments in October, bringing home a team championship and 16 individual awards.

    Individual events competitors traveled to the Bradley/Illinois State University swing tournament, which took place in Normal, Ill., Oct. 5-7.

    Junior Arielle Long-Seabra placed seventh in prose interpretation, qualifying her for the national tournament in April.

    Freshmen Dillion Laaker and Blake Bixler also qualified for nationals by advancing to the final round of novice extemporaneous speaking. Laaker placed second and Bixler took fourth in the round.

    Freshman David Cook took fifth place in novice prose interpretation, and Cook and his partner, freshman Sarah Stark, were recognized as the top novices at the tournament in duo interpretation.

    At the Dale Carnegie swing tournament, hosted by the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Oct. 19-20, Truman won the team debate sweepstakes award and placed second out of 15 schools in speech and debate combined sweepstakes.

    During the first day of the tournament, junior Kristen Wright won the Lincoln-Douglas debate competition, beating out 42 competitors.

    Junior Myra Milam and sophomore Maddie Ebert advanced to the semifinal round, earning them a place among the top four debaters at the tournament. Milam was also named the third best speaker.

    The next day, Milam placed in the top eight debaters by advancing to the quarterfinal round and was recognized as the fifth best speaker. Ebert advanced to the octofinal round of the top 16 debaters.

    In individual events, Long-Seabra won prose interpretation and placed fourth in dramatic interpretation. Sophomore Codi Caton earned fifth place in prose interpretation and freshman Sarah Muir took sixth in impromptu speaking. These awards gave Truman three more qualifications to the national tournament.

  • CMDS to Host Graduate Student Open House

    The Truman Communication Disorders (CMDS) Department will host a Graduate Student Open House from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Health Sciences Building 2203.

    All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided, along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students of the program.

    RSVP to Connie Ikerd at chelton@truman.edu.
  • Apply Now for the Missouri Government Internship

    The full-time Missouri Government internship offers a hands-on opportunity for students to intern at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., with a public official, legislator or state agency during the Spring 2013 semester. The program provides students an inside look at state government and the political process.

    Interns receive a stipend of $2,500 and up to 15 hours of credit. Duties may vary based on each individual public official, however, typical duties include attending meetings and making reports, communicating with constituents, doing office and computer work, conducting research, assisting with committee hearings, writing speeches, editing printed materials, tracking and summarizing legislation and being on call to help with projects.

    Students wishing to participate in the program are required to have a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit, a minimum of two semesters of residence at Truman, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and divisional approval.

    No special coursework is required prior to the internship and all majors are encouraged to apply for the internship. Successful applicants will be of sound character and possess qualities that reflect positively upon themselves and the University.

    Applications are available online at career.truman.edu/Internships/mogovBrochure.asp.

    For more information, contact Candy Young, professor of political science, at cyoung@truman.edu or Ralph Cupelli at rcupelli@truman.edu
  • Presidential Museum and Library Internship

    Upperclassmen interested in a gaining practical experience and insight into the history of the nation’s 33rd president may now apply for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library internship beginning summer of 2013.

    The internship will take place on-site at the Museum in Independence, Mo. The intern may work in a variety of areas at the Museum and Library including archives, public relations, marketing, educational programming, museum development or visitor services.

    Specific job duties will be assigned on the basis of the intern’s abilities and the Library’s needs. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate strong communication skills, organizational skills, an ability to work independently on multiple tasks, dependability and mastery of basic computer skills. Candidates must be of junior or senior status to be eligible to apply.

    Interns are not paid for their work, however they can earn between five and eight hours of sponsored tuition, thanks to an endowment from donors Fred and Ethel Schwengel.

    The last day to submit applications is Dec. 7. For applications or inquiries contact Jeff Gall at 660.785.7747 or jgall@truman.edu.
  • Spring Public Relations Internship

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting résumés for the full-time spring 2013 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 résumé, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202 no later than Nov. 14.

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


  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Information Session

    4:30-5 p.m. • Nov. 5
    Health Sciences Building 3205  

    After completing a bachelor’s degree and the specified pre-requisite courses, admitted students may finish a BSN degree in 15 months of study. For additional information, email nursing@truman.edu or call 660.785.4557. The nursing website includes information about the curriculum at nursing.truman.edu.
  • Alpha Phi Omega Blood Drive

    10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Nov. 7-8
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Rooms

    Please note that anyone who gave blood for the Blue Key and Cardinal Key blood drive is eligible to give again. Look for sign-up tables around campus or sign up electronically for the event at redcrossblood.org/make-donations.

  • Family Day 2013 Scheduled

    Truman State University will celebrate Family Day Sept. 21, 2013.

    All future updates to the Family Day schedule will be posted at about.truman.edu/family.asp.  

    Visitor information can be found at about.truman.edu/visit.asp. Call 660.785.4016 with any questions.

  • Ugly Man On Campus

    Charity Pageant
    7 p.m. • Nov. 8
    Baldwin Auditorium

    Tickets can be purchased at the Student Union Building, Magruder Hall, McClain Hall and Violette Hall for $2 in advance or $3 at the door. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega.
  • News 36 Live Election Night Coverage

    8-10 p.m.
    Nov. 6

    Tune into a two-hour live coordinated convergent newscast from Truman media including interviews from a number of local candidates.
  • Service Board Accepting Applications for Spring Project Funding

    The Truman Service Board is now accepting funding applications for the Spring 2013 semester. Any individual or organization with a service project in need of funding is eligible to apply. Applications can be found at serviceboard.truman.edu/funding. Completed applications will be due by Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. and they can be turned into the Service Board Mailbox located in the Student Union Building CSI complex. Questions about the application process can be sent to serviceboard.tsu@gmail.com.

  • Study Abroad in Spring 2013

    It is not too late to study abroad during the Spring 2013 semester.

    Contact the Center for International Education in Kirk Building 114 for information on a program to fit any academic interest.
  • National Truman Scholarship

    The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced the opening of this year’s application cycle. The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is: to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. Visit truman.gov for more information. Truman’s campus deadline is Dec. 3.
  • Become a Truman Telecounselor

    Scholarship and volunteer positions available now. Telecounselors assist high school students from their junior through their senior year by providing helpful information and advice about visiting Truman’s campus, completing the application process, understanding scholarships, making housing choices and more.

    Applications are located online at telecounseling.truman.edu, in the Office of Admission or by emailing jgraves@truman.edu. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Office of Admissions.
  • “Fighting Against Disease” Week

    Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega

    Bike Rentals
    9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Nov. 5
    Bike Co-Op
    Stop by the Bike Co-Op to rent a bike for the week. Donations support GlobalBike, a non-profit supplying bikes to health care providers in developing countries.

    Guest Speaker
    7 p.m. • Nov. 6
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C
    A Ph.D. candidate will present on the role of diet and exercise in health.

    University Counseling Services Speaker Joe Hamilton
    8 p.m. • Nov. 7
    Missouri Hall Chariton Room
    Hamilton will discuss mental health and positive coping strategies.

    Health Fair
    4-7 p.m. • Nov. 9
    Student Union Building Alumni Room
    Various organizations will sponsor health-related tables and activities.

  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Encouraging Discovery
    Credo Reference

    Looking for reliable references to get started on a research paper? CREDO Reference is an online database of more than 500 full-text reference sources including subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, chronologies, biographical sources and more. Subjects covered include art, history, literature, medicine, psychology, religion, science, technology and others. Begin searching at credoreference.com/home.do.
  • Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award

    Truman has been invited to submit up to three student papers for consideration of the award.

    2012 Prompt:
    Generation Y (those born between 1977-1995) represents the next generation of potential investors for financial services firms. The paper should examine what strategies, technologies, or influences are likely to move Generation Y from consumers to investors.  

    The amount of the awards is as follows:
    1st place Student-$10,000
    2nd place Student-$ 5,000
    3rd place Student-$ 2,500

    More details about the topic are available at business.truman.edu. Papers may be submitted for review to Lana Dowell at ldowell@truman.edu.
  • Pickering Fellowship Applications: A Path to Foreign Service Careers

    The program provides up to $40,000 per year for academic expenses and offers two options. The Undergraduate Fellowship covers the last year of undergraduate study and first year of graduate study, while the Graduate Fellowship funds the first and second year of graduate study. Both fellowships include two paid State Department summer internships, domestic and abroad, and access to the Pickering Fellows network.

    Applications can be accessed online at woodrow.org/Pickering. The Graduate Fellowship submission deadline is Jan. 21, 2013 with all supporting documents due by Jan. 28, 2013. The Undergraduate Fellowship Application deadline is Feb. 7, 2013 with supporting documents due by Feb. 18, 2013.
  • Lunch-N-Learn Series Information

    Session 5
    Gesture-based Learning

    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    Nov. 7
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    This session will focus on a predicted trend coming in the near future to higher education: gesture-based learning. Ever wonder how gesture-based learning might be applicable in the classroom? Join the discussion about the possibilities of implementing Microsoft’s Kinect and Apple’s Leap Motion into the curriculum.  

    Session 6
    Open Learning Content

    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    Have you been looking for copyright-free resources to enhance your curriculum? Learn about a variety of free resources available to engage students, such as TED Lectures, Merlot, Connexions, Ning, MIT OpenCourseWare eBooks and more.

    Session 7
    Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Classroom

    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    Nov. 28
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    Augmented reality, the layering of virtual information over actual locations, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to enhance one’s current perception of reality with digital information. Experience these realities firsthand.  

    Session 8
    ebrary and Films on Demand

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Dec. 5
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    This session includes a discussion about resources available at Truman’s own Pickler Memorial Library, including ebrary – full-text access to more than 70,000 electronic books in all academic subject areas, and Films on Demand – a multi-disciplinary collection of streaming videos available for use in Blackboard. Spend time perusing the available resources and learn how to add these resources to a Blackboard course shell.

    Session 9
    Fun, Free Tools for Use in Education

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Dec. 12
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    The final workshop in the series will focus on sharing additional free tools available. Amp up presentations using Prezi, stay abreast on favorite topics using StumbleUpon and much more. Join us for a fun-filled hour of sharing our favorite “freebies.” We would like to have your participation in this final session. Please share with us your ideas, or plan to take the floor for a few minutes to share your favorite “teacher technology.”

    To register to attend any of these sessions, go to eventmanager.truman.edu.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

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

    CustomMade will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to two deserving students. CustomMade is a marketplace that allows users to commission custom projects from more than 3,000 independent makers. CustomMade would like to know what students think the benefits are of buying custom products from local artisans. To find out how to apply for these scholarships, go to custommade.com/scholarships. Deadline for submission is Dec. 15.

    is offering scholarships in support of disability awareness. Every year, a prospective or current college student will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with costs associated with attending school. Qualified applicants are welcome to submit an essay of 500-1,000 words detailing what they hope to achieve throughout their time in a therapy-related career. Students currently enrolled in a therapy-related educational program are eligible to apply. For more information, go to medicaresupplementalinsurance.com. Deadline for application is Dec. 15.

    Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarships are now available at hy-vee.com under company info. Forty $1,000 scholarships will be given out to high school seniors and 40 $1,000 scholarships will be given to college students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Applicants: must have been employed at a Hy-Vee location after June 1, 2012; must be classified as a full-time student in their freshman, sophomore or junior year during time of application process; must be classified as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior at the time funds are disbursed. Deadline for application is Feb. 10, 2013.

    Comcast is offering a $1,000 scholarship opportunity to one deserving student. To apply, students must write at least a 750-word essay on the topic “Why is reality television so popular, and how has it impacted the viewing public?” Go to comcastoffer.net/scholarship.html for more information.

    The CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship is offering a $2,500 scholarship to students interested in business leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Applicants must answer a short online survey and submit a 500-1,000 word essay on “the CEO of tomorrow.” Possible topics could include (but are not limited to) company structure, company culture or utilization of technology. For more information, or to apply, go to www.ceo.com. Deadline is July 1, 2013.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports

    Activity: Texas Hold’em Poker
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 8
    Captains’ Meeting: N/A
    Play Begins: Nov. 12

    Activity: Co-Rec Floor Hockey
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 16
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 9
    Play Begins: Nov. 28

    All information, rules and registration requirements are online at recreation.truman.edu/intramuralrec.asp, or contact the Intramural Office at 660.785.4467. Captains' meetings are at 4:30 p.m. in the SRC Conference Room.


  • Notables

    James Guffey, professor of mathematics, was recognized by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority as October’s professor of the month. Alpha’s program “Professor Payday” acknowledges one of Truman’s outstanding professors every month.

    Senior Bethany Williams of Sigma Sigma Sigma and senior Danny Hauge of Beta Theta Pi were named 2012 Homecoming Queen and King, respectively. In addition two faculty/staff members Douglas Ball of the English and Linguistics Department and Patricia Burton of the Philosophy and Religion Department, were also honored as King and Queen. The crowning was announced at Truman’s annual Homecoming Pep Rally, Oct. 19.


  • Notes

    Applications for the Student Union Building Room Lottery will be accepted between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5-8 in the Student Union Building Administrative Office, Room 2000. Lottery forms can be found at studentunion.truman.edu/lottery.

    “Runaway Girl,” a presentation by Carissa Phelps, a child survivor of sex trafficking and homelessness, will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Violette Hall 1000.

    Award-winning author Peter Nye will present “Writing About What You Want to Write: From Idea to Published Book,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Nye has authored and co-authored seven books, and written on topics as diverse as professional cycling, labor and automotive history. He will speak about his writing career, developing an idea for a book, working with agents, co-authoring books and writing about what you love. Sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics.

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards will host an election returns watch party from 8-11 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Student Union Building HUB.

    The Pre-Law Club will host an event with The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Violette Hall 1404. Ellen Suni, dean of the UMKC School of Law, along with several faculty members and admissions counselors, will speak to students that may be interested in law school. Application fee waivers will be available at the meeting. Refreshments will be provided.

    Students Supporting the Exceptional Community (SSEC) is hosting Wheelchair Basketball from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Student Recreation Center. Teams should be made of 3-5 people. The early registration fee is $15 dollars for all who sign up by Nov. 8. After that the price will be $17. If every player on the team brings a canned food item, the price will be discounted. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Nov 13 at the University Club House, 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 660.785.6036 for more information.

    French students will perform the medieval comedy “La Farce de Maître Pathelin” at 8 p.m. Nov. 14-15 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. English “sidetitles” will be provided. For more information, contact Patrick Lobert at plobert@truman.edu.

    A schedule of this week’s Truman Athletics events can be found here.