Vol. 17 No. 15 - Dec. 10, 2012


  • City of Kirksville to Sponsor Bike Safety Awareness Program

    Common confusion over motorist, cyclist and pedestrian road rules and responsibilities is prompting the city of Kirksville to implement new awareness programs that will focus on bicycle/vehicle safety.

    As its initial goal, the City will concentrate on reducing, and eventually eliminating, cycling traffic on sidewalks in the downtown area. Emblems will be painted on sidewalks and new signs will be posted around the downtown area to remind all of those who use public walkways that bicycles may only be ridden in permitted areas.

    Kirksville Police Department (KPD) intends to promote an ongoing education campaign in the hopes that voluntary compliance with city ordinances will resolve safety issues. If safety concerns persist, KPD intends to begin enforcing the bicycle ordinances more stringently.   

    Studies strongly suggest that riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, under most circumstances, actually puts a cyclist more at risk than the roadway. Cyclists should also consider the following: vehicles stopped at intersections expect pedestrians to enter the crosswalks, not someone on a speeding bicycle; bicycles, which are notoriously quiet, can collide with pedestrians or frighten them as they pass by; bicycles zipping down sidewalks are no match for a business door that opens suddenly in their path.

    Future program objectives will focus on addressing aggressive drivers, bicycles at night without lights, bike registration, drivers who fail to yield to cyclists and cyclists who do not obey the rules of the road. Anyone interested in helping with this project with input on existing or upcoming efforts may contact officer Nick Panos, bicycle community project coordinator, at npanos@kirksvillecity.com or by calling 660.785.6945.

  • TruScholars Calls for Research Proposals

    Undergraduate students interested in facilitating a University-supported, intensive research program during the summer of 2013 may now submit TruScholar Applications to the Office of Student Research (OSR).

    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 program will take place during the eight-week summer session—from June 3-July 26. During this time, students should devote full-time effort to their project and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration.

    If student-faculty teams would like to begin their research prior to June 3, they are encouraged to do whatever is best for the project. Participants should keep in mind that intense effort is expected during the eight-week session.

    Participants in the program are required to attend all of the following: an orientation during the Spring semester; two professional development workshops scheduled to take place during the eight-week summer session; the Truman Summer Research Symposium on Aug. 24, where projects will be presented to the University community. Faculty mentors are also encouraged to attend the orientation and research symposium, as well as either lead or attend two of the professional development workshops.

    Each TruScholars applicant may request up to $5,000 in funds. Funds may cover a stipend for the student (maximum of $3,000) and faculty mentor (maximum of $1,500). Monies for supplies and travel to conduct the research may also be included as long as the total budget does not exceed $5,000.

    Students are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor before leaving for winter break. This will allow students to work on drafts of their research applications over the break. On Jan. 23 the OSR will conduct a TruScholars Application Workshop, meant to assist students in their drafting process. 

    More information about the TruScholars program, as well as an application can be found at the OSR website osr.truman.edu/truscholars.

  • Students to Intern at the State Capital

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    The Spring 2013 Missouri Government Interns will spend the semester in Jefferson City, Mo., earning up to 15 hours of college credit while working with either a legislator, public official or state agency. Pictured, front row, left to right: Olivia Sandbothe, Victoria Benson, Jessica Petrie, Caitlyn Potter and John Brooks. Middle row: University President Troy Paino, Sara Stubbert, Michael Corey-Yares and Alec Kelley. Back row: Sarah Pauley, Gamuchirai Gandana, Matthew Passini, Kristen Wright and Kelsey Meline. Not pictured: John Carney and Samantha Hall.
  • Alumnus to Speak at December Graduation

    Alumnus and current state Senator Eric S. Schmitt will be the featured speaker during December 2012 Commencement ceremonies, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in Pershing Arena.

    Schmitt, a 1997 Truman State University cum laude graduate, currently serves as the Missouri Senator for the 15th District. In addition to his legislative duties, he is also a partner at the law firm of Lathrop & Gage, LLP.

    Senator Eric S. Schmitt

    Schmitt was born and raised in St. Louis County and he graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School. During his time at Truman, he was a two-sport athlete, participating in both baseball and football. He also founded a Habitat for Humanity Chapter on campus.

    After attending Truman, Schmitt earned a scholarship for law school at Saint Louis University. While earning his juris doctorate, he was as an editor of the Law Review and a published author.

    Schmitt was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2008 and was re-elected to his second term  this past November. His district in St. Louis County includes all or parts of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Des Peres, Ellisville, Fenton, Glendale, Kirkwood, Manchester, Sunset Hills, Twin Oaks, Valley Park, Wildwood and Winchester. He serves in Senate Leadership as Majority Caucus Secretary and is Chairman of the Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee.

    His public service includes serving as a Glendale, Mo., alderman from 2005-2008. He has also served on boards for DeSmet Jesuit High School, Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis Crisis Nursery and Kirkwood Parents as Teachers Program.

    Additionally, Schmitt served as chairman of the Young Lawyer Section Council of the Missouri Bar, spearheaded a statewide Giving Tree effort benefiting Big Brothers-Big Sisters and created a Special Needs Advocacy Task Force. He has also been involved with the TS (Tuberous Sclerosis) Alliance, the Gateway Chapter of the Autism Society, Habitat for Humanity and local Chambers of Commerce.

    Schmitt is a lifelong resident of St. Louis County. He lives in Glendale with his wife, Jaime, a 1997 Truman graduate, and their three children, Stephen, Sophia and Olivia.


  • Senior Pizza Party

    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 12
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Rooms
    The Truman Alumni Association and the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter will host the Senior Pizza Party on Reading Day. Graduates will receive an alumni T-shirt, gift bag and free lunch.

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  • Faculty/Staff Holiday Open House

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  • Staff Council Upcoming Events

    Blood Drive
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Dec. 13
    Student Union Building Down Under
    Make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org, sponsor code TrumanState.

    Salvation Army Bell Ringing

    4 p.m.-8 p.m.
    Dec. 15
    Interested volunteers may email Stacy Tucker-Potter at stuckerpotter@truman.edu.

  • Retirement Reception

    Liz Sponsler

    Stacks Maintenance Supervisor
    Pickler Memorial Library

    2-3:30 p.m.
    Dec. 18
    Library Cafe

  • Alumni Chapter Gift Memberships

    The Truman State University Alumni Association and the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter are now offering gift memberships.

    Membership entitles the holder to free admission to regular season home athletic events, free social events throughout the year, checkout privileges at Pickler Memorial Library, a complimentary subscription to the Truman Review and more.

    You do not have to be an alumni to be a chapter member. Gift membership certificates make great stocking stuffers for recent grads and friends.

    Purchase a 2013 gift membership today through the online Alumni Store store.truman.edu/alumni/category.asp?categoryId=61.

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  • Lunch-N-Learn Series Information

    Session 9
    Fun, Free Tools for Use in Education

    12:30 p.m.
    Dec. 12
     Pickler Memorial Library Room 103

    To register go to eventmanager.truman.edu.
  • Student Rec Center Final Exam Week and Interim Hours

    Dec. 10-12
    9 a.m.-11 p.m.

    Dec. 13-14
    9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

    Dec. 15-16

    Dec 17-21
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Dec. 22- Jan. 1

    Jan. 2-4
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Jan. 5-6

    Jan. 7-11
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Jan. 12

    Jan. 13
    1 p.m.- 7 p.m.
  • $5 Spirit Shirts Available

    Looking for a simple Holiday gift with purple pride?

    Stop by and purchase a spirit shirt in the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202. Sizes are limited to small and medium.

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  • Student Union Building Finals Week Hours

    Regular Hours
    Dec. 10-13

    7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Dec. 14

    8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Dec. 15
  • Mainstreet Market Finals Week Hours

    Regular Hours
    Dec. 10-13

    7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Dec. 14

    Dec. 15
  • Group Exercise and High Intensity Interval Training Certifications

    Group Exercise Certification
    8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. • Jan. 26
    Workshop Fee: $299
    *Earlybird fee if registered before Dec. 27: $249

    Potential and current fitness instructors will learn basic academic and practical application of teaching group exercise. No college, science or teaching background required.  Workshop registration includes a full-day review, written exam and 2-year certification.
    H.I.I.T- High Intensity
    Interval Training
     8 a.m.-1 p.m. • Jan. 27
    Workshop fee: $109

    H.I.I.T. exercises are very popular in the industry right now. Learn how to properly apply H.I.I.T.
    techniques to both your classes and your clients. Some of the topics include energy systems, EPOC, and
    appropriate application of methodology.

    This is a nationally recognized certification and the course and workshop are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members that would like to register.  

    The National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), a non-profit fitness professional association, and the Campus Recreation Center will co-sponsor the

    To register, visit netafit.org. Contact Staci Latham at slatham@truman.edu with any additional questions.
  • Study Abroad Scholarships Available Through Truman Foundation

    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/.
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Encouraging Discovery

    Enjoy your winter break!
    Check out the new titles in our popular reading section or choose an audiobook for your trip home. The library has more than 1,200 audiobook titles to choose from that are renewable online.

  • 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.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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.

    MedicareSupplementalInsurance.com 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.

    Everest Nutrition will be awarding two “Krill Oil – Educate your Heart Scholarships” in the amount of $1,000 to students who meet the following criteria: currently enrolled at any college, university, trade or technical school in the U.S. or Canada; at least a 3.0 GPA; at least 16 years old, and a Canadian or American citizen or hold a valid student visa. For further information, visit krilloil.com/krill-oil-scholarship/. Deadline to apply is Dec. 31.

    Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri has scholarships available for the 2012-2013 academic year. Last year more than $10,000 was awarded to Missouri students. Winners in Missouri are also eligible for the Central Region and National scholarships. Missouri students have received these prestigious awards the last three years. For further information and applications, go to gardenclub.org/scholarships. Deadline for receiving applications is March 1.

    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.

    Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants will be awarding up to $1,000 each year to a scholarship winner. To apply students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of their website at abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm.

    MyBookbuyer.com is sponsoring an essay contest for students to earn a $1,250 grand prize scholarship or a $250 runner up scholarship. For more information, go to mybookbuyer.com/textbooks-for-a-year-scholarship.htm.

    The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are renewing the B. Davis scholarship for 2013. For more information on this $1,000 scholarship, visit studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm. Questions can also be sent to awards@studentawardsearch.com. Deadline to apply is May 27.

  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports

    Activity: 5v5 Basketball
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Jan. 17
    Captains’ Meeting: Jan. 15
    Play Begins: Jan. 22

    Activity: Co-Rec 5v5 Basketball
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 17
    Captains’ Meeting: Jan. 15
    Play Begins: Jan. 22

    Activity: Wiffleball
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Jan. 18
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: Jan. 26-27

    Activity: Badmiton Doubles
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Feb. 1
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: Feb. 9-10

    Activity: NCAA March Madness
    Division: Open
    Deadline: TBA
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: March

    Activity: Volleyball
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Feb. 27
    Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 19
    Play Begins: March 4

    Activity: Co-Rec Volleyball
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Feb. 27
    Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 19
    Play Begins: March 4

    Activity: Outdoor Soccer
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: March 18
    Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 19
    Play Begins: March 18

    Activity: Co-Rec Outdoor Soccer
    Division: Open
    Deadline: March 18
    Captains’ Meeting: Feb. 19
    Play Begins: March 18

    Activity: Swim Meet
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: March 27
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: April 3

    Activity: Co-Rec Ultimate Frisbee
    Division: Open
    Deadline: April 5
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: April 13-14

    Activity: Track Meet
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: April 10
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: April 18

    Activity: Amazing Race-Truman
    Division: Open
    Deadline: April 11
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: April 17

    Activity: Rock Climbing
    Division: Open
    Deadline: April 16
    Captains’ Meeting:
    Play Begins: April 23

    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 5 p.m. in Magruder Hall Room 2001.


  • Notables

    Matthew Derezinski, professor of art, will showcase his exhibition entitled “Thoughts of Perceptions” Dec. 7-Jan. 11 at the Kansas City Artist Coalition. For more information on the showcase, visit mderezinski.wordpress.com.

    An original musical composition by student Jon Ginder received recognition in the Music Teachers National Association, West Central Division competition. Ginder’s composition, “Large Angry Chickens” for clarinet ensemble, was awarded First Place in the Young Artist category of the MTNA’s Student Composition Competition and now advances to the national competition.

    Donna Rhinesmith, professor of education, published the article, “Stakeholders’ Viewpoints on Potentially Controversial Children’s Literature” in the fall issue of The Dragon Lode, the journal of the International Reading Association’s Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. This article is based on the study Rhinesmith conducted during her sabbatical, in which she compared the thoughts of parents, administrators and graduate students on controversial children’s books. This sabbatical research also led to the development of her JINS course on controversial children’s literature.


  • Notes

    CARE for AIDS will be hosting a book drive in the Student Union Building during finals week with donations contributing to the funding of care centers in Kenya. Book donations can be made in the Student Union Building from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Each donation will go directly toward further funding one of the care centers. Donate three books and get a free t-shirt.

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the University Club House, 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 785.6036 for more information.

    True Men will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in Baldwin Hall.

    The Military Science Department will host a campus appreciation day for fellowship and food from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12 in Barnett Hall 2217.

    SAB will host Cookie Creations from 2-4 p.m.  Dec. 12 in Ryle Hall main lounge. Students will be able to decorate holiday-themed cookies. Competitions include a cookie cake eating contest as well as a cookie decorating contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

    Enrollment sessions for Truman’s cultural and religious study abroad course “East Meets West,” will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in McClain Hall 208 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in McClain Hall 209.

    Pickler Memorial Library and Information Technology Services will co-sponsor a copyright workshop for faculty and staff from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

    The University Bookstore will host a faculty and staff appreciation event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 17-18. The bookstore will offer a 25 percent discount on select items purchased throughout the duration of the event. In addition, holiday refreshments will be provided to those in attendance.