Vol. 17 No. 25 - March 25, 2013


  • Speech and Hearing Clinic Drive Exceeds Expectations

    Fifty may indeed be nifty, but to those associated with the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic, $100,000 sounds better.

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Speech and Hearing Clinic, the University conducted a “Give $50 for the 50th” fundraising campaign with the goal of generating $50,000. After approximately a year of accepting donations, the campaign concluded in February with a grand total of $100,000 raised in cash, pledges and planned gift commitments.

    Paula Cochran, chair of the Communication Disorders Department had been deliberately kept in the dark about the final total unveiled at the campaign wrap-up event.

    “I was stunned at that final amount,” she said. “We know we have the strong support of clients, alumni and the community, but this total so exceeded our expectations. It’s very encouraging to all of us.”

    Truman’s Speech and Hearing Clinic has been helping residents from Kirksville and the surrounding area since 1960. In November 2011, it was moved into new facilities located in the Truman Health Sciences Building. The clinic serves individuals with disorders of speech, language, voice, fluency, hearing and swallowing, all at no cost to the people served. No-cost clinics are rare due to the necessary heavy reliance on donations. The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides services thanks to the support of the University and from community organizations.

    “The outstanding results of the ‘Give $50 for the 50th’ fundraising campaign demonstrate the community’s willingness to invest in the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic and its efforts to provide ongoing state-of-the-art speech-language-hearing and literacy services. These results are also evidence of a deeply imbedded passion that our donors possess for improving our community,” explains Janet Gooch, dean of the School of Health Science and Education.

    In addition to the support the Speech and Hearing Clinic provides the community, it also offers hands-on learning for Truman students. Students observe therapy, then become clinical assistants and eventually assume the responsibilities of student clinicians. Because student learning is a key component of the Speech and Hearing Clinic, it was also a high priority of the fundraising campaign. The centerpiece of the “Give $50 for the 50th” campaign was the establishment of the Dr. Cornelis Koutstaal Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship, which will provide communication disorders students with scholarship support for the transformational experience of study abroad.

    Murilyn Koutstaal poses with the poster celebrating the endowed study abroad scholarship created in honor of her husband Dr. Cornelis Koutstaal.

    The award was established and fully endowed through a gift from Murilyn Koutstaal to honor the legacy of her husband, the late Dr. Cornelis Koutstaal who served as professor of communication disorders and head of the Human Potential and Performance Division from 1990-2001. He was honored with emeritus status upon his retirement.

    Other major donations during the campaign came from the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbia, Mo., an affiliate of the Scottish Rite, a national Masonic organization. They provided a $10,000 gift to kick-off the campaign in November 2011, as well as an additional $10,000 gift the next year.

    By the time faculty, staff, students and friends of the Speech and Hearing Clinic gathered to celebrate the conclusion of the campaign in February, expectations had already been exceeded. With more than $95,000 already raised, one final donation from Speech and Hearing Clinic director Melissa Passe was enough to reach an even $100,000, double the original campaign goal.

    “As an alumna of the CMDS program and the director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic for the past 21 years, I know first hand how important the clinic’s work is to both our campus and the Kirksville community,” Passe said. “I value each and every client and student, and can think of no better way to express my appreciation and personal, as well as professional, happiness for all that the clinic and Truman itself has provided me over these many years. It is indeed my great honor to push our total to $100,000.”

    To learn more about the Speech and Hearing Clinic and the services available, visit comdis.truman.edu/clinic. For information about making a donation, contact the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133.
  • Professor to Speak on the Treatment of Jews in Paris During World War II

    The Truman Department of History will host Dr. Shannon Fogg, associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, who will deliver the 2013 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    At Missouri S&T, Fogg teaches courses in the areas of modern France, the French Revolution and Europe during the Second World War. Her lecture is entitled “Stealing Home: The Looting of Jewish Apartments in Paris During the Second World War.”  

    Fogg earned her Bachelor of Arts in history, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University, and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Iowa. After being a visiting assistant professor at Iowa, she joined the faculty at Missouri S&T in 2004. The Missouri Conference on History gave its “Best Book Award” to her work entitled “The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers.” Her current book project relates to this Early-Vreeland Lecture. It will be entitled “Stealing Home: Looting, Restitution, Reconstruction, and Jewish Lives in France 1942-1947.”

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

  • Athletics Receives National Recognition

    Truman State University has been honored with the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence amongst student-athletes for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rate of 92 percent.

    Truman graduated 92 percent of all of its student-athletes from the 2002-05 cohort within six years of original enrollment and was the only MIAA program to achieve a rate of 90 percent or greater.

    The program’s future conference (effective 2013-14) – the Great Lakes Valley Conference – placed four programs amongst the 26 total schools recognized, including Maryville, William Jewell, Rockhurst and Bellarmine, and was second only to the Northeast-10 in conference recognition.

    The Division II Academic Requirements Committee created the Div. II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence to recognize programs achieving long-term academic success. The honor is intended to call attention to those programs and is not intended as a ranking.

    The Academic Success Rate (ASR) is a measure that reflects the unique qualities of Division II. It measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletically-related financial aid. The national four-year ASR average is 72 percent.

  • Lyceum to Close Season with Orchestra

    Truman’s 2012-2013 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will culminate with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.
    Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. The ensemble is comprised of some of Russia’s most talented young string musicians. Since it’s founding in 1991, the orchestra has played under Rachlevsky and toured across North and South America in addition to Europe and the Far East. The orchestra has acquired its own niche due to the unique style and creativity of conductor Rachlevsky.  

    Rachlevsky was born and trained in Moscow, but left the Soviet Union in 1973, settled in the United States in 1976 and was the director of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1991. He assembled the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin that year. With more than 20 years of excellence under its belt and a devoted audience from home, the orchestra provides high-energy performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

    Tickets are free of charge for students, faculty and staff and are available now. Students may pick up their tickets at the Student Activities Board Office in the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff may acquire their 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 on the square at Edna Campbells. Tickets may also be purchased online at lyceum.truman.edu.

    For additional information, visit lyceum.truman.edu or contact 660.785.4016.
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    Members of the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
  • SAB Spring Concert to Feature Lee Brice

    The Student Activities Board Spring Concert will feature musical artist Lee Brice at 8:15 p.m. May 3 at Red Barn Park (rain site: Pershing Arena). Doors will open at 7:45 p.m.

    The event is free for students, faculty, staff and general admission. Rain site vouchers will be available for students starting March 27. Vouchers for faculty, staff and general admission will be available April 3.

    Lee Brice, an American country music performer, began his musical career writing songs for other performers, including Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks, before signing to Curb Records and releasing his own debut single in 2007. Since then, he’s had multiple singles debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including his single “Love Like Crazy,” which broke the record for longest charting country single in Billboard history after spending more than 56 weeks on the chart. “Love Like Crazy” also warranted Brice with nominations from the Academy of Country Music, as well from the Country Music Television Music Awards. Some of his other chart topping singles include “A Woman Like You,” which recently debuted at No. 1, “Hard to Love,” and “I Drive Your Truck,” his most recent single.

    Nearly a quarter of Truman State University students who participated in the Big Entertainment Survey listed Lee Brice as a preferred artist.


  • FAFSA Applications

    Remember to file the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) located at fafsa.gov to determine Title IV federal aid eligibility (Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, Work Study, Stafford Direct Loans, PLUS Loans). FAFSA results are also needed for some other federal, state, University and private programs. The state’s FAFSA filing deadline for the Access Missouri Grant Program is April 1. Do not delay due to late tax filing – the FAFSA allows the use of estimated information – just update the FAFSA record after the 2012 income tax figures are finalized. Later FAFSA filing may result in more limited funding options. Contact the Financial Aid Office (McClain Hall 103, 660.785.4130) for additional information.
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Information Session

    4:30-5 p.m.
    April 17
    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
  • China Study Abroad Internship

    Informational Meeting
    7 p.m.
    March 27
    Violette Hall 2351

    Interested in teaching English in China in Fall ’13 or Spring ’14? Consider taking CHN 550: EFL Internship in China, for 12 credit hours. For more information, contact Timothy Farley, tfarley@truman.edu.
  • SAB Presents: The Last Lecture

    7:30 p.m.
    April 2
    Student Union Building
    Georgian Rooms

    Come listen to professors Teak Nelson and James Guffey present speeches based on the premise: “If you knew this was the last lecture you’d ever give, what would you say?”
    Free admission and refreshments provided.
  • Requests for Room Reservations for Fall Semester 2013

    The Student Union Reservation Office will accept reservation requests from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 8 through April 11 in the SUB Reservation Office, Suite 2000.  

    All requests must be submitted in writing on a reservation form. Informational packets will be sent out to departments and student organizations the week of April 2. No early forms will be accepted. Additional forms will be available for print out on the lottery website,

    There will not be electronic confirmations for these requests.  Confirmations will be mailed out by May 1. All questions should be addressed to the SUB Reservation Office at 660.785.4186, or at union@truman.edu.
  • Study Abroad Scholarships Available

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society is offering 50 study abroad grants valued at $1,000 each. The grants are designed to help undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields abroad. Applications are open to any undergraduate student who attends a university with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.75 and who has been accepted into a study abroad program that must begin between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.  

    To apply, go to phikappaphi.org/studyabroad and follow the submission instructions. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. April 1. Winners will be announced by June 1.  

  • Pearson Prize Applications Available

    Applications for the 2013 Pearson Prize for Higher Education are now open. This award, distributed by the Pearson Foundation, recognizes students who distinguish themselves by leading public service efforts and give back to their local community while completing their undergraduate studies.

    This year’s program has been changed in order to provide even more students with the financial support and additional assistance they will need to grow their programs and community outreach efforts. One hundred students will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to meet their goals.

    The Pearson Prize application is available online at pearsonstudents.com. Applications must be completed by April 19.
  • Sierra Club Offers Internship

    “The Best Internship on Earth” is a summer program blending job experience in media production with adventure and activism. The Sierra Club will select two young adults (college students or recent graduates) for the internship. One position is for someone skilled in video production, one position is for someone with an interest in being on-camera talent.

    The 2013 itinerary will in part be shaped by the interns’ interests. When not on the road, the interns will work with Sierra Club’s communications team in San Francisco, Calif., to review, cut and edit video clips, chronicle their journey in a blog and promote an appreciation of nature through outdoor education and adventure. The ideal candidate is passionate about the environment and being outside, open to new experiences, a skilled storyteller, experienced with video software and production and highly engaged with their online community.

    To submit an application for the “Best Internship on Earth,” visit sierraclub.org/bestinternship.

  • Guidelines For Using the University Logo

    During the school year, many Truman offices and student organizations will want to create Truman State University related memorabilia with the name of the University or one of the University logos. The University does have a Logo and Style guide that contains standards for consistency for the Truman identity system and if anyone is interested in using the name of the University or its logos, those specific guidelines must be followed at all times. Because the name and logo are licensed, it is best to work directly with the Publications Office on how the name or logo might be used. Information on the main variations of the logo can be found online at publications.truman.edu/logoUsageGuide.asp. For questions concerning use of the Truman name or logos, contact the Publications Office at 660.785.4692.

  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Need Help with a Research Paper?

    Set up a RAP (Research Assistance Program) session with a subject librarian who can help you refine your topic and locate useful sources for your research project. To set up an appointment, email asklib@truman.edu or call 660.785.4051.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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 a Missouri college or university. In addition to the Leggett Scholarship, the foundation has made an additional scholarship available in the amount of $2,000. Application forms are available at mief.org. Applications are due by March 31.

    Charter One will begin taking applications for their 40 TruFit Good Citizen Scholarships to be awarded to students who demonstrate the difference they have made in their communities through volunteering. There will be one $5,000 grand prize, four $2,500 second prizes and 35 third prizes for $1,000 each. Entries must be received between April 1-19. For more information, go to charterone.com/scholarship.

    Marine Technology Society (MTS) is offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying in the marine science, marine engineering and/or marine technology field. Scholarships are for MTS student members only. For membership information, go to mtsociety.org/membership/new/add.aspx. Student membership is for full-time college students and high school seniors and is only $25 per year. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15. Contact suzanne.voelker@mtsociety.org with any questions.

    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, Warren and Washington or the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe or St. Clair. Applications are due April 15. For more information, call 314.725.7990 or email info@sfstl.org.

    MassMutual Financial Group is offering high-achieving college students of African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent, interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry, a scholarship opportunity for the 2013-14 academic year. For eligibility criteria, go to act.org/massmutual. Application deadline is May 3.

    The Jack J. Isgur Foundation is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation formed for the purpose of promoting an interest in the field of education in the humanities, such as literature, fine arts, music, art, poetry and dance. The foundation awards scholarships to students studying at colleges and universities who indicate an interest in teaching courses in the above-described areas in school districts located in the State of Missouri, preferable 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 and to obtain an application for this scholarship, go to isgur.org. Deadline is May 15.

    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.

    StudentScholarships.org has scholarships available to Missouri residents on their website, studentscholarships.org/2013scholarships.php. Truman students should specifically look for the following scholarships: Gilbratti Scholarship, Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award, Healthy Choices Scholarship, Scholarship by Design Award, Black and Lee Scholarship, Caretenders Scholarship Program, LM Scholarship Program, Rogers Community Volunteer Scholarship Program, Sedary & Associates Scholarship and Lift Parts Express Scholarship.

    The CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship for 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 ceo.com. Deadline is July 1.

    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.

    AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find online at aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. A $500 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. Deadline for entry is Oct. 4.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports

    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

    Adam Davis, professor of English, was interviewed on campus March 19 by Scripps-Howard News Service and CNN for a documentary on arson. Davis has written on the psychology and sociology behind the transformation of traditional Halloween pranking into the destructive “Devil’s Night” of Detroit and other Rust Belt cities. Davis discussed inversion festivals from ancient times through the present, during which behaviors which are normally forbidden may be tolerated or even expected, and the powerful are reminded of the limits on their power.

    Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, will be serving a second three-year term as the representative of the City of Kirksville’s Planning and Zoning Commission to the Kirksville Historical Preservation Commission, following the proposal and approval by Mayor Richard Detweiler and the Kirksville City Council. McLane-Iles will also be representing the Kirksville Historical Preservation Commission as a member of the Friends of the Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee.

    Mark Woodcock, a graduate MA in music student, is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Fountain Memorial Honorarium from the Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization (MACRO). The award is given to promising music students who are entering the field of music performance or conducting, and is given in memory of Dr. Robert Fountain, who was an internationally recognized choral conductor and music educator at the University of Wisconsin for many years. The award has a $1,000 stipend associated with it. MACRO is a nonprofit organization for all musicians. The primary goal of MACRO is to promote musical understanding through a practical synthesis of analysis, pedagogy, performance, composition and informed listening.


  • Notes

    The Classical and Modern Language Department and the Spanish faculty will present “The Evil of the Conquest” by Dr. Iván Reyna, associate professor of Spanish at University of Missouri, Columbia, at 7 p.m. March 26 in Baldwin Little Theater.

    The Early-Vreeland Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Shannon Fogg, historian at the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology, will discuss life under Nazi rule in Vichy, France with a presentation entitled “Stealing Home: The Looting of Jewish Apartments in Paris During the Second World War.” The Early-Vreeland Lecture is sponsored by the Department of History.

    The Physics Colloquium will continue at 4:30 p.m. March 27 in Magruder Hall 1096 with a presentation by alumnus Carlos Di Stefano.

    Award-winning author Dr. John Smelcer will visit Truman March 27-28 to visit classes and participate in a series of public events. Smelcer is one of the last speakers familiar with the Ahtna language, an endangered Alaska Native language. He has authored 45 books in an eclectic range of interests and disciplines. At 6 p.m. March 27 in Violette Hall 1010, Smelcer will present “The World Raven Made: Ahtna Athabaskan Culture, Language and Myth.” The Truman State University Press will host an open house and book signing meet and greet from 2-4 p.m. March 28 on the third floor of the General Services Building, located at the corner of Franklin and Patterson streets. From 7-8:30 p.m. March 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A, Smelcer will participate in a public reading of his poetry, followed by a book signing. All events are free and open to the public. More information about Smelcer and his work is available on his website, johnsmelcer.com.

    The Truman Brass Choir will perform in concert at 8 p.m. March 28 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Requests for computer lab software for the 2014 academic year are being accepting until April 1. The computer lab operating system will be Windows 7 with Microsoft Office 2010. To suggest a computer software for the computer labs send an email to LabSoftware@truman.edu with the following information: title of software; version; number of licenses; and company information. Software packages that were previously in the computer labs will not be available unless requested. To see the list of software packages that have been requested for 2014, go to its.truman.edu/projects/labimage13-14/index.asp#list. To see the list of software packages that were available last year, go to its.truman.edu/projects/labimage12-13/index.asp#list.

    The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a listening session from 4-6 p.m. April 3 in the Student Union Building. Local officials, companies, organizations transportation experts and MoDOT engineers will discuss potential scenarios for Missouri’s transportation priorities over the next 20 years. Seating is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. Register by emailing onthemove@modot.mo.gov or by visiting missourionthemove.org.

    The Multicultural Affairs Center is bringing the Global Poverty Project to campus from 5:30-7 p.m. April 8 in Violette Hall 1000. This event will give students the opportunity to learn more about why extreme global poverty exists and give them the tools and resources to actually do something about it.

    Truman’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) will host a literacy night
    at the Adair County Public Library from 3:30-5:15 p.m. April 10 for students K-3rd grade. NSCS students will be dressed up like book characters and will help children explore new worlds by reading and helping them create a fun craft to take home.

    Service Recognition Luncheon RSVPs are due by April 17 to Human Resources. This annual event recognizes Truman employees celebrating an anniversary year of service. Tickets are $10. Individuals being recognized will receive a complimentary ticket.