Vol. 17 No. 27 - April 8, 2013


  • Children's Literature Festival Set for April 19

    More than 1,400 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students will participate in Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival, which will take place from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. April 19 in the Student Union Building.

    Visiting authors and illustrators include Marlene Brill, Matthew Cody, Carmen Agra Deedy, Kimberly Newton Fusco, Stuart Gibbs, Deborah Hopkinson, Matthew Kirby, Barbara McClintock, Sheila O’Connor, Linda Urban and Judy Young. The authors’ books are available at the Truman State University Bookstore.

    Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators.  All children attending must be pre-registered.

    University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions.  To register, contact Daisy Rearick at drearick@truman.edu or call 660.785.4048.

    Anyone interested is welcome to attend an informal meeting and book signing with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.

    The festival will conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. The cost of the dinner is $11. To register, contact Daisy Rearick at 660.785.4048. At 7 p.m. author Stuart Gibbs will give a presentation.

    The Children’s Literature Festival was an annual event for 21 years. Due to severe budget cuts the festival was discontinued in 2004. A Children’s Literature Festival Fund was started in 2007 in an effort to bring the festival back, and it returned in 2009. For more information about the fund contact the Office of Advancement, 660.785.4133 or visit giving.truman.edu/SpecialInitiatives/ChildrensLiteratureFestival.asp.

    The festival is sponsored by Pickler Memorial Library with financial support from the Freeman Foundation, Follett High Education Group--Truman State University Bookstore and the Truman State University Foundation. Additional information may be obtained from Sharon Hackney at 660.785.7366 or shackney@truman.edu, as well as the Children’s Literature Festival webpage.
  • Liasson to be Holman Family Distinguished Speaker

    Mara Liasson will speak at 8 p.m. April 13 in Baldwin Auditorium as part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series.

    Liasson is one of the top national political analysts in America. She serves as a correspondent for NPR as well as political contributor for FOX News. She serves as a regular panelist on the No. 1 rated cable news program "Special Report with Bret Baier" and "FOX News Sunday" and her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s  award-winning newsmagazines “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”

    Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.


    Mara Liasson

    Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered five presidential elections — in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995 and again in 1997. From 1989-1992 Liasson was NPR’s congressional correspondent.

    Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

    Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

    Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in  American history.

    Free tickets for this event may be picked up at the Student Union Building Information Desk or the Public Relations Office in McClain Hall 202. Tickets may also be picked up at Edna Campbells gift shop in downtown Kirksville. For those living outside the Kirksville area, email pr@truman.edu or call 660.785.4016 for ticket information.
  • Cheung Scholarship to Provide Study Abroad to China

    Starting next year, students will have the opportunity to receive funding to participate in an internship in China thanks to a generous donation to the Truman State University Foundation.

    Chi Cheung of Jefferson City, Mo., recently pledged to donate up to $10,000 annually to provide talented and deserving students the opportunity to participate in CHN 550(G), the Truman EFL Internship in China. Truman students who participate in this internship teach English at Shuizhai High School and Da Jin Village Elementary School. Interns also serve as authorities on American culture and interact with English faculty at these schools to improve their listening and speaking skills. Students receive 12 credit hours for CHN 550(G).  

    Students can receive up to $2,500 to participate in the program. To be eligible, students must be accepted as an intern for the Truman EFL Internship in China and must have a financial need. For details on how to apply for the Cheung Annual Scholarship for the Truman EFL Internship in China, contact Timothy Farley tfarley@truman.edu.

  • Truman to Celebrate Graduate Education Week with Multiple Events

    April 13-20, Truman will join graduate schools from across Missouri to celebrate Graduate Education Week in an effort to increase public awareness about the impact and outcomes of graduate education.

    The Truman Career Center will host a Graduate School Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 15. Students can stop by to speak with consultants about their applications, resumés and curriculum vitae as well as discuss strategies for writing personal statements and other tips to get into a graduate school.

    The Student Research Conference April 16 will feature “Recommendations, Applications and Grad School Life: A Panel on Graduate Education” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Magruder Hall 1096. Students interested in graduate school are encouraged to attend.

    To show support for students already attending graduate school at Truman, the University will host the Graduate Student Appreciation Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room. It is a buffet luncheon and any graduate student or faculty is welcome to stop by any time.

    Students working on a thesis will share some of their work during the Master’s Thesis Symposium at 5 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building 2203. After providing a brief summary of their work, students will be available for a question and answer session.

    The Thesis Symposium will be followed by the Graduate Student and Faculty Social at the University Club from 7-9 p.m.

    Music graduate students will perform April 19-20. Tyler Kielb will give a graduate piano recital at 8 p.m. April 19. Martha Scharff will give a voice recital at 6 p.m. April 20. Both events will take place in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Currently, graduate degree programs in Missouri are preparing more than 60,900 students for leadership in their fields. For more information about the programs offered at Truman, visit gradstudies.truman.edu.
  • Court of Appeals to Convene at Truman April 10

    The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, will convene court at Truman at 9:30 a.m. April 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

    A three-judge panel consisting of Judge Joseph Ellis, Judge Lisa White Hardwick and Judge Cynthia Martin will hear oral arguments in five cases.

    The cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors, which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court’s judgment reversed, he said. The judges will read written arguments before the court session and may interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with questions.

    The three judges will take a break in between cases and remain after the court session to discuss the court system and generally explain proceedings.

    This will be the seventh session of the Western District at Truman and the 20th time that the court has convened in Kirksville. It convenes regularly in Kansas City. Its jurisdiction is appeals from trial courts in 45 counties, including all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.

    Ellis will preside over the proceedings at Truman. He was appointed to the appellate bench in 1993. Prior to his appointment, he practiced law in Macon for 21 years. He served as the chief judge of the Western District from 2002 to 2004. Hardwick was appointed to the Western District in 2001. Prior to that she served as a trial judge in Jackson County and practiced law in Kansas City for 14 years. She was the court’s chief judge from 2010 to 2012. Martin was appointed to the court in 2009. Previously, she practiced law in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

  • Printing Services Adds Digital Color Press

    In order to serve the community better, Printing Services has added a Digital Color Press that allows them to receive customer files digitally to produce their jobs.

    Files that need to be printed should be saved to a PDF format before sending and include all information that would normally be included in a work order on that same email. Jobs may be submitted to printingservices@truman.edu.

    Printing Services continues to offer a high-speed black only copier, which allows the customer to save time and money. Files may be submitted the same way as instructed above.

    Printing requests a 4-5 day turn-a-round time, but will do their best to work with each customer to meet their needs. Email printingservices@truman.edu or call 660.785.4161 with any questions. Printing Services is located at Barnett Hall 1214.

    Any project submitted for printing, must not use copyrighted images, unless written permission has been granted and the request for permission clearly states how the printed project will be used.

    If projects require design services, please contact the Publications Office. Time will need to be allowed, in addition to the 4-5 days Printing Services requires, for designing and set-up. If projects use any University logo, customers should contact the Publications Office to make sure the logo guidelines are followed. Information on the University name and logo guidelines can be found online at publications.truman.edu/logoUsageGuide.asp.

    For questions concerning use of the Truman name or logos, contact the Publications Office located at Kirk Building 210 or call 660.785.4692.

  • "Day of Percussion" Set for April 13

    Truman will be hosting the Missouri Percussive Arts Society’s “Day of Percussion” April 13 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The event is considered to be Missouri’s largest festival devoted to percussion music of all types, drawing in hundred of students, teachers, professional performers and music lovers from all over the Midwest. The event will feature two internationally renowned percussion artists: Grammy-award winning Latin percussion artists, Lalo Davila and the contemporary percussion/composer, Casey Cangelosi. There will be five other guest performers and clinicians throughout the day in addition to a number of percussion instrument exhibits.  

    The end of the event will feature a free “Showcase Concert,” at 5 p.m. featuring the Truman State Concert Percussion Ensemble I and “Truman Steel,” with guest artists Lalo Davila and Casey Cangelosi.

  • 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 are available now in the SAB Office.

    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.

    For more information visit sab.truman.edu or call 660.785.4722


  • 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, studentunion.truman.edu/lottery.

    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.
  • Presidential Portrait Unveiling

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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Summer JINS Course in St. Louis

    JINS 366, Art, Environment and Community, will be offered this summer for students in the St. Louis area. Weekly meetings will be held at various locations in the city including the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Public Library and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Students will create artwork dealing with ecology in the St. Louis community. Other coursework will be online via Blackboard. For more information, contact Kelsey Wiskirchen at kelseyw@truman.edu.
  • Online Payment System Upgrade

    Starting at 7 a.m. April 11, TouchNet, the University’s third-party credit card processor, will be completing a major upgrade of Truman’s TouchNet systems. The University community is asked to plan for this service outage to last all day. The service outage includes all University hosted online payment services (UPay sites), some services/tasks that are part of daily Business Office cashiers operations and Student Bill+Payment (mybill.truman.edu) which impacts all students and any authorized users (parents, guardians, etc). This is a major upgrade that brings with it some user interface changes and functional enhancements along with additional security features to ensure Truman’s E-Commerce environment is in compliance with evolving regulations.
  • The School of Social and Cultural Studies Research Presentation Schedule

    The School of Social and Cultural Studies invites everyone to learn about research supported by summer research fellowships in 2012. There is a $5 credit toward lunch at Mainstreet Market with a sign in sheet at the register. All events take place at 12 p.m. in the Student Union Building 3203.
    April 11
    Rubana Mahjabeen (Economics)
    “In Search of Effective Active Learning Tools for an Economic Development Course”
    This research had two goals. First, some active learning tools were introduced in an Economic Development course. Through survey questionnaires, researchers attempted to quantify, evaluate and analyze student learning outcomes of those tools. Second, practitioners in local community organizations have better knowledge of the needs of the low-income households of Kirksville. The aim was to utilize that knowledge to introduce some new active learning tools, so that students can learn and interact with surrounding community in an effective way.
    Rob Tigner (Psychology)
    “Do We Recall Risky Decisions Accurately? How Our Intense Aversion to Loss Biases Memory”
    This research explores biases in our memories that may impede us from learning through experience. When confronted with risky decisions, we are powerfully motivated to minimize losses…and over time the stakes grow in our minds.
    April 15
    Marc Becker (History)
    “Intermediaries in the South American Andes”
    Intermediaries have long played key roles in negotiating power relationships between fundamentally different worlds and across deep class divides. In twentieth-century Latin America, a variety of intermediaries including educators, priests, journalists, and socialists became involved in defending the interests of rural communities throughout. Examining the actions of a wide range of intermediaries from both subordinate and dominant perspectives provides key insights into how people negotiated power relations between different cultures for mutually beneficial and exploitative ends.
    Andrei Klyukovski (Communication)
    “Communicating Ambiguity Strategically in the Classroom”
    The purpose of this study was to create and validate a scale to measure instructional strategic ambiguity (ISA). Instructional strategic ambiguity is defined as an instructor’s purposeful engenderment of meaning plurality amongst students in order to foster learning. The goal of this study was to validate an ISA measure by 1.) conducting a factor analysis, 2.) checking the internal reliability of the scale, 3.) examining the relationship between instructional strategic ambiguity and other variables (i.e., need for cognition, learner empowerment, student motivation, learning indicators and teacher clarity) to establish construct validity, 4.) testing for predictive validity by administering the measure to students enrolled in an introductory class versus students enrolled in a 300 or 400 level classes.
    April 22
    Xiaofen Chen (Economics)
    “Is China’s High Household Saving Sustainable?”
    Why do households in China save so much? Economic, social and cultural factors all contributed to the high saving rate in China. However, these factors are undergoing changes, which will cause household saving to decrease in the future.
    Amanda Medlock-Klyukovski
    “Student Resistance and Communication Apprehension”
    This study explored the relationship between students’ communication apprehension (the anxiety one feels when communicating in the interpersonal, group or public speaking contexts) (McCroskey, 1970; 1978) and student resistance (strategies students use to oppose an instructor’s persuasive messages) (Burroughs, Kearney, & Plax, 1989). Results of a study which used a survey to ascertain the relationship between undergraduate students’ level of communication apprehension and their likelihood to use more active resistance strategies versus passive resistance strategies will be discussed. In addition, whether computer mediated communication plays a role in students’ choice of strategy (active versus passive) will also be discussed.
  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports

    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.
  • Spring 2013 Lunch-n-Learn Series for Faculty

    All sessions take place from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Pickler Memorial Library 103 unless otherwise stated.
    To register to attend any of these sessions, go to eventmanager.truman.edu.

    Advanced SMARTBoard Use
    April 10
    This session will demonstrate some of the more advanced features of the SMARTBoard. Learn how to work with these tools to create innovative and interactive activities in the classroom to increase successful learning outcomes and provide an engaging experience.

    Fun, Free Tools for Use in Education
    April 17
    The final workshop in the series will focus on sharing additional free tools that can be used such as Prezi and StumbleUpon.
  • Assessment at Truman

    How Does Truman Measure Up?
    Scholarship Job Benefits

    Ever feel like working at your scholarship job is time taken away from you school work, or that you don’t gain any skills from doing the job? This year several offices, led by Bertha Thomas, are collaborating to conduct a study to see if students who receive “transformative coaching” will be able to improve their critical thinking skills as a result of working their scholarship job. So not only are students getting a cheaper education and serving the Truman community by working a scholarship job, but they may also be improving their critical thinking skills.

    The data for this study, as well as other interesting facts about how Truman is doing via the Assessment Almanac, is available at assessment.truman.edu/almanac/index.asp.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    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.

    The St. Louis Area Hotel Association
    has partnered with area schools to provide up to $2,500 in scholarships to students studying within the hospitality field. Requirements include: enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at a four-year institution; enrolled as a freshman or sophomore at a two-year institution; have a minimum of a 2.25 overall grade point average; be a United States citizen or permanent U.S. resident; be enrolled full time (minimum of nine hours) for the next academic year for which the scholarship is given in order to receive the full amount. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 30. For more information, go to stlhotels.com/scholarship_and_career_resources.asp.

    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 Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is inviting eligible media communication and journalism students to apply for scholarships for the 2013-2014 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 stlpressclub.org/scholarships.html. Deadline for applications is May 3.

    MyBookbuyer.com is continuing to conduct their ongoing scholarship essay contest. It is a 750-1,250 word essay submission. There will be one grand prize of $1,250 and one runner-up prize of $250 to the winning students. The application deadline is May 10. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity go to www.mybookbuyer.com/textbooks-for-a-year-scholarship.htm.

    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.

    USDirect is offering a $1,000 scholarship where they are asking students to show them their school spirit and team pride with a photo. To obtain more information on how to apply for this scholarship, visit usdirect.com/scholarship. Deadline for entry is June 15.

    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.

    DAZ 3D is offering a $1,000 scholarship to 3D Graphic Design Students seeking financial aid for tuition, books and education related costs. For more information go to www.daz3d.com/3d-graphic-design-scholarship. Submission deadline is June 1.

    Smile Reef is sponsoring the Pediatric Dentist of Tomorrow Scholarship. Details can be found at smilereef.com/pediatric-dentist-of-tomorrow-scholarship.

    The Streamline Refinance Scholarship for Finance and Economics Scholarship is now available. Details can be found at streamlinerefinance.net/finance-economics-scholarship.html.

    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.

    U.S. Bank will award 40 scholarships of $1,000 through a random drawing process. Undergraduate students attending an eligible four-year college or university participating in the U.S. Bank No Fee Education Loan Program are eligible to apply. Further details regarding this scholarship opportunity can be found at usbank.com/scholarship.
  • Campus VCR Support Plan

    As classroom technology becomes older it is often replaced by newer technologies providing better services at a lower cost.

    VCRs have largely been replaced by DVDs. DVDs are simpler, more durable, have higher video quality and better long-term storage characteristics. All Truman classrooms with a console computer system currently have a DVD player. This plan will outline the process for phasing out and removing the VCRs from all Truman classrooms.

    ITS will support the current classroom VCRs until December 2014. During the 2014 Winter Break the classroom VCRs will be removed. Until December 2014 any classroom VCRs that fail will be replaced with used VCRs as long as a spare VCR unit is available. No new VCRs will be purchased. Pickler Media Library has been replacing many of the educational and feature film VHS titles it holds with DVD format media.

    Instructors should contact Sharon Hackney at 660.785.7366 or shackney@truman.edu to make arrangements for the Library to purchase DVDs or other media for their classes. Replacing the older media with new media like DVDs is much better than trying to convert old media.

    The ITS Helpdesk and the Learning Technologies office can also provide guidance and assistance to anyone needing to make their VCR-based academic materials available in DVD format. The recent copyright workshop hosted by the Library and the Learning Technologies Office covered many of the issues present when dealing with copyrighted materials; copyright law, the TEACH Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act etc. ITS will work with instructors to help find the best legal solution for their existing VCR-based materials.

    Please review your academic media materials and discuss your needs with your department head.  Replacing your academic materials could take some time and the operational life of the VCRs is counting down; we recommend you start working on upgrading your academic materials soon.

    ITS will provide additional status updates on the VCR support plan as December 2014 approaches. For any additional questions, contact the ITS HelpDesk at 660.785.4544.
  • Policy Internship in Washington D.C.

    The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is now accepting applications for a policy intern in Washington, D.C. The NASFAA was established in 1966 and supports the financial aid profession, advocates for public policies and programs that increase student access to and success in post-secondary education, and serves as a forum for communication and collaboration on student financial aid issues.

    The intern will work closely with all members of the Policy and Federal Relations team and will: assist in the development of advocacy materials, including letters to Congress, position statements and grassroots initiative communications; attend and report on legislative hearings and events and coalition meetings; assist in the planning and organization of a student aid orientation for congressional staff; assist with policy research projects; analyze, interpret and write about current and pending legislation and/or regulations.

    Qualifications/skills and knowledge requirements include: must be an undergraduate rising junior or senior, or a graduate student, preferably majoring in areas of study related to history, political science or public policy; excellent and proven research, writing and organizational skills required; general understanding of federal legislative processes required; experience managing multiple tasks simultaneously; coursework or experience in education policy and related issues of access and equity desired.

    This is a paid internship. Weekly pay will occur upon start and until completion of the 12-week period. NASFAA will also provide limited reimbursements for pre-approved expenses associated with execution of job duties, in accordance with the Association’s travel policy.

    Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter explaining why they are interested and qualified for this internship to policy@nasfaa.org with the subject line “Policy Intern.” Deadline to apply is April 12.


  • Notables

    Student Kate Angulski, justice systems, had her review of the book “Crime and the American Dream” published by the Internet Journal of Criminology.

    Six sociology majors from Truman, Andrea Davis, Samantha Galloway, Tasheka Graves, Aaron Johnson, Erin McCann and Sarah Westfall, attended the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Chicago March 27-30. Galloway and Graves also presented posters in the MSS Undergraduate Poster Competition. Galloway’s poster was entitled “It Depends on Who’s Watching: The Relationship between Perceived Audience Size and Gender Stereotyping in Advertisements as Measured by Super Bowl and Primetime Commercials,” and Graves’ poster was “Achieving Success: Exploring the Necessity of Attending Graduate School.”
    Student Samantha Galloway, sociology, was awarded 3rd place in the 50th Annual Undergraduate Student Paper Competition at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Chicago March 27-30. Her paper was entitled “It Depends on Who’s Watching: The Relationship between Perceived Audience Size and Gender Stereotyping in Advertisements as Measured by Super Bowl and Primetime Commercials,” and was mentored by Amber Johnson, professor of anthropology.

    Music student Joel Gordon, saxophone, will compete in the 73rd Naftzger Young Artists Auditions & Music Awards April 27 at Wiedemann Hall on the campus of Wichita State University. The competition, which is administered by the Wichita Symphony, will host 53 young musicians who will compete for $11,000 in prizes. Contestants will compete for a single $5,000 prize, plus $2,000 prizes in each of the three divisions: piano, instrumental and voice. A new category has been added this year, the Naftzger Fund for Fine Arts Musical Comedy Special Prize, the winner will receive $2,000. The competition is open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma who are enrolled in any college, university or conservatory; and non-resident students attending college in Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.

    Incoming Truman freshman Madeleine Jakle is a finalist for the “Frame My Future Scholarship Contest,” and has the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship along with a matching $1,000 donation to the University. This nationwide scholarship contest asked students to submit an original creation expressing what they hope to achieve in their personal and professional lives after college. More than 9,200 entries were received and Jakle is one of 24 finalists. The top five winners will be determined by popular vote, taking place now until May 2. All finalists entries can be seen and voted on at diplomaframe.com/contests/frame-my-future-scholarship-contest-2013/finalists.aspx. Jakle is a native of Ballwin, Mo., and plans to study psychology at Truman. Her entry addressed helping individuals overcome eating disorders. The “Frame My Future Scholarship Contest” is sponsored by Church Hill Classics, a manufacturer and retailer in the college diploma frame industry.

    Elaine McDuff, professor of sociology, attended the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) in Chicago March 27-30 as the representative for the state of Missouri to the MSS Board of Directors. Founded in 1936, the MSS is a professional organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. Nearly 1,200 scholars, students and practicing sociologists in universities, government and business belong to the organization. The MSS encompasses nine states: Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota; however, more than one-third of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world.


  • Notes

    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.

    The Graduation Fair for May graduates will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9 and April 10 in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

    The Vietnamese Student Association will host a Coffee Festival
    from 2-5 p.m. April 10 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. There will be information about the history of coffee production in Vietnam and free samples of Vietnamese coffee. There will also be coffee sale tables in from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in McClain Hall April 11 and Violette Hall April 12. For more information, contact Binh Tran at btt1848@truman.edu or the VSA at trumanvsa@gmail.com.

    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.

    The University Board of Governors will meet at 1:15 p.m. April 13 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present the “American Classics Pops Concert”
    at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in the Quincy Junior High School Morrison Theater in Quincy, Ill. Admission is free with a Truman ID.

    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will host its monthly meeting
    at 4:30 p.m. April 16 at the University Club House, 516 E. Patterson. Contact Marc Becker at marc@truman.edu or call 660.785.6036 for more information.

    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.

    Howard Wight Marshall, noted fiddler and scholar of Missouri fiddle music, will perform from 5-7:30 p.m. April 17 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. He will be joined by Truman student Richard Shewmaker. Marshall will also be signing copies of his book, “Play Me Something Quick and Devilish,” available for purchase at the Truman Bookstore. This event is sponsored by Folklore Studies and the Truman Bookstore.

    Truman French students will perform “Exercices de style” in French,
    with English subtitles provided, at 8 p.m. April 17 and 18 in the Student Union Building Down Under. For more information, contact Patrick Lobert at plobert@truman.edu.

    The Music Department Spring Gala
    will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. A broad range of ensembles will be featured.