Vol. 17 No. 31 - May 6, 2013


  • Faculty Honored at Accolades Banquet

    Brent Bucker, geneticist and professor of biology, was awarded Educator of the Year for Truman State University at the Accolades of Academics banquet hosted by the Student Government April 11.

    Buckner teaches Introductory genetics, molecular genetics, introductory biology, genetics of human disorders, cancer biology and the influence of the gene. Buckner’s research focuses on studying maize genomics, which is the study of gene interactions and their effects on an organism. Buckner has published his research in 19 articles during his near 15 years as a member of Truman’s faculty. 

    Bucker has mentored countless students throughout their independent research projects and is a prior recipient of the Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year.

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    Brent Buckner, receiving his Educator of the Year award from David Lanza,
    chair of student government’s Academic Affairs Committee.

    Buckner received his doctorate in botany and master’s in botany from the University of Vermont, and his bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven State College.

    In addition to Buckner, finalists for the prestigious Educator of the Year award included Robert Matthews, Teresa Heckert, Hena Ahmad and Eric Patterson.

    Fredric Shaffer, professor of psychology, was awarded Most Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year at Accolades of Academics.

    Shaffer teaches applied psychophysiology, crisis intervention workshop, experimental psychology, physiological psychology and psychopharmacology. Shaffer is currently serving as chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and co-editor of the Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, 3rd edition. In addition to his current projects, Shaffer has mentored more than 765 undergraduates during his 37 years as a Truman educator.

    Shaffer received his doctorate in personality psychology and his master’s in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Claremont Men’s College.

    Shaffer is a previous recipient of Truman’s Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence award.

    In addition to Shaffer, finalists for Most Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year included Julia DeLancey and Margaret Edwards.

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    Fredric Shaffer with his Research Mentor of the Year award.

    Truman’s Accounting Department received the Department of the Year Award at Accolades of Academics. The Accounting Department’s faculty includes Alan Davis, Keith Harrison, Darla Honn, Kristen Irwin, Kathy Otero and Cathy Poyner. Retired faculty teaching part-time includes Sandra Fleak, Scott Fouch and Sandy Weber.

    The Accounting Department is part of the School of Business AACSB accreditation. In addition, the department is also accredited by the AACSB, one of 178 institutions worldwide holding this designation. The CPA Exam pass rate for alumni of the department has been in the top 25 for schools in the United States for many years. In 2011, the Accounting Department was ranked number four in the nation.

    In addition to the Accounting Department, the Theatre Department and Health and Exercise Sciences Department were recognized as finalists for the Accolades of Academics Department of the Year award.

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    Keith Harrison on behalf of the Accounting Department accepting the Department of the Year award.

    Accolades of Academics is a new, annual banquet hosted by Student Government each spring. Students have to opportunity to nominate candidates for the previously mentioned awards each year at senate.truman.edu.

  • Student Presents Research on Capitol Hill

    Bridget Waller presented the results of her undergraduate research in Washington, D.C., on April 24 during the 17th annual Posters on the Hill program sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

    Waller, a senior biology major, joined 60 undergraduates nationwide in presenting their research to legislators during an evening poster session in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Waller was the only participant from the state of Missouri.

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    Truman student Bridget Waller speaks with Sen. Roy Blunt in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., April 24.

    Waller’s research project titled “Impact of Alcohol on Embryonic Development using a Nematode Model Organism” was conducted in the lab of Timothy Walston, assistant professor of biology.

    This project contributes to efforts to establish the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for human neural tube defects.

    As part of the program, Waller toured the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and attended congressional appointments. Waller met with Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Sam Graves, and spoke with staffers in the offices of Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Ann Wagner to promote undergraduate research and support for higher education.

    Waller’s participation in the event was sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

  • Truman Places Third in National Competition

    A team of health and exercise students placed third in national competition April 26 in Charlotte, N.C., at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention.

    The team, comprised of students Justin Ryckman, McKenzie Tate, Vanessa Shaw and alternate Emma Hosman, participated in the American Association of Health Education Case Study competition and was judged on the ability to utilize the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Certified Health Education Specialists (assess, plan, implement, evaluate, administer, serve as a resource and communicate and advocate for health education) to deal with the Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Students (left to right) Justin Ryckman, McKenzie Tate and Vanessa Shaw
    receive their award from Dr. Caile Spear, AAHE president.

    Janice Clark, associate professor of health science, is the sponsor for the group. Additionally, Ryckman, Tate, Shaw and Hosman assisted Clark in her presentation, “Is Your Health Curriculum CHES-Aligned?”

    These students applied for the positions on the case study team. To finance the trip, they applied for grant funding from MO-PIP, the Student Senate and the Student Public Health Association.

  • Students Receive Academic Honors Awards

    The Annual Academic Honor Awards Assembly, which recognizes outstanding students who have dedicated time, energy and talent to their academic achievement, will take place at 5 p.m. May 10 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Alumna DeAnn Malone (’93) will be the guest speaker. Malone is an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service and the Executive Program Officer for Leadership Programs and Coach Training at the Treasury Executive Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting
    Xiaojing (Mercury) Bai

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting
    Patrick Fink

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science
    Marianne Emery

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Anthropology
    Julianne Meyer  

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art
    Katelyn Brewer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Studio Art
    Jonathan Moeller   

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communication
    Wesley Harbison

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Athletic Training
    Megan Purk

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology
    Joshua Wilson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Finance
    Viktor Jankov

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Management
    Megan Recklein

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Marketing
    Kirsten Vollmer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in International Business
    Rabab Darwish

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry
    Kevin Robb

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Journalism
    Jessica Scheetz

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Public Communication
    Hannah Rickman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Studies
    Sarah Perry

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders
    Jessica Murfin

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders
    Elaine Boda

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science
    David Schoonover

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Counseling
    Kailey Tyler

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing
    Jeffrey Denight

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics
    Kun Zhang

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education
    Frankie Bruning

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education
    Stephen Elford

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education
    Bethany Hoekzema

    Outstanding Graduate Student in English
    Holly Fling

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English
    Rachel Spillars

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science
    Bradley Schaefer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French
    Kathryn Hogan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in German
    Thomas Faust

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science
    Erin Foster

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History
    Jonathan Ryder

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Interdisciplinary Studies
    Ashley Kleiner

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems
    Brittany Jaecques

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Leadership
    Megan Wargo-Kearney

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics
    Amy Burbee    

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
    Miguel Fernandez Flores

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: General Concentration
    Megan Petrie

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Liberal Arts
    Olivia Wilke

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Performance
    Jennifer Murray

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing
    Laurie Knopik

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy
    Keenan Schott

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Religion
    Benjamin Batzer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics
    Miguel Fernandez Flores

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science
    Amanda Shetler

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology
    Kelsey Spalding

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Romance Language
    Ashley Adams

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Russian
    Shawn Bodden

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology
    Shelby Hewerdine

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish
    Cameron Jones

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre
    Jeffrey Denight

    Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award
    Karianne Jones

    General George C. Marshall ROTC Award
    Nicholas Hooper
  • President Paino Awards Prizes

    President Paino recently awarded prizes for faculty and staff wearing their 2013 Faculty/Staff Campaign buttons.

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    President Paino with Gayla McHenry and Lena Reardon

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    President Paino with Kathy Bulen and Joyce Schmitz

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    President Paino with Pete Kelly

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    President Paino with Kristin Flannigan

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    President Paino with Jana Morton

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    President Paino with Leslie Motter

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    President Paino with Wanda Cagle

  • Distinguished Author to Speak at Graduation

    Paul L. Gaston, III, Trustees Professor at Kent State University in Ohio, will serve as the May 2013 Commencement speaker.

    At Kent State University he teaches graduate seminars in English literature and higher education administration. Gaston is also an influential author and well-known speaker on higher education reform. As one of four authors of “The Degree Qualifications Profile,” published by the Lumina Foundation, he has a key role in defining what academic degrees mean in terms of learning outcomes and has worked with more than 50 colleges and universities in adapting the DQP to their needs.

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    Paul L. Gaston, III

    Gaston’s newest book, “Higher Education Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why it Must,” will be published in October 2013. His three most recent books are “General Education and Liberal Learning,” “The Challenge of Bologna: What U.S. Higher Education Has to Learn from Europe and Why It Matters That We Learn It,” and “Revising General Education,” with Jerry Gaff.

    Gaston earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master's degree and doctoral degree in English from the University of Virginia.

    Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 2 p.m. May 11 at Stokes Stadium.


  • Ewell to Discuss DQP

    12-2:30 p.m.
    May 14
    Student Union Building

    Dr. Peter Ewell will be visiting Truman for a campus-wide dialogue concerning the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). The event will include lunch, a breakout session and an open forum with Ewell.
    A reservation is required and can be made at eventmanager.truman.edu/generallist.asp no later than May 6.

    More information about the DQP is available at luminafoundation.org/publications/other_pubs.html.
  • Friends of the Lyceum

    Truman State University thanks the following Friends of the Lyceum for their generous financial
    support of the 2012-2013 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    Corporate Friends of the Lyceum

    Truman Bookstore – Follett Higher Education Group

    Northeast Regional
    Medical Center

    A.T. Still University of
    Health Sciences
    Ameren Missouri
    American Trust Bank
    Beard’s Decorating
    Kirksville Daily Express
    US Bank
    Winkler Communication

    Friends of the Lyceum

    In memory of Travis Freeman

    Odessa Ofstad

    Sally Herleth & Eric Schmitz
    Mark Laughlin
    Harold & Rebecca Osborn
    Tammy Roberts

    Friends of the Lyceum
    Martha Bartter & C.A. Hilgartner
    Russell Baughman
    Vicki & Jay Benson
    Mary Lou Detweiler
    Pete Detweiler
    Maria Di Stefano
    Carolyn Frick
    Ron & Elsie Gaber
    Mark & Robin Gambaiana
    Jodie & Debbie Gordon
    Patricia Green
    James & Carolyn Harding
    Jane Johnson
    Rex & Jana Lee
    Gary & Claire Lloyd
    Jack & Sue Magruder
    Richard & Bess Mercer
    Chad & Sarah Mohler
    David & Debra Nichols
    Gail & Mary Novinger
    Troy & Kelly Paino
    Paula Presley
    Del & Norma Robison
    Werner & Gaylah Sublette
    Scott & Heidi Templeton
    Donna Zurcher

    For information on how to become a Friend of the Lyceum, call 660.785.4016 or visit lyceum.truman.edu.

  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

    As required by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Truman State University certifies that it has a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program in operation that is accessible to any officer, employee or student.  Pursuant to this program, Truman will distribute to all students, faculty and staff information concerning drug and alcohol abuse and the school’s prevention program.

    All of the information included can be found in the Student Handbook.
    While reviewing the policies mentioned above, please note any questions or comments regarding the Student Handbook. The Handbook will be edited and we are always looking for ways to improve this online publication. Please share your comments with Beth Kral, assistant dean of Student Affairs at bkral@truman.edu.
  • 2012 Homecoming Apparel Sale

    The 2013 Homecoming Committee is having a blowout sale of apparel from last year.
    Bring cash or check to their tables 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday in the SUB.

    The prices are as follows:
    T-shirt: $3
    Long-sleeved T-shirt: $5
    Hoodies: $10
    1/4 zip pullovers: $15

    T-shirt and long-sleeved T-shirt: $7
    Hoodie and long-sleeved T-shirt: $13
    1/4 zip pullover and long-sleeved T-shirt: $17
    Hoodie and 1/4 zip pullover: $22
  • College Access Program Internship Available

    Looking for a paying job for next year and have a passion for higher education and helping others? Apply on TruPositions to be the BULLDOG College Access Program Intern. This position will work with local high schools and education partners to help make college a reality for the students of Northeast Missouri. All majors and disciplines are welcome to apply. For more information contact Matt in the Admissions Office at 660.785.4114 or mmagruder@truman.edu
  • 2013 Spring and Summer Graduates Picnic

    All 2013 spring and summer graduates are invited to a free picnic lunch sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association, the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and Truman's Office of Advancement.

    May 8
    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
    On the Mall
    (Rain Site: Student Union Building, Georgian Room)

  • Central Steam System Shutdown

    This year’s annual steam system shut-down for maintenance and inspection is scheduled for May 14-16.  

    The steam system will be shut down May 14. Except for buildings with their own boilers*, the campus will be without steam for building heat and hot water throughout the shutdown period.  The steam system should be back on-line by the evening of May 16.

    *Buildings with boilers: Barnett Hall, Campbell Apartments, Ryle Hall, Student Recreation Center and West Campus Suites.

  • Finals Week Hours

    Student Union Building
    May 6-9: 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
    May 10: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    May 11: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    May 12: Closed
    Book Store

    May 6-9: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    May 10: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    May 11:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    Mainstreet Market will close 4 p.m. Friday
     Freshens, Jazzman’s and Library Jazzman’s will be closing at 3 p.m. Friday.
    Dobson, West Campus and Barnett C-Store will be closing at 4 p.m. Friday.

    All dining halls will close after dinner on Friday except
    Missouri Hall. Missouri Hall Saturday hours:
    Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Truman Spirit Shirts

    A limited number of small and medium Spirit Shirts are
    available for $5 in the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202.

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  • Student Recreation Center Hours

    May Interim Hours

    May 6-8
    9 a.m.-11 p.m.

    May 9-10
    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    May 11-12

    May 13-11
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    May 18-19

    May 20-24
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    May 25-27

    May 28-31
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    June 1-2
  • Department of Public Safety Hours

    May Interim Hours

    May 10
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 11
    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    May 12

    May 13-17
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 18-19

    May 20-2
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    May 25-27

    May 28-31
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    June 1-2
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Pick Up Anywhere

    Going home for the summer or doing some traveling?
    You can order MOBIUS books and have them delivered to any MOBIUS school.
    Check searchmobius.org/libinfo for a listing of schools.
    End of Semester Extended Hours
    May 5-9: 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
    May 10: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
    May 11:10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cardinals Baseball Alumni Event

    St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
    Baseball Game and Pre-Game Reception
    June 1, 2013
    Busch Stadium

    The St. Louis, Mid-Missouri and Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapters invite all alumni, students, family and friends to the Cardinals vs. Giants baseball game June 1. Ticket price includes a pre-game reception from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at Busch Stadium Riverview Corner with complimentary nacho bar and soda or water; cash bar also available. The ticket block for the game is located in the Right Field Pavilion, Section 332, Rows 1-9. Game time is 6:15 p.m.  

    Already have tickets for the game? Join us for the pre-game reception. The pre-game reception is FREE for 2013 alumni chapter members or $5 per person for non-chapter members.

    Tickets must be purchased by May 23, 2013. Tickets will be mailed to buyer after online purchase made via the Truman Alumni Store (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and electronic check accepted).

    Game and Pre-Game Reception:     
    $25 for all Truman alumni, students and friends

    Pre-Game Reception Only:    
    FREE to 2013 Truman alumni chapter members
    $5 for non-chapter members
    For more information, contact Denise Smith, director of alumni relations, at dlsmith@truman.edu or 660.785.4174. Purchase tickets online via the Truman Alumni Store at store.truman.edu/alumni/.

  • Summer Orientation Dates

    June 3
    June 7
    June 12
    June 17
    June 20
    June 24
    June 28
    August 16
  • Next Issue

    The next issue of the Truman Today will be available May 20.


  • Notables

    Janice Clark, associate professor of health science, attended the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) national convention in Charlotte, N.C., during the week of April 22-27. While there, she made three presentations and was also a session presider. The presentations were: “Is Your Health Curriculum CHES-Aligned?”; “CHES/MCHES Report, Results and Curricula Alignment”; and “Get the Big Picture: Concept Mapping in Health Education.” Additionally, Clark was the sponsor for the health science students selected to represent Truman in the American Association of Health Education Case Study competition.

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history
    , published “Theorizing Regionalism and Folklore From the Left: B.A Botkin, the Oklahoma Years, 1921-1939, in Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West.

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, has published “‘Turned Their Minds to Religion’: Oquaga and the First Iroquois Church, 1748-1776,” in Early American Studies.

    Rachel Patterman, student president of Truman State University’s Rho Rho Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, received the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award for her academic achievements in Spanish and her noteworthy leadership and initiative in her chapter. The Gabriela Mistral Award is granted by Sigma Delta Pi’s national Executive Committee and may be presented to only one person per chapter; the honor is reserved for outstanding graduate or undergraduate students of Spanish who are active members of Sigman Delta Pi. For past honorees see sigmadeltapi.org/SAR.Premio.Gabriela.Mistral.html.

    John Quinn, professor of political science, and Mike Rudy, assistant professor of political science, presented their paper “Hierarchies, Foreign Aid and Conflict Among Major Powers,” at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago April 11-14. Quinn also presented a paper with former colleague Marijke Breuning entitled “Aid, Development, and Foreign Policy Under the Meles Regime.” Quinn also served as discussant at this latter panel.

    Three Truman political science majors presented their research at the 21st annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science in Normal, Ill., April 12. Damian Chavez presented his paper entitled “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: An Analysis of the Formulation of the 2009 Stimulus.” Wyatt Hoffman presented and his paper “Cultures of War,” while Robert Markie presented his work “Masters of Misdirection: Diversionary Conflict and Contested Rivals.” Markie won a “Best Paper Award” for his presentation his paper will be published in the journal Critique and he will receive a $200 monetary award. Chavez also served as a discussant for the panel on United States Public Policy, while Markie served as a discussant on the panel U.S. Intergovernmental Relations.


  • Notes

    The Truman in Washington Program is looking for any students who will be interning in Washington, D.C., this summer. If you will be in D.C., or know a student who will be, please contact Jay Self, Truman in Washington Program director, at selfjw@truman.edu.