Vol. 18 No. 17 - Jan. 21, 2014


  • University Press Awards T.S. Eliot Prize

    Ilyse Kusnetz is the winner of the 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for her collection, “Small Hours.” Her manuscript was selected from nearly 400 entries in the 18th annual competition sponsored by Truman State University Press. Kusnetz will receive $2,000 and publication of her manuscript, which is scheduled for fall 2014.

    Kusnetz previously published a chapterbook, “The Gravity of Falling,” and her poetry has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Cincinnati Review, Crazyhorse, Stone Canoe, Rattle and Atlanta Review, among other journals. She teaches at Valencia College, Orlando, Fla., where she currently holds the Jessie and Eugene Drey Chair in the Humanities. She received her Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Syracuse University and her Ph.D. in feminist and postcolonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh.

    This year’s judge, Dorianne Laux said, “‘Small Hours’ contains poetry of historic and global empathy, various in its subjects though not in its voice, which is clear, fierce, precise and thoughtful.”

    Three finalists were also named: Patricia Hooper for “Separate Flights,” Michael Miller for “The Different War” and Jeff Knorr for “The Color of a New Country.”

    The prize, established in 1996 in honor of Missouri native T. S. Eliot, is an annual award for the best, unpublished book-length collection of poetry.

  • Dean Open Forums Continue

    The search committee for the Dean of Science and Mathematics position invites the campus community to participate in the open forum for each of the finalists for the position. Dr. Gary Morris participated in a forum Jan. 16. Remaining forums include:
    Dr. Stephen Roberts
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Jan. 30
    Violette Hall 1000
    Dr. Frank Hall
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Feb. 3
    Violette Hall 1000

    Candidates’ application materials and a form for providing feedback to the committee after each candidate’s visit are available online at scienceandmath.truman.edu/deansearch.

  • Study Abroad Foundation Scholarships Due Jan. 23

    Those students interested in applying for a 2014 study abroad scholarship through the Truman State University Foundation will have until midnight Jan. 23 to do so.

    Applications are online and due by midnight of Jan. 23. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarship Applications.

    Available scholarships include the Holman Family and Rigdon Family study abroad scholarships. These larger study abroad scholarships are designated for students with financial need. To access the application, students must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

    Applications for the majority of Foundation scholarships, including smaller study abroad scholarships, will be available in February for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Second Language Acquisition Presentation Jan. 23

    Bill VanPatten of Michigan State University will present “What Everyone Should Know About Second Language Acquisition (And Some Comments on Implications for Language Teaching)” at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. VanPatten is internationally known for his work in second language acquisition (SLA) and second language instruction, especially for the relationship between theory and practice.

    At Michigan State he is a professor of Spanish and second language studies, the director of language instruction and an affiliate faculty member of the cognitive science program.

    This presentation is sponsored by the School of Arts and Letters, the Classical and Modern Languages Department and the Department of English and Linguistics.
  • Kickham Named Public Relations Intern

    The Truman Public Relations Office has chosen Kevin Kickham, a senior communication major, as intern for the Spring 2014 semester.

    Kickham is from St. Louis, Mo., and is a 2010 graduate of St. Louis University High School. He is the son of Tom and Nancy Kickham.

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    Kevin Kickham

    As intern for the Public Relations Office, Kickham will help write the online University newsletter, Truman Today. He will also aid in writing and producing the University’s magazine, the Truman Review. Additionally, Kickham will assist in planning the Truman at the Capitol event for Capitol Appreciation Day, write press releases and fulfill other office tasks.

    On campus, Kickham is the special events committee chair for the Student Activities Board, the treasurer of the Advertising and Public Relations Organization and an actor in the Theatre Department’s upcoming production of “Twelfth Night.”

    Kickham is excited to help share the values, voice and vision of the University while adapting his studies to real-world situations. He plans to pursue a career in creative management or copywriting.


  • SAB Membership Applications Available

    Are you driven, creative, and passionate about what happens here at Truman? If so, the Student Activities Board (SAB) is taking new members and would love to meet you!

    Spring membership applications are available in the SAB Office (lower level SUB) or online at sab.truman.edu. Applications can be turned into the Center for Student Involvement (located in the HUB) until 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Those selected for interviews must be available Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

    Any questions can be forwarded to John Riti, SAB president, at jjr1468@truman.edu or stop by the SAB Office weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

    4-4:30 p.m.
    Jan. 30
    Health Sciences Building 3205

    After completing a bachelor’s degree and the specified pre-requisite courses, admitted students may finish a BSN degree in 15 months of study. For additional information, email nursing@truman.edu or call 660.785.4557. The nursing website includes information about the curriculum at nursing.truman.edu.
  • 19th Annual WGST Conference

    Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Student Union Building Georgian Rooms

    The 19th Annual WGST Conference, sponsored by the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, will be Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Gendered Space & Queer Alternatives.” Artwork in the Georgian Rooms is by the students of Lilly Lee. The Steering Committee for the 2014 WGST Conference is composed of David Giovagnoli, Maurine Pfuhl and McKinley Murphy.

    Jan. 30

    Gender and Poetry
    10:30-11:50 a.m.

    Joseph Fees
    - “Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Arabic Poetry”
    Zeeshan Reshamwala - “Landays: Accessing Public Discourse Through Gendered Private Space”

    Gender, Popular Media and Government Surveillance
    12-1:20 p.m.

    Marie L. F. Walsh
    - “Lost in Translation: The Presentation of Women in the ‘Dragonball Z’ Anime—English vs. Japanese”                                                           
    Sarah Gaeddert - “Gender Study of Professional Women Video Designers”
    Aaron Fine - “Inside the Prism: Paternalism and the Surveillance of the Other”

    Bodies in Motion
    1:30-2:50 p.m.

    Justin Baraboo - “Marcel Duchamp is Rrose is a rose is a rose is a Rrose”                          
    Sara Cantrell - ”Body Posiitive Movement: Reclaiming Your Body”
    Greg Ballesteros - “Inner Thoughts on ‘Out’ Magazine”

    Gender at School and at Home
    3-4:20 p.m.

    Katie McClain - “The Separation of Structure and Freedom: A Case Study Approach to Defining the Differences Between Academic and Creative Writing for College Freshmen”
    Elizabeth Ward - “Do Girls Choose Easier Majors?: A Study of Truman State University Students’ Perceptions of Gender’s Effect on College Major Choice and Difficulty”
    Anna Selle - A Scene from A Nice Night with the Family: A One Act Play

    Jan. 31

    Gender and Ethnicity
    10:30-11:20 a.m.

    Sarah Bussen - “Jewish Influence on Feminism: the Role of Dual Identities”
    Elizabeth Delmonico - “Subaltern Spaces in Missouri: Native Americans in Mary Alicia Owens’ Sacred Council Hills”

    Colonized Bodies in Woolf and Others
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Julia Judlin - “Homosocial and Heterosexual Relationships in Woolf”
    Maurine Pfuhl - “’The Infliction of her Unlovable Body’: A Fat Studies Approach to Doris Kilman”
    Hayden Wilsey - “Exploited Colonies”

    Constructing Masculinity
    1:30-2:20 p.m.

    Benjamin Batzer
    -“’Take It Like a Man’”: The (Re)Resisting of Masculine Social Constructions by Ambrose Bierce’s Peyton Farquhor”                 
    Melissa Kapitan - “The Name’s Boeve: The Absurd and the Masculine in ‘Boeve de Haumtone’”

    Resisting Patriarchy
    2:30-3:20 p.m.

    Lacy Murphy - “The Sabine Women: [R]evolution of Women in Art” 
    Robert Becker - “'The Old Omelette-and-Egg Thing': Subverting the Corporate/Political Patriarchy in Arundhati Roy’s 'The God of Small Things'”

    Politics and Anglophile TV
    3:30-4:20 p.m.

    Larry Iles - “The Real Lady Downton Abbey: Gender-Space Defiant Vera Terrington, UK MP 1933-1936, and Her ‘Lost’ Legacy”
    McKinley Murphy - “TARDI(Q)S: Time and Relative Dimension in Queer Space”

    Keynote Lecture
    4:30-5:50 p.m.

    Magali Roy-Fequiere - “Feminism for a New Millenium”
    Welcoming remarks by VPAA Maria Di Stefano, Introduction by McKinley Murphy

    Feb. 1

    Gender and Myth
    10:30-11:20 a.m.

    Cara De Bellis - “Medusa Light and Dark: A Feminist and Psychoanalytic View”
    Chris Steinauer - “Sympathy for the Devil: Satan as a Queer Alternative to Christian God”

    International Genders/Genres
    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

    Sarah Glenski
    - “Living with a Dysfunctional Family: A Young Woman’s Coming of Age in Postwar Spain in Carmen Laforet’s Nada”
    Elizabeth Salley - “Creating a Third Space: Hijiras and the Cultural Politics of Sexuality in South Asia”
    David Giovagnoli - “Genrequeer: Derek Walcott’s Omeros and the Third Space of Cultural Hybridity”

    Bad Words
    1:30-2:20 p.m.

    Alexandra Bisges - “Bitches, Sluts, and Feminazis: Analyzing Homologous Hatred in Female Relationships”
    Linda Seidel - “'Whore': A Rant Against a Word”

    Gender Online
    2:30-3:20 p.m.

    Corinne Schwarz - “'The Angel of the House' and the Mommy Blogger: Feminine Narratives in New Media”
    Erin Hubbard - “Gender and the Physical Body in Alpha/Beta/Omega Fanfiction”

    Special Featured Speaker
    3:30-4:20 p.m.

    Jill Kuanfung - “Climbing the Tree: Unearthing a Mixed Race Family History in Portraits”
    Introduction by Linda Seidel
  • Activities Fair

    1-5 p.m.
    Jan. 29
    Student Union Building

    The Activities Fair, sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, is a way to gather organizations on campus to distribute their information to perspective members and inspire campus involvement of individuals within these organizations in order to provide a well-rounded Truman experience. Contact the CSI at 660.785.4222 for registration information.
  • TruFit is Back by Popular Demand

    This year the Student Recreation Center has teamed up with Live Healthy America and Hy-Vee to host a 10-week wellness challenge for students, faculty and staff. More information about the 10-week challenge, as well as other special programs sponsored by the Student Recreation Center, can be found at recreation.truman.edu/trufit.asp.
  • SRC Fitness Workshops

    Truman and the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), a non-profit fitness professional association, are co-sponsoring two nationally recognized workshops.

    Group Exercise Certification
    8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Feb. 22
    Potential and current fitness instructors will learn basic academic and practical application of teaching group exercise. No college, science or teaching background is required. Workshop registration includes a full-day review, written exam and two-year certification.
    Workshop fee: $299
    Earlybird fee if registered before Jan. 23: $249

    Re-Boot Camp
    8 a.m-1 p.m.
    Feb. 23
    Come experience this exciting and newly revamped boot camp workshop that combines power, function, agility, speed, cardio and high intensity interval training. Indoor or outdoor, equipment or no equipment, this class covers it all, including a variety of ways to structure workouts to keep them fresh and keep clients guessing.
    Workshop fee: $109

    To register, call 800.237.6242 or go online to netafit.org. The NETA Group Exercise Instructor workshop and certification will take place at the Student Recreation Center. For questions, email mwalton@truman.edu or call 660.785.7739.
  • Prospective Majors Forum in PHRE

    4:30-6 p.m.
    Feb. 13
    McClain Hall 208

    Dereck Daschke
    professor of philosophy and religion

    “The Most Human Thing We Do: Religion and the Need to Create”

    While religion is most often associated with otherworldly beings, transcendent realms and our disposition after death, there are many reasons to believe that, in fact, the quintessential aspects of religion are the exact activities and experiences we seek out as a meaning-making and symbol-making species, especially as seen in forms of play, such as art and games. Is there something religious in our need to create? Is there something creative in our need for religion? This talk will explore what it means if the answers to those questions are “yes.”
  • Volleyball Winter Clinics

    Truman volleyball coach Ben Briney and his staff and players will be hosting a series of winter clinics January through March in Pershing Arena. Volleyball players ages 4th-grade and older can receive 1-on-1 and group instruction on all fundamental skills with a high amount of individual feedback. Cost is $10 per session. All sessions are independent of each other. For more information, contact assistant coach Megan Wargo-Kearney at 660.785.7751 or mwargo@truman.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

    Sessions will take place:
    Jan. 25
    Feb. 2
    Feb. 9
    Feb. 22
    March 1
  • Bulldog Softball Skill Builder Clinic

    The Bulldog softball team and coaching staff will host a skill builder clinic from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 25 inside Pershing Arena. The camp is limited to 34 applicants from second to eighth grade. The cost for the camp is $25 and includes a t-shirt. All participants need to bring a helmet, bat, glove or catching equipment to the camp. Registration forms are due Jan. 23. For more information, contact Erin Brown at ebrown@truman.edu or 660.785.4343.

  • Interested in Serving on the 2014 Homecoming Committee?

    Applications are now available at homecoming.truman.edu. Applications will be due Feb. 12. For more information, contact Shelby Sims at ssims@truman.edu.

  • SERVE Center Internships Available

    The SERVE Center is now accepting applications for an Event/PR internship and a Community Engagement internship for the 2014-2015 academic year. These positions will implement the development of service opportunities on and off campus for students, faculty and staff at the University in accordance with the SERVE Center mission. Applicants should have a strong passion for service.

    Applications can be found at trupositions.truman.edu and will be due Feb 18. For more information, contact Shelby Sims at ssims@truman.edu.

  • Edge Hill University England Informational Meeting

    The Study Abroad Office invites you to attend an informational meeting presented by Jason Keeling, Edge Hill University representative, from 4-5 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Student Union Building 3202.

    Study psychology, politics, business, history and a variety of other subjects. Spend a semester or year living, learning and gaining field experience. Sponsored by the Center for International Education/Study Abroad.

  • Pickler Memorial Library

    On Exhibit in the Library Gallery
    Lest We Forget: World War I: The Centennial

    Featuring objects from the E.M. Violette Museum Collection, this exhibit was put together by students in ART 428: Museums & Collecting, in remembrance of World War I.  
    The exhibit will be open until Feb. 3.


  • Notables

    Taner Edis, professor of physics, published a chapter, “Atheism and the Rise of Science,” in Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Atheism.

    Warren Gooch, professor of music, had an original musical composition selected for performance during the 2014 Region V conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., at Western Michigan University. “Cellgames 2.0” will be performed by the Western Michigan University Wind Symphony under the direction of professor Scott Boerma, March 28. The piece was among those selected from a pool of 550 submissions.

Events and Activities

  • Events and Activities

    There will be a TruScholar application workshop from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 21 in Magruder Hall 2090. The workshop is intended to help the students prepare the best applications they can. Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to attend. Applications to the TruScholars program are due Feb. 2. More details are available at osr.truman.edu. Questions beyond the TruScholars frequently asked questions should be addressed via email to osr@truman.edu.

    The deadline to register for the Truman Athletics 2014 Trivia Night and Silent Auction is Jan. 24. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. Eight-person teams can register for $250. Individuals can register for $35 and will be placed on a team. Discounts are available for Truman employees and teams with at least four Truman employees. Entry fee includes appetizers, table snacks and beverages. For complete details, contact Truman Athletics at 660.785.4236 or athletics@truman.edu.

    Illusion Danz Team will host team clinics/tryouts Jan. 24-25. For more information, click here.

    Screenings for the Student Activities Board 48-Hour Film Competition will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Short films made by Truman students in less than 48 hours will be screened. Prizes will be awarded after all films are shown. There will also be free food. More information about this event, as well as how to sign up to compete, can be found on the SAB website, sab.truman.edu.

    A public reception for “Apocalyptic: Artwork, poetry and thought about the end,”
    will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in the University Art Gallery. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

    Guest artist Pius Cheung will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will feature traditional and contemporary solo works for marimba. Admission is free. Co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Letters, Department of Music Artist Series and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

    Guest artist Josh Quinlan will lead his jazz quartet in concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The 24-Hour Theatre event
    will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in Baldwin Auditorium. This show is written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours.

    The University Orchestra Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Guest artists Valentina Renesto, saxophone, and Giuseppe Bruno, piano, will perform in concert
    at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The Prokofiev Ensemble Chamber Music Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The Department of Public Safety will sponsor a University van driving class at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the General Services Building Conference Room. This is a required class to drive Truman State University fleet full-size vans. Student drivers must also complete the Waiver of Vehicle Usage Policy form available online at police.truman.edu. Participants must sign up to attend and should allow two-three hours for the class. Class size is limited. To sign up, call 660.785.4177 or email joycecook@truman.edu.

    The Bowling Club will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in Violette Hall 1144. This organization is non-competitive and all skill levels are welcome.

    A guest recital
    featuring Steve Litwiller, clarinet, and Paul Copenhaver, trumpet, will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The University Board of Governors will meet
    at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Student Union Building Conference Room.

    Fred D. Gray, the civil rights attorney for Rosa Parks, will present a free public lecture entitled “Bus Ride to Justice,” followed by a question and answer session, at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in Baldwin Auditorium.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Schedule of Events

    Camp Eagle Information Table
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Jan. 22-23
    Student Union Building

    Peace Corps Information Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Jan. 22-23
    Student Union Building

    Peace Corps Presentation
    3 p.m.
    Jan. 23
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C

    Career Center Staff Hiring Presentation
    5 p.m.
    Feb. 24-25
    Career Center

    Missouri Rural Enterprise & Innovation Center Information Table
    Feb. 25
    Student Union Building

    Missouri Rural Enterprise & Innovation Center Information Table
    Feb. 26
    Violette Hall

    University Conference Day
    Feb. 27

    Career Week
    March 3-6

    PwC Elevate Program On-Campus Interviews
    March 6
    Career Center

    Deloitte On-Campus Interviews
    March 17
    Career Center

    Peace Corps Information Table
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    March 19
    Student Union Building

    Peace Corps Presentation
    3 p.m.
    March 19
    Student Union Building Georgian Room C

    Entrepreneur Idea Pitch Information Session
    4-6 p.m.
    March 19
    Student Union Building 3201

    Ernst & Young On-Campus Interviews
    March 26
    Career Center

    KPMG Summer Leadership Program On-Campus Interviews
    March 27
    Career Center

    Nonprofit Conference
    April 9

    Alumni Mock Interview Day
    9-11 a.m.
    April 11
    Career Center

    Student Research Conference
    April 15

    TrumaCare: Is Your Heart in Healthcare?
    April 22

    Intern Research Presentations
    5:30 p.m.
    April 29
    Student Union Building Conference Room (SUB 3000)

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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    The IAA Foundation will award 74 scholarships to students majoring in agriculture, agri-business or a related field, as well as many scholarships open to any major. These scholarships are for Illinois residents. More information can be found at iaafoundation.org. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

    Applications for Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarships are now available at hy-vee.com under company info. Forty $1,000 scholarships will be given out to high school seniors and an additional 40 scholarships worth $1,000 will be given to college students for the 2014-2015 academic year. These scholarships are limited to employees of Hy-Vee (student employees or parents who are employed by Hy-Vee). For more information on qualifications and how to apply, go to hy-vee.com. Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 10.

    Marketing EDGE is offering nine different marketing scholarships for the 2014 academic year. For more information or to apply, visit marketingedge.org/students/marketing-scholarships. Deadline for application is May 9.

    The Rural Students Scholarship Essay Contest is now available to all high school seniors and full-time college students in the U.S. with a 3.0 grade point average. Sponsored by Blaze Wifi, this scholarship worth $500 is designed to promote digital literacy and higher education in underdeveloped and potentially at-risk rural areas of the U.S. Full scholarship guidelines are available at blazewifi.com/scholarship. Deadline to apply is May 30.