Vol. 18 No. 30 - April 28, 2014


  • Nationally Renowned Author to Speak at Graduation

    N. Katherine Hayles, professor of literature and director of graduate studies at Duke University, will serve as the May 2014 Commencement speaker.

    In addition to her positions at Duke University, Hayles is a distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches graduate seminars on contemporary American literature and cultural and literary theory.

    Hayles has been influential in shaping contemporary media theory through the concept of “media-specific analysis,” as well as through the robust and lively interactions she analyzes between print and digital literary works. Steeped in digital literature and culture, she believes the printed book has never been livelier or more interesting as a medium for experimental literature.

    The author of 10 books and more than 100 articles, her work “How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics,” won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, as well as the Eaton Award for Science Fiction Theory and Criticism. Additionally, her work has earned numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and a University of California Presidential Research Fellowship.

    Hayles earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology, respectively. In the field of English, she has a master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

    Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 2 p.m. May 10 at Stokes Stadium. For more detailed information on the Commencement ceremony, visit www.truman.edu/?p=14215.
  • Traditional Caribbean Music to be Showcased

    The Department of Music will host its Spring Percussion Extravaganza at 8 p.m. May 1 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    This event will be the biggest percussion event of the year and will feature guest marimba soloist, junior Angela Hilton, winner of the 2013 Michael Hooley Memorial Percussion Award, along with the Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble I and Truman Steel, the University Steel Band. Both performing ensembles will be directed by Michael Bump, director of percussive studies.

    The concert will include several traditional calypsos and socas from Trinidad and Tobago, the country in which steel pan originates. Additionaly, Truman Steel will premiere a piece arranged by Bump.

    Admission is free but seating is limited. For more information, contact Bump at 660.785.4052 or mbump@truman.edu.

  • 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 9 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Alumna Anna Pechenina (‘09), currently a PhD student at the University of North Texas earning her degree in Political Science, will be the guest speaker at the event.

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting

    Patrick Fink

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting
    Kelsey Collier

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science

    Francois Makarewicz

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Anthropology
    Rachel Kreher

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art

    Ian Reed

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art History

    Emily Hagen

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Studio Art
    Emily Bendet

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communication
    Elizabeth Williamson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Athletic Training
    Elizabeth Rodell

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology

    Lauren Choate

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Finance
    Amy Huetsch

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Management
    Sarah Buczkiewicz

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration: Marketing

    Erin Sullentrup

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in International Business
    Haley Stroup

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in General Chemistry
    Martin Sevrin

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Pre-Medical Chemistry

    Quynh Duong

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics

    Thomas Sandbrink

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication: Journalism

    Katherine Linman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Public Communication
    Jessica Gennuso

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Studies
    Shelby Raper

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders
    Myra Milam

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders
    Audrey Nyi

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science
    Sierra Gregg

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing

    Elizabeth Fifer

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics

    Brian Cheah

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education
    Emily Jameson

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education

    Alyssa Bollinger

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education

    Amanda Daniels

    Outstanding Graduate Student in English

    Maurine Pfuhl

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English
    Brendan Ezvan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science

    Katie Hirsch

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French

    Tyler Luckett

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in German

    Michael Berman

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science
    Alyssa Whitlock

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History

    David Hutchinson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Summer Jensen

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems

    Matthew Mueller

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics
    Nicholas Becker

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics
    Evan Datz

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Military Science
    Adrienn Myers

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: General Concentration

    Jacob England

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Liberal Arts
    Jon Ginder

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Performance
    Emily Mehigh

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing
    Allison Faron

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy
    Kara Boschert

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Religion

    Elizabeth Salsich

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics
    Benjamin Groebe

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science

    Maddisen Ebert

    Outstanding Undergraduate Students in Psychology

    Analia Albuja
    Sarah Jo David

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Romance Language
    Jamie Knepper

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Russian

    Andrew Swafford

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology

    Emma Shirey

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish
    Sarah Glenski

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre
    Mary Jacobi

    Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award

    Valerie Spencer


  • Party for Seniors at University President’s House

    Graduating seniors have the opportunity to receive an invitation to “Party with T-Pain” May 6. To receive an invite to enjoy food, karaoke and fun in University president Troy Paino’s backyard, seniors are asked to give a gift of $20 or more to any University fund by May 1.

    Students may choose any Foundation fund that is important to them. Possible funds include a variety of of general scholarship funds, athletic and academic department scholarships.

    For more information or details concerning the invitation, a donation or the Foundation funds available, visit partywitht-pain.truman.edu or call 660.785.4133.
  • Opening of a 1954 University Time Capsule

    3:30 p.m.
    May 5
    Magruder Hall 2001

    You are invited to attend the opening of the time capsule found in the 1954 Science Hall Cornerstone.
  • Open Forums for University Counseling Center Staff Candidates

    Four candidates for two permanent counselor positions at UCS will be on-campus to deliver outreach presentations followed by open forums. All members of the Truman community (faculty, staff and students) are invited to attend the presentations and open-forums. Vitaes and evaluation materials will be available at the sessions.
    Tracy Parks
    May 5
    Student Union Building 3000
    1:30-2 p.m. Outreach Presentation
    2-2:30 p.m. Open Forum
    Mike Bolle
    May 7
    Student Union Building 3202
    1:30-2 p.m. Outreach Presentation
    2-2:30 p.m. Open Forum

    Beth Miller
    May 9
    Student Union Building 3202
    1:30-2 p.m. Outreach Presentation
    2-2:30 p.m. Open Forum

    Dr. Kristin Frevert
    May 12
    Student Union Building 3000
    1:30-2 p.m. Outreach Presentation
    2-2:30 p.m. Open Forum
  • Golf Outing Scheduled for May 2

    The Truman Football Team will sponsor a golf outing at the Kirksville Country Club on May 2.

    The four-person scramble will begin at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon. The cost will be $65 per player or $260 for a foursome.

    For additional information or to sign up, visit the team store at TrumanBulldogs.com, call the Kirksville Country Club at 660.665.5335 or contact coach Jay Davis at the Truman Athletics Office at 660.785.4236.

  • 2013 Homecoming Apparel Sale

    Short Sleeve T-Shirts: $5
    Tank Tops: $6
    Long Sleeve T-Shirts: $8
    Hooded Sweatshirts: $15
    Crewneck Sweatshirts: $16

    Sizes and selection are limited.
    For more information, contact Shelby Sims in the Center for Student Involvement at 660.785.4222 or ssims@truman.edu.

  • Noyce Program Accepting Scholarship Applications

    The Truman Noyce Scholars Program for Secondary Mathematics and Physics Teaching is now accepting scholarship applications for Fall 2014. The Noyce Scholarship Program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides generous scholarships to future educators to teach mathematics and physics in high-need high schools. For more information about campus scholarships and how to apply, visit the Truman Noyce Scholars Office in Magruder Hall 3164 or go online to noyce.truman.edu. The deadline to apply is May 1.

  • Faculty Lunch-n-Learn Schedule

    The Learning Technologies Team's spring semester lineup includes workshops for faculty focused on a variety of teaching with technology topics. All sessions will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Pickler Memorial Library 103 unless otherwise stated.
    April 30
    Conducting Effective Online Meetings
    Would you like to facilitate web-conferences with colleagues, group meetings with students or hold office hours online? Are you interested in the many options available to facilitate web-based, real-time collaborative experiences? In this workshop, the Learning Technologies Team discusses web conferencing options, how to set up a meeting space, the meeting space layout and the many options available. Specifically explore Zoom and Big Blue Button. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to set up the meeting space with Zoom and Big Blue Button, facilitate an online meeting and take away a few best practices concerning online real-time collaboration.  

    To view a list of future workshop topics and dates, visit apd.truman.edu/home/upcoming-events.
  • Pickler Memorial Library

    Extended Hours

    Pickler Memorial Library will be open until 2 a.m. Sundays to Thursdays through May 8.

    The library will provide free hot chocolate starting at 11 p.m. for those late night study sessions. Don’t forget to bring your travel mug. Compliments of the Library Book Sale Fund.
  • Student Rec Center Hours - May 2014

    May 5-7
    9 a.m.-11 p.m.

    May 8-9
    9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    May 10-11


    May 12-16
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    May 17-18

    May 19-23
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    May 24-26


    May 27-30
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    May 31- June 1


  • Notables

    Royce Kallerud, English and linguistics department chair, and Paul Yoder, associate professor of education, both successfully completed the 118th Boston Marathon April 19. Kallerud finished with a time of 3:02:38 and Yoder finished with a time of 3:39:23.

    Russell Nelson, art department chair
    , had his design published as the cover of “In Short, A Memory of the Other on a Good Day,” a collection of poems co-authored by alumnus Allison Cundiff. There will be a reading from the authors 5:30-8 p.m. May 3 at the Wooden Nickel.

    Sally West, professor of history, was invited to give the plenary address March 29 at the Central Association of Russian Teachers of America conference in Columbia, Mo. Her talk, entitled “Selling Russia: Advertising’s Appropriation of Russian Culture in the Late Tsarist Era,” was based upon her book, “I Shop in Moscow: Advertising and the Creation of Consumer Culture in Late Tsarist Russia.”

Events and Activities

  • Events and Activities

    Free body composition assessments
    will take place 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 3:45-4:45 p.m. April 28 and 2-4 p.m. May 1. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index. Sign up at the weight room desk.

    Attend any group exercise class before the end of the day May 2 and get entered to win a free tank top. Attend a featured class to double your chances.  Featured classes include Bernie Mac Attack with Bernie from 10:45-11:35 a.m. April 28, Dance Central with DJ from 5-5:50 p.m. April 28 and May 1, Tabata with Ellyn from 4-4:50 pm May 1, and Core and Cardio with Jenn from 4-4:30pm May 2. Five winners will be drawn and announced on Facebook.

    The Staff Council is hosting the 2014 Spring Staff Social from 2-4 p.m. May 2 in the sunken garden. All staff members are invited to celebrate another semester with coffee, light snacks and door prizes. Door prizes will be held for those who must leave before the drawing, so staff members should feel free to stay for some or all of the event. If interested in attending, RSVP via email to Ted Frushour at frushour@truman.edu by April 28. If unable to attend, still let the council know and they will bring the social to you.

    Truman’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi won a regalia contest for the best club t-shirt at the classics society’s national convention earlier this month in Chicago. These shirts can be purchased online at teespring.com/tsuclassics until May 4.

    The annual Service Recognition Luncheon for faculty and staff will take place at 12 p.m. May 13 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Group pictures will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. For more information, contact the Human Resources Office at 660.785.4031.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    The University of Canterbury Fall 2014 Study Abroad Program
    has extended their application deadline to May 1. Scholarships of up to $2000 are available to students who wish to study abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand. For more information, contact the Center for International Education at ciea@truman.edu or visit the Study Abroad office in Kirk Building 114.

    Charter One's 40 TruFit Good Citizen Scholarships
    will be awarded to students who demonstrate the difference they have made in their communities through volunteering. There will be ten $5,000 scholarships awarded to U.S. residents who will be attending a four year college, university or graduate program and who have been active in community service. Deadline is May 6 or until 2,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first. For more information go to www.charterone.com/scholarship.

    The Missouri Greece Study Abroad 2015 program is offering five $1,000 scholarships for students who wish to study abroad in Greece for the spring 2015 semester. For more information, contact the Center for International Education at ciea@truman.edu or visit the Study Abroad office in Kirk Building 114.

    Through a generous gift from Lloyd and Lois Elmore, a trust has been established to make scholarships of approximately $1,000 per semester (depending on need) available annually. Scholarship recipients must be active in a Southern Baptist Church or in a Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ). The scholarship recipients must attend Truman State University. Lloyd and Lois (Trower) Elmore operated a family farm in the Gibbs, Mo., community for 50 years before moving to La Plata, Mo., in 1968. Lloyd was a member of the Christian Church in Gibbs and La Plata. Lois was the daughter of a Baptist minister and attended the Southern Baptist Church in La Plata. She was also a member of the Loyal Bereans Class of the La Plata Christian Church. The Elmore’s established the trust fund to provide an educational opportunity for students in the northeast Missouri area who are actively involved in their church. Eligibility criteria: high school graduate from northeast Missouri; current Missouri resident; active involvement in a Southern Baptist Church or Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ); financial need; and acceptance to Truman State University. Selection criteria: completed application form; evidence of financial need; proof of acceptance to Truman State University; written letter of recommendation from the local clergy; and receipt of all the above by the application deadline, May 30. Renewal criteria: student must maintain a 2.50 grade point average; complete at least 24 credit hours in previous 12 months; evidence of continued active involvement in a Southern Baptist or Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ); and maximum renewal of three times. To apply, click here.