Vol. 19 No. 8 - Oct. 13, 2014


  • Aid Available for Students Interested in 2015 National Undergraduate Research Conference

    Students who wish to receive financial support from the University to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) should apply for funding through the Office of Student Research (OSR) by Oct. 24.

    The 29th Annual NCUR Conference will take place in Cheney, Wash., from April 16-18. The OSR will be able to provide support for up to 24 students. A completed application, including an abstract, should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 24. A copy of the application form can be found at osr.truman.edu/ncur. Abstract guidelines can be found at www.cur.org/ncur_2015/abstract_submission/. Do not submit abstracts to NCUR until funding is granted from the OSR.

    The OSR will rank the applications and award travel funds to no more than 24 students. Priority will be given to senior students, students who have not previously attended NCUR and students who will not have the opportunity to present their research elsewhere, except for Truman’s Student Research Conference. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been awarded funding via email no later than Nov. 7. Students who are denied funding from the OSR are encouraged to seek alternative sources of travel funds.

    After a student has secured funding for travel to NCUR 2015, whether through the OSR or from some other source, he or she must submit their abstract to NCUR through the NCUR website, www.cur.org/ncur_2015/, by Dec. 2.

    Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty at Eastern Washington University, and students will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted by the NCUR by Jan. 19. The OSR will contact all students who have been accepted by the NCUR to present at the conference in January, and will coordinate registration and travel for the entire Truman group.

    Questions or comments about the process can be directed to osr@truman.edu.

  • Theta Alpha Kappa Inducts New Members

    Truman’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), national honor society for religious studies, inducted three new members, Jessica Foster, Elizabeth Salsich and Mary Williams, during a special reception in May. Joelle Axton was also honored with TAK’s Undergraduate Achievement Award.  

    Pictured along with PHRE faculty members are: (back row) SSCS Dean, Elizabeth Clark, Dereck Daschke, Evan Williams, Mike Ashcraft, David Murphy and TAK moderator Mark Appold. Front row: Jennifer Jesse, Joelle Axton, Elizabeth Salsich, Jessica Foster, Pat Burton and Mary Williams.
    Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society dedicated to promoting excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students in the field of religious studies. The society also maintains a vigorous national program of scholarship awards and fellowship competitions including annual awards and the publication of outstanding student papers in its Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Qualifying Truman students are also eligible to compete in the TAK student section of the annual regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research, which foster archaeological research in the Near East.
  • Truman Forensic Union Comes On Strong at the 74-Swing Speech Tournament

    Truman’s Forensic Union, speech and debate team, attended its second tournament of the season with strong performances and two qualifications for the National Forensic Association championships in April.

    Six members traveled to Illinois to compete at the annual 74-Swing hosted by Bradley University and Illinois State University. In addition to their hosts, Truman faced impressive competition from other top forensic teams in the nation, such as Western Kentucky University, Northwestern University and the University of Northern Iowa.
    The first award of the weekend went to freshman Brian Kantanka during the Dan Smith Invitational portion of the tournament. Kantanka was declared the top novice in poetry interpretation based on his strong performance against varsity competitors.
    The success continued with freshman Clarissa Todd and sophomore Mahliyah Adkins-Threats both making it to the finals in their events. Todd placed fourth in the novice division of Prose Interpretation. Adkins-Threats took her poetry interpretation to the varsity division final round, where she placed fifth.
    The team travels next to the University of Central Missouri for the Missouri Mule, Oct. 18 and 19.

    Participation in the forensics program is open to any student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information, visit forensics.truman.edu or contact Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, at coutzen@truman.edu, or Kevin Minch, interim director of forensics, at kminch@truman.edu.

  • Planetarium Thank You

    Truman would like to thank the following donors and supporters of the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium and Multimedia Theater.

    Universe Level
    Del and Norma Robison

    Galaxy Level
    James and Margaret Mudd Estate

    Quasar Level
    John and Jackie Settlage

    Super Nova Level
    The Boeing Company
    Victor Kaylarian
    Chuck and Sherri Woods

    Star Level
    Richard and Alice Allinson
    Bulldog Party
    Sarah and Ben Burkemper
    David and Ellen Clithero
    Gail Crump
    Scott and Carol Ellis
    Mark and Robin Gambaiana
    Jon and Deborah Gering
    Marianna Giovannini
    Darrel Harmon and Joan Poor
    Ed and Terri Harvey
    Steve and Katherine Justice
    Helen Lai
    Gary and Claire Lloyd
    Grace and Andrew Lu
    Troy and Kelly Paino
    Larry and Sharron Quisenberry
    Steve Rose and Sandra McGee
    Lois Sellmeyer
    Gary and Beth Stangler
    Robert and Carol Stephens
    Scott and Heidi Templeton
    Truman State University - NEMO Alumni Chapter
    Tanner Williams

    Planetary Level
    Ameren Missouri
    Mark and Kathryn Eacret
    James and Mary Kay Hogan
    Kemper Corporate Services, Inc.
    Julie Lochbaum
    Jack and Sue Magruder
    Robert and Annette McDonald
    Paul and April McFerron
    Keith and Kathy Rabenberg
    Tammy Roberts
    Robert and Carissa Schneider

    The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium and Multimedia Theater took place during homecoming festivities Oct. 11.


  • Midterm Break Hours at the Rec

    The Student Recreation Center will have shortened hours during midterm break.

    Oct. 15
    6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Oct. 16
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 17
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 18
    11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Oct. 19
    4-7 p.m.

    For more information, call 660.785.4847.
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session

    11:30 a.m.
    Oct. 15
    Student Union Building Conference Room 3000

    The Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year and Boren Fellows up to $30,000.

    Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.borenawards.org.

    For more information please contact María Di Stefano, or contact Boren Awards at 800.618.NSEP or boren@iie.org.

  • Apply to the McNair Program

    Students thinking about going to graduate school should consider applying to the McNair Program. Learn more about this valuable resource and the eligibility requirements by contacting Janet Blohm-Pultz, program coordinator, at jblompultz@truman.edu, 660.785.5393 or stopping by her office in Adair Building Room 301. Program applications are accepted Oct. 1- Nov. 1 at mcnair.truman.edu.
  • Coffee with the President

    President Paino will be hosting Coffee with the President from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Student Union Building Conference Room 3000.   

    The sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the Truman community to make suggestions or ask questions about issues facing the University. For more information, visit truman.edu/about/our-people/presidents-office/coffee-with-the-president/.
  • Relate to Your Roommate

    7-9 p.m.
    Oct. 21
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater (176)

    Sponsored by the Student Wellness Committee

    Relate to Your Roommate seeks to improve awareness of self and others using Myers-Briggs temperaments. This free interactive program will help students to communicate in a way that resonates between themselves and their roommates. It will also allow students to see their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students for Middle East Peace Falafel Sale

    10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Oct. 23 and 24
    The Quad

    Prices will be $3 for a falafel wrap and $2 for falafel balls.
  • Sigma Alpha’s Annual Haunted Corn Maze

    Oct. 23
    7-10 p.m.

    Oct. 24
    8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Oct. 25
    8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Located at the University Farm

    Admission is $3 for Truman students with an ID and $5 for general admission. Oct. 26 is Kids’ Day from 1-3 p.m. There will be crafts and trick or treating. Admission is $3 per child.
  • TruMen to Host A Cappella Fest

    7-9 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium

    The performance will feature TruMen, Sweet Nothings, Minor Detail and guest groups Intersection (University of Iowa) and One Too Many (professional group).

  • 25th Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference

    Truman will host its 25th annual undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Manuel Chavez, Jr., from Monmouth University. Chavez will present on the topic “Ethics and Anti-Racism” at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B. Lunch will be provided.

    For more information, contact David Murphy at 660.785.7246 or email dgmurphy@truman.edu.  

  • Gould Scholastic Award

    The School of Business is looking for eligible participants for the Gould Scholastic Award, sponsored by DST Systems, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.

    The award represents Robert Gould’s legacy of effective utilization of operations management and information technology to advance the financial services industry. It recognizes outstanding university students who compose exceptional academic papers on topics related to investment management strategies, theories and trends.

    Winners are awarded grants in the amounts of $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 for first, second and third place, respectively, and are celebrated at a special ceremony in Kansas City. The School of Business will additionally award local grants in the amounts of $500, $300 and $150 for first, second and third place, respectively.

    In order to be considered, individuals or groups must complete a research paper and bibliography that addresses the future of financial decision-making and its impact on financial services companies. Paper guidelines are available here. Students must be a junior, a senior or an Honors program student. Graduate students are not eligible to participate.

    The University may only submit three student papers to DST Systems, Inc., for review. Papers are reviewed locally first, and the top three Truman papers are forwarded to the next level. Submit papers to the School of Business at sbdean@truman.edu by Dec. 15.
  • Public Relations Internship Available

    The Truman Public Relations Office is now accepting applications for the full-time spring 2015 internship position.

    The public relations intern will be responsible for helping to write the online University newsletter, Truman Today, and the University’s magazine, Truman Review. The intern will also assist in planning special events throughout the semester, writing press releases and fulfilling other office tasks.

    Applicants should have a strong background in writing and editing. Communication majors are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to candidates with knowledge of Associated Press Style.

    To apply, send a resume, an advising transcript, two writing samples and contact information for two on-campus references to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 202 no later than Nov. 3. For questions about the internship, contact Travis Miles at tmiles@truman.edu.
  • Learning Technologies Team Fall Programming Schedule

    The Learning Technologies Team is kicking off its Fall 2014 semester lineup of workshops and presentations with a focus on a wide array of teaching with technology topics.
    Monday Mentor Sessions
    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
    Student Union Building 3000
    Wednesday Lunch & Learns
    12:30-1:20 p.m.
    Pickler Memorial Library 103
    Join the Learning Technologies Team for these brown-bag lunch sessions on popular topics in instructional technology. While attendees eat, staff members will share information about apps and tools that can help provide better feedback, connect with out-of-town experts, get access to specialized training and much more.
    First Thursdays are Blackboard Thursdays!
    9:30-11:30 a.m.
    First Thursday of Every Month
    McClain Hall 215
    Blackboard Systems Admin, Sherry Dare, hosts open hours for those seeking Blackboard support and instruction. Sherry will be available in the McClain Hall 215 computer lab during this time to answer questions about using Truman’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn.
    Additional Programming
    Times/Dates/Locations – TBA

    Hands-On Workshop – Truman’s Google Drive/Google Apps Suite?
    Presented by the Learning Technologies Team
    10:30-11:20 a.m.
    Oct. 14
    Violette Hall 1304

    Learning Technologies Team – End-of-Semester Open House
    This is an opportunity to drink some hot apple cider and visit with the Learning Technologies Team about instructional technology-related projects, ideas, successes or challenges. The Learning Technologies Team is also interested in ideas regarding future workshop topics.
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Dec. 3
    Pickler Memorial Library 205

    Learning Technologies Team – Finals Week Open Office Hours for NEW Faculty
    Stop in for hot apple cider and take a look at the extensive resources the Learning Technologies Team has available. The Learning Technologies Team will be available for questions after reflecting on the fall semester and in preparation for the spring.
    10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Dec. 9-11
    Pickler Memorial Library 205
  • Fine Arts Performing Schedule 2014-2015

    Hunter/Gatherer: Food and Conservation in Northeast Missouri Art Exhibition
    Oct. 14-Nov. 14
    Public reception at 6 p.m. Oct. 14, University Art Gallery

    New Horizons Music Festival- a series of 6 concerts
    Oct. 25
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    “The Drowsy Chaperone”- a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music/lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
    8 p.m.
    Nov. 12-15
    James G. Severns Theatre
    A modest admission fee will be charged.

    Middle Earth: Midwest Regional Ceramics Invitational Art Exhibition and R. Mertens: Digital/Fibers/Audio Exhibition
    Jan. 22-Feb. 20
    Public reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 27, University Art Gallery

    “Translations” by Brian Friel- mainstage theatre production
    8 p.m.
    Feb. 18-21
    James G. Severns Theatre
    A modest admission fee will be charged.

    David Mazure: Amputees Wallpaper Art Exhibition
    March 3-April 14
    Public reception at 6 p.m. March 3, University Art Gallery

    "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen- mainstage theatre production
    8 p.m.
    April 15-18
    James G. Severns Theatre
    A model admission fee will be charged.

    For more information about any of these events please call 660.785.4417.

    Art Gallery Hours:
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Saturday, Noon-4:30 p.m.

    Closed in between exhibitions and during University holidays.


  • Notables

    Ben Batzer, a Truman graduate student completing requirements for a master’s in English, was the only Truman student to have his paper accepted for presentation in the Theta Alpha Kappa student section of the regional St. Louis meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), which at the national level has a membership of some 8,500 scholars in biblical studies. Batzer’s paper, entitled “Is Symbolic Israel Really Problematic? Distinguishing Metaphor and Symbol as Figurative Language,” received a book award and honorable mention.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Critical Language Scholarship

    The Summer 2015 application for the Critical Language Program is now open.

    This program is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages. The Critical Language Scholarship provides study opportunities to a wide range of students with diverse interests, from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds from across the United States at every level of language learning.

    The application is available online at clscholarship.org. Applications will be due at 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Prior to preparing the application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the program website.
  • Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarships Available

    Scholarships are now available through Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri, Inc., for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Two selected students will be submitted to Central Region as an applicant and to National Garden Clubs Inc., as a Missouri applicant to compete for a Central Region and National Scholarship.

    The scholarship application is available on the website. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2015.
  • Foundation Scholarships Available

    Foundation scholarship applications for Truman students in the spring 2015 semester are now available. Applications are available online and are due by midnight, Nov. 1. To apply, log in to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances, Foundation Scholarships.