Vol. 19 No. 9 - Oct. 20, 2014


  • TED Talk Senior Fellow to Present for Campus Sustainability Day

    Marcin Jakubowski, TED Talk Senior Fellow, will present his lecture “Towards the Open Source Economy” at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in Baldwin Hall Room 176. The event is sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Committee and Global Issues in honor of National Campus Sustainability Day.

    Marcin Jakubowski

    Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open collaborative of engineers, producers and builders developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of the 50 most important machines it takes for modern life to exist, including everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. Jakubowski is producing open source blueprints so that anyone can build and maintain machines at a fraction of what it costs today. His goal is to create a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools that can decentralize production to build modern prosperity in local economies. He believes that true freedom starts with peoples’ individual ability to use natural resources to free themselves from material constraints, unleashing human potential.

    Open Source Ecology was founded in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. The mission of Open Source Ecology is to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production and distribution to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels. These ideas are being tested at the Factor e Farm (e as in the mathematical constant) in rural Missouri.

    Jakubowski is recognized on the Enrich List and gained the distinctions of being a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a 2013 White House Champion of Change. The Global Village Construction Set was recognized in Time Magazine’s "Best Invention of the Year 2012." 

    See Jakubowski's TED Talk here.
  • Middle East Program Offers New Perspectives

    This past summer, 12 students participated in the Middle East study abroad course offered by Truman and led by Mark Appold, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

    Students tour the King Hussein Mosque in Amman, Jordan.

    The course included four weeks of exploration and study in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. In Jordan, students visited ancient and modern sites including crusader castles, remains of a Herodian fortress, Islamic desert castles, the Jordanian capital of Amman, the famous Decapolis city of Jerash and the lost city of Petra, discovered in 1812 in the mountains of Jordan by the Swiss explorer, Johan Burkhardt.

    Students visit the treasury building in Petra, Jordan.
    Pictured, back row, left to right: Alex Nyquist, Carnahan Lovewell, Ingrid Roettgen, Caitlyn Bess, Erin Nyquist and Molly Turner. Front row: Sean Lynn, Aaron Gershman, Mark Appold, Lillianna Burrow, Trent Hoover, Elizabeth Ward and Lauren Hennenfent.  

    The treasury building was featured in the Indiana Jones film “The Last Crusade,” where it served as a secret temple lost for centuries.

    For two weeks, students lived in a Jewish kibbutz and worked on the archaeological site at Bethsaida. It was once a capital city during the Iron Age and home to the Geshurites who had relations with King David of Israel. Centuries later the small fishing village played a primary role in the ministry of Jesus.

    The final week was spent in Jerusalem in a pilgrim house that served as base for three days of exploring ancient sites in Old Jerusalem and one day in New Jerusalem. Lessons in the ongoing Israeli and Palestinian conflict were central during the time in the West Bank and Bethlehem.
  • University Features New Horizons Music Festival

    The 16th edition of the New Horizons Music Festival will present two days of contemporary music, six concerts and performers from around the West and the Midwest. Sponsored by the University and Sigma Alpha Iota, the festival will take place Oct. 24-25 on Truman’s campus.

    The festival includes music from most of the major genres in modern performance including chamber groups, multimedia, solo performers, large ensembles and theatrical performances by composers and writers from around the United States and Europe. The concerts and gallery exhibition focus on contemporary music that leverages the techniques of the classical musician while simultaneously looking to the future.

    Guest composer Amy X Neuburg will perform electric and eclectic cabaret music accompanied by her own unique blend of technologies that involve electronic percussion and live looping. At the close of the festival, the Truman Percussion Ensemble will also feature a newly commissioned work by Neuburg.

    Digital Smorgasbord
    8 p.m.
    Oct. 24
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    New Improvisation
    1:30 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Instrumental Room 2340

    2:45 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Instrumental Room 2340

    New Music-Theater
    4 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Severns Theatre

    Amy X Neuburg
    6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    A short conversation with Amy
    7:30 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    New ensemble works
    8 p.m.
    Oct. 25
    Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall

    All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit nhmf.truman.edu or email newhorizonsmusicfestival@gmail.com.

  • Missouri Government Internship Applications Still Being Accepted

    Those students who are interested in a paid spring internship opportunity still have an opportunity to apply for the Missouri Government Internship program. This internship gives students the opportunity to gain real, meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. If selected, interns will be working full time alongside staffers in the office of a state legislator, state agency or state executive. Through interning at the Capitol, students will expand their knowledge of the workings of state government and build a tight-knit and diverse professional network.

    Interns are eligible to receive up to 15 hours of credit for their work at the capitol and also will be compensated for moving and living expenses with a $2,500 stipend.

    Daily tasks vary depending on the office, but interns can expect to attend public hearings and complete legislative research. Other duties may include writing and editing published materials, preparing for hearings, tracking legislation, constituent relations, attending fundraising events, writing speeches and assisting with basic office work.

    In order to participate in the Missouri Government Internship, students must have completed at least 60 hours and spent a minimum of two semesters at Truman. Students will only be considered with a GPA of 2.75 and higher.

    All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. While there is no required coursework prior to the internship, applicants must be hard working, motivated, professional and eager to learn.

    Interviews are currently being conducted. More information and applications are available online here.

    For more information, contact Candy Young or Heidi Templeton.

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    Spring 2014 Intern Jessica Hamilton poses in front of the Capitol building’s iconic dome.


  • Sleep Awareness Week

    Sheep on the Mall
    9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Oct. 20

    Scavenger Hunt with Prizes (Follow #TSUSleepWeek)
    Oct. 21

    Hammocks on the Quad
    1-3 p.m.
    Oct. 22

    Pajama Day and Guest Speaker, Brenda Higgins
    7 p.m.
    Oct. 23
    Baldwin Little Theater

    Information tables with giveaways will take place on the Quad all week. (rainsite: Student Union Building)
  • The Adventure of Romance Languages

    Strategies for Learning Multiple Romance Languages
    4:30- 5:30 p.m.
    Oct. 21
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Diversity in Romance: Regional Identity, Multilingualism, Migration
    7:30-8:30 p.m.
    Oct. 21
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Romance Languages Then, Now and Tomorrow: Directions of Continual Evolution
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Oct. 22
    Student Union Building Georgian Room A

    Choosing a ROML Capstone Project
    7:30-8:30 p.m.
    Oct. 22
    Baldwin Hall 156

    Presented by Dr. Thomas D. Cavens, professor emeritus of Italian and romance linguistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Truman United Way Campaign Update

    As of Oct. 17, the Truman community has contributed more than $30,000 to the Truman United Way Campaign, representing 55 percent of the University’s $56,000 goal.

    Donations support the United Way of Adair County. The local United Way has among the lowest overhead in the nation, allowing a greater percentage of contributions to go straight to local programs helping people pursue the goals of education, income and health.

    To make a donation, contact Maggie Herron at mherron@truman.edu or Marty Jayne at mjayne@truman.edu for a pledge form.
  • Memorial Service to Honor Student

    The campus community was greatly saddened to learn last week that Mackenzie Kathleen McDermott had passed away while studying abroad in Spain. Mackenzie was a junior at Truman double majoring in English and sociology/anthropology.

    A memorial is planned for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Following the service, her family will receive guests until 10 p.m. in the Student Union Building 3201.

    In her honor, her family has established the Mackenzie Kathleen McDermott Memorial Scholarship through the Truman State University Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring or minoring in creative writing with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

    Anyone interested in making a gift to the Mackenzie Kathleen McDermott Memorial Scholarship can do so online at truman.edu/giving or by calling the Office of Advancement at 660.785.4133.
  • 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.
  • Intercultural Comedian to Perform Oct. 22

    Fulbright Scholar and intercultural comedian Jesse Appell is on his North American tour and will visit Truman for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Admission is free, with a reception immediately following.  

    * Find out what’s funny in China
    * See traditional Chinese “crosstalk” comedy
    * Sing along with Appell’s viral video songs

    Appell brings together China and America with laughter as he demonstrates how to use humor to cope with culture shock when studying abroad.
    This event is sponsored by Classical & Modern Languages, the Center for International Education and Multicultural Affairs.

  • Guest Speaker to Discuss the Social Network of Early Modern Literature

    Dr. David Eichmann from University of Iowa will present the project Shakeosphere, the Social Network of Early Modern Literature, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Violette Hall Room 1224.

    Shakeosphere is a digital research and teaching tool that allows users to search, analyze and visualize the early modern print and manuscript network derived from the English Short Title Catalogue (English publications from 1473-1800). Eichmann will discuss the approaches used to extract the social network data and visualize it. After the presentation, he will also answer questions about graduate study in informatics and in library and information science at the University of Iowa.
  • 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).
  • Flag Football Tournament to Help Ministry in West Africa

    The Leadership for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring a 5 on 5 flag football tournament at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Stokes Stadium.

    Organizations are encouraged to participate. The cost for each team is $35 and teams can consist of 5 to 7 members. There will be a men's and women’s division. Co-ed teams will play in the men’s division. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 24.

    All proceeds will go toward Hunter’s Ministry, a ministry located in West Africa. The ministry is currently trying to finish construction on a recreational youth center and needs financial help in order to complete the project.  

    For more information or to sign up, email Emma Trenhaile at eb4622@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • Author to Present New Novel

    Jack Smith, novelist, editor and critic, will give a reading from his latest novel, "Icon," at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room C. The event is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics. It is free and open to the public.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Free Self-Defense Class Offered

    The Department of Public Safety is offering a free self-defense class for students. The program combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about crime prevention. Designed for both female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.

    The class will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room C. The class can accommodate 30 students. Those who complete the class will receive a specially designed safety whistle.

    To sign up, email pr@truman.edu with your name and cell phone number.

  • Comm Disorders Open House Set for Nov. 8

    The Truman Communication Disorders (CMDS) Department will host a Graduate Student Open House from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Health Sciences Building 2203.

    All prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in communication disorders from Truman are invited to attend. Information regarding the CMDS graduate program, the profession, employment opportunities and funding for graduate school will be provided along with the opportunity to meet faculty, alumni and students of the program. R.S.V.P. to Connie Ikerd, secretary. 

  • Spring Semester Choir Auditions

    Auditions for spring placement in Cantoria or Women’s Chamber Ensemble will take place Nov. 17 and 18 in Ophelia Parrish and by appointment. Tenors and basses are especially encouraged to audition.

    If interested, email Mark Jennings at mdj@truman.edu to schedule an audition time. Students can also sign up for Cantoria, MUSI 149 or Chamber Choir, MUSI 147 section 6, when registering for classes.

    For more information, email Jennings at mdj@truman.edu or Victoria Meeks, Cantoria president, at vm1567@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.
  • 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

    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

    Ujjaini Das, who teaches geography in the Department of Society and Environment,
    had her article, “Toward Methodological Precision: Linking Qualitative Meta-theories and Methods to Environmental Justice Research Design,” accepted for publication in the journal Environmental Justice.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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.