Vol. 19 No. 12 - Nov. 10, 2014


  • Truman President Paino Signs Agreement for Academic Cooperation with UN-Sponsored Body, Team Completes Visit Aimed at Expanding Degree Opportunities Abroad

    With hopes of expanding academic cooperation with institutions abroad and expanding enrollment in select Truman graduate programming, Truman State University President, Dr. Troy Paino, entered into a memorandum of understanding with the European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD), at a ceremony on Oct. 25.  

    The ECPD is a branch of the UN-mandated University for Peace and collaborates with other academic institutions to help citizens of the Balkans and elsewhere receive needed education to advance peace and prosperity in their countries. The ECPD is headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia.

    The signing ceremony, which included Paino and the President of ECPD’s Academic Council, Dr. Don Wallace, concludes an agreement to engage in broad ranging academic cooperation between ECPD and Truman.

    “This is a great opportunity to extend our reach to a part of the world hungry to take advantage of American higher education opportunities,” Paino said. “It is an ideal place for Truman to raise its international profile and spread its public liberal arts mission.”

    Currently, Truman administrators are working with their regional counterparts to explore possible options for offering Truman’s master’s degree in leadership online to regional students. These options include the possibility of offering select coursework in one or more possible elective tracks, including content from Truman’s existing graduate certificate in sustainability and environmental studies, as well as select coursework in other fields in which regional partners have expressed interest.

    Patrick Lecaque, director of the Center for International Education, and Kevin Minch, associate vice president for academic affairs, accompanied Paino on the trip to the signing, staying on for additional meetings with academic and community leaders in a week-long marathon of eight stops across Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. Dr. Negoslav P. Ostogic, ECPD Executive Director facilitated the visit, which was a follow-up to a June exploratory trip by Lecaque and Maria Di Stefano, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of Graduate Studies.

    “We learned a great deal about the needs of students in this region during these visits,” noted Lecaque, an experienced scholar of the Balkan region.

    “There are great opportunities here to meet a demonstrated need for education while opening new space for enrollment in Truman programming. In the ECPD we have a strong partner with enormous clout in the region and a network of partners in academia and government critical to making sure any program can be executed with reliable, on-ground support,” Minch added, “Much will still need to occur before this, or any other online program can be established, including a lot of on-campus discussions. We are also looking at opportunities these sites might present for expanding meaningful offerings in our non-credit summer youth programming.”

    The team is optimistic that at least some coursework can be offered to students in the region during the 2015-2016 academic year, pending review and approval by faculty governance and accreditors in the U.S. and overseas.

  • Local Ceremony Honors Veterans Day

    In recognition of Veterans Day, there will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the VFW Adair Post 2508. Members from the Truman ROTC Color Guard will present the colors for the ceremony. The VFW hall is located off Highway 6 at 21464 Parallel Road.

    Those unable to attend the ceremony are encouraged to stop by the outside entrance to the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center to see plaques that list the names of former Truman students and alumni who gave their lives in service of their country during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

    Visitors will also find a life size  “Purple Heart” bronze sculpture that was unveiled during a Veterans Day ceremony on campus in 2011. The sculpture was designed and created by Brandon Crandall who had the inspiration that the plaques needed something to compliment them. The sculpture, which faces the plaques, depicts a father reverently holding his son’s Purple Heart, a military medal awarded in honor of those who have been wounded or killed in action.

    To read more about story behind the sculpture and the 2011 ceremony that posthumously honored Jedh Colby Barker, a former student who named as a recipient of the Medal of Honor, visit here.

  • Truman Celebrates Donors with Tag Day

    Truman will celebrate donations to the University Nov. 14 by tagging items across campus made possible by private gifts to the University.

    The goal of Tag Day is not only to show appreciation to donors who have given back to the University but also to raise awareness on campus of how they impact day-to-day life at Truman. Thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the University invest in Truman, to the benefit of the campus community. The University has more than 600 funds. Donors support a variety of causes across campus such as scholarships, athletics, fine arts and academic departments.

    This year, individuals can share their gratitude by photographing tags and sharing on social media. The first 50 to share pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on Nov. 14 with #TrumanTagDay will win a free t-shirt. The Annual Fund will also be hosting a table 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building to give people the chance to sign a larger-than-life thank you card to Truman donors.
  • Lyceum Series Presents Rhonda Vincent

    Rhonda Vincent, bluegrass artist and five-time Grammy nominee, will perform during the second event of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Baldwin Auditorium.  

    Since releasing her first solo album in 1988, Vincent has gone on to produce more than 15 others. Additionally, she has collaborated with many popular names in the industry including Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Willie Nelson. Vincent’s distinguished career has earned her the unofficial title of “Queen of Bluegrass.”

    Vincent has been selected as the Female Vocalist of the Year seven times by the International Bluegrass Music Association and was also named Entertainer of the Year in 2001. The Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2014. Vincent and her band have received multiple awards and honors throughout the years.

    Due to the popularity of this artist locally, starting Nov. 13 tickets not picked up by the campus community will be available for the Kirksville community to purchase. Students can pick up their free ticket by presenting a Truman ID at the Student Activities Board Box Office, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Faculty and staff can receive their free tickets by showing their Truman ID at the Information Center in the Student Union Building.

    A limited number of general admission tickets are still available for $10 and can be purchased downtown at Edna Campbell’s, the Truman Cashier’s Window in McClain Hall or online at lyceum.truman.edu.

    The Truman Bookstore—Follett Higher Education Group is a platinum-level sponsor of this event.

  • Truman Partners with the Peace Corps to Offer the Master’s International Program

    The Office of Graduate Studies announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps, providing the opportunity for Truman students to participate in the Master’s International program.
    Students participating in the Master’s International program first gain admission to the Master of Arts in Leadership program, where they would be encouraged to specialize in education, health or environment and agriculture. Admitted students then complete their application to the Peace Corps.

    Individuals in the program typically complete one year of graduate coursework before beginning Peace Corps assignments. The two-year Peace Corps appointment counts as the required nine-credit internship experience. Tuition is waived during the Peace Corps assignment.
    After the assignment, students complete remaining academic requirements and graduate with a Master of Arts in Leadership degree. The program provides an opportunity to integrate international experience, cross-cultural awareness and foreign language skills with larger career goals.
    For more information about the Master’s International program, an information session will take place at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Baldwin Hall Room 163.
    The campus contact for the Master’s International program is Maria Di Stefano, dean of graduate studies. Additional information about Peace Corps volunteer opportunities can be found here.

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  • Communication Students Bring Great Speeches to Life

    Reminiscent of the popular movie “Night at the Museum,” great speeches from history and the movies will come to life at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center.

    Approximately 30 communication students from COMM 270, Advanced Public Speaking, and other communication classes will portray speakers or characters in an entertaining program organized by Barry Poyner, professor of communication, and sponsored by the Communication Club (NCASC).

    Students will share brief insights about the speakers and the rhetorical situation, in addition to performing excerpts from the speeches. At any given point, about half of the students will be in character. This will allow the other performers to move around and enjoy speeches as well.  

    Speeches are from the "Top 100 Great Speeches of the 20th Century," in addition to famous movies. The list includes Richard M. Nixon’s “Checkers,” ranked No. 6, Malcom X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet,” ranked No. 7, Woodrow Wilson’s “War Message,” ranked No. 19, Huey Long’s “Every Man a King,” ranked No. 26, John F. Kennedy’s “Civil Rights,” ranked No. 46 and Ursula LeGuin’s “A Left-Handed Commencement,” ranked No. 82.

    The event is self-paced and is each student presentation is about five minutes. Cake and punch will also be served to honor the National Communication Association’s centennial celebration. Those attending are encouraged to vote for the best portrayal based on dress, delivery of quotes, understanding of speaker, rhetorical situation and rhetorical splendor. It is free and open to the public.  

    Students of all majors are invited to join the Communication Club. NCASC is committed to enriching the lives of undergraduate communication major and minors by promoting the study and application of communication principles through educational and social functions. For more information, contact Poyner at 660.785.4063.

  • Call for Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research Proposals

    The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applications for research and creative scholarships for Spring 2015.

    The purpose of these grants is to promote a culture of research and scholarship while providing flexibility to accommodate different research styles and requirements. Projects should involve original ideas but may encompass a variety of activities. These include obtaining preliminary data or information, exploring new topics and continuing ongoing projects. All disciplines are invited to participate.
    Individuals must be current Truman undergraduates or graduate students and be mentored by a Truman faculty member. Grant applications may request up to $750 and can cover student institutional pay as well as supplies and travel to conduct the research. Complete guidelines can be found at the Office of Student Research website. All disciplines are invited to participate.
    Students that wish to be considered for GIASR funding should submit applications online 11:59 p.m. Nov. 21 here.
    For more information, contact the Office of Student Research at osr@truman.edu.

  • Truman Library Internship Offers Unique Experience for Students

    The Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library Internship provides an opportunity for students to spend a summer and gain experience at the Truman Library, located in Independence, Mo.

    The internship is open to all juniors and seniors, regardless of major, who meet University requirements for an internship. Students can earn up to 10 hours of credit for this full-time, eight-week unpaid internship, coinciding with the University’s eight-week summer session.

    After being selected by a University committee and the Truman Library staff, an intern may work in a variety of areas in the Library including archives, public relations, marketing, educational programming, museum development or visitor services. Assignments are based on individual abilities and interests along with the Library’s needs.

    Two Truman students will be selected for the 2015 summer internship. Each will receive a five-hour, in-state tuition scholarship. The internship has been made possible by a generous endowment from the family of Fred and Ethel Schwengel.
    Applications are due Dec. 8. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Jeff Gall at jgall@truman.edu or 660.785.7747.

  • Pickler Memorial Library Completes Digital Yearbook Collection

    The Pickler Memorial Library has announced the completion of the digitized Echo Yearbook Collection.

    Digitization started back in 2013 with volumes from 1901-1960. Currently, all editions from 1901-2007 are now available in the Truman State University Digital Library.

    The Echo Yearbook Collection incorporates innovative technologies to bring the viewer an enhanced experience, including full-text search, zoom and FlexPaper. FlexPaper technology has been integrated into the digital library experience to give the viewer the ability to virtually turn each page of the Echo yearbook.

    The yearbooks are a welcome addition to the University’s digital library, which includes collections such as the Central Wesleyan College Archives, the Gold Rush Letters and the Sims Song Slides, among others.

    To view the general digital library or the Echo Yearbook Collection, visit digitallibrary.truman.edu.

  • Public Safety Looking for Bike Owners

    The Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently recovered several bicycles on campus. While at least two of the bicycles have been returned to their owners, six remain unclaimed.
    Students with bicycles on campus should check to see that their bicycles are still in their possession or secured to a bike rack. In the case of a missing bicycle, contact DPS. Bicycles can be claimed at the Police Department by providing details about specific identifiable custom markings on the bike, providing a serial number or proof of ownership.

    DPS has a Bicycle Registry Program aimed at creating a database of bicycles so that in the event of loss or theft, the likelihood of recovery will increase. The Bicycle Registry Program is a free and convenient service that DPS provides for the students, faculty and staff.

    As a reminder, anyone operating a bicycle must obey the same traffic control regulations that apply to cars and motorcycles, such as stopping for stop signs and riding in the right-hand portion of the roadway. Bicycles ridden after dark must be equipped with a headlight, large red reflector on the rear, and white or amber pedal and spoke reflectors.

    Additionally, bicycles parked on campus must:
    • not be attached to any trees, street median fencing or light poles;
    • not be left in buildings, entrances, ramps or any other hazardous location;
    • be left in campus bicycle racks.

    For more information, contact DPS at 660.785.4176 or visit here.

  • Truman Organizations Working Together to Host Bone Marrow Drive

    Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Sigma Pi and Phi Delta are working together to host several “Be the Match” bone marrow donor registration drives Nov. 11-12. Individuals interested in being on the national bone marrow registry will have the options to register from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Union Building Down Under or from 5:30-8 p.m. on the first floor of Missouri Hall, Nov. 11 and Ryle Hall, Nov. 12.

    What is bone marrow donation?
    Donated blood marrow is used to treat patients suffering from blood cancers and diseases. Patients often require chemotherapy and radiation, which destroys their diseased marrow. During the process, healthy blood forming cells donated by members of the marrow registry are given directly to patients through the blood stream. Once accepted by the body, the healthy cells will begin to multiply and function as patient’s cells.

    What are the requirements?
    To join the registry, individuals must be 18-44 years old, have no major allergies, be in generally good health and have a willingness to commit to going through the donor process if they are found to be a match. There is no cost to register between these ages. Individuals 45-60 can join the registry with a $100 tax-deductible payment. However, research shows that cells from younger donors provide the greatest chance for transplant success.

    How long does it take to register and what is involved?
    The registration process takes 15 minutes and involves answering a short list of health questions and collecting a cheek cell sample. It is important to remember that the cheek cell sample is used to find potential matches and is not a donation.

    What it means to join the registry
    After joining the registry, samples are stored and compared to those of patients suffering from blood cancers and diseases. Matches are made based on the human leukocyte antigen (HLA), which is a marker cell that lets the body know what cells belong to it. Similar HLA cells are needed so that the body will accept the donation. Finding a match can be hard because HLA cells differ greatly, even among family members. 70 percent of those diagnosed with blood cancers will not match a relative and must rely on the registry.  

    You’re a match, now what?
    If matched with a patient, the potential donor will complete further testing to verify the match. There are two different methods for donation. The most common method of extracting blood-creating cells is peripheral blood cell (PBSC). This is a process that removes the blood from the donors, separates the cells and returns the blood back into the donor. The donor will also be required to take a series of five shots over a five-day period prior to the donation to increase the number of blood forming cells. Using the PBSC process, 90 percent of donors are done after one session.  

    Donors may also be asked to complete a bone marrow donation, which is done through a surgical procedure in which bone marrow is extracted directly from the hipbone. This procedure can be done with general or local anesthesia and usually is an outpatient procedure.

    Both forms of donation have minimal side effects. A PBSC donation could result in tingling sensation in mouth, fingers and toes. Mild flu-like symptoms can result from the shots leading up to the PBSC procedure. While bone marrow donation could result in pain within the withdrawal site, it is comparable to an aching back or a pulled muscle. While donors are more likely to be asked to complete a PBSC than a bone marrow donation, the physician of the patient will determine the type of donation and neither procedure is guaranteed.

    Donors will never be asked to cover the costs of donating and are never paid for donating. All medical costs and travel expenses are covered by the "Be The Match" registry or by the patient’s medical insurance.

    Why donate
    Every new potential donor that registers increases the likelihood that a patient will find a match. For many patients, finding a match can be the difference between life and death. Students play a larger role because younger donors increase the chance that the transplant will be successful.

    Donate cord blood
    Typically, the umbilical cord and placenta are discarded after a baby is born, unless the parents decide otherwise. A donor can choose to have the cord blood collected and donated to a public cord blood bank, stored in a family (private) cord blood bank, or saved for a biological sibling who has a diagnosed medical need.

    Know the commitment
    While joining the registry is a quick and easy process, it is not the end of the donor’s commitment. It is vital that all potential donors realize the responsibilities that joining the registry has before completing the initial steps. A potential donor will be responsible for keeping their contact and health information up to date. By joining the registry a potential donor is committing to donate to any patient with whom they may match. While every potential donor has the right to refuse, the fundamental purpose of the registry is to save lives through donation. Once joining the registry, samples will be kept until the donor reaches the age of 61 or requests to be removed.



  • 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.
  • Percussion Fall Sampler Concert

    The Department of Music will host its annual Percussion Fall Sampler Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 in Baldwin Auditorium.Directed by Michael Bump, professor of music, the concert will feature the Truman Concert Percussion Ensemble I and the Statesmen Marching Percussion Ensemble. The ensembles will perform a wide variety of music written expressly for percussion ensemble, as well as music from this fall’s Statesmen Marching Band show. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Bump at 660.785.4052 or mbump@truman.edu.
  • Award-Winning Poet and Essayist to Deliver Reading

    James McKean, poet and essayist, will read from his book of essays “Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports” and his recent collection of poetry “We Are the Bus” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Violette Hall Room 1010.

    McKean has published three books of poems and a book of essays. His essays have appeared in an edition of “Best American Sports Writing” and received a Pushcart Prize. “We Are the Bus” also recently was awarded the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. McKean teaches for the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City, Iowa.  

    The reading is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics and is open to the public. There is no cost to attend.
  • Speaker Discusses Evolution

    As part of the “Science and Mathematics Distinguished Speaker Series,” the School of Science and Mathematics is sponsoring speaker Jerry A. Coyne at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Magruder Hall Room 2001.

    His lecture, “Why evolution is true but most Americans reject it,” explains the evidence for evolution, the reasons many reject the evidence and solutions to overcome this rejection.

    The event targets those interested in science and math. There is no cost attend.
  • Faculty Forum: The FBI in Latin America

    The FBI in Latin America
    Presented by Marc Becker
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 12
    Baldwin Hall 176 (Little Theatre)

    Abstract: In the 1940s, the FBI ran a little-known political surveillance operation in Latin America called the Special Intelligence Service (SIS). In January, Marc Becker tripped across documents in the United States National Archives that reveal the extent of its penetration into Latin America. The original justification for sending hundreds of FBI agents, many of them undercover, was to combat German Nazi influence in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. But the mission did not stop there. The agency placed 45 agents in Ecuador, a small country that never was the target of German espionage networks. With the decline of the Nazi threat by 1943, the FBI shifted its entire intelligence apparatus to focus on FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’s primary obsession with communism. As a result, historians are left with a rich source of documentation of the history of Latin America left during the 1940s.
  • Multicultural Italy to Feature Films

    Inside Buffalo
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 13
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater

    18 Ius Soli
    7 p.m.
    Nov. 14
    Violette Hall 1000

    Multicultural Italy will feature two films directed by Fred Kuwornu. A reception with Kuwornu will take place after the film on Nov. 14. Sponsored by the School of Arts and Letters and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.

  • Celebrating the Father of Wildlife Management

    A celebration of Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife management, will take place at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Baldwin Hall 176. The event will feature Dr. Susan Flader, Aldo Scholar and professor of history at the University of Missouri.

    Excerpts from Leopold’s book “A Sand County Almanac”
    1:30 p.m.

    “Whither Missouri?” by Dr. Susan Flader
    2:30 p.m.

    Showing of the documentary “Green Fire”
    3:30 p.m.

    Question and answer period with Dr. Flader
    4:45 p.m.

    All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jason Luscier, assistant professor of biology, at jluscier@truman.edu.
  • Music Department to Host Noted Composer

    The Music Department will host noted composer John Muehleisen, composer-in-residence and artistic advisor for the Seattle-based Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Nov. 14.

    Muehleisen will meet with the student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., at 9:30 a.m., before presenting at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Ophelia Parrish Room 2111. During the first presentation, Muehleisen will discuss his creative work and his most recent commission, a choral composition entitled “A Psalm of Life.” During the second, Muehleisen will critique student compositions, offering advice and suggestions.   
    “A Psalm of Life” was commissioned by the Quincy Symphony Chorus to honor Phyllis Robertson, chorus director and Truman voice professor, as part of the chorus’ 25th anniversary season. The work will premiere at the Quincy Symphony Chorus “Legacy of Song” concert, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Quincy’s Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ in Quincy, Ill. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students with a Truman ID. General admission is $18. Children 18 and under are free.
    For more information on the concert, visit www.qsoa.org. For more information about Muehleisen, visit johnmuehleisen.com.
  • SAB Presents Fall Comedian “Broad City”

    Student Activities Board will host comedic duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in Baldwin Auditorium.

    “Broad City” is a comedy show that centers around Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. They started out as a cult hit web series in 2009 on YouTube where Glazer and Jacobson found humor in their day to day lives as two twenty-something women living in New York City. The web series continued until early 2014 with their debut on Comedy Central as a television show with executive producer Amy Poehler. The show has been featured in the New York Times, MTV and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” It also was nominated for the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Best Comedy Series. “Broad City” has been renewed for a second season on Comedy Central that will start in January 2015.

    Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free for students with a Truman ID and $5 for general admission. Tickets are available in the Student Activities Office, located on the lower level of the Student Union Building.

    For more information regarding upcoming SAB events, visit sab.truman.edu or call 660.785.4722.

  • 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.
  • Free Body Composition Assessments

    The Student Recreation Center will have free body composition assessments from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Tests include measuring body fat percentage, blood, pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index. Sign up at the weight room desk or email mkolenda@truman.edu. Assessments will also take place next semester Jan. 26-29.
  • Philosophy and Religion Presentation

    “What Child Is This?:
    Negotiating Jewish and Christian Identities
     in Patristic and Medieval Narratives of Jesus’ Childhood”

    A lecture by Wendy Love Anderson
    Center for the Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis
    7 p.m.
    Nov 17
    Violette Hall 1010

    Abstract: Jesus of Nazareth, born into a Jewish family, became identified as the founder of a distinctly non-Jewish (and sometimes anti-Jewish) Christianity. As early as the second century, and well into the Middle Ages, Christians struggled to address Jesus’ putatively Jewish childhood in terms that made sense of the eventual split between Judaism and Christianity. In this talk, I will analyze a range of apocryphal Christian narratives, polemical set-pieces and even a few early Christmas carols that deploy the infancy or childhood of Jesus in an effort to define boundaries between Judaism and Christianity.

    Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religion,
    the Medieval Studies Minor and the Art History Program

  • Ofstad Readings Series Presents: Prose Reading by David Chan

    As part of the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series, David Chan, Ofstad endowed writer-in-residence and Los Angeles Times book prize finalist, will read from a selections of prose at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the University Art Gallery.

    The selection will include an essay about the ghost town that inspired the Silent Hill horror movies. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

  • Two Historical Museums Offer New Internship Opportunities

    Thanks to agreements between Truman and two separately operated historical museums, Truman students have the opportunity to apply for summer internship positions in both St. Louis and Kansas City.

    Both the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis and the National World War I Museum in Kansas City are seeking individuals with strong written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently on multiple tasks and knowledge of basic computer skills.

    Once selected, students can be assigned to a variety of areas based off interest and skill level, including archives, public relations, marketing, educational programming, museum development or visitor services.

    All eight-week, 20-hour per week internships will coincide with the University’s eight-week summer session. Although positions are unpaid, students can earn between three to five credit hours. Selected individuals will need to enroll for academic internship credit with an eligible department. The Department of History will approve credit, but students should verify with a departmental head or advisor if interested in other credit.

    For more information or to get an application, contact Jeff Gall at 660.785.7747 or jgall@truman.edu. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.
  • Extended Deadline for Study Abroad

    Interested in studying abroad for the Spring 2015 semester? Look for CCIS programs that have moved back their application deadlines.  

    The program in Shanghai, China is low-cost and features new course options. There are opportunities to study business, culture and language. The deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the program’s website here.
  • 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.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities with DAAD

    DAAD, a German Academic Exchange Service, is accepting applications until Dec. 15 for the University Summer Grant and the Intensive Language Course Grant. The exchange service is also offering an opportunity for undergraduates to apply for a scholarship funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15.

    For more information about these opportunities, visit daad.org.
  • MLK Collegiate Challenge

    All Day
    Jan. 19

    The Multicultural Affairs Center and the SERVE Center are looking for 150 Truman students, faculty and staff to spend Jan. 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, completing service projects across Kirksville.

    To sign up, visit truservice.truman.edu. For more information, contact Emmanuel Camarillo at emmanuelc@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

    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

    “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

    Michael Ashcraft, professor of philosophy and religion, has accepted the position of section editor of “New Religions” in the online journal “Religion Compass.” He will be responsible for commissioning three to five essays per year that survey various issues in the field of new religions.

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history,
    has been elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society, the research library in Massachusetts founded over 200 years old that holds the largest collection of materials printed in North America through 1876. Members are elected by their colleagues in recognition of scholarship, for support of cultural institutions or for distinction as community or national leaders in humanistic affairs.

    Stephen Pollard, professor of philosophy, recently had an article published in the prestigious collection “The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2014.” His article, “Mathematics and the Good Life,” was originally published in “Philosophia Mathematica.”

Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

    Boren scholarships, for undergraduate students, and fellowships, for graduate students, provide a unique funding opportunity for students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests. Regions include Africa, Asia, Central and 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.

    Recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year in exchange for funding. Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages and fields of study and application procedures can be found at borenawards.org.

    For more information, contact Maria Di Stefano at mdistefa@truman.edu. The campus deadline to apply for both scholarships and fellowships is Jan. 14.