Vol. 19 No. 13 - Nov. 17, 2014


  • Truman to Observe Great American Smokeout

    The Truman community will have the opportunity to join the nation as the campus observes “The Great American Smokeout: A Day to Butt Out,” Nov. 20. The event encourages individuals to say “No thanks” to cigarettes for 24 hours, alongside millions of other Americans.

    There will be a publicity table in the Student Union Building Nov. 19-20. Information will be provided about smoking cessation, including information on programming that will be offered on campus in Spring 2015. Samples of smoking cessation products, such as gum and flavored toothpicks, will also be available at the tables while supplies last.

    For those working on quitting, there are tips that can be helpful. Before quitting, make a list of reasons and ask for support from friends and family. Gradually decreasing the amount of tobacco use each day will also make the process easier. Put away triggers like lighters, ashtrays, tobacco and matches. It’s normal to feel irritable, sleepier and have cravings after quitting, but drinking water and reducing anxiety with exercise can help.

    Beginning July 1, 2015, Truman will become a tobacco free campus. This includes smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes. Tobacco will also not be allowed in vehicles owned or controlled by Truman.

    This event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the Student Health Center and the Student Recreation Center.

    For information about free cessation programs, visit wellness.truman.edu and click on the word wellness.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Recognized for Excellence

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
    recently recognized the Truman chapter as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest distinction a chapter can receive from the organization.

    The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. The Chapter of Excellence distinction is a part of the society’s chapter recognition program, which acknowledged 53 chapters with recognition this year, including 29 as a Chapter of Excellence.

    By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select awards, grants and fellowships.

    Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence award receive a commendation letter from the society sent to chapter officers and campus administration, special recognition on the society’s website, in publications and at the biennial convention, specially designed logo for use in chapter communications, recognition advertisements in local media and a $500 award.

    Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

  • Volleyball Earns Top Seed in National Tournament

    The Truman volleyball team will return to the NCAA Div. II tournament for the 15th time in school history, as the Bulldogs will carry the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region to Allendale, Mich., for an eight-team regional that begins Nov. 20.

    A send-off is planned for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Pershing Arena. Check the Master Calendar and Truman social media platforms for the latest details.

    The Bulldogs, who captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship Nov. 15, will begin their tournament run against the Midwest’s No. 8 seed McKendree–the squad Truman defeated in five sets to win the GLVC tournament title. The Bearcats enter the tournament at 20-13 overall, having reached the 20-win mark after defeating both Rockhurst and Indianapolis en route to the GLVC championship match.

    Match times for the weekend have not yet been set. All matches will take place on the campus of No. 3 seed Grand Valley (Mich.) State.
    The Bulldogs are one of six Great Lakes Valley Conference teams to qualify, as No. 1 seed Truman, No. 4 seed Rockhurst, No. 5 seed Indianapolis, No. 6 seed Missouri S&T, No. 7 seed Lewis and No. 8 seed McKendree will all travel north to No. 3 seed GVSU. Ferris (Mich.) State, the tournament champion from the GLIAC, earned the No. 2 seed. Truman went 7-1 against the other seven teams who qualified for the Midwest regional.
    Head coach Ben Briney’s squad enters the NCAA Div. II tournament with an overall record of 28-3, having qualified for the tournament five times during his six seasons at the helm. The 15th NCAA tournament appearance in school history carries with it an all-time program record of 23-14 in postseason play, with the Bulldogs looking to snap a five-match losing streak in tournament matches dating back to the 2008 national quarterfinals.

    Full coverage of the 2014 postseason, including match information, will be made available online at TrumanBulldogs.com. The full NCAA tournament bracket is available here.

  • Take Flat Spike Home for Thanksgiving Break

    Flat Spike wants to travel home with students over Thanksgiving break. Submit photos of him with #SpikeSelfie to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from Nov. 21-30 for a chance to win free prizes. Prizes include a Truman duffel bag, spirit T-shirts and a travel mug.

    Pick up a copy of Flat Spike in the Public Relations Office at McClain Hall 202 or online.

    Black and white version
    Color version

    For more information on Flat Spike, click here.



  • Truman Presents at Missouri Folklore Society Meeting

    Truman students, alumni and faculty presented at the Missouri Folklore Society’s annual meeting Nov. 6-8 in Boonville, Mo.

    Emily Wildhaber, English and anthropology major, was awarded the Dolf and Becky Schroeder Foundation Folklore Scholarship for her presentation, “We Were Always There, Always Honest, Always Open: An Oral History of an Argyle, Mo., General Store.” Students Richard Shewmaker, Jacob Hurst and Aaron Albrecht also attended and lead folk music events.

    Alumnae Meredith Heist Rau and Annie Fuller provided a demonstration and discussion, “Spinning Our Way into Today: Continuing the Tradition of Fiber Arts.”

    Antonio Scuderi, professor of classical and modern languages, presented “Masks and Demons of the European Carnival.” Betsy Delmonico, professor of English, staged a choral reading of a play written by pioneering ethnologist and folklorist Mary Alicia Owen, “Sacred Council Hills.” Adam Davis, professor of English, discussed the folk roots of osteopathic medicine and its philosophy. Barb Price, professor of English, and Andrea Davis, instructor of classical and modern languages, chaired sessions. Mary Barile from Truman State University Press was the guest speaker at the opening dinner, “The Haunted Boonslick: White Ladies and Dark Shadows.”

    The Missouri Folklore Society website and newsletter are housed at Truman. The society’s 2016 meeting will take place in Kirksville.

  • Forensic Union Divides and Conquers

    Truman’s Forensic Union, speech and debate team, split the squad Nov. 8-9 to attend two different tournaments. Some students traveled to the Red Bird Invitational at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., while others competiting in individual events traveled to the Lynn Ross/Alumni Swing at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
    During the first day of the Red Bird Invitational, senior Max Highsmith advanced to the quarterfinal round in open Lincoln-Douglas debate. Freshman Kelsey Barnes also had success in the open division, receiving second speaker. The next day Highsmith repeated his quarterfinals success.
    At Kansas State University, the speech team also had strong finishes. On the first day, the team had six events in the final rounds. Freshman Brian Kantanka placed second in dramatic interpretation. Sophomore Adrien Zambrano placed fifth in impromptu speaking. Sophomore Anson Long-Seabra took second in poetry interpretation. Sophomore Mahliyah Adkins-Threats placed fifth in persuasive speaking and fourth in both after-dinner speaking and poetry interpretation. During the second day, Kantanka took first in dramatic interpretation, Long-Seabra placed first in after-dinner speaking and second in poetry interpretation. Adkins-Threats also took first in poetry interpretation and fourth in persuasive speaking.
    The Forensic Union finished traveling for the fall, but will return next semester. Students in individual events will travel to the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College Jan. 17-18 to compete in the annual Iowa Swing.
    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.

  • United Way Campaign Update

    As of Nov. 10, the campus community has contributed more than $34,000 to the Truman United Way Campaign, representing 62 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.



  • Coffee with the President

    President Paino hosts his third Coffee with the President from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Pershing Building 3102.
    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/.
  • International Education Week

    The International Students Affairs Office is sponsoring events Nov. 16-20 for International Education Week.

    Nov. 10-21
    Study Abroad Office Photo and Video Contest
    Students can vote for their favorite submissions on the Truman State Study Abroad Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

    7-9 p.m.
    Nov. 16
    Baldwin Auditorium

    International Idol
    International students will compete in the annual International Idol competition. Sponsored by International Club.

    Nov. 17
    Dress in Traditional Clothing Day
    International students will be dressed to represent their home countries and cultures.

    Nov. 18
    The Quad

    Rangoli Day
    Students will split into several groups to create pictures across campus using traditional Indian chalk art.

    6 p.m.
    Nov. 19
    Kirk Building Main Floor

    International Game Night
    Game night will feature an exhibition of games from around the world. Sponsored by ISAO, Namaste Nepal, International Club, SSAS and ASA.

    8 p.m.
    Nov. 19-20
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    “Bûlons Voltaire!”
    The Department of Classical and Modern Languages will present the French play “Let’s Burn Voltaire!” English subtitles will be provided.

    7 p.m.
    Nov. 20
    Ryle Hall Main Lounge

    Open Mic Night
    International students will be performing songs, dances and poetry. Sponsored by Namaste Nepal and International Club.

    Learn about the Truman Inclusiveness Project by stopping by the information tables Nov. 19-20 in Violette Hall.
  • University Bookstore Celebrates Faculty and Staff

    The University Bookstore is hosting their annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20-21 and Nov. 24 at the University Bookstore in the Student Union Building.

    Faculty and staff will receive 25 percent off select merchandise during the event. Refreshments will also be served.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 majors 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.
  • DPS Thanksgiving Break Hours

    The Department of Public Safety will have different hours over Thanksgiving break.

    Nov. 21
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Nov. 22-23

    Nov. 24
    8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

    Nov. 25
    8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

    Nov. 26-29

    Nov. 30
    3 p.m.- 10 p.m.

    Dec. 1
    7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Regular hours will resume Dec. 1.
  • Gingerbread House Making Contest

    The CSI Innovative Team will sponsor a Gingerbread House Making Contest from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. Bookstore gift cards will be awarded to the first and second place teams.
  • Ofstad Readings Series: 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 selection 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.

  • Middle East Study Abroad Course Info Session

    An information session for next summer’s Middle East Study Abroad Course will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in McClain Hall 208.

    The itinerary for the trip includes Egypt, Israel and the West Bank, along with two weeks of work with the Bethsaida Archaeological Project. The course will be June 2-30.
    For more information, contact Mark Appold at mappold@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • Historical Museums Offer Internship Opportunities

    Thanks to agreements between Truman and three separately operated historical museums, Truman students have the opportunity to apply for unique summer internship positions.

    The Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library provides an opportunity for students to gain experience at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. 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. Selected individuals will each receive a five-hour, in-state tuition scholarship.

    Both the National World War I Museum in Kansas City and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis are offering similar internship experiences for students. These eight-week, 20-hour per week unpaid internships will also coincide with the University’s eight-week summer session. Students can earn between three to five credit hours.

    Museums 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.

    Selection processes for individual internships may vary. 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 and visitor services. There are two internship positions available per museum.

    The deadline to apply for the National World War I Museum and the Missouri History Museum is Dec. 1. Applications for Truman Library internships are due Dec. 8. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Jeff Gall at 660.785.7747 or jgall@truman.edu.
  • 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.
  • World AIDS Day Memorial Service

    A reflection and memorial, honoring those in the community and world that have been affected by AIDS, will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in front of the eternal flame at the Kirk Memorial Building. The senior nursing class will present a brief program of short stories, poems and other small reflection pieces to help increase awareness of AIDS and participation in World AIDS Day.
  • Psychology Capstone Presentations

    Senior psychology majors will present their capstone research from 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Presentations are conference-style posters. Individuals are encouraged to drop by and ask questions of researchers.
  • Holiday Door Decorating Contest

    Staff Council is sponsoring its annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest. Entries should be submitted by Dec. 8 in order to be judged Dec. 10. The winners will be announced Dec. 12. For more information or to submit an entry, contact Jacey Wood at jacey@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.
  • 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.
  • Foreign Affairs Fellowships Available

    Apply online now for the 2015 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships competition. The Pickering Fellowship helps talented students, highly motivated and academically excellent graduating seniors or college graduates, who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering programs have been administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, one of the United States’ top fellowship providers, for more than 20 years.

    The program provides:
    * Up to $37,500 annually for academic expenses, covering the first and second year of graduate study
    * Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
    * Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
    * Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers

    Eligibility requirements at the time of application:
    * Current college senior or college graduate
    * Entering a two-year terminal master’s degree program in the fall of the Fellowship year
    * Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)
    * United States citizenship

    Application deadline: Jan. 16, 2015
    Recommendations deadline: Jan. 23, 2015

    To be placed on the 2015 interest/update list and/or to begin the application process, go here.
  • New Releases From the Truman State University Press

    A list of new books published by the Truman State University Press can be found here.
    A list of forthcoming books can be found here.

    All Truman employees receive 20 percent off their purchases. To receive the discount, books must be purchased at the Truman State University Press Office in the General Services Building Room 312. To contact the office, email tsup@truman.edu or call 660.785.7336.
  • Senior English Seminar Conference Program

    9:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Geri Farrell, “The Insufficient Nature of the Human Language”
    Shelby Brown, “Edward Abbey’s Use of Comedy in Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang”
    Allison Bearly, “Constructed Nature: The Human Impact in Desert Solitaire and Double Whammy”

    9:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Callyn Burgess, “In Parenthesis: A Modern Epic for a Modern War”
    Belkisa Causevic, “’On entend le Canon’: A Translation of Schoolboy Yves Congar’s World War I Journal”
    John Brooks, “Sergeant York: Constructing an American Hero”

    10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Amy Koonce, “Johnny Depp May Be Adorable But Mental Illness Isn’t: The of Women in Benny and Joon”
    Stephanie Sherman, “Helpless Hero: The Effect of PTSD in Brothers”

    10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Laura Kenny, “Who Run the World? Girls”
    Theresa Wildhaber, “From Corsets to Overalls: American Women in the Workforce During the First World War”
    Kelly Cunningham, “Writers as Pacifists During and After the Great War”

    11:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Hope Benefield, “Abstractions”
    Paula Vaught, “Leprechauns, Black Bears, and Other Things About Divorce”
    Shelby Welch, “Stars”

    11:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Diane Prinster, “Once Upon a Disability: Portrayals of the Disabled Villain”
    Kaitlin Austin, “Portrayal of Disability in Shirley Temple’s Heidi”
    Rachel Hoffman, “The Phantom of the Opera: Changing Portrayals of Disability”

    12:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Alexandria Lockett, “Whats the ‘T’ about English Majors? Some Reflections about the Trans-Power of the Field—in around, and outside Academic Jobs”

    1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Jennifer Marks, “Small Town, Big War: Re-purposing Kirksville, Missouri, for the Great War”
    Robert Overmann, “’Ill in the’Ville’: The Events and Culture of Kirksville, Missouri, During the 1918 Influenza as Viewed through Kirksville Newspapers”
    Amy Ritter, “Eugenics, Harry Laughlin, and World War I”
    1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Lauren Ragsdale, “A Study in Disabilities: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Conan Doyle’s Stories and BBC’s Sherlock”
    Janae Fritze, “Representations of Conjoined Twins in Grey’s Anatomy’s ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ and ‘This Magic Moment’”

    2:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Michelle Hadler, “Bad-Mouthing the Enemy: Dysphemistic Use of Language in WWI”                               
    Heather Ernst, “Bringing Harlem to Europe: Power, Jazz, and the Other in WWI”

    2:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Samantha Battrick, “High on the Mountaintop: Seeking Out Nature for Spiritual Renewal and to Commune With God”
    Sadie Gerau, “The Sublimity of Landscapes in American Nature Writing”
    Julie Phillips, “The Starting Point: A Case for the Power of Children’s Natural Wonder”

    10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Megan Dice, “The Kilt and the Evolution of Scottish Identity in The Great War”
    Paige Bergan, “Reaching the Sky: The Impact of Pioneering Aircrafts in WWI”
    Tori Palumbo, “Man Up: Debilitating Social Attitudes toward Shell Shock and the Intersectionality of Disability and Gender in Pat Barker’s Regeneration”

    10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Isaac B. Akers, “The Absolute Adventures of Grass Peldrage & Miriam Watch”
    Thomas Fitzler, “At the Edge of Expansion”
    Marissa Meehan, “Wyndfall Jones”
    Erin Twenter, “The Awkward Stage: How to Catch It Before It Claims Your Youth”

    12 p.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Nathan Sandbothe, “The Public’s Walt Whitman”
    Stephen Furlong, “Heritage: An Origin Story of the Poetry of Linda Hogan and Louise Glueck”
    Conor Gearin, “‘There are birds here’: American Nature Writing in a Fragmented World”
    Jessica Koch, “Situational Irony and Its Effects on Nature”
    August Thies, “Nature Writing as a Tool to Teach and Encourage the Sciences”
    1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Conference Room  
    Keynote: Alexandria Lockett, “Contagious Nonsense: Informatic Mythography in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo and Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters”

    3 p.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    Libby Jenkins, “’Til We Meet Again”
    Lauren Neilson, “The Good Egg”
    David Winn, “Laura: Revised”
    Joe Rhyne, “#LifeAsWeProbablyDon’tKnowIt: A Ritualistic Trip Around the World”

    3 p.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Zainab Jasim, “Jane Eyre’s Bertha Mason: Madwoman or Feminist Rebel?”
    Julianne Dworak, “The Best Years of Our Lives: Gender Issues and Disabled Veterans”
    Lindsay Hickman, “American Horror Story: Disabilities and Classism in 1950’s America”
    Kim Wronkiewicz, “Neurodiversity vs. The Medical Model: A Discussion of Autism from “Look Me In the Eye” 
  • Campus Recycling Bin Reminder

    Many of the outdoor recycling bins look bad, because inappropriate items are being put in them.

    The campus recycling regulations are listed below.

    * Only corrugated cardboard boxes are placed in the outdoor bins.
    * Smaller, chip-board (like cereal box) items must be placed in indoor paper bins.
    * Aluminum cans and plastic bottles must be placed in indoor bins.

    Please note that plastic bags are not able to be recycled on campus and must be placed in trash containers. Some stores, including Walmart, have a plastic bag recycling program located at the store.
  • 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

    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,  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

    Daniel Mandell, professor of history, participated in the inaugural Histories of American Capitalism Conference at Cornell University. For the conference, he organized a session on “Native Americans and Capitalism,” in which he presented “Meeting the Challenges of Capitalism: New England Indians in the Nineteenth Century.”

    Katherine Jackson and Datha Damron-Martinez, associate professors of business administration, and Alan Davis, associate professor of accounting, had their manuscript entitled, “A Model of a Business School’s Recruitment Efforts,” accepted for publication in Volume 6, No. 2, December 2014 issue of the Business Education Innovation Journal.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • International Internships Scholarship

    International internships is offering a scholarship for up to $500 for eligible applicants. Students interested are encouraged to visit the website. For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office at ciea@truman.edu.