Vol. 19 No. 14 - Dec. 1, 2014


  • Truman Prepares for Higher Learning Commission

    Truman State University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit March 3, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Truman State University has been accredited by the Commission since 1914. The team will review the University’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission's criteria for accreditation.

    The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to:

    Public Comment for Truman State University
    The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle St. Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

    The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at www.ncahlc.org.

    Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must in be writing. All comments must be received by Feb. 2, 2015.

  • Alpha Sigma Alpha Celebrates Centennial Year

    Members of Truman's chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha celebrated their organization's centennial Nov. 15 with more than 400 returning alumnae. The chapter received a Resolution of Recognition from the Alpha Sigma Alpha National Office. The distinction was presented to Kiley Ruder, chapter president, by Heather Riley, vice president of membership for the National Council of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and Leah Dooley Eickhoff, the program development coordinator for Alpha Sigma Alpha.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Members

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently inducted 33 students into membership. Selection is limited to the top 7.5 percent of juniors, top 10 percent of seniors and outstanding graduate students. The induction ceremony featured a piano performance by Taylor Jokerst and a keynote presentation from Susan Thomas, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

    This year’s new members include Ian Ramon Abundis, Eric Balsman, Derek Benjamin, Kira Chatham, Amanda Chua, Zane DeZeeuw, Breanne Durovic, Laurie R. Hall, Lester Dominick Hubble, Clara Elizabeth Hughes, Brian Steven Jacob, Julia Judlin, Shelby Kane, Olivia Catherine Lanser, Connor Madden, Charlotte Merrigan, Megan O’Brien, Christian Alexander Scott Pierce, Anna Selle, Ramolaa Shah, Amanda E. Shreves, Ryan Staines, Rosalie Swingle, Kaytlin Tippin, Megan A. Todd, Rosemary Truman, Danielle Vassallo, Charles R. Walde, Zachary Wenig, Ian Wohlstadter, Ashton Nicole Wolter, Lynnea D. Wootten and Bing Zheng.

    Established in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest national honor society which recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all of the academic disciplines. The chapter at Truman was chartered in 1991. For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit pkp.truman.edu.

  • Multiple Activities Scheduled to Help Reduce Stress

    As finals week approaches, students are more apt to be stressed and that stress can take a toll on productivity. Students are encouraged to take a break from studying and participate in a variety of stress relieving activities planned by the Center for Student Involvement and the TrulyWell Student Wellness Program.

    Progressive Muscle Relaxation Sessions
    Want to learn how to relax anywhere and any time you need? Want to learn a technique that will help you fall asleep naturally? Then check out the progressive muscle relaxation sessions at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in Centennial Hall and 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in Missouri Hall. This class will also be provided at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Dobson Hall and 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Ryle Hall.

    Free Massages and Health Snacks
    Take time out of your studying to stop by the Wellness Zone at Pickler Memorial Library (PML 108) from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 7. During the open house students will have access to drawings, free massages, chicken noodle soup and other healthy snacks. The first 50 visitors will receive a goody bag.

    The Finals Scream
    The annual Finals Scream will take place from 10-11:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Student Union Building Hub. Students can take a break from studying and relax with free food, a scream contest and prizes.

    Instructional Programs at the Student Recreation Center
    High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)
    7-7:55 p.m.
    Dec. 8

    Abs and Arms
    5-5:30 p.m.
    Dec. 9

    6-7 p.m.
    Dec. 9

    6-6:50 p.m.
    Dec. 10

    High Intensity Interval Training (HITT)
    7-7:55 p.m.
    Dec. 10

    Power Yoga
    6-6:45 p.m.
    Dec. 11

    Finals Week Student Recreation Center Hours
    9 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Dec. 8-10

    9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    Dec. 11-12

    Dec. 13-14


  • Historical Museums Offer Internship Opportunities

    Thanks to agreements between the University 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.


  • Mental Health Support Week

    Information Tables
    12-2 p.m.
    Dec. 1-3
    Student Union Building

    “Breaking down the Stigma” presented by Mike Bolle and Active Minds
    7 p.m.
    Dec. 4
    Violette Hall 1416

    “Perks of Being a Wallflower” Movie Presentation and Discussion
    6 p.m.
    Dec. 5
    Baldwin Hall 176

    Walk for Mental Health Support
    2-4:30 p.m.
    Dec. 6
    Baldwin Hall 176

    All events are free to attend.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive

    A Red Cross blood drive will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Student Union Building.
  • 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.

  • Flu Shots Available for Students

    The Student Health Center has a limited number of flu vaccine doses left. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment this week for a flu shot to avoid being sick over break. Students need to bring their insurance card. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 660.785.4182.
  • 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.


  • Upcoming Board of Governors Meeting

    The Board of Governors will meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Student Union Building Conference Room. For future meeting dates, visit www.truman.edu/about/our-people/board-of-governors/board-of-governors-meeting-dates/.
  • Painos to Host Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House

  • Canned Food Drive

    Phi Kappa Phi is collecting staple food items for the Novinger Christmas Basket Project. Donations can be dropped off before 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in the CSI/Student Union Building Office (SUB 2000).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Senior English Seminar Conference Program

    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 Conference 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”
    9:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities 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 Conference 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”
    10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities 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 Conference 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”
    11:30 a.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    Alexandria Lockett
    , “Whats the ‘T’ about English Majors? Some Reflections about the Trans-Power of the Field—in around, and outside Academic Jobs”
    12:30 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 Conference 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’”                                                                                                                                 
    1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities 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 Conference 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”
    2:30 p.m.
    Dec. 1
    Student Union Building Activities 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 Conference 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”
    10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Activities 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”
    12 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”                                                                                                                           
    1:30 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 Conference 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”
    3 p.m.
    Dec. 2
    Student Union Building Activities Room
  • Learning Technologies Team Fall Programming Schedule

    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.
  • New Releases From the Truman State University Press

    The Truman State University Press has a variety of new books available, as well as many forthcoming books. 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.
  • Opportunities to Express Thoughts and Feelings About Ferguson

    The Truman community has the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about the Ferguson decision. Individuals can post feelings and responses to relevant questions today on a bulletin board in the Student Union Building lower level hallway across from the Student Activities Board ticket window. Student Affairs staff will be available to hear concerns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

    Students Affairs and the Multicultural Affairs Center will also be hosting a small group discussion for students to voice their opinions and examine the grand jury process from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Student Union Building Room 3202.


  • Notables

    Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history, was a panelist on an “OHA Tribute and Roundtable: Remembering Seeger, Stetson, and Studs” at the annual meeting of the Oral History Association in October in Madison, Wis. He also presented a paper, “Reading The Eulogies : Pete Seeger and His Folk[?] Community,” at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in November in Santa Fe, N.M.

    Amber Johnson, professor of anthropology,
    recently returned from a sabbatical trip to Argentina where she lectured at the Institute of Anthropology and Latin American Culture, the National Scientific and Technical Research Council [CONICET], and the University of Buenos Aires. She also participated in the 4th Southern Deserts Conference with a keynote presentation “Macroecological strategies for learning about the past” and a paper presentation “Probing northern desert archaeology using ethnoarchaeology of environmental analogues from southern deserts.”

    Huping Ling, professor of history, has been awarded a grant by the Chinese Overseas Bureau Research Fund for a book manuscript on Chinese American History. Ling was also invited to give a lecture on “Civil Rights and Chinese Americans” funded by the National Humanity Foundation. Ling presented a paper on “Marriage Patterns and the Chinese Transnational Migration” in Panama City in August 2014.

    Freshman Calvin Clovis and sophomore Parker Willis presented the paper “Coding for Leadership: Quantitative Analysis of Behavior in Gendered Tasks within Three Person Mixed Sex Groups” at the Cooperative Human Interaction Laboratory for the Illinois Sociological Association in Charleston, Ill. Junior McKenzie Parker and junior John Ross also presented their paper, entitled “Linguistic Construction of Sexual Attraction.”

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.
  • Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship

    The Truman State University Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Study Abroad Foundation Scholarship. To apply, login to TruView, go to the Student Tab, Student Finances and Foundation Scholarship Application. The deadline to apply is by midnight Jan. 22.

  • Udall Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

    The Udall Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have sophomore or junior status to apply. Students must also meet one of the qualifications below:

    * demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics and other related fields; OR

    * be a Native American and/or Alaska Native student who has demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development and other areas affecting Native American communities; OR

    * be a Native American and/or Alaska Native student who has demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities and other related fields.
    Applications are due by Jan. 30. Students may not begin the application process until they have met with the Udall Faculty Representative at Truman. Interested students should contact María Di Stefano, mdistefa@truman.edu or 660.785.4109, for more information.

  • 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.