Vol. 9 No. 29 - April 19, 2005


  • Truman Listed as one of “America’s Best Value Colleges”

    Truman State University is being recognized as one of the nation’s best values by The Princeton Review “America’s Best Value Colleges” 2006 edition.

    To produce the ranking, the New York-based education services company examined academic rating, financial aid rating, tuition GPA (or the real cost of college) and student borrowing of each school. Specifically, they looked at how each school stacked up against all the others in those four areas and the data they collected from the administrators at more than 350 colleges, and surveys of students attending them.

    “Bottom line: the 81 schools that met our criteria for this book are all great college education deals,” said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review.

    In addition, The Princeton Review lists Truman in the category Best in the Midwest.

  • Free Enterprise Team Takes First in Missouri Contest

    Truman’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization was named a SIFE USA Regional Champion at the overall competition in St. Louis, April 7.

    The team won numerous distinctions after presenting a report of their yearlong community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders.

    Among the awards, they were named a finalist in the SIFE USA National Free Market Economics Competition sponsored by Aflac; a finalist in the SIFE Entrepreneurship Competition sponsored by Sam’s Club, a finalist in the HSBC Education Trust and the Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets Division of HSBC; and a finalist in the SIFE USA National Personal Financial Success Skills Competition.

    The team now will advance to the national level of SIFE competition at the SIFE USA National Exposition May 22-24, in Kansas City, Mo.

    SIFE is an international, professional and service organization that allows members to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the practices of free enterprise.

  • Students Receive Academic Honor Awards

    The Academic Honor Awards Assembly, which recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement among Truman State University undergraduate and graduate students, will take place at 7 p.m., April 18, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. 

    All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

    The following students will receive awards:

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Accounting Jaclyn Payton

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Accounting Stacey Kaden

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration-Management Brian Meyers

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration-Finance Richard Goering

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Business Administration-Marketing Kevin Selzer

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education Stacy Epema

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education Christopher Knapp

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education Catherine McCormick

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Counseling Jill Randoll

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art Cassandra Phillips

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art History Jasmine Fry

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communications Stephan VanGinhoven

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music Diana Upton Hill

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Theatre Christianne Greiert

    Distinguished Master’s Thesis Theresa Sonderman

    Distinguished Master’s Thesis Eric Tumminia

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication Disorders Rachel Scheperle

    Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication Disorders Kathryn Sucher

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Exercise Science Abigail Souders

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Health Science Ellen Berry

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Nursing Candice Murdock

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Classics Courtney Wilson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Arts Ryan Walsh

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Journalism Sam Murphey

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Science Kristina Sis

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Communication - Studies Penny Koester

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English - Bachelor of Arts Jill Hamilton

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in French Jeanette Jackson

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in German Mirjam Schnabel

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Linguistics Lindsey Quinn

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Russian Benjamin Delaware

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Spanish Amy Endicott

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science Theodore Carnahan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics Christopher Bay

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Mathematics Evan Merrell

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student General George C. Marshall ROTC Award Kyle Stockwell

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Agricultural Science Joy Chisholm

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Biology Mackenzie Taylor

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Chemistry Jonathan Waits

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Physics Sarah Smith

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Economics Morgan Ditch

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in History Veronica Ory

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Justice Systems Alisha Dalsted

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Philosophy and Religion Tyler Kevin Fagan

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Political Science Evan Montgomery

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology Matthew Lineberry

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Psychology Corey White

    Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology & Anthropology Nathan Wales

  • Powerlifters Host Annual Tournament

    The Truman Iron Dogs Powerlifting Team will host the fourth John Ware Classic Powerlifting Tournament April 23.

    The competition, to begin at 10 a.m., in Pershing Arena, will feature four senior lifters in their last meet as Iron Dogs. Zac Cooper, Aaron Armstrong, Audrey Armstrong and Rich Caballero will attempt to break previous records.

    Admission to the championship is free to all Truman students with an ID and $4 for the general public. Concessions and a raffle will also help the team raise funds.

    The tournament is named after former Truman head football coach, John Ware, a legendary powerlifter and one of the first men ever to to squat 1,000 pounds.

  • Murphey Receives First Interdisciplinary Studies Award


    Marijke Breuning, associate professor of political science, presents Sam Murphey, junior communication and English double major from Rolla, Mo., with the first Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Studies.

    He was given the award for “Critical Engagement in North Korea: A Strategy for Ending Nuclear Proliferation” written under the direction of Breuning during the fall semester 2004. Papers showing exceptionally sophisticated interdisciplinary inquiry were nominated by instructors, and then blind-reviewed by a committee of JINS faculty.

  • Scholarship Opportunity Available

    The Financial Aid Office has announced the availability of the following scholarship.

    The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation has announced that it will be awarding up to two $500 scholarships to people pursuing a degree in agriculture. Applicants or their families must be members of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Applications are available in Barnett Hall 161 and must be returned to Michael Seipel in Barnett Hall 151 by April 21.


  • Educator of the Year Search Narrows

    Truman’s Educator of the Year committee has announced six semifinalists from the field of nominated professors.

    The decision for finalists was based on the nomination form submitted, the professors’ essay response and the classroom surveys of the professors’ students.

    The finalists include: John Ishiyama, professor of political science; Jeanne Mitchell, associate professor of biology; Maria Nagan, assistant professor of chemistry; Eric Patterson, associate professor of chemistry; Priscilla Riggle, associate professor of English; and Lynn Rose, associate professor of history.

    Between April 15-22, the committee will sit in on lectures in the finalists’ classes. They will choose the winner at the conclusion of the interviews.

    The new Educator of the Year will be announced at a banquet at 6 p.m., May 3, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Students, faculty and staff can now purchase tickets until April 28, in the Student Senate Office. Tickets are $10 for faculty and staff and $7.50 for students. Students who have a meal plan can use one meal toward the purchase and pay $4.50.

    Members of Student Senate, Phi Kappa Phi and the Pershing Society comprise the Educator of the Year Committee.

    Contact Chelsea Schinnour at 636.675.3898 for more information.

  • Upcoming Fine Arts Events

    “Psycho Beach Party”
    8 p.m.
    April 19-23
    OP Courtyard Theatre
    The April 19 show is free. Tickets cost $2 for the April 20-23 shows. Reserve tickets by phone at 785.4515.

    Jazz Combos
    7 p.m.
    April 20
    OP Performance Hall

    Cantoria Spring Concert
    8 p.m.
    April 23
    OP Performance Hall
    *This will be Cantoria and Chamber Choir.

    Concert Band and Wind Symphony Concert
    2 p.m.
    April 24
    OP Performance Hall

    B.A. Thesis Exhibit
    University Art Gallery
    Exhibit runs until April 23

    B.F.A. Thesis Exhibit
    Public Reception
    6 p.m.
    April 25
    University Art Gallery
    Exhibit runs April 25-30

    Contact the Division of Fine Arts at 785.4417 for more information.

  • Women's Resource Center April Workshops

    “Dress to Impress”
    Lesa Ketterlinus, director of the University Career Center, will conduct a seminar on professional attire for women in the workplace.
    7 p.m.
    April 20
    SUB Room 308

    Self-Defense Workshop
    Traci Ciepiela from the Department of Public Safety will provide basic self-defense instructions for women.
    7 p.m.
    Rescheduled to May 4 from April 27
    Baldwin Hall 252

    Visit http://wrc.truman.edu for more information on any of the Wednesday workshops or e-mail b1378@truman.edu.

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Week Events

    Buckle Up with Kappa Alpha Psi
    6:11 p.m.
    April 25
    Violette Hall 1140

    Kappa Alpha Psi Membership Intake Informational
    8:11 p.m.
    April 25
    Violette Hall 1110

    Kappa Alpha Psi Movie Night
    10:11 p.m.
    April 26
    Baldwin Hall Little Theatre

    Kappa Alpha Psi Prostate Cancer Forum
    6:11 p.m.
    April 27
    Student Union Building Governors Room

    Kappa Karaoke
    8:11 p.m.
    April 27
    Student Union Building Down Under

    Dodgeball Tournament
    6:11 p.m.
    April 28
    Pershing Small Gym

    Annual Kappa Komedy Klassic
    8:11 p.m.
    April 29
    Pershing Arena

    Kappa Kool Out Party
    11:11 p.m.
    April 29

    Kappa Alpha Psi Sweetheart Pageant
    7:11 p.m.
    April 30
    Student Union Building Activities Room

    K.S. Krusade Neophyte Ceremony
    2:11 p.m.
    May 1
    Student Union Building Conference Room

    For more information, go to http://kappaalphapsi.truman.edu or call Brandon at 785.7153.

  • Attention May and December Undergraduate Degree Candidates

    Graduation Clearance Packets for all May 2005 undergraduate degree candidates were mailed March 28. If you have not received yours, please stop by the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104, to pick up an extra copy. The clearance materials are a graduation requirement, and are due in the Registrar’s Office by April 22.

    Graduation Applications for December 2005 undergraduate degree candidates are due in the Registrar’s Office, McClain Hall 104, no later than April 22. Applications and worksheets are available at the Registrar’s Web site at http://registrar.truman.edu. Applications must be signed by your academic adviser prior to submission.

  • Staff Council Election Results

    Academic Affairs Hourly
    Deborah Engen

    Academic Support Hourly
    Kimberly Titus

    Administrative Offices Hourly
    Laura Thrasher

    Administrative Offices Contract
    Cindy Woods

    At Large
    Jennifer Thompson
    Marjorie Best

    Student Affairs Contract
    Vicky Wehner
    John Mounsey

  • Student Government Elections

    Students may vote in the Student Senate elections from 8 a.m., April 19 until 8 p.m., April 20 at http://vote.truman.edu.


  • Notables

    Taner Edis, assistant professor of physics, presented an invited talk as part of a symposium on “Teaching Evolution and the Challenge of Intelligent Design” at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists April 15. Also, Edis’ “The Return of the Design Argument,” a review of two books about evolution and design, was published in Philosophy Now, March/April 2005.

    Betty McLane-Iles, professor of French, has been honored by the national office of French Honorary Society Pi Delta Phi, for 20 years of service as adviser and founder of the Truman chapter Iota Tau. McLane-Iles has also been notified that her essay, “Reflections on France” will be published in the forthcoming Well-Versed, the annual literary journal of the Columbia chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. Her short story “Cities from the Sea” is a finalist in the international St. Petersbourg literary contest as well. She has been offered a stipend to enable participation in the annual SLR literary conference in St. Petersbourg, Russia.

    Gregg Siewert, professor of French, received a medallion as recognition by the national organization of Pi Delta Phi for 10 years of service as adviser of the Truman chapter of Pi Delta Phi (Iota Tau). Officers and members recognized Siewert’s service at the semester induction ceremony of the local chapter April 10.

    Four Truman communication majors presented their work for the public relations division at the annual Central States Communication Association conference in Kansas City, Mo., April 10. Kristina Sis, senior communication science major from Omaha, Neb., spoke of her work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Rebecca Martin, junior English and pre-education major from St. Peters, Mo., and Lindsay Pittenger, senior business administration and communication double major from Kansas City, Mo., presented their public relations/marketing campaign for http://pricemonk.com. Trevor Marlow, senior English and communication double major from Columbia, Mo., screened the promotional video that he and Emily Finnegan, junior communication major from St. Louis, created for the Franklin Street Singers. Marlow explained the video as a part of the duo’s overall campaign they designed. The students were part of an undergraduate panel that included presenters from Central Missouri State University, Illinois State University, Indiana State University and Indiana Wesleyan University.


  • Notes

    The Philosophy and Religion faculty invite all interested students for a Pre-Seminar meeting regarding the fall 2005 Senior Seminar in Philosophy and Religion. Students from this semester’s group will share their insights and instructors will have important information. The Pre-Seminar Meeting for PHRE students will be at 4:30 p.m., April 19, in BH 163. Refreshments will be available. Students enrolling in the fall are required to attend this session unless overseas. Students enrolling in future semesters are encouraged to find out more about this important capstone course.

    The Weekly Lunch Series topic will be “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 20, in the SUB Spanish Room. Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 785.4391 for more information.

    The Captain’s Roundtable will be sponsoring a dodgeball tournament April 24, in Pershing Arena. Cost is $10 per team with teams of 6-10 players. Registration forms are available in the Athletics Office in Pershing Building. Registration is due by April 20. Call 660.216.3169 for more information.

    The Society of Dance Arts is sponsoring Dance Fusion 2005: “Shall We Dance?” April 21 and April 22. Free to the public, the dance recital will take place at 7 p.m., in Baldwin Auditorium. Guests include High Street Dancers, the University Swingers, Showgirls, Ceilidh Dancers and Praise Dancers. Contact Beth Austin at 785.5659 for more information.

    The weekly Tech Break for faculty and staff will be from 2-3 p.m., April 22, in the SUB Room 309.

    SAB will present country singer Pat Green live in concert April 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m., in Pershing Arena for the event. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets can be picked up at the SAB Office in the lower level of the SUB. The cost is $7 with a student ID and $15 for general admission. Call 785.4722 for more information.

    Two upcoming opportunities are available to those interested in bird watching with other Truman and Kirksville community members. Groups will leave from Magruder Hall at 7 a.m., April 23, and at 6:30 a.m., May 7 to bird watch at Thousand Hills State Park. For more information, contact Pete Goldman at 785.4632.

    Dobson Hall Senate will sponsor Squirrelfest at 1 p.m., April 23, in the Dobson Hall Courtyard. The event brings together Truman bands as well as musical groups from other areas of Missouri for a free, live concert. Contact Shea Cleveland at 785.5181 for more information.

    Truman and the Truman football staff invite all children from the ages of 5-13 to a free clinic at 3:30 p.m., April 23, at Stokes Stadium. Contact Daric Riley at 785.4262 for more information. James Alan Fox will give a lecture titled “Killing for Pleasure: Serial Killers Among Us” at 8 p.m., April 26, in Baldwin Auditorium. Fox will examine the minds, motives and capture of the infamous serial killers of our time. Lambda Alpha Epsilon is sponsoring the event. Free admission. Contact Michelle Foard at 785.4738 for more information.

    Alpha Sigma Gamma is sponsoring the annual 5K/10K Run/Walk for Their Lives April 30. Registration tables will be set-up in the SUB from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 18-21 and April 25-28 or in the Student Recreation Center from 3-7 p.m., April 25-29. Registration costs $10 ahead of time and $12 on the day of the race. All proceeds benefit the families of two Truman students with extensive medical bills. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m., at the Centennial Hall crosswalk. Contact Gina Stierwalt at 665.8910 for more information.

    The Homecoming Committee 2005 will be having their spring meetings for organization representatives at 10 p.m., April 26, in VH 1010 and at 10 p.m., May 3, in the BH Little Theatre. Organization representatives will receive information to take back to their organizations concerning theme, events and responsibilities. Organizations wishing to participate should send representatives to each meeting. Contact Marcie Kottemann at 785.4801 for more information.

    Residence Life is sponsoring a program titled “Remember Recess?” from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., April 28, on the Quadrangle. The night includes several “backyard games,” food and the movie “Supersize Me.” Volleyball, dodgeball, kickball and washers are a few of the games to be played. Contact Tammy Tolliver at 785.5348 for more information. SAB’s annual spring carnival, Dog Days, will be from noon-5 p.m., April 30, in the McClain parking lot. The afternoon’s activities include free food, booths, inflatables and music. Contact Naomi Davis at 785.4722 for more information.

    The Truman football Spring Scrimmage will be at 1 p.m., April 30, at Stokes Stadium. A flag football game for alumni only will be at 10:30 a.m., April 30, at Stokes Stadium. Contact Derek Kent at dkent@midwestboneandjoint.com for more information about the alumni game. There also will be four-person best ball golf tournament to take place April 29 at the Kirksville Country Club. Contact the Football Office at 785.4012 for information about playing golf.

    Students can share their poetry and win prizes at a poetry slam fund-raiser for Victim Support Services. The event, sponsored by Centennial Hall Residence Life and the Residential College Program, will be from 7-9 p.m., April 30, in the SUB Down Under. A $2 donation is suggested. Contact Kate Carlson at 785.4906 or kmc738@truman.edu for more details. Student Senate is sponsoring a letter-writing campaign to Jefferson City legislators encouraging them not to cut funding for higher education. Stop by the SUB Office or the Student Senate Office to pick up materials. The campaign will run to April 30.

    Psychology will be having a poster conference from 12:30-5:30 p.m., May 3, in the SUB Activities Room. Students enrolled in Psychological Research, psychology’s capstone course, will be presenting posters of their research. All posters will be on display for the entire afternoon. Each poster will indicate specific times when the student will be available to discuss the work. Contact Terry Palmer at 785.4314 for more information.

    The Annual Service Recognition Banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m., May 9, in the SUB Georgian Room. Tickets are available in the Human Resources Office in MC 105 for $10 each.