Vol. 9 No. 31 - May 3, 2005


  • Talent to Deliver Commencement Address

    U.S. Senator Jim Talent will deliver the Truman commencement address at 2 p.m., May 14, in Stokes Stadium. At the ceremonies, 926 students are expected to receive their undergraduate degrees and 70 students expected to receive their graduate degrees. A reception will follow at Red Barn Park.

    Talent was elected to serve the state in the U.S. Senate in 2002.

    While in the Senate, he is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and the Senate Aging Committee.

    As a freshman senator, he holds numerous Senate leadership positions. Talent is the chairman of the Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee and the chairman of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Marketing, Inspection and Product Promotion. In addition, he is a member of President Bush’s Export Council and he was selected to serve as a deputy whip.

    Previously, Talent served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-2001) and eight years in the Missouri House (1985-1992).

    Talent was born and raised in Des Peres, Mo. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1973 and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he received the Arnold J. Lien Prize as the most outstanding undergraduate in political science. He graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Chicago Law School in 1981 and clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals from 1982 through 1983.

    Talent and his wife, Brenda, have three children Michael, Kate and Chrissy. The family lives in Chesterfield, Mo.

  • Truman Birthday Celebration and Senior Picnic Planned

    The University and Sodexho will host the annual Harry S. Truman birthday celebration picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., May 11, on the Mall. This year’s picnic occurs on the 10th anniversary of the Missouri Legislature approving Senate Bill 340, which changed the name of Northeast Missouri State University to Truman State University. Graduating seniors will be treated to lunch sponsored by the Truman Alumni Association, TRUE (Student Alumni Council) and the Office of Advancement.

    The picnic will include freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecued chicken, veggie burgers, various salads, condiments, cookies, birthday cake, ice cream and drinks. The lunch will be available to students, faculty and staff for $5 with advance reservations and $6 at the event. Students graduating in May eat for free with their student ID.

    Non-graduating students, faculty and staff must make their advance reservations by noon on May 10. Graduating seniors do not need to make reservations. To R.S.V.P., e-mail heidi@truman.edu or call the Public Relations Office at 785.4016. The rain site for the barbecue is the Student Union Building Georgian Room. For more information about the picnic, call 785.4016.

  • Faculty and Staff to be Honored at Annual Recognition Banquet for Service to the University

    Members of the Truman faculty and staff who are celebrating their retirement, fifth, tenth, fifteenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth, thirtieth, thirty-fifth, and fortieth anniversary of service to Truman will be honored. They will be recognized at the Service Recognition Banquet at 6:30 p.m., May 9, in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Tickets for the banquet are available for $10 each in the Human Resources Office until May 2. 

    The following is a list of faculty and staff to be recognized this year:

    David Bethel, Education
    Karen Croarkin, Math and Computer Science
    Robert Cummings, Social Science
    John Erhart, Math and Computer Science
    Mary Giovannini, Business and Accountancy
    Deanna Gonnerman, Physical Plant
    Joan Hunter, Language and Literature
    Larry Hunter, Physical Plant
    Regina Lindhorst, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Fontaine Piper, Human Potential and Performance
    Kathy Rieck, Advancement/Admission/ President’s Office
    John Sapko, Academic Affairs/Industrial Science
    Judy Sapko, Library
    Kenneth Strahm, Physical Plant
    Robert Tobia, Language and Literature
    JoAnn Weekley, Health and Exercise Sciences

    Fortieth Anniversary
    Ronald Knight, Math and Computer Science

    Thirty-fifth Anniversary
    Lanny Morley, Math and Computer Science

    Thirtieth Anniversary
    Sal Costa, Social Science
    Jerry Mayhew, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Rebecca McClanahan, Nursing
    Fred Shaffer, Social Science
    Douglas Winicker, Campus Planning

    Twenty-fifth Anniversary
    Wayne Bailey, Math and Computer Science
    Michele Breault, Social Science
    Ramona Davis, Education
    Elaine DeJovin, Admission
    Dana Delaware, Science
    Vinita Dew, Science
    Scott Ellis, Science
    Deborah Frye, Physical Plant
    Garry Gordon, Academic Affairs
    Connie Jacobs, Library
    Karen McClaskey, Library
    Charles Parks, Information Technology Services
    Seymour Patterson, Social Science
    Gwen Perrachione, Information Technology Services
    David Robbins, Physical Plant
    Susan Shoaff-Ballanger, Fine Arts
    Candy Young, Social Science

    Twentieth Anniversary
    Von Abbott, Public Safety
    Joyce Brown, President’s Office
    Joyce Burnett, Public Safety
    Melody Chambers, Admission
    Susan Guffey, Science
    James Harmon, Fine Arts
    Robert Kelsey, Physical Plant
    Ralph Miller, Physical Plant
    Scott Olsen, Education
    Linda Phillips, Business Office
    Stephen Pollard, Social Science
    Joy Pugh, Justice Systems
    Dana Safley, Admission
    Mustafa Sawani, Social Science

    Fifteenth Anniversary
    Alcidean Arias, Center for International Education
    John Bohac, Fine Arts
    Brent Buckner, Science
    Marsha Cook, Library
    Cynthia Cooper, Science
    Tim Farley, Language and Literature
    Suren Fernando, Math and Computer Science
    David Gillette, Social Science
    Randy Hagerty, Social Science
    Keith Harrison, Business and Accountancy
    Brenda Higgins, Student Health Center
    Carroll Hills, Physical Plant
    John Ishiyama, McNair Program/Social Science
    Diane Janick-Buckner, Science
    Anne Moody, Science
    Terry Olson, Social Science
    Silvia Pites, Language and Literature
    Kevin Potter, Physical Plant
    Barry Poyner, Language and Literature
    Catherine Poyner, Business and Accountancy
    Irene Richardson, Business Office
    David Robinson, Social Science
    Peter Rolnick, Science
    Mohammad Samiullah, Science
    David Schutter, Athletics
    Rodney Taylor, Language and Literature
    Kimberly Titus, Registrar’s Office

    Tenth Anniversary
    Tim Barcus, Public Relations
    Evonne Bird, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Michael Bird, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Elizabeth Bradley, Public Relations
    Marijke Breuning, Social Science
    Jay Bulen, Fine Arts
    Sally Cook, Language and Literature
    Richard Coughlin, Library
    Douglas Davenport, Justice Systems
    Julia DeLancey, Fine Arts
    Sheila Garlock, Communication Disorders
    Janet Gooch, Communication Disorders
    Elisabeth Hooper, Science
    Melody Jennings, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Brenda Killen, Business Office
    Christopher Lantz, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Debbie Maize, Physical Plant
    Meredith McCannon, Nursing
    Michael McManis, Planning and Institutional Development/President’s Office
    Brenda Moore, Science
    Priscilla Riggle, Language and Literature
    Larry Rogers, Physical Plant
    Sharon Russell, Registrar’s Office
    John Sloop, Athletics
    Eduardo Velasco, Science
    Warren Wells, General Counsel’s Office
    Sally West, Social Science
    Kathy Williams, Physical Plant
    Linda Yager, Student Union

    Fifth Anniversary
    Scott Alberts, Math and Computer Science
    Randall Bame, Fine Arts
    Matthew Beaky, Science
    Dale Blesz, Education
    Kelly Bryant, Physical Plant
    Michael Bump, Fine Arts
    Julie Burns, Financial Aid
    Michael (Scott) Burt, Science
    Crista Chappell, Graduate Office
    Steven Chappell, Language and Literature
    Donna Combs, Physical Plant
    Dereck Daschke, Social Science
    Tim Deidrick, Athletics
    Danion Doman, Language and Literature
    Lana Dowell, Business and Accountancy
    Charles Dromey, Physical Plant
    Taner Edis, Science
    Deborah Engen, Justice Systems
    Vicki Falls, Physical Plant
    Marne Fauser, Athletics
    Pamela Gardner, Nursing
    David Garth, Math and Computer Science
    Kenny Gates, Physical Plant
    Jill Graves, Admission
    Vern Hall, Physical Plant
    David Hudnall, Physical Plant
    Charles Hunsaker, Advancement Office
    H. Martin Jayne, Justice Systems
    Jennifer Jesse, Social Science
    Phil Jorn, University Counseling Services
    Priya Kambli, Fine Arts
    Peter Kelly, Education
    Glen Ketterlinus, Publications
    Hyun-Joo Kim, Math and Computer Science
    Michelle Kleine, Language and Literature
    Andrew Klyukovski, Language and Literature
    Alexander Koch, Health and Exercise Sciences
    Upendra Kulkarni, Math and Computer Science
    Joaquin Maldonado-Class, Language and Literature
    Marjorie McFarland, Physical Plant
    Sam Minner, Education
    Sarah Mohler, Language and Literature
    Jana Morton, Academic Affairs
    Colleen Murphy, Athletics
    Andrea O’Brien, Residential Living
    Marie Orton, Language and Literature
    Donna Patterson, Physical Plant
    Toby Peavler, Physical Plant
    Steven Peeler, Physical Plant
    Kathleen Powell, Academic Affairs
    Lena Reardon, Library
    Pamela Ryan, Math and Computer Science
    Lawrence Scully, Athletics
    Denise Smith, Advancement
    Tom Tegtmeyer, Math and Computer Science
    Alex Tetlax, Language and Literature
    Scott Thatcher, Math and Computer Science
    Juan Valencia, Language and Literature
    Brenda Wheeler, Nursing
    Howard Worcester, Physical Plant
    Stephen Wynn, Library

  • Education Professor Presents Original Math Textbook Research

    Janice Grow-Maienza, professor of education, organized and spoke in a symposium titled “Developing Procedures with Conceptual Understanding in Asian textbooks” for the research pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual meeting April 4-6, in Anaheim, Calif.

    Grow-Maienza discussed connections made to underlying mathematics principles found in Korean elementary mathematics textbooks with Susan Beal, professor of mathematics at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

    Other members of the symposium were Tad Watanabe, associate professor at Pennsylvania State University, who spoke on iconic representations in Japanese elementary mathematics texts, and Yeping Li, associate professor of mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, who spoke on how division of fractions is conceptualized in Chinese and Singaporean middle school mathematics texts.

    Grow-Maienza and Beal presented a poster titled “Korean Mathematics Texts: A Structural and Substantive Analysis” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association April 11, in Montreal, Canada. In July 2004, they presented another poster, “Seeing Korean Mathematics through American Eyes,” at the 10th International Congress on Mathematical Education in Copenhagen, Denmark. This poster and an interview with Grow-Maienza have been featured in a Korean Broadcasting System documentary on competitiveness in Korean education to be filmed in Korea this spring.

  • Truman Graduate Receives Excellence Award for Future Studies

    Truman's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that their nominee for the national honor fraternity’s Graduate Fellowship will receive an Award of Excellence.

    Candice Luebbering, a May 2004 Truman graduate, will use the $2,000 award to help finance her further education. Luebbering will pursue a master’s degree in geography at Virginia Tech. She said she plans to concentrate her studies in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

    “I want to focus on learning the largest skill set possible for cartography and GIS concerning all of the advanced technology...that can help us create more useful, current and inclusive maps,” Luebbering said in her application essay.

    The Truman alumna graduated summa cum laude from the University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology. She was the Sociology/Anthropology Outstanding Student, a Bright Flight Scholar and a member of both Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa.

    The Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships recognize and encourage superior scholarship in all disciplines. The Fellowships and Awards of Excellence are given to students preparing for full-time first-year graduate or professional study. Applicants must be nominated by their chapter.


  • Senior Week May 3-7

    Sponsored by TRUE (Student Alumni Council) and the Office of Advancement

    “More than $5.15 per hour”
    6 p.m.
    May 3
    SUB Governors Room
    Financial planning seminar

    “You think you know, but you have no idea”
    5:30 p.m.
    May 4
    SUB Governors Room
    First job tips from recent Truman graduates

    Ice Cream Social
    6-8 p.m.
    May 5
    on the Mall
    Rain site: SUB Down Under

    Karaoke with ’05
    6-9 p.m.
    May 6
    SUB Down Under

    Senior Game Day
    1 p.m.
    May 7
    Thousand Hills State Park
    Frisbee, kickball and four square with the Kirksville Alumni Chapter

    Refreshments and door prizes at all events.

    Contact Lindsay Sims at 785.4167 or llsims@truman.edu for more information.

  • Budget Updates

    Budget Update and Presentation for Students
    3:30 p.m.
    May 4
    SUB Alumni Room

    Budget Update and Presentation for Faculty and Staff
    3:30 p.m.
    May 11
    SUB Alumni Room

  • Remembering the Holocaust Events with Hillel

    “Commemorating the Holocaust: Forgive and Forget?”
    8:30-9:30 p.m.
    May 5
    Violette Hall 1000
    Lecture by Roy Schwartzman from NWMSU

    Holocaust Commemorative Shabbat Service
    7-7:45 p.m.
    May 6
    Flame to the Second Century
    Traditional service with readings from Holocaust survivors

    Film: “Life is Beautiful”
    7:30-10 p.m.
    May 7
    Violette Hall 1000
    Members of Hillel will answer questions about the Holocaust afterward

    For more information on any of these events, call Ben Kort at 785.7320 or e-mail bak350@truman.edu.

  • End of the Semester Library, Rec Center Hours

    Pickler Memorial Library

    May 3-5
    7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

    May 6
    7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    May 7
    noon to 10 p.m.

    May 8
    noon to 2 a.m.

    May 9-12
    7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

    May 13
    7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    May 14
    noon to 5 p.m.

    Student Recreation Center

    May 9-11
    9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    May 12-13
    9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    May 14-15

  • Students to Share an Afternoon with Animals

    The University Counseling Services will team up with the Adair County Humane Society to give students a break from end-of-the-year stresses. Cats and dogs from the Humane Society will be up for adoption.

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    May 6
    on the Quadrangle

    Call UCS at 785.4014 for more information.


  • Notables

    Marijke Breuning, associate professor of political science; Joseph Bredehoft, junior political science major from Winfield, Kan.; and Eugene Walton, senior political science major and McNair scholar from Florissant, Mo.; have been notified that their article, “Promise and Performance: An Evaluation of Journals in International Relations,” has been accepted for publication in the November issue of International Studies Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Studies Association.

    Dereck Daschke, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, gave an invited talk titled “The Appeal of New Religious Movements” April 4, at Ole Miss University in Oxford, Miss. The presentation was based on work done for the book “New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader” due out in July from New York University Press, which he co-edited with W. Michael Ashcraft, associate professor of religion at Truman.

    Stephen Hadwiger, associate professor of nursing, completed the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support Instructor’s Course at A.T. Still University in March. Hadwiger also presented a paper titled “A Confessional Tale About a Latina Woman with Diabetes” at the Cambio de Colores Conference March 31, in Columbia, Mo.


  • Notes

    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 winner of the 2005 Educator of the Year award will be announced at a banquet at 6 p.m., May 3, in the SUB Georgian Room. Contact Chelsea Schinnour at cbs436@truman.edu for more information.

    The College Democrats and College Republicans will debate on the future of social security and how it relates to young adults from 8-9 p.m., May 3, in VH 1010. Contact Taylor Burks at 785.4850 for more information.

    Representatives from student organizations will meet May 3 to discuss Homecoming 2005. Students will receive information to take back to their organizations concerning the theme, events and responsibilities. Groups interested in participating should send a member to the gathering at 10 p.m., in the BH Little Theatre. For more information, contact Marcie Kottemann at 785.4801 or e-mail marcie@truman.edu.

    The Weekly Lunch Series May 4 will be a Year-End Bash. Faculty, teaching staff and GTRAs may attend for table fellowship with colleagues and help choose the end-of-the-year awards from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the SUB Spanish Room. Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 785.4391 for more information.

    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. is hosting their spring informational meeting at 5:30 p.m., May 4, in VH 1110 for students interested in joining the sorority. For additional details, contact Kia Washington at kdw605@truman.edu or 785.5770.

    Traci Ciepiela from Public Safety will guide a free self-defense workshop for women only at 7 p.m., May 4, in the SUB Activities Room. The class is part of the Women’s Resource Center Wednesday Workshop Series. Contact b1378@truman.edu for more details.

    The Brass Choir will perform in a concert at 8 p.m., May 4, in the OP Performance Hall.

    The Director’s Showcase will be performed at 8 p.m., May 4-6, in the OP Courtyard Theatre. Contact Lee Orchard at 785.4267 for more information.

    Truman’s Wind Symphony will perform in a free concert at 8 p.m., May 5, in the Baldwin Auditorium.

    The Monitor will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary with sparklers from 8-10 p.m., May 5, on the Quadrangle. Call 785.4775 for more information.

    The University Observatory will be open to the public, weather permitting, from 9-11 p.m., May 5. For directions to the facility, call Michael Adams at 785.4088 or go to http://observatory.truman.edu.

    Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the next Tech Break from 2-3 p.m., May 6, in the SUB Alumni Room. Go to http://its.truman.edu/techbreak for more information.

    The AAUP will meet at 4:30 p.m., May 6, at the University Club. Contact Marc Becker at 785.6036 for more information.

    Students can enjoy two days of gaming bliss at “Game On: The Video Game Pentathalon,” sponsored by ACM and the Take 5 Game Room. Teams of four will compete in a five-event tournament for more than $500 worth of prizes, including the top prize of a PSP. The event will be from 5-10:30 p.m., May 6, in the SUB. Visit http://acm.truman.edu/gameon for more details.

    SAB is sponsoring the Final Blowout at 5:30 p.m., May 6, at the South Field near the Tennis Courts. Students will be able to enjoy free barbecue and a final concert by True Men, Minor Detail and Unique Ensemble followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The rain site for the dinner/concert is Pershing Arena. The rain date for the fireworks is 9 p.m., May 10. Contact SAB at 785.4722 for more information.

    The Chamber Choir will perform in a concert at 8 p.m., May 6, in the OP Performance Hall.

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

    Students will perform in piano recitals at 2 p.m., May 7 and at 3 p.m., May 8, in the OP Performance Hall. Cheryl Wong, Sarah Blackwell, Daniel Poindexter, Ryan Huber and Lauren Sappington, all students of David McKamie, will be performing May 7. Avril Frick, a student of Janice Saffir, will also be playing May 7. Emmy Thomson, Katie Craven, Stephanie Rice, John Feiner, Rachel Scheperle, Matt Safley and Dan Kubus, all students of Saffir, will be performing May 8. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

    Franklin Street will perform in a final concert from 4-5:30 p.m., May 7, in the Baldwin Auditorium.

    There will be a faculty recital at 7 p.m., May 8, in the OP Performance Hall. Contact Mira Frisch at 785.7822 for more information.

    The General Honors Medal Ceremony will be from 4-5:30 p.m., May 13, in the SUB Georgian Room. For more information about the event, contact Patricia Burton at 785.7247 or e-mail ss84@truman.edu.

    Attention Former JBA Faculty: 2005 marks the 20th anniversary of the Joseph Baldwin Academy. JBA attracts hundreds of gifted junior high students from across the nation to campus every summer to take a three-week class taught by a Truman professor. The JBA program is compiling a list of everyone who has ever taught a JBA course. There will be a reunion reception from 2-4 p.m., July 23. If you have ever taught JBA, please e-mail Jana Morton at jmorton@truman.edu and tell her the years and courses you taught.