April 17, 2001 - Vol. 5 No. 31
Truman Board Approves Naming of Ruth Warner Towne Museum
In further business, the Board approved a resolution supporting a comprehensive state transportation plan. The resolution states that the statewide mission and recruitment of outstanding students and faculty is affected by the quality and availability of transportation within northeastern Missouri. It notes concern for the loss of members of the Truman community as well as an average of three persons each day due to highway accidents.
New Board members, Michael T. Schwend from Kirksville, and Sarah Burkemper from Troy, Mo., were sworn in during the meeting.
Goggin to be Second Speaker in Library SeriesMichael Goggin, assistant professor of physics, will present the second lecture of the 2001 Linda Hall Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m., April 19, in the Main Reading Room at Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Mo. His lecture is titled “Deterministic Chaos and the Jurassic Park Hypothesis.”
The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology is one of the nation’s leading specialty research libraries. It houses numerous major collections and reference materials and an education program that features onsite and online exhibitions, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository, a rare science history collection and the annual Linda Hall Lecture Series.
The 2001 Series marks the fifth year for the event and features Truman faculty from several departments. They are the first invited lecturers from a public university.
Goggin joined Truman’s Science Division in 1998 following six years as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and two years at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
Goggin earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. In 1988 he earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, quantum chaos, quantum optics, lasers, foundations of quantum mechanics and the classical-quantum transition. He is currently mentoring a student project on laser cooling and the trapping of atoms.
The Linda Hall Lecture Series is part of several outreach programs that promote an interest in science among the general public. Linda Hall Library is located at 5109 Cherry Street and the lectures are free. The library website is at www.lindahall.org.
The final Kohlenberg Lyceum event of the 2000-01 Series
University Symphony Orchestra
Tickets now available for students at the SAB office
Parent Project Provides New Computers
A new computer lab in Pickler Memorial Library
has become a reality this year, thanks to generous donations from parents
to the 1999-2000 Parent Council project. Donations from parents have provided
several new resources for Truman students in the past few years. Recent
projects include the purchase of laptop computers (available for student
checkout), a multi-media lab in Violette Hall, and technology for the University
Career Center and Pickler.
More Than 80 Initiated into Phi Kappa PhiTruman State University juniors and seniors (listed below) were initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at the initiation ceremony held April 8. Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all disciplines. Those elected for initiation are from the upper five percent of all juniors and the upper 10 percent of all seniors.
Student Senate Elections
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Student ID required.
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Haircuts for $5 by professional hairdressers.
Haircuts 10 inches or longer may be donated to
Sponsored by the Ryle Hall Senate.
Students, Faculty Attend Research ConferenceTruman students and faculty from three divisions ? science, language and literature and social science ? presented results of their original research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky?Lexington this spring. The trip marks the second consecutive year Truman students have participated in the event.
Nine Truman faculty attended and assisted students with their oral and poster presentations and also served as session moderators at the conference that was attended by over 2,000 participants. Those attending were Hena Ahmad (English), Matt Beaky (physics), Tom Bultman (biology), Scott Ellis (biology), Jose Herrera (biology), Jack Magruder (chemistry), Terry Palmer (psychology), Eric Patterson (chemistry) and Gregg Siewert (French).
Keynote speakers included Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp, Martin Luther King Jr., historian Gerald Smith, poet and essayist Wendell Berry and musician Gail Robinson.
Research presented by Truman students covered such topics as insect/plant contaminants, bird communication, plant hormones, fungal toxins, amino acid detection, drinking water contaminants, education, French cultures and dyslexia associations.
A complete listing of student participants and their area of research is included in the boxed section of this article.
The 2002 NCUR national conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin?Whitewater in April. Interested students should contact Dr. Ellis.
Truman’s Campus Activities & Organization Center
cordially invites you to attend
Guest speaker is
Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
NotablesRegina Cross, graduate English student from Moberly, Mo., has been invited to serve on the National Council of Teachers of English Public Doublespeak Committee for a term ending in November 2002.
Janice Grow, professor of education, organized and chaired a session titled “Content and Processes Discovered in Asian Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Textbook Series” at the research pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Grow described her findings on conceptualization of procedures found in Korean texts.
Shawn Gilmore, senior English major from Wellsville, Mo., was awarded first prize in the analytical essay category at the Sigma Tau Delta national convention in Corpus Christi, Texas, for his paper on Jorge Luis Borges. Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society for English majors.
Jésus Illundáin-Agurruza, assistant professor of philosophy, presented his paper titled “Unoriginal Masterpieces: a Critique of Originality as a Criterion of Excellence in Art” at the American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division meeting, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Ryan Kennedy, senior political science major from Excelsior Springs, Mo., and John Ishiyama, associate professor of political science, had their article titled “Writing Rights: Factors Influencing the Strength of Rights Clauses in Post- Communist Constitutions” accepted for publication in the South Carolina Journal of Political Science.
McNair Scholar Dominick Wright, senior political science and French
major from Olathe, Kan., has been accepted to participate in the American
Political Science Association’s 2001 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, which
will be held at Duke University. The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is funded
by the National Science Association, Duke University and the American Political
Science Association. The five-week institute is academically rigorous and
prepares minority students for entry into graduate school. Dominick is
the first Truman student to have been accepted into this prestigious program.
NotesAsian History Week events will include a Tai Chi workshop at 1 p.m., April 17, in the Governors’ Room and a Tai Chi lecture/performance at 7:30 p.m., April 17, in the Student Rec Center dance studio. The Asian Cultural Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m., April 19, in the Adair Building. “Raise the Red Lantern” will be shown at 7 p.m., April 20, in Violette 1212.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars will have an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 17, in Violette Hall 1000. For more information call Meghan at 665.9925.
The Division of Fine Arts will produce a play titled “Somewhere in Between” at 8 p.m., April 17-21, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Admission is free but seating is limited, so reservations may be made for $1 at the Little Theatre box office. The show contains material not suitable for children.
Alpha Phi Omega and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., April 17-19, in the SUB Activities Room. First-time donors are welcome.
Faculty Development Lunch Series presents “Identifying Disciplinary Epistemologies as a First Step Toward Interdisciplinary Thinking” from 12:30-1:25 p.m., April 18, in the Spanish Room. The discussion will be led by Julia Delancey, assistant professor of art; Jason Miller, assistant professor of math and computer science; Terry Olson, associate professor of economics and Michael Seipel, assistant professor of agriculture.
Truman’s physics department will host Carlos R. Stroud, professor of optics and physics from the University of Rochester, on April 18-19. Stroud’s research focuses on experimental and theoretical quantum optics and atomic physics. He will speak at 4:35 p.m., April 18, in Barnett Hall 252 on “Getting Inside an Atom: Imaging and Manipulation of Atomic Electrons” and at 4:30 p.m., April 19, in Magruder Hall 124 on “Quantum Mechanics for Fun and Profit.” Refreshments will be served prior to both lectures.
The RCP French lunch table will meet in the Missouri Hall cafeteria from 11:30-1:15 p.m., April 19 and April 26. All French speakers are welcome. Those desiring meal vouchers should call 785.4510.
Career Expo student committee applications are due April 20. Four representatives are needed from each undergraduate division. Monthly meetings and committee work will be required. For more information contact Lesa Kerlin at 785.4353.
The Division of Business and Accountancy will sponsor a recognition dinner at 6:30 p.m., April 21, in the Georgian Room. The dinner will honor outstanding students from the Division and President Magruder will be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society. Highlighting the event will be keynote speaker Mindy McCubbin, alumna, who is currently employed by Boeing.
The University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra will perform together in a joint concert at 3 p.m., April 22, in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The program will be conducted by Sam McClure, assistant professor of music, and will feature two major works, Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin and Sacred Service by Ernest Bloch. Over 300 student musicians will be involved. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Language and Literature Division will present “The Old and the New in ‘The New South Africa’,” a lecture by Frederick Hale from the University of Stellenbosch, at 3:30 p.m., April 23, SUB Rooms 2-3. It is free and open to the public.
Last chance of the semester to view the stars, at Magruder Hall Observatory from 8-10 p.m., April 23 (weather permitting). Access to the Observatory roof is located outside Magruder Hall 274.
The Center for International Education Abroad will host an informational meeting from 5-6:30 p.m., April 26, in the SUB Alumni Room. All students who will be studying abroad during the summer or fall 2001 semesters should plan to attend.
A Gala Theater Premiere will be held to celebrate the opening of Downtown Cinema 8 at 6:30 p.m., April 26, at the theater. Tickets are $25 per person and $40 per couple with proceeds going to an interdenominational youth ministry. To make reservations or for more information contact Jeff Gall, assistant professor of history, at 785.7242.
The University Career Center will host a student focus group at 3 p.m., April 27, at the Center. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to 785.4353 or email@example.com.
Organizers of a Truman Photo Contest are seeking entries of student life snapshots, including activities, sporting events, dorm life and campus sites for use in an upcoming campus publication. Photos should be submitted to McClain Hall 102 prior to June 1. Winners will be awarded gift certificates to area restaurants. For more information call 785.4007.
Garden plots will be available at the University Farm for faculty,
staff and students. The standard plot is 300 sq. ft. in both the organic
and non-organic gardening sections. Primary tillage and water at the site
is provided. To reserve a plot, contact Bill Kuntz at 785.7477 or David
Lesczynski at 785.4411.
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