November 16, 1999 - Vol. 4 No. 36
Thanks to the generosity of Truman’s faculty,
staff and students, the University has exceeded its overall 1999 Adair
County United Way Drive Goal. To date, the campus has raised $46,929; the
goal was set at $45,500.
University to Perform “The Messiah”Truman State University Chorus and University Orchestra will perform “The Messiah” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21, in Baldwin Auditorium. The event will feature four Truman alumni soloists: Lisa Neubauer, soprano; Matt Alber, bass; Scott Piper, tenor; and John Spomer, bass; along with more than 300 student, faculty and staff performers.
Neubauer, a 1997 graduate, recently received her master’s in music from the Boston University School for the Arts and has since been performing in the New England area. Some of her latest performances include Christine in Yeston’s “Phantom” and Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls.”
Alber, who graduated in 1997, is currently touring for a second season with Chanticleer, the only full-time, classical, men’s acappela ensemble in the country.
As a concert soloist having appeared in more than 150 performances, Piper, a 1993 graduate, has successfully established himself as a new operatic talent. Originally from Kirksville, he recently completed his master’s degree at the University of Michigan and is in the final stages of his doctorate there.
Spomer received his bachelor’s degree in music in 1997. He then served as a graduate assistant at the University, and earned his master’s in 1999. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of music arts at the University of Iowa.
Paul Crabb, professor of music, will conduct the chorus, while Sam McClure, assistant professor of music, will conduct the orchestra.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 785.4417.
Business Honor Society Receives CharterA banquet last Wednesday marked the beginning of a new honor society for business and accountancy students. Beta Gamma Sigma, which recognizes outstanding business students for their academic achievement, will replace Sigma Beta Delta at the University.
“It’s a high honor and an important additional credential for Truman,” said Keith Harrison, assistant professor of accounting and president of the local chapter.
Harrison planned the banquet, along with Jim Turner, associate professor of accounting and secretary/treasurer of the organization. During the banquet, Truman’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma received its charter from the national organization, 25 students and nine faculty members were inducted and Dr. Robert Dager, emeritus head of business and accountancy, was recognized for his integral role in the accreditation process. Six members of the Truman faculty who were already Beta Gamma Sigma members, were also present.
A nomination committee within the organization will select future Beta Gamma Sigma members and invite them to membership. To be chosen, juniors must have a cumulative GPA that falls in the top seven percent of their class; seniors must have a cumulative GPA within the top 10 percent of their class; and graduate students must be in the top 20 percent of their class.
“Members of Beta Gamma Sigma gain honor and recognition as well as valuable networking opportunities,” said Harrison.
Thurman Establishes Endowed ScholarshipOn behalf of her late brother, Karl Elman, and herself, Mary Evelyn Thurman has established an endowed scholarship in honor of President Jack Magruder.
Thurman, a 1946 graduate of Truman and a native of Shelby County, created The President Jack Magruder, Mary Evelyn Thurman, and Karl Elman Thurman Scholarship of the Sciences. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student or students pursuing a degree in one of the science disciplines.
Thurman also announced her desire to donate money for a new science lab in honor of the renaming of Science Hall to Magruder Hall. The lab will carry the name Beta Tau Delta Chemistry laboratory, in honor of Magruder and in memory of Karl Elman. The organization’s motto is "Building Treasured Dreams-where knowledge links learning to living."
Thurman and her brother were internationally known baton twirlers and she taught baton-twirling classes at the University for several years.
The President Jack Magruder, Mary Evelyn Thurman, and Karl Elman Thurman Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the spring of 2000.
Students Accepted into Medical ProgramTruman will again participate in the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program, a pre-matriculation program for rural students who are Missouri residents. The program addresses the declining level of health care available in small towns and rural areas of Missouri.
This year, two Truman sophomores were accepted for the program. Jeremy Youse, a biology/pre-med major from Hannibal, Mo. and Sarah Davenport, a biology/pre-med major from Trenton, Mo. are being offered early acceptance into the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, conditional upon achieving certain academic standards. Cassy Felkerson, a chemistry/pre-med major from Salem, Mo., was chosen as an alternate.
Acceptance into the Missouri Medical Scholars Program is based upon high academic achievement, commitment to a career in medicine, possession of personal characteristics expected for quality physicians, and a smalltown or rural background.
Thanksgiving Break Special HoursStudent Rec Center
Nov. 23: 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Nov. 24 to Nov. 27: closed
Nov. 28: 5-10 p.m.
Pickler Memorial Library
NotablesJim Barnes, writer-in-residence and professor of comparative literature, had his short story, “Panther,” accepted for publication in New Letters, a Kansas City literary magazine.
Jerrold Hirsch, associate professor of history, chaired a session on the history of American folklore studies, and presented his paper, “The Individual Artist and the Folk Group: B.A. Botkin, the Play-Party and Proletarian Literature,” at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.
The Truman Forensics team recently participated in the Wichita State and Kansas Newman University tournament and won more than 25 individual and team awards. Shane Mecham, a junior political science major from Lincoln, Neb., was ranked fourth best overall speaker at Wichita State, second best overall speaker at Kansas Newman and second best overall for the two tournaments combined. Cabell Gathman, a sophomore philosophy/religion major from Pocohantas, Mo., was tournament champion in Impromptu Speaking. Truman was the third best school overall.
Richard McCormick Houser, a summer 1999 Truman graduate, has been selected as Truman’s nominee for the annual M.A.G.S. Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. His thesis, “Autonomy Versus Determinism in Anglo-Saxon Literature,” will compete with works from master’s programs in 18 states. Houser’s thesis adviser was Adam Davis, associate professor of English. Also serving on his thesis committee were Priscilla Riggle, assistant professor of English, and Kathryn Brammall, assistant professor of history.
Robert Tigner, assistant professor of psychology, had his article, “Putting Memory Research to Good Use: Hints from Cognitive Psychology,” published in College Teaching. He also had his article, “Triarchic Theories of Intelligence: Aristotle and Sternberg,” co-authored by Steven Tigner, accepted for publication in History of Psychology.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education invited the New Media Center to participate in “Running with It”, the state technology conference. Carol Race, director of the instructional technology center; Jeremy Harrington, a senior justice systems major from Knoxville, Iowa; and John Marstall, a senior philosophy/religion major from Kirksville, Mo., presented four workshops: “Animation, How to Get Motion into your HyperStudio Stacks,” “Hyperstudio Animation,” “Desktop Video for the Budget Conscious” and “Hyperstudio and the Internet: an Introduction to SiteCentral.”
The Association of College Unions International regional meeting was recently held at Southwest Missouri State University. Attending from Truman were Vonnie Nichols, director of the Student Union; Doug Daubert, director of campus activities; Linda Yager, reservationist/secretary of the Student Union; Jon Crosby, junior music major from Macon, Mo.; Aaron Beckmann, junior exercise science major from Kahoka, Mo.; Heather Dye, junior psychology major from Belleville, Ill.; and Alina Brown, senior business administration major from Cherryville, Mo. Daubert and Nichols are members of the steering committee, and Crosby was appointed to the steering committee at the meeting. A graphics competition was held in conjunction with the meeting. Winning awards from Truman were the following artists: Poster, Student Staff: First Place, Matt Trego, May 1999 Truman graduate; Third Place, Laura Jordan, junior art major from Blue Springs, Mo. Poster, Professional Staff: First Place, Cindi Farmer, publications; Second Place, Winston Vanderhoof, publications. Promotional Campaign: First Place, Cindi Farmer; Second Place, Winston Vanderhoof. The winning works will be on display in the Student Union Nov. 22-23 and Dec. 5-11.
10:30 a.m.-”Human Interaction in Business,” Violette Hall 1000; see p. 2
1:30 p.m.-”Attracting Money for Business Financing,” Violette Hall 1000; see p. 2
3 p.m.-”Using Your Liberal Arts and Science Education in the ‘Real World,’” Violette Hall 1000; see p. 2
7:30 p.m.-Lyceum presents “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 1
The Campus Environmental Club is collecting old, used and unused Christmas cards to recycle into creative and unique cards that will be sold at the Ryle Holiday Market in December. Drop boxes are located in the residential halls. Proceeds will go to Victim Support Services.
Advent calendars from Germany will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 15-Nov. 19, in McClain Hall. The calendars have colorful, seasonal scenes and are filled with chocolate. Cost is $3, and most proceeds go to the German Club Scholarship fund. To order by phone, call Connie Reid at 785.4509.
The Faculty Development Lunch Series presents, “Open Mike: Course Evaluations, What Works for You? What Feedback Can you Use?” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, in the SUB Spanish Room and “Teaching with CourseInfo,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 1, in the SUB Alumni Room. For more information, call 785.4391.
The Staff Development Committee will present Garry Gordon “Modern Art: Knowing What you Like or Liking What you Know?” from 3 to 4 p.m., Nov. 17, in Violette Hall 1000. For more information, call Human Resources at 785.4031.
The Career Center and Student Affairs Office will present a panel discussion on careers in student affairs at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 17, at the Career Center. The Career Center will also hold a panel discussion on graduate schools for psychology and counseling at 4 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Career Center.
The Physics Colloquium “Light Emitting Polymers: A Cheap Way to Make Lasers,” will be held at 4:35 p.m., Nov. 17, in Barnett Hall 252. The discussion will be at an intermediate level, but everyone is welcome to attend.
Phi Alpha Theta history fraternity will sponsor its first History Symposium from 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17, in SUB 4&6.
The University Art Gallery talk, “Art Without Frames,” has been rescheduled to 7 p.m., Nov. 17, in the University Gallery.
Student Senate will hold an open forum on diversity from 8 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17, in the SUB Alumni Room. The meeting will reflect upon the findings of the 1998-99 Task Force on Diversity as well as project into the future.
The Theatre Department will present “Conduct of Life,” at 8 p.m., Nov. 17-20, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Cost is $1 for advance tickets. The play is not suitable for children due to graphic violence onstage. Following each performance will be a panel discussion with University faculty, staff and students, along with members of the Kirksville community. Each night’s panel will address a different aspect of violence in society. For more information, call Becky Becker at 785.4519.
“Many Roads: Meandering Through the Maze,” a lecture on the search for truth in religion, will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 18, in the SUB Activities Room.
“Dormez, Je Le Veux,” a French play, will be performed at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 and 19, in the SUB Down Under.
The Student Activities Board will show “American Pie,” at 6 and 9:30 p.m., Nov. 19, in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free for students with a University ID.
Myron Marty will discuss and sign his new book, “The Taliesin Fellowship: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Intentions Revealed,” published by the Truman State University Press, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19, in Violette Hall 1010.
The Student Rec Center will present a Self-Defense Workshop, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 20, in the Rec Center Aerobics Room. Reservations are required. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 785.4847.
The Student Activities Board will present “Back to the Future Trilogy Night” at 8 p.m., Nov. 20, in Violette Hall 1000. Admission is free with a University ID. For more information, call 785.4722.
The German Club will present “Life in East Germany,” a discussion with Tino Reppe, a Truman student who grew up in East Germany at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 30, in McClain Hall 306.
The deadline for the Chandler Monroe Oratorical Contest is Nov. 30. Each fall, Comm 170 students are encouraged to present a entertaining ceremonial speech, five minutes in length. The first place winner will receive $100. Interested students should register in the Language and Literature division office, McClain 310. For more information, call Barry Poyner at 785.4063.
Any organization interested in having a booth in the Ryle Hall Holiday Market on Dec. 4, needs to make reservations with Madeline Hermann at 785.7403.
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