February 15, 2000 - Vol. 4 No.44
Social Science Division Head to Retire

Halberstam Returns as Visiting Scholar

Donna Morrison to Speak at Truman

Maxwell Kicks Off Adair County Census 

Black History Month Celebration Expands 

Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Scheduled

Piano Festival Scheduled

Census Jobs Available

Jill Mullin Gathering

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Social Science Division Head to Retire

    James Lyons, head of the Division of Social Science at Truman, has announced his retirement, effective July 2000. Lyons joined the psychology faculty at Truman in 1972, and has been division head since 1979. 
     "The Truman community and I will miss Jim's presence," said President Jack Magruder. "When I first became head of the Science Division, I often sought and used his advice. He has given so much of his time and energy to making Truman a great university. Because of his hard work, he leaves knowing a culture he helped shape will last beyond him."
     Lyons was an early architect of Trumanís award-winning student outcomes assessment program. With former president Charles McClain, he wrote the book In Pursuit of Degrees with Integrity: A Value Added Approach to Undergraduate Assessment, which was published by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 1984.
     He also helped guide the Social Science Division during a period of significant growth and transformation. In 1979 there were 28 full-time faculty and 650 student majors. Today there are nearly three times as many faculty and twice as many students. 
      Students and faculty from the Division are widely recognized for their accomplishments in teaching, learning, scholarship and service. Last year, more than a third of the Division's seniors scored among the top 20 percent of students nationally on tests over their knowledge of major subject matter. 
     A number of social science faculty receive campus awards annually for their teaching and advising. Last year the faculty published 59 books and articles, and made several presentations at national conferences. 
     During his years as division head, Lyons served on the Faculty Senate, the Undergraduate Council, the Graduate Council and the Council on Teacher Education. He served on the steering committees for the Universityís North Central accreditation reviews in 1974, 1984 and 1995, and on numerous task forces and committees.
     "It has been an uncommon privilege, and a joy, to have been associated with the Division and the University for more than 28 years," Lyons said. "People at Truman have brought great richness to my life. I look forward to many years of continuing friendships."
     Garry Gordon, vice president for academic affairs, has announced that Seymour Patterson, professor of economics, has accepted the position of interim division head during the search period. Members of the search committee will be announced by Gordon in the near future. 


Halberstam Returns as Visiting Scholar

David Halberstam, an accomplished journalist, historian and author, will return to campus with Truman's Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series Feb. 21-23. 
     Halberstam is a legendary figure in American journalism. At age 30, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his controversial coverage of Vietnam. His trilogy of books on power in America have also won him broad critical acclaim over the past 40 years.
      In 1998, Halberstam released The Children, which chronicles the lives of eight young, courageous civil rights activists he met in 1960 as a reporter for The Nashville Tennessean. His latest work, Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made, was released in 1999.

Schedule of Events:

Feb. 21
7:30 p.m., Violette Hall 1000
"The Children: A Retrospective on the Civil Rights Movement"

8:30 p.m., Violette Hall 
Public Reception

Feb. 22
Noon, SUB Alumni Room
"Forces in American Politics: Addressing Frustrations with the System"
Book signing to follow

7:30 p.m., Ryle Hall Lounge
"Campaign 2000: Presidential Politics"

Feb. 23
10:30 a.m., Violette Hall 1000
"Contemporary American Foreign Policy in Bosnia"


Donna Morrison to Speak at Truman

   Donna Morrison, vice president of billing services for Sprint, will visit the Truman campus as the Business & Accountancy Division's Executive-in-Residence on Feb. 21 and 22.
     Morrison graduated from Truman in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in business. She attended the University of Colorado Executive MBA program and completed the AMP/ISMP program at Harvard Business School.
     She has been a member of the Sprint team since 1989.
Schedule of Events:

Feb. 21
11:30 a.m., "Total Quality Management and the Baldrige Criteria"
2:30 p.m., "Career Alert! Prepare for Your Future"
4 p.m., "Mega-Mergers" (MCI/Worldcom and Sprint,etc.)

Feb. 22
9 a.m., "E-Commerce--Changing the Way we do Business"
10:30 a.m., "Increasing Profits Using Activity-Based Management"
1:30 p.m.,"Breaking the Glass Ceiling"--Challenges Women Face in the Workplace


Maxwell Kicks Off Adair County Census

    State Senator Joe Maxwell was the guest speaker at the kick-off reception for the Adair-Kirksville Census 2000 Committee held on Feb. 9 at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Maxwell emphasized the importance of obtaining an accurate population count in Adair County.
     According to Maxwell, northern Missouri lost a senator as a result of poor turnout in the 1990 census. The response rate was only 65 percent.
     "We can't afford to lose again if we are going to have success in this decade, in this century," he said.
     The local Census 2000 group has been meeting monthly since August 1998, preparing for publicity of the event. It may seem like an early start but, according to committee chairman Ron Gaber, it is vitally important to get an accurate population count for Adair county. The information is used to determine the amount of federal aid the area receives for things like job creation, housing, health care improvements and economic development.
     Although the census forms wonít arrive in local mailboxes and residences until mid-March, the committee wants to prepare Adair County residents by informing them about the potential impact of an accurate census to the local community.


Black History Month Celebration Expands

      A special event has been added to Truman's Black History Month celebration. "The Language You Cry In," a one-hour documentary, will be moderated by Sylvia Macauley, assistant professor of history, at 7 p.m., Feb. 17, in Ophelia Parrish 300. Macauley will also hold a question and answer session following the film. 
     The documentary examines how an African song was used to trace the roots of Mary Moran from her home in Harris Neck, Ga., to Africa, nearly two centuries after the song was brought to the United States by African slaves.
     "It is an amazing story," Macauley said, "which is a testament to the power of human memory and family traditions, especially in light of the fact that slave owners strived to make the Africans forget everything about their previous existence."
     According to Macauley, the song was passed from mothers to daughters and was originally part of the West African Mende tribe's funeral ceremony.
      Originally from West Africa, Macauley joined the Truman faculty in 1999 after receiving her master's and doctorate degrees from Howard University in Washington, D.C. 
     Macauley is also serving as a guest host on KTRM from 8-9 p.m. each Sunday in February, hosting a diverse music show.
     Remaining events for Black History Month this week include Dutchman, 7 & 9 p.m., Feb. 16, Baldwin Hall Little Theatre; and Roots; Parts I & II, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Baldwin Auditorium. 


Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Scheduled

     The 32nd annual Truman State University Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 26, in Baldwin Hall and the Student Union Building. General admission to watch the high school and middle school bands compete is $3. 
     Special guest artist Peter Erskine will offer a jazz band lab for students during the day and perform Saturday night at 7:30 in Baldwin Auditorium with the Truman State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band. General Admission to Erskine's performance is $5, or free with a Truman student ID. Tickets will be available at the door.
     Erskine is currently a drummer with Steely Dan and the Yellowjackets. He began his career at the age of 18 with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and has since played with  Weather Report and Steps Ahead, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and pop artists Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Joni Mitchell.
     Erskine has recorded over 300 albums, leads a trio which records for ECM, and runs his own record label, FUZZY MUSIC.


Piano Festival Scheduled

17th annual piano festival

 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Feb. 19, Baldwin Hall

Forty-one pianists from a four-state region will compete for cash awards and scholarships, including the Truman Piano Fellowship.

The public is invited to attend all performances.
For more information contact David McKamie, 785.4405.


Census Jobs Available

Jobs Available

Persons who wish to work for the U.S. Census Bureau either full- or part-time as census takers or crew leaders need to report at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 18, in the SUB Governorís Rm. or at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 25, in the SUB Alumni Rm. to apply and test for available positions. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and bring valid driverís licenses and social security cards at the time of application.

Laura Robinson, testing director, indicates that the written application will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and the written test will take another 30 minutes to complete. 

Positions will pay from $8.75-$10.25 per hour,with 31 cents per mile travel reimbursement. For more information, call 1.888.325.7733.

Jill Mullin Gathering

Truman Junior
 Jill Mullin

 was critically injured in an
on Highway 36 Feb. 7.

Friends will gather at
7 p.m., Feb. 21,
SUB Alumni Room.

They will create a videotape to raise Jill's spirits during her recovery.

Others concerned are invited to attend.



Several Truman students appeared at this yearís American College Theatre Festival in Sioux Falls, S.D. Moira Cavanagh, senior theatre major from Manchester, Mo.; Danny Dolan, senior English/theatre major from Kansas City, Mo.; Lisa Magierowski, sophomore English major from Kansas City, Mo.; Becky McCreight, sophomore music/theatre major from St. Louis; Justin Scheuer, junior English/theatre major from Eureka, Mo.; Margaret Swoboda, sophomore theatre major from St. Louis and Brian Waters, senior theatre major from Kirksville, were selected to appear at the festival. Dolan advanced to the semifinal round in the acting competition. 

Becky Becker, assistant professor of theatre, had a scene from her production of The Conduct of Life performed at the ACTF Regional Festival in Sioux Falls, S.D. In addition, Ron Rybkowski, associate professor of theatre, received a festival commendation for special effects in Blithe Spirit. 

The Truman Forensics Team placed fifth in overall sweepstakes at the Pt. Loma Nazarene University tournament in San Diego Feb. 4-6. Shane Mecham, junior political science major from Lincoln, Neb., and Kris Stroup, sophomore political science major from Lansing, Kan., placed third in parliamentary debate in a field of 105 teams from 42 schools. In addition, Tyler Unsell, freshman political science/theatre major from Kansas City, Mo., took first place in novice extemporaneous speaking and Mecham placed first in after-dinner speaking. 

Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Science Honorary Education Committee received a grant from Eta Sigma Gamma national office for ìAmerican Red Cross Preventing Disease Transmission Course.î In addition, the National office awarded them a grant for the American Cancer Societyís ìTeens Against Tobacco Useî program.

Joyce Ragland, associate professor of education, presented a session, ìDestined to Rule the Schools and Other Good Books,î for the Missouri Network for Women in Administration, Feb. 7. Ragland reviewed three books about women leaders in public school settings or higher education: Destined to Rule the Schools, Women and the Superintendency 1873-1995 by Jackie Blount, Women in Power, Pathways to Leadership in Education, by Barbara Curry, and Women as Educational Leaders: Opening Windows, Pushing Ceilings by Marie Hill and Ragland.


On Campus 

16 Wednesday
12:30 p.m.-Faculty Development Lunch, SUB Alumni Room; see Notes
1 p.m.-Eating Disorder Screenings, Student Health Center; see Notes
2 p.m.-Career Expo workshops, University Career Center
5:45 p.m.-Menís Basketball vs. NWMSU, Pershing
7:30 p.m.-Sexual Respect Week program; SUB 4; see Notes
7 & 9 p.m.-Dutchman, Baldwin Hall Little Theatre
7:45 p.m.-Womenís Basketball vs. NWMSU, Pershing

17 Thursday
7:30 a.m.-Cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose screening, Magruder Hall Lab 009
Noon & 5 p.m.-Washington, D.C. internship meeting, SUB 6
7 p.m.-îThe Language You Cry In,î SUB Activities Room

18 Friday
6 p.m.-Piano Festival, Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 3

19 Saturday
1:30 p.m.-Menís Basketball vs. Emporia State, Pershing
3:30 p.m.-Womenís Basketball vs. Emporia State, Pershing

20 Sunday
7 p.m.-Residential College Program, Mo. Hall Cafeteria Garden; see Notes
7:30 p.m.-Roots; Parts I & II, Baldwin Auditorium

21 Monday
11:30 a.m.-Phi Kappa Phi spring luncheon, SUB Spanish Room; see Notes
8 p.m.-Faculty cello recital, Baldwin Hall Auditorium

22 Tuesday
1 p.m.-Oral HIV screenings, SUB Activities Room
1 p.m.-Book Signing, Truman Bookstore; see Notes
7 p.m.-Wading Room, SUB Activities Room
7:30 p.m.-Roots; Parts III & IV 



Student Ambassador applications will be available from 8-5 p.m. beginning Feb. 14 outside the Admission Office, McClain Hall 205. For more information, call 785.4114.

The Wednesday Faculty Development Lunch Series continues from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 16, in the SUB Alumni Room. Dennis Leavens, associate professor of English, and Leslie Graff, graduate instructor of English, will present this weekís lecture. 

University Counseling Services and Student Health Center counselors will be available for screenings and information on eating disorders from 1-4 p.m., Feb. 16, at the SHC. All screenings are anonymous and free of charge to Truman students. 

The University Career Center will hold pre-career expo workshops at 2 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Career Center. Students can learn tips on resumes, interviews, appropriate dress and how to approach recruiters. 

Sexual Respect Week will continue with the program ìTruth or Dare: Madonnaís Role in Feminizing America,î at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, in the SUB 4. For more information, call the Womenís Resource Center at 785.7224.

The University Wellness Program will hold its annual cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose screening for faculty and staff from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Feb. 17, Magruder Hall Computer Lab 009. A 12-hour fast is required before this screening.

Two informational sessions for students interested in Washington, D.C. internships will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m., Feb. 17, SUB 6. For more information, e-mail delancey@truman.edu or call 785.4430.

The MIAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Trumanís Captainsí Round Table will sponsor a food drive at the Feb. 19 menís basketball game, 1:30 p.m., and womenís game, 3:30 p.m., versus Emporia State University. Admission to the game is free with a non-perishable food item. All donations benefit the Kirksville Salvation Army. Barrels will also be located at the Kirksville Wal-Mart and Trumanís Pershing Building during the week of Feb. 14 for donations.

Centennial Hall S.A.s are holding a community service project through Feb. 20. Students can donate money to the Centennial Hall S.A. that they would most like arrested. The S.A. with the most money will be captured on Feb. 20. All proceeds go to Preferred Family, a home for the mentally disabled. Call 785.4829 for more information.

ìA Healthy 2000î is the theme for this yearís Health Awareness Week, Feb. 20-26. The Nursing Students Association will host a speaker in Ryle Main Lounge on Feb. 21, time TBA; an oral HIV Screening from 1-7 p.m, Feb. 22 in the SUB Activities Room and Feb. 23 in the Student Health Center; and a health fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 23, in the Student Recreation Center. All events are free to the public.

Cheryl Musch, executive director of the Fair Trade Federation, will speak at 7 p.m., Feb. 20, in the Missouri Hall Cafeteria Garden on her experiences at the highly contested December meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. She will lead a discussion on problems with the world economy, student responses such as ìStudents United Against Sweatshops,î and fair trade alternatives. Admission is free. For more information, call 785.5389.

Phi Kappa Phi will hold a spring luncheon and business meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 21, in the SUB Spanish Room. Members should RSVP by Feb. 16 to Maureen Slaughter at 785.7298.

There will be a faculty cello recital at 8 p.m., Feb. 21, in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Works by Cassado, Frescobaldi, Brahms and Piazolla will be performed. Admission is free. For more information, call Elaine Boda at 785.7822.

Student Activities Board will host ìWading Roomî from 7-10 p.m., Feb. 22, in the SUB Activities Room. Admission is free. Call 785.4SAB for more information. 

Keith Doubt, associate professor of sociology, will hold a book signing of his work, Sociology after Bosnia and Kosovo: Recovering Justice from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 22, in the Truman Bookstore. 

College Republicans and College Democrats will host an Election 2000 Candidate Forum from 7-8 p.m., Feb. 28, in the SUB Georgian Room. Profiles of each of the major candidates for President will be provided and discussed.

Windfall, the campus literary magazine, is accepting submissions. Poetry, prose and art are due Feb. 28 in the Windfall box in the CAOC office.

Applications for the IIE Midwest Region Study Abroad Scholarship are available in the Center for International Education Abroad, Kirk Building 120. Application deadline is March 3. For more information, call 785.4076.

Walt Disney college recruiters will return to campus at 6 p.m., Feb. 28, in Violette Hall 1000.

The Truman State University American Medical Student Association will attend the national AMSA convention in Washington D.C., later this year. For more information, or to provide financial assistance, call Katie Nielsen at 665.8973.

The Truman Open Track & Field meet will be held on March 25 at Stokes Stadium. Any students, faculty or staff interested in helping with meet officiating and administration should contact Michelle Baier at 785.6039, John Cochrane, 785.4341, or Ed Schneider, 785.4342.


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