April 11, 2000 - Vol. 4 No. 51
Vazzana Named Educator of the Year

  Faculty and Staff Recognized at Banquet

 Open Campus Forum

 Don't Forget to Vote

 Schwengel Artwork Donated

 Dog Days Scheduled

 Scholarships Available


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Vazzana Named Educator of the Year 

     Tony Vazzana, assistant professor of mathematics, was announced as Educator of the Year at the 11th annual banquet held April 4.
Vazzana and five other finalist candidates were nominated for the honor.
     Several outstanding faculty are nominated by students and the honoree is eventually selected by a student committee.
     Vazzana began teaching at Truman in 1998. He received his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 
     He currently teaches college algebra, analytic geometry/Calculus III and algebraic structures and feels that curiosity is essential in the study of mathematics. He believes that college students have a four- or five-year period in their lives in which they need not concern themselves with where their curiosity might lead. They are free to be curious for the sake of being curious, even though at times it is scary.
     “I know that most of my students will not directly apply the majority of the factual material they study in my course,” Vazzana said. “Hopefully, though, they will come away with a need to ask interesting questions for their own sake and then have the appetite and perseverance to answer them...and come away with an eternal willingness to give it a chance.”
     Vazzana’s wife, Dana, is also an assistant professor of mathematics at Truman. The couple are the parents of a new daughter, Audrey, born March 29 of this year.
     The Educator of the Year program is sponsored by Student Senate, Alpha Phi Sigma, Pershing Society, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.


Faculty and Staff Recognized at Banquet

     Retirees recognized at the annual Service Recognition Banquet April 5 included James Lyons (Social Science), Joan Martin (Public Safety), Eva Jane Noe (Education), Mary Sue Beersman (Math/Computer Science), Keith Peck (Math/Computer Science); Thomas Reed (Fine Arts), James Barnes (Physical Plant), Jim Murdock (Physical Plant), Harry King (Physical Plant), Lonny Morrow (Education), Royce Cook (Business Office), Larry Boleach (Health/Exercise Science), Jack Bowen (Health/Exercise Science), and Bill Morgenstern (Physical Plant), Larry Curtis (Physical Plant), Robert Dager (Business/Accountancy), and Hilda Marshall (Physical Plant).

     35-Year Honorees were Ronald Knight (Math/Computer Science) and Linda Parsons (Assessment/Testing). 

     30-Year Honorees were Kathryn Blair (Social Science), Robert Cowan (Social Science), Lanny Morley (Math/Computer Science), and Sherry Eitel (Library). Not present were Jim Barnes (Language/Literature), John Erhart (Math/Computer Science), Edward McEndarfer (Fine Arts),  and Katharina Scofield (Physical Plant).

     25-Year Honorees were Douglas Winicker (Campus Planning), Terri Acton (Student Health Center); Rebecca McClanahan (Nursing), John Larson (Physical Plant) and Fred Schaffer (Social Science), Sal Costa (Social Science) and Jerry Mayhew (Health/Exer. Sci.).

     20-Year Honorees were Constance Ayers (Nursing), Vinita Dew (Science), Sherry Cass (Academic Affairs), Pyung Han (Business/Accountancy), Gwen Perrachione (Information Technology Services), Michelle Breault (Social Science); (back l-r) Connie Jacobs (Library), Karen McClaskey (Library), Dana Delaware (Science), Susan Shoaff-Ballanger (Fine Arts), Seymour Patterson (Social Science), Scott Ellis (Science), Chuck Parks (Information Technology Services), Mona Davis (Professional Development), Wayne Bailey (Math/Computer Science), Jacquelin Kelly (Nursing), John Applegate (Communication Disorders), Linda Caraway (Campus Planning), Elaine DeJovin (Admission), Deborah Frye (Physical Plant), Garry Gordon (Academic Affairs), John Lucke (Physical Plant), David Robbins (Physical Plant), and Candy Young (Social Science). 

     15-Year Honorees pictured were Melody Chambers (Admission), Joyce Burnett (Public Safety), Joyce Brown (President’s Office), Susan Guffey (Science), Paulina Tramel (Admission), Deanna Gonnerman (Physical Plant), Dana Safley (Admission); (back, l-r) Scott Olsen (Education), David Clithero (Advancement/Governmental Relations), Stephen Pollard (Social Science), Von Abbott (Public Safety), Robert Kelsey (Physical Plant), Ralph Miller (Physical Plant), James Harmon (Fine Arts) and Mustafa Sawani (Social Science), Sherry Dare (Academic Affairs/Faculty Development), Cindi Farmer (Publications), Lisa King (Physical Plant), Tom Marshall (Science), Linda Phillips (Business Office), Joy Pugh (Social Science/Justice Systems) and Clint Thompson (Athletics).

     10-Year Honorees were Catherine Poyner (Business/Accountancy), Andrea Maag (Lang./Lit.), Kimberly Titus (Registrar’s Office), Brenda Higgins (Nursing), Marsha Cook (Library), Diane Janick-Buckner (Science), David Gillette (Social Science), Barry Poyner (Lang./Lit.), Cynthia Cooper (Science), Randy Hagerty (Social Science), David Christiansen (Lang./Lit.), Carroll Hills (Physical Plant), Brent Buckner (Science), Peter Rolnick (Science), Terry Olson (Social Science), Mohammed Samiullah (Science), John Bohac (Fine Arts) and Keith Harrison (Business/Accountancy), Alcidean Arias (Education Abroad), Tim Farley (Lang./Lit.), Suren Fernando (Math/Computer Science), John Ishiyama (Social Science), Anne Moody (Science), Silvia Pites (Lang./Lit.), Kevin Potter (Physical Plant), Irene Richardson (Business Office), David Robinson (Social Science) and Rodney Taylor (Lang./Lit.).

     5-Year Honorees included Melody Jennings, (Health/ Exercise Science), Kathy Williams (Physical Plant), Linda Yager (Student Union), Beverly Tremain (Health/Exercise Science), Jeanette Foreman (Regional Professional Development), Glenna Somerfield (Business Office), Brenda Killen (Business Office), Michael Bird (Health/Exercise Science), Evonne Bird (Health/Exercise Science), Liz Bradley (Public Relations), Brenda Moore (Science), Liyan Liao (Information Technology Services), Elisabeth Hooper (Science), Priscilla Riggle (Language/Literature), Sally West (Social Science), Douglas Davenport (Justice Systems), Richard Coughlin (Library), Chris Lantz (Health/Exercise Science), Michael McManis (Planning/Institution-al Development), Warren Wells (General Counsel), Eduardo Velasco (Science), Jay Bulen (Fine Arts) and Tim Barcus (Public Relations). 

     Additional faculty and staff who were honored for five years of service at the annual Service Recognition Banquet, but were unable to be present, included Shelly Abdel-Khader (Information Technology Services), Susan Barrow (Nursing), Marijke Breuning (Social Science), Sally Cook (Language/Literature);
     Julia DeLancey (Fine Arts), Martha Edwards (Social Science), Nancy Furtivo (Physical Plant), Janet Gooch (Communication Disorders), Val Larsen (Business/Accountancy);
    Debbie Maize (Physical Plant), Meredith McCannon (Business Office), Gerald McVay (Physical Plant), Karin Nicholls (Athletics), Diane Richmond (Information Technology Services), Larry Rogers (Physical Plant), Carol Russell (Athletics), Sharon Russell (Registrar’s Office);
     John Sayre (Military Science), John Sloop (Athletics), Mat Steinberg (Athletics), Mike Vogan (Physical Plant), Kim Western (Physical Plant) and Benita Williams (Fine Arts).
     David Schutter (Athletics) was also recognized for ten years of part-time service to the University.


Open Campus Forum 

Open Campus Forum 

with candidates for 

Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs

Jesse Fortney

2-3 p.m., April 12
Violette Hall 1000

Fortney is currently Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Truman.

Rachel Rumple

2-3 p.m., April 17
Governors’ Room

Rumple is currently a
residential hall director at 
Ball State University.

Christopher Meiers

2-3 p.m., April 18 
Georgian Room

Meiers is currently an 
admissions counselor at 
Fort Hays State University.


Don't Forget to Vote 

Don’t forget to vote!
April 13 and 14
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
SUB lower level

Student Senate needs your votes!


Schwengel Artwork Donated to Library

     Long-time supporter of Truman State University Ethel Schwengel has added another piece of historical art to the library’s Schwengel Lincoln Collection. She paid for the restoration and framing of a cartoon, painted by Allyn Cox, for one of the murals in the U.S. Capitol. Her desire was to have it hung among the other Lincoln artwork in Pickler Memorial Library.
     The restoration of the cartoon took two years and is now displayed on the third floor of the library. It portrays President Lincoln with Capitol architects designing a new dome, intended to symbolize the Union.
     This original drawing was completed in 1973, and the Capitol painting in 1974.
     Schwengel and her late husband, Fred, have donated an extensive collection of Abraham Lincoln books, artwork, artifacts and memorabilia to the University. In addition, they set up a special fund to support certain student contests.
     A complete history of the Lincoln collection and this piece may be found at the Special Collections link on the Pickler homepage at www2.truman.edu/pickler/.

Dog Days Scheduled for This Weekend

Student Activity Board’s annual Dog Days will hit Truman’s campus April 14 and 15. Friday’s events will begin with comedian Dave Chappelle at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium. Chappelle has appeared in such feature films as You’ve Got Mail, The Nutty Professor and ConAir. Admission is free with a Truman ID, or $10 general admission. 
     A Video Dance Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Armory will follow Chappelle’s performance. Admission to this event is also free with a Truman ID, or $2 general admission.
     Dog Days will run all day Saturday on the Mall, with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. Laser tag, other novelty acts, food, an afternoon concert and several campus organization booths will be featured. Less Than Jake will no longer headline the afternoon concert. Call 785.4SAB for details.Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society will recognize more than 50 students for their academic achievements during a ceremony at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, in the SUB Alumni Room. The national society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. 


Scholarships Available

Air and Waste Management Association
$1,000 award for students interested in
 environmental issues.
Deadline is June 1.

American Royal Student Ambassador Scholarship
For agriculture majors; 24 candidates will be selected to go to the Westin Crown Center Oct. 30-Nov. 1 for judging. Applications
due June 25.

Kansas City Society of CPCU
For students who have at least 90 hours of credit and are majoring in an insurance-related field.
 Deadline is August 1.

Mo. Legislative Black Caucus Foundation
For residents of Mo. who are full-time undergraduate students with a good GPA and financial need. Deadline is June 15.

Mo. Agents Education Foundation
For students interested in the insurance industry. Deadline is June 2.

Mo. State Democratic Committee
Five $1,000 awards for students who submit a 
1,000-word essay.
Deadline is April 21.

See Financial Aid Office, McClain 103, for information.



David Robinson, associate professor of history, was recently notified of his selection as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2000-01 academic year. Robinson will be teaching courses in the history of science and technology at Kherson State Pedagogical University in South Ukraine. He joins the ranks of some 225,000 distinguished scholars and professionals worldwide who have been selected as leaders in their particular fields. 

Truman State University was recognized for its 8th place ranking in the national NCAA Division II winter sports’ standings in the Sears Directors’ Cup competition. Truman edged out Central Missouri State (9th place) by four points. Drury (16th place) was the only other Division II school from Missouri to place in the top 25. A complete breakdown of the standings is available at http://www.nacda.com.


On Campus 

11 Tuesday
3 p.m.-Baseball vs. Lincoln
7 p.m.-Panel presentation on religion, Centennial Hall main lounge; see Notes
8 p.m.-Tartuffe performances begin, Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes; through April 15

12 Wednesday
10 a.m.-Red Cross blood drive, SUB Activities Room; see Notes; also April 13
12:30 p.m.-Faculty Development Lunch, SUB Spanish Room; see Notes
2:30 p.m.-Lecture on Italian playwright, SUB Alumni Room; see Notes
3:30 p.m.-”What are the Odds?,” SUB Spanish Room
4:30 p.m.-Mathematics colloquium, Violette Hall 1010; see Notes

13 Thursday
9:30 a.m.-Student Senate elections, SUB lower level; see Notes; also April 14
8 p.m.-Camille Cooper lecture, Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes 

15 Saturday
12 p.m.-Dog Days, McClain parking lot; see Notes
12:30 p.m.-Special Olympics, Stokes Stadium; see Notes
3:30-Senior Recital, Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes
7:30 p.m.-”Party in the Gallery,” University Art Gallery; see Notes
7:30 p.m.-Chorus/Brass Choir concert, Baldwin Auditorium

16 Sunday
2 p.m.-Wind Symphony, Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes
2 p.m.-Christian Bandfest 2000, Quad

17 Monday
8 p.m.-Franklin Street Band concert, Baldwin Auditorium

18 Tuesday
1 p.m.-Baseball vs. Mo. Western
2 p.m.-Softball vs. Central Mo.
7 p.m.-Phi Kappa Phi Coffee House, Java Co.; see Notes



Sodexho Marriott is conducting a canned food drive through April 13. For every can of food brought into one of the dining facilities or Mainstreet, contributors may enter into a drawing for a jumbo Easter Bunny or bicycle. One of each prize will be given away in each building. 

STEP will host a panel presentation on religion at 7 p.m., April 11, in the Centennial Hall Main Lounge. Panel members will discuss the basic tenets and common misconceptions about Judaism, Catholicism, Islam and Baptist religions. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Tartuffe will be performed at 8 p.m., April 11-15, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door.
Alpha Phi Omega is hosting a Red Cross blood drive April 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the SUB Activities Room.

The Faculty Development Lunch Series continues from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 12, in the SUB Spanish Room. A lecture on “Academic Honesty: What can Faculty Do?” will be presented by Truman faculty members.

Joseph Farrell from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, will present a lecture on playwright and performer Dario Fo at 2:30 p.m., April 12, in the SUB Alumni Room. All students are welcome to attend. 

“What are the Odds?,” a lecture presented by Michael Adams, will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m., April 12, in the SUB Spanish Room. This addition to the Enrichment Series will focus on the area of mathematics and probability. Reservations were required.

Truman alumnus Erin Blankenship will speak about “Statistical Methods for Constructing Ozone Exposure Metrics” as part of the mathematics colloquium series at 4:30 p.m., April 12, in Violette Hall 1010. 

Tau Lambda Sigma will host lecturer Camille Cooper at 8 p.m. on April 13 in Baldwin Auditorium. “Issues Affecting You,” will be the topic.

The application deadline for Language and Literature Summer and Fall 2000 internships/ practicums is April 14. Applications can be found in the Lang./Lit. Division office and must be submitted to David Fortney’s mailbox, McClain Hall 311.

The Special Olympics will be held at 12:30 p.m., April 15, at Stokes Stadium. Supporters are encouraged to attend!

Tabitha Myer and Brian Dean will present their senior recital at 3:30 p.m. on April 15 in Baldwin Auditorium.

The University Art Gallery will hold its first annual “Party in the Gallery,” at 7:30 p.m., April 15, in the Gallery. There is a $5 cover charge for music, dancing, a silent art auction and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will benefit future gallery programming. Call 785.4659 for details.

Truman’s University Chorus and Brass Choir Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., April 15, in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Wind Symphony will perform a free concert at 2 p.m., April 16, in Baldwin Auditorium.

The Phi Kappa Phi Coffee House will be held from 7-9 p.m., April 18, at the Washington Street Java Company. Those wishing to reserve a spot to share talents may call 627.2519. 

The deadline to enter the Phi Sigma Pi coed softball tournament is April 20. The fee is $50 per team and the games will be held May 6. Call 665.4660 for more information.

SAB will hold a drive-in movie at 8:30 p.m., April 29, at Red Barn Park. Food and drinks will be available and admission is free for everyone. Contact www2.truman.edu/SAB, or SAB@truman.edu for information on future SAB events.

Shirley Baker’s original art is on display in the SUB Activities Room through May 13. She is a graduate of Truman State University and is a well-known artist throughout Missouri. The art is available for viewing daily when the room is open.

The Kohlenberg-Towne Lecture, “Truman, Acheson, and the Decision to Develop the Hydrogen Bomb,” is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 1, in Violette Hall 1000. Barton Bernstein, a Stanford history professor, will present the lecture. Call 785.4321 for details.

A spring barbeque is scheduled at the University Club House for 5 p.m., May 5, at 516 E. Patterson. All Truman faculty, staff and their families are invited to bring a dish to share. Barbecue chicken and brats will also be provided by Western’s Meat Market. Redwing will provide music and childcare will be available. 

The Kirk Honors Institute needs an Assistant Director for the summer. Highly-qualified high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply. The director lives in the residence hall with students and carries out duties as the director assigns. Contract dates are June 19-July 17. Applications may be submitted to Heinz Woehlk, McClain Hall 203. Call 665.8140 for more information.

An e-commerce May interim class is being offered by the division of business and accountancy. The course is designed to inform participants of developments in electronic commerce and the impact that e-commerce will have on business. The course will meet May 11, 12, 15, 16 & 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information will be published in a later edition of Truman Today. To register or for more information, visit www2.tru-man.edu/ecommerce or call the division at 785.4346.


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