November 2, 1998 - Vol. 4 No. 57
Heartland Chautauqua to Perform

 Volunteers Needed

 C.A.M.P Cyclists to Stop at Truman


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Heartland Chautauqua to Perform at Kirksville's NEMO 
   Fairgrounds July 3-8

     The Heartland Chautauqua will bring a slice of history to Kirksville’s NEMO Fairgrounds July 3-8. Five scholars will appear in full costume each evening and present historical characterizations of Civil War Americans. Each program is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m with 15 minutes of local entertainment. 
     Historical characterization is a format reminiscent of Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain or Steve Allen’s television show, “Meeting of the Minds.” Unlike scripted actors, the scholars speak spontaneously in the first-person and exchange ideas with audience members because of their knowledge of the character’s history.
     Personalities to be portrayed include General William Tecumseh Sherman on July 4, Harriet Beecher Stowe on July 5, Angus Augustus Burleigh on July 6, Mary Boykin Chesnut on July 7 and Sojourner Truth on July 8. Musical entertainment and other festivities will accompany the skits underneath the giant tent.
     The Kirksville community will celebrate the arrival of the Heartland Chautauqua by meeting at the NEMO Fairgrounds on July 3 to share the task of raising the Chautau-qua circus tent, a community activity that recalls a tradition established more than 100 years ago. 
     The Chautauqua is an event with a deep history in the heartland. From the mid-nineteenth century until the 1930s, the Chautauqua offered a place for Missouri residents to engage in intellectual activity. 
     The traveling tent shows featured famous politicians and orators, and brought entertainment and education to many small Midwestern towns. Famous personalities such as Teddy Roosevelt and William Jennings Bryan contributed to oratory, musical and dramatic performances that kept audiences returning each summer. The Chautauqua ended its run in the 1930s when it began to lose educational value and could no longer compete with movies and radio.
     In the late 1970s, however, the humanities’ councils in the Midwest recognized the value of the Chautauqua and began a revival of its legacy. The Missouri Humanities Council launched Missouri Chautauqua in 1993, and when the citizens of Missouri responded enthusiastically, the Council decided to establish the Chautua-qua once again as a permanent traveling program. In 1996 the Illinois Humanities Council joined Missouri’s efforts to create the Heartland Chautauqua.
     For more information about the Heartland Chautauqua program, or to contribute a monetary donation, contact chairpersons Bob Behnen (626.2180) or Alanna Preussner (785.4489) or the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce at 665.3766.


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed!

Truman faculty and staff 
are needed 
to work the gate
July 27
on behalf of Truman State University
at the 53rd Annual NEMO Fair.

Call Liz Bradley
at 785.4016 to
sign up.

Volunteers receive
a Truman shirt
& free day pass
to the fair for July 27.


For Your Information

Around 300 C.A.M.P. cyclists will be riding 
by Truman’s Rec Center
after noon, June 21.

Some may stop for a water
& rest break.

This is the twelfth year for the C.A.M.P 
(Cycling Around Missouri Parks) program,
sponsored by the 
Missouri Department of
Natural Resources,
Hosteling International
Ozark Area
Youth Hostel.

Approximately 300
cyclists are involved this year in the 
seven-day, 70-mile-per-day event that originates and 
culminates at 
Finger Lakes State Park
 near Columbia.

On June 21
the cyclists leave
Pershing State Park
in LaClede, Mo.
and stop at Truman
on their way to 
1000 Hills State Park
west of Kirksville,
where they will spend
the evening.



Major Arthur Anthony, assistant professor of military science, was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Adair County veterans at Rieger Armory in Kirksville. Anthony has been at Truman since February 1998.

Jim Barnes, writer-in-residence, had a poem entitled "Heading East Out of Rock Springs" accepted for publication in Quarterly West, a literary magazine published in Salt Lake City. In addition, a Los Angeles magazine, Rattle, is featuring "Re-membering Cap Canaille,"a spatial poem written by him in its next issue.
Marc Becker, assistant professor of history, recently had his article “Una Revolu-ción Comunista Indígena: Movimientos de Protesta Rurales en Cayambe, Ecuador,” published in the Instituto de Historio y Antropología Andians’s Memoria, no. 7.

Jason Reinberg, Spring 2000 Truman graduate, was recently honored with the Ken B. Jones Award which recognizes the top student-athlete of the year in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Reinberg, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, was a basketball player and biology/pre-med major from Wash-ington, Mo.



Area host families are still needed for 53 Taiwanese students and faculty who will be visiting Truman as part of an exchange program this summer. Hosts are needed from June 30 until July 2 and will be asked to attend a special reception. For more information, or to volunteer, call 785.4076.

Campus Christian Fellowship will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. June 14 at the SUB.

Jill Mullin, sophomore biology/pre-med major, who was seriously injured in a February auto accident is now responding positively when friends and family visit her and appreciates any correspondence. Her address is Mid-America Rehab. Hospital, c/o Jill Mullin, 5701 110th Str., Overland Park, Kan. 66211.

Pickler Memorial Library hours during the summer sessions are 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday; 1-5 p.m. on Saturday; and 5-10 p.m. on Sunday.

PRIMO Biology Academy will be having a car wash at the Hy-Vee parking lot from 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 25. Donations will be given to the Back-to-School Program sponsored by the Northeast Missouri Commun-ity Action Agency. The PRIMO (Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri) Academy is for high school age students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical profession. It is sponsored by Truman State  University and the North-east Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Two different programs are being offered by the Staff Development Committee during June. Dr. Dean VanGalen will present a talk on “Liberal Arts Education in an International Setting: Environmental Science in Norway,” at 3 p.m., June 23, in the Alumni Room, SUB. Please RSVP to Dorian at 785.4031 by June 16. “Financial Fitness for Life” will be presented at two sessions (from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m, and from 2-3:30 p.m.), June 27, in the Gover-nors Room, SUB. For this program, RSVP to Dorian at 785.4031 by June 20.

Supervisory personnel are invited to attend a forum on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to be held at 2 p.m. on June 28 in the Alumni Room, SUB. Included in the presentation will be an overview of what FMLA is and how it applies to Truman. Please RSVP to Maureen Slaughter at 785.4031.

The Writing Center is open this summer to help all Truman writers at any stage in the writing process. The summer hours are as follows: 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. until 1 p. m., Friday. Visit McClain 303 or call 785.4484 for info.


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