August 14, 2000 - Vol. 5 No. 1

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  Gilchrist Appointed as Acting Dean

 Numbers to Know

 Five Weeks in Middle East

 Family Day Offers Full Slate

Lyceum Schedule

 Residential Colleges Program Schedule

  2000-2001 Academic and Athletic Calendar

On Campus


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Truman State University’s Freshman Week Schedule - August 13-20

Sunday, August 13 - got chills (ice cream), 9:30 p.m. until midnight, Student Union Mall

Monday, August 14 - Montage (skits), 8 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium
                             got talent (open mic), 9:15 p.m. until midnight, Down Under
                                got movies, 9:30 p.m., Red Barn Park

Tuesday, August 15  - got rhythm (dance), 8 p.m. until midnight, Red Barn Park
                             got snakes (pool party), 9 p.m., Natatorium

Wednesday, August 16 - got singing (karaoke), 8  p.m. until midnight, Red Barn Park
                                  got game (Rec Center Challenge), 8 p.m. until midnight
                                                        Student Rec Center

Thursday, August 17 - got prizes (‘The Price is Right”), 8-9 p.m., Red Barn Park
                                  got leis (Hawaiian dance), 9 p.m. until midnight, Mall

Friday, August 18 -  got laughs (SAB comedian), 8-9 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium
                                  movie, 9:45 p.m., Violette Hall 1000

Saturday, August 19 - Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Band, 7-9 p.m., Ryle Hall Main Lounge

Sunday, August 20 - “Second Annual Red Barn Ceilidh” (folk dancing & jam session)
                                                   12:30- 3 p.m., Red Barn Park

Meet new friends! Join the fun! Make the most of your first week here!


Gilchrist Appointed as Acting Dean of Student Affairs

      Lou Ann Gilchrist, Ed.D., director of Truman’s University Counseling Services, has accepted the  appointment as Acting Dean of Student Affairs for the upcoming school term. She succeeds Diane Pfeifer who has accepted  a position as Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kan. Fort Hays is Pfeifer’s alma mater and several of her family members reside in the Hays area.
     Gilchrist has served as director of Counseling Services at Truman since 1993. From 1984-1993 she was an associate professor of counseling at Truman and worked in the counselor preparation program.
     More information about Gilchrist and her appointment will appear in next week’s issue of the Truman Today.


Numbers to Know

Bookstore - 785.4212
Business Office - 785.4149
Financial Aid - 785.4130
Fix-It Line - 785.4687
Food Services - 785.4197
Res. Hall Director - 785.4227
Res. Colleges - 785.4409
Registrar - 785.4143
Student Affairs - 785.4111
Tech. Helpdesk - 785.4544


Truman Students Spend Five Weeks in Middle East

     Truman students gathered for a group photo in the Roman theatre at Bosra during their five-week Mid-Eastern experience this summer. Eighteen students went on the trip this year.

       This summer marked the eleventh year that Truman students have traveled on a five-week Mid-Eastern experience. The trip was organized by Mark Appold, professor of philosophy and religion 
     Highlighting the experience was a two-week archeological dig at Bethsaida, located on the northeast corner of the Sea of Galilee. The group stayed in Gennosar (a kibbutz) on the shore of Galilee. 
     Their daily routine included arising at 5 a.m. and working until noon at the dig. In the afternoon, they enjoyed lunch in the kibbutz cafeteria and swimming.
     At 4 p.m. they held a “pottery reading” where they sorted through their finds, discarded poor pieces and saved those of merit for restoration. Their finds included shards, coins, jewelry, fishing pieces, anchors, needles, weights and hooks. 
     The first five or six days of the trip were spent visiting the Syrian cities of Palmyra, Hama and Apamea where they were able to experience contemporary life and the various religious overtones of the culture.
     Later, they traveled into South Syria and toured ancient Roman buildings. They spent four days in Jordan and traveled south to Petra which is accessible only by a narrow gorge (featured in the last Indiana Jones movie). They also visited a number of crusader castles in the area and the palace where John the Baptist was imprisoned.
     During the fourth week, they visited many sites in old Jerusalem including the Wailing Wall, Dome of Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Armenian quarter and Gihon, an 8th century B.C. tunnel. Three days at the West Bank included stops at a refugee camp and the Center for Peace.
    The last leg of the trip was spent in Egypt. There they visited mosques, pyramids, a sphinx, temples, the burial site of the pharaohs and witnessed the Cairo skyline at night from an Egyptian sailboat.
     For information about the trip or plans for 2001, contact Appold at 785.7244.


Truman’s Annual Family Day Offers Full Slate of Events

Informal Reception
10-11 a.m., Student Union Mall

Presidential Address
11 a.m.
Baldwin Auditorium

Tailgate Lunch
11:30 a.m. -1 :15 p.m.
Red Barn Park
$4 per person

Women’s Volleyball
11 a.m., Pershing Arena

Women’s Soccer
Noon, soccer field

24th Annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival
9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Downtown Kirksville

Bulldog Football
2 p.m., Stokes Stadium,
$5 general admission

SAB Entertainment
7 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium

University Concert Band
2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8
Baldwin Auditorium

For more information, contact Public Relations, 660.785.4016
Also, check the Parent Information 
portion of our online site at


Kohlenberg Lyceum Schedule

Don’t miss our great line-up for the 2000-2001 season! Performances are free for Truman students.

Preservation Hall Jazz - Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

Grand Dérangement - Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

Vienna Choir Boys - Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker - Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.

Peking Acrobats - Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg Ice Ballet (Cinderella) - Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

James and the Giant Peach - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

Helen Thomas - Saturday, April 7, 2001 at 8 p.m.

Truman Showcase - Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. 


Residential Colleges Program
Freshman Week Schedule

Monday, August 14
2-5 p.m.
Open houses. 
Check in at the Residential College Program
reception desk.

Tuesday, August 15
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Residential College
academic advising.
By appointment in the
 residence halls.

Thursday, August 17
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Residential College
 academic advising.
By appointment in the
 residence halls.

Friday, August 18th
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Residential College
 academic advising.
By appointment in the
 residence halls.

Saturday, August 19th
7-9 p.m. 
RCP presents 
Phi Mu Alpha Jazz,
Ryle Hall Main Lounge

Sunday, August 20th
12:30-3 p.m.
RCP presents
“Second Annual Red Barn Ceilidh”
Red Barn Park
(Rain location - SUB Down Under)


Mark Your 2000-01 Calendars for These Events 

August 21 - Fall semester classes begin
                  Late registration begins
August 23 - Student Union Open House
                  Activities Fair & Truman Day
Sept. 1-30 - Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 4 - Labor Day holiday (no classes)
Oct. 7 - Family Day
Oct. 11 - First day of second  block courses
Oct. 13 - Mid-term Break
Oct. 21 - Homecoming
Nov. 1-30 - Native American History Month
Nov. 4 - President’s Distinguished Scholar Day
Nov. 7-8 - College Bowl
Nov. 13-17 - Visiting Scholar Jonathan Miller
Nov. 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 27 - Classes resume
Dec. 6 - Reading Day
Dec. 7-12 - Final examinations 
Dec. 13 - Res. halls close for non-graduates
Dec. 16 - Commencement, 2 p.m.
Dec. 16 - Res. halls close completely, 6 p.m.

(September home events only)

Sept. 2 - Football vs. Northern Michigan, noon
Sept. 9 - Women’s soccer vs. Mo.- SL, noon
Sept. 10 - Women’s soccer vs. SIU, 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 - Men’s tennis vs. William Jewell, 3:30 
Sept. 15-16 - Men’s Tennis Singles Tournament
Sept. 16 - Football vs. Southwest Baptist, 1:30
Sept. 16 - Men’s soccer vs. Columbia Col., 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Tennis Town & Gown Tourney, 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Men’s soccer vs. Mercyhurst, noon
Sept. 22-23 - Women’s Tennis Singles Tourney
Sept. 22 - Volleyball vs. Columbia College, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Men’s soccer vs. Rockhurst, noon
Sept. 26 - Volleyball vs. William Woods, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Women’s soccer vs. NWMSU, 3 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Volleyball vs. Mo. Southern, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Volleyball vs. Pittsburg State, 11 a.m.
Sept. 30 - Football vs. Northwest Mo. State,
   1:30 p.m., Ol’ Hickory Stick Game


On Campus 

14 Monday
8:30 - 11:30 a.m - Class meets for Group A
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Class meets for Group B
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
2 - 3 p.m. - Information mini-sessions

15 Tuesday
8:30 - 11:30 a.m - Class meets for Group A
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Class meets for Group B
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 - 4:30 p.m. - Testing for Group A
2 - 3 p.m. - Information mini-sessions
6:30 - 9:45 p.m. - Testing for athletes, band members and international students

16 Wednesday
No Freshman Week classes today
9 - 10 a.m. - Choices Program for Group A
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Discussion in classroom with student advisor
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Choices Program for Group B
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Discussion in classroom with student advisor
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch 
1:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Division Day

17 Thursday
8:30 - 11:30 a.m - Class meets for Group A
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Class meets for Group B
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 - 4:30 p.m. - Testing for Group B

18 Friday
8:30 - 11:30 a.m - Class meets for Group A
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Class meets for Group B
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch



Jim Barnes, professor of comparative literature and writer-in-residence, has a short story, “The Wild Plum,” in the current publication of The Texas Review.

Habitat for Humanity members held a dedication ceremony on July 30 for their second home in Kirksville. The home is located at 1214 East Harrison and was deeded over to the Habitat organization from the estate of John Dale Oliver.

Steve Majors, junior political science major from Kearney, Mo., served as a delegate to the Republican Convention, held in Philadelphia, Pa., from July 31 to August 3. Because he was one of the three or four youngest delegates (out of 2,066 total), he was featured in several publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kevin Minch, assistant professor of communication and director of forensics, was awarded the Distinguished Citation Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations at the organization’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., in July. The award was one of 13 presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to high school activities. Minch’s award was presented to honor his service to interscholastic speech and debate activities through contributions such as summer camps, publications and educational videos.

Barry Poyner, associate professor of communication, spoke at the historic Cane Ridge Lectureship in Lexington, Ky., last weekend. Earlier in the month he spoke to the Lewis County Historical Society in Canton, Mo. Both presentations focused on “Missouri’s Fire-eating Evangelist, President James Shannon.”

John Sloop, human potential and performance instructor, was recently named as Truman’s new head coach for women’s basketball. He had served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Truman for the past five years. He replaces Karin Nicholls, who resigned in May to take the head women’s basketball position at the University of Texas?Pan American.

Norb Tatro, assistant professor of communication, drew on his experience as a frequent Amtrak commuter between the Truman campus and his Chicago residence to write “Talking Transportation: Amtrak Mail Delivery Can Slow Rail Passengers Down.” The article appeared in the op ed page of the July 24 issue of Crain’s Chicago Business.



Freshman Week hours at the Student Rec Center are as follows: closed on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6; open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. from Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11; closed on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13; open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. from Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18. The Rec Center will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 20.

A faculty music recital will be held at 2 p.m, August 16, in Baldwin Auditorium. Juanita Becker and Janice Saffir will perform a piano duet and Saffir will follow with a piano solo. Randy Smith and Greg Jones will perform a sax/trumpet duet and Tom Hueber will perform a vocal solo. The performers are all members of the music faculty and the recital is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

The annual University picnic for faculty, staff and their families will be held at 5:30 p.m., August 18, at the Student Union Mall.   In case of rain, it will be held in the Georg-ian Room. The picnic is free of charge, however, please RSVP to the Human Resources office at 785.4031 no later than August 15.

Open auditions for the Franklin Street Singers, Truman’s show choir, will be held at 5:30 p.m., August 22, 23 and 24. For more information, contact Jackie Collett, associate professor of music, at 785.4422.

The annual Student Union Open House will be held in conjunction with Truman Day and the Activities Fair from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on August  23 in the main concourse of the Student Union Building (SUB). Free refreshments and door prizes will be given away. SODEXHO-Marriott will sponsor a ping-pong drop at 2:30 p.m.

Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, will host Truman Day activities from 4-8 p.m., August 23, at Red Barn Park.  Among the activities will be the “Transcender” (virtual reality car), a business fair, two bands (Until Tomorrow and Short Bus), Fall Sports Premiere and True Men. Refreshments will be available. 

The Kirksville Aquatic Center is in need of lifeguards to finish out the summer session and for the fall semester. Certified lifeguards may fill out applications at the Aquatic Center, located at 801 East Mill Street. Phone 627.7665 for additional information.


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