January 30, 2001 - Vol. 5 No. 21

Nationally -known Researcher George D. Kuh to Present 2001 Baldwin Lecture

CSEQ at Truman

Black History Month 2001

 Roitman to Discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls

T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize Winner Announced

Physics Colloquium

Peking Acrobats

UMC School of Medicine Rural Scholars Program 

 New  University Master Calender

 St. Petersburg State Ballet

"Once on This Island" 

On Campus

Contact Us

Nationally-known Researcher George D. Kuh to Present 2001 Baldwin Lecture
     Dr. George D. Kuh, Associate Dean of the Faculties and professor of higher education at Indiana University?Blooming-ton, will visit Truman Feb. 9-10 as the 2001 Baldwin Lecturer. His lecture is titled "College Students Today: Why We Can't Leave Serendipity To Chance”and the entire Truman community is invited to attend the presentation at 7 p.m., Feb. 9, in the SUB Georgian Room. A dinner will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $7.50 per person and reservations should be made by Feb. 7 to 785.4391 or facdev@truman.edu.
     Kuh will also conduct two workshops during his campus visit. "Student Learning Outside the Classroom: Research Findings and Best Practices" will be the topic for his first workshop from 2:30-4:30p.m., Feb. 9,  in the SUB Alumni Room. He will lead a second workshop, titled "What We Know About Enhancing Student Learning: Implications for Truman," from 9:30-11:30 a.m, Feb. 10, in the SUB Alumni Room. Faculty Development invites any member of the academic and student affairs community to participate in the two workshops. Participants should RSVP to the Faculty Development office at 785.4391 no later than Feb. 7.
     Kuh coordinates campus-wide initiatives designed to improve the quality of the undergraduate experience at IU and directs both the College Student  Experience Questionnaire (CSEQ) Research Program and the National Survey of Student Engagement, a project supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
     Kuh bridges the administrative organizations of student affairs and academic affairs through his teaching, research and publication. In 1998, he was identified as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Student Affairs.
     He is recognized nationally for his research in higher education on such issues as liberal education, principles that foster student learning, the effects of student-faculty interaction, academic integrity, seamless learning environments and faculty-student affairs collaboration on assessment.


CSEQ at Truman

•Truman students first encountered the CSEQ in 1997 through a random sample of students in residence.
•From 1998-2000, on-campus students completed the questionnaire for Residential Living on a voluntary basis.
•Truman data and findings from the ‘98-’00 period are currently being analyzed against national norms by David Hoff-man, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Mary Ramsbottom, Interim Dean of Residential Colleges.
•This fall, the CSEQ became the  assessment instrument for the Extended Fresh-man Course Program. 
•The CSEQ Research Program will generate customized Truman analyses including individualized student reports which can be used in student consultations with their Residential College academic advisors.
•The Assessment Committee concluded in spring 2000 that the CSEQ should replace the ISS (Institutional Student Survey) traditionally required in the junior year.
• This semester, students taking Junior Interdisciplinary Seminars will also participate in this national survey.


Black History

Stephanie Renee
Performing Arts, Q&A
7 p.m., Feb. 1
Mainstreet Market

Nyasha Nyamapfene
Lecture -- “Where 
We Stand: A Conversation About the State of Black America”
6:30 p.m., Feb. 2
Violette Hall 1010

First Sunday 
Dinner & Movies
3 p.m., Feb. 4
MAC, Adair Building

Galen Abdur-Razzaq
Noon, Feb. 6
Ryle Hall Main Lounge

Play: "Once on This Island"
8 p.m.., Feb. 6 & 7
Baldwin Hall
Little Theatre

More events
the month!
Call 785.4142.


Roitman to Discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls

     Adolfo Roitman, Curator of the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will be speaking on “The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity,”at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7, in Violette Hall 1000. The Shrine of the Book houses Israel’s collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba Cave of Letters materials.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Roitman completed his masters and doctorate degrees in comparative religions at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is an ordained conservative rabbi. In 1994 he became only the second Curator in the history of the Shrine of the Book for the next century. 
     As the person responsible for the care and preparation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has made tremendous contributions to the understanding of the Scrolls and was in charge of the historic Fiftieth Anniversary Congress held in Jerusalem, July 20-25, 1997.
     Roitman is involved in the editing of the latest information presented at the Congress and creating a new look for the Shrine of the Book for the year 2000. His recent work includes articles on the building of the Shrine of the Book, a new catalogue for the “Daily Life at Qumran” exhibit at the Shrine of the Book, and a book on the symbol of the serpent and the origins of evil. 
     He has been a scholar in residence for a number of congregations around the United States and a part of distinguished speakers series in San Diego, St. Louis, Omaha, Chicago, Boston and Miami.


T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize Winner Announced

Christopher Bakken, assistant professor of English at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., is the winner of the 2001 T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry sponsored by the Truman State University Press. 
     Bakken's winning poetry collection, After Greece, was selected from more than 500 manuscripts submitted in the fifth annual competition. He will receive $2,000 and free publication of his book, which is expected in bookstores by May.
     The prize is awarded for the best book-length collection of poetry in English in honor of T. S. Eliot's intellectual and artistic legacy.
     Bakken's poetry, essays and translations have been published in various journals, including The Paris Review, Boulevard, Literal Latte and Modern Poetry in Translation. 
     Lynne McMahon, professor of English at the University of Missouri and judge of this year's T. S. Eliot Prize, is the author of three poetry books and two chapbooks. 


Physics Colloquium

by William Klink, Department 
of Physics,
 University of Iowa

4:35 p.m.
Jan. 31
Barnett Hall 252

“Electron Scattering and
 the Fundamental Constituents of Matter”

at 4:25 p.m.

Lecture includes
some advanced
concepts but
everybody is


The Peking Acrobats will perform as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8, in Baldwin Auditorium. Tickets will be available free of charge to students, faculty and staff beginning Feb. 1 in the SAB office. The SAB is co-sponsor of the Peking Acrobats and will sponsor an open reception immediately following the performance at the second floor lobby of Baldwin Hall.


UMC School of Medicine Rural Scholars Program Offered to Truman Students

Truman State University will again participate in the University of Missouri- Columbia School of Medicine Rural Scholars Program, a pre-matriculation program for rural students.
     This program is designed to address the declining level of health care available in small towns and rural areas of Missouri. Up to two advancing Truman freshmen, plus an alternate, are selected for this program annually. 
     Truman students currently in the program are Sarah Davenport, junior biology major from Trenton, Mo.; Jeremy Youse, junior biology major from Hannibal, Mo. and Kylie Vannaman , senior biology major from Lee’s Summit, Mo. Alternates include Cassandra Felkerson, junior chemistry major from Salem, Mo. and Tara Thieman, senior biology major from Versailles, Mo. 
     Students selected for the program are offered acceptance to the UMC School of Medicine based on high academic achievement, commitment to a career in medicine, possession of personal characteristics expected for quality physicians and a small town or rural background. 
     Up to five students will be selected for interviews in August with a committee consisting of UMC medical school faculty and alumni. 
     Students interested in applying for the program should obtain an application form  from Diane Janick-Buckner, associate professor of biology, in Science Hall 118B. The deadline is May 1.


Now online!

New University Master Calendar


Student and University events are color-coded for easier access.

Academic - blue
Alumni - green
Athletic - purple
Cultural - red
RCP - yellow
Student Events - black


Check it out at www.truman.edu/calendar.htm


Kohlenberg Lyceum Series 


St. Petersburg 
State Ballet
on Ice


Cinderella on Ice

Mark your calender!

3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 18
Baldwin Auditorium

Northeast Regional Health System is a platinum level corporate sponsor of the Series and special guest at this performance.


“Once on This Island”

8 p.m., Feb. 6, 7, 9, 10 

2 p.m., Feb. 11

Baldwin Hall Little Theatre



K. Scott Alberts, assistant professor of mathematics, presented a poster entitled “Watching Porn in Public: Gender and Social Context in Viewing Pornography” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology.

Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, was recently an attendee and participant at the Moondance Stage and Filmwriting conference, an international group of playwrights and screen writers, in Boulder, Colo. An abridged English language version of her historical drama “The Last Duchess”(Minerva Press, London, 1996) will also be presented in a reading by the Missouri Playwriters on Feb. 27, in Columbia, Mo. 

Stephanie Grollman, assistant professor of German, recently had her book The Image of the ‘Other’ in the Diaries and Travel Reports of Luise Rinser published in German with Königshausen & Neumann Publishing Company. (Truman Today had incorrectly identified her in last week’s issue. We regret the error.)

Sara E. Orel, associate professor of art, had her article “A Reexamination of the 1943-1952 Excavations at Kom el-Hisn, Egypt” published in Goettinger Miszellen, a German Egyptological journal. She has also written several articles for the new Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, including entries on Snefru, Nebhepetre Menthuhotep, Sesostris III, Harkhuf, Constantinople (Istanbul) and the Cairo Mosque of `Amr ibn al-`As.

The President’s String Quartet won second place in the west-central division of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Chamber Music Competition in Minneapolis, Minn. The ensemble includes Katie Collins, violin, freshman computer science major from Florissant, Mo.; Carrie Jones, violin, freshman music major from Kirkwood, Mo.; Meredith Manley, viola, senior accounting major from St. Charles, Mo.; Kim Harris, cello, senior music major from Lee ‘s Summit, Mo.; Rachel AuBuchon, pianist, junior music major from Sullivan, Mo. and Elaine Boda, coach, assistant professor of music.

Truman’s speech and debate team won the overall tournament championship along with 36 other awards at the Concordia Classic invitational forensics tournament Jan. 19-20. This is the second tournament in a row Truman has won and the fifth this season. 



The Student Union Guest Artist Series presents artwork by Aaron Fine, assistant professor of art and gallery director. The exhibit will be open daily (when room is available), from Jan. 22 through Feb. 10, in the SUB Activities Room.

Cardinal Key Rush applications will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, in the SUB. Cardinal Key is open to any female student interested in service, leadership and sisterhood. For more information contact Erica at 785.4851 or visit the CK website at www2.truman.edu/~cardinalkey.

The Career Center is hosting Recruiter Week Jan. 29-Feb. 2. Mock interviews will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. The workshop, “How to Work a Career Fair,” will be held at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 31, in the Career Center. A career fashion show will also be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31, in the Career Center.

Faculty Development Weekly Lunch Series features Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann from 12-1:25 p.m., Jan. 30, in the  SUB Alumni Room. Monica Barron, assistant professor of English, and Royce Kallerud, assistant professor of English, will present “Efficiency in Grading Student Writing,” from 12:30-1:25 p.m., Jan. 31, in the SUB Spanish Room.

The University Wellness Program, will be offering blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate, and thyroid screening for faculty, staff and spouses on specified dates during January and February. All screenings will be held from 7:30 -9:30 a.m. The first dates are Jan. 31, in the Kirk Building and Feb. 7, in the SUB Governors Room. Faculty and staff should have received a flyer listing all the specific dates. For more information, contact the Student Health Center, 785.4182.

Windfall submission deadline for the spring semester is 5 p.m., Feb. 2. Prose, poetry, reproducible art, and sheet music will be accepted. Submissions must include name, phone number, address, email and should be placed in the Windfall mailbox in the CAOC office. For more information, contact Alice at 785.4712 or  tsuwf@yahoo.

The Truman Trio featuring faculty members Sam McClure, violin; Elaine Boda, cello; and Janice Saffir, piano; will perform a concert of trios by Haydn, Copland and Dvorak at 3 p.m. Feb. 4, in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. 

High Street Dancers will perform at the Truman men’s basketball game at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5. 

Donald Asher will be returning to the Truman campus for two career oriented  workshops on Feb. 7 in Violette Hall 1000. “Gaining Admission to Highly Competitive Graduate Schools,” will be presented at 1 p.m. and “How to Beat 1000 - 1 Odds and Get Fantastic Job Offers in Any Major,”at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Career Center at 785.4353.

The Center for International Education Abroad will be hosting a Semester at Sea informational meeting from 7-9 p.m., Feb. 7, in McClain Hall 210. Refreshments will be served and all students are welcome.

There will also be a Summer 2001 Missouri-London Program informational meeting at 4 p.m., Feb. 13, in SUB Room 4. For more information, contact Dennis Leavens at 785.5145 or the Center for International Education Abroad at 785.4076.

May interim trip to Cairo still has spots available. Interested students should contact Cole Woodcox at 785.4119 or Sara Orel at 785.4419.

Upward Bound employment opportunities are available for the 2001 summer session, June 10 through July 20. This program is looking for instructors in French, composition, literature, reading, mathematics and yearbook/journalism; residential mentors/supervisors; program counselor; night supervisor; photographer and bridge tutor/advisors. Applications are due Feb. 16. For more information, contact Upward Bound at 785.4244.

Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Club will be offering volunteer income tax assistance free of charge from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Feb. 24, March 17, March 31 and April 7, in Violette Hall 1010. For more information, contact Carrie Phillips at 627.1170. 

The Student Activities Board will sponsor “The Regurgitator” at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, in the SUB Georgian Room. Admission is free to students with an I.D. and $2 for general admission.

RCP German lunch table will meet in the Centennial Hall cafeteria from 12-1 p.m., Fridays in the private dining room. All German speakers are welcome.


On Campus

31 Wednesday
3:30 p.m - “How to Work a Career Fair” workshop, Career Center; see Notes
4:35 p.m. - Physics collo-quium, Barnett Hall 252; see p. 3
7 p.m. - Career fashion show, Career Center; see Notes

1 Thursday
7 p.m. - Stephane Renee, Mainstreet Market; see p. 1

2 Friday
6:30 p.m. - Nyasha Nyam-apfenes lecture, Violette Hall 1010; see p. 1

3 Saturday
3 p.m. - Men’s and women’s swim meet, Natatorium 

4 Sunday
3 p.m. - BHM First Sunday dinner/movies, Adair Building; see p. 1
3 p.m. - Truman Piano Trio, Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes

5 Monday
5:30 p.m. - Women’s basketball vs. Washburn 
7:30 p.m. - Men’s basketball vs. Washburn (Kan.)
7:30 p.m.- High Street Dancers perform at game

6 Tuesday
Noon - Galen Abdur-Razzaq flutist, Ryle Hall Main Lounge; see p. 1
8 p.m. - Play: "Once on This Island," Baldwin Hall Little Theatre,  see p. 1



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