February 6, 2001 - Vol. 5 No. 22

Lyceum Series to Feature Ballet on Ice

ITS Works to Solve Network Response Problem

 Campus Lectures This Week

$10,000 Goal for Vonnie and David Nichols Endowed Scholarship Fund

Hernandez Serves as Public Relations Intern

Eighteenth Annual Piano Festival Saturday

 "Once on This Island" Focuses upon Romance

 Black History Month 2001 Events

 Truman to Host International Collegiate A Cappella Quarter Finals Saturday

 Scholarships Available

Social Science Division Head candidate 

On Campus

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Lyceum Series to Feature Ballet on Ice

    Tickets will be available for faculty, staff and students Feb. 9, for the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series’ performance of “Cinderella” by the St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice. A matinee and an evening performance will be held at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18, in Baldwin Auditorium.
     The performances are part of the St. Petersburg troupe’s sixth consecutive North American tour. The world premier of “Cinderella on Ice” is set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. The company of 35 world-class skaters will perform under the direction of Konstantin Rassidin.
     The group made its debut performance in 1967 when they combined classical ballet with the sport of figure skating in “The Nutcracker.” Their shows were an immediate success and since then the company has been seen in over 5000 performances by audiences worldwide.
     Financial assistance for the upcoming performances at Truman has been provided by Northeast Regional Health System.


ITS Works to Solve Network Response Problems

Due to numerous complaints that the University’s network response has been extremely slow, Joseph Harbouk, Informational Technology Services (ITS) director, has announced that the ITS staff is researching the issue to find a solution.
     The staff has been notified repeatedly about slow response time and a number of  inquiries have been made as to what is being done to resolve the problem.
     Since August, ITS has been analyzing Truman’s network traffic. Harbouk says that results of the analysis indicate that on average, since that time, more than 56 percent of Truman’s Internet traffic has been identified as Napster traffic, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including breaks and weekends).
     In December and January, Napster traffic has been taking between 82 and 90 percent of the Internet traffic. Last week (Jan. 22-29) Napster traffic was at a steady stream of 85 to 95 percent usage of the Internet traffic. During breaks and weekends, the Internet traffic drops to about 20 percent usage of the full bandwidth (20MB) that is allocated to Truman State University by MoreNet.
     ITS reported these findings to the ITAC (Information Technology Services Advisory Committee) for discussion and further decision-making. ITAC unanimously voted that ITS should proceed with a plan to block the use of Napster between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 5. This is the period of time when most classes are in session and includes the hours the administrative offices are open. 
     This plan will allow academics to receive priority in network utilization. ITS personnel met with multiple student groups living in the dorms and discussed the issue with them and the students were supportive of the idea as well.
     “This plan is a test in progress. We will keep on monitoring the network traffic and listening to faculty, staff and student feedback on their ability to access library resources and the Internet for their research or academic purposes,” Harbouk added. “Thanks [to everyone impacted] for your understanding and support in this matter.”
     The new library system (MOBIUS) is Internet based and the ITS staff hopes that the plan will ensure adequate response for library work and research.
     All members of the University community who use the Internet are advised to check http://www2.truman.edu/itspages/docs/pol_proc/ for policies related to computer usage and Internet access on campus.



Campus Lectures This Week


Dr. Adolfo Roitman

Curator of the 
Shrine of the Book 
for the 
Israel Museum
in Jerusalem


“The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity”

7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 
Violette Hall 1000


Dr. George D. Kuh

Associate Dean 
of the Faculties 
Professor of Higher Education at
Indiana University at

presents the

2001 Baldwin Lecture
“”College Students Today: Why We Can’t Leave
Serendipity to Chance”

7 p.m.
Feb. 9
SUB Georgian Room

Reservations for the 6 p.m. dinner preceding the lecture are to be made by Feb. 7 to 785.4391.


$10,000 Goal for Vonnie and David Nichols Endowed Scholarship Fund

    The Truman State University Foundation announces the recent activation of the Vonnie and David Nichols Scholarship Fund. Vonnie Nichols retired on January 31, 2001, after 28 years of service to Truman, most recently as  Student Union director. David Nichols retired in December 2000, after 34 years as a professor of music in the Fine Arts Division.
     The scholarship fund was initiated by a group of young alumni who served on the Student Activities Board and worked closely with Vonnie.  Kevin Kuebler (’90) and his wife Bonnie (’87) made a leadership gift to establish the Vonnie and David Nichols Scholarship and asked other SAB alumni to join in the effort.
     "When we think back to our time spent at Truman, we remember many wonderful experiences, but our experience as student leaders and the opportunity we had to work with Vonnie will always stand out above the rest," Kevin Kuebler explained.
     The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students who have financial need and have contributed significantly to the Student Union program. To date, $8,400 has been contributed toward the $10,000 goal to endow the scholarship.
      Contributions may be sent to the Truman State University Foundation, McClain Hall 100, Kirksville, MO 63501. "Nichols Scholarship" should be noted in the memo section. For more information, contact Laura Cook, manager of annual and major campaigns, at 785.4688.


Hernandez Serves as Public Relations Intern

The Truman State University Public Relations Office has announced Erika T. Hernandez, a senior communication major, as its intern for the spring semester.  Hernandez, a 1997 graduate of Schaumburg High School, is from Schaumburg, Ill. She is the daughter of Henry and Maria Hernandez, both of Schaumburg. 
     As the intern, she will assist in writing, producing and distributing the University newsletter, Truman Today, as well as posting it on the University web site. She will also be responsible for writing press releases and performing various office duties. 
      At Truman, Hernandez serves as vice president of the Newman Council at the student Catholic center. She is also a member of Alpha Sigma Gamma, a service sorority, the Truman Advertising and Public Relations Club and the International Association of Business Communicators. After graduating next December she hopes to pursue a career in public relations.
     Students interested in applying for the fall 2001 internship should stop by the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 102, call 785.4016 or email Linda Gordon at lgordon@truman.edu.


Eighteenth Annual Piano Festival Saturday

The Division of Fine Arts will host the 18th Annual Truman Piano Festival  Feb. 10. Final round of the competition begins at 8 a.m. in Baldwin Auditorium and is open to the public free of charge.
     Forty-one pre-collegiate pianists will audition for cash prizes and scholarships, including the full-ride Truman Piano Fellowship Award. Prior to the Festival, participants submitted taped performances of their repertories and were invited to the competition by the piano faculty.
     Dr. Maurice Hinson, a respected authority on piano literature, will serve as guest artist for the Festival. Hinson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Music Teachers National Association in 1994.  His Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire is a standard reference for performers and teachers throughout the world.
     Hinson will present a lecture/demonstration titled “Humor in Piano Music” at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 10, in Baldwin Auditorium. A master class featuring Truman piano majors will follow at 4:15 p.m.
     For more information about the Truman Piano Festival, contact David McKamie, Division of Fine Arts, at 785.4405.


“Once on This Island” Focuses upon Romance

     The Multicultural Affairs Center, along with the Division of Fine Arts and theatre department, present "Once on This Island," at 8 p.m., Feb. 6 , 7, 9, 10 and at 2 p.m., Feb. 11, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. The story and lyrics are by Lynn Ahrens and the musical score is by Steven Fla-herty.
     The play is a captivating legend of romance between a peasant girl and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. The show has a tropical setting and is staged with minimal props, sets and costumes.
     Seating for the performances is limited. For reservations, contact the theatre box office at 785.4515.


Black History Month 2001 Events

Galen Abdur-Razzaq

Noon, Feb. 6
Ryle Hall Main Lounge

“Once on This Island”

8 p.m. on Feb. 6, 7, 9 & 10
2 p.m., Feb. 11
Baldwin Hall Little Theatre

Gambian Griot: Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso

A performance of traditional songs of the Mandinka.
7 p.m., Feb. 19
SUB Down Under

Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Fest

 featuring Bobby Watson
7:30 p.m., Feb. 24
Baldwin Hall Auditorium

Call 785.4142 for 
more information.


Truman to Host International Collegiate A Cappella Quarter Finals Saturday

The True Men and the Funds Allotment Council will sponsor the Quarter Finals of the International Collegiate A Cappella Championship at 8 p.m., Feb. 10, in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free but seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
     “This is an exciting thing for both us [the True Men] and the campus,” True Men singer Brad Herndon said. “We get to perform in front of our home crowd, and the campus gets to be a part of a fun, entertaining evening.”
     Truman was selected through an application process to host the Midwest Regional of the annual competition, and the 2001 competition marks only the second year that the True Men have vied for the title. Last year’s competition was hosted by the University of Chicago.
     “The audience can expect some real musical talent. Two of the visiting groups advanced to the Quarter Finals in 2000 and each of the groups was selected through an application and audition process,” Hern-don explained. “The True Men and FAC sponsored A Cappella Fest last year, in which three other groups were invited to Truman to entertain the campus. Over six hundred attended, which encouraged the True Men to do something like it again this year.”
     Five of the nation’s finest a cappella ensembles will join with the True Men of Truman to compete for the Quarter Final title. All male, as well as co-ed, groups from the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Washington University and Grinnell College, will be competing. A professional five-man group from Kansas City, (Measure by Measure) will also be featured in the competition.
     “The only differences from last year’s A Cappella Fest are that there are more groups and we will all be competing, so people are going to see each of the groups’ best stuff,” Herndon added.
     For more information about the True Men, visit their website at www2.truman.edu/truemen.


Scholarships Available

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Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship

Open to students pursuing
 a hospitality-related degree, with a 
minimum GPA of 3.0.
Students should submit a 500-word essay entitled “The Value of Missouri’s Tourism Industry.”
Deadline is Feb. 9.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

Open to interested seniors who are permanent residents of the U.S. and are preparing for a career in state or local 
government finance.
Deadline is Feb. 9

George A. Nielsen Public Investor Scholarship

Open to minority upper-division undergraduate or graduate students 
studying accounting, finance, political science, economics, public or business administration.
Deadline is Feb. 9

The Missouri Travel Council Scholarship

Open to students pursuing a degree in public administration, finance, 
business administration 
or related field.
Deadline is Feb. 9

For more information,
 contact the
Financial Aid Office,
McClain Hall 103,


Open University forum for Social Science Division Head candidate

Dr. William Smith, professor of sociology, Georgia Southern University

4:30-5:30 p.m., Feb. 6, SUB Georgian Room



Huping Ling, associate professor of history, had her article, “Myth and Reality of St. Louis Chinatown, 1860s-1930s” published in the Journal of Urban History. She also has written articles for Great Events, Revised by Salem Press.

Rodney Taylor, associate professor of German, had his essay, “Novalis’ Arcanum of the Spirit in Heinrich von Ofterdingen,” accepted for publication in Michigan Germanic Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Germanic Studies. The topic of the essay is the influence of the mature Leibniz’ metaphysical system in the chief work of German Romanticism. Taylor’s articles on the life and literary writing of the nineteenth century German dramatist and revolutionary, Georg Büch-ner, recently appeared in the Encyclopedia of German Literature. 

Truman English students swept the prizes in the Missouri Folklore Society’s Student Research Paper Contest. Karen Highland, senior English major from Milan, Mo., won first prize for her paper titled, “Hunting for Raggy Lug.” She was mentored by Betsy Delmonico, professor of English. Jesse Pasley, junior English major from Sikeston, Mo., was awarded second prize for his paper titled “Myth in the Martial Arts: An Analysis of a Unique Oral Subculture in America.” Jennifer Hatala, second-year English GTRA from Greentop, Mo., was awarded third prize for her selection of back issues of the MFS journal, on “Baby-Slings as Praxis in Attachment-Parenting Communities.”

Truman’s speech and debate team won the overall title at the Central Missouri State University Mule Invitational, Jan. 26-28. This marked the third consecutive title for the team. Truman out-performed 18 different colleges and universities, including Notre Dame, Arkansas State, Louisiana State, and several Missouri universities, to win the championship.



Cardinal Key and Blue Key are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Feb. 6, 7 and 8, in the SUB Activities Room. Their goal is 200 units per day and all faculty, staff an students are invited to give.
The interim study abroad program, “Europe in Transition,” will hold an informational meeting at 5 p.m., Feb. 6, in Violette Hall 1400. The dates of the program are May 9-26. For more information, contact Mary Giovannini at 785.4365.

A physics colloquium titled, “Experimental Atmospheric Science Using Wilson’s Cloud Chamber” by John Schmitt, from the department of physics at the University of Missouri-Rolla, will be held at 4:35 p.m, Feb. 7, in Barnett Hall 252. All are welcome.

Faculty Development Lunch Series presents “Designing and Writing a Text” by David Nichols, professor of music, from 12:30-1:25 p.m., Feb. 7, in the SUB Spanish Room.

Truman’s Board of Governors will meet at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 10, in the Conference Room.

Campus Recreation is offering a free self defense workshop, from 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Feb. 10, in the Student Recreation Center. Registration is required. Interested students, faculty or staff should sign up at the Rec Center or call Robin Shook at 785.7739.

“A Time for Chocolate Lovers” event, co-sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leader-ship Alliance, will be held from 7-10 p.m, Feb. 10, at the Kirksville National Guard Armory. Tickets are $7 per person or $5 with a student ID. Tickets are available at the Planned Parenthood Clinic or at the door. For more information, call 665.5672.

The University Wellness Program, will be offering blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate and thyroid screening for faculty, staff and spouses on specified dates throughout February. All screenings will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The next dates are Feb. 12, in McClain Hall/first floor and Feb. 13, in the Student Health Center. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 785.4182.

Scott Piper, operatic tenor and Truman  alumnus, will present a recital concert of French song, “The Art of French Melody,” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13, in the SUB Georgian Room. The recital, sponsored by the Division of Language and Literature and the French faculty, will feature selections of French opera and traditional music. Accompanying Piper is Nancy Hueber, pianist. The recital and reception following is free to the public.

Alpha Gamma Delta is sponsoring “gray ribbon day” on Feb. 15 in an effort to in crease awareness of juvenile diabetes. Members will wear the ribbons, which represent “a silver lining in the cloud” of a cure for the disease and they will also disperse them to other Truman students during the day.

The Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring V-Day 2001 College Initiative. The events include V-Day student monologues, at 7 p.m., Feb. 15, in the SUB Down Under. and “The Vagina Monologues,”at 7 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. For more information, call 627.9333 or visit the web site at www.feminist.com/vday.

The Newman Center’s social committee is hosting a Valentine’s Day dance, from 8-11 p.m., Feb. 16, at the Newman Center. The cost is $2 per person. For more information, call 665.8326 or 785.7170.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is offering hearing evaluations to faculty, staff and the public. Evaluations are conducted free of charge Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call 785.7414 for an appointment.

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 ID and $2 for general admission.

The “Art of Power,” a three-week, six-credit, study abroad course still has available spots. No prerequisites are required and all majors are welcome. For more information contact Martha Rose at 785.4057.


On Campus

6 Tuesday

Noon - Galen Abdur-Razzaq, Ryle Main Lounge; see p. 2
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Open forum for Dr. William Smith, Georgian Room; see Notes
5 p.m. - Europe in Transi-tion informational meeting, VH 1400; see Notes
8 p.m. - “Once on this Island,” Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 2

7 Wednesday

12:30 - 1:25 p.m. - Faculty Development Lunch Series, Spanish Room; see Notes
4:35 p.m. - Physics colloquium, Barnett 252; see Notes
7:30 p.m. - Adolfo Roitman lecture, VH 1000; see p. 1

8 Thursday

7:30 p.m. - Peking Acrobats, Baldwin Hall

9 Friday

5:30 p.m. - Women’s basketball vs. Mo. Western, Pershing Arena
6 p.m. - Baldwin dinner, Georgian Room; see p. 1. 
7 p.m. - Baldwin Lecture, Georgian Room; see p. 1
7:30 p.m. - Men’s basketball vs. Mo. Western, Pershing Arena

10 Saturday

12-2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m. - Self defense workshop, Rec Center; see Notes
1:30 p.m. - Women’s basketball vs. Southwest Baptist, Pershing Arena
3:30 p.m. - Men’s basketball vs. Southwest Baptist
7-10 p.m. - “A Time for Chocolate Lovers,” the Armory; see Notes
8 p.m. - Piano Festival, Baldwin Hall;  see p. 2
8 p.m. - A Cappella competition, Baldwin; see p. 3
8:30 a.m. - Board of Governors meeting; see Notes


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