March 13, 2001 - Vol. 5 No. 26

Linda Hall Library Series

A Sign Lyceum Event

Kohlenberg Towne Lecture

Hoffmann Returns

Representing Women

"Last Night Off Ballyhoo"

Undergraduate Research Conference

Children's Literature Festival

National Agriculture Week


Mark Your Calendar!

On Campus

Contact Us

Velasco to Speak in Linda Hall Library Series

Eduardo Velasco, associate professor of physics, will present the first lecture of the 2001 Linda Hall Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m., March 15, in the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Mo. His topic will be “Seismic Exploration for Oil and Gas.”
     The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology is one of the nation’s leading specialty research libraries. It houses numerous major collections and reference materials and an education program that features onsite and online exhibitions, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Depository, a rare science history collection and the annual Linda Hall Lecture Series.
     The 2001 Series marks the fifth year for the event and features Truman faculty from several departments. Truman faculty are the first invited lecturers from a public university.
     Velasco joined the Science Division at Truman State University  in 1995. He is a member of the American Physical Society, American Association of Physics, the Optical Society of America and at Truman is an honorary member of Sigma Lambda Beta.
     Velasco received his bachelor of science degree in physics from La Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, earned his master’s degree in physics and doctorate in theoretical physics from Stony Brook State University, New York.
     Velasco’s research interests include such areas as wave propagation, ray theory, thermodynamic properties of phase
transitions, statistical mechanics and quantum theory.
     He also enjoys the study of continuous mechanics, optics and lasers, theoretical and computational fluid mechanics, foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, imaging and inverse problems.
     The Linda Hall Lecture Series is part of several outreach programs that promote an interest in science among the general public. Linda Hall Library is located at 5109 Cherry Street and the lectures are free and open to the public.


Lyceum Event to be Performed in Sign Language 

The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will present Cleveland Signstage Theatre’s “James and the Giant Peach,” based on Roald Dahl’s book, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., March 17, in Baldwin Auditorium. 
     Each Signstage performance is presented in both American Sign Language and spoken English, so it is accessible to deaf and hearing audience members. The production also features a combined cast of deaf and hearing actors. 
     Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” recounts the story of James Trotter, an orphan, whose life was great until a rhinoceros came and changed everything! A day in the garden becomes a magical one for James as it leads to his exciting adventure inside the biggest peach the world has ever seen. This is a tale of friendship, love, sadness and triumph. 
     Free tickets for this production will be available to faculty, staff and students this week  in the CAOC and SAB office. Gen-eral admission tickets will be sold at Edna Campbell’s Book Store and Truman’s Business Office. Call 785.4016 for details.


The Annual Kohlenberg-Towne Lecture 


Dr. Steven Watts

professor of history and chair of the department 
of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia

“Walt Disney and the American Century”

7 p.m.

March 14

SUB Alumni Room


Distinguished Scholar Roald Hoffmann Returns 

Dr. Roald Hoffmann, winner of a Nobel Prize in chemistry, will return to the Truman State University campus March 22-23 for his second visit in this year’s Distin-guished Visiting Scholar Series. Hoffmann shared the prestigious award in 1981 with Kenichi Fukui and characterizes his contribution to the chemistry field as “applied theoretical chemistry."
     Hoffmann’s interest in creative writing and the arts has prompted him to write several collections of poetry, in addition to works in his research field. During his return visit he will be a guest lecturer in several classrooms within the science department, as well as a theatre class.
     On his public agenda he has scheduled two lectures, a poetry reading, an informal discussion and a book signing session.
     His first public lecture, “Chemistry Imagined,” will be held from 12:30 -1:20 p.m., March 20, in Violette Hall 1000. 
     The second public lecture, based on his most recent publication, is titled “Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Traditions.” It will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m., March 20, in Violette Hall 1000. A reception will immediately follow in the Violette Hall Lounge.
     Sigma Tau Delta will host a poetry reading by Hoffmann with selections to be announced from 7:30-8:30 p.m., March 21, in the Ryle College Lounge.
     Hoffmann will speak at the Faculty Development Luncheon from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., March 22, in the SUB Alumni Room. His informal discussion will answer the question “Why is a Chemist Writing Plays?”
     Immediately following the luncheon, Hoffmann will be present at a book signing until 2 p.m. at the Truman Bookstore. Among his books available at the Bookstore are The Same and Not the Same and Old Wine, New Flasks and a collection of poetry called Gaps and Verges.
    The final Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the 2000-2001 Series is paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey who will visit campus April 2-3. Her public agenda  will be announced in the near future.
     Already scheduled for the 2001-02 Series are James Burke (Oct. 2-3, 2001) and Catherine R. Stimpson (Feb. 11-15, 2002).
     For more information about the Visiting Scholar’s program, contact 785-4121.


Representing Women

hosted by the Women’s Studies Committee

March 22
9-10:20 a.m., Women Disease/Women in (Dis)ease, McClain 306
10:30-11:50 a.m., Gendering Narratives, Pickler 205
12:00-12:50 p.m., Women on the Edge, Baldwin Hall 349
1:30-2:50 p.m., Women and Their Work, Pickler 205
3-4:20 p.m., The Representation of Women in Literature, Baldwin Hall 349
8 p.m., Film in Baldwin Hall 218

March 23
8:30-9:20 a.m., Disciplining the Female Body, Violette Hall 1300
9:30-10:20 a.m., Women and Pedagogies, Violette Hall 1300
10:30-11:20 a.m., Women Authors, Violette Hall 1300
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Public Figures, Violette Hall 1300
1:30-2:50 p.m., Women’s Bodies and Men Who Want to be Women, Violette Hall 1300
3-4:20 p.m., As Seen by Others, Violette Hall1300

4:30-5:30 p.m., Keynote speech: “Women, Difference, and Change in Science,”
Violette Hall 1000

7:30-8:30 p.m., Agha Shahid Ali, a celebrated post-colonial poet, reads his feminist poetry, Violette Hall 1000
8:30-9:30 p.m., Reception

March 24
9:30-10:50 a.m., Race, Sex, and Disability, Baldwin Hall 251
12:30 -1:50 p.m., Moral Philosophy and Respecting Women, Baldwin Hall 251
2-3 p.m., A Recital of Women’s Music, Violette Hall balcony
3:30-5:30 p.m., Party at the faculty club


“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” to be Performed

The Division of Fine Arts and theatre department presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Uhry, at 8 p.m., March 20-24, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Uhry is best remembered as the writer of the well known comedy, “Driving Miss Daisy.”
     A winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” focuses on romance and family in a time when the world was full of prejudices and tragedy. 
     Reserve tickets may be purchased at the theatre box office for $1. General admission is free at the door. For more information call 785.5412. 



Truman State University 
presents the

13th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

March 29

Student Union Building

There will be no classes from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Evening classes will be in session.


Children’s Literature Festival to be held March 16 

The 18th Annual Truman State University Children’s Literature Festival will be held from 9 a.m. until 2:15 p.m., March 16, in the Student Union Building, Violette Hall and Pickler Memor-ial Library.
     Visiting authors and illustrators include Jim Aylesworth, Gary L. Blackwood, Mary Casanova, Floyd Cooper, Betsy Duffey, Joan Bransfield Graham, Kimberly Wills Holt, Gail Carson Levine, Robert D. San Souci, Mary Stanton and June Rae Wood. 
     Students will participate in 30-minute sessions with the guest authors and illustrators. All children attending must be pre-registered. University faculty, staff, students and other interested adults are welcome at any of the sessions, but should also be pre-registered.
     The general public is welcome to attend an informal meeting with the authors and illustrators from 3-4 p.m in the SUB Conference Room.
     The festival concludes with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the SUB Alumni Room. The dinner is limited to pre-registered adults and children accompanied by an adult. Cost of the dinner is $8.75 per person. Following the dinner, at 7 p.m., Robert D. Sanci will give a presentation in the Alumni Room.
     Books by the pre-mentioned authors are now available at the Truman Bookstore. For more information contact Ann McEndarfer at 785.6010. 


National Agriculture Week

March 19-23

Kick-off BBQ and
Ag Olympics
1 p.m., March 18
University Farm

Ag Wheel of Knowledge
10:30-2:30 p.m.
March 19-21, SUB

“In the Country, on the Farm” 
by Sigma Alpha
6:30 p.m., March 21
Adair County Library

“Aggies at the Spike”
9 p.m., March 21
The Golden Spike

Farm Tours
9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 22
University Farm

Ag Issues Conference
5:30 p.m, March 22
Barnett Hall

“Do the Dare” 
Ag God & Goddess Crowning
5:30 p.m., March 24
University Farm

Circus Equus
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 24-25
University Farm
With Truman ID - $1
General Admission - $2
Call 665.9835 for details


Advantage Missouri Loan Program 
March 23 deadline.
Must be residents of Missouri; majoring in computer science, biology, math, chemistry or physics 
who plan to work in Missouri in the field of biomedical technology, computers or advanced manufacturing.
More information may be found online at 
USA Education/USA Funds Scholarship Program
April 16 deadline.
Open to students who can show financial need. Fifty percent of the scholarships
are awarded to members of an ethnic minority or who are physically disabled. 
Minimum 2.5 GPA. Renewable in the amount of $1,500. 
Check the website at
Alpha Delta Kappa, Sigma Chapter Scholarship
April 20 deadline. Two $400 scholarships to students who are graduates of a 
Des Moines County, Iowa, high school. Applicants must demonstrate leadership, academic success, 
and extracurricular or community involvement. Financial need will be considered. 
Applications may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office, McClain 103. 
William M. Reiss Foundation Scholarship Fund
May 1 deadline.
Available to graduates of publicly supported high schools
in Belleville, Ill. Applications may be obtained at the Financial Aid Office, MC 103.


Mark Your Calendars for These Events

March 1-31 Women’s History Month
March 17 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series
March 20-22 Distinguished Visiting Scholar
March 22 Last day to drop or change to credit/no credit for a full semester course
March 29 Undergraduate Research Conference (no classes 7:30-5:30)
April 2-4 Distinguished Visiting Scholar
April 7 Board of Governors Meeting
 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series
April 16 Spring Vacation
April 17 Classes resume
April 17-20 Asian History Week
April 18 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series
May 2 Reading Day
May 3-8 Final examinations 
May 9 Res. halls close for non-graduates
May 12 Commencement, 2 p.m.
May 12 Res. halls close completely, 6 p.m.
(March home games)
March 17 Men and women’s tennis vs Northwest Missouri State, 12 p.m.
March 18 Women’s tennis vs. Missouri Western State College, 12 p.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2 p.m.
March 20 Baseball vs. Simpson College-Iowa, 1 p.m.
March 21 Softball vs. UMSL, 1 p.m.
Men’s tennis vs. Central-Iowa, 3:30 p.m.
March 24 Baseball vs. Emporia State University, 12 p.m. 
Men’s tennis vs. University of Missouri-Rolla, 2 p.m.
March 25 Baseball vs. Washburn, 12 p.m.
March 27 Softball vs. Southwest Baptist University, 1 p.m.
March 31 Baseball vs. Missouri Western State College, 12 p.m.
Men’s tennis vs. Baker, 3:30 p.m.



Jill Corbett, senior music performance major from Lee’s Summit, Mo., was awarded principal chair of the tuba section in the National Inter-Collegiate Band competition held at the University of North Texas recently. Students from 28 states were represented at the event, hosted by the Collegiate Band Directors National Association.

Taner Edis, assistant professor of physics, recently had his article “Darwin in Mind: ‘Intelligent Design’ Meets Artificial Intelligence,” published in the 2001 March/April issue of The Skeptical Inquirer.

Drew Hicks, senior music performance major from Cape Girardeau, Mo., was recently accepted into the MA/PhD program in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music for fall 2001. He has accepted a Music Graduate Award as well as a full-tuition scholarship that will be continued for a total of five years. The combination of the two awards amount to $131,000 for the duration of his program of study.

Emmanuel Nnadozie, associate professor of economics, had an article titled “Contemporary Banking and Bank Regulation in Nigeria” published in the fall 2000 issue of the Journal of International Banking Regulation.

Richard Weerts, professor of music, was recently honored at the 50th Anniversary Banquet held during the 2001 National Symposium of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors), hosted by the  department of music and dance from the University of Kansas. Weerts was recognized for 32 years of service as editor of the NACWPI Journal, the official publication of the organization that was founded in 1951 at the University of Michigan.



Faculty Develoment Lunch Series will be from 12:30-1:25 p.m., March 14, in the SUB Spanish Room. A Problem Based Learning Conference will be presented.

Psi Chi is hosting the 6th Annual Psi Chi Research Conference on April 7. Students interested in presenting research in psychology or related fields should pick up an abstract submission form in the Social Science Division, McClain 214. Abstracts are due March 15. For more information contact Missie Brittain at 785.7142 or Maria Sides at 665.8973.

The Ceilidh Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day ceilidh, Irish music and dancing at 8 p.m., March 16, in the Centennial Hall main lounge. For more information call Kathy at 785.5782.

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., March 17, March 31 and April 7, in Violette Hall 1010. For more information contact Carrie Phillips at 627.1170. 

A faculty recital titled “Songs My Teacher Taught Me,” will be held at 3 p.m., March 18, in the SUB Activities Room.

The Truman flag corps will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m., March 18, in the Dobson Hall third floor lounge. Tickets cost $3, and may be purchased this week in front of the residential hall cafeterias or at the door. For more information contact Becki Holtane at 785.4761.

Oliver North, former deputy director of Political Military Affairs under the Reagan administration, will present a lecture at 7 p.m., March 21, in Baldwin Auditorium. The event is being sponsored by the College Republicans.

The Truman athletic department will be hosting the Truman Open Track and Field Meet beginning at 10:30 a.m., March 31, in Stokes Stadium. Students, faculty and staff interested in helping with the administration of the meet should contact Ed Schneider at 785.4342 or Michelle Baier at 785.6039.

Bird Watching for Beginners, an informal “course” and social event, will be held during the months of April and May. Evening slide shows and weekend field trips will be included. For more information contact Pete Goldman at 785.4082.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars will be inducting its first members in Fall 2001. The purpose of NSCS is to recognize and celebrate high achievement among first and second year students in all academic disciplines. For more information contact Meghan at 665.9925.


On Campus
13 Tuesday

3 p.m. - Softball vs. Drake University (Iowa)

14 Wednesday
12:30 p.m. - Faculty Development Lunch Series
7 p.m. - Kohlenberg-Towne Lecture by Steven Watts, SUB Alumni Room; see p.1

15 Thursday
5 p.m. - Dr.Velasco to speak in Linda Hall Lecture Series, Kansas City, Mo.; see p. 1

16 Friday
9 a.m. - Children’s Literature Festival, Student Union Building; see p. 3
8 p.m. - St. Patrick’s Day ceilidh, Centennial Hall main lounge; see Notes

17 Saturday
12 p.m. - Men’s and women’s tennis vs. Northwest Mo. State University
2:30 p.m. - James and the Giant Peach, Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 1
7:30 p.m. - James and the Giant Peach, Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 1

18 Sunday
1 p.m. - National Ag. Week  barbecue and Ag. Olympics, University Farm; see p. 3
2 p.m. - Women’s tennis vs. Missouri Western State College
2 p.m. - Men’s tennis vs. University of Mo.-St. Louis
3 p.m. - Faculty vocal recital, SUB Activities Room; see Notes.
5-8 p.m. - All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, Dobson Hall third floor lounge; see Notes

19 Monday
8 p.m. - Faculty string trio concert with guest artist, Baldwin Auditorium



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