April 17, 2001 - Vol. 5 No. 31

Truman Board Approves Naming of Museum

Next Speaker in the Linda Hall Library Series

Truman Showcase

Parents Provide for New Computer Lab

New Phi Kappa Phi Initiates

Student Senate Elections

Clips for Chemo

Research Conference

Leadership Recognition Program

Community Serivice insert 

On Campus

Contact Us

Truman Board Approves Naming of Ruth Warner Towne Museum


Members of the Truman Board of Governors are (front, left to right) Tom Jayne, secretary; Randa Rawlins, president; John Briscoe, vice-president; (back, left to right) Wilma Maddox, Sarah Burkemper, Ruth Mach, President Jack Magruder, Michael Schwend  and  Rudy Arredondo. Not pictured are Alphonso Jackson and Peter Ewell.
At the April 7 Truman State University Board of Governors’ meeting, the Board approved naming the recently purchased fire station as the Dr. Ruth Warner Towne Museum and Visitors Center. Per Towne’s bequest, her endowment to the University is to be used for a regional museum of American history. She was a professor emerita of social science.
     In further business, the Board approved a resolution supporting a comprehensive state transportation plan. The resolution  states that the statewide mission and recruitment of outstanding students and faculty is affected by the quality and availability of transportation within northeastern Missouri. It notes concern for the loss of members of the Truman community as well as an average of three persons each day due to highway accidents. 
     New Board members, Michael T. Schwend from Kirksville, and Sarah Burkemper from Troy, Mo., were sworn in during the meeting.


Goggin to be Second Speaker in Library Series

Michael Goggin, assistant professor of physics, will present the second lecture of the 2001 Linda Hall Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m., April 19, in the Main Reading Room at Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Mo. His lecture is titled “Deterministic Chaos and the Jurassic Park Hypothesis.”
     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. They are the first invited lecturers from a public university. 
     Goggin joined Truman’s Science Division in 1998 following six years as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and two years at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. 
     Goggin earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. In 1988 he earned his doctorate in physics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
     His research interests include nonlinear dynamics, quantum chaos, quantum optics, lasers, foundations of quantum mechanics and the classical-quantum transition. He is currently mentoring a student project on laser cooling and the trapping of atoms.
      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. The library website is at www.lindahall.org.


The final Kohlenberg Lyceum event of the 2000-01 Series 

Truman Showcase

7:30 p.m.
April 18
Baldwin Auditorium


conducted by
R. Paul Crabb

Wind Symphony
conducted by
Dan Peterson

University Symphony Orchestra
conducted by
Sam McClure

Tickets now available for students at the SAB office 
and for faculty and staff at the CAOC.


Parent Project Provides New Computers 

Kristen Kohnen, junior biology major from Florissant, Mo., shows off the computers purchased with parent donations.

A new computer lab in Pickler Memorial Library has become a reality this year, thanks to generous donations from parents to the 1999-2000 Parent Council project. Donations from parents have provided several new resources for Truman students in the past few years. Recent projects include the purchase of laptop computers (available for student checkout), a multi-media lab in Violette Hall, and technology for the University Career Center and Pickler.
     The laboratory and six study rooms were completed during the first part of February and boast 64 Dell Optiplex GX110 personal computers. Each is equipped with 128 megabytes of RAM and a 15 gigabyte hard drive, standard software, 15-inch monitor, CD-ROM and zip drive. The new lab and study rooms are located on Pickler’s third floor. 
     The study rooms have become essential for small groups that desire to work together on projects in a more quiet setting. The computers in the private rooms feature larger 19-inch monitors for that purpose.
     “Both the lab and the study rooms are nice-looking facilities that have become popular with the students,” said Gordon Gregory, director of client services for Information Technology Services. “If students have the choice between going to the new lab and the old one, they are choosing the new one.”
     According to Gregory , the total cost for the computers was $69,988. An additional $2,367 was spent on a laser printer for the lab, bringing the total contributions to the 1999-2000 parent project to $72,355.


More Than 80 Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

Truman State University juniors and seniors (listed below) were initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at the initiation ceremony held April 8. Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all disciplines. Those elected for initiation are from the upper five percent of all juniors and the upper 10 percent of all seniors. 
Ellen Axmear
Alison Berti
Elizabeth Birkenmeier
Rebecca Blue
Oliva Bolles
Jared Brockmeyer
Matthew Brooker
Katherine Christman
Stephanie Cox
Louis Dersch
Brendan Duede
Chadwick Epps
Elizabeth Evers
Cassandra Felkerson
David Fieleke
Melissa Forbes
Suparna Ghosh
Jennifer Glenn
Jeremy Gray
Rachel Haffey
Christina Hall
Thomas Harper
Philip Hart
Jonelda Hays
John Hilton
Amy Hoffman
Chad Hulsopple
Adam Keune
Stephanie Klaus
Aaron Koehnemann
Zachary Lechner
Austin Lepper
Jenny Lowe
Laura Main
Rebecca McGinnis
Megan Meneely
Sara Morris
Jeffrey Nepple
Rebecca Redburn
Lauren Rider
Abigail Risius
Laurnelle Schmitz
Blake Schneider
Merideth Schneider
Lisa Sherrill
Jesse Snodgrass
Amanda Taucher
Corey Then
Matthew Walczewski
Emily Weidhaas
Erica Wille
Sarah Yancey
Jeremy Youse
Lori Anderson
Emily Beyer
Corinne Brinkerhoff
Kimberly Cressman
Aaron Dean
Jessica Dobbs
Amanda Eggers
Erick Ess
Bryce Henderson
Jennifer Ice
Cristina Johnson
Matthew Keeney
Gregory Knese
Lesley Kuhl
Elizabeth McCracken
Matthew O’Rourke
Matthew Peterson
Daniel Pettit
Courtney Potts
Thomas Satterly III
Andrew Schultz
Jeffrey Schultz
Amanda Smith
Derek Smith
Sarah Spader
Brian Truschinger
Angela Walker
Kristin Wegner
Victoria Wert



Student Senate Elections

Voting from 
9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
April 19 & 20

SUB lower level

Student ID required.

Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

7 p.m.
April 17 
Mainstreet Market

Everyone welcome!


Clips for Chemo

12-4 p.m.
April 22
Ryle Hall Main Lounge

Haircuts for $5 by professional hairdressers. 
Persons donating hair will receive free haircuts.

Haircuts 10 inches or longer may be donated to 
Locks of Love and made into wigs.

Sponsored by the Ryle Hall Senate.


Students, Faculty Attend Research Conference

Truman students and faculty from three divisions ? science, language and literature and social science ? presented results of their original research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky?Lexington this spring. The trip marks the second consecutive year Truman students have participated in the event.
     Nine Truman faculty attended and assisted students with their oral and poster presentations and also served as session moderators at the conference that was attended by over 2,000 participants. Those attending were Hena Ahmad (English), Matt Beaky (physics), Tom Bultman (biology), Scott Ellis (biology), Jose Herrera (biology), Jack Magruder (chemistry), Terry Palmer (psychology), Eric Patterson (chemistry) and Gregg Siewert (French).
     Keynote speakers included Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp, Martin Luther King Jr., historian Gerald Smith, poet and essayist Wendell Berry and musician Gail Robinson.
     Research presented by Truman students covered such topics as insect/plant contaminants, bird communication, plant hormones, fungal toxins, amino acid detection, drinking water contaminants, education, French cultures and dyslexia associations.
     A complete listing of student participants and their area of research is included in the boxed section of this article.
     The 2002 NCUR national conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin?Whitewater in April. Interested students should contact Dr. Ellis.
Rachel Beckett, French
Tina Bishop, biology
Andrew Blandford, English
Rebecca Blue, biology
John Brockman, chemistry
Sarah Carter, English
Walter Coats, biology
Nathanial Curl, English
Sarah Davenport, biology
Caren DeGiacinto, biology
Jeremy Driskell, chemistry
Ryan Emnett, chemistry
Ty Fagan, English
Sarah Hayes, biology
Susan Kartiko, biology
Doug Knigge, chemistry
Kevin Koch, physics
Phillip Kopf, biology
Mark Maher, psychology
Jon Mandracchia, psychology
Wendy Martin, biology
Colleen McDaniel biology
Kevin McWilliams, chemistry
Kristen Mertens, chemistry
William Peck , biology
Season Prewitt, chemistry
Karen Stranghoener, chemistry
Sofia Toboada, biology
Tara Thiemann, biology 
Julie Thien, biology
Charles Trebesch, biology
David Trott, agriculture
Heather Yeager, agriculture
David Yost, English


Truman’s Campus Activities & Organization Center

cordially invites you to attend

 Leadership Recognition Program

7 p.m.
April 25
Georgian Room

Guest speaker is
William D. Smedick
Director of Student Involvement and
Leadership programs, Johns Hopkins University.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.



Regina Cross, graduate English student from Moberly, Mo., has been invited to serve on the National Council of Teachers of English Public Doublespeak Committee for a term ending in November 2002.

Janice Grow, professor of education, organized and chaired a session titled “Content and Processes Discovered in Asian Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Textbook Series” at the research pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Grow described her findings on conceptualization of procedures found in Korean texts.

Shawn Gilmore, senior English major from Wellsville, Mo., was awarded first prize in the analytical essay category at the Sigma Tau Delta national convention in Corpus Christi, Texas, for his paper on Jorge Luis Borges. Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society for English majors.

Jésus Illundáin-Agurruza, assistant professor of philosophy, presented his paper titled “Unoriginal Masterpieces: a Critique of Originality as a Criterion of Excellence in Art” at the American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division meeting, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ryan Kennedy, senior political science major from Excelsior Springs, Mo., and John Ishiyama, associate professor of political science, had their article titled “Writing Rights: Factors Influencing the Strength of Rights Clauses in Post- Communist Constitutions” accepted for publication in the South Carolina Journal of Political Science.

McNair Scholar Dominick Wright, senior political science and French major from Olathe, Kan., has been accepted to participate in the American Political Science Association’s 2001 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, which will be held at Duke University. The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute is funded by the National Science Association, Duke University and the American Political Science Association. The five-week institute is academically rigorous and prepares minority students for entry into graduate school. Dominick is the first Truman student to have been accepted into this prestigious program.



Asian History Week events will include a Tai Chi workshop at 1 p.m., April 17, in the Governors’ Room and a Tai Chi lecture/performance at 7:30 p.m., April 17, in the Student Rec Center dance studio. The Asian Cultural Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m., April 19, in the Adair Building. “Raise the Red Lantern” will be shown at 7 p.m., April 20, in Violette 1212.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars will have an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 17, in Violette Hall 1000. For more information call Meghan at 665.9925.

The Division of Fine Arts will produce a play titled “Somewhere in Between” at 8 p.m., April 17-21, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Admission is free but seating is limited, so reservations may be made for $1 at the Little Theatre box office. The show contains material not suitable for children. 

Alpha Phi Omega and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., April 17-19, in the SUB Activities Room. First-time donors are welcome.

Faculty Development Lunch Series presents “Identifying Disciplinary Epistemologies as a First Step Toward Interdisciplinary Thinking” from 12:30-1:25 p.m., April 18, in the Spanish Room. The discussion will be led by Julia Delancey, assistant professor of art; Jason Miller, assistant professor of math and computer science; Terry Olson, associate professor of economics and Michael Seipel, assistant professor of agriculture. 

Truman’s physics department will host Carlos R. Stroud, professor of optics and physics from the University of Rochester, on April 18-19. Stroud’s research focuses on experimental and theoretical quantum optics and atomic physics. He will speak at 4:35 p.m., April 18, in Barnett Hall 252 on “Getting Inside an Atom: Imaging and Manipulation of Atomic Electrons” and at 4:30 p.m., April 19, in Magruder Hall 124 on “Quantum Mechanics for Fun and Profit.” Refreshments will be served prior to both lectures.

The RCP French lunch table will meet in the Missouri Hall cafeteria from 11:30-1:15 p.m., April 19 and April 26. All French speakers are welcome. Those desiring meal vouchers should call 785.4510.

Career Expo student committee applications are due April 20. Four representatives are needed from each undergraduate division. Monthly meetings and committee work will be required. For more information contact Lesa Kerlin at 785.4353. 

The Division of Business and Accountancy will sponsor a recognition dinner at 6:30 p.m., April 21, in the Georgian Room. The dinner will honor outstanding students from the Division and President Magruder will be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society. Highlighting the event will be keynote speaker Mindy McCubbin, alumna, who is currently employed by Boeing.

The University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra will perform together in a joint concert at 3 p.m., April 22, in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The program will be conducted by Sam McClure, assistant professor of music, and will feature two major works, Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin and Sacred Service by Ernest Bloch. Over 300 student musicians will be involved. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Language and Literature Division will present “The Old and the New in ‘The New South Africa’,” a lecture by Frederick Hale from the University of Stellenbosch, at 3:30 p.m., April 23, SUB Rooms 2-3. It is free and open to the public.

Last chance of the semester to view the stars, at Magruder Hall Observatory from 8-10 p.m., April 23 (weather permitting). Access to the Observatory roof is located outside Magruder Hall 274.

The Center for International Education Abroad will host an informational meeting from 5-6:30 p.m., April 26, in the SUB Alumni Room. All students who will be studying abroad during the summer or fall 2001 semesters should plan to attend.

A Gala Theater Premiere will be held to celebrate the opening of Downtown Cinema 8 at 6:30 p.m., April 26, at the theater. Tickets are $25 per person and $40 per couple with proceeds going to an interdenominational youth ministry. To make reservations or for more information contact Jeff Gall, assistant professor of history, at 785.7242.

The University Career Center will host a student focus group at 3 p.m., April 27, at the Center. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to 785.4353 or careers@truman.edu.

Organizers of a Truman Photo Contest are seeking entries of student life snapshots, including activities, sporting events, dorm life and campus sites for use in an upcoming campus publication. Photos should be submitted to McClain Hall 102 prior to June 1. Winners will be awarded gift certificates to area restaurants. For more information call 785.4007.

Garden plots will be available at the University Farm for faculty, staff and students. The standard plot is 300 sq. ft. in both the organic and non-organic gardening sections. Primary tillage and water at the site is provided. To reserve a plot, contact Bill Kuntz at 785.7477 or David Lesczynski at 785.4411.


On Campus

17 Tuesday
11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Alpha Phi Omega blood drive, SUB Activities Room; see Notes
1 p.m. - Tai Chai workshop, Governors’ Room; see Notes
3:30 p.m. - Men’s tennis vs. Graceland (Iowa)
6:30 p.m. - Informational meeting for National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Violette Hall 1000; see Notes
7 p.m. - Senate debates, Main-street Market; see p. 2
7:30 p.m. - Tai Chai lecture, Rec Center; see Notes
8 p.m. - “Somewhere in Between,” Little Theatre; see Notes

18 Wednesday
11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Alpha Phi Omega blood drive, SUB Activities Room; see Notes
12:35 p.m. - Faculty Development Lunch Series, Spanish Room; see Notes
4:35 p.m. - Physics colloquium, Barnett 252; see Notes
7:30 p.m. - Truman Showcase, Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 1
8 p.m. - “Somewhere in Between,” Little Theatre

19 Thursday
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Senate elections, SUB lower level; see p. 2
11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Alpha Phi Omega blood drive, SUB Activities Room; see Notes
11:30 a.m. - Asian Cultural Luncheon, Adair Building; see Notes
11:30 a.m. - RCP French lunch table, Missouri cafeteria; see Notes
4:30 p.m. - Science seminar, Magruder Hall 124; see Notes
8 p.m. - “Somewhere in Between,” Little Theatre

20 Friday
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Senate elections, SUB lower level; see p. 2
7 p.m. - Movie “Raise the Red Lantern,” VH 1212; see Notes
7 p.m. - “A Taste of Opera,” Round Barn; see master calendar
8 p.m. - “Somewhere in Between, Little Theatre

21 Saturday
Junior Visit Day
6:30 p.m. - Business and Accountancy dinner, Georgian Room; see Notes
8 p.m. - “Somewhere in Between, Little Theatre

22 Sunday
12 - 4 p.m. - Clips for Chemo, Ryle main lounge; see p. 2
3 p.m. - University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra concert, Baldwin; see Notes



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