August 28, 2001 - Vol. 6 No. 2

ITS Announces Web-based E-mai

Truman Today Distribution via E-mail

Squires Named First Teacher in Residence

Shirley D. Adams Memorial Scholarship to be Included within Truman Foundation

The Miss Firecracker Contest Returns August 30th through September 1st

2001-2002 Fall & Spring Calendar

Dr. Cornelis Koutstaal Retirement Reception

POWZABAM! Activities Fair

Ramesh Rao Presenting Books to President Magruder

Have You Moved?

Family Day

Kohlenberg Lyceum Series

Distinguished Visitng Scholar

Energy Tip

On Campus

Contact Us

ITS Announces Web-based E-mail

Beginning this fall, students, faculty and staff may access their Truman e-mail from anywhere in the world.
    Prior access of the Truman Eudora e-mail accounts was limited to on-campus connections, so alternate Web-based accounts were frequently used. Sometimes e-mail messages were not forwarded to the alternate accounts, and important information was not received. 
    In finding a solution to this problem, Information Technology Services has incorporated a new Web-based e-mail that does not replace the existing method, but is only an additional way of sending and receiving e-mail. 
    All incoming students will be taught the new method of e-mail instead of the traditional Eudora. However, Eudora is still available on all office, lab and classroom computers for use by any students, faculty or staff. 
     The new Web-based e-mail is accessible by directing your Internet browser to After the login screen loads, enter your username (your e-mail address without the Next, enter your password, then click the login button. This will take you to the main menu screen where you can send, receive and save messages. 
     Those who still wish to use an alternate e-mail account are encouraged to have their e-mail messages forwarded. This can be done from any Truman computer lab computer.  Instructions to do so are available online at
     For additional help, contact the ITS help desk at 785.4544 or


For your convenience, starting this semester,  Truman Today will be posted  around 
campus and also sent to your Truman e-mail account. If you use an alternate e-mail account, please take a moment to read our front page story about a new service that allows you to access your Truman e-mail from anywhere
in the world. 


   If you haven’t taken the time to forward your Truman account, please do so at your earliest convenience so you don’t miss out on any campus meetings or events. 


Squires Named First Teacher in Residence

Sharon Squires is one of several new faces at Truman State University this fall.
Squires joins the Truman faculty as an assistant professor of sociology thanks to the new Truman Teacher-Scholar in Residence Program. The program has been established to enrich Truman’s environment by highlighting diverse perspectives and attracting faculty who will serve as role models and mentors for under-represented students.
     The residency program, funded by the Truman State University Foundation, allows teachers to accept a one-year faculty appointment at Truman in any division and to work closely with students in the McNair Program and Residential College Program. 
     Squires has a master’s in sociology, specializing in inequality/race relations and social psychology, and she has a doctoral degree in rural sociology with a concentration in community development and globalization. Both degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught sociology for eight years at UMC  before moving to Kirksville.


Shirley D. Adams Memorial Scholarship to be Included within Truman Foundation 

The Shirley D. Adams Memorial Scholarship has been recently created to honor Shirley Adams, a community leader and successful businesswoman, who passed away March 14, 2001. She was a 1956 graduate of Truman State University. The new scholarship has been established through the Truman State University Foundation. 
     The scholarship fund was initiated by Adams’ children, John Adams and Debi Boughton, along with many other friends and family. 
     “Our mother loved her family, this community and the University,” Boughton explained. 
     The award will provide financial assistance to junior-level science majors who have demonstrated academic achievement and who have financial need. To date, nearly $35,000 has been donated toward the endowed scholarship. 
     “As an endowed scholarship, the fund will provide a permanent tribute to Shirley and her contributions to Truman and the Kirksville community,” President Jack Magruder said. 
     The mission of the Truman State University Foundation is to encourage and administer private financial gifts in support of the University. Last year, gifts to the Foundation totaled more than $2.4 million, providing support for student scholarships, improved technology, student loans for computers, study abroad and support for athletics and other initiatives. 
     Additional contributions to the Adams Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Truman State University Foundation, McClain Hall 100, Kirksville, Mo. 63501.  For more information contact Laura Cook, manager of annual and major campaigns, at 785.4688 or


Miss Firecracker Contest Returns August 30 through Septemer 1 

Truman State University’s theatre department will present a revival performance of a heartwarming comedy, The Miss Firecracker Contest, at 8 p.m. August 30, 31 and Sept. 1, in Baldwin Hall Little Theatre. Admission is free and there is no reserved seating. 
     Beth Henley, also author of Crimes of the Heart, sets this comedy in the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven a few days before the Fourth of July. It is there that the heroine, Carnelle Scott, tries to mend her tarnished reputation by winning the title of “Miss Firecracker.” 
     Her quest is complicated by the  unexpected arrival of a former town beauty queen, Elain; the institutional release of her deranged but lovable brother, Delmount; and the antics of several other cheerful characters. Scott perseveres, leading to a conclusion of unparalleled hilarity, compassion and moving lyricism. 
     This comedy is suitable for all ages. For more information about the performance call Randy Bame at 785.4073.


Fall Calendar
Labor Day holiday - Sept. 3
Visit Event - Sept. 15
Family Day - Sept. 22
Debate Tournament - 
     Sept. 28-30
Lyceum Event - Sept. 29
     Kremlin Chamber Orchestra
Distinguished Scholar - Oct. 2-3
     James Burke
Early-Vreeland Lecture - Oct. 3
     David Cressy
Homecoming Week - Oct. 8-14
Career Fair - Oct. 15-16
Mid-Term Break - Oct. 19
Lyceum Event - Oct. 27
     Folklorico de Mexico
Distinguished Scholar - Nov. 1-2
     Lech Walesa
International Dinner - Nov. 4
Lyceum Event - Nov. 5
     Alvin Ailey Dancers
President’s Dist. Scholar Day 
     & Visit Day - Nov. 10
Thanksgiving Vac. - Nov. 21-25
Lyceum Event - Nov. 29
Last day of classes - Dec. 11
Reading Day - Dec. 12
Final exams - Dec. 13-18
Commencement. - Dec. 22

Spring Calendar
Classes begin - Jan. 14
M.L. King holiday - Jan. 21
Visit Event - Jan. 26
January Conference - Jan. 30
Distinguished Scholar - Feb. 4-7
     Catherine Stimpson
Lyceum Event - Feb. 20
     Truman Showcase
Lyceum Event - March 4
     Death of a Salesman
Mid-term Break - 
     March 11-17
Distinguished Scholar 
     March 27-28 
     Henry Louis Gates
Spring Vacation - April 1
Lyceum Event - April 6
     Alan C. Page
Undergraduate Research
     Symposium - April 11
Junior Visit Day - April 20
Last day of classes - May 7
Reading day - May 8
Final exams - May 9-11
Commencement - May 18


You are
to a



Dr. Cornelis Koutstaal

Human Potential & Performance
Division Head

3-5 p.m.
August 29th

Student Union Building 
Alumni Room


All new & returning Truman 
students are invited to attend


Activities Fair


noon - 4 p.m.
Aug. 29, 
on the Quad
(rain site is the SUB)

Kirksville merchants also will be
passing out coupons & goodies.


Ramesh Rao, associate professor of communication, presents his recently released books, Secular “Gods” Blame Hindu “Demons” and Coalition Conundrum: The BJP’s Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs, to President Jack Magruder. Rao is pictured holding his books with, from left to right, Vice President for Academic Affairs Garry Gordon; Rao’s wife, Sujaya; and Magruder.


Have you moved?

All upperclassmen who
 have changed addresses 
since last semester need to fill out
change of address forms with 
the registrar in MC104. 

Thank you!


Family Day 2001
Sat., Sept. 22

Events begin at 10 a.m. on the Mall 
Family Day concludes at 7 p.m.
with Brian Brushwood’s
 “Bizarre Magic Show” and
Truman’s volleyball game vs. Emporia State

For more information, see the Family Day  link 
on the Parent portion of Truman’s web page at or call 660.785.4016 for more information.


2001 - 2002 Schedule

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Sept. 29

Folklorico De Mexico
October 27

Alvin Ailey Dancers
November 5

November 29

Truman Showcase
February 20

Death Of A Salesman
March 4

Alan C. Page
April 6

For more information about the Lyceum Series call 785.4016 


2001 - 2002 Schedule

James Burke
Science Historian
Oct. 2-3

Lech Walesa
Former President of Poland
Nov. 1-2

Catherine R. Stimpson
Scholar of Women’s Studies
Feb. 11-15

Henry Louis Gates
Scholar of African-
American Studies
March 27-28


Energy Tip

Did you know that you can conserve energy every day by
 turning your computer and lights off when you leave the office or room?

Thanks for your help!


Jim Barnes, writer-in-residence and professor of comparative literature, has had his short story, “Lightning,” accepted for publication in Descant 2002, a Fort Worth, Texas, magazine.

Members of the Truman chapter of Beta Alpha Psi attended a national meeting Aug. 9-12, in Atlanta, Ga., where they were recognized as having superior standing, the highest ranking for chapter achievement at the national level.  Michelle Wray and Molly Trauernicht, 2001 Truman graduates, were also recognized as National Scholars at the conference. BAP is a professional fraternity that focuses upon financial information.

David Gruber, professor of philosophy and rector of Missouri Hall Residential College, has been re-elected to the Executive Committee of the National Council of the American Association of University Professors.

Stephanie Powelson, assistant professor of nursing, has been appointed by Vice President for Academic Affairs Garry Gordon as the interim director of the nursing program for the 2001-02 academic year.

The Truman State University women’s soccer team faced five teams in Holland and Germany during a recent European tour.  They ended the exhibition with a 2-1-1 record.



Ekklesia will sponsor several events to kick off the new school year. At 7 p.m., Aug. 28, a devotional and mixer will be held in the SUB Down Under. From noon until 2 p.m., Sept. 2, the group will sponsor a cookout and pontoon boat rides at Thousand Hills State Park. A mixer and devotional will take place at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 30, in Red Barn Park. Watermelon will be served at this event. All new and returning Truman students are welcome. 

Panhellenic Council is holding an informational meeting for women interested in sorority life at 9 p.m., Aug. 30, in the SUB Alumni Room. Call Kara Cappos at 782.4793 for more information.

The 2001 Truman State University football season will kick off with a picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 1, at Red Barn Park. The Bulldogs will take on Drake University at 1:30 p.m. Picnic tickets are $7 (paid at the picnic), and reservations should be made by Aug. 29 with Melissa Ware at 785.4276.

The Dobson Hall International Film Series will begin with a screening of Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together at 7 p.m., Sept. 5, in Dobson 247. For more information contact Dennis Leavens, Dobson Hall College rector, at 785.5145.

Army ROTC & Army Reserves are sponsoring a portable obstacle course from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sept. 6, at Red Barn Park. Participation is free. Contact Capt. Doug Reinsch or SSG Corey Graham at 785.4453 for more information.

Northeast Missouri Foodfest to celebrate locally produced foods will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept.15, on the Adair County Courthouse lawn. Visitors will be able to sample locally produced food as well as learn about its nutritional benefits For further information contact Michael Seipel, assistant professor of agriculture at 785.4316.

The 9th Annual French Immersion Weekend will be Sept. 29-30 at Camp Jo-Ota in Clarence, Missouri. Participating students receive one hour of credit. For more information and prerequisites contact Timothy Farley, associate professor of French, at 785.4520. 

The Truman athletics Web site has been moved to a new location. The new site is at and is the location where fans will find updated information including rosters, news releases, schedules and statistics.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. For qualifications and applications, stop by the Financial Aid Office, McClain 103.

The Division II Degree-Completion Scholarship Program applications may be obtained from the athletics director, Pershing Building 213.  The program provides deserving Division II student athletes who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility with financial assistance. 

KTRM invites all students, faculty and staff to participate in their Guest DJ show Sunday evenings this semester. For more information please contact Mary Hurley at


On Campus

28 Tuesday
7 p.m.-Ekklesia mixer, SUB Down Under; see Notes

29 Wednesday
12 p.m.-Powzabam! Activities Fair, Quad; see POWZABAM! Activities Fair

30 Thursday
2:30 p.m.-On-campus employment fair, SUB Activities Room
6:30 p.m.-Ekklesia “Big Tent” mixer, Red Barn Park; see Notes
9 p.m.-Panhellenic Council informational meeting, SUB Alumni Room; see Notes

31 Friday
Last day to add/audit full semester classes

1 Saturday 
11 a.m.-Football kick off picnic, Red Barn Park; see Notes
12 p.m.-Women’s soccer vs. North Dakota State (Truman Classic)
1:30 p.m.-Season opening football game vs. Drake

2 Sunday
12 p.m.-Ekklesia cookout & pontoon boating, Thousand Hills, see Notes
2 p.m.-Women’s soccer vs. Minnesota State (Truman Classic)

3 Monday
Labor Day Holiday - No Classes



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