March 19, 2002 - Vol. 6 No. 25
Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship Recipients Announced

Distinguished Scholar to Visit Campus

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Schedule

Henry Smits Annual Lecture

Students to Deliver Presentations at 7th Annual Psi Chi Research Conference

University to Celebrate Diversity Day on Campus

CSEQ Part of Assessment Program at Truman

Truman College Greens Present Jonathan Farley

Open University forum for Human Potential and Performance Division Head candidate

Women's Swim Team, 2002 NCAA Division II National Champions

Scholarship Opportunities Available

Women’s Studies Conference Schedule

Voter Registration

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Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship Recipients Announced

Truman State University President Jack Magruder showed up unannounced in classrooms March 5 to present three outstanding Truman faculty members with a $10,000 award for their outstanding contributions to the University. The Walker and Doris Allen Fellowships for Faculty Excellence are the result of the generosity of Walker and Doris Allen. 
     Walker graduated from the University in 1939 and Doris attended the University from 1938-39. The Allens established the Fellowships with one of the largest outright gifts ever made to the Truman State University Foundation. As former teachers, who remembered the significant impact their own instructors had on them, the Allens wanted to create a way for Truman to recognize outstanding faculty members who have contributed to the success of the University and its students. The first recipients of their generosity are: Patricia Burton, professor of philosophy; Linda Seidel, professor of English; and Mary Shapiro, assistant professor of linguistics. 
      Burton joined the University faculty in 1987. She received her bachelor’s in mathematics and her master’s in philosophy from the University of Georgia. She received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas. She was named educator of the year at Truman in 1994. In 1995, Burton received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the William O’Donnell Lee advising award. 
     Seidel joined the University faculty in 1984. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers University. She received both her master's degree and doctorate in English from the University of Delaware. Seidel was a finalist for the educator of the year award in 1990. She received the Robert S. and Alice A. Jepson Fellowships for Active Learning Initiatives in 1994-1995.
     Shapiro joined the University faculty in 1997. She received her bachelor’s in comparative literature from the University of Michigan in 1986. She received both her master’s and doctorate in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Shapiro received the William O’Donnell Lee advising award in 2000.
     Up to three fellowships will be awarded annually to Truman faculty to recognize outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and institutional service. 
     The Allens reside in Columbia, Mo., and have two children. Walker serves on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors.


Distinguished Scholar to Visit Campus

Manning Marable will begin his visit to Truman State University as the final guest of the 2001-2002 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program with a public lecture “Leadership and the Challenge of a Multicultural Democracy” from 7:30-8:30 p.m., March 27, Violette Hall 1000. A reception will follow the public lecture in the Violette Hall Commons.
     Marable is one of America’s most influential historians and political interpreters of the black experience. He is the author and editor of nearly 20 books and anthologies including “Let Nobody Turn Us Around” (2000). 
     In 1976, Marable began writing “Along the Color Line,” a syndicated political affairs series that regularly appears in more than 400 black-owned and black-oriented mass publications.
     Marable received his bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in 1971. In 1972, he received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1976.
     Marable is the founding director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies and serves as professor of history and political science at Columbia University in New York City. Previously, he was founding director of Colgate University’s Africana and Hispanic Studies Program and chaired the Black Studies Department at Ohio State University. In 2001, he initiated the Malcolm X Project at Columbia University.
     Marable’s visit will continue with a book signing at 11 a.m., March 28, at the Truman Bookstore. He will speak about “Diversity in the University” at the Faculty Development Luncheon from noon-1 p.m., March 28 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. Marable will conclude his visit with a public colloquium about “Malcolm X” from 3-4:20 p.m., March 28, in Violette Hall 1000.


Manning Marable

Public Lecture
“Leadership and the Challenge of a Multicultural Democracy”
7:30-8:30 p.m., March 27
Violette Hall 1000 

8:30-9 p.m., March 27
Violette Hall Commons

 Public Book Signing
11 a.m., March 28
Truman Bookstore 

Faculty Development Luncheon
“Diversity in the University”
noon-1 p.m., March 28
SUB Georgian Room 

 Public Colloquium
“Malcolm X”
3-4:20 p.m., March 28
Violette Hall 1000


Henry Smits Annual Lecture

“Tragedy and Transcendence: Reflections on Sept. 11, 2001”

presented by

John K. Simmons

      professor of religious studies at Western Illinois University

4 p.m. 
March 20
Violette Hall 1000

Simmons will also lead a discussion “Religion and Pop Culture” at 7 p.m., March 20, in Ryle Hall Main Lounge.


Students to Deliver Presentations at 7th Annual Psi Chi Research Conference

Psi Chi and the Social Science Division will present the 7th annual Research Conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 23, in Violette Hall. Research presented will relate specifically relate to the field of psychology. 
     There will be presentation sessions in the morning and afternoon by University students and students from surrounding schools. All student presentations will be in Violette Hall 1412. Poster presentations will be in the Violette Hall upper commons. 
     Kathleen McCann will be the keynote speaker of the conference at 10:35 a.m. in Violette Hall 1148. McCann is a Truman alumnae who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in child clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. McCann is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the field of health psychology. She will address the issue of psychology in public policy.
     Jeffrey Vittengl, Psi Chi faculty adviser, will also present original research at 12:45 p.m. in Violette Hall 1148. His research will explain the physical control of psychiatric patients.
     For more information about the conference, contact Kelley Rudolph at 627.0964 or at


University to Celebrate Diversity Day on Campus 

The Student Organization Center (SOC) will celebrate diversity on the Truman campus through Diversity Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 26, in the Student Union Building. 
     The Truman Talent and Fashion Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUB Activities Room. There will be bands on the Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and an Activities Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Quiet Lounge. Diversity Day will also feature speakers in the Alumni Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The SOC was originally created to promote diversity on the University campus. It includes the following organizations: African Students Association, Bacchus and Gamma, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Lifestyle Advocacy Program, Phi Sigma Pi, Prism, and the Residential Hall Association.
     For more information, contact the Student Organization Center at 785.4571.


CSEQ Part of Assessment Program at Truman

Truman began utilizing the College Student Experience Questionnaire (CSEQ) as a formative and outcomes assessment instrument in the 2000-2001 academic year. 
     The CSEQ measures student progress and the quality of students’ experiences inside and outside of the classroom. The instrument is administered as a homework assignment to first-year students in the Extended Freshman Week course and to juniors in the Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar (JINS). For juniors, the CSEQ replaced the locally developed Institutional Student Survey (ISS). 
     The CSEQ Student Advising Report includes five summary sections: learning activities, practices that promote better learning, opinions of the campus environment and making progress.
     Sixty-six percent of the Truman freshman students who completed the CSEQ in fall 2001 and provided their student identification number received the CSEQ Student Advisory Report (SAR) in February from the Dean of the Residential College Program (RCP). A copy of the report has also been shared with each student’s RCP or business adviser. 
     Junior students who completed the CSEQ through a JINS course during the spring and fall 2001 semesters and provided their student identification number will receive a CSEQ SAR this month. 
     Beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year, students will be able to compare their scores on the CSEQ SAR during their junior year with scores from their first year at Truman if they provided their ID number and took the instrument both times.


Truman State University College Greens


Jonathan Farley
mathematics professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

“Sept. 11 and the Madness of King George”
6 p.m., March 19
Violette Hall 1000

“Trying to Re-establish Cosmic Order with Abstract Algebra and Discrete Mathematics”
3:30 p.m., March 20
Violette Hall 1200

“Black + Green = Gold: Why African Americans Must Join the Green Party...Before It’s Too Late”
8 p.m., March 20
Violette Hall 1000

“What You Need to Know to Get Your Ph.D.”
2:30 p.m., March 21
Multicultural Affairs Center
Refreshments provided

“How to Get Straight A’s in College”
8 p.m., March 21
Ryle Hall Main Lounge
Refreshments provided

“‘And the People Shall Rise Like a Mighty Storm...’: The story of the Black Panther Party”
6 p.m., March 22
Violette Hall 1010

For more information, contact Ed Jenkins at 785.5631.


Open University forum for Human Potential and Performance Division Head candidate

Fontaine C. Piper, professor and director of health and exercise sciences at Truman State University

3:30 p.m.
March 21
Violette Hall 1000



Women’s Swim Team 
  NCAA Division II 
 National Champions

Seth Huston,

National Coach of the Year

Diana Betsworth

freshman from East Moline, Ill.,

 Women's Swimmer of the Meet!


Scholarship Opportunities Available

The following scholarships are being offered through the Financial Aid Office.
     The Missouri Travel Council Scholarship is open to students pursuing a hospitality related major, residents of Missouri, and those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must write an essay on “The Value of Missouri’s Tourism Industry.” Deadline for applications is March 28. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 785.4130.
     The American Institute for Certified Public Accountants is offering the John L. Carey Scholarship. This $5,000 award is open to students pursuing a graduate accounting degree. Applications are due April 1. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or by visiting
     The Zipf Fellowship has been established to encourage students who are planning careers in information management. Applicants should be studying information science, information technology, engineering and/or business. Award amount is $8,000 and the application deadline is April 1. Applications and instructions may be obtained at
     USA Funds, one of the nation’s leading student-loan guarantees agencies, is offering a variety of scholarships. Application deadline is April 15. For details and an application, visit
     The Volunteer Service Organization, Inc. of Columbia Regional Hospital is offering a Healthcare Scholarship that is open to students who have been accepted into an accredited clinical healthcare program. Applications can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office and the deadline is April 22.
     Beta Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International is offering a recruitment grant in the amount of $120 to a female student who graduated from a high school in Atchison, Holt, or Nodaway county in Missouri. The qualified applicant must be an education major with a 2.5 GPA or higher. The student must also apply in the spring of her sophomore or junior year. For an application, contact the Financial Aid Office in McClain Hall 103. 


Global Feminisms: Past and Present
Women’s Studies Conference at Truman State University

March 21
9-10:20 a.m.-Women Feminism and Contemporary Issues, VH 1000
10:30-11:50 a.m.-Sexuality and Theories: New Perspectives, VH 1000
1:30-2:50 p.m.-Women, Feminism and Literary Approaches, VH 1000
4:30 p.m.-Performance of Amy Beach’s “Piano Concerto in C# Minor” by Christine Banaskavich and Jan Saffir, Baldwin Auditorium
5:30 p.m.-Reception, Baldwin Hall
7:30 p.m.-Documentary presentation and discussion, “Beyond the Veil,” VH 1000

March 22
8:30 a.m.-Women and Religion in China, VH 1000
9:30 a.m.-Gender and Religion in Japan, VH 1000
10:30 a.m.-Women in Columbia, VH 1000
1:30 p.m.-Women and Contemporary American Society, VH 1000
2:30 p.m.-Women, American Society and Social Issues, VH 1000
3:30 p.m.-Women in Community, VH 1000
7 p.m.-“Reading Virginia Woolf,” performance by Christy LeMaster, VH 1000

March 23
9-10 a.m.-Coalition of African American Women, VH 1000
10 a.m.-noon-Women in Africa: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives,VH 1000
1 p.m.-South Asian Women: From India to the United States, VH 1000


For those who were already registered to vote, but have moved since the last election, 

you need to call the County Clerk’s Office at 665.3350.



Jim Barnes, writer-in-residence and professor of comparative literature, had his poem titled “In Aix-En-Provence” accepted for the special Elvis issue of River City, a magazine for the arts based in Memphis, Tenn.

Twenty one Truman students attended the Spring Conference of the Missouri Broadcast Education Association (MBEA) at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., March 1. Luke Willman, senior communication major from Naperville, Ill., took first place in state competitions for dramatic audio production for his production “The Adventures of Edgeman No. 2” and for sports play-by-play announcing. Andrew Ashbaugh, senior communication and computer science double major from Wauconda, Ill., received honorable mention for the KTRM Web site. Elizabeth Clark, TruNews adviser and MBEA vice president, and Mary E. Hurley, KTRM adviser, accompanied the students. 

The Speech and Hearing Clinic, under the special project direction of Janet Gooch, associate professor of communication disorders, and Melissa Passe, clinical supervision coordinator for the clinic, has received the Outstanding Partner Award from the Missouri Head Start Association.

Truman’s Student Senate was mentioned in the winter 2002 edition of Student Leader for the development of a “hybrid” computer system which is available over Truman’s internal computer network. The system developed by two computer science majors allows students access to an electronic ballot which includes bios on the candidates, photos and descriptions of issues.

Nicholas K Pianalto, senior exercise science major from Edina, Mo., was recently named the George C. Marshall Award winner from Truman. Given annually, this award is presented to the most outstanding cadet in the Army ROTC program at Truman. The award is named in honor of Army General George C. Marshall, who served as the Chief of Staff of the Army and Secretary of both State and Defense. Pianalto was selected for his professional excellence, leadership, personal integrity and selfless service to the nation. Pianalto will be commissioned May 18 and will be assigned to Fort Rucker.


There will be a forum on the U.S. Highway 63 proposal and city council candidates at 7 p.m., March 18, at the Kirksville Junior High School.

The parking lots south and west of Magruder Hall will close March 19 due to Magruder Hall renovations.

The French play “La Grammaire” by Labiche will be at 8 p.m., March 19-20, in the SUB Down Under. For more information, contact Patrick Lobert at 785.4062.

The Faculty Development Weekly Lunch Series will present “Designing and Teaching JINS Courses” from 12:30-1:25 p.m., March 20, in the SUB Spanish Room. Guest speakers will be Matt Beaky, Taner Edis and Laura Fielden. For more information, contact Faculty Development at 785.4391.

The Dobson Hall Film Series and the Fine Arts Division will show the film “A Geisha” at 7 p.m., March 20, in OP 2210. For more information, contact Dennis Leavens at 785.5145.

Organizations that have adopted a street or highway have been asked to clean up their adopted areas in a city effort from 4-6 p.m., March 21. They will be honored for their efforts at 6 p.m., March 21, on the Mall. For more information, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 785.4222.

The annual High School District Music Festival will be held March 21-23, in Baldwin Auditorium and the SUB. 

Truman faculty and staff are invited to stop by for complimentary food and drink from 4:30-6 p.m., March 22, at the University Club. 

A Campus Coffeehouse, sponsored by Beta Beta Beta biology honor society, will be from 7-10:30 p.m., March 22, in the SUB Down Under. Contact Robbi Kupfer at for more information.

Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Club will offer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 23, in VH 1010. This service is free of charge. For more information, contact Chad Epps at 785.5760. 

Faculty Development invites a team of faculty to attend the Wakonse Conference on Teaching May 23-28 in Shelby, Mich. Interested faculty must submit a letter of application by March 25 to Faculty Development, Kirk Memorial 203D, or by e-mail to For more information, visit

Faculty Development will fund a small team of faculty to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity May 29-June 2 in New Orleans. Interested faculty must submit a letter to to apply for funding by March 25 to Faculty Development, Kirk Memorial 203D or by e-mailing For more information, visit

The Division of Fine Arts will host a Juried Student Art Exhibition at 7 p.m., March 25, in Ophelia Parrish Atrium.

The Student Activities Board presents Mike Errico live in concert at 7 p.m., March 26, in SUB Down Under. Admission is free and tickets are not required. For more information, contact the SAB office at 785.4722.

Nominations for the Leadership Recognition Program are due by 5 p.m, March 27, in the Center for Student Involvement. Nomination packets are available in the Center for Student Involvement. For more information, call 785.4222.

Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honorary society, will sponsor a Latin Dance Party from 8-11 p.m., March 28, in the SUB Down Under. Lessons in Latin dances such as the Salsa and Merengue will be provided by the Latina social sorority. Admission is $2 for advance tickets and $3 at the door. For more information, contact Coralie Gill at 785.7303.

Truman will host the Truman Open Track and Field Meet on March 30. Any faculty, staff or students interested in helping with the meet can contact John Cochrane at or Michelle Baier at or call 785.4341. 

Omicron Delta Kappa Student Hall of Fame nomination forms may be picked up in any division office or the Center for Student Involvement. Nomination forms are due by 5 p.m., April 2, in the Center for Student Involvement. The Student Hall of Fame is a chance to recognize students for an outstanding contribution to Truman. For more information, contact Andy Lewis at 785.4982. 

The Truman Forensics Showcase will be from 7:30-9 p.m., April 3, in the SUB Georgian Room. This event is an annual presentation of work by members of the Truman Forensics Program. For more information, contact Kevin Minch at 785.5677.

PRISM is sponsoring SHOULDstock (Students Helping Others Understand Love of Diversity) at noon, April 6, on the Quadrangle. Organizations will have information tables and booths with food and items for purchase. For more information, contact Alexandria Lockett at 785.5178.

The 2nd Annual Big Event, an opportunity for students to give back to the Kirksville community, will begin at 9 a.m. April 6. Contact the Serve Center at 785.7222 for more information.

Applications are now available for the 21st Century Leadership Academy. The Academy is designed to teach women leadership skills, allow them to meet key public policy people in government and learn more about public policy. The training program will be May 19-24 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For more information, contact Patricia A. Miller at 785.4260.

The 2002-2003 Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available on the Internet at Apply soon to be considered for all available federal and state funds. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 785.4130.


On Campus 

19 Tuesday
2 p.m.-Baseball vs. Rockhurst, Truman Baseball
3 p.m.-Softball vs. Drake (Iowa), Truman Softball Field
8 p.m.-French play “La Grammaire,” SUB Down Under; see Notes

20 Wednesday
4 p.m.-Truman Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Graceland (Iowa), Truman Tennis Courts
4 p.m.-“Tragedy and Transcendence: Reflections on Sept. 11, 2001,” Henry Smits lecture by John K. Simmons; see Henry Smits Annual Lecture
7 p.m.-Discussion “Religion and Pop Culture” led by John K. Simmons, Ryle Hall Main Lounge; see Henry Smits Annual Lecture
7 p.m.-Dobson Hall Film Series, “A Geisha,” OP 2210; see Notes
8 p.m.-French play “La Grammaire,” SUB Down Under; see Notes

21 Thursday
4 p.m.-Truman Men’s Tennis vs. Westminster, Truman Tennis Courts
4-6 p.m.-Organizations clean up adopted streets or highways; see Notes

22 Friday
8 a.m.-4 p.m.-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VH 1010; see Notes
7:30 p.m.-Campus Coffeehouse; SUB Down Under; see Notes

23 Saturday
10 a.m.-4 p.m.-7th Annual Psi Chi Research Conference, Violette Hall; see Students to Deliver Presentations at 7th Annual Psi Chi Research Conference
1 p.m.-Bullets Rugby vs. Kansas City Irish, South Field; see Master Calendar
7:30 p.m.-Jazz Combo I Concert, Selby House; see Master Calendar

25 Monday
7 p.m.-Juried Student Art Exhibition, OP Atrium; see Notes


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