December 3, 2002 - Vol. 7 No. 15
Vazzana Named Missouri Professor of the Year

Ensemble Galilei to Ignite Holiday Spirit

University Open Forum

Ensemble Galilei Performance Information

Students to Intern in Missouri Capitol

Europe in Transition Informational Sessions to be Held

“Take Pride in Your Campus!” Campaign

Upcoming University Choral Events

Truman Presented with Red Cross Good Neighbor Award

Percussion Ensemble Performed at Convention

Music Concerts

Student Recreation Center Hours During Finals Week and Interim

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Vazzana Named Missouri Professor of the Year

Tony Vazzana speaks at a press conference after receiving the Missouri Professor of the Year award Nov. 21.

Tony Vazzana, assistant professor of mathematics, has been named the 2002 Missouri Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. This national recognition program, established in 1981, rewards outstanding professors for their dedication to teaching, commitment to students and innovative instructional methods.
    Vazzana joined the faculty at Truman in 1998. He received his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 
     Vazzana was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and the students selected him as the Educator of the Year that same year. He has taught a range of different mathematics courses at Truman, including the newly developed MATH 194 Liberal Arts and Sciences Calculus. He is also developing a pair of textbooks in collaboration with his colleagues.
     “It is a great privilege for me to teach at Truman and to have the opportunity to work with such bright students,” Vazzana said. “The positive experiences that I have had in the classroom are a direct result of the enthusiasm students bring every day, and I feel that this award is a reflection of their ability and dedication.”
     This year there are winners in 45 states and the District of Columbia and four national winners. Vazzana was selected from 422 faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country. Paul Crabb, professor of music, and Dean Van Galen, professor of chemistry and vice president for university advancement at Truman, were honored as the 1998 and 1991 Missouri Professors of the year, respectively. 


Ensemble Galilei to Ignite Holiday Spirit

Ensemble Galilei will perform at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, in Baldwin Auditorium, as part of the 2002-2003 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.
     This musically talented ensemble is composed of an intricate mix of musical instruments played by five women born in four decades of the last century.
     The group, named for the composer Vincenzo Galilei, was formed in 1990. They perform Irish, Scottish, early and original music that is produced by the sounds of instruments such as the Scottish small pipes and the Celtic harp.
     Ensemble Galilei is expected to celebrate the joyous spirit of the holiday season by performing music from their “A Winters Night” album.
     Tickets are free to students, faculty and staff with a University ID. They will be made available starting today at the Student Activities Board Office or in the Center for Student Involvement, both located in the Student Union Building lower level. 


University Open Forum


director of residential living candidate

Andrea O’Brien

2:45-3:30 p.m.
Dec. 4
SUB Alumni Room

Call 785.4111 for more information



Ensemble Galilei

7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9
Baldwin Auditorium

Free tickets are available for students, faculty and staff  at the Student Activities Board Office and in the Center for Student Involvement, lower level SUB

Contact the Public Relations Office  at 785.4016 for more information


Students to Intern in Missouri Capitol

Pictured are interns (front row, left to right) Wayne Yocum, Allison Bruns, Lisa Schroeder, Thoko Kachipande, Jacob Luecke, Meghana Patel and Matthew Crowell; (back row, left to right) Jason Gubbins, Gregg Christian, Kevin Selzer, Matt Kleinsorge, Diana Smith, Rachel Ohmer and President Jack Magruder. Erin McManis is not pictured.

Fourteen Truman State University students will begin legislative internships at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City next semester as part of the Missouri Government Internship Program.
     The internship provides an inside look at state government. While in Jefferson City, the interns will be assigned to public officials based on compatibility and interests. The interns work with their legislator and his/her staff on a variety of jobs and tasks.
     The Truman interns will begin working with state representatives, legislators and in statewide offices with the start of session  Jan. 8. 
     The spring interns are Allison Bruns, senior political science and philosophy/religion double major from Washington, Mo.; Gregg Christian, junior political science major from St. Louis; Matthew Crowell, sophomore political science major from Harrisonville, Mo.; Jason Gubbins, junior justice systems and psychology double major from Parkville, Mo.; Thoko Kachipande, senior sociology/ anthropology major from Silver Spring, Md.; Matt Kleinsorge, senior philosophy/ religion major from St. Louis; Jacob Luecke, junior English major from Washington, Mo.; Erin McManis, junior political science major and philosophy/religion double major from Kirksville, Mo.; Rachel Ohmer, junior pre-business administration major from St. Louis; Meghana Patel, senior political science major from Chesterfield, Mo.; Lisa Schroeder, senior political science major from Florissant, Mo.; Kevin Selzer, sophomore pre-business administration major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Diana Smith, senior communication major from Kirksville, Mo.; and Wayne Yocum, senior political science major from Brookline, Mo.


Europe in Transition Informational Sessions to be Held

Students interested in an international study opportunity can attend informational meetings about the annual Europe in Transition travel/study program. 
     Students can study the European Union, Bergen, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo and Amsterdam. They can earn six hours of LSP credit, with three hours satisfying the  inter-cultural requirement. The program runs May 14-31. Study begins Feb. 1 to prepare for the experience. 
     Informational meetings will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 4; at 6 p.m., Dec. 5; and at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 6. All meetings will be in Violette Hall 1432. 
     Contact Mary Giovannini in Violette Hall 2448, by phone at 785.4365, or by e-mail at for a brochure and further information.


“Take Pride in Your Campus!” Campaign

Student Senate and Omicron Delta Kappa 
present the
“Keep Off Grass”
Phase II

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 5

The campaign is an effort to encourage University community members to walk on sidewalks and not on the grass

Keeping off of the grass helps maintain the campus lawns for recreational activities and special events.


Upcoming University Choral Events

Chamber Choir Concert

under the direction of 
R. Paul Crabb 
and Megan Iverson
6:30 p.m., Dec. 6
OP Performance Hall

The Chamber Choir will present an evening of English choral music. The public is invited to attend this inaugural choral 
concert in the new wing of the Ophelia Parrish building.

Pancake and Sausage Annual Fund-raiser

8 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 7
First Christian Church
100 N. High St.

Tickets may be purchased for $3.50 each in advance from any member of Cantoria or Chamber Choir or at the door.

Cantoria Concert

“Music of the Americas”

under the direction of 
R. Paul Crabb, Megan Iverson and Emily Nelson
3 p.m., Dec. 8
OP Performance Hall

The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.


Truman Presented with Red Cross Good Neighbor Award

Truman State University received the Good Neighbor award from the American Red Cross Nov. 19 in the Student Union Building. The University has worked with the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region for years. The award is presented to an individual, group, or organization outside of the American Red Cross for having made significant contributions to the community by neighboring with the Red Cross to provide needed services.
     Student organizations Alpha Phi Omega, Cardinal Key and Blue Key also received certificates from the American Red Cross.


Percussion Ensemble Performed at Convention

The Truman State University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Bump, assistant professor of music, was a featured performing ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Nov. 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio.
     Being invited to perform at the convention is considered an extremely high honor for a college/university ensemble. Truman was one of three ensembles selected earlier this year from more than 75 college/university ensemble applicants worldwide. Selection was based upon a formal tape screening, diversity in repertoire, as well as a proven history of outstanding performance. 
     This four-day annual convention is the premiere event of the percussion field, annually attracting 5,000 professional and student performers, educators, composers and instrument designer/manufacturers. 
     The Truman Percussion Ensemble performed a concert titled “The Marimbas of the World,” featuring Mexican Marimba artist, Steven Chavez, a native of Chiapas, Mexico, for their invited performance. 
     Members of the Truman Percussion Ensemble consist of music majors, minors and non-majors. Members are selected from an audition process held at the beginning of each semester.


Concert Band and Wind Symphony Fall Concert

8 p.m.
Dec. 4
Baldwin Auditorium

Truman State University Symphony Orchestra Concert

under the direction of 
Sam McClure
8 p.m.
Dec. 7
Baldwin Auditorium

The orchestra will perform three of the most popular selections from the late 19th century orchestral repertoire including music by Tchaikovsky, Smetana and the Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius

The concert is free and open to the public

Truman Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert

8 p.m.
Dec. 10
Baldwin Auditorium

They will be performing compositions by Duke Ellington, Bob Florence, Pat Metheny, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Count Basie and others

Admission is free


Student Recreation Center


Final Exam Week and Interim Hours

Specific areas may be closed for periods of time without advance notice for cleaning or contractor projects

11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Dec. 11-12

11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Dec. 13

11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dec. 14-17

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dec. 18-20



John Ishiyama, associate professor of political science, had his book “Communist Successor Parties in Eastern and Central Europe: Transformation or Transmutation” published by M.E. Sharpe. Gloria Kwok, associate professor of French, read a paper, <<La représentation de l’Indochine française dans ‘Ma Soeur aux yeux d’Asia’ de Michel Ragon>> at the Mid-West Modern Languages Association Nov. 5-10 in Minneapolis.

Paul Parker, professor of political science, has had his book, “A portrait of Missouri: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration,” published by the University of Missouri Press.

Alan Altmansberger, senior theatre major from Ballwin, Mo.; Akela Cooper, junior English major from Hayti, Mo.; Benje Douglas, junior justice systems major from Kansas City, Mo.; Yorba Johnson, junior classics major from Kansas City, Mo.; and Elizabeth Vanderhoof, sophomore, theatre major from Boonville, Mo.; performed “Collected Lives: Memory in Motion, Building Diversity Through Performance” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference Oct. 26 in St. Louis.



The Faculty Development Weekly Lunch Series will meet from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the SUB Spanish Room. The topic, “William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award Winners,”will be lead by Kevin Minch. Contact Faculty Development at 785.4391 for more information.

The Language and Literature Division will present a reading by David Hamilton, editor of The Iowa Review and author of “Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm,” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, in the SUB Governors’ Room.

“Scars: Peeling Away the Layers” by Jay Ballanger will be on display at the University Art Gallery until Dec. 7. Admission to the gallery is free and its hours of operation are: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; and noon-4:30 p.m., Saturday.

The Board of Governors will have a meeting at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 7, in the SUB Conference Room. 

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the Holiday Open House from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 11, at the University Residence.

The Chariton Valley Audubon Society will sponsor the Kirksville Christmas Bird Count Dec. 14. They are asking for volunteers to help count all the birds within seven and a half miles of downtown Kirksville. There will be free doughnuts, juice, cocoa and coffee in the morning and results will be compiled at a free dinner. There also is a prize for the individual who spots the most unusual bird. Contact Pete Goldman at or at 785.4632 for more information. 

Faculty and staff interested in giving blood at the University Wellness Program sponsored faculty/staff blood drive should sign up by Dec. 13 on the sheets distributed to campus offices. The blood drive runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 18, in the SUB Activities Room. Appointments are not necessary, but are preferred. All participants should bring identification.

Interested in a long term immersion experience in French and German without actually leaving the country? Then help create a French/German House by letting your faculty know you're interested. Contact Timothy Farley by e-mail at or Andrea Davis by e-mail at for French and/or German. They need student input. 


On Campus
4 Wednesday

12:30-1:30 p.m.-Faculty Development Weekly Lunch Series, SUB Spanish Room; see Notes
2:45-3:30 p.m.-University Open Forum for director of residential living candidate, SUB Alumni Room; see University Open Forum
5:30 p.m.-Women’s basketball vs. William Penn (Iowa), Pershing Arena; see
6 p.m.-Europe in Transition informational meeting, VH 1432; see Europe in Transition Informational Sessions to be Held
7:30 p.m.-Men’s basketball vs. Lincoln, Pershing Arena; see
8-9 p.m.-Concert Band and Wind Symphony Fall Concert, Baldwin Auditorium; see Music Concerts

5 Thursday
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.-"Take Pride In Your Campus!" Campaign, Campus; see “Take Pride in Your Campus!” Campaign
6 p.m.-Europe in Transition informational meeting, VH 1432; see Europe in Transition Informational Sessions to be Held
7:30 p.m.-Reading by David Hamilton, SUB Governors’ Room; see Notes

6 Friday
2:30 p.m.-Europe in Transition informational meeting, VH 1432; see Europe in Transition Informational Sessions to be Held
6:30 p.m.-Chamber Choir Concert, OP Performance Hall; see  Upcoming University Choral Events

7 Saturday
8 a.m.-3 p.m.-Pancake and Sausage annual fund-raiser; First Christian Church; see Upcoming University Choral Events
8:30 a.m.-Board of Governors meeting, SUB Conference Room; see Notes
8 p.m.-Symphony Orchestra concert, Baldwin Auditorium; see Music Concerts
7:30 p.m.-Men’s basketball vs. Drury, Pershing Arena; see
Final Day to view “Scars: Peeling Away the Layers” by Jay Ballanger, University Art Gallery; see Notes

8 Sunday
3 p.m.-Cantoria concert, OP Performance Hall; see Upcoming University Choral Events

9 Monday
7:30 p.m.-Kohlenberg Lyceum Series presents Ensemble Galilei, Baldwin Auditorium; see Ensemble Galilei to Ignite Holiday Spirit
7:30 p.m.-Men’s basketball vs. Hannibal-LaGrange, Pershing Arena; see


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