May 6, 2003
Vol. 7 No. 32


Commissioner of Missouri Higher Education to Address Graduates

Grim Hall Wins Recycling Competition

Reception To Honor President Jack Magruder

Picnic for May Graduates and Harry S. Truman's Birthday Picnic 

Outstanding Students and Organizations Recognized at the 2003 Leadership Recognition Program

TLC Pass-It Along Award Winners Announced

Student Recreation Center May Hours

Public Safety Shuttle to LaPlata Train Station

Scholarship Opportunities Available

Retirement Reception and Farewell Receptions

Extended Library Hours for Final Exams

Center for Student Involvement Recognizes Advisers Insert

On Campus
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Master Calendar


Commissioner of Missouri Higher Education to Address Graduates

Quentin Wilson, commissioner of Missouri higher education, will deliver the commencement address to 925 graduates at 2 p.m., May 17, in Stokes Stadium. There will be a reception immediately following commencement on the Quadrangle near the flagpole. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Pershing Arena and the reception will be in the SUB Quiet Lounge and Activities Room. 
     The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education appointed Wilson as the Commissioner of Missouri Higher Education Nov. 1, 2002. As Commissioner, Wilson leads the Missouri Department of Higher Education in carrying out the Coordinating Board’s goals and administrative responsibilities for the state system of higher education. The state system includes 13 public four-year college and university campuses, 19 public two-year campuses, one public two-year technical college, 25 independent colleges and universities and 120 proprietary schools serving more than 360,000 students.
      Wilson became the cabinet director for Gov. Bob Holden Jan. 8, 2001. He worked closely with department directors to improve performance and interagency policy innovation in state government.
     From 1998 until 2001, Wilson served as Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. In November 2000, the Revenue Department became the first department of state government in Missouri ever to win the respected Missouri Quality Award (MQA) for outstanding customer satisfaction, quality, employee involvement and leadership.
     Wilson previously served as deputy director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, a position he has held since 1994. During that time, he worked to develop and implement the Show Me Results initiative. He was recognized by Governing magazine in ranking Missouri as one of the top states in managing for results.
     Wilson is a 1976 graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs. He received a master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University in 1980. In 1995, he completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.


Grim Hall Wins Recycling Competition

Howard Worcester, recycling coordinator, presents Melissa Kohl, Grim Hall director, and Stephanie Hurd, apartment complex coordinator, with a trophy made by the Art Club for winning the 2003 recycling competition. Grim Hall also won the competition last year.
     Grim Hall won the Residence Hall Aluminum Can Competition by collecting the most aluminum cans to recycle. The winner was determined by the hall population to can weight ratio. The competition was held from April 10-17. 


President Jack Magruder Retirement Dinner

On behalf of the Board of Governors, 
you are cordially invited to a reception and dinner 
honoring President Jack Magruder 
June 28, 2003

5 p.m.
SUB Quiet Lounge

6 p.m.
SUB Georgian Room
$12 per person

To make reservations for the reception, dinner or both, please fill out an R.S.V.P. card available at
and return it with a check to the Public Relations Office, McClain Hall 102, as soon as possible.

Make checks payable to Truman State University.

Due to limited seating, reservations will be accepted
until seating is no longer available.

For those who are not able to attend the dinner, please note that 

A reception will be held
1:30-3:30 p.m.
June 30 
University Residence

All are welcome.



Free Senior Picnic for May Graduates

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 7
on the Mall

Menu will include:
veggie burgers 
barbecued chicken
and Otis cookies

There will be a drawing for door prizes including a men’s and women’s Truman watch.
Rain site is the SUB Georgian Room.
Sponsored by the National Alumni Association,
the Student Alumni Council and the Office of Advancement.

Harry S. Truman’s 119th Birthday Picnic

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
May 8 
SUB Georgian Room

Menu will include:
fresh grilled hamburgers
veggie burgers
bratwurst and hot dogs 
barbecued chicken sandwiches
various salads and condiments 
cake and ice cream 
soda and water 

Cost is $5 if you make a reservation by Wednesday. 
Cost is $6 the day of the event at the gate. 
 Reservations may be made by calling 785.4016 or by e-mailing


Outstanding Students and Organizations Recognized at the 2003 Leadership Recognition Program

New Student Leader Award
Matt Raper

Outstanding New Organization Award
African Students Association

Outstanding President of the Year Award
Vanessa Foppe

Outstanding Organization Awards
Alpha Phi Omega 
(large organization)

Cardinal Key
(small organization)

Senior Leadership Award
Angela Ballard 
Robert Miller 

Excellence in Diversity Award
Unique Ensemble 
Gospel Choir

Student Excellence Award
Elizabeth Eckardt
Patience Rhodes
Alan Toigo

Outstanding Student Worker Award
Shureka Cannon 
Mariana Rodriguez 
Tiana Gericke

E.M. Violette Outstanding Adviser of the Year Award
John Mounsey

Outstanding Entertainment Event Award
International Idol 
International Club

Outstanding Educational Event Award
“Safe Break” 
Eta Sigma Gamma

Athletic Leadership Award
Corey Crandall

The SERVE Center Outstanding Student Volunteer Award
Abby Souders 

The SERVE Center Outstanding Organization Award
Phi Sigma Pi 

The SERVE Center Outstanding Service Organization Award
Cardinal Key

Ron and Elsie Gaber Award
Cassandra Phillips
Gina Stierwalt

 Omicron Delta Kappa Student Hall of Fame Award
Brooke Sherrard
Matthew Walczewski

The First ODK Faculty Hall of Fame Award
President Jack Magruder
The award will be named in his honor for future years.
The award will be named the ODK Dr. Jack Magruder Faculty Hall of Fame Award.

ODK Staff Hall of Fame Award 
The late Verona “Vonnie” S. Nichols
The award will be named in her honor for future years. David Nichols, 
professor emeritus of music, accepted the award. The award will be named the ODK Verona "Vonnie" S. Nichols Staff Hall of Fame Award.

The 2002-2003 Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges students
 from Truman also wererecognized at the ceremony.

The Leadership Recognition Program is sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.


TLC Pass-It Along Award Winners Announced

Kayla Flynn, sophomore political science major from Brookings, S.D., and Richard Goering, junior business administration major from Agency, Iowa, were named this year’s Pass it Along award winners.
     The TLC Pass it Along award is designed to honor Truman students who have demonstrated through their actions and activities a commitment to the Truman tradition of caring and reaching out to others. Individuals nominated must be currently enrolled students. Flynn and Goering were selected from those nominated to receive a $50 gift certificate to the Truman Bookstore.
     Flynn was nominated because of her compassion and thoughtfulness as a student adviser and a friend. Goering is an outstanding individual, good natured and worthy of a nomination because of his concern for others during difficult times. The Offices of Student Affairs would like to extend their congratulations to Flynn and Goering, and thank them for making Truman State University a caring place for others on campus. 
     Truman State University has a rich tradition as an institution that values people as much as it values learning. Truman’s history is filled with stories of dedicated service and personal sacrifice to create this tradition. The TLC Campaign involves various strategies designed to encourage and recognize demonstrations of this tradition among the current students.
     Visit for more information.


Student Recreation Center May Hours

May 7-8
11 a.m.-11 p.m.

May 9
11 a.m.-9 p.m.

May 10-16
11 a.m.-7 p.m.

May 17-18

May 19-23
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 24-26

May 27-30
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 31-June 1

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


Public Safety Shuttle to LaPlata Train Station

8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 14
Public Safety Building

The cost is $5.

Pay in advance at the Public Safety Building to reserve a space.

Call Joyce Burnett for more information at 785.4177.


Scholarship Opportunities Available

The American Royal and The Sallie Mae Fund will sponsor two scholarship opportunities.
     The American Royal is offering a $3,500 scholarship program called the Royal Six. The mission of the Royal Six is to provide an opportunity for outstanding college sophomores and juniors to advocate agriculture, leadership and the American Royal. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 as of Jan. 1, 2003, maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 and pursuing a four-year college degree as a sophomore or junior during the fall 2003 term. The deadline is May 31. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office, MC 103.
     The Sallie Mae Fund is offering financial assistance to low-income families of up to $3,800. Students who demonstrate financial need of more than $1,000 without loans, have a combined family income of $30,000 or less and have a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 are eligible. The application deadline is May 31. Applications are available online at


Retirement Reception

Robert Cowan
professor of psychology

3-4:30 p.m.
May 7
SUB Conference Room 

Farewell Receptions

Doug Daubert
director of the Student Union Building

1-2:30 p.m.
May 6
SUB Alumni Room

He and his family are moving to Maryville, Mo., at the end of May.

Demond Baine
program coordinator for Multicultural Affairs

2-3:30 p.m.
May 9
Adair Building

He will be attendinggraduate school in the fall.

Lisa Sprague
director of Public Safety

 2-4 p.m.
May 9
Public Safety Building

She has accepted the position as associate director of University Police 
at Florida State University in Tallahassee


Extended Library Hours for Final Exams

May 6-8
7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

May 9
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

May 10
noon-10 p.m.

May 11
noon-2 a.m.

May 12
7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

May 13
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 14-16
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 17
noon-5 p.m.

Contact Wanda Cagle at 785.4038 for more information.



Stephen Allen, associate professor of business administration, has received word that his paper titled “Assessing the New Search Engines for Information Support in Business Research,” has been accepted for publication in the May 2003 issue of the journal Regional Business Review. His paper titled “Selecting i-Engineering Economy Needs a Consensus,” co-authored with Ted G. Eschenbach, University of Alaska-Anchorage, has been published in the Engineering Economist journal in the Volume 47 issue. Diane Richmond, Web integration/services manager, and Wendy Carter, University of Missouri-Columbia graduate student, presented a topic with Allen titled “Introduction to E-Polling: Enhancing the Traditional Classroom with Web Technologies,” at the Annual HELIX2003-Higher Education Learning and Information Exchange Conference March 20. The three also received word that their paper titled “Prototyping an Electronic Poll Tool (EPT) to Augment the Operations Management Curriculum in Computer Classrooms” has been accepted for presentation and publication in the joint EUROMA-Production and Operations Management Society Conference in June 2003.

Joe Benevento, professor of English, has published a novel, “Plumbing In Harlem,” now available from Publish America. 

Taner Edis, assistant professor of physics, has had a chapter, “A World Designed by God: Science and Creationism in Contemporary Islam,” published in “Science and Religion” edited by Paul Kurtz (Amherst: Prometheus, 2003).

The Quota Club recently donated monies to the Speech and Hearing Clinic for the purchase of otoscopes for the Audiological Suite.

Steven Reschly, associate professor of history, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship as a senior scholar in Germany. After a month of intensive language study at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, he will spend the year teaching in the Department of British and American Studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. Before leaving for Germany, he will co-lead “Sacred Sites in Greece,” a three-week Study Abroad course with 21 students enrolled. He will then co-facilitate the Advanced Placement workshop for high school teachers in U.S. history. 

Martha Rose, associate professor of history, has been awarded a Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellowship to support her research project, “Shifting Perspectives: Mental Retardation in Ancient Greece.” After a month of intensive language study at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, she will spend the year with the Institute for Greek and Latin Language and Literature at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, where she will give a biweekly Vorlesung und Colloquium (lecture and discussion) on her research project. Before leaving for Germany, she will co-lead “Sacred Sites in Greece,” a three-week Study Abroad course with 21 students enrolled. She will also participate as an invited faculty member in a National Endowment for the Humanities institute, “Integrating Disability Studies into the Humanities.” In addition, Rose is an editor for the “Ancient Worlds” volume of the Encyclopedia of Disability (Sage Publications). Her first book, “The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece,” is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. 

Antonio Scuderi, associate professor of Italian, organized and chaired a session on “Italian Theater and the Visual Arts,” at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference April 24-26. He presented “Framing and Improvisation in Dario Fo’s Johan Padan.” There also was a special video presentation of a performance of Johan Padan, which displayed English subtitles written by Scuderi.

Glenn Wehner, professor of agriculture, was recognized for his work on the World Gelbvieh Conference and the Genetics on Ice Sale. Wehner is a member of the World Gelbvieh Conference Task Force. The conference was held Feb. 26 in Houston.



A quilt is currently being constructed for Brian Archibald. Students may purchase a square for $5 and faculty members may purchase a square for $10. Quilt squares and fabric pens are available in the Math Division Office, VH 2100, during regular business hours to sign the squares and send Archibald good wishes. The quilt will be donated to Archibald upon completion. All proceeds will benefit the Brian Archibald Agency Account to help him with medical expenses. Contact Susan LaGrassa at 785.7496 for more information.

There will be an all-you-can-eat taco dinner fund-raising event for Brian Archibald from 4-8 p.m., May 6, at Too Tall’s Two. Each dinner is $5, not including a drink. Archibald is a Truman MAE student who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease in February. All proceeds will benefit the Brian Archibald Agency Account to help him with medical expenses. Contact Susan LaGrassa at 785.7496 for more information.

The annual Chandler Monroe Oratorical Contest, named in honor of the late Chandler Monroe who taught at Truman for 30 years, will take place at 7:30 p.m., May 6, in the SUB Governors Room. The event is sponsored by the Division of Language and Literature. The contest will feature finalists from the preliminary rounds held May 5. Contestants are students in public speaking classes in the communication discipline giving ceremonial or commemorative speeches. There will be refreshments. Prizes will be furnished by Truman Debate and Forensics and will include $100 first prize, $75 second, $50 third, and $25 for fourth, fifth, and sixth places. Contact Keri Bodensteiner at 785.5885 for more information. 

Amy Holland (’02) will return to campus after teaching English in a French secondary school for a year from 6-8 p.m., May 7, in the SUB Spanish Room. She will speak about her experiences and travels during her French government teaching assistantship. Mainstreet Market will be open for those who wish to purchase a meal. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Faculty and students wishing to learn more about this opportunity and anyone interested in teaching in another culture are especially invited. Holland is one of 22 Truman graduates who have applied to teach English in the French school system since 1994-1995. Contact Gregg Siewert at 785.4510 for more information.

Graduation applications for graduate students are due in the Graduate Office, MC 203, by May 16 for August graduation and by Aug. 1 for December graduation.

Graduating seniors and their friends and families are invited to celebrate their graduation at the annual Baccalaureate Mass beginning at 10:30 a.m., May 17, at the Catholic Newman Center. Graduates do not need to wear their cap and gown. E-mail Kim Zamastil for more information at

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 18-23 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For more information, contact Patricia A. Miller at 785.4260.

The Chariton Valley Audubon Society, the Truman biology department and the Missouri Department of Conservation are co-sponsoring a project to document the breeding bird community at Union Ridge Conservation Area northwest of Kirksville June 7. Contact Pete Goldman at 785.4632 or e-mail 

The Echo yearbook reminds graduating seniors to stop by the Echo office in the lower level of the SUB to drop off your name, non-Kirksville address, and a $5 payment to have the 2002-2003 yearbook mailed to you.


On Campus

6 Tuesday

1-2:30 p.m.-Doug Daubert Farewell Reception, SUB Alumni Room; see Retirement Reception
4-8 p.m.-Brian Archibald Taco Dinner Fund-Raising Event, Too Tall’s Two; see Notes
7 p.m.-Piano Student Recital, OP Performance Hall; see Master Calendar

7 Wednesday

Reading Day 
11 a.m-2 p.m.-Senior Picnic, on the Mall; see Picnics
3-4:30 p.m.-Robert Cowan Retirement Reception, SUB Conference Room; see Retirement Reception
3 p.m.-Erin Russom Senior Recital, OP Performance Hall; see Master Calendar
6-8 p.m.-Amy Holland Presentation, SUB Spanish Room; see Notes
7:30 p.m.-Voice Major/Minor Recital, OP Performance Hall; see Master Calendar

8 Thursday

Finals begin
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.-Truman’s Birthday Picnic, SUB Georgian Room; see Picnics
7:30 p.m.-Voice Students Recital, OP Performance Hall, see Master Calendar

9 Friday

Finals continue
2-3:30 p.m.-Demond Baine Farewell Reception, Adair Building; see Retirement Reception
2-4 p.m.-Lisa Sprague Farewell Reception, Public Safety Building; see Retirement Reception

14 Monday

Finals continue

13 Tuesday

Finals end 

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