November 9, 1999 - Vol.4 No. 35
Lyceum Series Continues

Executive -in-Residence

 Athletics Hall of Fame 

 Author to Discuss Book

 CourseInfo Program

 Scholarships Available

On Campus
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Lyceum to Present “It’s a Wonderful Life”

The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series will present a holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, in Baldwin Auditorium. 

 The Montana Rep will perform this heartwarming fantasy, based on one of the most popular films ever  made. 

The story begins with angels discussing George Bailey, a small-town resident so beset with problems that he contemplates a Christmas suicide. George prepares to jump from a bridge, but ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, who wants to earn his wings. Clarence shows George how important he is to the town and his family. Filled with renewed joy, George goes home to his loving family and friends, who help him put his worries behind him. 

With “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the Montana Rep continues to explore the great stories of our nation, stories that reflect on and reveal the core of the American experience and go to the heart of the American character. 

Few stories rival “It’s a Wonderful Life” when it comes to examining the human heart. The Montana Rep’s stage adaptation of this classic tale enhances the humor, sentiment and sense of community of the original, by adding the magic and wonder of live performance. 

Free tickets for students, faculty and staff are available in the SAB office, lower level SUB. 

 Northeast Regional Health System is a Platinum Level corporate sponsor of the Series and special guest at this performance.


Poe To Serve as Executive-in-Residence

Jeff Poe, a 1990 Truman graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance and a master’s degree in accountancy, will serve as this year’s Raymond Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive-in-Residence for the Business and Accountancy Division. 

While at Truman, Poe was active in the Pershing Society and the Student Activities Board. After graduation, he began his career at Ernst and Young as a certified public accountant. In 1993, Poe became controller of Waechtersbach, a German earthenware and china manufacturing company. He later advanced to vice president, and was appointed president in 1997. Poe was recently recognized as the 1999 Truman Young Alumnus of the year.

As Executive-in-Residence, Poe will interact with Truman students and faculty through presentations to select business and accounting classes, individual interaction with students outside of the classroom, luncheon presentations to business and accounting students and faculty, participation in a faculty development workshop for business and accounting faculty, and a presentation to a University-wide audience on a topic of broad interest.

The Executive-in-Residence program was established in 1993 to recognize the significant contributions that Raymond Bentele, an alumnus of Truman, made as president and CEO of Mallinckrodt Inc. 

Poe will give a campus-wide presentation from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 15, in Violette Hall 1000. He will give classroom presentations on Nov. 15 and 16. The presentations will be held in Violette Hall 1000 and all students are welcome to attend. For more information, call 785.4346.


Athletes to be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Six former Truman student-athletes will be inducted into the Truman State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 13, in honor of their athletic achievements.

The 1999 inductees will be recognized and introduced during halftime of the football game against Pittsburg State University, which begins at 1 p.m. A pre-banquet reception in their honor will begin at 6 p.m. in the SUB Quiet Lounge. The banquet and induction ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the SUB Georgian Room.

For the football game, reserved seats cost $7, general admission is $5 and tickets for senior citizens and students are $3. Banquet tickets are $12 each and are available through the Athletics Office, Pershing Building 213, 785.4235.

 This year, the featured guest speaker will be Milton McPike, a 1994 inductee in the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame.  McPike has been recognized nationally for his efforts to improve education, while serving as the principal of Madison East High School. 

Since the Truman Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1983, 171 persons have been enshrined. This year, the following athletes will be inducted.

Russell Evans, football, a 1988 graduate with a business degree, was a four-year letterman and received honorable mention all-MIAA honors as a junior. He was twice acknowledged as MIAA offensive player of the week his final season and was selected first-team all-conference that year. Evans gained second-team accolades on the Football News all-America team and third-team Associated Press all-America honors. He signed a free agent contract with the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals in the spring of '87, but was cut during fall training camp. During the 1987 NFL players' strike, Evans performed in one game for the Seattle Seahawks.  He is currently director of category management for Stop and Shop, the main grocery store chain in New England. 

Peter Grathwohl, football, a 1980 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in education, enjoyed his finest season statistically as a freshman. For his efforts, he received second-team all-MIAA honors following his first campaign. Grathwohl earned first-team all-MIAA accolades in each of his next three seasons at Truman. Grathwohl is currently part owner of Emery Sapp & Sons, a construction company in Columbia, Mo.

Roland Mangold, football, a 1981 graduate with a degree in mass communication, earned honorable mention all-MIAA honors as a freshman. He played professional Canadian football until 1984. Mangold worked for a number of publishing companies in Toronto until moving to Littleton, Colo., in 1990. In 1992, he began his own business called Earth Observations Magazine, Inc., a publication that focuses on satellite imagery and computer mapping pertaining to various industries.

James Scanlan, football and track, was a former lineman and field event performer in track at the University, as well as a football and track graduate assistant while earning his BSE and master's degrees. After graduating from Truman, Scanlan coached in the New Cambria, Brookfield and Washington school districts. He was Washington's head football coach from 1965-86 and head track coach from 1963-74. Scanlan has been named Missouri Athletic Director of the Year, Sporting News Coach of the Year and Truman's Gridiron Booster Club Outstanding Alumnus. Scanlan retired a year-and-a-half ago after serving 21 years as Washington's athletic director and 12 years as Washington's assistant principal.

Cindy (Springman) Noll, cross country and track, a 1984 graduate with an agriculture degree and a focus in equine science, was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and three-year letterwinner in track. She won first place at the Missouri Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championship and went on to finish 10th at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Division II Region Six championship. Springman currently competes all over the nation as a horse jockey and was recently ranked 15th in the nation among both men and women riders.

Deb (Weno) Wynn, softball, a member of the Truman softball team that won the conference tournament and advanced to the Midwest Regional final of the NCAA Division II tournament. Weno was named MIAA freshman of the year and earned second-team all-MIAA honors and was on the all-America first team for Division II. She was named to the first-team all-MIAA and was valuable player.


Author to Discuss and Sign New Book 

Myron Marty, history professor at Drake University, will present “The Taliesin Fellowship: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Intentions Realized,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19, in Violette Hall 1010. 

Marty and his wife, Shirley, are authors of the new book “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship,” published by Truman State University Press, formerly Thomas Jefferson University Press. The Martys participated in the Taliesin Fellowship during residencies at Taliesin West in Tucson, Ariz., and Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis. Marty will talk about practical and utopian intentions when Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife, Olgivanna, founded the Fellowship in 1932. He will also describe the Fellowship’s most distinctive features and place in the tradition of America’s communal societies.

The Martys’ book will be on sale, and the authors will be available to sign books, during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Press’s new location on South Business 63. The book retails for $65/cloth, $35/paper and will be sold at a 25 percent discount.

The Thomas Jefferson University Press was established in 1986. Its name was officially changed to Truman State University Press on July 1, 1999, to more accurately reflect the relationship with its parent institution and commitment to the University’s mission and goals. The Press was housed in McClain Hall until September, when it moved to the current location, a building donated by former veterinarian Dr. Richard Keith. The renovated building consolidates the University Press offices and warehouse. Three full-time staff members and 12 students operate the Press, which has 80 titles in print and ships books worldwide. The Press also produces the “Sixteenth Century Journal,” which has nearly 2,700 subscribers and is widely recognized among history scholars.


University Implements CourseInfo Program

Several University faculty members are taking advantage of the new CourseInfo Global Gateway that was introduced to Truman’s campus this past summer. CourseInfo replaced the less sophisticated “Web Course in a Box,” which the University used in 1997-98. 

CourseInfo helps faculty and students integrate the Web and other computer-based options into their classrooms. Its seven functional categories are: Announcements, Course Information, Course Documents, Assignments, Communication, External Links and Student Tools. Through the CourseInfo software, students can communicate with their professors and each other, as well as simply receive information.  By utilizing a “digital drop box,” students can easily e-mail assignments to their professors. If students are working in groups, CourseInfo can facilitate private e-mail communication among group members. And various “discussion board” options are available through CourseInfo, which allow students to post messages to their professors or classmates.

“CourseInfo is not a substitute for good teaching, but it can facilitate learning,” said Gary Jones, associate professor of communication. 

Many of CourseInfo’s features are self-explanatory by title, for instance, “External Links.” But less obvious, is the tremendous wealth of information that professors can bring into their courses by helping students connect to relevant external sites on the World Wide Web.

“Web-integration software helps us see through the looking glass, into that wired world, and capture some of the magic,” said Jones.


Scholarships Available

Three scholarships are open to students.

24th Annual Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition
The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society is offering four scholarships: $1,750 and $875 to instrumentalists and $1,500 and $750 to vocalists. These scholarships may be used for any education-related expense.

National Federation of the Blind 2000 Scholarship Program
The National Federation of the Blind is offering 30 scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The minimum amount for an award is $3,000, the maximum amount is $21,000. Applicants must be blind and meet other criteria outlined in the application form. 

AICPA Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
To be eligible for an undergraduate scholarship, an applicant must be a full-time student with a declared accounting major and have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 3.0. To apply, one must be a minority student who has completed at least 30 credit hours, including six hours in accounting. For more information on requirements, visit the AICPA website at

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact the Financial Aid Office, McClain Hall 103, or call 785.4130.


Division Plans Celebrity Benefit Auction

The Division of Fine Arts will hold its sixth annual Celebrity Benefit Auction Nov. 10 at Ailerons. The doors will open to the public at 5 p.m., with the sale starting at 7 p.m. 

The auction began in 1993 to help fund two scholarships established in honor of two retiring fine arts faculty members. Since its inception, the auction has helped fund six different fine arts scholarships.

Items of interest at this year’s sale include an original Dennis the Menace drawing by Hank Ketchum, an original Snuffy Smith drawing by Fred Lasswell, an original drawing by Michael Richards from Seinfeld, autographed photos of Kevin Costner, Lila McCann, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Raquel Welch, Willie Mays, Wayne Gretzky and John Travolta, and a copy of Apollo 13 autographed by James Lovell. More than 180 items are up for auction. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or a complete listing of items, call the Division of Fine Arts at 785.4417.



On Campus 

9 Tuesday
4:30 p.m.-German Club Meeting, McClain Hall 306; see Notes

10 Wednesday
8:30 p.m.-Sigma Kappa Faculty and Staff Breakfast, SUB Georgian Room; see Notes
11:30 a.m.-”Free Weights Workshop for Beginners,” Rec Center Conference Room; see Notes
12:30 p.m.-Faculty Development Lunch Series, SUB Spanish Room; see Notes
1-3 p.m.-Faculty Development Teleconference, SUB Activities Room; see Notes
4:35 p.m.-Physics Colloquium, Barnett Hall 252; see Notes
7 p.m.-Celebrity Benefit Auction, Ailerons; see p. 2

11 Thursday
5 p.m.-Washington Center informational meeting, SUB 6; see Notes
5 p.m.-Annette Arkeketa Writing Workshop, Ryle Hall private lunchroom; see p. 3
7 p.m.-Annette Arkeketa Poetry Reading and Literature Discussion, Ryle Hall main lounge; see p. 3

12 Friday
3-5 p.m.-Town Meeting on Health Care Benefits, SUB Governors’ Room; see Notes
6 and 9:30 p.m.-SAB presents, “The Blair Witch Project,” Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes
7 p.m.-Women’s Volleyball vs. Southwest Baptist, Pershing Building

13 Saturday
noon-Women’s volleyball vs. Missouri Western, Pershing Building
1 p.m.-Bulldog football vs. Pittsburg State, Stokes Stadium

15 Monday
4:30-6 p.m.-Executive-in-Residence Campus Presentation, Violette Hall 1000; see p. 1
6:30 p.m.-Ekklesia presentation, SUB 4; see Notes



The Campus Environmental Club is collecting old, used and unused Christmas cards to recycle into creative and unique cards that will be sold in December. Drop boxes will be placed in the residential halls.

The German Club will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 9, in McClain Hall 306. The popular video, “Ode to Joy and Freedom: The Fall of the Berlin Wall,” will be shown. For more information, call Tim Roth at 785.5094.

The Student Rec Center will present “Free Weights Workshop for Beginners” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 10, in the Rec Center Conference Room. Registration is required. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 785.7739.

The Faculty Development Lunch Series presents, “How Much Difference is There Between an 80% and an 89%?: Plus and Minus Grading Systems,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 10, and “Open Mike: Course Evaluations, What Works for You? What Feedback Can you Use?” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, in the SUB Spanish Room. For more information, call 785.4391.

Faculty Development will host the teleconference “Accountability and Higher Education: What It Means for Colleges and Universities,” from 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 10, in the SUB Activities Room. All faculty are invited to this interactive forum on performance measurement. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 785.4391.

The Physics Colloquium, “Undergraduate Summer Research Experiences II,” will be held at 4:35 p.m., Nov. 10, in Barnett Hall 252. Lecture information will be at an intermediate level, but everyone is welcome to attend. 

Any student with a 3.25 GPA or higher interested in a Washington Center internship for the spring 2001 semester is invited to attend an informational meeting at 5 p.m., Nov. 11, in SUB 6. Quentin Lide, a Washington Center representative, will discuss the program. For more information, contact Julia DeLancey, campus liaison, at 785.4430.

There will be a town meeting concerning health care benefits with Nancy J. Sublette, executive director of the MSU Consortium, from 3 to 5 p.m., Nov. 12 in the SUB Governors’ Room.

The Student Activities Board will show “The Blair Witch Project” at 6 and 9:30 p.m., Nov. 10, in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free for students. For more information, call 785.4222.

Ekklesia is sponsoring “Spiritual Workout: How College Strengthened My Faith,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, in SUB 4.

Advent calendars from Germany will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 15-Nov. 19, in McClain Hall. The calendars have colorful, seasonal scenes and are filled with chocolate. Cost is $3, and most proceeds go to the German Club Scholarship fund. To order by phone, call Connie Reid at 785.4509.

The Staff Development Committee will present “Garry Gordon--Modern Art: Knowing What you Like or Liking What you Know?” from 3 to 4 p.m., Nov. 17, in Violette Hall 1000. Reservations are required. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Human Resources at 785.4031.

Phi Alpha Theta history fraternity will sponsor its first History Symposium from 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 17, in SUB 4&6. For more information, contact Chris Flieger at 627.0280.

The University Art Gallery talk, “Art Without Frames,” has been rescheduled to 7 p.m., Nov. 17, in the University Gallery. For more information, call 785.5386.

“Dormex, Je Le Veux,” a French play, will be performed at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 and 19, in the SUB Down Under. 

The Student Rec Center will present a Self-Defense Workshop, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 20, in the Rec Center Aerobics Room. Reservations are required. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 785.4847.

The German lunch table meets from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, in Centennial Hall cafeteria. All students, novice to native speakers, are invited to participate. 

Truman State University 2000 calendars are available for $5 in the Advancement office, McClain Hall 100. The color calendars show scenes of campus life and list important community and University phone numbers. For more information, call the Advancement office at 785.4133.

Any organization interested in having a booth in the Ryle Hall Holiday Market on Dec. 4, needs to make reservations with Madeline Hermann at 785.7403.


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