November 30, 1999 - Vol. 4 No.37
Osborn Recieves FulbrightGrant

Counseling Accreditation Renewed

Group Seeks Feminism Abstracts

 Junior Interview Project

Senior Oral Exam Open to the Public

International Students Attend Meeting

Poyner to Present Book 

Upcoming Music Events

Scholarships Available

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Osborn Receives Fulbright Grant

     Jeffrey Osborn, associate professor of biology, has been awarded the Fulbright grant to conduct research at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, in Stockholm, by the United States Information Agency and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. 
     He is one of about 2,000 United States grantees who will travel abroad for the 1999-2000 academic year through the Fulbright Program. Osborn received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Texas State University and earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University. 
     Established in 1946 under Congressional legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program is designed “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.” 
     The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch. The organization promotes mutual understanding among nations through a number of educational exchange activities.
     While in Sweden, Osborn will focus his studies on investigating the details of unusual aperture formation in the pollen of two lotus species. The research will be conducted at the ultrastructural level using a variety of conventional, as well as new microscopical techniques. The proposed project will provide important insight into resolving evolutionary relationships among lotuses and water lilies. 
     During its 52 years, the Fulbright Program has exchanged nearly a quarter of a million people throughout the world. 

Counseling Accreditation Renewed

     The Truman Counseling Program received news that three of its programs recently achieved accreditation renewal. The Program’s school counseling, community counseling and student affairs counseling have all earned seven-year accreditation status. 
     Truman is the only Missouri school to have all three programs accredited. The status, which is decided by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, comes after an extensive review period of the self-study document, the visiting team’s report and Truman’s response to the visiting team’s report. 
     The Council emphasized that programs receiving accreditation status for a seven-year period deserve to be commended for the work completed throughout the accreditation process. 

Group Seeks Feminism Abstracts

     The Women’s Studies Committee is accepting abstracts for the Women on the Edge conference, in honor of Women’s History Month, March 24-25. Deadline to submit papers is Jan. 25, 2000.
     The conference will focus on issues such as women’s status in the United States and the world; how women’s prospects differ depending on age, class, race, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, ethnicity, urban or rural location, religion and status as able-bodied or disabled; and where the country stands on the issue of gender equality.
     Other issues that will be addressed include exploring the images, myths and ideologies that shape female perceptions and the role that women play in developing nations of the world. 
     Women on the Edge invites abstracts, limited to two pages, typed or word processed, proposing to explore any women’s issue or aspect of the feminist movement or topic that brings together women and millennial thinking. The conference also encourages proposals from any member of the Truman or Kirksville community offering perspectives from women previously under-represented in the United States feminist doctrine. Internationalist points of view are welcome.
      Abstracts should be sent to Linda Seidel, Division of Language and Literature. For more information, call 785.4491.

Junior Interview Project to Focus On Reading Practices and Diversity

     For the past two years the University Assessment Committee has used the Junior Interview Project as a vehicle to question juniors about their perceptions regarding challenge, both in and out of the classroom.
     Half-hour personal interviews with randomly selected students explored students' best learning experiences, their views on what makes a course challenging and their likelihood of involvement in challenging coursework in the future.
     This year's interview project will again involve juniors, but the focus will change to reading practices and experience with diversity at Truman.
     The rationale comes from campus-wide discussions about reading practices and from interest surrounding the University Task Force on Diversity's recent report. The committee hopes its findings will assist faculty in understanding student reading practices and the University community in addressing ongoing issues of diversity. The committee again expects to interview about 100randomly selected students early next semester.
     The summaries and findings from the previous interview projects can be requested from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, McClain Hall 203.

Senior Oral Exam Open to the Public

     Every philosophy and religion senior will publicly defend a senior thesis in the presence of an external examiner on Dec. 2 and  4. All presentations will be held in SUB 6. The public is invited to attend these oral exams.

Thursday, Dec. 2
Examiner Mitchell Haney, assistant professor of philosophy and humanities, Missouri Western State College

12:30 p.m.-Sean Agniel, “The Opportunity for Eudamonia: Nagel’s Impersonal and the Need for a Decent Standard of Living”

1:30 p.m.-Stephen Wilke, “The Quest for the Radical Intellectual”

3:00 p.m.-John Marstall, “Clearly Art: Epistemology, Artworks and Aesthetic Skepticism”

Saturday, Dec. 4
Examiner Charles Ess, professor of philosophy and religion, Drury College

9:30 a.m.-Alan Bancroft, “Community as a Radical Form of Religious Expression”

10:30 a.m.-Alicia Hopper, “The Divine Feminine as Source of Strength for Spiritual Feminists”

12:30 p.m.-Thomas Hayde, “The Spiritual Use of Entheogens”

1:30 p.m.-Jeffery Crowe, “Georg Cantor: A Theological Set Theory”


International Students Attend Meeting 

     Eleven of Truman’s international students attended the First Governor’s International Student Day on Oct. 29, in Jefferson City, Mo. 
     Students were welcomed by Governor Mel Carnahan. They attended an employment fair, luncheon and took tours of the capital and other historical sites on behalf of the Department of Economic Development. The Department of Economic Development is working to market Missouri abroad through the acknowledgment of the 8,000-plus international students studying in Missouri’s higher education institutions. More than 450 international students from 22 colleges and universities attended the day’s events. 
     Approximately 200 international students from more than 50 countries attend Truman.

Poyner to Present Book

     Barry Poyner, associate professor of communication, will discuss his new book, Bound to Slavery: James Shannon and the Restoration Movement, at 10 a.m., Dec. 7, in the Truman Bookstore.
     Shannon, an early leader in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, was involved in higher education circles, serving as president of many colleges. His intense pro-slavery views were the source of much controversy. The event is free and open to the public. 


Upcoming Music Events

Chamber Choir Concert
7 p.m., Dec. 3, First Presbyterian Church

Franklin Street Singers Fall Concert
8:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Baldwin Hall Auditorium

Cantoria Pancake Day
7 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 4, First Christian Church
For $3, participants can enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Kirksville Sing-Along Messiah
7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, First Christian Church
The Truman Symphony Orchestra will perform part of “The Messiah.” Members of the Kirksville community can sing along. Donations, either food or cash, will be collected for the Food Depot.

Cantoria Fall Concert
3 p.m., Dec. 5, First Christian Church

All events are free and open to the public.


Scholarships Available

Morris K. Udall Foundation
Students in fields related to the environment, and Native American and Alaska students in fields related to health care or tribal policy, are invited to apply for this scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to juniors or seniors. Applicants must be nominated by their university. Deadline for application is Feb. 15.

Harry Truman Scholarship Foundation 
The foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in government and public service and plan to attend graduate or professional school. Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for undergraduate studies and $27,000 for graduate studies. 

Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Students interested in a career in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering are invited to apply. In April 2000, the foundation will award scholarships to students who will be juniors and seniors during the 2000-2001 academic year. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in the top 25 percent of their class.

For more information  on these three scholarships, contact Debbie Kling at 785.4109.

Endowed Scholarships
More than 300 qualified students will share in $250,000 in scholarship money. Students can pick up the 2000-2001 Endowed and Annual Scholarship booklet in the Advancement Office, McClain 100, or Financial Aid, McClain 103. Deadline is Jan. 20, 2000. 

Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Greater Kansas City
Offering educational grants and interest-free loans to women college students who are residents of the greater Kansas City area.

Ramapo Anchorage Camp
Offering a three-credit fieldwork course to students who work in their summer program. 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Provides financial opportunities to minority and under-represented students enrolled in an environmentally related degree program. The deadline is Dec. 17, 1999. 

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
For minority students in public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration. Must be upper-division undergraduate or graduate level. Deadline is Feb. 4, 2000. 

State Farm Companies Foundation
Offering 50 Exceptional Student Fellowships to college juniors and seniors who are serious about being leaders in the business world. 

For more information, or to get an application, call the Financial Aid Office at 785.4130.



James Harmon, associate professor of art, presented his paper, “California Mission Architecture with a German Accent,” at the 17th Annual Symposium of the Society of German-American Studies. This November, he was a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Indiana State Historical Society, presenting his topic, “Brother Adrian Wewer, Architect: His Three Churches in Indiana-St. Meinrad, St. Anthony of Padua and Sacred Heart-and their National Context.”

Mary Hurley, instructor of communication and KTRM adviser, presented a paper concerning the relationship between ethnicity and the construction of masculinity in the classical Hollywood film, at the recent meeting of the National Communication Association. 

Wenshan Jia, assistant professor of communication, had his chapter, “From Kackui to Duihua: The Transformation of Chinese Civic Discourse,” published in the book, Civic Discourse, Civil Society and Chinese Communities.

The Truman Forensics Team recently competed at the University of Missouri at St. Louis tournament. The team was awarded the fourth place sweepstakes award, which honors the best overall teams in debate. Ian Smith, freshman undeclared from Independence, Mo., and Derek Lumsden, freshman political science major from Kirksville, Mo., advanced to the final novice round of debate. Shane Mecham, junior political science major from Lincoln, Neb., and Kris Stroup, sophomore political science major from Lansing, Kan., reached the final round of varsity debate. In the varsity division, Mecham was ninth speaker and Jacob Stutzman, a junior communication major from Manchester, Mo., was fourth speaker. Mecham also placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking and third in persuasive speaking. 

The 1999 College Bowl Tournament champions are Adam Aderton, a junior history major from St. Joesph, Mo.; Ram Calaga, a senior physics major; Mike Daming, a senior political science major from St. Peters, Mo.; and Donald Wray, a senior business administration major from Kirksville, Mo. The team will represent Truman at the College Bowl regional tournament at Pittsburg State University in February.


On Campus 

30 Tuesday
8 p.m.-SAB “Coffee Talk,” SUB Down Under; see Notes

1 Wednesday
noon-5 p.m.-Free HIV testing, SUB Activities Room; see Notes
7 p.m.-Candlelight Vigil, SUB Fountain; see Notes
7 p.m.-Men’s Wrestling vs. Central College, Pershing Building
7 p.m.-KCOM Health Care discussion, Educational Building South Classroom; see Notes

2 Thursday
8 p.m.-Truman Tavern, SUB Down Under; see Notes

3 Friday
6 p.m.-Bulldog Swimming Invitational, Pershing Building; also Dec. 4
7 p.m.-Chamber Choir Concert, Presbyterian Church; see p. 2
8:30 p.m.-Franklin Street Singers Concert, Baldwin Auditorium; see p. 2

4 Saturday
7 a.m.-5 p.m.-Cantoria Pancake Day, First Christian Church; see
 p. 2
9 a.m.-3 p.m.-Ryle Holiday Market, Ryle Hall Main Lounge; see Notes
3:30 p.m.-Women’s Basketball vs. Lincoln University, Pershing Building
6 and 9 p.m.-SAB presents “The Mummy,” SUB Activities Room; see Notes
7:30 p.m.-Kirksville Sing-Along Messiah, First Christian Church; see p. 2

5 Sunday
3 p.m.-Cantoria Fall Concert, First Christian Church; see p. 2
6 p.m.-Kwanzaa Celebration, Ryle Hall Main Lounge; see Notes

6 Monday
7 p.m.-LAP presents Mike Johnson, an HIV positive speaker, Ryle Hall Main Lounge; see Notes

7 Tuesday
10 a.m.-Book Discussion, Truman Bookstore; see p. 3
1-3 p.m.-Retirement Reception for Keith Peck, SUB Alumni Room; see Notes
7 p.m.-Men’s Basketball vs. Monmouth College, Pershing Building



The Student Activities Board will present “Coffee Talk: Say your Piece on Student Programming,” at 8 p.m., Nov. 30, in the SUB Down Under. The open event will serve as a forum for students to voice input on the SAB. SAB members will be present to answer questions. Cookies and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 785.4722.

Lifestyle Advocacy Program encourages participation in “World AIDS Day,” on Dec. 1. As part of the day’s events, free HIV testing will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in the SUB Activities Room. A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m., at the SUB Fountain. Mike Johnson, a guest speaker who is HIV positive, will present at 7 p.m., Dec. 6, in Ryle Hall Main Lounge.

The Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine will begin a Health Care Topics and Issue guest speaker series at 7 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Educational Building South Classroom on the KCOM campus. Katie Steele will be the featured speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. 

Informational meetings for the International Education/Travel program will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 2, and 4 p.m., Dec. 6, in VH 1404. The program will be offered May 10-27, 2000, for six hours of credit. The hours may be counted toward humanities credits under the first liberal studies program, or may be counted towards the new program as six hours of credit, with three hours to fulfill the inter-cultural requirement. Visits will be made to Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France. The trip is open to all majors and financial aid will be available for qualified students. Study will begin on Feb. 1 to prepare for the experience. For more information, contact Mary Giovannini, professor of business administration, at 785.4365. 

Take 5 Gamesroom and the SUB Down Under will host Truman Tavern at 8 p.m., Dec. 2, in the SUB Down Under. The Trumen will be singing and Bacchus and Gamma will be serving mocktails. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Ryle Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 4, in the Ryle Hall Main Lounge. Student organizations and community businesses will have booths at which gifts and crafts will be sold. The event is open to the public.

The Student Activities Board will show “The Mummy,” at 6 and 9 p.m., Dec. 4, in the SUB Activities Room. Admission for students is free with a University ID.

Delta Sigma Theta service sorority will host a Kwanzaa celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 5, in Ryle Hall Main Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

A Holiday Open House will be held for University faculty and staff from 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 14, at the University Residence. 

There will be a faculty and staff blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 16, in the SUB Activities Room. Sign-up sheets are located in all division and department offices. Participants need to bring a form of identification with them. 

Phi Kappa Phi invites its senior members to apply for Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowships. The fraternity will award 50 fellowships valued at $7,000 each. Interested members need to complete the application form, provide three letters of recommendation and write an original essay. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2000. For more information,  call Terry Olson at 785.4503.


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