December 8, 1999 - Vol. 4 No.38

State Farm Offical to Give Winter Address

Students Head to the Missouri Capital

Group Seeks Feminism Abstracts

Educator of the Year Nominations

Nursing Honor Society Holds Induction

On Campus
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State Farm Official Yolanda Holmes to Address Winter Graduates

     About 290 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees during commencement ceremonies, Dec. 18. Yolanda Holmes, human resources manager for State Farm Insurance in the Missouri Region, will deliver the commencement speech at 2 p.m. in Pershing Arena. Tickets are not necessary. A reception for students, family members, guests, faculty, staff and administration will be held in the SUB Activities Room immediately following the commencement ceremony 
 Holmes joined State Farm’s Southeastern Region in April 1989. She worked in the Mountain States and Northeastern Regions, as well as Corporate Headquarters, prior to moving to Columbia, Mo., in July 1999.
    Holmes has earned several designations during her tenure with State Farm, including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. She has been certified by the Society of Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources and is recognized as a Competent Toastmaster by Toastmasters, International. 
    She has served on the Board of Directors for several community programs, including Financial Service Professionals, Women in Transition, Eldergarden Adult Day Care Program, Habitat for Humanity and the Youth Motivation Task Force. She has served on many industry, educational and civic committees as well.
    Holmes graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she majored in biology and chemistry. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She graduated with honors from Elston Senior High School in Michigan City, Ind., where she served as the first minority and female senior class president.
    She is married to Keith Holmes, a senior underwriter with State Farm Insurance. 


Students Head to the Missouri Capital

      Several Truman students will intern at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City next semester as part of the University’s Missouri Government Internship Program. 
     While in Jefferson City, the interns will be assigned to public officials based on compatibility and interests.
      The interns will live in Jefferson City during the spring semester and receive a $2,200 stipend. 
      For more information regarding the Missouri Government Internship Program, contact David Clithero, governmental relations, at 785.7432.
      The following students will serve as interns in the state capital:Todd Billy, Laura Crandall, Michael Branson, Matthew Heeren, Erin Wood, Joy Jackson, Barbara Perell, Joy Waguespack and James Howard,Douglas Becker, Shane Duggin, Joel Leman, Dawn Colnaghi, Franita Smith and President Jack Magruder,Stephen Wilke, Michael Patton, Carlos Perez, Ryan Brueckmann, Kurt Bubalo and Lisa Ambrosia.


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.


Educator of the Year Nominations

     Nomination applications for Educator of the Year are now available in the Student Senate office, located in the lower level of the Student Union. All students are encouraged to nominate outstanding professors for the only student-organized honor for Truman State University faculty. 
     The 2000 Educator of the Year will be announced at the annual Educator of the Year awards banquet that will be held at 6 p.m., April 4, in the SUB Georgian Room.
     All nominations are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 27, in the CAOC office, lower level Student Union.
     For more  information, call Kristen Riebeling at 785.4714.


Nursing Honor Society Holds Induction

    The Truman Nursing Honor Society inducted 21 nursing professionals on Oct. 29. 
     Inductees were honored for superior academic achievement, high professional standards and expertise and leadership in the field of nursing. 
     Maria Beck, vice president of the honor society, gave the keynote address titled, “Nursing Profession in the 21st century: How Much Joy Can you Stand?”
     The honor society held its first induction in May 1999.
     The following were inducted: Paulette Wellman, Debrah Hudnall, Dixie Cooley, Wendy Kelley, Mary Murphy, Pam Baker, Debbie Freels, Karen Poe, Delores Lessing Kay Chang, Bonnie Boone, Susan Doubt, Michelle Matteson, Matthew McGahan, Beverly Oliver, Erik Pemberton, Nancy Shierding, Margie Smotherman, Beverly Staggs, Sharon Little-Stoetzel and Jennifer Vansandt.



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.



Janet Davis, associate professor of communication, presented her paper, “Aldus Manutius, Beleaguered Editor in a Time of Technological Change,” at the American Society for the History of Rhetoric meeting. 

Ann Ellsworth, associate professor of English education, will be a member of the panel “Somehow Tenderness Survives: Reading South African Literature with Secondary Students,” at the National Council of Teachers of English convention. Also participating are three other high school English teachers. One of them, Holly Harvell, a 1999 Truman MAE graduate, will chair the session.

Jerrold Hirsch, associate professor of history, had his article “‘A Poor Crippled Woman’: Disability Identity in a Southern Mill Village,” published in the September issue of Disabilities Studies Quarterly.

Huping Ling, associate professor of history, had her article, “Debate Over Affirmative Action,“ published in Chinese American Forum. She also had two chapters published in New Studies on Chinese Overseas and China and in Proceedings of the 3rd ISSCO Conference. 

Betty McLane-Iles, professor of French, presented her paper, “‘Faithfulness and Transformation,’ Poetry and Song in Franco-Vietnamese Film: Expressions of the Legend of the Waiting Stone,” at the M/MLA Convention. Gloria Kwok, assistant professor of French, also presented her paper, “The Politics and Aesthetics of Métissage in Kim Leféure’s ‘Méstisse Blanch’ and ‘Retour á la saison des pluies.’”

Marisol Longanecker, an MAE student from Troy, Mo., is serving as an intern with the Green City School District. Longanecker is using her bilingual skills to assist Hispanic families. 

Judy Mullins, controller, has been appointed by the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, to the St. Louis Workshop Committee. The committee is responsible for planning, promoting, supervising and evaluating the workshop. 

Janice Saffir, associate professor of music, presented her program, “Music Technology: Assistance for Memorizing, Practicing and Teaching,” at the Missouri Music Teachers’ State Convention. At the convention, her student, Nathan Kling, sophomore music major from Florissant, Mo., was awarded runner-up in piano honors auditions. Saffir also attended the Educause Conference, along with the World Piano Pedagogy Conference. She served as adjudicator for the St. Louis Area Music Teachers’ District Auditions and Quincy Symphony Concerto Auditions. Saffir also had her review of Cakewalk’s “In Concert,” published in Missouri Music Teachers’ Association Notes. Along with Sam McClure, assistant professor of music, and Elaine Boda, assistant professor of music, Saffir performed a Faculty Trio Recital. The group also performed at the Kohlenberg Lyceum Dinner and will be performing at the Staff Development Committee Enrichment Program. 

The Truman Forensics Team recently participated in a tournament at the United States Air Force Academy. Shane Mecham, junior political science major from Lincoln, Neb., won first place in extemporaneous speaking. Sandra Douglas, senior English major from Moberly, Mo., received sixth place in rhetorical criticism. Tyler Unsell, freshman theatre major from Park Hill, Mo., won fourth place in junior varsity prose interpretation. The team also competed in a tournament at the University of Texas-Tyler. Two debate teams, composed of Jacob Stutzman, junior communication major from Manchester, Mo.; Ryan Kennedy, junior political science major from Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Kris Stroup, sophomore political science major from Lansing, Kan.; and Mecham advanced to the finals round of parliamentary debate. Shelise Gieseke, junior communication major from New Ulm, Mn., won first place in poetry interpretation. Mecham won first place in impromptu speaking. Cabell Gathman, sophomore philosophy/religion major from Pocahontas, Mo., won second place in poetry interpretation. Several other students advanced to finals in individual events. 


On Campus 

7 Tuesday
7 p.m.-Men’s Basketball vs. Monmouth College, Pershing Building

8 Wednesday
Reading Day
3 p.m.-Faculty Trio Recital, Violette Hall Second Floor Lounge; see Notes

9 Thursday
Final Examinations Begin
7 p.m.-West Africa Images, McClain Hall 208; see Notes

10 Friday
8:30 a.m.-Board of Governors meeting, St. Louis Hilton Hotel; see Notes

11 Saturday
6 and 9:30 p.m.-SAB presents “Runaway Bride,” Baldwin Auditorium; see Notes

12 Sunday
7 p.m.-KCOM Health Care discussion, Educational Building South Classroom; see Notes 

13 Monday
7 p.m.-Downtown Redevelopment Hearing, City Hall Council Chambers; see Notes

14 Tuesday
3-5 p.m.-Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House, University Residence; see Notes

15 Wednesday
Interim Begins

16 Thursday
10 a.m.-3 p.m.-Faculty and Staff blood drive; SUB Activities Room; see Notes

18 Saturday
2 p.m.-Commencement, Pershing Arena
7 p.m.-Women’s Basketball vs. University of Southern Indiana, Pershing Building

30 Thursday
7 p.m.-Men’s Basketball vs. Drury College, Pershing Building

3 Monday
5:45 p.m.-Men’s Basketball vs. Washburn University, Pershing Building
7:45 p.m.-Women’s Basketball vs. Washburn University, Pershing Building

12 Wednesday
Spring Semester Begins



The Staff Development Committee Enrichment Program will feature the Truman Faculty Piano Trio performing a classic/holiday program at 3 p.m., Dec. 8, in the Violette hall second floor lounge. 

“West Africa Images,” a slide presentation, will be at 7 p.m., Dec. 9, in McClain Hall 208. For more information, call Jonathan Smith at 785.7532.

There will be a Board of Governors meeting in conjunction with the “Governor’s Conference on Higher Education,” at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 10, at the St. Louis Hilton Hotel. 

The University League will hold its Faculty and Staff Christmas Party for children, from 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 11, in the SUB Alumni Room. There will be Christmas caroling, storytelling, a kids craft corner and an appearance by Santa Claus. Guests should bring a plate of cookies to share and a canned good to donate to the Kirksville Food Pantry. For more information, call Suzann Copeland at 627.8104.

The Student Activities Board will present “Runaway Bride,” at 6 and 9:30 p.m., Dec. 11, in Baldwin Auditorium. Admission is free for students with a University ID. For more information, call 785.4722.

The Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine will present a Health Care Topics and Issue guest speaker series at 7 p.m., Dec. 12, in the Educational Building South Classroom on the KCOM campus. Maureen Dempsey, Missouri director of the department of health, will be the featured speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. 

There will be a public hearing on the Downtown Redevelopment Plan at 7 p.m., Dec. 13, in the City Hall Council Chambers. The tax increment finance district will also be discussed. 

A Holiday Open House will be held for University faculty and staff from 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 14, at the University Residence located at 706 S. Halliburton. 

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.

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. Abstracts should be sent to Linda Seidel, Division of Language and Literature. For more information, call 785.4491.

Applications for the International Student Exchange Program are due no later than Jan. 24. Application packets must be complete by this date in order to receive consideration for placement during the 2000 fall semester. Students may pick up application packets at the Center for International Education Abroad Office, Kirk Building 120. For more information, call 785.4076.


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