Dixon Named New President
behalf of the Truman State University Board of Governors, Board President
Tom Jayne announced March 18 the appointment of Barbara B. Dixon as
the 14th president of Truman State University. Dixon, currently the
provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University
of New York at Geneseo, will assume duties as president on July 1, 2003.
"We are fortunate to have an opportunity to bring Dr. Dixon, an
administrator from one of the other premier public liberal arts universities
in the country, to Truman," Jayne said. "SUNY-Geneseo has
made great strides in the public liberal arts arena, and we are happy
to draw from that experience. Dr. Dixon has worked in an environment
that has a mission and core values similar to Truman's, and she
is known for her collaborative management style and her ability to bring
divergent views to a consensus."
Dixon has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs
at the State University of New York at Geneseo, a public liberal arts
university, since 1997. She previously spent 27 years at Central Michigan
University where she was a faculty member, chair of the Academic Senate
and associate dean and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
She has both a B.M. and M.M. in applied piano from Michigan State University
and a D.M.A. in piano performance, literature and pedagogy from the
University of Colorado.
The Board of Governors initiated an extensive nationwide search for
a president in September 2002, following the announcement by Truman's
current president, Jack Magruder, that he would retire effective June
30 of this year. The Presidential Search Committee, with the assistance
of an external consultant, began the task of identifying presidential
candidates who would continue Truman's tradition of excellence
in education, as well as challenging the Truman community to strive
for additional success. The Committee presented three finalists to the
Board of Governors in January 2003 and all three candidates spent time
on campus meeting with faculty, students, staff, alumni, community members
and Board members.
Information about the presidential search and the biographical information
on Dixon are posted on the Truman web site at http://presidentialsearch.truman.edu.
Program Captures Missouri State Championship Again
Members of the
Truman Forensic Union captured all three of the area state championships
winning the overall, debate and individual events sections Feb. 14-15,
at the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities State Championship
The tournament was hosted by Truman for the first time in several years
and the Forensic Union managed to win its third consecutive overall
championship without stepping a foot off campus. They also won the Missouri
State Debate Sweepstakes Championship, and for the first time in more
than a decade, the Missouri State Individual Events Championship. Perennial
rival Southwest Baptist University took second in each of the three
State Championship categories.
Wal-Mart president Serves as First Profiles in Leadership Fellow
Shewmaker, an executive consultant recognized internationally for his
retailing expertise, visited campus Nov. 21, 2002. Serving as the first
Profiles in Leadership Fellow sponsored by the Truman State University
Foundation, Shewmaker presented a public lecture on campus.
Shewmaker retired as an officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1988, after
serving in numerous capacities including president and chief operating
officer, and vice chairman and chief financial officer. He continues
as a member of the board of directors of Wal-Mart.
Presently, Shewmaker is involved as a consultant with companies in the
United States and Australia. He has also consulted with companies in
New Zealand, Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom. He is actively involved
in cattle ranching and owns one of the largest cattle operations in
Northwest Arkansas, breeding and showing registered Angus. The Jac's
Ranch program has produced national champions and has gained considerable
recognition around the world.
Fellowship Recipients awarded $10,000
In March University President Jack Magruder showed up unannounced in
classrooms on campus to present the 2003 Walker and Doris Allen Fellowships
for Faculty Excellence to three faculty members - Paul Crabb, professor
of music; John Ishiyama, associate professor of political science; and
Cole Woodcox, professor of English.
Each of the three recipients received a $10,000 award for their outstanding
contributions to the University. The Walker and Doris Allen Fellowships
for Faculty Excellence are the result of the generosity of Walker and
Doris Allen. This is the second year the fellowships have been awarded
to Truman professors with outstanding performance in the areas of teaching,
scholarship and institutional service.
Students Receive Funding for Undergraduate Research
in back row, left to right: Charles Weaver III, Amenyedu Adovor, Christopher
Cook, James Lloyd. Front row: Kevin Haworth, Sarah Smith, Kibrom Tewolde.
Far left: Mohammad Samiullah, faculty supervisor for the project.
Truman physics students have received a Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate
Research Award of $2,000 from the Sigma Pi Sigma Trust Endowment Fund.
They will build a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which uses the
quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons as a mechanism for mapping
a surface and can produce atomic resolution.
Seven members of the local Society of Physics Students chapter plan
to construct the STM under the advisement of Mohammad Samiullah, associate
professor of physics. The team members will construct all necessary
components and then integrate the components to produce the finished
of Governors Approves Fee Increase and Elects New Officers
Truman Board of Governors approved an increase in enrollment fees of
8.3 percent for Missouri residents and 9.8 percent for non-Missouri
residents for the 2003-2004 academic year. In-state enrollment fees
for full-time students will be $4,600, a $356 increase per year. Out-of-state
costs for full-time students will increase to $8,400, a $756 increase
The Board also approved continuing the $90 per semester Recreation Center
fee, a $40 per semester Student Union fee, a $25 per semester student
activity fee, a $2 per semester fee to support student government and
a $1 per semester fee to support the Student Association of Missouri.
The Board set the room and board fee for 2003-2004 at $5,072 for a two-person
room at the December 2002 Board meeting.
Burkemper ('92), Tom Jayne, and Michael Schwend ('83)('90)
other news, the Truman State University Board of Governors elected new
officers. Tom Jayne, a partner in the law firm of Thompson Coburn in
St. Louis, Mo., was elected president. Michael Schwend ('83)('90),
the chief executive officer of Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc. of
Kirksville, Mo., was elected vice president. Sarah Burkemper ('92),
the public administrator for Lincoln County (Mo.) and a certified public
accountant in Troy, Mo., was selected as secretary.
Professor Receives Governor's Award
DeLancey, associate professor of art, received special recognition from
Missouri Gov. Bob Holden during the 2002 Governor's Award for Excellence
in Teaching Luncheon. The event was held Dec. 4, 2002, at the Capitol
Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Mo.
DeLancey was among 65 faculty members, each representing a Missouri
college or university, who were recognized for their commitment to excellent
education for Missouri citizens. She was selected for her effective
teaching and advising, service to the University, commitment to high
standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.
Professor Awarded Three Grants from NSF
Osborn, assistant professor of biology, has been awarded three grants
from the National Science Foundation for a total of $250,000 since June
2002. Osborn was awarded a $70,000 grant for a project titled "Pollen
Developmental Evolution in the Basalmost Angiosperms - Nymphaeles and
Amborella." The second grant was awarded to enhance undergraduate
research opportunities at Truman through the acquisition of electron
microscopy instrumentation. Funds from this grant will be used to purchase
equipment including a digital image system for an existing transmission
electron microscope (TEM), a digital image system for an existing scanning
electron microscope (SEM), an ultramicrotome, a block trimmer, and a
critical point dryer.
This proposal brings together five faculty members who utilize electron
microscopy in their research and teaching. The faculty members include
George Shinn, professor of biology; Laura Fielden, assistant professor
of biology; Diane Janick-Buckner, associate professor of biology; and
Brent Buckner, associate professor of biology.
Another grant titled "Increasing Diversity at the Annual Botanical
Society of America Meeting" was awarded to Osborn along with Karen
Renzaglia of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale for $59,955.
from left to right are biology majors Patrick Hudson, Julie Strandquist
and associate professor of biology Jeffrey Osborn visiting Kit and Ben
Knotts' private gardens in Cocoa Beach, Fla., to collect flower
buds of giant water lily Victoria for their research on pollen structure
Instructor Named Missouri
Professor of the Year
professor of mathematics Tony Vazzana 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.
"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."
Intern in Missouri Capitol
are student 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 and Michele Buschart are not
spring semester, 14 Truman students began legislative internships at
the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., as part of the Missouri
Government Internship Program. The internship provides an inside look
at state government. While in Jefferson City, the interns are 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
continues on Magruder Hall, the University's science facility.
In addition to modernizing the existing science building, a new section
has been added that wraps around the building to create additional space.
Plans for renovating and expanding the science facility were set in
motion when Truman State University received a generous appropriation
from the Missouri state legislature in the amount of $22 million - 90%
of the total cost of the Magruder Hall project. The Truman State University
Foundation initiated the Magruder Hall Campaign to raise the remaining
Once completed, the Magruder Hall project will bring all four of Truman's
science disciplines - agriculture, biology, chemistry, and physics -
under the same roof and will also create new space for advanced laboratories,
as well as a classroom/demonstration center at the University Farm.
Construction began in 2001, and the new science facility is expected
to be ready for use by August 2004.
the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
January, several events were held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
The activities kicked off with the Ecumenical Service of Love and Peace
on Jan. 19 at the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville, Mo. The
service included reflective messages and performances on the teachings
of Martin Luther King Jr.
Unity VIII, a celebration through dance, song and words, took place
the following day in Baldwin Auditorium. Performances were presented
by the Unique Ensemble Gospel Choir, the High Street Dancers and Truman
The Unity Luncheon was held Jan. 21, in the Student Union Building Georgian
Room and featured a performance titled "Songs of Freedom: Voices
from the Civil Rights Movement," an innovative celebration of the
music that shaped the civil rights.
The celebration concluded with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
Jan. 23. The moderated symposium focused on insights and brief reflections
from four panelists on King's speech, "Letter from the Birmingham
Unique Ensemble, Truman's gospel choir, shown performing in the
of Truman Presidential Library Addresses Graduates
J. Devine, director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and
president of the Truman Library Institute for National and International
Affairs, delivered the commencement address to more than 300 graduates
Dec. 21, 2002, in Pershing Arena.
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library is one of the nation's
10 federal presidential libraries in the National Archives and Records
Mark your calendar
for Oct. 17-19.
Reunion Luncheons will honor the following:
Alumni (1953 and earlier)
Class of 1963
Class of 1973
Class of 1978
Class of 1983
Class of 1993
Class of 1998
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