Rhodes Russell ('80), chief justice of the Missouri Court of Appeals, and
Cynthia Brinkley ('83) president of South-western Bell-Arkansas, returned
to campus as guest speakers for Truman's commencement ceremonies.
this year, Russell delivered a speech to Truman's spring graduates on May
13 in Stokes Stadium. Russell received her bachelor of science and bachelor
of arts degrees from Truman graduating summa cum laude. She graduated from
the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School in 1983 and was appointed by
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan to the Court of Appeals in 1995. She is the youngest
person in the court's history to hold the position of chief justice.
to Truman's most recent graduates during the summer commencement ceremony
held on the Quad on Aug. 5. Originally from Milan, Mo., Brinkley received
her bachelor's degree in political science from Truman and went on to earn
a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Brinkley was appointed president of Southwestern Bell-Arkansas in 1999 and
is responsible for the company's regulatory, legislative, governmental and
external affairs. In addition, her duties include community and industry relations
of Mathematics Named Educator of the Year
On April 4, Tony Vazzana, assistant professor of mathematics, was honored
at a banquet as Educator of the Year. Vazzana began teaching at Truman in
1998 and currently teaches college algebra, analytic geometry/calculus III,
and algebraic structures. "I know that most of my students will not directly
apply the majority of the factual material they study in my course,"
says Vazzana. "Hopefully, though, they will come away with a need to
ask interesting questions for their own sake and then have the appetite and
perseverance to answer them...."
Dana, is an assistant professor of mathematics at Truman. The couple are the
parents of a new daughter, Audrey, born earlier this year on March 29.
The Educator of
the Year program is sponsored by Student Senate, Alpha Phi Sigma, Pershing
Society, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Named Head of Business and Accountancy Division
On July 1, James Bailey assumed the position of division head for
Truman's Business and Accountancy Division. Prior to assuming the position
at Truman, Bailey had been serving as chair of the accounting department at
Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Wash. since 1997. He began
at CWU in 1992 as an assistant professor of accounting and advanced to full
professor in that department. Previously, he worked six years as a certified
his bachelor of science degrees in accounting and finance from Brigham Young
University, his master's in business administration from the University of
Utah, and his doctorate in accountancy from the University of Nebraska.
Business Executive Advocates a Liberal Arts Education
14, Lars Leicht visited campus speaking to students on how a liberal arts
education has been instrumental in his career. Leicht, who works out of Old
Brookville, N.Y., is the vice president of Banfi Vintners, a producer of premium
wine at the Castello Banfi estate located in the Tuscany region of Italy and
a leading wine import company in the United States.
Leicht told students
how his career has taken him from newspaper journalist, to sales representative
for Banfi, through the ranks of the company's international sales branch,
to his current position. Leicht attributes his success in the international
business world to the broad range of subjects he studied while pursuing a
degree in political science with an emphasis in journalism at State University
of New York, Oneonta.
liberal arts education has been the vehicle for my career," said Leicht,
who explained how language, history, geography, chemistry, and many other
courses have all come into play. "From Italian language, to writing,
to public speaking - they have all helped prepare me for the range of tasks
I face today."
Named Head of Education Division
Sam Minner was named as the new head of Truman's Education Division and began
serving in the position on July 1. With more than 23 years in the field of
education, he has served both faculty and administrative roles. Minner had
held the James H. Quillen Chair of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at
East Tennessee State University in Johnson City since 1997. From 1988-1997,
he served in various capacities at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff,
including a four-year stint as chair of the Education Department. He began
his career as a special education/elementary teacher.
his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville
and completed his doctoral work at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He
and his wife, Joan, have two children, Brook, 21, and Sammy, 8.
Race Issues Discussed at Symposium
Truman's Multicultural Affairs Center and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office sponsored The Image of Blacks II: The Politics of Race Symposium on
April 8. The symposium addressed how politics, music, literature and film
link culture and race; how Black tactics, voices, and images have changed
from the past; whether historical Black expressions are still relevant today;
and whether contemporary Black expression has changed the way America views
After a welcome
ceremony, Robert Weems, associate professor of history at the University of
Missouri-Columbia, presented "Maya, Puff, or Alan...Who Shall it Be?:
Black Culture and Experience Defined." The session examined how African-Americans
are portrayed in the media. Following this session, actress and singer Anita
Jackson discussed marketability and political forces that set trends among
Black females in entertainment. Activist Jamala Rogers and Truman alumna Nyasha
Nyamapfene also talked about the New York shootings of Amadou Diallo.
The day's final
session, "Hip Hop Nation Divided," was presented by top-rated radio
personality and authority on hip-hop Kevin "Kevy-Kev" Pulley. The
activities concluded with a question-and-answer period with panelists from
Presents Kohlenberg-Towne Lecture
Professor of history at Stanford University Barton Bernstein delivered this
year's Kohlenberg-Towne lecture on May 1. Bernstein presented his lecture,
"Truman, Acheson, and the Decision to Develop the Hydrogen Bomb,"
along with a related presentation, "Scientists and the Atomic Bomb."
He also participated in a round-table discussion on atomic bombings.
his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has taught at Stanford since 1965. His
major research fields in American history include the Cold War, World War
II, the atomic bomb, nuclear weapons, weapons policy, post-World War II crises,
science and medical policy, and the Truman Administration.
Lecture Series offers Truman students an opportunity to listen to nationally
acclaimed social science scholars.
Debate Team Wins National
Truman's debate team won two national championship titles at the National
Parliamentary Debate Association's National Championship Tournament held at
Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., March 8-12. Kevin Minch, forensics director
and debate coach, said 224 teams representing 80 colleges and universities
competed for honors. Truman's debate team is also coached by Paul Hood, assistant
director of forensics.
Kennedy, a communication arts major, from Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Jacob
Stutzman, a communication arts major from St. Louis, defeated the University
of Wyoming to win the final round of the debate competition with a rare 7-0
decision. Four of the remaining Truman debate teams also reached the elimination
rounds, and the Truman team won the overall tournament sweepstakes national
championship, outranking teams including University of California, Los Angeles;
Nebraska State; University of California, Berkeley; Rice; Colorado State;
At the beginning of
the season, Minch had challenged his team saying he would shave his head if
the team won a national championship. After the team won two first-ever national
championships at the tournament in Omaha, Minch fulfilled his promise and
allowed members of the debate team to shave his head.
Front row, L-R: Ryan
Kennedy, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Jacob Stutzman, St. Louis, Mo. Middle row,
L-R: Paul Hood, assistant director; Kevin Minch, director; Robert Layne II,
Wentzville, Mo.; and Amy Kearney, Leešs Summit, Mo. Back row, L-R: Tyler Unsell,
Parkville, Mo.; Henry Harmon, Kansas City, Mo.; Michael Denham, Kansas City,
Mo.; Shane Mecham, Lincoln, Neb.; Kristopher Stroup, Lansing, Kan.; and Brian
Amsden, Fenton, Mo.
MoDOT Approves Highway
63 Transportation Corporation
Missouri's Highway and Transportation Commissioners gave final approval April
7 to a plan that allows the Highway 63 Transportation Corporation to become
an official entity and continue their work in expediting the highway expansion.
Their work began more
than a year ago when the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce organized the Highway
63 Task Force. The corporation seeks to accelerate the four-lane construction
of Highway 63 from the Macon bypass to the Kirksville bypass - a project that
covers 23 miles of roadway.
The corporation will
negotiate with officials to establish time-lines, financing, and construction
details. Members of the corporation include representatives from the cities
of Kirksville, Atlanta, LaPlata, and Macon, as well as representatives from
Adair, Macon, and Schuyler Counties. Reggie Padberg ('00) addressed the Missouri
Highway and Transportation Commissioners.
Truman Forensics Students
Win High Honors
Nine students from
the Truman State University Forensics Program captured a total of seven awards
at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament, April
13-18, at Ohio University in Athens. Kevin Minch, Truman's director of forensics,
said 574 competitors from 89 colleges and institutions attended the tournament.
Shane Mecham, Lincoln,
Neb., was ranked fourth in the nation in extemporaneous speaking, his first
national finals placement. In addition, Mecham reached the semifinals of After
Dinner Speaking and the octafinals of Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Mecham also
received the special honor of placing 15th in the pentathlon, an award that
determines the best overall speakers in the nation by looking at the student's
best performance in their five strongest events. Cabell Gathman, Pocahontas,
Mo., placed in the semifinals in impromptu speaking. To round out the team's
performance, Robert Layne, Wentzville, Mo., reached the double-octafinals
in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
The team as a whole
ranked 10th in Division One Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes rankings are a measure
of a school's overall performance against other institutions of comparable
"Lincoln and the
Dome" Added to Schwengel Lincoln Collection
Long-time supporter of Truman State University, Ethel Schwengel ('32), Arlington,
Va., has added another piece of historical art to Pickler Memorial Library's
Schwengel Lincoln Collection. Schwengel paid for the restoration and framing
of some artwork which was the working sketch for one of the murals painted
by Allyn Cox in the U.S. Capitol.
The drawing had been
severely damaged and required serious conservation work. The restoration of
the artwork/cartoon took two years, and it is now displayed on the third floor
of the library. It portrays President Abraham Lincoln with the Capitol architects
designing a new dome intended to symbolize the Union.
Schwengel and her late
husband, Fred Schwengel ('30), have donated an extensive collection of Abraham
Lincoln books, artwork, artifacts, and memorabilia to the University. In addition,
they set up a special fund to support student contests. For a complete history
of the Lincoln Collection, log on to www2.truman.edu/pickler/.
Young Scholars Attend
Joseph Baldwin Academy
This summer marks the 16th consecutive year that Truman has hosted the annual
Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars. During the summer 2000
session in June and July, almost 300 specially selected junior high school
students lived in Ryle Hall and attended a focus class.
The academy is designed
to enrich the learning process of gifted seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade
students by challenging them with a college curriculum.
must be nominated by their school principal or counselor and must score in
the top three percent of a national achievement test. Two three-week sessions
are offered and students choose one class from a number of different courses
offered each session. Subjects included acting, King Arthur, criminal justice,
Latin, chemistry, computer programming, psychology, the Vietnam Conflict,
biology, creative writing, French, Civil War, music, physics, college algebra,
history, and Shakespeare.
This year's instructors
included Truman faculty members Lee Orchard, Adam Davis, Doug Davenport, Bridget
Thomas, Dana Delaware, John Erhart, Judi Misale, Tom Zoumaras, Lin Twining,
Priscilla Riggle, Jeff Gall, Faith Beane, Tom Trimborn, Ken Hahn, Jay Belanger,
and Betsy Delmonico.
Thirty-two Truman students
were selected and trained as 'preceptors' for the courses. They served as
faculty assistants who helped prepare course materials and worked with students
in and out of the classroom. The preceptors lived in Ryle Hall with the students
and worked closely with the academy's director Ryan Bergmann and assistant
Paige Bixler. Dr. David Christiansen is Dean of the Joseph Baldwin Academy.
Family Day at Truman
All Truman families
and friends are invited to campus for Truman State University's Family Day
on Oct. 7. A full day of activities has been planned starting with a reception
on the Student Union Mall. A picnic lunch will be served in Red Barn Park,
and tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $4 per guest, and students'
lunches are free with the presentation of their meal cards.
Several Truman sporting
events will take place throughout the day including Women's Volleyball, Women's
Soccer, and Bulldog Football. Other activities include a performance by the
University Concert Band, and the Students Activities Board plans to provide
The 24th Annual Red Barn
Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by the Kirksville Arts Association will
be held the same day at the Kirksville Court House Square just four blocks
north of campus.
For information on Family
Day, contact the Public Relations Office, (660) 785-4016. A detailed brochure
will be mailed directly to Truman parents in the next several weeks.
Robert Urich Makes Guest Appearance on Campus
award-winning actor and advocate for the arts Robert Urich spoke in Baldwin
Auditorium on April 8 wrapping up the 1999-00 season for the Kohlenberg Lyceum
Series. Urich replaced the previously scheduled Beverly Sills, who had to
cancel her appearance due to a family emergency. Urichšs presentation concluded
the year-long 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.
Urich has starred in
10 television series during his career. In 1992, he received an Emmy Award
for his narration of the National Geographic Explorer film "U-Boats:
Terror on our Shores," and he currently hosts TBS' National Geographic's
"On Assignment" series and performs in the Broadway hit "Chicago."
While on campus, Urich
spoke about his life as an actor, as well as his successful battle fighting
synovial cancer. Urich entertained the audience with stories, jokes, singing,
and played songs on a grand piano. At the end of the presentation, he accepted
questions from the audience and offered advice to students seeking acting
careers. After the event, students had the opportunity to talk to Urich at
a reception in the Student Union.