Truman Review Winter 2002 - Index

Winter 2002
Vol. 7. No.2

Hopes and Dreams Come to Life for the Fine Arts Division

Homecoming 2002

Around the Quad
Faculty / Student Profiles
Foundation News
Alumni News

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Truman Review Winter 2002 - Around the Quad

U.S. News and World Report Recognizes Truman as No. 1 Public university in the Midwest for Sixth Year

For the sixth year in a row, Truman State University has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2003 guide as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest region in the master's category. Truman also ranked No. 8 in the Midwest region category among both private and public institutions. Truman is the only public university in Missouri to be included in either ranking in their magazine. In the category "Great Schools at Great Prices," Truman was the only public university in the Midwest region listed on their top 15 listing. The Midwest region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"We focus our attention on providing a quality education for our very talented student body," President Jack Magruder said. "The fact that an external publication recognizes Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest for the sixth year in a row tells me we are on the right track."

U.S. News & World Report based its regional rankings on graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and peer assessments. In addition, Truman was recently listed as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the latest 2003 Princeton Review College Guide. Truman State University, described by the authors as offering what is arguably "the premier public liberal arts school in the Midwest and almost certainly the best one in the Show-Me State," is one of 345 schools featured in the latest edition.

The 2002 entering freshman class of 1,464 students earned a 3.73 high school grade point average and scored at the 91st percentile nationally on the ACT examination. In addition, 73 percent of the freshmen were in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating classes, and 99 percent had some form of leadership experience.

Presidential Search Begins

Earlier this year, University President Jack Magruder announced plans to retire in June 2003. John Briscoe, President of Truman's Board of Governors, appointed a search committee to commence the work of selecting a new president for Truman State University. The members of that committee are:

Randa Rawlins ('79), Search Committee Chair and Member of the Truman Board of Governors
John Briscoe, President of the Truman Board of Governors
Ruthie Dare-Halma ('83), Associate Professor of Computer Science
Tom Jayne, Vice President of the Truman Board of Governors
Rodney Loesch ('68), National Alumni Association Board Member
Wilma Maddox ('79), Member of the Truman Board of Governors
Michael McManis, University
Dean of Planning and Institutional Development

Fontaine Piper ('70), Human Potential and Performance Division Head
Randy Smith, Associate Professor of Music and Faculty Senate President
Ryan Walkiewicz, Student Senate President

At its Aug. 21 meeting, Truman's Board of Governors voted to retain the Academic Search Consultation Service to assist the Presidential Search Committee. Theodore J. Marchese, managing director of the Academic Search Consultation Service and External Consultant for the Truman State University Presidential Search Committee, was on campus in September as part of the Presidential Search Committee meeting. Marchese serves as managing director of the consultation firm and met with numerous members of the Truman State University community. For the latest information on the search go to


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for new Fine Arts Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center renovation and addition project was held Sept. 27. Missouri First Lady Lori Hauser Holden was a special guest at the ceremony, and a reception was held in conjunction with the Visual Arts Faculty Art Show.

The original Ophelia Parrish building, named after Ophelia A. Parrish who served as the head of library and professor of library economy, was officially opened on Sept. 12, 1923. An addition was added in 1939. The building was used as a lab school and was home to Kirksville's Junior High School until Kirksville built a new junior high in the early 1980s. After the junior high moved out, the original building was used for classroom and office space, while the addition was used for storage.

In 1997 the Missouri Legislature approved the funding of the first phase of a two-phase project for the renovation and addition of Ophelia Parrish. The first phase included the renovation of the south wing while the second phase funding included the construction of the new addition, as well as the renovation of the north wing. With the completion of this project, Truman's Fine Arts Division is now housed under one roof. Ribbon cutting ceremony

Shown left to right: Senator John Cauthorn, Michael Schwend, Micah McKay, President Jack Magruder, Missouri First Lady Lori Hauser Holden, John Briscoe, Tom Jayne, Marietta Jayne, Representative Bob Behnen, Representative Sam Berkowitz, Myra Baiotto, and Bill Murray.

Intramural Program Celebrates 75 Years at Truman State University

The intramural program is celebrating its 75th year on the campus of Truman State University. Nationally, the first Intramural Departments began in 1913 at Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. Don Faurot, a former football coach at Truman, developed Truman's program which began in the spring of 1927. Basketball and soccer ball

The first sports available through the program were volleyball and basketball. Women were not a part of the Intramural program until 1977. Until that point women competed in the Women's Athletic Association and Women's Recreation Association.

Currently, the Truman Intramural Recreational Sports offer more than 20 different activities during the school year. The most popular sports during the past year were basketball with 95 teams, volleyball with 79 teams and soccer with 81 teams. Tennis with 182 participants and the 3K run with 147 participants were the most popular individual sports.

Truman Ranks 11th in Nation on CPA Exam

Statistics released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy indicate that Truman State University masters' students ranked 11th in the nation for passing all four parts of the May 2001 Uniform CPA Exam. An impressive 57.1 percent of Truman State University's first-time candidates with advanced degrees who took the test passed all four parts of the exam. The national average for passing all four parts in this category was 27.4 percent.

Truman masters' students also had the highest pass rate in the nation on the Financial Accounting and Reporting section of the May 2001 exam. One hundred percent of Truman masters' students who took the exam passed this section on their first attempt. No other university in the nation had a 100 percent pass rate in this category.

Forensics Students Take Home 70 Awards

While many were celebrating Truman's Homecoming, members of the University's Forensic Union were busy in Omaha, Neb., representing Truman in the Nebraska Double-Up Tournament. Twenty-four members of Truman's speech and debate team traveled to the tournament hosted by Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and Concordia University in Seward, Neb., Oct. 11-13. The event featured two separate tournaments in individual events, a debate tournament and combined honors for the weekend. There were 24 other colleges and universities in attendance, which included schools such as Rice University, the University of Nebraska, Purdue and Colorado State.
Truman topped the competition bringing home first place overall sweepstakes for the weekend. Truman also brought home first place in individual events at the Concordia portion of the tournament, second in individual events at the Creighton portion of the tournament, and first place in overall debate sweepstakes. A total of 70 awards were won by Truman students, including 11 individual tournament championships in speech and debate events, making this the largest total cache of awards ever won by Truman students in a single weekend.

Grim Hall Wins College Cup Challenge

Grim Hall, known for having both American and international students living and working together in a diverse community, was the winner of Truman's 2002 College Cup Challenge. The friendly competition between the residence halls offered Truman students a fun way to become acquainted with the campus and the University community.

Held during Truman Week - the week before classes began in the fall - the students earned points for their residential college by participating in various activities. The competition offered a variety of award categories designed to help students become more familiar with their new home and to celebrate diversity. Many students demonstrated their talents in team sports, such as the Trivia Challenge, Ridiculous Relays, Lip Sync and Yard Art. Points could also be earned by completing other activities, such as exploring offices around campus and participating in diversity events.

Campus Pipeline Increases Online Functionality

Truman's Information Technology Services announced the availability of a new system called Campus Pipeline now accessible to Truman students, faculty and staff. The site provides students with Web-based e-mail, and the University community can access campus announcements and news.
As more enhancements are added, Campus Pipeline will provide students, faculty, advisers and staff access to many more online functionalities. For example, students will be able to register for classes using Campus Pipeline in mid-spring 2004 for the summer and fall 2004 semesters. Faculty will be able to view their class rosters as well as their teaching schedules online beginning in late fall 2003.

Lyceum Series Provides Cultural Experiences for Community

Gus Giorgano Jazz Dance ChicagoSince the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series began in 1899 as a lecture course, its aim has been to broaden the cultural experience of students, faculty, staff and the community through speakers, music and drama. The 2002-03 Lyceum season opened Sept. 24 in Baldwin Auditorium with a performance by Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, a dance company known for developing and preserving the indigenous American art form of jazz dance.

The Lyceum's second program of the season took place on Oct. 15 with a presentation by one of America's oldest continuing brass quintets, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet.

On Dec. 9, the Lyceum presented Ensemble Galilei, known for their lively, informed interpretations and spirited improvisations of Irish, Scottish, early music. The group uses an intricate mix of instruments - fiddle, Scottish small pipes, Celtic harp, viola de gamba, oboe, recorders and penny-whistle - to blend the colors and style of early instruments with Celtic.

Lyceum events are free of charge to all Truman students, faculty, and staff, and upcoming events include Kansas City Symphony, Jan. 28, 2003; San Jose Taiko, Feb. 11; and Peking Opera, March 25, 2003. For more information visit

Art Exhibits on the Web

Two digital exhibits from the Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections/Arch-ives Departments - "The Big Fire" and "Lincoln and the Dome" - are available online at Virtually Missouri is designed to provide centralized access to the special collections of Missouri's archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. The exhibits are also available on the Pickler Memorial Library web site.

• "Lincoln and the Dome" - a cartoon added to Pickler Memorial Library's permanent exhibit of the Schwengel Lincoln Collection is available at archives_mss/mural1.htm.
• "The Big Fire" - an exhibit about the Baldwin Hall fire on the Truman campus is available at archives_mss/big_fire_baldwin.htm

KBIA Signal Now Rebroadcast on 89.7

With the help of the University tower, the purchase of some new equipment, and the cooperation of CableOne and KBIA, members of the Kirksville community can now receive a stronger National Public Radio signal under the call letters KKTR. The station rebroadcasts KBIA on 89.7 FM at 1000 watts, instead of the 10-watt translator (58 watts ERP) that had been used in the past. This endeavor also gives Adair County permanent access to KBIA.

For members of the Kirksville community who listen to KBIA and would like to help defray the University's equipment costs associated with the new and stronger signal, a fund has been established with the Truman State University Foundation to accept charitable gifts. Gifts to the fund will be used this year exclusively for the purpose of establishing KKTR to provide a strong and reliable National Public Radio signal to the community. For more information contact Dean Van Galen at (660) 785-4133, or Heidi Templeton at (660) 785-4016,

McNair Program Celebrates 10 Years at Truman

The McNair Program at Truman State University celebrated "A Decade of Excellence" with several events in September. The McNair Program began the 10th anniversary celebration festivities at Truman Sept. 18 with the annual McNair Research Presentations and Luncheon. McNair scholars, students, faculty and staff viewed the presentation of the 2002 summer research interns. In a panel discussion Sept. 19, staff members from the McNair Program, Residential Living, Financial Aid and Multicultural Affairs discussed how Truman State University deals with retention, graduation and graduate school placement rates. A closing banquet was held Sept. 21, at Patterson's Banquet Center.

In addition to celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Truman McNair Program also received recognition at the recent national TRIO conference organized by the U.S. Department of Education. Truman McNair Program Director Emmanuel Nnadozie was surprised when, in front of the large gathering, Robert Belle, former director of the Office of Federal TRIO Programs, held up the Truman McNair Program publication, The McNair Scholarly Review of Truman State University, and told the audience that Truman's publication should be emulated by all McNair Programs.

McNair is one of the six TRIO programs funded by the Federal Department of Education to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate academic potential. The purpose of the McNair Program is to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students and underrepresented minority groups who obtain doctorial degrees by: preparing students for doctorial studies through involvement in research, mentoring, and other activities; assisting students in graduating from college and enrolling in graduate school; and supporting students in the completion of doctorial studies.

For more information on the McNair Program at Truman visit

McNair Group

Shown left to right (front row): Ryan Stewart, Jennifer Walz, Katherine Laufersweiler, Jennifer Main, Shureka Cannon, Paya Rhodes, Tonya Sanders, Sarah A. Hass (Administrative Assistant). (Middle row) Emmanuel Nnadozie (Director), Ranessa Cooper, Donna Stewart, Matthew Scott, Angie Baum, Megan Dunn, Courtney Carter, Tisha Wiley, Tara Johnson, John Ishiyama (Research Coordinator), Teresa York (Program Coordinator). (Back row) Nyasha Nyamapfene, Anna Rudroff, Zepel Anderson, Gerrad Jones, John Woodward, Joaquin Chicamcham.