Schindler's List Survivor Visits Truman

Zev Kedem, one of the survivors on Schindler's now-famous list, spoke to Truman students on Oct. 20., about his experiences in concentration camps. "Schindler's List: A Survivor Celebrates Life," was part of the Monday Nights in Ryle series in association with the President's Office and Vice President's Office.

As an 11-year-old boy, Kedem was one of the 1,100 Schindlerjuden whose life was miraculously saved by Nazi industrialist Oskar Schindler. Kedem, now 64 years old, is a documentary filmmaker. He consulted on and appeared in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Schindler's List. Kedem shares the extraordinary true story of survival, comradery and courage that has inspired the world.

When Nazis entered Krakow, Kedem was one of the "lucky" ones who was sent to Auschchwitz. From the time he was eight years old until he was liberated at age 11, Kedem endured the unimaginable horrors of six concentrations camps. He calls those years his alternate education. What he ultimately learned was that one's time on Earth is precious and none of it should be wasted.

After he was liberated in 1945, Kedem was sent to England to live in a British orphanage. He studied at Oxford and received a degree in engineering. He married and moved to Jerusalem, where he helped to rebuild the Old City.

While he was in Israel, he became immersed in the ancient history of Jerusalem. In order to tell the stories of the romantic ruins and spiritual atmosphere of the Old City, Kedem became interested in documentary filmmaking. He first produced Only in Jerusalem, and then The Jerusalem Quartet, which was subsequently translated into four languages and distributed to 60 countries. Eventually, Kedem's filmmaking took him to Los Angeles and then to Sacramento.

It wasn't until he was flown to Israel to be involved with the production of Schindler's List that Kedem truly began to deal with the remarkable experiences of youth. Forced to remember a part of his life that had laid dormant for many years, amazingly, Kedem has found a multitude of reasons to celebrate life. It's that joy that has won him the overwhelming support of audiences around the country.

Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Presented An Evening with Jeane Kirkpatrick

The Kohlenberg Lyceum Series brought Jeane Kirkpatrick, former United States representative to the United Nations, to Truman on January 14, 1998.

A scholar, diplomat, syndicated columnist and political scientist, Kirkpatrick is one of America's true experts on world politics and international affairs. After more than four years as the U.S. representative to the United Nations, Kirkpatrick resumed her position as Leavey Professor at Georgetown University and as senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Also, she is co-director of Empower America, a public policy institute and political advocacy organization that formulates and promotes progressive-conservative policies based on the principles of economic growth, international leadership and cultural renewal.

Her strong voice and keen mind had a remarkable impact on the international community. She was one of the best and most outspoken ambassadors that the United States has ever sent to the United Nations, boldly presenting American foreign policy objectives, supporting moves toward democracy and independence in the hemisphere, and defending American principles and interests.

Kirkpatrick participates in programs of the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. She was recently a member of a highly publicized delegation that visited Moscow and other cities in Russia.

Kirkpatrick was awarded the Medal of Freedom ­ the nation's highest civilian honor ­ by President Reagan in 1985. She has also been given the French Prize Politique for political courage, the award of the Commonwealth Fund, the Gold Medal of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Morgenthau Award of the American Council on Foreign Policy and the Humanitarian Award of B'nai B'rith.

A noted academic, Kirkpatrick holds undergraduate degrees from Stephens College and Barnard College, and master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.

Tickets to the Lyceum event were free for all students, faculty and staff.

Carnahan Names Two Members to Truman's Board of Governors

Governor Mel Carnahan named two new members to the Board of Governors. John W. Briscoe, an attorney from New London, succeeds Mary Rhodes Russell. Randa Rawlins ('79), an attorney from Kansas City, succeeds Thomas R. Shrout, Jr.

Briscoe is a partner in the law firm of Briscoe & Mobley in New London, Mo. In addition to his law practice, he serves as the prosecuting attorney for Ralls County. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar and is chairman of the Bar's Finance Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Barkley Cemetery Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the New London Lions Club, Hannibal Elks Club, Boy Scout Troup 106 Committee and Trinity Episcopal Church.

Briscoe received a bachelor's degree from Westminster College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri­Columbia School of Law.

Rawlins is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. She is president-elect of the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and was recently named one of Kansas City's "Up and Comers" by the Kansas City Business Journal. In additin to her law practice, Rawlins has been extensively involved in presenting at legal seminars and Kansas City Bar Association meetings. Rawlins was awarded to Lon O. Hocker Award for outstanding trial advocacy by the Missouri Bar Foundation in 1994.

Rawlins graduated summa cum laude from Truman in 1979. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri­Columbia School of Law.

St. Louis Mayor,
Truman Alumnus Harmon,
Addresses Summer Graduates

St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon ('77) addressed more than 200 graduates at summer com-mencement that was held on Aug. 5 in the Quadrangle.

According to Harmon, his experiences on the Truman campus were among his most valuable. "When you're away at college you encounter new people, ideas and experiences that expand and stretch who you are. You get a view of life and the world that is more than local," Harmon said.


David Johnson Challenges Winter Graduates

David C. Johnson provided an inspirational address to more than 300 students during the winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 15.

Johnson has served as chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris, since 1990. He has been a leader together with colleagues at Truman State University and 10 other institutions, in the movement to forge a national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). He has served as president of COPLAC.

While at Morris he has concentrated upon a set of initiatives termed "The Morris Junior Year." The goal of this plan is to supplement Morris students' courses with opportunities by the end of their junior year for study or internships abroad, collaborative research with mentor professors, service learning projects, and internships focusing upon public service projects in small towns.

Di Stefano Chosen
Interim Associate Vice President

Vice President for Academic Affairs Garry Gordon announced the appointment of Maria Di Stefano as interim associ-ate vice president. Di Stefano, associate professor of physics, will also serve as graduate dean for the academic year.

"Maria brings many strong qualifications to this position, among them, her excellent experience in teaching and undergraduate research, student advising and institutional service," Gordon said. "Her time as acting division head of science and convener of physics will also be a strong asset to her as she takes on the responsibilities of the associate vice president."


Gregory, Weidner Receive Lee Awards

Christopher Gregory, associate college professor, and Mark Weidner, Academic Planning Services, were named this year's recipients of the William O'Donnell Lee Advising Awards. Each will receive a $1,000 professional development fund and a year's membership in the National Academic Advising Association. The two recipients were nominated for the award by students and colleagues.

The award was established in honor of the late Mr. Lee, a mentor of Truman's Board of Regents in the 1970s.

Advising Award recipients: (left) Mark Weidner, academic planning services counselor, (right) Chris Gregory, associate professor and residential colleges director.

Fall Enrollment

Total number of students . . . . . .6289
(42% male, 58% female)

Geographic Origin
Missouri (103 counties). . . . . . .72%
Iowa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5%
Illinois. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%
Other states (41 states). . . . . . . . .7%
International (48 countries). . . . . 2%

First-time Freshmen . . . . . . . . 1663

Average Freshman
ACT score. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27.0

Average Freshman GPA. . . . . 3.67

New Transfer Students. . . . . . . .96

Graduate Students . . . . . . . . .243
(3.9% of total)

Part-time Students . . . . . . . . . 259
(4.1% of total)

Students in Residence Halls. . 2843
(45% of total)



A team-building exercise during Freshman Week 1997, challenged freshmen to work together to succeed.
Friendships were formed that will last a lifetime.

Delta Sigma Chapter Honors Blondefield As Delta Zeta Woman of 1997

(front) Dr. Phyllis Blondefield ('72), Dr. Ruth W. Towne ('39), Jack Magruder ('57). (back) Gaylah Sublette ('85), Bridget Morton ('82).

On Friday, Nov. 7, the Delta Sigma Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority at Truman hosted a banquet to honor Dr. Phyllis Blondefield, an alumna of Delta Sigma Chapter. The banquet was held in the Georgian Room of the Student Union on campus. Almost all of the 127 members currently in the college chapter attended plus a number of alumnae in the Kirksville area.

In October the national headquarters of Delta Zeta announced that Dr. Phyllis Blondefield of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine had been chosen Delta Zeta Woman of 1997. This is the highest honor Delta bestows on a member for her achievements in her career as well as her service to Delta Zeta. Dr. Blondefield was cited for her work at KCOM where she has been assistant to the president since 1957. Between the resignation of Dr. Fred Tinning and the selection of a new president by the board, Blondefield served as interim president. All those at the school testify to the fine quality of Blondefield's leadership during that time.

At the banquet on Nov. 7, the program included remarks by Dr. Ruth W. Towne, long time college Chapter Director of Delta Sigma Chapter and now its faculty advisor, spoke giving reasons why she nominated Blondefield for the award. Gaylah Sublette, Director of Grants and Development at KCOM, had recommended Blondefield on the basis of Sublette's acquaintance with Blondefield at KCOM. She was to speak after Towne, but she was on her way to Washington D.C., to offer another proposal for a grant. Her remarks were read by Sarah Lutter of the college chapter.

The high spot of the evening was when Bridget Morton, currently the College Chapter Director, went to the podium, called Blondefield to come to the podium, and then pinned the medallion that shows that it can be worn only by the Woman of the Year. It belongs to her for her lifetime. The chapter gave Blondefield a standing ovation as she took the podium to say a few words of appreciation. The program closed with the singing of a ceremonial Delta Zeta song.

Reprinted with permission of the Kirksville Daily Express, copyright 1997.

Golden Alumni Visit Truman

On Tuesday, August 5, sixteen alumni participated in a variety of very special events. The group, known Golden Alumni, all graduated fifty or more years ago. The Golden Alumni enjoyed tours of campus and the University Residence, and a luncheon that allowed for much reminiscing. One alumna relayed a memory of Senator Harry Truman with the group. While Truman was visiting masonic lodge members in her home town, Sarah Penn-Wenrick ('41) was given the task of shooting quail for the Senator's supper. She then prepared, served and ate the meal with Senator Truman.

Traveling from as far away as Ohio, nine Golden Alumni also participated in the Summer Commencement ceremony. Dressed in cap and gown, they received a Truman diploma from President Jack Magruder. This is the second year Golden Alumni have been a part of summer commencement.

(front) Dorothy (Klocke) Mahla ('46), Frances Peer ('46), Clara (Smith) Durall ('47). (back) Charles Eoff ('47), David Brunberg ('38), Sarah Penn-Wenrick ('41), Mildred (Akers) Safford ('47). (not pictured) Jolene (Underhill) Pink ('47), Mary Brown ('47).

Tel-Alumni Update

The 1998 Tel Alumni Campaign is off to a great start with $296,000 in pledges recorded to date. More than 40 student callers contacted 12,000 Truman alumni, parents and friends to update files and raise money for scholarships, technology improvements, study abroad, athletics, and other projects.

"I had a great time talking with alumni all across the country about what's going on at the University and it was fun sharing the good news about all the national media coverage we've had lately. It's encouraging to talk with our alumni and hear about their success," explained Matt Grimes, a Senior majoring in Communications.

Tel-Alumni student caller: (right) Matt Grimes, a Senior Communications major from Kansas City, is one of 40 student callers who work to update alumni files and raise money.

Web Site Links Type Review to University's Thomas Jefferson Press

The Digital Type Review, an online publication from the University's Thomas Jefferson University Press, was recognized by two major professional Web sites in November.

Netscape featured The Digital Type Review in its "What's New" page, and Yahoo! made the site one of its "Daily Picks."

The listings drew more than 7,200 new visitors to the site.

The Digital Type Review, which features articles and reviews about typography and technology, had more than 90,000 hits over a period of three days. It is designed to educate design-ers as well as non-designers about type, related technology and the industry.

Tim Rolands, the electronic editor for the Thomas Jefferson University Press, started the site because there really was not any source in print or online that offered designers information about new fonts. To keep on top of developments in the field, Rolands checks company Web sites daily for new fonts and news. He updates The Digital Type Review when he finds new things, usually once a day.

The Digital Type Review can be found at

Truman Students Study Abroad

Truman offers 108 international programs in 47 countries for an educational experience of a lifetime. In 1990, 60 Truman students enrolled in study abroad programs. Since then, there has been a tremendous response to study abroad and exchange programs offered by Truman. In 1996, 309 students enrolled to study in countries around the world. These Truman students participated in study abroad courses in England, France, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Greece and other countries around the globe.

The Center for International Education Abroad, located in Kirk Building, provides information about a multitude of opportunities for students. The Financial Aid Office can assist with expenses through cultural loans. The Office of Alumni and Development advertises scholarships through the Truman State University Foundation that can assist with costs of studying abroad.

Study abroad opportunities range from 10 days to a year in length and are made possible in cooperation with universities around the world. These diverse experiences offer Truman students an opportunity of a lifetime.

"It was the most wonderful experience of my life! I learned so much about nursing care in other cultures," said Melissa Goldie of her transcultural nursing experience in the Philippines.

Multimedia Computer Lab ­ Goal of Parents Council

This year's Parents Council Project is to equip a newly constructed computer laboratory that will be used by all Truman students. The laboratory, which will be located in Violette Hall upon its anticipated completion in the Fall of 1998, will include high-powered computers with CD-ROMs and large monitors that will provide multimedia capabilities. The cost of the project will range from $40,000 to $50,000 and a plaque will be placed in the computer laboratory to acknowledge the financial support of Truman parents.

Last year's project, a subscription to Lexis-Nexis, a premier source of news, business, legal and political information from around the world, had 8000 uses during the fall semester. A special "thank you" to all Truman parents who participated in making last year's campaign a success. We look forward to meeting this year's goal as well!

Truman Graduates Succeed in Seeking Employment

In 1996, 95% of Truman undergraduates who received degrees during the fiscal year were either employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation. These are the findings of the University Career Center and the Registrar's Office.

Truman Career Center Coordinator, Susan Job, attributes this success rate to the amount of time the students take to find a job.

The University makes it easy for students. The University Career Center is a tremendous resource. The center offers a Career Expo job fair each semester, publishes a job bulletin every Friday and subscribes to other job bulletins across the country.

In addition, students can research companies on their own and search the Internet at Pickler Memorial Library.

University of Missouri-Columbia = 90%

Southwest Missouri State University = 80%

Truman State University = 95%

"Toad the Wet Sprocket," sponsored by the Student Activities Board, performed in November 1997.