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  • February 21, 2012

    Weekly Lunch-n-Learn Series Designed to Bring New Technology to Faculty

    Lunch-n-Learn, a weekly lunchtime technology workshop designed for faculty to incorporate new technology in the classroom, begins Feb. 22. The Learning Technologies Team will sponsor sessions from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Pickler Memorial Library 103. To register to attend any or all of the sessions, visit eventmanager.truman.edu.

    Session one will focus on Skype Feb. 22 and how it can be used in education to bring guest lecturers into the classroom and for online courses.

    Session two, Feb. 29, will focus on the use of Panopto in online, blended and face-to-face classes. Discover how adding brief introductory videos can enhance learning and build trust with students online.

    Session three, on March 14, will discuss the use of VoiceThread to take online discussions to a new level of interactivity.

    Session four will focus on GoogleApps March 28. In particular, it will discuss the two GoogleApps used at Truman: Google Docs and Google Sites. Learn how wikis like Google Docs can be used to facilitate deeper learning. Spend time creating a website using Google Sites that can be shared with students.

    Session five, April 4, will educate on a variety of free resources used to engage students, such as TED Lectures, Merlot, Connexions, Ning, MIT OpenCourseWare and more.

    Session six will focus on Films on Demand April 11. Films on Demand is a service offered by the library with digital video selections that can enhance coursework.

    Session seven, April 18, will discuss social media in the classroom. Learn more about how others are effectively using social media to create learning opportunities “where they live.”

    Session eight will discuss fun and free tools for use in education April 25. It will focus on Prezi to amp up presentations, Digg and Delicious to keep websites organized and StumpleUpon to stay abreast on favorite topics.

  • September 20, 2011

    All sounds good at Stokes Stadium

    Things sound much better at Stokes Stadium this fall, thanks to a brand new sound system designed and installed by SKC Communications Products.

    Working together with ITS and Athletics, technicians from SKC designed the system to give optimal sound coverage for attendees of athletic events in the stands, as well as those sitting on the field for ceremonies such as commencement.

    The previous system consisted of a cluster of speakers on the east light poles aimed crossways across the stands, which provided uneven coverage across the stands and varying audibility, depending on where you sat. Wireless field mics were also unreliable.

    SKC removed the old speakers and installed a large cluster above the press box, aimed to cover the bulk of the stands and the field. Smaller speakers underneath the press box filled in the gaps at the top of the stands.

  • November 18, 2010

    Internet Upgrade Planned

    Since early in the semester, ITS has been pursuing options for providing faster Internet access. We are pleased to announce we have successfully negotiated a 150% increase in Internet service from 100Mbps to 250Mbps. This increase will improve the quality of all Internet activities used by Truman students, faculty and staff.

    The order for faster Internet has been placed! It will take a few days for the order to be processed and our Internet service upgraded but we expect to have the upgrade fully completed when everyone returns from Thanksgiving break. We will let you know when everything is complete.

    Thank you for your patience as we worked through the details of the upgrade.

  • August 27, 2010

    LSAT Prep Workshop Offered First Block

    When: Fall 2010 First Block
    • August 26-October 13
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-8:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Dr. Stuart Vorkink.
    Improve your LSAT score just in time for the first Law School Admissions Test of the Fall on October 9th, 2010.

    To Register: Go to the Cashier’s Window located on the first floor of McClain Hall and pay for the $350 the course. Or contact Dr. Hagerty for early assistance and registration. Take your receipt to the Registrar’s Office and they will enroll you.

  • 2010 Undergraduate Research Conference

    Daniel N. Hammond
    Dr. John J. Quinn, Faculty Mentor

    Syed Muhammad M. Zaidi
    Dr. James T. Przybylski, Faculty Mentor

    Cole E. Rakow
    Dr. Candy C. Young, Faculty Mentor

  • Ryan Mueller Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

    Ryan Walker Mueller (2011) was inducted this last academic year into Truman’s Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Society. Ryan is pictured receiving his award from Dr. Donahue, President Delta of Missouri Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Summer Experiences

    Michael Dijak (2013) has been working with Vector Marketing, a national sales and marketing company since May 2009. He was recently promoted to Branch Manager and will be opening and running his own sales office in West Des Moines, IA for the summer. He will be the sole entrepreneur in charge of that office this summer.

    Michael Baharaeen (2013) is interning for U.S. Congressman Sam Graves from the Sixth Congressional District of Missouri for two months this summer in his Washington, D.C. office. This will be his second consecutive summer working in this office.

    Kristin Marshall (2012) is interning with Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri this summer in DC.

  • Political Science Graduates Honored at Spring 2010 Commencement

    A number of political science graduates were honored for their outstanding achievements during the Spring 2010 commencement.
    Those graduating with Department Honors in Political Science were:  Kailey Burger, Cole Rakow, Lindsey Gill, and Phillip Raine.

    Lindsey Gill was also named the Outstanding Senior in Political Science.
    Recipients for Departmental Honors must meet the following qualifications:
    1. An overall Truman GPA of 3.65.
    2. A GPA in the major of 3.75.
    3. Leadership and pursuit of knowledge out of the classroom demonstrated by evidence in
    at least two of the following three categories
    a. Presentation of research at an organized conference, such as Truman’s Student Research
    Conference, a regional political science conference, or Truman’s Women’s Conference.
    b. A significant off-campus learning experience, such as a study abroad or university sanctioned
    internship (generally this will be an experience of at least one semester / 12 hours).
    c. Demonstrated excellence in a university activity, such as forensics or athletics, or in a
    university or community organization or activity.
    4. Approval by the political science faculty.

  • Political Science Students Association Founded

    This year marked the founding of the Political Science Student Association, a student initiated effort that focuses on offering support of all kinds to Political Science students. The PSSA provides students with resources useful to upcoming careers, advice and planning for the major, and fosters a sense of community within the major.

    Last fall, we organized a picnic for both majors and professors.  Later that semester, we wrote our organization’s constitution and became an official organization with the Center for Student Involvement. with hot chocolate, hot cider, and treats.

    This past spring, PSSA made T-shirts for sale for Political Science majors and fundraised with Domino’s Pizza Cards to gain seed funds. Additionally, we hosted a forum for students interested in law school with former Truman State grad, and University of Chicago alum, Philip Christofferson, J.D. He gave a presentation on his experiences followed by a question and answer portion.
    We also hosted a session targeting lower classmen to offer them advice on timing of classes and ideal order in which to take them. Lastly, PSSA challenged the History department in a softball game that was derailed to a future date.

    This past year was an extremely productive one that established the Political Science Student Association and laid the groundwork for future events. In the future, PSSA hopes to continue to grow and serve Truman’s Political Science students.