Monica Barron, professor of English, read her poetry and creative non-fiction April 6 at Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Ky.

The Truman State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Bobzien, a senior biology major from Janesville, Wis., is the recipient of a national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. Each chapter is allowed to nominate one student annually for this fellowship. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi then awards 60 Graduate Fellowships of $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. This is the fifth year in a row that the Truman chapter has had an award recipient for a fellowship or award of excellence. Bobzien will use her fellowship for study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

From March 31-April 1, members of the Truman State University community presented at the Spring Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. David Failing, a sophomore mathematics and pre-secondary education double major from Lisle, Ill., and Matt Sealy, a junior mathematics and physics double major from Joliet, Ill., presented research they conducted during The Next STEP’s 2005 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. George Wang, a senior computer science and mathematics double major from Kirksville, also presented a talk on research conducted as part of Truman’s Mathematical Biology Initiative. James Guffey, professor of mathematics, also presented at the conference.

An original musical composition by Warren Gooch, professor of music, has been selected as the "Featured Composition of the Month" by the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC). "John I: The Word" for choir will be available on the CFAMC Listening Page on their Web site located at The performance is by Truman's Cantoria under the direction of Mark Jennings, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of English, recently attended the &Now Literary Conference at Lake Forest College in Illinois where he moderated a panel titled "Shunning the Daisies of Nostalgia" and read from his new book "The Pigs Drink from Infinity."

Khang Tran, a senior computer science and mathematics double major from Oceanside, Calif., set a Truman individual record on the 2005 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. He ranked 149th out of 3,545. The Putnam Competition, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, is open to undergraduates of any major in the United States and Canada. The Truman Putnam team, consisting of Bach Ha, a junior computer science and mathematics double major from Kirksville, Michael Miller, a junior mathematics and computer science double major from Kirksville, and Tran ranked 92nd out of 395. Six Truman students participated in the competition.
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