Elizabeth Clark, associate professor of communication, and Mark Smith, assistant professor of communication, have co-authored a paper that has been selected among the best submissions nationwide in the annual Broadcast Education Association scholarly competition. The article, titled “Significant Treatment: An Assessment of Issues-Programs List Availability in Missouri Radio Station Public Inspection Files,” has been selected for presentation in the radio-audio division during the BEA Spring Convention in Las Vegas. Nearly 100 radio station public files were inspected by faculty and Truman students during individual visits to radio stations last year. In addition, the Missouri Broadcasters Association has requested a summary of the article to remind its membership of their federal obligations to file quarterly reports of public service programming. The paper has been submitted to the Journal of Radio Studies for possible publication.

Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, has had his book, “An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam,” published. It is now available at the Truman Bookstore. Visit for more information.

Christina Wirkus, a senior communication major from Kansas City, Mo.,
was recently named Playtex Sport’s Team Player of the Month. Wirkus will receive $2,500 for herself and another $2,500 to give to a non-profit charity of her choice. Wirkus is responsible for beginning Truman’s all women ultimate team and lead them all the way to regionals their first year.

Three Truman parliamentary debate teams reached the elimination rounds of the Mark Hatfield Debates at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., Feb. 23-24. Teams included Mark Buchheit, a freshman history major from Carthage, Mo., and Dylan Rothermel, a junior economics major from Homewood, Ill.; Sara Archer, a senior accounting major from Riverside, Mo., and Keith Schnakenberg, a senior communication and political science double major from Buffalo, Mo.; and Christopher Girouard, a sophomore communication and political science double major from Chesterfield, Mo., and Kevin Haynie, a sophomore political science major from Bridgeton, Mo.; in the “sweet sixteen” round of the tournament.

Members of the Truman chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma attended a Regional Conclave the weekend of Feb. 24 and received multiple awards. They took home the W.T. Hembree National Leadership Award, The Edward H. McCune Most Distinguished Chapter in the Nation Award, the Emmett Ellis Chapter Scholarship Award and the Robert Nagel Jones Charitable Projects Award.

The Writing Center would like to thank those students who participated in International Writing Centers Week Feb. 12-16. The Writing Center would also like to congratulate Priscilla Riggle, associate professor of English, who was named Writing Professor of the Year, and other nominees, Martha Bartter, professor of English; Robin Becker, instructor in English; Joe Benevento, professor of English; Adam Davis, professor of English; Ernst Hintz, associate professor of German; Royce Kallerud, associate professor of English; Linda Moore, lecturer in English; and Brent Orton, lecturer in English. They would also like to acknowledge Steve Pennington and the Truman Bookstore for donating a gift certificate to be awarded to the Writing Professor of the year.

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