Communication students Nathan Vickers and John Moenster presented papers at the National Communication Association Convention in Chicago Nov. 13 and Nov. 15. The papers, in part, focused on the petition drive of Truman’s NCA Student Club in securing 1,001 student signatures to keep the COMM 170 public speaking requirement in the LSP. Vickers presented “Discourses of Stability and Change: Efforts to Keep Public Speaking in the Liberal Arts Core,” along with Truman faculty members Al Weitz, Michelle Kleine, Barry Poyner and Kristi Scholten. Moenster and Truman professors Ed Rogers and Poyner presented “Stasis Theory in Action: Efforts to Keep Public Speaking in the Liberal Arts Core.”

“Deaths on Pleasant Street,” published by Truman State University Press, won the 2009 Historic Book of the Year from the Jackson County Historical Society of Independence, Mo. Author Giles Fowler received the award for his extraordinary contribution to local history and for preserving and understanding the county’s heritage. Fowler’s book traces the 1909 mystery surrounding the suspicious deaths of three members of the wealthy Swope family of Independence. “Deaths on Pleasant Street” delivers an engaging and accurate retelling of the 100-year-old events in the literary journalism tradition by analyzing court transcripts, newspaper coverage and personal memoirs.

Barbara Price, associate professor of English and English Education, participated in the Fulbright Colloquium marking the 60th anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright Program, which took place in Washington, D.C.,  Oct. 8-9.

Two Truman State University music composition students received recognition in the 2009 Missouri Music Teachers Association Student Composition Competition (Young Artist Division). Rich Freese was awarded first place for his guitar composition “Scattered Memories.” His composition now advances to District/Regional competition. Katie Lakner was awarded honorable mention (second place) for her flute composition “Character Sketches of the Usual Suspects.” Both student composers study with Warren Gooch, professor of music. This is the third consecutive year that a Truman composition student has won this award. The competition is open to Missouri student composers in the 19-26-year-old age bracket.

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