Michael Baharaeen, a senior political science major, won a Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper award at the 20th annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science. Baharaeen’s paper was entitled “The Medical Marijuana Program Act: A Critical Analysis of the Formulation of California’s Medical Marijuana Law.” His faculty mentor for the project was Randy Hagerty, professor of political science. Baharaeen’s paper will also be published in the journal Critique. Other Truman political science majors presenting at the conference were Laknath Dias, who presented “New Social Movements and the Effective Mobilizations of Peoples,” and Morgan Tucker, whose paper was entitled “Female Electoral Quotas and Closing the Gender Gap.”

Xiaofen Chen, associate professor of economics, has been awarded a Japan Studies Institute (JSI) Fellowship by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The fellowship supports participation in the JSI at San Diego State University on Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum in Summer 2012.

Royce Kallerud and Roger Johnson each received 2012 Still Spirit Awards April 30. Since 2005, A.T. Still University in Kirksville has recognized outstanding community members whose actions embody school founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, and his leadership and spirit of volunteerism, through the Still Spirit Awards. Kallerud, professor of English, was recognized for his efforts to bring a four-mile walking trail from downtown Kirksville to Thousand Hills State Park. Johnson, custodian in Ophelia Parrish, was recognized for his volunteerism, charity fundraising for many causes, including the Adair County Public Library, and for the creation of the hall of fame display for Truman athletics.

Daniel Mandell, professor of history, will spend 2012-2013 focusing on research and writing at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worchester, Mass., thanks to a long-term fellowship awarded by the AAS and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He will also spend a week as a visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. Mandell’s project, which began with his sabbatical in 2007, is a study of changing concepts of equality in America. The AAS, founded 200 years ago, is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States, with one of the most complete holdings of materials published in America before 1850. The NEH provides much of the funding for the Society to give three long-term research fellowships every year to scholars who apply on an international competitive basis. Mandell will spend most of his time at the Society reading relevant children’s literature, newspapers, pamphlets and periodicals published between 1790-1850. He also expects to write large segments of a book manuscript, which will examine questions of class and ideas of equality from 1600-1880. The Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, founded in 1930, is one of the world’s foremost centers for groundbreaking theoretical science and humanities research, with closely linked Schools of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Historical Studies. Every year each of the schools brings together scholars to conduct and share research on aspects of a broad topic. Mandell will be participating in the School of Social Studies, which this coming year will focus on the theme of “Economics and Politics.”

Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French and member of the City of Kirksville Historical Preservation Commission, participated in the 2012 Missouri Certified Local Government Forum in Jefferson City April 21. McLane-Iles, along with Brad Selby, commission administrator and codes inspector, and Kenneth Shook, commission chair architect, represented Kirksville and the KHPC at this statewide annual event.

Recently, five members of Truman’s IT Services Department presented workshops at MORENet’s Bi-Annual Conference, HELIX, in Kansas City, Mo. The theme for the spring conference was “Learning Without Limits.” Potential presenters submitted proposals, and three of Truman’s IT Staff proposals were accepted. Diane Richmond, director of Learning Technologies, and Susan Thomas, instructional designer, presented a program entitled “Limitless Options: Preparing Established On-Ground Instructors to be Effective in the Online Environment,” showcasing Truman’s self-designed “Ready, Set, Click!” program for instructors wishing to teach online. Amy Nunan and Julie Hanes, both technical support specialists at Truman, presented the program, “Limitless Classroom Innovation,” highlighting Truman’s tiered technology classroom system and how both the teaching/learning environment and support options can be improved through thoughtful standardization. Thomas and Nathan Gillette, technical support specialist, presented their program entitled “Limitless Performances: Choosing and Implementing an Easy/Low-Cost Live Streaming Solution,” showcasing Truman’s ability to live stream music performances from Ophelia Parrish’s Performance Hall. Truman is the first Missouri public university to live stream concerts around the globe.

Marilyn Romine, business academic advisor
, received the Outstanding Woman Leader Award for 2011-12 from the Missouri Women of Today. She received the statewide award May 5 in Moberly, Mo. Romine was nominated by the Kirksville Women of Today after winning the local community Outstanding Woman Leader competition.
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