Nicholas Maluf, a senior music composition major, had an original musical composition selected for performance at the 2014 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Composers Recital hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia. Maluf’s composition, entitled “Showdown” for saxophone quartet, will be performed at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Whitmore Recital Hall by musicians from the University of Missouri. “Showdown” was one of six pieces selected from a statewide call for submissions from Missouri composers who are connected to a chapter of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Chad Montgomery, associate professor of biology, has been selected as the new director of the Office of Student Research. He succeeds Michael Goggin, professor of physics, who served as the interim director during the past year. The OSR serves as a central resource for student research, scholarship and creative activities at Truman and works to promote, facilitate, highlight and assess faculty-mentored student research across all disciplines.

The National Park Service Newsletter put the Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS) project as the lead article in its newest publication. Members of the community have been working toward a trail system in Thousand Hills State Park for several years, and ground was broken on the project in October 2013. Eventually the project will connect the city to the state park and Forest Lake. Users will be able to walk, hike, camp, boat, bike, swim, fish, picnic and enjoy the outdoors.

The Truman Academic Competition Organization team competed in a mirror of SUBMIT (Submission Utilizing Berkeley/Maryland Invitational Tournament) at Southeast Missouri State, Feb. 1. The team (comprised of students Jacob O’Rourke, Houston Roberts, Gabriel Hotz and Emily Leddin) finished tied for second with a 6-4 record. Additionally, O’Rourke finished as the second overall scorer at the tournament with 76 points per game. Statistics from the tournament may be found here.
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