The Truman chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity won the Midwest Region Self-Governance Award at the first Midwest Keystone Regional Leadership Conference that took place Feb. 18 in St. Louis.

Rebecca Gordon, a junior Spanish and pre-secondary education major from Kirkwood, Mo.; Joshua Jones, a senior political science major from Kirkwood, Mo.; and Laura Najjar, a freshman Spanish major from St. Louis; represented Truman State University in the Midwest Intercollegiate Racquetball Tournament that took place Feb. 17-19 at Vetta Sports Concord in St. Louis. Gordon, one of the top-ranked women players in Missouri, led the team by earning 360 of the team’s 494 total points. Gordon finished second in the women’s gold division, while the combination of Gordon and Jones finished second in the mixed doubles division. Najjar also finished strong in the women’s red division, and Jones finished first in the men’s white division. Overall, Truman finished in 10th place, beating out schools such as The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin.

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of English,
recently had his book “The Pigs Drink from Infinity: Poems 1995-2001” published by Spuyten Duyvil Press in New York. He has also again been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Robert Tigner, associate professor of psychology,
was recognized as the Outstanding Regional Friend of Beta at the first Midwest Keystone Leadership Conference of fraternity Beta Theta Pi that took place Feb. 18 in St. Louis. The award was presented in recognition of Tigner’s 10 years of service as chapter adviser, his work on the Men of Principle Steering Committee, and his receipt of the Dr. Edward Taylor Advisor of the Year Award.
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