Marek Haruza, a junior physics and mathematics double major from Worth, Ill., and Bec Hanania, a senior chemistry and physics double major from Hanover Park, Ill., presented posters at the Arkansas INBRE conference that took place Feb. 24-25, in Fayetteville, Ark. Haruza's poster, titled "Laser Cooling and Trapping of Rubidium Atoms," was awarded third place in the physics section of the conference. The poster was based on the work of and put together by the Quantum Optics research group mentored by Michael Goggin, associate professor of physics, who also drove the students to the meeting. The other students who worked on the poster were David Kiblinger, a sophomore physics and mathematics double major from Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Ross Coleman, a junior physics major from Springfield, Mo.; and Stan Park, a junior computer science major from Joplin, Mo. Hanania's poster, titled "Mechanism and Stereochemistry of the Alkaline Hydrolysis of a VX Stimulant," was the result of her summer 2005 research project funded by the National Science Foundation through Truman's NextSTEP program and mentored by Eric Patterson, associate professor of chemistry. Oleksiy Golovin, a junior physics major from Kiev, Ukraine, also attended the meeting.

Barbara Price, associate professor of English education, attended the Missouri Association of Teachers of English Write to Learn conference Feb. 17-18 in Osage Beach.  Price is a member of the MATE board. Also attending was Alaina Denney, an English M.A.E. student from Independence, Mo., who was named Truman's recipient of the 2006 Robert J. Greef Award, presented annually by MATE.

Truman's chapter of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity has recently raised $1,700 through a date auction and the Beta Theta Pi Spike Volleyball tournament, supplemented by donations from parents, to benefit Hope's Kitchen.
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