Jerrold Hirsch, professor emeritus of history, has an essay, “Kentucky Folk Art: New Deal Approaches,” in Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture, which the award jury for the Alice prize has selected to be one of the five books shortlisted for this honor given by the J. M. Kaplan fund.

Kelly Kochanski is one of 700 students from across the nation to be selected for the annual Scholarships for Military Children Program. Kochanski is a recipient of a $2,000 scholarship awarded at Nellis AFB and funded through the Fisher House Foundation. Applicants were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay. The scholarship program is open to qualified sons and daughters of members of the U.S. Armed Services, including active duty, retirees, guard/reserves, as well as children of deceased military personnel. Kochanski is the daughter of Robert and Julianne Kochanski.

Daniel Mandell, professor of history, served as commenter in the session “Captives, Patients, Laborers: The Social and Spatial Dimensions of War in Early America,” during the annual meeting of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in Worcester, Mass.

Nikki Sisson was selected as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport of women’s swimming. Sisson is the second Bulldog student-athlete to earn one of the league’s top awards. The GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is voted upon by faculty athletic representatives in each conference sport by nominees that combine both academic and athletic success. Each nominee must be at least a sophomore in athletic eligibility and maintain a minimum 3.30 grade-point average. Sisson, a sophomore from Springfield, Mo., was a key part in the Bulldogs claiming their first GLVC swimming and diving championship in February. She was the silver medalist for Truman at the championships in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. At the NCAA national championships, Sisson picked up five All-America honors with finishes in the 100 free (4th), 50 free (12th) and as a member of three relay squads: 200 free (5th), 400 free (7th) and 800 free (11th).

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