The Truman Volleyball Team earned a spot in the January issue of Volleyball Magazine for their strong record and successes in recent years. Head volleyball coach Qi Wang and seniors Jessica Sears, exercise science major from Colchester, Ill.; Rebecca Knefelkamp, communication major from St. Louis; Lauren Dickbernd, business administration major from St. Charles, Mo.; and Annie Nicolai, business administration major from St. Louis; are featured in the article.

Dereck Daschke, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, presented his paper, “‘Thou Shalt Not Covet’: Israel, Repression, and its Discontents” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in November. In December, his chapter titled, “‘Because of my Grief I have Spoken’: The Psychology of Loss in Fourth Ezra” was published in volume 2 of Praeger’s four-volume Psychology and the Bible series.

Pete Kelly, assistant professor of special education; Wendy Miner, assistant professor of education; and Dale Blesz, assistant professor of special education; will be presenting a paper titled “Action Research: Results from Two PDS Parternships” at the National Association of Teacher Educator’s conference in Chicago in February. Kelly and Blesz also will be presenting a paper titled “A Highly Contextualized Professional Development School in Education: Focus on On-Site Preparation” at the conference.

Officer Tami O’Haver was sworn in as the newest member of the Truman State University Department of Public Safety police force Dec. 20. O’Haver joined the Department in September 2004.

Steven D. Reschly, associate professor of history, served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar with the Institute for British and American Studies at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany from 2003-2004. In November 2004, Reschly was appointed to the Fulbright Review Committee for Faculty Applications to Austria and Germany. This is a three-year appointment. While in Germany, Reschly spoke at the Ferdinand-Sauerbruch-Gymnasium in Großröhrsdorf in December 2003. He presented his research at the University of Rostock and at the Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz, in Kaiserslautern in May 2004. In addition to serving as the Chair of the Publicity Committee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s and Gender Historians of the Midwest (WGHOM), Reschly is a member of the Editorial Council for Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage. He is a member of the H-Net International Committee, as well as Chair of the Planning Committee, Chair of Editorial Board and faculty sponsor of the H-HISTMAJOR Listserv Discussion Group for Undergraduate History Majors, part of H-NET. Reschly continues research for his third book, a co-authored study of consumer culture in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the New Deal Era.

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