Truman’s Academic Competition Organization (ACO) team had a strong showing Oct. 20 at the Rollapalooza Tournament in Rolla, Mo. The Truman A team of Paul Strauss, a senior history and pre-education double major from Bellflower, Mo.; Kent Buxton, a sophomore biology major from Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Ryan Stander, a freshman history major from Kansas City, Mo.; and William Regot, a sophomore psychology major from Holts Summit, Mo.; placed second behind a team from the University of Illinois. Buxton gained recognition for being among the top-10 high scorers in the tournament.

Dereck Daschke, associate professor of philosophy and religion, along with Chett Breed, professor of English, attended the triennial conference of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society for the liberal arts, in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 26-28. Daschke and Breed were delegates from the Northeast Missouri Phi Beta Kappa Association and the Delta Chapter of Missouri at Truman State University, respectively. They were joined by Carol Race, former director of Truman’s Instructional Technology Services, who is a current senator from the Midwest Region to the Phi Beta Kappa Senate.

Stephen C. Hadwiger, associate professor of nursing, presented “Workplace Diversity: What’s the Problem?” at the ninth Eastern Regional Conference of Philippine Nurses Association of America, Sept. 23 in Baltimore, Md. Hadwiger also participated in the Adair County Health Department Drive-Through Influenza clinic, Oct. 5 at the NEMO Fairgrounds. The clinic was a county preparedness exercise in the event that a biological hazard should occur and the immunization of a large population was needed locally. The event took place in conjunction with the Adair County Health Department and the Medical Reserve Committee.

Cody Pusateri, a junior political science major from Springfield, Mo., and Ashley Adams, a junior sociology and anthropology double major from Belleville, Ill., were recent award recipients at the 2006 Alvin Gouldner Undergraduate Student Paper Competition, sponsored by the Missouri Sociological Society. Pusateri received first-place honors for his paper “A Comparative Analysis Between Health Care Values of Western Europe and the United States.” Adams garnered second-place accolades for her paper “The Politics of Biracial Identity: an Exploration of How Internalized Oppression Manifests in Black/White Mixed Race People.” Their papers will be published in the Missouri Sociological Association’s electronic journal, accessible at

Robert Tigner, associate professor of psychology and chapter counselor for Beta Theta Pi, has been asked to facilitate the 2007 Miller Nichols Presidents Leadership Academy in Oxford, Ohio. The Leadership Academy is a three-day leadership training program for presidents of fraternity chapters. The program attracts student leaders from both the United States and Canada for a curriculum that stresses principled leadership, effective communication skills and goal-setting techniques.
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