Four Bulldog football players earned first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and 10 players overall were honored by the league following the 2017 season. Named to the first team were: senior offensive lineman Matt Kaysinger; senior defensive back Jordan Brown; junior kick returner Malique Robbins; and sophomore defensive end Sam Reeves. Second team honors were awarded to: senior linebacker Justin Mikeworth; sophomore running back Jordan Salima; and freshman full back Jacob Morris. Senior defensive end Isaiah Hinton, junior tight end C.J. Brown and sophomore linebacker Bryan Edwards were honorable mentions. In addition, sophomore quarterback Jaden Barr was the team’s nominee for the James R. Spaulding Sportsmanship award, and the team earned the overall Spaulding Sportsmanship award for the third straight season.

Four Bulldog volleyball players earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors for the 2017 season. Senior Jasmine Brown and sophomore Lauren Wacker were named to the first team while juniors Natalie Brimeyer and Savvy Hughes were featured on the second team.

Zach Fischer was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, Nov. 13. Fischer averaged a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 77.8 percent (14-for-18) from the field and 80 percent (4-of-5) from behind the arc.

Barry Poyner, professor of communication, presented a program and presented a paper at the National Communication Association in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 18, entitled “Civility Be Damned:  Measuring Conflict through Obstructionist Parliamentary Motions.” His paper focused on “Filibusters and Intellectual History.” Poyner also chaired a program, Nov. 16, for the Peace and Conflict Communication Division titled “The Relevance of Theory: Examining Intractable Conflict.” Poyner serves as parliamentarian for the national organization.

Truman students John Bickel, Stephen Plassmeyer, Peter Windsor and Zachary Smith gave research poster presentations at the 9th Annual ATSU Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium, Nov 11. Bickel, a senior chemistry major, presented his research investigation for potential inhibitors of HIV’s Viral Infectivity Factor (Vif) protein. Plassmeyer, a senior biology/chemistry double major, presented on the inhibitory capability of biflavanoid molecules on the aggregation of Amyloid Beta peptides, biomolecules associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, which is part of an on-going collaboration with Dr. Henry Han at ATSU. Windsor, a junior chemistry/exercise science double major, presented on his computational drug discovery project on the Zika Virus Protease enzyme. Smith, a sophomore biology/chemistry double major, presented his research on potential inhibitors for the enzyme APOBEC3B, which is known to be over expressed in both cancer and HIV patients. Windsor won the Sigma XI award for Best Undergraduate Research Poster presentation, and Plassmeyer won the Sigma XI award for Best Overall Research Presentation. Both awards came with a certificate and monetary compensation courtesy of Sigma XI. Bill Miller III, assistant professor of chemistry at Truman, served as their research supervisor and accompanied them at the conference. These students will be continuing their research projects during the academic year in the Miller Research Lab.

Pictured from left to right: Zachary Smith, Stephen Plassmeyer, Peter Windsor and John Bickel.
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