Summer Pennell, assistant professor of English, was awarded a National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Pop-Up Grant for her project entitled “How Can We Talk About Race in the Classroom?: A Content Analysis of Missouri Learning Standards for K-12 Education.” This NCID grant opportunity supports scholars who are actively engaging with diversity research and scholarship around emerging social issues and who are committed to disseminating findings quickly to the public. The grant will allow Pennell to work with pre-MAE English student Emily Stobbe, and together they will conduct the content analysis and provide a free workshop for local teachers in the spring.

Jasmine Roghair was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week. This is the ninth time in school history a Truman swimmer has earned that distinction, and the second time for Roghair. Her first award came in January 2015. At a Dec. 2 meet against Western Illinois, Roghair won the 100 free with a time of 55.78 and the 200 free with a mark of 1:58.98. The Iowa City, Iowa, native was also the anchor leg for Truman’s 200 medley relay team that placed fourth with a time of 1:56.36, and Roghair’s split was clocked at 26.83.

The Showgirls dance team took first place in the college jazz category at the National Dance Alliance Battle Spirit Championship in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 2. The team’s next competition will be the NDA Oklahoma Classic Championship in Tulsa, Jan. 13. Current team members include: Allison Tackes, captain; Kelsi Dexter, co-captain; Madison Bailey, Madison Clifton, Olivia Gooch, Alicia Hunsaker, Anna Livingstone, Alli McMichael, Jordon Podgorny, Shelby Smith and Justice Tyson.

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