Men’s basketball team members Zach Fischer, Brodric Thomas and Jake Velky earned first-team recognition by the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The GLVC has given first-team recognition to three players from the same school only twice in its 40-year history, and this is the first time since the GLVC switched from an 11-player team to a 10-player team in the 2011-12 season. Fischer, a senior, also received recognition as the first Bulldog to be named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week three times in the same season. He joins Mike Carlson and Cory Parker as the only players in school history to be named conference player of the week three times, but he is the only Bulldog who has done it all in one season.

Women’s basketball player Katie Jaseckas was voted the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. She was also named a second-team All-GLVC performer and a member of the All-Freshman team. She is the first Truman recipient of the GLVC Freshman of the Year award and joined Felicia Sutton (1987-88) and Rhonda Soper (1988-89) as the only Bulldogs named as league’s top freshmen. Jaseckas is joined by team members Rachel Edmundson and Sloane Totta who garnered third-team all-league honors. Teammate Ashley Hartwig is the team’s honoree for the James R. Spaulding Sportsmanship Award. This is the second straight year for the honor for the Bulldog senior.

Daniel Mandell, professor of history,  presented “The American Great Jubilee,” part of his work in progress “The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America,” at the conference on Religion and Politics in Early America. The conference was sponsored by the John Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University, and brought together leading scholars from all over North America.

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