Lauren Dale was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week. She gave up just one earned run in 18 innings pitched for a 0.39 ERA. She went 2-1 in three starts with her 12th complete game of the season, which was the 30th of her career. This is the second time in her career earning Pitcher of the Week.

William Fries became the first Truman student to participate in the Reynolds Journalism Institute Student Competition at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His team won first first place for their idea, VeriPixel, which is used to verify photos and identify fake news. Their win earned them an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to meet with industry leaders and investors.

Warren Gooch, emeritus professor of music, was named a 2017 finalist for the American Prize in music composition. His musical composition entitled “Cellgames 2.0” was named a finalist in the “Concert Band/Wind Ensemble: Professional Division” category. The American Prize has been recognizing and awarding excellence in the performing arts since its inception in 2010. Each category of the American Prize is juried by widely regarded performance artists and composers, with conductor and composer David Katz serving as the chief judge.

Jerrold Hirsch, professor emeritus of history, gave an invited lecture, “Losing My Harvard Accent: How Oklahoma Helped B. A Botkin Become America’s Folklorist,” at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, April 11. The lecture was co-sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Honors College, Western History Collections, the Merrick Chair in Western American History, History of Science Department, History Department, Anthropology Department, English Department, Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies, OU Humanities Forum and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Savvy Hughes has been invited to compete in the USA Division II volleyball tour in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The tour will go from May 28-June 6, and she is one of 20 players in the Division II ranks. Hughes is a junior setter and second-team All-GLVC honoree.

Truman was the highest-rated public school in the Consensus Best Regional Universities-Midwest ranking recently released by College Consensus. Coming in tied for No. 7 overall, Truman was the only public school in the top 10 and the only Missouri school in the top 20. College Consensus combines previously published rankings from outlets such as Forbes and U.S. News & World Report with trustworthy student review sites to compute an overall student reviews rating. The complete list of top College Consensus ranked schools for 2018 can be found at

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