Ben Coate, a junior political science and Spanish double major from Chanute, Kan., and Ryan S. Lewis, a senior history major from Chesterfield, Mo., presented their paper, “Eye of the Beholder,” at the “Miscarriages of Justice” conference Feb. 20 in Warrensburg, Mo. The paper, coauthored by professor of political science Paul Parker, analyzes reported reactions of defense and prosecuting attorneys to death penalty reversals.

Barbara Price, associate professor of English, attended the Write to Learn/Missouri Association of Teachers of English (MATE) conference Feb. 16 and 17 in Osage Beach. Also attending were Truman graduate students Crystal Buffaloe, Kara Burns, Nick Kremer, Sarah Maddox, Be-Asia McKerracher and Laura Trieschmann. MATE awarded Buffaloe the 2007 Robert J. Greef Award as outstanding English education student from Truman. Truman M.A.E. graduate Kelli Best-Oliver (2004) presented a session describing changes she, Tom Harper (2004) and other Maplewood-Richmond Heights teachers have made in their school’s writing program.

Lucy Lee, professor of Spanish,
was recently named the first member-at-large of the National Executive Committee of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society. Lee will now participate in all processes requiring action by the Executive Committee and her term of office is for a complete triennium with possibility for re-appointment. She was chosen based upon her exemplary service in Sigma Delta Pi as Truman’s chapter adviser (1989-present) and as the vice president of the Southwest region (2001-present).

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of English,
recently had his essay/review “Fear and Loathing in Polemics: The Unfortunate Butchery of Hunter S. Thompson’s Amazing and Draining Künstlerroman” accepted and published in the latest Del Sol Review.

High school academic teams from across the state competed in the Academic Competition Organization’s (ACO) NERD Bowl Feb. 17. First place in the large school division went to Savannah High School with Smithville High School placing second. In the small school division, Scotland County High School and Knox County High School took first and second places respectively. ACO would like to thank Tau Lambda Sigma members Kara Fleming, a freshman German major from Louisburg, Kan.; Kim LaTendresse, a freshman from Grundy Center, Iowa; Heather Mallett, a sophomore art pre-M.A.E. major from New Cambria, Mo.; Christa Manton, a sophomore biology major from Linn Creek, Mo.; Kayla Riekena, a junior business administration major from Chillicothe, Mo.; and Amanda Stukenbroeker, a freshman German and Russian double major from St. Louis; for volunteering their time to assist with the tournament. ACO would also like to thank the other women of TLS as well as the women of Alpha Sigma Gamma who volunteered but whose assistance was not needed because of cancellations due to weather.
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