Victor E. Marquez-Barrios, assistant professor of music, has been awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for the fall 2018 season. The fellowship consists of a residency at the MacDowell Colony, located in Peterborough, N.H., and includes exclusive use of an artist studio, accommodations and three prepared meals a day during Truman’s winter break. Founded in 1907 by Edward and Marian MacDowell, the colony’s mission is “to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.” Marquez-Barrios’ accepted proposal is the composition of a work for solo guitar, the composer’s main instrument, which he hasn’t written anything for in more than 10 years.   

Lauren Wacker, volleyball libero, was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Wacker is the first Bulldog to receive the honor since former Truman libero and current Quincy head coach Abby Moser. Wacker had 39 digs in Truman’s two victories. Among the best in the GLVC, Wacker is 10th in digs per set with 4.40. In Truman’s career record book, she is currently second in digs per set (4.71) behind Moser (7.74) and needs 35 digs to break into the top 10. Wacker was also recently featured in the “GLVC is ME” video campaign. The campaign shows the personal side of student-athletes representing each of the league’s 14-member institutions.

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