Dereck Daschke, associate professor and chair of philosophy and religion, had his essay “‘Oh, Mama, Could this Really be the End?’ The Apocalyptic Bob Dylan” published in Studies in Jewish Civilization 17: American Judaism in Popular Culture, edited by Leonard Greenspoon and Ron Simpkins.

Two musical compositions by Warren Gooch, professor of music, have been accepted for publication by Alliance Publications, Inc. (API Music). The works are: “Fanfare and Alleluia” for antiphonal brass ensemble, and “Alleluia to the King of Kings” for SATB choir and piano.

Masahiro Hara, associate professor of Japanese, presented a paper titled “Learning Basic Processing Strategies in SLA” at the 7th Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association on May 20 at the University of Shizuoka, Japan.

John Ishiyama, professor of political science and director of the McNair Program,
had his article “Explaining ‘Minor’ Party Nominations in Sub Saharan Africa: The Cases of Ethiopia, Zambia, and Malawi” accepted for publication in the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

Lucy Lee, professor of Spanish,
was reappointed Member-at-Large of Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Committee for the 2007-2010 triennium at the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s Triennial Convention Aug. 4 in San Diego.

Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics, delivered the keynote address at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Quantitative Biology Curriculum Planning Workshops at Eastern Tennessee State University July 18. His talk, “Toward Bio2020: Educating Mathematicians, Biologists, and Computer Scientists collaborating to redesign education: Content & Pedagogy,” communicated the way Truman’s Mathematical Biology program uses interdisciplinary research to train students and what we have learned about the student and faculty learning such experiences stimulate.

Danielle Stacy, from Nevada, Mo., presented her research at “The Many Faces of Chemistry: The Merck Index Women in Chemistry Awards” symposium and poster session, at the American Chemical Society 234th National Meeting and Exposition Aug. 20 in Boston. She received a special recognition award in the form of a travel grant.

Three students from the Omicron Delta Kappa circle at Truman State University
have been selected to participate in the annual Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders TomorrowTM program. Heidi Kaplan, Ryan Lewis and Natalie Soltys were the three Truman students selected to attend the program, which brings together 40 bright college leaders and is designed to prepare them for service as board members for nonprofit organizations. This is the third year for this program and each participant was selected out of a competitive group.

Truman’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi was named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2006-2007 at the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s Triennial Convention Aug. 4 in San Diego. Chapter Rho Rho also received the prestigious Octavio Paz award that was granted to only eight chapters nationwide for maintaining “Honor Chapter” status for the complete triennium of 2004-2007. Each May, all 546 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi are asked to submit an annual report detailing their numerous activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the National Executive Committee chooses approximately 15 “Honor Chapters” annually. This recognition is based upon the caliber of chapter projects that reflect the Sigma Delta Pi mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society. Lucy Lee, professor of Spanish, Truman’s chapter adviser of Sigma Delta Pi, was instrumental in earning this national honor that was awarded to only 13 chapters in 2007.
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