Mike Ashcraft, professor of philosophy and religion, spoke to a faculty forum and in two classes at Loyola University New Orleans on Jan. 23 about his recent book, “A Historical Introduction to the Study of New Religious Movements” and related topics.

Michael Rudy, associate professor of political science, and alumna Heather Kopp had their manuscript, “Quality and Quantity: Government Quality, Capitalist Peace and Dispute Escalation,” accepted for publication in the Fall/Winter 2020 addition of Midsouth Political Science Review. The pair originally presented the paper “Purchasing Peace: A Capitalist Peace and Conflict Escalation Study” at the 21st annual meeting of the Great Plains Political Science Association in October 2018 in Maryville, Mo., when Kopp was an undergraduate at Truman. They adapted that project for the manuscript accepted by MPSR. Kopp graduated in May 2019 and is now a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Missouri.

Brodric Thomas, men’s basketball, won this third GLVC Player of the Week award of the season for the week of Jan. 20-26. In three games he averaged 23.33 points per game, made five threes in the win at Quincy and set new season highs with eight assists and four steals in the win over McKendree. Thomas came one board short of a double-double against the Hawks, and with two blocks at Southern Indiana moved into eighth place in Truman history with 73 for his career; 14 on the season. Thomas also won the award for the weeks of Nov. 18-24 and Nov. 25-Dec. 1.

The Truman men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their academic prowess in the classroom this past fall. Both teams earned the distinction of All-Academic by the USTFCCCA by having a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and compiling a team score at the NCAA regional or championship meet. The Truman men posted a 3.28 GPA while the women had a 3.67 GPA. Both teams are coached by Tim Schwegler.

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