On April 11 and 12, the Academic Competition Organization competed in a nationals tournament held at Washington University in St. Louis. Truman’s team consisted of: Kent Buxton, a junior from Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Tyson Koenig, a sophomore from Perryville, Mo.; Jacob Thomeczek, a sophomore from Columbia, Mo; Ryan Stander, a sophomore from Liberty, Mo; and William Regot, a junior from Jefferson City, Mo. Truman’s team did well, placing seventh out of 32 teams in their division. This represents the highest placing Truman has ever had at this nationals-level quiz bowl tournament. En route to their seventh place, Truman defeated teams from such schools as Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Washington University.

The team representing Truman’s graduate program in communication disorders (CMDS) won the “Quest for the Cup”
at the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual meeting. This is a “quiz bowl” type competition among all eight CMDS master’s programs in the state, and the traveling trophy, earned in overtime against the University of Missouri-Columbia, is currently exhibited in the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Michael Bump, associate professor of percussion studies, recently served as guest artist/teacher March 30-April 2 at The Florida State University. The visit was co-sponsored by the FSU College of Music, Pearl/Adams Percussion, Inc., and Innovative Percussion, Inc. During the three-day residency, Bump taught graduate seminars in percussion literature and pedagogy, presented master classes on timpani performance, conducted private lessons, and presented a solo percussion recital. The recital included two of Bump’s compositions: “Studie I” for solo timpani and “Studie II: Epthyic” for solo timpanist and percussion quartet. The latter also featured members of the FSU Graduate Percussion Quartet.

Ronald A. Knight, professor emeritus of mathematics
, has had his research paper on initially deformed flows accepted for publication in Topology Proceedings in 2008.

Marc Rice, associate professor of musicology, will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Institute, “African American Struggles for Civil Rights in the 20th Century.” The Institute is sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and will be hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. It will be conducted between June 25-July 30.

John Robert Sturgeon, a senior accounting and economics double major from Omaha, Neb.
, has been selected to receive a national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $5,000.

Wynne Wilbur, associate professor of art
, has been invited to be one of 40 international artists working at low temperatures who will be featured in a book called “Masters:Earthenware,” to be published in the fall of 2009. She also had images of her work selected for a book to be released this summer called “500 Plates, Platters and Chargers.”

David Wohlers, professor of chemistry, recently traveled to Columbia, Mo., to be the keynote speaker at the Children’s Vision Summit organized by the Missouri Blind Task Force, an advisory group to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He also participated in hands-on laboratory activities.
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