Ryan Campbell, a junior French major from Manchester, Mo., was selected for the 2009 Walter Jensen Scholarship for study abroad. In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, Campbell will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the American Association of Teachers of French.

Gregory Jones, professor of music,
has been invited to present master classes and performances in Skopje, Macedonia; Pristina, Kosovo; and Tirana and Berat, Albania in June as a visiting artist. He will also be a juror for the prestigious 2009 Ohrid Pearls International Competition in Ohrid, Macedonia. This competition is sponsored by the European Union of Music and the Music and Ballet Pedagogues of Macedonia.

Elaine McDuff, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper entitled, “Collaborative Learning in an Undergraduate Theory Course: An Assessment of Goals and Outcomes,” in a session on Alternative Approaches to Teaching Sociological Theory at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, April 2-5.

Sara E. Orel, professor of art history, has been invited to write the article on ancient Egyptian pottery for Blackwell’s new “Encyclopedia of Ancient History.” She will be speaking on her research in archaeological ceramics for the Truman Faculty Forum in the spring of 2010, a presentation that will be accompanied by a loan exhibition of ancient Egyptian pottery from the Royal Ontario Museum in the University Art Gallery. She was also elected to a three-year term as a Councilor in the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Stephanie Powelson, associate professor of nursing and Brenda Wheeler, assistant professor of nursing, co-presented an oral session at the Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation Conference in Durham, N.C. April 1–4.

Arnold Preussner, professor of English, attended the recent annual conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, where he participated in a workshop on “Presenting Shakespeare: Making Public Sessions Work.”  His review of the 2008 Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, Iowa City, will appear in the Spring 2009 issue of “Shakespeare Bulletin,” and covers productions of “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Winter’s Tale.”

Music majors Eian Zellner, a freshman from Salem, Ore., and Adam Phillips, a sophomore from Union, Mo., were two of 10 students selected as winners in the annual scholarship competition of the International Trumpet Guild, the most prestigious organization in the trumpet profession. The students prepared and submitted recordings of challenging solo repertoire and etudes for the competition. Both students are under the direction of Gregory Jones, professor of music.

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