Truman’s chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2008-2009. Each May, all 564 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 10 “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.

School of Business faculty members Steve Allen, Paul Fellows and Keith Harrison recently had their paper, “A Continuous Improvement Process to Include Closing the Loop Activities,” accepted for publication in “Business Education Innovation Journal,” Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2009.

David Giovagnoli, a junior classics major, represented Missouri at the National Junior Classical League convention at the University of California-Davis from July 26 to Aug. 1. At this convention, he was elected to the national executive board of the National Senior Classical League, as the national Parliamentarian. As a member of the National and Missouri Senior Classical Leagues, he assisted with events designed to foster enthusiasm in students in the 7th through 12th grades in the study of Latin and the Classics, in academic, creative arts, visual arts and athletic endeavors.

Amber Johnson, associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Society and Environment, published a paper titled “Distinguishing Environmental and Density-Dependent Aspects of Adaptation” in the journal “Before Farming.”

Betty L. McLane-Iles, professor of French, was a participant in the Historical Novel Society Conference at Schaumburg, Ill., June 13 where she held a book presentation and signing of her novel on the Spanish Civil War, Dieppe Crossing. McLane-Iles also represented Truman’s chapter of AAUP at the recent national Summer Institute for the American Association of University Professors in St. Paul, Minn., July 23-26 at Macalester College. She was a participant in various workshops on contingent faculty and due process rights, campus communications, chapter organization and building, and academia and labor history.

James Padfield, associate professor of exercise science, was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine on July 27, at the Wilderness Medical Society’s annual conference in Snowmass, Colo.

Truman Health Science students Desiree Raygor and Jenna Osseck received an Honorable Mention in the Undergraduate Research Journal for Human Sciences, Vol. 7 (calendar year 2008). The pair was selected for one of six awards for their manuscript, “Use of a Focus Group of Youth in a Juvenile Detention Center to Recommend Programming Based on the Results of a Developmental Assets Profile.”

David Wohlers, professor of chemistry, traveled to University of Maryland July 27-31 to participate in Youth Slam 2009. The National Federation of the Blind sponsored more than 175 blind high school students who came from all over the United States to attend a hands-on science camp. The students were selected via a competitive application process. The students enrolled in one of eight weeklong tracks and several one-day sessions. Wohlers assisted in the environmental chemistry track along with Dr. April Hill and Cary Supalo (who is also blind) from the Pennsylvania State University Department of Chemistry. Fourteen blind students and five blind mentors did water quality experiments in six sessions during the week. 
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