Truman’s chapter of Beta Theta Pi recently returned from National Convention with many prestigious awards. The chapter earned the John Reily Knox Award for Chapter Excellence, the top award given by Beta Theta Pi nationally. The fraternity also earned the Francis H. Sisson Award for chapter excellence, the Virginia Tech Award for academic excellence, the Excellence in Risk Management Award and the John Holt Duncan Award for leadership development. Also, Beta Theta Pi earned Gold Chapter recognition, the only fraternity to do so in the Truman Greek Challenge for Excellence, and also won Interfraternity Council Chapter of the Year at Truman.

Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history
, recently spoke at the Kansas City Public Library’s kick-off event for a six-week series of public programs commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Federal Writer’s Project, A New Deal Program that helped define America and American literature by supporting literary talent during the Great Depression. Hirsch’s presentation, “Portrait of America: A Cultural History of the Federal Writer’s Project,” is online at His recent interview on the public radio program “Up to Date” can be found at

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