Sylvia Macauley, associate professor of history, served as chair and discussant of the “Africa, Agency, Contestation and Acculturation” panel during the Conference on Perspectives on Cross-Cultural History at St. Louis University March 19-20.

Nicole Moore, a graduate music student, is one of 62 semifinalists invited to compete for $11,000 in prizes during the 2010 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards. The competition, which is administered by the Wichita Symphony, will take place April 23-24 at Duerksen Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wichita State University. Contestants will compete for a single $5,000 prize, plus $2,000 prizes in each of the three divisions — piano, instrumental and voice. Moore will play the viola in the instrumental division.

Lynn Rose, professor of history, and Steven Reschly, professor and chair of history, have completed “Amish Tourism in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Open-Air Freak Show,” and will submit it for publication to Disability Studies Quarterly. In October 2009, Rose and Reschly also visited the new Acropolis Museum, among other sites, in Athens, Greece, as part of the on-site preparation for the two fully-enrolled “Sacred Sites in Greece” faculty-led study abroad courses. The first three-week, six-credit course will take place in May/June 2010 and will be led by Reschly and James Cianciola, assistant professor of communication. The second course will take place in July/August, and will be facilitated by Reschly, Molly Herbert, assistant professor of classical studies, and Eric Ross, visiting assistant professor of history.

Six Truman Spanish majors presented papers at the St. Louis University 2010 French and Spanish Undergraduate and Graduate Students Symposium March 27. The students were: Grant G. Berry, “La estructura espacio-temporal en ‘El Sur’ y ‘El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan’”; Tahamara Ibarra, “Fedina Rodas y Alba Santgy: Mujeres de esperanza en el infierno político de El señor Presidente y La casa de los espíritus”; Jillian S. Lopez “Búsqueda de la identidad y recuperación de la memoria en Retrato en sepia”; Josef D. Sallen, “La pesadilla continua: El señor Presidente”; Theresa M. Giuffrida, “El desequilibrio del poder en El señor Presidente de Miguel Ángel Asturias”; and Nathan Beck “El poder del temor político en la dictadura y su representación en El señor presidente.”

Truman students Timothy Ryan, Charles Tomlinson and Zachary Whitehouse represented Truman in the 70th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition administered on campus in December. The team ranked 127 of 546. Whitehouse earned a score that ranked him 186.5 out of 4,036 contestants. The top 200 ranked students have their names and institutions reported to all participating institutions.
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