Truman’s Zeta Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi recently returned from the 171st General Convention with several awards. The chapter earned the John Reily Know Award for Chapter Excellence, which is the top award given by Beta Theta Pi nationally. The men of Zeta Xi also earned the Francis H. Sisson Award for Chapter Excellence and the Virginia Tech Award for Academic Excellence. The Chapter accomplished this in part by earning a GPA higher than the campus average, as well as having the highest GPA in the Interfraternity Council.

Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history, with Larry Rodgers, recently co-edited “America’s Folklorist:  B. A. Botkin and American Folklore,” published by Oklahoma University Press. His essay “‘The Ben Botkin Bulldozer’: Toward A Reassessment of A Treasury of American Folklore,” is included in the volume.

Two Truman graduate students have had original musical compositions selected for performance at the 2010 Iowa Composers Forum New Music Festival, which will take place Oct.15-17 at Iowa State University. Ted Moore’s flute solo entitled “Of Circumstances,” and Benjamin Martinson’s clarinet quartet entitled “Ice on the Mississippi” will be performed by Iowa State University musicians. Their music was selected via a juried call for scores. Both Moore and Martinson are pursuing the Master of Arts in Music (Composition Emphasis) degree.

Barry Poyner, professor of communication, and Truman student Abigayle Richardson will present “Preparing Students for Academic Audiences” at the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM) convention Sept. 25. Richardson was also recently awarded a $375 scholarship from STAM.

Truman student Chisomo Sakala is the recipient of the Actuarial Foundation’s Actuarial Diversity Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000. The Foundation recognizes and encourages academic achievements by awarding scholarships to full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.

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