Members of Truman’s American Marketing Association recently attended the American Marketing Association New Orleans Conference. Truman’s chapter received “Outstanding Community Service” and “Honorable Mention for Marketing Week.”

Twenty-two students representing the Catholic Newman Center traveled to Enid, Okla., March 7-12 to construct a home in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Students also worked at a thrift store supporting Hope’s Outreach Ministries Homeless Day Center and served lunch at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Soup Kitchen. Addressing the global crisis of homelessness directly encompasses this year’s Newman Center mission statement “Cor ad cor loquitur,” translated as “heart speaks to heart.”

Four members of Truman’s chapter of Eta Sigma Phi (the national collegiate Classics honor society) traveled to the annual convention in Austin, Texas, March 25-27. David Giovagnoli, a senior classics and English major, presided over the national business meetings as grand president. Lauren Milburn, a junior classics major, was elected grand secretary for 2011-2012. Claire Albrecht, a junior classics major, also ran for high office. David White, a senior classics and business administration major, reported on the local chapter’s res gestae (events) for the year. Additionally, Giovagnoli was on the winning certamen (quiz bowl) team and won the award for best regalia. Bridget Thomas, professor of classics, traveled with the group.

Curtis Blakely, assistant professor of justice systems, was recently interviewed for and subsequently quoted in “Con job takes on a whole new meaning.” Published by The Daily (the first national daily news publication for the iPad), the story deals with inmate work programs. Blakely, who used to be an inmate employment and work release coordinator in New Mexico, supports these programs for their rehabilitative qualities. The story can be accessed at

Taner Edis, associate professor of physics, was invited to the University of Ghent in Belgium March 15-16, where he was on a Ph.D. defense committee and also gave a talk at the Department of Philosophy & Moral Sciences.

Robert Martin, a composer and professor of education, had two movements of his Homage a Tom et Jerry for solo flute performed at the Mid-South Flute Festival on March 19.

Barbara Price, professor of English education, and several of her current and former students participated in the Missouri Association of Teachers of English-sponsored Write to Learn conference at Tan-Tar-A March 3-5. Price and Truman alumna Lindsay Baker Woodward offered a presentation, “A Mini-workshop in Multi-modal Writing,” at the conference. Also attending were current MAE students Amanda Greenwood, Felicia Hinds, Deana Judah, Ashley Kleinsorge and Jennifer Peil. Renee Stites, a secondary English MAE student, received MATE’s Robert J. Greef award at the conference. The Greef Award recognizes academic excellence in the field of English education, leadership and character.

Students Holli Shemonia and Rachel Hinrichs are recipients of a $500 learning abroad scholarship from CAPA International Education. The scholarships were granted for academic merit to study in London this summer.

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