Dennis Leavens, professor emeritus of English literature, has accepted a position as provost of the American University of Armenia. Leavens has served as associate dean and interim dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, for the last seven years. He assumes his position in Yerevan July 1.

Antonio Scuderi, professor of Italian, presented “World Music in the Songs of Renato Carosone” at the Italian Music as Poetry Conference March 31 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Truman students won three first place and two honorable mention awards in the 2012 Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA) student media contest. The awards were accepted by students who accompanied Mark Smith, associate professor of communication and MBEA vice president, to an MBEA conference/ceremony at Missouri State in late March. First place awards went to the projects of Sam Sherman, Geoffrey Woehlk, Sam Spencer, Paul Bischoff, Patrick Gross, Andrea Hewitt, Faith Martin and Jessica Scheetz. Honorable mentions were awarded to the work of Natalie Turney, Brian Wells and Geoffrey Woehlk.

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