W. Michael Ashcraft, professor of philosophy and religion, presented a paper entitled “Church/Sect Theory and the Pioneer Scholars of New Religious Movements Studies” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion on Aug. 18 in Denver, Colo.

Curtis Blakely, assistant professor in justice systems, recently had a chapter that he co-authored with John Smykla published in Walker and Bohm’s, “Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice.” Blakely’s chapter is entitled “Correctional Privatization and the Myth of Inherent Efficiency.”

Six members of the Truman Women’s Track & Field team
were named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The team as a whole was the top MIAA squad among the seven that earned All-Academic team status by the association. Karen Grauel, Lisa Kucharski, Rachel McCarroll, Dimonique McGruder, Anne Ratermann and Jennifer Zweifel each earned All-Academic honors by having at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average while achieving a provisional or automatic qualifying mark for either the NCAA Division II Indoor or Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Truman team had a 3.61 cumulative GPA, which was the fourth-best in Division II, tops among the seven other MIAA schools to make the list. There were 83 women’s programs to earn the team award with Cal Poly-Pomona having the top team GPA at 3.8.

The Truman Men’s Track & Field team posted the second-highest cumulative grade-point average among Division II programs this past year to earn All-Academic team honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In addition, seniors Derek Atwood and Joey Walls were listed on the USTFCCCA All-Academic squad list. The men turned in a 3.36 GPA to place second out of 41 Division II teams earning the All-Academic team status. Bentley University (Mass.) had the highest GPA at 3.42. The Bulldogs were just one of two MIAA teams listed. To be named to the individual list, a student-athlete must carry a 3.25 GPA and posted either a provisional or automatic qualifying time or mark during the indoor or outdoor season. Atwood competed in the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in the shot put where he finished 12th. With an 11th place finish in the men’s 1,500 meter run at the Outdoor Championships, Walls earned his spot on the All-Academic team.
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