Matthew Derezinski, professor of art, will showcase his exhibition entitled “Thoughts of Perceptions” Dec. 7-Jan. 11 at the Kansas City Artist Coalition. For more information on the showcase, visit

An original musical composition by student Jon Ginder received recognition in the Music Teachers National Association, West Central Division competition. Ginder’s composition, “Large Angry Chickens” for clarinet ensemble, was awarded First Place in the Young Artist category of the MTNA’s Student Composition Competition and now advances to the national competition.

Donna Rhinesmith, professor of education, published the article, “Stakeholders’ Viewpoints on Potentially Controversial Children’s Literature” in the fall issue of The Dragon Lode, the journal of the International Reading Association’s Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. This article is based on the study Rhinesmith conducted during her sabbatical, in which she compared the thoughts of parents, administrators and graduate students on controversial children’s books. This sabbatical research also led to the development of her JINS course on controversial children’s literature.

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