The Academic Competition Organization competed in a college bowl tournament at Washington University in St. Louis on Nov. 19. The team, consisting of Kyle Hill, a junior history major from Kansas City, Mo.; Laura Kopff, a senior chemistry and philosophy and religion double major from Affton, Mo.; and Paul Strauss, a junior history major from Bellflower, Mo.; took second place out of 16 competing teams.

Four members of the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity took third place honors in “TAASU’s All Call African American Student Union Greek Step Show” on Nov. 12 in Kansas City.

Avril Frick, a senior music major from Oakville, Mo.,
was a recent winner of the Truman Gold Medal Competition, and she will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Truman State University Symphony Orchestra next semester. Matt Safley, a music major from Peterson, Iowa, recently had two performances of the final movement of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21” with the Omaha Symphony as winner of the Robert Spire Piano Competition. Both Frick and Safley will be performing degree recitals next semester.

Mariquit “Kit” Hadwiger, assistant professor of nursing, and Stephen Hadwiger, associate professor of nursing,
presented “International Education Represented by Nursing Students During Study Abroad in the Philippines” at Pi Pi Research Day on Nov. 4 in Quincy, Ill.

Huping Ling, professor of Asian history, has been featured in radio talk shows at KWMU 90.7 (NPR in St. Louis), “St. Louis on the Air,” on July 5, with host Harriett Woods (former lieutenant governor of Missouri), “Charles Brennan Show” KMOX radio station, “Voice of St. Louis” on Feb. 4, and in news articles, “New Book Detail St. Louis Chinese Heritage,” by John M. McGuire, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 2 and “Breaking Out,” by Sara Porter, West End Word, Feb. 4 for her new book “Chinese St. Louis: From Enclave to Cultural Community” (Temple U. Press, 2004). She has also been invited to give presentations on and book signings for the book by the following institutions, agencies, and organizations: Missouri Historical Society Holiday Fair, Midwest Chinese American Science and Technology Association, Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis County Public Library Headquarter and East Bank Books, Carpenter Branch of St. Louis City Public Library, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the St. Louis Chinese Association, St. Louis Modern Chinese School, St. Louis Chinese Culture Association, St. Louis Chinese American News, and Chinese American Forum, the Chinese Institute for Overseas Chinese History Studies (Beijing, China), the Chinese Studies Association of Australia Ninth Biennial Conference and the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, (Bendigo Australia), the Coalition for Asian and Pacific Americans, and the Association for Asian American Studies (L.A.).

Maria Nagan, assistant professor of chemistry,
received a Cottrell College Science Award for her research titled “Molecular Dynamics Studies of Human Immunodeficiency virus Rev-RRE” and was awarded a grant of $35,400 to conduct research with students.

Barbara Price, associate professor of English,
attended the National Council of Teachers of English meeting Nov. 17-20 in Pittsburgh. Attending with her were recent Truman M.A.E. English graduates Kelli Best, Bobbie Brackett, Tom Harper and Brian McQueary. Together, they gave a panel presentation, “New Teachers Discovering Common Ground through Electronic Networking.”

An original musical composition by Michael Van Bebber, graduate student in music composition and trumpet performance, has been selected for performance at the 2006 Society of Composers Inc. Region III Conference. “Rounds” for brass qunitet will be performed at the University of New Mexico during the conference (April 2-5). Van Bebber is a student of Warren Gooch, professor of music. An original musical composition by Gooch has been selected for performance at the 2006 Society of Composers Inc. Region VI Conference. “Rhapsody” for also saxophone and piano will be performed at Rice University (Texas) during the conference (Feb. 9-11).
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