Janice Clark, associate professor of health science, attended the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) national convention in Charlotte, N.C., during the week of April 22-27. While there, she made three presentations and was also a session presider. The presentations were: “Is Your Health Curriculum CHES-Aligned?”; “CHES/MCHES Report, Results and Curricula Alignment”; and “Get the Big Picture: Concept Mapping in Health Education.” Additionally, Clark was the sponsor for the health science students selected to represent Truman in the American Association of Health Education Case Study competition.

Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history
, published “Theorizing Regionalism and Folklore From the Left: B.A Botkin, the Oklahoma Years, 1921-1939, in Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West.

Daniel Mandell, professor of history, has published “‘Turned Their Minds to Religion’: Oquaga and the First Iroquois Church, 1748-1776,” in Early American Studies.

Rachel Patterman, student president of Truman State University’s Rho Rho Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, received the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award for her academic achievements in Spanish and her noteworthy leadership and initiative in her chapter. The Gabriela Mistral Award is granted by Sigma Delta Pi’s national Executive Committee and may be presented to only one person per chapter; the honor is reserved for outstanding graduate or undergraduate students of Spanish who are active members of Sigman Delta Pi. For past honorees see

John Quinn, professor of political science, and Mike Rudy, assistant professor of political science, presented their paper “Hierarchies, Foreign Aid and Conflict Among Major Powers,” at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago April 11-14. Quinn also presented a paper with former colleague Marijke Breuning entitled “Aid, Development, and Foreign Policy Under the Meles Regime.” Quinn also served as discussant at this latter panel.

Three Truman political science majors presented their research at the 21st annual Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science in Normal, Ill., April 12. Damian Chavez presented his paper entitled “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: An Analysis of the Formulation of the 2009 Stimulus.” Wyatt Hoffman presented and his paper “Cultures of War,” while Robert Markie presented his work “Masters of Misdirection: Diversionary Conflict and Contested Rivals.” Markie won a “Best Paper Award” for his presentation his paper will be published in the journal Critique and he will receive a $200 monetary award. Chavez also served as a discussant for the panel on United States Public Policy, while Markie served as a discussant on the panel U.S. Intergovernmental Relations.

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