Robert B. Graber, professor emeritus of anthropology, served as guest editor for a special issue, devoted to liberal education, of the higher education journal On the Horizon. It can be found online at  

Kim Murphy, purchasing agent in the Business Office, recently earned recognition from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) for receiving the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential. Murphy was among 249 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination in October. Established in 1964, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of governmental administration. To date, 9,574 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status. To become certified as a CPPB, candidates must demonstrate through an application process that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education, procurement related coursework/training, public procurement experience and functional management experience. A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm the candidate’s mastery of the body of knowledge for public procurement professionals. The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency in public procurement.

McKenzie Tate received the Outstanding Future Professional of the Year Award in Health Science at the MOAHPERD (Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Banquet in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., Nov. 16. The award honors future professionals in the state and focuses attention on the work they have accomplished. It also provides an incentive for future professionals in Missouri colleges and universities to continue to strive for excellence in their professional preparation. Each university selects one outstanding future professional from each degree program. Qualifications for this award include an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher, professional involvement and evidence of leadership.

Truman’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been designated honorable mention, and named a Distinguished SPS Chapter. The designation is based on an assessment of the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by the chapter and presented in its chapter report in such areas as: physics research; public science outreach; physics tutoring programs; hosting and representation at physics meetings; providing social interaction for chapter members; and participation in SPS regional and national level programs. Based on the activity and level of student engagement, Truman’s chapter is among the top 20 percent of all 772 chapters.

Twenty-five Truman students traveled to Chicago, Ill., to participate in the 2013 American Model United Nations Conference, Nov. 23-26. Students portrayed Venezuela and the Syrian Arab Republic in this large conference, which consists of more than 1,500 participants from 93 universities. The students prepared for the event during the semester in a course taught by Meg Edwards, temporary assistant professor of political science. Truman was recognized with an Outstanding Delegation Award for Venezuela’s General Assembly Plenary Committee, as portrayed by George Allan Jr. and Paul Davis.

“Pioneer Programmer: Jean Jennings Bartik and the Computer that Changed the World,” a recent publication by the Truman State University Press, was featured on the front page of the Dec. 9 issue of the Kansas City Star.
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