School of Arts and Letters: Fall 2016 Update

School of Arts and Letters: Fall 2016 Update

October 18, 2016


Faculty News

Michael Bump (Music) was recently elected to the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors for a four-year term.  He currently serves as chair of that organization’s New Music and Research Committee, as well as a four-time host for the Society’s annual four-day international convention.

Sally Cook (English & Linguistics) was recently interviewed for the Kirksville Daily Express‘s article on the Memo of Understanding that was completed with the Kirksville R‑III School District on teaching ESL to students from the Congo:‑r‑iii‑truman‑state‑sign‑agreement‑to‑continue‑work‑with‑esol‑students

Rebecca Dierking and Cole Woodcox (English & Linguistics) participated in the Coalition of Public Liberal Arts Colleges Digital Humanities conference in June.

Music faculty members Charles Gran and Sam McClure (composition and orchestra, respectively) spent a week this past summer presenting master classes and sharing their research at the University of Costa Rica.  Also the site of the department’s newest international exchange program, the University of Costa Rica also provided Truman with two exchange graduate students this year.

Dr. Jesse Krebs (Music) received Truman’s 2016 William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award, and was nominated for Educator of the Year as well.

Victor Marquez-Barrios’s musical composition El Duende Lunero has been selected by the Boston New Music Initiative for a performance and pre-concert lecture.

New English & Linguistics faculty member Summer Pennell’s article “Transitional Memoirs: Reading Using a Queer Cultural Capital Model” was published in the collection Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth.

Marc Rice (musicology) presented his paper “Musical Representation in the Black Newspapers of the Midwest: New Revelations and Possibilities” at the Midwest Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society conference in Chicago on October 2.


Alumni News

Bryna Campbell (Art History) graduated with my PhD in Art History & Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis, with a dissertation titled “The Comic Grotesque: Troubling the Body Politic in American Graphic Satire from World War I to the Great Depression.” She is currently teaching as an art history instructor at Portland State University.

English alumna Jill Hamilton Clements has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in English at University of Alabama‑Birmingham.

Following work as a writer on the ABC television series, V, and the NBC hit series Grimm, Creative Writing alumna Akela Cooper (2003) is currently working as a writer and producer on the Netflix web television series, Luke Cage.

Brian Dale (Art) is working in financial services as an Asst. Vice President with Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis.

Emily Hagen (Art History) was accepted at Penn State University to study Art History.

April Johnston (Art History 2014), currently working in St. Louis as a curator for a private art collector, recently published an article in the St. Louis quarterly magazine, All the Art.

English alumna Laura McHugh won the first Missouri Author Award for The Weight of Blood from the Missouri Library Association and signed a contract for her third and fourth books with Spiegel and Grau (a Random House imprint).

English alumnus Phillip Schaefer’s forthcoming book of poems [Hideous] Miraculous won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from University of Utah Press.

Matt Treasure (Art) will study Egyptian Archaeology and Language at the American University in Cairo.

Alumna Shaunna Wilkinson (English) accepted a tenure‑track position in English at Iowa Wesleyan University.

Darrell Williams (Art) is attending the University of Missouri to study for his MFA in Painting.


Student News   

 The New Horizons Music Festival of contemporary music as held October 7-8. Sponsored by the Department of Music and Sigma Alpha Iota, the festival included the premier of a commissioned work for chorus by the principal guest composer, Kala Pierson.

Combined funding from a School of Arts & Letters Mini-Grant and from the Friends of the Gallery fund of the University Art Gallery helped students in ART 428 Topics in Art History:  Dada and World War I travel on Wednesday, September 28.  Students visited the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and State Historical Site in Laclede, MO, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

Over 350 student performers were involved in four musical performances as part of the annual Family Day weekend: the Truman Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, University Orchestra with piano soloist Giuseppe Bruno, Statesmen Marching Band, and Wind Symphony I & II with guest conductor Dr. Jacob Wallace.

10 Truman Classics students and faculty recently visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City to see the featured exhibit “Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire.”  The exhibit featured jewelry, coins, dining cups and accoutrements, and mosaics from throughout the Roman Empire (c. 100-500 CE).  A great time was had by all!

The Statesmen Marching Band was the collegiate feature group at the Mid-Iowa Marching Band Competition in Ankeny, Iowa, on October 15.  On display were their outstanding skills as well as their stunning new uniforms.

The Clarinet Choir performed a successful (and positively reviewed) concert at the International Clarinet Association’s Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, in August.

Clarinetist Joelle Beusterien, performed with the Blue Lake Staff Wind Ensemble on an expenses-paid international tour of Europe (summer 2016).

Senior percussionist Marcus Rattler-Blevins, has been invited for the second consecutive year to perform with the Silver Stars Steel Orchestra in Port of Spain, Trinidad, during the World Panorama Competition, March 2-5, 2017.

Jordan Noland (Classics) made a campus presentation on her recent adventures around the Aegean while studying abroad in Greece, exploring the excavation at the ancient temple of Apollo, Mandra on the island of Despotiko.

Junior Conner Viets was selected to participate at the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Institute in New York, NY.


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