School of Arts and Letters: Fall 2017 Update

School of Arts and Letters: Fall 2017 Update

October 26, 2017

Faculty News

Erik Alder (Spanish), has an article entitled “(Ob)literating the Enemy: The Poetics of Exorcism in Vida de San Millán de la Cogolla” in the upcoming edition (46.1) of La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

 This summer Doug Ball (Linguistics) presented “‘VP’ Adverbs without a VP: The Syntax of Adverbs in Tongan” at the 25th International Conference on Head‑Driven Phrase Structure Grammar in Lexington, KY and on “Alternations and Your Conlangs” at the 7th Language Creative Conference in Calgary.

Sana Camara, (French), has been invited to present his research on Senegalese writers and his recently published book, Sheikh Ahmadu Bamba and the Poetics of Exile, as part of the Islam in Africa at Harvard series at Harvard University on November 30th.

José Carreño-Medina (Spanish), has published a collection of poetry, Guerra de palabras, with Tintanueva Ediciones, Mexico.

Jamie D’Agostino (English) won the 2017 Cutbank Chapbook Contest for his poetry collection Weathermaniac.

Sara Day (English) has published a chapter entitled “Mean Girls End Up Dead: The Dismal Fate of Teen Queen Bees in Popular Culture, in the new collection Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film.

Matthew Derezinski (Design) created promotional materials from print to social media design for the annual Scouting 500 event. The 2017 event was held September 22-24 at the Kansas City Speedway.

Betty McLane-Iles (French), has published an annotated French edition of the Memoirs de Madame Roland, as well as a bilingual edition of La Derniere Duchess, her original historical drama in French and English based on the life of Anne of Brittany.  Both are available through University Readers.

 Jesse Krebs (Music), conducted The Truman Clarinet Choir in a performance at the 49th Annual Summer Convention of the Missouri Bandmasters Association on June 19 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO.

 Andrea Nate (Spanish), attended Connect Chicago 2017, a networking and professional development event sponsored by Truman alumnus John Thompson. Classical and Modern Language majors Hannah Hall (Spanish), Alexandria Hult (Spanish), Alexia Adeshakian (Spanish), and Taylor Libbert (Romance Languages) were selected to participate in the event, October 2-4.

Summer Pennell (English) has published an article entitled “Queer Cultural Capital: Implications for Education” in a 4‑volume series called Critical Race Theory in Education: Major Themes in Education and published by Routledge. In addition, Peter Lang published her co‑edited collection Possibilities in Practice: Social Justice in Teaching.

Antonio Scuderi, (Italian), has been contracted by Troubador Press in the UK to edit a collection of scholarly articles on the work of Nobel  Laureate Dario Fo:  Remembering the Consummate Playwright/Performer: Essays on Dario F.

Bradley Smith (English) won the 2017 University of Missouri at Columbia Academy of American Poets Prize for his poem “Monsterrat.”

Dr. Liulin Zhang, (Chinese) has published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Chinese Studies, 5.1 (2017), “Base-generated or movement-derived: Antecedent priming in the processing of the Chinese OSV topic sentence.”


Alumni News

 Theatre alumnus Seth Betzler (2017) recently took the position of production assistant on the national Broadway tour of the musical, Newsies; and Grad Tim Walters is a stage technician at Disney in Florida.

Music alumnus Justin Doss (BA, MAE – Truman State University; PhD – UMKC) has been appointed Adjunct Instructor of UMKC. He is also the Assistant Band Director at Liberty High School in Liberty, MO.

Design alumna Reina Koyano recently collaborated with Champs Sports to highlight her sneaker culture artwork via this video:

 Theatre alumnus Josh Saboorizadeh (2014) has begun doctoral studies in Theatre at MU-Columbia.


Student News   

 The Truman Clarinet Choir performed at the 49th Annual Summer Convention of the Missouri Bandmasters Association on June 19 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO. Comprised of 21 clarinet students and two guest percussionists, the ensemble is led by music faculty member Jesse Krebs.

Danielle Yakle (Assistant Professor of Art) and her students have worked together with businesses, agencies, and other groups to find permanent locations for artworks made in her Art course for Truman students who are not Art majors, Introduction to the Visual Arts. With help of student Brenden Harrison, Professor Yakle found a permanent home for fall 2016’s Octopus Sculpture at the Ellis-Porter Riverside Park in Jefferson City, MO. With tremendous help from Jefferson City the Octopus is quite at home at the Ellis-Porter Park, next to the Riverside Pool.

In August, Truman’s student chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named one of twelve chapters from over 600 chapters nationally to be named as an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2016-17. This is the 24th consecutive year Truman’s chapter has earned this prestigious distinction.

Over the summer Trison Baro (senior, Theatre) and Rachel Seabaugh (sophomore, Theatre) were carpentry interns at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival at Shepherd University in West Virginia.  Also, over the summer Theatre student Emma Heggemann (senior) was a stage management intern at the Writers’ Theatre of Chicago and Seth Betzler (senior) was a stage management intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

The Clay People, Truman’s student ceramics club, won “Best Emerging Artist” at the Annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival on September 16.

Design student Priscilla Parisa had a summer internship at Trinity Repertory Theatre in Rhode Island.

The Chinese Moon Festival was held on Oct. 7, sponsored by the Society for Sino-American Studies. Over 150 Truman students and faculty members attended, participated in games, and enjoyed Chinese food and performances. Dr. Zhang serves as faculty advisor of this organization.

In the fall Semester Truman Linguistics students Maria Padron, Ricky Rassool, Katie Kraeski, and Sarah Holtmeyer worked with historical Otoe-Missouria language documents and digitized recordings.  Collaborating with Sky Campbell, director of the language department of the Otoe-Missouria tribe, the students learned about the goals and needs of language preservation.  The work with Mr. Campbell was arranged by Clayton B. Ofstad Scholar Kate Riestenberg, who is also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution.

Sangre Tinta, a collection of original poems by Alexandria Hult (senior Spanish major) and Lydia Pearson (Romance Language alumna, 2017), has been accepted for publication by Tintanueva Ediciones in Mexico City and is forthcoming in November.

The Truman Percussion Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January. Truman’s music program has been represented by a competitively selected ensemble every year for at least twenty years.

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