School of Arts and Letters: Spring 2018

School of Arts and Letters: Spring 2018

April 30, 2018


Student News

The Truman State University chapters of Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota, in partnership with the Truman Music Foundation, sponsored a full day of musical activities, learning, and collaboration with the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Trio on Friday, April 13.

Eight English students—Mary Smreker‑Bruce, Bailey Alexander, Grace Brewer, Amy Jereb, Kelly Mahaffy, Ashleigh Harding, and Maggie Wasilewski—presented their scholarly and creative work at the Sigma Tau Delta National Conference in Cincinnati. Department of English & Linguistics Faculty members Sara Day and Summer Pennell mentored them before the conference and attended with them.

Art students Claire Nipper and Shelby Frazier received the Silver Award at the American Advertising Federation Kansas City ADDY Awards. The ADDY Awards (more formally known as the American Advertising Awards) are the world’s largest advertising competition with over 50,000 entries annually.

Music students Hannah Gallamore and Joshua Buettner received 1st Place in the Collegiate Duo Division and Hannah Gallamore received 2nd Place in the Collegiate Solo Keyboard Division at the Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy Competition. The MMPAT Competition is a regional event, and competing students hailed from colleges/universities including campuses such as Northwestern Univ., Indiana University, KU, Univ. of Illinois, and of course our own here in Missouri.

Music student Donald Rabin was selected as the first place winner of the 2018 St. Louis Chapter Competition for the National Society of Arts and Letters. The award qualifies Donald to compete at the National Competition in New York, in May.

Music student Anna Graves will teach clarinet in Tanzania this summer with the organization, Clarinets for Conservation, and Music student Kendall Johnson was selected for a position with the Northern Wind Ensemble, a professional group that will tour Germany, France, and the Netherlands this summer.

Faculty News

Linguistics faculty Greg Richter co‑edited a book of poems inspired by paintings of Rembrandt, entitled Rembrandt’s Nose, by Charles Wyatt and on Ex Ophidia Press.

Creative Writing faculty Jocelyn Cullity’s novel Amah and the Silk‑Winged Pigeons has been named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards Montaigne Medal.‑Medal‑finalists.html#.Wp2RKB3waM9

English faculty Hena Ahmad’s essay “South Asian American Children’s Search for Identity in the Aftermath of 9/11″ was published in the collection Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction (University Press of Mississippi).

Linguistics faculty Luke Amoroso was a finalist for Truman’s Educator of the Year and English faculty Sarah Mohler was a finalist for Research Mentor of the Year.

Priya Kambli, Professor of Art, was selected to exhibit a body of work in “Discoveries of the Meeting Place,” a key exhibit of Houston’s international biennial photography festival “Fotofest”.

Aaron Fine, Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department was selected for a Travelling Fellowship to conduct research at the Linda Hall Science Library in Kansas City. He will be using the libraries collection of historical color theory documents to continue work on his book Color Theory: A Critical Introduction for Bloomsbury Academic.

Composer Victor Marquez-Barrios (Music) has been selected to participate in this year’s Mise-En Festival in New York City. His composition Tres Recuerdos, for unaccompanied flute, was one of the works selected for performance as part of this prestigious summer festival. This year the organizers received 572 applications, a complete list of the 26 selected compositions can be found here:…/mise-en-music-festival-2018-call-for-s…

Jesse Krebs (Music) was featured as the guest artist at the 21st Annual Midwest ClariFest hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on April 7. He performed a morning clarinet recital and worked with ten clarinetists ranging from high school to doctorate students in morning and afternoon master classes. The Truman Sophomore Clarinet Quartet (students Jordan Shroyer, Bethany Rogers, Lauren Seifried, and Molly Stolze) performed a piece at the event during the afternoon potpourri recital as well.

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