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Selected news from the School of Arts and Letters Summer 2013
The Truman chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (the national collegiate Spanish honor society), was named a “Top 5” chapter nationally at the organization’s Triennial convention held in July, in San Antonio, Texas. The chapter has now been named a “Chapter of Honor and Merit,” among the top chapters nationally, for the past 20 consecutive years.
This summer, Classic and Modern Language professors Antonio Scuderi and Lucy Lee published articles in Modern Language Review and The Coastal Review, respectively.
The new B.A. degree in English will take effect for incoming students starting this fall, which was redesigned over the past few years to provide students with more opportunities for in-depth study through heightened rigor in course work. Award-winning author David Marshall Chan will be the inaugural Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Writer-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing beginning in August.
In the Department of Art, major curricular changes in Foundations, Sculpture, and Fibers are being implemented this fall. In addition, the department is initiating a study in the Visual Communications program this year, to study the evolution of technology and media/device outlets and how those developments might inform the program’s curriculum.
Theatre professors spent the summer working in the professional world, including Chicago’s American Theatre Company and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The upcoming Truman Theatre Season will include a modern comedy, a Spanish tragedy, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and the 2009 Pulitzer-Prize winning musical, Next to Normal.
In late June over 200 music alumni traveled to Kirksville to honor Director of Bands Dan Peterson and his 35 years of service to Truman. Filled with stories and memories about “Pete’s” first 35 years as the Truman Director of Bands, weekend events also included a marching band “march over” to his home (to announce the surprise event with a rousing rendition of Shenandoah), a Friday evening barbeque, and an impressive alumni wind ensemble reading session.