McMurry University Faculty/Alumni News

  Gary Ellison
  Friday, July 10, 2015 1:00 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX


McMurry University alumnus Tim C. Williams '04, of Amarillo, was honored with the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas Award presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association at the State Bar of Texas Convention. This award recognizes a young lawyer who has demonstrated professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community.

Williams is an associate with Sprouse Shrader Smith and his practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation. He has handled cases in both state and federal court throughout the state of Texas. He assists clients with commercial litigation involving a broad range of topics including contracts, commercial disputes, fraud claims, construction claims, employment matters, oil and gas litigation, water law and probate. He also maintains an appellate practice. 

Williams is from Pampa, Texas and is also active in the Amarillo community, serving on the board of directors for various nonprofit and other community organizations.

McMurry biology professor Dr. Anna Saghatelyan's manuscript "Geographical relationships and analysis of the flora of the south central Texas,” has been accepted for publication in volume 9, number 1, 2015 of the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

McMurry alumnus Dr. Drew Hillhouse '03, biology graduate who received his PhD in Medical Microbiology from University of Missouri-Columbia, has accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University. He will also be the Assistant Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society. In his capacity, he will be collaborating with McMurry scientists on projects of mutual interest. Drew is the son of McMurry alumna and member of the Science Wall of Honor Dr. Lee Ann Odom Hillhouse '76 and nephew of Head of Security Mark Odom '82.

Dr. Philip LeMasters, Professor  of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry, has published “Philanthropia in Liturgy and Life:  The Anaphora of Basil the Great and Eastern Orthodox Social Ethics,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 59/2 (2015):  187-211.

McMurry President Dr. Sandra Harper was featured in the May 22 issue of Texas Government Insider,  a weekly publication detailing important happenings in the state and summarizing current political issues relevant to those doing business with government. This publication provides a synopsis of the week’s news and events, interviews with key government insiders, and analyses by a team of experienced researchers, consultants, and subject matter experts.

McMurry Professor Dr. Pug Parris let a fundraising event at UT-Arlington on June 12 to benefit the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).  She led 280 PE teachers in a six hour activity based workshop.  Most were from the metroplex but some came from Houston area and one from Mississippi.

Also, she has substituted for UMC pastors the last two Sundays for morning services in Anson and Odessa.

Dr. Dana Lee in the McMurry Department of Biology has received notice that a paper from her dissertation research has been published in the Journal of Mammalogy. The work is entitled, "Population connectivity of endangered Ozark big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii ingens)". The research involves the use of molecular techniques to demonstrate genetic connections between isolated populations of bats in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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