McMurry University Faculty and Student News

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:49 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Below are news items of interest from McMurry University faculty and students.

McMurry University Senior English and Writing major Dorothy Williams has been accepted to the NEW Leadership™ program held at the University of Texas (Austin) June 1-6, 2017. She was one of 36 women chosen from 21 different institutions across the state to participate in the program. NEW Leadership™ is a national bi-partisan program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. The six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena. After graduating in May, Dorothy plans on eventually obtaining her Ph.D. in Africana Women’s Studies.

McMurry University Political Science major Tereza Sliter '17 will present a co-authored research paper entitled, “Don’t hate the player, embrace their fame: The case of the activist athlete as a powerful driver of social change” at the Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA) conference, April 14, in Austin, Texas. Co-author Dr. Joel Olufowote will serve as panel chair for “Political Activism of the Establishment and Anti-Establishment,” the thematic session where Tereza Sliter will be presenting their work.

The theme for the conference this year, “Social Sciences and Social Change,” offered Tereza the opportunity to generate her final paper in Dr. Olufowote’s upper level Political Change, Movement, and Struggle course into an accepted proposal at the SSSA.

McMurry University Religion major and honors student Grace Abbott '17 has been admitted to the master of divinity programs of Asbury Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and the Divinity School of Duke University. All three institutions offered her full-tuition scholarships, and Grace has chosen to attend Asbury.

McMurry University Professor Rev. Bill Libby gave introductory Holocaust presentations to seven sections of students at Sweetwater ISD on Monday, April 3. He was invited by Mrs. Ami Houston to support her work. Several other faculty, including the principal, sat in on classes. In addition, The Sweetwater Reporter did a story on the event.

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