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ABILENE, Texas – Attached are news items of interest from McMurry University faculty, staff and students.

McMurry University alumnus Rick Nason has been invited to TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk in Halifax, Nova Scocia on March 11. TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event and the conference was held annually from 1990 in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis was largely technology and design, consistent with a Silicon Valley center of gravity. They now address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.
McMurry University religion and pre-ministerial student Ricky Harrison has a paper, “Christian Ethics in African Colonization,” on the program of the Great Plains Regional Honors Council conference near Kansas City at the end of the March.
Dr. John-Eric Swenson and Dr. Philip LeMasters will kick off this semester’s McMurry School of Social Science and Religion Faculty Colloquium Series on Thursday, February 23, at 11 a.m. in Carleton Chapel. They will present a paper they co-wrote entitled, “St. Symeon, Fool for Christ and Exemplar of Humility.” It examines both the general type of the saintly fool in Eastern Christianity and the life of this particular sixth-century saint.

McMurry Music Professor Mark Wilcox was a guest artist at the 5th annual International Trumpet Festival in Westchester, Pennsylvania February 17-20. He was a featured soloist with the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band and will presented a Master Class.
McMurry University English professor Nancy Patrick has been chosen to serve on the community board for the Abilene Reporter-News. The seven-person editorial and advisory board is made up of five community members, Publisher David Hedge and Editor Barton Cromeens. It will shape the editorial stance (official position) taken by the newspaper on any number of issues — from the possible expenditure of taxpayer money to the endorsement of candidates for public office. Its members will also give the newspaper insight into how the online and print publications are serving the community and what kind of changes might be warranted — whether that involves daily coverage, editorial opinion, etc.