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

McMurry University Professor Ann-Marie Lopez successfully defended her dissertation Friday, March 1st: “Negotiating Identity, Exploring Perception: Male Intercollegiate Student- Athletes and Basic Writing Instruction.” Congratulations to Dr. Ann-Marie Lopez.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the McMurry University School of Business conducted its first BLT (Business Lunch Topics) session, where students and Business faculty gathered to informally discuss current topics related to business. BLT sessions grew out of the desire to provide students and faculty members an opportunity to further explore recent business developments, and to enhance discussions occurring within courses. Plans are to schedule future BLT sessions periodically, during the remainder of the semester.

The McMurry University Shareholders Business Club sponsored an activity on Sunday afternoon, February 24th, that provided students with the opportunity to meet alumni businesspeople, and to speak with them about their business experiences. Additional discussion topics included networking, interviewing skills, and preparation for the workplace. The event was held in the Furr Welcome Center from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and 32 students attended. Ten McMurry alumni participated, and students were able to rotate tables, in order to meet directly with multiple alumni representatives. Alumni volunteers included: Kevin Darby; Gayla Fullerton; Deonna Galbraith; Lori Herrick; Orlando Lara; Armen Norman; Danny Reynolds; Vicki Reynolds; John Austin Tatum; and Donna Wolfer. Elizabeth Watson, Jared Reynolds, and K. O. Long also attended from the School of Business.
Organized during the Fall, 2012, semester, the Shareholders Business Club has more than 50 members. The club is open to any students who are interested in business. Officers for the Shareholders are Ryan Prince, President, Erin Strickland, Vice-President, and Megan Rausch, Secretary. Faculty sponsors are Elizabeth Watson and Dr. Mark Fish. Students interested in joining the Shareholders should contact Ms. Watson at
McMurry University Senior English major and honors student Martha Chace has been accepted to all the law schools to which she applied: University of Houston, Texas Tech, University of Louisville, and Seattle University.
Dr. Pug Parris, professor of Kinesiology at McMurry University, recently led staff development days for physical educators in two Texas cities. On January 21, she made presentations to over forty educators from the Amarillo area; On Feb. 18 she worked with the physical education faculty in Brownwood. The title for her six-hour workshop was: “The Positive Power of PE” and included forty activities designed for maximum participation and safety.
McMurry University alumna Tina Stephens, a first-grade teacher at Trent Elementary School, was selected to receive the Teacher Tribute award presented by KTXS TV. She was nominated for the award by her student Ruff Graham.
Dr. Larry Sharp has just returned from the Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions conference, held in Ft. Worth this past week. He attended a number of sessions, and was particularly interested in the ongoing conversation about aligning the MCAT to competencies rather than specific coursework.
Dr. Sharp was recognized, along with pre-professional advisors at other institutions, for working with the Joint Admission Medical Program. McMurry has had two students accepted into this program: Miranda Nguyen and Bryce Stash. Bryce is currently in his second semester at Texas Tech School of Medicine, and Miranda is still enrolled at McMurry.

Dr. Sharp was particularly interested in a chart that shows the 2008-2010 data on how MCAT scores and GPA predict acceptance into medical school. As you might expect, a high score on the MCAT can balance a lower GPA, but the ranges are narrow. He will be sharing new information with the PREP class in the immediate future.

McMurry University chaplains Tim Kennedy and Tim Palmer, and McMurry Professor Dr. Mark Waters spoke recently at the Perkins School of Youth Ministry sponsored by SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Kennedy and Palmer preached and led the daily Bible study. Kennedy and Dr. Waters led the Veteran’s Track workshop on leadership.”