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

McMurry alumna Christi Brennan ‘12 has been accepted for the Master of Divinity program at both Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary with full-tuition scholarships. Princeton has also offered her a fellowship.
McMurry alumnus Matt Bell ’12 has been accepted for the Master of Divinity program at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He has received scholarships from both SMU and the United Methodist Church that will cover his tuition.

Sharlyn Bammel, McMurry Fifth Grade Math/Science Magnet teacher, was selected from all Abilene AISD Magnet Programs for the TLC (Teacher Limelight Celebration) Award. She will be recognized at a banquet on April 29 at the Abilene Country Club.

Dr. Pug Parris, professor of Kinesiology, 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.
Dr. Philip LeMasters presented a paper entitled “Eastern Orthodox Social Ethics and the Anaphora of St. Basil the Great” at the Eucharist and Ecclesiology Colloquy held at Abilene Christian University on March 22.
McMurry Professor Dr. Hyunshun Shin and alumna Heather Whitehead Henry have been published in the open access journal of Biochemistry and Pharmacology. Heather is currently enrolled in the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy in Abilene. She worked with Dr. Shin as a summer Welch Student and presented a poster on this work at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Day in Austin.
McMurry University student Abimael Ramirez had a successful research presentation at the Texas American College of Sports Medicine conference in Austin. Abi Ramirez was the first author on a paper titled “Use of Non-surgical Mechanical Splinting for Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” His abstract was selected for Poster presentation at the TACSM meeting where he also answered questions about his study, last weekend. Mr. Ramirez was then selected to be a “TACSM Major of the Year” which means he is one of the top 13 undergraduate Kinesiology majors in the state of Texas! A ceremony picture is attached and he was 5th to receive this award. Mr. Ramirez is also participating as my assistant in our current randomized, clinical trial, a “Fat Loss Comparison Trial” which is still recruiting participants.
McMurry University alumnus Jeff Wright, Librarian at the Victoria Public Library, is slated to become the new Victoria County Heritage Director.