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McMurry University Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni News


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

Dr. Pug Parris, professor of Kinesiology at McMurry University, led a 6-hour staff development program for music and physical education specialists in Waco on March 30 for Region 12 Education Service Center. The event, entitled “Moving to the Music: Integration of Ideas for Elementary Students” addressed instructional issues for K-8 programs.
Model UN students met with the Angolan ambassador to the United Nations during the annual National Model UN Conference in New York City. From left to right: (front) Brinson Bagley, His Excellency Mr. Ismael A. Gaspar Martins, Isabel Saenz, Landon Grimes, Dr. Bertrand, Second Secretary Mr. Mario Rogerio Batista Von Haff, (back) William Reilly, Eddie Gonzalez , Jason Harn (head Delegate), Erik Benson, Drew Larkin, Josh Brooks, Quentin Smith.
Bryan Stewart, Assistant Professor in Religion at McMurry University, has recently published an article entitled “Text, Context, and Logical Analysis: A Reexamination of the Use of Psalm 82 in John 10:31-39.” The article appears as a chapter in the volume What Does the Scripture Say? Studies in the Function of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity, published by T&T Clark.
Kathie Walker-Millar, professor of art at McMurry University, attended the National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts in Seattle, Washington last week, with over 4000 other ceramic artists and educators, reconnecting with McMurry alumni like Raymond Ochs class of 1993 and Don Ellis former art chair.
Four McMurry University music majors participated in The Great Plains district National Association of Teachers of Singing competition was on Saturday, April 14, at Hardin Simmons University. Edward Tovar won 2nd place in the graduate men’s division; Trisha Bradley earned 2nd place in the senior women’s division; Tess Williams won 2nd place and Kat Mills earned Honorable Mention for the sophomore women’s division. The event is held annually and prepares students for further auditions, singing juries and the Regional conference held each fall. After the competition last Saturday, Dr. Kate Carr was elected Secretary/Treasurer for the Great Plains chapter and will serve the district for two years.”
Assistant Director of Bands Keith Lloyd just finished a guest artist residency at the University of Arkansas Ft. Smith from April 8-11. He was invited to perform as a soloist and ensemble performer on the percussion faculty recital of Josh Knight. Lloyd performed Shadow Chasers, Chameleon (both solo marimba compositions), and Vertical River (marimba/vibraphone duet with Josh Knight). While at UAFS, Keith instructed private percussion lessons, coached the percussion ensemble, instructed the percussion methods course, and rehearsed for the performance on Tuesday, April 10.