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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.

McMurry University Music Professor Keith Lloyd traveled to Bozeman Montana as a guest clinician and performer for the Montana Day of Percussion on March 23. He presented a clinic, “A Systematic Approach to Improving Your Percussion Skills: What’s Your Routine?” for a crowd of students and teachers from across the state. He also spent time rehearsing with the Montana State Percussion Ensemble in preparation for an evening performance of Michael Burritt’s Shadow Chasers for marimba solo and percussion quartet. The performance was part of the MSU percussion ensemble concert.
McMurry University Religion Professor Dr. Philip LeMasters has published a book review of Craig Hovey, Bearing True Witness: Truthfulness in Christian Practice in Political Theology vol. 14, no. 2 (April 2013): 271-273.
Stephanie Scott, Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction at McMurry University was elected to the Cisco College Child Development/Early Childhood Program Advisory Committee. She will serve on the advisory committee for the 2013-2014 school year. The committee has representatives from the Abilene Independent School District, the Betty Hardwick Center, the Alliance for Women and Children, local agencies, and McMurry University. Dr. Perry K. Haley Brown, Dean of the School of Education at McMurry University is the committee chairperson.
McMurry University alumna Jessica Barnes Bellemer (who earned master’s degrees from Yale and the University of North Carolina) will become the Library Director at Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, this June.
Twenty-one students and faculty from the McMurry University Kinesiology department participated in a day-long field trip on Monday, April 15, to Austin. The group toured the Dell Children’s Medical Center and the offices of the University Interscholastic League (UIL).
McMurry Business students and faculty members attended a luncheon meeting of Abilene PRO, on April 16, 2013, to hear a presentation from representatives of American Airlines. Dale Morris, Regional Vice President in Government Affairs, and Matt Miller, Corporate Communications Manager for American, spoke to the group about the pending merger of American Airlines and U S Airways. They included comments about the merger’s impact on Abilene and the local economy.
The meeting was held at Hardin-Simmons University. McMurry students in attendance included: Alan Banks, Jamie Chitty, Laetitia Doria, Cody Howard, Trevor King, Jaryn Koenig, Spencer Lackey, Adam Neubauer, Megan Rausch, Catherine Smith, and Spencer Smith. Elizabeth Watson and K. O. Long were the McMurry faculty members in attendance.
Abilene PRO is an organization composed of professionals in the marketing and public relations fields, along with students and faculty who are studying and teaching in related disciplines.
· McMurry University Honors student Sabrina Wegner, a double major in Psychology and Religion, has been accepted into the master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy at ACU and has received a scholarship of $8,500.00 a year.
· The McMurry University Department of Kinesiology honored its 2012-2013 outstanding students on Sunday, April 7, at the annual Induction Luncheon for Phi Epsilon Kappa, the national fraternity for undergraduate students. Six students were recognized as recipients of scholarships for the next academic year, three students were selected for scholarships to attend the May 2013 American College of Medicine workshop, and three (Jana Ledesma, Amber Thornberry Lewis, and Brianna Requenez) were inducted into the PEK fraternity for their outstanding scholarship and service. Phi Epsilon Kappa turns 100 years old on April 12. The McMurry chapter was installed in 2002.
McMurry University Theatre Grad Sarah Sheppard Shaver has been appointed Chair of the Theatre Department at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While at McMurry Sarah was an honor student in English and Theatre and a winner in the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s Playwriting Competition with Fruit Punch Anyone? Her full-length original play Redeeming Mama was written as an honors thesis and produced as a main stage production at McMurry.