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

Dr. Pug Parris, professor of Kinesiology at McMurry University, will lead staff development for physical educators in the Killeen and Wichita Falls school districts in August. Her six-hour workshop is entitled “Safety in Sneakerville: Maximum Participation for the Masses” and features forty activities appropriate for safe educational-movement experiences for students in grades K-12.

McMurry University History Professors Dr. Robert Maberry and Dr. Don Frazier will be speakers at the Third Annual Save Texas History Symposium to be held on September 15 at the Thompson Conference Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Maberry, the author of the award-winning book Texas Flags, former museum exhibition curator, and foremost authority on the state’s historical flags, will speak on Confederate battle flags. Dr. Frazier, historian and award-winning author of many influential books on the Civil War and western frontier, will key note the morning session with a talk explaining his take on Union plans for Texas. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson refers to Drs. Maberry and Frazier as being “among the most respected Civil War historians today.”

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Model United Nations at McMurry has received a coveted assignment for the upcoming January 11-20, 2013, National Model UN conference on the Galapagos Islands. Only 26 slots were available, and McMurry University’s Model UN program has been selected to represent Argentina at the conference.

The conference – the first of its kind – will be held at the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) on San Cristóbal Island, directly adjacent to Galapagos National Park. During the 9-day conference, students will focus on environmental issues that impact fragile ecosystems, engage in cultural visits in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands, as well as work on a community service project on San Cristóbal. Of the 26 schools selected for the conference, 9 (35%) are from non-US universities.

McMurry Education Professor Dr. Marian Kirk has agreed to become Director of Graduate Studies. “As we move towards having programs that grant masters degrees, it has become obvious that we need someone to be responsible for all of the work that creating, maintaining, and growing a graduate program entails,” said Dr. Paul Fabrizio, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Marian has served as chair of the Graduate Studies Task Force which has proposed policies and procedures for the program so it was obvious that she would be the best choice to become its first director. ”

McMurry Sociology Professor Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth authors new book

The Social Problems of Children in Sub-Saharan Africa

Today, in Sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is creating millions of AIDS orphans that languish away in orphanages that lack the resources to take care of them. Millions of other children are living on the streets, trying to survive on their own, leaving them vulnerable to unscrupulous individuals who are exploiting them for the sex tourism business, or recruiting them into hazardous labor situations that injure or maim them. Other vulnerable children are abducted into the military as child soldiers and forced to commit horrific crimes that will haunt them forever. The educational system in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to decline as resources dwindle along with education expenditures, and governments spend more money on ammunition than books. As the AIDS epidemic spreads across the continent of Africa, the numbers of professionals such as doctors, nurses, and teachers are dwindling, leaving the educational and medical communities weakened. Meanwhile, the growth and development of Africa continues to stagnate. More and more failed social polices surface from the Western world such as forced austerity measures from the IMF and the World Bank, along with the Structural adjustment programs that hinder further growth and prosperity on the continent. “The Social Problems of Children in Sub-Saharan Africa” identifies and describes the numerous problems that children in Sub-Saharan Africa are facing today. The author lived in Ghana, West Africa, and used an ethnographic approach in order to better understand some of the most critical problems concerning children in the poorest region on earth: Sub-Saharan Africa.