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

Play by McMurry Professor Charlie Hukill advances in competition
Leave Money in Jar, an original play written by Charlie Hukill, in collaboration with John Holloway, professor of theatre at the University of Kentucky, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the annual playwriting competition sponsored by the HotHouse Theatre of St. Louis. From a field of over 300 entries, ten plays were selected as semi-finalists. From this group, three plays will be selected as finalists. The three finalists will receive week long workshops in November with professional actors, director, and dramaturg, culminating in a staged reading at the HotHouse Theatre. The playwrights will participate in this workshop process as well. From this group of three plays, one will be selected for a fully staged performance as a part of the HotHouse Theatre’s 2012 season of plays. Charlie and John should be notified sometime after the first of September whether or not they make the second cut as finalists in the process.
McMurry Professor Bill Libby attends Kentucky meeting with veterans
Bill Libby (Chaplain, US Army Retired) recently attended the annual meeting of the 101st Airborne Association in Lexington. Veterans of World War II (several who jumped into Normandy and fought at Bastogne), the Korean War, Viet Nam, the Gulf War of 1990-91, and the current engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, attended the meeting. The Commanding General and Command Sergeant Major came from Ft. Campbell, along with an honor guard and several recently returned soldiers. Libby, as the Chaplain for the organization, participated in the meetings of the Board of Governor’s as well as several organizational dinners, including the annual Memorial Service and Dinner.