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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. Jeffery Kinlaw, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at McMurry University, was co-organizer of an international conference held at Koblenz, Germany June 21-24. The theme of the conference was “Fichte and the Moral Obligations of Scholarship”. Invited participants were from the USA, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Professor Kinlaw is co-editing a bilingual book on the conference theme that will be published by Karl-Alber Verlag (a leading publisher of German philosophy) in late 2013. Professor’s Kinlaw’s presentation was entitled: Fichte’s “On the Essence of the Scholar in the Context of the Wissenschaftslehre.”
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) selected the McMurry University Chapter of ATPE as one of the top three university chapters in Texas. McMurry professor Gae Lynn McInroe was honored by ATPE as a Ben Shilcutt award winner. The award is given yearly to the top recruiter for an individual chapter.
McMurry Education Professors Dr. Kathy Hall, Gae Lynn McInroe and Stephanie Scott will be presenting their research paper at the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education at the annual Fall Teacher Education Conference in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Marian Kirk and Dr. Perry K. Haley Brown were accepted as SACSCOC evaluators and will be listed in the 2012-2013 SACS Evaluator Registry. Also, Dr. Kirk was named Director of Graduate Programs at McMurry.
Librarian Emeritus Joe W. Specht has won the East Texas Historical Association’s Chamberlain Award for his article “Oil Well Blues: African American Oil Patch Songs”. Joe has been researching music in the oil field for several years. He presented a program entitled “I’m a Tool Pusher from Snyder: Slim Willet’s Oil Patch Songs” at the inaugural FOL Lecture Series during Homecoming 2010. The Collection Manager of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, he is the author of The Women There Don’t Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song (State House Press, 2006) and co-editor, with the late Lawrence Clayton, of The Roots of Texas Music (Texas A&M University Press, 2003) for which he also contributed a chapter. Specht has published articles in Southwestern Historical Quarterly, The Journal of Texas Music History, West Texas Historical Association Year Book, Heritage Journal, and Old Time Music, He has also contributed entries to The Encyclopedia of Country Music and The Handbook of Texas Music, and published book reviews in ARSC Journal, Great Plains Quarterly, The Journal of Texas Music History, and West Texas Historical Association Year Book. Specht tells Contemporary Authors: “The Lone Star State and all things Texan continue to inspire and influence my writing.”