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

McMurry University Religion Professor Rev. Bill Libby recently participated in the dedication of a Viet Nam soldier’s grave marker at the cemetery in Silverton, Texas. Sgt. Keith Rowell was killed in action with the 101st Airborne Division on August 25, 1968, 18 days before he was scheduled to come home to his family. Libby was at that time serving as a Chaplain with the Division. The ceremony began with a talk on the WTA&M campus in Canyon by the University President; WTSU had 23 students and former students killed in Viet Nam, including Sgt. Rowell. The family and friends then began a processional to Silverton accompanied by the Texas Patriot Guard, the veteran’s motorcycle unit. In Silverton the community had hung flags on the street; many people stood in front of their homes to welcome the processional. Eight men who served with the Sergeant in Viet Nam came from around the US to be a part of the ceremony. Approximately 350 people gathered in the small town cemetery to honor the dead soldier.
Dr. Jeffery Kinlaw, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at McMurry University, gave an invited paper in a session on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right at the annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association held 28-30 October in Saint Louis. The title of Professor Kinlaw’s paper was “Hegel’s Strong Argument for Agent-Relative Reasons for Action.”
Things We Can’t Untie, an original play by McMurry Theatre student Kathryn Ballinger, has won the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s annual Playfest competition in the College/University category. The play was written last spring in the Theatre Department’s Playwriting course and had already been selected as one of four student written plays to be performed during the spring of 2012. The McMurry Theatre Department will have the opportunity to perform a staged reading of the play at the annual TETA Theatrefest in Houston in January. Normally, two awards are given in the category each year, based on an objective evaluation process. She is the eleventh McMurry student playwright to win in this competition since 1999.
McMurry University Art Professor Kathie Walker-Millar’s porcelain sculpture “Guadalupe River, Two Friends and Hummingbird” received second place in 3D at the Texas Art Education Conference in Galveston coming up November 10 -13. Previously, the art piece was accepted into the University Dallas Regional Show last February; it travelled to Midwestern University in Wichita Falls in May; then this fall it received second place in the Professional Division in the juried National Arts Program.