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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 Professor Dr. Mark Waters spoke at two recent concerts presented by the Houston philanthropic organization, Music Doing Good. Through world-class concerts and meaningful outreach programs, Music Doing Good raises friends and funds for outstanding non-profits working in health, education, music, and children’s causes. The organization marries mission with music to create uniquely customized events that forge new perspectives and ignite the passion of an organization’s support base, while building like-minded audiences who are eager to help others and improve the world we share. Waters spoke in Howell, Michigan on November 9th at a concert entitled “What’s Your Story?: A Musical Exploration of Building Community through Civility and Compassion” benefitting the Howell Opera House. The following evening, he spoke at Chateau Carnarvon in Houston. The Houston concert, “Find Your Voice,” benefitted “Positive Works,” a parent-driven 501(c)3 organization offering integrated and measurable family and school programs that serve as a catalyst for positive community change.
McMurry University Music Professor Dr. Elizabeth Ducey Moss is attending the Regional Conference of the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) at the University of North Texas. She will be adjudicating singers in the Undergraduate Division. Dr. Moss has recently been elected to the Board of the Big Country Chapter of NATS, and will serve as Treasurer.
McMurry University senior Trisha Bradley will be competing in the Senior Undergraduate Division preliminaries at the Regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) in Denton. On Tuesday she passed her Senior Recital hearing in preparation for her Recital, which will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at 2 p.m.
The McMurry Chanters joined the Marching Band in recognizing our Armed Forces during the half time show at the Nov. 3rd football game. They performed the famous hymn Come, Thou Fount and an Armed Forces Salute for all the military branches of our government by singing the respective service songs for each branch. The opening of the show featured a Fly-over by a B-1 Bomber at the conclusion of the National Anthem.
On Saturday, Nov. 10th, the McMurry University Music Department will lend a helping hand to the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra during their Parade of Homes fund-raiser held in the Tuscola hills. The Trumpet Choir, under the direction of Dr. Mark Wilcox, will perform fanfares and celebration music at the start of the event. Trumpet students from Dr. Wilcox’s studio include Keith Lightfoot, Lance Mosley, Martin Rodriguez, Emily Rodriguez, Josh Mendoza, Jonathan Heilenmen and Kelli Porter. McMurry Sounds, under the direction of Dr. David Wallis, will be bringing holiday cheer by presenting Christmas carols in a holiday setting. Members are Stephanie Van Noord, Salome Block, Bari Pollard, Garrett Woods, James McDonald and Jamike Obodozie.
McMurry University alumna Tina Stephens, a first-grade teacher at Trent Elementary School, was selected to receive the Teacher Tribute award presented by KTXS TV. She was nominated for the award by her student Ruff Graham.
Brandon Carr, a student in the post-baccalaureate program at McMurry, has been voted Teacher of the Month at The Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science. He is teaching Technology Applications at ATEMS while completing his requirements for a teaching degree through McMurry’s FastTrack Program.
Dr. Jeffery Kinlaw, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at McMurry University, gave a presentation on the Socratic Method on Wednesday evening, October 24th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.