McMurry Professor Presents Paper in Europe

McMurry University Professor Dr. Jeffery Kinlaw presented an invited paper for the triennial meeting of the International Heidegger Working Group. The conference theme was “Freedom and Destiny” and took place May 21-24, 2014 in Messkirch, Germany, Heidegger’s birthplace. The title of the paper was “Freedom, Destiny, and the Self-Conception of Dasein: Configuring Heidegger’s Theory of Free Agency.” This international conference will feature presenters from 12 different countries from North America, Europe, and Asia.

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McMurry Computer Science and Physics students secure REU positions

McMurry University students Ricky Garcia (Physics) and David Charles (Computer Science) have both secured funded research positions for the summer.

REU stands for Research Experiences for Undergraduates,  and the purpose is to involve groups of undergraduate students in research supervised by a faculty members working on a federally funded project.   The REU positions are competitive, and students must apply by submitting personal statements, transcripts, and letters of reference from McMurry faculty.  The selected students will spend the full summer working on their project with housing and a living stipend provided by the host institution.

Charles will be working at Texas Tech in the field of Declarative Programming and Healthcare/Space Exploration.  He will have opportunities to visit well known labs at Texas Tech, local hospitals, a NASA-sponsored research lab, and companies in the areas of Cybersecurity, Energy, Healthcare and Space Exploration.

Garcia hasn’t been assigned his project yet, but he will be working in the area of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M in College Station.  This field deals with product improvement, manufacturing, and automation as well as the data processing, quality assurance, and supply chain management aspects necessary to distribute technological products.

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McMurry Senior Leah Doughty selected to receive the Dr. Sandra Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship

Leah Doughty, a senior early childhood education major from Abilene, has been selected by McMurry University to receive the Dr. Sandra Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Dr. Sandra Harper Women’s Leadership Scholarship was established by women leaders in the Abilene area in honor of the inauguration of Dr. Sandra Harper as McMurry University’s 12th president and in recognition of the accomplishments of outstanding women leaders. Applicants were required to complete an application process and submit a 500-word essay regarding their interpretation of “Women Leading for the Greater Good.” The $5,000 is awarded to a female student at McMurry who has excelled in the classroom and who has distinguished herself through service on campus and in the Abilene community.

Doughty served as vice president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators chapter at McMurry and participated in the organization’s state conference in 2013. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. She served as student director and chaplain for the McMurry track team, where she led weekly Bible studies and prayer services.

She has been active in the Abilene community through Meals on Wheels, working with McMurry’s Thanksgiving donation drives, tutoring elementary school students and leading a junior high girls “Big God” church event.


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Hinson Named McMurry Football Coach

ImageABILENE, Texas – McMurry University has named 19-year coaching veteran Lance Hinson as the War Hawks’ new head football coach. Hinson comes to Abilene after spending the past nine seasons as the head coach at The University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan.

Hinson – a native of Rockwall, Texas (Rockwall High School) and graduate of the University of North Texas – becomes the 22nd head football coach in school history.

Hinson is the first hire for new McMurry Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson. And Ferguson believes he has found the perfect fit for McMurry University and its football program 

“We were blessed to have had a tremendous pool of applicants for this position,” Ferguson said. “But Lance Hinson’s name quickly rose to the top of the list. I believe he is truly committed to the NCAA Division III philosophy and shares the mission and direction for the University set out by President (Sandra) Harper; one which focuses on academics and desires to give our scholar-athletes an optimum collegiate experience, while preparing them for ‘real life’ afterwards.

“Lance is a well-respected coach on the field, while also demonstrating that he is able to build and grow a quality program. He has successfully taken on challenges during his coaching career and has worked tirelessly toward positive results, both in the classroom and on the field.

“We look forward to his leadership for our program during this important transitional time.”

Hinson has been the head coach at USM since 2005 and, prior to that, was an assistant with the school from 2002 through 2004. He joined the program during its embryonic years – in just the third season of the program’s existence – and has been the architect in building it into a well-respected team.

In his first season as head coach with USM, Hinson was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) “Co-Coach of the Year,” leading the Spires to the team’s first ever four-game winning streak and a 5-5 record. The 2005 season featured a defense that posted three shutouts and finished nationally ranked in the top-10 of eight different categories. Hinson received his second KCAC “Co-Coach of the Year” following the Spires’ 2011 season, posting a 7-2 conference record, finishing second in the KCAC.

Hinson’s coaching career began in the state of Texas, as an undergraduate – and eventually graduate – assistant at the University of North Texas in 1993. He was responsible for defensive ends and linebackers. The 1994 UNT squad went 8-2-1 and earned the Southland Conference Championship, as well as a berth in the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs

From 1997-2001, Hinson was an assistant at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. At Baker, Hinson coached tight ends, quarterbacks, and wide receivers. The 2000 season at Baker ended with the Wildcats going 9-2 and winning the KWTO Bowl over Campbellsville (Ky.) and finishing No. 15 in the nation for the NAIA.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to not only come home, but to come home and coach at a university that is so rich in tradition,” Hinson said. “I can’t wait to start coaching these kids and share with them the passion and love I have for this game. It is truly a blessing to be a part of the McMurry family.”

Hinson earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas (1996), as well as a master’s from Baker University in 2000. Hinson has two children, son Jake and daughter Holly.


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McMurry University to hold Spring 2014 Commencement on May 10

ABILENE, Texas –U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry will be the featured speaker at McMurry University’s 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Hunt Physical Education Center. McMurry will confer degrees on 180 seniors at the event.

   Rep. Thornberry is a lifelong resident of the 13th District he represents. His family has been ranching in the area since 1881 – a family business in which he remains actively involved.

   Born in Clarendon and raised on the family ranch in Donley County, Thornberry graduated from Clarendon High School before continuing his education at Texas Tech University. After obtaining a B.A. in history from Tech in 1980, he went on to the University of Texas Law School where he graduated in 1983. For the next several years, he worked in Washington, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the State Department under President Reagan.

     In 1989, Thornberry joined his brothers in the cattle business and practiced law in Amarillo. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

     Dr. Mark Waters will be the featured preacher at McMurry’s Baccalaureate service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Dr. Mark Waters came to McMurry in 2000 as an adjunct professor and began full time duties in 2006. He serves as associate professor of servant leadership, associate professor of religion, and director of The Center for Global Leadership. This spring, he received the Faculty of the Year award at McMurry.

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McMurry English students publish Amazon Kindle book

Among the many interesting projects in Dr. Christopher Andrews’ Digital Rhetoric class this semester was a collaboration by four of our English majors: Kirsten Mauritsen, Jessica Vanderpol, Sonia Del Hierro, and Michaela Pritchett Shields. After compiling a considerable annotated bibliography about e-books and self-publishing in a very short period of time (, these women then put their heads together to write, design, and self-publish a Kindle short.

You can check out the fruits of their labor by downloading “The Ashen Truth,” by J. M. Addicus (their collaborative pen name)  Their Kindle e-book will be $0.99. (Right now it sits at #5 in the Kindle list of e-books short stories!)

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McMurry University Jazz Band to host Sunday Jazz Jam

ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University’s jazz ensemble, McMJ, will host a Jazz Jam at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Bynum Band Hall on campus.

       Musicians of all ages and experience levels are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in with the band or just enjoy the music.

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McMurry Athletics Hall of Honor Adds 6 Individuals; 3 Teams

ABILENE, Texas – The McMurry University Athletics Hall of Honor added six individuals and three teams to its list of members on Saturday evening, at ceremonies in the Mabee Room. The following make up the Class of 2014:


This award is named in honor of Bob and Clara Brown, who were major donors to McMurry University; not just Athletics, but the entire University. Their daughter, Barbara and her husband Bynum Miers, are both McMurry Alumni.  In 1998, the Indian Club wanted to begin recognizing those individuals, businesses, or families for their exceptional support of McMurry Athletics. Each year, the recipient is honored at this Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony.

This year’s award recognized a true gentleman who embodies the real spirit of McMurry University:  Mr. Mark Miller.  From Indians to War Miller’s support for McMurry University – and especially McMurry Athletics has never wavered.

Miller honed his life skills as a student at McMurry, graduating with a Business Management degree in 1978 after coming to Abilene from Clovis, New Mexico. He was a four-year letterwinner in football for McMurry, earning All-TIAA honors his senior season.  He played under both Don Newsome and Hall of Honor coach Spud Aldridge.

Miller was also very involved in other campus activities like IHR Men’s Social Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

After graduation, Miller worked in sales for Continental-EMSCO and also as a plant operator for the Mobil Oil Company. In 1987, he joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor and is currently a limited partner with the company, still today.

Mark spent a decade as a member of the Lion’s Founders Club in Abilene and was a member of the McMurry University Board of Trustees from 2003-2012. He attends Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene, where he serves as a Deacon.

What makes Miler so special is that he has consistently given of himself and his time – in addition to his resources – to better McMurry Athletics.  One would be hard-pressed to find a sport – or area of athletics – that has not in some way benefited from his generosity.  Most times he does not even need to be asked for help; rather it is he who has said “What Can I Do?”.  He truly is a “doer” and he has helped elevate the McMurry athletics program because of his caring heart for the school.

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McMurry Women’s Club Awards Scholarships

The McMurry Women’s Club awarded scholarships to McMurry students Leah Doughty and Kristen Grant at their annual luncheon April 16 in the Furr Welcome Center. Approximately 20 women attended the celebration and heard the stories from each recipient as to their life experiences since choosing McMurry for their education.

A review of the past year’s activities rounded out the hour and the luncheon closed with the election of new officers for 2014-15.  Those new officers are President Terry Young, Vice-President Pam Veltkamp, Secretary Kim Tate, Treasurer Johnna Bolden; Special Projects, Amanda Cokonougher and Sandy Champion; Publicity, Robin Holbrook.

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Petree Wins National Christian College Athletic Association Award

Congratulations are in order to McMurry’s volleyball head coach Cammie Petree, who has been awarded the National Christian College Apetree loresthletic Association’s  (NCCAA) “Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award” for the 2013-14 year!

The purpose of the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award is to recognize NCCAA athletic mentors who epitomize the Christian character qualities of:

Love- demonstrating a caring and consistent love for others (I Corinthians 13);

Integrity- living out ethical principles in a clear consistent manner (Job 27:5);

Faith- acknowledging a life of faith and sharing that faith with others (Hebrews 11);

Excellence- striving to do all things at the highest standard (Philippians 4:8).

Cammie just completed her 18th season of guiding the McMurry program, is already the school’s all-time leader in victories, with a record of 317-215 (a winning percentage of .596). In 2012, she led McMurry to the NCCAA national championship, earning back-to-back regional titles, as well.

Cammie has twice been voted as the NCCAA’s Central Region “Coach of the Year” (2012 & 2013). She also earned the national “Coach of the Year” award in 2012 from both the NCCAA and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

In addition to the tremendous on-court success enjoyed by Cammie’s teams, she has also built a solid foundation for spiritual growth and community engagement for her players. Under Cammie’s tenure, McMurry volleyball has done fundraisers for cancer research, volunteered at a shelter for abused women, and worked at the annual “Pumpkin Patch” fundraiser for Abilene’s Disability Resources Incorporated, to name a few.

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