McMurry Receives $2 Million Challenge Grant

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The JE and LE Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently awarded a $2 million challenge grant to McMurry University, the university said in a press release, which will support the $21 million fundraising campaign. dollars from the McMurry Campus Center.

To meet the terms of the grant, McMurry alumni and friends are being asked to raise $3.7 million by Jan. 11, according to the release.

McMurry will celebrate its centenary in 2023.

According to the release, the fundraising campaign will support the upgrade of the Shirley L. and Mildred Garrison United Methodist Campus Center, also known as the Garrison Campus Center, which opened in 1979. The upgrade plans will expand the facility from approximately 39,000 square feet to over 58,000 square feet, with new spaces including a student success suite, meeting spaces for student organizations, a chapel, student services, restaurants, a fitness center, liquor store and community activities.

ACU Presents Alumni Awards

Abilene Christian University on Saturday presented its Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year awards to Kathy (Gay) Halbert and Brandon Osborne, respectively, the university said in a news release.

Halbert, a 1978 graduate, is a co-founder of the Caris Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation established in 2002 to assist and empower people in need, the statement said, operating primarily in Kenya and Haiti. The foundation also manages 3,500 health workers in Haiti through a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development.

Halbert and her husband David, also a 1978 graduate, met while taking classes at ACU’s College of Business Administration, the statement said. The couple live in Colleyville and their three children are also all ACU alumni.

Osborne, a 2003 graduate, is the founder of Genesis Athletics and executive director of the Abilene Youth Sports Authority at Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center. A certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist, Osborne has also worked as an elementary physical education teacher, an assistant basketball coach at Hardin-Simmons University and in several high school basketball programs, according to the press release.

Osborne and his wife Kimberly, also a 2003 graduate, have three children.

Brandon Osborne

The ACU inaugurates a new residence hall

Representatives from Abilene Christian University, donors and Mackey Mitchell Architects and Core Construction marked the start of construction on a new residence hall, the university said in a news release.

The four-story, 96,000-square-foot facility — located between Sikes and Nelson Halls on the north side of 16th Street East North — will house approximately 350 freshmen, the statement said, and will include a living community/ of Honors learning and a three-bedroom apartment for a faculty in residence.

The facility replaces Gardner Hall, which has housed ACU women for 60 years, the release said, and is part of the university’s Freshman Village project, a campaign to renovate and build residence halls along 16th northeast street.

HSU appoints new dean and program director

Hardin-Simmons University recently announced Dr. Matthew Jackson as dean of the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, and also as the first director of the engineering program that will launch in fall 2023, HSU said in a news release. hurry.

Matthew Jackson

Jackson is currently the associate dean of engineering at West Texas A&M University, where he is also a professor of mechanical engineering at Bell Helicopter. He will officially join the HSU faculty in June of this year, according to the statement.

According to the release, the new engineering program will focus on mechanical engineering and engineering technology, and will be housed in HSU’s Abilene hall, which is being renovated to include an additional 7,000 square feet of space. as well as a fabrication lab, materials lab, and thermal/fluids lab.

Tarleton sets basketball assist record

Tarleton State University basketball fans helped set an attendance record for the school last week, with a sold-out crowd of 3,017 at Wisdom Gym in a 69-56 loss to Utah Valley Wednesday.

The game set a new NCAA Division I-era and Western Athletic Conference attendance record for Tarleton, the school said in a Twitter post.

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