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McMurry University Announces Winners of

By Gary Ellison Associate Director University Relations



ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University recently announced awards winners at its annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Dr. Chris Neal, director of the McMurry University Band, was named outstaning faculty member of the year. Sandy Lane was named outstanding staff person of the year. Dr. Rosemary Wallace was named outstanding administrator of the year. Dr. Neal has more {{more}} than doubled the size of the McMurry Band in his five year tenure. The music program has been strengthened by the invitation to perform at Fresno State University earlier this year and the International Music Educators Conference in Italy this summer. In addition, he has actively participated in the design and construction of the new McMurry band hall. During the past year, he has presented papers, had papers published, had an essay included in a book, written shows for 12 different high schools, including Abilene High, Cooper, and Wylie. He has conducted the Honor Bands at the district and regional levels. Dr. Neal has served on several committees, including Curriculum, Retention, Admission Standards, and Teacher Education. He worked with the Office of Institutional Advancement in the Band Hall renovation project, which raised a total of $2.35 million, which is currently under construction. Dr. Wallace is the director of McMurry’s Dyess AFB Program. She implemented the Blue Streak Program that has been successful in helping military students complete their CCAF degree quickly. Last year, she initiated a program to meet the need of flexible timing of classes, particularly for Dyess Security Forces personnel. Sandy Lane works for the Counseling and Career Services Office. In addition to her regular duties, she has taken on a great deal of responsibility by serving as the coordinator of all the national testing and make-up tests on campus, as well as taking on the job of coordinating the Work Study process. She has also coordinated the implementation of the Maroon & White staffing initiative—creating flyers for webpage, emails, and training.

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