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2011 News Coverage

MacMurray College making upgrades
December 30

'Points of Excellence' campaign aims for positive impact on students.

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Mac winter play to be aired on local radio
December 21

A recording of MacMurray's "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Drama" is scheduled to be aired on WLDS AM 1180 over the holiday weekend.

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Pressure Points
December 9

MacMurray freshman Samantha DeJean participates in a stress management event called "Relax the Right Way." MacMurray Health Services offered tips to promote stress management skills in preparation for finals week.

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MacMurray beats IC in first game of the season
November 16

Mac's Toner scores 22 points in first game in United States.

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Football squad wins final game
November 13

The MacMurray football Highlanders won its final game of the season, ending the 2011 campaign with two straight wins.

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College honored with DoD award
November 10

MacMurray College was presented Nov. 9 with the Sevean Seals award from a state agency of the Department of Defense in recognition of a successful Career Expo in April.

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Back to Mac
October 16

MacMurray's 2011 Homecoming was a chance for alumni to reconnect with each other and to see the updates on campus since the June flood.

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Heretofore 'Unseen'
September 29

A collection of about 50 works by former MacMurray Art Director Nellie Knopf goes on display Oct. 1 at the Applebee Gallery at MacMurray.

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Enrollment figures up at MacMurray
September 19

MacMurray full-time freshmen enrollment shot up 40 percent in 2011, a good sign for future classes.

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Exhibit explores opposing forces
August 24

Jamey Grimes, an instructor at the University of Alabama Art and Art History Department, will provide the inaugural show, 'push/pull,' which opens August 30 at MacMurray College's Applebee Gallery.

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Highlander football practice
August 16

Football season has just begun, and a Journal-Courier photographer was at a Highlander summer practice.

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MacMurray announces area graduates
August 2

MacMurray announces area graduates

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Window Dressing
July 14

Summer help at MacMurray is painting buildings on campus.

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Jackie Looser promoted to CFO
June 30

Jackie Looser, a MacMurray employee for two years, was promoted to the position of chief financial officer and vice president of finance.

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Spring semester dean's list
June 19

MacMurray College named area students to the spring 2011 dean's list.

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MacMurray hires new head football coach
June 10

Chris Douglas joined the MacMurray athletics staff as head football coach.

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Students inducted into nursing honor society
June 5

MacMurray College inducted area students into the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society.

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Mac class of '11 like a family
May 8

One word came up over and over again at MacMurray's 160th Commencement -- family.

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Obama's Cabinet Secretary offers advice, congratulates graduates
May 7

Chris Lu, Cabinet Secretary to President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at MacMurray's commencement ceremony.

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Mac students raise funds for reading
April 29

Mortar Board honor students donated books to Franklin Elementary School in Jacksonville as a part of Mortar Board's national "Reading is Leading" initiative.

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Presidental Adviser to Speak at MacMurray College
April 23

Chris Lu, Cabinet Secretary for President Barack Obama, will give the commencement address at MacMurray College on Saturday, May7.

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Mac seniors show and tell
April 14

MacMurray College's 2011 Senior Art Exhibition opens April 14.

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White House staffer to keynote Mac Commencement
April 12

A top White House staff member will be this year's commencement speaker at MacMurray College.

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Julie Gerken named Student Leader of the Month
April 10

Julie Gerken of Naperville, IL was named student leader of the month at MacMurray.

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Celtic Touch
April 10

MacMurray hosted its first annual Highland Games on Saturday, April 9.

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MacMurray to host career expo next Thursday
April 8

MacMurray College will host a career expo on Thursday, April, 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Highlands- Inspired
April 7

MacMurray will host its first annual "Highland Games" on Saturday, April 9.

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MacMurray to host Highland Games this weekend
April 6

MacMurray College will host its first annual Highland Games.The event is a spin-off of the traditional games which are a combination of athletic and other competitions celebrating Scottish heritage

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Demetrius Suggs named January Student Leader of the Month
April 3

Demetrius Suggs, a junior majoring in criminal justice, was named Student Leader of the Month for January.

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Learning center staff earns advanced certification
April 3

Dan Callihan recently received certification as a Developmental Education Specialist from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators.

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MacMurray to award honorary degree
April 3

Betty Welch Irvin of Mt. Pulaski, IL, will be awarded an honorary degree as a part of Alumnae Weekend April 9-11.

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Talk ties art to dramatist
March 31

MacMurray Associate Professor of English and Theatre Jeannie Zeck will present the next event in the College's 2010-11 Fine Arts Series with "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The influence of Romare Bearden's visual art on August Wilson's drama."

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Gathering aims to curb domestic, sexual violence
March 30

MacMurray College hosted its 12th-annual observance of "Take Back the Night."

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MacMurray again leads charge to 'Take Back the Night'
March 28

MacMurray College will host its 12th-annual “Take Back the Night” on Tuesday, March 29. The event recognizes and brings awareness to violence in our culture.

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MC wants to raise awareness about violence
March 27

MacMurray College will host an observance of "Take Back the Night" on Tues. March 29 to raise awareness of violence in our culture.

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Mac, LLCC make transfer easier
March 26

Lincoln Land Community College and MacMurray College presidents signed a partnership agreement that outlines special opportunities available to LLCC graduates who continue their studies at MacMurray.

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LLCC, MacMurray make it easier for transfers
March 26

An agreement between Lincoln Land and MacMurray will make transferring easier.

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Livewire 2011 nets $172K for MacMurray
March 9

MacMurray College's largest annual fundraiser raised 8 percent more than targeted in the 2011 effort.

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Campus celebrates Mortar Board Week
March 6

MacMurray's Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board celebrated Mortar Board Week in February. They started off the week by giving free ice cream to the MacMurray community.

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Artist's 'Tiny Deaths' at Mac
March 3

MacMurray's Fine Art Series continues with a gallery opening for the work of Alabama Artist Mario Gallardo.

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MacMurray holds health fair
February 27

Around 350 MacMurray and high school students attended a health fair on MacMurray’s campus on Feb. 10. Over 20 health care agencies had booths at the event.

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Mac alum elected to school board
February 22

Beth Fender is the newest member of the Jacksonville School District 117 School Board. She graduated from MacMurray College in 1991 with a bachelor’s in elementary education.

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Speaker brings horrors of racism home
February 22

Black History Month speaker Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush reminded students of the widespread horrors of racism during this month of remembrance.

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'Fantasticks' draws from community, college
February 10

The MacMurray production of 'The Fantasticks' drew cast members from the college and the Jacksonville community for its three performances Feb. 10-12. Here is the Jacksonville Journal-Courier coverage on the morning of opening night.

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Alumnus featured in Chicago Lawyer magazine
February 1

Anthony Licata ’76, and his firm were featured on the cover of this month’s Chicago Lawyer magazine. He was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award from MacMurray in 2006.

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Students enjoy Casino Night
February 1

The annual Casino Night at MacMurray brought the Journal-Courier photographers for this feature photo.

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Arts series brings painter, re-enactor to campus
January 27

MacMurray’s Fine Arts series brought painter Bryce Speed and Harriet Tubman re-enactor Kathryn M. Harris to campus. Note: These events were rescheduled for a severe winter storm. See “News” listing or the campus calendar for rescheduled dates.

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Iron Chef competition a sweet event
January 22

MacMurray’s Iron Chef competition attracted students to a dessertathon.

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Deaf performing artist regales crowd
January 13

Deaf performer Peter Cook brought his one-man show of Sign Language, pantomime and story-telling to MacMurray.

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