Firebase Libby–a dream come true

Rev. Bill Libby

Rev. Bill Libby signs the deed to Firebase Libby, which will be used as a field research station by the Biology Department.

Rev. Bill Libby, long time supporter of McMurry University and its students, made some dreams come true today by donating Firebase Libby for use as a field research station by the Biology Department.

Firebase Libby will provide a venue where students and faculty can monitor ecological and physical conditions in an undeveloped setting, resulting in longitudinal datasets that may reveal noteworthy patterns. Firebase Libby will join a network of institutional field stations, state parks and wildlife management areas, and NGO conservation areas dedicated to studying the flora and fauna of the Cross Timbers and Rolling Plains regions.

McMurry students will benefit from the real world, hands-on experience of collecting this essential data, better equipping them for post-graduate opportunities. Already, Firebase Libby has provided 14 students with a study site for their research projects, including 3 projects that were presented at regional scientific meetings. Rev. Libby’s generous donation will allow students to comprehensively monitor this small portion of the Texas prairie and apply the resulting recommendations across the Rolling Plains and Cross Timbers. It is our hope that future researchers and students will be familiar with the trees, birds, insects, and mammals on the property.

We wholeheartedly echo the words of Dr. Joel Brant, member of the Biology faculty, when he says,

“I am grateful to Rev. Libby for his permission to conduct research on his property. I am humbled by his generous donation of this property to McMurry so that our research may continue in perpetuity. I am proud to know and call friend this man of God. Finally, I am eager to share this property with my students, colleagues, and friends at McMurry.”

(story contributed by Drs. Joel Brant and A. T. Wyatt)

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Recycling on campus

Recycling bins

Biology club places recycling for plastic bottles and aluminum cans

The Biology Club, with help from a successful “Pie your Professor” event and a donation from the Science and Math Advisory Board has stepped up the recycling game on campus.

APO – Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, a long-standing service organization on campus, maintains receptacles for paper recycling near printers and copy machines on campus.  Several cardboard dumpsters are available (behind Old Main and near the Maintenance Building) for cardboard.  The Biology Club has branched out with bins for plastic bottles and aluminum cans, something most students encounter several times a day!

The receptacles will be placed in several locations.  There are two bins on the first floor of the science building near the printer.  There are two more bins on the first floor of Old Main near the snack bar across from Career and Counseling Services and one more bin on the 2nd floor of the concourse between Cooke and Old Main near the elevator.

The proceeds from sales of recyclable materials will be used to fund club activities and MORE RECYCLE BINS.  Several areas on campus have already expressed an interest!

So bring your cans and bottles to the recycling bin near you!  The Biology Club will make good use of your contribution, and we will all benefit from the conservation effort.

A big thanks to the Science and Math Advisory Board for their donation!

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