Campus News — 22 November 2016

Below is information with recent news, notes and accomplishments at Murray State University.

Dr. Holly Rudolph, a professor through the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, was recently recognized as an Educator Who Has Made a Difference by the Kentucky Society of CPAs. Rudolph was nominated by Sammie Parsley of Western Crane Services, who credited Rudolph with helping her choose accounting as a career.

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Elizabeth Garrett, doctor of nursing practice student, was recognized at the recent Kentucky Nurses Association Convention earlier this month. Garrett presented a poster titled “Self-Management Program to Increase Medication Adherence in the HIV Population” and won first place in the poster competition. Both Cainan Jones (current DNP student) and Carolyn Winchester (recent DNP graduate of Murray State) also presented posters. Further, Dr. Linda Thomas was presented with the KNA Nurse of the Year Award. Dr. Thomas retired from Murray State in 2015.

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Five Murray State University students were recent recipients of the Alpha Tau Omega Scholarship Endowment, which was initially established in 2010 by gifts from ATO fraternity alumni members Alan Stout, Dwain Taylor and Robbie Rudolph in order to assist students at Murray State in obtaining an education. Recipients of a $500 scholarship to be awarded in the spring include Ethan Shaw, Steven Werderman, Chance Roberts, Keegan Camron and Keegan Rhines.

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Three Murray State University students, Troian Cummings, Jo Bennett and Max Ginsberg, along with alumni Greg Chandler, Terri Sauer, Jacqlyn Murdock and Tyler Frank, recently participated in an experiential learning trip to Memphis led by faculty member Jeanne Beaver through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The group performed small metals repairs, watched technical demonstrations and volunteered at the Repair Days Museum fundraising events at the Memphis Metals Museum.

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Through the Murray State University College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Jacqueline Hansen, chair of the department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, has been named College Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts. Each year, KCTE recognizes an outstanding elementary, middle, high school and college teacher who has a passion for English education and demonstrates a willingness to go above and beyond in the classroom. Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, assistant professor of counselor education, received the Kentucky Counselor Educator of the Year award at the Kentucky Counseling Association Conference on Nov. 11. At the same conference, the following faculty members from the College of Education and Human Services received the Dr. Sandhu Research and Innovations in Counseling Award: Dr. Alan Bakes, associate professor of counselor education; Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, assistant professor of counselor education, and Dr. Karen Coulter, assistant professor with the Center for Communication Disorders.

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Murray State University alumna Audra Jennings recently released her first book, titled Out of the Horrors of War: Disability Politics in World War II America. The book analyzes the ways in which the U.S. state at mid-century defined citizenship around notions of being able-bodied by examining the American Federation of the Physically Handicapped, a national, cross-disability social movement organization that emerged during the war. Jennings graduated from Murray State in 2002 with an honors diploma in history.

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Constance Alexander will serve as first vice president of the Kentucky Historical Society Executive Committee in 2017. She and the other officers of the society were sworn in on Nov. 11 by Frankfort Chief Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd at the Old State Capitol. Alexander completed her undergraduate work at The College of New Jersey and University of Copenhagen, Denmark and earned a Master of Arts in Humanities from New Jersey’s Kean University. She has an MBA from Pace University in New York and an MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State. Alexander teaches as an adjunct professor in the department of English and philosophy at Murray State.

Murray State University students Troian Cummings, Jo Bennett and Max Ginsberg, along with alumni Greg Chandler, Terri Sauer, Jacqlyn Murdock and Tyler Frank, recently participated in an experiential learning trip to Memphis led by faculty member Jeanne Beaver through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Members of the group assisted in an iron pour to cast items needed for repairs and molds that members of the public had carved.

Murray State University students Troian Cummings, Jo Bennett and Max Ginsberg, along with alumni Greg Chandler, Terri Sauer, Jacqlyn Murdock and Tyler Frank, recently participated in an experiential learning trip to Memphis led by faculty member Jeanne Beaver through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Members of the group assisted in an iron pour to cast items needed for repairs and molds that members of the public had carved.

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