MURRAY, Ky. — Jason A. Matthews and Jaime Staengel have been named Murray State University’s May 2017 Outstanding Seniors.
Matthews, the son of Mike Matthews and Ruth Matthews, will receive a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. The Dean’s List student currently holds a 4.0 grade point average. He will graduate summa cum laude and receive the Honors Diploma.
He is a member of the Murray State Wildlife and Fisheries Society where he currently stands as the organization’s president.
Previously, Matthews served as vice president of the Wildlife and Fisheries Society, vice president of the Herpetology Society and secretary of the Herpetology Society, and Treasurer of the Murray State chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Murray State chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
His honors include being on the Dean’s List each of the four years he was enrolled at the University. He was also awarded the Larry D. Pharris Outstanding Wildlife Student and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Award.
His published work includes research regarding Human-Wildlife Interactions.
Matthew’s professional employment includes serving as a biological trainee, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Clarks River National Wildlife Refugee in Benton where he is currently employed. He also served as a Conservation Camp Counselor at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Matthews attained certifications as a Type II Wildfire Fighter as well as a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Hunter Education Instructor and Basic Archery Instructor. Matthews holds a Murray State University GIS Certification and training in Human Factors on the Fireline.
After graduation, Matthews will continue his work at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He said he plans on applying for graduate school in the future.
Staengel is the daughter of Kim Staengel of Fenton, Missouri. She will receive a Bachelor of Science, Economics and Bachelor of Arts, German with a minor in mathematics and business administration at the May 2017 Commencement ceremony. Staengel currently holds a 4.0 grade point average and has been recognized as a Dean’s List student since Fall 2013. She will graduate summa cum laude and receive the Honors Diploma.
She is a Presidential Fellow, a member of the Honors College, MSU Advertising Club, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon National Economics Honor Society, Pi Kappa Delta National Speech Honorary, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Hart Honors Society and Academic Team and volunteers as a mathematics and economics tutor.
Staengel was awarded the Outstanding Senior in Economics and won first place in Interviewing and Impromptu Sales at the Public Communication Speech and Debate League National Championship that took place in March.
Staengel serves as Ambassador of the Honors College, secretary of Alpha Mu Gamma National Foreign Language Honor Society, secretary of Association for Women in Mathematics and student vice president for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Previously, she served as the Great Beginnings Leader Captain and Secretary for Alpha Chi Honor Society.
Her professional experience includes serving as an intern at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Currently she is employed in the department of modern languages as an office worker and serves as a consultant at the Racer Oral Communication Center and member of the MSU Speech and Debate Union.
Previously, she held a residential counselor position at MSU Commonwealth Honors Academy and was a German instructor at Fun with Languages in Murray. Staengel served as a processing archives intern at Missouri History Museum in St. Louis and also worked as a coach at the St. Louis Internship Program Mock Trial Institute.
Staengel’s published work includes “Die Münzen des Fortschritts: Eine Analyse der Währungsunion 25 Jahre später” which translates from German to “The Coins of Progress: An Analysis of the Currency Union 25 Years later” and “Understanding Consumer Transcendence among Millennials: A New Construct and Scale.”
After graduation she will begin a summer internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and will pursue her master’s in finance at Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. She recently accepted a Meliora Fellowship, which will cover 100 percent of her tuition.
The May 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held at Murray State’s CFSB Center at 9 a.m. May 13.