MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Oct. 2–6.

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Several faculty members in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State were recently selected as recipients of prestigious departmental awards.

Dr. Kevin Miller, associate professor of chemistry, was selected to receive the 2017–18 Karl F. Hussung Professorship in Chemistry Award, which specifically recognizes a chemistry faculty member for their outstanding commitment to the University and department as evidenced by teaching excellence, exceptional service and professional activity.

“Dr. Miller is a great example of the dynamic and productive faculty we have here at Murray State,” said Dr. Steve Cobb, dean of the college. “He has gained a reputation as one who makes valuable contributions to his department and our college. He is very deserving of this recognition.”

Dr. Miller is pictured above (center), with Drs. Cobb (left) and Hussung (right).

Dr. Claire Fuller, chair of the department of biology, and Dr. Danny Claiborne, chair of the Institute of Engineering, were selected as co-recipients of the 2017–18 Neil V. Weber Award for Excellence, which recognizes faculty for outstanding service and contributions to the University through academic research, program development, classroom instruction and student support.

“Drs. Fuller and Claiborne are dedicated leaders of their disciplines who serve Murray State as respected educators and administrators,” said Cobb. “They are most deserving of this recognition.”

Fuller first joined the Murray State faculty in 1997 and maintains an active teaching and research schedule in addition to her administrative role as department chair. Claiborne began his career at Murray State in 1985 and has since been recognized as a leader in establishing partnerships between the University and regional industries, as well as community colleges, in support of workforce and economic development.

Both the Weber and Hussung Awards were established by Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a distinguished alumnus of the University. The Weber Award was created as a special tribute to Neal Weber, former dean, upon his retirement, while the Hussung Award serves as a special tribute to Dr. Karl Hussung, professor emeritus of chemistry.

Dr. Claire Fuller, chair of the department of biology (second from left) and Dr. Danny Claiborne, chair of the Institute of Engineering (third from left), receive Murray State University’s Neil V. Weber Award for Excellence from Dr. Steve Cobb (left), dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Dr. Neil Weber (right), former dean of the college.
Dr. Claire Fuller, chair of the department of biology (second from left) and Dr. Danny Claiborne, chair of the Institute of Engineering (third from left), receive Murray State University’s Neil V. Weber Award for Excellence from Dr. Steve Cobb (left), dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Dr. Neil Weber (right), former dean of the college.

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The department of global languages and theatre arts presents “The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi.” Based on stories from “The Jungle Book,” this comedy about sharing and cooperation is fun for the whole family.

Performances of “The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi” run Oct. 17–21 in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on the campus of Murray State University. Daytime shows are available for area schools, while the Saturday performance is open to the public.

For more information about performance times or to purchase tickets, please visit murraystatetickets.com or contact Cindi Gullixson at cgullixson@murraystate.edu or 270-809-4421.

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Brittani Logsdon, a history major at Murray State, won the Raymond F. Betts Award for Undergraduate Student Writing, sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History. Her paper, “The Portrayal of Women in U.S. Feminine Hygiene Advertisements from World War II to the 1950s,” examined the changing portrayal of women in print advertisements as the roles of women shifted from wartime activity to 1950s domesticity. Dr. Marjorie Hilton, associate professor of history, supervised Logsdon’s work.

Logsdon will attend the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History’s annual meeting to accept her award.

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Jacy Isaacs of Lawrenceburg and Courtney Brown of Perryville, Missouri, both studying pre-veterinarian medicine at Murray State, participated in an Education Abroad program in Thailand over the summer.

“[The experience] was truly eye-opening to have the opportunity to gain perspectives from different American veterinarians as well as vets from a different country with different capabilities,” Isaacs said.

Isaacs and Brown began their experience abroad at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand, which is home to more than 60 rescued elephants. Both students worked to help feed, bathe and care for the elephants. Isaacs and Brown also volunteered at the Animal Rescue Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where approximately 100 dogs have been rescued after being abandoned or abused. The students assisted veterinarians by helping provide check-ups and cleanings; diagnosing and treating ear and eye problems; taking and testing blood; administering vaccines; and cleaning and treating wounds.

The experience was sponsored by Loop Abroad, a program provider partnered with Murray State’s Education Abroad Office that prioritizes the study of ecology and animal conservation.

For more information about education abroad opportunities at Murray State, please visit murraystate.edu/educationabroad.

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Jessica Johnston, a 2010 graduate of Murray State, is a contestant on the 35th season of “Survivor,” a CBS reality television show featuring 18 strangers living together on an island as they compete to outwit, outplay and outlast their fellow castaways.

Johnston, who works as a nurse practitioner in Louisville, originally applied to appear on “The Amazing Race,” another long-running reality show on CBS, according to the Southeast Missourian. However, through a series of events, Johnston was asked to participate on “Survivor” instead and, earlier this year, made her way to Fiji, where the current season was filmed, to begin her “Survivor” journey.

To watch Johnston compete for the $1 million grand prize and the title of sole survivor, tune in to CBS on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

Members of the Murray State Alumni Association should also look for an exclusive video interview with Johnston in the weekly e-newsletter. For more information about the Alumni Association and similar exclusive content, please visit murraystate.edu/alumni.

Courtney Brown feeds an elephant in Thailand.
Courtney Brown (pictured) and Jacy Isaacs, two pre-veterinarian medicine students at Murray State University, participated in an Education Abroad program in Thailand over the summer through Loop Abroad.