MURRAY, KY. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Dec. 11–15.

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Students in the Agribusiness Club recently worked together for the 11th annual holiday toy drive created in memory of Dr. Ken Bowman, a former agribusiness professor at Murray State University who passed away in 2006.

In total, the students collected 921 toys and $2,000 in support of the Calloway County Family Resource Center’s Santa Project and the Murray Family Resource Center’s Tiger Christmas.

“This is a very heartwarming cause that not only our Agribusiness Club students get involved in but that all of the Hutson School of Agriculture students, faculty and staff support,” said Ryan Morrow, a senior lecturer in the Hutson School of Agriculture and an advisor for the Agribusiness Club. “Most of the students never knew Dr. Bowman but through this activity we, as faculty, get to talk about him and why this activity was so close to his heart.”

Over the course of three weeks during the fall semester, students, faculty and staff in the Hutson School of Agriculture donated more than 900 toys to help fill Christmas wish-lists for children in Murray and Calloway County. In addition to collecting toys, the Agribusiness Club sponsored a glow-golf scramble to help raise funds for the drive. Ultimately, the students raised $2,000 — the highest total in the fundraiser’s 11-year history.

The toys and cash donations were delivered Dec. 8 to the respective resource centers by students in the Agribusiness Club. They were joined by the club’s advisors, Morrow and Dr. Michelle Santiago.

Photo Caption: Students in the Agribusiness Club — including, from left to right, Caleb Brannon, Matt Vohlken, Brandon Beaver and Kayla Burroughs — recently worked together for the 11th annual holiday toy drive in the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University.

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Dr. James Humphreys and Jordan Smith, two members of the Murray State community, were appointed in December 2017 to the Kentucky Oral History Commission by Gov. Matt Bevin.

“I am looking forward to meeting and working with the other members of the commission who have an interest in history,” said Humphreys, an associate professor in the department of history at Murray State. “I am also looking forward to learning more about the ways in which the commission advances the study of oral history in Kentucky.”

The Kentucky Oral History Commission has worked over the years to share and preserve Kentucky’s history through a number of events and activities. Each year, the current governor appoints individuals to the commission, which is administered by the Kentucky Historical Society.

“It is a huge honor to be able to represent Murray State, along with Dr. Humphreys, and serve the Commonwealth with this commission,” said Smith, the University’s governmental relations director. “I am a history buff and am excited to be able to play a part in recording our Kentucky history — particularly our local west Kentucky history.”

Smith also added his appreciation for the support of Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Rep. Kenny Imes.

Humphreys will serve on the commission until his term expires in February 2021, while Smith will serve on the commission until his term expires in February 2020.

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The College Personnel Association of Kentucky selected Murray State’s Dr. Don Robertson, vice president of student affairs and assistant professor, to be inducted into the association’s 2018 Hall of Fame.

A veteran student affairs professional and academic, Robertson was selected for his proven leadership and service. He will officially be recognized during the Hall of Fame’s induction program Friday, Jan. 26, at Transylvania University’s William T. Young Campus Center in Lexington.

The College Personnel Association of Kentucky is a state division of the American College Personnel Association. The Hall of Fame is designed to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.

Dr. Don Robertson, vice president of student affairs at Murray State University, was selected by the College Personnel Association of Kentucky to be inducted into the organization’s 2018 Hall of Fame.
Dr. Don Robertson, vice president of student affairs at Murray State University, was selected by the College Personnel Association of Kentucky to be inducted into the organization’s 2018 Hall of Fame.
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