MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Feb. 5–9.


The dietetics program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions was recognized in January 2018 as a noteworthy dietetics practice among programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

“We are honored to be recognized by ACEND for the unique learning opportunities we incorporate in the dietetics curriculum,” said Dr. Kathy Stanczyk, program director. “Students in our program have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for the fast-paced and inter-professional nature of today’s health care system. We continue to receive excellent feedback about how well-prepared our students are for the real world.”

Dietitians work to help individuals achieve better health through nutritional intervention. During their time at Murray State, students pursuing a degree in dietetics — a track within the nutrition, dietetics and food management program — study clinical nutrition, food/nutrition management, community nutrition and consultation/business practices. They also gain a foundation in the biomedical and nutritional sciences, managerial practices and education and counseling strategies that will provide necessary skills as graduates enter and contribute to the field.


Three Murray State students — Taylor Inman (Benton), Sydni Anderson (Dover, Tennessee) and Liz Tretter (Louisville) — who serve as student reporters for Murray State’s NPR station, WKMS, provided national and regional coverage of the tragic Marshall County High School shooting in January.

“In a breaking news situation involving such a terrible tragedy, it takes poise and determination to ensure the facts are reported in a timely and coherent manner,” said Chad Lampe, station manager for WKMS. “The news coverage of the WKMS team wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of these students. Additionally, their reporting had national implications as they fed content to our network, NPR, just as professionals would across the country.”

WKMS hires and trains a select number of Murray State students each year to provide professional news reports on-air and online, reaching more than 20,000 weekly listeners and 40,000 monthly unique website visitors.


A new brand of coffee is being served in locations around Murray State’s campus that is made and distributed by two alumni: Debbie Hohman, ’78, and Jeff Hohman, ’77, of Winchester.

“The partnership with Murray State University is a dream come true,” Debbie said. “I feel like I’ve come full circle.”

Debbie and Jeff are the owners and roasters, respectively, of Creative Coffees Roastery, a Kentucky Proud product now available in Winslow Dining Hall, Business Express, Waterfield Café and the Thoroughbred Room. Several types of coffee will be served on campus, including Southern Pecan, Breakfast Blend, Peru, Kentucky Bourbon, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Decaf. A variety of these blends will be available in each venue.


Dr. Maribeth Crawford, assistant professor of music at Murray State, will perform as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem” in February at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Dr. Maribeth Crawford poses for a photo, leaning against a tree in a park.
Dr. Maribeth Crawford, assistant professor of music at Murray State, will perform as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem” in February at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“This performance is specifically important because of the prestige associated with Carnegie Hall, and I am hoping it will open doors for future performance opportunities with various musical organizations,” Crawford said. “I am grateful for every conductor, mentor and teacher who helped me to prepare for this experience. Their advice and instruction will be with me in New York. I am also so grateful for my family and friends who continue to be a source of encouragement.”

Although Crawford has performed with a number of opera companies and orchestras, this will be her first performance at the famous music hall. The concert — called “Perpetual Light: The Requiems of Mozart and Duruflé” — takes place Feb. 19.

“I am looking forward to performing Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ in the iconic Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall,” Crawford said. “It is one of the most beautiful performance halls in the world, and I have the opportunity to perform some of the most beautiful music ever written. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am so grateful to have this chance.”


Dr. James Humphreys, an associate professor of history at Murray State, recently published “Interpreting American History: The New South,” a collection of essays exploring the history of the southern United States following the Civil War. Humphreys served as the collection’s editor.


Two members of the Murray State community have been elected to serve in 2018 on the Executive Committee for the College Personnel Association of Kentucky.

Brian Bourke, an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Services, will serve as the committee’s president-elect, while Alex Hackbarth, a residence hall director at the University, now holds the title of graduate student representative.

The College Personnel Association of Kentucky is a state-wide organization that concerns itself with professionals in areas of student affairs, student services, campus life, academic support and higher education administration.


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