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

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The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business is hosting a presentation March 13 featuring a talk by Dr. Joel Rodrigue titled “Issues with Free Trade.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the small ballroom of the Curris Center.

Rodrigue is a professor of economics at Vanderbilt University and has published numerous papers on the topic of free trade. His research focuses primarily on international trade, firm dynamics and applied econometrics.

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The Speech and Debate Union Travel Team at Murray State competed in the state championship in Owensboro during the spring 2018 semester, bringing home more than 25 trophies overall.

Speech and Debate students stand behind a table filled with trophies.
Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Crystal Coel, Codey Powell, Christopher Stewart, Brennan Hughes, Elizabeth Moss, Josh Sanders, Madison Hutto, Rachel Fischer and Ryan Goke.

“Every year is different and every Speech and Debate Union Travel Team that competes for the University is special,” said Dr. Crystal Coel, director of the Speech and Debate Union, head of Elizabeth College, program administrator for the diversity initiative Faculty Fellowship and faculty member in the department of organizational communication. “This year, having an excellent graduate assistant and assistant director like Ryan Goke, a graduate and former Tennessee Tech speech and debate champion, has helped to bring new perspectives and different techniques that have enhanced our competitiveness, especially with debate and limited preparation events. I am proud of him, and I am proud of the students for producing outstanding results.”

Individual awards from the competition include the following:

— Madison Hutto of Henderson, Kentucky, (Springer-Franklin Residential College) placed fourth in programmed oral interpretation, fourth in prose interpretation, fifth in dramatic interpretation and sixth in communication analysis speaking.

— Michaela Molnar of Naperville, Illinois, (Springer-Franklin Residential College) placed fourth in dramatic interpretation.

— Brennan Hughes of Russellville, Kentucky, (Springer-Franklin Residential College) placed fourth in radio broadcasting.

— Chris Stewart of Kuttawa, Kentucky, (Regents Residential College) placed fourth as the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) speaker and fourth as the parliamentary speaker.

— Josh Sanders of Belleville, Illinois, (Elizabeth Residential College) placed third as the novice parliamentary speaker in addition to being named the top novice IPDA speaker, the top novice competitor in IPDA and a quarter-finalist in IPDA debate.

— Codey Powell of Ozark, Missouri, (Hart Residential College) placed fifth as the novice parliamentary speaker and as the top novice in radio broadcasting.

— Rachel Fischer of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, (Regents Residential College) placed tenth as a parliamentary speaker and fifth in the impromptu speaking category.

— Michaela Molnar and Codey Powell placed fifth in duo interpretation.

— Rachel Fischer and Josh Sanders were quarter-finalists in parliamentary debate and were the top novice team in the same category.

Murray State overall placed third in debate sweepstakes and third in individual event sweepstakes.

The team has won more than 100 trophies for the 2017–18 academic year. They will now compete in the national competition in Nashville, Tennessee, with more than 90 colleges and universities participating in more than a dozen categories. In 2019, the team hopes to attend the national competition in New York.

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Murray State’s Stock Team, a component of the Equestrian Team, celebrated recent success during regional competition at Middle Tennessee State University in February with 11 undergraduate students and four alumni competing.

The Stock Team gathers for a group photo.
Murray State’s Stock Team, a component of the Equestrian Team, celebrated recent success during regional competition at Middle Tennessee State University in February with 11 undergraduate students and four alumni competing.

The undergraduate students that qualified and rode during regional competition included:

— Laura Ganvik of Union, Illinois

— Kiley Stadtmiller of Rochester, New York

— Kathy Condon of St. Peters, Missouri

— Kaylin Duke of Channahon, Illinois

— Rachel Lawrence of Owensboro, Kentucky

— Jacob Fleming of Franklin, Kentucky

— Travis Fortune of Booneville, Indiana

— Rebecca Tims of Evansville, Indiana

— Bailey Coffman of Jackson, Tennessee

— Tailor Evans of Johnston City, Illinois

— McKenna Debus of Fort Mill, South Carolina

The alumni who competed included:

— Amanda Belcher of Wildwood, Missouri

— Rachael Webber of Murray, Kentucky

— Emily Watson of Jonesborough, Tennessee

— Willow Kearns of Salem, Virginia

Of the students and alumni who participated in regional competition, six qualified for the semi-final competition in March at Black Hawk College: Kaylin Duke, Jacob Fleming, Travis Fortune, Tailor Evans, Amanda Belcher and Emily Watson.

Travis Fortune stands with a horse and holds a blue ribbon.
Murray State’s Stock Team, a component of the Equestrian Team, celebrated recent success during regional competition at Middle Tennessee State University in February with 11 undergraduate students and four alumni competing. Pictured: Travis Fortune.
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