MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Sept. 3–7.


Abbie Niemeier, a sophomore studying accounting at Murray State from Edwardsville, Illinois, received a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Abbie Niemeier sits on a chair.
Pictured: Abbie Niemeier

PCAOB awarded scholarships to one undergraduate or graduate student per institution at 332 colleges and universities across the country. Niemeier was nominated for consideration by the Department of Accounting at Murray State and was ultimately selected to receive a PCAOB scholarship for her demonstrated interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing.

“Receiving this scholarship is an honor and a reminder that good things follow hard work,” Niemeier said. “It is motivation to continue to study hard and ensure the money goes to a good use.”

Following her time at Murray State, Niemeier plans to earn her CPA certification and work in public accounting. She is an active member of the University’s Accounting Society and an affiliate of the Murray State chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national professional organization for accounting students.

“Since I’m sure many students are nominated each year by various universities, I told myself early on that while the scholarship would be a blessing, I wouldn’t get my hopes up,” Niemeier said. “When I received the letter in June, however, I was immediately reminded of just how much our faculty here at Murray State care and will always do whatever they can to ensure their students’ success.”


Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali, professor of telecommunications systems management at Murray State, recently learned that a manuscript of his latest book was accepted for publication by Nova Publishers, Inc.

An official headshot of Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali.
Pictured: Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali

The new book, titled “Cloud, Fog and Edge: Technologies and Trends in the Telecommunications Industry,” explores the future roadmap of telecommunications and the major disruptions that will likely drive the most changes in the industry.

“It can be claimed that telecommunications science and its applications in commerce and industry have been the most rapidly evolving areas of technology in the last decade,” Yarali said.

Yarali’s book will also highlight many subjects relating to big data and wireless edge computing as well as the many challenges associated with this new technological transformation, such as security, data sharing and data privacy. The book, which is now available for purchase, is intended to be used by graduate and senior undergraduate students pursuing degrees in telecommunications and computer science fields in addition to network managers and engineers in the workforce.

Throughout his career, Yarali has served as a participant and leader for various workshops and conferences on the integration of teaching and research with emphases on wireless communications and small satellites. Additionally, Yarali has led research teams and presented findings in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.


Shelby Wright, a Murray State junior from Greenfield, Indiana, studying agribusiness, received the 2018 Outstanding Intern Award from Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, for the North Central Division.

Shelby Wright stands in a field.
Pictured: Shelby Wright

Wright worked as a summer sales and agronomy intern for the company from their Owensboro wholesale location during her summer break. In her day-to-day responsibilities, Wright positioned Helena products and managed product trails across the company’s five-state north central region.

“My internship with Helena gave me the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in the Murray State classroom and apply it to real-life scenarios,” Wright said. “It was a great summer full of learning experiences and relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Wright is the second Murray State student in the past four years to win this prestigious award from Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC. Keri Wright, an agriscience/agribusiness management graduate of Murray State, previously won the award in 2014.


Dr. Melony Shemberger, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State, presented two pieces of journalism history research in early August at the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication’s national conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Melony Shemberger stands in front of her poster presentation.
Pictured: Dr. Melony Shemberger

Her paper, “Southern Education Report: An Examination of a Magazine’s Contribution to Education News in the Civil Rights Era,” was accepted as a poster presentation in the organization’s history division. She also took part in a history research panel at the conference about the role of press in the struggle for suffrage. Her paper, “Writing Woman Suffrage: Tennessee Hometown Newspapers on the Vote for Women,” is part of a book that will be published in time for the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the U.S. the right to vote. Highlights from the paper will also be shared in a panel featuring the book’s contributors at the Ohio Valley History Conference in late October at the University of Tennessee–Martin.

In continuing her focus on suffrage, Shemberger will present research in progress about suffrage press superintendent work in Kentucky at the American Journalism Historians Association’s national conference in early October in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, Shemberger was invited to present a paper at the inaugural Roy W. Howard Symposium at Indiana University in Bloomington about her research “‘More Distinctive and More Revolutionary’: An Examination of the 1914 Model of War Correspondent,” which focuses on how Howard, one half of the Scripps-Howard media empire, developed a tactic that encouraged correspondents with the United Press wire service to circumvent censorship and restrictions during World War I and broke exclusive wartime news coverage.

Shemberger is also listed on the 2018–19 roster of the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau with two media talks available. One is about Dorothy Dix, the early 20th-century journalist born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, known for her advice columns and court reporting — the latter of which being the subject of Shemberger’s presentation. Her second talk explores the library bookmobile as an American icon.

Journalism and media history are among Shemberger’s top research interests. At Murray State, she teaches the graduate course American Media History and a section of the undergraduate course Contemporary Mass Media.

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