MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Nov. 19–23.

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Two programs in Murray State’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business earned national recognition in November, including the logistics and supply chain management undergraduate program and the Master of Business Administration graduate program.

The undergraduate logistics and supply chain (LSC) management program first earned recognition from study.com with a ranking of 12th in the country among LSC programs. The program, which is housed within the Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration, prepares students to work in a variety of entry-level managerial roles in several management areas, including purchasing, supply chain, operations, transportation or logistics.

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business also celebrated the fact that the University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program was listed among the best MBA programs for economic development students by onlinemasters.com.

Additional information about the AACSB-accredited MBA program is available at murraystate.edu/mba, while undergraduate students interested in learning more about the LSC program should call 270-809-6207.

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Dr. Michael Ramage, director of Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, was recently selected to participate in the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute.

Ramage will join the organization’s fellows to help further his skills in community leadership and policy development as well as to promote regional collaboration and drive economic growth.

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In honor of Agriculture Appreciation Week, the Hutson School of Agriculture Leadership Council collected more than 2,500 cans to donate to Needline, a Murray food bank.

Three students stand on a truck bed behind three large boxes.
In honor of Agriculture Appreciation Week, the Hutson School of Agriculture Leadership Council collected more than 2,500 cans to donate to Needline, a Murray food bank.

“Agriculture Appreciation Week is not just about sharing information on the success of American agriculture, but it is also about sharing from the abundance of our industry to help others,” said Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture. “As we enter the holiday season, I know this canned food drive will be put to good use through Needline.”

The Agriculture Leadership Council at Murray State is composed of presidents and/or representatives of each Hutson School of Agriculture club and organization. The club promotes the growth and science of agriculture by sponsoring agriculture service activities.

“This canned food drive helped us to successfully accomplish our goal with Kentucky Hunger Initiative as well as to advocate for the power the agriculture industry can have in a community such as ours,” said Cassidy Neal, event organizer and agriculture education major from Murray.

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Two Murray State student pianists took top honors at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association Bluegrass Young Artist Competition, which was held at Campbellsville University on Nov. 3.

Jisun (Julie) Park of Seoul, South Korea, was named the winner of the division, while Alexander Thome of Murray was the only recipient of an honorable mention and the division’s runner-up.

Park, who is a pupil of Dr. Meeyoun Park, is a senior performance major with plans to attend graduate school next fall. Thome is currently a pupil of Dr. Matthew Gianforte and a former student of Dr. Meeyoun Park. He is a sophomore with a double major in piano and chemistry.

Two Murray State student pianists took top honors at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association Bluegrass Young Artist Competition, which was held at Campbellsville University on Nov. 3. Pictured, from left to right, are Dr. Meeyoun Park, Jisun (Julie) Park, Dr. Garnet Ungar, Alexander Thome and Dr. Matthew Gianforte.
Pictured, from left to right, are Dr. Meeyoun Park, Jisun (Julie) Park, Dr. Garnet Ungar, Alexander Thome and Dr. Matthew Gianforte.

The Kentucky Music Teachers Association Bluegrass Young Artist Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the state. It was adjudicated by Dr. Garnet Ungar, a concert pianist and professor from the University of Evansville.

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Five students from Murray State University’s Department of Music placed at a National Association of Teachers of Singing regional student audition held Oct. 12–13 at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

In total, 10 Murray State students attended the event with the University bringing home two first place finishes, a second place finish and two third place finishes. Winning students included:

— Kelly DeShurley, a student of Dr. Randall Black from Pacific, Missouri, placed third in the Sophomore Women category

— Emma Whitt, a student of Dr. Tana Field from Knoxville, Tennessee, placed first in the Upper College Musical Theater Women category and placed second in the Senior Women category

— Jackson Gray, a student of Dr. Randall Black from Paducah, Kentucky, placed third in the Senior Men category

Jenny Rea, a student of Dr. Maribeth Crawford from Fairview Heights, Illinois, placed first in the Senior Women category

According to the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the organization “celebrates the art of singing through a series of competitions and programs that are designed to showcase the talented singers and performers who are soon to be rising stars in the profession.”

The auditions are quite competitive with more than 200 students from across the state of Kentucky competing at the regional auditions held in Louisville.

“I am extremely humbled by my competitors who were exceptionally talented and performed beautifully,” Rea said. “I am lucky to have had the opportunity to compete this year and I just want to say a huge thank you to my voice teacher, Dr. Maribeth Crawford, for the unending support and all that she has taught me!”

According to Dr. Maribeth Crawford, assistant professor of music at Murray State, “Students prepare a list of memorized vocal selections to present in front of a panel of adjudicators. Singers that participate in this event perform and receive written feedback as part of the long-standing tradition of the NATS. It also provides students the opportunity to meet and hear other singers from our state and region. The students that passed through to the final round participate in the final concert that is in front of all of the singers and adjudicators that participated in the event.”

Crawford noted how proud she and the entire music program are of the students who competed.

Murray State University will host Kentucky NATS in fall 2019. For more information about Murray State’s music program, visit murraystate.edu/music.

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