MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Feb. 11-15.


A reception on Feb. 5 in Frankfort at the Governor’s Mansion welcomed a delegation of Chinese students from various universities across the Commonwealth, including representation by Murray State University. Murray State students who attended were Zhen Li, Jiajia Li, Wenqian Wang, Yinghui Xie and Ling Xu, with Wenqian Wang delivering remarks on behalf of Murray State to those in attendance.

The event, which was jointly hosted by Governor Matt Bevin, Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton along with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, coincided with the Chinese New Year.

“I was honored to have had the opportunity to attend the Governor’s Chinese New Year Reception and speak as a Murray State representative,” Wang said. “ I said from my own experience how our University cares about us and helps us grow professionally and personally. I also spoke about what I will do for Murray State in return after graduating, and about how attending this reception is a good opportunity for the Governor, government officials and other universities to know more about our school.”


Julie Boeker, ‘18, of Iuka, Illinois, recently received national recognition from Order of Omega as an international scholarship recipient. Boeker is employed at Dana, Inc. in Henderson, Kentucky and graduated with a degree in logistics and supply chain management through the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. During her time at Murray State, Boeker was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and served as the chapter treasurer, the executive director for the Ms. MSU Pageant, logistics chair for St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn, President of the Murray State Lions Club, and a Gamma Chi for sorority recruitment.

“This scholarship means so much to me because throughout my college experience I was dedicated to my Greek organization Alpha Sigma Alpha, my grades, and being involved throughout the community,” Boeker said. “Order of Omega was the perfect organization to embody each of these things, and to be recognized nationally is such an honor. Greek life has made a profound impact on my life, and I am proud to come from a university with such a high regard for their Greek organizations.”


AllAfrica, which aggregates, produces and distributes news and information from over 140 African news organizations, recently featured as part of their coverage a presentation led by Dr. Seid Hassan, Professor of Economics at Murray State. The presentation, which took place at a conference held in Ethiopia this past December, included research led by Hassan and a colleague which focused on state capture (corruption), corporate ownership structure and institutional reform issues in Ethiopia.


The Murray State University Horticulture Club recently competed at the 2019 Southern Region of American Society for Horticultural Science in Birmingham, Alabama. The team of four students, Madison Carmichael (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Ashleigh (Skye) Drane (Versailles, Ky.), Abbie Keairns (Louisville, Ky.), and Bernedette Chadwick (Murray, Ky.) advised by Dr. Steve Still, Horticulture Professor and Dava Hayden, Horticulture Instructor earned First Place Overall Team, First Place Team in Woody Ornamentals Identification, First Place Team in Greenhouse Floral and Foliage Plant Identification and Second Place Team in Vegetable Crop Judging. Murray State defeated numerous universities which also competed, including Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, University of Arkansas and Auburn University.

Individually, Skye Drane, sophomore horticulture major and club treasurer, received the First Place Overall Individual Award, First Place in Greenhouse Floral and Foliage Plant Identification, First Place in Woody Ornamental Identification and Third Place in Vegetable Crop Judging. Abbie Kearins, junior horticulture major student and club Vice President, received the Second Place Overall Individual Award, First Place in Greenhouse Floral and Foliage Plant Identification, Second Place in Woody Ornamental Identification and Second Place in Fruit and Nut Crop Identification. Madison Carmichael, senior horticulture major student, club secretary and student greenhouse manager received the Third Place Overall Individual Award, Second Place in Greenhouse Floral and Foliage Plant Identification and Second Place in Woody Ornamental Identification.

“Preparation for the competition started last August in the horticulture judging class,” said Dava Hayden, Pullen Farm Manager and Horticulture Instructor in the Hutson School of Agriculture. “The students had a healthy bit of competition among themselves to earn first place. As a result our team earned first, second, and third place individually out of the 35 competitors from eight different universities. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”


Recent rankings by listed Murray State University’s international business program as the 30th best in the country, and the only school in Kentucky listed among the top 50 colleges and universities.

Murray State offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a track in international business. Students can focus on international business through classes in international business communications and international logistics, European economics, and women in the global economy. Two international business seminars are also offered. The University also offers a variety of international business study abroad programs, including options in European destinations such as Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Geneva. Murray State is also home to the Center for International Business and Trade, which has a wealth of networking opportunities and resources. An MBA with a concentration in global communications is also available for those who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level.

“The students, faculty and staff of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business are honored to receive this tremendous award recognizing our programs which emphasize international aspects of commerce,” said Dr. Tim Todd, Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. “We all truly live in a global economy, and this top 30 recognition affirms both the focus and high quality of the faculty who drive the academic mission, the staff who support this mission, and most importantly the students who are educated by this mission.”

To learn more about the AACSB-accredited Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University, visit


Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali, professor of Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) at Murray State University, will participate in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-affiliated symposium in New York on April 9-12 to present two papers on the subject of security and the potentials of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

These two papers are the results of collaboration with students and faculty of TSM discussing a different aspect of IoT applications and challenges. Dr. Michael Ramage, director of the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, Randal Joyce, instructor of TSM, and TSM students Manu Srinath (Bengaluru, India) and Nicholas May co-authored these research activities.

“IoT is widely considered to be one of the largest revolutions in the age of information,” said Yarali. “Its effect has the potential to be felt on a global scale in all current fields and occupations. Many companies have a different classification of the IoT platform based on their applications and services. Firms with the production of goods and services categorized their IoT applications as ‘Industrial IoT’ while others define their IoT applications based on devices like wearables or locations such as ‘Smart Home’ and ‘Smart City.’”

The paper received a very high evaluation from peer reviewers.

“In this paper, the authors did a splendid job of explaining how businesses, consumers and investors will prosper as IoT technologies and applications are developed in future societies,” said a reviewer. “Authors address how competition may thwart deliverables of IoT due to inoperability through stubbornness of manufacturers. Best of all, the authors discuss what is needed in order for IoT to sustain growth and development in the future. The paper is very relevant to current topics in wireless communications.”

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