MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of April 8–12.

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The Murray State University Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership, and Inclusive Excellence held the 14th annual Diversity Achievement Awards Dinner on April 5 in the Curris Center. Dr. SG Carthell, executive director for the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership, and Inclusive Excellence created the program in 2005 to recognize the achievements of diverse student populations.


The Murray State University Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence held the 14th annual Diversity Achievement Awards Dinner on April 5 in the Curris Center. Pictured are students recognized during the dinner, accompanied by Murray State administrators.

Special awards were given to students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, service and leadership. Various student organizations were also recognized for their campus impact and commitment to diversity.

In addition to students, Karol Hardison, director of the Murray State University Bookstore, Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Don Robertson were recognized for their leadership and advancement of diversity and inclusive excellence on campus.

More than 300 students, family, friends, faculty and staff attended the event.

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Murray State University alumna Caprisse Johnson, ’18, has been named this year’s Kentucky Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year. This award, presented at the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (KAND) annual meeting in March, was competitive with applications from dietetic interns throughout the state. The award criteria included academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and professional potential.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and received the Murray State University Outstanding Senior Dietetic Student. She was an active member of the Murray State Student Nutrition Association and the Murray State Racer Band, where she served as Color Guard captain.


Pictured is Murray State alumna Caprisse Johnson, who was recently named the 2019 Kentucky Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year.

She seamlessly transitioned to the Murray State graduate nutrition science program and dietetic internship in the summer of 2018. The dietetic internship is a rigorous 11-month program that includes over 1,200 hours of supervised practice and 24 graduate credits. During the internship, Johnson was also awarded the 2018 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Foundation’s Dietetics in Healthcare Communities Horizon Scholarship and was the Murray State Outstanding Dietetic Intern for 2019.

Johnson will complete her dietetic internship in May 2019. She will then be eligible to sit for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). The Murray State dietetics faculty all agree that she will be an outstanding RDN upon graduation and make a significant, positive impact with all the patients, peers, and other professionals she encounters.

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The Murray State University Alumni Association and Town & Gown will host its annual Easter egg hunt April 15 at the Sid Easley Alumni Center.

This year, the egg hunt will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and photos with Dunker Bunny to begin immediately following. The event is free of charge, open to the public and nut-free candy will be available.

Past and present Racers, along with members of the local community, are invited to bring children newborn to ten years old to participate in the fun. There will be approximately 2,000 candy-filled eggs hidden in the Alumni Plaza and children will be divided by age groups.

Parking will be available in the Stewart Stadium parking lot. The Alumni Association will email participants’ photos with Dunker Bunny following the event.

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The Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions Doctor of Nursing program has been named among the best doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Murray State’s DNP program was ranked on a list of nearly 300 schools across the country.

“This ranking is a recognition of the exceptional graduate nursing faculty and leadership at Murray State,” said Dr. Dina Byers, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, professor of nursing and undergraduate coordinator for the Murray State DNP program. “The faculty are committed to preparing students to practice as advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who can provide safe quality care to patients in a variety of settings.

“Graduates from the DNP program learn how to practice at the highest level and enhance quality patient care. The knowledge that they gain while completing the degree allows them to serve as nursing leaders and improve patient outcomes. I am proud of the faculty and students and program outcomes.”

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The Murray State University Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts presents “The Underpants,” legendary comedian Steve Martin’s theatrical adaptation of a century-old German comedy by Carl Sternheim.

In “The Underpants,” Martin takes on the roles of gender in relationships by adapting Sternheim’s 100-year-old comed. From this perhaps surprising source, he weaves a silly tale of hyperbolically male characters and the women who deal with them. The officious bureaucrat husband, the foppish poet and the whiney hypochondriac all vie for control of Louise after her incident.

During rehearsals for an upcoming theatrical production of “The Underpants,” Versati (Forest Clark) ‘helps’ Gertrude (Katie Dugger) measure Louise (Ja’Nae Clapp) for a new, more stylish pair of underpants.

During rehearsals for an upcoming theatrical production of “The Underpants,” Versati (Forest Clark) ‘helps’ Gertrude (Katie Dugger) measure Louise (Ja’Nae Clapp) for a new, more stylish pair of underpants.

Shows take place at the Robert E. Johnson Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on April 25-27, with a 2:30 p.m. showing set for the 28th. For more information, please call 270-809-4421 or visit murraystatetickets.com.

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Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center hosted Veterinary Corps members from Ft. Campbell for a two-day training lab last month. Ft. Campbell personnel worked with BVC staff to develop hands-on experience with common exams, emergency procedures and pathology for U.S. Department of Defense animal health services mission providers.

Members of the Breathitt Veterinary Center take a photo with Veterinary Corps members from Ft. Campbell for a two-day training lab held last month.

Members of the Breathitt Veterinary Center take a photo with Veterinary Corps members from Ft. Campbell for a two-day training lab held last month.

Students also honed their skills in examining poultry and interpreting cytology samples and diagnostics for those providers, including infectious and zoonotic diseases. One of the purposes of these training sessions is to assist these veterinarians and technicians in treating service dogs that have experienced acute trauma in dangerous situations. Participants practiced common critical care skills such as thoracocentesis, chest tube placement, tracheostomies and vascular access.

“Veterinarians at Fort Campbell have worked with us for several years in training their staff,” said Dr. Debbie Reed, DVM, MPH, director of the Breathitt Veterinary Center. “Because of the close proximity of the base to the BVC, this has been a great opportunity for both the Army veterinarians and the BVC staff to collaborate on training both veterinarians and technicians. BVC is very proud to be able to assist in this kind of training exercise and we look forward to continuing this positive relationship.”

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The Murray State University Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration will host a conference on entrepreneurship April 16 at 2 p.m. in the Wrather West Kentucky Museum.

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson, a 1985 graduate of Murray State, will be the keynote speaker of the “Evolving Entrepreneurs” conference.

“Entrepreneurs are a vital part of the regional economy,” said Dr. Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. “We’re proud to support local entrepreneurs through this conference and our entrepreneur degree track at Murray State.”

Murray State’s entrepreneur track, available for students seeking a management or marketing degree, prepares students for both beginning work experiences and for graduate study in business. Today’s managers must combine sophisticated decision making ability with the ability to lead and direct others. The curriculum in management is designed to provide professional training and to develop the competency of students for careers in the management of the business and economic affairs of modern organizations.


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