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

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Murray State psychology professor Dr. Daniel Wann has been cited in a Wall Street Journal story on the psychology behind parents’ sportsmanship at their children’s games.

The article, “What to Do About That Awful Parent at the Game,” was published June 3. Wann, a former board member of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, spoke with the Wall Street Journal on why parents misbehave at games, how to avoid that behavior and how officials and youth sports organizations can encourage better sportsmanship all around.

“It’s always nice speaking with top shelf media such as the Wall Street Journal,” Wann said. “They clearly know their stuff, the reporters are almost always well-prepared and it’s an honor when they ask for an interview.”

Wann, a nationally-recognized sports psychology expert, has been interviewed by numerous news organizations including ESPN, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, HBO’s Real Sports news magazine and others.

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Murray State University archaeology students, led by professors Dr. Marcie Venter of Murray State and Dr. Chris Begley of Transylvania University, are studying abroad in Jamaica this summer in search of evidence of the 1519 Spanish settlement of Oristan.

Oristan, the second Spanish town founded on the island of Jamaica, was eventually renamed Bluefields after Britain seized it in the 1650s. A major landmark in the area is Fort Oristano, where locals have observed cannons, cannonballs and remaining fortifications over the years. The fort is perched at the edge of a cliff over Bluefields Bay, where it likely guarded the Spanish-claimed territory through the British colonial era.


Murray State University archaeology students, led by professors Dr. Marcie Venter of Murray State and Dr. Chris Begley of Transylvania University, are studying abroad in Jamaica this summer in search of evidence of the 1519 Spanish settlement of Oristan.

Students have been searching for artifacts of the time as part of the Murray State University Education Abroad program, which runs from May 24 through June 22. The group has successfully found evidence for the British use of the fortification, with students discovering lead musket balls, buckles, ceramics and more.

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Cindy Griner, a 1982 Murray State University alumna and vice president of the Engineering Services and Solutions Division at Dynetics, has been named a 2019 Woman of Impact by Yellowhammer News.

A Yellowhammer News profile details Griner’s path toward making a name for herself as a recognized leader in the Huntsville, Alabama, defense and aerospace community in her 36 years at Dynetics, where she also oversees subsidiary Aviation and Missile Solutions. Her division is responsible for products ranging from unmanned aerial systems ground programming and trainers to sensor systems, platform integration and more.


Cindy Griner, a 1982 Murray State University alumna and vice president of the Engineering Services and Solutions Division at Dynetics, has been named a 2019 Woman of Impact by Yellowhammer News. Photo courtesy of Dynetics.

Griner earned her Bachelor of Science in engineering physics at Murray State before launching her career in Alabama. She told Yellowhammer News it was difficult to break into a tech-centered industry that was largely populated by men, but she was eager to overcome any challenge that came her way.

She told the news organization some of her proudest accomplishments were working on the Javelin missile system and Army UAS program development.

Griner offered some advice for other young women aspiring to become leaders.

“Work hard on yourself first; become credible, and always keep learning,” Griner told Yellowhammer News. “Don’t be afraid. Ask questions.”

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