MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of August 26-30.

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The Sharilyn Dawn Almquist Memorial Voice Scholarship was established in January 2006 through generous gifts by family and friends of the late Sharilyn Dawn Almquist to memorialize her strength, determination, encouragement, and positive and enlivening spirit by assisting others in obtaining an education to prepare them for a career in vocal music. The scholarship has currently raised more than $100,000.

Almquist was the only sister of Murray State’s Director of Choral Activities Dr. Bradley L. Almquist, and exhibited great determination and inner strength. Following a tragic automobile accident, Almquist attended the University of North Dakota to pursue a degree in social work and assist other individuals with disabilities.

The Sharilyn Dawn Almquist Memorial Voice Scholarship was established in January 2006 through generous gifts by family and friends of Sharilyn Dawn Almquist to memorialize her strength, determination, encouragement, and positive and enlivening spirit by assisting others in obtaining an education to prepare them for a career in vocal music. The scholarship has currently raised more than $100,000.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Bradley Almquist, sister of the late Sharilyn; parents Senora and Basil Almquist, and Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson.

Finding great joy in music and singing, Almquist studied applied voice for personal enjoyment and as a part of her physical therapy, leading to the full recovery of her breathing following the accident. She brought great pleasure to her listeners, singing in church and at community events. Almquist passed away at the age of 31 in 2001.

Those interested in making a scholarship contribution to assist Murray State students can visit murraystate.edu/giving to make a secure gift online or call toll-free at 1-877-282-0033.

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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) chapter at Murray State University recently received Star Status for the 2018-19 academic year.

Chapters were recognized by NSCS as leaders in implementing engaging, student-centered events on their campuses and in their local communities, creating meaningful experiences for their members. 

NSCS is certified by the Association of College Honor Societies and is a nonprofit honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving undergraduates who excel academically during their first and second years of college. 

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Murray State University’s Dr. Abdul Yarali, a professor of Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) in the Institute of Engineering, along with TSM center director Dr. Michael Ramage, recently had their manuscript, titled “Big Data and Cloud: Trust, Security, and Privacy”, accepted for publishing later this year.

Yarali describes the book as a “result of collaboration and discussions with colleagues, students and industry” and focuses on the digital transformation and advancement to a pervasive and converged digital intelligent infrastructure connectivity with values, threats and security realities all discussed within the book.

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A journal article by Dr. Cemil Kuzey, a faculty member in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, was selected as an ‘Outstanding Paper’ in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards. “Determinants of forward-looking disclosures in integrated reporting” was published in Managerial Auditing Journal.

“I am greatly honored and grateful that the editorial team of Emerald Publishing has selected my article, ‘Determinants of forward-looking disclosures in integrated reporting’ in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards as an Outstanding Paper, saying that it ‘was chosen as one of the most exceptional pieces of work the team had seen throughout 2018’,” said Kuzey. “The paper examined the nature and extent of forward-looking disclosures in early examples of integrated reporting and investigated the determinants of such disclosures. Advanced Multivariate Data Analysis approaches were utilized to test the proposed hypothesis. It was the first such study investigating forward-looking disclosures in integrated reports.”

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The Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center has obtained a five-year accreditation from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Following a three-day on-site audit carried out by AAVLD representatives, the BVC earned full accreditation for all species. The AAVLD Site Visit Team also spoke with University representatives, including President Dr. Bob Jackson, former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Arant, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Jackie Dudley and Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Dr. Tony Brannon.

“The strengths of the BVC were discussed, including the new facility, strong laboratory leadership and dedicated faculty and staff,” the report reads. “In addition, (University) leadership expressed a keen awareness and commitment to work with the BVC to identify solutions to address specific challenges facing the laboratory including recruitment of qualified professionals and supporting competitive salaries.”

“The strength of the Breathitt Veterinary Center is our great faculty and outstanding technical staff,” said Dr. Debbie Reed, BVC director. “Without all of them, the accreditation would not have happened. The BVC has held the prestigious AAVLD accreditation from the time the program began many years ago. It is through the hard work of my predecessors and the superb staff that we have been able to maintain the high quality for which we are known. Thanks also goes to the farmers, owners, veterinarians and those throughout the Commonwealth who have supported BVC over the years. The AAVLD accreditation is the result of the hard work done by many people.”

The Breathitt Veterinary Center is a veterinary diagnostic laboratory located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It provides rapid, accurate diagnostic data that enables veterinarians to make appropriate treatment decisions for patients. Learn more at breathitt.murraystate.edu.

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