MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from
Murray State University for the week of Sept. 23–27.
Murray State University senior instructor of Japanese Yoko Hatakeyama has been recognized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville for her contributions toward building Japanese and American relations.
Hatakeyama received a formal commendation from Consul-General Hiroyuki Kobayashi during the Japan/America Society of Kentucky’s Japan Festival held Sept. 21 in Lexington, Kentucky. The award honors individuals and/or organizations within the Consulate-General’s jurisdiction (Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana) for their work in uniting Japanese and American cultures.
Hatakeyama was recognized for her work as a language professor, her advocacy for international student exchanges with Japan and her support of the Consulate-General. That includes her backing of the Consulate-General’s Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and involvement with cultural initiatives; last year, Murray State hosted Japanese ninja Tomonosuke for a live demonstration.
“I am deeply moved to receive this honor,” Hatakeyama said. ““The award is not only for me, but also for my students. I am especially proud of my students who have achieved their goals and have been bridging the two different cultures of Japan and the U.S. through their professions, both in the U.S. and Japan. I am very grateful for the support that I have received from the University community and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.”
“Murray State University is indebted to Professor Hatakeyama for her dedication to our students,” said College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Dr. David Balthrop. “Yoko has moved many students from the classroom to the experiential phase of their education and beyond with her connections, dedication and her never-ending sense of duty and energy. The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts are proud to support Yoko in all of her success to endorse international study, travel, and job placements for our students.”
The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts presents “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” early next month at the Robert E. Johnson Theatre. Based on the book by Sarah Brandt with music and lyrics by Neal Richardson, the production tells the tale of Peter Rabbit, who does not think life as a rabbit is all it is cracked up to be in this spirited children’s musical.
After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home and find a better place to live — somewhere he can be in charge, do whatever he wants and be free of responsibility. However, as Peter struggles to live with other animals, from feisty squirrels to sewing mice, he begins to realize his life at home might not have been so bad after all.
“The actors have worked extremely hard to find their inner children,” said student director Wayne Hogue. “My concept for this show is to create an ‘autumnal playground.’ I wanted the actors to have just as much fun as the people coming to see the show, and I think we have achieved that. It’s an amazing production!”
Showtimes for this production at the Robert E. Johnson Theatre are below:
For more information, contact the theatre office at 270–809–4421.
Murray State University’s Department of Applied Health Sciences and the Center for Adult and Regional Education will offer a one-day ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certification Nov. 2.
Led by registered dietitian and Murray State nutrition and dietetics professor Josie Bryant, the course utilizes real-life scenarios and interactive activities to help participants prepare for the exam. Bryant will lead participants through a unique learning experience that incorporates hands-on activities, discussion and reflection to bring together book knowledge and practical skills.
Upon successfully passing the online Servsafe Food Protection Manager exam, participants will earn the ServSafe® Certification. For food service providers, this certification will satisfy the requirement by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the 2013 FDA Food Code to employ at least one staff member with supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation.
“This is a new requirement with the Food Code that took effect July 1, 2018,” Bryant said. “For establishments in Calloway County, it is best practice to get certification by Jan. 1, 2020.”
Registration for this course is open through Oct. 21 at murraystate.edu/ServSafe. For more information, contact Bryant at email@example.com or call 270–809–3152.