MURRAY, Ky. — See below for the latest news from Murray State University, including student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments, announcements, upcoming campus events and much more for the week of Jan. 20-24, 2020.

In this Racer Report:

  • Alumnus named administrator of cat/dog nutrition company
  • Occupational safety and health (OSH) professor appointed to Kentucky OSH Standards Board
  • OSH students from Madisonville and Murray, Kentucky, earn national scholarships
  • KET to broadcast 2019 Festival of Champions
  • Human resources student from Princeton, Kentucky, joins South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Regional Executive Board

Upcoming events at Murray State include:

Jan. 23

Women’s basketball vs. Belmont University (3 p.m., CFSB Center)

Men’s basketball vs Belmont University (6 p.m., CFSB Center)

Jan. 28

School psychology open house (4-5 p.m., 2108 Alexander Hall)

This open house event will explore earning an advanced graduate degree in school psychology. The open house will feature a panel discussion, exciting giveaways, and opportunities to meet with program faculty and current students.

Jan. 30

Women’s basketball vs. Eastern Illinois University (5 p.m., CFSB Center)

Men’s basketball vs. Eastern Illinois University (7 p.m., CFSB Center)

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Murray State University alumnus Dr. Brent Mayabb, ’95, has been named the global chief medical officer for Royal Canin USA, a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition.

Mayabb graduated from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Alumnus Dr. Brent Mayabb, ’95, has been named the global chief medical officer for Royal Canin USA, a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition.

In his new role, Mayabb will join the Royal Canin Global Research and Development and Veterinary Pillar team. He will also connect Royal Canin with large veterinary practice groups across the globe. 

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Dr. Traci Byrd, a Murray State University assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) was appointed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear to serve on the OSH Standards Board. The board is comprised of 12 members equally representing safety and health, industry, labor and agriculture. The board adopts and communicates occupational safety and health rules, regulations and standards. 

Byrd has a broad background in various safety and health areas specializing in emergency medical training, hazardous materials handling and emergency response.

Dr. Traci Byrd, a Murray State University assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) was appointed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear to serve on the OSH Standards Board.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the working men and women of the Commonwealth and also to represent Murray State University, the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology as well as the Department of Occupational Safety and Health,” Byrd said. “I am humbled to have been nominated and appointed.”

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Two students in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) received a combination of $10,000 in scholarships through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BSCP) Foundation. The Foundation provides qualified academic program/graduate safety practitioner scholarships to students attending ABET-accredited programs. 

The two Murray State recipients are Kody Appleby of Madisonville, Kentucky, and Laramie Locke of Murray, Kentucky.

“The OSH program is proud to have two of our outstanding students selected as scholarship recipients by the BCSP Foundation,” said Dr. Tracey Wortham, OSH department chair. “It is an honor for Murray State to have two recipients selected as BCSP has been setting and certifying the technical competency criteria for safety, health and environmental practitioners for 50 years.”

“The BCSP Foundation is proud to award such an amazing group of students and future safety professionals,” BCSP announced. “These scholarship recipients are determined to make great changes and make a positive impact in the safety industry. We are truly honored to be part of their current and future achievements.” 

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Kentucky Educational Television (KET) will broadcast the 2019 Festival of Champions high school marching band competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious marching band festivals of its kind in the nation, early next month. The competition is held each fall at Murray State’s Stewart Stadium.

Festival of Champions will air on KET at the following times: 

Feb. 8 at noon on KET

Feb. 9 at 1 a.m. on KETKY 

Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. on KETKY

Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. on KETKY

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Ramey Board, a senior from Princeton, Kentucky, majoring in human resources management, recently accepted a position on the South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH) Regional Executive Board as the coordinating officer for public relations and spirit (CO-PRS).

The coordinating officer for public relations and spirit maintains the SAACURH social media, website, and continues to fuel the pride of NACURH year-round between conferences and beyond.

“After a vacancy with the CO-PRS position, the SAACURH Executive Committee decided to go through with an appointment process for this vacancy,” Board said. “After much consideration, they offered the position to me due to the outstanding work and leadership that I exemplified for the conference.” 

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Don Robertson said this appointment is a significant honor for Ramey and Murray State University. 

“It is a reflection of her commitment to residence life, residence hall government, her outstanding leadership skills and her many contributions over the years to SAACURH,” Robertson said. “She will provide significant leadership to the Association. She is very deserving of this recognition.”

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