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 Feb. 3-7, 2020.

In this Racer Report:

  • Murray State University Presidential Lecture to welcome Admiral William H. McRaven Feb. 13
  • University elementary program receives top honors from National Council on Teacher Quality
  • Murray State’s associate director for facilities design and construction appointed to Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission
  • Music composition major to perform at National Student Electronic Music Event 2020
  • Alumnus named Sigma Chi’s “Significant Sig”
  • University logistics and supply chain management program named among best in country
  • Biology professor’s lab publishes research in Scientific Reports

Upcoming events at Murray State include:

Feb. 11

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Curris Center Ballroom)
  • (Panel discussion) STEAM: Contemporary relationships between science, technology, engineering, math and the photographic arts (5:30 p.m., Price Doyle Fine Arts Building 623). Join Murray State scholars and visiting professionals — Michelle Burdine, MFA (visiting professor of photography, art & design and moderator), Calista Lyon, MFA (visiting artist/photographer), and others outside the visual arts, Matthew Williams, Ph.D, (physicist, Institute of Engineering), Dr. Marcie Venter, (archaeology, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences), Dana Thompson, MLIS, MFA, (research librarian and photographer, Bauernfeind College of Business) and Michael Busby, (coordinator of GIS and drone imaging, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) for a STEAM panel discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in room 623 of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.

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Murray State University will welcome Adm. William H. McRaven for the 2020 Presidential Lecture, to take place Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium. Supported by the Murray State University Office of the President, MSU Foundation and the Student Government Association, the event is free and open to the public. McRaven will speak of his professional career and unique connection to the University through his father, alumnus Colonel Claude McRaven, ’41. A Q&A session will follow the lecture. 

“It is truly an honor to have Adm. Bill McRaven, an American hero, speak at Murray State University as part of our Presidential Lecture Series,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “Adm. McRaven has a special connection to Murray State through his father, Colonel Claude ‘Mac’ McRaven, a 1941 alumnus, Murray State Athletics Hall of Fame football player and track star, as well as a decorated World War II fighter pilot. Our campus community and alumni, along with our region, will enjoy Adm. McRaven’s message.”

Murray State University will welcome Adm. William H. McRaven for the 2020 Presidential Lecture, to take place Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium.

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Murray State University’s elementary education program received an “A” ranking from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) in the “early reading” category.

The University joins roughly just a quarter of peer programs nationwide to earn the distinction — there are only four other institutions in Kentucky that earned the same grade.

The NCTQ’s ratings are based on the University’s elementary education program providing the following:

  • Explicit instruction on each of the five components of reading instruction;
  • Support for instruction with high-quality textbooks that accurately detail established principles of scientifically-based reading practices; and,
  • Evidence that teacher candidates must demonstrate mastery through in-class assignments, tests, and fieldwork.

“Congratulations to all that had a hand in this success and to Dr. Robert Lyons and Dr. Jackie Hansen for their leadership in this effort with NCTQ,” said College of Education and Human Services Dean Dr. David Whaley. “Also, congratulations to our reading faculty, as well as others in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, for meeting the criteria set by NCTQ.”

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Murray State’s associate director for facilities design and construction, Angela Rowlett Lampe, to serve on Kentucky’s Historic Properties Advisory Commission.

The Historic Properties Advisory Commission was established to provide continuing attention to maintenance of the Governor’s Mansion, Old Governor’s Mansion, Vest Lindsey House and the new State Capitol. The committee supervises construction, repairs, structural restoration and renovation efforts. The commission is comprised of 14 members who include the state curator, the director of the Kentucky Historical Society, the director of the Executive Mansion and the first lady of Kentucky.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to serve as a member on the Historic Properties Advisory Commission,” Lampe said. “It’s important to help preserve our cultural and aesthetic history. I look forward to being involved in the preservation efforts for some of our State Capitol’s finest historic properties.”

Lampe earned her Bachelor of Science in interior design and her Master of Science in interior design with an emphasis in historic preservation from the University of Kentucky. Her term expires in 2023.

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Murray State senior music composition major Tanner Jones of Henderson, Kentucky, will perform at the National Student Electronic Music Event 2020, a professional academic conference for students, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from Feb. 15-16. 

Jones will perform “Wendy’s Pipe Dream” for two-channel fixed media at the conference.

Additionally, Jones’ “Peace” for soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB) choir and piano won the most recent Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Collegiate Composition Competition, a competition open to any undergraduate student in Kentucky. The winning composer receives a monetary prize and an invitation to have their work performed at the KMEA professional development conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

“While Tanner Jones possesses the talent, motivation, and work ethic required to make it as a composer in the world, it is his ambition beyond the classroom that will help open doors for him in the future,” said Murray State professor of music Dr. Mike D’Ambrosio. “He has created several musical and teaching opportunities for himself at Murray State just by demonstrating a willingness to go beyond what is normally expected of an undergraduate student.”

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Murray State alumnus and U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Medical Officer Capt. Steven Blivin, ’86, has been named a “Significant Sig” of the Sigma Chi fraternity. 

According to a recent fraternity publication, Blivin has worked as a primary care department head and chief of medical Staff at the Naval Medical Clinic in Quantico, Virginia, and as an officer in charge on the Sports Medicine and Reconditioning Team in Okinawa, Japan.

Murray State alumnus and U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Medical Officer Capt. Steven Blivin, ’86, has been named a “Significant Sig” of the Sigma Chi fraternity. 

After a tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, he travelled with the Navy to provide medical aid and additional support. Additionally, Blivin has served as a force surgeon for the Marine Expeditionary Force, where he oversaw health and wellness of 53,000 Marines and sailors.

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Murray State University’s logistics and supply chain management program has been named among the best in the country, according to higher education planning site Intelligent.com.

Evaluating 136 accredited colleges and universities, the site ranked Murray State’s program 27th overall. Criteria included course strength, cost, flexibility and more; the University’s program was particularly lauded for its accessibility for transfer students.

“This recognition means so much to our program,” said associate professor of logistics and supply chain management Dr. Teresa Betts. “Our number one priority is to teach conceptual and practical components of supply chain management. We want to make sure our students have desirable skills that employers are seeking as soon as they enter the workforce.”

Established in 2014, the University’s logistics and supply chain management area is a program that prepares individuals to manage and coordinate the efficient flow of materials, products and information within and among organizations. Visit bit.ly/MSUSCM to learn more.

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Murray State University biology professor Dr. Alexey Arkov’s lab recently published new research in Scientific Reports.

Scientific Reports is a peer-reviewed, high-quality journal published by Nature Publishing Group. According to its website, this journal is the 11th most cited journal in the world.

“In our study, we provide evidence that protein building blocks of the germline organelles assemble as distinct modules connected at the ‘interaction hubs,’” Arkov said. “This assembly process is, therefore, somewhat similar to constructing a structure from Lego pieces or creating a mosaic art.”

Murray State University biology professor Dr. Alexey Arkov’s lab recently published new research in Scientific Reports.

Arkov attributed the report to the strong work of his students and postdoctoral scholars from his lab.

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