MURRAY, Ky. — See below for the latest news from Murray State University, including student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments, announcements, upcoming events and much more for the week of June 15-19.

In this Racer Report:

  • Public relations program ranked among top 10 in country
  • Graduate student publishes short story collection
  • Alumna earns 2020 Emerging Professional Award
  • Alumnus named first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Directors

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Murray State University’s public relations program has been named among the top 10 in the country by Study.com. The education resource website ranked the program, which is part of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, seventh overall. The University is the only public Kentucky institution listed in the top 20.

The rankings are based on several criteria encompassing the University’s affordability, accessibility, quality and value. Factors include tuition cost, financial aid, graduation rates, educational support, job placement and more.

Murray State’s public relations program provides practical, real-world training and experience in the planning and implementation of comprehensive public relations strategies and tactics. Housed in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications – one of only three academic units in the state of Kentucky to earn accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications – it prepares graduates for careers in communication, news, crisis management, media relations and much more. 

Learn more at bit.ly/MurrayStatePR.

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Murray State University graduate student Brent “Eliot” Parker has published his newest work, “Snapshots,” a collection of 11 short stories depicting life in small-town Appalachia, in collaboration with Morgan James Publishing.

Murray State University graduate student Brent “Eliot” Parker has published his newest work, “Snapshots,” a collection of 11 short stories depicting life in small-town Appalachia, in partnership with Morgan James Publishing.
Murray State University graduate student Brent “Eliot” Parker has published his newest work, “Snapshots,” a collection of 11 short stories depicting life in small-town Appalachia, in partnership with Morgan James Publishing.

Parker, a fourth-year student in Murray State’s Doctorate of Arts in English program, tells unique stories spanning several genres in his fifth published work, from thrillers and romance to science-fiction and more.

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing, Parker is a recipient of the West Virginia Literary Merit Award. His novel “Fragile Brilliance” was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize in Thriller Writing. His novel “Code for Murder” was the bronze winner in genre fiction by America BookFest in 2018 and his most recent novel, “A Knife’s Edge,” was an honorable mention at the 2019 London Book Festival. 

Parker currently teaches writing at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. He also serves as host of the podcast program “Now, Appalachia,” heard on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. 

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Murray State University alumna Jayme Hobson, ’09, ’10, has been selected by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) as one of its first recipients for the 2020 Emerging Professional Award.

 Murray State University alumna Jayme Hobson, ’09, ’10, has been selected by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) as one of its first recipients for the 2020 Emerging Professional Award.
 Murray State University alumna Jayme Hobson, ’09, ’10, has been selected by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) as one of its first recipients for the 2020 Emerging Professional Award.

The award recognizes leadership, volunteerism and a desire to widely impact workplace safety through each recipient’s involvement in the world’s oldest professional safety organization.

Hobson earned her Bachelor of Science in occupational safety and health as well as her Master of Science in occupational health and industrial hygiene at Murray State. She serves as a regional safety, health and environmental director for AECOM in Paducah, Kentucky.

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Murray State University alumnus Dr. Daniel Guy, ’76, has been named first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Directors.

Guy, who earned his Bachelor of Science from the University, specializes in hip and shoulder surgery as well as sports medicine. He works in private practice at Emory Southern Orthopaedics in LaGrange, Georgia, and is on staff at WellStar/West Georgia Health System.

Murray State University alumnus Dr. Daniel Guy, ’76, has been named first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Directors.
Murray State University alumnus Dr. Daniel Guy, ’76, has been named first vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Directors.

He earned his Master of Science and medical degree from the University of Louisville before completing his orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Guy previously served as secretary, chair-elect and chair of the Board of Councilors of the AAOS, where he served on the Academy Board of Directors. Additionally, he served on many Academy committees, project teams and work groups. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the Alpha Omicron Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is past president and board member of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society.

His new role is the second in a four-year term of volunteer service that includes his serving as president of the Academy in 2021-22.

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