Award recognizes chapter’s contributions toward advancing safety education and research

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has been recognized as the organization’s 2020 Outstanding Student Section.

For more than 100 years, the ASSP has supported occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals in their efforts to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. ASSP provides education, advocacy, standards development and a professional community to its members in order to advance their careers and the OSH profession as a whole.

The Murray State University chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has been recognized as the organization’s 2020 Outstanding Student Section. Pictured are the chapter’s 2019-20 officers during a recent trip to the AASP Future Safety Leaders Workshop in Chicago, Illinois. From left are Treavor Cheatham, Melina Eaker, Austin Zinobile, Madison Ohlmann, Madison Jones, Amelia Newton and Jacob Littlefield.
The Murray State University chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has been recognized as the organization’s 2020 Outstanding Student Section. Pictured are the chapter’s 2019-20 officers during a recent trip to the ASSP Future Safety Leaders Workshop in Chicago, Illinois. From left are Treavor Cheatham, Melina Eaker, Austin Zinobile, Madison Ohlmann, Madison Jones, Amelia Newton and Jacob Littlefield.

The Outstanding Student Section Award recognizes and encourages the activities of established ASSP student sections at colleges and universities, honoring those sections that make the most significant contributions toward advancing safety education and research.

This award was chosen following a competitive nationwide application process that included 18 universities and more than 2,000 students. The Murray State chapter will receive a $6,000 stipend, with $5,000 funding student scholarships and the remainder granted to a University instructor to further student research.

“We had a particularly enthusiastic officer team who each persistently looked for ways to selflessly contribute through the school year,” said chapter sponsor and OSH assistant professor Dr. David Wilbanks. “The level of competition was formidable, but Murray State University was extremely well represented. Winning this year’s Outstanding Student Section award affirms we’re doing something right on many levels, including department leadership, faculty commitment and, most importantly, student engagement.”

“I would like to acknowledge the commitment that the ASSP student members had to making our organization recognizable for this award,” said University alumna Amelia Newton, ’20, who served as the chapter’s executive vice president from 2019-20 and now works as an environmental, health and safety associate resource for PepsiCo. “They gave their time and energy into coming to events even with the workload of classes. Helping develop professionalism that will be used in the safety and health field is a very important component to our section.

“I also believe that our sponsors, Dr. Traci Byrd and Dr. David Wilbanks, are what make our student section so great. They are always helping with coordinating meetings and giving our members advice that is comparable to none. Our organization is made up of a wonderful group of people and I am thankful to have worked alongside them.”

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