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 Aug. 31-Sept. 4.

In this Racer Report:

  • University to host Community Recycle Day Sept. 5
  • Family Weekend set for Sept. 11-12
  • Murray State recognized as most Instagrammed college campus in Kentucky
  • Agribusiness economics professor publishes research
  • August 2020 graduating class of doctor of nursing practice family nurse practitioner program achieves 100 percent certification pass rate
  • Professors train emergency medical services personnel

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Murray State University will host a Community Recycle Day Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at the North Farm. The use of face masks will be enforced in line with University guidelines. Patrons are asked to pull in and allow University staff to unload their items for them.

Accepted items include books, cardboard, paper, plastics #1-7 and glass. Unaccepted items include plastic bags, sheet plastic and styrofoam.

Additional recycle days will be held on the first Saturday of each month for the remainder of the semester.

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Murray State University will host an online Family Weekend event from Sept. 11-12, offering Racers and their families plenty of virtual activities in the name of Racer spirit.

Family Weekend 2020, planned with social distancing and Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines in mind, encourages students to share their college experience with their loved ones.

Planned virtual activities include the following:

  • A “Bring your Family along” scavenger hunt, which encourages students on campus to connect with their at-home and Racer families for entries to win Murray State gear
  • The “Racer Family Rewind” video challenge, where participants recreate old family photos and post on social media using the #RacerFamilyRewind hashtag
  • A “Racer Recipes” series that features a variety of community-submitted recipes for all cooking skill levels
  • A “Racer One Facebook Event” featuring a Q&A with Murray State’s famous mascot and student rider
  • Murray State coloring sheets for those looking to flex their artistic muscles
  • A canned food and toiletries drive to help stock the University’s Racers Helping Racers pantry and other local charities

While this year’s Family Weekend will be hosted virtually, parents may still visit their students on campus as well as participate in on-campus and virtual tours or visit the Curris Center, following Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines. Additionally, the University will continue a Family Weekend tradition of honoring outstanding families from each residential college.

Participate in these fun virtual events and learn more about Family Weekend 2020 at murraystate.edu/familyweekend.

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Murray State University has been recognized as the most Instagrammed college campus in Kentucky by AT&T for the second straight year.

In its report on attsavings.com, the company tracked four-year private and public universities with more than 5,000 enrolled full-time students and a physical campus. The study determined each school’s Instagram-post-to-student ratio by dividing the number of Instagram posts with each school’s promoted hashtag by each school’s enrollment total. 

Murray State Associate Director of Marketing and Communication Jennifer Cline said social media plays a key role for the University, both for recruitment and staying in touch with the campus community.

“We have such an active social media community here at Murray State, and this recognition is evidence of that,” Cline said. “Racer Pride is alive and well, with students, faculty, staff and alumni all proudly representing the blue and gold across their social media platform of choice.

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Murray State University agribusiness economics professor Dr. Jeffrey Young has submitted a paper for publication in the journal Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) about reducing cheating in hybrid and online classes. AETR is an online, open access and peer-reviewed professional publication series. 

Young’s idea stems from the field of game theory, specifically the well-known problem of the prisoner’s dilemma.

Murray State University agribusiness economics professor Dr. Jeffrey Young has submitted a paper for publication in the journal Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) about reducing cheating in hybrid and online classes.
Murray State University agribusiness economics professor Dr. Jeffrey Young has submitted a paper for publication in the journal Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) about reducing cheating in hybrid and online classes.

Young said he noticed a pattern in one of his recent classes where a large group of students would take a quiz or test on Canvas around the same time, and make near to or perfect scores. One student would take a test or quiz before the group and would do poorly. Exactly which student did badly varied from quiz to quiz. 

Young hypothesized that one student was chosen to glimpse the test before everyone else, document the questions and allow others to score higher.

“I placed a clause in one course’s syllabus allowing for students to make a deal to inform me of things like this happening and receive a grade boost (plus all anonymity, protection, etc. for the defector), in part to collect data and in part to see if my scheme worked,” Young said. “In the first month or so of this experiment, there were a couple of students on the edge of breaking and considering betraying their comrades for a better grade. However, the takeaways from the research could apply to all classes, regardless of the ongoing pandemic, but the problems being solved in the article are much more commonly encountered in online and hybrid courses.”

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The August 2020 graduating class of the Murray State University doctor of nursing practice family nurse practitioner program achieved a 100 percent certification pass rate. 

Students worked to complete the rigorous Doctor of Nursing Practice program, which enabled the students to obtain national certification as family nurse practitioners. Certification allows these young professionals to meet the health care needs of many underserved communities, both in Murray and across the country. 

Family nurse practitioners deliver high quality health care to patients across the lifespan by focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and patient education. 

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Dr. Traci Byrd, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Kimberly Pidcock, OSH 101 lead instructor at the Murray State University Fort Campbell regional campus, worked with current EMT candidates from the spring 2020 semester to complete their practical skills labs. The group’s work was part of the certification process in an effort to respond to the nationwide need for emergency medical services personnel. 

Kimberly Pidcock, lead EMT instructor at the Murray State University Fort Campbell regional campus, demonstrates advanced airway management skills during a practical skills lab.
Kimberly Pidcock, lead EMT instructor at the Murray State University Fort Campbell regional campus, demonstrates advanced airway management skills during a practical skills lab.

This was accomplished through the issuance of emergency regulations permitting the creation of a temporary EMT certification after completing all EMT training course requirements.

During the spring 2020 semester, students were unable to complete instruction when the University transitioned to an online/alternative delivery method of instruction after spring break. Students and instructors followed the “Healthy at Work” minimum requirements set forth by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear during these skill training sessions on the Murray State and Fort Campbell campuses. 

Twelve EMT candidates successfully passed a state practical exam and are awaiting the National Registry of EMTs written examination results.

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