MURRAY, Ky. — See below for the latest news from Murray State University, including student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments, announcements and much more for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

In this Racer Report:

  • Occupational safety and health major completes OSH internship in Hawaii
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter recognized 
  • Speech and Debate Union competes in Big Apple Debate Tournament

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Chasity Bryant, a senior occupational safety and health (OSH) major at Murray State University, completed an OSH internship in Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, this past summer. 

The OSH program partners with companies who offer students opportunities to gain hands-on, practical, day-to-day skills in a real-world environment. To fulfill the OSH program internship requirement, a student spends a semester or the summer working onsite at a company as a paid employee under the direct supervision of an experienced safety and health professional. Internships help ensure graduates begin their careers job-ready from day one.

After arriving in Hawaii, Bryant quarantined the required period in line with COVID-19 guidelines, then went to work for construction company Goodfellow Brothers Inc. She worked on building sites for hotels, road traffic roundabouts, residential housing and airports. She gained experience in construction safety, monitoring heat stress and COVID-19 planning. She also had opportunities to try Hawaiian cuisine and travel to several islands. 

“We were pleased that Chasity was selected to participate in an internship with a new partner, Goodfellow Bros., a heavy-civil construction company with offices based out of the west coast and Hawaii,” said Dr. Tracey Wortham, professor and chair of the Department of Safety and Health. “Heading into the summer, there was concern that Chasity’s internship would be constrained due to the COVID-19 pandemic but her internship took place with only a slight delay and she was able to gain significant practical safety experience related not only to the construction industry, but also in Goodfellow’s pandemic response.”

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Murray State University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter has been recognized nationally for its Balanced Man Scholarship banquet this year. 

Typically, the chapter holds a banquet as the culmination of its annual scholarship process. In line with social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines, the chapter held a drive-through banquet this year, where 22 finalists and their families came and received their awards.

“The drive-through ceremony was absolutely amazing and we were able to meet the families and guests of some of our winners while maintaining proper social distancing and everyone wearing face masks,” said Drew Langston, a junior business administration major from Lexington, Kentucky, and Balanced Man Scholarship coordinator. “As a scholarship team, it was an incredible honor to be recognized nationally for our hard work and dedication to bringing more balanced men to the heart of Murray, Kentucky. Sigma Phi Epsilon is recognized as the third largest national fraternity in the United States, and to be one of the best chapters and scholarship programs is an honor.”

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Murray State University’s Speech and Debate Union recently competed in the Big Apple Debate Tournament, which included teams from ten states and was hosted virtually by Queens College and the City University of New York. 

Murray State University’s Speech and Debate Union recently competed in the Big Apple Debate Tournament, which included teams from ten states and was hosted virtually by Queens College and the City University of New York. Pictured are from bottom left to right: Victoria Lindsey (SDU secretary), Kyle Heideman, Jillian Owen; center left to right: Chase Thomason, Jesse Hibbs; top left to right: Josh Sanders (SDU student debate coach), Garrett Kieser, Deshawn Robinson (SDU graduate assistant)
Murray State University’s Speech and Debate Union recently competed in the Big Apple Debate Tournament, which included teams from ten states and was hosted virtually by Queens College and the City University of New York. Pictured are from bottom left to right: Victoria Lindsey (SDU secretary), Kyle Heideman, Jillian Owen; center left to right: Chase Thomason, Jesse Hibbs; top left to right: Josh Sanders (SDU student debate coach), Garrett Kieser, Deshawn Robinson (SDU graduate assistant)

All Murray State team members finished in the top 10 of their respective events while earning third place in overall sweepstakes points for the tournament. Among the three forms of debate — International Public Debate (IPDA), Parliamentary Debate (NPDA), and Lincoln-Douglas Debate — Murray State took home first place in both IPDA and NPDA.

Team members won the following awards:

  • Debate partners Victoria Lindsey of Hardinsburg, Kentucky and Garrett Kieser of Battletown, Kentucky – first place in Parliamentary Debate 
  • Debate partners Josh Sanders of Collinsville, Illinois and Kyle Heideman of Fisherville, Kentucky – eighth place in Parliamentary Debate
  • Jesse Hibbs of Owensboro, Kentucky – first place in International Public Debate
  • Jillian Owen of Clarksville, Tennessee – sixth place in International Public Debate
  • Chase Thomason of Benton, Kentucky – second place in International Public Debate (novice)
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