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 Nov. 16-20.

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The Gamma Beta Phi Society awarded Murray State University’s chapter with the exemplary chapter award for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 academic year in recognition of the chapter’s leadership, hard work and dedication to student success and philanthropy.

“We have so many students that are in this chapter that put the work in to receive everything they need out of this Honor Society,” said chapter president Megan Armstrong. “The students in the chapter are the backbone and that is what got us this award. They go out in the community and provide service where it is needed and around their peers, they keep one another to high standards that show the leadership and success of these students. They bring all that back to the chapter where it is recognized and rewarded. I am extremely proud to have been the president during the time we have received this award, and I hope the chapter keeps excelling in the coming years as my term nears its end.”

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Murray State University alumnus W. Earl Brown portrays Big Daddy in the campus production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in April 2017.
Murray State University alumnus W. Earl Brown portrays Big Daddy in the campus production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in April 2017.

W. Earl Brown, 1986 alumnus and professional Hollywood actor, was featured in a recent article highlighting his past work as well as present work, particularly, the popular show, “The Mandalorian”.

The live-action Star Wars series follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Brown, who was a 2017 recipient of Murray State’s distinguished alumni award, was born and raised in western Kentucky. During his undergraduate career at Murray State, Brown was heavily involved within the theatre and journalism and mass communication departments. 

Brown’s television roles include Sheriff Hugo Root in the “Preacher” series, Captain Dan Wilkinson in “Wicked City,” Detective Teague Dixon in “True Detective” and Tom Carlin in the series “American Crime.” On television, he is probably best known as Dan Dority in HBO’s “Deadwood”.

Wes Craven was an early supporter of Brown’s; he cast him in “New Nightmare”, “A Vampire in Brooklyn” and the role of Kenny in the classic “Scream”. Two years after the success of “Scream,” Brown played Warren, Cameron Diaz’s brother, in “There’s Something About Mary”. Among his many other film credits are the highly regarded films “Being John Malkovich”, “The Master”, “The Sessions”, “Wild” and “Black Mass”.

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A Nonprofit Resource Fund has been established with the Murray State University Foundation to support the undergraduate major in Nonprofit Leadership Studies now housed in the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership within the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. Dr. Michael Bokeno, Chair of the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership, signs guidelines to formally establish the Nonprofit Resource Fund with the Murray State University Foundation.
A Nonprofit Resource Fund has been established with the Murray State University Foundation to support the undergraduate major in Nonprofit Leadership Studies now housed in the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership within the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. Dr. Michael Bokeno, Chair of the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership, signs guidelines to formally establish the Nonprofit Resource Fund with the Murray State University Foundation.

A Nonprofit Resource Fund has been established with the Murray State University Foundation to support the undergraduate major in Nonprofit Leadership Studies now housed in the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership within the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. 

The privately donated funds will assist the program director and faculty with the ongoing creation, delivery, and evaluation of programs committed to student development and nonprofit organization development through the nonprofit leadership studies program. 

Funds may be used to support areas such as conducting research and development, pilot testing and evaluation of new programs and services and the employment of special expertise to strengthen and enhance program delivery, but not for direct faculty compensation or general organizational operating costs.

Dr. Michael Bokeno, chair of the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership, said private support is integral to the vitality and success of a program today. 

“These very generous gifts are very needed,” he said. “In times like these when we are all working to do more with less, this generosity comes at a very important time.”

Those interested in helping support the growth of the nonprofit leadership studies program with a gift can contact Brian Canerdy, director of development for the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, at 270-809-3123.

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Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State University students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. This competition showcases and preserves students’ research in print and digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. 

The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, art education, biology, criminal justice, exercise science, graphic design, history, journalism, marketing, nursing, occupational health and safety, political science, photography, public relations, and television production for a total of 83 entries, making the judges’ decision a difficult one. Overall, the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and an excellent representation of the research taking place at Murray State. 

Award winners included:

First Place – Melanie Brandon (Adult Dirofilaria immitis in Canis latrans)

Second Place – Archie Hardesty (Shed)

Third Place –  Jayla Louis (Sweet Creature)

Honorable Mention – Hannah Daab (Pretty Little Liability)

Honorable Mention – Levi Brandenburg (Last Thoughts)

The award winners will have their work featured in this fall’s edition of Steeplechase, a student journal through the Office of Research and Creative Activity, which will be published in late November-early December, as part of the Murray State Institutional Repository. The winning photographs will also be posted on the University Libraries social media outlets. 

Committee members included Dana Statton Thompson, assistant professor of University Libraries; Dr. Antje Gamble, assistant professor of art and design; Dr. Marcie Venter, assistant professor of earth and environmental Sciences; Dr. Michael Flinn, professor of biological science and director of Hancock Biological Station; Michelle Burdine, MFA, visiting assistant professor of art and design; T. Michael Martin, MFA, associate professor of art and Design and director of University Galleries.

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This year’s Homecoming Court included Murray State University transfer students Dakota Ray (sixth from left) who was named Homecoming King, and Kade Gambill (fourth from right).
This year’s Homecoming Court included Murray State University transfer students Dakota Ray (sixth from left) who was named Homecoming King, and Kade Gambill (fourth from right).

Murray State University transfer students are an important asset to campus life. 

Kade Gambill, a senior majoring in agriculture business, with minors in occupational safety and health and political science from Sandoval, Illinois, came to Murray State as a transfer student. 

Gambill said he expected to show up to class, complete his assignments and graduate as soon as possible, but his experience at Murray State has been anything but that. He has been involved in various organizations, made numerous friends and had the honor to take part in many Murray State traditions such as homecoming. 

“I was worried about not getting the full college experience since I was a transfer student, but Murray State has given more than that and having the honor of being on Homecoming Court was a great way to start the end of my journey at Murray State,” Gambill said. 

Dakota Ray, a senior middle school education major from Mayfield, Kentucky who was named this year’s Homecoming King, is also a transfer student. 

Ray has been involved with the Murray State Kentucky Education Association, Murray State Middle Level Association and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is also a College of Education and Human Services Student Ambassador and formerly served on Dean David Whaley’s Student Advisory Council.

“Being named the 2020 Homecoming King is one the greatest honors and achievements I have ever received,” Ray said. “As a transfer student, I doubted that I would stand out amongst my fellow running mates. Many of them have been at Murray since their freshman year. However, I came to Murray as a junior. This did not stop me from getting involved on campus immediately. I love Murray State as well as the staff and students that make it such a thriving university to attend.”

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