MURRAY, Ky. — The latest Murray State University Racer Report includes student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments, announcements, upcoming campus events and more for the week of November 8-12.

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This year’s Educators Rising Conference was held on October 28 at Murray State University. The conference is geared towards high school students who are interested in careers in the field of education. During the conference, students attended sessions on a variety of topics including hearing impaired student needs, career and technical education, and interdisciplinary/early childhood education. Murray State student-led sessions were also offered on the topics of the education major and college life experience. 

In addition to these sessions, education-centered competitions were held. Competition categories included career exploration, impromptu lessons, and research on learning challenges. This year’s conference attendance reached over 100 students from 11 schools. Schools in attendance include Fulton County High School, Fulton Independent High School, Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology, Hickman County High School, Marshall County Technical Center, Owensboro High School, Trigg County High School, Union County High School, East Bullitt High School, North Bullitt High School and Dawson Springs High School. 

The Educators Rising Conference is hosted annually in the fall by the Teacher Quality Institute of Murray State University under the leadership of Ashley Bourke, Murray State’s Teaching and Learning Pathway & Praxis Coordinator. 

For more information about the Educators Rising Conference and other outreach programming offered by the Teacher Quality Institute, visit murraystate.edu/tqi. 

Ed Rising Collegiate 2021 Competition Winners

Bulletin Board (Group Event)

1st Place: Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology

2nd Place Tie: Graves County High School and Trigg County High School

3rd Place: Fulton Independent High School

Career Exploration

1st Place: Autumn Barnes – Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology

2nd Place: Madeline Leonard – Graves County High School

3rd Place: Mia Martin- Fulton Independent High School

Children’s Literature

1st Place: Autumn Barnes and Joella Rangel – Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology

2nd Place: Elizabeth Pirtle and Sienna Aguilar – Fulton Independent High School

3rd Place: Olivia Deweese and Brooklyn Naranjo – Hickman County High School

Educators Rising Moment

1st Place: Donari Merritt- Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology

2nd Place: Sadie Youngblood- Graves County High School

3rd Place: Lamarius Stray- Fulton County High School

Impromptu Lesson

1st Place: Hickman County High School

2nd Place: Union County High School

3rd Place: Graves County High School

Job Interview

1st Place: Brooklyn Williams – Graves County High School

2nd Place: Kayla Runge – Graves County High School

3rd place: Jaziyah Carneal – Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology

Research Learning Challenges

1st Place: Gateway Academy

2nd Place: Graves County High School

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Velvet Milkman, Murray State University Women's Golf Coach
Women’s Golf Coach Velvet Milkman will be given the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award by her peers at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) as announced by the group’s headquarters in Coral Springs, Florida. The only women’s golf coach in Murray State history, Milkman is currently in her 29th year at Murray State.  (Photo credit: Dave Winder – Murray State Athletics)

Women’s Golf Coach Velvet Milkman will be given the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award by her peers at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) as announced by the group’s headquarters in Coral Springs, Florida.

Milkman will be recognized on December 5 as part of the program at the WGCA Hall of Fame inductions at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The only women’s golf coach in Murray State history, Milkman is currently in her 29th year at Murray State. Along the way, she has coached championship-level student-athletes that have produced 12 Ohio Valley Championships including their latest title in 2019, which marked the third time that Murray State has won three in a row in Coach Milkman’s tenure. She has coached nine OVC individual champions, nine OVC Players of the Year, and 53 all-conference selections. Off the course, her student-athletes have earned WGCA All-American Scholar honors 65 times.

Milkman served a four-year term on the Division I NCAA Women’s Golf Committee, including two years as the Committee Chair. She has also served on the OVC Awards Committee, OVC Competition Cabinet, and with the Murray State Intercollegiate Athletic Council. She has been Murray State’s Senior Woman Administrator since 2003 and served as Murray State’s Interim Athletic Director from August 2019 to March 2020.

Along with conducting both junior golf camps and ladies’ clinics, Milkman has served as an instructor for Murray State University Women in Telecom Day. The annual event raised money for Telecommunications Systems Management scholarships and allowed women in the telecom field to network and learn how to play golf. Milkman is also a participant in the Murray State University Europe in Transition faculty and staff program in Germany. Her paper for the program, “Marketing Scotland’s Golf Tourism Industry”, was chosen to be presented during Murray State University’s International Education Week.

The Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award is considered the WGCA’s most prestigious honor. The award is given as recognition of outstanding service to the sport of golf in the promotion of golf of far-reaching proportions. Gladys Palmer organized the first women’s golf championship in June 1941 when she was teaching at Ohio State. 

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The Cybersecurity and Network Management (CNM) program at Murray State University is hosting the Kentucky Cybersecurity and Forensics Conference (KCFC2021) on November 12. This virtual conference is the first annual collaborative effort between the National Centers for Academic Excellence Cyber Defense (NCAE- CD) in Kentucky. The participating institutions are Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, University of the Cumberlands, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Owensboro Community and Technical College.

“This year’s KCFC aims to connect students, faculty, and administrators with cybersecurity and forensics leaders from the NSA, military, state, federal agencies, and businesses. Another goal for the conference is to raise awareness of cybersecurity career opportunities for all students interested in entering this field,” said Dr. Abdul Yarali, professor and coordinator of Murray State’s CNM program.

 The Kentucky Cybersecurity and Forensics Conference is a virtual multi-track interdisciplinary cybersecurity event offering an ideal venue for networking with academic, government, and industry peers for education, collaborations, and innovations.

The conference is designed to value community outreach and leadership in professional development and integrate cybersecurity practice within the institution and academic disciplines. The spotlight tracks of the conference are an opening welcome by Murray State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tim Todd, various discussions on the importance of NCAE-CD by Mrs. Barbara Lynne Clark, the chief of Cybersecurity Defense of the National Center of Academic Excellence of the NSA, and the rise of cybercrimes, ransomware, cybersecurity, and digital forensics by distinguished keynote speakers with many years of experience in national security.

“ I am proud that Murray State took the first steps to hold this first annual conference in Kentucky and pave the way for the future conferences to integrate and promote cybersecurity practice within the institution and across the academic discipline,” Yarali, conference chair, said.

For more information on the conference, speakers, registration, or any questions and comments, please visit www.ky-cae.com or contact the conference chair via email at ayarali@murraystate.edu.

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Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center was recently notified that Dr. Rafaela DeNegri, veterinary pathologist, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2021 Davis-Thompson Foundation’s Barbara Jean Thompson Service Award. The award is given to those who have volunteered unstintingly in service to the Foundation’s goals. 

Since its creation in 1973, the Davis Thompson Foundation has been dedicated to furthering the international advancement of education in veterinary and comparative pathology. Through a variety of outreach educational programs, the Foundation strives to advance the study of the diseases of animals (veterinary) and the comparison of diseases manifested by diverse species of animals. In pursuing and disseminating such knowledge, Davis-Thompson hopes to improve the health and well-being of all animals in the world, including humans.

Recognition and a plaque are usually awarded at the Foundation’s Awards reception at the annual American College of Veterinary Pathologist meeting, but this year the awards ceremony will be virtual and DeNegri will receive her award during the online ceremony.

“Breathitt Veterinary Center is very proud of Dr. DeNegri and her work to further the study of veterinary pathology,” said Dr. Debbie Reed, assistant professor and director of the Breathitt Veterinary Center. “Dr. DeNegri is a valued staff member and works very hard as a pathologist. BVC encourages staff to participate in organizations such as Davis-Thompson Foundation to ‘pay it forward’ and be a positive role model. We congratulate Dr. Rafaela DeNegri and celebrate with her!”

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Murray State University’s cybersecurity and network management program (CNM) was recently listed as one of the top 100 best affordable cybersecurity programs by University HQ.

Murray State is one of 325 schools in the United States which have been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) for Cybersecurity.  Institutions are designated and accredited based on their robust degree programs and close alignment to specific cybersecurity-related knowledge unit validated by top subject matter experts in the field. 

A growing, in-demand and lucrative career within the Information Technology field, cybersecurity is a program in which students learn to identify and counter cyber threats against information systems, computers, mobile phones, networks and data. 

Murray State’s cybersecurity and network management program offers tracks in cybersecurity, wireless communications and network and systems administration. Students have the choice of obtaining a CNM degree by attending classes on campus or through the CNM online degree program. 
Those interested in learning more about Murray State’s cybersecurity and network management program can visit murraystate.edu/cnm or contact Dr. Abdul Yarali at 270-809-6915 or ayarali@murraystate.edu.

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