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Dept. hosts annual High School Workshop

Posted on 13 January 2016 by jmcjournal

The annual Journalism and Mass Communications High School Media Workshop drew nearly 300 students and advisers to campus in September.

Dr. Kevin Qualls talked about studio lighting as part of the High School Workshop’s broadcasting track.


The students and advisers came from 12 regional high schools. They were Calloway County, Graves County, Fort Campbell, St. Mary’s, Trigg County, Mayfield, Murray, McCracken County, Paducah Tilghman, Crittenden County and Meridian (III.).

Dr. Tim Todd, interim provost, and Gina Winchester, director of Regional Outreach, welcomed the students and advisors to the Curris Center before they participated in sessions conducted by MSU faculty/staff and regional media professionals.

The sessions covered yearbook design and production, advertising design, feature writing and interviewing, writing effective headlines, sports still photography, website design and set up, TV field production, lighting, sports media production, advertising sales, business journalism, careers in the media, sports writing and reporting, social media, evaluating news sources for stories, newspaper design, writing columns and editorials, on-camera interviewing and presentation, TV studio production and a special session for advisers conducted by workshop director, Leigh Wright.

Angela St. Clair, Herff Jones, conducted sessions on yearbook marketing.


In the high school yearbook competition, McCracken County High School won 10 awards and took first place for Best Overall Yearbook. Peyton Baker served as editor and Sharon Northington as adviser.

Second Place overall went to Fort Campbell with three top individual awards. Pagan Martelli was the editor and Iris Loucks was the adviser for the yearbook.

Trigg County had four awards to take third place. Ashley Wells served as adviser. Caldwell County had four awards to earn honorable mention. The editor was Libby Griggs and the adviser was J.J. Griggs.

In the television and production contest, Calloway County won 14 total awards, including first place in news/feature package, sports package, news/feature program, sports program and digital short.

Graves County placed second with seven awards, including second place in sports package and digital short.

In the newspaper competition, the Calloway County Laker Review and the Paducah Tilghman Bell dominated the awards, with 31 and 16, respectively.

The Laker Review won first place in news writing, feature writing, personality profile, page one design, photography, columns, sports design, sports writing and advertising design.

The Tilghman Bell won first place in editorial and opinion page, illustrations and graphics, feature design, reviews and overall newspaper design.

The Murray High Black and Gold received three awards.

The annual one-day workshop is conducted by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and co-sponsored by the Arthur J. Baurenfeind College of Business, Murray State’s Office of Regional Outreach and the Murray State’s Office of Recruitment.

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Eight top students recognized at spring honors banquet

Posted on 13 January 2016 by jmcjournal

The top students in each of the programs in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications were recognized at the annual JMC Honors Banquet April 9.

The outstanding seniors were Andrea Moore, advertising: Ashney Williams, graphics communication media; Lexy Gross, journalism; Sierra Underhill and Kiaya Young, public relations; and Halle Pinkham, television production.

Outstanding seniors recognized at the spring honors banquet included, from left: Halle Pinkham, TV production; Lexy Gross, journalism; Sierra Underhill, public relations; Andrea Moore, advertising; and Kiaya Young, public relations. Not pictured: Ashney Williams, graphics communications media.


Moore had minors in art and in graphic communications technology. She was the social media marketing intern with MSU and graphic design intern with Interbrand New York.

A member of the Ads Club, she was inducted into Alpha Delta Sigma for her scholarship and professional activities. She was selected for this year’s Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

She was also a part of the Racer Band, the Racer Pep Band, Sigma Alpha Iota and Campus Lights.

Williams had a successful internship with Letica Corporation in Fulton. She also worked as a patient care coordinator with Rotech Healthcare and as a student worker with the Murray State Career Services office.

She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a volunteer for Needline and Habit for Humanity.

Gross, who also had a major in political science, served in several positions with The Murray State News, including editor in chief.

She had internships with the Lexington Herald Leader, the Nashville Tennessean and the Chicago Tribune. She was a correspondent for USA Today, Paducah Life magazine and the Murray Ledger & Times.

She was a Roy W. Howard National Reporting Competition Fellow, a Top 10 Student Leader at Murray State, the Outstanding Sigma Sigma Sigma member in the region and the recipient of the William Broughton Fellowship.

President of the MSU Panhellenic Council, she was selected to be in this year’s Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Underhill’s minor was in advertising. She was a member of the Ads Club, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and this year’s selection of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

She had two internships with Martin Williams Advertising in Minneapolis, one in project management and on in account management.

Young, a member of Public Relations Student Society of America, was an intern for the Four Rivers Carson Center in Paducah and a consulting photographer for VUE magazine.

She was president of the WKRR Junior League, a First-Year Leader and a member of Sigma Eta honor society.

Pinkham was also selected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

She worked for MSU TV-11, was the OVC media correspondent and host for “This Week in Racer Athletics.”

A member of Public Relations Student Society of America, she was a writing intern for the MSU Print Media office and an intern for Project Transformation in Nashville.

As a member of the soccer team, she was on the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for all three years and earned the Medal of Honor this year.

She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Student Ambassadors, MSU Campus Outreach, MSU Student Alumni Association and the College of Business Ambassadors.

Kyle Smith and Allison Hilliard shared the award for the outstanding graduate student.

Dr. Debbie Owens, center, recognized the outstanding graduate students Allison Hilliard, left, and Kyle Smith, right, at the spring honors banquet.


Smith, a native of Mayfield, earned his master’s degree in the fall of 2014. While at Murray State, he served as treasurer of the Ads Club, worked in advertising and page design for The Murray State News and was a writer for MSU TV-11.

He currently owns and operates the Kyle Smith Design Company, serving west Kentucky and the region.

Hilliard, a graduate of Centre College from Hazel, also completed her master’s degree in the fall of 2014. She is the co-owner of the Hazel Antique Mall, coordinator of the Hazel Day Celebration, president of the Hazel Lions Club and a member of the board of directors of the South 641 Water District.

Nine students were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism fraternity. They were Benjamin Fincher, Shannon Hilkey, Paige Hoffmeister, Brieana Johnson, Kelley Kennedy, Benjamin Joseph Manhanke, Andrea Moore, Halle Pinkham and Kiaya Young.

Brieana Johnson, a television production major with a 3.97 grade-point average, was named Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar winner.

The top seniors were recognized at the University honors day program the day before graduation.

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McGaughey receives Golden Horseshoe award

Posted on 13 January 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Bob McGaughey, retired professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, received the Golden Horseshoe award Oct. 9 at the dinner for the Golden Anniversary of the graduating class of 1965.

Doc McGaughey visits with JMC alumni at Tent City during the Homecoming festivities each year. Pictured from left: Dr. Bob Jackson, Murray State Foundation president; Amanda Saunders, 2006 advertising alumna; and McGaughey.


MSU President Bob Davies presented the award on behalf of the MSU Alumni Association, citing McGaughey’s years of service and support of the University.

McGaughey, a member of the last graduating class of Murray State College, and Bob Valentine, senior instructor in the JMC department, were the speakers at the dinner.

McGaughey received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State and his doctorate from Ohio University.

He joined the MSU faculty in 1969 as the adviser to The Murray State News and journalism instructor. He became department chairman in 1974.

He retired in 1997 after 27 years and 23 years as the chairman. He then taught part time and worked with the BIS program in MSU’s Continuing Education unit until December 2010.

McGaughey has received several awards/honors for his work at Murray State. He won the Max Carman Outstanding Teacher of Year in 1984 and was named the Distinguished Professor by the Alumni Association in 1990.

Selected eight times to attend the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) faculty-industry seminar in New York City, he was named the Frank Stanton Fellow as the distinguished broadcast educator in the U.S. by the IRTS.

He was named Boss of the Year by the Murray chapter of the Professional Secretaries International in 1989, the Distinguished Organization Adviser by Omicron Delta Kappa in 1997 and as one of the Outstanding Teachers in America in 1996-97.

He received a special award from the Kentucky Press Association for service upon his retirement in 1997. He served two terms as the educational representative to the KPA board of directors and 10 years as executive director of the West Kentucky Press Association.

His other honors include being named to “Personalities of the South,” International Men of the Year,” “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest,” “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” “Who’s Who in the Media and Communications,” “Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders,” and “Men of Achievement.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

An honor graduate of Murray State’s ROTC program, he served two years on active duty and 18 years with the 100th Army Reserve Division. He retired in 1985 with the rank of major. His nine ribbons and medals include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Service Medal.

He may be best known for his work with fellow professor and close friend, Bob Valentine. The two have done workshops in communications, public relations and advertising and their two-man comedy act since 1978. McGaughey was named to “Who’s Who in American Entertainment in 1991 and 1995.

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Media professionals share insights with JMC seniors

Posted on 13 January 2016 by jmcjournal

JMC majors had the opportunity to learn from area media professionals during the department’s annual Meet the Pros event held on Oct. 8.

Students attended a panel discussion conducted by professionals working in areas related to their major.

Media professionals participating in October’s Meet the Pros included, front row (from left): Robert Norsworthy, Tab Brockman, Jamie Futrell, Kim Hamby, Dana Howard, Alichia Sawitoski, Miranda Ochsner, Mealand Ragland-Hudgins, back row (from left): Debbie Lee, Carrie Dillard, Lori Barrett, Jeremy McKeel, Dave Washburn, Denham Rogers, and Kristen Pace.


Following the panel discussion, students participated in a speed interviewing session with the visiting professionals.

Advertising majors were able to interact with Jamie Futrell, general manager, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah; Miranda Ochsner, media planner, The Buntin Group, Nashville, Tenn.; Robert Norsworthy, executive in residence, Murray State University: Alichia Sawitoski, digital director, SMG Performance Marketing, Chicago; and Dave Washburn, vice president of operations, FLW Outdoors, Benton, Ky.

Graphic Communications Media majors met with Denham Rogers, advertising assistant, Hutson, Inc., Murray, and Kristen Pace, junior web/graphic designer, G/O Digital, Nashville, Tenn.

Journalism students were able to talk with Mealand Ragland, reporter, The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn.; Lori Barrett, news assignment manager, WPSD-TV; and Carrie Dillard, news editor, the Paducah Sun.

Public Relations majors met with Tab Brockman, superintendent, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department, Hopkinsville, Ky.; Kim Hamby, public relations director/media instructor, Mayfield Independent Schools, Mayfield, Ky.; Dana Howard, social media manager, Murray State University; and Debbie Lee, West Kentucky Educational Cooperative.

Television Production students were able to talk with Stephanie Elder, adjunct instructor, Murray State; Jeremy McKeel, director, Digital Media Services, Murray State; and Dave Winder, assistant athletic director-media relations, Murray State.

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Lochte tells about African American radio’s origins

Posted on 13 January 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Bob Lochte, JMC dept. chair, was the featured speaker at the University’s Feb. 11 Brown-Bag Lunch. The lunch is sponsored by the Provost and provides an opportunity for faculty to share their research with their peers.

Dr. Bob Lochte covered the origins of African American radio in the late 1940s as part of the University’s Brown-Bag Lunch series.


Lochte’s presentation was WDIA – Memphis: The First Radio Station Programmed for African Americans by African Americans.

The presentation chronicled how a new 250-watt AM daytimer with limited capital had very little chance of success in Memphis, the second largest city in the South, in 1947. When the owners decided to target the large African American population, the WDIA audience grew rapidly and the station reached number two in the ratings in less than two years. In the process, WDIA created a format which was imitated in markets across the South and beyond and became a training ground for African American radio personalities.

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Media workshop attracts 316 high schoolers

Posted on 10 January 2015 by jmcjournal

by Bob McGaughey
The annual High School Media Workshop drew 316 students and advisers to Murray State Sept. 26.

Andrew Buhler, Jostens, showed students yearbook design ideas in the session Latest Trends in Memory Books.


The students were from 12 regional high schools. They were Calloway County High School, Carlisle County High School, Murray High School, Graves County High School, Paducah Tilghman, McCracken County High School, Ft. Campbell High School, Ballard Memorial High School, Caldwell County High School, Fulton County High School, Christian Fellowship School and Union City (Tenn.) High School.

MSU president, Dr. Bob Davies, welcomed the students and their advisors to the Curris Center before they participated in sessions conducted by MSU faculty/staff and regional media professionals.

The sessions covered yearbook design and production, advertising sales, photojournalism, feature writing and interviewing, sports writing, TV production, public relations, opinion writing, website design and careers in the media.

Dr. Bob McGaughey shared his experience in the session on Feature Writing and Interviewing.


In the high school yearbook competition, the staff of the Ft. Campbell Falcon won 10 awards including first place for sports feature, non-sports feature, sports section, school life section and cover design to win the best overall yearbook title. Its staff also had two second-place awards, one third and one honorable mention.

The Caldwell County Tiger took second place for sports section, cover design and in the best overall competition.

The Union City (Tenn.) Tornado was third in the overall competition and the Fulton County Pilot finished fourth overall.

Chris Haynes (standing, left) helped high school students gain hands on control room experience in the TV Studio Production super session.


In the television production/programming competition, Calloway County High School won 11 awards, including first-place for best sports package, best sports program, best news feature and best digital short program.

Graves County High School won first place for best news/feature package while Mayfield High School took second place for news/feature. Graves County had two entries tie for third in the digital short category while Murray High finished fourth.

In the newspaper competition, three schools dominated the awards, according to high school workshop director, Leigh Wright. They were Calloway County, Paducah Tilghman and Graves County.

Ryan Alessi (standing) demonstrates a point in the On-camera Presentation and Interviewing super session. The super session concept was used to handle the large number of students interested in TV production.


The Calloway County Laker Review won 25 awards, including first place for feature writing, reviews, personality profiles, editorial and opinion pages, sports design and overall newspaper design.

The Paducah Tilghman Bell won eight awards, including first place for photography and best column.

The Graves County Eagle’s Eye had 14 awards, including first place for news writing and feature design.

Graves County High School was judged to have the best website.

The annual one-day workshop is conducted by the MSU Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and co-sponsored by the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, the MSU Office of Regional Outreach and the MSU Office of Recruitment.

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Helms offers insight as part of Global Alumni Lecture

Posted on 09 January 2015 by jmcjournal

Murray State alumna Kristie Helms spoke at the ninth annual Global Alumni Lecture Series on Nov. 19.

Kristie Helms spoke to a combined meeting of the Law and Public Relations Principles classes as part of her on-campus visit.


Col. Lucretia McClenney and Sonja Martinez also spoke at the program, which has been sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association since 2006.

Helms graduated with a bachelor of science in journalism from Murray State, and earned a master of science in communications management from Simmon’s College in Boston, Mass.

She is currently vice president and global head of promotions and social business within the global marketing department at State Street Corporation in Boston.

Not only did Helms lead the launch of State Street’s first social intranet in early 2014, but she and her team were also recognized with a 2014 IABC Gold Quill Merit Award in Digital Communications.

Traveling around the world and visiting different cultures has shaped Helms into the person she is today.

The small town girl from Possum Trot, Ky., is holding her own in corporate Fortune 500 companies. Helms credits much of her success to the “matter-of-fact” foundation Murray State gave her. She values MSU for its practical nature, noting that she works with graduates on a daily basis from a variety of universities who didn’t have the same foundation.

“My success in my career had everything to do with that very practical and reasonable education I received at Murray State,” Helms said. “At the end of the day it’s understanding exactly what you need to do, how to do it and how you are going to get others on board with you.”

Involved in The Murray State News while on campus, and ultimately becoming the editor-in-chief during her senior year, Helms enjoyed her time in Murray.

In addition to visiting JMC classes while on campus, she spoke to the MSU Alliance. Helms currently lives in Boston with her wife, Kathryn Nettles, and serves as a great advocate of acceptance and awareness.

“When I first came out and admitting to myself I was gay, and telling my friends and family, you go through this period where you think you need to look gay and act gay,” Helms said. “I cut my hair short and I just thought, ‘hey, I like big hair and makeup,’ and that’s just me. At the core of it, I’m just me.”

Kristie Helms talks with Loyd Ford, editor and publisher of The Lake News. Helms worked for Ford early in her career.


Her travels abroad and life-changing move to New York City have helped Helms in figuring out exactly who she is as a person. Helms said understanding who you are as a person and where you stand is important in business and in life.

“At the end of the day I’m the person who reads too much. I love cities. I’d rather walk around a city than walk on a beach,” Helms said. “I am the person who knows exactly who I am. In business I think that’s so important because people want to know who they are interacting with and they want to interact with a person with integrity. You can’t be a person of integrity if you don’t know yourself.”

Using her small-town background and matter-of-fact perspective Helms has taken the business world in stride. She’s been successful at State Street and other Fortune 500 companies. In addition to working for State Street, Helms has had a successful career in marketing throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition to frequent travel to the company’s European offices, she participated in a job rotation program in State Street’s Hong Kong, Sydney and Tokyo offices in 2010. While overseas she analyzed the best practices for communications across APAC and served as the company’s communication’s lead in advance of the G20 Summit in Seoul.

“When I was over there I realized how American I am, you read all these things and try to understand other cultures,” Helms said. “The thing that was brought really home to me is that I am ridiculously American. Back home in the North everyone thinks I’m a quiet ‘Southerner,’ but, boy, put someone in Asia for six months and they think you’re really direct, outspoken and tall.”

No stranger to hardships or challenges, Helms was working for State Street when the financial crisis occurred. She hoped to share with students both an insider’s and business perspective. One takeaway lesson Helms wished someone told her is the business world means figure out what’s supposed to be done and do it. “So often we sit back and wait for someone to assign a task,” Helms said. “What corporate America needs today is for people to come in, see what the problem is and figure out a solution to it and do it. I feel like I’ve made a whole career on that.”

Helms first novel, Dish It Up, Baby, (Firebrand Press, 2004) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in Lesbian Debut Fiction. She has worked as a crime reporter for the Paris-Post Intelligencer, as a communications coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy in New York and had a wide variety of communication jobs.

While speaking to several classes and organizations on campus, Helms topics included making a living as a writer, social media and shifting trends in communication.

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Omnicom executive speaks on ad industry

Posted on 09 January 2015 by jmcjournal

Janet Riccio, executive vice president of Omnicom Group Inc., visited campus Feb. 24 to speak to students about the advertising industry.

Janet Riccio (right) talked about the Omnicom Group and lessons she has learned during her February presentation.


Riccio’s visit was hosted by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC). Riccio has a tie to Murray State — Robert J. Norsworthy, Executive-in-Residence in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and the JMC department, was a colleague of Riccio’s when Norsworthy was at Diversified Agency Services, an Omnicom company.

Riccio’s story is one of those classic tales told so often — a start in the mailroom of a small advertising agency all the way to holding not one but two major positions at Omnicom Group, one of the largest advertising and marketing services holding companies in the world.

As executive vice president of Omnicom Group, Riccio is responsible for the global oversight of some of Omnicom’s most important clients. In this role, she fosters and facilitates multiple agency collaboration, intercedes on behalf of both agencies and clients to develop solutions to any ongoing partnership issues, and taps into Omnicom specialist agencies to bring ideas unique to their discipline to the clients.

As chief executive and founder of G23, a fully-owned subsidiary of Omnicom, Riccio has brought together the finest female minds in advertising and marketing services to focus solely on the discovery of insights into the female economy on behalf of their clients.

The process begins with a robust workout of the client’s brand — called a Female Fit™ session — to determine their preparedness for the female economy and a pathway towards its activation.

Over the course of Riccio’s 25-plus years in advertising, her collaborative business style has taken her to more than 30 countries on five continents on behalf of her clients and she has forged a deep appreciation of how relationships with consumers build brands all over the world.

She is active on the speaking and panelist circuit. Over the past year, she has spoken at the Brand 50 annual meeting, keynoted at The International Alliance of Women global conference and the Economic Club of Toronto, been on panels at both Harvard Business School and Kellogg Graduate School of Business, and moderated a panel at the annual conference of the Women’s World Banking Association.

Riccio and G23 have been featured in articles in the New York Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail business magazine and the Oxford University Saïd Business School magazine.

Riccio is a member of the executive committee on the board of directors of the Women’s Funding Network, an organization made up of 150-plus organizations that fund women’s solutions across the globe.

She is also a member of the board and chairperson of the Board Operations Committee of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

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Social media director discusses importance of social and digital media for journalists

Posted on 09 January 2015 by jmcjournal

by Bob McGaughey
Hillary Copsey, features editor and social media director of The Stewart (Fla.) News and TCPalm.com, recently discussed current practices of social media in advertising and journalism with students in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Hillary Copsey, features editor and social media director for The Stuart (Fla.) News and TCPalm.com, discusses how the newspaper launched a social media advertising strategy for advertisers in the Treasure Coast market. Copsey visited with MSU students in journalism, advertising and public relations.


Copsey’s visit marked the second part of an Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications/Scripps Howard Foundation grant that Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism, received last summer. The grant enabled Copsey to travel to Murray State and present in journalism, public relations and advertising classes.

Last summer, Wright spent two weeks at the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers to learn how to incorporate social media into journalism practice for her students. The grant totaled $4,000 for expenses related to each person’s visit.

Copsey’s visit included a workshop for the staff of The Murray State News as well as small group sessions outside the classroom for interested students to ask more in-depth questions about current practices in journalism and the intersection with the usage of social and digital media tools.

Copsey spoke to students in the beginning and intermediate sections of newswriting classes, a public relations writing class, an editing class and two advertising classes.

Wright, who had 16 years with the Paducah Sun, is head of the journalism major at Murray State.

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Top students recognized at annual honors banquet

Posted on 09 January 2015 by jmcjournal

by Bob McGaughey
The top students in their respective programs in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored at the annual departmental banquet April 29.

Six students were recognized at the spring honors banquet for being the top student in their field. Those receiving the recognition were (from left) Brian Truskey, graduate program; Allison Crawford, television production; Blake McReynolds, public relations; Janie Stenberg, advertising, Ryan Richardson, journalism; and Allan Simpson, graphic communications media.


They were Janie Stenberg, advertising; Allan Simpson, graphic communications media; Ryan Richardson, journalism; Blake McReynolds, public relations; Allison Crawford, television production; and Brian Truskey, graduate program.

Stenberg worked as a sales rep and then as advertising sales manager for The Murray State News. She was vice president of both the Ads Club and the Marketing/Management Club.

She was a member of Gamma Beta Phi, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa. This summer she interned with BBDO in New York City.

An honors student with a 3.81 grade-point average, she was named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar.

Simpson, a graphic communications media major from Mayfield, was a transfer from WKCTC.

His internship with United Systems and Software in Benton became a fulltime job this year. He works with web development.

Richardson worked as a copy editor, photographer, online editor and sports editor for The Murray State News. He also had internships with The McKenzie (Tenn.) Banner and the Dresden (Tenn.) Enterprise in both design and in news/sports.

He was a member of the MSU Honors Program, serving as vice president. He was president of Omicron Delta Kappa.

In the summer of 2013 he participated in the Study Abroad program at Kings College-Hampstead Campus in London.

An honors student, McReynolds had internships with the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Point Incorporated and interned with an Omnicom company this summer in Dallas.

She held several offices with her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, including recruitment coordinator, public relations and marketing and vice president of education.

McReynolds served as freshman senator of the Student Government Association and as the Public Relations Chairman.

She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Order of Omega, Public Relations Student Society of America and the MSU Student Ambassadors.

Crawford had a double major in television production and liberal arts with a minor in Spanish. She had Study Abroad summer in Chile, teaching Spanish at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso.

Her senior thesis in the MSU Honors Program was “In Pursuit of an Informed Public: Good Environmental Video Media.”

For the past two years she was a student producer for “Roundabout U.” She was president of the Murray Environmental Student Society and member of the MSU TV Club and the President’s Commission on Campus Sustainability.

Truskey served as a graduate assistant in the department, working mainly with Bob Valentine’s intro to mass communications and beginning advertising classes. He also provided academic support to two other professors who taught the beginning mass media class.

As an undergraduate, he graduated with honors with a major in advertising and a minor in psychology.

He was active with the Ads Club, serving as secretary and on two of the teams for the AAF Student Advertising Competition. He also sold ads for the Summer Orientation Guide.

He was selected for Kappa Tau Alpha, Alpha Delta Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Chi honor societies.

Truskey was a writer/editor for Murray Life Magazine and an editor for the Wake Up . . . Live the Life You Love book series.

The students were also recognized at the University’s Honors Day program in May.

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