Dr. Kristen Spicer led OSH 330/630 on a Study Abroad Tour to Ireland to Gain
Irish Perspectives on Risk Management.
2016 OSH Awards and Recognition Reception
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health celebrated its annual Awards and Recognition Reception on April 29, 2016, in the Murray Room at the CFSB Center. OSH students were recognized for receiving over $105,000 in scholarship money and for receiving NIOSH grant tuition assistance. May/August 2016 graduates were recognized, as well as honored for their upcoming receipt of the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. The first cohort to graduate from the Online M.S. OSH program was recognized. Rho Sigma Kappa, OSH’s Honor Society, inducted the deserving students for spring 2016. The Dr. David G. Kraemer Outstanding Contributor award was given to a deserving undergraduate student, and the Thomas R. Begley Memorial Award was awarded to two deserving graduate students. The undergraduate Honor's Recipients for outstanding academic performance and outstanding senior were also named. OSH faculty were also recognized: Dr. Bassam Atieh for twenty-five years of service at MSU, and Dr. Randal Keller for twenty years of service at MSU. Dr. David Fender was also recognized for his upcoming retirement after twenty-one years of outstanding service at MSU, as well as for being the recipient of Murray State’s Board of Regent's Teaching Excellence Award.
Eleven Murray State Students Receive Scholarships
Eleven Murray State University students have received scholarships through the American Society of Safety Engineers. A total of 106 students were awarded scholarships, with Murray State having the highest number of recipients among all colleges and universities.
Murray State recipients include Clint Combs (Gilbertsville, Ky.), Braden Cook (Elizabethtown, Ill.), Brice Griesemer (Shelbyville, Ill.), Alec Jackson (Dexter, Mo.), James McIntyre (Gilbertsville, Ky.), Kelly Mehner (Waterloo, Ill.), Tanner Neese (Greenville, Ill.), Rachel Ragovin (Murray, Ky.), Josh Reed (Harrisburg, Ill.), Eric Sapp (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Luke Whitmore (Shepherdsville, Ky.).
The eleven students are all working towards a degree in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) through the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
“The Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University is proud of its students’ accomplishments. We are very appreciative of the annual commitment made by the professional membership of the American Society of Safety Engineers in providing our students support in the form of scholarships,” said OSH interim Department Chair Dr. Tracey Wortham. “In addition, the ASSE Foundation also awarded an OSH department lecturer a significant scholarship to pursue doctoral studies. The OSH Department is grateful that the ASSE Foundation endeavors to ensure the future of the safety profession by supporting advancements in our students’ education and careers.”
“The OSH degree program is a source of pride to Murray State University, and we are pleased and proud to see that our students majoring in this program are being recognized with these scholarships,” said Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Dean Dr. Stephen Cobb. “We thank ASSE for their generosity and support in educating the next generation of OSH professionals.”
“We are thrilled to be able to award these scholarships and grants through the generous contributions of our donors,” said ASSE Foundation Board Chair Michael Murray. “We are committed to strengthening the OSH profession by helping these groups advance their education and careers.”
Congratulations to OSH students Cameron Bishop, Justin Bryant, Clinton Combs, Alex Hopewell, Drew Kelley, Meagan Moffat, and Tanner Neese for being selected for the 2015-2016 Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges.
Congratulations to OSH Student, Blake Thomas, for being selected as Murray State University's 2015 Homecoming King.
• October 22, 2015
Blake Thomas and Kristin Henson were selected by the Murray State University community as Homecoming King and Queen for 2015. They were crowned at the football game on Oct. 10 at Roy Stewart Stadium. Kristin Henson is the daughter of Greg and Tracey Henson of Hickory, Ky. She is a senior public relations major. Henson is active in Sigma Sigma Sigma and Campus Outreach. She is a Dean’s List student. Blake Thomas is the son of Damon Thomas and Carrie Thomas, both of Mayfield, Ky. He is a senior occupational safety and health major. Thomas is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Emerging Scholars Institute. “I am very honored to have been chosen to represent Murray State in this way. The University has provided me with a second home and has helped me develop so many skills along the way! I thank the University for their commitment to student involvement and leadership,” said Thomas.
Congratulations to OSH Students Laken Kanipe, Alex Hopewell and Blake Thomas for being selected in Murray State University's 2015 Homecoming Court
— Photo by Allie Douglass/Murray State University
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety and Health's Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Students graduating with a B.S. or M.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University may immediately apply for the Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation. The Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) program is an additional path to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP). The GSP designation is available to safety degree graduates from degree programs which meet BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards. A QAP is an academic degree program in safety which meets BCSP standards for participation in the GSP program. Currently, BCSP defines a QAP as a bachelor's or master's degree program holding program accreditation as a safety or similarly named program by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET-ASAC). The benefits for obtaining the GSP designation include recognition for bring in a path toward the CSP certification, recognition for the level of preparation for professional safety practice, a waiver of the application fee, a waiver of the Safety Fundamentals examination, and a certificate awarding the GSP designation.
The Board of Directors of the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has recognized the Department of Occupational Safety and Health's Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. Students graduating with a B.S. or M.S. in Occupational Safety & Health may immediately apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) certification and with two years experience in the safety and health management field apply for and take the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) exam.