What's New From COEHS?

May 2022

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Samir Patel, Chair, Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling

Dr. Samir Patel was recently published in numerous publications, as follows:
  • Published in CES: Defining professional support by counselor education faculty of color using critical race theory. Counselor Education & Supervision, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1002/ceas.12226
  • Published two chapters in same book
  • a) Patel, S. H. (2022). Response to I don’t have a clue. In J. Swank & C. B. Minton (Eds.). Critical incidents in counselor education: Teaching, supervision, research, and leadership and advocacy (pp. 45-51). American Counseling Association.
  • b) Ohrt, J. H., Linich, K. P., & Patel, S. H. (2022). I’m here and I don’t have to participate. In J. Swank & C. B. Minton (Eds.). Critical incidents in counselor education: Teaching, supervision, research, and leadership and advocacy (pp. 5-11). American Counseling Association.

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Dr. Patel has also given presentations at national conferences, as follows:

  • Super, J. T., & Patel, S. H. (2021). Sexuality in the classroom: The importance of incorporating the topic into education and supervision. Program presented at the national conference of the Association of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Atlanta, GA.
  • Littlepage, B. L., & Patel, S. H. (2021). Advising students through a study abroad program. Program presented virtually at the annual conference of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Virtual.

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He was also an invited guest panelist for the Murray State University Faculty Development Center for the 2021 Blitz Week, in which he discussed "Wellbeing and work-life balance."

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Dr. Patel is the chair for the College's Diversity Action Committee, which has invited several guest speakers to talk to Murray State University students, faculty, and staff on various diversity issues.

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In honor of Counseling Awareness Month (April), we urge you to learn more about this amazing profession, thank the counselors in your lives, and help support the profession. #BurnBrightNotOut

Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, Assistant Professor, Counseling

Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum was recently elected to serve as the American Counseling Association Southern Region Chair-Elect.


The Southern Region of the ACA represents 14 states and Latin America and is the largest region of ACA. The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.


She will begin her term as Chair-Elect July 1, 2022, followed by a year as Chair and then Past Chair.

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In late March, Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, in her role as the Kentucky Counseling Association Advocacy Chair and Past President, testified before the KY Senate regarding HB 65 - Counseling Compact.

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On April 8, 2022, Dr. Pender Baum presented “Utilizing de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats in Systems Work” at the American Counseling Association Conference in Atlanta, GA. It was in International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors featured session.


In addition, she facilitated an IAMFC membership meeting and presided over the IAMFC board meeting as President of the division.

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Dr. Pender Baum's recent publications and presentations are as follows:

  • Pender Baum, R. L. (2022). The future is now: Understanding the Counseling Compact, Kentucky Counseling Association eNewsletter, in press.
  • Pender Baum, R. L. (2022, April). Utilizing de Bono’s Six Thinking hats in systems work. Presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference.
  • Pender Baum, R. L. (2022, January). Incorporating social justice into counselor education programs. Presented at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Congress.
  • Pender Baum, R. L. (2022, January). Utilizing de Bono’s Six Thinking hats in systems work. Presented at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Congress.
  • Pender Baum, R. L. (2021). Advancements in the field of counseling. Presented at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Counseling Association, Louisville, KY.

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Dr. Pender Baum holds titles as the Kentucky Counseling Association Past President (2021-22), Kentucky Counseling Association Advocacy Committee Chair, and President of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (2020-22).


She has also received a Recognition of Service award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

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In honor of Counseling Awareness Month (April), we urge you to learn more about this amazing profession, thank the counselors in your lives, and help support the profession. #BurnBrightNotOut

Alumni Highlights

Garris Stroud, Hopkins County Public Schools, MSU Top 22 Under 40

Congratulations to Garris Stroud on being named among the Murray State University Alumni Association's Top 22 Under 40, Class of 2022!


Garris earned two degrees in Education from Murray State University, a bachelor's degree in 2016 and a master's in 2019, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands while teaching science and language arts full-time within the Hopkins County Public School System.


He also is a featured contributor to Brightbean Network, an education non-profit, and a facilitator for the National Geographic Society.


Stroud has been recognized as an award-winning educator and writer from Greenville, KY, whose advocacy and scholarship have been recognized by USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Education Post, The Louisville Courier-Journal and The Lexington Herald-Leader.


He served as a Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow from 2017-2019 and became chair of the organization's editorial board in 2018.

Marianna Chrysiliou, Center for Community Alternatives, MSU Top 22 Under 40

Congratulations to Marianna Chrysiliou on being named among the Murray State University Alumni Association's Top 22 Under 40, Class of 2022!


Marianna Chrysiliou graduated from Murray State with a double major in Psychology and Advertising ('04, Cum Laude), a Master in Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree with an emphasis on Guidance and Counseling ('06) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology ('10).


Marianna serves as the Assistant Director of the Behavioral Health Services Unit at the Center for Community Alternatives, an agency that has been a leader in community-based alternatives to incarceration and reentry services for over 40 years. In February of 2022, Marianna and her colleagues were recognized by the Brooklyn Community Foundation as a top 20 agency for influencing lasting social change through holistic and community-based programming.


Prior to serving the community in NYC, Marianna served Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and Missouri through the Federal TRIO programs at Murray State. Marianna also brought Greek language and culture, dancing and cooking classes to MSU's campus during her time with TRIO.


Moreover, she formerly undertook the roles of Business Development Manager and Recruitment Consultant in the United Kingdom, connecting candidates to opportunities geared towards career advancement and professional development. Conversely, Marianna coached Murray State students interning in NYC in the past.


She shared of her campus experiences that, "My professors became mentors, my classmates became colleagues, and so many of the people I met in Murray became lifelong friends. Moreover, the international community at MSU further fueled my love of travel."

Dr. Kelsey Bogard, Indiana University, MSU Top 22 Under 40

Congratulations to Dr. Kelsey Bogard on being named among the Murray State University Alumni Association's Top 22 Under 40, Class of 2022!


Dr. Kelsey Bogard graduated from Murray State with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems in 2013 and M.A. in Postsecondary Education Administration in 2016. Dr. Bogard teaches in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program at Indiana University where she supports her students by any means necessary and creates a classroom environment to help students think critically and creatively.


As a student at Murray State, she was the Homecoming Queen, a Summer Orientation Counselor, Racer 101 Counselor, and part of the Black Student Council.


As recent at Fall 2021, Dr. Bogard returned to campus to speak with incoming freshmen. One of her passions is to inspire marginalized girls to remain present through life's journey; reach for stars that seem unattainable; and most importantly, do the work.


"All things are bound to work in your favor," Dr. Bogard said.

Student Highlights

Brenna Hayes, Learning Behavior Disorders / Moderate-Severe Disability

HIGHLIGHT

Brenna Hayes is the President of the Murray State University chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. She is also passionate about her calling for Special Education.


When asked about her experience as the president of CEC, she stated: "As members of Murray State’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC), we strive to educate others and advocate for students with exceptionalities. As President of CEC, I helped lead fundraisers to raise money for special education classrooms in surrounding areas, gathered a team of volunteers to cheer on runners and raised $500 for Western Ky Special Olympics. I am passionate about making a difference for children with exceptionalities and advocating for them."


BIO


  • Name: Brenna Hayes
  • HOMETOWN: Liberty, KY
  • YEAR AT MURRAY STATE: Senior
  • DEGREE: Special Education - Learning Behavior Disorders, Moderate-Severe Disability
  • QUIRKY/FUN FACT: Daniel Boone is my Great (x7) Grandfather.
  • DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?: A dog named Bo.
  • FAVORITES: I'm a sucker for a good rom com. I love to watch my brothers play football. I could eat sushi for every meal.
  • FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: Alexander Hall. When giving tours, I refer to it as my second home.
  • FAVORITE CAMPUS EVENT: Midnight Breakfast. I had some yummy pancakes and got a 'shoes up' picture with Dr. Jackson.



Q&A

Why did you choose to attend Murray State?

My Mom and Dad are Murray State Alumni. By age 7, I was telling anyone that would listen that I was going to go to Murray State. I have found my second home here. Murray will always have a place in my heart.


Why did you choose your major/minor?

I believe I was born to be a teacher. As for special education, it truly is my passion. I plan to work with disadvantaged children as a moderate to severe disabilities special education teacher. I want to focus on the secondary setting with the goal of preparing students for the transition from school to the real world. I will encourage my students to gain independence, so they can provide for themselves. I want my students to know that they can do anything they set their mind to. I will teach them to be their own biggest advocate, me being their second. I want to give special education students the opportunities they are often told do not exist. Everyone has the potential to change the world and I will be sure that my students have the resources needed.


Tell us about a few of your favorite courses, projects, or mentors.

My favorite courses were ones that placed me in the classroom. These opportunities allowed me to grow as an educator and learn from the best, boosting my confidence along the way. My advisor, Dr. Jamie Mahoney was one of the first people I met on my tour of Murray and she has been my biggest cheerleader throughout the last three years.


Tell us about any accomplishments you've experienced while at MSU, or any clubs/organizations you've enjoyed being a part of.

During my three years at Murray State, I have been a member of Alpha Delta Pi, a student ambassador, a Racer Nation Orientation Leader and an intramural champion. I am the current president of Murray State’s Student Council for Exceptional Children and serve on the student advisory council for the College of Education and Human Services. I also volunteer weekly at Cassidy’s Cause, a horse therapy program for special needs children. I have been blessed with many opportunities to grow while at Murray State and I’m grateful for all of them.


What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to return to my hometown of Liberty, Kentucky, in Casey County, to teach. I plan to work with disadvantaged children as a moderate to severe disabilities special education teacher. I want to focus on the secondary setting with the intent of preparing students for the transition from school to the real world. I want to help students obtain jobs, so they can provide for themselves. I want to help students develop independence in whatever way that is for them. My students will believe that they can do anything they set their mind to. I will teach them to be their own biggest advocate, me being their second biggest advocate. I want to give special education students a chance that they are often told they do not have. Everyone has the potential to change the world and I will be sure that my students have the resources to do just that.



What advice would you give to incoming students at MSU?

I appreciate the experiences and opportunities offered to me while attending Murray State. I would advise all incoming students to be involved. Finding new friends and activities gave me a sense of belonging.


Thank you, Brenna! Keep up the great work!

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Upcoming Events

    • May 9, 2022: CASD Networking Event, South Lawn of Alexander Hall - 3:30 - 5:30 PM
    • May 12, 2022: End-Of-Year Faculty/Staff reception, Alexander Hall Atrium - 12 PM
    • May 13, 2022: COEHS Graduating Seniors Honors Luncheon, Alexander Hall Atrium - 11 AM
    • May 13, 2022: CDI Hooding Ceremony, South Lawn of Alexander Hall - 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM
    • May 13, 2022: ELC Hooding Ceremony, South Lawn of Alexander Hall - 6:30 PM
    • May 14, 2022: Spring Commencement
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