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Murray State Continues Virtual Speaker Series this Fall
Kentucky Ag Connection - 10/01/2020

The Murray State University Alumni Association (MSUAA), Office of Development and Town & Gown program continue lining up Racer alumni, family and friends from around the country for a series of virtual speaker events this fall.

The Racer community is invited to participate in each Zoom session and explore a variety of professional and personal topics. Most virtual events are open to all, but pre-registration is required. Join the alumni association at or the Town & Town program at

In the next speaker event set for Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. CST, Council for Advancement and Support of Education Vice President Rob Henry, '87, will speak about his leadership experiences and communication strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Henry is responsible for creating an overall global strategy for achieving CASE's vision and mission related to talent management, conference programming, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and the CASE Library.

On Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., University psychology professor Dr. Esther Malm will present "Family Research and Culture: The Power of Perspective," providing snapshots of her research at Murray State on family-related studies of different ethnic groups in the United States and in other countries. Additionally, Malm will share lessons she has learned on culture, worldviews and daily human behavior.

The series continues Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. with "Leading in Uncertain Times" presented by LifePoint CEO David Dill. As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the country's healthcare infrastructure, Dill outlines how hospitals and healthcare providers have heeded the call to care for their communities.

Later that day at 5 p.m., Dr. Diane Nititham presents "The Persistence of the Yellow Peril: Bearing Witness to Anti-Asian Bias." Nititham explores how the panethnic group of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has experienced xenophobia and discrimination in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic, despite making up a significant portion of the population across several generations.

On Nov. 11 at 12 p.m., Trisha Cunningham, '86, president and CEO of North Texas Food Bank, will share how her career has come full circle and how her experience leads to service. In college, she worked in Murray State's American Humanics program that trained students to become nonprofit executives. She then went on to a 30-year corporate career as a global executive at Texas Instruments. In her current role, Trisha Cunningham is leading a $200 million nonprofit in the Dallas Fort Worth area, the North Texas Food Bank. In this event, she will provide insight from her experiences on how everyone, regardless of their stage in their career, can use their time, talent and treasure to make their community stronger.

Murray State University director of alumni relations Carrie McGinnis said new events will be added to the speaker series as details become available this fall.

"I suggest checking back at often and continuing to monitor the Murray State University Alumni and Friends social media platforms for updates," McGinnis said. "We are working in collaboration with members of our faculty to provide the global alumni community opportunities to broaden their understanding on several fascinating topics in addition to those listed, including women's suffrage, strategies for improved sleep and the use of art to help further social change."

Learn more, register, view archived events and become a member of the Murray State University Alumni Association or Town & Gown program at

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