Major: Occupational safety and health
Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
Kevonte Turnley, an occupational safety and health major from Evansville, Indiana, is one such student. Throughout his time at Murray State, Turnley has taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded to him at the University through his coursework in the department of occupational safety and health, his performances in the Racer Band’s drumline and so much more. This is his story.
Activities and Organizations
I have participated in Racer Band and the Emerging Scholars Institute.
This year, I have received the Regent’s Scholarship; Barbara and Hays Brooks Scholarship; Jeffrey J. and Sallie Clark Endowed Scholarship; and Jesse D. and Deborah C. Jones Scholarship for the Advancement of Math and the Sciences.
Who has influenced you the most in your life and why?
My old director of Boom Squad, Inc. in Evansville is probably the one who has influenced me the most. He was always somebody that I knew I could turn to for help and taught me a lot of what I know today.
What opportunities have you been afforded at Murray State?
Some opportunities given to me at Murray State include being able to participate in the Racer Band at no charge and having so many options for employment on campus to satisfy my federal work study.
Why did you choose Murray State?
I chose Murray State because the campus is far enough from home that I can be more independent but still close enough to home that I can return easily for visits. Murray State was also affordable and known for providing a good education.
Who is one of your favorite professors and why?
One of my favorite professors is Dr. Kevin Revell [assistant dean for the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology] because he is always positive and willing to explain things in other ways to get students to understand.
What have you enjoyed most about being a part of the Racer Band? What instrument(s) do you play?
I have enjoyed the tours more than anything else. I am in the drumline and play the tenor drums.
What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?
I think the atmosphere of the University is what sets Murray State apart from many other universities. Whenever you come to college for the first time, you expect chaos, partying and teachers who really don’t seem to care one way or another about whether or not you pass. Murray State isn’t like that. The teachers actually care about us.
What’s something you’ve accomplished at Murray State that you’re most proud of and why?
I think my greatest accomplishment at Murray State so far has been my 4.0 grade point average my first semester. It’s the best one for me because it was my first semester on my own, and I managed to pull off a 4.0 GPA.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
Do not procrastinate! Time goes by a lot faster than you realize and your assignments will catch up quickly.