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MSU Career Services announces Experiential Education Award winners

Morehead State University’s Office of Career Services has announced the winners of its annual Experiential Education Awards. The awards honor exceptional contributions to and investments in career development through experiential education.   

All students, employers and faculty engaged in experiential education – internships, co-ops, clinicals, practicums and student-teaching – during 2019 were eligible for nomination. The awards are given to a student, an employer and a faculty member.   

“Career Services is excited to be able to recognize excellent faculty supervisors and employers who make these experiential education opportunities available to our students. The students deserve recognition as well, as they are making an impact for these employers,” said Megan Boone, director of career services. “Internships are important for student success and we look forward to continuing to partner with employers to offer these types of experiences for our students.”  

The Morehead State University Student Intern of the Year Award was given to Shawna Morrow, a senior accounting major from Huntington, West Virginia. She served as an intern with the MSU Foundation.  

“Her abilities to learn and adapt quickly enabled us to rely on her to complete assigned tasks independently and accurately, freeing up our time to focus on higher-level issues and projects,” said Sharon Fraley, Morrow’s supervisor and director of finance for the Office of University Advancement.  

The Rowan County Attorney’s office, located in Morehead, received the Morehead State University Internship Employer of the Year Award. Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins (95), an MSU alumnus, and his staff provide a valuable professional learning experience for MSU students through hands-on experience with a variety of legal processes. Many MSU interns are employed as paralegals and attorneys, some of which are later hired by The Rowan County Attorney’s office.  

The Morehead State University Faculty Supervisor of the Year Award was awarded to Dr. Steve Chen, professor of sports management in the School of Business Administration, for his dedication in assisting students in learning about internships and ensuring class work complemented the student’s internship. His efforts in connecting students with internship employers and focusing on student success exemplify the dedication of many of our faculty.  

“Dr. Chen wants every one of his students to succeed. If any student struggled with a topic, Dr. Chen would do whatever was necessary to ensure the student understood,” said Chris Hensley (19), a former student of Chen’s who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Originally from Hodgenville, his a finance specialist with Kentucky-based Fitzpatrick Furniture and previously interned with University of Kentucky Athletics.

“Dr. Chen worked with me weekly leading up to my internship and would share opportunities around the country to gauge my interest. He would use every avenue possible to ensure I was in a safe and learning-centered environment for my internship.” 

For more information about MSU Career Services, visit, email or call 606-783-2233.