Alumni Highlight

Murray State Faculty has a proud custom and lots of nice alumni who’ve grow to be profitable in quite a lot of fields, and in addition give again to their communities in some ways. We’re beginning this Alumni Highlight as a manner of highlighting these alumni who’re doing nice issues throught the state, nation and internationally.

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Alan Bruehl​, Class of 1986

Present occupation: Robert Morris (Illinois) Director of Basketball Operations (Retired 2020), RMU Head Males’s Basketball Coach (Retired, 2017)

“Murray State helped me go on to a Corridor of Fame teaching profession. FOREVER INDEBTED,” Alan Bruehl, 1986 MSC graduate

Robert Morris (Illinois) Head Males’s Basketball Coach Al Bruehl retired from collegiate teaching within the 2016-2017 season. After retiring from teaching, he served RMU Athletics as Director of Basketball Operations, overseeing each the RMU Males’s and Girls’s Basketball applications, together with the downstate basketball groups till 2020.

Coach Bruehl, who served because the Eagles’ head coach for 20 seasons, was the eighth winningest lively coach in NAIA Division II Males’s Basketball with an general report of 591-199 in 25 seasons coached. He led his RMU groups to 13 NAIA Nationwide Tournaments, together with six semifinal appearances and a nationwide runner-up end in 2002, together with 13 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Convention (CCAC) common season championships and 11 CCAC Event titles.

“Many people have by no means identified anybody apart from Al Bruehl on the helm of RMU Males’s Basketball, and he has actually established a nationally acknowledged and revered program right here at Robert Morris College,” stated RMU Director of Athletics Megan Smith Eggert. “By his dedication and keenness for the sport, Al has been in a position to discipline aggressive and championship- stage groups 12 months in and 12 months out. His success on the courtroom additionally deemed him worthy of lots coach of the 12 months awards and corridor of fame inductions, nevertheless, ultimately, Al at all times had the expertise and success of his pupil athletes on the forefront.” Individually, Coach Bruehl acquired quite a few awards and accolades all through his profession. He was chosen the NAIA Nationwide Coach of the 12 months twice and named the CCAC Convention Coach of the 12 months 11 instances. As well as, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Affiliation awarded him IBCA NAIA Coach of the 12 months honors 19 instances. Coach Bruehl was additionally inducted into the CCAC Convention Corridor of Fame in 2005 and the RMU Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2013.

  • 14 NAIA Nationwide Event appearances
  • 1 NAIA Nationwide Event Runner-up
  • 9 NAIA Nationwide Event “Ultimate 4” appearances
  • 11 NAIA Nationwide Event “Candy Sixteen” appearances
  • 14 CCAC Convention common season championships
  • 12 CCAC Convention Event championships
  • 2 NAIA Nationwide Coach of the 12 months Awards
  • 20 IBCA NAIA Coach of the 12 months Awards
  • 12 CCAC Convention Coach of the 12 months Awards
  • IBCA Corridor of Fame
  • CCAC Convention Corridor of Fame
  • RMU Athletic Corridor of Fame
Fornaro (left) accepts an award from OSHA for excellent worker security.

Al Fornaro, Class of 1987

Hometown: “My hometown was Lynbrook, New York. My household moved from New York to Arizona and so they have lived in Chandler, AZ for the previous 20 years.

Why/how did you select Murray State Faculty? I attended MSC as a result of class dimension and the preceptorship program in Farm and Ranch Administration as I had no actual world expertise coming from New York

When did you graduate from Murray? Did you switch to a four-year program after commencement? I graduated from MSC in 1987 with an AAS in Farm and Ranch Administration. MSC led me to my BS Diploma in Milling Science from Kansas State College (1989) and a 12-year employment with the Continental Grain Firm.

A bit about your skilled work expertise: Once I labored for Continental Grain Firm within the Wayne Feed Division I held varied positions in a number of states. After Continental I went to work for the MAPEI company, a global firm that manufactures development adhesives . I’ve been with them for 19 years and am the top of commercial operations for the southwest United States.

What’s an amazing reminiscence you will have of attending Murray State Faculty? I didn’t simply make mates there, we have been actually like a household, and I’ll always remember my MSC years. I’ve reminiscences that may final my complete life.

Would you encourage college students to attend Murray and why? Sure….It appears a stretch however I’d not be the place I’m with out going to MSC.

Sheena Martin, Class of 2017

Present occupation: Meteorologist at KNOE 8 Information, Monroe, La. Faculty actions: MSC President’s Students Program and MSC Girls’s Soccer


Sheena Martin is a graduate of Murray State Faculty and the College of Louisiana at Monroe. Rising up in Oklahoma, she shortly developed a ardour for climate. Throughout her time in Oklahoma, she skilled all kinds of climate together with tornadoes, hail storms, and ice storms. Every occasion fueled her curiosity within the discipline of climate.

Sheena enjoys the outside and loves fishing. Her different pastime is soccer, which she performed all through her school profession

Colonel James L. Booker, Sr​, Class of 1966

Present occupation: Government pastor of the New Gentle Full Gospel Baptist Church


Col. James Booker, Sr., graduated from Oklahoma’s Tishomingo Excessive College, Murray State Faculty, and East Central State College earlier than becoming a member of the Marine Corps. Throughout a army profession of 30 years, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the very best non-combat medal awarded, two Legions of Benefit medals, a Protection Meritorious Service Medal, two Nationwide Protection Service Medals, the Historic Order of Saint Barbara, and lots of different ribbons and awardsfor excellent service. He and his spouse Kathy have been maried 52 years and reside in Virginia Seaside, Va. the place Booker now serves as Government pastor of the New Gentle Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Peter Morrell, Class of 1988

Present occupation: Affiliate Professor within the Division of Agronomy and Plant Genetics on the College of Minnesota Faculty actions: MSC President’s Students Program -1986-1988


Peter L. Morrell is an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Agronomy and Plant Genetics on the College of Minnesota. His analysis focuses totally on genetic variation in vegetation. Three main areas of emphasis embrace the affect of domestication on patterns of polymorphism in domesticated species, the contribution of recombination to genetic variation and patterns of linkage disequilibrium, and the character of adaptation to climatic variation. The analysis group makes intensive use of excessive efficiency computing and develops authentic applications for bioinformatics and information evaluation. Morrell is the son of MSC retired professor, Rex Morrell, and brother of MSC’s Vice President for Tutorial Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness, Becky Henthorn.

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