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Eastern Kentucky University’s student section of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently received a $3,000 donation from Marathon Petroleum.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation and the commitment Marathon is demonstrating to support the student organization that helps develop the same expertise and leadership skills valued by the safety profession worldwide,” said Dr. Barry Spurlock, assistant professor in the School of Safety, Security & Emergency Management.

Marathon frequently recruits occupational safety and health/School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management students from Eastern to work as safety professionals and co-ops. The gift will be used by the Student Section of ASSE to:

·         offset student members’ expenses to attend ASSE’s annual Future Safety Leaders Conference in Chicago.

·         offset some costs for students who attend the ASSE Professional Development Conference.

·         fund service projects such as the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week poster contest, which places students in elementary and middle school classrooms to talk to youth about the occupational safety and health profession.

·         fund activities to help Eastern win its first ever National Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award from the ASSE.

·         buy resources to assist with the Student Section’s member meetings, where guests can present a relevant, technical topic to students.   

Founded in 1911, the ASSE is the world’s oldest professional safety society. It promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development. It also sets the standards for excellence and ethics within the occupational safety, health and environmental community. ASSE has more than 37,000 members and 74 Student Sections, of which Eastern has one of the largest in the world.