Record-setting Honors College continues to draw top students to Murray State University

Fall 2017 marks a decade that Murray State University’s Honors program and Honors College, which began in 2015, has attained record-high enrollment each year as it continues to grow and develop to provide students with a rigorous academic experience unlike any other. The Honors student’s college experience is shaped by all of the unique opportunities provided by the University, including seminar-style...

Constance Alexander: What Kentucky needs is more college graduates, commitment to lifelong learning

My parents believed girls were best suited to teaching or nursing, and boys to engineering. As a result, my oldest sister became a nurse, and my big brother went off to college as an engineering major. The remaining three Alexander girls majored in education, mostly at my mother’s insistence that women had to have something “to fall back on,” like in the game of Monopoly, a sort of “Get out...

Wisdom Tree Technologies awarded contracts to support Kentucky Air National Guard, U.S. Army

Wisdom Tree Technologies LLC (WTT) has been awarded a contract with the Kentucky Air National Guard (KYANG) in Louisville to provide operational management support to the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron (STS). WTT’s work with the 123rd STS will see the company take on the role of coordinating the missions and activities of the 123rd across the Continental United States, requiring a wide knowledge...

Murray State University ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 27th consecutive year

Murray State University has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top schools in the country. The rankings list, now in its 33rd year, includes Murray State as one of the best regional universities for 2018, marking the University’s 27th consecutive year of top-tier rankings by the reputable college guide. The U.S. News rankings, which include a total of 1,389 colleges...

Constance Alexander: In Country uses fiction and fact to make a connection between past, present

The first page of Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel, “In Country,” was my informal orientation to Kentucky. Samantha Hughes, the main character, was en route from the Bluegrass State to Washington DC with her grandmother and her Uncle Emmett to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Five lines down from the beginning, the word “Mamaw” jumped off the page. Then a few paragraphs down, Stuckey’s and...

Award winning author Bobbie Ann Mason featured speaker for Murray State’s first Easley Lecture

The Easley Lecture will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State University. The event is free and open to the public. The series is named in honor of Sid Easley, former Murray State University Board of Regents chair, the first Golden Horseshoe Award recipient, Murray State alumnus and long-time supporter of the Murray State department of history. “This...

Washington Monthly ranks EKU second among state public universities in ‘best bang for the buck’

Looking for the best educational value for your dollar? Eastern Kentucky University ranks second among all public universities in Kentucky in Washington Monthly’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, scoring highest in the category of earnings performance. Only Murray State University ranked higher overall in the survey, which the magazine calls its “exclusive list of schools that help...

Constance Alexander: Film inspired by Kentucky writer Wendell Berry commands us to “Look & See”

“Is there a way to go back?” was the first question posed by a member of the audience after a recent one-time screening at Paducah’s Maiden Alley Cinema of “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.” The provocative documentary featuring the renowned Kentucky writer, poet, teacher, farmer, and outspoken citizen of a lost landscape, begins with Berry’s lyrical narration of lines from...

Discussion of Bobbie Ann Mason’s ‘Shiloh’ centerpiece of community reading in Murray Sept. 12

Staff report “Shiloh,” title story of Bobbie Ann Mason’s award-winning collection, “Shiloh and Other Stories,” will be the centerpiece of a community reading and discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Calloway County Public Library, 710 Main Street in Murray. Dr. Staci Stone, Professor in Murray State University’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will facilitate the discussion....

Private support for Murray State University exceeds $7.2 million in 2017 on 14,507 gifts

Private support for Murray State University during the 2017 fiscal year indicates strong support of the University with more than $7.2 million received in total gifts to the University. At the close of the fiscal year, a total of 14,507 gifts were made to benefit the University. “Private support is vitally important and allows for all of our academic programs to maintain high standards of rigor,...

Constance Alexander: No joke, words matter when topic is disabilities, culture, race or religion

Years ago in New Jersey, when the brand new president of Woodrow Wilson Junior High School’s PTA made his first speech at back-to-school night, he opened with a joke. “A priest, a rabbi and a mullah walk into a bar,” it began. Some audience members shifted uncomfortably in their seats. Teachers made eye contact and shook their heads in dismay. Undeterred or unaware, the man prattled on, mugging...

Murray State awards Presidential Fellowship Scholarships to 18 incoming first-year students

A total of 18 incoming Murray State University students have been awarded the prestigious Presidential Fellowship scholarship. The scholarship awards full tuition, housing and meals for up to four years at the University. “We’re extremely excited to welcome these fine individuals to Murray State University,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. “Through their continued aspirations of academic...

Murray State University alumna, former NASA director Ellis to speak in advance of solar eclipse

Murray State University alumna and former NASA director Sue Darnell Ellis will present a special lecture entitled “Creating Tomorrows by Dreaming Today” on August 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Wrather Auditorium. The lecture will be streamed live at murraystate.edu. At just 18 years old, Darnell Ellis took her first steps on the path that would lead her into the NASA Teacher in Space Program. She attended...

Murray State’s Hopkinsville campus to host passenger vehicles for 2017 Solar Eclipse

Murray State University will host passenger vehicles on Monday, August 21 at the Hopkinsville campus to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse. (Photo Provided) Murray State University will host passenger vehicles on Monday, Aug. 21 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Hopkinsville campus for the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Hopkinsville will provide the world’s longest solar eclipse viewing opportunity at 2 minutes and...

Constance Alexander: Pull up a chair and join the circle of Kentucky stories, both past and present

The candle is burning, the clock is ticking, the sun is setting. Whatever the metaphor, the door to summer slams shut when school starts in a couple of weeks. Even if the to-do lists remain woefully unchecked, consider spending the last fortnight of the season enjoying a couple of outstanding books with Kentucky connections. If you read “In Country” after its first printing thirty-two years...

Murray State Town & Gown Community Band and Chorus, GSP Chorus holding Freedom Fest concert

The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, Town & Gown Chorale and Governor’s Scholars Program Chorus will host a concert on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State campus. As part of this year’s Freedom Fest in Murray, the free concert is open to the public and will last for approximately one hour. The 100-member community band is under the...

Constance Alexander: Commonwealth Honors Academy help students escape their comfort zones

Take any daily task – turning a page, extinguishing a candle, popping a balloon – and students of Taylor Clements in Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy can raise it to a level of meandering directness stunning in its deliberate complexity. Clements calls the elective he teaches in the three-week program Special Topics in Design, but the fancy title stands for a series of problem-solving...

Estate gift of $530,000 from lifelong fan and alumnus to benefit Murray State Racer Athletics

A generous estate gift in the amount of $530,000 from the late James R. “Jim Bob” Kevil will directly benefit Murray State Racer Athletics. Kevil, a Murray State alumnus and long-time supporter of the athletics program, passed away in August 2015 at age 76. “Jim Bob Kevil was an outstanding supporter of Murray State and its athletics program. He very rarely missed a game, and we could always...

People in the News: UK’s Renzetti receives leadership award; global fellowship for Model Lab director

Claire Renzetti, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen to receive a leadership award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). The national organization promotes and protects sociological research and teaching on significant problems of social life and encourages the application of scientific method...

Constance Alexander: Commonwealth Honors Academy features forensics, a faceless chicken … and food

According to the website, the Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) at Murray State University offers “a rich range of recreational opportunities, cultural and artistic events, outstanding field experiences, and a distinguished convocation of speakers and classroom guests” that enhance the academic curriculum. With a focus on leadership and service, CHA features a required interdisciplinary Humanities...