A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

EKU students win national case study competition, earn $1,000 academic scholarships

The Department of Financial Institutions congratulates the student team from Eastern Kentucky University for taking top honors in the 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition. The 2018 competition focused on how bank management utilizes technology to streamline processes and better serve their customers. EKU seniors Lorelei Nguyen, Dalton Stanley and Aaron Schmidgall will each receive a $1,000 academic...

Kentucky by Heart: What makes your college that ‘special’ school? Kentuckians share their thoughts

Note: Following is the first of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. It was always a given that I’d go to college after graduating from Campbell County High School back in 1971. The best I could tell, there were few in the Flairty or Fryer lineage who set forth on that path, so I guess I was a bit of a pioneer. Understandably, the particular...

Constance Alexander: Conflict and compromise come alive on Western Kentucky History Day

For the fourth year in a row, students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Western Kentucky made the past come alive on History Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, brought approximately seventy-five youngsters to Murray State University’s Crisp Center in Paducah last week, where they competed for opportunities to showcase their history projects at a statewide...

Dr. William P. ‘Buddy’ McElwain, who served as health commissioner for three Ky. Governors, dies at 84

Dr. William P. “Buddy” McElwain, who was Kentucky’s health commissioner under three governors in the 1970s, died Tuesday, March 13. He was 84. McElwain was a graduate of Daviess County High School, Murray State University, the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. After an internship and two-year residency, he served eight years in the U.S. Public...

Murray State University alumna Jessica Johnston cast on Emmy-award winning series ‘Survivor’

Murray State University alumna and legacy Jessica Johnston has been heating up the competition on the 35th season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning series, “Survivor.” A Missouri native but self-proclaimed “Kentuckian,” Johnston followed in her parents’ footsteps and attended Murray State University, graduating in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After graduation, Johnston moved...

Murray State University prepares for ninth annual ‘A Taste of the Arts’ dinner and auction

The ninth annual A Taste of the Arts dinner and auction will be hosted by Murray State University and sponsored by FNB Bank Thursday, Oct. 26 at 5:00 p.m. in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. A Taste of the Arts is an event that showcases the talent of Murray State art, music, and theatre students while providing fine dining, including live and silent auctions, for attendees. The event gathers community...

Boys and Girls Clubs of America executive Williams set to deliver diversity lecture at Murray State

Murray State University will welcome Dr. Damon Williams on Friday, Oct. 13 to meet with the campus community while sharing his expertise and insight on diversity and inclusion efforts. Williams will deliver a keynote lecture that afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Freed Curd Auditorium, located within the Collins Industry and Technology building. Sponsored by both the Murray State University Office...

Murray State University’s Kentucky Innovation Network earns award from technology institute

Murray State University’s Kentucky Innovation Network was recently recognized as a Creating a Better Future award winner by the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) for its The Next Big Thing (NBT) young entrepreneurial competition. With support from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the Kentucky Innovation Network office at Murray State University created NBT. Working with...

Constance Alexander: Accordion book project allows participants to share a few of their favorite things

No one mentioned raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but David confessed a preference for TV westerns, while Benjamin admitted football and bowling were among his favorite things. The other participants – Taylor, Bobby, Brian, Delbert, John, Margaret and Rita Ann – were also eager to talk about what they enjoyed as they prepared for a bookmaking workshop last week at Murray’s WATCH, Inc. A...

Fundraising auction brings in over $85,000 for student scholarships at WKCTC

Nearly $85,000 was raised for student scholarships at West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s (WKCTC) 2017 West is Best Barbecue and Auction at the Julian Carroll Convention Center Thursday. Paducah Junior College (PJC), the foundation supporting WKCTC, hosts the scholarship auction each year with a dinner featuring a live and silent auction that raises money to help deserving students...

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....