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Murray State reveals ‘Racer Restart’ initiative, planning process to restart campus for fall semester

Murray State University has announced its “Racer Restart” initiative and planning process to collaboratively, thoughtfully and proactively restart campus for the fall 2020 semester. Murray State, which has been reviewing plans for the past several weeks, has established the Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee, co-chaired by university leadership. Associated subcommittees comprised of various areas...

Murray State announces new ‘Racers Give’ campaign to continue to assist students, families in need

Murray State University’s “Racers Give” campaign will continue assisting students who are in need of financial assistance through the newly-established Racer Sustainability Fund. The campaign hopes to raise at least $250,000 in private support to assist both incoming and current students beginning this fall with tuition, housing, dining and textbook expenses. As part of the campaign, the Murray...

Murray State to begin test-optional admission for prospective undergraduate students

Murray State University has implemented new test-optional guidelines for undergraduate admission to the institution, inclusive of new students who apply for admission to be part of this fall’s freshman class, as well as prospective students who apply for admission for fall 2021. This admission requirement change also includes new transfer students who apply to Murray State with fewer than 24 college...

Murray State Institute of Engineering produces face shield apparatuses for local COVID-19 response

The Murray State University Institute of Engineering is producing and donating face shield apparatuses as part of its response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Engineering Graphics and Design program coordinator Dr. Rudy Ottway and student worker Clay Doron, a junior majoring in the program, are using 3D printers and an open-source 3D computer-aided drafting model to produce...

Murray State unveils new ‘We are Racers.’ marketing, brand identity with celebration in Curris Center

Murray State University recently launched its new marketing and brand identity, “We are Racers.” The university celebrated the official unveiling with a brand celebration event in the Curris Center on Feb. 26. Students, faculty, staff and the greater community enjoyed free food, “We are Racers.” giveaway items and prizes, a photo/video booth, interactive displays and much more. Led by Murray...

Murray State’s Racers Give fundraising campaign raises $217,871 for need-based student scholarships

Murray State University’s Racers Give fundraising campaign has raised $217,871 through the end of 2019, becoming the most successful need-based scholarship campaign in school history. Originally set to run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, Racers Give more than doubled its goal of $100,000, thanks to generous support from the University community. Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a 1964 alumnus, Distinguished Alumni...

Murray State, Henderson Community College sign memorandum of agreement to continue partnership

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and Dr. Jason Warren, president and CEO of Henderson Community College (HCC), met with other representatives from each college last month to sign a new memorandum of agreement to be continued through June 30, 2021. The MOU represents strengthened ties between the two institutions, outlining shared personnel and joint marketing efforts as the Murray...

Murray State names Dean Hood football head coach; brings 30 years of college coaching experience

Murray State University has named Dean Hood as the head coach for the Racers football program. Hood, Murray State’s 19th head coach, was introduced in front of faculty, staff, regents, community friends and supporters at Heritage Hall. He brings with him an intense desire to lead a storied program and a wealth of experience building successful football programs at both the NCAA Division I FBS and...

Fall enrollment information reflects significant increase in number of freshmen at Murray State

Enrollment in several key categories reflect increases and continued positive momentum at Murray State University for the 2019-20 academic year. Based on recent data, this year’s entering freshman class of 1,420 students indicates a significant increase of 7.7 percent as of Aug. 27, from the fall 2018 freshman class. By comparison, the fall 2018 freshmen class was down nearly 9 percent from the previous...

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,...