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Morehead State sets sights on upset in NCAA Tournament opener against West Virginia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Morehead State went dancing, the Eagles pulled off a first-round upset with a shocking upset over Louisville. A decade after eliminating the Cardinals from the NCAA Tournament, Morehead State is back and will be making its eighth appearance. The No. 14 seed Eagles will take on third-seeded West Virginia at 9:50 p.m. Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium In Indianapolis. Morehead...

Morehead State’s Johni Broome named finalist for 2021 Kyle Macy National Freshmen of the Year

By Matteo Vallejo Morehead State Athletics Morehead State’s Johni Broome has been named a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com. On top of this honor, he was named to the site’s Freshmen All-America team, earning yet another honor to what has been a historic first season for the Plant City, Fla native. The Kyle Macy Award, which is presented...

Morehead Little Theatre director awarded innovative teaching prize during Kennedy Center virtual festival

Octavia Biggs, director of Morehead State University’s Little Theatre Company, has been awarded the Prize for Innovative Teaching by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The award was presented during KCACTF Region IV Virtual Conference, held Feb. 4-7. The award is given to a faculty member in the region who...

Morehead State tops TSU to win 12th straight; Eagles set to face Belmont Saturday in Nashville

As it has done in almost trademark fashion since the beginning of 2021, Morehead State men’s basketball used stingy defense and efficiency on offense to pull away in the second half and defeat Tennessee State 79-66 at the Gentry Center Thursday night, tying the program mark with its 12th consecutive win. Sophomore guard Ta’lon Cooper. (Photo from MSU) Leading by just two at the halftime...

Lexington native, Craft Academy graduate Catherine Embury accepts prestigious NASA internship

Catherine Embury, a graduate of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University, has accepted a prestigious internship with NASA. Embury, a Lexington native, is currently a mathematics major at Wright State University. During her NASA internship, Embury will be researching efficient and cost-effective ways to communicate with and track small satellites. Catherine...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road receives nearly $50,000 to support STEM programs

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) received nearly $50,000 in grant funding from Toyota, Lexmark, LGE-KU, Berea College Appalachian Fund, and United Way of the Bluegrass to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to 250 kindergarten through 12th grade girls in the state of Kentucky. GSKWR offers experiential STEM opportunities through badge workshops, events...

Craft Academy student at Morehead State named Coca-Cola Scholars Program semifinalist

Maiqi Qin, a senior from Salt Lick who attends the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University, has been named a semifinalist for the 2021 Coca‑Cola Scholars Program. Qin is moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship. Maiqi Qin In addition to her studies at the Craft Academy, Qin...

Gatton Academy, Craft Academy extend Class of 2023 admission deadline; offer ACT testing

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science along with The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics announced their coordinated admissions deadlines will be extended from February 1 to March 1. The programs are taking steps to support prospective students in applying for admissions to the academies despite the current pandemic. In addition to extending the deadline, these measures...

Midway University releases new history book authored by President Emeritus Dr. Robert Botkin

Midway University has announced the release of the much-anticipated history book, “The Story of Midway University – How the Kentucky Female Orphan School Became Midway University.” The book, authored by President Emeritus Dr. Robert R. Botkin, covers the founding of the school and follows it through its many changes from a one building school for orphan girls to its modern day history as a fully,...

Lexington native Mirlen Hernandez awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Mirlen Hernandez, a junior majoring in strategic communication and theatre at Morehead State University, was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This grant program allows a student in need of financial support the opportunity to study and intern abroad. “I have never traveled out of state in the 21 years I’ve been alive,...

Former Christian County star Jaylen Sebree transfers to Morehead State; played two seasons at FAU

After spending the past two seasons in the Sunshine State, former Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist Jaylen Sebree is retuning home to join Morehead State. Sebree, a 6-foot-7 native of Hopkinsville and a standout for Christian County High School, has returned to the Commonwealth after two seasons at Florida Atlantic. Jaylen Sebree played the past two seasons at Florida Atlantic. (FAU photo) “We...

Recent graduates of Morehead State social work program providing vital services for child welfare

Several graduates of Morehead State University’s social work program have joined the workforce providing vital services for the children of Kentucky and have earned a valuable certification. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) was implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in...

Legendary coach Bill Baldridge goes from Friday Night Lights to a full life as mentor to young boys

By Rick Elmore The Greenup Beacon The Friday Night Lights no longer shine on Bill Baldridge. The legendary Kentucky high school coach and former leader of the Morehead State Eagles finds himself still coaching these days, although not on the athletic fields. Baldridge is the director of the Eastern Kentucky chapter of Team Focus, an organization founded by his long-time friend and former MSU teammate,...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves plans to forgo tuition hikes at five state universities

Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved Friday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses are on track for one of the smallest average increases in tuition in decades, although rates at three state universities remain pending. While the...

Morehead State defensive standout named FCS preseason All-American by College Sports Journal

Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer Football League in a pair of statistical categories — tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor was tabbed to the FCS preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal. A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to...

Fayette County Public Schools announces new principals for Bryan Station, Morton Middle School

New principals have been selected for Bryan Station High School and Morton Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced, welcoming one leader from another district and celebrating another on her leadership advancement in FCPS. Named were: • Eric Hale, new principal of Bryan Station High School • Twanjua Jones, new principal of Morton Middle School Each of them...

Morehead State professor appointed to Board of Trustees for Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Dr. Michael Hail, professor of government and political science at Morehead State University, has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve an additional term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Hail is the coordinator of government and political science programs in the Department of History, Philosophy, Global Studies and Legal Studies at Morehead...

Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler helping patients in California as occupational therapist

By Matt Schabert Morehead State University You might call Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler adventurous. Since her days as an Eagle, Schuler has lived in her hometown of Louisville, then in Texas and now nearly 2,500 miles away in Monterey, Calif. Her new adventure is one Schuler says she has strived for her entire life, and it was similar life experiences that led her to the field of occupational...

Gallatin County family makes planned gift commitment to benefit students at Morehead State

Wayne and Brenda Judy have been long-time supporters of Morehead State University. Their commitment to student success continues today as the family plans to leave a sizeable planned gift to the university to establish the Judy-Craig Family Endowment, a fund to benefit MSU students. “We decided long ago that Morehead is a very significant part of who we are,” Wayne said. “I never had anyone...

Nurses from Morehead State work in New York City, battle COVID-19 at epicenter of pandemic

With more than 160,000 confirmed cases, New York City has become the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak of the coronavirus. Medical professionals from across the nation have gone to the city to offer support to its exhausted healthcare workers, and two nurses connected to Morehead State University are among those who’ve traveled to New York to lend a hand. Tim Smallwood is a student in Morehead State’s...