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Murray State seeking nominations for COVID-19 Hero Awards in advance of annual Sparks Lecture

Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services will host its annual Sparks Lecture as an online event, free to the public, from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. At this virtual event, a panel of prominent regional educators will discuss the pandemic’s effects on students, families, and learning outcomes while sharing ideas for how to foster a suitable learning environment...

Murray State University’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders to launch Early Childhood Program

Murray State University’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is preparing to launch a new Early Childhood Program for local children needing individualized intervention in an early childhood classroom environment. The primary goal of this initiative is to prepare young children with developmental disabilities to be successful in an educational setting by kindergarten. Eligible clients should be...

Murray State, Kentucky League of Cities partner for community and economic development partnership

Murray State University and the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) are teaming up to provide Murray State’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development training and informational services to elected city officials. Additionally, KLC and the center will work together to identify and seek solutions to the challenges and issues facing elected city officials in the areas of community and economic...

Murray alumna, Fulbright scholar creates pen pal program with Mayfield Elementary, Spanish students

Lauran Young, an alumna of Murray State University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program and a Fulbright grant recipient, has partnered with teachers at Mayfield Elementary School for a pen pal program with students from Spain. The Fulbright U.S. student program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant programs....

Constance Alexander: Spate of anti-Asian violence underscores need to support greater diversity

As if COVID-19 has not already caused enough upheaval, now — instead of celebrating the flowering of Japanese cornel dogwood as a glorious harbinger of spring — all I see in the clusters of its opulent golden buds is their similarity to images of the virus. Photographer Kate He, a biologist and a Ph. D., provides a different perspective on the blossoms. “They are signs of hope, renewal,...

Constance Alexander: Chalk it up to commitment, cold water doesn’t dampen call to “Remove Robert”

Rituals associated with turning twenty-one tend toward alcohol and wild parties, but when Katie Trzepacz hit that milestone in August, she opted for attending a demonstration in downtown Murray in support of removing the Confederate monument that has resided on the courthouse lawn since 1917. Since she usually worked weekends, Katie had missed the regular round of Saturday protests to “Remove Robert”...

MSU Community Innovation Summit Series to offer resources to help strengthen nonprofits

Murray State University has announced a virtual nonprofit series aimed at offering resources to help strengthen nonprofits across the Western Kentucky region. The first session of the Community Innovation Summit Series will provide two session, scheduled for March 29 from 2-5 p.m. and March 30 from 9 a.m. until Noon. Dr. Sarah Nathan will present “Effective Fundraising During a Pandemic” on...

Murray State senior employs music to teach Paducah elementary students about Black History Month

Murray State University student Grayson Martin has taken a unique approach to teaching students at Paducah’s Lone Oak Elementary about Black History Month. While completing his student teaching requirement this semester, the senior music education major has incorporated the work of African-American artists, traditional instruments and games into his third-grade curriculum. Grayson Martin (Photo...

Murray State Department of Art & Design Galleries hosts Visual Elegy exhibit Jan. 28 through March 1

The Murray State University Department of Art & Design and University Galleries have announced Visual Elegy, a collaborative printmaking exhibition in response to the poetry of bell hooks. Visual Elegy will be on exhibit in the Clara M. Eagle Upper Gallery from Jan. 28 through March 1. Twenty-six printmakers from twenty different states contributed work to the project. Each artist was asked to...

Wastewater testing project in Mayfield offers early warning of COVID-19 outbreaks to prevent spread

A wastewater testing project in Mayfield is helping pinpoint community outbreaks of COVID-19 before area residents even experience symptoms, and thus could allow for more narrowly targeted measures to prevent further spread of the disease. The project, a partnership between Graves County Health Department, Mayfield Electric and Water Systems, Murray State University and the University of Louisville...

Murray State Nonprofit Leadership Studies program presents Giving Back Endowment Grant Award

The Murray State University Nonprofit Leadership Studies program has presented the 2020 Giving Back Endowment Grant Award to the Murray Art Guild Community Art Center in recognition of its long-term success in youth development across the community. The MAG (Murray Art Guild) is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting arts enrichment. Established in 1967 when several like-minded...

Murray State School of Nursing and Health Professions develops new simulation center

The Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions has recently formed a consortium with Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) and the Purchase Area Health Education Center (Purchase AHEC) to develop a simulation center and recruitment program to meet an identified, demonstrable need for more qualified registered nurses and other healthcare providers in Murray State’s 18 county...

PACRO awards $25,000 grant to MSU for exercise science program at Paducah Regional Campus

Murray State University has received a $25,000 grant from the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) to be used toward an expansion of the exercise science program at the University’s Paducah regional campus. Through this expansion, the program, which is currently only offered at the Murray campus will continue to meet the growing needs in the healthcare industry within Paducah and its...

Kentucky Lake to host tests of experimental invasive Asian carp harvest techniques in December

Waterfowl hunters, anglers and boaters should anticipate limited access to portions of five bays on Kentucky Lake periodically over the next several weeks as officials evaluate experimental Asian Carp harvest techniques. The clearing of submerged debris from designated “Asian Carp Harvest Areas” began Tuesday in parts of Smith and Pisgah bays. Similar clearing of harvest areas also will occur in...

Murray State announces third installment of ‘Racers Give’ campaign to aid students in need

Murray State University’s “Racers Give” campaign will continue assisting students who are in need of financial assistance through the Racers Give Scholarship Fund. The campaign hopes to raise at least $200,000 in private support to assist both incoming and current students with tuition, housing, dining and textbook expenses. As part of the campaign, special challenge gifts are currently...

Endowed faculty fellowship established at Murray State’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

For the first time, donors have established a faculty fellowship to support the nonprofit leadership studies program, now housed in the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership within the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University. The Patricia and Robert Long Endowed Faculty Fellowship will be endowed with a $105,000 donation from the Longs to recognize and...

Constance Alexander: In wake of unprecedented pandemic, virtual artifacts abound in COVID museum

It’s official. Word of the Year 2020, according to Collins Dictionary, is “lockdown.” Defined as “imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces,” the word registered a 6,000 percent increase in usage from 2019 to 2020. With the world in the grip of a pandemic, and an eye toward documenting this historic lockdown era, museums are seeking documentation...

Murray State University senior goes viral for self-published children’s book about pronouns

Simon Elfrink Murray State University Senior Autumn Brown gained sweeping attention on Twitter after posting their illustrated children’s book “New Names” on Oct. 12 for national Coming Out day. Brown uploaded the book, which addresses diversity in gender identities, as a thread on Twitter. Only hours later, the first tweet in the thread went viral with over 102,000 likes and 42,000 retweets. “I...

Murray State offers Opportunity Scholarship for freshmen entering fall of 2021; annual award is $1,000

Murray State University has introduced the new Opportunity Scholarship for entering fall of 2021 freshmen students as part of its current Academic Achievement Scholarships, furthering its reputation as one of America’s best college values. The Opportunity Scholarship is a $1,000 annual award given to entering freshmen and does not require an ACT/SAT test score in order to receive. Recipients must...