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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...

Murray State, area organizations present Women in Economic Development Conference Series

The Murray State University Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, alongside the Lake Barkley Partnership, Greater Paducah Economic Development and Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, present the inaugural Women in Economic Development Conference Series this October and November. The virtual series is designed to facilitate networking, professional development and collaboration...

Constance Alexander: Preparaing for a lofty career in the field of journalism begins at home

While many of her students have lofty hopes for jobs at the Washington Post or the New York Times, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at Murray State University insists, “They have to get dirty in local news.” “Everything’s local,” she adds, and students in her in-depth reporting class learn the truth of that assertion through a rigorous approach...

Murray State to host virtual Racer Roadshow events; geared toward prospective students and families

Murray State University will host virtual Racer Roadshow events featuring president Dr. Bob Jackson along with Office of Recruitment staff as well as current faculty, staff and students. The events are geared toward prospective students and families to provide helpful information on the Racer experience and the opportunities Murray State students receive. Attendees will learn more about the recruitment...

Murray State Town & Gown Community Band to present virtual holiday concert on Dec. 4

The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, featuring university band students, faculty and staff members, will present a slice of holiday cheer this December with a virtual performance of Leroy Anderson’s holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” The performance will feature conductors Dr. Trae Blanco, director of university bands; Mr. Brent Johnson, director of athletic bands; Dr. Todd...

Murray State fall enrollment data reflects significant increases in number of key categories

Enrollment data in several key categories reflect continued increases and positive momentum at Murray State University for the 2020-21 academic year, which began Aug. 17. Based on university data as of Aug. 25, this year’s entering freshman class of 1,481 students reflects a significant increase of 4.2 percent from the fall 2019 freshman class. This marks the second straight year of freshman class...

Murray State program receives funding to support low-income, first-generation, disabled students

Murray State University’s Student Support Services (SSS) has been granted federal funding for the next five years through the United States Department of Education. SSS will receive $315,227 for the next budget period beginning Sept. 1 and running through Aug. 31, 2021. The grant is expected to renew annually for a total of five years. For more than 40 years of operation, the University’s SSS program...

Three new members appointed to Fish and Wildlife Commission from First, Fifth, Sixth Districts

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission added three new members following the appointment of David Jones of Barlow, Josh Lillard of Hebron and Rob Lear of Versailles. Following the expiration of three commission members’ terms, Gov. Andy Beshear appointed three new members to serve four-year terms effective Aug. 14. The new members took their oaths via live video teleconferences. David Jones Jones...

Murray State begins fall 2020 virtual event series with leadership briefing on Thursday afternoon

Murray State University’s division of University Advancement will offer three unique virtual speaker series with the purpose of engaging, educating and impacting the lives of the university community. Each series will center on topics ranging from alumni spotlights, diversity and equity at Murray State and more. To kick off the year, Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson will host a virtual leadership...

Constance Alexander: Murray H.S. sophomore’s award-winning video explores Suffrage fight

Years from now, when Ella Bryant’s professional resume lists her accomplishments, note should be made of the videos she created from the time she was in middle school. Winner of the West Kentucky chapter of National Organization for Women video competition in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Women’s Suffrage — and a tenth grader at Murray High School — Ella describes those early...