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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...

Murray State to host online Family Weekend event Sept. 11-12; parents may also visit campus

Murray State University will host an online Family Weekend event from Sept. 11-12, offering Racers and their families plenty of virtual activities in the name of Racer spirit. Family Weekend 2020, planned with social distancing and Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines in mind, encourages students to share their college experience with their loved ones. Planned virtual activities include the following: •...

Murray State faculty regent chosen for 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning

A faculty member at Murray State University is among a group of online educators across the United States chosen for the 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and in partnership with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Melony Shemberger, ’04, ’06, faculty regent...

Murray State joins GroWest Coalition; initiative centered on small business/startup support services

The Murray State University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED), along with the Center for Computer and Information Technology (CCIT), have announced their continued participation in the new GroWest Coalition, an initiative equipped to provide assistance to startups and expand tech-enabled businesses across Western Kentucky. Led by Paducah-based entrepreneurial development nonprofit...

Murray State summit draws more than 2,000 educators for virtual keynote speeches, workshops

A total of 2,051 educators representing 159 school districts across 22 states — in addition to guests from six countries worldwide — attended Murray State’s virtualized “The Summit: A Teaching and Technology Conference.” Guests participated in online workshops and viewed streamed keynote speeches. Through a partnership between Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute and the Kentucky Academy...

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...

Once home to Murray State football, Cutchin Field’s winning ways continue with women’s soccer

Once the home of Murray State football, Cutchin Field (formerly known as Cutchin Stadium) began serving as the home pitch for a different type of football when it became the venue for the women’s soccer program during its inaugural season in 2000. Nestled in the middle of campus, Cutchin Field hosted games for the Racer football team, once known as the Thoroughbreds, from 1924 to 1972. Murray...

Murray State to modify fall 2020 academic calendar; classes to begin on Aug. 17, but no fall break

Murray State University has announced modifications to its fall 2020 academic calendar for the health, safety and well-being of the campus and broader community. Murray State’s fall 2020 academic calendar has been condensed to minimize student travel to and from campus during the holidays for the safety and well-being of students. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 (instead of Tuesday, Aug. 18)....

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers releases results of 2019-20 Wage and Benefits Survey

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has released the results of its 2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was brought back in 2019 per the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, is a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky pre-COVID-19. All manufacturers located in Kentucky were eligible to participate. All...

Murray State ceramics students create ‘Quarantainers’ art project; will exhibit works virtually

Ceramics students in the Murray State University Department of Art & Design have collaborated on a project called “Quarantainers” and plan to exhibit their works virtually. The students, under the direction of Murray State Art & Design professor John Utgaard, designed images that Utgaard then turned into decals and fired onto tea bowls and mugs that he made.  “I wanted to find a way...

Murray State, development organizations partner to disburse River Counties Business Stimulus Fund

Murray State University has joined the application review committee of the River Counties Business Stimulus Fund, which helps support small businesses across the Four Rivers Region covering Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties in Western Kentucky. The fund was established by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative (CEDIK) and the West Kentucky Alliance...