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Brannon Family Scholarship established for Murray State students pursuing degrees in agriculture

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Dr. Tony Brannon and his brother, Tim, have recently established and endowed the Brannon Family Scholarship for current and incoming students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Tim graduated from Murray State in 1976. He was an active FFA member at Henry County High School. After earning his degree and student teaching at Hopkinsville High School,...

Murray State University grant funds student project to build GPS trackers to locate box turtles

Murray State students in a wildlife techniques course taught by assistant professor of wildlife biology Dr. Andrea Darracq are combining technical skills with field experience through a new box turtle tracking project. Through the University’s Bring Learning to Life Grant, Darracq’s students soldered together open-source GPS tracking devices, then located box turtles on an off-campus Murray State...

Murray State to host artists for Patricia Summerville Visiting Emerging Arts Professionals Panel

The Murray State University Department of Art and Design will host three visiting arts professionals for the Patricia Summerville Visiting Arts Professionals Panel on Oct. 22 in Price Doyle Fine Arts Center room 623 at 5 p.m. Each panelist will discuss life as a working artist and offer insight on graduate school, professional development, creativity and work/life balance, among other topics. A question...

Murray State alumna Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton returns to campus to speak at 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner

Murray State University alumna and former Board of Regents member Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, ’69, will return to campus once again as the honorary speaker for the Class of 1969 Golden Reunion Dinner Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The dinner is part of Homecoming Weekend festivities, taking place Oct. 17–19. “The reunion dinner will be an opportunity to see friends, to give hugs, shake hands and revisit some...

Murray State Paducah Regional Campus to host ‘Thriving in a Global Economy’ conference Nov. 1

The Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus will host “Thriving in a Global Economy,” a conference specific to the Center for International Business and Trade (CIBT), on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend as registration is now open at murraystate.edu/cibtconference. At the conference, participants will hear from noteworthy experts in the trade industry, who...

Murray State to host ‘A Taste of the Arts’ Oct. 17; gala celebrates art, music, theatre students with dinner, auction

Murray State University will host the 11th annual ‘A Taste of the Arts’ dinner and auction Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. on the stage of Lovett Auditorium. The event, sponsored by FNB Bank, showcases and supports the talents of Murray State art, music and theatre students. Attendees are invited for a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and live auction. New auction items and experiences, including beach...

Murray State’s first cohort of online master’s degree in mass communications program to graduate in May

The first cohort of students in Murray State University’s new 100 percent online master’s degree in mass communications will graduate in May 2020 as the university looks to expand its flexible offerings for graduate students seeking the next step in their education. The first cohort of students in Murray State’s new 100 percent online master’s degree in mass communications will graduate...

Constance Alexander: FBI historian to share family stories, great moments at annual Easley Lecture

At age four, when the rest of us were playing in the sandbox and learning to tie our shoes, Douglas Charles was paying attention to history in the making. He even remembers the 1976 bicentennial in detail, including a picnic, carnival games, and the blue plastic tri-cornered hat he wore as he watched the fireworks over the local elementary school. His appreciation for family stories developed at an...

Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship to assist Muhlenberg County students attend Murray State

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts has endowed the Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship for students from Muhlenberg County to attend Murray State University beginning this fall. The Yonts family includes five Murray State graduates in various disciplines spanning more than 40 years. Mayor Yonts graduated from Murray State in 1971. Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1971 and...

MCC, WKCTC, Murray State sign partnership agreement for respiratory care program

Madisonville Community College, West Kentucky Community & Technical College and Murray State University have announced a formal partnership to expand MCC’s associate in applied science degree in respiratory care program into the Jackson Purchase area. The partnership, which is funded through a Delta Health Care Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will extend the reach of MCC’s...

Murray State celebrates opening of Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Murray State University recently celebrated the opening of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception in Alexander Hall. Led by Murray State University school psychology program director Dr. Sean Simons and College of Education and Human Services Assessment Clinic director Dr. Marty Dunham, this facility was designed to alleviate two simple, yet profound problems:...

Murray State fall 2020 application for admission open; offers many degrees, classes entirely online

Registration for the fall 2020 semester at Murray State University is open as future Racers can apply today for admission. Murray State offers on-campus courses at its main Murray location as well as five regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. The university also offers many degrees and classes entirely online, providing a flexible...

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...

Murray State to host Family Weekend Sept. 20-22; event to include Mr. MSU Pageant, Racer 5K

Murray State University will welcome students and their families to campus Sept. 20-22 for Family Weekend 2019, an annual tradition that encourages students to share their college experience with their loved ones. Throughout the weekend, the University will host a variety of fun events and activities for students and their families, including the Mr. MSU Pageant, Racer 5K, Fall Fanfare Concert and...

Former Murray State star, current Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant to visit campus Friday

Former Murray State basketball star Ja Morant is coming back to campus Friday as he travels with his new team, the Memphis Grizzlies, in the team’s preseason Regional Caravan Tour. In June, Morant became the highest NBA Draft pick in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference when the Grizzlies selected him as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja Morant (Photo from MSU) His visit to...

Murray State students earn valuable work experience with summer internships at wide variety of companies

Many Murray State University students spent their summer getting ahead on career plans through internships at a wide variety of companies, from nonprofits, city government, energy companies, higher education institutions and much more. The interns from this summer include: Dorothy Boyle was a NODA (Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education) intern at Washington University...

Murray State recognized as one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ by Forbes for 12th consecutive year

Forbes Magazine has recognized Murray State University on its “America’s Best Colleges” list for 2019. This marks the 12th consecutive year Murray State has been included on the prestigious list since its inception. The rankings are based on several categories, including on-time graduation rate, academic success, student satisfaction, alumni salary and student loan debt. Murray State, located...

Sixth-annual Hutson Harvest Gala benefiting The Arboretum at Murray State University set for Sept. 12

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture and the Friends of the Arboretum Board are excited to announce the sixth annual Hutson Harvest Gala — a fundraiser for The Arboretum at Murray State University — will take place September 12 at 5:30 p.m. (Photo from MSU) The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture and the Friends of the Arboretum Board of Directors are excited...

Constance Alexander: Beloved Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart will open your eyes; just read one of his books

In 1954, beloved Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart made a presentation to a full house of teachers in Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State College campus. Afterward, as people lined to meet him and praise his works, he didn’t have time for pleasantries. He was in a hurry. His career was just starting to take off big-time, and a chartered plane was waiting to take him to another gig in Southern Illinois. Suddenly,...

Constance Alexander: Genetic eye disorder leads biologist to alternative ways to see the world

When he was a farm boy growing up in rural Iowa, John Pollpeter was like most kids. He played Little League baseball and golf and was a mid-halfback in football. And living close to the Mississippi River provided adventures in the great outdoors. He was fascinated by animals, mammals especially, and that turned into a lifelong passion. Around the time he was supposed to get his driver’s license,...