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Murray State Institute of Engineering produces face shield apparatuses for local COVID-19 response

The Murray State University Institute of Engineering is producing and donating face shield apparatuses as part of its response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Engineering Graphics and Design program coordinator Dr. Rudy Ottway and student worker Clay Doron, a junior majoring in the program, are using 3D printers and an open-source 3D computer-aided drafting model to produce...

Murray State alumni create scholarship to benefit Kentucky students in Graves, Muhlenberg counties

Larry and Carol McClure have established an endowed fund at Murray State University to benefit undergraduate students from Graves and Muhlenberg counties in Kentucky. With the couple’s recent gifts totaling more than $100,000 to the Murray State University Foundation, this level of funding will generate an average of four scholarships every year moving forward. The Larry and Carol (Vincent) McClure...

Constance Alexander: Sisters’ printmaking inspires students through unique residency at Murray State

There was no sisterly squabbling or good-natured sibling rivalry last week when Carrie Lingscheit and Emmy Lingscheit served as artists in residence at Murray State University. Working in separate studios, the sister-artists were immersed in the process of editioning unique works of art, with the assistance of Professor Nicole Hand’s advanced printmaking class. Carrie Lingscheit’s intricate etching/mezzotint...

NPR’s Robert Siegel to visit Murray State’s WKMS to kick off station’s 50th anniversary celebration

WKMS kicks off its 50th-anniversary celebrations by hosting an evening with National Public Radio’s (NPR) Robert Siegel at Wrather Auditorium on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., as a free event thanks to Murray State University’s Town & Gown. Siegel recently retired after more than 40 years at NPR as a reporter, News Director and host of All Things Considered, heard on WKMS Monday through...

Murray State students stay up late for Up ‘til Dawn event, raise more than $50,000 for St. Jude

Murray State University students participated in the Up ‘til Dawn event on Feb. 22, raising more than $50,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 100 students came to Racer Arena in John W. Carr Hall to stay up from midnight to 6 a.m. to honor and acknowledge St. Jude Research Hospital patients who have had sleepless nights. Each student was asked to raise $100 to qualify...

Murray State unveils new ‘We are Racers.’ marketing, brand identity with celebration in Curris Center

Murray State University recently launched its new marketing and brand identity, “We are Racers.” The university celebrated the official unveiling with a brand celebration event in the Curris Center on Feb. 26. Students, faculty, staff and the greater community enjoyed free food, “We are Racers.” giveaway items and prizes, a photo/video booth, interactive displays and much more. Led by Murray...

Kentucky Humanities receives grant to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to Kentucky

Kentucky Humanities has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to the Commonwealth. Kentucky Humanities has partnered with six Kentucky universities — the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Murray State University, the University of Pikeville, Transylvania University and Western Kentucky University — to bring a variety...

Adm. William H. McRaven reflects on family ties to Murray State, decades of military service at lecture

Murray State University welcomed Adm. William H. McRaven as the featured speaker for the 2020 Presidential Lecture last week at historic Lovett Auditorium. McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and the former chancellor of the University of Texas system. During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations...

Constance Alexander: New Murray State exhibits celebrate creativity, visual cacophony, and silence

On a rainy winter day, a cold mist slaps you in the face as you make way from the parking lot to the tall building at 15th and Olive. The vision of a roaring fire, a cup of hot tea, and a good book seem more appealing than almost anything else, but my destination is Murray State University’s Clara M. Eagle Gallery, on the 6th floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions of works by...

Kentucky’s public university leaders express concern over soaring pension costs to House subcommittee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Leaders of Kentucky’s public universities say they are grateful for the funding increase proposed by Gov. Andy Beshear in his budget, but say increasing pension costs are their biggest financial hurdle. Presidents of public universities in Kentucky expressed concern over increasing pension costs. From left, Kentucky State University President Dr. M. Christopher Brown;...

Murray State Department of Art and Design to host STEAM panel discussion on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Art and Design at Murray State University will host a panel discussion on the intersections of photography and imaging in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art (STEAM) on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in room 623 of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Panelists include visiting artist Calista Lyon, Dr. Matthew...

Murray State’s Racers Give fundraising campaign raises $217,871 for need-based student scholarships

Murray State University’s Racers Give fundraising campaign has raised $217,871 through the end of 2019, becoming the most successful need-based scholarship campaign in school history. Originally set to run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, Racers Give more than doubled its goal of $100,000, thanks to generous support from the University community. Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a 1964 alumnus, Distinguished Alumni...

Murray State University completes renovation of new financial markets classroom with live stock ticker

The Murray State University Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business has recently completed the renovation of a state-of-the-art financial markets classroom. University leadership celebrated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The space is located front and center of the first floor of the business building at Murray State. The classroom suite is lined with glass-panel windows, a live ticker...

Murray State announces Clara Gilliam Fund for Excellence; supports regional hemp industry

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture has announced the establishment of the Clara Gilliam Fund for Excellence, named after the daughter of Murray State alumni Jerry and Julie Gilliam. The fund, made possible by a generous gift from Christian County farmers Joseph and Lisa Sisk, supports the development of the Murray State Center for Agricultural Hemp and the growing hemp and CBD...

Murray State names Dean Hood football head coach; brings 30 years of college coaching experience

Murray State University has named Dean Hood as the head coach for the Racers football program. Hood, Murray State’s 19th head coach, was introduced in front of faculty, staff, regents, community friends and supporters at Heritage Hall. He brings with him an intense desire to lead a storied program and a wealth of experience building successful football programs at both the NCAA Division I FBS and...

UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence accepting applications for summer USDA internship program

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Undergraduate students can apply for a hands-on research internship next summer with the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates summer internship program allows students to complete meaningful projects in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

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...