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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,...

Constance Alexander: Veteran Hopkinsville journalist says there is no substitute for shoe leather reporting

“People who leave great footprints in the community do that just by showing up.”  Leaving great footprints starts with showing up So says Jennifer P. Brown, a Hopkinsville woman who knows about getting things done. The veteran journalist illustrates her point by telling a story about an editor assigning a young reporter to the courthouse beat. When the rookie asks, “Do you want me to go online?”...

Constance Alexander: Asking the right questions prepares students for careers that don’t yet exist

A surefire way to ignite a spark of indignation into Taylor Clements’ brown eyes is to call him a “Math Person.” True, he graduated from Murray State University with a major in Mathematics, but he also minored in music, played trumpet in the Racer Band, and was a Resident Counselor in the Commonwealth Honors Academy program. He did not define himself according to his major. He remembers his mother’s...

Constance Alexander: Murray State University’s CHA offers an uncommon wealth of millennial talent

For the past three years, I’ve been honored to be a faculty member of Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA), which was launched in 2001. Every year as I’ve watched teens arrive on campus, I have been struck by the differences between the Baby Boomers of my youth and Gen Z post-Millennials. While we frittered our summers away when we were that age, these kids are...

Kentucky by Heart: Some interesting facts you may not know about our first (and fifth) governor

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward September, 6, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist “Who was the first Kentucky governor?” is the question I’ve asked fourth graders for years as part of my impromptu state history trivia moments as both a regular and a sub teacher. Most will respond that the answer is Isaac Shelby. You can bet the kids were and are ready...

Constance Alexander: Graduation day marks transition from higher ed. to hire education

Saturday is commencement day at Murray State University. Approximately 730 graduates, decked out in blue and gold, will receive diplomas. As each one walks across the stage, arm extended for the farewell handshake, it might be assumed that their focus is shifting from higher education to getting hired, earning a living, and making a life. At the same time diplomas are being distributed on campus, Breanna...

Murray State University selected to establish regional hub for startup businesses in Western Kentucky

KY Innovation has selected Murray State University and its partners to establish a regional hub to serve, attract and cultivate more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses in west Kentucky. Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management (CTSM) will partner with the Technology Council of West Kentucky (TCWK) and entrepreneurship service providers throughout the area to launch...

Public university sector makes gains in bachelor’s degrees, graduation rates in 2017-18

The Council on Postsecondary Education heard annual performance presentations by campus presidents of the public four-year institutions at meetings last week at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green. Despite deep budget cuts and a flattening enrollment, the public four-year universities increased bachelor’s degrees by 2.6 percent in the 2017-18 academic year, totaling...