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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...

Murray State reveals ‘Racer Restart’ initiative, planning process to restart campus for fall semester

Murray State University has announced its “Racer Restart” initiative and planning process to collaboratively, thoughtfully and proactively restart campus for the fall 2020 semester. Murray State, which has been reviewing plans for the past several weeks, has established the Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee, co-chaired by university leadership. Associated subcommittees comprised of various areas...

Murray State art students create infographics on posters in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Students from the Murray State University Department of Art and Design have designed posters in response to a call for artwork addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 3, the United Nations and the World Health Organization teamed up to launch an international open call for artwork about beating COVID-19. The competition asked artists to submit designs that translate critical public health messages...

Murray State wins fourth straight ITERA national information technology conference competition

The telecommunications systems management case study team from Murray State University has won its fourth straight 2020 Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) National Case Study Competition. The annual competition is hosted by ITERA, with teams of students required to solve a hypothetical but realistic telecommunications problem. This year, the case study challenged...

Murray State summer orientation to be held online; sessions to include virtual campus tours

Murray State University has transitioned its 2020 Summer Orientation to an online, virtual-based format as a proactive and precautionary measure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Online Summer Orientation sessions will offer the opportunity for new Racers to schedule classes, participate in virtual campus tours, meet current students, faculty and staff, learn key information and take part in other special...

Murray State alumnae launch ‘Adopt-a-Grandparent’ program to assist area senior citizens

Murray State University alumnae Rose and Rossetta Jackson have launched an “Adopt-a-Grandparent” program in the Hopkinsville area to assist senior citizens in need of essential supplies during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Rose, ’09, and Rossetta, ’10, launched the program last month after the twins checked on their mother, Gertie, at a senior citizens home in town. “We...

Murray State announces new ‘Racers Give’ campaign to continue to assist students, families in need

Murray State University’s “Racers Give” campaign will continue assisting students who are in need of financial assistance through the newly-established Racer Sustainability Fund. The campaign hopes to raise at least $250,000 in private support to assist both incoming and current students beginning this fall with tuition, housing, dining and textbook expenses. As part of the campaign, the Murray...

Murray State students maintain Equine Center operations; student workers tend to 50 horses

Remaining true to their name, a group of Racers continue to care for the Murray State University Equine Center’s stable of 50 horses amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. Bailey Coffman of Jackson, Tennessee, McKenna Debus of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Rachel Lawrence of Owensboro, Gabby Lee from Elgin, Illinois, and Danielle French of Benton are all continuing their work tending to each horse,...

Murray State endows Coach Cal Luther Scholarship; honors longest-tenured men’s basketball coach

Murray State University has fully endowed the Coach Cal Luther Scholarship that will help fund higher education opportunities for future Racers in honor of former men’s basketball coach and director of athletics Cal Luther, who led a transformation of Murray State athletics for nearly three decades. The Coach Cal Luther Scholarship was established as an endowment by gifts to the Murray State University...

Murray State summer course registration opens week of April 6; more than 300 classes offered online

Registration for summer 2020 courses at Murray State University will open for current and prospective students beginning the week of April 6. Classes will be offered online only, with more than 300 available throughout the summer term. Summer courses offer several benefits, including flexible scheduling through distance learning and a reduced workload for future semesters as students continue their...

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...