Thursday, November 13, 2014

The official newsletter of Murray
                                State University

MSU Today | GoRacers | Racer AlumniNov. 07, 2014 - Vol. 10, No. 05. If you cannot view this newsletter, it is also available on the web.

hogancampDedication of Hogancamp General Services Building held on campus
Honors legacy of the late Dr. Thomas B. Hogancamp
Murray State University honored the dedication and service of one of its former administrators and graduates, the late Dr. Thomas B. Hogancamp, with the naming of the Hogancamp General Services Building on campus. The formal dedication was held on Oct. 28.
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Dr. HepworthOffice of the Provost Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Daniel Hepworth, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Joining the Murray State faculty five years ago, Dr. Daniel Hepworth is an assistant professor for Criminal Justice and received his degrees in the field at the University of Wyoming and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hepworth's research interests can be split into two categories; one of his focuses is on terrorism in the middle east, and the other is—in conjunction with the Paducah Police Department—examining the kinds of collisions, the way they relate to citations given, and cellphones and distracted driving. Along with his research interests, Dr. Hepworth is the faculty adviser for the Criminal Justice Society, and has been fairly active with the Residential Colleges. He regularly participates as a judge in the academic tournaments.  read more
MSU Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony Nov. 11
Murray State University will host a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, November 11 at 3:00 pm in Wrather Museum. Join us as we honor and thank all military personnel who served in the United State armed forces. Featured speakers include Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University President and Mr. Jerome (Jerry) Penner, CEO of Murray-Calloway County Hospital & Veteran. read more
Student Veterans Day Panel Nov. 10
"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause."-- Abraham Lincoln Join us the day before Veterans Day, on Monday, Nov. 10th from 3:30-4:30PM in the Curris Center Stables to listen to a panel of MSU student veterans. Title: "Creating a Positive Environment for Students Who Are Military Veterans: What Faculty and Staff Need to Know About Vets."read more
Dining Services Veterans Day special
In honor of Veterans Day on 11/11, Dining Services is giving all veterans an 11% discount on all purchases in Dining locations on that day(except for meal swipes at Winslow). Just present a military ID showing your veteran status, or a RacerCard ID that identifies you as a veteran. Thank you for your service! read more
Preparations are underway for the Global Alumni Lecture at Murray State 
The Murray State University Alumni Association recently announced that Col. Lucreita McClenney, Kristi Helms and Sonja Martinez have been selected to be speakers in the ninth annual Global Alumni Lecture Series. The Global Alumni Lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Theater on campus on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The lecture is free and everyone is invited to attend. read more
NSF instrumentation grant allows for strength testing of certain newly developed materials
Murray State University's department of chemistry was awarded a highly competitive Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $149,940 to purchase a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA). Three chemistry faculty members will serve together at the helm of the grant — Dr. Kevin Miller, assistant professor, serves as the principal investigator, while Dr. Daniel Johnson, associate professor, and Dr. Rachel Allenbaugh, assistant professor, are the co-principal investigators. read more
Breaking Bad actor to speak Nov. 12 
RJ Mitte Co-star of AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Equality Diversity Activist will be in lecture Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in the Curris Center Balllroom. RJ Mitte like his character in "Breaking Bad" has cerebral palsy, although his is a milder form of the disability. Beyond his acting, Mitte is involved with serveral organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. The RJ Mitte lecture is sponsored by Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board. This event is free admission. read more
CMT comes to MSU Nov 12
CMT at MSUCMT is coming to MSU for the Hot 20 Countdown and a FREE concert featuring Big & Rich, Joe Nichols, and Chase Bryant. Tickets are available at the CFSB Center Box Office or online through Ticketmaster (applicable online fees apply). There is a limit of SIX tickets per customer. read more
Faculty Development Center's FALL FORUM -- It's about the new QEP
The Faculty Development Center's FALL FORUM is devoted to the new QEP, "Bring Learning to Life." The title of the forum is "Get out of the Classroom! Using Experiential Learning to Promote Deep Learning." The guest speaker is Dr. Gregory Lorenz, Vice President of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). read more
Carrie Jerrell receives prestigious fellowship from KAC
Dr. Carrie Jerrell has been awarded an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She received the award for her demonstration of high levels of excellence and creativity in poetry. The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recognizes professional Kentucky artists who have reached outstanding achievement in their careers. read more
Voice recital Nov. 7
On Friday, November 7th at 6:00 PM, MSU Faculty member Dr. Tana Field will be giving a voice recital in the Performing Arts Hall of Murray State University. Dr. Field, mezzo-soprano, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University. She will be accompanied by Dr. Meeyoun Park, Assistant Professor of Music at MSU. read more
Voice recital Nov. 9
On Sunday, November 9th at 7:30 PM, Music major Jacob Alan Paul will be giving a voice recital in Farrell Recital Hall on the campus of Murray State University. Mr. Paul, currently a senior studying vocal music performance, is set to graduate in December 2014. He is giving this solo recital in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Performance degree. read more
Signs and symptoms of distress
This time of year can be stressful for many students, faculty, and staff, due to exams, the end of the semester, and the upcoming winter break. Please look out for any individuals who seem to be having difficulty coping and may benefit from meeting with a counselor. Following are some signs that an individual needs help, as well as some suggestions for how to refer them for services. read more
Fall Senior Breakfast
The Fall Senior Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 8 a.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. All students graduating in December with a bachelor's or master's degree are invited to attend the Breakfast free of charge. Reservations are required and can be emailed to or by calling the Office of Student Affairs at 270.809.6832 no later than Friday, November 14. Faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $5 each from an Administrative Assistant in their area or from the Office of Student Affairs in 425 Wells Hall. Please call the Office of Student Affairs at 270.809.6832 for more information. read more
Murray State students collecting can tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Murray State University education students are adding their support to a local middle school girl who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in January of this year by collecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. read more
University librarian accepted to national teaching program
Candace Vance, Research & Instruction Librarian at Murray State University Libraries, has been chosen to attend the Intentional Teaching: Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning track of the Immersion Program. The program is sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and will take place this fall in Nashville, Tennessee. read more
Annual Art Auction Nov. 14
art auctionMurray State University's Department of Art and Design is having its Annual Art Auction on November 14 in the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery (6th floor of Fine Arts). Viewing and Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 PM and the live auction will begin at 7:00 PM. There will be a great selection of work for sale, from faculty, students, alumni, and local artists. This year's featured artist is Wayne Bates, who is a generous supporter of the Auction. Greg Reynolds will be our auctioneer once again and we are happy also to have Kala Dunn supplying music. Please join us in supporting scholarships for MSU art and design students. read more
Scholarship application workshops 
The Scholarship Office will be hosting scholarship application workshops at various locations on campus to help students complete their 2015-2016 application. January 15th is the deadline to apply but the application system will get slower as the deadline approaches. Come out to one of these workshops and get your application completed early. read more
Humane Society Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale Nov. 8
The Humane Society's Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale is coming up on Sat., Nov. 8 at the Calloway County Public Library Community Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We count on proceeds from the bazaar to help support our many service programs including Animal Assistance, Spay/Neuter Assistance and Good Samaritan programs. read more
Roundabout U looks at the Best Racer and fueling the future
The next episode of Roundabout U explores what it takes to be the Best Racer and how Murray State University uses plants to fuel the future. Viewers can hear and learn about area high school musicians who performed at this year's Quad State Festival and Jack Frost headlines the latest children's play put on by the MSU department of more
New KY Human Rights commissioner and three commissioners reappointed
Commissioner Doris L. Sarr, Ph.D., of Murray, Ky., was reappointed, representing the state at-large. Dr. Sarr is director of the Adventures in Math & Science (AIMS) program at Murray State University. She has served as a state Human Rights Commissioner since 2012. Her term will expire on Sept. 12, 2017. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is the state government authority that enforces the Kentucky and U.S. Civil Rights acts, which make discrimination illegal. The Board of Commissioners meets regularly to rule on discrimination complaints made by people alleging that illegal discrimination incidents have occurred in Kentucky. read more
Update from Web Management 
We are expecting to launch the new CMS and responsive site in 2015. Current users will also be trained on the new system, beginning with all web agents. Web agents are the individuals responsible for maintaining the websites for offices, departments, and colleges. If you are currently responsible for making updates to your office, college, or departmental website, please fill out the following formread more
Amnesty International at MSU presents Witness to Innocence Tour Nov. 14
Amnesty International at MSU presents Witness to Innocence Tour featuring death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth, Friday, Nov. 14th at 6 pm in the Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is an honorably discharged former Marine. He is the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row by DNA testing. In 1984 he was arrested for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl. He was sentenced to death in Maryland in 1985. read more
Campus event shares what's happening with healthcare 
The third annual "Evidence-Based Best Practice in Clinical Healthcare" program, sponsored by the Murray State University school of nursing and health professions and the office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity, was held on Oct. 20. The program, conducted by undergraduate students, was designed to showcase a variety of evidence-based best practices taking place in the clinical healthcare setting. read more
Office of Multicultural Affairs leadership team attend Indiana University (IU) Diversity Leadership Conference
On Saturday, November 1, 16 members of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Leadership Team attended the second annual Diversity Leadership Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The theme for the conference was "Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future." Attendees witnessed an empowering speech by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a Distinguished Professor of African-American Studies at Morehouse College, an award winning writer, and a commentator for various media outlets. The conference also included sessions that emphasized academic excellence, leadership development, career preparation, and promotion of diversity education and political awareness. To attend the conference, OMA received funding assistance from the President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. read more
Toy show and shopping extravaganza to be held at Cherry Expo Center
The William "Bill" Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center will be hosting a Toy Show and Shopping Extravaganza November 14-15, 2014. This event will be the opportune time to purchase Christmas gifts! There are over 20 vendors registered to attend the event on Friday from 6-9 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm. read more
Poinsettia sale
The Horticulture Department is now taking preorders for Poinsettias. We have over 700 Poinsettias available, with 5 different colors to choose from. They are $8 each. To preorder contact Jackie Reed at 618-841-9937 read more
Regional farmers expo at Cherry Expo Center
The first inaugural Regional Farmers Expo will be held November 21-23, 2014 at the William "Bill" Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center. The event will be open on Friday from 2-8 pm, Saturday from 9 am - 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm and is FREE admission. read more
Newport receives research grant
Two Murray State professors in the Bauernfeind College of Business,The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) has awarded a research grant in the amount of $400 to Tracey Newport. These grants are intended to support undergraduate students conducting research by aiding in the acquisition of necessary equipment and supplies in order to complete their project. read more
Murray State history faculty recognized published
Two faculty members from the Murray State University college of humanities and fine arts have recently been recognized for their work. Dr. Kathy Callahan recently had her article, "Women, Crime and Economic Hardship in London at the End of the Long Eighteenth Century," published in the Journal for the Study of British Cultures. The journal is based out of Germany with a mission of providing its readers with a platform for discussion and study of British cultural forms, whether through in-depth articles, case studies, reviews, etc. The guest editor of the journal, Gerry Mooney, also invited Callahan to collaborate on a project with him. read more
Local emergency services follow public health mandates for Ebola treatment readiness
No cases of Ebola-virus disease have been reported in Kentucky, and our region's risk level is considered to be low, but Calloway County leaders have felt the need to plan and coordinate preparations as a precaution. Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) professionals and volunteers met last Thursday, October 30, 2014. They discussed how local responders here are incorporating guidelines from Kentucky's Department for Public Health and from federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for managing instances of the Ebola-virus communicable disease. read more
Network Maintenance
Information Systems staff will be performing maintenance from 6am to 6pm on Saturday, 11/8/2014.  All servers will be unavailable, including the ERP system.  There will be some brief interruptions of Internet service and email delivery will be greatly delayed.  Users will still be able to access RacerMail and Canvas, but you will need to use one of the links below.  Please contact the Service Desk at 270-809-2346 with any more
Let the Show Begin - 78th Annual Campus Lights 
The sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota and the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the two music fraternities on Murray State University's campus, met the first week of October to narrow three shows to one. The 78th Annual Campus Lights production will be 9 to 5 The Musicalread more
Undergraduate Graduation Deadline for May 2015 
The deadline for May 2015 undergraduate graduation applications is fast approaching. Degree applications are available on myGate the following dates: May 2015 application – Now through November 3, 2014 read more
December 2014 Undergraduate Graduation
It's not too late to apply for December 2014 graduation! If you are planning on graduating in December 2014, but you have not applied, please complete our late graduation application online. Please contact the Graduation Office at if you have any questions. read more
Postsecondary Education Administration showcase scheduled for Nov. 8
Interested in working on a college campus...and getting paid for it? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, postsecondary education administration jobs will grow by 15%. Murray State offers a graduate program in Postsecondary Education Administration (PSE). A PSE Program Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10am to 3pm in Alexander Hall. You are encouraged to attend the event to learn more about the program, graduate assistantships and the profession. Register online at read more
Racers Helping Racers
Murray State University, in partnership with Needline of Murray/Calloway, announces Racers Helping Racers, a food bank to assist with food insecurities on Murray State's campus. The food pantry is located on the 2nd floor of Blackburn Science Building in Room 244 and is opened for students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. read more

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