&GOLD THE MAGAZINE FOR MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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Like the Thoroughbreds we are named for, Racers are SPIRITED and PROUD. We have the HEART and WILL to SUCCEED, to go farther, LEARN MORE and embrace WISDOM. We are CHAMPIONS who take our place in the Murray State tradition. WE ARE RACERS.
“’We Are Racers’ reflects a unique tradition at Murray State University that combines academic excellence, an unparalleled sense of belongingness and a special school spirit. Not just our students, but all of us associated with the university — faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends — can say with pride that ‘We Are Racers.’” ~ Dr. Randy J. Dunn MSU President
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UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS Jim Carter Vice President for Institutional Advancement Catherine Sivills Assistant Vice President for Communications Public Information Ofﬁcer
Representatives from divisions of the MSU facilities management staff are shown — (back row, from left) Algie Graves, Eric Ramsey and Wayne Harper ‘70, ‘97; (middle row, from left) Jerry O’Bryan, David Stockwell, Kim Oatman ‘10, Matt Whittenberg ‘96 and Fred Shelton; and (front row, from left) Michele Lamb and Debbie Wagoner ‘79.
Keeping campus facilities functional, safe and beautiful is critical to recruiting and retaining students, faculty and staff, and in fostering great alumni relations. When alums return to campus, it’s a wonderful experience of remembering the old familiar features and taking note of how well they are maintained. Also noticed are improvements and additions that illustrate that the campus is constantly changing for the better. The department for facilities management (FM) is the campus organization responsible for taking care of older facilities and building new ones. FM’s responsibilities include planning, design, construction, renovation, maintenance and cleaning of campus buildings, grounds and infrastructure. They also provide recycling and aggressively pursue “green” initiatives for the university. FM cares for the 259-acre main campus (50+ major buildings) and 15 satellite facilities/properties in West Kentucky. FM is divided into fi ve major units:
Building and Equipment Maintenance — carpentry, electrical, elevator, environmental systems, painting and plumbing Building Services and Grounds — grounds, buildings, roadways, walkways, special event preparation and moving support Facilities Design and Construction — architectural renovations/additions, infrastructure repairs/modifi cations, new construction, planning, design, cost analysis/feasibility studies and management of all construction projects Facilities Finance and Administration — budget, fi nancial reporting, personnel and labor issues, and overall support to each division in the department Transportation Services — car and truck fl eet, equipment and emergency generating plants Go online at www.murraystate.edu/facilitiesmanagement for more information.
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Magazine Contributors Editor.................................................Sherry McClain Writers .................................................... Sherry McClain Public Relations and Alumni Staff Student writers...........Kirsten Bendt, Reese Hawkins, Meredith Lockhart and Jessica Nall Photographers ............................Camerawork USA Inc. MSU staff Kelsh/Wilson Design O’Neil Arnold Photography Design/Layout ....... Linda Pierce and Melissa Shown The magazine is printed at Gateway Press and mailed at the Louisville, Ky., Post Ofﬁce - Third Class Permit. A special thanks to NewPage in Wickliffe, Ky., for the donation of paper for this magazine edition. Murray State University endorses the intent of all federal and state laws created to prohibit discrimination. Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, veteran status, or disability in employment, admissions, or the provision of services and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal access to participate in all programs and activities.
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YOUR WORLD TO EXPLORE University Store collects donated shoes and gives new tee shirts as part of “One Day Without Shoes”
Dr. Randy Dunn, MSU president, shakes hands with Paducah City Commissioner Carol Gault after approval of a Memorandum of Understanding by the board of commissioners involving a $10 million bond to assist Murray State University with a new extended campus in Paducah.
Agreement reached for satellite campus in Paducah
he Paducah City Commission, McCracken County Fiscal Court, Greater Paducah Area Economic Development Council and Murray State University reached an agreement in May concerning the new MSU Paducah campus. A Murray State satellite campus is slated for construction on land purchased in April 2009 along Interstate 24 across from West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). A delegation from the Paducah entities attended the most recent board of regents meeting on the Murray campus at which the board voted approval for the measure. Paducah and McCracken County will issue a $10 million bond to fund the construction. Once the campus is built, it will be possible for students to attend classes at WKCTC, then complete a four-year degree at MSU’s Paducah campus. Susan Shaffer Guess ’87, a member of the MSU board of regents and a Paducah resident, expressed her pleasure at the action, saying, “There’s no greater gift that a community can give its citizens than that of access to education. The people of McCracken County are saying they want Murray State University to provide that education.”
Murray State went barefoot for “One Day Without Shoes.” Sponsored by the University Store, staffers encouraged the campus and the community to join them. One Day Without Shoes is an annual event hosted by TOMS Shoes in which students, friends, parents, strangers and co-workers host or participate in events without shoes. Some go without shoes for an hour, some for the whole day, but all become a part of a greater movement toward change. TOMS ShoesTM sponsors the One for One program. The company is based on the premise that for each pair of shoes bought, a pair will be donated to a child in need in a developing country. For these children, shoes are not about fashion, but about protecting their feet from injury and disease. Donation of shoes is a big part of the “One Day” effort in Murray. For every donation of a pair of gently used shoes, donors received a coupon for 25 percent off any sweatshirt in the MSU store. Murray State did some donating itself. For every “Murray State One for One Benefi t Tee” sold that day, the store donated one new t-shirt to a student in need. All of the donations were split between the Youth Services Centers at Murray and Calloway County high schools. The MSU Women’s Center sponsored “A Day Without Shoes” walk. For each person who registered to walk, TOMS ShoesTM donated $1 toward a pair of shoes for a child in Africa.
University communications and alumni affairs partnered to stuff two SUVs for a regional “Stuff the Truck” donation effort.
Offering a flood of assistance The months of April and May saw massive flooding along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. River levels in the region came close to matching numbers posted during the “Great Flood of 1937.” Murray State students, faculty, staff and alumni came to the aid of area flood victims in a number of ways. Good-neighbor Racers put their backs and their wallets into it with initiatives that included a sandbagging group, WKMS flood reporting that aired across the nation and a “Race to Give” program to donate muchneeded post-flooding cleaning supplies to a “Stuff the Truck” promotion. University sponsors include the office of regional stewardship and outreach, National Public Radio station WKMS, university communications and alumni affairs.
Baust contributes “green” ideas to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Joe Baust, college of education faculty member and director of the Center for Environmental Education, was a member of a curriculum development team that created the Job Corps Green Jobs curriculum and activity guide for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture through the U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Forest Service is responsible for nearly all of the Job Corps sites across the U.S. that help young people who come from economically challenged circumstances to complete the GED and also learn a trade. The purpose of the booklet is to integrate career and technical training into the “green” economy. “The outcome of the pilot was that the students and staff who took part said the hands-on activities that were shared were successful in teaching the concepts,” said Baust.
Kirby at a monastery in Yaroslav, Russia.
Murray State’s Kirby O’Donoghue selected for cross-culture discussions in Russia
delegation of 15 university student body presidents and one student newspaper editor from across the United States traveled to Russia this spring at the invitation of the International Relations Department of the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation. Nearly all of the students were nominated by their Members of Congress in a process facilitated by the Open World Leadership Center, a Congressional agency with a mission to partner emerging leaders from the countries of Eurasia with their counterparts in the United States. Murray State University Student Government Association President Kirby O’Donoghue, who is a May 2011 summa cum laude graduate, was selected for this year’s trip. Open World has introduced more than 16,500 current and future decision makers from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to American political and civic life, and to their American professional peers. The student leaders met with youth issues leaders as well as senior officials in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of power. 3
Q U A L I T Y
Murray recognized for its graduate programs University makes the grade
urray State University has been recognized in the 2011 Best Graduate Schools, published by U.S.News & World Report. Murray was noted for its nursing, nurse anesthesia and speech-language pathology programs. MSU is the only Kentucky regional university to offer a nurse anesthesia option. Programs from other Kentucky universities were cited as well. “We are pleased to be included among the best graduate schools. Our nursing programs have a strong tradition of excellence and the nurse anesthesia program serves the entire state of Kentucky,” said Dr. Bonnie Higginson, Murray’s grade validates the MSU provost and vice president for academic university’s decision to revise affairs. “With our new its university studies program school of nursing ~ Randy J. Dunn, MSU president and plans to offer the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) beginning in 2012, I expect our presence on this prestigious list to continue. Our master’s program in speechlanguage pathology is highly competitive in terms of admissions,” 4
Higginson noted. “These three graduate programs provide essential education to health care professionals in our region and beyond.” More good news to corroborate Murray State’s quality recently came from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. During an evaluation of general studies programs at more than 700 institutions, universities were assigned a letter grade from “A” to “F” based on the strength of each school’s program across seven core areas: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, foreign language, mathematics, economics and science. While no Kentucky school — public or private — received an “A” grade (a mere 17 did nationally), Murray State University and the University of Kentucky were the only Kentucky publics to score in the “B” range. Georgetown College was the only Kentucky private institution to receive a “B” grade in the state. According to MSU President Dr. Randy J. Dunn, Murray’s grade validates the university’s decision to revise its university studies program. It also highlights something important for students, he noted. “Not only do we prepare our graduates to go out and do things successfully that lead to rewarding careers, but we also are striving to educate our students to think broadly around big concepts across a wide range of disciplines.”
Leading in social media M
urray State’s social media efforts have resulted in a record-breaking performance for the university’s Facebook “12,000 Fans” promotion. In March, when compared to more than 1,000 other university Facebook pages, Murray had year-to-date recognition of: • top most engaging page in competitor segment • the largest-growing page • top largest growing page in competitor segment • most engaging page • highest ever engagement on a single post BlueFuego, a social media consulting fi rm that focuses on higher education, posted the comparisons and named MSU “Fuego’s Finest.” The campaign began in January when the university Facebook page had 6,000 fans and a goal of 12,000 fans by March 5. The goal was reached two weeks early. “We have paid careful attention to the research on social media and how people engage with organizations they are interested in. I am very proud of our team and believe we can continue to build more relationships with our prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends,” said Catherine Sivills, assistant vice president for university communications. The university communications offi ce also received numerous awards from CASE-Kentucky (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) at its last conference — three Grand Champions (Points of Pride annual report, website design and implementation, and Roundabout U television show), two Awards of Excellence (The Review tabloid and The Blue & Gold magazine) and two Special Merits (Roundabout Murray internal newsletter and “Your World to Explore” student recruitment publication).
MSU hosts FLW College Fishing National Championship
Murray student selected for Fulbright honor Ashley Winkler, a May 2011 graduate with majors in chemistry and Spanish, recently received notifi cation that she is the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain for the 2011-12 year. Her study abroad experiences include travel in England, Korea and Spain. Winkler is the fi rst MSU student to be selected for this prestigious honor.
FLW Outdoors chose Murray State for the site of its 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship. The university’s CFSB Center and close proximity to world-famous Kentucky Lake and FLW headquarters made it the ideal location for the three-day event. The MSU High School Fishing Open was held after the college tournament in partnership with The Bass Federation and FLW Outdoors. A College Festival and tournament weigh-ins were held each day in the CFSB Center. Students and fi shing fans were treated to tailgate games, a sports zone, a free concert, free food and more. The tournament was won by repeat champions, the University of Florida. FLW Outdoors is the largest fi shing tournament organization in the world, with 191 tournaments scheduled in 2011. “We were extremely excited to have Murray State University host the 2011 ... championship,” said Kathy Fennel, president of FLW Outdoors Operations Division. “The facilities at Murray State are some of the fi nest we’ve encountered while producing fi shing tournaments around the country. Add to that a region passionate about fi shing, an enthusiastic student body and Kentucky Lake, and you have an incredible event.” 5
Q U A L I T Y
MSU ATEP students stand out, staying active and getting involved T
he MSU Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) was recognized in the January 2011 issue of NATA News for student involvement. The news magazine for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) regularly selects a few schools from each district to highlight, and MSU was on the top of the list along with Southern Louisiana University and Vanderbilt University. Being recognized and topping larger programs at big name schools in the district speaks highly of the program. While the ATEP program at MSU is relatively young, earning its formal accreditation in 2005, the program has taken off quickly with students who have been making marks both on and off campus. “Since the initial accreditation, the 6
program had grown by leaps and bounds annually,” said Jeremy Erdmann, director of the ATEP program at MSU. “Several of the students who have graduated have gone on to further their knowledge and education at various graduate schools, doctoral programs, and other athletic training and allied health care arenas.” Students are also gaining valuable experience by attending events including NATA conferences. “For students, the conferences are just a great way for us to ... see the whole athletic training picture,” Jenny Russell, a senior in the program, said. “It also gives us a great opportunity to meet professionals in our field and make connections that may help us get a job in the future. “The fact that we were recognized
for our volunteer efforts was gratifying,” Russell said. “It will benefit the program by raising awareness, not only to new students, but also to athletic trainers looking to hire graduates.”
Murray State student wins ITERA award Vincent Waniel, an MSU senior majoring in telecommunications systems management, received the Best Undergraduate Paper award at the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) Conference.
Public safety office and WKMS receive FEMA grants for generators
urray State’s Public Safety and Emergency Management Department and WKMS-FM are among awardees of a $48 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant for entities across Kentucky affected by the 2009 ice storm. Both units of the university are receiving funding for permanent emergency generators. WKMS is being awarded a total of $73,365; Public Safety and Emergency Management will receive a total amount of $81,391. Funding comes from both federal and non-federal sources. Public safety’s generator will provide a back-up power source for university police, the communications center and the Calloway County Emergency Operations Center, benefiting an estimated 36,000 residents of Calloway County. The generator for WKMS, MSU’s National Public Radio station, will provide a back-up power source for all communication equipment on the MSU/WKMS tower without loss of service during a power outage. The project ensures essential communication service for first responders including the Kentucky State Police, Department of Military Affairs (Kentucky National Guard), U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the KEWS/COT microwave system, as well as ensuring the 100,000-watt WKMS public service broadcasting to a coverage region that includes approximately 400,000 residents. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recognized both WKMS and public safety in February 2009 for service provided to the public during a massive loss of electricity across west Kentucky following the ice storm.
Won’t you join us? SAVE the Date! Thursday, October 13, 2011* 5:30 p.m.
The third annual event will feature student and faculty performances, delectable dining, and unique live and silent auctions. We will also announce the inaugural recipient of the outstanding alumnus in Fine Arts. Your generous support provides scholarships for students within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts majoring in Art, Music and Theatre.
On the beautiful campus of Murray State University For more information, contact Tina Bernot, Director of Development 270.809.3250 or email@example.com
* Homecoming weekend – reunions, parade, crowning of Homecoming’s King and Queen and MSU vs. Eastern Illinois. Make your hotel reservation today! www.tourmurray.com
AdaptiVolt™ goes live at Murray State University Conserving energy for green effort and cost savings
he university finished the commissioning of PCS UtiliData’s AdaptiVolt™ Volt/VAR Optimization system, which saves energy by increasing the efficiency of MSU’s campus-wide electric distribution network. With the successful commissioning, MSU becomes the first university in the United States to gain the benefits of the AdaptiVolt™ Volt/VAR Optimization technology. The AdaptiVolt™ system gives Murray State the power to monitor and automatically adjust voltage levels throughout its electric distribution system, thereby conserving energy and reducing power losses. “We are excited about the successful completion of this project and we are very anxious to complete the measurement and verification process to validate the energy savings that we are achieving,” said Kim Oatman, chief facilities officer for MSU. The project is anticipated to conserve approximately 1.8 GWh in a typical year — enough energy to power over 150 homes. Other AdaptiVolt™ systems are installed across North America at various utilities and large industrial facilities. According to Ron Decker, CEO of PCS UtiliData, “MSU has taken a large step toward realizing the full potential of Smart Grid and energy efficient technologies by taking greater control of their electric distribution system.” 7
S U C C E S S University now designated a Level V Following the decision to create a DNP (doctor of nursing practice) in the school of nursing last year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved Murray State’s application to move from a Level IV institution (master’s/specialist degree as the highest) to a Level V (offers three or fewer doctorates as the highest degrees). The DNP program is designed to move BSN-prepared registered nurses into advanced practice, benefiting health care not only in Kentucky but also in the surrounding region and the nation.
Arkov becomes first MSU faculty member to receive CAREER award from NSF
r. Alexey Arkov, assistant professor of biological sciences, has been selected to receive an NSF CAREER award. This major award is based on a rigorous review of the scientifi c, technical and educational merits of Arkov’s research proposal, and will be funded over a period of approximately fi ve years. This is the fi rst CAREER award issued to a Murray State University faculty member. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacherscholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Activities selected for funding are those that show promise in building a fi rm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.
RBIC client, StarGaze, nets national award
client of Murray State University’s Regional Business and Innovation Center (RBIC), StarGaze Energy, received the 2011 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the United States Chamber of Commerce. The award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, honors the nation’s job creators, recognizing their signifi cant contributions to economic growth. StarGaze, a Western Kentucky clean energy company and a 2010 PEAK Award winner, was nominated by Murray State’s RBIC. It received support from community organizations and area universities. StarGaze Energy specializes in solar technologies and has gained momentum in the industry by lowering costs associated with clean energy investments. The company utilized American-made products as its system solutions to foster domestic economic development, while decreasing dependencies on foreign energy resources.
Mateja an APS Fellow Dr. John Mateja, director of the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Offi ce and McNair Scholars Program at Murray State, was recently elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), an honor bestowed upon only one half of one percent of APS members. For over 25 years, Mateja has been a leader at the national, regional and local levels of the movement to incorporate undergraduate research and scholarly work into the undergraduate educational experience. His election as a Fellow of APS recognizes this work.
Symphony orchestra performs on stage of Chicago’s finest Roundabout U film crew covers concert and more
he Murray State University Symphony Orchestra accepted a prestigious invitation to perform this past March in one of the most famous concert venues in the world, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Ill. The hall is home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as many other major concert events throughout the year. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra also performed that evening. “Naturally, we were excited and quite elated to receive this invitation,” noted Dennis L. Johnson, orchestra conductor. “We worked very hard to represent the university and community in this exciting endeavor.” The invitation came from World Projects International.
Murray has national semi-finalists in music and equestrian competitions
urray State’s Trumpet Ensemble was selected as a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition for the seventh time since 2003. The ensemble earned the right to compete in Washington, D.C., against the very best in the nation. The ensemble, featuring students Norman Blakely, Stephen Incata, Brandon McKinley, Nick Calcamuggio and Grant Jones, is directed by Dr. Eric Swisher. Not to be outdone, the MSU equestrian stock team found success in Springfield, Mo., and ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the nation. The team and individual riders including Samantha Eckert, Alysia Conover, Loen Witt and Sam Erwin moved on to nationals, where Erwin placed first in the Alumni Horsemanship Division. The team, coached by Don Delaney, placed eighth in the entire national competition.
“This is a new festival for us and we wanted to make sure that we attracted some of the best ensembles for this initial event. The music department at Murray State is quite well known for its excellence in the fine arts and it seemed natural that the orchestra be the representative for this early venture,” said Debra Gibbs, World Projects CEO. The crew of MSU’s Roundabout U video magazine also traveled to Chicago to cover the concert and catch up with alumni at the Berghoff Restaurant. The show visited legendary Chicago sites including Wrigley Field where MSU alumnus and Cubs pitching coach, Mark Riggins, gave some instruction on throwing a baseball.
Roslyn White chosen president-elect of KYACAC Roslyn White, MSU’s associate director of recruitment and coordinator for African American recruitment, was recently chosen president–elect of the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling (KYACAC). KYACAC is the only professional association in Kentucky that brings together those who work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. The goal of the association is to serve college-bound students within the state and to improve their access to higher education. The organization is a state affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. 9
T E A C H I N G a n d L E A R N I N G MSU student selected to accompany original Freedom Riders through the South Threatened. Attacked. Jailed. That’s exactly what America’s original Freedom Riders faced 50 years ago. Murray State University student John Walker’s ride was different, but an intense experience nevertheless. American Experience, PBS’s most-watched history series, sponsored the journey to retrace the historic civil rights bus rides that changed the landscape of America. Accompanied by original Freedom Riders, 40 college students were chosen out of 1,000 applicants to participate in the bus ride May 6-16. Walker is one of those students. The ride was an opportunity for students to learn from history and apply it to today, as well as a catalyst for a national conversation about the role of civic engagement. Walker, a 22-year-old senior journalism major at Murray, is fascinated by history, particularly anything to do with social justice and civic involvement. A self-professed 20th-century history buff, Walker relished the opportunity to join in an occasion that marks a seminal moment in history. “The more we understand the struggles of the community, the better equipped we are for the future,” Walker said.
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+ improved biology education Murray State and Michigan State biology professors Dr. Terry Derting and Dr. Diane Ebert-May are collaborating on a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve student learning through improved teaching by future biology faculty. Derting (Murray) and Ebert-May (Michigan), along with other science faculty from universities throughout the country, used NSF grants to conduct workshops at biology fi eld stations in the U.S. to train faculty in more effective approaches to teaching undergraduates. The current project allows teams of trained faculty to implement professional development activities and mentor postdoctoral scholars. An introductory biology course in the MSU curriculum will serve as a model for those scholars as they work on developing their own courses.
Cox receives double honors
Presidential Lecture 2011 — Ben Stein The 2011 MSU Presidential Lecture Series featured Ben Stein – actor, author, economist and pop culture icon. With an extensive filmography and numerous TV credits, Stein is perhaps most recognized as the host of Comedy Central’s quirky game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, and as the boring economics teacher in the classic skipping school movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. A graduate of Columbia and Yale universities, Stein was a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon at the White House and then for Gerald Ford. (He did not write the oft-quoted line, “I am not a crook.”) Active in pro-animal and pro-life support, Stein received a standing ovation from a diverse audience including students, faculty and staff, and members of the Murray and surrounding communities. 10
Dr. Ricky Cox, MSU chemistry professor, was named the 2011 Distinguished Professor by the alumni association and received the 2011 Max G. Carman Outstanding Teacher Award from the Student Government Association. Cox is the fi rst faculty member to receive both awards in the same year.
Martin research recognized Dr. Robert A. Martin, MSU biology professor, was named the alumni association’s 2011 Distinguished Researcher. His research projects and grant work, both at MSU and across the U.S., are plentiful and he has been published in an array of scientifi c publications.
Bringing experts to the students First Nashville College of Knowledge For the fi rst time ever, a team of music industry leaders were on campus in April to share their knowledge of the music business. Panelists included Josh Gracin, top selling country music recording artist and former American Idol fi nalist; Rod Essig of CAA Nashville and agent for Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and LeAnn Rimes; and CEO of Full Scope Entertainment, Ken Madson, who manages Colt Ford and Gracin, among others. The panelists were a part of the Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) College of Knowledge program. The outreach initiative was developed to educate and inspire individuals interested in the fi eld of music business while giving them an insiderâ€™s look at the various facets of the industry. Murrayâ€™s music business students, as well as those in other areas, benefi ted from the opportunity to listen, learn and question the experts.
Omnicom executives share advertising/public relations expertise Three executives of the Omnicom Group in New York City spoke to students in the department of journalism and mass communications in April about the world of advertising, marketing and related communications fi elds. Experts from the Diversifi ed Agency Services division of Omnicom included Carmen Baez, president for Latin America; Karen Zahorsky, president for development; and Robert Norsworthy, executive vice president. Norsworthy was on campus this semester as a visiting professional and arranged for his two colleagues to come to Murray for the program.
S P O R T S
Steve Prohm new Racer men’s basketball coach S
teve Prohm became the 15th head coach in MSU’s 86-year history, May 23, after his promotion from assistant coach for the last fi ve seasons under Billy Kennedy, who recently became head coach at Texas A&M University. “I want to thank MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn and Allen Ward (athletics director) for this unbelievable opportunity to represent one of the most historic and tradition-rich basketball programs in the nation,” Prohm said. “I want to also thank Coach Kennedy for the opportunity he gave me 13 years ago. He has not only been my mentor, but he’s also a great friend whom I will continue to lean on in the future. I want to say a special thanks to the Murray/Calloway County community and all of the Racer fans. I understand this program and I look forward to embracing its tradition. Finally, I want to say thank you to all my former and current players and former and current assistant coaches whom I’ve worked with who have put me in a position to become a head coach.“ “I’m excited to know that Coach Prohm is going to be our head coach,” MSU junior Isaiah Canaan said. “All of the guys on the team are excited too. Coach knows the game, he knows us and we’re all excited to get back to work and go for another OVC championship next season.” Prohm inherits a team that saw another championship season in 2010-11 when it posted its 22nd Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular season title. The Racers went 23-9, marking their 24th consecutive winning season, which ranks fourth in the nation with Connecticut and behind only Syracuse (41), Kansas (28) and Arizona (27). MSU’s Isaiah Canaan, B.J. Jenkins and Isacc Miles were all named All-OVC and Coach Billy Kennedy was named OVC Coach of the Year. The 2011-12 season features MSU’s fi rst appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout Thanksgiving week in Anchorage.
Dr. Henry Baughman, ’67 B.S. business education, ’68 M.A.E. physical education, was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2011. Baughman, of Smithfield, Ky., is only the third person from Kentucky to be inducted into this exclusive group. He was captain of Murray’s OVC championship tennis teams in 1965 and 1967. He also served as an assistant tennis coach while pursuing his master’s degree. After Murray State, he earned his health and safety doctorate at Indiana University and created a certification exam for Emergency Medical Technicians. He helped the state of Kentucky start its EMT program in 1970. Baughman’s EMT badge #27 is one of the first of the 58,000 that have been issued. 12
Did you know? The Murray State riﬂe team won its 10th OVC championship and advanced to the NCAA finals for the 28th time in the 32-year history of the program. Kaitlin Cleven was named OVC Air Riﬂe Athlete of the Year, while Caroline Barber, Kyle Donnan, Nehemiah Gillman, Ashley Rose and Emily Quiner were named All-OVC.
Cameron Carrico earned the OVC Golfer of the Year award after he led the nation in par-4 scoring with a 3.96 average. He posted two wins during the 2010-11 season and was fourth in the nation with a 71.0 scoring average.
The Murray State softball team saw Jenna Bradley win the OVC Player of the Year award and Lauren Lauren Buch earn All-OVC First Team honors. The Racers, in just their second season as a program, showed improvement and won their fi rst game in the OVC Tournament, beating UT-Martin.
Delaney Howson had a tremendous fi rst season with the MSU women’s golf team and earned the OVC Freshman of the Year award.
Coaching notes ... Coming off a successful 2010 campaign under Head Coach Chris Hatcher, the Racers are ready for the 2011 season, which begins with a game on ESPNU at Louisville, Sept. 1, at Papa John’s Stadium. Already this off-season, Racer running back Mike Harris, kick returner Dontrell Johnson (both seniors) and junior quarterback Casey quarterback Casey Brockman were were named top-10 players at their positions by the Sports Network.
> Connie Keasling, MSU women’s tennis coach, will be retiring in December 2011 after 22 years at MSU. Keasling produced a decade (2001-10) of every player who graduated participating in an NCAA tournament, and earning championship and graduation rings. Her teams had fi ve OVC championships and four NCAA appearances (more than any other OVC school). > Dr. Jean Smith, who led MSU women’s basketball into the OVC passed away May 17. After leaving coaching, she became an accountant in her hometown of Dunn, N.C. Mike Harris 13
G I V I N G
Thank you The Agriculture Campaign for Research and Education of Students (ACRES) has been one of the top priorities of the Hutson School of Agriculture since 2005. The ACRES Campaign was initiated in 2010 to raise $1.5 million to secure a new university farm and improvements. After receiving an initial start-up gift from alumnus Bill Garrett ’49, Cindy Hutson ’90 generously donated a 160-acre farm for use as a research and laboratory facility. In addition, Cindy and Sue Hutson made additional donations to honor Dan C. Hutson Sr. and Dan C. Hutson II. Through additional support from many alumni, students, faculty, corporations and financial institutions, Murray State has raised over $1.56 million for the ACRES Campaign. We would especially like to thank the financial institutions that have donated to ACRES to date — Jackson Purchase ACA, The Murray Bank, Planters Bank Inc., FNB Bank Inc., and Clinton Bank.
MSU and Hutson family dedicate Hutson School of Agriculture Members of the Murray State community, along with friends and family of Cindy and Sue Hutson, gathered to dedicate the recently named Hutson School of Agriculture. It is named in honor and memory of Dan C. Hutson Sr. and Dan C. Hutson II, and in recognition of that family’s support of and contributions to agriculture in western Kentucky and the surrounding region. The Hutsons have provided substantial fi nancial support to the university and its school of agriculture. Cumulative gifts from the Hutson family total $3 million.
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The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University
59.8 M as of May 1
History and proud tradition of Murray State University Pogues continue their legacy to library
r. Forrest Pogue left a legacy at Murray State University and when his wife, Christine Brown Pogue, passed away last year, she too left a legacy of her own to Pogue Library. Through her estate plans, Christine has continued her family legacy by donating 14 pieces of artwork, as well as leaving a planned gift to endow funding for the preservation and digitization of collections at Pogue Library. Christine was a life-long librarian and artist who graduated from Murray State in 1936. She also taught at Murray State and in the training school and worked as a cataloger in the library. Also as a cataloger in the Department of the Army Library at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Christine accomplished many things in both her careers as an artist and librarian. She painted large oil portraits of Army Gen. George G. Marshall, which hang in the Marshall Library in Lexington, Va. Her late husband, Forrest, was a World War II
combat historian and later authored a four-volume authorized biography of Marshall. The Pogues made many donations to Murray State throughout their lifetimes and had a long, personal history with the university. The Pogue Special Collections Library on campus is named in honor of Forrest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For information on how to leave a legacy gift and establish a bequest provision in a will or in other estate plans, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the offi ce of development at 1.877.282.0033 or 270.809.3001.
In June 2010, the MSU Alumni Association created a new giving society to Murray State University build an alumni legacy scholarship endowment and to honor our history and founders as we build the future at Murray State University. The 1922 Society has had a successful fi rst year and is proud to announce its 100th member, Dr. Tom and Mrs. Jackie Maddox. Tom graduated from Murray in 1965 with a B.A. in biology and chemistry, and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. As an alum, he has served as alumni association president and is currently on the MSU Foundation board of trustees. “Both my mother and father graduated in 1941 from Murray. Growing up they talked so favorable about Murray that I never considered going anywhere else,” he says. Tom and Jackie became members of the 1922 Society to support the alumni association and to honor her mother, Ola Mae Farmer-Calhoun, a 1929 MSU graduate with a B.S. in education. The goal of the 1922 Society is to endow a $2 million scholarship fund for children and grandchildren of alumni. Will you be the next to help honor future generations of Racers? As we move forward, the legacy of not only MSU, but of those who came before will forever be the building blocks of our university. To learn more about the 1922 Society, visit www.murraystate. edu/1922 or call 1.877.282.0033.
Grandson of university founder honored
he historic Grand Reading Room in Pogue Library has been named in honor of Wells T. Lovett, a member of Murray State University’s fi rst family. Lovett, the grandson of the university’s founder, Dr. Rainey T. Wells, was born at Oakhurst on Dec. 6, 1923. He graduated from the Murray Training School in 1940 and matriculated to Murray State. A graduate of Ohio State University, he received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He had a 50-year career as a successful attorney, banker and insurance executive in Owensboro, Ky., and is now retired and lives with his wife, Helen, in Louisville. Lovett served as both a regent at MSU and on the MSU Foundation board of trustees. At the dedication ceremony, MSU President Randy Dunn said, “Wells, we know that Murray State is a place that holds a special meaning for you and your family. As you look out these windows, Dr. Rainey Wells’ statue looks over the Quad, behind me is Lovett Auditorium, named after Wells’ mother, Laurine Wells Lovett, and to my right is Wells Hall named after Dr. Wells, our founder. Murray State University’s history is synonymous with the history of this family and it is fi tting and proper that we show our deep appreciation of their dedication and service.” In addition to funding for the Grand Reading Room, the Lovett family has established a scholarship that will benefi t students beginning in the fall semester of 2012. 15
G I V I N G
DID YOU KNOW? Dr. Jan Weaver dedicated her life to the field of education. She began her teaching career in her hometown in 1952 at Owensboro (Ky.) High School and worked in the public school setting in Kentucky and Indiana until 1958. She earned an M.A.T. and Ed.D. at Indiana University, where she began her professional career. Jan came to Murray State in 1985 as a professor and dean of the college of education, where she remained until her retirement in 1997. She is the recipient of an MSU Golden Horseshoe Award and is the only person ever elected president of all of the following professional organizations— Professors of Education, Deans of Teacher Education of Colleges and State Universities, and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Dick Weaver is from Ft. Wayne, Ind. He entered the U.S. Army after high school and served in Korea during World War II and the Korean conﬂict where several promotions came his way. He graduated from Indiana University with a business degree and an M.B.A. in business, marketing and management. His first professional job was with RCA in Bloomington, Ind. At that time, RCA was the biggest TV plant in the world. In 2001, Dick was awarded an honorary doctorate by MSU in recognition of his exemplary support of the institution. When accepting the award, he gave full credit to his wife for being the one who brought them to Murray State. When Jan’s health began to fail after her retirement, Dick cared for her at home. After her death, Dick has remained an integral part of the community and is active in a number of organizations. He continues to be a major donor to MSU and still regularly attends university athletic events. Most of all, he enjoys meeting the recipients of the four MSU scholarships that he and Jan established. 16
The Kenneth E. Meiners Memorial SSLD Award, established by Lou and Marie Meiners of Naples, Fla., provided scholarships that paid for the private tutoring fees of 11 MSU students who used the services of the Murray State SSLD (Services for Students with Learning Disabilities) office. The students saw a successful semester with GPAs ranging from 2.78 to a perfect 4.0. The Meiners‘ renewable gift was established in July 2010 in memory of Lou’s son, Kenneth, a former MSU student who passed away suddenly in 1994 following his sophomore year. Kenneth was dyslexic and utilized the services offered through the SSLD office while on campus. Thank you, Lou and Marie, for your vision and dedication in supporting our MSU students.
The MSU department of theatre received a major gift from alumnus, the late Hal Riddle. A Broadway and Hollywood actor, Riddle ‘42 appeared in plays, television and movies during his 50-year career with such Hollywood legends as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley. He donated his collection of rare Hollywood memorabilia to MSU in 2007 (appraised value of $350,000). The balance of his estate will benefit the department of theatre. With this donation, the ongoing royalties and residuals from his life’s work will continue to benefit MSU and its students for years to come.
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With speaking in public noted as one of the worst fears Americans have, it is understandable that students struggle with presentations and speeches. Thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Jesse D. Jones, Murray State University will establish a center in Waterfield Library to provide assistance with developing oral communication and presentation skills that will open in the fall semester of 2011. Jones, who has undergraduate degrees from MSU in chemistry and mathematics, has given generously to the university by providing Murray State’s campus with facilities, scientific research and laboratory equipment, student scholarships, and innovative projects like the Racer Writing Center and this new Racer Oral Communication Center. The center will utilize peer tutoring and faculty coaching to develop the speaking abilities of students, enabling them to become proficient and competent public speakers.
Kris and Lori Robbins of Louisville, Ky., donated $75,000 to MSU’s college of business to be used to help fund both a student development trip to New York City and construct the yet-to-be built Financial Services Center. The Finance and Leadership New York Experience will allow six to eight students the opportunity to broaden and enrich their educations in the global financial hub of New York. The annual experience will be led by faculty from the department of economics and finance. It affords students the chance to see firsthand the inner workings of the “real world” of finance — at the New York Stock Exchange, touring a brokerage house and more — for an unforgettable experience. One third of the Robbins’ donation will be used to fund the Financial Services Center, a state-ofthe-art finance area that will house current industry technology and provide access to data that is a necessary resource for finance professionals today.
Dr. and Mrs. Charles and Marlene Johnson, both MSU alumni and members of the Campaign Leadership Cabinet for the university’s Hold Thy Banner High comprehensive campaign, have made a gift to begin renovations to Lovett Auditorium. Built in 1928, Lovett had minor renovations in the mid-60s with reupholstered seats and some painting, along with the addition of a sprinkler system and air conditioning. This will be the first planned renovation since that time. While preserving the historical features of the facility, the renovation will include lobby updates along with the addition of ticket and concession areas and first floor restrooms. 17
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MSU alumna awarded 2010 D. Timothy Estes Award
shley Taylor, 2001 alumna of Murray State, was awarded the annual D. Timothy Estes Award for imagination and innovation for her work at Easter Seals West Kentucky. She has worked at Easter Seals since 2001. Easter Seals represents nearly 50 years of helping people with physical and cognitive impairments to gain greater independence by providing quality services. The local organization serves western Kentucky, southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri. Taylor said that receiving the award wouldn’t have been possible without the education and experiences she had while at Murray, particularly in the American Humanics program and her social work classes. Taylor said the part she loves most about her career is being able to help people achieve their work goals and become more independent. “I love that each day I get to have variety in my work ... To see the look on a person’s face their fi rst day of work, or when they get Employee of the Month and know that you had a hand in making that happen is one of the most amazing things,” she said.
Kentucky Hall of Famers Bill Bartleman ‘71 and Jackie Hays Bickel ‘79, MSU journalism graduates, were selected to be in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Bartleman retired in 2010 from The Paducah Sun after 39 years. He was Kentucky’s longest-running legislative reporter and served as a panelist for KET political debates. Bickel (who uses Hays as her professional name) worked at TV stations in Paducah, Louisville and Philadelphia. She retired in 2009 after 31 years in broadcast journalism and now manages prevention and health marketing for Norton Healthcare.
Alumna named Military Spouse of the Year
ara Jane Arnett, a 2000 MSU graduate, was selected as the 2011 “Heroes at Home” Military Spouse of the Year. Sara Jane is the wife of Capt. Samuel Arnett, a 2003 MSU grad and commander of the 221st Military Police Detachment at Fort Eustis, Va. She serves as the organization’s Family Readiness Group Leader, assisting the families of 60 soldiers assigned to the unit. She also coordinates and supports local charities and leads volunteer initiatives in the area. The couple have two sons, Gammon and Harrison, and are expecting a third. The competition was open to all branches of the U.S. military in the region; Sara Jane is the fi rst army spouse to win. She received gifts and a $25,000 scholarship to pursue her master’s degree.
Sara Jane Arnett and husband, Capt. Samuel Arnett
Helms crosses the globe to Hong Kong and Australia
ristie Helms ‘93 has a B.S. in journalism from MSU, a certifi cate in public relations from New York University and master’s in communication management from Simmons College in Boston. Since college graduation she has lived in Nashville, New York City and Boston, working at several large nonprofi ts and Fortune 500 corporations. She is currently an assistant vice president in global marketing for State Street, a Fortune 500 fi nancial company. “I work in the internal communications group and will be based in Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia,” Helms said. In her position, Helms coordinates employee publications for nearly 27,000 employees worldwide and serves on working groups for global social responsibility, environmental sustainability and global giving campaigns. “The marketplace has a real need for both people who are able to identify a problem and step in with a solution — that’s a skill that I learned at Murray State,” Helms noted. Helms said she has always taken positions that challenged her. “I’ve had amazing experiences. I worked in the World Trade Center in NYC, I’ve helped tell the stories of people in South Bronx and I’ve found an air-conditioned NYC cab for a penguin in July. “ Her advice to new graduates is simple — dream big, take a chance and never be afraid to try something new.
Alum featured at top film festival in Berlin
randon Boyd bought his first Hi-8 video recorder and began making skateboarding videos at the age of 12. His work has progressed from reenactments of Saturday Night Live skits viewed in his parent’s living room to fulllength films that have premiered at top film festivals around the world. Boyd’s most recent film, The Dynamiter, premiered in Berlin in front of a soldout crowd for the very selective 61st Annual Berlin International Film Festival. He was editor and associate producer for the film. He attributes much of his success in the film industry to the time he spent at Murray State. He graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in electronic media and was a film minor through the English department. Boyd premiered his first film at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah, Ky., and realized he needed to better educate himself if he wanted to seriously pursue a career in filmmaking. “At MSU, I learned how to follow through with my goals and never stop learning,” Boyd said. “Setting my sights on getting the degree at MSU and then actually finishing it made me realize that it’s important to put yourself in the right surroundings to succeed.”
fter reading dozens of children’s books to his daughters, Ava and Ella, Jay Chuppe of Paducah, Ky., decided it was time to create a different kind of story for their bedtime tales. Brewster Learns to Crow is Chuppe’s first children’s book, which he both wrote and illustrated. He attended Murray State from 199093, where he began cultivating his artistic abilities. Chuppe designed tee shirts for Alpha Tau Omega philanthropic events and other organizations while on campus, drew cartoons for The Murray State News and worked in a local screen printing shop. Chuppe launched his own pre-print tee shirt line, Kenfunky Tees, and does freelance illustrations and cartoons for clients all over the country including WWE, Warner Bros., and NASCAR. Chuppe also wrote and illustrated Red Mullet and Cowboys, Kentucky’s Handiest Heroes, a comic book about down-to-earth superheroes. His work can be found online at www.myspace.com/jaychuppe.
HOMECOMING 2011 October 13-15
M E M O R Y
Ruth James Wilson ‘31 B.S. home economics died May 30, 2009. Donald E. Gipe ‘60 B.S. business administration died Feb. 26, 2010. He was the retired vice president of Gipe Automotive Inc. Aubrey J. “Jimmy” Durham ‘69 B.S. psychology died April 5, 2010. He was a retired administrative assistant with Western State Hospital. Ernestine “Teeny” Greer ‘81 B.S. agriculture science died May 12, 2010. She was the manager at Virgin’s Nursery in Hickman, Ky. Joy Ruth Kemp ‘36 B.M. music died May 31, 2010. She was retired from the Atlanta Public Schools as a music supervisor. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Bobby S. Glass ‘95 B.S. advertising died Aug. 4, 2010. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Richard Serino ’68 B.S. industrial education died Aug. 26, 2010. He was a general contractor for commercial and residential buildings. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Mae Mathis Rudolph ’68 B.A. English died Aug. 29, 2010. She was a retired homemaker. Marjorie Choate Johnson ‘62 B.S. elementary education, ‘66 M.S. education died Sept. 15, 2010. She was a retired educator. Dr. Christine S. Parker died Oct. 7, 2010. She was a retired professor of mathematics at Murray State University. Robert F. Matthews Jr. died Oct. 30, 2010. Matthews was a retired attorney with Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC. He served on the Murray State University board of regents from 1992-93. Dr. Lonie Rudd ‘43 B.S. mathematics and business administration died Nov. 1, 2010. He was a retired professor at the State University of New York and was a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II. Philip A. Scott ‘65 B.S. business administration died Nov. 4, 2010. He was a regional sales manager at MP Pumps Inc. Beth Leslie Fielder ‘93 A.A. office systems died Nov. 5, 2010. She was a loan closer for West Kentucky Title Company. Raymond C. Lafser ‘54 B.S. biology and chemistry died Nov. 6, 2010. He was a retired administrator for Unicare Health Facility. He was also a retired lieutenant from the U.S. Army. Ella Mae Newton Quertermous ‘40 B.S. elementary education died Nov. 7, 2010. She was a retired teacher. Dr. Barbara Herndon Vick ‘78 B.S. home economics, ‘79 M. S. home economics died Nov. 9, 2010. She was the assistant superintendent at the McCracken County Board of Education. Harue Armstrong Paris ‘45 B.S. home economics died Nov. 12, 2010. Huell M. Tilley ‘51 B.S. agricultural education died Nov. 15, 2010. He served on the Ballard County Economic Development Board and was retired from Farm Bureau Insurance. Tilley was a U.S. Army World War II veteran. Art Rothenburger ‘71 B.S. agriculture died Dec. 13, 2010. He was a farmer in North Shelby Tennessee and charter member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Kenneth Rae Cain ‘48 B.S. physical education and health/recreation, ‘54 M.A. education died Dec. 17, 2010. He was a retired principal from Belgreen High School. Jerry David Williams ‘52 B.M.E died Dec. 21, 2010. He was employed by Mississippi State University for 36 years and served as head of the choral department and was the founder of the University Madrigal Singers. 20
James Logan Pryor ‘49 B.S. agriculture died Dec. 26, 2010. Pryor was retired from the Graves County School District and former owner of J. Logan’s. He was a life member of the MSU Agriculture Alumni Association. Kyle Patrick Dieling ‘07 B.S. criminal justice died Jan. 1, 2011. He was a patrol officer with the Elmhurst (Ill.) Police Department. He was a founding member of the Murray State Bass Angler Club. Harold Max Carlisle ’48 B.S. physical education and history died Jan. 5, 2011. He was a former MSU football and baseball player before and after World War II. He retired after 39 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the St. Louis Public Schools. He was the 1955 Football Coach of the Year in Missouri. He is survived by his wife, the former Avonell Farmer ‘49 B.A. English, member of Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority and drum majorette. Carlisle and his family are part of four generations of MSU graduates. Harold David Loudy ’60 M.A. education died Jan. 8, 2011. Loudy taught for 40 years in the Henry County School District. In 2004, he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the ParisHenry County Sports Hall of Fame. Lamar C. Roberts ‘63 M.A. secondary education died Jan. 17, 2011. She was a retired educator with the Henry County Schools. Maxine O’Pybas Snell ‘41 B.M.E. died Jan. 19, 2011. She was a retired music instructor. Bonnie Jean Thomas Gogich ’61 B.S. nursing and biology died Jan. 30, 2011. She was a retired nursing instructor. Annie Aliese James Paschall ‘47 B.S. home economics died Feb. 3, 2011. She was a retired home economics teacher. While at MSU, she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority. Hilda R. Jones ‘40 B.S. elementary education died Feb. 18, 2011. She was a former teacher and retired principal. Charlie Lampley ’52 B.S. business administration, ’69 M.A. secondary education died Feb. 24, 2011. Lampley was an educator, and baseball and basketball coach for over 40 years. He was a starting guard on the 1951 Racer basketball team, which ended its season ranked 16th in the nation. Pat Morris Gingles ’42 B.S. physics and mathematics died March 10, 2011. He was a former architect and World War II veteran. He served as president of the MSU Alumni Association 1959-60. Mary Catherine Purdom ’35 B.A. French died March 11, 2011. She was retired from MSU and was a former school teacher. Joan Straub Wilson ’70 M.S. secondary education died March 17, 2011. She was a former teacher at Murray Middle School. Harry Lee Byrd ‘69 B.S. English and biology, ‘74 M.A. biology died April 16, 2011. He was a retired principal, boy’s basketball coach and teacher in the Caldwell County School System. Gene Robert McDonald ‘52 B.S. physical education and business administration died April 17, 2011. He was a retired teacher, football coach and athletic director of Lincoln Community High School. He played on three Ohio Valley Conference championship football teams while at Murray State. Dr. Roy Odell Hatton died April 24, 2011. Hatton was a retired professor of history at Murray State University. Dr. Vernie Wallace “Wally” Parker died April 27, 2011. Parker was a retired professor of accounting at Murray State University. Ralph E. Bogle ’71 B.S. agriculture, ’77 M.S. agriculture died May 4, 2011. He was a retired educator and farmer.
53rd annual All Campus Sing
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