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Murray State univerSity 2013 annual report

Excellence through Quality • Outreach with Partnerships • Innovation for Impact

Dear Murray State University Friends:

As the recently named 13th president of Murray State University, I am very much honored and humbled by this opportunity and I look forward to serving the university community. Although I will not officially start my presidency until July 14, I want to share with you how excited I am to begin serving this great university. My wife, Cindy, and our daughter, Katie, are just as eager as I am to join the Murray community and be part of the Racer family. I was on campus just a few days for my interview, but immediately sensed the uniqueness and mystique of Murray State through the students, faculty, staff and alumni. Since the announcement of my appointment, I have received numerous emails and letters from Murray State alumni, supporters, faculty and staff. The messages espoused the excellent education, the personal attention and family atmosphere at Murray State — I can clearly say these continue to be pillars of the MSU experience and we will build upon them in the years to come. My professional career path was through the advancement and alumni affairs areas, serving as associate vice president and executive director of alumni affairs at two institutions. Through my career, and as president, I know and understand the role and continued impact the many constituent groups have on a university. Every great university has superb support and Murray State is no different. Murray State remains one of the nation’s top universities because of this support. As my arrival in Murray approaches, I will be sharing my plans to meet as many of you as possible within my first few months on campus. I plan to begin by traveling throughout MSU’s 18-county service region to meet as many friends of Murray State as I can. It is an honor and with great pride and excitement that I will serve as president of “the finest place we know.” With your support I know we will keep building on our successes and Murray State University will continue to grow and prosper. GO RACERS!

Bob Davies

Dear Murray State Friends:

I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the warm welcome and reception that you provided to Patsy and me in serving as first lady and president of this great institution. When I enrolled at Murray State as a student in 1963, it never entered my thoughts that my entire career would be served at MSU teaching students and helping to meet the needs of the university. Patsy and I met here as students, married, graduated and our daughter and son received their degrees here. We have much invested in and are very thankful for the many opportunities provided us by Murray State University. Our 2013 fiscal year has been an extraordinary one for Murray State. Our new regional campus in Paducah, the Crisp Center, was completed and officially opened on Jan. 7, 2014. We are dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities for all our students, whether on campus or at our four regional centers in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah. Our 2014 SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visiting Team reported to us that subject to final action by the Commission on Colleges, we will receive reaccreditation at its annual meeting with no recommendations for improvement, which very few institutions receive. This validates the outstanding programs, faculty, staff and students that make up Murray State. We really stepped up our efforts in recruiting, especially in the 18-county region we serve, and instituted the Racer Roundup initiative composed of teams of volunteer faculty, staff and students assigned to each high school. The purpose of the initiative is to visit the high schools and have their students visit MSU to become acquainted with the opportunities offered to all students at Murray State. New scholarships, titled “Excellence Awards,” are offered in the 18-county service region as well as

the “Racer Promise” for first-time freshmen who qualify for the coverage of tuition for up to eight semesters. Enrollment for this year’s fall semester was an all-time high of 10,943 students. The 2014 legislative session for Murray State was very successful in terms of new capital projects. After many years of waiting, we are going to construct the final phase of our Gene W. Ray Science Campus with the addition of our new engineering and physics building. We will also see the construction of the new Breathitt Veterinary Tim Miller Center in Hopkinsville, the replacement of Franklin 12th President College on campus and construction of a new Madisonville Postsecondary Education Center for joint use between Madisonville Community College and MSU. We just completed the current basketball season with our first-ever postseason basketball championship. The Racers won the Tournament and finished the year with an outstanding 23-11 record. While this will be my 50th and final year at Murray State, my heart will always be with and follow the greatest institution with the most outstanding students and employees that I know. Thanks for a wonderful ride and GO RACERS!

President, Murray State University


Dr. Constantine Curris Chair Lexington

Marilyn Buchanon Vice Chair Grand Rivers

Sharon Green Mayfield

Susan Guess Paducah

Jeremiah Johnson Student Regent Hopkinsville

Dr. K. renee Fister Faculty Regent Murray

phil Schooley Staff Regent Murray

Jenny Sewell Dawson Springs

Dr. Jerry Sue thornton Moreland Hills, Ohio

Harry lee Waterfield ii Frankfort

Steve Williams Louisville

Excellence through Quality •

Murray State University, for the second consecutive year, posted an all-time high enrollment. A one percent increase on the previous year’s number moved the enrollment figure up to 10,943 students.

The National Council of Teachers of English student affiliate and the department of English and philosophy hosted a “Potpourri” poetry contest for students in grades 6-12 from 21 school districts.

The MSU Paducah Regional Campus was named the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Co-Business of the Year along with West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Dr. Stephen Cobb, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, was selected for a Fulbright International Education Administrator Award in the United Kingdom.

The office of recruitment participated in over 1,200 recruitment-related events and hosted more than 3,100 individual campus visits during 2013.

Dr. Beth Rice, assistant professor in the department of nutrition, dietetics and food management, was named to the advisory council for the National Food Service Management Institute.

The Thoroughbred Room was featured as the “Photo Tour of the Month” by the National Association of College and University Food Services.

Dr. Angie Trzepacz, director of counseling services, developed a training program for current students in both the clinical psychology and the clinical mental health counseling master’s programs that allows selected students to complete a practicum or internship in the MSU Counseling Center.

The Harry M. Sparks Lecture Series featured the 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling from Johnston High School in Iowa.

Online course enrollments increased nearly 9 percent. Two new online master’s programs — public administration and information systems — were offered.

The MSU chapter of Sigma Xi national scientific research society was recognized as a “Program of Excellence” for its innovation and quality programming.

Dr. Yuejin Xu received a $99,000 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for his “Enriching Science Learning through Simulations and Interdisciplinary Problem Solving.”

Waterfield Library had a year door count of 561,499. On Dec. 5, 2013, the door count hit a record 4,332 for a 24-hour period.

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology received the Postsecondary Institution Technology Award at ConnectKentucky’s Tech Day for its implementation of Canvas as its Learning Management System.

Senior agriculture major Samantha Anderson was one of 20 students chosen nationally to attend the USDA’s Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program.

Dr. Lloyd P. Horne, assistant professor in the department of chemistry, received a $25,000 Research Enhancement Grant from Kentucky EPSCoR/National Science Foundation to fund his research on metal oxide nanoparticles. Student researchers collaborated on the work with Horne.

Barry Hale, Diplomatic Security Special Agent and MSU graduate, received the Medal of Honor for distinguished service in support of the Albanian State Police from the government of Albania. This is the first time Albania has given such an award to a U.S. Embassy employee.

Dr. Tim Johnston, professor of marketing, won a Presentation Excellence Award at the Joint Conference on Business, Learning and Administration. Also, his paper, “What makes a MOOC? Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Compared to Mainstream Online University Courses,” won a Best Paper Award and was accepted for publication by the Journal of Learning in Higher Education.

Matthew Crider, assistant professor of theatre, participated in advanced training in stage combat with international Master Teachers at the National Stage Combat Workshop. Senior tori Keeling took honors for “Best Fight Scene.” •

Jim Carter, vice president for institutional advancement, was elected to the CASE-Kentucky board of directors.

The MSU Trombone Ensemble, Slide Advantage, directed by Dr. Ray Conklin, was selected to perform at both the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C., and the International Trombone Festival in Georgia.

Dr. Sandy Miles, professor of management, represented U.S. Human Resource Management (HRM) interests in both England and The Netherlands because of her contributions to the HRM field.

Senior chemistry major Zachary Reeder received the Outstanding Student Award from the Kentucky Lakes section of the American Chemical Society.

Elizabeth Price, research and instruction librarian, was chosen to attend the Teacher Track program of the Immersion Information Literacy Program, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

The exercise program in the college of health sciences and human services received its initial accreditation, which runs through May 2018, from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Dr. Roger Weis, assistant dean of the college of health sciences and human services, published a book of poetry, sea dreams.

Dr. Brian van Horn, dean of the Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach (CEAO), was elected president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). Additionally, Ceao recieved the Outstanding Services for Underserved Populations award from ACHE.

Award-winning director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee keynoted the 2013 Presidential Lecture Series, where he discussed “America Through My Lens.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell delivered Murray State’s May 2013 Commencement address. There were approximately 1,400 degree candidates.

Dr. David G. Kraemer, professor and chair of the department of occupational safety and health (OSH), received the National Floor Safety Institute Spirit Award for his commitment and leadership in making walkway safety an important part of the OSH curriculum at MSU.

Dr. Kevin Miller, assistant professor of chemistry, received the Undergraduate New Investigator award and a $50,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund for his research into the preparation of novel polymeric materials for energy-rich and/or electronic applications.

The MSU Hopkinsville Regional Campus Kentucky Education AssociationStudent Program Organization won Outstanding Outreach Program, Outstanding Newsletter, Outstanding Underclassman and Outstanding Local Adviser state awards.

Daryl Phillipy, assistant professor of theatre, was invited to direct a production of As It Is in Heaven and teach acting classes at Stage Door Manor.

Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism, was selected as a Kopenhaver Fellow in a program that assists female junior faculty with networking and mentoring as they seek tenure and promotion. Wright also received a Scripps Howard Foundation/AEJMC Social Media Externship Grant to study how traditional media use social media across multiple platforms.

Dr. Bill Mulligan, history professor, presented “Rehearsal for Disaster(s): The Legacy of British Colonialism in Ireland” at the British Commonwealth and PostColonial Studies Conference. He also spoke on “Race and Religion in the Mexican War: Beyond the San Patricios” at the Regensburg (Austria) American Studies Research Colloquium.

Dr. Josh Ridley, assistant professor of physics, and senior McNair Scholar Demi St. John traveled to New South Wales, Australia, to collect data at the Parkes radio telescope observatory, part of the Australia National Telescope Facility.

History majors Dustin Ferguson and Ashley Mattingly were chosen to present papers at the Symposium for History Undergraduate Research in Mississippi.

Dr. Randal Keller, associate professor in the department of occupational safety and health, was selected as a project reviewer and subject matter expert for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical and Biological Technologies Department: Advance and Emerging Threat Division.

On-Campus Hospitality featured dining services’ sustainable, fresh seafood program in its October 2013 issue.

Dr. Kathy Callahan, assistant professor of history, published “Women Who Kill: An Analysis of Cases in Late 18th- and Early 19th-Century London” in The Journal of Social History.

Three telecommunications systems management (TSM) graduate students — randall Winchester, Doug Cecil and Craig Wisner — won Murray State a National Case Study Competition title. Guided by George rice, visiting assistant professor in TSM, who has led seven teams to the finals, the three students were the fourth team to leave the competition as national champions. •

Dr. Dina Byers, associate professor in the school of nursing, was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Dr. Susan Muller, dean of the college of health sciences and human services, was selected as a Fellow by the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals. The department of chemistry received notification from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Committee on Professional Training that its program meets all requirements in the ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

Dr. Tommy Stambaugh, accounting professor, received the Outstanding Educator Award from the American Accounting Association Strategic and Emerging Technologies Section.

The department of music’s recording services recorded the Jason Lee McKinney Band’s album, Troubadors, Vagabonds and Thieves, featuring “Dance with Me” in Lovett Auditorium on campus.

the Murray State news was named one of the top 10 student newspapers in the country at the 92nd annual National College Media Convention. •

Dr. Cory Brown, assistant professor in the department of early childhood and elementary education, was named the Ashland Inc. Endowed Professor in the college of education.

Murray State University received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI International User Conference acknowledging vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) technology.

A team of three students in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business — Bailey Schminke, McCall Milford and Tijana Dimovic — placed second in the Society for Human Resources Management national case study competition.

MSU alumna Jordie Oetken was accepted into the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for a nine-week residency.

The department of music dedicated a new Steinway piano funded through gifts from alumna Karen Jones-Squires and her husband, James Squires, and MSU graduates Dr. Charles Johnson and his wife, Marlene Rann Johnson.

Dr. renee Fister, Dr. Michael Kemp and Dr. Kit Wesler, all from the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, are the inaugural recipients of the Jesse D. Jones Endowed Professorships. •

Heidi Ortega, assistant professor of costume design, was selected to design Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Egyptian Theatre’s YouTheatre program in Utah.

Dr. Abdulrahman Yarali, associate professor of telecommunications systems management, was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications in France. While at the conference, Yarali and graduate student Christina Peach presented research on underwater sensor networks.

Jon Payne, lecturer in the department of industrial and engineering technology, was elected president of the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors.

Michael Ramage, associate director of the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, was the first inductee in the Tennessee Broadband Hall of Fame at Connected Tennessee’s Broadband Summit.

Dr. Bellarmine A. Ezumah, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, and Dr. Tim Todd and Dr. Gerry N. Muuka, dean and associate dean, respectively, of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, earned two “Best Paper“ awards in the Accreditation and Management categories at the International Conference of the Academy of Business Research in Jamaica.

Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, was named the national Outstanding Career and Technical Educator by the Association for Career and Technical Education, for contributions to professional associations, and career and technical education programs.

Cassandra Walker, graduate student and assistant equestrian coach at MSU, earned the title of national champion in the alumni reining competition at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships.

Dr. Katherine Taken Smith, assistant professor of marketing, and Dr. Murphy Smith, the David and Ashley Dill Distinguished Professor of Accounting, received the “Best in Track Award” from the Society of Marketing Advances for their research on social media usage. Also, the Smiths partnered with Dr. Amanda Grossman, assistant professor of accounting, to win a “Best Paper Award” from the American Accounting Association (AAA) Southeast Region for their research on work-life balance and gender. Dr. Murphy Smith also received the KPMG “Outstanding Published Manuscript Award” from AAA for his paper on CPA gender differences and co-authored a book on international accounting with Dr. Shahrokh Saudagaran of the University of Washington in Tacoma.

The arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. •

Dr. J. Ricky Cox, chemistry professor and the Anna S. Brown and Ruth B. Logan Endowed Chair in Pre-Medicine, served as the chair of “The Teaching Professor” conference and was appointed to the editorial board for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education journal.

Dr. Kevin Qualls, assistant professor in journalism and mass communications, was recognized in Media Law Notes, the newsletter of the Law and Policy division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, in an article on “Teaching Students about Presumed Prejudice in Pre-Trial Publicity.”

Dr. Marjorie Hilton, assistant professor of history, earned an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for her book, Selling to the Masses: Retailing in Russia, 1880-1930.

The MSU Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter participated in the national robotics competition in Florida. Dr. Aleck Leedy, assistant professor of engineering, was selected as the IEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor/Adviser.

Students studying Japanese at MSU won five out of 10 awards at the Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest. The students were advised by faculty members Dr. Masayo Kaneko and Yoko Hatakeyama.

The department of psychology sponsored a lecture by U.S. Olympic Committee sports psychologist Dr. Sean McCann as a part of the “Dr. and Mrs. Gary and Sharon Brummer Colloquium Series in Psychology.”

A film by MSU graduate Daniel Van Thomas, Revelation Trail, premiered at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah, Ky. A number of faculty, alumni and others associated with Murray State were involved in creating the film.

Dr. James P. McCoy, Distinguished Professor of Economics, was appointed to the Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group — a group of seven economists who monitor and forecast national and state economies, along with the state’s revenue, on behalf of the governor and legislature.

Dr. William (Rusty) Jones, assistant professor of English, was a contributor in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, an authoritative reference book on all aspects of poetry. Dr. Frances Smith, assistant professor in organizational communication, was recognized for co-authoring the “Article of the Year” for the Management Communication Quarterly journal. Dr. Fred L. Miller, the Hutchens Distinguished Professor of Marketing and Business GIS, was chosen by the College Board to chair the Faculty Test Development Committee for the CLEP test in marketing.


• U.S.News & World Report America’s Best Colleges — 23 consecutive years of top-tier ranking, 8th among top public regional universities in the South, 14th top public regional university in the nation • Forbes — 6th consecutive year as one of “America’s Top Colleges” • The Chronicle of Higher Education — recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for Teaching Environment, and Tenure and Clarity • Poets & Writers — M.F.A. low-residency program in creative writing ranked in the top 20 in the nation • — online bachelor’s degree in telecommunications systems management ranked a national “Best Buy” • Corporation for National and Community Service — named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll • President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation — U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for service hours with Junior Achievement • Victory Media — Military Friendly School • U.S.News & World Report — 4th among Regional Universities (South) as a “Best College for Veterans”

The MSU chapter of the Beta Alpha Psi professional accounting society received a “Superior Chapter” rating.

The college of education’s human development and leadership program sponsored a lecture by diversity author Cathy Bao Bean on shattering cultural stereotypes.

The school of nursing received approval from the Council of Accreditation of Anesthesia Education Programs to begin B.S.N.D.N.P. offerings in 2014. •

Murray State’s first-ever TEDx event featured Dr. Dave Gesler, associate professor of organizational communication, and alumni Phillip Van Hooser and Kayla Barrett.

Nine students participated in the Out in Front: LGBTQI and Ally Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Jody Cofer Randall, LGBT program coordinator and MSU Alliance adviser, co-facilitated an identity caucus for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Murray State’s student team from the department of industrial and engineering technology placed second overall in the national “Chainless Challenge” hydraulic bicycle design competition. Faculty advisers to the team were Dr. James Benson and Dr. Sanjeevi Chitikeshi; technical assistance was provided by instrument maker Jim Barnett.

Seven MSU students placed in the Kentucky Academy of Science student competition in Undergraduate Oral Presentations, Undergraduate Poster Presentations and Graduate Oral Presentations categories.

Dr. Meg Brown, professor of German and Spanish, received the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year award from the Kentucky World Language Association.

Graduate Isnain Evilina Dewi received the Ambassador’s Award for Excellence from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for academic and non-academic achievements.

Hunter Gerlach, MSU alumnus and graduate student at the University of Louisville, and his partners, Shalin Shah and Justin Breitenstein, won first place at the Idea State U competition in the graduate business concept category and $5,500 to execute their plan for their new product, PlaqAway.

Dr. Martin Milkman, professor of economics, authored “AACSB Assessment and a Managerial Economics Group Project,” which was published in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives.

Staffers in the office of regional outreach — Gina Winchester, Jennifer Revell and Rebecca Feldhaus Adams — discussed strategies used to connect with community constituencies at the Gulf-South Summit on Service Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education.

The Speech and Debate Union won 10 honors at the Owensboro Regional Championship Tournament.

Murray State’s Ducks Unlimited student chapter was one of 16 volunteer university groups throughout the nation to raise more than $15,000 for the national nonprofit Ducks Unlimited. The Murray chapter’s $21,391 placed it ninth in the nation.

The Horticulture Club won first place in vegetable judging and third in fruit and nut crop judging at the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Sciences annual conference in Florida, along with the Outstanding Club Share Award. Several students won individual judging awards, as well. •

Dr. Timothy Johnston, professor of marketing, and Dr. James McCoy, Distinguished Professor of Economics, co-authored “Doctoral Training in Teaching and Preparedness of Early-Career Marketing Educators” in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal. McCoy also co-authored “Gender, Measurement Choice and Student Achievement in Introductory Economics” for the Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research with Dr. David Brasfield, economics professor. Dr. John Dressler, professor of music, hosted three student members of MSU’s Omicron Delta Kappa Circle — Brittany Logsdon, Erinn Jennings and Ryan Richardson — at the honor society’s regional workshop on involvement, community service, programming, fundraising and more. Representatives of the department of chemistry attended the 246th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Students Zachary Reeder and Carli Whittington and faculty members Dr. Kevin Miller, assistant professor, and Dr. Bommanna Loganathan, professor, gave presentations. Research from the lab of Dr. Harry Fannin, professor and chemistry department chair, was also presented.

Dr. Paul Walker, associate professor of English, published a book, Writing in Context: Composition in First-Year Learning Communities, based on extensive research of learning communities.

The “Adventures: Life and Its Experiences” lecture series featured faculty member Dr. Sonya Baker, alumni Dr. Jesse D. Jones and Susan Guess, President Tim Miller and Board of Regents Chair Constantine W. Curris. The series was coordinated by Dr. Renee Fister, faculty representative on the board of regents, and Dr. Renae Duncan, associate provost for undergraduate education.

Kimberly Franklin, a financial analyst for the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., and an MSU finance graduate, returned to campus to speak to the “Foundations of Business” class. Franklin is shown with Ben Bernanke, American economist and former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Outreach with Partnerships •

Members of the school of nursing and students in the doctor of nursing practice program gave presentations at the Annual Research Conference held at Baptist Health in Paducah, Ky.

Dr. Ted Brown, dean of the college of humanities and fine arts, participated in the first-ever “Discover Shandong” program, a new partnership with Qingdao Agricultural University in China.

Dr. Susan Muller, dean of the college of health sciences and human services, worked with the Murray-Calloway County Hospital to form the Murray-Calloway Wellness Consortium, a partnership to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Calloway County.

The MSU Hopkinsville Regional Campus hosted Thoroughbred Academy, a program where juniors and seniors from Christian and Trigg counties take dual credit courses.

Dr. Debbie Bell, lecturer in the department of English and philosophy, was awarded a Leveraged Adolescent Literacy and Learning Initiative grant for $95,000 to establish a literacy academy for teachers of grades 6-12.

Twenty-one students in the Community nutrition and Health class worked with dietitians at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Ill., to present the MOVE program at three locations in Murray. MOVE is designed for veterans who need to improve their weight and dietary intake. •

Dr. Robin Zhang, professor of geosciences, led her “Land Use Planning” class in the design of a three-mile walking/biking scenic trail for Murray as a service learning project. The Murray City Council subsequently approved $100,000 for construction of the trail.

The college of education used a grant provided by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to provide a College and Career Readiness Summit for professional development opportunities to school districts in MSU’s service region.

Through the ongoing support of the “Friends of the Arboretum,” a grand opening was held for the Murray State Arboretum. Guest speakers at the event included Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer and the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy Executive Director Roger Thomas.

Students, faculty and staff participated in community service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service such as preparing food for the Backpack Program, visiting senior citizens at Spring Creek Health Care, organizing supplies at Needline, organizing and cleaning at Angel’s Community Clinic, repairing and distributing bikes to needy children, and clearing land at the Homeplace in the Land Between the Lakes.

Construction was completed on the $10 million Crisp Center at the new MSu paducah regional Campus. Murray State university partnered with McCracken County, the City of paducah and the paducah economic Development Council in bringing the new facility to life.

The transfer Center joined with colleges across the state in hosting “Transfer Madness,” an online, statewide transfer fair where students could chat online with transfer advisers, search for scholarships, download materials and get answers to their questions. •

MSU’s K12CONNECT began a partnership with Union County Read and Feed, a summer reading program that provides healthy meals to students ages 18 and younger.

Dr. Judy Lyle, interim associate director of health services, partnered with the city of Murray to launch the AlcoholEdu for College alcohol prevention initiative for new students at the university and students at Murray and Calloway County high schools. The thought-provoking and educational program is designed to encourage students to think about their life choices.

The Small Business Development Center and EntrePaducah partnered to provide planning, consulting and training services to Paducah and McCracken County small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Murray State University and U.S. Forest Service-Land Between the Lakes representatives signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing 50 years of mutually beneficial collaboration and an agreement to continue to work together to develop new opportunities for partnership.

Students in the college of health sciences and human services spearheaded an effort to supply backpacks of food for children in Murray/Calloway County by hosting a donation drive on campus.

Archaeology students worked with Dr. Kit Wesler, professor of anthropology, and Dr. Anthony Ortmann, associate professor of geosciences, at the Backusburg Mounds archaeological site in Calloway County excavating and cataloging artifacts. The project is a partnership with The Archaeological Conservancy, which owns the site.

The college of humanities and fine arts sponsored a lecture and discussion led by the Consul-General of Japan Motohiko Kato. Kato’s presentation on “New Challenges for Peace and Security in East Asia: Perspectives on Japan’s Future” was open to students, faculty and staff, as well as community members. Additionally, Kato visited a local high school and met with Japanese students and faculty on campus.

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) featured programming produced by digital media services. Programs included The Holidays at Murray State, the Festival of Champions marching band competition and weekly installments of video news magazine Roundabout U.

Yoko Hatakeyama, senior lecturer of Japanese, and Dr. Charlotte Beahan, professor of history, along with several students visited Japan as a part of the “Kakehashi Project — The Bridge for Tomorrow.” In return, 25 students and mentors from Kobe Gakuin University visited Murray State. The exchange program seeks to create relationships that inspire students to search out opportunities at the global level.

Fifty 8th-graders from Calloway County Middle School experienced college life for a day when they visited campus to spend time with MSU students and attend college classes. The youth and nonprofit leadership program sponsored the event.

The college of education sponsored Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary in a day-long educational anti-bullying and anti-violence workshop.

The department of engineering and physics sponsored its annual “Girls in Engineering” event to encourage girls to pursue study and careers in engineering.

YNL 351, taught by Gina Winchester, director of regional outreach, awarded a total of $1,500 in grant funds to three organizations — the Mayfield-Graves County YMCA, Murray’s Main Street Youth Center and the Coldwater United Methodist Church. Student Kacie Kemp developed a YMCA “afternoon jamboree” program for special needs children, primarily elementary school mentally challenged kids. Class member Lisa Robin Spiderwoman Sanford created a “Building character with the word of God” initiative for the Main Street Youth Center. Student Andrea Broach organized support for the church fall festival to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dr. Iin Handayani, associate professor of agronomy, spoke on “Future Agriculture for a Sustainable World: Global Challenge and Innovation” at the Universitas Brawijaya in Indonesia.

The Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology received a $450,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation for a new paid internship program, “Test Drive a Racer.” Student interns must be pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Employers and the university will partner to provide internship opportunities for 30 students each summer. MSU received a $99,000 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to improve P-12 educator quality through professional development programs. Dr. Yuejin Xu, associate professor in the department of educational studies, leadership and counseling, is the principal investigator for “Enriching Science Learning through Simulations and Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving.”

Innovation for Impact

The Watershed Studies Institute and Hancock Biological Station celebrated 25 years of long-term monitoring on Kentucky Lake and its 500th monitoring cruise. The data collected through the years has been valuable to ecologists and reservoir managers around the world.

The Murray Shakespeare Festival was awarded a Regional Touring Grant from South Arts to support the engagement of the American Shakespeare Center for performances and public education during the university’s annual festival.

The MSU Alumni Association launched a recruitment project called “Kids on Campus.” Alumni in Owensboro/Daviess County, Ky., were the first group to adopt the project, scheduling a visit of area high school students to Murray State’s campus.

The college of education announced a new Doctor of Education in P-20 & Community Leadership, which will offer unprecedented access to a terminal degree for the education community in West Kentucky.

Access services in the campus libraries participated in a national pilot program to implement improvements in the Get It Now program, providing library patrons the ability to access full-text article 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The libraries were also selected to participate in the first cohort of Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.

The college of education, in partnership with Northern Kentucky University’s department of mathematics and statistics, received a $130,000 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to “flip” mathematics classrooms throughout the state. Teachers create podcasts of lessons of math content and processes that are viewed by students as homework. Classroom time is then devoted to discussion, enrichment and guided practice.

Pam Matlock, lecturer in the department of adolescent, career and special education, and Cindy Clemson, associate director of student disability services, wrote a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program that was approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Murray State’s initiative, College to Career Experience, had its first student, 21-year-old Blake Hopkins taking classes three days per week and participating in extracurricular activities on campus.

Dr. Maurice Russell bequeathed “Marchande,” painted by Ellis Wilson, to Murray State’s Eagle Gallery. Wilson, who was born in Mayfield, Ky., in 1899, became an important part of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Russell wanted the painting to end up in Eagle Gallery, where Wilson once held an exhibit, and because of the gallery’s proximity to Mayfield.

Ten students spent two weeks in Italy studying food and culture through a program designed by Dr. Beth Rice, assistant professor in the department of nutrition, dietetics and food management, and Kathy Timmons, senior lecturer in applied health sciences. They studied with Italian chefs, visited dining-related venues such as olive groves, vineyards and restaurants, and learned about local history and art at museums, churches and ancient ruins.

The Kentucky Center for School Safety, associated with the college of education, launched an online bullying reporting/ prevention tool that is being piloted with seven school districts in the service region. The “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! tipline is designed to allow students, parents or community members to report an unsafe situation (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.) to school personnel anonymously. •

The MSU libraries partnered with Better World Books to provide space and processing room for the book-recycling program. Books donated to the program are either sold online or recycled, leaving no books in landfills.

The West Kentucky AgBioworks Initiative received a $309,000 grant to install, test and demonstrate a biomass heating system at the Murray State Equine Center. The Bio Burner Units offset fossil fuel energy with renewable energy at a rate of 40mWh per year of electricity. One of the units is portable to demonstrate a biomass-to-energy model to area farmers, industries and others.

The LGBT office launched a leadership program called “Out Racers: Take Your Place!” dedicated to helping eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community.

A map-based alumni directory, IntroMaps, was unveiled by the MSU Alumni Association. IntroMaps is a visual representation of the MSU Alumni Directory and is provided to graduates to provide networking connections.

MKT 285 students designed promotional materials for the Beyond the GED program, which assists GED recipients with their transition to college.


Student Support Services was awarded a diversity grant from the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion for workshops to increase awareness of differences and similarities between people of varied cultures, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, socioeconomic statuses and beliefs.

Health Services became a certified HIV testing site with Judy Lyle and Emily Hill receiving certification in prevention counseling.

The Pony Express food truck was introduced to provide service to the campus on the go. It was featured in regional publications and on local news stations.

Kappa Delta became a new sorority on campus with over 100 chapter members. •

Students Jo Bennett, Steven Shupe and D. Andrew Porter participated in Camp Pride, a summer leadership workshop offering programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students interested in learning the basics of becoming leaders and advocates for a strong LGBT presence and network on their respective college campuses.

Alpha Omicron Pi sorority hosted “Strike Out for Shelby” at Corvette Lanes in honor of Shelby Theiss, who passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident. The event raised more than $2,000 for a campus memorial to Theiss.

Career Services hosted two career fairs — the fall event featured 110 employers visited by approximately 800 students. The following day, 19 employers conducted interviews with nearly 150 students.

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White College raised over $1,600 to help with medical costs for two sisters of a residential adviser, both of whom needed kidney transplants.


Hart College implemented an international buddy system where American students are paired with international students.


Regents College became the first residential college at Murray State to earn Safe Zone status.


Clark College raised more than $500 for the Main Street Youth Center through its Clarkstock program.


Richmond College organized a presentation and Q&A session on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


Springer/Franklin College students mentored children through the West Kentucky Mentoring Program by accompanying them to Racer basketball and football games.


Hester College raised money for the Murray Fire Department, which was presented to them at the Annual Phoenix Day.


Elizabeth College hosted gatherings for a “Home Away From Home” program that included food, games and discussions with homesick students to reduce anxiety and enhance community while strengthening their ties to MSU.

ATHLETICS • Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan was selected by the Houston Rockets as the 34th pick of the NBA draft. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year was the first MSU student-athlete to be drafted since Marcus Brown in 1996 by the Portland Trailblazers.

Sophomore Alexa Becker was named a Capital One Academic All-American, just one of two OVC softball players to earn one of the 33 spots on the roster.

Mariah Robinson, a guard on the women’s basketball team, left Murray as the all-time leader in both made 3-point shots and 3-point attempts. She ended her career with 575 rebounds and 1,583 points.

Wide receiver Walter Powell is the all-time leader in receiving yards, touchdowns and 100-yard games, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award and a two-time, firstteam All-American.

Kelsey Emme was a Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association second team AllAmerican in air rifle, an All-OVC first team air rifle and second team smallbore, and finished 8th at the Bavarian Airgun Championships in Germany, an early competition to determine the 2016 Olympic team.

Golfer Hunter York earned the OVC Medal of Honor his senior season.

A ceremonial groundbreaking celebrated the start of the first phase of improvements for reagan Field, the home of MSU Thoroughbreds baseball. First on the list of improvements was the construction of a grandstand behind home plate. Future changes will include stadium lighting, a new press box and an indoor practice facility.

Delaney Howson broke the women’s golf program score for lowest round twice and became MSU’s first women’s golfer to earn the OVC Scholar-Athlete Award.

Track and field’s Tonia Pratt was a three-time OVC champion and the OVC Outdoor Athlete of the Championship. She set MSU and OVC records for the outdoor discus throw.

Patrick Newcomb finished a stellar golf career at Murray State by taking the OVC champion title to the NCAA Fayetteville Regional competition.

Construction on the now-completed racer Softball Field began. The on-campus facility comes after Murray State’s newest athletic program played its first four seasons at Murray’s Central Park. The new field is equipped with lights, marking the first time in program history the Racers will be able to play home games at night.


The Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology was dedicated in honor of a Distinguished Alumnus of the university. Jones has donated generously across programs at the university. Most recently, his donation established the Ross Mathematical Studies and Career Center, a multipurpose space where students can go for assistance with math in a comfortable environment.

Dan and Frankie E. McNutt donated $25,000 to establish an endowment for a scholarship.

Davis Howe honored his mother by adding her name to his late father’s on the Richard D. Howe and Susan Howe Phipps Scholarship.

Thanks to a generous planned gift from his estate, the Leon Fleming Endowed Scholarship was established.

The Wilcox Student Plaza, outside the Oakley Applied Science Building, was dedicated to the late David B. Wilcox, a generous supporter of the Hutson School of Agriculture.

Alumnus Tim Adams’ gift and pledge in excess of $150,000 to the department of accounting will establish scholarships and The Herbert and Virginia Adams Student Learning Center.

The Gene W. Ray Science Campus was dedicated to the scientist, entrepreneur, corporate leader and MSU Distinguished Alumnus. Ray has been an outstanding donor to needs in both athletics and academics. Gifts from Ray and his wife, Taffin, include support for the new basketball practice facility, the Telecommunications Systems Management Program of Distinction, and the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

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A $500,000-plus estate gift from the late Frank and Genevieve Warren, will benefit the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. St. Louis-based Edward Jones brokerage firm and several of its local and regional advisers made a significant contribution to name the Edward Jones Student Conference Room in the Financial Services Resource Center.

A new MSU Paducah Regional Campus was completed in 2013 — the new facility, the Crisp Center, was named in honor and memory of Harry Lee Crisp. Pepsi MidAmerica and the Crisp family gave a $1.3 million gift to MSU to support completion of the new facility, equipment and technology needs, and a scholarship endowment for students studying there.

Other gifts to MSU-Paducah: • The main auditorium at the Paducah campus was named in honor of CSI (Computer Services Inc.) of Paducah. Steve Powless, MSU alumnus and CEO of CSI, made the $100,000 gift on behalf of the company. • Bacon Farmer Workman/Marcum Engineering’s gift assisted with campus completion and technology needs. MSU graduate Mark Workman leads BFW/Marcum. • The John and Vivian Williams Legacy Plaza at the new campus was named in honor of the Paducah couple for their ongoing support of Murray State. Vivian is a graduate of MSU. • A classroom and laboratory at the new Paducah campus is named for Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, former MSU board of regents member from Paducah. His gift will support student scholarships at that campus. •

The Ballance Family Scholarship for education majors was created through gifts from the T.S. and Juanita Ballance Foundation in honor of the Ballances.

The Reed Conder Memorial Scholarship for education majors was awarded for the first time in the fall. It was created by Conder’s wife, Katie, and their family.

The Dr. James C. and Elizabeth F. “Libby” Hart Fund for Pogue Library was endowed by their children.

MSU faculty members Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke and Dr. Mike Bowman and his wife, Cindy, gave generous gifts to the university. Pittman-Munke’s gift established a Charitable Gift Annuity to create a Fund for Excellence. The Bowmans’ donation established a scholarship for students preparing for a career in telecommunications systems management (TSM).

MSU FINANCIALS 2012-13 Sources of Revenue State Appropriation



Tuition (Net) and Fees



Grants and Contracts



Auxiliary Services



Sales and Services



Other Sources






Note: Actual revenues Other sources include state appropriations for capital projects

Other Sources,   4.1%   Auxiliary  Services,   16.7%  

Sales and  Services,   3.1%  

Grants and   Contracts,  14.7%  

State Appropria5on,   26.1%  

Tui5on (Net)  and   Fees,  35.3%  

Other sources  include  state  appropria1ons  for  capital  projects  

Opera(on &  Maintenance   of  Plant,  9.4%  

2012-13 Operating Expenses Instruction



Academic Support









Public Service



Student Services



Student Financial Aid



Auxiliary Expenditures





Operation & Maintenance of Plant








Institutional Support


Deprecia(on, 5.7%  

Instruc(on, 34.2%  

Ins(tu(onal Support,   11.0%  

Academic Support,  4.2%  

Auxiliary Expenditures,   12.6%  

Libraries, 1.9%   Research,  1.0%  

Student Financial  Aid,  6.6%   Student  Services,  8.5%  

Public Service,  4.9%  

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