Murray State University Career Services provides a variety of opportunities and assistance in all aspects of career development and the job search. Whether you are a current student, alumni, parent, an employee of the university or employer we invite you to navigate our website as well as contact our office.
Meet the Staff
Ms. Kim Crouch
|Kim M. Crouch helps students and alumni with developing resume/cover letter writing and interview
skills; how to conduct an effective job search and professional branding strategies,
as well as with the career development and job search processes. She also coordinates
the National Student Exchange program. Kim is an alumnus of Murray State University and graduated with a Bachelor
of Science in Merchandising and a minor in Marketing. She has worked for the university
for several years in various roles of Student Affairs, including the Office of Recruitment,
Scholarship Office and most recently, Career Services. In her spare time, Kim enjoys
time with her husband, Stephen and two young boys. She also leads international mission
teams each summer, enjoys gardening, cooking and crafting.
Mr. Ray Karraker
|Ray Karraker manages Racer Tracks, a resource all MSU students are encouraged to utilize for their
job search, plans career fairs sponsored by Career Services, and coordinates on-campus
interviews. Ray joined Career Services in 2008 as the Coordinator of Cooperative Education
and Internships. Ray comes to Murray State from a business background in the banking
and financial services industry. He is a graduate of Murray State with a BS in economics
(’74) and M.B.A. (’77). He resides in Murray with his wife, Sabrina. Ray is active
in his church and enjoys numerous outdoor activities.
Ms. Colleen Anderson
Colleen Anderson manages the front of the office as the Administrative Assistant for Career Services, and she is often the first contact students have with the office. A graduate of Murray State with a bachelor's in physical education, she is currently finishing her master's in human development and leadership. While she is the newest member of the Career Services team, Colleen has been with Murray State University since 2009 working in the Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling department. She resides in Murray and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, outdoor activities, crafts, and is an avid movie buff.
Katie Mantooth builds internship partnerships locally, statewide and nationally and coaches students
in finding and applying to internships. She coaches students in developing resume/cover
letter writing and interview skills; implementing effective job search and professional
branding strategies as well as with the career development and job search processes.
She is also the Peace Corps Prep coordinator. Katie graduated from the University
of South Carolina with a master's in student personnel services and from Queens University
of Charlotte with a bachelor's in corporate communications. Outside the office, Katie
is involved in her church's choir and women's ministry; enjoys time with her husband,
Dr. Jamie Mantooth, and three children; and can often be found painting, crafting
Ms. Sharon Smith
|Sharon Smith coaches students on resume and cover letter writing and facilitates Mock Interviews. She also manages eResume, helps coordinate career events and gives career-related presentations across campus. Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Louisville and is now working on her master's in clinical psychology at Murray State.|
Ms. Alicia Stallings
Ms. Olympia Stewart
|Olympia Stewart advises students who are undeclared and unconditionally admitted, is a liaison for support service offices and assists with retention and recruitment efforts. She teaches an Undeclared Transitions course that focuses on career exploration and success for new freshmen and coordinates the annual Major’s Fair that draws over 300 students and high school students from surrounding counties. Olympia graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor's in Middle School Education (Math/Social Studies) and two master's in Education in Guidance and Counseling and Human Development and Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Communication. Prior to working in the Center for Academic Success, she was the Retention Specialist for the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Murray State. In her spare time, she enjoys leading women’s groups, singing, and traveling.|